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Specialists at Defence University make use of Xbox technology to create new military visualisation system

09-11-2011 16:31 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Czech Television Specialists at the Defence University in Brno have developed a new system for the Czech military to improve planning as well as the real-time monitoring and control of missions in the field in 3D. Most intriguing is that the system makes use of technology from Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console but applies it to real-world situations including the battlefield.  More

Constitutional Court invalidates telecommunications data retention law

01-04-2011 15:50 | Daniela Lazarová

The Czech Constitutional Court has invalidated a law that forces operators to retain data on telephone calls and Internet traffic on the grounds that it violates people’s right to privacy. In a highly anticipated ruling on Thursday, the court said that the provision ordering data on all calls, faxes, text messages and e-mail exchanges to be retained for six months was unconstitutional since it enabled a "massive" invasion into citizens' rights and was not in line with the rule of law.  More

Business News

25-03-2011 15:19 | Christian Falvey

Photo: European Commission No part in the Euro-Pact for the Czech Republic; interest rates stay at their all-time low, for now; costly coal means good news for gas; Seznam.cz buys up Stream.cz; and a new blacklist for public tenders is accepting new members.  More

Czech search engine Seznam disputes claims Google has supplanted it on local market

12-01-2011 16:12 | Chris Johnstone

Czech Internet search engine Seznam has long been a rarity on the world wide web by beating global leader Google into second place on the local market. But figures just out suggest that the US giant could have overtaken the Czech company at the start of the year. We look at those statistics and the battle to be the favourite on the local internet search market.  More

Prague to host part of EU’s global satellite navigation system

09-12-2010 16:30 | Jan Richter

The Czech Republic is set to host part of Europe’s Galileo global navigation satellite system, after EU representatives on Wednesday voted to locate the project’s administrative centre in Prague. Ministers are expected to rubber-stamp that decision in Brussels on Friday.  More

Business News

15-10-2010 15:52 | Ian Willoughby

In Business News this week: the government moves to reign in solar power subsidies that threaten huge electricity price rises; the price of ČEZ shares falls with speculation Temelín completion could be put back; Prague sets rail deregulation in train; and advertisers target patients in Czech hospital waiting rooms.  More

Google Street View cameras infringe on privacy, says Czech data protection agency

22-09-2010 15:44 | Ian Willoughby

Google Street View The authorities in the Czech Republic recently stopped Google from collecting photographs for its panoramic Street View mapping service. The country’s data protection agency is refusing to grant the internet search giant a licence to collect fresh data, saying that its cameras impinge on people's privacy. Google is contesting the decision.   More

Czech firm to develop “virtual meter” as a weapon against unscrupulous taxi drivers

16-09-2010 14:46 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: www.etnetera.cz Unscrupulous taxi-drivers have plagued the Czech capital for years, charging unsuspecting tourists outrageous amounts of money, taking passengers via the longest possible routes and refusing to produce receipts. Now a Czech firm has offered Prague City Hall a mobile phone application that could help curb the practice. Ondřej Čihař of Et netera explains how the “virtual meter” would work.   More

Czech-produced video game Mafia II proves international hit

14-09-2010 17:02 | Jan Richter

The long-awaited video game Mafia II, produced by the Brno-based 2K Czech studio, came out last month and has since become a huge success with gamers around the world, acclaimed for its mature and realistic story line and top-notch graphics. In this week’s Talking Point, we explore the world of Vitto Scaletta and his adventures in the American underworld of the 1950s.   More

Business News

10-09-2010 16:06 | Chris Johnstone

In this week’s Business News: Czech economic growth on steady course; ministries scramble against solar power impact; telecoms giant under shadow of competition office suspicion; landlords look to double rents; and beer “museum” seeks to showcase small brewers.   More

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