HOIA app downloaded nearly 50,000 times since launch last week

24.08.20 ... The new HOIA coronavirus exposure notification app has been downloaded close to 50,000 times so far, developers say, with two people who have downloaded the app reportedly coronavirus-positive.

Pärnu hosts interactive robot exhibition

17.08.20 ... An interactive robot exhibition in Pärnu has brought cutting edge tech from all over the world to the resort town, ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) reported Sunday night.

Elisa CEO hits out at ministry Huawei tech ban draft

28.07.20 ... CEO of telecoms provider Elisa Estonia Sami Seppänen has hit out at a Ministry of Economic Affairs and communications draft regulation which would restrict non-EU telecoms tech in Estonia's 5G network, including those from Huawei.

Ministry drafts bill aimed at curbing Chinese 5G tech

27.07.20 ... The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications is preparing a regulation which would allow restricting the use of high-risk technologies in telecoms networks, a move which would bar Chinese tech giant Huawei, for instance, from constructing Estonia's 5G network.

Technology expert: US plans to ban TikTok

08.07.20 ... Hans Lõugas, a senior technology analyst at CybExer Technologies, said the United States (U.S.) is planning to ban one of the world's popular social media applications, TikTok, as it is allegedly collecting large amounts of data.

Sales of Estonian electric bikes manufacturer spike

14.06.20 ... Estonian electric bicycles manufacturer Ampler Bikes managed to boost sales by 86 percent in the first five months of the year. The company's turnover came to €5.7 million last year.

First ever drone flight carrying coronavirus patient sample in Estonia

23.04.20 ... A drone was used for conveying a coronavirus sample from Estonia's second-largest island, Hiiumaa, for testing in Tallinn, for the first time.

Skeleton Technologies joins pan-European energy harvesting project

22.04.20 ... Estonian tech firm Skeleton Technologies has joined a €7-million, pan-European initiative aimed at implementing innovative material systems for energy harvesting and electrical energy storage, with a view to ensuring the sustainable and efficient use of resources in line with a circular economy perspective. Energy harvesting can even make use of simple walking in its operation.

Coronavirus effects bringing reduced banking transactions, cash machine use

21.03.20 ... The volume of bank transactions has fallen in the wake of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Estonia, with cash machine use similarly falling, many of the country's main banks say.

Government discussing agreement paving way for Estonia CERN membership

06.02.20 ... The government is discussing a draft agreement on Thursday for Estonia's accession to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) as an associate member. Should the agreement be approved by both government and parliament, it would pave the way for full membership some years later, Baltic News Service reports.

Riigikogu committees disagree with 5G petition

23.09.19 ... The social affairs and environment committees of the Riigikogu decided on Monday not to agree with the petition titled "We demand a halt to the installation of 5G technology in Estonia" made to the parliament

Gallery: First passengers ride driverless bus in Tallinn

29.08.19 ... The first passengers traveled by self driving bus in Kadriorg, Tallinn after a new bus line was launched on Wednesday.

Starship Technologies plans campus expansion after $40 million funding win

21.08.19 ... Estonian company Starship Technologies has announced plans to expand its robot delivery service to 100 U.S. university campuses with the goal of reaching one million students after raising $40 million in funding.

Bolt launches cross-border service in Valga/Valka

31.05.19 ... Taxi-hailing app firm Bolt, formerly Taxify, has launched a cross-border service in the Estonian and Latvian border towns of Valga/Valka, bringing the number of Estonian towns the company operates in to 15.

Prime Minister in Germany presenting digital Estonia

13.11.18 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) is in Germany, where he has already presented an overview of the business landscape and prognosis to a group of German entrepreneurs considering, or already, investing in Estonia.

PPA say no to ID card compromise, Gemalto still hope for accord with state

07.09.18 ... International digital security company and former supplier of Estonian ID cards Gemalto AG has said that it wants a compromise with the Estonian state. The stance of the latter so far has been to pursue a lawsuit against Gemalto regarding compensation to to the Estonian state to the tune of €1.5 million following a security flaw in ID cards made by Gemalto which came to light in summer 2017.

Estonian ride-hailing app Taxify expands in Romania, Mexico

24.06.18 ... Estonian-based ride-hailing app provider Taxify has expanded its activities in Romania and Mexico, countries where it already had a foothold.

Riigikogu President Nestor presents e-state to St. Lucia premier

31.05.18 ... President of the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) Eiki Nestor met with the Prime Minister of St. Lucia, Allen Michael Chastanet, yesterday, Wednesday, and gave him an overview of the principles of e-governance in Estonia.

New €4m investment for Estonian ultracapacitors startup could change energy storage market

28.01.16 ... Skeleton Technologies, Europe’s leading manufacturer of high-performance, graphene-based ultracapacitors, has been backed by a new 4 million euro investment from sustainable innovation investment firm KIC InnoEnergy whose shareholders include ABB, EDF, Iberdrola and Total. The company aims to reach the ambitious target of 20 Wh/kg energy density for its technology by 2020.

Ilves: Europe’s digital development is falling behind

26.01.16 ... Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves urged the European Union and its member states to contribute towards a digital future.

TeliaSonera and Ericsson to go 5G in Tallinn and Stockholm in 2018

22.01.16 ... TeliaSonera and Ericsson have entered into a strategic partnership to let customers in Stockholm and Tallinn experience 5G services already in 2018.

Deal with Estonian LHV bank helps TransferWise challenge traditional banking industry

22.12.15 ... The money transfer company TransferWise has struck a deal with Estonian retail bank LHV that sees its international payment service integrated directly into the bank's smart-phone app.

GALLERY: Robotex now Europe's largest robot battle event

07.12.15 ... Tallinn's Robotex became Europe's largest robot competition event after a record 530 robots battled it out in 17 competitions over three days at the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT).

Indian IT giant HCL Technologies opens development center in Estonia

03.12.15 ... Leading global IT service provider HCL Technologies, one of eight technology companies in the world to earn a revenue of over a billion dollars in 2014, opened its brand new development center in Tallinn today. The opening was attended by the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Minister of Entrepreneurship Liisa Oviir.

E-residency program celebrates first birthday

02.12.15 ... The Estonia's virtual residency program is celebrating its first birthday today, December 1. The program currently has over 7,000 members from 119 countries. That is three times more than initially hoped for.

TUT scientists help create new crisis management simulation system

01.12.15 ... How to prepare for crises like snowstorms, forest fires, floods, earthquakes, and industrial and traffic accidents? Scientists at Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) have created a simulation system for professionals to carry out computer-based trainings. The system was created in cooperation with scientists from 15 EU nations, as well as Israel and several private and public sector organizations.

New ultrafast internet solution piloted in Estonia

25.11.15 ... An Estonian startup is testing out the new LiFi technology, a superfast alternative to WiFi, in a commercial context in Tallinn, Estonia.

UK, Estonia launch new cooperation platform during D5 summit in Tallinn

20.11.15 ... The British Embassy and its partners in the UK and Estonia are today launching TechLink, a brand new platform building partnerships between the two countries in technology, innovation and science. The launch is part of the Digital 5 summit held in Tallinn from November 19-20.

Estonia, Netherlands to create cooperative platform for cyber security studies

18.11.15 ... Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand and Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Bert Koenders agreed on Monday to the creation of a cooperative platform for studying and promoting international law, relevant political norms and state practices applicable to cyberspace.

Transferwise founders named European Web Entrepreneurs of The Year

12.11.15 ... The European Commission today announced the winners of the 2015 European Web Entrepreneurs, or Europioneers Awards. Among this year's winners are Taavet Hinrikus and Kristo Käärmann from Estonia.

Estonian-developed electoral compass helps Americans choose next president

09.11.15 ... The software developed for ERR is now used in the United States to help voters learn which of the presidential candidate best aligns with their personal views, values and priorities.

Estonia creating conditions for transnational data exchange

04.11.15 ... The Information System Authority (RIA) launched a next generation central server of X-Road on Monday. The server allows to manage secure data exchange between the databases of Estonia and other countries.

Estonian company takes international exhibitions to Internet

29.10.15 ... An international company OnlineExpo International launched its international online exhibition platform in Tallinn. Preparation and sales of the first exhibitions have also been launched in Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Czech Republic, and Russia, with the first international trade show set to take place in early spring of 2016.

Estonian researchers developing quick blood test for detecting pregnancy complications

28.10.15 ... Estonian researchers are leading a translational research project in reproductive biomedicine with the aim of developing a quick blood test to predict, and consequently prevent complications at a very early stage of pregnancy.

ID card bug could damage Estonia's IT image

27.10.15 ... A mistake caused by the Estonian Certification Center, the state-owned company behind the software of ID cards, means that 250,000 ID cards and 5,000 e-residency cards will not be compatible with new Google Chrome web browsers, and while the bug can be fixed, the damage to the nation's image as an IT pathfinder, is done.

Garage48 hackathon to find innovation in tourism

27.10.15 ... Garage48, in co-operation with the Estonian Tourist Board of Enterprise Estonia, is organizing a tourism hackathon in Pärnu to find innovation in the global tourism industry.

Japan to implement ID card following Estonia’s example

26.10.15 ... Japanese Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy Akira Amari visited Estonia last week to get acquainted with Estonian e-services and discuss developing digital societies and closer economic relations between the two countries.

Skeletons from Estonia help to shed light on history of plague

23.10.15 ... A new study, featuring Estonian researchers and DNA evidence from Estonia, suggests that Black Death, one of the most ferocious diseases known to man, has literally plagued people for much longer than previously thought. Moreover, it originally spread by human-to-human contact, not fleas.

Estonia becomes full member of European Space Agency

23.10.15 ... The Estonian flag is now proudly flying at European Space Agency (ESA) sites alongside other member states, after Estonia officially became ESA’s 21st member state.

INTERVIEW: World's leading cyber security expert talks privacy, surveillance, governmental malware

22.10.15 ... There is widespread understanding in Estonia that world's first cyber war was waged between Estonia and Russia during the Bronze Night affair. In the opinion of Finnish computer security expert Mikko Hyppönen, the 2007 incident was indeed a watershed moment in history, but rather than calling it a war, it should be likened to "cyber street riots."

Estonia creating virtual museum of natural history

21.10.15 ... Estonian universities and national government institutions are building a virtual natural history museum NATARC. Developers hope that some of the database's unique features can be exported to the benefit of natural history museums, research institutions and governments in other countries.

Rõivas to sign Estonia, Dubai e-governance and ICT memorandum

19.10.15 ... Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas is on an official visit to Dubai and Oman, aiming to promote Estonian business and IT solutions.

At least 4,000 VW Group vehicles faulty in Estonia

13.10.15 ... VW admitted in late September that 11 million vehicles with its EA-189 diesel engines have illegally installed software. The company first said there are over 2,000 affected cars in Estonia, but this number has already doubled.

Elisa borrows €150 million from European Investment Bank to develop fast mobile network in Estonia

07.10.15 ... Elisa Corporation and the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed a 150 million-euro loan agreement on Tuesday to support Elisa's investments in 4G LTE networks in Estonia and Finland.

Estonian-invented robot turtle showcased in Milan

06.10.15 ... U-CAT, an underwater robot designed to penetrate shipwrecks, was presented in Milan EXPO.

Present and future of Estonian startup scene

02.10.15 ... For a while now, Estonia has been hailed as one of world's top startup nations. Startup Estonia, the support unit of Estonian startups, explains the stats behind this reputation and challenges to be overcome to keep the startup scene going.

Estonia starts to export its budget visualization tool

02.10.15 ... The popular Estonian e-solution for visualizing the annual state budget has expanded into the international arena. With guidance from the think tank Praxis, the interactive budget-visualization was implemented for the first time in the Armenian city of Gyumri.

ID card bug affects all e-residency cards

02.10.15 ... A coding mistake which will not allow ID cards to be used with the latest version of Google Chrome, from six months time, also affects over 5,000 e-residency cards issued to date.

Estonian Bike-ID registry goes global

29.09.15 ... Every year over 3,500,000 bikes are stolen in Europe. That is 6 bikes every minute. Estonian company Bike-ID is now going global with its bicycle registry, aiming to help bike owners all over the world keep their wheels safe.

250,000 Estonian ID cards could be faulty

29.09.15 ... A coding mistake by the Certification Center, the company behind the software of ID cards, means 250,000 ID cards could cause problems for users in the future.


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