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Iceland Number One in Internet Access

According to the report Digital in 2016, published by the UK-based company We Are Social, Iceland ranks first among nations with populations of 50,000 or more in terms of internet penetration, or 98 percent.

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Irresistible Icelandic Google Voice

“Bright, self-assured, helpful voice” is how Úlfar Erlingsson describes the Icelandic computer voice he and Oddur Kjartansson would like to create for Google.

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QuizUp Goes Native

Players of QuizUp, the mobile trivia app based in Iceland, can now create their own questions, it has been announced.

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Icelandic-Developed Learning Tool Presented in Kenya

Gunnar Stefánsson, professor at the University of Iceland’s Faculty of Physical Sciences, recently returned from Kenya where he presented the tutor-web, an open learning (freeware) system for mathematics and statistics, at two universities.

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National Treasure Prepares Electric Bike Record Attempt

Television journalist, adventurer, environmentalist and national treasure, Ómar Ragnarsson, will set off tomorrow (Tuesday) trying to break the Icelandic record for the longest trip made on an electric bicycle on a single charge. He plans to make it all the way from Akureyri to Reykjavík.

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Could QuizUp Trump Facebook?

Þorsteinn Friðriksson from Plain Vanilla, creators of the question game app QuizUp, says it is possible QuizUp could be the next Facebook. “That would be amazing and it is possible. Facebook has the size but not the momentum. Nobody under 15 is on Facebook today.”

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Surtsey Island Continues to Develop

Geothermal heat levels have increased under the western part of Surtsey island since the last time measures were taken, according to results from the latest scientific expedition to the island last week.

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First All-Icelandic Timber Building Green Lighted

Eymundur Magnússon, farmer at Vallanes in Fljótsdalshérað, East Iceland is going to build a good-old-fashioned Icelandic timber house, which will be the first one ever to be built entirely from Icelandic trees. He had to have the timber specially inspected before a building permit was granted...

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Holy Grail Buried in Iceland? We Find Out This Year

The Italian mathematician Giancarlo Gianazza strongly believes he has found clues in Dante’s Divine Comedy that point to the elusive Holy Grail, the vessel Jesus Christ allegedly drank from at the Last Supper, being buried in the highlands of Iceland.

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