Science & Technology

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Canon breaks cover on EOS 80D

2016-03-30 WHEN I first started working at The Brunei Times, I was sometimes required to take good and clear pictures whilst reporting to supplement my stories. I knew then that I needed a DSLR camera to fulfill the requirement, as pictures needed to come...

Samsung wins with the Galaxy TabPro S

2016-03-30 TABLETS are computers for the future. At least that’s what their manufacturers want us to believe. The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs often described PCs as trucks and tablets as cars, which a lot of people will want to be driving on in the post-PC era...

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Sony rebrands Xperia line

2016-03-23 SONY has been going on with the Xperia Z brand name for about five years now, and last month it decided to give the line-up a change, introducing three phones, namely the Xperia X, XA and X Performance. Just a quick introduction of each device:...

Small is big again

2016-03-23 WITH Mobile World Congress now a distant memory, it’s time to shift our focus on Apple. The company unveiled its heavily-rumoured products last Monday, and much of what has been announced is generally what we’ve come to expect out of Apple....

Apple’s robot takes apart iPhones for recycling

2016-03-23 APPLE Inc on Monday unveiled a robotic system called Liam to take apart junked iPhones and recover valuable materials that can be recycled, such as silver and tungsten. The move is an attempt to address criticism that Apple’s products, while sleek...

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Huawei MateBook comes with a few surprises

2016-03-16 HUAWEI’S MateBook, that was released with the Mate 8 phone at the Consumer Electronics Show last month, is another Surface Pro 4 competitor. The HP copycat was good, but it isn’t nearly as impressive as what Huawei has done with this 2-in-1...

Behold, the world’s smallest superzoom

2016-03-16 JUST when you thought point-and-shoot cameras are dead, Sony announced a new compact camera that people would actually want in this age of smartphones. The hook? This one has a super long 30x optical zoom lens in a camera body the size of a bar of...

Facebook, Google and Snapchat looking to beef up encryption

2016-03-16 MAJOR tech companies are looking to beef up the security of their products in response to the spat between Apple and the Department of Justice: Google, Facebook and Snapchat are all planning to add additional layers of encryption to some of their...

Line: Make group voice calls with up to 200 people

2016-03-16 IF YOU ever wanted to have a group voice call with up to 200 people, now you can with the messaging app Line. Calls can be initiated from within group chats, and a notification message will be sent to all of the users participating in the chat. An...

Aimed at cable cord-cutters, Sony TV service goes nationwide

2016-03-16 SONY expanded its streaming TV service nationwide in US last Monday, giving TV lovers a new, potentially cheaper way to get cable channels such as AMC and ESPN.PlayStation Vue, which had been limited to major cities during its first year, will...

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Twitter praised for crackdown on use by ISIS

2016-03-09 OFFICIALS with the nonprofit Simon Wiesenthal Center praised Twitter Inc on Monday for increasing efforts to thwart ISIS’s use of its platform for recruitment and propaganda. The centre’s Digital Terrorism and Hate Project gave Twitter a grade of...

New phones to get excited about in 2016

2016-03-09 THE first two months of 2016 have just passed, and already we’re getting a dose of new and exciting smartphones that are coming this year from two South Korean phone makers. But if you aren’t impressed by Samsung’s latest flagship Galaxy S7 or LG’...

Google opens access to mobile phone service Project Fi

2016-03-09 GOOGLE opened its Project Fi mobile phone service to anyone in the United States using its latest model Nexus smartphones. The public launch of Project Fi marked the end of a 10-month, invitation-only test phase and comes as the Internet giant’s...

Xiaomi Mi 5 quietly steals the show

2016-03-09 WHILST the Koreans were busy dueling it out with the G5 from LG and S7 duo from Samsung, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi dropped a huge showstopper with the Mi 5 just last week. Xiaomi isn’t even available in most major countries in the West, but...

Aspire Switch 11 gives you best of both worlds

2016-03-09 EVER feel like your laptop is just too bulky, but still think that a tablet won’t be practical enough for you to fine tune your tasks at the last minute? If your budget only allows you to get one device, you should check out the Aspire Switch 11...

Thursday, 3 March 2016

‘World’s longest flight’ lands in Auckland

2016-03-03 AN EMIRATES Airbus A380 touched down in New Zealand yesterday, completing what is believed to be the world’s longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight. The service from Dubai to Auckland covered 14,200 kilometres (8,824 miles), according to...

Astronauts back after a year in space

2016-03-03 US ASTRONAUT Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth yesterday after spending almost a year in space in a ground-breaking experiment foreshadowing a potential manned mission to Mars. The 340-day mission saw Kelly...

US military invites vetted experts to ‘Hack the Pentagon’

2016-03-03 THE Pentagon said yesterday it would invite vetted outside hackers to test the cybersecurity of some public US Defense Department websites as part of a pilot project next month, in the first-ever such programme offered by the federal government. “...

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Virtual reality has arrived on mobile phones

2016-03-02 AS SMARTPHONE innovation is starting to hit a wall this year, phone companies are scrambling to figure out how else they can entice consumers into buying their latest phones. Almost everyone is pretty satisfied with their current phones....

Indian villages ban single women from owning mobile phones

2016-03-02 SEVERAL villages in the western Indian state of Gujarat have banned girls and single women from owning mobile phones, saying the devices distract them from their studies. A couple of villages in Mehsana and Banaskantha districts in Gujarat have...

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