Science & Technology

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

LG unveils G4: Real leather, faster camera

2015-05-06 FOLLOWING up on the LG G3 and G Flex 2, LG has gone with full on treated leather on the backs of the G4, which can be interchangeable by the way, and has improved on what matters the most, a killer camera on the back. Smartphone flagships come in...

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Google teams up with European media to boost online journalism

2015-04-29 GOOGLE will on Tuesday launch a 150 million euro programme to support innovative online journalism in partnership with eight European publications.In a statement, the Internet giant said the Digital News Initiative would “support quality journalism...

Apple Watch highlights need for shorter news

2015-04-29 WHAT will you be putting on your Apple Watch? I am assuming some of you must have them by now while the rest of us wait for the price to drop below the level of our apathy and for the teething problems with version one to be ironed out. On the...

Instagram for doctors: how Figure 1 is crowdsourcing diagnoses

2015-04-29 WHERE do doctors turn when even they don’t know what’s wrong with you? Colleagues? Books? The Internet? A Canadian startup wants to make the answer an Instagram for doctors. Figure 1 (pic) is an app that allows iPhone and Android-owning...

Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 in limelight of its own

2015-04-29 THE first-ever Alcatel One Touch Idol series was my replacement phone when my LG G2 dropped and cracked when it slipped through a pair of plastic gloves I was wearing at work one day. The One Touch Idol is now entering its third generation, and...

Super zoom cameras that fit in your pocket

2015-04-29 SONY is not done with digital compact cameras. Following a string of successes with its RX series of high-end compact cameras, the company is showing the world how it can save the point and shoot from the onslaught of smartphones. Earlier this...

Huawei releases new Honor budget smartphone, to be sold online

2015-04-29 HUAWEI Technologies Co Ltd launched on Tuesday the Honor 4C (pic) smartphone, the latest bid by the Chinese technology firm to gain market share in the highly competitive budget handset segment from domestic rivals such as Xiaomi Inc.The phone has...

Tencent takes on Alibaba, Xiaomi with open smart hardware operating system

2015-04-29 CHINA’S Tencent Holdings Ltd launched yesterday an operating system for Internet-connected devices such as TVs and watches that is open to all developers, taking on domestic rivals Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Xiaomi Inc in the smart hardware...

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Time out! Why you shouldn’t get a smart watch yet

2015-04-22 SO THE Apple watch is finally out this week, and you’re convinced that you need a smart watch this year. But as cool as how new tech sounds, the current smart watches are plagued with flaws that could turn buyers off. And as the saying goes, if...

Sony quietly unveils Xperia Z4

2015-04-22 SONY Xperia Z was revolutionary from the start being one of the first water and dust-proof smartphones ever released. Four Xperias later, the Sony Z4 still has the same dull look as the first. In fact, the Sony Xperia Z is probably the only...

Oslo calling: Norwegians prepare to scrap FM radio

2015-04-22 NORWAY is set to become the first country in the world to switch off its analogue radio transmitters, moving the entire population to digital radio broadcasts by 2017. If everything goes to plan, the last FM radio transmitters in Norway will be...

BMW China plans to put WeChat in cars

2015-04-22 BMW AG is working to integrate Tencent Holdings’ popular WeChat messaging app into its cars in China and is planning to do it in a way that would not require the Internet giant to make changes to its software, its China R&D chief said. As the...

Japan’s maglev train breaks new world speed record

2015-04-22 JAPAN’S state-of-the-art maglev train clocked a new world speed record yesterday in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre (373 miles) per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad.The seven-car maglev train –...

Sydney: Microsoft first flagship store outside US

2015-04-22 MICROSOFT yesterday said it will open its first flagship store outside the United States in Sydney, as the technology giant expands its physical footprint to take on global rivals Apple and Samsung. Microsoft Australia’s managing director Pip...

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Why solid state drives are good for you

2015-04-15 SOLID state drives (SSD) are quickly gaining mainstream popularity in recent years, due to their gain in performance, reliability and portability over traditional hard disk drives (HDD). Not surprisingly, there are still people who have no idea...

Wireless headphones the only way to go

2015-04-15 HEADPHONES have always been a guy thing. I usually use them when I travel abroad, and I’ve bought more than five in the past couple of years. I’ve gone from the entry level, to the more expensive normal ones, to cheap noise cancellation ones, and...

IBM, Apple team up on artificial intelligence health programme

2015-04-15 IBM on Monday announced alliances with Apple and others to put artificial intelligence to work drawing potentially life-saving insights from the booming amount of health data generated on personal devices.IBM is collaborating with Apple, Medtronic...

Smartphone device may help diagnose cancer

2015-04-15 A NEW device that can be added to a smartphone may be able to accurately and cheaply diagnose cancer, a technology which could be useful in remote areas, US researchers said Monday.Known as D3, the add-on is designed to be used by medical experts,...

User mistakes aid most cyber attacks, Verizon and Symantec studies show

2015-04-15 WHEN a cyber security breach hits the news, those most closely involved often have incentive to play up the sophistication of the attack.If hackers are portrayed as well-funded geniuses, victims look less vulnerable, security firms can flog their...

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