Science & Technology

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Is tech lift to productivity being overlooked?

2015-08-05 STEVE Gutmann used to have a basement that he never used. His Honda Civic sat idle in front of his Portland, Ore. house. Now strangers use Getaround.com to book Gutmann’s US$6-an-hour car for errands and travellers stay in his newly refurbished...

US wildlife agency says app can help log endangered species

2015-08-05 US WILDLIFE officials want smartphone-owning outdoor lovers to use an app to report any endangered species they see in the wilderness.The US Fish and Wildlife Service said it is teaming up with Sweden-based FishBrain, a social network and free-to-...

US drones capture breath samples from humpback whales in study

2015-08-05 RESEARCHERS at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Cape Cod have begun using a helicopter-style drone to monitor humpback whales off the coast, collecting breath samples from their blowholes and taking aerial pictures. The scientists first...

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Snapchat adds BuzzFeed, iHeartRadio to its Discover media lineup

2015-07-29 SNAPCHAT has slotted BuzzFeed and music-streaming service iHeartRadio into its Discover media section, after removing launch partners Yahoo and Warner Music Group from the lineup.The Snapchat app’s Discover feature lets media companies serve up “...

Tech leaders warn over ‘killer robots’

2015-07-29 A GROUP of leading tech leaders, including British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, on Tuesday issued a stern warning against the development of so-called killer robots.Autonomous weapons, which use artificial...

Android flaw lets hackers break in with a text message

2015-07-29 CYBER security firm Zimperium on Monday warned of a flaw in the world’s most popular smartphone operating system that lets hackers take control with a text message.“Attackers only need your mobile number, using which they can remotely execute code...

Windows 10 and what you need to know

2015-07-29 WITH Windows 10’s imminent launch in a couple of weeks, many are skeptical as to whether they should be “early adopters” or not. As per technology, many would prefer to wait for a more refined version to allow the kinks to be ironed out. I, for...

Supercharge your iPhone camera with the DxO One

2015-07-29 FOR general everyday use, smartphone cameras take acceptable quality photos. But when you want to take your photography to another level, they’re quite limited in many ways. However, most of us don’t like the idea of carrying another camera in our...

Google throttles back vision for its social network

2015-07-29 GOOGLE said it is throttling back on its vision of having profiles at its social network serve as people’s identities across its range of online offerings.“Important changes” coming to Google+ in the months ahead will include users no longer...

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Rumours, sensationalism are China censorship targets on Tencent’s WeChat

2015-07-22 CENSHORSHIP is ever-present on China’s Internet, but on Tencent Holding Ltd’s mobile social network WeChat, the kinds of posts culled often differ from elsewhere, according to a study, the first of its kind. The usual taboo subjects of calls for...

Payment wristbands set to tap ‘wearables’ boom

2015-07-22 NEW payment technologies such as Apple Pay and FC Barcelona wristbands carrying a digital wallet will increasingly mean bank customers ditch cards and cash for wearable technology, experts predict. Watches, wristbands, jewellery, key fobs and other...

Google might bring back the Nexus 5

2015-07-22 WHEN Google and LG released the Nexus 5 in 2013, it became one of the best handsets for the Android purists and fans.   It had a really nice built, beautiful HD 1080p display, a rock-solid processor and runs on stock Android 4.4 Kit Kat minus the...

Instagram adds search to its web interface

2015-07-22 FACEBOOK-OWNED Instagram just made a bunch of third-party web clients obsolete: The popular social image sharing platform added search functionality to its website Monday, allowing users to search for hashtags, locations and user accounts...

Apple releases 6th generation iPod Touch

2015-07-22 AFTER a very long time, three years to be exact, Apple has finally released the next generation iPod Touch. The latest iPod Touch looks like a hybrid between the iPhone 6, with the metal-themed sides, and an iPhone 5c, with colourful themes and the...

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

How to improve audio on your TV

2015-07-15 WATCHING a lot of TV series and movies at home lately? If you’re watching them with the audio coming out from your HDTV’s built-in speakers, you’re doing it wrong! Neglecting audio is the biggest mistake a lot of TV owners make. Those who have...

Looking for other Japanese speakers in Paris? There’s an app for that

2015-07-15 PARIS, the city of light, love, and tourists, has released a new mobile app called “Yes I speak touriste” to help foreigners struggling with their French find some respite. The app provides users with an interactive map showing locations like...

Meizu in Brunei

2015-07-15 MEIZU recently started off its marketing campaign with a bang in the sultanate, with two models: MX4 and the M1 Note. The MX4 is amazingly priced at $449 for the 16GB and $499 for the 32GB, making the 32GB a no brainer in this case. Meizu is no...

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

GoPro unveils new cube-shaped action cam

2015-07-08 TO BE honest, I’ve never had much interest in action cameras, hence my lack of research on the subject, as I’ve had no specific use for them in my lifestyle. But it was only until I took up longboarding quite recently that I started to develop...

Olympus innovates with Air

2015-07-08 WE’VE seen a fair share of new generation cameras that require a smartphone to work with, especially from Sony, that is well-known for making the best cameras in that format. Olympus’ new model, the Air A01, is a compact camera without an LCD...

Fitness apps data reveals American workout habits, most active states

2015-07-08 MILLIONS of Americans are recording their workout routines and activities on apps that are giving fitness experts new insights into the habits of a logged-in population.Data compiled by fitness and workout tracker apps, MyFitnessPal and...

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