Science & Technology

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Zuckerberg seeks peace with telcos

2015-03-04 FACEBOOK Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg was on hostile turf on Monday as he spoke to executives at the world’s biggest annual gathering of the mobile industry, renewing attempts to win their backing to help reach billions of users with no Internet...

Dating app Tinder premium plan targets under-30s

2015-03-04 SMARTPHONE dating app Tinder launched a premium paid subscription version on Monday, but drew criticism over a pricing system that charges older users more.Tinder Plus, which has been tested since late last year, has subscription fees varying by...

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

HP shrinks the Pavilion to take on the Mac Mini

2015-02-25 I USED to own an HP Pavilion desktop PC when I was a kid. It introduced me to Windows 98 and colour-coded ports, and I had so much fun playing Command & Conquer: Red Alert and Myst on it. But the CPU was also big and heavy. The most annoying...

Sony goes premium with latest Walkman

2015-02-25 SONY’s Walkman has come a long way. The first original portable cassette player was released on July 1, 1979. My elder brother was only six months old. When I came about and was old enough to know what music was, I immediately searched for a...

Google Wallet partners up with Softcard to battle Apple Pay

2015-02-25 GOOGLE said Monday it was teaming up with the mobile phone payment firm Softcard to ramp up its efforts to counter Apple Pay in the emerging sector.The California tech giant announced Google Wallet would become a pre-installed “tap to pay” app on...

Visa Europe new security may welcome Apple Pay

2015-02-25 VISA Europe has announced a new, more secure way for consumers to pay retailers via smartphones, a move that could set the stage for Apple’s Apple Pay and rival mobile payment services to be introduced into Europe in the coming months. Visa Europe...

App predicts when drivers will free up parking place

2015-02-25 WHEN it comes to helping drivers, there’s no shortage of in-car technology from GPS navigation to collision-warning systems. But now start-ups are tackling a perennial source of frustration – finding a parking space.With the parking industry worth...

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro, the gaming laptop for the rest of us

2015-02-18 NOT everyone has more than $2,000 to spend on a high-end gaming laptop with ultra-powerful graphics card. Of course, you could also build your own desktop gaming rig for far less cheaper, but it can be a messy process for beginners and unless you'...

The 2015 Dell XPS 13 is the ultrabook to beat

2015-02-18 IF LG’s smartphone arm made a new ultrabook, I would imagine that it’ll look like Dell’s latest XPS 13. An almost non-existent bezel has allowed a 13-inch ultrabook to take the form of an 11-inch device. The XPS line has always been Dell’s most...

Japan’s old flip-phones soldier on while smartphones shrink

2015-02-18 JAPANESE shipments of traditional flip-phones rose in 2014 for the first time in seven years while smartphone shipments fell, highlighting Japanese consumers’ tenacious attachment to the familiar and typically less expensive older models. Dubbed “...

The revolution in wearable tech

2015-02-18 WE’VE all been there. You rush out of the house to catch the train to work, elbow your way into a seat and immediately reach for your smartphone. But it isn’t there. Cue sense of panic as you contemplate a day (an hour!) without being connected....

Viber welcomes the Year of the Goat with new sticker pack

2015-02-18 VIBER, a leading communications app, has launched a specially designed sticker pack to welcome the Lunar New Year.The pack features a brand new sticker character.The 'Happy Year' pack - Happy Goat Year - features 16 vibrant stickers which celebrate...

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Third time’s the charm: Canon EOS-M3

2015-02-11 I FIND it odd that DSLR camera giants Nikon and Canon are not in the forefront of the mirrorless system camera market. Despite their reputation in the camera industry, both Nikon and Canon failed to capture a strong following in the mirrorless...

Koreans bring you wireless audio convenience

2015-02-11 I’VE reviewed Sonos’ line of speakers last year as one of the easiest wireless speaker setup for ones living area. Just a couple of months ago, both Samsung and LG released a revamped line of wireless speaker systems to enhance the living area. LG...

Japan high school girls on mobiles 7 hours a day: survey

2015-02-11 HIGH school girls in Japan spend an average of seven hours a day on their mobile phones, a new survey has found, with nearly 10 percent of them putting in at least 15 hours.Boys of the same age average just over four hours mobile phone use a day,...

Hackers can get into most ‘connected cars’

2015-02-11 VIRTUALLY all “connected cars” on the road are vulnerable to hackers who could steal data or gain control of the vehicle, a report from a US senator said Monday. The report prepared by the staff of Senator Ed Markey said the wireless connectivity...

Samsung reveals potential for smart TVs to eavesdrop

2015-02-11 WATCH what you say in your living room. Samsung’s smart TV could be listening. And sharing. Voice recognition technology in the South Korean company’s Internet connected TVs can capture and transmit nearby conversations.The potential for TVs to...

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

How to prolong smartphone battery life span

2015-02-04 IT'S FUNNY how our smartphones are getting more advanced and demand us to use them more often than we used to, yet the battery cannot keep up with our increasing usage. Over a decade ago, our phones were not as smart, but you could use them for...

Zoom ahead with Asus

2015-02-04 ASUS’ smartphones have never really taken off in the past few years. The idea was always good, like the PadFone, where your smartphone powers a larger tablet body. I always told myself I would get one, because the idea of having two devices...

Samsung to expand range of smart appliances

2015-02-04 SAMSUNG is to launch a range of smart refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machines as its seeks to expand its business in Internet-connected homes, a top executive said Tuesday. The South Korean tech giant is seeking to plough more...

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