Science & Technology

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Budget phones is the next big thing

2014-08-13 WHENEVER I give positive reviews on budget phones, it’s really difficult for me to convince everyone to ditch the more expensive high-end smartphones on their wish list. It can’t be helped when budget phones have had a reputation of being low...

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Small-sized tablets for small wallets

2014-08-06 THE seven-inch tablet segment has been made popular by the Nexus 7, most notably because of its friendly price tag and high performance. However, since the Nexus 7 from Google entered the tablet scene, many have followed suit: cheap ones, cheaper...

LG follows Samsung to market 105-inch monster TV

2014-08-06 IF YOU liked the look of Samsung's living room-filling 105-inch curved screen ultra-high-definition television set but were put off by its US$120,000 ($149,000) asking price, there's good news. Yesterday, LG launched its own equally curved,...

LG launches the curious Tab Book 11

2014-08-06 IT'S essentially an 11.6-inch Android tablet, but one that seems to think it's a Chromebook or a laptop. For a start, it has a slide-out keyboard and behind the IPS display is a very potent Intel Haswell Core i5 processor. This is the sort of...

Crowdsourcing the answers to medical mysteries

2014-08-06 FOR people plagued for years by mysterious illnesses, a new online service aims to help by “crowdsourcing” among medical professionals for a diagnosis. The service, called CrowdMed (www.crowdmed.com), relies on retired doctors, nurses and other “...

Thrifty tablets

2014-08-06 IF YOU’RE keen on getting a tablet but don’t want to break the bank just so you can own one, you might be interested in Asus’ latest range of tablet offerings, which it claims does not compromise on quality despite its more affordable prices. This...

Google prepping Instagram competitor

2014-08-06 ACCORDING to Bloomberg, the search giant wants to spin out Google+ Photos as a separate site. Despite the fact that Google+ has over 500 million registered users, it is the social network that gets the most criticism and some of it is deserved....

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Xiaomi unveils the Mi4

2014-07-30 CHINESE smartphone maker Xiaomi has unveiled its new flagship model, the Mi4, at the National Convention Centre in Beijing. The Mi4 has a stainless steel frame and a swappable back cover. At the launch, the company showed off 12 cover designs,...

Consumers choosing phablets over tablets

2014-07-30 DEMAND for iPads in particular is cooling but that doesn’t mean that tablets are going out of fashion – sales are expected to continue to grow over the course of the year, albeit at a slower rate. Preliminary data from research and analytics firm...

Will BlackBerry’s ‘Passport’ entice users?

2014-07-30   BLACKBERRY... that’s a name you haven’t heard or talked about in a very long time. That’s probably because the phone maker hasn’t done anything in a very long time... until now. BlackBerry has released a new phone called the Passport, and it’s...

China’s young entrepreneurs dig for Internet gold

2014-07-30 WHEN mobile app MYOTee (pictured) swept the Chinese online scene with 30 million download clicks in June, its developer Erick Kuo already knew that in the Internet age, success could be short-lived. “MYOTee had long been prepared to be a shooting...

Why your next phone will be a phablet

2014-07-30   REMEMBER how small smartphones used to be? At that time we all thought their screens were huge, right? The screens actually seemed huge in the beginning because they had been enlarged and covered the entire front face of the phone, and...

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Hackers want to secure Wi-Fi routers

2014-07-23 ONE of the world’s biggest digital rights groups wants to make Wi-Fi networks more secure. But the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) needs developers’ help with its Open Wireless Router project. Launched at the Hackers on Planet Earth conference...

Buy Kindle e-books with Samsung app

2014-07-23 CONSUMERS won't have to jump through hoops when buying Kindle e-books once a new online store opens in Singapore in September.The e-store – in the form of a free app for Samsung devices – means people can buy and read Kindle e-books on their...

Accused Android app pirates face criminal charges

2014-07-23 US PROSECUTORS on Monday unsealed indictments against six people suspected of collectively pirating millions of applications tailored for Android-powered mobile devices.Criminal charges were leveled at leading members of “piracy groups”...

Single-message app ‘Yo’ is what's up with investors

2014-07-23 AMESSAGING app that allows users to send the word “Yo” to friends has discovered newfound fame and fortune. San Francisco-based startup Yo, which got its start in Tel Aviv and moved to California after becoming a hit in Israel, boasted new backers...

HTC Desire 610 – Desirable or not?

2014-07-23 PEOPLE are often looking at HTC for its flagship One M8, which is now still reasonably priced. However, its younger sibling, the HTC Desire 610, is often overlooked. The Desire 610’s main feature is its plastic-like body, which is actually quite...

Canon G1X Mark II vs Sony RX100

2014-07-23 DIGITAL compact cameras just keep getting better over recent years. In the last decade, they were mainly cheap little cameras that take mediocre image quality. Today we have an arsenal of powerful digital compact cameras that take great quality...

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

World Cup was biggest event yet for Twitter with 672m tweets

2014-07-16 GERMANY may have beaten Argentina to win the World Cup, but Twitter and Facebook have been engaged in their own battle for social supremacy during the football tournament.This particular competition is stretching beyond the final, as the two social...

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