Science & Technology

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Panasonic joins the 1-inch sensor club

2016-01-13 THE Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas just went by, and boy do we have a ton of new and exciting products to talk about this month. From new laptops to ultra-thin ultra-high definition TVs, and virtual reality gear to smartwear, this...

Amazon to launch portable version of Echo speaker

2016-01-13 AMAZON.COM Inc expects to release a smaller, portable version of its voice-activated Echo speaker, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the plans.The new device, code-named Fox, is expected to be priced lower than the US$...

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Oculus to start taking virtual reality headset orders

2016-01-06 FACEBOOK-OWNED Oculus VR will begin taking orders for its Rift virtual reality headsets today, as the doors of Consumer Electronics Show gadget extravaganza officially open in Las Vegas.Oculus on Monday did not disclose pricing or when headsets...

Connected devices, drones, smart cars dominate CES 2016

2016-01-06   DESPITE the absence of big names like Apple for several years, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is still considered a reliable barometer for predicting tech trends that will change our lives in the upcoming years. This...

Why you’ll only need your smartphone on your next vacation

2016-01-06 I’VE always loved writing about my recommendations on what gadgets to take along when on vacation, but over time, I’ve reduced the number of gadgets on my list due to my newfound perspective on technology minimalism.   Travelling light has become...

Microsoft’s latest operating system running on 200 million devices

2016-01-06 MICROSOFT Corp’s latest operating system, Windows 10, is running on 200 million devices in what the company said was the fastest adoption rate of any of its operating systems. Windows 10, which the company released as a free download in July,...

What are you excited about in 2016?

2016-01-06 AFTER reviewing the best smartphones of 2015 over the past two weeks in the Tech Brat, it’s time to look ahead in 2016, to what will hopefully bring us, mobile end-users, more productive devices. Below are a couple of things I definitely want to...

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Improve your workouts with Moov Now

2015-12-30 FOR some people, getting back into shape can be very difficult especially those who have no idea where to begin.   If you’re that person, you probably need to hire a professional coach or have a workout buddy.   Another solution is investing on...

Best Smartphones of 2015 (2 of 2)

2015-12-30   IF YOU haven’t seen last week’s column, The Tech Brat is recapping the best smartphones of 2015 and kick-started last week with the budget segment of this year’s top device. This week, we look at the best of medium and premium segments that was...

Samsung Pay plans to enable US online shopping in 2016

2015-12-30 SAMSUNG plans to expand its fledgling mobile payment service in the United States next year, allowing users to shop online and with more smartphones that support the electronic wallet.Lower-priced Samsung phones will likely start offering the...

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

How to be a Jedi using your laptop and smartphone

2015-12-23 A NEW online game seeks to awaken the Force on users’ smartphones and computers. Google launched an online game for Star Wars fans all around the world to coincide with the release of the seventh Star Wars movie “The Force Awakens.”The “Lightsaber...

Lumias land just before the year comes to end

2015-12-23 AFTER filling out its entry-level and mid-range, Microsoft has finally come out with a couple of new Lumia models for the top-end. The new models are the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, and as the name suggests, the Lumia 950 XL is the larger of the two,...

Apple digital wallet soon in China

2015-12-23 APPLE has announced a major partnership with China UnionPay to put is digital wallet to work in the world’s most populous country.China UnionPay customers will be able to add their bank cards to Apple Pay on iPhones, iPads, or Apple Watch wearables...

Best Smartphones of 2015 (Part 1 of 2)

2015-12-23 A YEAR is about to pass again with a blink of an eye and with two more weeks to go, The Tech Brat will be featuring the best smartphones of 2015, divided into two segments. This week will feature the best budget devices whilst the following week...

Apple Watch has a charging dock to call its own

2015-12-23 THERE has been a flurry of third-party charging docks available in the market since the launch of the Apple Watch. Now, Apple has come up with its own.Most third-party charging docks cost about $30 to $50 each. But none has the minimalist elegant...

Nexus 6p: Google’s boutique smartphone for 2015

2015-12-23 THERE have been a lot of great smartphone releases this year, from the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge to the iPhone 6s Plus, but only one smartphone gets to be crowned the best of 2015. At the end of each year, I would nominate the best pick of the bunch...

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Pandora steps up personalisation in battle of the streaming apps

2015-12-16 INTERNET radio giant Pandora on Monday introduced a feature to improve personalisation of musical selections as it hopes to prevent potential defections to on-demand sites.Unlike major streaming sites such as Spotify that allow listeners to pick...

Facebook releases free Star Wars sticker emoji

2015-12-16 WANT to tell a Facebook friend they’re the Chewbacca to your Hans Solo? Or send a sibling a virtual pint as only Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker would? There’s now a Facebook sticker for that.As the days dwindle until the international release of...

Bangladesh lifts ban on all social media

2015-12-16 BANGLADESH has lifted a ban on all social media blocked over security concerns, officials confirmed Monday, as authorities have struggled to quell militant violence and opposition unrest.The removal of the em bargo came just hours after the...

Underworld Wide Web: Moscow to launch WiFi in cemeteries

2015-12-16 RESIDENTS in Moscow already enjoy free wireless Internet in cafes and on the metro system but now authorities in the city have also decided to bring WiFi to a more unusual setting – some of its most storied cemeteries. The free services are set to...

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