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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Trash to treasure: Bicycle brings 3D printing to Taiwan streets

2014-03-19 CYCLING through the streets of Taiwan's capital, staff from a design company turn discarded plastic cups and bottles into pieces of art on the spot with Mobile Fab – an ordinary bike kitted out with a computer and 3D printer. “We wanted to do...

Apple launching ‘cheaper’ iPhone 5C

2014-03-19 A WEBSITE is claiming that a leaked document suggests Apple is planning to sell an 8GB version of its colourful handset that would be more affordable than the current entry-level 16GB model. The iPhone 5C currently sits below the flagship iPhone...

Data vs voice: a communications breakdown

2014-03-19 FOR the first time ever, revenues from data use have overtaken voice calls in the US. It’s not that consumers don't talk anymore – if anything, the world has never been more communicative. But the fact that revenue from mobile data services in...

Office for iPad may be unveiled on March 27

2014-03-19 MICROSOFT Corp chief executive Satya Nadella may unveil an iPad version of the company’s Office software suite on March 27, a source familiar with the event told Reuters, and use his first big press appearance to launch the company’s most...

Move over ‘123456’: passwords go high-tech

2014-03-19 INTERNET users may before long have a secure solution to the modern plague of passwords, in which they can use visual patterns or even their own body parts to identify themselves. Developers at the world’s biggest high-tech fair, CeBIT, say that...

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Down the ‘smartphone food chain’

2014-03-12 FLAGSHIP smartphones, as everyone knows, are great. They cost more than $750 per handset and have everything you can imagine. Sometimes, they have more than you need. Actually, most of the time, you probably won’t use half the apps on the phone....

2014 smartphones: Where is the innovation?

2014-03-12 IN CASE you missed out on the new smartphone announcements from big name phone makers last month, be rest assured that you’re not missing out on anything big. From Sony releasing the Xperia Z2 in just six short months after the Z1, to Samsung’s...

Consumers split on what they want from smartwatches

2014-03-12 NEW research shows that when it comes to smartwatches, what consumers want and what companies are offering are two different things – especially when a potential owner is already a premium watch-wearer. All consumer groups appear to be agreed on...

Designer creates fully functioning keyboard... out of Lego bricks

2014-03-12 THE humble keyboard has been given an image overhaul by imaginative designer Jason Allemann, who has reconstructed the everyday computer accessory almost completely from Lego bricks. Featuring witty details such as a plastic baseball cap for the...

MasterCard, Visa form group to push for better card security

2014-03-12 VISA Inc and MasterCard Inc said they had launched a cross-industry group to improve security for card transactions and press US retailers and banks to meet a 2015 deadline to adopt technology that would make it safer to pay with plastic. The move...

Hearing-aid apps pump up the volume, double as headphones

2014-03-12 NEW smartphone apps that link to hearing aids are helping people with impaired hearing to pump up the volume on their devices or to use them as headphones to stream phone calls, YouTube videos and music. About 36 million American adults have some...

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Samsung Galaxy S – five years and counting

2014-03-05 WHEN the world's leading smartphone maker releases a phone, you need to pay attention. At last week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, Samsung unveiled the latest Galaxy S5 and revealed that it isn’t done with it. In other...

CarPlay: iOS in your car

2014-03-05 IF YOU’RE an iPhone user and plan to get a new car soon, give yourself some time because it’s going to be worth the wait. Apple yesterday made a surprising announcement that it's entering the car business. No, Apple is not making an iCar. Rather...

WiFi in the sky looks set for takeoff

2014-03-05 WIFI in aircraft, hobbled in the past by slow speeds, could soon take off as new technology enables passengers to surf the Web as if they were in a coffee shop, Internet executives say. More airlines are rolling out new and improved services thanks...

Smartphone owners care more about operating systems than handsets

2014-03-05 NEW research shows that consumers' loyalty lies with either Android or iOS and their apps ecosystem, and not with the manufacturer that built their current phone. According to insights and analysis firm Kantar Worldpanel, when it comes to upgrading...

An app designed for kids with ADHD?

2014-03-05 RESEARCHERS from Norwegian research organisation SINTEF are studying smartwatches, digital calendars and other technology as possible support devices for children with autism and ADHD. Kids with these issues can become difficult when daily routines...

How Candy Crush, Angry Birds get your money

2014-03-05 THEY are free to download, fun to play, and fiendishly addictive: mobile games like Candy Crush Saga, Angry Birds and Clash of Clans want to get you hooked, then get your money. Whether you are paying to obtain extra lives, buy “gems” to use as a...

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Smartphone giants want your body

2014-02-27 SMARTPHONE makers are fighting for space on your wrist and your head; lucrative real estate for a new wave of high-tech devices if only they can persuade you to wear them. Manufacturers unleashed a battery of new wearable devices at the world’s...

Tesla Model S rated best 2014 vehicle to buy

2014-02-27 CONSUMER Reports have named the US electric luxury car Tesla Model S the top vehicle of 2014 to buy, calling it a “technological tour de force.”The US consumer shopping guide selected Tesla as the best overall in test performance, reliability and...

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Bluetooth headsets have become smarter

2014-02-26 MAKING and answering calls are no longer primarily how we use our smartphones today. We interact with our smartphone screens more than pressing it against our ears. And as today’s phones are getting bigger in size (thanks to Galaxy Note), holding...

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