Science & Technology

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Hands on with the Note Edge

2014-11-26 THE Galaxy Note Edge by Samsung might give some the initial impression that it’s gimmicky, but after holding it and using it for a while, perhaps that thought needs to be reassessed. Its curved screen is amazingly intuitive, because it really...

Stealthy spy software snooping for years: Symantec

2014-11-26 COMPUTER security firm Symantec on Monday said it uncovered stealthy software wielded as part of a years-long spying campaign, most likely by a nation state.The malicious software, dubbed Regin, has a rare level of sophistication and has been...

Apple teams with (RED) to fight AIDS

2014-11-26 APPLE on Monday teamed with the (RED) campaign founded by U2 singer Bono to raise money to fight AIDS.The move came as the California-based maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macintosh computers shows deeper support for social and environmental...

Dell beams down new Alienware machines

2014-11-26 LIKE them or hate them, you can’t deny that Dell’s Alienware line has a unique style all its own. We have to admit, however, that the latest line of Alienware machines are very much to our liking, sporting a mix of black and silver accents that has...

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Newborn star rewrites theory of planetary formation

2014-11-25 ASTRONOMERS observing a distant stellar baby called HL Tauri are finding out that stars – the really massive ones – don’t always eat their planets. Theories about how massive stars are born may face revision after astronomers in Chile say they...

Banking culture breeds greed, dishonesty: study

2014-11-25 A BANKING culture that implicitly puts financial gain above all else fuels greed and dishonesty and makes bankers more likely to cheat, according to the findings of a scientific study.Researchers in Switzerland studied bank workers and other...

Monday, 24 November 2014

Eradicating malaria in 15 years

2014-11-24 LEADERS of the 18 East Asia Summit countries have committed to an ambitious goal of eliminating malaria from the entire Asia Pacific region in the next 15 years. The bold move shows strong leadership on health security and responds head-on to...

Exploring the latest developments to fight Alzheimer’s

2014-11-24 IT’S A disease that strips the sufferer of his identity and sense of self. Loved ones and caregivers are forced to helplessly watch as the patient is unwillingly forced on a painful and lonely journey into oblivion.It’s called Alzheimer’s disease,...

Facebook ‘newspaper’ spells trouble for media

2014-11-24 FACEBOOK’S move to fulfill its ambition to be the personal “newspaper” for its billion-plus members is likely to mean more woes for the ailing news media.The huge social network has become a key source of news for many users, as part of a dramatic...

22,000+ species on brink of extinction

2014-11-24 A species of Malaysian microsnail has been declared “extinct” in the latest Red List of Threatened Species released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).Plectostoma sciaphilum, known only from a single limestone hill in...

Saturday, 22 November 2014

First humans settled on Tibetan Plateau 3,600 years ago

2014-11-22 RESEARCHERS said on Thursday that people likely moved to the Tibetan highlands 3,600 years ago, in an indication of when humans first settled at high altitudes.Humans were able to permanently settle as high as 3,400 metres on the Tibetan plateau –...

Scientists study rare tapeworm living in man’s brain for 4 years

2014-11-22 Scientists in Britain removed and studied a rare tapeworm that lived in a man’s brain for four years, researchers said on Friday.The parasite travelled five centimetres from the right side of the brain to the left. The tapeworm causes sparganosis,...

Volatile climate hits world with hurricanes, drought

2014-11-22 SIXTEEN years ago, Teodoro Acuna Zavala lost nearly everything when Hurricane Mitch ravaged his fields, pouring 10 days of torrential rains on Central America and killing more than 9,000 people. Today, the 64-year-old farmer has been forced to the...

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

NYC plans to replace pay phones with Wi-Fi hubs

2014-11-19 PAY phones on New York City streets would become a thing of the past under a plan announced Monday that would replace them with stand-alone devices offering free Wi-Fi and nationwide phone calls as well as mobile phone charging capability.New York...

Apple’s iOS 8 provides a smarter type

2014-11-19 I NEVER would have considered writing this review on my iPhone if I hadn’t upgraded to Apple’s new operating system, iOS 8.With the free upgrade, typing on the iPhone’s touch keyboard doesn’t seems as tedious, cumbersome or infuriating as it did...

Time for you to get that Chromebook

2014-11-19 WELL surprise, surprise. As it turns out, the tablet hasn’t really replaced the PC. At least not yet. Tablet sales are now slowing down, while PC sales have stopped declining. People are buying PCs again. Not to say that tablets are a failed...

Batteries, features and smooth operation: Nexus 6 continues to impress

2014-11-19 AFTER launching the Nexus 6, Google was faced with manufacturing issues to meet the demand of consumers in a short period of time. Phones were selling out left, right and centre, and you would wonder how people are adapting to this massive six-inch...

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Pebble Steel: Taking the leap of faith on smartwatches

2014-11-12 IN THE coming years, wearing a smartwatch or a health/fitness wristband will be the “in” thing. Wearable tech is going to be mainstream. So much so that you would rather not be caught dead without having some form of tech on your wrist....

Gmail goes Android

2014-11-12 GMAIL is now hands down the best e-mail client on the web, whether you agree or not. Ever since the introduction of Gmail from Google, everything else became irrelevant. I’ve been using Gmail for the past five years mainly because of its security...

Sony a5100: Just snap and share

2014-11-12 THE a5100 is Sony’s latest Alpha mirrorless camera. Physically, the a5100 does not differ much from other models in the range but it’s smaller than the higher-end a6000. Although it’s small, it feels solid and has a decent-sized grip that makes it...

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