Science & Technology

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

US, industry launch drone safety campaign

2014-12-24 ALARMED by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, drone industry officials said Monday they are teaming up with the US government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign. The campaign includes a website —...

Can an app a day keep the doctor away?

2014-12-24 GONG Xiaoming, an obstetrician at a public hospital in Shanghai, usually sees up to 30 outpatients a day, but when he writes an article about uterine fibroids it can easily draw tens of thousands clicks within a day on his microblog. “I can’t...

Monday, 22 December 2014

Weakness in tsunami warning system

2014-12-22 IN APRIL 2012, Indonesia’s Banda Aceh, the city worst hit by the tsunami that killed at least 226,000 people on Boxing Day ten years ago, received a terrifying reminder of how unprepared it was for the next disaster.As an 8.6-magnitude quake struck...

Japan scientists develop micro-fine adhesive sensors

2014-12-22 SCIENTISTS in Japan have developed a sticky sheet of tiny sensors that can be put directly on moving joints, beating hearts or other living tissues.The invention opens up the possibility of implanting almost unnoticeable sensors inside the body,...

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

What Google’s Year in Search says about 2014

2014-12-17 IF YOU’RE trying to make sense of Google’s Year In Search – previously known as Google Zeitgeist, also known as Stuff You’re Really Interested in Looking At When You’re Not Too Busy Lying About Your Love of Proust – you could do worse than cite...

Viber unveils platform expansion with Viber games

2014-12-17 VIBER, the leading messaging, voice and video platform, announced a major expansion in its app today with the launch of Viber Games. This is the third major release for Viber in as many months, following the addition of Mobile Video Calls and Viber...

Hands on the cheapest Mac you can get today

2014-12-17   ALTHOUGH it’s the least popular computer in Apple’s Mac lineup today, the Mac Mini is still an excellent budget Mac for those who are strapped on cash.   It’s also one of the more flexible Macs, as it has a very small footprint and gives users...

How to pick the right fitness tracker

2014-12-17 THE holidays are here, which means feeling guilty about how much you’re eating and how little you’re exercising. Gadgets are available to help keep that in balance.The best device for you will depend on your current fitness levels and needs. Most...

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Internet giants wage war on ad blockers

2014-12-10 IMAGINE being able to surf the web and watch videos online without having to swat away pesky pop-up ads? These days you can, thanks to small programm like Adblock Plus that are available free for download and that arm your browser to defend against...

Standout phone features – do you need them?

2014-12-10 THERE’S an Android phone for everyone. Need to swim with it? Get a waterproof model. Travel a lot? Get one with longer battery life. The novel features in these phones aren’t going to be necessities for everyone. But if you’re in need of that...

Mobile apps still collect data on US children

2014-12-10 A LANDMARK 2013 law aimed at protecting the privacy of America’s youngest mobile consumers hasn’t stopped app developers from collecting vast amounts of data, including a person’s location and even recordings of their voice, according to privacy...

YotaPhone takes 2nd shot at 2nd screen

2014-12-10 DEPENDING on how religiously you read this column, you may have a rough idea of what a YotaPhone is. The first time I saw it, it immediately reminded me of the Batman villain, Two-Face. One face normal, the other face not so pretty. But you have...

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Smoking riskier for men than women

2014-12-06 MEN who smoke are over three times more likely than non-smokers to lose their Y chromosomes, according to researchers who have previously shown that loss of the Y chromosome is linked to cancer. The study, published Thursday in the US journal...

Flu vaccine may be less effective in December

2014-12-06 THE flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to US health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths. Flu season has begun to ramp up, and officials say the vaccine does not protect well against the...

Disney launches education apps

2014-12-06 THE Walt Disney Co is launching a new line of learning tools designed to help parents encourage kids three to eight to learn outside of school. Disney Imagicademy begins with a series of mobile apps but will later expand into other products such...

Turning agricultural wastewater into biogas

2014-12-06 THAT morning cup of coffee gives many of us a needed boost, but Central American coffee farmers have found a new source of energy in their beans: turning agricultural wastewater into biogas. An often-overlooked byproduct of the world’s favourite...

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

24m people want an Apple watch

2014-12-03 ACCORDING to investment bank UBS, 25 per cent of consumers sizing up a smartwatch purchase over the next 12 months are eyeing up Apple's first wearable.The survey, of 4000 consumers in four countries (the US, UK, China and Italy) shows that there...

Hush-out sound for a good night’s sleep

2014-12-03 SMART earplugs are in the works that filter out the sounds keeping you up at night and allow you to hear the important ones – such as the alarm the next morning. A team in San Diego used noise-blocking foam to design the earplugs, which connect...

Teens turn to text messages for AIDS advice in Zambia

2014-12-03 THE questions teenagers ask about HIV are brutally honest, anonymous – and sent in 160 characters or less over mobile phone text messages. At U-Report, a Zambian HIV advice organisation, thousands of bite-sized questions come through every day. One...

Yoga is good for you

2014-12-03 IT’S no secret – Lenovo has made me a fan with its line of laptops and ultrabooks, from the more affordable Flex to the very expensive Carbon X1. I think that Lenovo has done well in both its laptop and ultrabook segments. I think Brunei’s lack of...

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