Science & Technology

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

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...

First Lumia without Nokia

2014-11-12 MICROSOFT Corp said it would roll out its Lumia 535 smartphone this month with an affordable price tag in its key markets, dropping the Nokia name just months after buying the Finnish company’s handset business.Loaded with its latest Windows Phone...

Hackers could trick way into Apple gadgets

2014-11-12 CYBER security firm FireEye warned on Monday that hackers could trick owners of Apple gadgets into installing applications that steal information. US-based FireEye maintained that “masque attacks” made possible by a vulnerability in software...

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Nexus 6 – Hello big Moto!

2014-11-05 THE 2014 version of Motorola’s Moto X has definitely been a surprise. A surprise in a good way, as many were not sure what the follow-up would be from the 2013 version. It turned out that this year’s Moto X will end up as a frontrunner for one of...

Driverless vehicles – viable solution for urban mobility

2014-11-05 DRIVERLESS cars may sound scary to most of us, particularly those who have watched a lot of science fiction movies that seem to depict a dark future where technology become self aware and take over humanity. But the reality is that science fiction...

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge set to woo Americans with its curves

2014-11-05 THE innovative phablet with a second sloping display will be hitting the shops in the United States just in time for Thanksgiving.The handset sports a 5.6-inch Quad HD super Amoled screen but unlike on other phablets, this one is sloping, wrapping...

New wearable provides two-in-one health tracking

2014-11-05 LIKE many wearable health tracking devices already on the market, the Inner You (Inyu) (pictured) measures heart rate, breathing rate, skin conductance and physical activity, but here's the catch: It uses that data to gauge emotion. Since reading...

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Skip check-in; latest hotel room key is via your phone

2014-11-04 HOTELS don’t want guests to have to linger at the front desk — or even stop by at all. New programmes are helping speed up the check-in process for busy travellers, or in at least one case, letting them go straight to their rooms by using their...

People with chronic fatigue may have brain abnormalities, says research

2014-11-04 A STUDY of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome has found that patients’ brains have at least three distinct abnormalities when compared to healthy people, researchers say. The findings, if confirmed, could lead to new ways to diagnose and treat...

Penguin-bot is a happy feat for science

2014-11-04 BRAZENLY, the down-covered baby penguin lookalike rolls in on four wheels for a huddle with real-life chicks, right under the noses of adult birds which seem to pay it no heed.The infiltration is for a good cause: the cute and fluffy robot is a...

Monday, 3 November 2014

Unraveling oceanographic mysteries in Brunei, Sabah

2014-11-03 AS 2013 gave way to 2014, two spectacular oceanographic events occurred on the Northeastern coastline of Borneo. The first was the presence of thousands of sardines (locally called Ikan Tamban) splashing in shallow waters and skipping out onto the...

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Everykey, one wristband to unlock them all

2014-10-29 WOULDN’T it be great if you could have one master key that unlocks all your stuff? Not just for physical locks but also digital encryptions. Even better if you could conveniently wear it, like you would normally see in science fiction movies. That...

Battle of the mini tablets

2014-10-29 BOTH major players in the segment released new tablets over the past week, Apple with the new iPad and iPad Mini, and Google with the much-awaited Nexus 9. This release makes these three tablets the thinnest, fastest, and currently the best...

Demand for 3D printers set to double

2014-10-29 THOUGH still very much a niche product, annual shipments are expected to hit 2.3 million by 2018.That doesn't sound like a lot – Apple just managed to sell over 10 million iPhones in three September days – but the signs are that 3D printers are...

Finding hidden gems in cities and countries with new apps

2014-10-29 NEWS apps are helping users share information about sights and hidden gems in cities and countries around the globe so other people can benefit from their knowledge. Findery, a free app for iPhone and Android available worldwide, lets people view...

Samsung Galaxy: A new Alpha

2014-10-29 FOR a long time, Samsung phones have been synonymous with all-plastic bodies, but that is about to change with Samsung’s latest smartphone. The Galaxy Alpha marks a major shift in Samsung’s phone aesthetics with a strong focus on design. A great...

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Premium phone in a smaller package

2014-10-22 SMARTPHONES have become ridiculously huge. By the end of this year, we’re looking at flagship phones with mainly gigantic displays that they’re no longer comfortable for one-hand use nor would they fit in our pockets. With Apple recently moving...

Djibouti Internet start-up aims to boost broadband speeds across east Africa

2014-10-22 INTERNET access in east Africa is still relatively slow and costly but a Djibouti-based technology start-up company has ambitions to help change that.Djibouti Data Center (DDC), set up by a group of local and international investors 18 months ago,...

Malaysian telcos announce iPhone 6 and 6 Plus availability

2014-10-22 MAXIS Bhd and DiGi Telecommunications announced separately that they will be offering the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on the same date, November 7. Pre-orders for both iPhone models will start from October 31 at store.maxis.com.my for...

New apps bring kids' playtime back to real world

2014-10-22 PARENTS eager to get their children away from television and video screens can turn to new apps that get youngsters to learn while playing in the real world. New iPad and iPhone apps for children by companies such as Osmo and Tiggly are designed to...

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