Science & Technology

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...

Galaxy Note 4: No ordinary Note

2014-10-22 BACK in 2011, large smartphones were uncommon and considered too big for the average consumer. Fast forward to now and the landscape has completely changed. They have become so popular that they have created a new category of devices called...

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Why I’d take the Moto X over the iPhone 6 anytime

2014-10-15 APPLE fans eager to see the iPhone join the phablet movement are celebrating the arrival of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The design is still among the best in the industry, the camera is impressive, and the Apple Pay initiative will certainly...

Lenovo Yoga gets more flexible with new hinge

2014-10-15 LENOVO’S bendable and flexible laptop is back, now even better than the previous two instalments with an updated hinge. Lenovo has two of the best ultrabooks around, the Carbon X1 and its Yoga series. Now the Lenovo Yoga has reached its third...

How your voice is being used to ID you

2014-10-15 BUSINESSES and governments around the world are increasingly turning to voice biometrics, which sometimes are described as voiceprints, to replace passwords and fight fraud. A look at this fast-growing technology: Talk your way past security...

Social media hinders banks’ cyber crime fight

2014-10-15 BANKS are fighting an uphill battle to protect themselves and their client accounts from cyber attacks, and the sometimes careless use of social media by customers and staff isn’t making the fight any easier. British police and banks this week...

South Korea identity thefts force ID overhaul

2014-10-15 AFTER an avalanche of data breaches, South Korea’s national identity card system has been raided so thoroughly by thieves that the government says it might have to issue new ID numbers to every citizen over 17 at a possible cost of billions of...

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

New gadgets unveiled in Japan

2014-10-08 GLASSES that tell you how to get home, adverts that know where you are looking and a T-shirt that knows how fast your heart is beating were on display at a huge tech gathering in Japan yesterday. The gadgets were all part of this year’s Cutting-...

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