Science & Technology

Thursday, 26 March 2009

PC makers move in on handphone territory

2009-03-26 THE computer industry has hit upon its Next Big Thing. It is called a phone.Emboldened by Apple's success with its iPhone, many PC makers and chip companies are charging into the mobile-phone business, promising new devices that can pack the...

Palm is confident of making a comeback with the Pre

2009-03-26 COMEBACK stories are irresistibly appealing, in business as well as in sports. But recovering from some strategic mistakes is awfully hard. A case in point is Palm's failure to anticipate the threat that Apple posed to its core business.Nearly two...

Handheld for Asian mart

2009-03-26 MOTOROLA has released two handheld computers for the enterprise-market that were designed in Asia and built specially with the Asian market in mind.As such, the FR68 and FR6000 Enterprise Digital Assistants (EDAs), which run Microsoft's Windows...

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Cut, copy, paste & push

2009-03-19 IT MIGHT not sound much. But to the 17 million owners of Apple iPhones worldwide and to 13m owners of their non-phone siblings, the iPod Touch, it's a big thing: the next version of its software, to be released "this summer", will allow...

Scan, read manga before buying

2009-03-19 A CUSTOMER scans a quick response code of a manga with her cell phone at a Imai Shoten Group bookstore in Matsue. A group operating book-stores and other businesses in Shimane and Tottori prefec-tures has developed a system to allow customers to...

Sunny future for cloud computing

2009-03-19 MORE and more companies are getting into cloud computing as it offers a much cheaper way for businesses to acquire and use IT. Industry analyst company IDC expects the adoption of cloud computing technology to be amplified with spendings reaching an...

Breaking boundaries with mega computers

2009-03-19 ABRAHAM LINCOLN said, "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt." This often comes to mind when famous men make confident predictions which turn out to have been fatuous misjudgments. One thinks...

Help! I'm stolen!

2009-03-19 WHEN a thief opens your laptop, he could get a shock when it starts to shout "Help, I've been stolen!" or, perhaps, something ruder. But that's one of the options provided by Front Door Software's US$30 Retriever programme for Windows XP...

Website lists worst Irish accents on film

2009-03-19 JUST in time for a certain Irish holiday, a website has arrived offering, among other things, Irish-American news and a list of the 10 worst Irish accents on film (Sean Connery tops it, and along with Julia Roberts, appears twice).The man behind the...

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Quarter century of Word

2009-03-12 MORE than 25 years since the birth of the extraordinarily popular Microsoft Word, this wordprocessing programme has quite literally changed the computing world with a history older than this possibly biased journalist. Such is the enormity of its...

MySpace bragging lands cop in court

2009-03-12 IN PICTURES, Vaughan Ettienne is a champion bodybuilder of surreal musculature. In conversation, he is polite and thoughtful. And in the looking glass of his computer screen, he becomes a man of fierce, profane views on how to keep law and order. A...

A rugged laptop to take on hiking or camping trips

2009-03-12 MOST people beat up their laptops and eventually pay the price. But not so with an emerging class of so-called rugged laptops. Dell is releasing its second-generation fully-rugged model, the Latitude E6400 XFR, and the company says it provides even...

Suffering from broadband envy

2009-03-12 I'VE been writing about the debate about how the government might encourage more high-speed Internet use and American readers have complained loudly that people in other countries have faster, cheaper, more widely available broadband service. Even...

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Love to shop till you drop? Go online!

2009-03-08 WITH the advent of theInternet, and it being so accessible to most people, it's just a matter of time before one clicks into an e-shopping site. But, you ask why shop online when Brunei is so small, when it's just a matter of minutes that you can...

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Taking over a virtual world

2009-03-05 AT LEAST 11.5 million people try to take over the world regularly albeit they're trying to conquer a virtual one. Their numbers reflect how many players pay monthly subscription fees for the online Role Playing Game (RPG) World of Warcraft. Yet...

Professionals leave US for home

2009-03-05 THE hiring of immigrant high-tech workers was a heated issue well before the economy went into a tailspin. So it's no real surprise that the bank bailout legislation includes language to discourage banks from recruiting skilled foreigners on work...

Google on global search for authors in ebook campaign

2009-03-05 LAST month an email message washed up at the offices of The Cook Islands News in the South Pacific. It was a request to place a half-page advertisement in the newspaper, which has a circulation of 2,500. The cost was US$370 ($573). "We were...

Microsoft testing Kumo search engine

2009-03-05 MICROSOFT on Tuesday confirmed it is testing a new Internet search engine it hopes will power the US software giant out of distant third place in a market do-minated by Google.A Kumo.com search engine being privately tested by Microsoft workers is...

Crooks trawl social- networking websites

2009-03-05 COMPUTER security spe-cialists warn that Face-book users have been hit with a series of data-stealing attacks in the past week as cyber crooks increasingly stalk social-networking websites. Facebook has become prime hunting ground for tricksters and...

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Digital revolution's negative side effects

2009-02-26 BARONESS Su-san Greenfield, the cross-bench peer who is also a distinguished neuroscientist, was speaking in a debate about social net-working sites and asking a question that is far more important than who leads a political party: is the new way of...

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