Science & Technology

Thursday, 12 March 2009

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

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...

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...

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...

Cyberterrorism in context

2009-02-26 HAVING a Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII) is crucial to any nation because the destruction or disruption of its IT systems and communication networks would significantly affect its economic strength, image, defence and security,...

Exploring a Deep Web that even Google cannot grasp

2009-02-26 ONE day last summer, Google's search engine trundled quietly past a milestone. It added the one trillionth address to the list of Web pages it knows about. But as impossibly big as that number may seem, it represents only a fraction of the entire...

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Breaking the rules for a Twitterific time

2009-02-19 WRITING can be solitary work, but not when you write a tech column. Feedback pours in so quickly by email, on blogs, in online comments that its almost real-time performance art.For the longest time, my readers kept nagging me to check out this...

Collins looks to Bebo generation for 'piff' ideas for new dictionary

2009-02-19 ANYONE over 21 might struggle on Bebo, the social networking site that's as popular with UK teens as Facebook is with office workers. Maybe you're being mugged, but plenty of Bebo's users think the bare piff words on the website are totally seen.For...

Silver surfing offers new lease of life

2009-02-19 THE older generation are using the Internet to help them stay connected and mentally active. But it is tough to keep abreast of progress.Margaret Koroidovi is searching the Internet for information about the black American GI father she has never...

Spotify is set to take iTunes' spot

2009-02-19 OUR household's two most recent technological acquisitions are: a) iPod DJ decks and b) a Spotify account. The first is my husband's. He loves iPods: so much that he has three. Three! One of them was mine, originally: he liberated it before I...

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Skype steps ahead with v4

2009-02-12 WHEN AT&T demonstrated its video telephone at the 1964 World Fair, everyone including AT&T pretty much figured that it would be the future. People wouldn't just hear each other over the phone they would see each other, too.What everyone...

Sony's latest Handycam maintains its popular focus

2009-02-12 SONY's Handycam HDR-SR11 is among the cream of the hard-drive AVCHD crop right now, and the same is true for its sister, the HDR-SR12, since the only difference between them is the size of their respective hard drives. The SR11 sports a 60GB drive,...

A fuel cell for your cell phone

2009-02-12 THE promise of mass-market fuel-cell technology has been long coming perhaps as far back as its invention in 1839 by 'The Father of the Fuel Cell", Sir William Grove.In a nutshell, a fuel cell is a device designed to produce electricity...

Tech forum looks to a bright future

2009-02-12 MORE cancers will be preventable in five to 10 years, using a vaccine. People wearing artificial feet may scale walls a la Spider-Man. Robots will come with lifelike faces that convey human emotion.That was just a sampling of the technology...

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