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Thursday, 29 January 2009

Gmail now accessible offline

2009-01-29 GOOGLE on Tuesday made Gmail available for offline use, in what the company calls an experimental feature.Gmail's new offline feature allows users to handle their email within the familiar Gmail interface, with automatic synchronization of changes...

Wikipedia faces turmoil

2009-01-29 WIKIPEDIA faces a revolt among thousands of its contributors over proposals to change the way the online encyclopedia is run.Until now, Wikipedia has allowed anybody to make instant changes to almost all of its 2.7 million entries, with only a...

Kindle 2 book reader to make New York launch

2009-01-29 MARK your calendars, e-book fans: Amazon.com will introduce the next generation of its popular Kindle reader in New York City on February. 9.The company sent out messages by email on Tuesday announcing a news conference at the Morgan Library &...

President Obama on the 'Edge'?

2009-01-29 NOBODY is saying anything official or on the record about this, but reports popping up all across the web indicate that while President Obama may be able to keep a mobile phone/email device while in office, that device may be something more exotic...

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Friendster expanding and recruiting in Asia Pacific

2009-01-22 FRIENDSTER, the number one social network in Asia and one of the top 20 global websites based on traffic will further expand its team, offices and partnerships in the Asia Pacific region. Friendster has opened up new offices in Singapore and Sydney...

Participate in Obama's government online

2009-01-22 THE White House of President Barack Obama went online on Tuesday with a promise that its slick new website would provide a "window for all Americans into the business of the government."In a posting on the blog of whitehouse.gov, Macon...

Vietnam expected to get 3G in 2009

2009-01-22 INSIDERS in the telecommunications industry are predicting that 3G (third generation) technology will be introduced in Vietnam this year, the Vietnam news agency (VNA) reported.With 3G technology, mobile providers in Vietnam will be able to provide...

Internet tattle-tale to be fined in China

2009-01-22 AUTHORITIES in a Chinese province where Internet users exposed an allegedly corrupt official's taste for luxury have made posting such information illegal, state media reported Tuesday. The ruling Communist Party's parliament in eastern Jiangsu...

Thursday, 15 January 2009

GPS wristwatch helps to track kids

2009-01-15 FOR years, parents have been limited to traditional methods of keeping track of their children's movements: standing in the playground, watching from the window, or asking them to phone home when they are out with friends. Now anxious parents are...

Tetris may help with trauma

2009-01-15 PLAYING Tetris, rated one of the greatest video games of all time, immediately after horrifying events appears to reduce flashbacks that plague sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a British study.The findings could lead to new...

Technology for the elderly

2009-01-15 MY COLLEAGUE John Leland, writing from the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, sent us these musings on the first-ever exhibit there devoted to technology aimed at the elderly, their adult children and their medical providers...

SDXC memory card to hit 2 terabytes

2009-01-15 PROFESSIONAL (or just prolific) photographers will like this: The capacity of SD memory cards will expand this year to 2 terabytes and deliver transfer rates that will eventually hit 300 megabits per second, according to the SD Association. These...

Going for Mac instead of PC may save your school a bundle

2009-01-15 HOW does an academic institution combine innovative structures and inventive pedagogy with considered procurement policies? One example of how to proceed is offered by Leigh Technology Academy, Dartford, Kent, which has taken this science to a new...

Thursday, 8 January 2009

CES kicks off 2009 with lots of goodies

2009-01-08 LAST night, I went to CES Unveiled, the beginning party for journalists at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The place was packed with the usual suspect tech journalists. We were in our own little bubble of excitement...

Motorola unveils green phone

2009-01-08 MOTOROLA Inc unveiled a cell phone made of recycled water bottles on Tuesday, hoping to cash in on the trend for environmentally friendly products.The company, which dropped to number four in the global handset market in the most recently reported...

Wireless electricity possible

2009-01-08 NO MORE batteries, no more chargers and no more wire spaghetti. This is the future promised by 'wireless power', a means of broadcasting electricity through the air to laptops, iPods and other gadgets without the need for cables and sockets....

Gadgets will be hotter than cars

2009-01-08 RECESSION or not, people like gadgets and they're going to buy them. At least that's what Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) economist Shawn DuBravac and industry analyst Steve Koenig suggested in their presentation at CES in Las Vegas.Of course...

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Free room & board for 'couchsurfers'

2008-12-25 IT's great for soaking up the sights on a shoestring budget, but as some Asians have found, 'couchsurfing', or staying at a stranger's home, can be a culturally jarring experience, especially if you reciprocate.The recent economic downturn has given...

Book lovers finally picking up e-books

2008-12-25 COULD book lovers finally be willing to switch from paper to pixels?For a decade, consumers mostly ignored electronic book devices, which were often hard to use and offered few popular items to read. But this year, in part because of the popularity...

Music games on iPhone big break for artists

2008-12-25 A start-up company called Tapulous has turned a simple game for the iPhone into an Internet-age mobile stage for musicians.Tap Tap Revenge, a free game that challenges players to keep up with catchy tunes by tapping in the right spots on the phones...

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