Science & Technology

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Volatile climate hits world with hurricanes, drought

2014-11-22 SIXTEEN years ago, Teodoro Acuna Zavala lost nearly everything when Hurricane Mitch ravaged his fields, pouring 10 days of torrential rains on Central America and killing more than 9,000 people. Today, the 64-year-old farmer has been forced to the...

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

NYC plans to replace pay phones with Wi-Fi hubs

2014-11-19 PAY phones on New York City streets would become a thing of the past under a plan announced Monday that would replace them with stand-alone devices offering free Wi-Fi and nationwide phone calls as well as mobile phone charging capability.New York...

Apple’s iOS 8 provides a smarter type

2014-11-19 I NEVER would have considered writing this review on my iPhone if I hadn’t upgraded to Apple’s new operating system, iOS 8.With the free upgrade, typing on the iPhone’s touch keyboard doesn’t seems as tedious, cumbersome or infuriating as it did...

Time for you to get that Chromebook

2014-11-19 WELL surprise, surprise. As it turns out, the tablet hasn’t really replaced the PC. At least not yet. Tablet sales are now slowing down, while PC sales have stopped declining. People are buying PCs again. Not to say that tablets are a failed...

Batteries, features and smooth operation: Nexus 6 continues to impress

2014-11-19 AFTER launching the Nexus 6, Google was faced with manufacturing issues to meet the demand of consumers in a short period of time. Phones were selling out left, right and centre, and you would wonder how people are adapting to this massive six-inch...

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Pebble Steel: Taking the leap of faith on smartwatches

2014-11-12 IN THE coming years, wearing a smartwatch or a health/fitness wristband will be the “in” thing. Wearable tech is going to be mainstream. So much so that you would rather not be caught dead without having some form of tech on your wrist....

Gmail goes Android

2014-11-12 GMAIL is now hands down the best e-mail client on the web, whether you agree or not. Ever since the introduction of Gmail from Google, everything else became irrelevant. I’ve been using Gmail for the past five years mainly because of its security...

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...

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