Science & Technology

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Avoid Internet Explorer until bug is fixed

2014-04-30 THE US and UK governments on Monday advised computer users to consider using alternatives to Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer browser until the company fixes a security flaw that hackers used to launch attacks. The Internet Explorer bug,...

OnePlus One – ‘amazingly elegant’

2014-04-30   ONEPLUS is something you’ve probably never heard of until today. If you have, you’re a couple of steps ahead of me, as I’ve just discovered this amazing new smartphone a few weeks ago. How and why OnePlus caught my attention, and will catch...

Android surging in global tablet market

2014-04-30 THE Google Android platform extended its dominance over Apple in the tablet market in early 2014, a research firm said Monday. Strategy Analytics said Android grabbed 65.8 per cent of global tablet sales in the first quarter, up from 53 per cent a...

OnePlus One – setting the trend for affordable, no-compromise smartphones

2014-04-30 REMEMBER how phones used to be so cheap? You could get a Nokia 3310 years ago for a fraction of the iPhone 5s.   Buying a phone today, particularly the shiny high-end ones, is like buying a new computer. In fact, you could end up spending more...

HiTi Pringo – nice little printer

2014-04-30 HITI as a printing company has been around for awhile. I remember a colleague of mine who reviewed one of the company’s larger dye-sublimation printers a long time ago by testing the prints by boiling them in water.   Well, HiTi has always...

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Before you buy a Samsung Galaxy S5

2014-04-23 ANOTHER year, another Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. It seems that Samsung isn’t going anywhere for a very long time, as long as it continues to make bestsellers. Despite stiff competition, the Galaxy S line is still a strong brand today.   The...

One reason to forget other models

2014-04-23 IT’S a great time to be shopping with an Android phone, with so many great new flagship models available such as the new Oppo Find 7, Sony Xperia Z2, and the mighty Samsung Galaxy S5. But look no further because HTC’s latest One M8 is probably the...

Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature

2014-04-23 FACEBOOK last Thursday began rolling out a feature allowing users of its mobile app to use smartphone location to discover friends near them. The optional “nearby friends” feature “helps you discover which friends are nearby or on the go”, said...

Sony’s new Xperia Z2 android phone

2014-04-23 SONY’S Xperia Z2 is an update to the Z1, its flagship released just six months ago. It’s slimmer, lighter and stretches the screen all while adding 4K video capture. The Sony Xperia Z2 is quite clearly what its predecessor should have been the...

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Xperia Z1 Compact, the best compact Android smartphone

2014-04-16 ONLY a few good smartphones are compact these days. With the exception of the iPhone, the smaller-sized smartphones of today are mainly low-cost, under-performing phones. Just a few short years ago, high-end phones were not as large and bulky as...

‘Jawbone Up’ your life

2014-04-16 I NEVER thought I would spend more than $200 on a piece of wearable tech, but over the past few months, sleep, time and health have become more precious that ever in my life. As my day job becomes more demanding and I can’t tell the difference...

New app for overcoming jet lag

2014-04-16 BASED on research from mathematicians at the University of Michigan, Entrain – available now on iOS – is designed for travellers, night-shift workers and anyone else whose circadian rhythms have been thrown out of whack. Resetting one’s internal...

New breakthrough could lead to body-powered wearables

2014-04-16 A TEAM of researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) may have overcome one of the biggest hurdles facing wearable tech devices if they are to go mainstream – poor battery life. Even the biggest fans of Google...

Instax Share SP-1: A small printer

2014-04-16 THERE are quite a number of portable printers in the market, all of them meant to produce tiny prints that you can easily share with your friends and family. The Fuji Instax SP-1 is one such printer – it’s touted as a smartphone printer and is...

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Why you should get the new HTC One M8 this year

2014-04-09 THERE was a time when Android phones were ugly, underpowered and had the impression of being a “poor man’s iPhone”. Last year’s HTC One was a game changer that helped transformed the perception of consumers; you can now own an excellent smartphone...

A smart device that actually looks smart

2014-04-09 ANOTHER smart watch? My first reaction was to brush it off, until I saw pictures of the Moto 360, that gorgeous, beautiful, refined, chilselled time instrument. It looks like a million dollars. I thought to myself, finally a smart device I would...

Samsung adding anti-theft solutions to its smartphone models

2014-04-09 SAMSUNG Electronics will add two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices, the company said yesterday.The world’s largest mobile-phone maker said users will be able to activate for free its “Find...

Big Hero, one touch

2014-04-09 JUDGING by the size of mobile devices that are hitting the market, it is evident that the line between smartphones and tablets are blurring. It wasn’t too long ago when Samsung received criticism for announcing the original Galaxy Note, then...

Monday, 7 April 2014

Swiss building provides refuge for the hypersensitive

2014-04-07 NO SMOKING, no perfume, no mobile phone use – the list of rules at a newly opened apartment building on the outskirts of Zurich is long. For a reason: the structure has been purpose built for people who say exposure to everyday products like...

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

China’s bubbling dreams for ‘hot pot city’

2014-04-01 THOUSANDS of vats of hot pot seasoning thicken the air around Nie Ganru’s home with a miasma of chili as flame-red paste, thick with oil, bakes in the sun. Nie lives and effectively breathes hot pot, the spicy cook-it-yourself communal Chinese meal...

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