Science & Technology

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

HTC One M8: One direction

2014-05-21 THE Android scene is a crowded one with new devices in various shapes and sizes flooding the market everyday. It’s not easy for one model to stand out but HTC’s One M8 comes close. The M8 has a metal body with a build that screams class and quality...

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Fine print with Canon

2014-05-14 JUST because it’s printed at home doesn’t mean it has to be shabby. Canon’s iX6870 colour printer offers small office/home office (SOHO) users superior printouts and the tools to get the job done.After having spent some quality time with the sturdy...

100 rare Leica models go up for auction

2014-05-14 On May 23, the Austrian auction house Westlicht will organise the sale of around 100 items from Leica’s history, including a telescope built by Karl Kellner in 1852, a Leica I Mod, a 250, a Luxus, a prototype of the M3 and several iconic...

LG expands from wearables to tablets

2014-05-14   KOREAN firm LG has been doing well by gaining the trust of many tech-reviewers over the past 12 months. Sales, however, did not reflect this, as the flagship LG G2 only sold 2.3 million unit, far short of its three-million-unit target. Make no...

BlackBerry steps up fightback with Indonesian phone

2014-05-14 BLACKBERRY will this week launch a new budget handset in Indonesia, one of its last bastions, a major step in the ailing smartphone maker’s fightback against titans Samsung and Apple.The Z3, which is designed for Indonesia but will likely be...

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, a fresh take in photos

2014-05-14 SAMSUNG is not afraid to take risks by releasing gadgets that are out of the ordinary. Over the years, the Korean company has released a phablet (which became a runaway success), a smartphone with a curved display, a digital camera that runs on...

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Southern Ocean winds strongest in 1,000 years: study

2014-05-13 WINDS in the wild Southern Ocean are blowing at their strongest in a millennia as climate change shifts weather patterns, leaving Antarctica colder and Australia facing more droughts, a study showed yesterday.Rising carbon dioxide levels in the...

BP spill: Sea methane persisted after microbe cleanup

2014-05-13 SCIENTISTS on Sunday said that methane which leaked from the 2010 oil-rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico persisted in the sea for months beyond a presumed cleanup of the gas by marine microbes.As much as half a million tonnes of natural gas, 80 per...

Electrical stimulation of brain alters dreams

2014-05-13 SCIENTISTS on Sunday said they had used a harmless electrical current to modify sleep so that an individual has “lucid dreams,” a particularly powerful form of dreaming.The discovery provides insights into the mechanism of dreaming – an area that...

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Oppo N1: To the ‘nth’ degree

2014-05-07 EVEN phablet users will be surprised at the daunting size of the Oppo N1. At 170mm tall and 82.6mm wide, it dwarves many smartphones and some phablets on the market. In fact, it’s one of the largest phablets we have tested to date.Those who go for...

PayPal burnishes brand image as mobile use surges

2014-05-07 THE online payment company PayPal is getting a shiny new look and its first-ever global marketing push as parent eBay Inc tries to wrest attention away from the growing number of rivals piling into the mobile payments market.   The brand overhaul...

Synology – syncing your precious data

2014-05-07 I PERSONALLY like to tinker around with phones, tablets, computers and laptops a lot. I understand these things, but I’ve never used them how I am using them now. Phones, tablets and laptops are, of course, the more alluring side of technology....

Consumers want connected cars

2014-05-07 IN-CABIN smartphone, infotainment and apps access are top of drivers’ wish lists when it comes to the features they want in their next car. That is, according to the 15,171 vehicle owners who took part in the JD Power 2014 US Automotive Emerging...

ChargeKey, the simplest solution to charging your smartphone

2014-05-07 BEFORE our phones were powerful pocket computers, we would’ve been content living with just one charger.   Today, the thought of not having a charger and a power source nearby could easily drive us into panic mode.   As our phones have become...

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...

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