Science & Technology

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

At Asian film fest, new etiquette shows rise of mobile app

2015-10-07 KAKAO Talk, a popular mobile messaging app in South Korea, must have annoyed its share of moviegoers. Asia’s largest film festival is trying to ensure that message-addicted smartphone users don’t look at the chat app during screenings. The 20th...

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Pebble’s new round smartwatch

2015-09-30 MOST smartwatches just don’t look right to me. I think it’s because of their design: majority of them look geeky for my taste. When you put most of them side by side with a conventional wrist watch, the smartwatches are not as elegant. I guess...

Apps that get more out of your Droid’s battery life

2015-09-30 BATTERY life is the bane of all our devices. There have been many new and nifty technology introduced over the years to keep your phone in your hands as much as possible. For instance, there are numerous types of quick chargers from different...

Facebook stumbles for second time in a week

2015-09-30 FACEBOOK on Monday stumbled for the second time in a week, going out of service for slightly less than an hour.The leading social network was down for 42 minutes about mid-day in California, after being out of service for 12 minutes four days...

BookDoc app to transform the way M’sians consult doctors

2015-09-30 BOOKDOC, the new smartphone app developed by a local start-up is set to transform the way people make an appointment with their doctor. The days of registering at the counter of one’s favourite GP or the panel clinic of the employer and wait for...

Sonos software upgrade allows speakers to tune to your room

2015-09-30 WANT to put a speaker in a bookshelf or under a chair without compromising sound quality? Wireless speaker company Sonos is releasing a software update that will intelligently calibrate sounds to account for the shape of the room and the obstacles...

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact: The king of compact is back

2015-09-23 WITH most flagship smartphones now boasting 5.5-inch screens and up, it’s easy to forget how wonderful smaller and compact phones used to be. Remember how convenient and efficient it was to just use the phone with one hand? How lightweight your...

The iPad Pro and Pencil

2015-09-23 BESIDES the line of iPhone 6 with “s” variants released about two weeks ago, Apple also let loose two tablets: the iPad Pro and the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 4 is a refresh of the Mini 3, making it a much viable upgrade over the iPad Mini 2. Also...

Flow for Instagram now available on iPhone

2015-09-23 THE third-party app that aims to make Instagramming easier is available on iPhone as of Sept 21.Flow, an application for Instagram that was previously only usable on the iPad, is now available for iPhones, it was revealed today.The third-party app...

Skype working to fix glitch preventing users from making calls

2015-09-23 SKYPE, Microsoft Corp’s online telephone and video service, said it identified the glitch that prevented some users from making calls, and is working to resolve the issue.Skype said on Monday that some users are unable to make calls because their...

Apple explores rules of the road for self-driving cars

2015-09-23 THE California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) said that it met with Apple to discuss rules of the road regarding testing self-driving cars. “The Apple meeting was to review DMV’s autonomous vehicle regulations,” a department spokesperson told...

Ride-sharing apps vie to replace private car ownership in Vietnam

2015-09-23 AYOUNG, tech-savvy population short on cars but big on smartphones is driving double-digit growth for ride-hailing apps Uber and GrabTaxi in Vietnam, and inspiring some executives to dream of replacing private car ownership altogether. Uber...

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Snapchat expands ‘replay’, for a fee

2015-09-17 SNAPCHAT is expanding its “replay” feature for those disappearing messages, giving users an option to get another look at three “snaps” for a fee of 99 cents.The feature is the first by the popular social network to get revenue from its user base...

Google launches campaign to raise $11m for refugees

2015-09-17 GOOGLE Inc announced a donation-matching campaign that aims to raise $11 million for humanitarian organisations aiding the thousands of refugees that have overwhelmed European nations as they flee war-torn and impoverished countries.Google took an...

Facebook working on long-sought ‘dislike’ button

2015-09-17 FACEBOOK, pressed for years by users to add a “dislike” button, announced Tuesday it was working on the feature and will be testing it soon.“We’ve finally heard you,” CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg told a public town hall meeting in Facebook’s...

US universities lead in innovation, Asia a rising power

2015-09-17 US universities lead the world in scientific innovation but face strong competition from Asian rivals with close ties to industry, according to a detailed analysis of academic papers and patent filings.The inaugural Reuters Top 100 survey,...

The scars of war

2015-09-17 KANG Il-chul was only 16 when she was abducted by three Japanese military officers in her hometown of Sangju, North Gyeongsang Province. It was in 1943 in colonial Korea, and Kang had just returned home from school. Her parents weren’t home.“They...

Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche on auction block

2015-09-17 THE famous psychedelic Porsche convertible driven by late singing legend Janis Joplin is going up for sale.Auction house RM Sotheby’s announced Tuesday that the Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet would go on the block on December 10 in New York and...

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The next smartphone innovation should focus on battery

2015-09-16 WHEN Apple unveiled new screen and camera tech on its new iPhones last week, I thought to myself, “well that’s going to take a huge toll on battery”. As exciting as how 3D Touch and 4K video recordings are, the latest iPhones still uses the same...

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