Science & Technology

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active breaks cover

2014-05-28 A RUGGEDISED version of the company's latest premium phone is in the works, aimed at users that need to stay connected no matter how far off the beaten track their lifestyle takes them. The Galaxy S5 Active is actually slimmer than the standard...

Microsoft wants to replace your laptop with a tablet

2014-05-28 THIRD time’s the charm. At least, Microsoft hopes so, with the release of its new Surface Pro 3 tablet last week. Rather than going smaller like most devices, Microsoft went ahead and made the Surface Pro 3 a little larger than expected, with a...

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Zen in a phone

2014-05-21 ASUS, well-known for its computer, components and accessories, has been relatively quiet in the mobile phones and tablet segment. The PadFone Inifinity 2, a very unique concept, has not really taken off since its first iteration (the Infinity 2 was...

Sony RX100 Mark III, the last great digital point-and-shoot camera

2014-05-21 EVEN though the digital point-and-shoot camera is a sunset industry right now thanks to the rise of smartphone photography, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 still holds up as an excellent digital point-and-shoot camera anyone can own and be fully...

IPad still the world’s favourite tablet

2014-05-21 THE latest figures from ABI Research show that Apple is still building the consumer’s product of choice when it comes to tablets – the device category it invented. However, Samsung is catching up, fast. Just like the smartphone market, the tablet...

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,...

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