Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Facebook, Google and Snapchat looking to beef up encryption

2016-03-16 MAJOR tech companies are looking to beef up the security of their products in response to the spat between Apple and the Department of Justice: Google, Facebook and Snapchat are all planning to add additional layers of encryption to some of their...

Line: Make group voice calls with up to 200 people

2016-03-16 IF YOU ever wanted to have a group voice call with up to 200 people, now you can with the messaging app Line. Calls can be initiated from within group chats, and a notification message will be sent to all of the users participating in the chat. An...

Aimed at cable cord-cutters, Sony TV service goes nationwide

2016-03-16 SONY expanded its streaming TV service nationwide in US last Monday, giving TV lovers a new, potentially cheaper way to get cable channels such as AMC and ESPN.PlayStation Vue, which had been limited to major cities during its first year, will...

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Twitter praised for crackdown on use by ISIS

2016-03-09 OFFICIALS with the nonprofit Simon Wiesenthal Center praised Twitter Inc on Monday for increasing efforts to thwart ISIS’s use of its platform for recruitment and propaganda. The centre’s Digital Terrorism and Hate Project gave Twitter a grade of...

New phones to get excited about in 2016

2016-03-09 THE first two months of 2016 have just passed, and already we’re getting a dose of new and exciting smartphones that are coming this year from two South Korean phone makers. But if you aren’t impressed by Samsung’s latest flagship Galaxy S7 or LG’...

Google opens access to mobile phone service Project Fi

2016-03-09 GOOGLE opened its Project Fi mobile phone service to anyone in the United States using its latest model Nexus smartphones. The public launch of Project Fi marked the end of a 10-month, invitation-only test phase and comes as the Internet giant’s...

Xiaomi Mi 5 quietly steals the show

2016-03-09 WHILST the Koreans were busy dueling it out with the G5 from LG and S7 duo from Samsung, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi dropped a huge showstopper with the Mi 5 just last week. Xiaomi isn’t even available in most major countries in the West, but...

Aspire Switch 11 gives you best of both worlds

2016-03-09 EVER feel like your laptop is just too bulky, but still think that a tablet won’t be practical enough for you to fine tune your tasks at the last minute? If your budget only allows you to get one device, you should check out the Aspire Switch 11...

Thursday, 3 March 2016

‘World’s longest flight’ lands in Auckland

2016-03-03 AN EMIRATES Airbus A380 touched down in New Zealand yesterday, completing what is believed to be the world’s longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight. The service from Dubai to Auckland covered 14,200 kilometres (8,824 miles), according to...

Astronauts back after a year in space

2016-03-03 US ASTRONAUT Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth yesterday after spending almost a year in space in a ground-breaking experiment foreshadowing a potential manned mission to Mars. The 340-day mission saw Kelly...

US military invites vetted experts to ‘Hack the Pentagon’

2016-03-03 THE Pentagon said yesterday it would invite vetted outside hackers to test the cybersecurity of some public US Defense Department websites as part of a pilot project next month, in the first-ever such programme offered by the federal government. “...

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Virtual reality has arrived on mobile phones

2016-03-02 AS SMARTPHONE innovation is starting to hit a wall this year, phone companies are scrambling to figure out how else they can entice consumers into buying their latest phones. Almost everyone is pretty satisfied with their current phones....

Indian villages ban single women from owning mobile phones

2016-03-02 SEVERAL villages in the western Indian state of Gujarat have banned girls and single women from owning mobile phones, saying the devices distract them from their studies. A couple of villages in Mehsana and Banaskantha districts in Gujarat have...

Galaxy S7/S7 Edge is purely refinement

2016-03-02 THE Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge released last year were the clear winners in terms of what a Samsung phone can do. While the S7 and S7 Edge released just last week won’t make you go ‘wow’, they should be appreciated as a refinement of the S6 series....

All-in-one halal travel app

2016-03-02 FOR a Muslim, vacationing outside the country to a place that is not a Muslim majority country, can be an exercise in researching and planning before even making the first step onto the airplane. Finding out where to eat; Muslim-friendly aka...

Designing shirts with Theletterbox app

2016-03-02 DESIGNING a shirt has never been as easy and as fun as with the introduction of Theletterbox, which is an in-house app created by local clothing store business Theletterboxco. The app is clean, minimalistic and straightforward in terms of its...

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Chinese phones go global

2016-02-24 MOVE over, Apple and Samsung. The next big smartphone might be from little-known Chinese brands such as TCL and OPPO. Along with other Chinese phone makers such as Huawei and Xiaomi, Chinese brands have surpassed Samsung in China and are...

Smartphones to account for half of all connections by end of 2016: GSMA

2016-02-24 SMARTPHONES will be used for 50 per cent of all mobile connections worldwide by the end of 2016, according to a prediction made by GSMA Intelligence on Monday. GSMA Intelligence is part of GSMA, the representative body of the mobile communications...

LG shows new possible future of smartphones

2016-02-24 I HAVEN’T been keeping up with most smartphone rumours and trends in the past six months because the smartphone world had gone somewhat stale in 2015. As the year went on with more refinement than revolution, the G4, S6, One, Z5, and all other...

Samsung’s best Galaxy ever

2016-02-24 AS WE leave behind 2015 and are now well past two months into the new year, it’s easy to forget all the great new smartphones that were released throughout last year. And now we have come to 2016’s Mobile World Congress, one of the biggest annual...