Science & Technology

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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...

Setting new Everest record to support anti-human trafficking campaign

2014-04-01 WITH the spring climbing season just around the corner, Lila Bahadur Basnet, a 30-year-old Nepali climber, is about to set a new world record by reaching the summit of Mount Everest (Qomolangma) and making it back to Kathmandu within 10 days.In an...

Alternative treatment for cholesterol shows promise

2014-04-01 AN EXPERIMENTAL treatment has shown promise in lowering bad cholesterol, offering hope for people at risk of heart disease but who cannot tolerate drugs known as statins, researchers said on Sunday.The therapy developed by Amgen pharmaceuticals is...

Climate change boosts conflict risk, floods, hunger: UN

2014-04-01 SOARING carbon emissions will amplify the risk of conflict, hunger, floods and mass migration this century, the UN’s expert panel said yesterday in a landmark report on the impact of climate change.Left unchecked, greenhouse gas emissions may cost...

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Acer expands Android line-up

2014-03-26 ACER has been around in the Android arena for quite some time with its Liquid series. Although you don’t see it around much in terms of smartphones, Acer has a pretty decent offering, especially with the launch in Brunei last week. The models...

Moto 360: The smartwatch you would want to wear

2014-03-26 TWO things caught my attention yesterday. First of all, Google announced Android Wear, its mobile OS optimised for wearable devices, primarily the smartwatch. Secondly, Motorola gave us a sneak peak of a beautifully-crafted smartwatch that will...

Luxottica, Google clinch Glass eyewear deal

2014-03-26 RAY-BAN sunglasses maker Luxottica said on Monday it had sealed a strategic partnership with Google Inc over its Glass eyewear that could pave the way for a new market in smart glasses. In a statement, Italy’s Luxottica said it would design,...

Apple to launch Spotify rival

2014-03-26 SOURCES also claim that the iPhone maker is considering an Android version of its iTunes music app. Billboard claims that Apple is currently weighing up the pros and cons of launching its own subscription-based music streaming service to go with...

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Nexus 5 – premium phone at half the price

2014-03-19 IF THERE’S one thing that really annoys me, it’s paying so much money for a smartphone that has all the best and most complete features. This has always been the business model of smartphones. With $300 in your budget you’re only limited to the...

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