Science & Technology

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

What Google’s Year in Search says about 2014

2014-12-17 IF YOU’RE trying to make sense of Google’s Year In Search – previously known as Google Zeitgeist, also known as Stuff You’re Really Interested in Looking At When You’re Not Too Busy Lying About Your Love of Proust – you could do worse than cite...

Viber unveils platform expansion with Viber games

2014-12-17 VIBER, the leading messaging, voice and video platform, announced a major expansion in its app today with the launch of Viber Games. This is the third major release for Viber in as many months, following the addition of Mobile Video Calls and Viber...

Hands on the cheapest Mac you can get today

2014-12-17   ALTHOUGH it’s the least popular computer in Apple’s Mac lineup today, the Mac Mini is still an excellent budget Mac for those who are strapped on cash.   It’s also one of the more flexible Macs, as it has a very small footprint and gives users...

How to pick the right fitness tracker

2014-12-17 THE holidays are here, which means feeling guilty about how much you’re eating and how little you’re exercising. Gadgets are available to help keep that in balance.The best device for you will depend on your current fitness levels and needs. Most...

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Internet giants wage war on ad blockers

2014-12-10 IMAGINE being able to surf the web and watch videos online without having to swat away pesky pop-up ads? These days you can, thanks to small programm like Adblock Plus that are available free for download and that arm your browser to defend against...

Standout phone features – do you need them?

2014-12-10 THERE’S an Android phone for everyone. Need to swim with it? Get a waterproof model. Travel a lot? Get one with longer battery life. The novel features in these phones aren’t going to be necessities for everyone. But if you’re in need of that...

Mobile apps still collect data on US children

2014-12-10 A LANDMARK 2013 law aimed at protecting the privacy of America’s youngest mobile consumers hasn’t stopped app developers from collecting vast amounts of data, including a person’s location and even recordings of their voice, according to privacy...

YotaPhone takes 2nd shot at 2nd screen

2014-12-10 DEPENDING on how religiously you read this column, you may have a rough idea of what a YotaPhone is. The first time I saw it, it immediately reminded me of the Batman villain, Two-Face. One face normal, the other face not so pretty. But you have...

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Smoking riskier for men than women

2014-12-06 MEN who smoke are over three times more likely than non-smokers to lose their Y chromosomes, according to researchers who have previously shown that loss of the Y chromosome is linked to cancer. The study, published Thursday in the US journal...

Flu vaccine may be less effective in December

2014-12-06 THE flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to US health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths. Flu season has begun to ramp up, and officials say the vaccine does not protect well against the...

Disney launches education apps

2014-12-06 THE Walt Disney Co is launching a new line of learning tools designed to help parents encourage kids three to eight to learn outside of school. Disney Imagicademy begins with a series of mobile apps but will later expand into other products such...

Turning agricultural wastewater into biogas

2014-12-06 THAT morning cup of coffee gives many of us a needed boost, but Central American coffee farmers have found a new source of energy in their beans: turning agricultural wastewater into biogas. An often-overlooked byproduct of the world’s favourite...

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

24m people want an Apple watch

2014-12-03 ACCORDING to investment bank UBS, 25 per cent of consumers sizing up a smartwatch purchase over the next 12 months are eyeing up Apple's first wearable.The survey, of 4000 consumers in four countries (the US, UK, China and Italy) shows that there...

Hush-out sound for a good night’s sleep

2014-12-03 SMART earplugs are in the works that filter out the sounds keeping you up at night and allow you to hear the important ones – such as the alarm the next morning. A team in San Diego used noise-blocking foam to design the earplugs, which connect...

Teens turn to text messages for AIDS advice in Zambia

2014-12-03 THE questions teenagers ask about HIV are brutally honest, anonymous – and sent in 160 characters or less over mobile phone text messages. At U-Report, a Zambian HIV advice organisation, thousands of bite-sized questions come through every day. One...

Yoga is good for you

2014-12-03 IT’S no secret – Lenovo has made me a fan with its line of laptops and ultrabooks, from the more affordable Flex to the very expensive Carbon X1. I think that Lenovo has done well in both its laptop and ultrabook segments. I think Brunei’s lack of...

Go large: 3 top phablets of 2014

2014-12-03 WE CONSUME more media than we make phone calls on our smartphones these days, so there is no shame in carrying a large phone as hardly anyone hold their phones up to their ears as frequent as before. Therefore, phone manufacturers are churning out...

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

3 excellent digital cameras

2014-11-26 THESE days, we take a lot of things for granted. You can read tomorrow’s news today; you know what your friends are up to on the other side of the world; and every moment can be instantly captured with just a little tool in your pocket. Today’s...

Hands on with the Note Edge

2014-11-26 THE Galaxy Note Edge by Samsung might give some the initial impression that it’s gimmicky, but after holding it and using it for a while, perhaps that thought needs to be reassessed. Its curved screen is amazingly intuitive, because it really...

Stealthy spy software snooping for years: Symantec

2014-11-26 COMPUTER security firm Symantec on Monday said it uncovered stealthy software wielded as part of a years-long spying campaign, most likely by a nation state.The malicious software, dubbed Regin, has a rare level of sophistication and has been...

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