Science & Technology

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Premium phone in a smaller package

2014-10-22 SMARTPHONES have become ridiculously huge. By the end of this year, we’re looking at flagship phones with mainly gigantic displays that they’re no longer comfortable for one-hand use nor would they fit in our pockets. With Apple recently moving...

Djibouti Internet start-up aims to boost broadband speeds across east Africa

2014-10-22 INTERNET access in east Africa is still relatively slow and costly but a Djibouti-based technology start-up company has ambitions to help change that.Djibouti Data Center (DDC), set up by a group of local and international investors 18 months ago,...

Malaysian telcos announce iPhone 6 and 6 Plus availability

2014-10-22 MAXIS Bhd and DiGi Telecommunications announced separately that they will be offering the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on the same date, November 7. Pre-orders for both iPhone models will start from October 31 at store.maxis.com.my for...

New apps bring kids' playtime back to real world

2014-10-22 PARENTS eager to get their children away from television and video screens can turn to new apps that get youngsters to learn while playing in the real world. New iPad and iPhone apps for children by companies such as Osmo and Tiggly are designed to...

Galaxy Note 4: No ordinary Note

2014-10-22 BACK in 2011, large smartphones were uncommon and considered too big for the average consumer. Fast forward to now and the landscape has completely changed. They have become so popular that they have created a new category of devices called...

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Why I’d take the Moto X over the iPhone 6 anytime

2014-10-15 APPLE fans eager to see the iPhone join the phablet movement are celebrating the arrival of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The design is still among the best in the industry, the camera is impressive, and the Apple Pay initiative will certainly...

Lenovo Yoga gets more flexible with new hinge

2014-10-15 LENOVO’S bendable and flexible laptop is back, now even better than the previous two instalments with an updated hinge. Lenovo has two of the best ultrabooks around, the Carbon X1 and its Yoga series. Now the Lenovo Yoga has reached its third...

How your voice is being used to ID you

2014-10-15 BUSINESSES and governments around the world are increasingly turning to voice biometrics, which sometimes are described as voiceprints, to replace passwords and fight fraud. A look at this fast-growing technology: Talk your way past security...

Social media hinders banks’ cyber crime fight

2014-10-15 BANKS are fighting an uphill battle to protect themselves and their client accounts from cyber attacks, and the sometimes careless use of social media by customers and staff isn’t making the fight any easier. British police and banks this week...

South Korea identity thefts force ID overhaul

2014-10-15 AFTER an avalanche of data breaches, South Korea’s national identity card system has been raided so thoroughly by thieves that the government says it might have to issue new ID numbers to every citizen over 17 at a possible cost of billions of...

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

New gadgets unveiled in Japan

2014-10-08 GLASSES that tell you how to get home, adverts that know where you are looking and a T-shirt that knows how fast your heart is beating were on display at a huge tech gathering in Japan yesterday. The gadgets were all part of this year’s Cutting-...

Sony Xperia Z3 – a minor Z2 upgrade

2014-10-08 WITH the launch of numerous great flagship phones over the past few months, it seems one of the better devices got drowned in the crowd. Sony’s Xperia Z3, which I managed to get my hands on last week, is actually a pretty refined smartphone after...

Agora Kogan 4G: Sub-$300 smartphone from down under

2014-10-08 WHILE everyone else is busy lining up for the new iPhones, I’ve been unearthing rare smartphone gems. I’ve been taking up this challenge for some time now; find a great smartphone that you can get for about a fraction of the price you’d normally...

Lenovo’s upcoming wearable tracker leaked

2014-10-08 PHOTOS and a user’s manual for the Lenovo SW B100 Smartband (pictured) were discovered on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website and the information is buzzing in the blogosphere and beyond.The site Android Police picked up on the...

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

China OKs iPhone 6 sale

2014-10-01 THE iPhone 6 will be sold in China from October 17, after rigorous regulator scrutiny led to Apple Inc reassuring the Chinese government that the smartphones did not have security “backdoors” through which US agencies can access users’ data. Apple...

Polaroid Cube – An affordable GoPro alternative

2014-10-01 JUST when you thought that camcorders are dying out due to the onslaught of smartphones, action cams such as GoPros are growing in popularity. What first began as a professional tool to capture action shots in extreme sports and activities has now...

Lumix shines with Leica lens

2014-10-01 THE last few weeks have been bombarded with new gadget releases all over the world, but what might have been overlooked is Panasonic’s Android smartphone – the Lumix DMC-CM1. Terrible name, I know, but it is the only phone in the world fitted with...

Britons sign away first-born children for free WiFi

2014-10-01 SEVERAL Britons agreed to give up their eldest child in return for the use of free WiFi, in an experiment to highlight the dangers of public Internet, published on Monday. Londoners were asked to agree to terms and conditions as they logged on to...

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Sony NWZ-F886: Music without limits

2014-09-24 SONY’S iconic Walkman music player has a long history that spans 35 years. When it was first introduced, the format of choice was the venerable cassette, but thanks to the digital movement, the format most loved now is MP3. However, the problem...

Apple finally does it

2014-09-24 APPLE has finally caught up with its competitors with the launch of two models simultaneously, both significantly larger than the original iPhone (3.5 inches) and the later iPhones (four inches). Apple finally listened to Android and made its...

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