Science & Technology

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The Best Phone of 2014

2015-01-28 IF YOU decide to ignore 2015 phone releases and go for last year’s models, there are fantastic phones from 2014 that are still worth your money today. My top choice from last year was the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. This phone is full of surprises....

Xiaomi creates a worthy Note

2015-01-28 CHINA’S Xiaomi has suddenly become one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world under everyone’s noses. Many have begun using Xiaomi’s RedMi because of its below $200 price tag that sold out in Singapore and Malaysia within minutes of...

Time to get smart about artificial intelligence

2015-01-28 HUMANS have long been fascinated by the concept of artificial intelligence, but it is only relatively recently that technology has advanced sufficiently to make it reality. In 2014 we saw a computer pass the Turing test – its responses in a...

Facebook unveils ‘lite’ app for emerging markets

2015-01-28 FACEBOOK said Monday it is testing a lightweight version of its mobile app for mobile phones with poor-quality Internet connections in emerging markets. A spokesman told AFP in an email that the “Facebook Lite” Android app is designed “for people...

Lenovo’s Motorola looks to take market share from China rivals

2015-01-28 MOTOROLA, the mobile handset maker bought by China’s Lenovo Group Ltd from Google Inc for US$2.9 billion ($3.9 billion), is optimistic about its prospects in the Chinese market, its president told Reuters.Lenovo’s acquisition, completed three...

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Why you should get the Dell XPS 13 over a Macbook Air

2015-01-21 SICK and tired of the Macbook Air? Those Apple laptops pretty much appear everywhere these days; in offices, colleges, coffeeshops, and even appearing in your favourite movies and TV shows. In fact, you are most certainly recommended to get one by...

Dell comes back to the tablet scene with purpose

2015-01-21 IT’S been a while since I’ve held a good tablet in my hands, probably the best one so far is Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, but that doesn’t really count, since it’s actually a laptop-tablet hybrid. Dell seems to be fixing that with the 8.4-inch Venue...

Facebook adds more than $200 billion to global economy: report

2015-01-21 WITH 1.35 billion users of its Internet social network, Facebook Inc would rank as the world’s second-most populous nation if it were a country. While its users may populate only a virtual country, Facebook says it generates a lot of real economic...

Global patents reflect advances in connected and self-driving cars

2015-01-21 TECHNOLOGY advances in telematics and driver assistance systems are gathering steam as the enablers of future connected and self-driving cars, according to an analysis of global patent applications. South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor posted the...

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Making use of gathered data

2015-01-14 IT’S not just about how many steps you’ve taken or how many calories you’ve burned in a day. Wearable fitness trackers and health monitors are becoming more commonplace and diverse, but just what do you do with all of that data? “We have a lot of...

The evolution of phone cameras

2015-01-14 REMEMBER a time when mobile phones started rolling out with cameras with primitive technology, the image quality produced was on par with Neo Print stickers. There was no Instagram to share the photos, and the selfie term was unheard of (front-...

From Lenovo, the world’s lightest ultrabook

2015-01-14 AT THE Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015, Lenovo has one-upped all PC makers with the launch of the new Lenovo LaVie Z series, weighing at 780 grammes. I can’t wait to get my hands on an ultrabook that weighs less than a kilogramme, something...

Hi-tech trackers will play big role in fitness in 2015

2015-01-14 AMERICANS will continue to flock to indoor cycling, interval training, group fitness classes and other calorie-burning activities in 2015, but now hi-tech devices will monitor their every waking - and sleeping - hours, fitness experts say....

Genband could be a game-changer for interactive customer service sector

2015-01-14 GENBAND, a US maker of software for telecoms and cable TV operators, aims to revolutionise phone-based customer services by ending consumer frustration at being kept on hold in a seemingly endless loop of recorded options messages. The Texas-based...

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Smart gadgets take centre stage

2015-01-07 IMAGINE a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on — perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called “smart home”, cars, appliances and other devices all...

Wishing for better battery solution in 2015

2015-01-07   THE year 2015 is when we expect all the technologies we saw from the movie Back To The Future II are finally realised.   While many of us are asking for a hoverboard and a time-travelling Delorean in their 2015 wishlist, there’s nothing I want...

LG kicks off CES 2015

2015-01-07 KOREA’S LG is getting the party started at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with the LG G Flex 2. The CES 2015 is an annual event held every January in Vegas with many brands showcasing their top products. LG’s G Flex first installation...

Lenovo introduces new high-performance smartphones, accessories

2015-01-07 LENOVO announced at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) a lineup of full featured devices and accessories designed to enhance the mobile experience of consumers on-the-go. The Lenovo P90 makes its debut appearance as the first...

Lamborghini smartphone offers wow factor

2015-01-07 FOR the consumer who wants a smartphone to make an impression, the Lamborghini nameplate can do that – for a cool US$6,000, shipping included.Tonino Lamborghini Mobile on Monday announced the global launch of the stainless steel-and-leather handset...

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

A guide to minimising digital distractions in 2015

2014-12-31   THE year 2014 has been incredible for tech. Smartphones keep getting better, smart watches are finally picking up steam and we finally discovered other earth-like planets that we could migrate to many years from now.   As we celebrate the new...

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