Science & Technology

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Rumours, sensationalism are China censorship targets on Tencent’s WeChat

2015-07-22 CENSHORSHIP is ever-present on China’s Internet, but on Tencent Holding Ltd’s mobile social network WeChat, the kinds of posts culled often differ from elsewhere, according to a study, the first of its kind. The usual taboo subjects of calls for...

Payment wristbands set to tap ‘wearables’ boom

2015-07-22 NEW payment technologies such as Apple Pay and FC Barcelona wristbands carrying a digital wallet will increasingly mean bank customers ditch cards and cash for wearable technology, experts predict. Watches, wristbands, jewellery, key fobs and other...

Google might bring back the Nexus 5

2015-07-22 WHEN Google and LG released the Nexus 5 in 2013, it became one of the best handsets for the Android purists and fans.   It had a really nice built, beautiful HD 1080p display, a rock-solid processor and runs on stock Android 4.4 Kit Kat minus the...

Instagram adds search to its web interface

2015-07-22 FACEBOOK-OWNED Instagram just made a bunch of third-party web clients obsolete: The popular social image sharing platform added search functionality to its website Monday, allowing users to search for hashtags, locations and user accounts...

Apple releases 6th generation iPod Touch

2015-07-22 AFTER a very long time, three years to be exact, Apple has finally released the next generation iPod Touch. The latest iPod Touch looks like a hybrid between the iPhone 6, with the metal-themed sides, and an iPhone 5c, with colourful themes and the...

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

How to improve audio on your TV

2015-07-15 WATCHING a lot of TV series and movies at home lately? If you’re watching them with the audio coming out from your HDTV’s built-in speakers, you’re doing it wrong! Neglecting audio is the biggest mistake a lot of TV owners make. Those who have...

Looking for other Japanese speakers in Paris? There’s an app for that

2015-07-15 PARIS, the city of light, love, and tourists, has released a new mobile app called “Yes I speak touriste” to help foreigners struggling with their French find some respite. The app provides users with an interactive map showing locations like...

Meizu in Brunei

2015-07-15 MEIZU recently started off its marketing campaign with a bang in the sultanate, with two models: MX4 and the M1 Note. The MX4 is amazingly priced at $449 for the 16GB and $499 for the 32GB, making the 32GB a no brainer in this case. Meizu is no...

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

GoPro unveils new cube-shaped action cam

2015-07-08 TO BE honest, I’ve never had much interest in action cameras, hence my lack of research on the subject, as I’ve had no specific use for them in my lifestyle. But it was only until I took up longboarding quite recently that I started to develop...

Olympus innovates with Air

2015-07-08 WE’VE seen a fair share of new generation cameras that require a smartphone to work with, especially from Sony, that is well-known for making the best cameras in that format. Olympus’ new model, the Air A01, is a compact camera without an LCD...

Fitness apps data reveals American workout habits, most active states

2015-07-08 MILLIONS of Americans are recording their workout routines and activities on apps that are giving fitness experts new insights into the habits of a logged-in population.Data compiled by fitness and workout tracker apps, MyFitnessPal and...

Instagram goes high definition

2015-07-08 IMAGES posted and shared on the social network are about to get sharper and clearer. According to The Verge, Instagram is to start displaying photos on the site and within its smartphone and tablet apps in full 1080p high definition. At the moment...

Car dashboards that act like smartphones raise safety issues

2015-07-08 WHEN it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smartphones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. But are they really a good idea? Car companies answer with an emphatic yes. They say...

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Google banks on Nexus 9

2015-07-01 GOOGLE is in the habit of hiring different companies to make its Nexus devices. Over the years, it has selected Samsung, Asus, LG and Motorola but this is the first time it has picked HTC. Everything comes together well in the latest Nexus tablet...

Sony comes out with A7R, smallest full-frame mirrorless camera

2015-07-01 SONY’s A7R was easily the smallest full-frame camera around when released. This year’s A7R II, with a brand new 1-inch type stacked sensor, is one of the best mirrorless cameras money can buy. Speaking of money, the body alone is a whopping US$3,...

HTC Desire 626: Decent smartphone for the budget-conscious

2015-07-01 THESE days, cheap smartphones are no longer terrible in quality and performance. Let’s put this in perspective. Almost any low-spec smartphone released this year nearly matches the specs of high-end phones that were made some two to three years ago...

App that is able to locate digital ‘trace’ helps save lives in Greece

2015-07-01 “THROUGH the innovative functions of ‘Cyber Alert’ we have saved 1,160 people, 30 per cent of which were minors,” a high ranking Greek police officer told Xinhua about an innovative mobile application of the Greek police to combat cyber-crime and...

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Galaxy Tab A: Getting ‘A’ for effort

2015-06-24 WHEN it comes to tablets, no company has released more models than Samsung. This hasn’t stopped the South Korean electronics giant from launching another series, the Tab A. The Tab A represents the company’s affordable productivity tablets to...

Android M will be made available for Sony Xperia devices

2015-06-24 APREVIEW version of upcoming Android OS version M will be made available for Sony’s Xperia line of handsets. It’s an experimental version for users that want to get under the hood and watch things evolve as Sony releases incremental updates as the...

R1x Sapphire is Oppo’s most stylish smartphone

2015-06-24 THE smartphone market is highly competitive and crowded, but Oppo has managed to stay visible by being innovative. Not too long ago it introduced the world’s thinnest Android, a motorised swivel camera for its N3 smartphone and now it has a device...

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