Science & Technology

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Ban Ki-Moon lauds social media’s role in spreading info during Nepal’s disaster

2015-05-27 THE social media has been crucial in helping to gather information in the recent Nepal earthquake disaster, said secretary general of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-Moon. He said this in his special video message at the opening of Asia Media...

Fire-safe mobile charger invented in Finland

2015-05-27 A FIRE caused by an unplugged mobile charger destroyed a house in Finland in 2013, and then triggered an invention that can prevent such tragedy from happening again.The newly-invented ASMO mobile gadget charger can shut off automatically when the...

Daimler teams up with China’s Baidu in connected cars drive

2015-05-27 GERMAN carmaker Daimler is to make software from web services company Baidu available in its Chinese Mercedes-Benz cars as part of a trend of deepening ties between carmakers and consumer technology companies.Carmakers are seeking to extend...

Home automation, music in iOS 9

2015-05-27 AT THE Apple WWDC, taking place June 8-12, developers will get a chance to discover the newest features for Mac OS and iOS. The latest mobile operating system is expected to highlight home automation and offer, for the first time, split-screen...

Rip through days without charge with YotaPhone 2

2015-05-27 IMAGINE having a smartphone that lasts you for days rather than hours. Think of the many things you could do when you no longer have to worry about charging your phone every now and then. Most smartphones don’t get us through the day even at full...

Instaspam? Introducing Instagram’s new email digest

2015-05-27 DO YOU like receiving email? Do you have an Instagram account? Then we have good news for you. The photo-sharing network is going to start taking its lead from parent company Facebook and sending regular email updates to users collating the best...

Panasonic G7or Fujifilm X-T10?Take your best shot

2015-05-27 LAST week saw the launch of two exciting new small-bodied but capable cameras just hours apart from one another, namely Panasonic’s G7 and the Fujifilm X-T10. The Panasonic G7, is an improvement on its predecessor, the G6, with a brand new sensor...

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

AT&T working on exclusive content for connected cars

2015-05-20 AT&T Inc is gearing up to bring connected car users exclusive content such as videos and games that can be streamed onto personal mobile devices later this year, AT&T’s senior vice president of emerging devices Chris Penrose said.“It’s no...

Obama gets his own @POTUS account on Twitter

2015-05-20 US PRESIDENT Barack Obama is embracing short-form communication. Twitter has a new account: @POTUS. Spelled out, that's President Of The United States.For years, White House officials have used Twitter to communicate White House policy and...

Rid of CDs, Starbucks teams up with Spotify

2015-05-20 MONTHS after ending its tradition of CD sales, coffee giant Starbucks on Monday confirmed the rapid growth of music streaming as it announced a partnership with Spotify.The Swedish streaming leader will give accounts to its premium service to...

Tiny but mighty C.H.I.P makes huge waves

2015-05-20 FANCY a computer for US$9? Kickstarter, everyone’s favourite crowd-funding website has done it again, with Next Thing Co creating the world’s first US$9 ($13) computer. With 17 days to go, the project has already received 27,770 backers, with a...

Acer Revo One: Small PC for your living room

2015-05-20 WHILE laptops remain the more popular choice among the majority of consumers for their portability, desktop PCs have recently entered a renaissance and are trying to win back the customers they’ve lost since the floppy disk heyday. Gone are the...

Flightradar24 finds not just planespotters flocking to its website

2015-05-20 WITHIN 40 minutes of Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashing in the Alps in March French accident investigators from the BEA authority were on the phone to plane tracking website Flightradar24.“BEA called us and we of course passed the information over...

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Smartphones: Fave gadget in the US

2015-05-13 SMARTPHONES are now used in 72 per cent of US homes and have become the third most owned electronics item for Americans, a survey showed Monday.The annual survey by the Consumer Electronics Association fo und that smartphones trail only televisions...

Hi-tech fitting room now in style

2015-05-13 IMAGINE a fitting room with a “smart” mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video so you can compare the image side-by-side with other colourful shirts you try on. It might even show you how the shirt will...

Google’s driverless cars get hit

2015-05-13 GOOGLE on Monday said that even self-driving cars that can sense and react faster than humans still wind up in accidents.“We've been hit from behind seven times, mainly at traffic lights but also on the freeway,” Chris Urmson, the head of Google's...

Canon’s EOS M – Third time’s a charm?

2015-05-13 CANON first launched the original EOS M in 2012 to hold off the incoming onslaught from mirrorless or Micro Four-Thirds (MFTs), which were small and trendy cameras, with the capability of high quality images. The latest Canon EOS M2, was skipped...

Internet changes community life in China

2015-05-13 THE Internet is changing community life in China, making it possible for residents to order fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and even complete meals that are delivered directly to their door steps.At one company in Shanghai's central Yangpu District,...

A low-cost Surface for everyone

2015-05-13 THE Surface has come a long way since we saw its first incarnation as a touch-screen tabletop on Youtube about 10 years ago. When the first laptop/tablet hybrid version came out in 2012, the tablet was at its peak and consumers thought they never...

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The new MacBook is the laptop of the future

2015-05-06 APPLE gave us a glimpse of the future of laptops with the release of the newly redesigned MacBook earlier this year, and the preliminary response has been mixed. There’s a lot going on in this revived machine: slimmer and lighter than the MacBook...

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