Science & Technology

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Spotify renews Family Plan

2016-05-25 MUSIC streaming provider Spotify has debuted a fresh Family Plan, available globally – excluding Canada – in a bid to lure new users to the service ahead of summer. The deal, which still includes separate accounts, personal playlists and...

Ride-hailing service Lyft testing reservation feature

2016-05-25 RIDE-HAILING service Lyft says it’s testing a feature that would let users schedule a trip up to 24 hours in advance. While many commercial taxi and car services let passengers reserve a ride in advance, on-demand ride companies like Lyft and Uber...

Lucid app offers mental training for athletes

2016-05-25 NEW mental training app Lucid was launched this week, offering meditations and mindfulness practices to improve athletic performance. With the increasing trend for practising daily mindfulness and meditation, now shown in a variety of recent...

Jaybird launches new Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds

2016-05-25 WIRELESS headphone brand Jaybird announced last Monday the release of its smallest pair of earbuds yet, the Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Buds. The company’s latest fifth generation of Freedom combines the style, sound and comfort that the brand is...

Android N has no name yet is intriguing

2016-05-25 GOOGLE introduced its new mobile operating system starting with the word ‘N’ at this year’s Google I/O conference. The tech giant is also looking for your input on what Android N should be named, so if you have a good idea, head down over to...

Facebook makes changes to avoid political bias

2016-05-25 FACEBOOK said it was making changes aimed at keeping political bias out of its “trending” stories list even though an internal investigation revealed no evidence it was happening. “Our investigation has revealed no evidence of systematic political...

4K monitor done right

2016-05-25 I’M ONE of those few people in this day and age that are obsessed with computer monitors. Even though a lot of us have moved on from the traditional desktop PC to laptops and smartphones, I always find myself highly productive working on my...

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

WhatsApp rolls out desktop app and video call function

2016-05-18 IN CASE you haven’t heard, WhatsApp just got even better with a couple of new big features. The world’s most popular mobile messaging app earlier this week revealed that it has been working on a video-calling function. This new feature is...

YouTube adds instant messaging to mobile app

2016-05-18 YOUTUBE recently launched a messaging feature that allows viewers to share videos and chat with friends without leaving the mobile app. Wired reports that the new “native sharing” feature went live last Wednesday for a small percentage of users....

Samsung Gear VR headset now has a million users

2016-05-18 MORE than one million people used a Samsung Gear VR last month. That’s according to new stats released by Oculus, the virtual reality company that powers the Gear VR. The company also revealed more details on new programming that includes a 360 3D...

Google merges skills to launch Spaces sharing app

2016-05-18 GOOGLE has rolled out a Spaces application tailored to let users easily share content and commentary, group-messaging style, on any topics they wish. “With Spaces, it’s simple to find and share articles, videos and images without leaving the app,...

Waze squeezes into Uber’s lane with carpool feature

2016-05-18 GOOGLE-OWNED navigation application Waze last Monday began testing a carpool feature that rolls near the home turf of Uber and Lyft. Waze Carpool stressed that it intended only to help commuters get to or from their jobs, chipping in to cover trip...

Good things do come in small packages

2016-05-18 BANG & Olufsen (B&O) Brunei launched two of its latest products at the Kiulap showroom last Friday. As I entered the doors, I immediately noticed a big box and what appeared to be a long-ish speaker like a soundbar, both draped in black...

Twitter to eliminate photos and links in character count

2016-05-18 TWITTER Inc users will soon have more flexibility in writing tweets as the company plans to stop including photos and links as part of its 140-character limit, according to a Bloomberg report. The social media platform has faced stagnant user...

Google Translate brings offline mode to iOS and ‘Tap to Translate’ to Android apps

2016-05-18 GOOGLE has again enriched one of its most practical and spectacular applications with several new functions. The latest update to Google Translate brings a “Tap to Translate” function to Android, and rolls out the offline mode to iOS. It’s no...

BBC to launch its own version of Netflix

2016-05-18 THE BBC is rumoured to be launching a new subscription TV streaming service to rival Netflix and Amazon. The UK government has given the go-ahead for the new service, which would be broadcast via the corporation’s iPlayer and has been...

Thursday, 12 May 2016

NASA’s official exoplanet count more than doubled

2016-05-12 THE Milky Way just got a lot more crowded – with planets. NASA on Tuesday announced 1,284 new planets orbiting stars outside our solar system, called exoplanets. That’s on top of the approximately 1,000 previously authenticated exoplanets detected...

S’pore tech expo promises solutions to enable Asia digital transformation

2016-05-12 TAKING Asia Pacific (APAC) by storm, International Data Corp (IDC) predicted that by the end of 2017, 60 per cent of APAC 1000 enterprises will have digital transformation at the centre of their corporate strategy. In line with this,...

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

SanDisk launches mobile-centric products

2016-05-11 THERE’S a distinctly mobile slant to SanDisk’s latest range of products, which shows just how much our smartphones and tablets are influencing companies who produce storage products. According to Peter Mah, SanDisk Corp’s regional director for...

Netflix tool helps mobile viewers manage data limits

2016-05-11 NETFLIX has released a new tool to help people viewing streamed television shows on mobile devices avoid costly bills for high data use. The move comes shortly after Netflix expanded its service to nearly every country on the planet, wooing...

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