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Sony revives robot pet dog

JAPANESE electronics giant Sony is marking the year of the dog by bringing back to life its robot canine — packed with artificial intelligence and internet capability. Sony’s new “aibo” dog is an ivory-white ...

November 5, 2017, Sunday

iPhone X: new face for Apple

APPLE is offering a nifty way to unlock its new iPhone X — just stare at it. Face ID, Apple’s name for its facial-recognition technology, replaces the fingerprint sensor found on other models. How well ...

November 5, 2017, Sunday

Pouring cold water on Kindle’s Oasis

AMAZON’S top-of-the-line e-reader is now waterproof — an excellent feature for a US$250-and-up investment. But don’t go scuba diving just yet. Your Kindle Oasis might not survive. Huh? How is that waterproof ...

November 5, 2017, Sunday

A little screen time OK for kids

PARENTS of small children have long been hearing about the perils of “screen time.” And the message is getting louder. But while plenty of parents are feeling guilty about it, some experts say it might ...

October 29, 2017, Sunday

A new tool in aged care: digital pets

PATRICIA Richards, who is 64 and lives in Salem, Massachusetts, looks forward to her daily chats with her cat Bella. “I love Bella very, very much. She’s helpful ... she does a lot of things for me and ...

October 29, 2017, Sunday

Don’t cry a story to this barman

AS Tipsy methodically unfolds an arm to select a glass, retrieve ice and mix a drink, it’s all a far cry from the flashy swagger of Tom Cruise in “Cocktail.” But then he doesn’t have the twinkle in his ...

September 10, 2017, Sunday

‘Honesty’ app a hit

FIZZING with boyish exuberance, Saudi programmer Zainalabdin Tawfiq could be mistaken for a college freshman, but the popularity of his “honesty” app has shone a spotlight on the conservative kingdom’s ...

September 10, 2017, Sunday

China’s youth aim to ‘game’ the world

LIKE many young urban Chinese his age, Li Yifei grew up in the late 1990s and early 2000s playing the popular American video games Legend and Warcraft. He remembers using an English-Chinese dictionary ...

September 3, 2017, Sunday

A ‘highway doctor’

AS Japan takes on the mammoth task of upgrading the capital’s outdated roads and infrastructure, a local “highway doctor” is betting that its 3D technology can lend a hand. Tokyo’s sprawling maze of aging ...

September 3, 2017, Sunday

LG takes on rivals

LG Electronics has introduced a slimmer version of its top-of-the-line phone, with advanced new camera and voice-activation features aimed at active video users, which it hopes can help it claw back market ...

September 3, 2017, Sunday


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