Tech/Gadgets

  • Acer has a super-rugged laptop contender in the Enduro

    1 week ago

    Acer has a super-rugged laptop contender in the Enduro

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 — Acer recently announced new laptops as well as a gaming chair but one new product of note is its rugged line of notebooks and tablets. The Enduro series...

  • Brazil suspends WhatsApp digital payments

    1 week ago

    Brazil suspends WhatsApp digital payments

    BRASILIA, June 24 — Brazil’s central bank said yesterday it had ordered Visa and Mastercard to suspend a joint project with WhatsApp to roll out digital payments within the...

  • watchOS 7: Seven things you need to know about the Apple Watch’s new update

    1 week ago

    watchOS 7: Seven things you need to know about the Apple Watch’s new update

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 — Apart from iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and MacOS Big Sur, Apple has also announced its latest watchOS 7 that will be released later this year....

  • ‘Minecraft’ update fleshes out its dangerous Nether dimension

    1 week ago

    ‘Minecraft’ update fleshes out its dangerous Nether dimension

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 24 — One of the toughest Minecraft regions is being upgraded through a June 23 update. Added to Minecraft in 2010, The Nether is the subject of a significant...

  • iOS 14: 11 new features that are coming to your iPhone

    2 weeks ago

    iOS 14: 11 new features that are coming to your iPhone

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 — Apple’s keynote address at the WWDC 2020 event has just concluded, with the virtual event broadcast from Apple Park on YouTube,...

  • iPadOS 14: Six key improvements for the iPad that you should know

    2 weeks ago

    iPadOS 14: Six key improvements for the iPad that you should know

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 —  iPad users have a lot to look forward to with iPadOS 14 that was just announced during WWDC 2020. Apart from having an interface refresh, the...

  • iOS 14: Which iPhone models are supported?

    2 weeks ago

    iOS 14: Which iPhone models are supported?

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 — Apple has just announced its latest iOS 14 at WWDC 2020. The latest version will come pre-installed on the upcoming iPhone 12 but it will also...

  • Apple switches to its own chips for Mac computers as it adds features, privacy controls

    2 weeks ago

    Apple switches to its own chips for Mac computers as it adds features, privacy controls

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 — Apple Inc yesterday said it will switch to its own chips for its Mac computers, saying the first machines will ship this year and ending a nearly...

  • Need for speed: Japan's Fugaku supercomputer is world’s fastest

    2 weeks ago

    Need for speed: Japan's Fugaku supercomputer is world’s fastest

    TOKYO, June 23 — Japan’s Fugaku supercomputer, built with government backing and used in the fight against coronavirus, is now ranked as the world’s fastest, its developers...

  • What is ‘Hardspace: Shipbreaker’? Space salvage game plays with Zero G deconstruction skills (VIDEO)

    2 weeks ago

    What is ‘Hardspace: Shipbreaker’? Space salvage game plays with Zero G deconstruction skills (VIDEO)

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 — Reduce, reuse and recycle in a game of billion-dollar debt, junk spaceship reclamation and life-saving DNA clones. Launched on June 16 for Windows PC as...

  • macOS Big Sur: The top seven features you need to know

    2 weeks ago

    macOS Big Sur: The top seven features you need to know

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 — It was a big day for the Mac at Apple’s annual WWDC as the tech giant revealed its latest operating system for its Mac computers. It revealed the name...

  • Google launches Keen, Pinterest’s latest competition (VIDEO)

    2 weeks ago

    Google launches Keen, Pinterest’s latest competition (VIDEO)

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 — After Facebook launched a hobby-focused app earlier this year, Google is following suit and launching its own response to Pinterest, which curates...

  • Google adds fact-check to images

    2 weeks ago

    Google adds fact-check to images

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 — Google said yesterday it was adding fact-check labels to images as part of its efforts to stem visually misleading information. The new labels will be...

  • Free deal of the week: DC Comics game ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ goes free until June 25

    2 weeks ago

    Free deal of the week: DC Comics game ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ goes free until June 25

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 — Each week ETX Studio tracks down a freebie on offer to give your daily routine a boost. This week you can slap up some supervillains (and heroes) in...

  • Microsoft ends game streaming, teams up with Facebook

    2 weeks ago

    Microsoft ends game streaming, teams up with Facebook

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 ­— Microsoft said yesterday it was throwing in the towel on its livestream gaming platform and teaming up with Facebook to better compete with rivals...

  • TikTok joins EU code of conduct on hate speech

    2 weeks ago

    TikTok joins EU code of conduct on hate speech

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 — The social media phenomenon TikTok joined the EU’s code of conduct yesterday as tech giants seek to persuade Europe to back away from setting laws...

  • Logitech announces carbon labelling

    2 weeks ago

    Logitech announces carbon labelling

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 — Logitech has announced a new labeling system to inform consumers about the environmental impact of its products, which will be rolled out for its entire...

  • Facial recognition: IT and police in delicate dance

    2 weeks ago

    Facial recognition: IT and police in delicate dance

    WASHINGTON, June 22 — Tech giants love to portray themselves as forces for good and as the United States was gripped by anti-racism protests a number of them publicly disavowed...

  • iOS 14 will include Podcasts app updates to compete with Spotify

    2 weeks ago

    iOS 14 will include Podcasts app updates to compete with Spotify

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 — Apple’s full plans for iOS 14 will be announced on 22 June during the WWDC 2020, but it looks like one of the reveals is some major changes to the...

  • Robots: Allies during virus crisis, enemies later?

    2 weeks ago

    Robots: Allies during virus crisis, enemies later?

    PARIS, June 21 — When human contact needs to be kept to a minimum, robots can save lives and factories. But when the coronavirus crisis is over, will they amplify job losses? It...

  • PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X to launch around Nov 19, 'Cyberpunk 2077' developer suggests

    2 weeks ago

    PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X to launch around Nov 19, 'Cyberpunk 2077' developer suggests

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 20 — CD Projekt RED, the company behind The Witcher 3, is shooting for a November release for its highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077. A delay to open-world...

  • New wild west video game ‘Desperados III’ dispatches free tabletop game companion (VIDEO)

    2 weeks ago

    New wild west video game ‘Desperados III’ dispatches free tabletop game companion (VIDEO)

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 20 — This week’s excellent strategy adventure Desperados III brings its hard west realism and supernatural undercurrent to the realm of pen and paper for...

  • YouTube hit with discrimination suit by black video artists

    2 weeks ago

    YouTube hit with discrimination suit by black video artists

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 19 ― A lawsuit filed this week in federal court accuses YouTube of discriminating against African American video makers and viewers by factoring in race when...

  • Canada to roll out Covid-19 tracing app as cases top 100,000

    2 weeks ago

    Canada to roll out Covid-19 tracing app as cases top 100,000

    OTTAWA, June 19 ― Canada will soon roll out a Covid-19 tracing app for smart phones, developed with help from BlackBerry and Shopify, it was announced yesterday, as the number...

  • 'Hey Siri,' shortcut put to use against police abuse

    2 weeks ago

    'Hey Siri,' shortcut put to use against police abuse

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 19 ― The widespread protests against police brutality have created a buzz around a software shortcut letting people cue iPhones to start video recording...

  • How to watch EA Play 2020 live and online

    2 weeks ago

    How to watch EA Play 2020 live and online

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 19 ― Electronic Arts has promised more on Star Wars Squadrons, Madden NFL 21, Apex Legends and other mystery titles at the June 18 livestreamed event. A...

  • UK ditches Covid-19 app model to use Google-Apple system, says BBC

    2 weeks ago

    UK ditches Covid-19 app model to use Google-Apple system, says BBC

    LONDON, June 18 — The British government will switch to Apple and Google technology for its test-and-trace app, ditching its current system in a U-turn for the troubled...

  • Twitter adds option to share spoken tweets

    2 weeks ago

    Twitter adds option to share spoken tweets

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 18 — Twitter yesterday said it is adding an option to speak tweets of up to 140 seconds in length instead of just writing posts. Voice tweets will be rolled...

  • Massive spying on users of Google's Chrome shows new security weakness

    2 weeks ago

    Massive spying on users of Google's Chrome shows new security weakness

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 18 — A newly discovered spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of extensions to Google's market-leading Chrome web browser, researchers...

  • Obscure Indian cyber firm spied on politicians, investors worldwide

    3 weeks ago

    Obscure Indian cyber firm spied on politicians, investors worldwide

    LONDON, June 9 — A little-known Indian IT firm offered its hacking services to help clients spy on more than 10,000 email accounts over a period of seven years. New Delhi-based...

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 chipset to bring 5G to mid-range smartphones

    2 weeks ago

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 chipset to bring 5G to mid-range smartphones

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 18 — Launched in the wake of a first wave of pioneering chipsets for high-end smartphones, Qualcomm's new 5G Snapdragon 690 is destined to equip forthcoming...

  • Facebook lets users block political ads, aiming to quell outcry

    2 weeks ago

    Facebook lets users block political ads, aiming to quell outcry

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 18 — Facebook is allowing users to turn off all political ads in a move aimed at quelling criticism of the leading social network's hands-off approach to...

  • What to expect from Apple's all-online WWDC 2020

    2 weeks ago

    What to expect from Apple's all-online WWDC 2020

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 17 ― Apple has just announced the programme for its 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which, exceptionally this year, will take place exclusively...