Tech/Gadgets

  • PlayStation winds down Vita support

    1 week ago

    PlayStation winds down Vita support

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 17 ― Sony's handheld console, the PlayStation Vita, is still going ― at least until March 2019, when the company will stop making physical game cards for...

  • iOS users can now try out the new AI-powered Google News app

    1 week ago

    iOS users can now try out the new AI-powered Google News app

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 17 ― Get shown news tailored to your preferences with the Google News app, now available for iPhones and iPads. The new Google News app that was first teased...

  • Huawei seeks to defend European gains with mid-priced Honor 10 phone

    1 week ago

    Huawei seeks to defend European gains with mid-priced Honor 10 phone

    LONDON, May 16 ― China's Huawei is targeting Europe with a new smartphone that costs half of what premium phones from Samsung and Apple do as it stakes out market share gains in...

  • Facebook shut 583 million fake accounts

    1 week ago

    Facebook shut 583 million fake accounts

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 16 — Facebook axed 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018, the social media giant said yesterday, detailing how it enforces...

  • Classic NES and SNES mini consoles stocked until year end

    1 week ago

    Classic NES and SNES mini consoles stocked until year end

    TOKYO, May 16 — The NES Classic Edition, Nintendo’s official all-in-one microconsole, alternatively known as the NES Mini or Classic Mini NES, is making a return on June 29....

  • Kaspersky to transfer infrastructure out of Russia

    1 week ago

    Kaspersky to transfer infrastructure out of Russia

    MOSCOW, May 15 — Russian anti-virus software firm Kaspersky Lab, which is suspected by US authorities of helping the Kremlin’s espionage efforts, said today it was moving its...

  • Is the next iPhone SE going to be a mini budget version of the iPhone X?

    1 week ago

    Is the next iPhone SE going to be a mini budget version of the iPhone X?

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 15 ― Tech enthusiasts are getting excited about what Apple will unveil at its next WWDC in a few weeks' time, but will it be a new smartphone? iPhone SE 2 is...

  • 'Rage 2' confirmed, puts a target on 'Borderlands 3'

    1 week ago

    'Rage 2' confirmed, puts a target on 'Borderlands 3'

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 15 ― Doom developer id Software is returning with a sequel for its less well-known first-person shooter Rage, but this time with a more colourful,...

  • Weekly PC download charts: 'Pillars of Eternity II,' 'Destiny 2: Warmind,' 'Barry Has A Secret'

    1 week ago

    Weekly PC download charts: 'Pillars of Eternity II,' 'Destiny 2: Warmind,' 'Barry Has A Secret'

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 15 ― Action adventure Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire charts highly across Steam, Humble, GamersGate, Fanatical and GOG, the Destiny 2 Season Pass ascends...

  • Leak suggests new Microsoft Xbox controller for accessibility may be on the horizon

    1 week ago

    Leak suggests new Microsoft Xbox controller for accessibility may be on the horizon

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 15 ― A recent image of what seems to be a new Microsoft Xbox controller for accessibility was tweeted ahead of reveal. It appears to be aimed at those relying...

  • PlayStation picks four big games for E3 2018

    1 week ago

    PlayStation picks four big games for E3 2018

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 15 ― Sony's video game division PlayStation will focus on four major upcoming titles during its June 11 presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in...

  • Google refreshes Drive UI to match new Gmail

    1 week ago

    Google refreshes Drive UI to match new Gmail

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 15 ― Google is progressively updating the design of its online services. After Gmail, the firm's cloud-based file storage and synchronisation service, Google...

  • Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse investigation

    1 week ago

    Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse investigation

    NEW YORK, May 14 — Facebook Inc has so far suspended around 200 apps in the first stage of its review into apps that had access to large quantities of user data, in a response...

  • In DR Congo, home-grown digital entrepreneurs defy odds

    1 week ago

    In DR Congo, home-grown digital entrepreneurs defy odds

    KINSHASA, May 14 — Being a digital entrepreneur in the Democratic Republic of Congo comes with many challenges, not least that internet access is very limited in a vast country...

  • EU data laws set to bite after Facebook scandal

    1 week ago

    EU data laws set to bite after Facebook scandal

    BRUSSELS, May 14 — New European Union data protection laws take effect on May 25 to protect users' online information, in what Brussels touts as a global benchmark after the...

  • Microchips get under the skin of technophile Swedes

    1 week ago

    Microchips get under the skin of technophile Swedes

    STOCKHOLM, May 15 ― It's the size of a grain of rice but could hold the key to many aspects of your life. A tiny microchip inserted under the skin can replace the need to carry...

  • 'Dota 2' world championship starts crowdfunding drive

    1 week ago

    'Dota 2' world championship starts crowdfunding drive

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 13 ― The August 2018 edition of Dota 2 world championship The International has raised over US$7 million (RM27.6 million) in three days. Since The...

  • Steam Link app to put PC gaming on mobiles

    1 week ago

    Steam Link app to put PC gaming on mobiles

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 12 — A dedicated iOS and Android app will let players stream games from their home computers to smartphones. Launching the week of May 21, the official Steam...

  • Musk touts SpaceX rocket built to be reused at least 10 times

    1 week ago

    Musk touts SpaceX rocket built to be reused at least 10 times

    PALO ALTO, May 11 — The next launch by Space Exploration Technologies Corp appears almost routine by now: A satellite owned by Bangladesh will blast toward orbit on top of a...

  • Square Enix to make E3 2018 presentation

    1 week ago

    Square Enix to make E3 2018 presentation

    TOKYO, May 11 — Japanese publisher Square Enix is returning with an Electronic Entertainment Expo presentation after two years away, with its pre-recorded video due for...

  • EA confirms fourth quarter 'Battlefield' release

    2 weeks ago

    EA confirms fourth quarter 'Battlefield' release

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 10 — A fifth core entry to the Battlefield franchise, with its single-player campaign intact, is set to launch between October and December 2018, and could be...

  • Coutinho leads 'PES 2019' game cover

    2 weeks ago

    Coutinho leads 'PES 2019' game cover

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 10 — Barcelona’s Brazilian star forward Philippe Coutinho has been announced as the cover athlete for soccer simulation PES 2019 ahead of an August 30...

  • Google eases tech stress with app controls, table-booking assistant

    2 weeks ago

    Google eases tech stress with app controls, table-booking assistant

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, May 9 — Google yesterday showed how its virtual assistant can now call restaurants and salons to book appointments, navigating complex conversations, as the...

  • Fitbit’s Versa might be a smartwatch you actually want

    2 weeks ago

    Fitbit’s Versa might be a smartwatch you actually want

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 — From Oppo to Apple to Samsung and Fitbit, various brands have let me try on their fitness wearables for size. I suppose the universe is trying to tell me...

  • Google launches Android Things for appliances as earlier spinoffs scramble to catch on

    2 weeks ago

    Google launches Android Things for appliances as earlier spinoffs scramble to catch on

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 8 ― Alphabet Inc's Google yesterday launched a spinoff of its Android operating system for home appliances and other machines, following mixed results with...

  • Afghan girl coders design games to fight opium and inequality

    2 weeks ago

    Afghan girl coders design games to fight opium and inequality

    HERAT (Afghanistan), May 9 — Think Super Mario Bros, but with an Afghan twist. This is how Afghanistan’s first generation of female coders explain their abilities as...

  • Here’s what to expect from Google I/O 2018

    2 weeks ago

    Here’s what to expect from Google I/O 2018

    LOS ANGELES, May 8 ― Google I/O 2018 kicks off today, May 8, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. The annual developer conference is bound to outline...

  • What to expect from Microsoft Build 2018

    2 weeks ago

    What to expect from Microsoft Build 2018

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 8 ― A few days after Facebook and just ahead of Google, it is now Microsoft's turn to address developers via its traditional Build conference, taking place at...

  • 'Battlefield 1' expansion free until May 14

    2 weeks ago

    'Battlefield 1' expansion free until May 14

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 8 ― The first piece of downloadable content for well-received action game Battlefield 1 is available gratis until May 14. Game publisher Electronic Arts and...

  • Apple will repair or replace iPhone X's with Face ID issues, says report

    2 weeks ago

    Apple will repair or replace iPhone X's with Face ID issues, says report

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 8 ― This past weekend Apple sent out a new support document to retail stores, as well as Authorized Service Providers, which outlines an update repair process...