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Get your work music: 9 best sites and apps to help you drown out work noise

Friday, December 9, 2016

SINGAPORE - You want to get on with something important, but people nearby are yammering on about football, someone next door is nailing everything in sight to the wall, and every animal in the vicinity has decided it's time for an afternoon-long sing-song....

Microsoft to offer Windows 10 on Qualcomm-chip laptops, a blow to Intel

Thursday, December 8, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft Corp is creating a version of the Windows 10 operating system that will run on laptops powered by Qualcomm chips, a move that could erode Intel's dominance in personal computers and help the software maker gain a bigger foothold in...

Airbnb backs off fight with govts, offers policy suggestions

Thursday, December 8, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO - In a moment of peace-making with regulators, Airbnb on Wednesday released a set of policy suggestions for governments that are considering new laws for home- and apartment-renting. The document, which comes on the heels of concessions with...

Samsung said to plan all-screen design in Galaxy S8 phones

Thursday, December 8, 2016

SEOUL - Samsung Electronics will create an all-screen front for the Galaxy S8 smartphones coming out next year and scrap the physical home button, people with direct knowledge of the matter said. The bezel-less displays will provide more viewing real estate...

Instagram adds tools to curb abuse, expand privacy

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

MENLO PARK (CALIFORNIA) - Instagram has announced that it will be providing more tools for users to protect themselves and others from online abuse, by allowing them to remove comments and filter out certain followers. Instagram co-founder and chief executive...

New Zealand passport robot tells applicant of Asian descent to open eyes

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

SYDNEY - A New Zealand man of Asian descent had his passport photograph rejected when facial recognition software mistakenly registered his eyes as being closed. Mr Richard Lee's attempt to renew his passport was blocked after he submitted the picture to an...

Many health apps don’t flag danger, says review

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

NEW YORK - Do not count on smartphone health apps in an emergency: A review shows many do not warn when you are in danger. The study published on Monday in the journal, Health Affairs, found problems even with apps considered to be among the highest-quality...

Amazon moves to cut checkout line, promoting a grab-and-go experience

Monday, December 5, 2016

SEATTLE -There is almost no aspect of retail that Amazon has not upended with online shopping. Now, the company is trying to computerise the experience of buying sandwiches and soda from the corner convenience store. In the latest in its expanding set of...

Many kids’ headphones carry risk of hearing loss, study finds

Monday, December 5, 2016

NEW YORK - These days, even 3-year-olds wear headphones, and as the holidays approach, retailers are well stocked with brands that claim to be "safe for young ears" or to deliver "100 per cent safe listening". The devices limit the volume at which sound can...

Tech companies move to curb online terrorist content

Monday, December 5, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO - For all the good that has come from the Internet, the online world has also served as a powerful device for recruiting terrorists and spreading their propaganda. A coalition of top technology companies is now trying to change that: Facebook,...

Global social media ads to hit S$71 billion by 2019

Monday, December 5, 2016

LONDON - The amount of money spent on advertising on social media is set to catch up with newspaper ad revenues by 2020, a leading forecaster said yesterday. The rapid expansion of social media platforms on mobile devices, as well as faster internet...

Sony has a hit that’s as big as Pokemon Go in Japan

Monday, December 5, 2016

TOKYO - Nintendo might have scored a hit with the explosive debut of Pokemon Go this year. On its home turf, however, Sony has quietly dispatched its rival with a popular mobile game called Fate/Grand Order. The game, based on an anime TV series called Fate,...

Apple signals keen interest in self-driving car race

Sunday, December 4, 2016

WASHINGTON - Apple is wading into the debate over regulation of self-driving cars, declaring that it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on United States regulators not to restrict testing of such vehicles. A five-page...

StarHub rolls out new travel data plan

Thursday, December 1, 2016

SINGAPORE - StarHub has introduced a new travel data plan that offers users travelling to selected countries in Asia-Pacific up to 3G of data for a flat fee. StarHub Mobile postpaid customers will be able to use the data in a single country or across multiple...

US tech firm gives away self-driving-car software

Thursday, December 1, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO - Comma.ai, the tech startup that recently pulled the plug on its device to give cars limited self-driving capabilities after being reprimanded by regulators in the United States, has opened up its software secrets to the masses. On Wednesday,...