Japanese engineer develops world's first 'car in a bag'

Japanese engineer develops world's first 'car in a bag'

A Japanese company unveils a miniature transporter which can fit in a backpack.

Wednesday, 12 August, 2015, 6:36pm 4 comments

Virtual reality headsets a hot trend at Gamescom

Virtual reality headsets a hot trend at Gamescom

Virtual reality headsets are generating big buzz according to industry experts at Cologne's Gamescom, the world's biggest computer games fair. (Photo: Bloomberg)

6 Aug 2015 - 8:45am

Star Trek-style home elevator could replace stairlifts

Star Trek-style home elevator could replace stairlifts

A futuristic elevator that fits neatly into the corner of a room and moves between floors of a standard home could present a more attractive proposition than the traditional stairlift. 

4 Aug 2015 - 4:25pm 2 comments

Austria's local 'Facebook' turning city neighbours into friends

Austria's local 'Facebook' turning city neighbours into friends

People can have hundreds of friends on Facebook but not know the person next door. New Austrian social media site "Frag Nebenan" or 'Ask Next Door', is part of a growing international trend to get back to basics and connect with your neighbours. From borrowing a hammer or watering people's plants to swapping hair cuts for Spanish lessons, the mutual aid network is proving a hit.

31 Jul 2015 - 12:19pm

South Korean scientists create thermal mesh

South Korean scientists create thermal mesh

South Korean scientists create a thin battery-powered mesh made from silver nanowires that generates heat so users can "wrap" therapeutic heat around body parts, instead of going to a doctor or therapist for treatment.

28 Jul 2015 - 9:02am

Robots run the show at Japanese hotel

Robots run the show at Japanese hotel

Robots welcome guests at the check-in counter, carry baggage and operate a locker room at a Japanese amusement park hotel. (Photo: EPA)

17 Jul 2015 - 8:55am

Mood-changing wearable tech sets pulses racing

Mood-changing wearable tech sets pulses racing

Doppel is a new breed of wearable device, one that its developers say can actually change the wearer's mood by delivering a tactile beat to their wrist. 

7 Jul 2015 - 1:04pm

Greedy Shanghai taxi drivers show the 'evil' side of new technology

Shanghai's municipal government issued an order forbidding taxi drivers from accepting reservations through booking apps during rush hours.

Google once had an informal corporate motto - "Don't be evil" - a sentiment often shared by many other technology firms around the world. Technology itself can't be evil if we see it purely from a scientific perspective, but how we make use of it can be a very different story.

3 Mar 2014 - 12:07pm 9 comments

Trade-off between productivity gains and job losses isn't so simple

The cost of job protection

A popular view these days is that robots and labour-saving technologies are destroying jobs and creating a growing group of disillusioned people who harbour a deepening sense of alienation from society.

If true, the future indeed looks bleak.

20 Feb 2014 - 5:00am

Hong Kong courtrooms now permit tweeting, texting

Professor Doreen Weisenhaus

Legal and media scholars have praised the judiciary’s decision to allow live text-based communication from court – paving the way for journalists and members of the public to tweet and send e-mail messages.

29 Jan 2014 - 12:31pm 1 comment

Panasonic to halve chip business workforce: reports

The Panasonic logo outside the company's showroom in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

Technology multinational Panasonic is set to cut its chip division workforce in half, axing thousands of jobs as the electronics giant overhauls its battered balance sheet following record losses, Japanese media reports said on Thursday.

24 Oct 2013 - 12:36pm

Ex-Apple CEO Sculley mulling BlackBerry bid

A Canadian flag waves at the Blackberry campus in Waterloo, Ontario. Photo: Reuters

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley is exploring a joint bid for smartphone maker BlackBerry with Canadian partners, the Globe and Mail reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.

The report said Sculley declined to comment on the matter, but told the Canadian newspaper that he has been a long-time BlackBerry fan and user.

24 Oct 2013 - 12:02pm

Google shares soar past US$1,000 on strong earnings

A view of the Google offices in New York. Photo: EPA

Shares in internet search and advertising titan Google soared more than 13 per cent on Friday to pass the US$1,000 mark for the first time after a strong earnings report.

The earnings demonstrated Google was smoothly building its presence in the mobile sector while advertising earnings rose all around, with particular help from Google’s YouTube website.

19 Oct 2013 - 3:25pm

Lenovo bid for BlackBerry could collapse under pressure

China's Lenovo is investigating a bid for ailing Canadian smartphone operator BlackBerry. Photo: Reuters

Lenovo is wading into the BlackBerry jam. The Chinese technology group has gained access to the books of the Canadian smartphone seller, which is already considering a US$4.7 billion approach from shareholder Fairfax Financial Holdings. If it chose to bid, Lenovo would have to do better than the current offer of US$9 per share, and overcome more obstacles.

18 Oct 2013 - 3:45pm

China to invest 2 trillion yuan to expand broadband

Internet users in China look forward to faster download rates. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China plans to invest 2 trillion yuan (US$323 billion) to improve its broadband infrastructure by 2020 with the aim of taking the nearly entire population online, a vice-minister said on Wednesday.

19 Sep 2013 - 7:35am 1 comment