New app for reporting infectious diseases can help curb outbreaks

The surveillance system‚ developed by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, will allow early identification of diseases such as measles, TB ...

Now pot can message the kettle: cool it

The Hestan Cue system is an app-controlled induction burner with temperature-sensing pots and pans — all connected via Bluetooth, writes Matthew Kronsberg

Move over Apple, this new bit is fit for myriad tasks

Fitbit’s sleek Ionic watch offers just about everything for urban-dwelling professionals with athletic ambitions, writes Jason Kelly

Watches evolving with rise of fitness fanaticism

Smartwatches are becoming increasingly more sophisticated in monitoring your health and your daily exercise

3D printing — space travel’s next frontier

An Israeli start-up plans to use 3D-printed legs — that is, additive manufacturing — on its spacecraft for its lunar landing, possibly by the end ...

New technology makes cars less reliable, says Consumer Reports

The magazine says all-new vehicles or those with newly updated technology are more likely to have a ‘wonky engine’; vehicle makers, including ...

Students in lectures hardly ever follow lecturer’s slides when phones are nearby

Smartphone users worldwide spend more than three hours a day on their phones, Stellenbosch University researchers say

In a big September update, the new iPhone is likely to ditch its home button

Across the bottom of the screen there is a thin software bar in lieu of the home button, and a user can drag it up to the middle of the screen to open the phone

Radical discovery means computers will soon sniff out explosives

Nigerian scientist turns current thinking on artificial intelligence on its head — and creates a device that can breathe in and smell the air

Best language apps to help travellers click with locals

There are a number of mobile apps that tackle the problem of the language barrier

Fender launches app for guitar lessons

The company that powered the careers of Hendrix and Nirvana hopes that by encouraging people to keep playing, it can double the size of the industry

Bots and chatbots are on the rise in a post-app world

Survey shows more than 25% of organisations have not built, customised or virtualised any mobile app in the last year, and IT spend on mobile apps is slowing

Android software creator unveils ‘Essential’ phone

Andy Rubin says it’s ‘weird’ that people have to fight with the technology supposed to simplify their lives and should be able to decide what features they ...

Viral fidget craze turns toy industry on its head

Small sellers were the first to cash in on the spinning gadget after the product went viral on the internet, writes Anna Nicolaou

Apple Watch leads in wearable computing, as Fitbit slips to third place

China’s Xiaomi, which makes a budget-priced fitness band, is the second-largest vendor, with global market share of 15.5%

This app could save you in an emergency

Most people do not know who to call in an emergency, writes Sarah Wild

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