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Japan space agency unveils asteroid hunting probe

02 September 2014, 11:07

Japanese space scientists have unveiled the asteroid hunting space probe they hope to launch later this year on a mission to mine a celestial body.

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Firm showcases 'touchable' 3D technology

02 September 2014, 08:34

Technology that generates touchable 3D imagery has been unveiled in Japan, with its developers saying users could pull and push objects that are not really there.

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Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with Dragon Quest

01 September 2014, 14:34

Sony is trying to woo Japanese game fans to the PlayStation 4 home console that went on sale in November in the U.S. and Europe.

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Samsung denies child labour at Chinese supplier

31 August 2014, 10:22

South Korea's Samsung Electronics has refuted fresh allegations by a labour protection watchdog that one of its suppliers in China hired child workers.

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Tablet sales slow as PCs find footing: IDC

30 August 2014, 10:17

Tablets won't eclipse personal computers as fast as once thought, according to studies by market tracker International Data Corporation (IDC).

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Japan publishers lash out at new Amazon rules

29 August 2014, 11:59

A group of Japanese publishers have lashed out at Amazon's new book sale rules, after US and European authors accused the online retailer of using strong-arm negotiating tactics.

Apple to unveil 'iWatch' on September 9: report

29 August 2014, 07:31

Apple will unveil an "iWatch" in September with the maker of the iPhone finally embarking on its much-rumored foray into wearable computing, technology news website Re/code said Wednesday.

Samsung unveils smartwatch that can make calls

28 August 2014, 12:15

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled what it said was the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby.

Millions lose internet access in US

28 August 2014, 07:36

Time Warner Cable apologised for a "very serious failure" after millions of people across the US were knocked off the internet because of a fault.

Social media users shy away from opinions

27 August 2014, 11:28

People on Facebook and Twitter say they are less likely to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline.

Matiang’i, Waita lined up for top tech event in SA

27 August 2014, 07:24

Cabinet Secretary for Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Dr Fred Matiang’i, is lined up to deliver keynote address at Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) Mobile 360 Series-Africa conference in November.

Mobile phone use bad for school test scores

26 August 2014, 11:14

Children who spend more than four hours a day on their mobile phone perform significantly worse on school tests than those who are limited to just 30 minutes, a survey has found.

LG bets on pricey OLED technology as future of TVs

26 August 2014, 07:16

LG Electronics Inc. announced two new giant OLED TVs with ultra-high definition screens, sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED display technology.

Europeans scramble after satellites hit wrong orbits

25 August 2014, 15:12

European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system.

Hackers hit up to 25 000 US workers

25 August 2014, 10:39

The internal records of as many as 25 000 Homeland Security Department employees have been exposed during a recent computer break-in.

Amazon readying an attack on Google

25 August 2014, 07:23

US online giant Amazon is preparing to take on Google in one of its core businesses, Internet advertising, sources say.

Uber drives into mobile dining, travel apps

24 August 2014, 07:55

Uber has pulled into dining and travel smartphone applications as the internet age car-hailing service moved to park itself at the heart of mobile lifestyles.

Vodafone to buy Hellas Online stake

23 August 2014, 07:34

Vodafone has agreed to acquire a further 73% stake in Greece's broadband and fixed-line telephony provider Hellas Online for €73m.

Apple iPhone 6 leaves supply chain scrambling

22 August 2014, 14:58

Apple is scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone 6 smartphone as the need to redesign a key component disrupted panel production.

Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

22 August 2014, 09:22

The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theatre of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.

Google considering YouTube, Gmail accounts for kids

22 August 2014, 07:37

Google is considering allowing online accounts for children under the age of 13 and give their parents control over how the service is used, according to media reports.

3D printing 'mainstream in five years'

21 August 2014, 14:48

Mainstream access to 3D printing is some years away, but will nevertheless be accessible, an industry tracker says.

Twitter racing to block images of Foley killing

21 August 2014, 10:33

Twitter is trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants.

Facebook awards 'Internet Defense Prize'

21 August 2014, 07:23

Facebook on Wednesday awarded a $50,000 Internet Defense Prize to a pair of German researchers with a seemingly viable approach to detecting vulnerabilities in Web applications.

Heartbleed causes massive hospital cyber breach

20 August 2014, 14:25

Hackers who stole the personal data of about 4.5 million patients of hospital group Community Health Systems had broken into the company's computer system by exploiting the "Heartbleed" internet bug.

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