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Don’t cry a story to this barman

AS Tipsy methodically unfolds an arm to select a glass, retrieve ice and mix a drink, it’s all a far cry from the flashy swagger of Tom Cruise in “Cocktail.” But then he doesn’t have the twinkle in his ...

September 10, 2017, Sunday


‘Honesty’ app a hit

FIZZING with boyish exuberance, Saudi programmer Zainalabdin Tawfiq could be mistaken for a college freshman, but the popularity of his “honesty” app has shone a spotlight on the conservative kingdom’s ...

September 10, 2017, Sunday


China’s youth aim to ‘game’ the world

LIKE many young urban Chinese his age, Li Yifei grew up in the late 1990s and early 2000s playing the popular American video games Legend and Warcraft. He remembers using an English-Chinese dictionary ...

September 3, 2017, Sunday


A ‘highway doctor’

AS Japan takes on the mammoth task of upgrading the capital’s outdated roads and infrastructure, a local “highway doctor” is betting that its 3D technology can lend a hand. Tokyo’s sprawling maze of aging ...

September 3, 2017, Sunday


LG takes on rivals

LG Electronics has introduced a slimmer version of its top-of-the-line phone, with advanced new camera and voice-activation features aimed at active video users, which it hopes can help it claw back market ...

September 3, 2017, Sunday


Hashtag turns 10 #happybirthday

THE hashtag, the symbol attached to keywords to tag topics online, celebrates 10 years this week making social media just a bit more navigable. The sign has preceded the keywords that mark out all major ...

August 27, 2017, Sunday


Robot Buddhist

A JAPANESE company has introduced a new role for SoftBank’s humanoid robot “Pepper” — a Buddhist priest for hire at funerals. Chanting sutras in a computerized voice while tapping a drum, the robot was ...

August 27, 2017, Sunday


Electric yarn

RESEARCHERS in the United States and South Korea have invented a new kind of yarn that can generate electricity when it is stretched or twisted. The material, called “twistron,” could be used to harvest ...

August 27, 2017, Sunday


Octogenarian pioneers new app

WHEN 82-year-old Masako Wakamiya first began working she still used an abacus for maths — today she is one of the world’s oldest iPhone app developers, a trailblazer in making smartphones accessible for ...

August 13, 2017, Sunday


Rolls Royce of spinners

ONE company in Japan is claiming it has developed a fidget spinner that whirls longer than any rival on the market — 12 minutes and counting. Most fidget spinners can only rotate on their own for a few ...

August 13, 2017, Sunday


 

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