Technology

Lenovo, Disney launch AR headset for new ‘Star Wars’ experience

MANILA — Always wanting to be a Jedi? Lenovo Philippines and Disney have launched an augmented reality (AR) device that provides full gaming experience for Star Wars fans. Called the “Lenovo Mirage Star Wars: Jedi Challenges”, the AR device would be available in Philippine stores in December. Pre-orders can be made at select Toy Kingdom branches for …

iPhones position Telus well for Q4, network upgrades will pay off long term: CEO

TORONTO — The head of Telus Corp. thinks the recent launch of Apple’s most expensive and advanced smart phone to date is good for the Canadian telecom industry, even though the supply of the devices can’t keep up with demand. The iPhone is positive for the company (TSX:T) because its data usage drives up average …

Rat owners need not apply: germ free lab opens at University of Calgary

CALGARY—There’s no such thing as an easy coffee run or a quick bathroom break for the dozen or so staffers at a new laboratory opening in Calgary on Thursday. That’s because anyone and anything entering the facility—part of the Western Canadian Microbiome Centre at the University of Calgary—must be thoroughly cleansed of bacteria, viruses, fungi …

North Korea goes online, but not the World Wide Web for most

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — Ever so cautiously, North Korea is going online. Doctors can consult via live video conferencing. People text each other on their smart phones. In the wallets of the privileged are cards for e-shopping and online banking. And this is all done on a tightly sealed intranet of the …

4th Techno-Gabay Summit slated in Lucban, Quezon

IMUS CITY, Cavite— The 4th Techno Gabay Summit, to be held under the auspices of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) at the Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) in Lucban, Quezon on Nov. 9-10, is seen to be “the most celebrated gathering” of Farmers’ Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center in the Calabarzon region. Techno Gabay …

DOST-ITDI offers 7 new food technologies

LOS BAŇOS, Laguna – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) will offer seven new food technologies for private food industry sector’s use. Interviewed by PNA, Adelia M. Guevarra, ITDI senior science research specialist, said that ITDI will be pitching on seven food processing technologies for the second cluster offerings …

Face to Face with Nest’s smartest home security camera

SAN FRANCISCO — Nest’s new home security camera is supposed to be so smart that it can identify people it’s been introduced to. That skill comes from facial-recognition technology made by Nest’s sibling company, Google. The Nest Cam IQ camera is so slick that it carries a premium price — $300 — plus a $10 …

E-sensor device measures cacao bean quality instantly

LOS BAŇOS, Laguna — A new electronic sensor device was developed by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech), which could instantly measure quality of freshness of cacao beans. The new technology project, funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) of the Department of Science …

Indonesia threatens to block WhatsApp over sexual content

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian authorities say they will block access to the popular WhatsApp instant messaging app if it doesn’t remove sexually explicit content. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said Tuesday it has already asked internet companies to block domain names used by Tenor, which provides animated image files known as GIFs through …

Saskatchewan government not giving up on carbon capture and storage: Duncan

REGINA—SaskPower Minister Dustin Duncan says the province will use due diligence in determining future power projects using carbon capture and storage. SaskPower’s Boundary Dam power plant in Estevan takes emissions from coal generation and stores them. On Friday, SaskPower president and CEO Mike Marsh says the technology is still worthwhile, but the current economic climate …

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