Category: This Day in History

World’s first curved TV sets launched

World’s first curved TV sets launched

The world’s first curved OLED television sets have gone on sale in South Korea. LG Electronics in Seoul has started accepting pre-orders for its 55-inch (1.4m) model, with deliveries set to begin next month. The TV is priced at 15 million South Korean won (KRW), equivalent to just over £8,700. But the company has not [&hellip

‘Smart skin’ hope for touch sensor

‘Smart skin’ hope for touch sensor

Scientists have made a step forward in their ability to mimic the sense of touch. A team from the US and China made an experimental array that can sense pressure in the same range as the human fingertip. The advance could speed the development of smarter artificial skin capable of “feeling” activity on the surface. [&hellip

Dubai fights crime in style

Dubai fights crime in style

Dubai Police add a new Ferrari to its fleet of crime-fighting vehicles, which already boasts a flashy green and white Lamborghini. The vehicle arrives hot on the heels of a Lamborghini that has already joined the city state’s crime-fighting ranks. The car – sporting the green and white of Dubai Police – was unveiled at [&hellip

Diabetes warning over soft drinks

Diabetes warning over soft drinks

Drinking one or more cans of sugary soft drinks a day is linked to an increased risk of diabetes in later life, a study suggests. A can a day raises the relative risk of diabetes by about a fifth, compared with one can a month or under, say European scientists. The report in the journal [&hellip

Apple profits fall first time in 10 years

Apple profits fall first time in 10 years

Apple has reported its first fall in profits for nearly 10 years – a move that could further threaten its market value. Analysts expected a tumble of up to 18% in earnings when the company delivered its second quarter trading statement on Tuesday. In the end, the technology giant announced that its profits for the [&hellip

Playing Tetris ‘fixes lazy eye’

Playing Tetris ‘fixes lazy eye’

Canadian doctors say they have found an inventive way to treat lazy eye – playing the Tetris video game. The McGill University team discovered the popular tile-matching puzzle could train both eyes to work together. In a small study, in Current Biology with 18 adults, it worked better than conventional patching of the good eye [&hellip

Nokia blames competition for sales plunge

Nokia blames competition for sales plunge

Nokia’s share price tumbled by more than 11% after it posted a big fall in quarterly sales and blamed strong competition. Poor sales of Nokia’s basic phones overshadowed a stronger performance from its Lumia smartphones in the first quarter. Nokia, which has fallen behind Samsung and Apple in the smartphone race, said it sold 5.6 [&hellip

High potassium, low salt can keep stroke risk down

High potassium, low salt can keep stroke risk down

British researchers have demonstrated that those people who consume higher potassium in their diets and cut down salt are in lower risk of stroke. The study indicates that a lower salt intake and potassium rich diet can combat high blood pressure and consequently the risk of stroke, according to the paper published in the British [&hellip

Clothes get ‘Computerised Fabrics’

Clothes get ‘Computerised Fabrics’

Clothes that change their colour and shape depending on the wearer’s movement are being developed by researchers at a Canadian university. The project – dubbed Karma Chameleon – involves weaving electronic fabric into clothes in a way that allows the storage of energy from the body. Uses for the technology include a dress that “changes [&hellip

WhatsApp more popular than Twitter

WhatsApp more popular than Twitter

Smartphone messaging app WhatsApp has more users than Twitter, claims its boss. Jan Koum says the company processes 8bn inbound and 12bn outbound messages every day. He did not reveal exactly how many active users the service has, but Twitter officially quotes 200 million per month. Speaking  in New York, Mr Koum said he had no [&hellip