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  • Needy expat workers get new phones as Singapore moves to scrap 2G

    phys.org 22 Mar '17, 10am

    A Singapore migrant welfare group has started distributing 3G-enabled mobile phones to cash-strapped foreign workers days before the city-state shuts down its 2G network. Telecom operators in the highly wired island will end second-generation services on April 1, forcing thousands sti...

  • Singapore study finds yellow taxis less accident prone than blue taxis

    Singapore study finds yellow taxis less accident prone than blue taxis

    phys.org 07 Mar '17, 3pm

    To find out, the researchers studied three years of data from the company that owns the taxis—they found that yellow taxis had an accident rate 9 percent lower than blue taxis. This, they suggest, aligns with historical records from Chicago's Yellow Cab company, which was the first to...

  • New system makes it harder to track Bitcoin transactions

    phys.org 08 Feb '17, 1pm

    Bitcoin operates by giving each user a unique public key, which is a string of numbers. Users can transmit money in the form of digital bitcoins from one public key to another. This is made possible by a system that ensures a user has enough bitcoins in his or her account to make the ...

  • Singapore 2G switchoff highlights digital divide

    Singapore 2G switchoff highlights digital divide

    phys.org 22 Jan '17, 8am

    For some living in Singapore soon to be banned 2G phones are the only affordable or practical option When Singapore pulls the plug on its 2G mobile phone network this year, thousands of people could be stuck without a signal—digital have-nots left behind by the relentless march of tec...

  • Machine-learning program predicts public transport use in Singapore

    Machine-learning program predicts public transport use in Singapore

    phys.org 25 Jan '17, 1pm

    From left: Gary Lee, Hu Nan, Erika Fille Legara, and Christopher Monterola. Credit: A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing From schools and shops to hospitals and hotels, a modern city is made of many different parts. Urban planners must take account of where these services ar...

  • Singapore defence ministry reports cyber breach

    phys.org 28 Feb '17, 8am

    Singapore's defence ministry said Tuesday that hackers had stolen the personal details of hundreds of staff and soldiers in what appeared to be a "targeted" cyber attack on its computer systems. Officials said hackers had not collected any classified data earlier this month when they ...

  • What's behind the durian fruit's notorious stench

    phys.org 18 Jan '17, 3pm

    Sixteen compounds, previously identified as potent odorants by application of an aroma extract dilution analysis and the gas chromatography–olfactometry analysis of static headspace samples, were quantitated in the pulp of durians, variety Monthong, and odor activity values (OAVs) wer...

  • Discover how an augmented reality app can advance the future of #military training:

    The mind as a weapon: Helping Marines make faster, better combat decisions

    phys.org 01 Feb '17, 7pm

    Marines test out a HoloLens during a weeklong exercise called Spartan Emerging Technology and Innovation Week at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Also called 'Spartan Week,' the exercise was geared toward the development and strengthening of small unit-decision making. Credit: U.S. Marin...