Science & Technology

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Build your home audio system with Sonos

2014-09-24 SO YOU want to build a home audio system. You have a nice HDTV set in your living room, and a humongous music library in your computer or iPod. You want to liberate the sound from these devices to your entire living space. Ideally you could go for...

New apps to aid in home design and renovations

2014-09-24 HOME owners and renters looking to redesign or renovate can turn to new apps to help simplify the process and get the job done sooner and more efficiently. Last year Americans spent approximately US$130 billion ($165 billion) on home remodelling...

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Canon joins the 1-inch sensor club with the PowerShot G7X

2014-09-17 LATE in the game, but better late than never; Canon has finally released a digital point-and-shoot camera that can go head-to-head with Sony’s highly popular RX100. Earlier this week, Canon introduced its latest PowerShot camera, the G7X, with a...

The 7D is finally here

2014-09-17 THE iPhone 6 launched last week and I’m still trying to digest the $1,488 price tag before I’m able to write constructively about it. So this week, let’s take a look at what I think will be one of the best products of 2014. Canon just announced...

Devices and desires

2014-09-17 THIS year’s IFA was chock-full of announcements, as just about every smartphone maker was in town to show its wares. Here is a quick look at some of the other highlights of the show. Exciting Xperia Sony showed off its new flagship smartphones,...

Self-driving cars take a small step closer to reality

2014-09-17 AUDI and GM luxury brand, Cadillac, have both set their sights on bringing autonomous driving features to their cars in 2016. Audi has been wowing the crowds at technology events and auto shows for the past two years with demonstrations of the...

Miggo: Keep it under wraps

2014-09-17 THE thing about cameras (especially DSLRs and mirrorless models) is that there’s a whole ecosystem of accessories that go with it. You get everything from fancy lens caps to a bewildering array of tripod options (and mounting options that go with...

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Zenfone 5: Zen with a zing

2014-09-10 THIS year is undoubtedly the year of the budget smartphones, with the prices of mobile devices getting cheaper by the day, yet still offering consumers a fair share of features and a reasonable level of quality.It’s against this backdrop that Asus...

Motorola’s delivery after Lenovo takeover

2014-09-10 LAST year's Moto X took quite a while to arrive in Southeast Asia. In fact, I only started seeing the handset becoming available in this region after February 2014, which is sad, because the Moto X (2013 version) was a very refined device, for its...

Moto G 2nd Gen: bigger, better, affordable

2014-09-10 THE Moto G has been my top phone of choice over the past year due to its overall excellent price to quality ratio. At just US$179 ($226), the Moto G is affordably priced, and yet does not skimp on build quality and performance.   The phone became...

Android smartwatches to add smarter syncing, integration features

2014-09-10 GOOGLE is getting ready to add Bluetooth and GPS support to its wearable technology software and the updates will be coming before the end of the year. In an interview with CNet ahead of the opening of the IFA tech show last week, two of Google’s...

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Should you get a smartwatch today?

2014-09-03 SMARTWATCHES are all the rage in the tech community as of late. From the Pebble Steel to the Samsung Gear to the Moto 360, we’re seeing a growing trend in new smartwatch releases this year. Personally, I’m a bit sceptical with these early releases...

HTC One M8 for Windows – Best Windows phone?

2014-09-03 THE HTC One M8 was and still is one of the best looking phones available on the market, no one can deny that. Last week we took a look at a couple of great Windows mobile phones, and this week, while we prepare for the onslaught of devices from...

What to watch out for at this year's IFA

2014-09-03 SMARTWATCHES, smartphones and smart homes are going to be the order of the day when Europe’s biggest consumer technology show IFA 2014 opens its doors to the public on September 5 in Berlin, Germany. However, by the time the first paying attendees...

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Toshiba Satellite L40-B: A good laptop for less

2014-08-27 WE OFTEN get high-end stuff for our reviews – after all, most companies want us to publicise their best machines. So, it was rather surprising that Toshiba sent a regular workhorse laptop like the Satellite L40. It may be an entry-level model but...

Acer Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713), a great budget tablet for students

2014-08-27 BACK in my college years, learning with tech meant hauling a bag carrying an eight-pound laptop computer on my shoulder to a lecture. It was painful, but I needed a laptop to do my classwork and homework on. There was no other tech that could do...

A couple of good Nokia Lumias

2014-08-27 NOKIA is still sticking around with its Windows Phone promise and although I don’t see it picking up at all on this side of the world, two recently-released models are very good. The Nokia Lumia 930 and the lower-end 635 are actually two of the...

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Level Over: On another Level

2014-08-20 SAMSUNG’S Level brand marks the electronic giant’s foray into the realm of premium wireless headphones. In this review, we check out the Level Over headphones which snugly cup the ears instead of pressing on them, so there is little discomfort even...

Acer enters gamers’ realm

2014-08-20 I DON’T know what took Acer so long to get a high-calibre gaming laptop. Its Taiwanese counterpart Asus has been constantly offering Republic-of-Gamers-(ROG) branded motherboards, laptops, and some accessories to entice gamers with smart marketing...

Mid-range phones that are just right

2014-08-20 PREMIUM smartphones today are either too big (Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3) or too small (iPhone 5s) for your hands. So what if you’re looking for something that’s somewhere in the middle?   There are obvious reasons why some opt for mid-range phones...

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