Science & Technology

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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...

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

JBL Authentics L16: Size of sound

2014-08-13 WE ARE so used to listening to our music with earphones or tin-can-sized Bluetooth speakers, we tend to forget that audio can be so much better than what our tiny speakers can reproduce.Enter the JBL Authentics L16. When we were told that it was...

Best way to share music

2014-08-13 BACK in the day, you’d go to your friend’s house and listen to music, only where a Hi-Fi was available. In my house, some 15 years ago, that was in my room. There was no music out of the room, not unless if I had one of those mp3 players which I...

Budget phones is the next big thing

2014-08-13 WHENEVER I give positive reviews on budget phones, it’s really difficult for me to convince everyone to ditch the more expensive high-end smartphones on their wish list. It can’t be helped when budget phones have had a reputation of being low...

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Small-sized tablets for small wallets

2014-08-06 THE seven-inch tablet segment has been made popular by the Nexus 7, most notably because of its friendly price tag and high performance. However, since the Nexus 7 from Google entered the tablet scene, many have followed suit: cheap ones, cheaper...

LG follows Samsung to market 105-inch monster TV

2014-08-06 IF YOU liked the look of Samsung's living room-filling 105-inch curved screen ultra-high-definition television set but were put off by its US$120,000 ($149,000) asking price, there's good news. Yesterday, LG launched its own equally curved,...

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