Wednesday, 4 May 2016

A small, cheap desktop computer

2016-05-04 GETTING quick access to a computer nowadays is as easy as fishing out your smartphone from your pocket or purse. I remember my first computer was a towering beige box attached to a big CRT monitor, and I was tied to the desk if I wanted to get...

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Style and quality in the BeoPlay A2 speaker

2016-04-27 SOMETIMES portability and quality does not mix, however, that perception may change thanks to Bang & Olufsen (B&O) with its BeoPlay A2 portable Bluetooth speaker. Quality does not come cheap at just above the $500 mark but at first look,...

‘Game of Thrones’ season premiere breaks HBO apps

2016-04-27 THE Game of Thrones season 6 premiere was the busiest day yet for HBO's standalone streaming service HBO Now, according to new data from mobile app data intelligence startup Apptopia. In fact, HBO Now’s iOS app even surpassed Netflix's iOS app to...

Apple gives new Macbook a pink hue

2016-04-27 WHILST we take a break from smartphones this week, Apple has ‘quietly’ released its new MacBook a few days ago. That’s two devices now, that Apple has released without much hoo-ha; previously it was the iPhone SE. The 2016 MacBook is just a minor...

Movie streaming on Steam

2016-04-27 THE popular online gaming platform Steam has expanded its catalogue to include movies.This comes after Valve, the company behind Half-Life and Dota 2 struck up a partnership with entertainment company Lionsgate.Among the titles available under the...

Facebook developing camera app similar to Snapchat

2016-04-27 FACEBOOK Inc is developing a stand-alone camera app, similar to disappearing photo app Snapchat, to increase user engagement, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The app, being developed by Facebook’s “friend-...

Three HD smartphone gimmicks you can live without

2016-04-27 WHENEVER we hear the word HD (high definition), our natural instinct is to assume that a particular content or feature is of very good quality. HDTVs are visually superior than standard TVs. A HD movie looks a lot clearer and sharper than low-...

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

HTC tries for the perfect 10

2016-04-20 THE first quarter of the year is a flagship galore. With releases from so many different manufacturers trying to get ahead early in the year, it’s almost hard to keep track. Taiwan’s HTC has been a quiet brand, launching some of its Virtual...

Huawei debuts Virtual Reality headset

2016-04-20 LEADING premium Chinese handset firm Huawei announced the Huawei VR last Friday. The headset comes in several sizes to accommodate the company’s most recent smartphone and phablets. What's more, unlike other basic phone-dependent headsets on the...

The resurgence of small phones

2016-04-20 STEP into a mobile phone store and you’ll see a lot of big smartphones with screens over five inches. Where did the smaller phones go? How did this happen? It all started way back in 2011 when Samsung introduced its first Galaxy Note, and at that...

Put a safari in your pocket

2016-04-20 VIRRY is an award-winning app that helps children get closer to nature and it is now available on iPhones and the Apple TV. The app is like Twitch or Periscope for wild animals. It brings users a live, interactive high-definition feed of lions,...

Protecting nature – there are apps for that

2016-04-20 APPLE set out to inspire people to protect nature with a special collection of apps whose proceeds will go toward doing just that. The technology powerhouse behind the iPhone and the iPad worked with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and developers...

New features in Android N update

2016-04-20 GOOGLE has released an updated preview version of Android N for members of the Android Beta program, boosting stability and adding new features. The firm is expected to outline the final version of its new mobile operating system at the Google I/0...

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

HP Spectre 13, the world’s thinnest laptop

2016-04-13 DESPITE what a certain tech giant wants you to believe, tablets aren’t capable of replacing traditional laptop PCs for a lot of folks anytime soon. But those still hanging on to an ageing chunky laptop machine might want to consider upgrading, as...

Leica gets in the smartphone game again

2016-04-13 HAVE you seen the Panasonic DMC-CM1 smartphone around? No? Neither have I. I was pretty excited a while back when that was launched, seeing as it was a Lumix branded Android smartphone with a Leica DC Elmarit Lens, as after all, owning a Leica...

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Pitch Perfect: Mobile makers, telcos drawn to hi-res audio

2016-04-12 MOSTLY young, male audiophiles throng a Singapore hotel ballroom, intently assessing headphones, earbuds and in-ear monitors - priced from US$50 to as much as US$10,000. Alongside are banks of dedicated digital audio players (DAPs), with an entire...

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Lenovo’s tablet gets flexible

2016-04-06 WHILE the Microsoft Surface is perhaps the best 2-in-1 tablet with a removable keyboard, there’s good reason to argue that the Lenovo Yoga 900 is probably the best 2-in-1 tablet with a non-removable keyboard. It’s certainly a very nicely-designed...

Getting the ‘right’ app connects fans of extreme sports

2016-04-06 DO YOU have a passion for the extreme and an addiction to adrenaline? Then the Riders App is the ‘ideal’ app for you.In a nutshell the Riders App or simply Riders is a social networking app for extreme junkies. The app lets you create a profile...

Opting for the newer iPhone ‘Small Edition’

2016-04-06 WHENEVER Apple launched an iPhone, whether it was the 5s which seemed like it was really an iPhone 5, or when the 6s’ Rose Gold variant seemed like a completely different model from the iPhone 6, flocks of loyalist would queue endlessly for the...

Should you upgrade to the iPad Pro?

2016-04-06 THE iPad turns six years old this week, and Apple’s tablet lineup never looked better. Just last month, Apple released the iPad Pro 9.7, hoping to get people to upgrade their old iPads or switch from a laptop for good. Along with the larger iPad...