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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,...

LG launches the curious Tab Book 11

2014-08-06 IT'S essentially an 11.6-inch Android tablet, but one that seems to think it's a Chromebook or a laptop. For a start, it has a slide-out keyboard and behind the IPS display is a very potent Intel Haswell Core i5 processor. This is the sort of...

Crowdsourcing the answers to medical mysteries

2014-08-06 FOR people plagued for years by mysterious illnesses, a new online service aims to help by “crowdsourcing” among medical professionals for a diagnosis. The service, called CrowdMed (www.crowdmed.com), relies on retired doctors, nurses and other “...

Thrifty tablets

2014-08-06 IF YOU’RE keen on getting a tablet but don’t want to break the bank just so you can own one, you might be interested in Asus’ latest range of tablet offerings, which it claims does not compromise on quality despite its more affordable prices. This...

Google prepping Instagram competitor

2014-08-06 ACCORDING to Bloomberg, the search giant wants to spin out Google+ Photos as a separate site. Despite the fact that Google+ has over 500 million registered users, it is the social network that gets the most criticism and some of it is deserved....

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Xiaomi unveils the Mi4

2014-07-30 CHINESE smartphone maker Xiaomi has unveiled its new flagship model, the Mi4, at the National Convention Centre in Beijing. The Mi4 has a stainless steel frame and a swappable back cover. At the launch, the company showed off 12 cover designs,...

Consumers choosing phablets over tablets

2014-07-30 DEMAND for iPads in particular is cooling but that doesn’t mean that tablets are going out of fashion – sales are expected to continue to grow over the course of the year, albeit at a slower rate. Preliminary data from research and analytics firm...

Will BlackBerry’s ‘Passport’ entice users?

2014-07-30   BLACKBERRY... that’s a name you haven’t heard or talked about in a very long time. That’s probably because the phone maker hasn’t done anything in a very long time... until now. BlackBerry has released a new phone called the Passport, and it’s...

China’s young entrepreneurs dig for Internet gold

2014-07-30 WHEN mobile app MYOTee (pictured) swept the Chinese online scene with 30 million download clicks in June, its developer Erick Kuo already knew that in the Internet age, success could be short-lived. “MYOTee had long been prepared to be a shooting...

Why your next phone will be a phablet

2014-07-30   REMEMBER how small smartphones used to be? At that time we all thought their screens were huge, right? The screens actually seemed huge in the beginning because they had been enlarged and covered the entire front face of the phone, and...

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