Author Archives: Liaw Kim Poh

A graduate of National University of Singapore, Kim Poh runs in the tunnel of news overload to assist the editorial team on finding scoops. He resides in a beautiful country of Singapore.

macOS 10.15 will let Apple Watch do more than just unlock Macs

macOS 10.15 will let Apple Watch do more than just unlock Macs

Biometrics-based security systems, be it fingerprints or faces, is the trend in computing these days but not all devices are equipped with such sensors. That's especially true for desktop and even for the majority of laptops in the market. Apple has equipped some of its MacBooks with Touch IDs but that still leaves out most of the computers that it offers. Come macOS 10.15, however, that might not be an urgent need, that is if you have an Apple Watch on your wrist.

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NexDock 2 offers a better lapdock for Samsung and Huawei phones

NexDock 2 offers a better lapdock for Samsung and Huawei phones

Although the idea of a singular convergent smartphone that also acts as your desktop hasn't completely died, it hasn't fully taken off either. Of those attempts, only Samsung's DeX and Huawei's EMUI Easy Projection remain but for all their promise of truly mobile computing, they both have forgotten one essential piece of the puzzle: a portable dock for their phones. That need is mostly being filled by an extremely small number of third-party accessory makers. Now one of the pioneers of that niche market going through crowdfunding again to bring the NexDock 2 to life, just in time for the latest iterations of Samsung's and Huawei's flagships.

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Windows 10 can rollback updates that prevent PC from starting

Windows 10 can rollback updates that prevent PC from starting

Windows 10 is both the best and the worst thing Microsoft has done with the operating system, though perhaps not as bad as ME and Vista. Updates and fixes rolled out faster but also meant they broke PCs sooner, sometimes with disastrous results. Even without deleting files silently, some updates may cause Windows 10 systems to be unable to startup properly. Now Microsoft may have also silently introduced a system that would uninstall such problematic updates when that time does come.

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Nintendo Switch Windows 10 port has a long way to go

Nintendo Switch Windows 10 port has a long way to go

The Nintendo Switch is just a fan favorite among gamers, it has also become a favorite among modders and hackers. The handheld console's extremely locked down hardware and software has actually made it more challenging and, therefore, more rewarding to break into the device. Digitally, of course. Work on getting Android to run on the Switch is already underway but getting Windows 10 on the device is more challenging, more insane, and probably less useful too.

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Galaxy S10+ sold early and first impressions are up

Galaxy S10+ sold early and first impressions are up

Samsung has just announced the Galaxy S10 trio and while pre-orders have already started, most expected to get their device within the first week of March. Lucky Samsung fans in Paraguay, however, were given an extremely early treat and one new owner of a Galaxy S10+ felt the need to share the happiness on Reddit as well as answer some questions. Some simply confirm things that have already been announced but there are a few new tidbits as well.

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OPPO decided not to show its Huawei Mate X style foldable phone

OPPO decided not to show its Huawei Mate X style foldable phone

Some might be annoyed at how smartphone makers rush to be the first to put out something but there's a strategic reason for that. Most of the time, the world remembers the first one to come out with an innovation, regardless of who actually was making it first behind the scenes. Now that Huawei has revealed its own style of foldable phone, those that follow that same style after it will be judged as copycats. And that might be OPPO's new PR problem now that it's claiming it actually had one ready but decided not to announce it a few days ago.

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Lenovo IdeaPads, IdeaCentre AIO offer Intel and AMD at every level

Lenovo IdeaPads, IdeaCentre AIO offer Intel and AMD at every level

For a time, it almost seemed like Intel would be the survivor of the two-horse desktop processor race. AMD, however, still had a thing or two to say and while it's not yet in the clear, it's becoming more common in new desktops and laptops. So as not to play favorites, Lenovo is putting out a new generation of IdeaPad laptops and convertibles as well as a new IdeaCentre All-in-One PC, all of which bring Intel and AMD together to the table, on way or another.

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Xbox Game Pass could be streaming to Nintendo Switch soon

Xbox Game Pass could be streaming to Nintendo Switch soon

It looks like Microsoft and Nintendo are starting a new exclusive gaming club and Sony's not invited. Over the course of Sony's snub of cross-platform play capabilities, Microsoft and Nintendo have continued to cooperate and capitalize on that attention. Soon, however, the two might make the biggest collaboration that could rock both gaming platform's worlds. According to sources, Microsoft intends to make available games from its Game Pass subscription catalog to the Nintendo Switch and streaming will play a critical role in making that possible.

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LG G8 ThinQ 3D ToF to be used for gesture control

LG G8 ThinQ 3D ToF to be used for gesture control

Just a few days left before its official debut, LG is slowly dropping another breadcrumb leading to the G8 ThinQ. Although it had already revealed it would be using a 3D time of flight or ToF sensor for the upcoming flagship, it is now giving a bit more detail on what the sensor would be capable of. In addition to the expected 3D face recognition and AR experiences, that 3D sensor will also be used for the touuch-less gesture control LG teased a while back.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 features land days before debut, Explorer Edition included

Xiaomi Mi 9 features land days before debut, Explorer Edition included

Xiaomi is making a big gamble by holding its event so close to Samsung's own Unpacked event. It isn't however, taking any chances that you'd confused the Mi 9 for the Galaxy S10, as if that were even possible. And so even before it takes the stage, Xiaomi has practically revealed everything there is to know about the Xiaomi Mi 9, including a beefed up Explorer Edition, but, of course, excluding availability details.

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HomePods might someday have gesture, face recognition

HomePods might someday have gesture, face recognition

There's no denying that Apple was terribly late to the smart speaker market. Despite marketing it less as a smart speaker and more as a premium audio accessory with smarts, the HomePod has and always will be compared to the likes of the Amazon Echo and the Google Home. And while it might seem that Apple has put HomePod development on the back burner, a recently surfaced patent could give future generation smart speakers an edge over the competition when it comes to hand gestures, face recognition, and even simple visual feedback.

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Skype background blur made possible with AI

Skype background blur made possible with AI

Bokeh, the effect of blurring of objects around the subject, has become a popular feature in mobile photography. It's made possible with two cameras but even a single camera can do it with some software tricks. But while that's relatively easy to do with still shots, it's harder to pull off when your subject is less stationary. And that is why Microsoft is resorting to some Artificial Intelligence to implement background blur in Skype video chats on desktops.

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