Author Archives: Osmond Chia


How Apple has reacted to the trade war

How Apple has reacted to the trade war

Apple may be the pride of America, but there’s no avoiding the ironic fact that a “Assembled in China” stamp sits at the bottom of most Apple products. As much as the Trump Administration would like to eject American corporations from manufacturing in China, U.S. companies have their knees deep in Chinese partnerships. The iPhone has many parts sourced from China. Its screen, processor, glass and cameras all have sources in China.

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Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple antitrust probe: Why are they in trouble?

Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple antitrust probe: Why are they in trouble?

The Capitol's war on tech companies is heating up. The U.S.' biggest corporations - Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple - were all told to hand in information as part of an ongoing antitrust investigation. They're calling for greater transparency in their data collection practices – and to investigate the possibility of corrupt practices to cripple competition.

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Facebook Dating: Things you should know before using it

Facebook Dating: Things you should know before using it

Facebook was always about friends. But now it’s also about love. The social media giants have launched Facebook Dating in the U.S., their answer to Tinder, Coffee Meets Bagel, Bumble and other dating apps. The new feature brings together Facebook’s networking infrastructure and data to help find matches that suit you.

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What to expect at Apple September 2019 Event – iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5, new MacBook

What to expect at Apple September 2019 Event – iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5, new MacBook

It’s that time of the year again; Apple are about to announce their latest products on 10 Sept at the Steve Jobs Theatre at the Apple Campus in Cupertino, California. The event’s mysterious “By invitation only” poster may be all secretive, but this is the world of tech. Rumours, leaks and logical assumptions have painted a clear and almost predictable picture of what will be unveiled. Here’s what we can look forward to.

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Why don’t more manufacturers offer stock Android?

Why don’t more manufacturers offer stock Android?

There seems to be a common consensus among critics that stock Android is the way to go. Supposedly lighter and snappier, the “untouched” iteration of the OS is consistently best reviewed. Stock Android is one of the reasons why users are so drawn to Google Pixel phones, keen to use Google’s pure vision of its OS.

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Is Disney+ worth it? Things to consider before subscribing

Is Disney+ worth it? Things to consider before subscribing

Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime are all bracing themselves for an incoming storm. That storm is Disney Plus, an upcoming streaming that’s sure to shake the market. Launching 12 Nov in the U.S., Disney’s take on Netflix launches with a massive catalogue of films and channels, at a competitive price that’s sure to tempt you into cancelling your other accounts.

Unfortunately, Disney+ arrives as an unwelcome latecomer into a market that’s well saturated. We already have subscriptions to HBO, Netflix and Prime – do we really need Disney+ gate-crashing into the mix?

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Can NASA’s planetary system keep us safe from asteroids?

Can NASA’s planetary system keep us safe from asteroids?

While we’re struggling to get out of bed, deciding which pair of socks to wear to work, there is a group of people working hard to track asteroids that could literally end all life on Earth. No, it’s not the Avengers - they’re called the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), but they may just be Earth’s mightiest heroes.

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How Huawei coped with the U.S. ban so far

How Huawei coped with the U.S. ban so far

Huawei users have had a nerve-racking couple of months since being blacklisted by the Trump administration. Part of the escalating trade war with China, the ban would mean U.S. companies would no longer be able to trade with Huawei. Google, Intel and Microsoft would all have to stop selling software and parts to them, which would be highly detrimental to any technological giant.

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FIFA 20, Potentially a worthwhile upgrade

FIFA 20, Potentially a worthwhile upgrade

FIFA’s been a real guilty pleasure for soccer fans over the years. Every year, gamers complain about having to pay full prices for very few substantial changes. It’s basically the same game every year, yet so many of us pre-order it with unquestioning loyalty.

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What banks can learn from Apple Card

What banks can learn from Apple Card

Live and breathe Apple? Here’s the latest piece of Apple tech available this month for you to flex. It’s the Apple Card – except it doesn’t flex. It’s a solid sheet of sturdy titanium that sits in your wallet with the rest of your cards. Launching Apple’s venture into the banking and finance industry, Apple Card works like Apple Pay in the form of a card. The card comes in handy at cashiers and checkouts that don’t accept mobile payment. Created with the help of Goldman Sachs and powered by Mastercard, Apple’s new venture has plenty of pedigree and should be accepted at just about any cashier.

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Now is a good time to buy a Playstation 4 despite being in the final stage of its life cycle

Now is a good time to buy a Playstation 4 despite being in the final stage of its life cycle

If you’ve resisted forking out the cash for a PS4 till now, it may be a good time to finally give in. The fourth generation PlayStation may be six years old now – we are nearing the launch of a PS5 in a few years – but there’s plenty of shelf life left before it bids gamers farewell. Sony has well and truly dominated console gaming this generation, with countless of exclusive household titles that have cemented their place in the gaming hall of fame. You won’t want to miss these.

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Do you really need a gaming phone? The pros and cons

Do you really need a gaming phone? The pros and cons

Gamers have always wanted the best of tech that gives them a competitive edge. The best specs, peripherals and zero distractions to ensure they fire first. The smartphone market has responded to passionate gamers, releasing gamer-oriented phones that are picking up steam.

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