Author Archives: Osmond Chia


Mobile trends to look forward to in 2020

Mobile trends to look forward to in 2020

Another year, another line up of smartphone trends to look forward to. This year brought us mechanized selfie cameras, in-display fingerprint scanners, variations of the notch and triple cameras. The headphone jack also breathed its final breath as mainstream phones like Samsung Galaxy took them off their main devices.

Continue Reading

Why we should be worried about Deepfakes and what is being done to fight it

Why we should be worried about Deepfakes and what is being done to fight it

The year is 1969. President Richard Nixon read a speech about Apollo 11 astronauts being stranded on the moon. “The men who went to the moon to explore in peace, will stay on the moon and rest in peace,” he said. That didn’t happen. In truth, the world watched as the crew of Apollo 11 successfully landed, then returned to Earth. But a recently surfaced deepfake video of former President Nixon in this fictional scenario seemed to suggest otherwise. The computer-generated video of Nixon was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Centre for Advanced Virtuality.

Continue Reading

Looking back into Stadia’s launch, issues, and what to look forward to

Looking back into Stadia’s launch, issues, and what to look forward to

Stadia's launch hasn't been what Google had hoped for. Anticipated as a Netflix for gaming, Google’s answer to consoles and Steam was supposed to shake the industry make gamers think twice about that PlayStation 5 in a year or two. But instead, lukewarm reviews and performance issues are turning gamers away. Worse still, its poor entry is casting a shadow of doubt over the promise of game streaming, which could hinder its chances of ever winning gamers in the near future.

Continue Reading

Four things EA is doing right with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Four things EA is doing right with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launched this week and what a relief it was. The Electronic Arts and Respawn project released to thunderous acclaim and was the Star Wars video game many had hoped for all along. EA has had a terrible track record with its Star Wars titles since Disney signed a 10-year video game licensing deal in 2013.

Continue Reading

Why is Instagram hiding likes?

Why is Instagram hiding likes?

Instagram may have just changed the game they started. The photo-sharing platform started hiding likes that are usually shown under posts of random users. It doesn't affect every user for now, it's part of their ongoing tests to make Instagram a safer place on the internet, but this could soon become the standard for Instagram.

Continue Reading

16-inch MacBook Pro: why was Apple so quiet about the launch

16-inch MacBook Pro: why was Apple so quiet about the launch

And just like that, we have a new generation of the MacBook Pro. No keynote or eye-catching ad; It just kind of appeared online, waiting for reviewers to talk about it. That seems very uncharacteristic of Apple. Take a look at its website: the new 16-inch MacBook Pro completely replaces the 15-inch older generation. This slightly-chunkier model is the new look and build for the flagship MacBook Pro, but Apple just let it launch quietly under the radar.

Continue Reading

The rough road ahead for Netflix as streaming service war intensifies

The rough road ahead for Netflix as streaming service war intensifies

Netflix’s throne could be shaken up in months to come. The OG streaming site’s dominance is challenged by big changes in the industry. Rising competition, supply issues and an erratic streaming landscape are all giving the multi-billion company a big headache. These changes are forcing Netflix to respond early to keep its lead.

Continue Reading

Google bought Fitbit: what this means for smartwatches market

Google bought Fitbit: what this means for smartwatches market

Apple is dominating the smartwatch business and Google is finally feeling the FOMO. With Apple Watch devices capturing almost 46% of the market in Q2, Google with its WearOS smartwatch software, knew it had to respond. On November 1, Google paid $2.1 billion to acquire fitness-tracker brand Fitbit. They current sit second in the wearable band market, at 24%.

Continue Reading

Samsung One UI 2.0: Key differences you’ll notice

Samsung One UI 2.0: Key differences you’ll notice

"Stock Android" is a term often lauded in the tech world. Android the way Google intended it to be, without bloatware and other confusing modifications, seems to be a standard many users want. Diverging from that standard tends to draw some lukewarm reviews.

Continue Reading

Why Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency plans are under fire

Why Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency plans are under fire

Facebook's plans to launch its very own cryptocurrency was met with heavy opposition last week, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Libra proposal to Congress was hijacked into a hearing of the company's past mishandling. To put it briefly, the social media company's involvement in the Cambridge Analytica and election controversies had broken its trust with authorities. Without a clear structure for regulation, there are concerns that Zuckerberg's new Libra project could undermine the national dollar, as well as contain loopholes for criminals to exploit.

Continue Reading

Countries are building facial recognition systems – Understanding reasons behind it

Countries are building facial recognition systems – Understanding reasons behind it

A future of surveillance and cameras draws even closer to our reality. This month, the world’s second-largest country, India, joined the list of governments that have announced plans to build a country-wide facial recognition system. This follows China’s commitment to similarly build a facial recognition database that can identify any citizen within seconds.

Continue Reading

Reasons why Nintendo Switch worked but PlayStation Vita failed in handheld gaming

Reasons why Nintendo Switch worked but PlayStation Vita failed in handheld gaming

Here are two great handheld gaming consoles. One is currently taking the gaming world by storm; The other has faded out of production with a whimper. They are the Nintendo Switch and the retired PlayStation Vita, consoles so alike but with sales figures that couldn’t be more different.

Continue Reading

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8