Author Archives: Osmond Chia


Small tweaks we wish these smartphone brands would make

Small tweaks we wish these smartphone brands would make

Do you ever look at someone else’s phone and wish you had just that one feature that would make your phone perfect? We all want the flawless device, but many manufacturers insist on certain designs and features that put it shy of perfection. A phone may have the best camera in the business but have an atrocious camera arrangement; another phone could have max-ed out specs but miss out on sturdy materials to protect it.

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Tech trends in the next decade

Tech trends in the next decade

Brace yourselves. We have entered a new decade and with it comes all sorts of cool tech upgrades that are sure to change our lives – and get us spending, no doubt. Tech will be building on the electric vehicles, mobile internet, smartphones, tablets and other foundations laid in the 2010s. From consumer tech to new industrial forces, this is what the 2020s will bring to us.

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How Cats became a box office Catastrophe

How Cats became a box office Catastrophe

What a way to close the decade. All the hopes of delivering the endearing musical classic, Cats, to the big screen is all but lost. Produced by Universal, Cats is receiving some of the worst box office performances you will ever witness.

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Air Taxis: How will they work

Air Taxis: How will they work

Beating the jam by hailing a flying taxi could soon become a thing. Major players like Boeing and Uber are pouring in big money into air taxis as a new way to bring people around cities. Most of these taxis today look like small planes or helicopters that ferry people to airports, beaches and other destinations efficiently, greatly reducing the amount of time spent in commute.

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Reasons why Star Wars IX upset viewers (SPOILERS)

Reasons why Star Wars IX upset viewers (SPOILERS)

Ever since The Force Awakens, Star Wars’ sequel trilogy had been divisive. From breaking away from LucasArts’ Star Wars lore, to playing it safe with well-trodden plot points, fans found plenty of reasons to nit-pick at Disney’s take on the beloved canon. With Disney’s latest effort, The Rise of Skywalker, the House of Mouse may have gone even further to incite fans and viewers. Loopholes, conveniences and ludicrous marketing – let’s talk spoilers.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2: Why it’s time to reconsider EA’s hot mess

Star Wars Battlefront 2: Why it’s time to reconsider EA’s hot mess

Star Wars Battlefront 2 is not the same game that released in 2017 to thunderous outrage. EA’s road to redemption has seen game-changing updates this month, including the Battlefront 2 Celebration Edition and The Rise of Skywalker update. Most importantly, they all come free.

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Why you should consider a Chromebook

Why you should consider a Chromebook

2019 has been an exciting year for Chromebooks. Google’s line of Chrome OS laptops has seen plenty of releases this year, adding to the range of budget-friendly models and even introducing a new flagship, spec-ed out Chromebook in the Pixelbook Go. It may be enough to get Apple and Windows users on the other side interested, but will it work for you?

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Sony Xperia: Don’t rule these phones out yet

Sony Xperia: Don’t rule these phones out yet

Samsung, Apple and Google get most of the attention when customers are in the market for new phones today. These phones are great, but there’s plenty of innovation happening around the dimmer corners of phone stores. Away from the limelight are Sony Xperia phones, which have had a quietly impressive year with plenty of interesting features in hopes of finding a niche of its own. There is something for binge-watchers, tiny hands and people who are just a little tired of the mainstream offering. Could Xperia be for you?

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Elon Musk’s Mission to Mars: Your SpaceX briefing

Elon Musk’s Mission to Mars: Your SpaceX briefing

You’ve probably seen pictures and the headlines, which probably leave you with a bunch of questions. What is SpaceX? Are they competing with NASA? Is the stuff about Mars actually happening? Elon Musk’s ambitious and ongoing space exploration project has been attracting plenty of attention and excitement. Even more so in recent months, as SpaceX's commercial space flights made significant progress in 2019.

So here is your SpaceX crash course, definitely no pun intended.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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