Author Archives: Osmond Chia


How to pick an electric skateboard – and avoid expensive mistakes

How to pick an electric skateboard – and avoid expensive mistakes

Skateboarding is awesome, but sweating is not. Thankfully, electric skateboards have entered the scene, letting you savor the satisfying thrills of cruising around, without the discomfort of perspiration.

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Opinion: Google Stadia’s obstacles this year are connectivity and content availability

Opinion: Google Stadia’s obstacles this year are connectivity and content availability

Don’t get us wrong, we want to see Google Stadia succeed as much as the next gamer. Google’s announcement of its upcoming video game streaming service made some serious headlines in the gaming world last week. Stadia is a Netflix-esqe platform where gamers can access a library of high-res games at the push of a button, without any stress on their computer. It’s an absolute dream come true.

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Why mega-zooms like the P30 Pro bring us closer to danger

Why mega-zooms like the P30 Pro bring us closer to danger

There are four cameras on the back of the brand-new Huawei P30 Pro. It has a standard camera; an ultra-wide lens; a “time-of-flight” camera for depth-sensing; but the one that has got us all talking is the telephoto, mega-zoom lens.

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HTC’s downfall: Behind a once-promising smartphone maker’s struggles

HTC’s downfall: Behind a once-promising smartphone maker’s struggles

Sometimes companies vanish without us even realizing. One of these is the Taiwanese tech giant HTC, which made big footprints in the tech world before fading away. You may remember – or even own – some of its products, from the HTC One, Dream, to the legendary EVO 4G. They were pioneers for much of the technology we take for granted today in phones, constantly introducing new ideas that actually made sense.

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Apple Card will make you spend even more money

Apple Card will make you spend even more money

Apple’s event on Monday signaled a new strategy: in addition to tech and products, its new baby would be services. Movie streaming, publications, and perhaps most curiously, banking. It’s called Apple Card, a new credit card linked to Apple Pay that's built into the Wallet app.

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Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime: Which suits you best?

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime: Which suits you best?

Picking a video streaming service isn’t just an easy pick between Netflix or Hulu anymore. It’s far more complicated than picking a TV channel now, selecting between subscriptions that all have little differences that cost substantial monthly payments. So how do we even begin?

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The Facebook privacy plan should terrify you

The Facebook privacy plan should terrify you

Facebook may look pretty different in years to come. If chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is indeed serious with his 3,200 word essay, detailing a privacy-focused future for his company, it’ll fundamentally change the way we use and think about social media. Then again, that's a pretty big "if."

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Why are airplane black boxes so important?

Why are airplane black boxes so important?

The “black box” on board the devastated Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 was recovered on Tuesday at the crash site, and recently sent to France for further investigation. We hear the words “black box” whenever aviation accidents occur. It’s a colloquial term for what the experts call the flight data recorder, which records information of a flight that is essential for investigators to understand how it all went wrong.

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Genius or gimmick: The crazy phone showdown

Genius or gimmick: The crazy phone showdown

"All phones look the same." Not anymore. 2018 may have been a pretty stale year for phone designs, but this year has been anything but – and it’s only March. We’re not just seeing obscure brands having the guts to introduce wild designs, but mainstream manufacturers are coming up with designs that are truly different.

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Disney’s live-action dilemma

Disney’s live-action dilemma

For many of us, Disney represented all that was great about the movies when we were kids. Glorious technicolour cartoons would be played to no end on our TVs, with unstoppably catchy tunes stuck on our minds; and Disney knows this all too well.

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OnePlus 7 leaks: Motorized selfie camera? Bad idea

OnePlus 7 leaks: Motorized selfie camera? Bad idea

One Plus phones aren’t flashy. They don’t turn heads or second glances. Instead, it’s a special connection between machine and man, rewarded with the basics of flagship phones done so brilliantly, and at a price lower than anyone else. Simple as that. The "flagship killers" may now be breaking its tried and tested philosophy. Leaks of the upcoming One Plus 7 hint at the brand adopting a flashier and unconventional motorized selfie camera, in a bid to stretch the front screen from corner to corner.

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Fighting fake news: How to tell fact from fake

Fighting fake news: How to tell fact from fake

Today, the words "fake news" naturally lead you to think of quotes by President Donald Trump. The president has been at war with news outlets, accusing any negative comment about him and his campaign of being "fake news". He famously tweeted: "FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn't tell the truth. A great danger to our country."

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