Author Archives: Osmond Chia


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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The Smart City Blueprint

The Smart City Blueprint

Smart cities are all the hype these days. Everyone from urban planners to private companies have been throwing the two words around lately, as a common aspiration for metropolitan cities in the coming years. It comes tied with a bunch of other complicated concepts, from the Internet of Things (IoT), to 5G, autonomous transportation and information and communication technology (ICT).

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Things to know about 5G and how it affect your mobile experience

Things to know about 5G and how it affect your mobile experience

5G is coming and when it does, you’re going to interact with the device in your hand very differently from today. It’s indeed getting real, with multiple companies, the likes of Samsung and Huawei, announcing 5G devices just several weeks ago. US carriers rushing in to call dibs on the next-gen pie, eagerly launching 5G bundles and exclusives.

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How Facebook could respond to moderators’ nightmare

How Facebook could respond to moderators’ nightmare

Content moderators on Facebook are going through hell to keep your feeds palatable. They sieve through videos of murders, suicides, explicit contents and other horrors day in day out. They have strict bathroom breaks and an annual salary of just $28,800. Their treatment certainly doesn’t make up for the daily torment. The Verge reported many workers have turned to smoking weed during breaks and questionable activities to take the edge off the trauma, not to mention the potential long-term psychological impact, which is an alarming concern.

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Reasons why the Airbus A380 failed

Reasons why the Airbus A380 failed

On 14 February 2019, Airbus announced their A380s have been cancelled, with production ending in 2021; After 12 long years of shaky business and development, its closure didn’t come as a surprise, but rather a sigh of relief for a company burdened by the weight of its own ambitions - The dream is over for the world’s largest passenger airliner.

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Shopping in AR: A look into retail’s future

Shopping in AR: A look into retail’s future

Visitors at Fitzrovia in London were surprised by a store that contained little more than a big Snapchat logo. Scan that logo however, and your phone launches Snapchat, which fills the seemingly empty store with 3D renders of LEGO Wear apparel using its AR technology. The app overlays the white walls of the room with LEGO Wear items and characters that usher you around the digital store. Visitors can tap on shelves and racks and browse through the new line of clothes and buy items right from their phones.

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