Author Archives: Osmond Chia


Understanding IP rating for smartphones – What do the numbers mean

Understanding IP rating for smartphones – What do the numbers mean

There are several luxuries that we expect of phones today. We expect them to have multiple cameras and a full, bezel-less screen. We also usually expect our phones to be waterproof, indicated by an IP rating. The IP rating, which stands for Ingress Protection, is an international standard for how well-sealed a device’s electrical parts are from the elements like dirt, dust and moisture. It even includes intrusion of our hands and fingers.

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Google Pixel 3a shows us high-end phones are unnecessary

Google Pixel 3a shows us high-end phones are unnecessary

Humanity’s obsession over edge-to-edge bezels, triple cameras and future-proofed specs has brought about the inevitable, to quote Thanos. But instead of an evil purple sociopath, this inevitable response to our pursuit of smartphone excellence comes in the form of the $399 Google Pixel 3a.

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Opinion: How Google can make its Pixel phones more dominant

Opinion: How Google can make its Pixel phones more dominant

As exciting as phones have been this year, people don’t seem to be buying new phones as much as they used to. The Big Two have all reported a dip in profits from their flagship phones. On Tuesday, Ruth Porat, CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, also said sales of the Google Pixel 3 were not going well compared the Pixel 2.

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Ways for Samsung to bounce back from the Galaxy Fold issues

Ways for Samsung to bounce back from the Galaxy Fold issues

Samsung is no stranger to crisis. When complaints about faulty Galaxy Fold screens started popping up on the internet, it’s hard not to make comparisons to the Note 7 disaster in 2016. Second to the safety hazard posed by exploding phones was the PR crisis Samsung experienced that certainly didn’t help turn things around.

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Which Amazon Kindle to buy? Choosing the one that suits you best

Which Amazon Kindle to buy? Choosing the one that suits you best

Books aren’t dead. Just ask Amazon, which has seen their collection of e-books grow consistently over the past two years. The e-book market today is pretty well-associated with Amazon’s Kindle e-readers. It’s one of the best ways to read these digital books and probably the option with the fewest distractions.

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Reasons against regulating the internet – The Flip Side

Reasons against regulating the internet – The Flip Side

A couple of years ago, the cyber-sphere seemed to be split into two sides: one for internet regulation, and one for absolute freedom of its users. But in recent times, the threat of terrorism, abuse, exploitation and treason have made internet regulation a lot more appealing for nations that once stood by the values of freedom of expression.

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Break’s over: Who’s still up for the Galaxy Fold?

Break’s over: Who’s still up for the Galaxy Fold?

Samsung has had better days. After exploding phones, faulty foldable screens were the last thing it could want. From its PR to R&D departments, things must be pretty intense now at Samsung. It genuinely seems like they have a manufacturing crisis on their hands, with multiple tech reviewers reporting similar cases of damaged screens just within this week. The trend of faulty screens seems to centre on users removing the plastic film over the screen, mistaking it as a pre-installed screen protector.

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The reason why the first-ever black hole photo was such a big deal

The reason why the first-ever black hole photo was such a big deal

During April 2017, the Event Horizon Telescope project turned eight satellites towards a point in space. Scientists were trying to take a photo that would confirm years of speculation and theorizing. They were taking a picture of the now famous black hole at the centre of the Virgo A galaxy Messier 87.

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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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