Author Archives: Osmond Chia


Why don’t more manufacturers offer stock Android?

Why don’t more manufacturers offer stock Android?

There seems to be a common consensus among critics that stock Android is the way to go. Supposedly lighter and snappier, the “untouched” iteration of the OS is consistently best reviewed. Stock Android is one of the reasons why users are so drawn to Google Pixel phones, keen to use Google’s pure vision of its OS.

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Is Disney+ worth it? Things to consider before subscribing

Is Disney+ worth it? Things to consider before subscribing

Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime are all bracing themselves for an incoming storm. That storm is Disney Plus, an upcoming streaming that’s sure to shake the market. Launching 12 Nov in the U.S., Disney’s take on Netflix launches with a massive catalogue of films and channels, at a competitive price that’s sure to tempt you into cancelling your other accounts.

Unfortunately, Disney+ arrives as an unwelcome latecomer into a market that’s well saturated. We already have subscriptions to HBO, Netflix and Prime – do we really need Disney+ gate-crashing into the mix?

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Can NASA’s planetary system keep us safe from asteroids?

Can NASA’s planetary system keep us safe from asteroids?

While we’re struggling to get out of bed, deciding which pair of socks to wear to work, there is a group of people working hard to track asteroids that could literally end all life on Earth. No, it’s not the Avengers - they’re called the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), but they may just be Earth’s mightiest heroes.

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How Huawei coped with the U.S. ban so far

How Huawei coped with the U.S. ban so far

Huawei users have had a nerve-racking couple of months since being blacklisted by the Trump administration. Part of the escalating trade war with China, the ban would mean U.S. companies would no longer be able to trade with Huawei. Google, Intel and Microsoft would all have to stop selling software and parts to them, which would be highly detrimental to any technological giant.

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FIFA 20, Potentially a worthwhile upgrade

FIFA 20, Potentially a worthwhile upgrade

FIFA’s been a real guilty pleasure for soccer fans over the years. Every year, gamers complain about having to pay full prices for very few substantial changes. It’s basically the same game every year, yet so many of us pre-order it with unquestioning loyalty.

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What banks can learn from Apple Card

What banks can learn from Apple Card

Live and breathe Apple? Here’s the latest piece of Apple tech available this month for you to flex. It’s the Apple Card – except it doesn’t flex. It’s a solid sheet of sturdy titanium that sits in your wallet with the rest of your cards. Launching Apple’s venture into the banking and finance industry, Apple Card works like Apple Pay in the form of a card. The card comes in handy at cashiers and checkouts that don’t accept mobile payment. Created with the help of Goldman Sachs and powered by Mastercard, Apple’s new venture has plenty of pedigree and should be accepted at just about any cashier.

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Now is a good time to buy a Playstation 4 despite being in the final stage of its life cycle

Now is a good time to buy a Playstation 4 despite being in the final stage of its life cycle

If you’ve resisted forking out the cash for a PS4 till now, it may be a good time to finally give in. The fourth generation PlayStation may be six years old now – we are nearing the launch of a PS5 in a few years – but there’s plenty of shelf life left before it bids gamers farewell. Sony has well and truly dominated console gaming this generation, with countless of exclusive household titles that have cemented their place in the gaming hall of fame. You won’t want to miss these.

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Do you really need a gaming phone? The pros and cons

Do you really need a gaming phone? The pros and cons

Gamers have always wanted the best of tech that gives them a competitive edge. The best specs, peripherals and zero distractions to ensure they fire first. The smartphone market has responded to passionate gamers, releasing gamer-oriented phones that are picking up steam.

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So what can FaceApp do with your 150 million faces?

So what can FaceApp do with your 150 million faces?

FaceApp isn’t that funny anymore. In a span of weeks, the face-altering app has found itself at the top of the app store, with frightening amount of freedom and power over users' data and information utilization. Developed by Russian company Wireless Lab, FaceApp has seen over 150 million downloads and its hilarious edits seen all over social media.

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How EA can rebuild its reputation

How EA can rebuild its reputation

They might not want to admit it, but it’s no secret EA desperately have a reputation to rebuild. The video game publisher has been repeatedly caught in controversies that have infuriated gamers and employees alike. From complaints about its excessive pay-to-play mechanics, mass layoffs and rushed deadlines that have led to poorly developed games, there is plenty to fix at EA.

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EA doesn’t know why they’re the “bad guy”: Well, here’s why

EA doesn’t know why they’re the “bad guy”: Well, here’s why

Many gamers consider Electronic Arts the bane of the gaming industry. With its cash-grab titles, endless in-game purchases and corporate controversies, it’s hard to imagine how one of gaming’s largest publishers is still standing on its feet.

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Jony Ive’s legacy and life after Apple

Jony Ive’s legacy and life after Apple

If we had to name a designer, the name at the top of most of our heads would be Apple’s design chief, Jony Ive. The British designer has helmed the Apple design team since 1996, developing iconic products from the iMac to the iPhone that were nothing short of revolutionary. Ive has given us all a new appreciation of design, with a taste for minimalistic designs that only keeps what’s absolutely necessary – for better or worse. Love it or hate it, these designs have changed the way we use tech and everyone’s dying to see what’s next from Apple. And after 25 years of service to Apple, Steve Jobs’ right-hand man will finally be stepping down to start his own design studio, LoveFrom. In light of this news, let’s take a look at his gallery of game-changing designs and what’s to come for tech’s greatest designer.

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