Author Archives: Osmond Chia


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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Reasons why the Razer Game Store failed

Reasons why the Razer Game Store failed

Razer has pulled the plug on the Razer Game Store, just ten months after its launch. The online store offered thousands of digital games in the form of product codes redeemable via Uplay and Steam, with the inclusion of special bundles and discounts. The gaming hardware brand stated it was for “realignment purposes,” but it’s hard to imagine the Game Store’s closure not being a big stab in the back for CEO Min-Liang Tan and company. They may have kept reasons brief, but perhaps Razer’s game plan was telling enough of why their stint in the gaming distribution scene were crushed this quickly.

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Google Maps AR: What we want to see

Google Maps AR: What we want to see

Google just reinvented how we navigate our way around unfamiliar places. It’s called Google Maps AR and it’s solves all sorts of problems we currently experience when travelling with a GPS.

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Guide to getting the most bang-for-buck laptop

Guide to getting the most bang-for-buck laptop

The laptops that take the ad spaces are often the flashiest, most desirable – and most expensive – laptops you’ll find around. But most of us mere mortals don’t have the cash to splash on such luxurious devices - And maybe that isn’t such a bad thing; look beyond the billboards and you’ll find a whole range of great laptops that do the job just as well, if not better. And a closer look helps pick out exactly what you don’t need, so you don’t feel so bad about forgoing the latest and greatest, not to mention saving some money.

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