Finally, an affordable ray tracing GPU from NVIDIA!

When NVIDIA launched on last August the first GeForce RTX GPUs with ray tracing capabilities, fans were excited but taken aback by the the price tag. Costing from US$499, the three cards — the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 2080 and 2070 — were a little higher than most gamers were prepared to fork out. Continue reading “Finally, an affordable ray tracing GPU from NVIDIA!”

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Creative SXFI Air ready for order

The headphone version of Creative’s Super X-Fi is now available for order in Singapore. The Creative SXFI Air brings holographic audio to iPhones and other smartphones without the 3.5mm jack. Continue reading “Creative SXFI Air ready for order”

Apple misses Q1 revenue projection

A short queue forming before the opening of the Apple Store in Shanghai’s Nanjing East Road.

Apple has lowered its revenue guidance for Q1 to US$84 billion, down from the earlier projection of between US$89 billion and US$93 billion.  Continue reading “Apple misses Q1 revenue projection”

Making 8K movie editing a reality

8K movie is the next big thing and an announcement by RED and NVIDIA is making editing such movies a reality. The partners have introduced the NVIDIA CUDA-accelerated REDCODE RAW decode SDK that gives software developers and studios a powerful new way to work with 8K video. Continue reading “Making 8K movie editing a reality”

China bans some Apple iPhone models

Thei iPhone 6S is banned from sale in China.
Thei iPhone 6S is banned from sale in China.

Qualcomm has dealt a blow to Apple with Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court banning the sale of selected iPhone models in China. The move was for the violation of two Qualcomm patents. Continue reading “China bans some Apple iPhone models”

OnePlus to launch first 5G smartphone in the UK

OnePlus has fired the first salvo in the 5G race. At a Qualcomm event in Hawaii, the China smartphone maker announced its intention to launch its first 5G handset in the United Kingdom. Continue reading “OnePlus to launch first 5G smartphone in the UK”

Global wearable market to grow 26% in 2019

Apple Watches are driving wearable growth.
Apple Watches are driving wearable growth.

Worldwide shipment of wearable devices will touch 225 million in 2019, an increase of 25.8 percent from 2018, according to Gartner. Continue reading “Global wearable market to grow 26% in 2019”

Samsung introduces second edition of Frame TV in Hong Kong

The Frame 2.0 is a masterpiece.
The Frame 2.0 is a masterpiece.

Televisions have come a long way since the days when one can be kept for decades and handed down to the next generation. The goggleboxes of old were also centre pieces that were much to be admired and where families and even communities gathered.   Continue reading “Samsung introduces second edition of Frame TV in Hong Kong”

FXGear introduces next-gen virtual fitting solution

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Well, if the clothing doesn’t make you the fairest, just swap to another. That’s what the FXMirror can do — bringing virtual fitting to another level by adding an avatar. Continue reading “FXGear introduces next-gen virtual fitting solution”

Smartphone and feature phone neck-to-neck in India

The Realme 2 Pro helped Realme to break into the Top 5.

For the first time, the smartphone market is on par with the feature phone market in India, according to IDC. Overall, the India market reached 42.6 million units for a 9.1 percent year-on-year growth in Q3.

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Hiwonder unveils Qdee programmable robot

Hong Kong-based Hiwonder has launched a micro:bit-based Qdee programmable robot with infinite shapes.  Available on Kickstarter from US$39, the kit is compatible with Lego and designed to teach children about robotics.  Continue reading “Hiwonder unveils Qdee programmable robot”

The SXFI Amp: Creative’s 2nd coming?

By Edward Lim

Spending three days manning a booth in an IT show can take a toll on the body and mind. What more a constant repetitive blasting of sound from a booth just across the aisle. The vendor was an up and coming Singapore company called Creative Technology. The product was the Sound Blaster. Continue reading “The SXFI Amp: Creative’s 2nd coming?”

Global smartphone shipment slides 6% in Q3

Smartphone vendors shipped 355.2 million units in Q3, down six percent from the corresponding quarter last year, according to preliminary estimates by IDC. This is the fourth straight quarter of year-on-year decline.

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OnePlus 6T launches with world’s fastest fingerprint display sensor

OnePlus announced OnePlus 6T, its latest smartphone to a hall packed with enthusiasts in New York City on October 29 — one day ahead of schedule to avoid conflicting with an Apple event the next day.

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Infineon gives startups a heads up with first Co-Innovation Space

Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon (centre) with the German Ambassador to Singapore Dr Ulrich Sante at the Co-Innovation Space.
Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon (front row, second from right) with the German Ambassador to Singapore Dr Ulrich Sante (front row, right) at the Co-Innovation Space.

Names such as Ampotech, Plunify, SHADO, and XNERGY may not ring a bell today but with a little help from Infineon, they may well become the successes of tomorrow.

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Google Pixel 3 coming on October 9

The Google Pixel 2 is expected to welcome its new sibling soon.

The rumour mills are spinning at top speed as smartphone launch season gets ready to kick off. With Samsung having announced the Note 9, and Apple expected to respond with a new iPhone next month, Google looks to be getting into the act too with the Pixel 3 slated for an October 9 introduction, according to Bloomberg.

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Pico Interactive introduces stronger, lighter and more capable VR headset

Pico Interactive has launched the Pico G2, its second generation virtual reality (VR) headset that is stronger, lighter and sports more capabilities than its predecessor.

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VLC blacklists recent Huawei smartphones

On the list: The Huawei P10.

VLC has taken the drastic measure of blacklisting recent Huawei smartphones, specifically the Huawei P8, P10, and P20, from installing its media player app. The move is in response to negative customer reviews for VLC as a result of Huawei blocking the installation of the media player.

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Consortium introduces standard to simplify VR headset connectivity

NVIDIA, Oculus, Valve, AMD, and Microsoft have come together to introduce VirtualLink, an open standard that simplifies next-generation virtual reality (VR) headset connectivity to PCs and other devices. Instead of a range of cords and connectors, the new standard adopts the single, high-bandwidth USB Type-C connector.

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100m smart speakers by end of 2018

The Amazon Echo Dot and its siblings account for more than half of installed smart speakers.
The Amazon Echo Dot and its siblings account for more than half of installed smart speakers.

Smart speakers are picking up steam with the installed base expected to hit 100 million by the end of this year, according to Canalys. That’s 2.5 times the size of end 2017.

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Suning Tesco opens first UAV logistics route in Wuhan

China e-commerce firm Suning Tesco has opened the first pilot route for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) logistics and transportation in Wuhan, China. Its logistics arm Suning Logistics and Ewatt Aerospace jointly developed two UAVs for this purpose.

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Myanmar startup Goama launches mobile gaming app in India

Myanmar startup Goama has launched its “Netflix of Games” mobile gaming subscription app in India. Called Go|Games, the Android app has more than 700,000 subscribers in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

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Glitch with Google Home and Chromecast

OK Google…

By Edward Lim

“Sorry, something went wrong. Try again in a few seconds.” and “There was a glitch. Try again in a few seconds.” are not messages most Google Home and Home mini users are familiar with, but these messages kept repeating themselves most of yesterday.

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