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”

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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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Microsoft to launch pricey USB-C dongle for Surface

Photo credit: The Verge
Photo credit: The Verge

The cost of having thinner and lighter devices can be really high. The compromise is the absence of jacks and ports that users often take for granted. To get that needed port, users have to pay a hefty price. In the case of the Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface laptop, a soon-to-be-launched USB-C dongle will cost US$79.99, according to The Verge.

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NVIDIA Shield TV comes to ANZ

It’s been a long time coming — more than three years — but NVIDIA Shield TV is finally heading to Australia and New Zealand. The Android TV-based device was dubbed the “world’s first 4K Android TV console” when it was introduced in March 2015.

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Smartwatch market heading towards steady growth

The Fitbit Versa has been well-received by the market.
The Fitbit Versa has been well-received by the market.

The worldwide wearables market is adjusting as smartwatches continue to come to the forefront. In the coming years, smartwatches will encompass more features and functionalities.

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App to teach children responsible mobile device usage

Help is at hand for parents who need help in teaching their young children the dos and don’ts of using smartphones and other mobile devices. They can now turn to Tittle for Parents, an app that lets parents protect their children on mobile devices and teach about safe and appropriate use.

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Royal Holdings launches 3D image scanner for smartphones

Security checks have become the norm in airports, malls and many public places. While screening devices are often bulky, a more portable alternative is now available following the launch of SWORD, a mobile 3D image scanner that can be used with smartphones.

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Giant notebook and graphics card spotted at Computex

A gigantic version of the ASUS Zenbook Pro — thankfully, the real thing is a lot smaller and lighter.

By Edward Lim

Computex seems to have mellowed down over the years. While the show floor used to be filled with booth girls and exhibitors literally pushing bags and tchoichke in the past, this is no longer the case.

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Huawei and Xiaomi lead smartphone growth in Q1

The Huawei P20 Pro helped spur Huawei's growth in Q1.
The Huawei P20 Pro helped spur Huawei’s growth in Q1.

China smartphone makers Huawei and Xiaomi grew strongest as the market recovered in Q1, according to Gartner.

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