New Ambi Climate feature balances multiple users’ needs to keep everyone cool and cosy

Keeping cool in an air-conditioned room can raise the temperature if multiple users cannot agree on the correct setting. Hong Kong-based IoT startup Ambi Labs has come up with a new feature for its Ambi Climate controller that aims to keep everyone cool and cosy.

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Qualcomm and Tencent Games ink MOU

Photo Credit: Tencent Games. From left: Frank Meng, Chairman of Qualcomm China, Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm Technologies, Steven Ma, SVP of Tencent Holdings, and Daniel Wu, General Manager of Tencent

Qualcomm and Tencent Games have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a strategic cooperation on digital entertainment. This includes joint efforts to optimise future projects such as Qualcomm Snapdragon-based mobile gaming devices, game content and performance optimisations, Snapdragon Elite Gaming enhancements, cloud gaming, AR/VR, 5G gaming use case developments and additional relevant technologies. Continue reading “Qualcomm and Tencent Games ink MOU”

Robots to replace 20m jobs by 2030

Nearly one in 10 jobs will be replaced by robots by 2030, according to a paper released by Oxford Economics. Entitled How Robots Change the World, it highlights that up to 8.5% of the global manufacturing workforce could be displaced by industrial robots just 11 years down the road. Continue reading “Robots to replace 20m jobs by 2030”

Malaysian teams top first Infineon-LG Hackathon

Front row from second left, Helen Choi (LG Electronics), first prize winner Marsha A Chin (GoReMas Enterprise), CS Chua (Infineon) and second from right, second prize winner Daniel Vong (Wangi Lai PLT)

Malaysia scored big at the first Infineon LG </> Make Hackathon on breakthrough Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in Singapore on June 17.

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Google fires first salvo at Huawei

By Edward Lim

It was only a matter of time before the spat between the US and China went up another level. And this week, Google joined in the fight by pulling out support for China’s world number 2 phone maker Huawei. Continue reading “Google fires first salvo at Huawei”

Huawei bucks the trend as global smartphone shipment shrinks in Q1

The Huawei P30 series is helping the smartphone maker rise up the global ranking.
The Huawei P30 series is helping the smartphone maker rise up the global ranking.

While its competitors struggled, Huawei strode ahead and emerged the winner in the worldwide smartphone market in Q1. Though it’s still behind market leader Samsung, the China-based smartphone giant narrowed the gap with an astounding 50 percent growth in the quarter, according to IDC. Continue reading “Huawei bucks the trend as global smartphone shipment shrinks in Q1”

NVIDIA unveils US$99 Jetson Nano

NVIDIA Founder and CEO Jensen Huang made a slew of announcements during his near three-hour keynote address at the GPU Technology Conference last week. But among the date centre and server offerings, partnerships with leading brands and a new development in autonomous driving, one that doesn’t seem as loud and prominent could prove to be the spark to trigger a robotics tsunami. Continue reading “NVIDIA unveils US$99 Jetson Nano”

The day my Google Pixel died

By Edward Lim

When my trusty Google Pixel froze last week, I took it as a case of overuse and attempted a reboot.  It proved to be a series of fruitless attempts as the Android-based smartphone simply could not be revived. The furthest I got was to the opening screen (see above) but there was absolutely nothing I could do there — the screen just froze again before launching into another reboot. Continue reading “The day my Google Pixel died”

OnePlus 6T: Impressive, nifty and fun

oneplus6ttripleBy CY Lim

The OnePlus 6T has been out in the market for a couple of months now and as one who received it as a gift within the first few days of its launch, I am definitely glad I made the switch from my sluggish Oppo A77. Setting up and transferring data was a breeze especially since it was an intra-Android migration. Within an hour or so, I was ready to go. Continue reading “OnePlus 6T: Impressive, nifty and fun”

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!”

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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