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You can question the need for it or wonder about its use, but one year after the debut of LG's curved G Flex smartphone, it looks like semi-flexible phones are here to stay.
You can question the need for it or wonder about its use, but one year after the debut of LG's curved G Flex smartphone, it looks like semi-flexible phones are here to stay.
With all the attention focused on handset maker Xiaomi and its cheap yet remarkable phones, it is easy to forget that it is not the only China brand in the smartphone space.
Before you plonk down $399 for this Linksys router, ask yourself how many Wi-Fi devices you have at home.
Before you plonk down $399 for this Linksys router, ask yourself how many Wi-Fi devices you have at home.
D-Link's latest router boasts aggregate speeds of up to 1,900Mbps. Released last October, this AC1900 router may appear inferior to rivals that tout 2,400Mbps (AC2400) or 3,200Mbps (AC3200) speeds.
Aftershock PC has set its sights on gaming desktops. Fresh off its success with custom gaming laptops, the two-year-old company launched two desktop models late last year.
A glance is all it takes to peg the ROG G20AJ as something for gamers.
Hardly anyone knew much about Aorus till it made a splash at last year's CES trade show with the X7 gaming laptop.
Some people call portable hard disk drives "pocket-sized" but stuffing these USB storage drives into your shirt pocket can be a huge challenge. The slimmest hard drive may fit without ripping your pocket, but it is no more pocket-sized than a fat deck of playing cards.
I am not entirely convinced by hybrid computers, especially in a work environment. I just do not see them being that much more useful than a clamshell laptop.
You have got to admire the sheer audacity of the folks at MSI who came up with the GT80.
HP's Stream 13 is probably one of the cheapest Windows laptops you can buy now.
The original Razer DeathAdder, with its asymmetrical ergonomic shape and speedy response, is probably one of PC gamers' best-loved gaming mice.
Businesses have been known to pay thousands of dollars to have 360-degree spherical pictures taken of their premises, to allow their prospective clients to take virtual tours of business facilities.
Businesses have been known to pay thousands of dollars to have 360-degree spherical pictures taken of their premises, to allow their prospective clients to take virtual tours of business facilities.
In an industry where it is routine for model upgrades to be churned out every year, you have to give credit to Casio for coming out with something new and refreshing.
The first time I held HTC's Re camera, I wondered why the company bothered.
Sony launched the a7 II last month and a7 S last June. Both are reasonably priced full-frame mirrorless cameras, but they are targeted at completely different users.
The first thing which strikes you about Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GH4 is its price tag. At $2,199 (body only), the GH4 is pricey for a Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera. By comparison, Sony's full-frame mirrorless camera, the a7 II, costs $2,149 (body only).
Samsung, best known for its smartphones, also makes good cameras. Its latest, the NX1, continues that trend.
Battery life is above average at about 670 shots.
However, the AF speed slowed to about 2sec when composing shots using the LCD screen in the Live View mode.
The Fujifilm X30 is the successor to the much-loved X20 prosumer compact camera. While the X30 retains the retro rangefinder-like design, it has several upgrades.
The Lumix DMC-GM1 was Panasonic's first shot at making a mirrorless camera smaller than most prosumer compact cameras. The DMC-GM5 is Panasonic's second attempt at this.
In just four years, Xiaomi has become the world's most valuable tech start-up. The start-up, worth more than US$46 billion (S$63 billion), has more than 500 million users, mostly in China, but is also expanding rapidly in India and South-east Asia.
In just four years, Xiaomi has become the world's most valuable tech start-up. The start-up, worth more than US$46 billion (S$63 billion), has more than 500 million users, mostly in China, but is also expanding rapidly in India and South-east Asia.
You would probably have heard about Microsoft's Surface tablet - be it the latest model or less successful earlier versions.
Google's latest tablet moves away from the 7-inch screen of its predecessor. This is likely due to the growth of phablets that compete with small tablets.
Consumers have to realise that the media player is not always at fault if a digital movie does not play.
Consumers have to realise that the media player is not always at fault if a digital movie does not play.
The LifeTrak Brite R450 is a fitness tracker that wants to do everything.
The LifeTrak Brite R450 is a fitness tracker that wants to do everything.
Striiv Fusion is one of the few emerging fitness trackers with smartwatch functions such as notifications for incoming calls, and e-mail and other messages.
With fitness trackers becoming almost commonplace, it was only a matter of time before brands started stripping down their offerings - and their prices - to make their gadgets more affordable.
With fitness trackers becoming almost commonplace, it was only a matter of time before brands started stripping down their offerings - and their prices - to make their gadgets more affordable.
My first pair of Asics running shoes started to "talk" after less than a year, when the outsole peeled off.
When Puma released the original Mobium Elite, it was called the first "adaptive" running shoe in the industry.
Fitbit fans, the wait is over. The Fitbit Charge is finally here.
After years of churning out small speakers, some just the size of golf balls, Singapore tech firm X-Mini is finally moving on to something bigger.
After years of churning out small speakers, some just the size of golf balls, Singapore tech firm X-Mini is finally moving on to something bigger.
Portable Bluetooth speakers in smaller form factors appear to be in vogue these days, with a plethora of these devices in the market now. Dutch audio brand Lenco wants a slice of the pie.
The Sony MDR-1ADAC and Focal Spirit Classic are likely to be on the shortlist of those searching for headphones in the $500 range. But they could not be more different - both in looks and sonics.
Audiophile brand Bang & Olufsen is known for its product design. The Beoplay H6 does not disappoint and is a good bet to turn heads with its natural leather finish and polished metal earcups.
From far, the Samsung Level Over headphones look like a clone of the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H6, with both sharing similar colour schemes and a two-tone motif.
The Sennheiser Urbanite XL headphones have a dressy and urban look about them.
French hi-fi brand Focal may be one of the newer headphones makers, but it has garnered accolades with offerings like the Spirit One and Spirit Professional.
I like the XBA-A2 so much that I revisited nearly every track of my music collection with it during the review - just to hear what sonic thrills I have been missing all this while.
The BeoPlay H3 earphones pack premium touches everywhere, but you will have to look closely to spot them.
Designed for the fitness crowd, these wireless earphones can repel sweat and withstand shock. The Jabra Sport Pulse can even monitor your heart rate.
Strictly speaking, Casio's G-Shock GBA-400 G'Mix is not a smartwatch. But it has Bluetooth and can be used to change the music tracks and adjust the volume on your smartphone.
Strictly speaking, Casio's G-Shock GBA-400 G'Mix is not a smartwatch. But it has Bluetooth and can be used to change the music tracks and adjust the volume on your smartphone.