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If smartwatches usually turn you off, the Martian Notifier might change your mind.
If smartwatches usually turn you off, the Martian Notifier might change your mind.
Packed into LG's G Watch is a Qualcomm 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of system memory, built-in Bluetooth ability and a nine-axis motion sensor.
The modern history of the smartphone is filled with experiments by manufacturers to see if their new product, which is significantly different from what is readily available, will be embraced by consumers.
Losing your smartphone not only hits your wallet, it also puts your privacy and personal information at risk. To mitigate this, there are apps you can use to locate your lost or stolen phone or other valuables.
The iStick is the world's first USB flash drive with a USB connector and an Apple certified Lightning connector that links directly to the latest iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models.
In crafting a new smartphone, the trick is not just to do it better than everyone else, but to do it better where it actually counts.
Backed by Ryan Seacrest of American Idol fame, the Typo Keyboard is an iPhone 5/5s case with a BlackBerry lookalike Qwerty keyboard.
If iOS7's Reminders and Calendar are not good enough for you, then this app is long overdue. This app makes it simple to create complicated recurring schedules and reminders.
The first quarter of the year has already passed us by, and chances are most of us have strayed from our New Year resolutions.
Cheap and good - that is why the Xiaomi Redmi took Singapore by storm in February. But now, it has a competitor - the Asus ZenFone.
Electronic devices generate so much data that many people may be struggling to store their music, photos and videos safely.
Electronic devices generate so much data that many people may be struggling to store their music, photos and videos safely.
Lenovo's Flex 2 can switch from clamshell laptop to stand mode suitable for presentations and watching videos.
The new Razer Blade has a stunning IPS touchscreen display of 3,200 x 1,800 pixels, which is close to 4K or ultra high-definition TV resolution of 3,840 x 2,140 pixels.
Ever felt the need for more display real estate when you are overseas and rushing that important report? Asus' new MB168B+ mobile monitor might just be your salvation.
Portable storage drives that stream content wirelessly to tablets and smartphones using Wi-Fi are now a dime a dozen.
Ever felt the need for more display real estate when you are overseas and rushing that important report? Asus' new MB168B+ mobile monitor might just be your salvation.
The entry-level model comes with an Intel Celeron dual-core processor (Bay Trail-M) and 4GB of RAM. Buyers can bump it up to a quad-core Intel Pentium chip.
You have probably heard about 4K TVs and how, with the right content, you can get images that are sharper and clearer than those on full-HD sets.
Acer's latest all-in-one PC is propped up by an adjustable kickstand. Push its touchscreen all the way back with a finger and it effectively becomes a giant 23-inch tablet. Or as Lenovo and Sony would call it, a table-top PC.
A Mac user will get a prompt asking if he wants to use the hard drive for PC and Mac, or Mac only. If you want to use it with OS X's Time Machine backup feature, you must select the Mac-only option.
The unusual design of Sigma's dp2 Quattro caused quite a stir when it was unveiled in February during the annual camera and imaging show CP+ 2014 in Yokohama, Japan.
The unusual design of Sigma's dp2 Quattro caused quite a stir when it was unveiled in February during the annual camera and imaging show CP+ 2014 in Yokohama, Japan.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II ($899) won many awards. It was named Editor's Choice for Best Compact Prosumer category in the Digital Life Awards 2014, for its superb image quality, fast operation and excellent handling. So how do you make such a good camera better? Apparently, you can.
This is the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera in the world, Samsung says. The NX mini mirrorless camera is only 22.5mm thick and weighs 158g (without battery and memory card).
Nikon's latest 1-series mirrorless camera arrives in the form of the J4.
Canon calls the PowerShot N100 a new concept camera that lets users tell a story while being part of it.
Technically speaking, Leica has been producing mirrorless cameras before the term was coined, as its legendary rangefinders do not have the reflex mirrors found in DSLRs.
It has been less than six months since Casio launched its flagship compact camera Exilim EX-10. Digital Life reviewed it in February.
Fujifilm describes its FinePix S1 as the world's first weather-resistant bridge, or ultra-zoom, compact camera.
We may take many more photos now with our smartphones than we used to with cameras. But the images tend to stay in your smartphone or get uploaded to social media.
If you cannot afford Sony's flagship a7 or a7R, the new Sony a6000 might just be the perfect mirrorless camera for you. It sits just behind these two top-range cameras.
This is a safe and mundane tablet. Rounded corners, a black bezel and a dark soft-touch back do little to make it stand out from the competition, nor does the token 2-megapixel rear camera which you probably will not want to use.
This is a safe and mundane tablet. Rounded corners, a black bezel and a dark soft-touch back do little to make it stand out from the competition, nor does the token 2-megapixel rear camera which you probably will not want to use.
Tablet upgrades appear to have reached a point where the improvements now seem incremental.
Available in either 8.4-inch (16GB) or 10.5-inch (32GB) sizes, the Samsung Tab S will be available in both Wi-Fi and LTE versions here.
Many people carry around two or more mobile devices. This SanDisk drive provides a convenient way to share files between them and with other users.
Tablet users with an artistic bent will appreciate the stylus that comes with this 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet.
The Lenovo Miix 2 is the second 8-inch Windows tablet I have tried after the Toshiba Encore WT8. Both devices have similar hardware - a quad-core Intel Atom chip, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
Microsoft deserves a score of 10 for effort. Its new Surface 2 is mighty impressive. Besides being slightly lighter and thinner than its Surface RT predecessor, the tablet has an attractive matte grey chassis with a textured feel. It seems less prone to fingerprints than the previous version.
South Korean company LG came back with a vengeance last year with its successful G2 phone and topped it with the world's first curved phone in the form of the G Flex.
Nespresso is clearly the dominant capsule-coffee brand in the market, not because it has one of the largest library of flavours available, but because competitors, such as Keurig and Starbucks, do not sell their consumer machines here.
Nespresso is clearly the dominant capsule-coffee brand in the market, not because it has one of the largest library of flavours available, but because competitors, such as Keurig and Starbucks, do not sell their consumer machines here.
For someone who has not watched free-to-air channels or local pay TV content here for more than a year, I was rather pleased with the new free-to-air digital TV service when I tested it over the weekend.
Samsung is trying to make its home appliances more desirable.
You have had a long day at work. The moment you reach home, all you want to do is to crash on the sofa or play the game you bought two weeks ago. The last thing you want to do is to sweep the floor.
Consumers used to be fixated on colour and screen quality when choosing a TV set. That is a thing of the past.
Not all shoes are equal. You buy a pair of running flats to run on tracks and a pair of trail running shoes to run on, well, trails.
Not all shoes are equal. You buy a pair of running flats to run on tracks and a pair of trail running shoes to run on, well, trails.
In the sweltering heat and cruel humidity of recent days here, exercising can be punishing. Staying hydrated is paramount, but a “cooling” shirt can be an advantage.
Vibram, the company behind the Fivefingers "barefoot" shoes, has just settled a US$3.75 million (S$4.69 million) lawsuit that alleged the company made false and unsubstantiated claims that its running shoes strengthen foot muscles, improve posture and yield other health benefits.
I reviewed the TomTom Runner GPS watch a few months ago and found it to be a capable lightweight running watch, albeit an expensive one. Now, TomTom has released the new Runner + MultiSport Cardio watch.
The Wahoo Fitness Rflkt is the world's first iPhone-powered bike computer, according to its maker. It is for cyclists who need to keep their iPhones safe, inside a waterproof bag for instance, but still want their biking statistics displayed in real time.
If I were still a photojournalist and had to walk a fair distance, I would have no problem hitting the targets this fitness tracker sets.
If you are a recreational cyclist, you will appreciate this. If you are a cycling nut, you may already own it.
The original Up fitness, which tracks your movements and sleep, has been seen on many a famous wrist, including actor Gwyneth Paltrow and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
If you baulk at paying $200 or more for a fitness tracker, here is one that does practically everything the others do, but which costs just $125.
Unlike some run-of-the-mill fitness devices that merely track steps taken, the Phyode W/Me wristband uses a proprietary Life Spectrum Analyzer to measure your mental state.
Solo2 are the first headphones Beats Electronics have released since the company was acquired by Apple for US$3 billion (S$3.75 billion).
Solo2 are the first headphones Beats Electronics have released since the company was acquired by Apple for US$3 billion (S$3.75 billion).
If you use an iPhone or iPad as a music player, you can use Apple's AirPlay technology to stream your tunes wirelessly. Here is what you need to know to use this feature to its fullest potential.
Hate those always-tangled cables of your headphones? You can try a pair of wireless music headphones, such as the Razer Adaro Wireless Bluetooth headphones.
Imagine having instant access to millions of songs on your mobile phone. Search for the song you want to listen to now and stream it almost instantaneously through your phone. Make a playlist of your favourite selections for running or for a romantic evening and then let the music play.
Once famed for its Sound Blaster audio computer cards, Creative Technology has not managed to replicate that success with music players. In recent years though, it has returned to its audio roots and produced portable speakers using the Sound Blaster technology. Each of them has gone above and beyond what buyers have come to expect from a simple speaker.
If you plan to spend a small fortune on gaming headphones, you might as well get cool and stylish cans that double as your music headphones.
Parallels Access is an Apple iPad-only app which lets you control a Mac or Windows machine remotely using your iPad. Now, version two is here.
Parallels Access is an Apple iPad-only app which lets you control a Mac or Windows machine remotely using your iPad. Now, version two is here.
Even today, I still remember the blue-and-black design of the Linksys WRT54G. Released in 2002, this model was extremely popular and spawned numerous variants that cemented Linksys' leading position in the home-networking business.
The trend of wearable technology is gaining momentum, as more smartwatches and fitness trackers pour into the market. But no such gadget has caught the imagination as much as the Google Glass has.
Pebble, the poster boy of smartwatches, is back. In steel.
As one of three routers boasting a top aggregate transfer speed of up to 1,900Mbps, it is a given that the Asus RT-AC68U will be expensive. The question is whether the speed is worth the premium.