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As the battle for the sharpest and brightest phone screen gets more intense, one Russian handset maker is asking: "Why make do with one screen when you can have two?"
As the battle for the sharpest and brightest phone screen gets more intense, one Russian handset maker is asking: "Why make do with one screen when you can have two?"
The wrong time to buy a new phone is always the first three months of the year. Events such as February's Mobile World Congress pave the way for companies to launch new devices for the year.
It is a no-brainer to say that this phone is not for everyone. Its US$6,000 (S$8,300) price tag can easily pay for a vacation for two to Europe, a string of dinners at decent restaurants and enough flagship smartphones for your whole family.
Almost a year to the day that Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone division, I still expect to find the Nokia brand when I pick up a Lumia smartphone.
When the HTC One X was released back in 2012, I picked one up as my personal phone as I was impressed by it when it was announced at Mobile World Congress 2012.
After producing five generations of high-end smartphones in plastic shells, Samsung has finally done away with the cheap finishings that have attracted much criticism.
The Hyper iStick was the world's first USB flash drive to have a USB connector with an Apple-certified Lightning connector, according to its manufacturer, Sanho Corporation.
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.
The Chi is about as slim as the Apple MacBook Air (16.5mm versus the Air's 17mm). However, its slimness is actually quite remarkable, given it is a convertible laptop.
This is the Clark Kent of laptops. Like the alter ego of Superman, this gaming laptop cuts an unassuming appearance but hides a powerful force. It is a machine that lets you run the latest games smoothly.
The Chi is about as slim as the Apple MacBook Air (16.5mm versus the Air's 17mm). However, its slimness is actually quite remarkable, given it is a convertible laptop.
To accommodate a laptop this svelte, Apple redesigned a full-sized keyboard to match this thin chassis.
The best thing about the Asus K555LN is its $1,098 price tag. This modest sum gets you a laptop with a new fifth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and a dedicated Nvidia graphics chip.
The new Dell XPS 13 is close to perfect. It is an immaculately crafted piece of technology and the best ultrabook I have tried this year.
This hybrid computer is unusual even by convertible laptop standards, a category with its fair share of exotic designs.
Mention Asus to PC enthusiasts, and motherboards or graphics cards probably come to mind. For the average consumer, it is probably laptops, tablets and smartphones.
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.
When you start Photos, the first thing that strikes you is its flatter and cleaner interface. It appears closer in looks to the OS X Yosemite.
When you start Photos, the first thing that strikes you is its flatter and cleaner interface. It appears closer in looks to the OS X Yosemite.
This camera is clearly designed for selfie lovers, as its 3-inch 1.04 million-dot touchscreen display can be flipped up to 180 degrees. That way, the display faces the user for an easy selfie or wefie. Several selfie functions become accessible via the touchscreen once the display is flipped 180 degrees.
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is the successor to the E-M5, the first model in the company's OM-D mirrorless camera series.
Nikon's new D5500 is the successor to the Nikon D5300, which sits just above the entry-level D3300. So, the D5500 may be considered an upper entry-level DSLR camera.
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.
Tablet sales were stagnant last year as consumers held onto their existing slates, according to research firm Gartner. It said that the lack of hardware innovation kept users from upgrading.
Tablet sales were stagnant last year as consumers held onto their existing slates, according to research firm Gartner. It said that the lack of hardware innovation kept users from upgrading.
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.
The D-Link Smart Plug is a simple home automation gadget.
The D-Link Smart Plug is a simple home automation gadget.
Consumers have to realise that the media player is not always at fault if a digital movie does not play.
When I reviewed the Fitbit Charge earlier this year, I found it to be a no-frills fitness tracker which monitors your physical activities and sleep patterns quite accurately.
When I reviewed the Fitbit Charge earlier this year, I found it to be a no-frills fitness tracker which monitors your physical activities and sleep patterns quite accurately.
Slipping on Under Armour's latest pair of running shoes was a bit of a surprise. It wears like a pair of socks and feels different from other running shoes.
The TomTom Runner + MultiSport Cardio is the only one of the running watches we tested that works without a heart-rate monitor chest strap - great news for runners who just hate to wear one.
The Timex Ironman Run Trainer 2.0 heart-rate monitor bundle consists of the GPS watch and the Timex Flex Tech HRM chest strap.
The Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire HR bundle consists of the watch and the Suunto Smart HRM Sensor, a comfortable lightweight Bluetooth heart-rate monitor chest strap that works even in a swimming pool.
It may be the lowest-priced of the GPS running watches we tested, but the Polar M400 doubles as a fitness tracker. It can track the steps you take and the calories you burn 24/7.
You can save money on buying a fitness tracker if you get the Garmin Forerunner 920XT.
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.
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.
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.