Tech Bytes: Yishun estate gets digital TV reception

Yishun estate gets digital TV reception

On Nov 11, Yishun became the latest residential estate to be equipped for the reception of digital television. Including Yishun, 19 estates are now digital TV-ready.

Compared to traditional analogue TV, digital TV allows for better quality picture and sound, electronic programme guides and multi-language subtitles.

Telegram shuts down ISIS-related channels

Secure messaging service Telegram announced last Wednesday it has shut down 78 ISIS-related channels in a dozen languages since the attacks on Paris and Beirut.

The company said in a statement: "We were disturbed to learn that Telegram's public channels were being used by ISIS to spread their propaganda."

Microsoft HoloLens to be used for car demos

From next year, visitors to Volvo's showrooms may be able to don Microsoft's augmented-reality headset HoloLens to see demonstrations, such as a car's safety features and cross sections of the car's parts.

Consumers could also don the HoloLens to customise a car's colour and bumper, then walk around the showroom to see what the updated model looks like.

Samsung Gear VR now available in US

The consumer version of Samsung's virtual reality headset Gear VR finally hit shelves in the US last week, with a price tag of US$99 (S$140).

The headset, compatible with Samsung's latest smartphones, is powered by Oculus software.

There is no word yet on when the Gear VR will begin shipping internationally.

LG pulls Watch Urbane 2nd Edition off shelves

LG has pulled its Watch Urbane 2nd Edition from shelves, citing a hardware issue. The first Android smartwatch to include a cellular connection debuted in US carrier AT&T's stores a week ago.

The company is offering a full refund to anyone who bought it.

Compiled by Lisabel Ting

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 25, 2015, with the headline 'TechBytes'. Subscribe