First look at Apple Music

Apple’s long awaited music streaming service is here. Announced in June 2015 at WWDC, Apple Music is what the company calls the next chapter of music, after iPod and iTunes. The app which is available both on desktop and mobile merges the music app of iOS with much of Beats Music – a company Apple acquired for U$3 billion back in 2014. Users can choose to stream music directly from the cloud or download the songs for offline listening. While every user gets a free 3-month trial, Apple charges a monthly…

Improved search comes to Instagram

One of the biggest complaint about Instagram is its lacklustre search function. Today, Instagram announced two major updates to the service which promise to improve the search experience on the platform. Better exploration The new explore tab now displays real-time trending tags, places and even hashtags. There will also be new curated collections that will be updated by Instagram with accounts from influencers, musicians to interesting places. Enhanced Search Ever wanted to know what is happening at a certain location (say Pan Pac Singapore)? Now Instagram allows you to search by…

Pebble Time Review

Before the world had the Apple Watch or anything remotely like a smartwatch, there was the Pebble Watch. The Pebble was the most funded Kickstarter project in 2012 and sold its 1 millionth unit in 2014. Pebble was arguably the most successful smartwatch ever launched. Featuring a 1.26 inch e-ink display, the watch boost a 7-day battery life with Bluetooth connectivity, 3D accelerometer and weighs just 38 grams. Since its release in 2013, the company focused heavily on improving the watch with multiple firmware updates. A friend who first backed the project…

Facebook improves News Feed with “See First” option

Any self-respecting Facebook stalker (you know who you are) would already know to adjust the notification of a friend to “Close Friends” to ensure that you get notified of any updates by your stalkee. Now Facebook is testing an additional way in helping you keep up with all the other updates. With this new “See First” feature, Facebook will prioritize the updates at the top of your news feed so that you will never miss out on a single update ever again. It seems a bit freaky but at the…

UE Roll(s) out its new portable wireless speaker

Logitech UE’s new saucer-like portable wireless speaker has just landed in 6 different hues and patterns. Hoping to make a splash in the crowded speaker market, the Roll is IPX7-certified waterproof (for 30 minutes & up to 1 metre) for those watersports you have been thinking about. The Roll also comes with a bungee cord that lets you attach it to basically anything – your bike, your messenger strap or even to the top of your tent. A rubber flap at the back of the speaker also covers the ports making…

Amazon updates its best-selling Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon has just updated its best-selling Kindle Paperwhite adding minor improvements but keeping the price the same at U$139 (no ads, Wi-Fi). The new Kindle Paperwhite now has twice as many pixels as the previous generation at 300 ppi display – same as the Kindle Voyage. This makes the Voyage an overpriced eBook reader at $219 with a flushed screen and physical page turn button. Bookerly – a typeface Amazon created from ground up also replace Caecilia as the standard typeface on the new Kindle Paperwhite. Its all-new typesetting engine also lays…

WWDC15: Apple Music, iOS9, Mac OS X and more!

Apple has just concluded its annual WWDC and here are some of the most important announcements from the event: Mac OS X – El Capitan As usual, Apple took a swipe at Microsoft for its Windows 8.1 adoption rate which at 7% is way below its Yosemite’s 55%. The company also announced the next version of the OS X to be called El Capitan (vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park, yep i googled that for you). With El Capitan, Apple has brought some popular features from Windows like window snapping…