Google continues its hardware bet with HTC

After weeks of speculation, Google has finally announced that it is absorbing HTC’s Pixel phone team into its own hardware organization. In a blog post by Google’s Senior Vice President of Hardware – Rick Osterloh, the agreement would see “a team of HTC talent” join Google as part of its hardware organization. He also revealed that the same team has worked closely with the company on its Pixel line of smartphone and that the agreement would include a “non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property”. The US$1.1 billion deal will still allow HTC to…

Sony SRS-XB20 and SRS-XB30 Review Singapore

LED lights seem to be all rage now whether you are looking at gaming keyboards, mices and even portable wireless speakers. And if you’re into loud deep bass and ah-beng style lighting, Sony wants you to know that they have got you pretty much covered with its SRS-XB series of portable speakers. The SRS-XB series (with line light) comes in 3 models: the XB20, XB30 and XB40. For this review, we are only comparing the XB20 and 30 respectively as the XB40 is basically just a larger version of the…

Plantronics BackBeat 505 Review

Many of you should be familiar with the Plantronics brand. They are afterall one of the more popular brands when it comes to mobile communication accessories like wireless headsets. But two things stand out with the BackBeat 505: its wallet-friendly price point and its on-ear design. Priced at SGD$139, the Plantronics BackBeat 505 comes in white, grey (with green) and dark grey. The headphones spot a rather simplistic design; besides the controls on the left ear cup, the only other visible elements are the 5 Platronics branding along the headband. “PLT”…

Ninja Van Starts Delivering Happiness in Thailand

After conquering the local logistic market, Ninja Van – Southeast Asia’s fastest growing logistics company – has officially launched their operations in Thailand. Thailand is the 6th country in Asia the company has expanded into after Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. With its expansion into Thailand, the company has tailored a range of solutions not just for large e-Commerce companies but also for small/medium sellers and individuals. With the Ninja Easy App (iOS/Android), a Ninja will pick up your parcel within 90 minutes and deliver it countrywide within 1-3 days.…

Prime Time for Amazon in Singapore

After months of speculations, Amazon has finally entered the Southeast Asian market with the launch of its Prime Now App in Singapore. Available via the Prime Now App for Android and iOS, customers can select from a specially curated list of over 20,000 items including groceries, personal care items to electronics. While customers would require an Amazon Prime membership to make use of the Prime Now service elsewhere, Singapore is the isolated case where the service is launched without the need of the subscription. Another of Amazon’s Prime products – the Prime…

Sony Walkman NW-WS623 Review Singapore

Sony has a long history with its Walkman music players though in recent years the brand Walkman has also been used for its earphones with built-in MP3 player. I reviewed the NW-WS413 previously and only lamented at the lack of Bluetooth connectivity of it. With the NW-WS623, Sony has included everything that was good with the NW-WS413 but with the added goodness of Bluetooth connectivity. In terms of design, the NW-WS623 needs no introduction. Sony introduced the W-series Walkman headphones way back in 2010. Over the years, the Walkman has evolved with…

Targus releases new cases for the Apple 10.5″ and 12.9″ iPad Pro in Singapore

If you have purchased the recently released Apple 10.5″ and 12.9″ iPad Pro and are looking for a case, you’re in luck! Targus has refreshed its VersaVu and Pro-Tek series of tablet cases to include the two new iPad Pro models. Targus VersaVu 10.5″ and 12.9″ iPad Pro Cases Crafted with premium materials, the VersaVu series are specially designed for the 10.5″ (S$89) and 12.9″ (S$99) iPad Pro (2017 edition). The cases come with molded trays that hold the tablets securely with reinforced corners and the patented 360° trays rotate easily between portrait and landscape…

Actxa Spur – the new fitness tracker that doesn’t break the bank

Actxa – the company behind the fitness trackers used in the National Steps Challenge – announces the Spur, its latest fitness band that features an all-day activity tracker with continuous heart rate monitoring and heart rate zone indication markers. Removing the need for a chest strap, the Spurs provides constant and reliable heart rate monitoring when worn on your wrist. It measures your resting heart rate with a built-in sensor at the wrist, and helps to calculate and track your up to six heart rate zones (Relax, Warm Up, Fat Burn, Cardio, Intense…

UE WONDERBOOM Review Singapore

Ultimate Ears – the Logitech-owned company – has a history of manufacturing fun looking wireless speakers that get really loud. The latest UE WONDERBOOM is an addition to the growing UE portable speaker family which now includes the UE Roll, the refreshed UE Boom 2 and the larger UE Megaboom. The UE WONDERBOOM is no different. Available in Lilac (purple), Stone (Gray), Subzero (Blue), Fireball (Red), Cashmere (Pink) and Phantom (Black), the WONDERBOOM looks similar to the UE BOOM 2, at just half the height and slightly fatter in its radius. It’s a pretty odd…

Illuminate your gaming rig with Creative’s new Sound BlasterX AE-5 sound card

Creative has announced the latest addition to its Sound BlasterX pro-gaming series with the Sound BlasterX AE-5 at E3 2017. The PCIe sound card comes with discrete headphone amp that delivers the ultimate audio performance with the 122dB 32-bit/384kHz ESS Sabre™ DAC. A custom-designed 600Ω Xamp discrete headphone amp with an ultra low 1Ω output impedance also makes it perfectly capable of driving sensitive in-ear monitors as well as studio-grade headphones from 16Ω to 600Ω. Combining Creative’s proprietary quad-core Sound Core3D audio DSP and the 122dB ESS Sabre-Class DAC, together with Sound Blaster’s audio enhancement technologies,…