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Are you ready to embrace Samsung again after the Galaxy Note 7 incident? Few months after recalling one of its then-latest products, Samsung is focusing on the upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus now. Unlike its predecessors, both models come with a curved edge.

 

Samsung Galaxy S8

 

After the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, the pressure is definitely on the team to deliver success with its Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. They probably have to go beyond expectations to achieve the same rate of success before the incident. The Galaxy S8 is rumoured to have an artificial intelligence assistant, Bixby that would differentiate the device from its competitors.

 

Bixby is reportedly rumoured to:

  • recognise real-world objects or text through the camera and track them online
  • control the handset’s native apps
  • process payment through voice commands
  • enable users to perform different tasks on different apps through voice commands

 

But anything more than that, we will have to wait for Samsung to unveil its Galaxy S8 models. The new models are expected to launch on 29 March. Given these features, will you give Samsung another try?

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Source: Raja That!

 

When the first camera phone was launched in the early 2000s, everyone was raving about it. Then, selfie sticks came along. And then, drone. Now there is even a portable flying camera, just like the AirSelfie shown above. It allows you to take an aerial view of yourself and the surrounding!

 

 

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Made of anodised aluminium case, the sleek-looking and ultra-lightweight AirSelfie makes us want to own a piece of it too. If you are an iPhone (6/6S, 7/7 Plus), Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Huawei P9 or Google Pixel user, there is also a custom phone case that allows you to slide your device in for storage and charging purposes. For charging, you can slide your AirSelfie in the casing for 30 minutes and it will be ready to fly up in the air again!

 

More good news for all the social media fanatics out there. AirSelfie features a 5 Megapixel HD video camera that allows you to capture images that are optimised for your social media. Now, you will have more capabilities to capture a perfect #instaworthy shot to show off your photography skills.

 

We think this cool technology is definitely the perfect accessory for a perfect selfie. Come and share with us, what do you think?

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Want to get an activity tracker but cannot decide on Fitbit or Apple Watch? Unlike Apple Watch, Fitbit is not exactly a smart watch but it is still comparable in terms of its fitness and performance measurement. You do not necessarily have to visit the gym every day or run marathons every month in order to keep fit. Keeping an active lifestyle is also important and these activity trackers are excellent at getting you to move more.

 

Apple vs Fitbit

 

Let’s explore some of these features.

 

Activity Tracking

Both devices will show how active you are and motivate you to move a little more. It tracks your everyday activity such as the number of steps taken, distance travelled and your calories burned. You can even set daily goals for yourself and track your progress over time. To help you stay active throughout the day, these devices will also send nudges to encourage you to move more.

 

In addition, some of the Fitbit models such as Flex 2, Alta and Surge have the auto sleep tracking function. It automatically monitors the length and quality of your sleep to provide you with bedtime reminders in order to form good sleeping habits.

 

Calories Counting

Most of us are concerned about counting calories to lose weight and luckily, both Apple Watch and Fitbit help to count these calories. The Apple Watch determines your calories counts based on your motion and heartbeat. Fitbit, on the other hand, determines your calories counts based on Basal Metabolic Rate that is measured according to your weight, height, gender and age. It also takes your heart rate into account.

 

Apps

With all the daily activities and tracking, you will definitely require some platform to store and review your progress. Apple has the Health App that stores all your information and display them in one clear snapshot. Likewise, Fitbit also has the Fitbit App that tracks all your progress and helps you analyse your trends with graphs and charts.

 

Apple vs Fitbit app

 

Price

Price is most likely to be the next determinant of your purchase decision. We all know Apple products are never cheap. The cheapest Apple Watch costs S$398 while a Fitbit with the simplest function costs S$88. Of course, Apple Watch provides more functionalities but if you are only after activity tracking, then Fitbit will be sufficient for your needs.

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Is Microsoft more innovative than Apple now? They have just released the new Microsoft Surface Studio one day before Apple’s new MacBook Pro 2016. We wouldn’t be surprised if you mistook it as Apple’s promotional video at the first glance. Indeed, the abstract visuals in the video look almost exactly like what Apple usually does.

 

Even the design of the Microsoft Surface Studio looks similar to an iMac. But the Surface Studio does offer some features that no iMac has. Check out the amazing features in the video below!

 

 

The Surface Studio is catered more for the professionals who want to work and let their creativity juices flow. Basically, it’s a new category of device! Treat it like a desktop or simply turn it into a tablet. You can tilt the Surface Studio screen to a near horizontal plane like a drafting studio.

 

While Apple believes that hands should be on the keyboard, Microsoft encourages finger-on-app interaction. They introduced an innovative Surface Dial that provides more control over your work. It is a unique scroll wheel that rests on the Surface Studio’s display and lets you manipulate the images on your screen. You can adjust the colour palettes, screen brightness, volumes and even scroll through documents.

 

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Microsoft has definitely got back into the game! It has never been a more exciting time for these two rival companies. But for now, share with us, which product appeals more to you?

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In the past few years, Apple has been consistent in introducing a new iPad line every autumn. That said, many Apple enthusiasts were expecting a successor to its iPad Air 2 since its launch in October 2014. However, there was no launch last year and instead, Apple launched the iPad Pro in two different sizes. So there are rumours suggesting that Apple will be launching it by the end of this October.

 

If those speculations deem true, then, of course, iPad Air 3 has to come up with a roster of new features and better specs. Regardless, we have gathered several rumours regarding the specs.

 

iPad Air 3

 

Design

The iPad Air 3 is rumoured to be thinner than the current 6.1mm iPad Air 2 since they are using a lighter yet stronger aluminium for its build. Colour wise, it should come in its standard colours like before – Gold, Silver and Space Grey options. However, Apple might just throw in the Rose Gold option as its latest addition.

 

iPad Air 3

 

Hardware Upgrades

Since the iPad Pro is already equipped with the A9X processor chip, it like more likely for Apple to upgrade its rumoured iPad Air 3 with the A10 chip that is already powered in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models.

 

And similarly, the iPad Air 3 would most likely be water and dust resistant as well.

 

On another note, Apple should be following the 9.7-inch screen size with 2048-1536 resolution at 264 ppi. With its camera being upgraded from 8-megapixel in iPad Air 2 to 12-megapixel in iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Air 3 is expected to have an upgraded camera too. However, this improvement should be able to differentiate itself from iPad Pro 9.7 while making the upgrade worthwhile from the iPad Air 2.

 

That said, will Apple be focusing on its iPad Pro since there is no substantial information from them to continue its iPad Air series? Until then, speculation shall remain as speculation.

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You’ve most likely heard about the recent iPhone 7 launch and its transitions such as the headphone jack removal. Some are resistant to this change while others think that it is a bold move.

 

Water and Dust Resistant

Well, actually something more notable is that both iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus models are finally water and dust resistant! So now you don’t really have to worry about what’s going to happen if you accidentally drop your phone into the water. Although the water resistance level for the new iPhones isn’t as high as its major competitors, Samsung, it isn’t really a big deal unless you want to go swimming with your phone. Other than that, you can still play music while your iPhone is submerged in the water.

 

Processing Power

The next improvement is its speed that has been spurred by faster chips. They utilise the A10 Fusion, which is Apple’s most powerful processor ever and it is said to be 40% faster than iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models. Definitely smoother when you’re switching between apps and opening the camera. Worrying about your battery capacity because of these high performance features? Don’t have to worry because your iPhone 7 can now last two hours longer than iPhone 6S, and iPhone 7 Plus can last an hour longer than iPhone 6S Plus. The longest battery life ever in an iPhone!

 

Impressive Cameras

Oh, speaking about camera, Apple can have better photo quality now. Similar to the 6S models, iPhone 7 has a 12-megapixel sensors but what sets them apart is the optical image stabilization. Simply put, your pictures will still come out clear even if your hands are shaking. iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, has a second camera on the back that uses 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. These two cameras work together to focus on the main subject of your picture while blurring out the background.

 

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Source: Digital Trends

 

And on the front of your new iPhones is the selfie camera that has jumped to 7-megapixels with wider colour captures. Even higher resolution than the competitors out there, making you look sharper. So if you’re a selfie person, definitely a thumbs up!

 

Anyway, we’ve heard that Apple has already sold out its jet black iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models during the pre-order period. So you probably have to wait for a little more if you’re keen on these models! That said, you can still share with us your opinions on the new iPhone 7 and its Plus models!

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Any Apple fans out there waiting for the Macbook Pro 2016? With discounts going on at Amazon, it is likely that the launch will happen soon. October, maybe?

 

Rumour has it that MacBook Pro 2016 will come in two variants – 13 inch and 15 inch. To all you people out there, it will be the thinnest, lightest and fastest MacBook that Apple has ever designed. It also comes with the latest processors, fastest flash storage and definitely, fastest graphics.

 

Aside from this, one of the biggest new features is its OLED Touch Bar that will replace the existing physical function keys on the top row of your keyboard. You can now customise or assign one of the function keys on the OLED strip to create a shortcut to your app. The Touch ID feature will also be embedded on the OLED Touch Bar. In other words, you can unlock your laptop simply with a touch on the OLED Touch Bar. How cool is that?

 

If these rumours are true, then here are some pictures of the new features.

 

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Source: Business Insider

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Source: Business Insider

Are you excited for the MacBook Pro 2016? Because we are!

 

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“Happiness lies in simple thing like a great morning or a smell you really love.” Sensorwake is the first smell-based alarm clock that wakes you up based on your preset scent instead of the mundane morning alarm.

There are a couple of things that make Sensorwake so attractive.

 

1. Selection of scent cartridge

There are several scent choices such as ocean (monoi oil and tiarre flower scent), lush jungle (cut grass and leaves), croissant, coffee (espresso) , chocolate and peppermint. Rumours have been saying that the scent of bacon will be added. Wow, imagine waking up to the smell of bacon, all ready for breakfast!

 

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Source: SensorWake

2. Back up alarm

Having a blocked nose or just too tired to smell anything? Don’t have to worry if you can’t wake up from the scent because Sensorwake will still function like your usual alarm clock if it is not turned off 3 minutes after the scent is being released.

 

3. Proven effective

If you are doubting its credibility, then you can drop those fear because it has been tested to wake 99% of the sleepers within 2 minutes. This goes to show how effective Sensorwake is compared to our usual alarm clock.

 

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Source: SensorWake

 

Like the idea of this Sensorwake alarm? What are you waiting for? Hesitate no more and quickly get one for yourself. Start your morning fresh with one of the pleasant scent they have to offer!

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Smarter is a British producer of various kitchen related appliances such as the smart tea kettle and a coffee maker that can be connected to your smart phone. They are relatively affordable and definitely make your life easier. Today, we will be featuring 3 of such items – Smarter Mat, Smarter Fridge Cam and Smarter Detect.

 

1. Smarter Mat

Ever forgotten your stock at home when you are doing your grocery shopping? Fret not, now with smart mat, you can conveniently check your stock at home even if you are outside. The Smarter Mat is designed to be placed in kitchen cupboard or fridge typically where food is stored. It comes in 3 different sizes that can track the weight and give you a real-time update of how much food is left. An alert will also be sent to your Smarter app if it detects that the food is running low.

 

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Source: PCMag Asia

 

2. Smarter Fridge Cam

Similar to Smarter Mat, it helps to update the inventory inside a fridge. A wireless refrigerator camera grants the owner the ability to see what is inside their fridge without opening their refrigerator door. This camera is capable of taking a screenshot and uploading it to the Smarter app for a quick view of what’s inside the fridge.

 

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Source: PCMag Asia

 

3. Smarter Detect

Don’t have to worry about missing out the ring of your timer or the ding of your microwave. Smarter Detect is a microphone-equipped sensor that listens to all the sound you want it to. It will send a notification and alert you when your food is ready.

 

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Source: GagetsandStuff

 

Each of these devices run on Wi-fi and its battery can be easily recharged via USB-C. Don’t miss out on these amazing products. All of them look sleek and minimalistic so quickly get your hands on them if you want them in your home.

 

 

 

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Want to own the first portable virtual reality headset with built-in audio? Then check out Opto, an all-in-one device that allows users to enjoy movies, videos, photos and games as long as you have a smartphone screen size between 4 to 5.5 inches.

 

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Simply remove the front cover, drop in your smartphone, connect the audio and snap the front cover back on to indulge in your virtual experience. As easy as that. Feeling fascinated? There are more in store for you to be feeling excited about!

 

Let’s see what people have to say about this product.

 

1. Convenience

This headset is manufactured using lightweight foam, making it easy to bring along and comfortable to wear. That said, you don’t have to worry about hurting yourself when you bump into the glass when you are using Opto in the train. They have got you covered!

 

2. Extra large lenses

You can now be more focused and absorbed in your virtual experience with the greater clarity and area of view in Opto Virtual Reality Headset. Just let free and immerse in your own virtual world for a moment.

 

3. Magnetic cover

Thinking of the troubles of manually having to adjust your mobile phones to fit in the Opto devices? Don’t have to worry because it comes with a magnetic cover that is detachable so you can conveniently attach your phone onto your Opto device again after use.

 

4. Go wireless

No longer have to fiddle with your tangled earpiece before watching your videos or listening to songs anymore. With the built-in audio, you can save a lot of hassle since you don’t have to feel frustrated trying to untangle your ear piece anymore.

 

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Source: Core 77

 

They have already started out testing the new parts for this device. Can’t wait for it to be out in the market! How will it change the way we view things from now on?

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