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Cloud start-up unveils business contact card service
Commentary: StarHub starts charging for 4G
Commentary: SingTel not making money from World Cup? That’s good news
Hands On: Asus Zenfone
 
 
 

Cloud start-up unveils business contact card service

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19 Apr
2014
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As more consumers use their mobile devices to search for locations of cafes, retailers and other amenities, it becomes even more important for businesses to ensure their contact details are found easily.

Yet, most consumers still find incorrect or outdated contact information on the Web. As a result, they may lose trust and confidence in a brand or business, especially if they get lost because of bad directions from wrong location information.

Conttact.us, a Malaysia-based start-up, aims to help businesses nip the problem in the bud. Its cloud-based contact card software allows businesses to create a mobile-optimised “contact us” webpage, complete with information on opening hours, instant click-to-call buttons and travel directions.

 
Tagged in: cloud, Enterprise, Internet, Software,  
 

Commentary: StarHub starts charging for 4G

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17 Apr
2014
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Much of the unhappiness with StarHub charging for 4G services has nothing to do with the seemingly small S$2 hike, but the surprise that it brought to customers.

They never expected to pay more for the faster speeds promised over existing 3G services. Like free incoming calls, the new service was not expected to cost extra, despite StarHub quite clearly stating that possibility in its terms when people sign up.

It’s not that consumers are daft, for not reading the fine print. They just don’t expect the cellphone market to be less competitive over time. 

 
Tagged in: Cellphones, Singapore, 4G, competition, IDA, M1, Singapore telecoms, SingTel, StarHub,  
 

Commentary: SingTel not making money from World Cup? That’s good news

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16 Apr
2014
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So, SingTel may not make any money after all for bringing the World Cup to TV screens in Singapore.

Don’t expect any football fan here to shed a tear for the pay-TV operator though, despite Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Lawrence Wong’s disclosure in Parliament on Monday.

 
Tagged in: Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, Singapore broadcast rights, SingTel, StarHub, World Cup 2014,  
 

Hands On: Asus Zenfone

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16 Apr
2014
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If you think smartphone users on a budget had it good with Xiaomi’s entry into Singapore, there are now even more choices in the shape of Asus’ Zenfones, which come in not just one but three versions, and at prices from as low as S$120.

 
Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, asus, Indonesia, review, Singapore price and availability, Zenfone,  
 

Stemming the heartbleed

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13 Apr
2014
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The Internet community got a wake-up call last week when news emerged that a bug in a piece of encryption software had been lurking in cyberspace for two years.

Announced last Tuesday, the bug, known as Heartbleed, lets hackers obtain user names, passwords and even encryption keys from websites that use OpenSSL, an open source software used to secure a majority of online communications.

 
Tagged in: cloud, Enterprise, google, Internet, open source, security, Software,  
 

Goondu review: Microsoft Surface 2

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12 Apr
2014
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If you were tempted to buy the original Microsoft Surface RT, but held back, the updated Surface 2 is now even more tempting with a lighter frame, sharper screen and a number of other enhancements to match the impressive design.

 
Tagged in: Singapore, Tablet, Microsoft, review, Surface 2,  
 

Will StarHub’s new set-top box matter with streaming video?

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11 Apr
2014
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Samsung HD Interactive set-top box

Okay, the answer is yes, for now. Clearly, with half a million households on cable TV in Singapore, StarHub’s newfangled set-top box unveiled yesterday will still matter to some couch potatoes in Singapore.

Made by Samsung, it is the first of three to be launched and which promises an experience that is four times faster. So now, you don’t have to wait that long for the annoying menu to pop up. The interface is also less cluttered and makes you feel you are controlling a smart device, like a WD Live streaming box.

Yet, therein lies the difference. The set-top box, like it or not, is still based on old cable TV technology. There will always be a slight lag between menus, because it still needs to pull stuff down over the cable network, one made for broadcast not interactivity.

 
Tagged in: Internet, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, Software, cable TV, Nagra, samsung, set-top box, StarHub, video streaming,  
 

China’s Xiaomi plans to give the world iPhone cool at half price

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9 Apr
2014
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As China’s Xiaomi Corp. began selling smartphones in Singapore this year, each batch sold out in just a few minutes. So when the company asked people on Facebook to spread the word that more phones would be available soon, one fan was having none of it.

“Spread the word so that my friend can compete with me to buy the phone in under 8 minutes?” wrote Zen Yeo, a 31-year-old documentary film director. “You must be kidding me.”

Such is the fervor for Xiaomi. Though the Beijing-based company is little known beyond Asia, it has become one of China’s top competitors in four years. Xiaomi’s appeal: It offers the technology and style of Apple Inc. (AAPL) or Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) at less than half the cost.

 
Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Apple, Xiaomi,  
 

Goondu review: Xiaomi Pistons Earphones Version 2.0

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7 Apr
2014
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Every once in a while, a gadget turns up to remind you that you have paid too much for something else just a short while ago, before the competition heated up.

Certainly, the Xiaomi Pistons earphones make me feel that way, just like how the Chinese electronics company has recently impressed with its budget wonder, the Redmi smartphone.

 
Tagged in: Audio-visual, Singapore, Pistons Earphones, review, Xiaomi,  
 

Asus’s VivoTab Note 8 packs in a lot for S$499

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5 Apr
2014
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If you fancy a low-cost tablet that can also function as a work PC of sorts, then Asus’ new VivoTab Note 8 surely should be on your list.

The 8-inch device, out in Singapore earlier this week for a nice S$499, runs Windows 8.1, comes installed with Office Home & Student 2013 and even has a Wacom stylus that lets you draw or scribble notes down.

 
Tagged in: android, Singapore, Tablet, asus, Singapore price and availability, VivoTab Note 8, Windows 8.1,