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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,  
 

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,  
 

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,  
 

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,  
 

Goondu review: HTC One (M8)

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4 Apr
2014
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Rising as an early alternative to Apple’s touch-screen iPhones a few years ago, HTC has had a long history of association with Android. Starting with the HTC Magic, then the Google Nexus One, the company has always been a favourite with smartphone geeks.

The new HTC One, codenamed M8, is its latest effort at turning around a ho-hum couple of years which have seen the Taiwanese company lose much of its early Android mojo.

Like last year’s HTC One - the M7 – the new phone hopes to not just win awards from tech sites and garner great reviews, but also grab hold of some of that goodwill that consumers have placed on rivals such as Samsung.

 
Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, Singapore, HTC One, M8, review, Singapore price and availability,  
 

Samsung Galaxy S5 to cost more than HTC and Sony rivals in Singapore

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2 Apr
2014
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The next big thing from Samsung, specifically the Galaxy S5, started going on sale last week in Singapore for a rather hefty S$1,068. Despite keeping much to formula, though with some hardware upgrades, the top-end phone will cost more than the previous Galaxy S4, which went on sale for S$998 last year.

 
Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, Galaxy S5, pre-oder, price and availability, samsung, Singapore,  
 

Microsoft should offer home and business editions for Office for iPad

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30 Mar
2014
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It should come as no surprise that Microsoft’s Office for iPad apps topped the App Store charts shortly after their debut last week.

Clearly, there is a demand for Microsoft’s own Office apps that let you create documents, spreadsheets and presentations – even among folks who have been using third-party apps on tablets and smartphones.

However, while the Office iPad apps are free to download, you will only get to view documents unless you have an Office 365 subscription – from S$138 for five PCs or Macs, plus up to five tablets – to unlock the apps’ editing and creating features.

 
Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Enterprise, iphone, Software, Tablet, Microsoft, Office for iPad,  
 

Easier Wireless@SG login now for phone and tablet users

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28 Mar
2014
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Cellphone and tablet-toting users who log on to Wireless@SG hotspots throughout Singapore will get online easier now with a new technology aimed at solving one main bugbear – getting connected.

As long as they have a device that uses a SIM card, they can use it to authenticate with the wireless network automatically, without having to log in each time they access the free hotspots. They also set up their devices only once.

 
Tagged in: broadband, Cellphones, Internet, Singapore, Tablet, EAP-SIM, HetNet, login, Wireless@SG,  
 

Hands on: Thuraya SatSleeve for Android

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27 Mar
2014
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Not many urbanites have use for a satellite phone since cities are often blanketed by cellphone signals.

Yet, if you decide to head for the occasional hike in the outback or perhaps get on a cruise ship, there’s now an easy way to keep in touch – by turning your regular Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4 phone into a satellite phone.

The Thuraya SatSleeve, essentially a snap-on satellite phone that uses your smartphone’s screen for calls and SMSes, now supports Android as well, after it debuted as an iPhone add-on last year.

 
Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, Software, android, satellite phone sleeve, Thuraya,  
 

Commentary: HTC tries again to set itself apart with new One

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26 Mar
2014
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The new phone may have the same name as last year, but in the HTC One unveiled yesterday, the Taiwanese phone maker is looking to succeed where it has not done so 12 months ago.

 
Tagged in: android, Cellphones, HTC One, M8, Peter Chow,