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The battle against Windows XP

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30 Mar
2014
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From this Tuesday, PCs running the decade-old Windows XP operating system will no longer receive security patches and other updates from Microsoft.

As with all operating systems that have been retired, users who continue to rely on Windows XP will be open to malware and hackers. 

That’s because every new security loophole found and patched in Windows 7 and Windows 8 can potentially be reverse-engineered for Windows XP, which means hackers can wait until they have an opportunity to strike.

 
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Surface 2 comes to Singapore with updated features

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13 Mar
2014
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Months after it first appeared in the United States, Microsoft’s updated Surface 2 tablet is finally making it way to Singapore tomorrow.

The 10.6-inch tablet now comes with a Full HD screen and sports a faster Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. There’s also a “dual-stage” kick stand, so you can adjust the angle of tilt, well, at least a little more than before.

 
Tagged in: PCs, Singapore, Tablet, Microsoft, Singapore price and availability, Surface 2,  
 

Hands On: Logitech Powershell

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1 Mar
2014
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If the lack of physical buttons is hindering your progress in your favourite iPhone game, consider a game controller that turns your phone into a portable game console. Apart from physical control buttons that you can use to play supported games, these controllers, such as the Logitech Powershell (S$129), include battery packs that come in handy when you run out of juice.

 
Tagged in: Gaming, iphone, Peripherals, accessories, Gaming, portable gaming console,  
 

Hands on: Toshiba Encore WT8-A102

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7 Feb
2014
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In a crowded tablet space, Toshiba’s Encore won’t win praise for its looks or tempt you to whip out a credit card on first impressions alone.

With a rather thick frame and weighing a hefty 480 grams, it is neither the lightest nor slimmest tablet around to feature an 8-inch screen.

What’s the biggest selling point here? A full-featured Windows 8.1 operating system that lets you run your everyday PC programs. Essentially, it’s a small PC you can carry everywhere with you, assuming you need Microsoft in your daily work.

 
Tagged in: CPU, Singapore, Tablet, Encore, review, Singapore price and availability, toshiba,  
 

Hands-on: Panasonic’s lightweight 14-inch Toughbook

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29 Jan
2014
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When gadgets tout themselves to be “rugged”, I usually assume them to be thick and heavy straight away, full of padding and other protection that keeps them safe from liquid spills and heart-stopping drops.

But while Panasonic’s new CF-LX3 toughbook still retains its ungainly exterior and rugged chops, it is notably much lighter than its predecessors. The 14-inch notebook weighed in at just 1.29 kg, a number that seemed to defy the laws of physics when I picked it up.

 
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Hands on: Asus Zenbook UX301

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22 Jan
2014
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I’m not sure about moonlight shimmering on a lake, as Asus describes its new Zenbook UX301 laptop on its website, but the Taiwanese company’s latest premium ultrabook surely grabs your attention when you catch a first glimpse of its smooth, shiny surface.

Made of scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3, the glossy surface protects the typical Zenbook metallic design, which features a circular “whirl” pattern. It’s nice for first impressions, but just mind the fingerprints – you’ll spend quite a bit of time cleaning things up if you lug your laptop in your hands.

Much more impressive is what’s underneath the pretty design. Asus has kept with the best in the game by including a sharp 2,560 x 1,440 resolution in the 13.3-inch touch screen. That’s useful if you want to see pin sharp pictures, especially ones taken on your professional camera.

 
Tagged in: laptops, PCs, Singapore, asus, review, Singapore price and availability, Zenbook UX301,  
 

Hands on: Asus MB168B+ portable monitor

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6 Jan
2014
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Asus is not the first one out with a portable monitor – Toshiba had one two years ago – but the Taiwanese manufacturer’s MB168B+ slim screen is surely one of the smartest and most practical.

Very light at just 800 grams and conveniently powered by a USB 3.0 connection, the 15.6-inch Full HD screen comes in handy for folks who want a large screen on the go – without always carrying a heavy laptop.

 
Tagged in: Audio-visual, laptops, monitors, PCs, asus, MB168B+, portable monitor, price and availability, review, USB 3.0,  
 

What we want for Christmas

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22 Dec
2013
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Christmas is a time for giving and receiving and if you ask a bunch of tech geeks what they would like for Christmas, you’d most likely end up with a list of hottest tech toys for the year. So, in a dreamy world where we can have any gizmo, all we want for Christmas is…

 
Tagged in: android, Audio-visual, Cameras, Cellphones, Geek Buys, laptops, PCs, Smart accessories,  
 

Fujitsu releases a tough tablet, an expensive Lifebook laptop

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22 Dec
2013
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Fujitsu has come up with a tablet that promises to be resistant to water, dust and even alcohol, which makes it handy for use in clinics and hospitals.

The Stylistic Q704, unveiled in Singapore on Friday, comes with a 12.5-inch screen and runs Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, so it should handle existing Windows programs. It runs on an Intel fourth-gen Core i5 or i7 chip, and is part of the Japanese company’s latest lineup of devices based on the new, battery-sipping processors.

 
Tagged in: Enterprise, PCs, Tablet, Fujitsu, laptops, Q548, Q704, S904, Stylistic, T734, T904, Tablet PCs.,  
 

Holiday Gift Guide: cool stuff for a gamer

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19 Dec
2013
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If you have a guy or gal in your life who is always crazy about games, one way to show you know the hobby is by wrapping up a gamer-worthy gift this holiday season.

Which game console, mouse, or gamepad to buy? Here are a few suggestions.

 
Tagged in: Gaming, graphics cards, laptops, PCs, Singapore, Aftershock PC, Asus GTX780Ti, Holiday gift guide, Razer Mamba, Sony Playstation 4, Steam, XG17,