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StarHub’s interactive set-top box now records programmes to your own hard disk

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22 Jun
2014
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Following the launch of the Samsung HD interactive set-top box in April, StarHub is now allowing its users to store recorded programmes on their own hard disks.

The service is not for free however, as an additional subscription to the Smart TV value added service (VAS) at S$4.28 a month is required on top of the S$6.42 monthly set-top box rental.

 
Tagged in: Audio-visual, HDTV, Internet, IPTV, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore,  
 

Hands on: PixePlay Kuro

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21 Jun
2014
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It isn’t the first to come up with an Android TV box, but Singapore-based PixePlay sure has one of the most high-powered ones around in its recently-unveiled Kuro Smart Player.

 
Tagged in: Audio-visual, Featured, Internet, Singapore, HD box, PixePlay, review, Singapore price and availability,  
 

CommunicAsia 2014: time for telcos, industry players to unlock the content

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19 Jun
2014
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If content is king, then telecom operators are queen. Or maybe the audience is queen.

To a panel of broadcast and telecom executives yesterday at CommunicAsia, the analogy seemed funny enough to be worth re-spinning so many ways.

Yet, in a world where they themselves are no longer the king of the hill, each of them will be smart to realise the future will be shaped by smaller, nimbler and more innovative over-the-top (OTT) players such as Netflix.

 
Tagged in: broadband, Internet, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, 4K TV, fibre broadband, mediacorp, SingTel, StarHub, ViewQwest,  
 

Google lets users add own locations on Singapore map

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18 Jun
2014
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With a few quick clicks, folks in Singapore can now share their favourite cafes and chill out spots with everyone else by adding them onto Google Maps.

The Map Maker service, introduced in Singapore yesterday by the Internet giant, draws upon the local community to enhance Singapore’s existing maps by adding new locations and updating outdated ones.

 
Tagged in: Internet, Singapore, Web 2.0, Google, Map Maker, Singapore,  
 

Hands on: Huawei Ascend P7 at CommunicAsia 2014

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17 Jun
2014
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Huawei Ascend P7

If you think that Huawei’s new Ascend P7 smartphone looks familiar, you are right. It looks a bit like a cross between a Sony Xperia and Apple iPhone, and that’s not a bad thing.

 
Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, Ascend P7, Huawei, review, Singapore price and availability,  
 

Commentary: IDA’s smart nation vision needs buy-in

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17 Jun
2014
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An IDA AG box providing power and connectivity to nearby sensors

The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) today talked up a grand vision to turn Singapore into a “smart nation”, one where sensors everywhere could pick up traffic congestion, predict how long taxis will take to come and even detect pollution in the air.

It’s not a new idea. Indeed, many government agencies have already been adding “smarts” to their existing hardware, like cameras, over the past few years. Yet, IDA’s effort is laudable in many ways.

It wants to centralise the effort and get both public and private organisations to share the infrastructure and connect to a common interface. This can jumpstart many new services.

 
Tagged in: Enterprise, Internet, Singapore, Above Ground boxes, CommunicAsia 2014, IDA, Internet of Things, Singapore, Smart Nation,  
 

SingTel’s Easy Mobile plans let users customise airtime, SMSes and data

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16 Jun
2014
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Taking the market by surprise today, SingTel has come up with a mobile phone plan that lets users customise how many minutes of airtime, number of SMSes and free data usage they get to enjoy each month.

Said to be the first in Asia, this Easy Mobile offering lets users configure their plans either through a smartphone app or on a website, while on the go.

 
Tagged in: Cellphones, Internet, Singapore, cellphone plans, Easy Mobile, SingTel,  
 

Driverless vehicles: great potential, but let’s not speed through

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16 Jun
2014
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Google Driverless Car Prototype. Photo by Steve Jurvetson. Licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0

The days of poor driving and road rage could be coming to an end, with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) beginning to study driverless vehicles as a viable mode of transport in Singapore.

Starting end of this year, the LTA will test a fleet of driverless buggies in Jurong Lake District and on Sentosa, in conjunction with the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology.

 
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UnoTelly offers free access for World Cup streaming

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15 Jun
2014
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Didn’t pay the S$112 to SingTel to watch the World Cup? Well, you can stream the matches online, and no, we’re not talking about going to pirated streaming sites.

You can turn to UnoTelly, a service that lets users access online streaming of TV programmes in countries around the world (read our earlier review).

During the World Cup period, the service is free and lets you watch matches, such as the just-concluded England versus Italy clash, on free BBC or ITV channels in Britain.

 
Tagged in: Internet, Media, Pay-TV, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Singapore, UnoTelly, World Cup streaming,  
 

Goondu Review: Canon SX700 HS

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13 Jun
2014
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Compact cameras are having a tough time these days with a slew of digital SLRs, mirrorless shooters and even smartphone cameras hogging the limelight.

So when the Canon SX700 HS came through the door for a review, I didn’t have high expectations. It is certainly very pocketable, measuring only 112.7 x 65.8 x 34.8mm. It comes armed with a 1/2.3-inch, 16-megapixel back side illuminated CMOS sensor.

 
Tagged in: Cameras, Canon, review, Singapore price and availability, SX700 HS,