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Predictions for the new year: eight tech trends in 2013

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31 Dec
2012
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Happy New Year 2013

Yet another year filled with surprises and no less interesting technology products and services has passed us by, perhaps too fast for some of 2012′s winners and not too soon for the strugglers.

The past 12 months have seen a great variety of tablets, from the Google Nexus 7 to Apple’s iPad mini, while Microsoft and partners tried their best to jump on the mobile bandwagon by bringing touch screens to everyday PCs with Windows 8.

In many ways, the much-talked about convergence of computers and mobile technologies has brought about some of the keenest competition that hasn’t been seen in years.

That’s not even mentioning the other big headlines of the year, like Facebook going public, Apple and Samsung’s courtroom joust and in Singapore, the arrival of cheap and fast fibre broadband.

Now, just hours away from 2013, users could well be staring at another year of great tech gadgets, sometimes frustrating technologies that fail to live up to expectations, and oh, winners and losers, definitely. Here are eight trends to look out for in the new year.

 
Tagged in: android, BlackBerry, broadband, Cellphones, Enterprise, Featured, Gaming, Internet, Singapore, social media, Tablet, 2013 predictions, 4G, android, Big data, BlackBerry, Steam, technology trends,  
 

What 4G or LTE phones to buy in Singapore?

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8 Nov
2012
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Things have moved very fast since all three cellphone operators in Singapore decided or ramp up their coverage with faster 4G or LTE (Long Term Evolution) services two months ago.

The good news is that there are now several options for 4G phones. Today, many of the latest top-end models can link up to the new network, should you choose to sign up to a 4G service.

Here are five phones, out in the shops or coming in the next few weeks, that you should check out.

 
Tagged in: android, broadband, Cellphones, Internet, iphone, Singapore, Windows Phone, 4G, Apple iPhone 5, Galaxy Note II LTE, Galaxy S III LTE, HTC Windows Phone 8X, LTE, Nokia Lumia 920, Singapore,  
 

Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE

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20 Oct
2012
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When the Galaxy Note was unveiled a year ago, I saw it as a niche product aimed at folks who might do a bit of sketching on the go. Why would people go back to a stylus and isn’t a 5-inch screen too big for a phone?

Well, if you see the queues this weekend in Singapore for the Galaxy Note II, the followup to the surprise hit last year, you’ll know how wrong many geeks like me have been.

The new S$998 “phablet” – a cross between a phone and tablet – comes with a slightly bigger screen and now looks even more like a sure-fire crowd pleaser.

 
Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, google, Singapore, Software, 4G, Android Jellybean, availability, Galaxy Note II, LTE, price, review, samsung, Singapore,  
 

SingTel sticking to gradual LTE roll-out, promises better quality

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19 Sep
2012
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(Photo credit: SingTel)

Despite seeing its rival M1 become the first to offer 4G throughout Singapore, SingTel is sticking to its guns and promising that its slower rollout will provide better quality.

M1 became the first telecom operator here to cover 95 per cent of the island with LTE or Long Term Evolution signals on September 15, and the pressure is now on the other two local telcos to match up.

Yet, the “red camp”, Singapore’s biggest telco, has hit back by suggesting it offers better quality of service. Said its CEO for Consumer in Singapore, Yuen Kuan Moon: “We will focus on quality rather than (rush to) cover the entire island with LTE.”

Speaking at a media briefing with network equipment vendor Ericsson on Monday, he said customers who hop on to SingTel’s LTE network now will be able to fall back on upgraded 3G speeds of up to 42Mbps in areas where the LTE signal is unavailable.

This faster 3G is exclusive to SingTel’s LTE subscribers, and appears to be a temporary measure to keep LTE subscribers happy until the whole island is covered.

SingTel currently has 50 per cent of the island covered with LTE and expects 95 per cent coverage by March 2013.

Check out our guide to whether or not it’s a good time to jump on the 4G LTE bandwagon.

 
Tagged in: broadband, Internet, 4G, LTE, M1, mobile broadband, SingTel,  
 

Singapore telcos rush to roll out iPhone 5, but what’s the deal?

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13 Sep
2012
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I was on the way to an Office Depot, the most boring store here in San Francisco, when I passed by the Yerba Buena area where Apple was unveiling its new iPhone 5. Past the hype, I walked on round to 3rd Street and picked up a couple of non-magical, non-revolutionary Nexus 7s.

If there’s something to be said about Apple’s event this morning in the United States, it’s that it’s underwhelming. Okay, that’s unfair, seeing that the iPhone 4S launch before that was worse in terms of new features or hardware, but hey, Apple still went on to sell millions of those.

So, warts and all, disappointments and burst bubbles aside, don’t be surprised to see Apple sell loads of the iPhone 5. There are just enough people out there who would buy an iPhone even if it’s a rebadged Blackberry or Nokia.

 
Tagged in: Cellphones, Featured, iphone, Singapore, Software, 4G, Apple, iPhone 5, launch, LTE, price plans, Singapore, Yerba Buena,  
 

StarHub joins the fray as LTE battle looms in Singapore

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12 Sep
2012
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StarHub will be rolling out Long Term Evolution (LTE) or 4G services in Singapore on September 19, while closely pegging its prices to rivals SingTel and M1 which had unveiled their services earlier.

The “green camp” will provide 4G coverage at the Central Business District as well as Changi Airport and Singapore Expo for a start, and will complete its rollout islandwide by 2013.

 
Tagged in: broadband, Cellphones, Internet, Singapore, 4G, LTE, prices, Singapore, StarHub,  
 

Singapore smartphone users: to 4G or not to 4G?

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9 Sep
2012
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The first nationwide 4G service is going online in Singapore in the coming days and for the first time, the new mobile broadband technology seems like a viable offering for smartphone users here.

Users don’t have to worry about a “partial” 4G service if they sign up for M1′s nationwide offering unveiled on Thursday. Previously, the “orange camp” had only sold its 4G service to commercial users and only promised coverage to parts of the island.

Its rival SingTel, which had provided a consumer service in the past three months, is still building out its network to cover the entire country by 2013. Meanwhile, StarHub has said it will launch its 4G services in the remaining months of 2012.

Is it time to jump on the 4G bandwagon? Here’s a list of pros and cons.

 
Tagged in: broadband, Cellphones, Internet, 4G, LTE, M1, Singapore, SingTel, StarHub,  
 

M1 to roll out Singapore’s first nationwide 4G network on Sept 15

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6 Sep
2012
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M1 looks set to be the first in Singapore to offer a nationwide 4G network on Sept 15, providing speeds of up to 75Mbps in a much-needed boost for smartphone users angry with congested 3G networks here.

Typical speeds are expected to be between 7Mbps and 17Mbps on this new network, which for a start, will be less busy with fewer users onboard.

 
Tagged in: broadband, Cellphones, Featured, Internet, Singapore, 4G, data plans, LTE, M1, nationwide coverage, Singapore,  
 

Commentary: SingTel slashes mobile Internet bundle with “4G” launch, StarHub follows

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4 Jun
2012
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Singapore’s smartphone users have good reason to be angry with their mobile operators today, after SingTel, then StarHub, drastically cut the amount of Internet data they offer to surf the Web, update Facebook or view photos on the go.

In the afternoon, SingTel had called a media briefing to speak about its “4G” rollouts which promise three times faster speeds throughout the island by 2013. The headlines, however, are now dominated by its other announcement, that it was slashing the amount of data it bundles with its smartphone plans from July.

 
Tagged in: broadband, Cellphones, cloud, Featured, Internet, Singapore, 4G, data bundle, LTE, mobile Internet, Singapore, SingTel, StarHub,  
 

HTC One X LTE version likely to be tuned for Singapore in 2012

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2 Apr
2012
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HTC may be shipping its One X flagship phone today in Singapore, but it is also eyeing a version of the phone that logs on to the faster long-term evolution (LTE) networks later this year.

The LTE-version, able to connect to the Web several times the speed of current 3G networks, is to be tuned for Singapore and the region, which run their LTE networks using frequencies that are different from the United States.

This so-called One XL – L for LTE – is expected to have its frequencies aligned with one or both of the 1,800 and 2,600MHz bands used in Singapore, for example, when it hits the stores here in the coming months of 2012, according to sources.

 
Tagged in: android, broadband, Cellphones, google, Internet, Singapore, Software, 4G, frequency, HTC, LTE, One X, One XL,