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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,  
 

IDC: Android grabs 81 per cent share, Windows improves

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14 Nov
2013
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Android devices grabbed a huge 81 per cent of the smartphone market during the third quarter this year, while Windows Phone devices also gained a bigger slice of the pie, according to a report today by IDC.

The research firm said Android phones accounted for 211.6 million of the 261.1 million smartphones shipped in the quarter.

Pushing past the 80 per cent mark for the first time, and up from the 74.9 per cent share of a year ago, the Google operating system made significant strides as people sought out low-cost smartphones, said IDC.

 
Tagged in: android, BlackBerry, Cellphones, iphone, Windows Phone, Apple, BlackBerry, Google, IDC, Microsoft, worldwide smartphone market share,  
 

Goondu review: iPad Air is Apple’s best iPad yet

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11 Nov
2013
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To understand truly what a breakthrough the new iPad is, you have to survey the crowded tablet landscape. Few tablets come close to the fit and finish, the simplicity of design and the complexity that’s built within.

Every reviewer that has had his or her mitts on one says that it’s essentially a large iPad mini, and it is. But the magic begins when you pick it up.

Remember that time you first picked up the iPhone 5, and thought it was a dummy phone because it was simply so light? Pretty much the same thought came to mind when I picked up iPad Air.

 
Tagged in: Singapore, Tablet, Apple, iPad Air, review, Singapore price and availability,  
 

iPad Air and Retina iPad mini deliver for Apple faithful

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23 Oct
2013
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All eyes were on Apple’s final event of the year yesterday, which many anticipated would see the debut of new iPads, possibly updated Macbooks, and even one or two surprises – there was speculation that Apple would revive Steve Jobs’ famous “one last thing.”

After all, the invite that went out to the media featured the tagline “We still have a lot to cover.” There wasn’t a one last thing, but boy, did Apple deliver.

 
Tagged in: Featured, PCs, Software, Tablet, Apple, free OS X, iPad Air, iPad mini, Mac Pro, retina display,  
 

High Apple iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c prices for Singapore

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11 Sep
2013
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Okay, let’s get the jokes out of the way for a while.

If, after hearing your friends laugh at the new iPhone 5s (“s for same”) and iPhone 5c (“c for cheap”) unveiled yesterday, you still want to buy the next big thing from Apple, here are the prices for Singapore. Unfortunately, they are not cheap.

 
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Gartner: more smartphones sold now than “feature” phones

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16 Aug
2013
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For the first time, more smartphones have ended up in the hands of users worldwide than simpler “feature” phones that lack the advanced Internet features, according to research firm Gartner.

Users bought more than 225 million smartphones in the second quarter this year, more than the 210 million “feature” phones sold, it said on Thursday.

While smartphone sales grew by 46.5 per cent over the same period last year, feature phones proved a lot less popular, with sales plummeting by 21 per cent.

Though not surprising, the figures paint a picture of a fast saturating market, with winners and losers quickly finding their new positions.

 
Tagged in: android, BlackBerry, Cellphones, iphone, Software, Windows Phone, android, Apple, Gartner, market share, samsung, smartphones,  
 

Gartner: mobile phone sales slow, but Samsung and Android stride forward

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14 Feb
2013
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If there’s still any doubt that the two big phone makers – Apple and Samsung – are the ones making most of the money, the latest figures now show that they together gobbled up 52 per cent of global smartphone sales in the last three months of 2012, up from 46.4 per cent three months before.

Research firm Gartner also said earlier today that more than 207 .7 million smartphones were sold in Q4 2012, up 38.3 per cent from 12 months ago. This, unfortunately, did not lift the overall mobile phone market.

Including sales of so-called “feature phones”, there were fewer phones sold in the entire 2012, compared to a year ago. The 1.75 billion phones sold represented a 1.7 per cent fall from 2011, the first decline in three years.

 
Tagged in: android, Cellphones, iphone, Windows Phone, android, Apple, Gartner, iOS, market share, samsung,  
 

An alternative track pad for the Mac from Logitech

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31 Jan
2013
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Mac users who like an alternative to Apple’s Magic Trackpad now have another option in Logitech’s Rechargeable TrackPad for Mac. It is going on sale in Singapore for S$98 in mid-February.

 
Tagged in: PCs, Apple, Logitech, Mac, Rechargeable TrackPad for Mac,  
 

Apple updates its iDevices to iOS 6.1

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30 Jan
2013
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Apple’s latest update to the iOS, the software that powers all iDevices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, comes with one or two nice touches, as well as some minor tweaks as well.

 
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Commentary: Apple posts record sales, why the pessimism?

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26 Jan
2013
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Apple has seemingly become a victim of its own success, going by the pessimism going around this week after its record quarterly earnings.

Yes, despite selling more iPhones and iPads in the last three months of 2012 than before, it has disappointed investors enough for them to dump the stock afterwards. Prices fell to US$439.88 at the time of writing, after a high of more than US$700 last September.

 
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