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Goondu DIY: blocking spam on your phone

27 Dec
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Call SMS blocker

Very disappointingly, the authorities in Singapore have now allowed telemarketers to send SMSes and faxes to users even if they have signed up to a do-not-call list. This is as long as they have an “ongoing relationship” with a company, such as being a member of a club or subscriber to a telecom service.

You have to individually unsubscribe to each company that sends you unwanted messages – an annoying task (read our commentary).

Are there things you can do to make things less irritating? Yes, there are still steps you can take, though they are not as effective as a robust do-not-call list.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, iphone, Singapore, Software, diy, DNC Singapore, phone spam,  

Goondu DIY: Manually get your Nexus device to update to Android 4.3

30 Jul

Nexus 10 Android 4.3 update-crop

So, you’ve seen everyone talking about their Nexus devices being updated to the latest Android 4.3 over the weekend, while your own phone or tablet just refuses to get the update over the air.

It’s often a mystery how Google decides which devices get the updates first. However, there are ways to get yours ahead of the line, to get the new features.

Short of downloading the files manually and installing the update yourself, there are a couple of things you can try out first.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, google, Singapore, Software, Tablet, Android 4.3 update, diy, Google Nexus, Nexus 10, Nexus 7, Singapore, VPN,  

Goondu DIY: Playing your digital music anywhere

19 Jul
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Denon headphone

Brought to you by Denon Singapore

In the first of our three-part series on digital music, we discussed how you can source for and manage your digital music. In the second part sponsored by Denon, we will look at how best to customise your music for each listening environment.

Tagged in: Audio-visual, Music, Singapore, Speakers, denon, digital music, diy,  

Goondu DIY: sourcing, storing and managing your digital music

31 May
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Brought to you by Denon Singapore
Music fans have never had it so good.

When it comes to digital music today, there are so many ways to listen to a favourite track, and on so many different devices. Whether you are enjoying a song on the smartphone via a streaming music service or playing hi-rez tracks at home, there are so many choices.

Ironically, this is also a problem. With some many options comes complexity. Which music service should you choose? What music format should you save your files on? How can you convert your old CDs?

In the first of a three-part series on how to get the best from digital music, we’ll provide some quick tips for sourcing, storing and managing your collection.

Tagged in: Featured, Music, CD ripping, dBpoweramp, digital music, diy, Spotify, streaming,  

Goondu DIY: simple tweaks for the Samsung Galaxy S4

4 May

samsung galaxy s4

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one great phone when it comes to hardware like its 5-inch Super AMOLED screen. Yet, by packing in a whole of features – including some crapware – the Korean phone maker may make you pull your hair out in frustration at times.

How do you get get a “clean” Android interface, without all the clunky bells and whistles? Here are some suggestions.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, google, Software, diy, Galaxy S4, Google services, Nova Launcher, samsung, Touchwiz,  

Goondu pro-tip: enhance your Windows 8 Store experience

4 Jan
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Windows 8 Store in Singapore

Geographical restrictions are the bane of consumers who want the freedom of accessing content wherever they choose, and Windows 8 is no different. Log in to the Store with your home country set as Singapore and you’ll see the above screen.

It looks so sparse and boring that newbies who aren’t familiar with the operating system will likely think this is what the Windows Store supposed to look like. The poor experience does Microsoft no favours.

Users in the US, however, will get to see this in their Windows Store:

Tagged in: Software, apps, diy, Goondu Pro-tip, Windows 8, Windows Store,  

Tips for upgrading to (and getting used to) Windows 8

28 Oct
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So, you took the plunge this weekend, after seeing the really attractive Windows 8 prices, and decided to upgrade your PC to Microsoft’s latest operating system. Then, you ask: where’s the Start bar?

The new interface, built with touch screens in mind, can be bewildering for users who are used to seeing their old Windows desktop. But fear not, here are a few tips to get things going your way.

Tagged in: Featured, Singapore, Software, diy, installation, Microsoft, Windows 8,  

Picking the right Windows 8 version and device

21 Oct

With Windows 8 just days from launch, one word is increasingly on the lips of folks in the industry – confusion.

While Windows 8 brings with it loads of innovation, including a touch-friendly interface, the various software versions and sheer variety of devices appearing on shelves everywhere could well have some consumers scratching their heads. Apparently, even some folks in Microsoft can’t tell the difference.

How do you choose between Windows 8 and Windows RT? Do you buy Microsoft’s Surface tablet or an iPad, or well, a laptop? What’s with these hybrid devices that promise the best of both worlds?

Here’s a quick guide to pick the right software and device.

Tagged in: CPU, Featured, laptops, PCs, Singapore, Software, Tablet, Atom, diy, hybrids ultrabook, Intel, Microsoft, price, surface, Windows 8, windows rt,  

Five things to note when posting on Facebook, after Amy Cheong case

9 Oct

When she posted those insensitive remarks on Facebook, Amy Cheong probably never expected, in even her worst nightmares, that she’d be sacked the next day and hounded out of the country by an angry online community.

Yet, the former NTUC executive is now in Perth, where she has flown off to avoid the backlash, according to The New Paper.

How did a foolish rant about a wedding in the void deck bring such swift and angry reactions? Needless to say, she should not have said those hurtful remarks that have now been condemned as racist.

But there’s a lesson here for anyone using the Internet, that is, a random rant to vent after a long day at work can be amplified many times over online. Sometimes, on social media, the lines between private and public are not so clear.

Tagged in: Internet, Singapore, Web 2.0, Amy Cheong, diy, facebook, privacy settings, Singapore, Social Media,  

Goondu DIY: Watching Netflix and Hulu in Singapore

17 Sep

If you have ever wondered why it usually costs nothing to send an e-mail but so much more to make a phone call while overseas, you will have found that the cost has nothing to do with the distance or effort required to deliver things.

Rather, it’s the different charging models that have been developed – and kept – over the years by powerful companies, like telecom operators which own the wires underneath the ground and sea. Fortunately, of late, so-called over-the-top services like Skype, which use the Internet to bypass these expensive business models, have come to spoil the market.

In the pay-TV arena, the same is happening. Well, at least in the United States, where services such as Netflix and Hulu are offering thousands of movies and TV shows to viewers for a flat under-US$10 monthly fee. That has made many couch potatoes there “cut the cord” to their pay-TV operators.

Increasingly, many broadband users in Singapore are also hooking up to these services even though they are only available to folks in the US. It’s simple: you just trick them into believing that you’re in the US.

Tagged in: broadband, cloud, Internet, Media, Pay-TV, Software, diy, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, StrongVPN, ViewQwest, VPN,