Bear Motion Case for Pixel XL

The Pixel XL may be Google’s flagship smartphone, the first all made by themselves, but there just aren’t enough of them around to attract attention from case manufacturers. If you’re looking for a case to protect your Pixel XL, the choices are limited. I’m using one from Bear Motion that seems good enough to share in this review. Different people look…

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Standalone Android Flashing Tools Now Available

One of the fun bits about using an Android device is being able to flash device software on your own. You might get these software from open source development community, or even from your own device manufacturer. In the latter case, you might have to do the update manually because the manufacturer hasn’t officially release it to you yet. I’m sure many novice users have heard…

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ASUS ZenPad 3 8.0 Review

ASUS launched a new sorta high-end Android tablet late last year, the ZenPad 3 8.0. It’s perhaps a little like other ZenPad tablets that preceded it, but I find it decidedly reminiscent of the Nexus 7 from 2013, a tablet that I’ve been using for many years. The ZenPad 3 8.0 has a lot to like for, including some high-end specs and…

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Cheapest Non-Free SSL Certificate

One of my SSL certificates expired recently. It wasn’t something really important. It’s only for my personal pfSense router, after all, and the only person impacted is myself, and then only when I made the rare access to its admin interface. The original SSL certificate issuer had sent only one prior email reminder before the expiry. They could do better….

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Air Force Museum

Despite having served in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (for my national service), I’ve never set foot in the Air Force Museum previously. It was only earlier this month, while thinking of places to bring the kids to, during this long year-end school holidays, that we decided to check out this museum. It’s a really cool place to go!…

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Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2

Plantronics is traditionally better known for their business and work related audio products, but the last couple of years they’ve also been trying to make space for themselves in their consumer music market. Their BackBeat PRO 2 Bluetooth headphones, unveiled earlier this month, is one of those products designed for music. It’s an update to the BackBeat PRO from two years…

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Disappointment at Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Fans of Marvel’s Avengers probably know that the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. interactive exhibition has made its way to Singapore’s Science Centre. It’s refreshed and updated from the New York debut, which probably won’t matter to you anyway if you haven’t been there or know about that one. It’s here in Singapore and it’s a fun excursion for the whole family. This exhibition is…

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The Best Android Camera

When Google announced their Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones on 4th October this year, they highlighted their camera prowess. These devices boasted the best camera in any smartphone, and it’s not just them saying it, the claim is backed by DxOMark’s highest ever rating of 89 for any smartphone. I like the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones primarily for their pure Android experience. I’ve…

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The New Mac Has Anti-Malware Defense

I’m sure you must have heard about the dangers of sharing USB flash drives. Like the floppy disks that precede it, it’s one of the channels that software viruses, trojans, and other sort of malware are spread. But USB flash drives are so ubiquitous, sometimes it seems highly inconvenient to do without them, or even inappropriate to refuse using them. It…

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