ASUS ZenFone 3 Launched

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ASUS today launched the ZenFone 3 and the ZenFone 3 Ultra, the latest Android smartphones in their highly-successful ZenFone lineup. The ZenFone 3 is available in 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes, while the ZenFone 3 Ultra features an impressive 6.8-inch display. Both ZenFone models have exquisite all-glass-covered design with contoured sandblasted aluminium frames. Alongside the ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 3 Ultra, ASUS also announced…

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Aeon Labs Minimote Review

Aeon Labs Minimote

One of the most common pieces of any home automation setup is a remote controller. This could take the form of a wall button switch, a handheld remote, or key fob remote. I have here the Aeon Labs Minimote handheld remote control for this review. This is a Z-Wave device, which should work with pretty much any Z-Wave controller. Having had…

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Parallels Desktop 12 Arrives

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Parallels today updated their virtualisation software, Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac (PD12). With PD12, Mac users can run Windows, Linux, Android and even other OS X virtual instances on their Mac computers. The new release of PD12 comes ahead of Apple’s release of macOS Sierra later this year. Support for the new macOS Sierra will of course, be one of…

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Apple Service Experience at A.Lab

A.Lab Apple Authorised Service Provider

One of the most frustrating things about owning a Nokia phone, in their Symbian OS era, was having to experience Nokia Care, their customer service centre. I almost practically relived that experience, not with a Nokia device, but taking my Retina MacBook Pro to A.Lab, one of Apple’s authorised service provider. My previous experience with A.Lab, also at their same outlet at Plaza Singapura,…

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Bloated RMBP Battery

Retina MacBook Pro bloated battery

For some time, I had noticed that the battery in my Retina MacBook Pro wasn’t performing as well as it should. I understand that batteries deteriorate over time, but I somehow felt that mine was worsening faster than expected. I have another Retina MacBook Pro, so I have a sense of what the battery life ought to be. The notebook tends to feel…

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Microsoft Lost Their Lock Pick

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This week, Microsoft pretty much lost their lock pick. Security circles have described the incident as the loss of a golden key. Yes, it’s as if Microsoft has lost a precious magic key. But it really isn’t so much as a key as it is a lock pick. It’s a kind of backdoor, if you will. On some Windows devices,…

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Raspberry Pi 7″ Touchscreen Display

Raspberry Pi 7" Touchscreen Display

The Raspberry Pi has been a very interesting single board computer since its original launch in 2012. It has had a number of hardware upgrades through the years, the latest being the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B this year. One of the much sought after accessory or peripheral for the Raspberry Pi came last year, an official 7″ touchscreen display. There…

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Fibaro Motion Sensor

Fibaro Motion Sensor

If you’re looking to get a motion sensor for your Z-Wave home automation setup, Fibaro has something very interesting to offer. You see, while most motion sensors look like, well, motion sensors, Fibaro’s Motion Sensor is quite different. First, it’s about the package, a smallish sphere, about the size of a golf ball. Then, it has an uncanny resemblance to an eyeball….

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Building Your Own Broadband Router

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Most home users will likely just buy an off-the-shelf broadband router for their home Internet connection needs. For the adventurous types, those who like to build their own customised PC rigs, building a broadband routers might be a fun project. It’s not too difficult, since broadband routers are essentially just miniaturised computers. I’ve been using pfSense as my home router…

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IR Blaster On A Raspberry Pi

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It’s been a long time since I worked on “computer stuff” at so low level. This time, it’s about figuring out the Infrared (IR) remote control protocol used by my aircon, and then building an IR blaster with a Raspberry Pi that can control multiple devices from a single unit. Unlike most IR remotes, aircon ones are a bit more complex….

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