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News Reporting: 2011: A detailed reportage written around the vicinity of Glen Huntly/ Glen Eira, where issues that are of concern to the locals have been examined. Two main articles with topics ranging from property prices and park allocation space issues have been analysed.

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This include ‘Striking Gold: Glen Huntly’s Rental Property Boom’ which examines the rise in property prices within the larger area of Glen Eira and how this affect property trends.

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The second feature article, ‘Greener Parks: Glen Huntly’s Recreational Dilemma’ looks at the need for greater park space allocation within Glen Huntly.


BYLINE: MARIEL WONG Striking Gold: Glen Huntly’s Rental Property Boom Glen Huntly residents have much to be happy about as soaring property prices hit home. The Australian property boom has shown steady growth since its recovery from the 2009 Global Financial Crisis. Yet, wiser prospective buyers are looking towards Melbourne’s outer suburbs; namely Glen Huntly. This is a move away from hot-areas that include Melbourne City, Brunswick, Caulfield and Bentleigh. Lower median property prices and its resulting lesser mortgage are proving popular among potential property owners. According to APM, Glen Huntly’s average House sells for $695,000 and $436,000 per Unit. This is considerably lower in comparison to $845,000 and $487,000 respective for housing located within the Local Government Area of Glen Eira.

A shot of Sun posing in front of one of Glen Huntly's property apartments Sun, a chinese national is looking at rental apartments within Glen Huntly’s close-knitted community. “I enjoy the location and environment,” he says. “Also, I used to live here around (sic) two years ago.” An entrepreneur by trade, Sun had previously leased property within Glen Huntly. “And that is why I am looking at renting an apartment, since it is convenient to travel to the city, where I am working.”


Sun is not alone. APM’s Demographic research documents that over 38.4% of Glen Huntly’s housing occupancy are rental tenants. Westpac’s 2010-2012 Outlook echoes this with its positive forecasting of how the property market would engage with consumer expectation. Yet, the Outlook also poignantly notes that with the rise in median property prices, mortgages are predicted to rise up to 35-38% from 2009!s 28.2% of the average household income. With a potential hike in mortgage and increasing rental rate, many locals and international students have taken to seeking cheaper rent alternatives further away. Tieman Real Estate Manager, Damien Tieman points out, “the rents have steadily increased right through.” “And every time we have a vacancy, we can see an increase of $5-10 a week, and have no real problems getting it rent.” “We love renting to Indian and Asian tenants because they are responsible and pay their rent on time,” Mr Tieman says. “But if anything, it has probably pushed the Australian, say, tenants and students, further out to less expensive areas.” A rather laid back residential precinct, Glen Huntly is located to the East of Caulfield and West of Carnegie; two densely populated suburbs.

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Glen Huntly’s main precinct also sees an eclectic mix of old-meets-new housing, Asian groceries, Opshops, Aged Care Homes and even park recreation facilities. At last count, three development sites located within walking distance from Glen Huntly’s train station are underway. It is unclear at this time if these sites are commercial or residential developments. For all public submissions made to the Glen Eira Council, lodge them online.

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Greener Parks: Glen Huntly’s Recreational Dilemma Glen Huntly residents urges push for park space allocation as developmental properties flood in.

! A stone throw away from civilization, parks such as this might not be enough to cater to Glen Huntly The horizon pale out into an orange hue, just as dusk sets in. Here, green luscious grass blades give way to wear and tear, spreading out into odd patches of monotonous brown and potholes. From the distance, a pack of dogs sprint in a whirlwind frenzy; almost as if partaking in a cult-like social display of euphoria. Their humans trek silently, as they shield their eyes from the glare of the setting sun. As the sun dips beyond sight, dog-walkers and sports’ fanatics alike slowly disperse from these welltrodden fields. Welcome to RM Lord Park. Glen Eira’s Recreation Development Coordinator, Matthew Barbetta notes that the recent draft for improving dogs-off leash policy would be the City Council’s first major step in tackling the problems with its parks.


With over 22 open space reserves and parks currently located within Glen Eira, a commission for dogsoff leash areas conducted by Independent Urban Policy Review Consultancy, Harlock Jackson Pty Ltd, under the recommendation of the City Council noted that there was a need for greater space allocation. “As Glen Eira has limited open space to begin with, what with its fairly urbanised space and increasing population, there is always pressure to allocate tracks of land”, Mr Barbetta says. Even without proper signage, one can see that the Sporting Oval, here in RM Lord Park is not just a shared space. More of a sacred communal grounds for socialising, there still seem to be a lack of social amenities for individual recreational purposes.

Lack of park facilities might serve to alienate Glen Huntly residents Yet, the issue with communal space is becoming increasingly apparent. An increase in social amenities are needed to cater to Glen Huntly’s booming population. An onsite walk-through of Glen Huntly’s four local park spaces; Glen Huntly Park, RM Lord Park, Koornang Park and Garden Avenue Reserve revealed the following: one barbecue area, two (moderately sized) playground areas, a few jogging paths and wide area of grass fields that spotted uneven terrain. Quaintly tucked away within Garden Avenue, a smaller area that sees a lively crowd provides the comfort of a much need playground. At Garden Avenue Reserve, many a cooing parent can be spotted in the distance surrounded by idyllic prams. A little head pops up from within a tall bush growth, followed by the vibrant laughter emitting from a young bright-eyed blond girl. Little children playing in an area that belongs to them, although the space they ran around appeared a little tight in its trappings.


They need more space. Or, so that was what one of the mothers at the Reserve observed while maintaining a keen eye on her wandering little one. To this, one such online local forum from ‘Friends of Glen Huntly Reservoir’, has seen much activism among residents. Discussions revolve around policing the parks, hygiene issues resulting from owners who refuse to pick up after their dogs, and the need for passive open spaces.

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With the allocation of passive areas, individuals can exercise freely without restrictions as seen in Sporting Ovals which prioritize sports activities. Dogs of Glen Eira Spokesperson, Rosetta Manaszewiz notes that 18 out of 22 of these reserve areas are in fact sporting grounds. She also states that while there is an issue with a lack of open space, “it is up to council as to how it uses and gains open space where ever possible. Which has not been done.” Secondly, that most open spaces have already been allocated for sports and other activities, rather than as park lands. Home to one of the lowest public open spaces within Melbourne’s metropolitan municipalities as seen in Harlock Jackson’s review and a comparative graph sourced from a 1999 Australian Bureau of Statistics Survey (as seen below), Glen Eira’s need to cater to its increasing population’s demand has been largely stunted.

! An estimate of total area of zoned public open space/ head of population by municipality, within metropolitan Melbourne, in the year 2000 As seen in a 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics Survey, Glen Huntly’s parks are currently shared by 4,085 local residents.


Sandwiched between two bustling suburbs; Caulfield and Carneige, Glen Huntly has become a hot spot for property development in recent years and seen a fast-growing population. Yet, there has not been a matching rise in recreational space allocation. That is, until the recent acquisition of the Booran Road Reservoir that shows promise. In a local 2011 survey conducted by Monash University students, local Glen Huntly residents feel negatively towards the Glen Eira Council’s lack of involvement. Over 14 percent of residents felt that the Council fees was expensive without necessarily seeing result, while 28 percent believed that space allocated for recreational purposes could be improved. Responses include that of increase population growth with an insufficient allocation of space and a desire for a stop on developmental properties. John, a 56-year old resident who lives just past Glen Huntly Road feels that more needs to be done to facilitate exercising. “There are enough parks. That isn’t the issue. But footpaths. Now, that’s the one.” At present, Glen Huntly’s sporting grounds are being utilised as off-leash areas where appropriate time-share is an issue that have been brought up during Glen Eira Council’s meetings. For now, the allocation of use for the pending Booran Reservoir is currently under review.

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BC Consumer Tech Reviews: Nov 2010-11: Written for a motor car magazine, content include the Best Whizbangs> Lifestyle. Articles include ‘Shrinking PCsthe Tablet way’, ‘PlatformersMore than meets the eye’ and ‘Moving Music’.

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Similar in style to that of T3’s consumer tech reviews, these tech utterings see a brief analysis and recommendation.


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THE TABLET WAY Shrinking PCs,

The advent of the Tablet age is upon us. What with the tablet craze in full storm, braving this tornado would need more than a gutsy predisposition. The latest internet tablets to hail from Asia sees these iPad alternatives, level the playing field with their dynamic versatility and extraordinary efficiency.

Creative Zii10” Tablet Running on Creative’s patented ZiiLABS ZMS-08 HD Processor, this made-inSingapore Creative Zii unit comes with a 10-inch (1024x600) TFT Resistive screen and X-Fi Audio enhancements; aptly named X-Fi Crystalizer and X-Fi Expand. Packaged as the ultimate entertainment tablet, the ZiiO10” allows for simple HDMI-delivery onto a large-screen HDTV, as well as a single-touch onscreen icon to manage all Bluetooth-paired devices. Beam out in-style, now.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab An easy pill to swallow, the first tablet from Korea’s giant mobile communication manufacturer sees Samsung demonstrate its prowess in the form of this multimedia rich tablet. With its astoundingly simple UI and interchangeable home screens; this Galaxy takes on the universe with a quick swipe of interactivity. Embedded with its speedy 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, full Adobe Flash 10.1 support, 3G/ WiFi connectivity options—and the now famous Corning’s Gorilla glass, as seen on its elder but small-framed mobile sibling—the Galaxy S; sharp display on its 7-inch (1024x600) TFT LCD make even odd angles look good.


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!"#$%&'(!)&*#+,!-!./ The latest Windows Mobile 7 OS features a fluid “Metro” interface, push notification services and a wellcrafted tile-like UI. Both local and online content can be directly uploaded through this “hub” for quick networking functionalities and allows for multiplayer gaming through its integrated Xbox Live app. On the flip side, the lack of true multi-tasking capabilities and the inability to directly port 6.x apps had us scratching our heads. Next?  

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Highly intuitive, the Android OS (2.3 Gingerbread) runs on an open source system and offers highlycustomisable tasking. Features such as weather feeds, live RSS and icons can all be preset according to its user’s preferences. Yet, this might risk exposure to hackers and render securitylocks ineffective; otherwise, its user-friendliness makes this Android shine amongst its competitors.

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Consumer Tech Reviews: 2007-2010: The latest whiz gadgetry to hit our shores. A provision of insight as to what users can look forward to or should avoid while actively choosing consumer-technology related gadgets.

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The role of Radar is to present the reader with a clear, concise and functional look at the best gadgets currently on the market; in an easy to read format.


These articles vary in category and comprise of the best gadgets available for sale in the public domain. Included on our list are two major spreads, ‘Tomb Raider Special’ for Christmas 2008 and ‘Gadget to Go’ that see the likes of Alison, the newest Tomb

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three days after its debut, as well as the fact that over six million customers had downloaded the new iPhone 3.0 software at the time when this article was written; we pondered further on the iPhone’s viability within this rather volatile consumer-driven market we have today.

With the launch of the iPhone 3GS (S for Sexy) that sold over one million phones in the US,

As stated by Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, who was once again absent at the launch of the latest ‘Next Big Thing’ iPhone 3GS’s Arrival; “Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning... where with

ver since the age of the personal computer revolution back in the 1970s with the introduction of the Apple II and the all-too-familiar Macintosh (I was a 1982 baby), Apple has not only exploded onto the scene with a massive display of industry leading innovation but somehow managed not to simply fizzle out.

over 50,000 applications available from Apple’s revolutionary App Store, iPhone momentum is stronger than ever.” Indeed perhaps, as with the S-for-Sexy 3rd Gen iPhone being dangled just out of sight from us here in Singapore, we would have to settle first for the new iPhone/ iTouch OS 3.0 and its umpteen Apps available online, for yours’ truly, viewing pleasure.

EDITOR’S CHOICE – RECOMMENDED CURRENT APPS LIST!

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2. KNIGHTS ONRUSH - US$2.99

3. SIMS 3 – US$9.99

4. ZENONIA – US$5.99

5. SALLY’S SPA – US$0.99

6. MY BRUTE – US$4.99

7. SPORES ORIGIN – US$2.99

8. TOPPLE 2 – US$2.99

If you’re into tap-tap-tapping and tilting your beloved iPhone around, this puffer-fish app will literally blow you away, whenever you hit one of these red prickly sea urchins. Pop goes the weasel!

Did we mention we were suffering from OCD (obsessive Compulsive Disorder) where if we started on something, we find it very hard to stop? Drag Sally around to serve customers, before expanding her business! Just like Diner Dashing, and perhaps as addictive.

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We all remember StickWars oh so fondly, especially when you’re busy trying to ‘defend your castle’. This game follows the same concept with varyingly hilarious enemies that can stealth, assassinate, bomb and sabotage you.

Alright. Before playing this, I have to admit playing the online version, which kind of threw me off when I had a limited amount of times to fight. Otherwise, this rather unpredictable game will keep you hooked on mastering all the different skills and weapons offered.

Perhaps one of the most expensive games available instore, but do not be fooled by its cartoonish interface, where if anything, the Sims 3 is not just a pocketful of fun, but one filled with endless possibilities!

Not exactly the full Spore experience, but if Evolution is your thing, this game caters to that to a Tee. Interactivity at its best, its atmospheric music and awesome graphics are a treat. We did love the true-screen PC game that is, the full-fledge, evolution version.

Good ol’ times were when 2D graphics was all we ever raved about. Enter Zenonia, a world that resembles that of old school RPGs that kept us hooked on for hours. It even incorporates a skill tree for those hardcore level-uppers!

Remember Jenga? Now think of a game that’s stacking-related, and yet with a chance of perishing horridly. Enter Topple 2, with its rather immersive 30 levels, these coloured blocks are not just animated fun, but reactive to a simple touch or shake.


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Design-wise, the Palm Treo Pro has taken a twist to sport a newfound liquorish-black exterior that instantly makes this smartphone an aesthetically eyecandy edition, as compared to its less attractive sibling - the Treo 750. Featuring an in-built 100MB, it also has a 2.5-inch Touchscreen and weighs in at 133g. What we thought was delectable was its curvaceous physique that sits well in the cradle of our palm, although we did notice a slight annoyance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite the finger-print magnet.

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Fully Acclaimed Donning on the ear-set, we managed to pick out plugs that fitted snuggly within our ears from the extra 3 pairs of earpads they included within the packaging, before embarking on our gym routine. What we especially liked was its inline volume control, which allows us to toggle our settings if we’re too lazy to reach into our bag, although the cable cord does get a little tangled due to its length, and the lack of a clip makes jogging a little trying.

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This in-ear bud not only fits snuggly within the ear canal, it has been famed as the little ear-wonder which can reproduce audio-sound of all 10 audible octaves (the claim that is). Sound-wise, for the undiscerning individual, this ear phones does well for hitting all the right notes, staying true to its claim for overall clarity. Although a generalist, this ear-set would be suitable for the fashionista at heart, and not our bass-heavy rockafellas who might do better with an in-ear Sennheiser CX400.

Packed with Jabra’s proprietor Noise Blackout Technology which cancels out unwanted noises, the BT530 easily allows an uninterrupted conversation even while being caught up in a noisy joint. We managed to get this set connected in under a minute, with minimal hassle. There wasn’t much detectable background distortion even while conjunctively streaming music and speaking at the same time via mobile, With its custom-fit comfort Eargels, and thoughtful USB connector add-on for wireless chats (VoiP calls) via PC; we were impressed by its ability to last up to at least 4 hours for our test.

Available in 8 varied metallic colours to suit your moods and fashionaccessories, audio can’t possibly be more delectably appealing. Lightweight, attractively designed in-ear buds are certainly the way to accentuate a dull workout any day. MW

A road-warrior ready Bluetooth accessory that is also great for those discreet free-internet calls late at night. MW

LOVE Charming colours, hits all 10 audible octaves HATE Rather lengthy cord, lack bassiness

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LOVE Ability to silence out ‘Black noise’ (yeah!), dual wielding mics, PC wireless chatting, easy volume access HATE Almost $200 dollars price tag

+++++ WE SAY Who needs a boast in their daily life? Take a spin on the wild side with these in-ear delights. FREQUENCY RESPONSE 15-20,000 Hz SENSITIVITY 100 dB SPL/1mW CORD LENGTH 1.2m

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WE SAY Worthy enough to be carted along on our next outdoorsy photoshoot trip. Call me, Now. TYPE In-ear Bluetooth headset BATTERY (TALKTIME/ STANDBY) 5.5hrs/ 250hrs DIMENSION/ WEIGHT 48x18x13mm/ 10g OTHERS Dual microphones, built-in DSP Technology, dedicated on/off slide switch, battery status indicator


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NAKAMICHI MYSOUNDSPACE DOCKING STATION More than a Sensory Experience

The details

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$499, www.nakamichi.com

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With its rather compact design, this audio protégé is not only able to hold its own weight in the rather competitive speaker market, but also comes readily available in rather alluring colours

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We did feel that its remote control came across as alittle too ‘flat-bed’ for our liking. Not altogether very intuitive due to its not-too responsive buttons

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A message pops up when our iPhone is docked, that states “This accessory is not made to work with iPhone”. Shocking, but ignorable. It works perfectly nonetheless, but don’t hope to control your tunes wirelessly. Ain’t happening mate.

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nown for their astounding hi-end cassette decks launched in 1972, Nakamichi’s lineage of hi-fidelity mini audio systems burst onto the stereo scene in 1999 with its Nakamichi-brand SoundSpace sets. Perhaps best compared with the likes of Bose and B&O (Bang & Olufsen), the Nakamichi today has utilized its innovation to cater to its fanfare. With a starting price of just below half a thousand dollars, this mySoundSpace Docking Station comes packaged within a rather compact and yet well-designed box. Its beautifully crafted brushed metal chassis does catch one’s eye, where its sakura-like motifs that deck its body’s surface is nothing short of aesthetically-pleasing. For its form factor, we have to say it gets the thumbs up from us. In any case, having a rather substantial package (its weight that is) within this mini speaker unit has quite literally, a grounding effect. Even at a distance of over 5m away (we ran across the room), the audio carried across was still imbued with tonal clarity. Our only contention lies in its rather plasticky remote and the inability to change tracks whilst away from the set. A wireless link perhaps, to tickle our fancies? We did think that this boxy speaker stands at a rather weighty 1.8kg, although we figured that with its rather hefty list of features hidden within its innates – an 88mm subwoofer and mid-treble drivers- its extra weightiness is understandable.

Of course, in addition to the fact that when maxed out with the tunes from the Gorilaz and Linkin Park (alright we didn’t really max it out due to the fear of going deaf), this mySoundSpace system is quite the life of the party without much assistance needed; although there were the tremors experienced that just stop short of blowing our brains and the surrounding papers scattered across the table, away. Where does it power come from, especially when it only draws a mere 25W of power into its 243 x 150x 75mm bodice? Oh, and its stereo reproduction of the high and mids (on the higher end of the audio spectrum) sound great. Bass and treble can be tweaked to suit its listeners liking, a great option for audiophiles.. Overall, it looks good and stylish, and we expect it to be gathering its own fan base very soon. MW

STEREO SPEAKER Subwoofer – 88mm, 6 ohm; mid – 34mm, 8 ohm; 21mm, 8 ohm INPUTS iPod/ iPhone connector, Aux 3.5mm OUTPUT Speaker out, 3.5mm POWER 25W DIMENSIONS 243 x 150x 75mm WEIGHT 1.8 Kg LOVE Heavy tub-thumping goodness that literally rocks our table, very compact

form, aesthetic design, solid and steady. HATE Inability to control tunes with remote, its remote doesn’t look too ‘pro’ WE SAY A minature 2.1-speaker rendition with the vocal prowess of a much larger unit.

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TOMB RAIDER SPECIAL

RAIDING OUT KEEP THOSE WITS AROUND WHEN YOU’RE VENTURING OUT WITH THESE BABIES... ENTER THE NEWEST GADGETS THAT WILL BLOW YOU AWAY

ART DIRECTION : SHAWN CHUNG TEXT: MARIEL WONG PHOTOGRAPHY : KENNETH CHOO / WWW.KENNETHCHOO.COM PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSISTANT : QUEK HUI MIN MODEL: ALISON CARROLL IS LARA CROFT WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO: DUCATI SINGAPORE, VOLVO SINGAPORE, SPORTS CENTER, WATERCROSS ASIA, OUTDOOR VENTURE, THE NORTH FACE AND ATARI

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SEA-DOO GTI SCOOTER S$680, www.seadoo.com

Beam out with this awesome scooter that will bring back the Brroom in speed whilst your heading underworld. Gilde along with the sea creatures that you so fancy and will, stick out a hand for the whole underwater sea experience. Beats having to stay onshore all the time, with nothing but Discovery Channel info being fed into that brain of yours.

Having gotten our hands on a copy of Tomb Raider: Underworld, we also managed to grab a quick one-on-one interview with Alison Carroll, the newest Lara Croft in town who does all the fancy backflips and handstands, minus a stunt-double. Hi there Alison! Was there anything memorable besides the hot-blooded fans we noted at X08? As soon as I got here, I put on my running gear and ran around the city. Especially Chinatown. And the people are so willing to do things for you, especially the men are so gentle. Of course, the response from my fans and the signing sessions was really lovely. Other then being able to arm-wrestle most Singaporean guys, what other skills or hobbies do you engage in that we’re unaware of? Well, I also do love rock climbing, canoeing, trekking and scuba diving. For rock climbing, there’s always indoor gyms, where I always think that if you go up as fast as possible, it’s always easier. Anything that gives a little bit of a thrill is simply fantastic. Mountain biking is another sports that I like, where wandering into the forests and watching the wild ponies (!) is a quick getaway for me.

OLYMPUS MJU1050SW $549, www.olympus.com.sg

We noted that this hybrid of durability, style and functionality has made this the ultimate water resistant gear. Perhaps that’s also why its such a beauty that even Lara can’t seem to get enough of it. An ideal possession for the beaches or marine sports goers, this camera can dive to a depth of 3 meters, and withstand being dropped from a height of 1.5 meters.

We’ve heard of people becoming too obsessed with gaming what’s your take on having to take on the role of a video game character? I would have to say it was quite daunting at first, since Lara Croft is such a well-known character amongst gamers and even the general public. I now more so realize that the character is quite like Alison (giggles) and I kind of feel like I’m falling into the part quite easily. Must see what the fans think though. Are you one of those hidden gamer girls, who spends quality time with her games? For me, I’ve got all the consoles between myself and my brother who is the real gamer in the family. I’m quite the outdoorsy sort, where while playing the game, you actually feel like your part of the game. In Underworld, you see Lara really thinking about where to position her hands while she rock climbs, and that is believable, some sort of having an emulation of a real life situation. Even throughout the game, there’s objects that you can pick up and use as a weapon, to plug a hole, or as a means of defense; placing the gamer in the shoes of Lara (WWLD – What would Lara Do). Turning to tech, what’s your favourite gadget at the moment? I’ve just got a nintendo DS which is proving great everywhere I go. Whenever I’m on a plane, which is quite often these days, it helps kill some time. Of course it adds to the collection of consoles I already have. For me, I’ve not gotten the iPhone, but I do own an iPod.

SEA & SEA YS-27DX

S$750 (complete set with base and arms) www.seanseacamera.com To get those uber underwater images to look like something from a National Geographic magazine feature, you’ll need an underwater strobe light to really illuminate the ocean scenery. The Sea & Sea YS-27DX attaches to any underwater camera housing, and can be slaved to the camera’s main flash to provide additional light. It’s also waterproof to 60 metres...

What’s your take on all-in-one gadgets, that’s packed to the brim with all the features you could possibly desire? Yeah, I think that’s a good idea especially if your travelling around like Lara does, and I do (laughs). It makes for an easy carryalong, with nothing too heavy in your pockets. How about gadgets that are marketed for women, as seen in notebooks these days that were in the past only in black or grey. Now you can choose even pink ones. To be honest, I’ll never ever buy anything that has a pink cover. Probably just buy the most normal one. Functionality and practicality is a must for me. What’s your take on Underworld? Log into www.t3mag.com.sg/contest to win a copy of Lara Croft: Underworld. We’ve got a total of 9 pieces to give away (3 each for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC!)

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TOMB RAIDER SPECIAL CANON EOS 50D S$2,999, (with EF-S 18-200mm IS) www.canon.com.sg

Bashing through the bush in a pair of khaki shorts is one thing, doing a Richie Attenbrough and snapping images of jungle animals as nature intended is another. So tot along a rugged dSLR like the 15.1MP Canon EOS 50D. Its tough weather-sealed magnesium alloy body will take the occasional knock with aplomb, while a fast 6.3 fps shooting speed and versatile EF-S 18-200mm IS lens lets you snap that elephant charge from a safe distance!

BANSHEE SUNGLASSES $99, Running Lab at Tel: 63366775

Throw away that camo-net protector that your wife uses as hair-tie and bring out the sunnies. From the nose-sitting tiny frames to full-frontier coverage; framed lenses never seemed sexier.

SPORK UTENSILS

From $3.97, Comes in 3 sizes www.creatifventure.com

Of course when you’re all alone in the jungle and eating requires a starving-aid...This spork or spoon-cum-fork if you’re just being a little testy with detailing, might be your best companion for the night. ‘Cept for talking to these inanimate objects, you might use them to resolve going all-native and barbaric. Eat civilized, we say.

HIKING SMEDGE SHOES $166, www.outdoorlife.com.sg

The Smedge breathes. Literally. This airy approach to shoes excel on craggy, rock-strewn routes that require a low volume fit and a high-friction, sticky rubber grip. With a lightweight design, the Smedge promotes agile, quick movement while scrambling up boulders where mistakes can be crucial. While some approach shoes may stick to rocks, their performance fades quicker than chalk dust. The Smedge is built to stand up to gnarly footing, all-season long.

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Hiking is perhaps the oldest form of moving a person over great distance. People have been hiking since the beginning of time, and there’s always been a belief that it’s part of our basic instinct to move and move it. Whether it be trekking or simple hike outs, there’s always a possibility to run into more than the usual snake, where if we were in Lara’s shoes... perhaps we’ll have trodden over and picked the snake up like it was a mere earthworm. Nothing seems to frighten this tough little lady. Nevertheless, on trip outs, water and plenty of water must be on hand in preparation for the ultimate hike of a lifetime. Great hikers are also great explorers. Think of Colin Fletcher who authored the book ‘Complete Walker’, covering hikes mostly done in North America. Camelbak (hydration packs) was conceptualized from his little trips and the need to have a staple water source available at all times. Tim Macartney who started the outdoor brand “Sea to Summit” was also the man who walked from the Bay of Bengal to the summit of Everest unassisted and without supplementary oxygen. Think hikes, think Big.

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TOUCH OF GENIUS Words Sam Kieldsen & Mariel Wong

APPLE IPOD TOUCH

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umber One on our list a while ago, Apple’s touchscreen media player is a master class in modern design, more so with its latest 2nd Gen’s

arrival. Sexier looking, better sounding and with more storage than its big brother, the iPhone 3G, this device boasts a lushly curved metal back and has little in the way of external adornment. In fact, there are only three physical controls: the home button, an on/off button and a volume rocker – Apple having sensibly dispensed with the annoying, touchscreen-only volume control of the first-gen Touch. The impeccable design even literally bleeds into the screen itself. Thanks to its multi-touch capabilities, it’s incredibly intuitive and smooth, definitely still light years ahead of its closest challengers. Did we mention its newfound A2DP Bluetooth ability, with its 3.0 OS update? Considering that iPods attract a certain amount of flak for their audio performance, we still find it hard to fault the Touch. Upon comparison with the Cowon S9 which may boast slightly better sound, theTouch is noticeably louder and more detailed in terms of design and look. Video performance is also impressive, although again, it’s not the very best on show. The format fussiness means you’ll spend a lot of time converting movie files, unless you’re only going to download videos from iTunes – which is entirely possible given the wealth of material that’s piling up there. The additional features list is what really

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makes the Touch though; where you can use WiFi to get online, both with the excellent Safari browser and via the mobile iTunes Store, which positively bulges with apps, tunes and videos. There’s also a wonderfully usable email client, Google Maps navigation, a YouTube app – the standard YouTube site is inaccessible as there’s no Flash video support here – and a widget that tells you if the sun’s out. Just peachy. LOVE Awe-inspiring user interface. Skinny and stylish. Good all-round audiovisual performer. WiFi HATE Pricey. Poor video format support. Bluetooth might have been nice WE SAY Hitting the perfect balance of performance, features and design, the Touch is still the best PMP you can get

COOL FEATURE Turn the Touch on its side to view album artwork, then browse your digital music, using your musical digits

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ith its solid build and brushed metal backside, the P3 is rugged and refined, much like perhaps Mr Brosnan. This gizmo is in touch with its feelings as well, specifically a small, vibrate-y feeling when you press the touchscreen – that’s haptics in action. Samsung has also chucked in Bluetooth A2DP for wireless headphones and file transfer. Wireless transfer is a neat touch, but much slower than transferring your music, photo and video libraries the old-fashioned way – using the USB cable supplied. Audio quality is superb with MP3. The P3 boasts a broad dynamic range that climbs high for sweet treble and delves deep for wholesome, distortion-free bass, and works brilliantly with most kinds of music. It only starts to lose its focus with fuzzy, wall-of-sound type material like Neutral Milk Hotel’s Holland, 1945, but even this sounded eminently listenable. There’s also strong file format support, including FLAC. The screen is smaller than the other players here, and the P3 is annoyingly fussy about what it’ll play, but when you do get a working video there’s beautiful clarity and colour reproduction. Likewise, photos look fantastic. The only significant drawback is the touchscreen control. You can scroll menus and browse snaps by sweeping a finger, or spin photo orientation by drawing a circle with your digit, but that’s about as advanced as things get here. The haptic feedback ups usability a tad, but even the most ardent Samsung fan wouldn’t claim the user experience ito b as slick as the iPod Touch. Often you’ll tap away at an icon only to find you’re being bafflingly ignored, or that the icon next to it is being selected…

LOVE Superb sound quality. Bluetooth. Premium finish. Haptic feedback HATE Video format fussiness. Slightly iffy touchscreen WE SAY The premium design and audio quality can’t be faulted, but the touchscreen should be better

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Stats of truth PMPs

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ARCHOS 5 (60GB)

COWON IAUDIO S9 (16GB)

SAMSUNG YP-P3 (8GB)

APPLE IPOD TOUCH 2G (16GB)

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$ 639

$480

$399

$498

WEBSITE

WWW.MEMORYWORLD.COM

BOONCO.COM

WWW.SAMSUNG.COM/SG

WWW.APPLE.COM/SG

SCREEN STORAGE

4.8-inch; 800x480 60GB/ 120GB/250GB

3.3-inch; 480x272 16GB/32GB

3-inch; 480x272 4GB/8GB

3.5-inch; 480x320 8GB/ 16GB/32GB

WI-FI

Yes

No

No

Yes

BLUETOOTH

No

Yes

Yes

Yes (With 3.0 OS upgrade)

CONNECTIONS

3.5mm headphone, proprietary USB/dock

3.5mm headphone, proprietary USB

3.5mm headphone, proprietary USB

3.5mm headphone, proprietary USB/dock

AUDIO FORMATS

MP3, WMA, AC3, FLAC, OGG, WAV (AAC and AAC+ optional extras)

MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG, WAV, APE

AAC, MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG

AAC, MP3, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV

VIDEO FORMATS

MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, Xvid (WMV-HD, MPEG-2, H.264 optional extras)

WMV9, MPEG-4, DivX, XviD

H.264, WMV, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid

H.264, MPEG-4

BATTERY LIFE AUDIO

22 hours

55 hours

30 hours

36 hours

BATTERY LIFE VIDEO

7 hours

11 hours

5 hours

6 hours

DIMENSIONS

128x78x12.9mm

57x106x12.7mm

53x102x10mm

110x62x8.5mm

WEIGHT

250g

77g

85g

115g

LOVE

Huge, hi-res screen. Excellent sound quality. Opera web browser. Plenty of storage

High quality AMOLED screen. Best audio on test. Bluetooth support. Massive battery life

Superb sound quality. Bluetooth support. Premium, aluminium finish

Awe-inspiring user interface. Skinny and stylish. Good all-round performer. WiFi

HATE

Large and relatively heavy. Interface could be tidier. Not an inexpensive thing

Wrong-headed interface layout. Unresponsive touchscreen. Plasticky feel

Video format fussiness. Slightly iffy touchscreen, despite haptic feedback

Video format fussiness. No Bluetooth support. The price is not exactly enticing

WE SAY

Multitalented and a formidable performer, although its bulk and price might put some off

With superb AV quality, all this needs is a pinch more storage and a neater interface

The design chops and audio quality can’t be faulted, even if the touchscreen can…

The perfect balance of performance, features and design. Still the best PMP around

RATING

Jargon slayer PROPRIETARY USB

All the players here use brand-specific USB cables for syncing and charging. If you lose said cable, you’ll need to buy a replacement – standard mini USB just won’t cut it FLAC

The Free Lossless Audio Codec can compress audio data without losing any information. FLAC files are larger than MP3 or AAC, but give much improved sound quality BLUETOOTH 2.1 + EDR

This high-speed version of Bluetooth allows files to be added

to a device wirelessly, although not as quickly as USB or, generally, Wi-Fi AMOLED

Active-matrix organic light-emitted diode is an ultra-bright display technology that doesn’t require a backlight, making the screens thinner and more energy efficient than a standard LCD DIVX, XVID

MPEG-4 video codecs often used on TV shows and movies posted online. If you download an episode of The Wire or Peep Show, chances are you’ll need a

10 REASONS TO BUY THE IPOD TOUCH What is the secret of its power? 1

Touchscreen thrills With multi-touch, it’s the most intuitive interface around, easily besting its competitors here

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Pocket surfer The built-in Safari web browser is a miracle of miniaturisation, although it sorely lacks Flash video support

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Audio quality Smooth, strong and loud, the Touch is by far the best sounding iPod. Even the built-in speaker isn’t bad

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It looks gorgeous Slimline, subtly curved and feeling just so in the hand, this thing is achingly stylish – a true icon

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The hi-res screen is more than good enough for prolonged viewing. You can store whole movies, while a built-in YouTube channel means you don’t miss out due to the lack of Flash support on Safari

There’s a more than generous speedy flash-base memory in the top-of-the-range model. That means you can have thousands of songs and still have plenty of room for apps, games, photos and movies

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…Courtesy of the iTunes Store. Over a billion apps have been sold since it opened for business last year, while the music store remains the model by which others are judged

With email, Google Maps, and a calendar, it’s more than just a PMP. Quick and easy wireless connection lets you get in touch wherever there’s a Wi-Fi hotspot

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Loads of games are available, too, although they practically all seem to involve guiding things by tilting the screen from side to side

Well… no. But it is cheaper than an iPhone. If you’ve not got much music, you could always plump for the 16GB- 32GB model

Video kicks

Music and apps galore

The “funnest” iPod ever

Plenty of storage

Smartphone-style features

Inexpensive?

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REVIEWS BRU BRUTAL UTAL LEGEND LEGE E ND and defeat the demons ons that hav have enslave ensl nslave th nsl the human race in this his alternate alternat nate nat e universe. u

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eveloping a game that features the character of Eddie Riggs who is a roadie - one of those road crew members who follow professional bands around during their music tours and normally remain otherwise unknown to the larger population of the worldtakes lead stage this time as he traverses the world to deliver his misled fellow men from a world of dredgery and ill-mischief. Inspired by Frank Frazetta’s art (Known for his painting of Conan the Destroyer) and varied Heavy Metal Album artwork, Brutal Legend is a step up from a mere cheesy remake of what legends might have been. Working for the heavy metal band, “Kabbage Boy”, during an gig episode where he tries to prevent one of the band members from hurting himself whilst climbing up onto the set itself, Riggs

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8.5

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8.5

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8.5

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8

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REV REVIEWS NEED FOR SPEED: SHIFT

NEED FOR OR SPEED: SHIFT

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RACING AT THE HE SP SPEED PEED OF LIGHT GENRE RACING -- PUBLISHER HER ELECTRONIC ARTS -- DEVELO DEVELOPER ELOPER ELO PER SLIGHTLY MAD STUDIOS -- PLAYERS 1 - MULTIPLAYER

or all the race-track ace-track crazy azy fanatics ics outt there, ther ther here, e, Need for or Speed: Shift ift is perhaps pe best bes describe successful be as an overtly succ uccess ucc essful ga ess game me that has captivated vated more e than than ju just the he heart art and soul of those who love mor around more e than t taking a quick ta ick sp spill aroun ound oun the race ce tracks. Not onl only y is i Need for Spe Speed: ed: Shift ift th the h instalment to the Need for Speed series, es, the 15th Electronicc Arts Arts had ha upped its stakes in this this simulation simula sim ulatio ula tion tio racing gameplay ga with wi th the successful announcement announcem ann cement cem timel mely y trio trio launch h that that also includ luded the ‘‘Nee lud Need Nee of its timely included ‘Need Speed Sp eed:: Nitro’ eed Nitr Nitr itro o’ and a ‘Need d for for Speed: Spe rld Online’ On for Speed: World titles tit les. les titles. Shifting ng awa away y from from its s previou p ious iou s focus f s of o A previous Arcadestylis lised lis ed gam gamepl eplay, Nee epl Need for Spe Speed: ed: Shift has been stylised gameplay, coined as a racing ga game conceptualiz coined conceptualized by racing enthus husias hus iasts ias ts for racers. racer ra cers. Not only has its interior been cer enthusiasts ed to include more detailin revamped detailing it also has a fully functi fun ctional cockpit cti cock ockpit ock pit that can be pe functional personalized to one’s

prefe eferen efe own preferences. What this option entails include cosmet cos metic mods met mod that can boost performance such cosmetic alignm as alignment, aerodynamics and differential Ot needs. Other tweaks allows for Nitrous as a tuning option option. Fea Featuring over a wide-array of fully-licensed cars to choose from, up to 72 car makes that include the likes of the delectable Mercedes-Benz SLR >3?0/)"9%<0-0"'%@2"#0%(2#)*9%.&)%A2/5)..)%@BC% power booster, the Mazda RX-7 FD, Nissan Skyline GT-R34 and of course the BMW M3 GT2 that graces the cover of the game’s artwork; there is almost too much choice to handle for the tru-blue racing enthusiast. In addition to these choices is the obviously upgrade simulated realism of the overall gameplay’s graphics. This new driver’s

experience that sees G-force and the in-car view take center stage, where not only will the gaming experience seem more personal, with the sighting of the driver manually changing gears and repositioning himself to gain a better view in the ('//2/9%3/0$&)$%):1)/')"3)#%0/)%0*$2%/);)3.)#%'"%.&)% player’s own temporarily blurred visuals and realistic sounds of a collision. 405'"-%2",20/#%0%/0.&)/%/)0*'$.'3%<&6$'3$%="-'")% that takes on damage modelling and even feature a full-replay mode, for that instantaneous playback, Need for Speed: Shift has certainly answered $)5)/0*%;08$%.&0.%('-&.%&05)%,))"%$12..)#%8'.&'"%'.$% previous series. Great for racing enthusiasts who simply cannot get enough of racing down familiar tracks. -Mariel Wong

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8

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7.5

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8

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REVIEWS DEAD SPACE: CE: E EXTRACTION XTRA ACTIO ON

DEAD SPACE: EXTRACTION

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7.5

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7

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8

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DETROIT METAL CITY GENRE: JAPANESE COMEDY/ DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: TOSHIO LEE & GENKI KAWAMURA Yet another movie that derives from the root of anime-inspired films, Detroit Metal City brings to its audience the farcical humor that was originally conceptualized by Kiminori Wakasugi, its manga’s author. What we really enjoyed was the way that Soichi Negishi, who is played by Ken’ichi Matsuyama, the actor from ‘Death Note’ known otherwise as ‘L’, portrays his desire to be a ‘trendy’ performer in a city that sees fashionable individuals parade its grounds. Yet, after graduation, this doe-eyed slighty-awkward youth is recruited into a death metal band and becomes famous; his alter-ego, Johannes Krauser II, that is. A must-watch delightful satire film, that’ll bring out the otaku in you.

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FANBOYS GENRE: COMEDY/ DIRECTOR: KYLE NEWMAN This comedy film has a long history of development. It is set in 1998 where a bunch of Star Wars fans are waiting for Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. But one of them is suffering from cancer and so goes the epic cross-country adventure that sees a live tussle with Trekkie Fans, sneaking into the Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch to steal the early print of the film, and well meet up with William Shatner (the Shat!). We thought it brilliant when former original cast members from the Star Wars-series, started appearing. Not just for the die-heart fanboys, where this movie might make you a new convert right about now.

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THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX GENRE: ANIMATION, ADVENTURE/ DIRECTOR: SAM FELL & ROBERT STEVENHAGEN Based on the Newbery Medal-winning children’s book by author Kate DiCamillo, this here is another animated film by another company that is trying to dethrone the mighty Pixar. The story is about a little mouse named Despereaux (voiced by Matthew Broderick) who is born with huge ears. But that’s not all that is peculiar about him. He happens to not fear what most mice fear, like cats or humans. And so goes his big adventure when he even tries to befriend a human princess (voiced by Emma Watson). As with most animated features these days, the film has a lot of star power on its voice actors, like Sigourney Weaver as the narrator, Dustin Hoffman as the rat, Kevin Kline as a human chef. Rather wittily scripted, this animation does leave a rather warm and fuzzy feeling, in the depths of our hearts.

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GENRE: ACTION, ADVENTURE/ DIRECTOR: JAMES WONG

For most of us, Dragonball was one of the first mangas and animes that planted a craze inside our heads. Most of us still remember the time when Goku died, saving the world in Dragonball Z. Let’s just say that this Hollywood-treated movie killed these memories. Despite its superior CG effects, and all the razzle-dazzle; our gripe still remains: Why is Goku a Caucasian (played by Justin Chatwin). You may remember him as Tom Cruise’s son in War Of The Worlds. We even felt the appearance of Chow Yun-Fat as quite literally excessive, as if to cover one wrong choice with yet another. And, the utterance of our immortalized ‘Kamehameha’ words... We’ll be sticking to mangas for a little while longer, thank you very much.

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RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN GENRE: ADVENTURE/ DIRECTOR: ANDY FICKMAN There’s no doubt that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the most successful actor who has crossed over from professional wrestling. And women go ga-ga over him. His new film, again for Walt Disney, sees him play the role of a Las Vegas cab driver who comes across a discredited astrophysicist (played by Carla Gugino) and a pair of orphans (AnnaSphia Robb & Alexander Ludwig) who apparently are little alien beings. Quite the chase in this rather paranormal flick, where we have to say that the Rock still has it; the looks that is. And they’re all being chased by some baddies and they have to, you’ve guessed it, race to Witch Mountain. We thought the plot a little shallow, and since we’re not really sci-fi fans, we’ll just say, you’ll have guessed it all by glancing at its ‘title’.

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Beauty & The Beast: Two exemplary articles reviewing beauty products and procedures in ‘Male GroomingQuick Fixes of the Male Kind’ and ‘Board’s Up’; these articles look at the adventurous side of things.

T3 REVIEWS Beauty And Adventure Articles

More of a commentary piece with recommendations, the beauty product article (July 2009) reads as a witty-infused take on what’s hot. ‘Board’s Up’, on the other hand seeks a more outdoorsy approach to life. Revolving around wake-boarding, the article includes an interview and recommendation section.


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Quick Fixes of the Male Kind WORDS MARIEL WONG

PAINLESS SELF-REMEDIES HAVE BECOME ALL THE RAGE THESE DAYS, ESPECIALLY IF IT DOESN’T INVOLVES ANYTHING THAT RESEMBLE THE LIKES OF A SYRINGE AND NEEDLES. OF COURSE, IF YOU’RE OF WOMAN DESCENT, IT DOESN’T MATTER THE AMOUNT OF PAIN INVOLVED AS NOTHING CAN POSSIBLY BEAT MOTHERHOOD OR THE MONTHLY VISITATIONS THEY EXPERIENCE. IN ANY CASE, FOR MEN, KEEPING THINGS SHORT AND SIMPLE IS PERHAPS THE BEST WAY TO GO.

FACT ONE We’re Not Perfect. Contrary to Popular Beliefs. >>Not all of us are naturally born handsome, and even if we aren’t, we’ll like to prim and groom ourselves until we feel at least 99% that way. FACT TWO We are a very self-controlled bunch, that do not shop for the sake of shopping. >>Beauty quick fix tips are subjected to the availability of whatever-beauty-product is available ‘near’ or ‘within reach’. Men do not intentionally go shopping for Grooming products, unless it’s an accidental wandering into the nearest Watson. FACT THREE We also do believe in experimenting. On our food that is. >>Home-made remedies, concocted from the dead remains of all-natural products e.g., vegetables and fruits are in fact beneficial to our sun-beaten skin. However, do refrain from trying exotic combinations like that rare steak you just had for dinner. In times like these, we have resorted to a lot more dreaming, that is by dreaming and seeking to attain these ‘dreams’ of ours, we would be able to better ourselves. From climbing up the monkey-laden ladder of social networking, to meeting one’s soul mate, and of course, to be the centre-of-attention at every function; we are talking about Big Dreams, small-scale. Whatsoever the case, maintaining a presentable mug is essential, whether you aspire to be a Mr Brad Pitt or husband of Angelina Jolie (alright we know they are the same). The end point is, dress well and your age please. 1

REJUVENATING FORMULA 101

Lemieon 8° In-Classic Treatment’s formula, Available at www.cristalledeparis.com In an idyllic world, we would be able to reproduce the goodness of birds’ nest artificially, and hence increase our intake by 2-300 folds. The truth is, that unfortunately isn’t going to happen anywhere soon. Still, with the Lemieon 8° In-Classic Treatment’s formula that helps to increase one’s blood circulation to visually elevate and tighten one’s facial skin in 10 minutes; we have to state for the record that a painless experience as this is definitely one to behold. What is also known as the effects of Bird Nest (Red Blood Nests, to be precise), this treatment not only enhances the natural moisture locked within one’s skin, but also enhances cell activation to prevent the early on-set of skin aging.

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L’Oreal Paris MenExpert White Activ Moisturising Fluid, $21.90 For a quick absorbing moisturizer that not only soothes and pampers your skin like that of a loving mother would, we shall obsess over the latest White Activ Range from L’Oreal. Liquid skin is but only the beginning, where this moisturizer, White Activ 360° Turnaround Whitening Moisturising Fluid not only hydrates your skin 24 hours a day, it also contains notifying Vitamin C to stimulate one’s skin for that once-youthful glow that has now since disappeared almost completely. With its added Melano Block and SPF 20 protection, not only will your skin cease to degenerate into a coal-coloured hide, but you can carry on frolicking under the sun without having to pay much attention, while looking cool with those shades on. 3

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L’Oreal Paris MenExpert White Activ Cleansing Foam, $10.90

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SATIRICALLY YOURS, LOVE GOLD

Goldheart’s Giovanne Range, Bracelet (0326SC) - $368/ Pendant (1997ZD) - $1,158/ Ring (0181SA) - $158 Goldheart’s Giovanne Collection not only utilizes these exquisite materials for a no-holds-barred fashion escapade, each piece of jewellery is made with love and devotion in mind. From an extensive collection of rings, pendant, bracelets, and cuff links; these accessories not only exemplify a sense of adventure and desire to create one’s own self-individuality but is also a physical accomplishment of dignified presence. Today, the need for upkeeping one’s appearance is pressing in an ever-changing materialistic world, where as Mr Gary Goh, Assistant Brand Manager of Goldheart Jewelry notes, “The Modern Man pays infinite attention to what he wears because it projects his status, taste & sophistication.” Carbon Fiber. Black Industrial rubber. Leather. Onyx. Surgical Stainless Steel. Exotic materials for one’s own exotic combination, indeed. 6

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Waxing lyrical love poems might be easy when you’ve got the look to accompany it, where with Lucido-L’s miniature fix-it-all wax pots, these little critters are pocket-worthy, and a must-have when you’re always on the go. 6

PORING THROUGH THE OL’ PACK Mens Biore Pore Pack - $3.50

Not to be a stick in the mud, but his Men’s Biore Pore Pack isn’t exactly a miracle worker, but hey, it will help you get rid of all those nasty black heads that is swamping the surface of your nose. Imagine life on the fast lane without the hassle of having to worry where that gorgeous chick is gazing in horror. Live proud, because life is just so short. 7

CARTRIDGES TO FIRE AT WILL Fusion Power Phenom Razor - $19.30

What would you say on the worse day of your life, when you wake up to the sight of unruly stubble that refuse to be tamed? Enter the latest Fusion Phenom, which is short for Phenomenal. Performance driven, this razor-sharp blades will help bide bygones to that once shabby looking exterior of yours. Say hello to the new you!

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Opinionated Articles: Ranging from T3's Play/ Of Opinions to Gadget Girl's posts on cnetasia.com; these editorial columns are crafted to provide an insight into the world of Technology. More of a tongue-incheek expression, these opinion pieces are often based on observational material found throughout one's everyday experiences. T3 AND CNETASIA REVIEWS Opinion pieces

The T3 Opinion pieces written in 2008-9, revolve primarily around the need to understand how the advent of Technology has come to benefit/ hinder society. More of a social analysis, each piece mainly delves into revealing what, how and why technology has permeated our lives.


Notably, as seen in 'Allure of Technology', 'Science Frightful Past' and 'What life never was, without Tech', these articles wryly expound on future expectations and what consumers have come to expect overtime. An ongoing project since 2009 sees the blog posts on Cnetasia.com, under the pen-name 'Gadget Girl'.

T3 AND CNETASIA REVIEWS Opinion pieces

The Asian-equivalent subsidiary of Cnet, postings made include ' Sexy Tech: No LV for me' and 'Of Science's Frightful Past and Present'; each an interesting take on how Technology as a whole has integrated within our daily utterings and forms of communication.


Play Of Opinions

MARIEL WONG

The Allure of Technology

Imagine a time not too far into the future, where hover boards and teleportation machines might exist, what might life hold for us? having our simplistic lives transformed into an all-intrusive, nanny state-like one. For access on public transportation, in Melbourne itself, there has been the new Myki’s introduction, which is best described as a version of our EZ-Link card back in Singapore. What is perhaps appalling is the fact that if a commuter fails to scan his or her card a second time, just before disembarking, it charges you more than A$5 as a slap on your wrist for your forgetfulness. Oh, and did we mention that our identities are literally tagged to our cards, where if we misplace or lose them, we would have to report and get them replaced? Similar to the likes of losing our NRIC cards, where for the usual forgetful suspects, the fines just accumulate over time to a whooping amount that runs beyond the hundreds.

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ver thought of what cruising on Mars or the moon might be like? Recently, I read on the BBC online site that the moon might have a sufficient amount of water composition to support expedition teams and even create breathable oxygen for the moon-walkers. Whilst probing missions to mars might take more than a couple of decades to truly gather intelligence on any H20 or life-supporting means, the fact of the matter resides in its potential. The potential for those ‘dead’ planets to actually support complex organism, as humans are. Technology, according to Wikipedia, is a rather ambiguous one, where mostly it refers to a concept that involves crafting tools and devices that have an intangible impact on a “species’ ability to control and adapt to its environment”. With its original term shrouded in the depths of Greek’s love for anything brilliantly innovative and shiny, in this context, it has hit home some thoughts on the matter of constructing and being able to craft machinery and devices to assist in creating a greater “pro-life” dimension to the

48 T3 / RADAR DECEMBER 2009

Another all-intrusive form of Technology comes in the form of call centers and their rather annoyingly polite accomplices. Who really needs call centers inquiring into our personal details just because they want to find out whether their nearest branch staff were having a hissy fit on a particular day, at a certain time, over their potential lunch breaks? otherwise lackluster primitive life we were living, minus Technology. Remember a time when just before the turn of the Century (when I was twelve), where the internet had just turned prolific although it still ran at excruciatingly slow speeds; we were happy with what we had then. Fast forward ten years and we have an army of highly techno-fied civilization who communicate via channels that were only available back in those years, to the likes of the military or the top-ten percent of each country; aka the uber rich and famous. With new technology comes greater responsibilities - from the likes of nuclear war head threats from whacked out divisions within countries, to cyber warfare that gets played out through viral explosions via internet fibre optics - you never know whether reverting back to a life that resides in the past would be better, or taking the step forward and embracing the new millennium would be more advantageous. For instance, on a more micro scale, with Technology comes the many epic torments of

The crux of the matter is perhaps the way in which Technology has turned “Big Brother”. And he not only wrings your ears and raps his knuckles on your unforgiven head, he puts in place all-seeing eyes and ears, trying to find out what might work and what might not, all in stealth mode. But when the populace has something to say, the decision falls on the “hidden cabinet” and is not his very own. He wants to hear us people, and we need a voice. Do we want more of Google’s free giveaway of Wi-Fi Internet connectivity in only 47 major airports in the US? Yes, we want more! Do we want more from our potential employers to actively headhunt us for jobs, via Linked-in’s new alliance with Twitter? By all means! The end point is that Technology has gotten under our skin and sent more than a chill or two down our collective spines as a reminder that it is everywhere. The only problem is we do forget its existence sometimes, especially when we are all alone, straightening out our outfits in the elevator that rides up and down the nearest skyscraper’s 100 levels... Always keep your eyes peeled. You never know who is watching.


Play Of Opinions

MARIEL WONG

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ecently, after watching a documentary on the disappearance of the Lost Ark that was sporadically mentioned within the bible (think Indiana Jones but with real-life experts endorsing its existence) which had seemingly mystified many archaeologist and treasure hunters alike, due to its allencompassing power of causing instant death (mostly bursting into flames) to all men who were not anointed as the dedicated keepers of the ark; made me ponder over some of the outlandish claims that the documentary offered: One being that it now resides in Ethiopia, on an obscure island where all its people reverently worshiped only this sole mysterious relic and was causing all its guardians to fall ill and perish over a short period of time (namely three in passing over five years since the documentary was made), or that the ark was in fact a capacitor that was capable of generating high voltage through static electricity, mostly due to the dry climate and sheep woolens that shielded its true glory. The point that really struck me was not so much the fact that a wooden box made of acacia wood and gilded with gold could have caused radiationlike deaths or that it could literally waste a person’s life away instantaneously, but more so how we as modern scientific beings would actually propose such technologically-advanced terminology on a sacrilegious object made

36 T3 / RADAR OCTOBER 2009

Science’s Frightful Past

Whenever thought is directed at something aged, one would never have expected a correlation to that of possessing a scientifically-driven nature that is perhaps a little too close for comfort to our current tha age.

many thousand years before our time. I mean come on, why is it so hard to accept that these predecessors of ours might have possessed science-related knowledge beyond our time? Perhaps this question boils down to the inability to accept that we are not the most ‘important’ of societies, and we are not the ‘IT’ Generation. Not that everybody wants to be in the middle of a possible Apocalypse (imagine the number of times an apocalypse has been declared over the years, the most recent being 2012), mind you, but the fact that people like being the center of attention and knowing that their life could potentially have an impact in history, I rest my case. From the world’s greatest dictators that can best be compared to the likes of head bishops and team leaders who basically excel in doing one thing – gathering convocations of followers. And with these followers come the need to remain powerful, hence setting off the spiral of unfortunate events; war, anarchy, a pursuit of advancing weaponry and arms, and even the concoction of science – if you add it all together, you have gotten the formula for destruction and definitely Not World Peace. So, if Science was always such a difficult commodity to introduce to the masses, why has it aided us so in modern day life? We can hardly live without our cell phone, broadband lightning-

fast internet, social networking platforms e.g Twitter and Facebook, and of course, good ol’ Electricity. From the ages before history was recorded to current catastrophically-disastrous events brought about by political dissidents and warstirring orators, the end point is simple, where there is a congregation, there will be a power tussle. And who else but the strong and powerful would emerge the victor? Think about this. Without Technology or perhaps even Alchemy which gave rise to the atomic bomb and medicine that our doctors prescribe to us for physical and behavioral issues, would our present day society be able to evolve as quickly as it did? From the Super Highway 20th Century to the ever-evolving 21st Century; where did all this knowledge possible come from if it had not been inscribed in ancient books or passed down via word of mouth all these centuries ago? Give respect where respect is due, and in this case, people have looked to religious materials, folklores and even legends to gather the essence of how Science might have evolved to what it is today. It does not mean that we were smarter than men who have lived during ancient days, but rather we are bodies of leisure and can very much choose to explore clues and works that they might have left behind for us to decipher and use to our advantage.


Play Of Opinions

MARIEL WONG

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recall fondly of how I would love to immerse myself in the likes of Enid Blyton and the ‘Faraway Tree’ series that got me imagining of endless possibilities and miracle-like situations that could take away the humdrum of life itself. Or how the fascination with Mickey Mouse and Disney’s animation that first burst onto our silver screen overwhelmed my little heart and mind completely. Back then, I definitely did not question their authenticity, and genuinely believed that Mickey was exactly as he was represented as: A large talking mouse with a squeaky voice, rather then to entertain the possibility of visualizing a sweaty little man stuck in a heavy armor-weighted suit. That would be too much for a child with as tender an imagination as I had at my age. No, that would be almost as cruel as to say that Santa never did exist and Christmas was all about making merry and eating puddings. Flash-forwarding twenty years and I am still very much human and all but a little disillusioned as the pixie dustings have slowly fallen away from my eyes. Think about this: When Star Trek came around during a period where universal exploration

48 T3 / RADAR NOVEMBER 2009

What Life never Was, Without Tech Alright, not as dramatic as the title might sound but surely there is a time where a wakeup call is in need, especially when one’s circumstances change. Remember a time when you were young and fairy-tales could captivate your attention and literally ‘blow away’ your mind for hours to come?

that went beyond merely walking on the moon because a solid possibility in real life, besides the magic of television and special effects, would it have been even conceivable to imagine the notion traveling to space at a fraction of a second to unknown space via teleportation. Or even better, time-traveling as seen in the movie that was adapted from the novel by Michael Crichton ‘Timeline’? From the evolution of the printed words to its migration onto ebooks that are compactly stored onto digital gadgetries as seen in the Kindle Phenomenon and even the iPhone Stanza. The point ends with the debate of why one should lug around a two hundred page book that would only reduce the active amount of space available in one’s bag, when you could easily store up to 1,500 or more electronic versions of them within a wafer-thin book-like device? Of course, staying up to date with Technology can be part of being in the ‘in crowd’ at least amongst the higher echelon of society, namely for one being the fact that you can own such an expensive gadget. Other girls I know around my age would opt for a Louis Vuitton Handbag but being me, I satisfied my lust for

luxuries of the electronic sort, even whilst being full aware of their obvious value-lessness that is fully exemplified within Moore’s law. Yet what would life be without Technology? After all, Technology has seen a transition so great and wide that it is almost impossible to have predicted or patterned its growth since its rapid ‘gold rush’ period of the 20th Century. Who would have thought that from a piffling 14 Kbps dialup speed to our present lighting-fast ADSL 2+ modems, data could have been transmitted via phone cables? I do still miss the good ol’ days of mere musing and daydreaming, where catching tadpoles from one’s backyard seemed a whole lot of fun as a communicable social activity, rather than to spend ages staring aimlessly at our goggle box. But then again, without technology, typing this opinion piece down and subsequently getting it digitally uploaded for a final print on this hard covered page might have been impossible. Oh, the deliciousness of irony, caustic in texture and yet sugary in flavor.


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W O H S IT 009 2 Edifier – Fusion Sonics Booth No: 6753

For an uncompromised superior audio experience, Edifier’s Luna 5 “sound sphere” might just be the latest addition for your lifestyle-needs. Built with a three-way, five driver speaker system for clarity and resonance control, enjoy smoother and cleaner audio through this musical panache. Edifier Luna 5: RRP - $439

Where stands stand (pun intended), the aesthetic placement as seen in the Luna 2 makes this stereo speaker, a superbly design audiophile. Also fitted with USB and optical inputs, this loudmouth individual allows for a simple plug-and-listen move. Edifier Luna 2: RRP- $459

18 T3 MARCH 2009

Lau (International) Marketing – Digitized Imaging Booth No: 6651/6655

General Electric sees this all-metal chassis GE G2 camera take on the competition. At just 18mm thick, it houses a 2.7-inch LCD screen, an 8MP resolution and a 4x zoom lens; quite the comprehensive all-in-one camera shooter. How’s that for a stellar list of features? GE G2 Camera – RRP: S$399/ Promo: S$199

General Electric sees this all-metal chassis GE G2 camera take on the competition. At just 18mm thick, it houses a 2.7-inch LCD screen, an 8MP resolution and a 4x zoom lens; quite the comprehensive all-in-one camera shooter. How’s that for a stellar list of features? GE G2 Camera – RRP: S$399/ Promo: S$199


T 3 PRO M OTI O N

FIND YOUR PERFECT TV COURT’S AWESOME NEW BUYERS GUIDE WILL HOOK YOU UP WITH OUR IDEAL TELEVISION IN JUST A FEW MINUTES… With the huge range of tellies available at Courts, finding the right one used to be daunting, but no longer. Follow this simple 8 step guide to figure out what your specific needs and requirements are, then just head down to your nearest Courts store and let their friendly sales assistants guide you to the flat panel TV that best matches your needs. It’s that simple!

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THE SIZE

THE CONNECTIONS

In the market for a 19-inch tiddler, a 60-inch whopper or somewhere in between? Consider the amount of space you have and whether or not you want the people in the flat across the street to see you in front of a 2 metre tall Gurmit Singh as you view Singapore Idol!

How many HDMI sockets do you need? Do you want full future-proofing, with four HDMI connections for your console, cable box, Blu-ray player, camcorder et al or does just one, solitary socket fulfill your requirements?

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THE PURPOSE

THE BLU-RAY

Are you a movie buff or sports fanatic? Do you want to use your TV for gaming? Or perhaps it’s for all-purpose viewing, from the sophisticated dialogue of The Family Guy to the seething tension and brutal violence of Red Thread? TV’s now come with a host of different features that are meant for different viewing experiences.

Do you intend to connect a Blu-ray deck, to take advantage of the vibrant extra dimension it brings to movies, from richer colour and higher definition to smarter menus and downloadable content from the web? Then kindly speak now.

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7

THE RECEIVER

THE GAMES

Planning to go full-on HD with Starhub cable or SingTel Mio set-top receivers, or looking for a set with a built-in digital tuner for HD5? There’s a range of TVs to suit.

Do you have an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 next-gen console? Cutting-edge consoles require fast response times from your telly, to get the best out of all that processing power.

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8

THE LOCATION

When buying a telly, think “location, location, location,” but not in the estate agency sense, but where you’re going to put it in your living room, bedroom, kitchen or kid’s room. Make sure that you have the necessary power and source.

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THE MOUNTING

Finally, decide whether you want to display your prized new possession on a stand or attach it to the wall. TV’s come with a range of mounting accessories and stands, though if you wall mount, you should take into account how to hide the cables from making your TV look like it has dreadlocks.


Brought to you by PREMIUM VISION: For the Home Theatre Aficionados

LG 47LH50YD

SAMSUNG UA46B7000W

SONY KLV40ZX1 NEW

$5,999, www.samsung.com.sg

$7,999, www.sony.com.sg

PHILIPS 56PFL9954 NEW

$5,299, sg.lge.com A class act of brilliancy, where with a glorious 47-inch Full HD LCD screen, this LG svelte television would add a touch of class within the home premises. Specifications: Full hd 1080p; 150,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio; 4hdmi; idtv; 24p real cinema; 200hz

Featuring its Series 7000 46-inch Ultra-Slim LED Television, this eco-friendly television is the one-stop media-solution for your entertainment needs. Specifications: Mega dynamic contrast ratio; 100hz auto motion plus; 4 hdmi; ultra slim 29.9Mm depth

From its Slim & Wireless series comes this astoundingly thin, just 10mm thick, 40-inch Full HD Television that comes with a special edge-lit lighting embedded not behind, but on each of its four corners. Specifications: 1920 x 1080 resolution; 100hz motionflow’; edge lit led back light

Packed with Philips’ Cinema 21:9 Technology, this 56-inch mammoth Television portrays almost real-life cinematic footage, all with Amblight ambience lighting. Specifications: 2560 x 1080p resolution; perfect pixel hd; 200hz clear; perfect natural; mpeg4 hdtv; amblight spectra 3

$12,999, www.philips.com.sg

SPEED MASTERS: Fast Screens for Sports & Game Console Fanatics!

SAMSUNG LA40B550K1

PANASONIC THP42S10

$2,1999, www.samsung.com.sg

$2,1999, www.panasonic.com.sg

Boasting a 40-inch Full HD screen, Samsung’s latest LCD television comes with IDTV and USB 2.0 plug-and-play capabilities. Specifications: 1920 x 1080p resolution; idtv; 4 hdmi; high dynamic contrast ratio; usb 2.0

From their latest range, Panasonic’s THP42S10 packs a up to 1,920x 1,080P and a dynamic contrast of 2,000,000:1. Specifications: Full hd plasma panel (1920 x 1080p); dynamic contrast ratio 2,000,000:1; viera image viewer

PHILIPS 42PFL7409/98

SONY KDL40Z4500

$2,2999, www.philips.com.sg

$2,5999, www.sony.com.sg

*Free wall & bracket installation; $300 Philips/ $180 Choice Vouchers*

Running on the Bravia Engine 2, image quality on this Sony is nothing short of awe-worthy. Specifications: Motionflow 200hz; 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio; 3hdmi;bravia engine 2

A 42-inch Full HD Television that clocks at a speed of 100Hz has seen this Philips 42PFL7409/98 model take on the big wigs. Specifications: 1920x 1080p; 100hz; pixel precise hd; 4 hdmi

SIZED TO FIT: Televisions to compliment your Budget & Bedroom

LG 32LH20R

SAMSUNG LA32B530P7

LG 42PQ30R

$999, sg.lge.com

$1,699, www.samsung.com.sg

$1,499, sg.lge.com

SHARP LC37A37M

$1,699, www.sharp.com.sg

32-inch television that caters to the budget-conscious individuals. A great bargain for under One Thousand dollars. Specifications: 1366 x 768; 60,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio; 500cd/m2 brightness; 2 hdmi

With a simple and clean interface, this 32-inch Sony television certainly has more than good looks to brag about. Specifications: 1920 x 1080p; idtv; 3 hdmi; high dynamic contrast ratio

One of the best budget-friendly Plasma Televisions in town, that features an astonishing 2,000,000:1 Dynamic contrast ratio. Specifications: 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio; fast motion 600hz

*Free $150 Courts Vouchers*

Sharp’s 37-inch Television that is all that. It even comes with 2 HDMI-inputs, and is a great addition to the family home. Specifications: 1,366 x 768 resolution; 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio; 2 hdmi input

JULY 2009 T3 / PULSE 73


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