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A connected disconnect

Last month, I touched on smart living, where everything is connected so we’re better informed and in control. This month, I’d like to ponder the side effect of being so connected as it seemed a ïtting topic as we went about producing our annual Apps feature. In the past, we’ve focused on and wrote in length about the conveniences of an app-enabled world, especially the dawn of concierge and service apps that do everything from transport to grocery shopping. However, like the stereotypical spoiled rich brats in a Hollywood movie, we are in danger of losing out on practical life skills because we no longer practice them. How many years will it take before the term ‘there’s an app for it’ becomes an everyday excuse for the lack of real world knowledge? But, if we’re following the usual Hollywood script, the spoiled rich kid eventually earns his comeuppance, learns some hard truths and turns a new leaf. So in technology, there is also hope. The world has suddenly found itself enthralled with Pokémon Go, which has amazingly gotten people out to walk, jog, hike, bike and explore places they’d never have gone otherwise. It has broken down social barriers—I’ve never had so many strangers start genuinely animated conversations with me. People seem more charitable, as players often help others by sharing location information, short cut routes and even catching Pokémon for those visibly struggling. Even families, young and old, are spending more time together. Now, Pokémon Go has its fair share of problems with reckless behavior, trespassing and crowds generally being a nuisance, but I’ve never seen any one app getting so many people out, about and working together. And that’s a start. Apps, there may be a better future after all. 8?AF?SY!F?O #BGUPS

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If only 4K quality video will do justice to your forays into the extreme, you’ll want to check out the Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker. Waterproof to 30m, crushproof to 100kgf, freezeproof to -10°C and shockproof to 2.1m, it captures 4K/30p or 1080/60p video complete with 5-axis image stabilization built-in.

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The Samsung Gear IconX is a pair of wireless ear buds with standalone 4GB storage capacity for songs. It connects to your Android 4.4 OS (or later) smartphone via Bluetooth 4.1. Each ear bud is small and light, weighing a mere 6.3g and measuring 18.9 x 26.0mm. The ear buds have a battery capacity of 47mAh, but its charging case provides another 315mAh when the Gear IconX buds are placed within it.

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This Indiegogo project caught our attention amidst the current VR craze. The Nico360 is a 360-degree VR camera in a tiny 1.8-inch x 1.8-inch cube. Nothing special there, except that it boasts up to 32MP image resolutions and 1440p WQHD video, with Adobe RAW/DNG output and 32GB onboard memory plus microSD expansion. All this for just US$149 or DQHDUO\ELUGΖQGLHJRJRR΍HU Too good to be true?

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LeEco said that the latest Le Max2 “superphoneâ€? will come with 6GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage, which has a higher capacity than the 6GB RAM, 64GB storage option launched in May 2016. Besides the boost in memory, the Le Max2 comes with Qualcomm’s FXUUHQWČľDJVKLSSURFHVVRUČ‚ Snapdragon 820 SoC.


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We’ll admit, it’s not easy to keep track of all these standards: from USB 2.0 to 3.0 to 3.1. For most of us, it’s just a USB plug. But the key difference lies in how much time you spend waiting for things to get done, versus actually getting things done and going on with your life. USB 3.0 gained a signiƂcant speed boost from USB 2.0, but while it sounds like a minor update, USB 3.1 actually FQWDNGU the maximum transfer rate from USB 3.0, so your Ƃles transfer so much faster. If you’re looking to get a portable storage device today, you should deƂnitely hunt for a USB 3.1 device to save time and get your money’s worth.



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A solid-state drive (SSD) is nextgeneration storage technology that has more advantages over the older, more common HDD (hard disk drives). HDDs drives spin platters at anywhere from 5,400 to 7,200 revolutions per minute, and use a magnetic head on a moving arm to read and write data to the platter surface. When you think about how delicate that process is, you understand why most of us have experienced a hard drive failure at some point. In contrast, SSDs store data on Ćƒash memory chips, with no moving mechanical parts. This makes them more resistant to physical shock, quieter to run, are much quicker, able to transfer Ć‚les faster, and also smaller.

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If you’re looking for your next portable storage device, the new Samsung Portable SSD T3 checks all the right boxes. It comes with a USB 3.1 Type-C connector, uses SSD storage rather than HDD, and has optional AES 256-bit hardware encryption that doesn’t affect performance. Driven by Samsung’s TurboWrite technology, the T3 can read or write Ƃles at up to 450MB/s, which is up to 4x faster than traditional external hard drives1. The T3 weighs just 51g2 and is roughly the size of a business card. Samsung V-NAND technology gives it up to a large 2TB3 of storage, which is more storage than what some laptops ship with.

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01. MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE Affordable performance sounds like an impossible combination, but that’s what you get in the BLADE V7 MAX. It has a 7.2mm slim metal body that’s made from high-grade aluminum alloy, and the large 5.5” Full-HD curved glass display provides rich details with colorful contrasts. The BLADE V7 MAX’s imaging prowess lies in its 16MP rear camera, which uses phase-detection for autofocus, the same technology used in DSLR cameras for professional performance. The multi-function Ƃngerprint reader lies by the side of the smartphone, where your thumb naturally rests. Besides using it to secure your BLADE V7 MAX, you can swipe up and down on the reader to navigate. You can also use the reader to encrypt your photos, documents, messages and contacts, keeping your data safe from prying eyes. 3GB of RAM and a 64-bit octa-core processor give the BLADE V7 MAX plenty of power for everyday performance, and a Type-C USB port gives you quick data transfer across devices. ZTE BLADE V7 MAX $399



02. LUXURIOUS METAL The BLADE V7 LITE’s minimalist design unmasks its maker’s attention to detail and texture. The almost bezel-free 5” screen with 2.5D-curved glass provides a clear display that is both pleasant to hold and behold. A metallic ring around both the lens of the camera and the Ƃngerprint reader add visual accents to the BLADE V7 LITE’s 7.9mm thin body, and the frame is unmistakably metal, with a reassuring heft and Ƃnish. The Ƃngerprint reader is cleverly placed on the back, below the rear camera, within intuitive reach of your Ƃngers. It functions as a smart, multi-function controller; you can do things like tap to take a selƂe when launching the camera, swipe up or down to switch between music tracks, and double-tap to turn on the ƃashlight. The BLADE V7 LITE gives anyone a chance to own a luxurious metal phone with a smart Ƃngerprint sensor. Anyone. Anywhere can own a metallic body. ZTE BLADE V7 LITE $229

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1. CLEAN AIR IN CLEAN STYLE

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Cado from Japan makes air puriȴers with a focus on performance and design. The MP-C10 is the company’s air puriȴer for the car, it’s the same size as a soda can and ȴlters PM2.5 particulates from the air. Cado puriȴers come with Photoclea; proprietary self-cleaning ȴlters that break particles down into CO2 and water. CADO MP-C10

Print and share your photos with the Fujiȴlm Instax Share Printer SP-2, which lets you print high-quality images from your smartphone in as little as 10 seconds, all wirelessly. Compared to the SP-1, the SP-2 is sleeker, and printers images with higher DPI at faster speeds. FUJIFILM INSTAX SHARE PRINTER SP-2

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There’s no better way to show your love for Marvel than to travel with a Samsonite Marvel Signature luggage case, which showcase Captain America, Iron Man and Spiderman on the chassis, in 3D detail. The suitcases feature four multi-directional double wheels for easy mobility, and an expander for bigger capacity and ȵexible packing. SAMSONITE MARVEL SIGNATURE COLLECTION

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Powered by Marvell’s newest 88SS1093 controller and Toshiba’s 15nm MLC NAND, the Plextor M8Pe is the company’s latest ȵagship consumer SSD. Available as a HHHL PCIe add-in card and in the compact M.2 2280 form factor, the Plextor M8Pe also supports the latest PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, which means users can expect sequential read and write speeds of up to 2500MB/s and 1400MB/s respectively. PLEXTOR M8PE

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Never be confused when 24-hour time is with this vintage-inspired watch from Timex and Todd Snyder. The watch lets you tell at a glance what time it is in both 12 and 24-hour formats with three rows of indices arranged in a bullseye. The timepiece comes with a gray nylon strap to ȴnish the military inspiration. TIMEX X TODD SNYDER MOD WATCH

The Here One are smart wireless earbuds that both produce sound as well as ȴlter it. With the help of onboard smarts and a connected smartphone app, the Here One earbuds can reduce or allow outside noise, so you can listen to music, for example, as well as hear ongoing traɝc. DOPPLER LABS HERE ONE

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Missing the MagSafe connector on your new Apple MacBook? Griɝn’s BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable helps. The quick-release magnetic connector plugs into your laptop’s USB-C port and safely breaks away when the power cord is under strain (i.e. when you accidentally trip on it). GRIFFIN BREAKSAFE MAGNETIC USB-C POWER CABLE

Wirelessly charge your iPhones or Galaxy S7/S7 Edge phones, give them extra juice, and protect them at the same time. Mophie’s wireless battery cases both provide extra battery and protection, while the Charge Force magnetic mounts let you secure your phones e΍ortlessly and top them up. MOPHIE CHARGE FORCE

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9. WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY PACKS UPDATED

10. NEW LOOKS, BETTER SOUND

Mindshift Gear has designed the Moose Peterson backpack range for photographers, with new designs and materials to protect their gear from the elements. The bags are available in three sizes, and can carry up to three DSLR bodies with telephoto lenses attached. MINDSHIFT MOOSE PETERSON MP-1 BACKPACK

Plantronics has put much more thought on design with the latest version of the BackBeat Go, but that doesn’t mean they’ve slept on the audio part either. The new headphones have new drivers for a wider audio range, and a new custom codec that supposedly lets you hear the music as the producer intended you to. PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT GO 3

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Black is rather bland for something so prestigious in your home isn’t it? That’s why Bowers & Wilkins have released this oh-so-sweet white model of the acclaimed Zeppelin Wireless speaker. Otherwise, it is the same speaker as before with highlights including a powerful 6.5-inch subwoofer with ultra long coils, reinforced cabinet plus AirPlay and Spotify Connect support. BOWERS & WILKINS ZEPPELIN WIRELESS WHITE

Attach this high-performance LED light to your keychain and you’ll never be out of light again. The 300-lumen LED blub is helped by a special faceted reȵector to produce broad beams with three output levels. A micro-USB port lets you charge the battery easily, and the body is weather resistant. SUREFIRE SIDEKICK KEYCHAIN LIGHT

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13. MADE FOR BABY Here’s a fan that’s designed for baby. The Breesi LS has no sharp corners, comes with lockable controls, soothing lights and tranquil sounds to keep baby comfortable and safe. It has a hidden storage to keep the cord stowed away, and it features Vornado’s vortex airȵow to circulate air around the room. VORNADOBABY BREESI LS

When Silverstone designed the Primera PM01, they apparently got inspiration from tricked out sports cars as they’ve compared the front mesh to intake grills, accessorized with LED fans and coated the case in a premium glossy white ȴnish. What’s inside is more customizable though as the roomy interior has support for various cooling mounts including up to two 360mm radiators for your next water-cooling project. SILVERSTONE PRIMERA PM01

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role in the Arab Spring uprisings, in addition to numerous other social justice movements in the US. The singular thread connecting these disparate movements was that Twitter allows all voices to be heard because of its open and public nature. Yiannopoulosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ban calls this into question. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an open platform, there are going to be some voices that exploit this and use it to propagate all manner of unsavory views. ISIS terrorists are even known to use Twitter effectively, so Twitter clearly needs some form of policing or moderation. But Yiannopoulos isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a terrorist, and should he really be held responsible for the actions of the Twitter mob? The answer is â&#x20AC;&#x153;yes.â&#x20AC;? While Twitter takes pride in hosting diverse views and beliefs, there is scant justiĂŻcation to allow what is essentially cyberbullying. Furthermore, US constitutional rights that protect free speech donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually apply to Twitter, because it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run by the government. The US government cannot prevent hate speech, but Twitter can. And it is absolutely possible to silence voices that make digital spaces more hostile, while still preserving healthy debate and a plurality of opinions. Freedom of expression can, and should, be conducted in ways that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t involve calling a black woman a gorilla. The ideal itself is laudable, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all it is â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an ideal that must be tempered by the realities on the ground.

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THE NOT-SO-BAD: OVERWATCH In Overwatch, gamers can earn Loot Boxes as they play. Each Loot Box will yield four random character customization items such as skins, emotes, and animations. Players can speed things up by purchasing Loot Boxes for real money. On the bright side, the items from Loot Boxes are completely cosmetic and have no e΍ect on aactual gameplay.

THE BAD: THE CALL OF DUTY FRANCHISE For the past couple of Call of Duty games, the developers have introduced map packs that added new maps for multiplayer game play. This led to a fragmented online community, where players can’t play with each other unless they have the required map pack. In addition, these map packs sometimes included new, powerful weapons. As a result, buying map packs would give gamers an unfair advantage.

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THE TERRIBLE: DISNEY TSUM TSUM Tsum Tsum is a puzzle game where gamers compete against friends on the LINE messaging service to see who gets the highest score, and can collect the most characters known as Tsums. To collect more Tsums, one needs to play games and earn coins to buy boxes which contain random Tsums. Games cost tokens to play, and you are only given a limited number of tokens, which regenerate at a glacial pace. Gamers can speed this process by buying rubies, which can then be exchanged for tokens, to play more games, or coins to purchase boxes of random Tsums.

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How did the idea for the Supersonic hairdryer come about? Since the 1960s, manufacturers have been satisïed to give us the same old technology, just wrapped up differently. As a result, we are left with problems like imbalanced design, unbearable noise, and heat damage due to unregulated heating. It was high time to reinvent the hair dryer, and to come up with a solution to rid us all of the problems. What was James Dyson’s ïrst reaction to hearing you guys were working on a hairdryer? James has been there right from the beginning – you could say he is one of the key minds behind the Dyson Supersonic. As with new projects and new ideas, we all got very excited. How in the world did you get four years and almost 50 million pounds to R&D a hairdryer? At Dyson we don’t believe in releasing a new piece of technology until we genuinely think that it is ready. That is the wonderful thing about working at Dyson. It’s also the reason why we’re still a privately-owned company. This means that we are afforded the freedom to invest heavily in RDD (research design and development) – up to £3 million a week to be precise!


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How does Shopmatic see itself in relation to existing e-commerce platforms like Carousell and Shopee? We provide the entire ecosystem â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this includes the website itself and other marketing channels, as well as shipping and the setting up of Facebook stores â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for anyone who wants to start an online storefront. There is easy integration with both local and international payment gateways like PayPal, so customers will have access to everything they need to hit the ground running. This means that our target audience is comprised mainly of small and medium enterprises and even home-based entrepreneurs who want to go digital. In comparison, platforms like Carousell and Shopee are primarily mobile marketplaces and ĂŻnd more common use among individuals looking to sell things like second-hand items. Can you elaborate more on how Shopmatic can help home entrepreneurs advance their businesses? The idea is for it to be as simple for people to use as possible, so our customers will not require specialized knowledge of HTML or any other technicalities. We also aim to offer a good amount of customization options so users can tweak their individual sites to their liking.

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Burn your fat with me!! (iOS/Android, $1.48/$2.60 with IAP) Do you like anime? If so, this “ȴtness app/dating sim that provides players with the motivation to work out through moé”—is for you. For those outside of this circle, “moé” is that heart-melting feeling a guy gets when he sees an adorable female anime character. So instead of solving puzzles, you advance the game by clearing ȴtness goals, like doing 50 situps in 3 minutes. A gal-oriented version of this app (with male voice actors!) is also available.


Runtastic Butt Trainer (iOS/ Android, Free with IAP) You may have heard of Runtastic’s GPS app for running or its Six Pack app for abs training - but have you heard of the company’s Butt Trainer app? Filled with intense butt and leg workouts, including over 50 HD instructional butt exercise videos if you pony up for the full version, this is the app to get in your quest for a sexier pair of legs and a more lifted behind. Because sculpted abs should never be ruined by an undeȴned rear.

Zombies, Run! (iOS/ Android, Free with IAP) If the risk of heart diseases can’t motivate you to exercise, maybe the prospect of being eaten by zombies can. Zombies, Run! is a zombie survival “game” that aims to get you to run for real. While you can take a slow jog, you better pick up the pace when you hear zombies on your six. And please don’t run like a headless chicken; you need to pick up vital supplies, build your base, and help keep other people alive while at it.

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Noisli (iOS/Android, $2.98) It’s 3pm, and you’re stuck in that mid-day rut between lunch and the end of the day. Fortunately, there’s Noisli to help you get in the zone. It plays ambient sounds, or white noise, to help drown out distracting background noises and allow you to focus better. There are sounds emulating rain, a thunderstorm, a forest with birds, and even a ȵowing stream, and you can also mix di΍erent sounds to create the one that suits you best.

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Loop (Android, Free) Loop helps you keep track of the frenzy that is modern day living. If you’re looking to cultivate good habits and stay productive, Loop will track your progress over time so you know how you’re doing. This is presented in a clean and visual interface, and your success at establishing a particular habit or routine is expressed as a percentage, courtesy of a built-in formula. It’ll even work with Android Wear smartwatches, and individual reminders can be set for each habit to keep you going.


Habitica (iOS/ Android, Free)

Paper by Fiftythree (iOS, Free)

Being a responsible adult isn’t a whole lot of fun, but there are creative ways to stay motivated. Habitica turns your entire life into a game, letting you create a custom avatar and make lists of your habits, goals, and to-do items. Check o΍ enough tasks and your avatar levels up, allowing you to unlock features like armor, skills, pets, and even quests. There’s a social element to it as well, and you can battle monsters with friends and use the gold you earn to purchase in-app rewards.

Inspiration doesn’t always come in words, and Paper can help you capture those ȵashes of brilliance (or possibly inanity). Either way, this is an app that supports all forms of note taking, from sketches and diagrams to lists and good ol’ notes. It also supports the Apple Pencil, so you can see just how bad at drawing you are if you’re using it on the iPad Pro. All this is backed by a clean, minimalistic interface that lets you search and browse your work via a navigation sidebar.

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Clandestine: Anomaly (iOS/Android, Free) How would you cope if aliens invaded your home city? Clandestine: Anomaly is a game that combines elements of tower defense, action, and augmented reality. The game puts the player in the middle of an alien invasion and uses actual geographical locations like your home, oÉ?ce and other nearby areas. Players must protect these areas from attack by constructing towers and other defensive structures. Avoid inaccessible areas or places with lots of water as players are rewarded for traveling to key spots on the game map.

PokĂŠmon Go (iOS/Android, Free) With over 75 million downloads in its Č´rst week, PokĂŠmon Go is the biggest mobile game in the world. The augmented reality game has you running around catching PokĂŠmon. While the augmented reality camera is more Č´t for taking screenshots than capturing PokĂŠmon, the game is played on an actual map of your locale and will have even the most ardent couch potato Č´nally seeing some fresh air and making friends. Besides collecting PokĂŠmon, you can also evolve and train them up to battle over domiance in Gyms.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (iOS/ Android, S$6.98) Escape reality with Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, an epic fantasy story that has you take control of two young brothers on a quest to cure their dying father. Originally released for Xbox 360, this innovative puzzle game has you controlling both brothers at the same time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; each with a control stick on either side of the display. To solve puzzles, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to use their individual strengths and switch back and forth between them.



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Snapseed is a must-have because it works like a dream. It’s powerful, yet it comes with none of the complexity found on professional photo-editing desktop programs. Besides core controls like exposure, shadows, highlights, and saturation, there’s literally an option called “Drama” that really brings out your latest indie café discovery. You can manipulate the details by selecting each aspect at a ȵick, while adjusting its intensity with a left or right slide. The best part about Snapseed is it’s now indeȴnitely free-of-charge.

When PicsArt said they were all-in-one, they meant it. This app is great if you want to add and modify stu΍ beyond technicalities like sharpness and color. You can create photo collages, GIFs, and videos for a little storytelling on your Instagram proȴle. If you want to bring out your inner artist, PicsArt also provides a comprehensive drawing suite, too. With 250 million downloads for this app, we’d be surprised if you didn’t have this in your arsenal yet.

Photo Editor by Aviary (iOS/Android, Free) Aviary is a good app by itself, but it is great for creating sidesplitting memes with your own shots. Edit the photos with a professional touch, or simply use the text add-on and drawing tools to create your next viral masterpiece. Out of all the apps here, Aviary is the only one that dares to say it o΍ers a quick and easy experience. You can even beautify your friend before turning them into a laughing stock within the same app, since it o΍ers cosmetic editing tools as well.

Pixlr (Android, Free) While this is an all-in-one, Android only photo-editing app, Pixlr by Autodesk is actually the perfect selȴe BFF. It has over two million possible combinations for e΍ects, on top of blemish remover, red-eye reduction, and teeth-whitening. If you want your selȴe to look even better than the next one on your feed, use the focal blur to add that professional bokeh e΍ect. It comes with a “frequently used settings” menu, which really cuts down editing time. Of course, it’s as professional as the other editing apps listed here.

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BEATS SOLO 2 The Beats Solo 2 features a clean ȵowing found that the headphones performed design with no visible screws. There best with rock and pop songs that place are also no noticeable buttons on the greater emphasis on vocals to lead headphone, with the playback control the track. Songs like Scar Tissue by the button hidden behind the logo on the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Knocking on left ear cup. Pressing it once starts/stops Heaven’s Door by Guns ‘N Roses worked a track (or picks up a call). well, with the headphones Two quick presses skips a pumping out good track, while a triple press amounts of bass to bring goes back one. Pressing on some much needed energy top/bottom of the outer to both tracks, as they are ring surrounding the logo underscored by a good also adjusts the volume, deal of drum work. Nice sleek design. so all your controls are The headphones has covered. tendency to focus more on The ear cups swivel vocals helps to mask the slightly to adjust to your fact that they struggle a Audio lacks the Cnesse you expect at face, while the cushions bit to provide detail in the this price point. are relatively plump to mid and upper ranges. And allow them to take some certainly, on more acoustic of the weight o΍ your ears. tracks like Ana Caram’s However, we found that the Correnteza or Sara K’s If rigid neckband exerts quite I Could Sing Your Blues a bit of clamping on our ears, especially if we found ourselves raising the volume you wear spectacles. So it isn’t something just to hear the details in the track that we could comfortably keep on our heads we knew were there. In general, you’d for long periods of time. want to stick to pop/rock with these In terms of audio performance, we headphones.

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FREQUENCY RESPONSE 10Hz-22kHz IMPEDANCE N.A WEIGHT 250g PRICE $379

This button adjusts the sensitivity of the noise cancelling.

JBL EVEREST ELITE 300 The JBL Everest Elite 300s have a very nice, with what they did on a recording of modern design that gives it a minimalistic Spanish Harlem, as from the onset look which should allow it to go well with the headphones picked up good almost anything. Like the Beats Solo 2s, details in both the strings and the the Everest Elite 300 feature hidden hinges percussion instruments while still that allow you to fold the ear cups in for keeping good separation from Rebecca storage. Pidgeon’s vocals. Controls on the rear of On our formal testing, either ear cup allow you to we thought it handled control volume, start/stop Hotel California and Sail play back, and take calls. on Soothsayer with equal What’s interesting though, aplomb, speaking to how is that there’s even a balanced the performance Great all-around companion app that allows is on both the high end and audio performance. you to ȴne-tune the degree the low. These headphones of noise cancellation by can generate substantial adjusting how sensitive the bass and so will give you Audio calibraঞon headphone is to external highly enjoyable renditions doesn’t really seem to noise. The app also o΍ers of pop, rock and electronic make a di@erence. a sound calibration feature music. It also has a forward that’s supposed to ȴne tune nature, bringing vocals the headphones’ output to and mids to the front of best match what your ears any presentation, albeit can hear, but we honestly didn’t feel that it with a slightly smaller soundstage. It gives made a large di΍erence. good details for jazz instrumentals, has Thankfully though, the Everest Elite more than enough energy for rock, and 300s do a pretty ȴne job just as they are, is certainly a good performer for vocals, as they o΍er a good amount of depth, so we’d say these headphones will handle detail, and warmth. We were impressed just about any genre of music well.

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The left earcup is a NFC spot for easy pairing.

The right earcup on the other hand, lets you control playback via touch.

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FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20Hz-22kHz IMPEDANCE 32 Ohm WEIGHT 245g PRICE $599

The audio performance can be ȴne-tuned via an app on your smartphone.

PARROT ZIK 3.0 The Parrot Zik 3.0 sticks to the same there are quite a bit of sound e΍ects iconic design but throws in more played throughout the track, and we could upgrades under the hood. For example, really play with the direction of the audio it now supports wireless charging for for full e΍ect. convenience and USB audio for the The headphones have a good sense of cleanest digital audio feed possible. naturalness to them, and great imaging Like the Everest Elite capabilities. Listening to 300 above, the Zik 3.0 Spanish Harlem by Rebecca also comes with its own Pidgeon, you really felt as companion app, but this though you were hearing one really allows you to her live. Every note lingers make meaningful changes in the air, and there’s a nice to the audio. You can adjust decay to the bass that’s Nice reCned sound. the sensitivity of the noise coming from her right. cancelling, a΍ect the size Even when the shakers and of the sound stage and violins kick in, there’s good Poor ba‚ery life the direction of the audio, separation between all the on wireless. and even shift the sound elements, making it a most proȴle in a meaningful enjoyable listen. way. You do this either by Likewise with our selecting a particular genre, standard test tracks, the or by downloading audio Zik 3.0 excelled with every signatures created via other users. piece. In particular, we were impressed In particular, we were really impressed with the way the headphones were able by how the headsets were able to change to project both depth and width on the the size of the soundstage projected to recording of The Eagles’ Hotel California, match the various room settings o΍ered in making you feel like you were really in a the app. With Correnteza, by Ana Caram, concert hall.

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PENDULUMIC TACH T1 Pendulumic’s headsets have always stood Nelly Furtado, the headphones produce out due to their steampunk-ish aesthetic, a nice, intimate rendition, with both their and the Tach T1 follows suit, with a voices nicely wrapped in sound. The gorgeous gunmetal bronze ear cups vocals are nicely forward, but not given matched against maroon faux leather. too much weight as to take away from The cushions sport nice, plump cushions the band behind, making for a balanced that make for comfortable performance overall. wearing even after long On our formal test periods of time. tracks, the headphones As with the Stance S1, also demonstrated a good the Tach T1 features both ability to keep up with an internal battery and the faster pieces, performing Dual-sharing is a option to add a standard best with Tiesto’s Elements unique feature. AAA battery for additional of Life. While it wasn’t the battery life, while still last word in clarity in this operating without batteries shootout, the Tach T1 was Lacks the Cnal bit of in wired mode. New, is the easily able to provide the clarity to be considered inclusion of a dual-sharing deep pounding bass that among the best. mode, which is a function this track needs, while still that allows you to share providing good energy and your music with another deliver a good amount Tach T1 user wirelessly. of detail. In terms of audio, the Tach T1 certainly That ability to carry detail also carries seems to pick up where the Stance S1 over well to Hotel California by the Eagles, left o΍, with a nice warm midrange and a piece that features plenty of guitar a roundish sounding bass. There’s good work. There’s a good ring to the guitars in separation with these headphones too. this piece, but there isn’t as much clarity For example, on a recording of Quando, as what we found from some of top Quando, Quando by Michael Buble and headphones.

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FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20Hz-20kHz IMPEDANCE 32 Ohm WEIGHT 245g PRICE $379

You can add a AAA battery for extra battery life.

The unique dual-sharing function lets you wirelessly share your audio with another T1 user.

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FREQUENCY RESPONSE 16Hz-22kHz IMPEDANCE 28 Ohm WEIGHT 210g PRICE $589

The NFC pairing point is on the outside of the left earcup.

SENNHEISER MOMENTUM ON҃EAR WIRELESS The Sennheiser Momentum On-ear Harlem, the bass strikes you from the very wireless look exactly like their wired start as it opens the track, but yet it never counterparts, with the exception of a overpowers the piano or the percussion single push button at the bottom that instruments in the piece. You can hear turns on the headphones and doubles as each shaker and every ȴnger slide by the a Bluetooth pairing button. There’s also guitarists while Pidgeon’s vocals remain a slider next to it that lets very much the centerpiece you adjust the volume of of the track. playback, and an NFC spot As you can imagine, the on the left ear cup to allow headphones certainly work for easy pairing. well with Jazz and Classical It’s an elegant, classy pieces, but we were quite design that also folds away surprised that they work Works well with all for easy storage, making it well with rock too. On a genres of music. a perfect travel companion. classic like Sweet Child of The headphones are also Mine, Slash’s guitar work fairly light on the head, and obviously catches your Bass can be a we found the ear pads to attention, but Izzy Stradlin’s li‚le dark on be decently comfortable drum work and Du΍ certain tracks. despite not being as plump McKagan’s bass guitar have as those found on some of more than enough weight the others. to hold their own too. When testing these Likewise, on our formal headphones, we found that they seemed test tracks we found that they did an to have quite a unique sound signature. excellent job with Sail on Soothsayer. The bass registers are slightly rounded o΍, The wide soundstage the headphones but yet still have a good deal of weight to create is paired with excellent resolution them, making them very substantial. For in the mid-range, letting you really feel example, with Rebecca Pidgeon’s Spanish immersed in the piece.

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Type

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The $600 - 800 smartphone tier is one of the most competitive markets today. As increased competition drives the price of these Ăagship-level smartphones down, consumers reap the rewards of advanced features, premium builds, powerful processors and high-resolution displays. But which oĀers the most bang for your buck? We ānd out. Text by , . Photography by , ;„< <  Art Direction by +%  

VS HUAWEI MATE 8 ȏ ONEPLUS 3 ȏ OPPO R9 PLUS ȏ SAMSUNG GALAXY A7 (2016) ȏ SONY XPERIA XA ULTRA ȏ XIAOMI MI 5 (32GB) ȏ ZTE AXON 7



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HUAWEI MATE 8 The Huawei Mate 8 is a beautifully little underpowered, but with a good pair designed 6-inch phablet with an all-metal of headphones plugged in, the integrated Champagne Gold build. The sides of DTS audio suite delivers a rich sound and the phone have chamfered edges, and an enjoyable listening experience. there’s a very slight curve to the rear A dual SIM card tray, with the second that makes it more comfortable to hold. slot doubling up as a microSD card slot Despite having a huge 6-inch display, the that accepts up to 128GB cards can be Mate 8 doesn’t feel much found on the left side. bigger than other phablets Both the power button and in the more standard 5.5 the volume rocker can be to 5.7-inch range, thanks to found on the right-hand its incredibly thin 1.7mm side. bezels. This gives the phone The Mate 8 has a 6-inch a nearly 80 percent screenFull HD 1,920 x 1,080 Huge ba‚ery that to-body ratio. pixels resolution (368 ppi) can be used to charge other phones, DTS There’s a round IPS-NEO LCD display. The audio suite. ȴngerprint scanner on the screen is bright enough to back of the Mate 8. Unlike use under direct sunlight, earlier Huawei phones that but it doesn’t have the Display could be had a square sensor, the best contrast or color be‚er. Mate 8’s is slightly recessed reproduction. and perfectly round. It’s The Mate 8 runs on not a button, so you don’t Huawei’s 16nm HiSilicon have to press down on Kirin 950 octa-core chipset, it to unlock the phone. which uses a quad-core Above the ȴngerprint scanner there’s 2.3GHz Cortex A72 and a quad-core a 16-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 1.8GHz Cortex A53. The battery is a huge aperture, 27mm focal length and Sony’s 4,000mAh unit. In fact, the battery is so IMX 298 sensor. The bottom edge of the big you can actually use the Mate 8 phone houses a micro-USB port as well as a powerbank and charge other as the speaker grille. The speaker is a devices with it.

AT A GLANCE

DISPLAY 6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 pixels IPS-NEO LCD (368ppi) PROCESSOR HiSilicon Kirin 950 (quad-core 2.3GHz Cortex A72 & quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex A53) DIMENSIONS 157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9mm WEIGHT 185g PRICE $768

The Mate 8 uses the same circular ȴngerprint scanner as the Nexus 6P.

The phone’s ultra-thin 1.7mm bezels give it a much smaller footprint.

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AT A GLANCE

DISPLAY 5.5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 pixels Optic AMOLED (401ppi) PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (dual-core 2.15GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6GHz Kryo) DIMENSIONS 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4mm WEIGHT 158g PRICE $649

On the bottom of the OnePlus 3 is a USB Type-C charging port.

ONEPLUS 3 Previous OnePlus phones have mixed contrast and deep blacks. Early versions plastic and metal but the OnePlus 3 is of the OnePlus 3 had inaccurate colors, the company’s most premium o΍ering to but this has been ȴxed by an OTA date with an all metal and glass design. software update that brings the display Combined with its 7.4mm thick frame and much closer to the sRGB standard. slightly curved rear, the smooth anodized On the back of the device there’s aluminum makes the 5.5-inch phone a a 16-megapixel, f/2.0 rear camera delight to both look at and with phase detection hold. On the front of the autofocus and optical device there’s a chamfered image stabilization, while bezel that runs around the on the front you’ll ȴnd a screen that adds to the 8-megapixel selȴe camera. premium design. Below The OnePlus 3 runs the display, there’s an Android 6.0.1 with Gorgeous AMOLED oblong home button that OxygenOS layered on display, Yagship-level processor with 6GB doubles up as a ȴngerprint top. For the most part RAM, Alert slider. scanner, ȵanked by two OxygenOS is very similar customizable soft keys that to pure Android, with light up when pressed. The a few extra levels of No expandable storage. power button can be found customization available. along the right side, while The phone is powered the left side the volume by Qualcomm’s ȵagship rocker and a unique alert Snapdragon 820 processor slider that lets you toggle and a whopping 6GB between three sound proȴles, and on the RAM. You get 64GB of storage, but bottom, a USB Type-C port. unfortunately, there’s no expandable The OnePlus 3 uses a 5.5-inch Full HD option. Inside, there’s a 3,000mAh battery 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution (401ppi) that fast charges with OnePlus’ Dash optic AMOLED display made by Samsung. Charge technology, which will get you to The screen is gorgeous with excellent about 60 percent charge in 30 minutes.

The ȴngerprint scanner is one of the fastest around.

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!Ć&#x2013;&" Design-wise, the Oppo R9 Plus looks autofocus. On the front youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also Č´nd exactly like a slightly larger Apple iPhone a 16-megapixel selČ´e camera, which is 6s Plus, with the same shape and pretty good but not quite as good as Sony aluminum design, right down to the XA Ultraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selČ´e camera, as it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have antenna lines on the back. The only real OIS or a dedicated LED Čľash. diÎ?erence is an oblong Home button. Like Inside the R9 Plus is an octa-core an iPhone, the Home button Qualcomm Snapdragon doubles up as a Č´ngerprint 652 processor with 4GB scanner, and the power RAM. This is a mid-range button can be found on the processor, so benchmark right side, while the volume performance isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite rocker is on the left. One big up to the standard of diÎ?erence between the two Snapdragon 820-based Â&#x2020;];0-Â&#x201A;;uÂ&#x2039;ġ( phones is that the R9 Plus phones. The phone runs =-v|1_-u]bm]Äş has expandable storage, in on Android 5.1 with Oppoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the form of a MicroSD card ColorOS 3.0 on top of slot that doubles up as the it. Fitting with its iPhone b7Ĺ&#x160;u-m];ruo1;vvouÄş second nano-SIM slot. appearance, ColorOS 3.0 The R9 Plus has a 6-inch looks just like iOS, with Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 the app tray removed and (367ppi) AMOLED display. all apps appearing on the The display boasts vivid colors and home page. Many apps, like the camera fantastic contrast, as well as exceptional and compass, are even visual clones of brightness that makes it easy to use even their iOS counterparts. under direct sunlight. The only negative The R9 Plus has a massive 4,120mAh worth noting about the screen is that the capacity battery and uses Oppoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s VOOC auto-brightness sensor is a bit aggressive, Čľash charging, which weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found to be but this can easily be disabled. the fastest charging solution around. On the back of the R9 Plus is a decent Despite its massive size, the R9 Plus 16-megapixel f/2.0 camera with a Sony will reach 75 percent charge in just IMX298 sensor and phase detection 30 minutes.

AT A GLANCE

DISPLAY 6.0-inch 1,920 x 1,080 pixels AMOLED (367 ppi) PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 (quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A72 & quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53) DIMENSIONS 163.1 x 80.8 x 7.4mm WEIGHT 185g PRICE $769

The 16-megapixel front camera is ideal for selČ´es.

The home button doubles up as a Č´ngerprint scanner.

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AT A GLANCE

DISPLAY 5.5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 pixels Super AMOLED (401ppi) PROCESSOR Exynos 7580 (Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53) DIMENSIONS 151.5 x 74.1 x 7.3mm WEIGHT 172g PRICE $698

The A7 is the ȴrst non-ȵagship Samsung phone that supports Samsung Pay.

SAMSUNG GALAXY A7 Ґ2016ґ Samsung’s A range sits just below its Full HD, at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (401ppi). ȵagship S series and o΍ers consumers Nevertheless, clarity remains top notch, a ȵagship design and high-end features and the display’s vivid colors and deep at a more a΍ordable price. The 2016 A7 contrast are just as good as the displays looks very similar to Samsung’s Galaxy found on the S6 and S7. The bezels S6, but with less rounded corners. There’s around the display are also fairly thin a Gorilla Glass 4 panel at 2.7mm. on both the front and On the back of the A7 back, which provides both you’ll ȴnd a 13-megapixel protection and a premium camera with an f/1.9 look and feel. Around the aperture and optical sides and top, the phone image stabilization. has an aluminum frame Unfortunately, there’s quite Similar looks to with beveled edges. a sizeable camera bump. Samsung’s Yagship S range, gorgeous Super Like the S6 and S7, On the front, you’ll ȴnd a AMOLED display. there’s a ȴngerprint scanner 5-megapixel selȴe camera on the home button. The with an f/1.9 aperture. scanner is accurate and just The phone runs on Pre‚y big rear camera as fast as the ones found Android 5.1.1 Lollipop bump, mid-range on the mentioned ȵagships. with Samsung’s usual processor. It’s also compatible with TouchWiz UI on top. The A7 Samsung Pay. is powered by Samsung’s On the left side of the own Exynos 7580 octaphone there’s a dual-SIM core processor with 3GB card tray, with the second SIM slot RAM, which is roughly equivalent to doubling up as a MicroSD card slot that Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon is compatible with cards up to 256GB. 650 processor. Battery-wise, it has a Internally, you only get 16GB storage. 3,300mAh non-removable battery, which The A7 has a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED is compatible with Samsung’s adaptive display, however, unlike Samsung’s QHD fast charging technology that will get you ȵagship phones, the resolution is just to about 50 percent in 30 minutes.

There’s a pretty big camera bump on the rear.

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SONY XPERIA XA ULTRA Earlier this year, Sony transitioned away ȴngerprint scanner and, in fact, the XA from the exclusively high-end Z line, to Ultra is the only phone in this shootout the more inclusive X series, with products without a ȴngerprint scanner. spanning the mid- to high-end. The largest The XA Ultra has a 6-inch Full HD entry in the series is the XA Ultra. 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution (367ppi) While Sony was one of the ȴrst brands IPS LCD display. While the display is boasting water resistant smartphones, very bright, colors are a little cold and the XA Ultra does not boast the contrast could be any waterprooȴng. Despite better too. The phone’s this, the left-side of the biggest draw are its two phone still has port covers cameras. On the back over the SIM card and you get a 21.5-megapixel MicroSD memory card slots, shooter with phase but they’re merely cosmetic detection autofocus, while 21.5MP rear camera, now. Around the top and on the front there’s a 16MP front camera with OIS and LED sides, the phone has an 16-megapixel camera with Yash. aluminum frame, while optical image stabilization the back is matching color and a dedicated LED ȵash. polycarbonate. As expected This makes it one of the Mid-range processor, from its huge screen, the best selȴe cameras around. no Cngerprint XA Ultra isn’t the lightest Powering the XA scanner, display or thinnest phone out Ultra is an octa-core could be be‚er, there, weighing 202g and Mediatek MT6755 Helio small ba‚ery. measuring 8.4mm thick. On P10 processor and 3GB the plus side, the phone is RAM. This processor is quite narrow, thanks to its comparable to Qualcomm’s nearly non-existent bezels. 650 processor, and as such Both the power and volume rocker can falls behind the 820-powered phones in be found on the right-side. Unfortunately, this shootout. Despite its huge size, the unlike the more expensive X phone, the battery inside the XA Ultra is a smallish power button doesn’t double up as a 2,700mAh unit.

AT A GLANCE

DISPLAY 6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 pixels IPS LCD (367ppi) PROCESSOR Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 (quad-core 2.0GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0GHz Cortex-A53) DIMENSIONS 164 x 79 x 8.4mm WEIGHT 202g PRICE $648

The XA Ultra’s front 16MP camera has OIS and a dedicated LED ȵash!

The XA Ultra is pretty thick.

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DISPLAY 5.15-inch 1,920 x 1,080 pixels IPS LCD (428ppi) PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (dual-core 1.8GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.36GHz Kryo) DIMENSIONS 144.6 x 69.2 x 7.3mm WEIGHT 129g PRICE $619

Despite the phone’s thin proȴle, there’s no camera bump on the back!

XIAOMI MI 5 Ґ32GBґ Xiaomi has built a reputation for overexceptionally bright (600cd/m2) display delivering and under-pricing and its keeps the phone usable even under bright latest Mi 5 is no di΍erent. The Mi 5 has a overhead sunlight. 3D glass rear on the back and a smooth As with all of Xiaomi’s devices, the Mi 5 aluminum frame with chamfered edges ships with MIUI, a heavily customized along the top and sides. Incredibly, Xiaomi version of Android OS. As with previous has also almost completely eliminated versions of MIUI, the app tray has been bezels around the display. completely removed, with The image doesn’t quite run all of your apps placed on all the way up to the edge, the home screen, just but it’s as close as you like iOS. can get. The Mi 5 is powered by Below the display, for a Qualcomm Snapdragon the ȴrst time on a Xiaomi 820 quad-core processor. IR blaster, nearly device, there’s a physical It’s worth noting however bezel-less design, fast Cngerprint scanner. home button that doubles that this isn’t the same 820 up as a ȴngerprint scanner processor found inside that is both incredibly fast the OnePlus 3 and the and accurate. On the top ZTE Axon 7. Instead, the No expandable storage, slower of the phone, next to the Mi 5 uses a slightly slower variant of Snapdragon headphone port, there’s an variant, with a pair of dual820 processor. IR blaster that allows you to core Kyro processors at control anything from your 1.8GHz and 1.36GHz. TV to your air conditioner On the rear of the with the assistance of Mi 5 is a 16-megapixel Xiaomi’s Mi Remote app. camera with a Sony IMX298 sensor, 4-axis The Mi 5 has a 5.15-inch Full HD optical image stabilization and a fairly 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution (428ppi) wide f/2.0 aperture lens. IPS LCD panel. Colors are vibrant and The Mi 5 has a 3,000mAh noncontrast is surprisingly good with deep removable battery, and is compatible with blacks. Viewing angles are superb QuickCharge 3.0, which will get it to 60 and retain full color at all angles. An percent charge in just 30 minutes.

The Mi 5 uses a USB Type-C charging port.

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ZTE AXON 7 The ZTE Axon 7 has a fairly conservative Samsung Galaxy S7. The display itself is design with an aluminum unibody build fantastic, with excellent clarity, plenty of with a curved proȴle and rolled edges. brightness and deep contrast. Colors are Its antenna lines are in exactly the same vivid without being oversaturated. place as the OnePlus 3 and the similarity Audio is also worth mentioning on the between the two is hard not to notice. Axon 7, which sports front-facing stereo The back of the phone has a ȴngerprint speakers. Volume is excellent and the sensor under the camera addition of Dolby Atmos module. The sensor itself technology helps to control is decent but not as fast or distortion at high volumes. accurate as the ones found Audio quality on the Axon 7 on the OnePlus 3 or was way ahead of the rest Xiaomi Mi 5. of the ȴeld. The right edge houses On the back of the Gorgeous QHD both the power button and Axon 7 is a 20-megapixel, display, Stereo front-facing speakers volume rocker, while a USB f/1.8 camera with phase with Dolby Atmos Type-C port can be found detection autofocus and technology. on the bottom. Below the optical image stabilization. screen, there are three soft On the front, you get an keys for home, back and 8-megapixel f/2.2 selȴe So[ key layout menu. The buttons are a camera. cramped, Cngerprint little cramped though and The phone is powered by scanner not as fast or not backlit , so I often found a Qualcomm Snapdragon accurate as others. myself missing them or 820 processor with 4GB hitting the wrong one. RAM. Internally, there’s The Axon 7 has the 64GB storage, and the highest resolution display second Nano-SIM card slot in our shootout, with a 5.5-inch QHD doubles up as a microSD slot supporting 2,560 x 1,440 (538 ppi) AMOLED panel. up to 256GB. The battery is a 3,250mAh This is the same kind of display you ȴnd capacity unit, and is compatible with on $1,000 ȵagship phones such as the Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 technology.

AT A GLANCE

DISPLAY 5.55-inch QHD 2,560 x 1,440 pixels AMOLED (538ppi) PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (dual-core 2.15GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6GHz Kryo) DIMENSIONS 151.7 x 75 x 7.9mm WEIGHT 175g PRICE $699

At the bottom of the phone there’s a USB Type-C charging port.

The ȴngerprint scanner can be found on the back of the Axon 7.

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Most of the phones scored within a similar range here (the outlier being the XA Ultra) and there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much to separate them in terms of actual user experience either, with every phone providing a smooth and lagfree experience (again, only the XA Ultra showed some slight jerkiness).

Once again the OnePlus 3 and ZTE Axon 7 pulled far ahead of the Č´eld, with the slightly slower Mi 5 lagging slightly behind.

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Two phones stood out here: the OnePlus 3 and ZTE Axon 7. There was also a surprisingly large diÎ?erence between these two and the Mi 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slightly slower Snapdragon 820. The OnePlus 3 posted the best score overall, thanks to its whopping 6GB RAM.

The AMOLED smartphones generally fared better here. The exceptions being the Mate 8, which lasted just as long thanks to its massive 4,000mAh battery, and the Axon 7, which didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have quite the same staying power due to its higher resolution QHD display.

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536

Xiaomi Mi 5

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THE BEST AFFORDABLE FLAGSHIP SMARTPHONE IS

ONEPLUS 3

OnePlus has improved year after year, and the OnePlus 3 is its ȴnest smartphone to date. While previous OnePlus phones had to include some compromises to keep the price low, the OnePlus 3 is ȵagship-quality through and through, with a premium metal and glass design, powerful top-ofthe-line processor, high-end AMOLED display and quality front and rear cameras. OnePlus has also done away with the troublesome invite system, so you won’t have any diɝculty buying one. ZTE’s Axon 7 gives the OnePlus 3 a run for its money, and on paper, its QHD display and expandable storage certainly make it look like a more appealing choice, but some niggling usability issues, such as cramped non-backlit soft keys, and a sometimes unresponsive ȴngerprint scanner held it back.

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AT A GLANCE:

OPERATING SYSTEM Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz 3.0 PROCESSOR Samsung Exynos 8890 octa-core (quad-core 2.3GHz Cortex- M1 & quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A53) DISPLAY 5.7-inch 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (518 ppi) Super AMOLED CAMERA 12-megapixel, f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus and smart OIS DIMENSIONS 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm PRICE $1,168

The Galaxy Note7 is the ȴrst Samsung phone with perfect symmetry. Both the front and rear use the same curved Gorilla Glass 5, resulting in a beautiful design where the curves converge right in the middle onto a narrow metal bezel. The curved display on the front of the Note7 isn’t just an aesthetic choice, it has exactly the same Edge software that you’ll ȴnd on the S7 Edge. The curve also helps to make the Note7 smaller and more compact than all previous Note models – it’s actually 2.7mm narrower than the Note 5. Below the display, the Home button doubles up as a ȴngerprint scanner. It’s lightning fast and super accurate. On the bottom edge of the Note7, you’ll ȴnd a reversible USB Type-C charging port - the ȴrst Samsung device to sport one. There’s a micro-USB to USB Type-C adapter is supplied in the box, so you can still use any micro-USB charging cables or accessories you have lying around. You’ll ȴnd the nano-SIM card slot on the top. The Note7 is a dual-SIM phone, with the second SIM slot doubling up as a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 256GB. Internally, it has 64GB of storage. 6(37(0%(5_+:0




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On the back, the Note7 has the same 12-megapixel, f/1.7, 1/2.6-inch dual-pixel sensor camera with phase detection autofocus and optical image stabilization as the S7 and S7 Edge. The Note7 is IP68 dust and water resistant. That means it can withstand being submerged in up to 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes. Samsung has done a great job sealing the phone internally, so thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no Č´ddly Čľaps or ports to deal with. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have to worry about water getting into the S Pen stylus silo. The Note7 has a Super AMOLED 2,560 x 1,440 pixel display (518ppi), with always on functionality that will display the time, battery charge level and any unread notiČ´cations. The screen is super bright with deep blacks and vivid but not overly saturated colors. The integrated S Pen is what makes the Note7 a productivity beast. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re new to the Note series, the S Pen is a stylus that Č´ts snugly into the bottom of the phone, popping out when you want to jot down a note. Samsung has completely overhauled the S Pen for the Note7 and redesigned it to be more responsive and easier to use. The tip of the Note7â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s S Pen has a radius of only 0.7mm (down from 1.6m on the Note 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s S Pen), and the thinner tip makes the S Pen feel more like a ballpoint pen. It is more accurate too, and can now recognize 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, twice that of the Note 5. These two improvements result in a more Čľuid writing experience; it really does feel like writing with a pen on paper. The S Pen itself is more useful than


light since it exposes the pattern of the iris much more clearly, thus making it easier for a camera to capture it. As an added bonus, it also lets the iris scanner work in the dark! It also means that glasses and contact lenses wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t aÎ?ect the beam. Once the image has been recorded, software translates the irisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pattern into code. This code is then compared against a record in search of a match. Setting up the iris scanner is

incredibly easy and is actually faster than setting up your Č´ngerprints, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to remove your glasses to do so. Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got your eyes scanned, you can unlock your phone without taking your glasses oÎ?. The Note7 is powered by Samsungâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Exynos 8890 octa-core processor (combining 4 x 2.3GHz Mongoose & 4 x 1.6GHz Cortex-A53) with a Mali-T880 MP12 GPU and 4GB RAM. This is exactly the same hardware youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Č´nd

inside the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. As expected, the Note7 breezed through our benchmark tests, scoring at or near the top in every single one. As for battery life, while the Note7 is slightly larger than the S7 Edge, it actually has a slightly smaller 3,500mAh battery. Having said that, even with a 0.2-inch larger display, it still ran for 13 hours and 42 minutes in our video looping benchmark â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just 48 minutes shorter than the S7 Edge.

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vivid weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen and it has the same â&#x20AC;&#x153;Čľat tireâ&#x20AC;? attribute like the Moto 360, this is quite an ingenious method to save battery. There are a few options on how the watch switches between the two displays, which can give you anywhere between 1.5 to 30 days of battery life on a single charge. With the color display set to Alwayson, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to charge the watch nightly. Turning oÎ? the Always-on option puts the watch into monochrome mode when idle and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve managed to extend my time between charges to nearly three days. There is also a Timepiece mode, which turns oÎ? Android Wear completely, making the WSD-F10 function as a standard monochrome digital watch. Why would you buy a smartwatch and turn oÎ? the smarts? Well, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trekking somewhere oÎ? the grid, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d at least have a functioning watch for up to a month. As an outdoors companion, the WSD-F10 comes with a range of sensors and tools for trekking, cycling and Č´shing. It has a built-in digital

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series in terms of size. It will deČ´nitely not Č´t dainty hands. It is however, surprisingly lightweight at just 93g. The design of the WSD-F10 is also decidedly unassuming, with a smooth case that lacks the signature raised ridges and chucky buttons of its G-Shock brethren. Because of this though, you may mistakenly think that the WSD-F10 isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as rugged as a G-Shock. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be wrong. The WSD-F10 is waterproof up to 50m and conforms to MIL-STD810G of the US military standards for environmental performance. On the right side of the case, three buttons serve as shortcuts to launch the WSD-F10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dedicated tools, an app launcher and power/home button. A magnetic charging port and sensor array are on the left and the bottom is a mic input. The screen has a capacitive touch LCD, but Casio cleverly implements a dual-layer display with a color TFT screen and a monochrome LCD on top of each other. While the 1.32-inch, 320x300 pixels display isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the most


compass, barometer and altimeter, functionality will be severely limited. but disappointingly lacks a GPS sensor. One last little known feature of the These tools can be accessed directly WSD-F10 is its built-in integration with on the watch using the dedicated Tool Casioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s EX-FR100 outdoors camera button, but to customize (and only this one their options, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need particular model). If you the companion Moment remember, the EX-FR100 Setter+ app. The app is a modular camera with CONCLUSION can also be used to a detachable lens and One of the personalize notiČ´cations controller. The WSD-F10 more ambitious based on activity, such can natively connect and Android Wear as hourly air pressure control the EX-FR100 devices out alerts or a reminder lens unit. The watch acts when you reach a point as a remote viewČ´nder there with on interest in your trek. and shutter, can plenty of realRight now, Moment toggle between photo world potential, Setter+ only acts as a and video recording, if a little control center for the plus a few additional rough around WSD-F10. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to see settings such as interval, additional functionality continuous and selfthe edges. such as detailed activity timer shooting modes. logging and analytics While not as advanced to fully make use of the as the proper EX-FR100 fact that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a computer on my controller, it is perfectly functional wrist. Also, at time of writing, only the and Č´ts into the EX-FR100â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ethos of Android version of the app is released. carefree lifestyle photography. While the watch can be paired with The WSD-F10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s asking price is $699, an iPhone, Android Wear and Casio which feels reasonable considering

Casioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Čľagship Protrek and G-Shock watches with similar Triple Sensor features retail in the same range or higher. Casio is also bundling the WSD-F10 with the full EX-FR100 camera set at $1,398 or just the lens at $1,128.

The dual-layer LCD structure gives the WSD-F10 Čľexible display options to save battery life.

Casio-speciČ´c features and settings are accessed through the Moment Setter+ app. But, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only available on Android for now.

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PRICE $299

Behind the router are USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports that can be used to connect to printers or external storage devices to enable print and Č´le sharing.

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MU-MIMO is the latest buzz phrase in the world of networking. It stands for Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a technology that aims to improve the eÉ?ciency of how wireless networks work. For the sake of brevity, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to note that traditional wireless routers can only transmit data to one device at a time. This is why wireless performance degrades rapidly as more and more devices are added to the network. MU-MIMO solves this problem by simply allowing the router to transmit data to multiple devices simultaneously. This improves network performance by reducing the time taken for the router to cycle between devices and also enables the router to better make use of its available bandwidth. One important to note is that MU-MIMO only works with compatible clients, so be sure to check if your client devices support MU-MIMO.

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The TP-Link Talon AD7200 is notable because it is the Č´rst consumer router in the world to support the new 802.11ad wireless standard, which is also known as WiGig. 802.11ad makes use of the stratospheric 60GHz frequency range, allowing the Talon AD7200 router to

hit wireless data transfer rates of up to 4,600Mbps, which is the equivalent to a whopping 575MB/s! The Talon AD7200 also supports speeds of up to 1,733Mbps on it 5GHz band and up to 800Mbps on its 2.4GHz band. Add this to the 4,600Mbps on its 60GHz band and you get 7,133Mbps - hence the name Talon AD7200. In the real world, we found the Talon AD7200â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance to be less quick, but still very impressive. Using the highspeed 60GHz network, we recorded speeds of close to 800Mbps, which was almost on a par with what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d expect from wired Ethernet connections. This was also over three times faster than what most 5GHz networks can achieve; typically around 230Mbps. Unfortunately, using the 60GHz network does come

with one crucial traderegular router with support oÎ? and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s range. The for 802.11ac as mentioned high frequency signals get above. Performance on attenuated easily, so the the 5GHz band was really router and client devices respectable too, and our need a clear tests showed line of sight that it was and have to capable of be in the going toe-toCONCLUSION same room. In toe with the Incredibly our tests, top routers in fast, but we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the AC2400 limitations a signal even if and AC5300 mean it you we were in the class. adjacent room. Coming may not fully Range aside, in at $499, utilize its itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still the the question speed just yet. of value will early days yet for 802.11ad be highly and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dependent on no telling if manufacturers your intended usage. If you will even jump onboard, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind the limitations of given its extremely limited 802.11ad and you already working range. For the time have a usage scenario being, the workaround is to that can beneČ´t from the get another Talon AD7200 high speeds of the Talon router and conČ´gure it to AD7200, then this router work as a client device. comes highly recommended Fortunately, the Talon because its 60GHz network AD7200 also works well as a is unbelievably fast.

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CarPlay. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even a built-in internal hard disk that owners can use to store music. Speaking of music, our test car came Č´tted with the optional Bose surround sound system that has 12 active speakers and a 100W subwoofer thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s integrated into the body shell. As you would expect, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really loud, but it also sounds very good. If you like thumping bass, this sound system serves up bass in spades. And because the subwoofer is integrated into the body shell, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel it too.

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When you put your foot down, it is apparent that the new Carrera S is a markedly faster beast. There is some hesitancy from the get-go, but once the revs climb and your vision starts to blur, you will start to appreciate the twin turbos that are nestled in the engine behind you. Acceleration is almost brutal and 0-100km/h happens in just 4.1 seconds - 3.9 seconds if you turn the mode selector switch into the super racy Sports Plus mode. Inevitably, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some loss in aural excitement. The characteristic Čľat-six howl is still there, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harder to hear it over the whine of the turbos. Fortunately, the optional Sports Exhaust package helps alleviate matters. Activating it, livens up the exhaust and gives you crackles and pops when you liftoÎ? during heavy acceleration. The 911 is still a great drive, whether on the road or on track. And with the optional Sport Chrono Package, owners will be able to choose from Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Custom driving modes to suit their mood and preference. Normal is most suited for daily driving and sets the car up in its softest setting. Here, the ride is Č´rm, but still fairly comfortable. In Sport mode, the attitude of the car changes entirely. The car now wants to hold on to lower gears longer, ride is Č´rmer, and throttle response is noticeably sharper. Sport Plus puts the car in its raciest setting, and is, in my opinion, best reserved for use on the track. On top of being a fun to drive sports car, the new Carrera S is also a heaven for gadget lovers like readers of this magazine. The Porsche Communication Management system has been thoroughly updated. The interface is controlled by a 7-inch multi-touch touchscreen, and it features great graphics and runs speedily. Nestled under the armrest is also a compartment with a USB port. Owners can play music directly from a USB Čľash drive, or even from their phones. Apple users will also be happy to know that the latest Porsches now support Apple


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conČ´guration, the small seats behind can also be used to stow your belongings like small bags, groceries, shopping loot, and more. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also large enough to accommodate children on short trips. All in all, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little to complain about the new 911. Purists preferring the old naturally aspirated engines will look on with scornful eyes, but Porsche has always been about progress, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no lack of evidence to suggest that the latest 911 is a faster and more complete everyday sports car.

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With the GeForce GTX 1060, NVIDIA has completed the core of its Pascal line-up, which means it eÎ?ectively has a card to appeal to three diÎ?erent market segments. And just as how its bigger brothers oÎ?er unprecedented power at their respective price points, so does the GeForce GTX 1060. This may be NVIDIAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mainstream, but its performance is anything but. The card retains all the key features of the GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080, like the Simultaneous MultiProjection (SMP) unit. It supports GPU Boost 3.0 and Fast Sync as well â&#x20AC;&#x201C; GPU Boost 3.0 enables custom per-voltage frequency oÎ?sets to maximize a cardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential while Fast Sync

same faceted design and blower fan on the earlier Founders Edition cards, but it is missing a full-length backplate and has its PCB exposed. Still, the die cast aluminum body is of very high quality, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little to complain about. helps create a smoother and NVIDIA is claiming lower latency experience in GeForce GTX 980 levels of less demanding titles like performance on this card; League of Legends. our tests showed that it It is also based on the came close to, but falls same 16nm FinFET process short of factory overclocked as the more cards like the heavy-hitting MSI GeForce GTX 980 cards, which CONCLUSION Gaming 4G. means it A strong In a new title beneČ´ts from contender in like Hitman, signiČ´cantly improved the mainstream it managed 59.32fps at a power card market resolution of eÉ?ciency as that can 2,560 x 1,600 well. This is handle gaming pixels and a 120 watt at 1440p. Ultra settings TDP card, the in DirectX 12 same as the GeForce GTX mode. 960 that came Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s before it, but with far better fairly impressive, and this is performance. one of the Č´rst mainstream Unlike its Pascal siblings, cards to be truly capable it is based on a new GP106 of performing beyond GPU. The card itself uses the 1080p. Of course, the cardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s d

direct competitor, the AMD Radeon RX 480, is actually able to edge it out in certain titles. If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one downside, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that the card doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t support SLI at all. Still, this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so much a drawback as a footnote â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if you really wanted more power, you could get a GeForce GTX 1070 instead for less.

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GPU TRANSISTOR COUNT 4.4 billion CORE CLOCK 1,506MHz MEMORY 6GB GDDR5 MEMORY CLOCK 8,000MHz PRICE US$299

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The Founders Edition the-box performance, in of the NVIDIA GeForce addition to a couple of other GTX 1080 is one goodfeatures like an illuminated looking card, but maybe backplate and upgraded you want some of the bells power phase design. and whistles that NVIDIAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The illuminated MSI logo partners are oÎ?ering, like on its backplate can be factory overclocks, fancy customized independent cooling shrouds and RGB of the lighting zones on illumination. the side and This is around the where the cooling fans. CONCLUSION MSI GeForce This is done An exceedingly GTX 1080 through the Gaming Z MSI Gaming strong comes in. App, and you performer The card can choose that runs both boasts some from a palette quiet and cool. of the most of 16.8 aggressive million colors factory and several overclocks diÎ?erent yet. In OC mode, it has a lighting eÎ?ects. base clock of 1,771MHz and To further sweeten the boost clock 1,991MHz. package, the custom PCB The Gaming Z actually has a 10+1 phase power upstages its Gaming X design, a doubling of the counterpart at the top of 5-phase power delivery MSIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s product stack, and you circuit on the Founders can expect the best out-ofEdition card. The additional

power phases should theoretically help provide cleaner and more stable power, and MSI has clearly designed this card to be overclocked, or at least to accommodate the high factory overclocks. There is an extra 6-pin power connector on board that supplies an additional 75 watts of power to the GPU, which puts the total available power draw somewhere in the range of 300 watts. The Twin Frozr VI cooler also sports several improvements over the previous generation Twin Frozr V cooler. For one, the Torx fans have been upgraded to version 2.0, which use double ball bearings for quieter and more reliable operation. This is actually a very silent cooler, and MSI has done an admirable job of keeping the card quiet under load. It also keeps things very chilly, and we measured a peak temperature of just 68°C. And to round things oÎ?, you get all the bleeding edge performance that the GeForce GTX 1080 oÎ?ers, plus a little more. In games like Hitman, the performance advantage of the MSI Gaming Z over the Founders Edition could hit as high as eight percent.

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hairdryer. But is it worth the substantial price tag? Well, I can best put it this way: when it comes to unique products like the Supersonic, expensive becomes subjective. If I made twice my salary, I’d probably buy it, because it makes a daily chore more pleasant and done with in less time. But unfortunately, I don’t make double my salary, so I won’t be buying one.

The new digital motor V9 spins at 110,000rpm, which pushes a lot of air at high speeds out from the Supersonic.

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Dyson wants to make like a vintage antique. a better hairdryer with Second, the Supersonic the Supersonic. Yes, Dyson doesn’t scorch my scalp. the company better It has a glass bead known for its bag-less thermistor that measures vacuum cleaners and the temperature of exiting blade-less fans. air 20 times per second; a I’ve been using the microprocessor then uses Supersonic for the this data to regulate the last three weeks, and temperature so the air never it’s really something gets too hot. di΍erent; this hairdryer Third, the Supersonic has some real WHFK The doesn’t feel like I’m holding Supersonic an unwieldy sports a new pistol. V9 digital moInstead, its CONCLUSION tor, which is form makes The Supersonic Dyson’s smallme feels like is a superior est (and is I’m holding a hairdryer in manufactured light hammer. here in SingaThe weight every way, pore). The V9’s is cleverly including 13-impeller concentrated its price. blades spin at in the handle, up to 110,000 instead of revolutions the top part per minute, moving 13 liters like most hairdryers, so the of air through the diameter center of gravity rests neatly of a $1 coin every second. in my grip, making it easy to The Supersonic also swing around. shares the Air Multiplier Lastly, the Supersonic technology from Dyson’s doesn’t kill all conversations blade-less fans, which draws and wake everyone in the in air from the back of the house. By using 13 impeller hairdryer and ampliȴes it blades in the motor instead by three times, creating a of the usual 11, the tones it high-volume, high-velocity makes are pushed to higher jet stream of air. frequencies that humans The serious tech solves can’t hear. The Supersonic the four pet peeves I isn’t whisper quiet, but have with hair drying and you can still manage a few hairdryers. First, it’s not slow. sentences over its highThe Supersonic dries my hair pitched whine. in record time, making my There’s no question that $70 hairdryer look and feel the Supersonic is a superior


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We’ve all been there at some point or another. There’s no forgetting all the time wasted on overturning sofa cushions or rooting around in odd places for your phone – only to ïnd that it was really on your bedside table all along. But what if that happens to you out in the urban jungle? Fortunately, Google has made it easy to track down your phone, all without requiring you to download a dedicated tracking app like Cerberus. iOS owners already have Find My iPhone, so this is for you Android users out there.

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Ensure that Location is on and the mode is set to High accuracy. This option can be found in the Google Settings app under Location > Mode > High accuracy.

Your phone must be linked to Google. This means updating the Google app on your phone, turning on Google Now cards and notiïcations, and signing into your browser.

Enable the options that allow your device to be located, locked, and erased remotely. These are found in the Google Settings app as well, under Security.

Make sure your device isn’t hidden on Google Play. Unhide a device by going to play.google.com/ settings and selecting it in the Visibility column.

1. ASKING GOOGLE FOR HELP There isn’t actually a ïxed activation phrase that you have to use. Conversational prompts like “I lost my phone” or “where is my phone” will work just ïne, and Google will ask you to sign in to verify ownership, before attempting to locate your device. If all goes well, you should see your phone’s location below the search bar, along with options to ring or attempt to recover the phone. In our tests, this was accurate to around 20 meters, which isn’t too shabby.



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2. LOCATING YOUR PHONE IN THE REAL WORLD If you’re lucky and the phone is in the immediate vicinity, you can choose to ring it, and hopefully that’ll be the end of it. With that said, it’s worth noting that when you do locate your phone, a notiïcation will appear in the notiïcation pull-down window that the phone has been located by Android Device Manager. If your phone was in fact stolen, this might alert the thief that you’re onto him and lead him to take the phone ofðine, stymying further recovery efforts.

3. RECOVERING (OR SECURING) YOUR PHONE Clicking the “recover” button lets you lock your phone or write a note to whoever happens to be holding onto your phone at the moment. In addition, you can include a contact number in order to better facilitate the recovery. You can also sign out of your Google account on the phone to prevent access to it. You’ll still be able to ring, locate, lock, or wipe the phone after doing this.

4. WIPING THE PHONE If your phone turns out to be stolen, the above measures are probably going to prove futile. In this case, you might even want to consider the nuclear option – erasing all data. However, this method isn’t foolproof. If your phone is ofðine, it’ll only be wiped the next time it comes online. But if it never comes online again, your data will remain intact. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that Google will be able to properly wipe any memory cards in the phone.

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There are also dedicated anti-theft solutions like the Cerberus app. Cerberus offers more advanced functions than Google, and you’ll be able to pull your device’s location history to find out where it’s been, and even get a list of the last calls sent and received. It’s primarily aimed at locating stolen phones, so you can also take pictures, screenshots, and

record videos to attempt to identify the thief. Audio recording is within its capabilities as well, and you’ll be able to remotely activate the microphone. Of course, you don’t want the thief to know that you’re spying on him (or her), and you’ll be able to hide Cerberus from the app drawer.

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USING THE CAST APP Singtel’s Cast app is currently available for download, but only Singtel Postpaid Mobile subscribers are eligible to subscribe to Cast and access content on the Cast app after signing up for a content pack within Singapore. There are four ways to subscribe: through the My Singtel app, by calling the 1609 hotline, visiting a Singtel Retail Shop, and using the ofïcial Cast website, or the ofïcial Singtel online shop site. Users have an easy way to check their subscriptions from the Cast app. It’s tucked away to the menu on the left. The Cast app recognizes a user’s subscription based on the phone number used to acquire the respective content packs. The menu

offers basic controls, such as the toggling of mobile data usage and accessing of downloaded shows (yes, you can watch your stuff ofðine). Do note: only one active stream is allowed from one subscribed mobile number - this means if your phone is streaming content from Cast, the other devices with your Cast account won’t stream your content. Singtel said that Cast SD content is pegged at 576p – that’s higher than the conventional YouTube SD resolution (usually up to 480p). 576p is actually closer to the PAL standard for DVD resolution (720 x 576 pixels resolution). Like your typical ondemand services, you can start and stop shows as and when you desire.

WHAT CAN I GET ON CAST? Each Cast content pack is $4.90 per month with a 12-month subscription contract ($6.90 without contract), and they are: Viu Premium: This is recommended for users who want the absolute latest Korean content from Viu, with a smattering of Japanese dramas. Getting this content pack requires both the Cast app and Viu app. If you are using the Viu Premium content pack, the Cast app will simply ïre up Viu for you. Kids Pack: Features the Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. channels, and other popular children entertainment programs. Asian Hits Pack: Features up to 1,000 hours of popular hit movies, entertainment and drama series from Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China in their original



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languages. Hallyu Pack: Different from the Viu pack, this offers Korean entertainment from top Korean broadcasters on popular channels such as ONE, Oh!K and KBS World.


EXPLOITING THE CHEAPER MOBILE DATA OFFER Customers who pick up a Cast content pack can buy additional 1GB of mobile data at $3 per month. It doesn’t matter if you are on a 12-month Cast subscription or otherwise – any Cast user can get this 1GB offer for every content pack they subscribe to. Since Cast offers four content packs at the moment, so you can theoretically boost your mobile data bundle by 4GB, but only if you pay 4 x $7.90 per month for

everything ($31.60/month). That mobile data will be tagged onto your existing postpaid plan, and it’s added to your total bundled data allowance. The My Singtel app is best at managing your content pack subscriptions. Since each pack is tied to an individual postpaid number, you can purchase the pack’s subscription via the “Browse Add-Ons” menu inside your My Singtel app.

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You can download content into your phone from Cast. Not only is this convenient in poor data reception areas, but this option can also be useful if you’re overseas for short periods as you will not be able to access streaming content when travelling abroad. One thing to note however, is while Cast does not limit the number of videos downloaded, content will remain under the “Download” section of the app for only seven days.

Cast focuses on Asian content, and they package the content based on the genre, and they cost a fraction of a full Netðix subscription. Cast was also designed with the mobile format in mind, and it bundles cheaper mobile data for video-watching. In a way, it’s like an alternative for folks who don’t go for western content, and it’s designed for a great mobile video-watching experience.

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WHAT OTHER CARS DO PORSCHE MAKE? So, you want a Porsche but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want a 911. Well, the good news is that Porsche makes a lot of different cars these days so thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bound to be something for everybody out there. Just remember to bring the cash.

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GETTING STARTED WITH CONTEXTS Projects are one way to organize actions in OmniFocus, and Contexts are another. Simply put, a Context is whatever that is needed in order to complete an action. That can mean a place, a thing or a person. Where projects let you see all the steps you need to take to accomplish a goal, contexts let you see what you need to see, when you need to see it. Projects and Contexts arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exclusive. An action can have both a Project and a Context (but only one of each, an action cannot have multiple projects or contexts). So, for example, you can give the actions that you can only complete at home a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; context, and the actions that you can only complete in the ofĂŻce an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;OfĂŻceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; context. You can begin to see why Contexts are so powerful. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the ofĂŻce, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to see actions that are meant for home. When you view by Context, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll only see what actions you have remaining for where you are in the moment. To start using Contexts, you can start with OmniFocusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; default contexts. When you make a new action, choose which Context you want to add, below the Projects ĂŻeld.

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Last month, we covered how to start with sync, actions and projects in OmniFocus 2. For part two of this guide, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to look at how we can use locations and dates to organize our actions.


Editing OmniFocusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; default contexts There are a few ways to edit OmniFocusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; default contexts. To add a new Context of your own:

To edit the name of an existing context 1. On the Home screen, tap â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Contexts.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

1. On the Home screen, tap â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Contexts.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

2. Tap the name of the Context you want to change.

2. Tap the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;+@@@â&#x20AC;&#x2122; symbol on the top right.

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Delete Contexts, or rearrange them, using the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Editâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; command 1. On the Home screen, tap â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Contexts.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2. Tap â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Editâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on the top right.

To delete existing Contexts, and sub-contexts, using the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Deleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; command 1. On the Home screen, tap â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Contexts.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2. Swipe left on the Context you want to delete. 3. Tap on the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Deleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; command that appears.

Adding actions in Contexts 1. On the Home screen, tap â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Contexts.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2. Tap the Context you want to add a new action in.

3. Tap on the red circles with a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;-â&#x20AC;&#x2122; sign next to the Context you want to delete.

3. Tap the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;+â&#x20AC;&#x2122; sign on the top right.

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GETTING STARTED WITH DUE DATES Dates are another way you can manage your day-to-day actions. There are two kinds of dates you can set, Due Dates and Deferred Dates. We’ll start with Due Dates; which are simply times when the actions are due. When you set a due date for an action; say, the 1st of October 5pm, that action will show up in the Forecast view as due, on the 1st of October. To set a Due Date 1. Tap on the action on which you want to set a Due Date.

Get notiïed on Due Dates You can also set up OmniFocus notiïcations, so you get a number badge on the OmniFocus icon with the number of actions due that day, as well as reminders when actions have reached their due time and not been completed. If, during setup, you chose not to get notiïcations, here’s how you can get them.

How to set closer notiïcations I ïnd OmniFocus’ default setting of 2 days for actions that are ‘Due Soon’ to be too far in advance; I only want to see what’s really due soon in the immediate future. To change this:

1. Pull down on the Home screen to access the Menu.

2. Tap on ‘Settings.’

2. Tap on ‘Settings.’ 3. Scroll down to ïnd, and tap on ‘Sounds, Alerts, and Badges.’

2. In the action’s Settings page, tap ‘Due’.

4. Tap ‘Allow Notiïcations.’

3. Choose the action’s due date and time.

5. When iOS asks if you want OmniFocus to send you notiïcations, tap ‘OK.’ 6. OmniFocus will now show badge counts for actions which are due soon and overdue.



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1. Pull down on the Home screen to access the Menu.

3. Scroll down to ïnd, and tap on ‘“Due Soon” Means.’ 4. Change how far in advance you’d like ‘due soon’ to mean (mine is set to ‘24 hours’). Due Dates are a good way to handle time-sensitive actions, which must be completed on a given date. They can also be a way to help you move projects forward; for example, I can set a Due Date for today to book a ðight to Hong Kong, and a Due Date for tomorrow to book a hotel. Setting Due Dates this way helps me to make sure I act on my actions as the week goes on.


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ĂŻlled with various artifacts that broke the monotony of work itself. Between each building and complex, you will ĂŻnd meticulously trimmed Ă°ora, idyllic walkways, and thoughtfully-chosen public art â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it was immediately clear to us that the Huawei compound isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t purely functional. The campus was massive, with 10 complexes containing four blocks each. Perhaps it was the constraints of a tour, but we felt the transition from ofĂŻce to outdoors jarring and disorienting. In one moment, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be looking at modernized ofĂŻces while they stuffed us with marketing strategies, and the next would see us strolling through a charming, man-made lake that kept a herd of black swans (imported from Australia, no less).

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where ïnished Huawei P9 handsets went through the proverbial mill. Like a ïrsttimer inside a highly specialized fetish dungeon, we were introduced to every machine’s scope of torture.

o cope with its 60,000 employees onsite, there are a total of 10 canteens. The one “canteen” we visited felt similar to a swanky mall’s restaurant ðoor. Staff have a choice between different cuisine types, plus a hotel-buffet outlet. Employees pay for the meals with their staff pass, which stores credit for meals taken on-campus – if you ran out of lunch money, you simply pay out of your pocket. Unlike other western tech giants, Huawei was good at providing the best resources, while reminding everyone that they are here to get the job done. The Huawei folks were eager to show us their “F1 experience center” (F1 being the name of the ïrst “F” building, not Formula 1). This exhibit shoecases Huawei’s futuristic technology and research, such as their work on bringing 10Gbps at 1ms latency connectivity for mobile devices, and their LampSite small cell technology for indoor cellular data – Huawei and Singaporean telco StarHub are actually trying that out within Marina Bay Sands itself. While technical, the exhibit did shed some light on how Huawei was able to rake in US$60.8 billion revenue in 2015.

An impressive drop test directed a P9 into the ðoor. The process was repeated twice, for every side and corner of the smartphone. While it wasn’t our phone, we still felt palpitations when watching a phone greet concrete. Another corner had an interesting “jeans friction tester”. This machine simulates a women’s handbag ïlled with personal effects (makeup, coins, and even dust). The phone goes into this machine and it’s jostled relentlessly for an eternity. In a whirlwind of explanations, we witnessed the phone’s trial by literal ïre and pretend-jeans, and it is far beyond what an average smartphone user can put it through. Huawei users can rest easy. While the campus tour was designed to be a showcase of Huawei’s strengths, exactitude, and staff welfare, we left with a better understanding about how one Chinese tech giant progressed so quickly by making most out of its culture. This is about getting big, and then getting good – done right.

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