Alvin Wong

Based in Singapore, Alvin is an applied drama and psychology student who loves caffeine, cycling, photography and working with stories, and is obsessed with mobile technology, often spending many of his waking hours thinking, talking and writing about it. He has also developed an irrational love for his Nokia N9.
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Number of Entries : 280

Exclusive: Cortana Voice Assistant on Windows Phone 8.1 [VIDEO]

Building on the videos showing off various brand-new features in the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update that we have brought you, we have got quite the scoop today in the form of a demonstration of Cortana, the long-rumoured Siri-like smart voice assistant slated to arrive with what looks like the biggest Windows Phone update in the history of the platform. Cortana aims to bring some intelligence to the Wind ...

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Editorial: The Cost of Wanting to be Different

Today, we saw Nokia do what all of us thought was absolutely impossible and launch an Android-based smartphone called the Nokia X. It is an ultra low-end smartphone aimed at emerging markets and people looking to ditch their feature phones on a budget. If you actually believed the company's statements from the last 2 to 3 years, you would have no doubt dismissed all the rumours of a Nokia phone based on And ...

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Microsoft said to be “seriously considering” Android apps on Windows Phone

Capitulation or shrewd strategy? According to The Verge which cites "sources familiar with Microsoft's plans", the software maker is "seriously considering" allowing Android apps to run on Windows and Windows Phone. While no decision has been made either way and it will take some time before such a decision is made, it has been revealed that there has been conflicts of opinion within the company with some b ...

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Jawbone Mini Jambox Review

The market for portable Bluetooth speakers is a crowded one, where no-name brands compete alongside established names such as Logitech and Jawbone. I have had the opportunity to take Jawbone’s latest entrant for an extended spin, and this is what I think of it. Design The Mini Jambox is very much a premium product both in terms of positioning and in its industrial design. It sports a unibody construction an ...

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Gold HTC One launched in Singapore for S$768

HTC today announced that a gold variant of the company's 2013 flagship, the HTC One, will be available in Singapore on the 18th of January and will retail for S$768 without a 2-year agreement as well as on all three local carriers for a subsidized rate. The gold HTC One features black accents and joins the black, silver and red HTC Ones as the fourth colour variant to go on sale since the One was unveiled s ...

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Creating app folders on your Nokia Lumia [video]

Nokia added a much-requested feature to their lineup of Lumia Windows Phones yesterday, enabling the creation of app folders on the Start Screen so as to allow for an additional layer of customization on top of the existing Live Tile system. While it is good that Nokia has taken steps to implement yet another feature that should have been present in Windows Phone to begin with, there are a couple of signifi ...

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Lumia Black Update starts rolling out to Nokia Windows Phones

Right on cue, Nokia has begun rolling out Lumia Black, the company's latest software release, to its range of Windows Phone devices. Lumia Black combines Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 GDR3 release with a host of Nokia's in-house improvements, including tweaked imaging algorithms, RAW capture support for the Lumia 1020, Nokia Camera support for all Lumia devices, support for new apps such as Nokia StoryTeller, ...

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Nokia Lumia 1320 launched in Singapore for S$459

Nokia’s budget 6-inch smartphone, the Lumia 1320, has been released in Singapore this week. The Lumia 1320 retails for a price of S$459 without any contractual agreements and will be available at Nokia Stores and Nokia Solution Partners, as well as from all 3 local operators for a subsidized rate with a 2-year contract. In case you need a refresher on the specifications of the Nokia Lumia 1320, it is a Wind ...

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Editorial: What To Do After The Nokia Store-pocalypse

The year is 2014. The remaining users of the Symbian and MeeGo platforms, once given assurances that their environment will be maintained until 2016, wake up to a post-apocalyptic landscape, one where essential services have been cut off, left in a state of stasis or put in cold storage until the end of time. Thankfully, the platforms were designed to be independent entities that would survive long after th ...

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Nokia Lumia 525 Review

The Lumia 520 has been, without a doubt, Nokia's most popular Windows Phone handset to date because it provided competitive specifications and a great user experience at a very low price. Nokia has since launched a follow-up to the 520 dubbed the 525, but the competition has evolved since then with smartphones like the Moto G and Sony Xperia M entering the market that maintain a good user experience despite ...

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Nokia Lumia 525 Unboxing

This week, I have been fortunate enough to get the brand-new Nokia Lumia 525 in for review. I was certain to double-check that the phone I received was indeed a Lumia 525, and I can find evidence in at least 5 different places that you are indeed looking at a Lumia 525 and not a Lumia 520. As someone who has recommended the Lumia 520 readily over the past year to anyone wanting to dip their toes into the sm ...

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Hands-On with the Nokia Lumia 525 [Video]

Tonight, I had the opportunity to check out the anticipated follow-up to Nokia's popular Lumia 520, the just-announced Lumia 525. The Lumia 525 can be best described as a mild refresh of the Lumia 520; the two phones are exactly the same from a design standpoint while hardware specifications remain the same across the board apart from RAM; the 525 sports a full gigabyte of RAM versus 512MB on the 520. Of co ...

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