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North Korea’s Kim says hopes for ‘successful’ Putin summit

MOSCOW: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said after crossing into Russia on Wednesday that he was looking forward to having a useful and successful summit with President Vladimir Putin.“I hope that this visit will be successful and useful, and I hope that during the talks … I will be able to have concrete discussions […]

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UN Bows To U.S. Demands, Waters Down Resolution To Help Survivors Of Sexual Violence In War

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.S. threat to veto U.N. Security Council action on sexual violence in conflict was averted on Tuesday after a long-agreed phrase was removed because President Donald Trump’s administration sees it as code for abortion, diplomats said. A German-drafted resolution was adopted after a reference was cut referring to the need […]

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Death Toll Rises To 359 In Sri Lanka Bombings

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The death toll from the Easter suicide bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 359, police said Wednesday, as the country’s leaders vowed to overhaul the security apparatus amid a series of intelligence lapses before the attacks. U.S. Ambassador Alaina Teplitz, meanwhile, told reporters that “clearly there was some failure in […]

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Trump Administration Looks To Defy Tax Disclosure Law

WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump’s administration is not abiding Democratic requests for Trump’s tax returns under a federal tax disclosure law that gives Congress the power to request copies of anyone’s tax information. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his department would provide a final answer by May 6 but strongly suggested that answer will be no.  […]

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New products, Apr 24, 2019: Asus VG278QR, Canon EOS 200D II and more

Asus VG278QR GAMING MONITOR Pricing and availability to be confirmed Designed for intense and fast-paced games, this 27-inch full high-definition gaming monitor features an ultra-fast 0.5-millisecond response time and a blazing 165Hz refresh rate. Conventional monitors have a refresh rate of 60Hz. The Asus VG278QR is also G-Sync compatible, which means it works with Nvidia […]

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Excellent camera comes at a price

My anticipation for the Panasonic Lumix S1R has been building, having first encountered it as a non-working prototype in last year’s Photokina show before trying a working model two months ago at the CP+ international camera and photo imaging show. This is the first full-frame mirrorless camera from Panasonic. The review unit is the 47.3-megapixel […]

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To have and to fold, or better to wait?

Last week, the US$1,980 (S$2,680) Samsung Galaxy Fold – the Korean giant’s first smartphone with a foldable screen – hit the headlines for the wrong reasons, with several reviewers reporting broken screens, flickering visuals and lost pixels. While other reviewers have reported no major issues with their review units, Samsung has decided to delay the […]

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A mini wonder to behold

When the iPad mini stayed unchanged for more than three years, fans must have thought Apple had given up on its smallest tablet. But surprise – a new iPad mini was at last launched last month. The iPad mini 2019 looks exactly like the last iteration, the iPad mini 4. It has the same large […]

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Singapore start-up Mighty Bear makes mighty leap into mobile gaming

A Singapore start-up, founded by four former employees of the United States-based studio behind hit mobile game Candy Crush, is looking at carving out a space for itself in the lucrative mobile gaming market. Fresh from receiving US$2.5 million (S$3.4 million) in seed funding from global investors last year, the two-year-old games studio Mighty Bear […]

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Small, light smartwatch

Aimed at the fitness crowd, the Galaxy Watch Active is the smallest and lightest model of Samsung’s Galaxy smartwatch series. With a 1.1-inch (360 x 360 pixels) circular display on a 40mm case, it takes up less of your wrist than the flagship Galaxy Watch, which was launched late last year with two variants – […]

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D-Link defends your home network against cyber threats

Defending your home network against external cyber threats is what D-Link’s latest consumer router, the D-Fend AC2600 Wi-Fi Router, also known as the DIR-2680, claims to do. It certainly has the credentials to do so as it comes with cyber security outfit McAfee’s Secure Home Platform service, which inspects network traffic for suspicious activity, warns […]

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Tweaks make Dell ultrabook sweeter

One of my favourite laptops, the Dell XPS 13, received a minor makeover earlier this year. This new 2019 edition, which carries the 9380 model name, comes with a few tweaks that make this ultrabook even more attractive to consumers, while retaining the same, clean design that long-time users would be familiar with. The most […]

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Routers get tough on home security

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