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New products, Apr 17, 2019: Xiaomi Mi 9, Beats Powerbeats Pro and more

Xiaomi Mi 9SMARTPHONE $579 (64GB), $699 (128GB) It may have a price tag that is significantly less than other flagship smartphones, but Xiaomi’s latest flagship Mi 9 still packs in the top features. It comes with a rear triple-camera system, which consists of a 48-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and a 12-megapixel […]

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Excellent and affordable mirrorless camera

The X-T30 is the mid-range model of Fujifilm’s acclaimed X-T series, famed for its excellent image quality and retro DSLR-style design with classic-looking control dials.  This camera is essentially a smaller version of the X-T3 (159g lighter and 37 per cent smaller in volume), the series’ flagship model. Both models have the same 26.1-megapixel X-Trans […]

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It’s time to ditch your mobile contract: New telcos pulling out all stops with no-contract plans

The arrival of five new telcos over the last two years has upped the ante in the battle for the wallets of Singapore consumers. “Unlimited” data plans, free caller ID, monthly rebates, affordable XL-sized data bundle and unlimited talk time are now common offerings in a very competitive mobile marketplace. Please subscribe or log in […]

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Pity smart audio doorbell has no camera

Ding-dong, the doorbell is dead. If smart home firms like Nest and Ring have their way, old-school doorbells are heading for the exit, replaced by smart versions that let you see and talk to the person at the door. Such doorbells, when equipped with motion-detection technology, can even alert you when someone is outside your […]

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First look: Quality wefies from Galaxy A80

How many times have you complained about the quality of the selfie camera on your smartphone and wished that it could be as good as the rear camera? My friends and I have had this issue several times, especially when attempting to take selfies in low-light situations. The new Samsung Galaxy A80 solves this problem […]

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Ready, set, Pokemon Go: Trainers gather for Pokemon safari

Vietnamese national Khanh Pham started making travel plans once he heard the Pokemon Go Safari Zone event is going to be held in Singapore. In fact, the 50-year-old doctor was so eager to take part that he booked his air tickets without knowing if he had won in the ballot for the event’s ticket – […]

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Bahrain jails 138 for planning Iran-linked ‘terror’ group

DUBAI: The Gulf state of Bahrain on Tuesday jailed 138 people and revoked their citizenship for plotting to form a “terror” group with links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the public prosecutor said.The verdict was swiftly condemned by the Bahraini opposition, while human rights group Amnesty International decried the “mockery of justice” and “mass arbitrary denaturalisation”.The […]

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Book Sales For ‘The Hunchback Of Notre Dame’ Soar In France After Cathedral Fire

Victor Hugo’s classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” skyrocketed to the top of Amazon France’s bestseller list on Tuesday after the iconic cathedral was engulfed in fire the day before. The French landmark lost its spire to the flames, but city officials confirmed on Monday night that the main structure was “saved and preserved.” Hugo’s […]

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Erdogan’s AK Party submits appeal for rerun of Istanbul elections

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party has submitted its appeal for the annulment and rerun of Istanbul‘s municipal elections, broadcaster CNN Turk said on Tuesday, more than two weeks after the vote.Initial results showed the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) narrowly won control of Turkey‘s biggest city in the elections, seemingly ending 25 […]

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Pope Francis Responds To Fire At Notre Dame Cathedral

Pope Francis offered prayers as Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral was engulfed in flames on Monday. “Today we unite in prayer with the people of France, as we wait for the sorrow inflicted by the serious damage to be transformed into hope with reconstruction,” stated a tweet from the pontiff’s account on Tuesday. Today we […]

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Nawaz Sharif may undergo heart surgery

LAHORE: Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may undergo a heart surgery if his angioplasty is not possible, said his personal physician.Sharif, 69, who has been serving a seven-year imprisonment in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills graft case, was examined on Monday by the doctors of Aga Khan University at the Sharif Medical City in Lahore, […]

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Anthony Wong wins third Best Actor award

HONG KONG • Anthony Wong has not always been proud of the movies he acted in, even if they helped him clinch three Best Actor prizes in the Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA). He bagged his first one in 1994 for The Untold Story, in which he played a serial killer. But he dismissed the […]

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Banning Netflix from Oscars may be against the law

NEW YORK • It is a showdown. Netflix may already have Oscars under its belt, but its acceptance by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hangs in the balance. The latter is set to re-examine whether the streaming giant will remain eligible for such awards, amid a warning from the United States Justice […]

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Fire breaks out at Coachella

A fire broke out early last Saturday at a mobile shower facility during the first weekend of activities in Indio, California. Fans were quick to upload photographs of the blaze. At one point, people were told to evacuate the areas closest to the incident, but the fire was soon put out. No injuries were reported. […]

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Rapturous sax-playing conjures memories of bygone age

REVIEW / CONCERT MEMORIES OF 2055 TO Ensemble Esplanade Recital Studio/Last Friday The year is some time in a dystopian future. An artificial intelligence consciousness called HAL 2055 presents memories of Earth that transpired before the 2045 cataclysmic event, referred to as the Singularity. As end-of-days plots beloved by the TO Ensemble go, this one […]

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Brisk action in premiere of final season of Thrones

Let’s get back to our roots, someone at HBO said. Capital idea, someone replied. So the premiere episode of the final season of Game Of Thrones became one long callback to Season One. Soul-searching in the Winterfell crypts? Check. Unnecessary nudity? Check. Eunuch jokes? Check. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full […]

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Join Mad Hatter’s tea party for a visual feast

If you have ever longed to be a part of the Mad Hatter’s tea party, you now have a standing invitation at the ArtScience Museum. But there will be no tea or cakes to nibble on. Instead, guests are seated around a large table set with teacups, teapots and plates and treated to a visual […]

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Culture Vulture: Conserve artists’ homes to inspire next generation of creative minds

I was 17 when I visited Shakespeare’s birthplace – his childhood home – in Stratford-upon-Avon. It was the year after I had spent an inordinate amount of time studying the Bard’s Scottish tragedy Macbeth as an O-level literature text, so I was well acquainted with his work, but knew little about his person. Please subscribe […]

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Bookmark This! Women, war and what it takes to remember

Join Life reporters Toh Wen Li (left) and Olivia Ho (right) in this new monthly podcast by The Straits Times, in which they talk about sizzling reads and titles in the headlines. In this episode, they look at women and memory in two new books – New York novelist Siri Hustvedt’s Memories Of The Future, […]

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Hitting Hong Kong’s artsy side

Think Hong Kong is only for shopping, sightseeing and food? Think again. The bustling city is also an arts haven, with flashy events such as Art Basel in March and the Instagrammable giant inflatable sculpture called Kaws:Holiday floating in Victoria Harbour last month. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn […]

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Bestsellers

FICTION 1. (7) Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan 2. (1) The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa 3. (3) The Next Person You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom 4. (6) Pet Sematary by Stephen King 5. (5) Love Looks Pretty On You by Lang Leav 6. (2) I Owe You One by Sophie […]

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Detached, almost dreamy look at doomsday disease

FICTION THE DREAMERS By Karen Thompson Walker Random House/Paperback/299 pages/$30.98/ Books Kinokuniya/ 3 stars The Dreamers has all the ingredients of a doomsday scenario – an unseen lurking menace, the early confusion, the subsequent crippling fear and paranoia, and the stories of compassion and heroism that emerge. In Walker’s second novel, following her best-selling debut […]

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A chapter closes for bookstores, but new ones open

The impending closure of Books Kinokuniya’s Liang Court outlet, which will open for the last time this Sunday after 36 years in business, has dismayed book lovers in Singapore. Brought down by falling sales, it joins a long list of brick-and-mortar bookstores that have shuttered over the years amid rising rents and competition from online […]

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Balancing the books: Reporter Olivia Ho gets a taste of the bookseller’s life

On normal days, the Books Kinokuniya branch at Liang Court mall is an oasis of cheerful calm. Strains of Vivaldi mingle with the tinkle of musical boxes in a glass display. Wandering the store’s impeccably ordered shelves, one feels as if one is sinking into a warm bath of fiction and finer feelings. Please subscribe […]

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On social media

MADONNA INTRODUCES MYSTERIOUS MADAME X: Beautiful Stranger singer Madonna would like fans to meet Madame X. Posting over the weekend, she wrote: “Madame X is a secret agent, travelling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom, bringing light to dark places.” Was the 60-year-old singer talking about herself? Madonna has supported causes from efforts […]

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Charlize Theron wants a Marvel role

AUSTIN (Texas) • It could be a long shot but Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron is still waiting for a part in a Marvel film. But she did nail a role in a romantic comedy called Long Shot, in which she stars as a presidential candidate opposite Seth Rogen as her speechwriter. The film opens in […]

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Hotel Mumbai: Unflinching look at senseless brutality

NEW YORK  • On Nov 26, 2008, Dev Patel was 18 and on the cusp of stardom with Slumdog Millionaire when he switched on a television at home in London. And there in the overflowing Indian metropolis of Mumbai, where he had shot Slumdog a year earlier, “were these teenagers with rucksacks and AK-47s with […]