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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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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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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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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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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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Don’t get phished: Businesses here lost around $43 million in 2017 due to e-mail impersonation scams

You would not allow a thief to enter your home, but what if the thief was disguised as someone familiar and tricked you into opening the door? Phishing works in the same way – people open the doors to their data, giving up usernames, log-in information or other information to malicious e-mails, links or websites […]

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Routers get tough on home security

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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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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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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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Family road trip meets border crisis

A New York-based couple on the brink of separation sets off on a road trip with two children in tow, as they pursue their respective dreams. The wife is a journalist wanting to document the crisis of child migrants heading from Central America and Mexico to the United States, while the husband has secured funding […]

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Meet 22 characters in 22 rooms

If you have ever wanted to interact with storybook characters such as Snow White or Ali Baba, you now have the chance to meet not one, not two, but 22 characters at 22 Stories, a multi-room theatrical production by theatre company Andsoforth Junior, which specialises in family productions. The characters will be stationed in 22 […]

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Hope blooms amid family violence

How does domestic violence affect physical space as well as lives? Drama Box’s new experiential installation, Flowers, constructs a fictional home affected by family violence that ticketholders can wander through. Drama Box’s resident artist Han Xuemei emphasises that Flowers is not a site-specific work, but brings its own story to the location – a terrace […]

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Inaugural Edwin Thumboo Prize goes to RI student

A new annual academic prize, named for eminent Singaporean poet Edwin Thumboo (above), will recognise outstanding pre-university student writing on English literature. Thumboo, who is Emeritus Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS), is one of Singapore’s earliest and foremost poets in the English language. The inaugural Edwin Thumboo Prize will be presented on […]

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The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards: Shining a light on ageing, assault and loss

NOMINEES FOR BEST ACTOR MOHD FARED JAINAL, 45 Nominated for: Potong by Teater Ekamatra Playing a character of ambiguous gender earned Mohd Fared Jainal his first nomination in the Best Actor category of The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards. He is up for his work in Malay-language production Potong by Teater Ekamatra, in which he […]

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Andy Hui cheating on Sammi Cheng: Getting all riled up over betrayal

There was an uproar when Hong Kong singer Andy Hui was caught cheating on his pop star wife Sammi Cheng. After a video of him making out with TVB actress Jacqueline Wong in the back of a taxi was uploaded by Hong Kong’s Apple Daily News on April 16, netizens pilloried him, with some even […]

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Love, Death & Robots

British author Ian McEwan wants to talk about love, death and robots. Yes, robots. Just don’t call what he is doing science fiction. “Science fiction usually sets its scenes in the future and I rather wanted to push things into the past,” says the 70-year-old over the telephone from London. “In science fiction, you can […]

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Human and machine morality tale

In a 1980s Britain where the train of history has jumped tracks ever so slightly, Margaret Thatcher is unseated as prime minister, computer science pioneer Alan Turing survived the 1950s and helped invent the Internet and 25 artificial humans – 12 male Adams, 13 female Eves – come onto the market. British novelist Ian McEwan, […]

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Game Of Thrones S8E2 recap: Battle ready and baggage free

It is the eve of battle. White walkers are at the gates. Men and women should be getting ready to fight but at Winterfell, they have a more important task: Unpacking personal baggage. Black people deal with racist Northerners. Tormund gets into Brienne’s personal space. Arya sleeps with a co-worker. If Winterfell has a human […]

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A meditation on writing and remembering

A young woman trying to make her way as an artist in 1970s New York is the subject of Siri Hustvedt’s seventh novel – an exuberant, nimble-footed piece of work by the prolific American author. Memories Of The Future, narrated by the protagonist’s 61-year-old self, who goes by the initials SH, is a portrait of […]

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Staff-wellness programmes yield little benefit, study shows

NEW YORK • Companies have long embraced staff-wellness programmes as a way to improve workers’ health and reduce overall medical spending, but a new study may prompt employers to rethink those efforts. The study, published last week in Jama, a medical journal, looked at the experience of 33,000 workers at American retailer BJ’s Wholesale Club […]

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Former Singapore Idol winner Hady Mirza making a comeback

For many years, former Singapore Idol winner Hady Mirza was absent from the music scene. And last year was a particularly bad one for him – he spent some time in rehab. For many years, former Singapore Idol winner Hady Mirza was absent from the music scene. And last year was a particularly bad one […]

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Min Jiang at One-North moves to Dempsey Hill

After 12 years at Rochester Park, Chinese restaurant Min Jiang at One-North has relocated to the equally lush Dempsey Hill. The 5,000 sq ft restaurant opens tomorrow and its move is in line with the redevelopment of Rochester Park, off North Buona Vista Road. Min Jiang at One-North opened in Rochester Park in 2006 in […]

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Journalist’s snapshots of economic trends

Newspaper articles have a built-in expiry date. But some themes are evergreen. Mr Vikram Khanna, 63, an associate editor with The Straits Times, has collated more than 50 such articles, culled from his work in the newsroom, in a new book. Headwinds And Hazards: Economic Snapshots In An Age Of Populism covers a wide range […]

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Quiet look at loss of a place you once thought was yours

My Grandfather’s Road is perpetually a work-in-progress. One enters a set like a construction site – risers covered in plastic sheeting and scaffolding, and ladders tucked away into corners. The thrust stage, by set designer mil de J., is based on the blueprint of the house that once belonged to the grandfather of playwright and […]

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Polanski demands reinstatement by film body

LOS ANGELES • Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski is suing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, demanding his reinstatement nearly a year after it expelled him amid the #MeToo movement. Polanski, who pleaded guilty in 1977 to statutory rape, argued in a court filing in Los Angeles that the academy wrongly denied him […]

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Boyz N The Hood director in ICU

NEW YORK • Oscar-nominated film-maker John Singleton is in the intensive care unit (ICU) after suffering a stroke last week, his family said. The Boyz N The Hood (1991) director had the stroke last Wednesday while already at the hospital, his family said in a statement. “John is in the ICU and under great medical […]

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Are you eating your way to an early death?

A major global study, which recently found that one in five deaths around the world in 2017 was associated with poor diet, showed that Singapore had the 12th-lowest rate of diet-related deaths among 195 countries. It is perhaps proof that Singaporeans are increasingly aware of the benefits of eating healthy, but as with the rest […]

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More than just a hangover, problematic alcohol use tends to creep up from under our noses

Few people will dispute the view that drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine are incredibly harmful to the user and to society. However, almost a decade ago, a paper in medical journal The Lancet by a Professor David Nutt espoused the view that alcohol is the most harmful drug of all. Please subscribe or log […]

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Beauty cannot be judged mathematically

In the early 1990s, when I was a young plastic surgeon working in the Singapore General Hospital, I was exposed to anthropometry for the first time. This is the systematic recording and analysis of body measurements such as the length and size of individual body parts like the nose, eyes or limbs – or the […]