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What happens if my car is struck by lightning? Will it explode or catch fire? Or worse, will the occupants be hurt? Singapore has among the highest number of lightning strikes per annum. But no car has been known to have been damaged by lightning. Lightning always strikes the highest point in a vicinity. For […]

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China cracks down on ‘chaotic fan culture’

BEIJING • Top Chinese actress Zheng Shuang was hit with a tax evasion fine yesterday, while references to film star Vicki Zhao were wiped from video-streaming sites as China steps up its campaign against celebrity culture. Beijing is on a mission to rein in what it calls “chaotic fan culture” and celebrity excess, after a […]

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Make it a wonder wall

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Vintage shophouse, modern living

Bright, earthy and natural. These are the impressions visitors get upon stepping into this shophouse owned by Ms Sylvia Chan, chief executive of media production company Night Owl Cinematics, and her 28-year-old brother Chan Sichen. They moved into the unit, located in central Singapore, in February after a three-month renovation. Filled with plenty of sunlight […]

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Design News

American burger chain Shake Shack opens its seventh outlet in Singapore today at Gardens by the Bay. Sitting outside the Flower Dome, it offers diners a botanical feast for the eyes. At the entrance, they are greeted by brightly coloured bromeliads, while hanging foliage provides a verdant setting for the outdoor seating areas. Please subscribe or […]

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Hot Audi leaves you cold

When I first drove Audi’s first S3 13 years ago, it was a veritable hot hatch with three doors and a six-speed manual gearbox. It pumped out 265 horses and 350Nm of torque, and sprinted to 100kmh in 5.7 seconds. It was a wild ride. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full […]

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Harley-Davidson’s first modern adventure bike

What does Harley-Davidson, a brand synonymous with cool cruisers and Americana, know about making adventure motorcycles? Well, apparently quite a lot, judging by its latest offering, the Pan America 1250 Special, a 1,252cc dual-purpose motorcycle. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month Latest […]

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When small is more

A Jaguar sport utility vehicle (SUV) with a tiny engine powering the front wheels is an oddity. Up till now, the Coventry-based marque has relied largely on engines no smaller than 2 litres. And almost always, they power the rear wheels. Or all four. The facelifted E-Pace compact SUV, however, has a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine […]

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Used cars assume shine with tight COE supply

Going by the first seven months, sales of used cars this year could turn out to be among the highest in a decade as consumers turn to the secondary market because of a shrinking supply of certificates of entitlement (COE). According to Land Transport Authority figures, this year’s sales volume is poised to overtake last […]

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Fast Lane

Kia announces European variant of new Sportage For the first time, Kia will make a European variant of its popular Sportage sport utility vehicle. Singapore is expected to get this variant, although no arrival date has been confirmed. To be unveiled next month, the new Sportage (above) will be significantly bigger than its predecessor. Sketches […]

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Make working from home a breeze

Now that the coronavirus is a full-blown pandemic, there is a good chance you are working from home. But that is not such a bad thing. In fact, it can be quite the opposite. A two-year study by Stanford University released in April 2018 found that worker productivity rose manifold and staff attrition dropped by […]

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Night photography feature stands out

Huawei’s new photography-centric flagship P40 smartphone series comes in three versions – the 6.1-inch P40 (with a rear triplecamera system and up to 3x optical zoom), the 6.58-inch P40 Pro (a rear quad-camera system and up to 5x optical zoom) and the P40 Pro+ (a rear penta-camera system and up to 10x optical zoom). Singapore […]

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New products, Apr 1, 2020: Momax Q.Power UV-Box, Casio G-Shock GBD-H1000 and more

Momax Q.Power UV-Box ULTRA-VIOLET SANITISER $89 Our smartphones are said to harbour more germs than toilet seats. But wiping it with alcohol wipes might destroy the display coating of your smartphone. It is better to use an ultra-violet (UV) light sanitiser such as the Momax Q.Power UV-Box (available on Lazada and Shopee). Place your smartphone […]

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Accessories to spice up your game

Samsung C27RG50 GAMING DISPLAY $568 This 27-inch full high-definition curved monitor has an amazing refresh rate of 240Hz – four times faster than the 60Hz of conventional monitors – for virtually lag-free visuals. Plus, it supports the G-Sync technology, which eliminates image tears and stuttering when used with gaming machines with Nvidia graphics cards. Asus […]

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Big time for gaming during coronavirus outbreak

Public relations associate Tessa Lee, 25, bought a Nintendo Switch portable video game console two months ago, largely to play the popular Switch game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which had not launched then. Soon after that, her company implemented a work-from-home arrangement due to the coronavirus outbreak. She has also been reluctant to go out […]

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Ori And The Will Of The Wisps: Stunning visuals, absorbing storyline

I can’t play platform games very well. You know, those games in which you control a character that has to jump and climb between platforms while avoiding objects, enemies and other obstacles. However, Ori And The Will Of The Wisps is making me persevere despite my woeful control and umpteen failed attempts betweengetting a jump […]

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Doom Eternal: Heart-racing, gory shooter treat

Doom Eternal goes for the jugular right off the bat. The first sign that things will soon get hairy is when Doomguy, the game’s strong and silent protagonist, is handed the shotgun as the starting weapon instead of the weaker pistol. The opening couple of hours are an especially brutal introduction to the Doom series, […]

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Half-life: Alyx: Immersive single-player VR experience not to be missed

I shrieked in terror the first time a headcrab jumped out at me in Half-Life: Alyx, the triumphant virtual-reality (VR) return of the seminal video-game franchise. In my panic, I missed most of my pistol shots and dropped the magazine in my desperate attempt to reload. A red mist covered my view as the headcrab […]

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Xbox Series X v PS5 – battle hinges on games

Two things that matter to gamers are how fast their games start up and how good the game graphics look. For the former, the Sony PlayStation 5, or PS5, appears to have an edge over rival Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. For the latter, it could potentially be the other way around. This difference between the […]

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More apps for Huawei’s AppGallery

Last week, three home-grown companies, taxi operator ComfortDelGro and ride-hailing companies Ryde and Tada, joined Huawei’s app store AppGallery. This came on the heels of Huawei announcing its latest P40 series smartphones. Due to the ongoing trade war between China and the United States, the new smartphones do not come with Google Mobile Services, which […]

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Legends Of Runeterra levels the playing field

A free mobile game based on the beloved collectible card game genre is launching today on Android and iOS devices, with Singapore the first country in the world to get it. As if that is not enough to whet this old gamer’s appetite, this game – called Legends Of Runeterra by renowned American video game […]

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New Mobvoi TicWatch Pro sleek yet tough

About two years ago, I reviewed the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro and found the sleek-looking smartwatch, which uses Google’s Wear OS, to be great value for money. The refreshed version – the TicWatch Pro 2020 – is now here and it comes with 1GB system memory, twice that of its predecessor. In other words, apps should […]

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New products, Mar 11, 2020: Huawei nova 7i, NZXT H1 and more

Huawei nova 7i SMARTPHONE $388, available this Saturday Huawei’s latest nova 7i (available on Lazada and Shopee) shows that you do not have to pay much for a good camera system in a smartphone. Priced at only $388, this Android 10 smartphone has a rear quad-camera system that includes a 48-megapixel (MP) wide-angle camera, an […]

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Drone racing takes off

It is the first Saturday of March and the skies above Margaret Drive threatened rain, but there was literally a “buzz” in the air. Sounding like a swarm of bees, a pack of drones zipped through the air and reached speeds of 150kmh above an open field. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading […]

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Wi-Fi 6 router that is easy on the wallet

The TP-Link Deco X20 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System is one of the first entry-level Wi-Fi 6 routers on the market. At $339 for a set of three identical units, the X20 brings the price point of routers supporting the new wireless standard – which promises faster speeds with Wi-Fi 6-compatible devices – to mainstream […]

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What you need to be a drone racer

So you want to be a drone racer? Here is a breakdown of what you will need. First, a drone. Racing drones are not like regular aerial photography ones, but are built for speed and agility. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access […]

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Home security camera that is also a smart home hub

D-Link’s latest Wi-Fi camera (DCS-8330LH) may look like a typical home security camera, but it has a neat trick up its sleeves. The camera has a built-in smart home hub that uses the Zigbee standard to connect wirelessly to Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. Users can create their own home automation scenarios, such as receiving a smartphone […]

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Returning to Ori’s wonderful world

One of the year’s most eagerly anticipated video games, Ori And The Will Of The Wisps, is available today exclusively for Microsoft Xbox One and Windows 10. The sequel to the critically acclaimed Ori And The Blind Forest (2015) sees players reprise their role as Ori, an endearing guardian spirit, to fend off a new […]

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Samsung’s Galaxy Buds+ sound as good as they look

Launched together with the Samsung Galaxy S20-series smartphones – resulting in their flying under the radar – the Galaxy Buds+ true wireless in-ear headphones are the successors to last year’s Buds. With the “plus” in the name, you can probably guess that the Buds+, which cost $30 more than the original, offer incremental upgrades. In […]

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Intuitive sports earbuds with long battery life

Adidas recently launched its line of sports wireless headphones here with the over-ear RPT-01 and the in-ear FWD-01. We tested the FWD-01 to see if it is the perfect pair of sports headphones for workouts. Available in a black and dark grey colour scheme, the FWD-01 earbuds have a unique design with a knitted tangle-free […]