[NEW GADGET] 2016 is a great year for smartphones. I don't remember that last time I am this excited about the possible options in the market.

Maybe because my telco contract is up this year hence the impending purchase makes me more thrilled than usual.

One of my top options would be HTC 10 for sure! 

HTC 10 has all the ingredients to create the comeback stories of 2016. Armed with a super-high 565 pixel density 5.2" Super LCD5 screen, the 2016 must-have processor Snapdragon 820 and an outstanding execution of the build quality, I have no doubt that HTC 10 have all the potential to rescue HTC reputation.

To realise the potential to probably the harder part because of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The Internet will analyse the two phones to death but in essential Samsung S7 series are just better at branding, marketing and camera image quality. In my mind, consumers would get a Samsung S7 series with much lesser homework done compared to HTC. 

HTC 10 is very good. But whether it's better is up for debate.

Meanwhile, there is still no release date for an official release date in Singapore. So I am surprised to see Lazada SG offering HTC 10 32GB version on sale with "1 year local manufacturer warranty" for a very competitive price of S$930!

Maybe its export set but its a good price and, from the page, delivers within the week apparently.  

Link - HTC 10 SEA



[GOOD DEAL] One of few Singapore Tech magazine and probably the longest running, HWM,  turns 15th years old this year.


Celebrating the occasion HWM is offering 12 digital issues of HWM for S$15!  Promotion ends 31st May 2016.


Link – Subscription Link



[NEW STUFF] The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) is said to recently award a broadband measurement performance company SamKnows to measure consumer Internet performance.


Samknows will offer free hardware devices called “Whiteboxes” to volunteers whom would link up the Whitebox to their routers. The Whitebox in turn then performs tasks to measure the performance of the Internet Service Provider. Confidentiality is not compromised as Samknows said that the Whiteboxes does not collect any personal browsing data that passes through the device.


Meanwhile volunteers will have access to the test results from their Whiteboxes via a web or app login providing an incentive for the volunteers whom are interested in their actual internet service performance. Volunteers will also be emailed a "SamKnows Report Card" on a monthly basis, showing the results of your tests for that month and providing an average speed for your broadband connection.


So all-in-all a win-win situation, where one gets to help IDA in their study as well as having access to some statistics about one’s own broadband performance.


Interested participants can apply for a free Whitebox at https://www.samknows.com.sg/.




Link – IDA: Price and Performance of Residential Broadband Service Plan in Sinapore

Link – - The Straits Times: 1Gbps plan? New study to check out web surfing speed here

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