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Russell Matthew Loh

Yes I have two names. no I'm not Eurasian. Self-professed David Fincher fan.
‘OK Google’: Unconventional Google voice commands that will make your life easier
Tech

‘OK Google’: Unconventional Google voice commands that will make your life easier

Convenience is everything these days, and anything that can make our lives even a little simpler is much sought after. Google has aided the cause by introducing through Google Assistant to the world. Google Assistant is a very popular service, with it being installed on over 400 million user devices, which includes a vast majority of Android devices and smart speakers. However, despite its popularity, a lot of the features offered by the voice assistant are not widely known by the general populous. To maximise your Google Assistant’s full potential, here’s a guide on all the voice commands that you…
Vivo S1 Review: Style with some substance
Smartphones

Vivo S1 Review: Style with some substance

Vivo has been quietly grinding it out among the mid-range smartphone market, launching various products to cater to the different needs. For their newest ‘S’ series, they placed an emphasis on the style of the product for people who are more conscious about design, and thus, the Vivo S1 is born. The aesthetics are on full display once you pull the phone out of the box. Immediately, the design of the body will capture your attention: a cool cyan that bleeds into a light lavender for the Skyline Blue model. It’s a refreshing take in the current lineup of product…
Songbird Symphony Review: A rhythmic romp
Gaming

Songbird Symphony Review: A rhythmic romp

Admittedly, music-based games are not my forte and not something that I would actively look for to play. But in Songbird Symphony, I have gained a newfound appreciation for the medium.  For the uninitiated, Songbird Symphony is a sprite-based platformer/rhythm game that follows the story of the ever-enthusiastic fledgling Birb. At the insistence of the forest’s wise owl, Birb sets off on a journey to learn new songs in his quest to find out who his real family is. Birb’s story of self-identity is a simple one, but that doesn’t mean it lacks substance. The five or so hours I’ve…
Gears 5 Review: A well-oiled COG in the franchise
Gaming

Gears 5 Review: A well-oiled COG in the franchise

The Gears of War series is a veteran among game franchises; now coming close to 13 years within the industry since the first Gears of War launched in 2006. But like battle-hardened Marcus Fenix, the protagonist from the first trilogy, Gears 5 continues to deliver more than the guts and glory that the series is famed for.  Gears of War 4 ended with the surprising revelation that Kait Diaz, a COG soldier that is part of the new three-person crew fighting against the new Swarm threat, is genetically linked to the Locusts. The story of Gears 5 follows up on…
SITEX 2019: 2 new zones, a Battle Arena, and even a tech-infused workout zone from 28 Nov to 1 Dec 2019
Tech

SITEX 2019: 2 new zones, a Battle Arena, and even a tech-infused workout zone from 28 Nov to 1 Dec 2019

SITEX, Singapore’s only consumer lifestyle IT exhibition, returns for another year, bringing along a refreshed concept for the public to enjoy. Held from 28 November to 1 December 2019 at Singapore Expo Halls 5 and 6, the latest and biggest showcase of consumer electronics and lifestyle technology will be showcased, alongside great year-end deals and product launches for the festive season!  Last year’s SITEX was the 30th anniversary of the convention and they marked the occasion by organising their biggest show yet, dividing the exhibition into four experiential zones – Travel Tech, Portable Audio, Smart Homes, and Gaming. Following the…
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Review: A Blistered Thumbs Up
Gaming

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Review: A Blistered Thumbs Up

Admittedly, I’m not part of the group of people who experienced Crash Team Racing when it was released in its heyday. I’ve heard stories about it since that has elevated it to cult status among the older generation of games. Now, after all the clamour for an update to the franchise, we have a new game to experience: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a remaster of the original game from 20 years ago, with elements included from its sequels, Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Tag Team Racing. You also get the full roster of racers that…
5 network security tips to prepare yourself against incoming cyber threats
Guides

5 network security tips to prepare yourself against incoming cyber threats

The recent Singhealth data breach has put personal data security under the microscope. 1.5 million people were affected by the cyberattack, of which 160,000 had outpatient prescriptions stolen.  While incidents like this are not something commonly seen and are hard to account for, we have the power to prepare ourselves from further attacks that occur in our own home. One out of five Singaporeans own at least one smart device, and it is highly likely that we have inputted our personal information while using said devices. We run the risk of exposing ourselves to similar attacks from cybercriminals if we…
YouthX Campus Game Fest shows why values in sports and E-sports are “all the same”
eSports

YouthX Campus Game Fest shows why values in sports and E-sports are “all the same”

The dust has settled in what has been a successful outing for National Youth Council (NYC)’s YOUTHX Weekend Festival that occurred during 3 and 4 August 2019. A 60,000 strong crowd turned up to support what was the culmination of a month-long celebration of youth aspirations and talents, attending highlights like the Super 24 Dance Competition, performances for SHINE and also newcomer Campus Game Fest. Campus Game Fest itself isn’t a new event, as the annual gaming event is a significant feature every year in Singapore ever since its first show in 2013.  However, the event organiser Singapore CyberSports &…
Lenovo launches new 4,500 square feet flagship store in Funan
Computers

Lenovo launches new 4,500 square feet flagship store in Funan

Funan was successfully relaunched less than a month ago, with new and exciting stores breathing new life into the famed shopping centre. Now it’s been bolstered by the launch of another new store within its walls – the Lenovo Experience Store. The Lenovo Experience Store (LES) is a new flagship store by the technology company of the same name, housing all of their latest tech and gadgets for consumers to view and try out before making a purchase. Promising a unique “online-to-offline” retail experience, Lenovo invites its customers to interact with their products on-ground, before confidently making a purchase online…
How to be a casual racist in Singapore
Humour

How to be a casual racist in Singapore

It’s lonely living in a bubble. So what better way to quell that loneliness than to teach people the ways of the casual racist?  This article isn’t to make you into Trump, God knows we don’t need another one of him. Rather, this here is made to help you hone your ignorance and deliver an ever so slight stab of bigotry. As they say, the sharpest tongue delivers the deepest cuts. 1. Add salt to your food choices Singapore, the land of food. Walk a couple of metres either from work and home and you’ll be greeted by both the…
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