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Russell Matthew Loh

Russell Matthew Loh

Yes I have two names. no I'm not Eurasian. Self-professed David Fincher fan.
Surviving without the Google Play Store? – A look at life as a Huawei user
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Surviving without the Google Play Store? – A look at life as a Huawei user

The Google Play store is no more — at least for Huawei devices. The ongoing trade war between the US and China has made it so that the app store synonymous with Android is not included within the Huawei family of mobile products (including the latest P40 series), for now. While there are ways to get the Google Play store on a Huawei phone, it can be a hassle especially for those who aren’t tech-savvy. But Huawei has its own answer to app distribution: AppGallery.  So does the experience adequately fill the void left out by Google? That is the…
Helping others during COVID-19 through gaming: Zenway Productions’ #PlayApartTogether
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Helping others during COVID-19 through gaming: Zenway Productions’ #PlayApartTogether

We’ve seen multiple ways in which Singaporeans are supporting others during the COVID-19 pandemic, what with the very public campaigns of clapping and singing our national day song ‘Home’. Now we can add another to the list — gaming. Specifically, it is a programme aimed at raising funds for home-based nursing, migrant workers and lower-income families. Called #PlayApartTogether (or #PATSG), viewers can tune in over two weekends, 23 – 24 May and 30 – 31 May, to watch local personalities showcase their gaming skills on various popular games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Beat Saber and Just Dance 2020. View…
Hungry for Halo? – Halo 2: Anniversary now available on PC
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Hungry for Halo? – Halo 2: Anniversary now available on PC

Everyday, we inch ever so slightly closer to experiencing the newest entry to the Halo franchise, Halo: Infinite, which is expected to release during the holiday season this year. But those who are impatient for its launch might be satiated by the latest release for Halo 2: Anniversary for PC which is out today (14 May) with Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Halo: The Master Chief Collection originally came out for Xbox One back in 2014, but recently became available for PC in December 2019, packaging first with Halo: Reach first before chronologically releasing the rest of the collection over…
Video Conferencing Done Better: Improving your video calls on a budget
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Video Conferencing Done Better: Improving your video calls on a budget

The news that the Circuit Breaker would be extended by a further month to 1 June would probably come as a disappointment to many, not least the bubble tea lovers all around the nation. However, this extension may yet prove to be a further annoyance for individuals who have to conduct frequent video conferences. That adds another month of having to deal with suspect video and audio quality during meetings — quality that might even scupper deals for businesses. No doubt there would be some urges to buy more suitable equipment to tide you, but the circuit breaker has made…
Delivery vs Cooking: Which is more worth it?
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Delivery vs Cooking: Which is more worth it?

With our movement now being restricted due to the government’s Circuit Breaker, a rather inconvenient problem is now posed; how are we supposed to get our [insert food here] fix?  For me in particular, I’ve been craving spaghetti for the longest time. I can’t just survive on Roasted Pork Rice leh! With no stores that sell this delectable dish, there are now only two options available that will light the path to italian goodness — delivery and cooking, but which is the better choice?  If you are like me and need to have a taste of Italy/Japan/wherever country your food…
Games to consider while on circuit breaker
Gaming

Games to consider while on circuit breaker

Gaming; one of the most favoured activities to relax and wile away the hours. Though it has come under less than ideal circumstances, now is probably the best time to fish out your controller and start searching for something to play. So in wake of the recent circuit breaker implementation, here are our suggestions on some games to get into while you are stuck in your home. For the long haul With stay-at-home measures lasting till May and potentially could be extended longer, finding a game with content that lasts is probably high up among people’s list. Look no further…
Thinkbook 14 review: The remarkably unremarkable business laptop
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Thinkbook 14 review: The remarkably unremarkable business laptop

Simple, fuss-free, almost boring even — but that is exactly what you would describe the Lenovo Thinkbook 14. It doesn’t have any particularly fancy features or design aspects, it simply is as regular a laptop can be. Suffice to say, the Thinkbook 14 is aimed towards business professionals, with the entire package seemingly crafted for the average worker. It begins with its design; the bare metal aluminium finish combed with the unassuming Thinkbook logo on the case makes for a discreet laptop that you could bring around without drawing attention. The casing itself is sturdy, with not much flex when…
Work smarter from working remotely
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Work smarter from working remotely

With the COVID-19 situation not getting better any time soon, companies are now mandating that employees forgo coming to the office and instead work from home. It is a strange feeling for some despite being in a familiar location since they would have been accustomed to the office setting. Of course, this type of work style is something that creatives have experience with, some even do it on a full-time basis. But alas, this coronavirus is simply not helping with securing gigs during this current climate. That means fewer jobs, a big problem for freelancers. If COVID-19 is hindering your…
Google Nest Hub Review: Nestled nicely in your home
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Google Nest Hub Review: Nestled nicely in your home

Smart devices are quickly becoming popular within our society, with many people utilising gadgets like smartwatches and smart speakers in their daily routine. Smart displays are something more of an emerging trend, but Google is keen to make it part of the norm in the household with their Google Nest Hub. If you are not familiar with smart displays, it is an all-in-one control panel for your home. If your home is fully kitted with smart devices, you can essentially control your entire house with this individual device — from your speakers to even your lights. For something that has…
Ori and the Will of the Wisps Review: A Must-Play Metroidvania for 2020
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Ori and the Will of the Wisps Review: A Must-Play Metroidvania for 2020

If there’s one genre to be chosen that defined this generation of gaming, Metroidvania games would be high up the list. The many different interpretations of the genre have delighted gamers, none more so than Moon Studio’s debut effort, Ori and the Blind Forest. Their follow-up, Ori and the Will of the Wisps maintains the high standard set by its predecessor and improves upon that foundation to deliver one of the greats in the genre. Despite being a self-proclaimed indie game studio, what Moon Studios has managed to achieve with the game is almost indistinguishable to that of other games…
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