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Synology DiskStation DS1019+ Review: The NAS device that comes close to greatness
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Synology DiskStation DS1019+ Review: The NAS device that comes close to greatness

With the advent of new technology for media (photography and videography), file sizes are continuously getting larger. Of course, expandable storage is readily available, but for professional users, the notion of having to switch out and move around storage regularly may frustrate some. Enter Network Attached Storage (NAS). NAS devices are essentially storage devices that are connected to a network. This allows a person to access the drive from any device (Mac or PC), from any location, allowing for ease of use. Synology is one of the companies who manufactures such NAS devices, and the Synology DiskStation DS1019+ is the…
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme: An Extreme-ly Good Portable Laptop for the Modern Worker
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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme: An Extreme-ly Good Portable Laptop for the Modern Worker

The Lenovo Thinkpad’s X1 series has been famed for providing laptops adept at providing high-powered performance, all while being housed in such a thin and portable system for the modern businessman. Now, Lenovo has added to this to the line-up with the X1 Extreme, equipped with a 15.6-inch display (as compared to the 14-inch display of its predecessor, the X1 Carbon), as well as additional upgrades to the processors and GPU. The laptop dons the classic laptop design from years past, and you won’t find any of the futuristic designs that one would otherwise see on something like a gaming…
Tech Brief: Twitter Turns 10, New iPhone, And A Deer Livestream
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Tech Brief: Twitter Turns 10, New iPhone, And A Deer Livestream

Welcome to Tech Brief, your weekly wrap-up on all that’s happened in the tech and startup industries this week!  Twitter finally gives itself reason to celebrate, Apple releases a new thing that doesn’t cost as much as its previous things, a few hundred people around the world are watching a virtual deer on live video, and more in this week’s Tech Brief! Twitter Is 10! Twitter turned 10 on Monday, 21st March, and they made sure EVERYONE knew that, with a series of GIFs and videos from each country’s official Twitter account. Thank you for an incredible 10 years! We can't…
Go Masters, Chatbots, and Imitation Poetry: The Current State of AI
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Go Masters, Chatbots, and Imitation Poetry: The Current State of AI

Remember J.A.R.V.I.S. from the “Iron Man” franchise? While we can dream of having such a futuristic personal assistant, the fact is it’s already there in your hands. It’s a lot less exciting, but it’s all… in your phone. What does J.A.R.V.I.S. do that Siri/Cortana/Google Now can also? Remind you of important dates and meetings? Check. Dictate and send out an e-mail? Check. Compile a list of people who could be The Mandarin? …Probably. Artificial Intelligence (AI for short) refers to machines or software that can intelligently assess its environment and subsequently perform actions to complete specific tasks. That definition alone…
Tech Brief: Instagram Betrays World, VR Replaces Friends & Festivals, and… Butter Spray
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Tech Brief: Instagram Betrays World, VR Replaces Friends & Festivals, and… Butter Spray

Welcome to Tech Brief, your weekly wrap-up on all that’s happened in the tech and startup industries this week!  THIS WEEK, WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE TRAITOR THAT IS INSTAGRAM. THAT IS ALL. The World’s Largest Photo-Sharing Platform Just Pissed Off ALL Its Users In a blog post released on 15 March (“BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH”), Instagram tried its best to convince its few hundred million users that switching to an algorithm-based feed is really the best decision. Wrong. I’m not entirely sure where they plucked that observation that “people miss on average 70 percent of their feeds”…
Innovation, Education & Charity: Microsoft’s We Tech Care 2016
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Innovation, Education & Charity: Microsoft’s We Tech Care 2016

Last Saturday saw President Tony Tan Keng Yam officially launch the 16th President’s Challenge at Microsoft’s We Tech Care 2016. Held at JTC LaunchPad @ one-north, it was a little different from last year’s gig, which Microsoft held in its One Marina Boulevard headquarters. This year, Microsoft has made good on its mission in wanting to empower every person (and organisation) on the planet to achieve more: focusing the spotlight less on what Microsoft does, and more on how the local IT industry and Tech ecosystem as a whole can create a smarter, more inclusive Singapore. While fundraising is obviously a core topic in any charity…
Tech Brief: Spotify Floats Into The Cloud, Snapchat Celebrates Birthdays, and Two-Eyed Smartphones
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Tech Brief: Spotify Floats Into The Cloud, Snapchat Celebrates Birthdays, and Two-Eyed Smartphones

Welcome to Tech Brief, your weekly wrap-up on all that’s happened in the tech and startup industries this week!  This week, we’ve got stories of Spotify joining the Google Cloud, Snapchat and Facebook both trying to make your birthday even better, literal cyber-bullying, two-eyed smartphones, and more; all in this week’s Tech Brief right here on DANamic.ORG!   Spotify Goes Up, Up, and into Google Cloud Music streaming giant Spotify has announced that it’s moving all its data centers from across Scandinavia, the US, and the UK right up into the cloud computing services operated by Google. That’s a huge paycheck for…
Tech Brief: R.I.P. Picasa, Tumblr Breaks Free, Nissan Haunts Offices
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Tech Brief: R.I.P. Picasa, Tumblr Breaks Free, Nissan Haunts Offices

Welcome to Tech Brief, your weekly wrap-up on all that’s happened in the tech and startup industries this week!  This week we saw the final nail in the coffin for Picasa, Tumblr freed from the evil clutches of Yahoo, Nissan dabbling with the paranormal, and Samsung giving the first peek at the Galaxy S7 to a… llama. We’ve got some great stories for you in this edition of Tech Brief. R.I.P. Picasa (2002 – 2016)  After shaping the early days of online photo services, Google‘s image organising program Picasa will no longer be supported from 15 March 2016. In an…
Art & Bytes: Betwixt Festival To Launch End-February
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Art & Bytes: Betwixt Festival To Launch End-February

Interstice – that’s the theme at the inaugural Betwixt Festival, a six-day event launching this February at the ArtScience Museum. Referring to “gaps, cracks, and a very small intervening space”, the theme sets the tone for the meeting of art, science, and technology. “As our social landscape swiftly becomes more and more digitalised, new mediums of expression emerge entwined in technology. Coding and physical computing have become tools for artists to create art that has an interactive nature to it, art that requires stimulation and participation to be art – in summary, digital, interactive art.” Falling almost perfectly in line with…
Tech Brief: Einstein Proven Right, Instagram Does Right, and Wi-Fi In Lightbulbs
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Tech Brief: Einstein Proven Right, Instagram Does Right, and Wi-Fi In Lightbulbs

Welcome to Tech Brief, your weekly wrap-up on all that’s happened in the tech and startup industries this week!  It’s been an exciting week for geeks the Tech world, with a breakthrough in the search for gravitational waves, a major Instagram update (the one everyone’s been waiting for), and a new form of Wi-Fi that works through… the lightbulb in your home. Gravity Is Real, You Guys… Okay so it’s not that simple. The headline that Tech Insider used was more along the lines of “Scientists just detected gravitational waves for the first time ever”. 100 years after Einstein predicted their existence,…
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