8 - 11 SEP 2016 . Suntec Singapore
L3 11am-9pm daily . L4 & 6 12-9pm daily
2016 has been a wonderful, wonderful year for gaming. Whether you’re a Nintendo fan, an Xbox loyalist, a PlayStation diehard, or a member of the PC clan, you’re spoilt for choice. All major platforms have seen the release of some truly groundbreaking games that have both fans and critics beside themselves with praise.
It’s a great time to be a music lover on the move. No longer do audiophile commuters have to compromise on sound quality; with smartphone sound quality improving with every new iteration, the days of having to tote around a portable digital-to-analog signal converter (DAC) are almost behind us.
The average consumer demands a lot out of their laptop nowadays. Not only does it have to be able to handle intensive tasks, it has to be portable enough to be slipped into a backpack, have a design that’s easy on the eyes, and pack a powerful enough battery to last the entire day.
It’s no secret that gaming laptops are often looked down upon by PC gaming purists. Mobile graphics cards tend to be less powerful than their desktop counterparts, since they have to generate less heat in the confines of a laptop chassis. Furthermore, a large part of the appeal of a gaming PC is its modularity. When parts become obsolete or damaged, they can easily be swapped out for newer ones. Since mobile components tend to be soldered onto the motherboard, replacing them tends to be harder.
Trying to capture that mountain vista, but your phone’s camera doesn’t quite capture that gorgeous sunburst? Or are you aspiring to be Instagram’s next Selena Gomez (86 million followers!) but tired of grainy, pixelated images every time you try to take an #ootd shot? Sounds like your smartphone camera needs an upgrade. Gone are the days of two-megapixel shots where you couldn’t tell your own face from that of your friend’s dog – although with Snapchat, there’s a definitely a filter for that.
Looks like you’re the proud new owner of a laptop! Whether it’s a powerful Aftershock S-15, or a slick new MacBook Air, or a paper-thin HP Spectre, you must think it’s the best thing since sliced bread. News flash: as much as you think your laptop can do, every machine has its shortcomings. Trackpads are awful at trying to do any kind of editing work, whether it’s audio, video, or digital; when running graphics- and processor-intensive programs, laptops can get uncomfortably hot.
Photography, for better or for worse, has become extremely accessible with the advent of digital technology. Anyone with a decent camera – even those with higher-end smartphones – can slap a watermark on a filtered picture and call themselves a photographer. But for every individual who thinks Instagram and Snapchat are the way of the future, there’s a purist who insists that film is still the only “true” medium, then scoffs and retreats to his darkroom.
Paradoxical as this may sound, TVs aren’t just for watching TV any more. The days are long gone where you had to fiddle with a pair of insectoid antennas, waiting for a friend or family member to give you the signal to stop. These days, a television set with external antennas is a thing to be marveled at. Even internal antennas may be a thing of the past; the advent of “smart” TVs means television shows can be streamed straight from the Internet to your TV screen.
Long live the king. With the rise of the Samsung Galaxy S7, Huawei Nexus 6P and other amazing Android flagships, Apple’s position at the top of the heap looks to be a precarious one. Companies like OnePlus, Xiaomi and Huawei have, over the past two years, consistently shown that premium quality doesn’t have to come solely from the United States or South Korea.
So you’ve got yourself a new iPhone 6s (or its bigger cousin the 6s Plus): top of the line, cream of the crop. It’s already apparent what your sleek new toy does better than the competition: it’s got an amazing camera, a gorgeous screen bursting with pixels, and the ultra-convenient Touch ID, to name a few. Plus, it comes in Rose Gold. Rose Gold.