• ELECTRONICS
    Quick Hit: Darkglass Electronics Alpha·Omicron

    Keeping the two-is-better-than-one mantra going, Darkglass Electronics’ Alpha·Omicron is a somewhat scaled-back version of the company’s Alpha·Omega preamp released last year. It’s essentially the same engine, with its two separate distortion circuits, but the new pedal offers a smaller footprint and $100 off the original’s price tag. The 3-band EQ and additional outputs found on […]

  • NEWS
    Nokia-Branded Android Smartphones Hit Geekbench, Tipping Specifications

    HIGHLIGHTS The Finnish giant announced Nokia-branded Android devices are coming Two high-end Android smartphones have been rumoured for a while However, Geekbench results show disappointing specifications Nokia’s much-anticipated return to smartphones is anticipated to happen later this year. Nokia had in May signed a deal with newly-formed Finnish manufacturer HMD Global to make Nokia-branded smartphones […]

  • NEWS
    Standard Chartered posts loss as loan impairments hit new high

    CEO Bill Winters is attempting to unwind the damage caused by predecessor Peter Sands’ revenue-led expansion across emerging markets, which left the bank riddled with bad loans when commodity market crashed and growth stalled from China to India. Photo: Reuters London: Standard Chartered Plc reported a surprise full-year loss as loan impairments almost doubled to […]

  • ALL DEALS
    Oppo R9, R9 Plus Hit Certification Site; Design and Specifications Tipped

    Earlier this week we saw a couple of teasers indicating Oppo might launch its R9 smartphone at an event on March 17. Now the smartphone, alongside with a ‘Plus’ variant, appear to have passed Tenaa, the Chinese telecommunications certification authority. The listing reveals some high-end specifications and images – while both the Oppo R9 and […]