Ian Lim

Something that amazes me as I travel around the world is how much more “advanced” Australian banknotes are. In 1996 Australian became the first country to with a full set of circulating polymer banknotes.  Polymer has a number great advantages over cotton fibre; they’re harder to counterfeit (due to restricted access to the material), harder to rip (though you… Read More

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Scrubba Weightless wallet review

I know there are many walletaholics here on The Gadgeteer and sadly I’m one of them. After becoming a front pocket carrier I appear to have accumulated  a wallet for different occasions. My EDC is a Saddleback Leather Small and when I need a more minimal wallet I put a subset of my cards into… Read More

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With the proliferation of cheaper Chinese phones from companies like OPPO,  Xaomi and the recently reviewed verykool Spark LTE, there has been an increased popularity in the Western markets for these well specced but well priced phones. One of the questions you need to clarified before you put down  your hard earned (not so big as buying mainstream players :) ) dollars… Read More

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU3YuvNRhVY Gmail has become the defacto standard for email these days because of its ease of use and great features. But some people still have legacy Yahoo and Hotmail/Outlook accounts. Google has supported these other email systems in their Gmail app for around a year now, but they have just  announced on their blog that… Read More

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If you thought 3D printing hadn’t really made it into the mainstream market yet, think again.  In a press release at the New York Toy Fair 2016  Mattel, in conjunction with Autodesk announced the release of the Thingmaker 3D printer. Using the Thingmaker app, kids (or big kids at heart) will be able to browse ready… Read More

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While OPPO might not be a well known brand outside of Asia, I’ve been watching their expansion outside of that region and their products after owning an OPPO Find 7A over the last couple of months.  Rather than make “run of the mill” phones, they’ve been trying to add functionality and hardware to  differentiate themselves… Read More

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Battery power has always been a Gadgeteer’s nightmare especially on phones and finally phone manufacturers are doing something about it.  Qualcomm has its Quickcharge, Oppo has its VOOC Flash Charge from a hardware perspective and there’s a a multitude of third party apps on the Google Play Store that are supposed to extend your Android phone’s… Read More

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJYD6nrc6hs A simple solution to a complex problem, the Sigma rear brake light allows motor vehicle drivers to know when you’re braking on your bicycle. Small at 3 x 3 cms/1.18 in and light (weight wise @ 7 grams/ 0.25 oz  :) ), easy to install (you just need a 2.5mm hex key)  and simple… Read More

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Canon U.S.A. has just announced their ME20F-SH, a purpose built camera based on a 35mm full-frame, 2.26 megapixel  CMOS sensor.  Capable of Full HD video with a minimum illumination of less than 0.0005 lux (approximately equivalent to ISO 4,000,000), the ME20F-SH is aimed at markets where low light capture is required such as nighttime surveillance… Read More

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GoPro has just released their GoPro Hero 4 Session.  This is their smallest POV/Action camera yet; 50% smaller and 40% lighter than their other Hero 4 camera. Weighing in at 2.6oz (74g) and measuring less than 1.5 inches square, the Session no longer needs all those  external cases to maintain its integrity underwater and is waterproof… Read More

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Want to try out a Dvorak layout but don’t want to buy a new keyboard?  Do you often need to type a different currency symbol than your standard, but can’t remember the keystroke combination?  The Sonder Keyboard being developed in Sydney, Australia addresses these issues.  Utilizing e-ink technology you can reprogram your keyboard so that… Read More

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vGcH0Bk3hg Drones, the new action cameras? Up for pre-order, the Lily Camera was a project started in September 2013 at UC Berkeley robotics lab. This small camera drone can be thrown into the air and then follow a wearable tracking device in various POV modes ( Follow, side, fly up, lead). Flight time is around… Read More

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Henty Tube Backpack Review

Those that have read my previous bag posts will realize that my main love of bags centres around messenger style bags.  That was until I started bike riding.  While a messenger is fine for short-haul commutes, for me they’re not stable or ergonomic enough for much longer rides.  As my fitness increases I find myself… Read More

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Over 10 months ago I wrote a review of the Ego-T e-cigarette and 10 months later the article is still getting on average of around 100 hits per day. Is this a sign perhaps that e-cigarettes are becoming more and more popular?  For me it’s now over 12 months of vaping. Am I still using the… Read More

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Well the Force isn’t strong with me, that’s for sure.  I’d been umming and aahing for a while now and just last week I purchased a Fitbit Flex to keep track of how far I walk each day. Of course a week later Fitbit releases their Fitbit Force (I’d seen new items about it but wasn’t… Read More

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