Ian Lim

46 years young.
Interests: bushwalking, photography, motorcycles, gadgets, android, music ( listening and playing ), man-bags and anything else that tickles my fancy.

Meet the next generation of Australian banknotes

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 …

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Will my new phone work with my wireless carrier?

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 …

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Gmailify your Yahoo and Outlook Mail – One inbox to rule them all

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 they’ve …

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OPPO F1 – A camera for the selfie generation?

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. …

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Android Doze – Don’t poke the sleeping Android

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 …

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With an ISO of 4,000,000 the Canon ME20F-SH won’t leave you in the dark

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 …

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GoPro Hero 4 Session – Your video just got smaller

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 …

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Sonder Keyboard is a programmable Bluetooth keyboard that uses e-ink to relabel keys

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 …

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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 …

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Fitbit Force – May the Force be with you

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 …

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