Hayley Tsukayama

The dominance of game consoles seems in doubt with the advent of games that only need an internet connection to play, and earn billions of dollars. However, industry professionals believe Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony aren’t dead yet.

New handset is an evolution of Last year’s Samsung flagship, and comes with a 6.4-inch screen, new chips that give it a faster data connection, and improved processors. The S-Pen stylus can function as a remote control for presentations.

The latest version of Google’s mobile operating system aims to take a lot of the swiping and tapping out of the user experience through AI-based suggestions, faster app access – and even getting you to put your phone down.

We asked three experts on the screen-time debate to give preliminary grades on the new efforts from Apple and Google to curb smartphone addiction. Are these features enough to help us help ourselves?


The Nintendo Labo, a build-it-yourself cardboard accessory that works with company’s Switch console, is a whole lot of fun in a lot of ways – but might not be for everyone

Three years after the Amazon Echo debuted, the HomePod has a lot of catching up to do. Apple is talking up its sound quality, but rivals are improving theirs, and the US$350 price tag will make it a test of brand value

Shows such as Stranger Things and The Crown continue to draw new subscribers to streaming giant, and founder Reed Hastings plays down threat from Disney’s decision to pull its content and launch rival service in 2019

Under the new plan, the app’s users will now see two separate feeds – one for all messages from friends and one for other publishers. Designers hope the changes will make it more easier to use and help broaden its appeal

From the latest Nintendo console, that you can carry around with you, to the Samsung HMD Odyssey head set with its virtual and augmented reality, we have you covered on the best stocking fillers this year

Costing just US$49, the Google Home Mini feels like a total home hub in its own right and does a good job showing off Google’s software smarts, though there are a few compromises

Its screen looks boxed in compared to latest Samsung handsets, emphasising how much they advanced the smartphone, and losing home button may not be worth it; facial recognition and augmented reality are pluses