Archive for April 2011

The legendary white iPhone 4 is official

Finally… after almost 10 months of delay, the white iPhone 4 is finally here. Apple announced last night (Singapore time) that the white iPhone 4 will be available from today onwards. This is not rumor. It’s real. And you are not dreaming.

Besides Singapore, the white iPhone 4 will also be available in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macau, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK and the US.

White iPhone 4 will be available for a recommended retail price of S$888 for the 16GB model and S$1048 for the 32GB model through the Apple Store and select Apple Authorised Resellers. That’s the same price as the Black iPhone 4.

Actually, I still prefer a black iPhone. Not sure why there is such a huge hype over the white iPhone. For me, I’m just glad that I don’t need to read another white iPhone 4 rumor on Tech websites anymore.

Will you buy the white iPhone 4 or wait for the next generation iPhone?

PS: This also means that one of my tech prediction is wrong. Sigh.

iPad 2 will be available in Singapore from 29 April 2011

This just in. The much awaited Apple iPad 2 will be available in Singapore from 29 April 2011 (Friday).

16GB: SGD$668
32GB: SGD$798
64GB: SGD$928

WiFi + 3G
16GB: SGD$848
32GB: SGD$978
64GB: SGD$1,108

This is slightly cheaper than the iPad 1 when it was just launched in Singapore.

The smart cover will retail at SGD$54 for Polyurethane and SGD$98 for leather.

The iPad 2 will be available at select Apple Authorized Reseller beginning 1am 10 am Friday Singapore time. Apple Singapore Online store will start taking orders at 1 am Friday.

So anyone queuing for this?

Friendster to delete all user photos, blog, shout out etc on 31 May 2011

This news come as a surprise to me. Friendster has began emailing it’s users to inform them that they will be reinventing themselves as a service focused on entertainment. As such, the social networking site will be making some drastic changes soon.

On 31 May 2011, Friendster will wipe out all photos, blogs, comments and groups uploaded or created by its users. The company will, however, keep all accounts alive, along with user friends lists, games details and basic profile information.

Friendster have created a Friendster Exporter to help users export their data before 31 May 2011. For more information, check out the Friendster Exporter help section.

The new improved site is designed to create new profiles that allow users to connect differently with people and do things differently than other networking sites. The new Friendster’s Beta version will complement user’s existing online presence in other social networking sites.

No account will be deleted. Users may continue to login to Friendster using their existing login details. Friends list, basic profile information, wallet and games will also be preserved.

I tried logging into my Friendster profile last night upon hearing the news. Wow, the site look so alien to me now. Haven’t been there for ages. Glance through my photos album, nothing much there. Just some old photos of some gatherings and myself. Nothing worth exporting out. I have all of them on backup in my harddisk. :)

I guess after 31 May, Friendster will no longer be the social networking site we used to know. I think it is a good move. Instead of going head on with other social networking site, Friendster will become a complement to them. I’m not sure if this move is enough to save them. But at least they are doing something to save themselves.

Actually I wish they would keep all the data. But maybe it’s taking up too much space and the cost of maintaining them is too high. It would be better to remove them than being drag down by legacy stuff.

Password protect your wireless router

This is just a Public Service Announcement. I’m sure most of you have done that already. But if you haven’t, please password protect your wireless router.

An American living in Buffalo, New York, was arrested and held in custody for 3 days for downloading child pornography. The problem is, he didn’t do it. It was later discovered that the real pedophile is actually his neighbour and not him.

The guy just got a new router recently and he gotten fed up trying to set a password. His neighbour found the unsecured WIFI spot and used it to download child porn.

But I guess that guy is lucky. Things could have been worst. Someone could connect to his router and use Firesheep on him. Or use his open WIFI to hack into other computers.

Difficult to password protect your router is not an excuse. Some routers makers have already simplified the process. For example, Linksys have this Cisco Connect software to help you password protect your router easily. If you are not tech savvy, choose those router brands that are easy to setup.

Or find someone who is tech savvy enough to help you password protect your router.

In Germany, it is actually the law to secure your router. Router owners can be fine up to €100 for being unable to properly secure the wireless connections aimed at preventing any third parties from violating the law by illegally downloading copyrighted content.

Newstead Technologies “Bid to Give” notebooks auction for charity

Newstead Technologies is having an on-site auction for charity. Through its first-ever notebook auction open to the public, Newstead Technologies together with Microsoft Singapore, will donate all proceeds raised from the sale of 27 brand new notebooks to its adopted charity, The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund is an annual community project that provides pocket money to children from low-income families to help them through school. The children can use this money to buy a meal during recess, pay for their bus fares or use it to meet their other schooling needs.

The charity auction, Bid to Give, will be held at The Main Atrium, Funan DigitaLife Mall on 5th and 6th May 2011, 6pm. (Registrations starts at 5pm) All bids will start at S$199.

The 2-day event is made possible by partners of Newstead Technologies which include leading notebook makers Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Panasonic, Samsung and Toshiba. Other partners include AMD, Blackberry, Brightpoint, ECS, HTC, Huawei, Ingram Micro and Jos Distribution. Microsoft Singapore is the lead sponsor for the charity drive.

In addition to Bid to Give, Newstead Technologies will also be donating $10 for every notebook sold and another $5 for every Microsoft Office 2010 purchased at its roadshow from 5th to 8th May and at Newstead Technologies’ outlets at IMM, City Square Mall, Suntec City and nex Mall from 9th to 15th May.

For more information and registration, visit the Bid to Give website. Hurry, registration closed on 27 April 2011 (Tomorrow)