Archive for May 2011

Malware alert: MacProtector

Mac users beware! There’s a new malware targeting Mac OS in the wild lately. An AppleCare support rep told ZDnet that the situation is getting worst. Many people are falling for this malware and AppleCare is 4 to 5 times more calls than normal.

Users get the malware thru phishing website call “Apple Security Center”. It will trick user to install the malware onto their Mac. There are several variants of this malware. So far, it has been reported that the malware goes by name like “Mac Defender,” “Mac Security” or “Mac Protector.” When installed it will run in the background, launch pornographic or some unwanted web sites and show a scanner interface that will ask you to purchase an upgrade.

Note: If you have provided your personal information and credit card number to the application, chances are you are a victim of identity thief. Please call your bank and cancel your credit card.

This sort of malware isn’t new. We have seen it before on Windows OS. The malware preys on those who are not so tech savvy. Those who are more tech savvy are less likely to fall for such malware.

Please help spread the word around. Help educate those who are not so tech savvy so that they won’t fall for such malware.

PS: Do note that AppleCare does not cover against Malware. If you have this malware on your Mac, check out this website for removal instructions.

Apply for your NDP 2011 tickets NOW!

Once again, it’s the time of the year every Singaporean (and Permanent Resident) is waiting for. The balloting of the National Day Parade tickets has began! Woohoo!

You may apply for your NDP tickets from now till 29 May 2011. This year, there are 4 ways to apply for the tickets. As usual, you can ballot for 2, 4 or 6 tickets to either the NDP preview (30 July) or the actual parade (9 Aug). Those who apply for a lower the number of tickets have a higher chance of successfully obtaining them.

1) Website/SAM/AXS stations – Log on to the official NDP 2011 website or visit any AXS and SAM stations.

2) NDP 2011 Mobile Application – Download the NDPOnTheGo Mobile App from Apple App Store or Android Market.

3) Ticketing hotlines – Dial 1900-112-4551 to ballot for preview tickets (30 Jul 2011) or 1900-112-4559 to ballot for actual day tickets (9 Aug 2011). ($0.20 will be charged for each call made to the hotlines)

4) Short Message Service – SMS “NDP” to 9395-2855 to start the application process. (standard text message rates apply)

Successful applicants will be contacted between 9 and 18 Jun 2011 via the contact numbers provided during their application process. Ticket collection is from 17 to 26 Jun 2011, between 9am and 9pm daily, at The Float @ Marina Bay.

Good luck!!!

Results Night – Singapore General Election 2011

Where were you on result night?

Nokia N9 teaser video

We all know that the next Nokia flagship phone is most likely going to be called Nokia N9. Some of us thought it might be running Symbian Anna. Well, we might be wrong. From the look of the leaked teaser video, it seems like Nokia N9 might be running MeeGo instead. *Excited*!!!

And looks like it’s going to have a 12 megapixel camera. Wow. And the form factor will be somewhat like the Nokia E7 with a slide out keyboard. Nice.

Didn’t see the MeeGo interface cause the pictures are flashing too fast? Well, here’s a couple of screenshots.

The main menu. Sleek looking icons.

Not sure if this is the multi-task or browser tab view. Either way, it looks great.

Nokia said it still plans to ship a MeeGo-related product later this year. Maybe this is the one.

Osama Bin Laden’s Compound in Counter Strike

For those who wished that they are part of the US Navy SEAL team that raid Osama Bin Laden’s compound, here’s your chance to relive the moment. At least on Counter Strike: Source. Someone created a Counter Strike map based on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound.

So, which team will you play?