Archive for January 2012

Singapore Apple Online Store CNY Promo

Need some new gadgets for Chinese New Year? Singapore Apple Online Store is having a Special Lunar New Year one-day shopping event today. One day only!

Some of the offers includes S$54 off iPad 2, S$15 off Smart Cover, S$120 off all MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac. 3rd parties accessories are also on discount too.

Hurry, go check out the website today.

Unauthorized withdrawal from DBS/POSB account

DBS is currently investigating a potentially large scale fraud after several reports of unauthorized withdrawal made from Malaysia.

Forumer tester72 on Hardwarezone forum started a thread after he discovered 2 withdrawal made on his debit card on 2 Jan 2012. Total of S$654.94 were withdrawn from his account. Another person posted on her Facebook after she discovered more than $2000 was withdrawn without authorization.

It is still unknown how the fraudster make these cash withdrawals.

If you have a DBS or POSB account, do check your transaction history for any suspicious activities. If you believe your account has been compromised, contact the bank at 1800 220 1111. DBS said all customers would be fully compensated within 24 hours for any false transactions.

DBS have also started to proactively contact all customers with recent ATM transaction made in Malaysia to double check if these are indeed real transaction.

Actually, no harm checking all your bank transaction history even if they are not from DBS/POSB.

Update: According to CNA Facebook page, about 200 customers have informed the bank of unauthorized withdrawals. Average amount withdrawn was about S$1,000.

Update 2: DBS has found 400 cases of unauthorised withdrawals from the accounts of its customers. The bank is expected to pay out half a million dollars in compensation. They have also identified two ATM machines at Bugis that were compromised in late November. The bank has contacted 2700 customers who used the machine during that period.

The Lion King meets Dark Knight

What happen when you put the audio from the latest Dark Knight Rises trailer on video clips from The Lion King?

Amazing. The person behind this is a genius. Everything is so well synced that you might even fool some people into thinking the audio is for real.

On a side note, the Dark Knight Rises trailer look fantastic. Definitely one of those must watch for 2012. But kinda sad that this is going to be the last movie. I like the new Batman series. Hope they will do more.

The Koala Mount – iPad 2 wall mount

Remember Dockem? Dockem is a universal wall dock for your smartphones and tablets. Well, the guys behind Dockem are back on Kickstarter with their new project, The Koala Mount.

Well, the Koala Mount is very like the Dockem. But unlike the Dockem which is one size fits all, the Koala Mount is designed specially for iPad 2 (although it can also fit a iPad 1, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or Motorola Xoom). It looks sleeker and has a slot at the back to hold the iPad 2 Smart Cover.

Apart from that, the Koala Mount is very much like the Dockem. It’s very elegantly designed with a cord clip at the bottom of each bracket to hold the charging cable. The Koala Mount sticks to the wall using 3M Command strips which can hold up to 2.27kg. The 3M Command strips can also be removed easily without damaging your wall surface.

If you have a iPad 2 and wish to mount it on the wall (or fridge, bed side, office cubical etc etc), check out the Koala Mount currently on Kickstarter.

DK’s Tech Prediction for 2012

OK, let’s start the new year with my Tech prediction. I’m never good with predictions. If you check my 2011 Tech prediction results, you will notice that I’m pretty bad with this stuff. If you are betting on any of my predictions, your chances of winning is much higher if you bet that I’m wrong. Haha.

Oh well, just for the fun of it. So here goes.

Facebook IPO in first half of 2012
Let’s start my 2012 Tech prediction with something safe. We all know that it’s going to be a matter of time before Facebook goes IPO. I think it will be happening in the first half of 2012.

2012 will be the year of the Smart TV
2011 is the year of the Tablet. I think 2012 will be the year of the Smart TV. We will most likely see a lot of Smart TV with interesting connected features like access to online movie library and social media platform. TV makers will be pushing their Smart TV to capture as much marketshare as possible before the Apple TV that Walter Isaacson mention in Steve Jobs book hit the market. And speaking of Apple TV, I think it is definitely in the works. I’m just not sure if we will see it in 2012.

Rise of the Ultrabooks
We’ve seen a lot of interesting Ultrabooks by most of the major laptops makers in late 2011. I think we will see more Ultrabooks in 2012. In fact, I think Ultrabook will be as popular as netbooks back in 2008/2009.

Rise of Windows Phone 7
OK, I know I’m wrong with my Windows Phone 7 prediction last year. But I really think Windows Phone 7 has potential and now that Nokia is onboard, we will most likely be seeing Windows Phone 7 gain a substantial market share in competitive mobile market. Majority of them are Android users switching over because they are fed up with the fragmentation of Android.

Nokia to release a Windows 8 tablet
I’m pretty sure that Nokia is planning a Tablet product. And since they are working closely with Microsoft on Windows Phone 7, I think it will be natural that Nokia use Windows 8 for their Tablet. We might actually see a good iPad contenter here.

Amazon to adopt WebOS for Kindle
Amazon is currently using a customized version of Android 2.3 for their Kindle Fire. I predict that Amazon will move away from Android and use WebOS for their future Kindle since WebOS is now Open Sourced. This will most likely make Amazon the biggest WebOS device maker.

Google continue to focus on social
I think Google will spend the entire 2012 focusing on social. We will see more Google services like Google Doc, Google Maps, Google Reader and even Google Search tied closely with Google Plus. 2012 will be the make or break year for Google Plus. And we can be sure Google won’t give up so easily.

Touchscreen iMac
OK, I know Steve Jobs said this will not happen. But he also said that Apple will not be doing Phone and iPod won’t have video capabilities. The new Mac OS Lion seems to be designed for a Touchscreen with the inverted scroll. I think iMac will have a Touchscreen to make full use of these features. I think MacBook Pro will also get Touchscreen at a later stage. Maybe late this year or sometime next year.

Voice recognition hype to fade away
Thanks to Apple and Siri, everyone is talking about voice recognition nowadays. But honestly, how many people are comfortable with speaking to a machine? And how often do you find yourself in a quiet place where you can get voice recognition to work properly? Unless you are driving, chances of you using voice recognition in a meaningful way is rather slim. I think people will start to figure out that voice recognition is just a hype. Phones will still come with voice recognition. But by end of the year, nobody will bother much about it.

Major mobile OS malware/virus
Malware for Mobile OS is nothing new. Hackers have been targeting mobile OS for quite some time already. I think in 2012, we will see a mobile OS malware or virus become widespread and affect millions of phone.

Slow global NFC take up rate
Last year, I predicted that NFC take up rate in Singapore will be slow. It will be the same this year. In fact, I think it is safe to say that the NFC take up rate globally will be slow in 2012. There will still be quite a number of phones with NFC. Google will try to push for their Google Wallet with NFC payment. But it will be met with lots of roadblocks. The main roadblock will be other companies trying to push their own standards. Don’t we all miss standards war?

Slow LTE take up rate in Singapore
This is like part 2 of my 2011 prediction. I think we will see a couple of LTE phones launching in Singapore. I think the LTE take up rate will be slow. LTE phones will be expensive and have poor battery life. The 3 Telcos in Singapore will not be able to cover the entire Singapore with LTE network by end of 2012. And I think the next iPhone will not have LTE. So slow LTE take up rate in Singapore.

Creative Technology gets acquired
OK, this is a wild prediction. Creative Technology hasn’t been performing well for the past few years. But they still have some useful patents which they filed during their heyday. Their ZiiLABS StemCell Computing Architecture also look promising if someone knows how to put it into good use. I think Creative Technology will get acquired for their patents portfolio.

No Doomsday on 21 December 2012
OK, I know this is not quite tech related. But I’m pretty sure 21 December 2012 will just come and go. It’s just the Mayan calendar having its “Millennium bug” moment. But then, if 21 December 2012 is really Doomsday, nobody will be around at the end of the year to say “See! DK got it wrong!”.

Disclaimer: These predictions are my own views and not representative of those of my employer.