Archive for September 2012

Happy 14th Birthday Google

It’s Google’s Birthday today! Happy 14th Birthday!!!

Actually, Google didn’t always celebrate their birthday on the 27th of September. In fact, finding the real Google’s birthday is kinda complicated and searching on Google doesn’t really give you much answer. In 2002, Google celebrated their Birthday on 27 September. In 2003 and 2004, the company celebrated their birthday on 7 September. Then they change back to celebrating their Birthday on 27 September from 2005 onwards. Why 27th September? Google was incorporated on 4 September (although at one point, Wikipedia says it was 7 September)

But then, who cares? It’s their Birthday. They can celebrate it whenever they like. Happy Birthday Google!

Cybergeddon

Cybergeddon is a digital blockbuster from the creator of CSI, Anthony E. Zuiker. It follows the story of agent Chloe Jocelyn as she investigates a slew of seemingly unrelated cyberattacks with fellow agent Frank Parker and incarcerated master hacker Chase ‘Rabbit’ Rosen. Chloe and her team must crack the worldwide cybercrime ring led by Gustov Dobreff before it is too late.

Instead of premiering in cinema or TV, Cybergeddon will be made available online and will engage audience through an immersive storytelling, social media and gaming experience.

Norton by Symantec consulted directly with Anthony E. Zuiker and the projects’ creators to lend credibility and security insights into the area of cybercrime that helped inform the narrative and led to the creation of a cybersecurity character in the film. I’ve watched the first 3 episode and I must say that they are quite realistic. From virus to identity thief to hacking into a water plant. All these are possible cybercrime that we might face everyday.

Norton also advised on the accurate re-creation of the Norton Security Operations Center (NSOC), as well as the “Pandora’s Box”, a special room adjacent to the NSOC in which viruses are analyzed on a completely isolated network to ensure security. The scene featuring “Pandora’s Box” was written into the script after the writers spoke with Norton’s Kevin Haley.

Check out Cybergeddon on Yahoo!. The site also features a series of special short-films called “ZIPS” that extend the character story lines and include more than 60 minutes of additional narrative content. There is also an official Cybergeddon mobile game for iOS and Android.

New slim and sleek portable hard drives from Western Digital

Western Digital recently announced a new range of slim and sleek portable hard drives, the My Passport Edge and My Passport Edge for Mac.

The My Passport Edge has 500 GB of storage and a USB 3.0 interface for fast file transfer. It is encased within a slim and sleek enclosure for easy transport and comes with security solutions to protect valuable data from unauthorized access.

The My Passport Edge (PC-version) portable hard drive incorporates WD SmartWare for continuous and automatic backup of the computer’s content. It has a premium finish for a sleek look.

The My Passport Edge for Mac is compatible with Apple Time Machine for seamless backup. It complements MacBook Pro and MacBook Air designs with an all-aluminum exterior to protect the drive and its contents from knocks and bumps.

My Passport Edge and My Passport Edge for Mac is available in 500 GB capacities at S$129 and S$149 respectively. Comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

Samsung release Jelly Bean upgrade roadmap

Samsung recently unveiled a list of smartphones and tablets that will be getting for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Galaxy S III
Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Galaxy Note 10.1
Galaxy S II
Galaxy Note
Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Galaxy S Advance
Galaxy S II LTE
Galaxy Music
Galaxy Chat
Galaxy Ace 2
Galaxy Beam
Galaxy Ace Plus
Galaxy Mini II
Galaxy S DUOS

Samsung did not say exactly when these devices will be getting Jelly Bean. But at least it is good to know that Jelly Bean goodness is on the way. Interestingly, Galaxy Tab 10.1 wasn’t in the list.

Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5 in 3 days

Apple today announced that it has sold over five million of its new iPhone 5, just three days after its launch on 21 September 2012. iPhone 5 is currently available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK. 22 more countries will be getting the iPhone 5 this coming Friday (28 September) and more than 100 countries by end of the year.

The iPhone 5 comes in either white & silver or black & slate, and is available in Singapore for a suggested retail price of S$948 for the 16GB model and S$1088 for the 32GB model and S$1238 for the 64GB model (Without contract).

Apple also announced that more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6.

Interestingly, Apple shares are down despite the impressive figures.

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