Archive for September 2013

Local band Ellipsis to open Guinness Arthur’s Day for The Fray

A quartet of three guys and a girl, Ellipsis was one of four local bands that made it to the final round where The Fray would handpick the winning Play on the Day band to open for them on Guinness Arthur’s Day. The quartet – Jowell Tan (guitar), Soh Zhengping (vocals/guitar), Teng Yen Hui (drums), Japheth Ng (bass/backup vocals), beat fellow homegrown talents and received an additional S$2000 beside the adrenaline rush of opening for the international chart stars from Denver.

Rene de Monchy with The Fray and winning 'Play on the Day' band, Ellipsis

Guinness Arthur’s Day concert will be housed in a purpose-built, air-conditioned arena with amazing views of Singapore’s enviable skyline. The setup is in the shape of the iconic GUINNESS pint glass and situated at The Promontory@Marina Bay.

L to R - Isaac Slade, Joe King, Dave Welsh and Ben Wysocki headlining Guinness Arthur's Day in Singapore

GUINNESS Singapore reveals its novel pint-shaped concert venue at The Promontory@Marina Bay

1,759 lucky fans who won the tickets to the Arthur’s Day concert through ‘Acts of Boldness’ activations around Singapore can sip on pints of the black stuff at the open-air Arthur Guinness lounge and rock along with The Fray tonight.

Public Service Announcement: iOS 7 does not make your device waterproof

There are a few fake advertisements going around social media claiming that the new iOS 7 will make your iPhone and iPad waterproof.

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It may look like a funny joke but some people seems to take them seriously and started putting their iOS devices into water after upgrading to iOS 7. So here is a Public Service Announcement: iOS 7 does not make your device waterproof. DO NOT put your iOS device into water. iOS 7 is just a firmware upgrade. It does not make your iPhone or iPad waterproof.

Come to think of it, if you really fall for this fake advertisement, then maybe you shouldn’t be using a smartphone. Take this as a good opportunity to change to a feature phone that can match your intelligence level.

Apple sold 9 million iPhones over the weekend

We expected an impressive launch weekend for the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. But I guess most people didn’t expect Apple to sell 9 million iPhones over the launch weekend. I guess most of the 9 million iPhones are iPhone 5s. The demand for iPhone 5c isn’t that great.

Asymco did a chart to show the launch day performance for some of the popular smartphones.

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One reason why Apple managed to sell so many iPhones during launch weekend is because they launched it in 9 countries. Not only that, China is one of the first few countries getting the iPhone. But all these cannot be achieve without great logistic. I must say that it is impressive that Apple can handle the logistic during launch weekend and sell 9 million iPhones.

In fact, they could have sold more. Apple is just not making the iPhones fast enough. And that is understandable as there is a high demand for the iPhone 5s, especially Gold colour. Some people speculated that Apple underestimated the demand for Gold colour. The demand for Gold colour iPhone 5s caught many people by surprise. Initially we thought only Asian market will go crazy over Gold colour. But this wasn’t the case. It seems like Gold is the new Black now.

Apple shares went up almost 5% on Monday after the announcement.

Uu 3D custom figurines

Have you ever wanted a 3D figurine of yourself? Well, from now till 6 October 2013, you can get a 3D printed version of yourself at Scott Square Uu 3D studio.

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In order to make a mini version of you, professionals from Mikanbako 3D imaging studio use cutting-edge equipment to scan your image at the Uu 3D studio. Scanning usually takes around 30 minutes. After that, the data will be send back to Mikanbako’s lab in Japan to be processed and printed using the latest 3D printing technology. Due to the complexity of the technical processes, you will receive your 3D figurine three months from the scan.

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The price of a 3D mini you doesn’t come cheap. A small sized (15 cm) 3D figurine cost S$850. Medium sized (20 cm) 3D firgurine cost S$1,000 while large sized (25 cm) cost S$1,500. But hey, it’s cheaper than some limited edition collectable toys and this is one of a kind.

So anyone wants to make a mini 3D version of yourself? You have until 6 October to consider.

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iPhone 5s Touch ID fingerprint scanner hacked?

OK, firstly let me say that this is not 100% confirmed. But it seems like the folks at Chaos Computer Club in Germany have successfully hacked the iPhone 5s Touch ID. Wow, that was fast.

Seems real to me.

According to the blog entry, the fingerprint of the enroled user is photographed with 2400 dpi resolution. The resulting image is then cleaned up, inverted and laser printed with 1200 dpi onto transparent sheet with a thick toner setting. Finally, pink latex milk or white woodglue is smeared into the pattern created by the toner onto the transparent sheet. After it cures, the thin latex sheet is lifted from the sheet, breathed on to make it a tiny bit moist and then placed onto the sensor to unlock the phone. This process has been used with minor refinements and variations against the vast majority of fingerprint sensors on the market.

So don’t worry. It is not a simple process. Fingerprint is still a good form of security for most average consumers. But if you are dealing with top secret stuff, then maybe you might want to reconsider before activating Touch ID.

And it seems like this hack meets the criteria for the crowdfund bounty to hack iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner. Let’s wait for confirmation. And let’s see if that person who pledged $10,000 rewards really pay up. I’ll update this blog entry once we get confirmation.

Update: It’s official. Touch ID has been hacked by Germany’s Chaos Computer Club. But it is a shame that the person/company that pledged $10,000 has back out and refused to pay.

Check out the video below.

Congrats to Starbug from the Chaos Computer Club. Starbug is giving away his rewards to Raumfahrtagentur, a spinoff from CCC-Berlin.