Archive for January 2014

That Apple Macbook Pro Giveaway Offer on Facebook is fake

This is not the first time we see fake giveaway on Facebook. But I’m surprised that people still falls for it.

That “Apple – Macbook Pro Giveaway (175 Remaining)!” offer on Facebook is fake. Sorry to the 104,652 people who claimed the offer.


It is actually not very difficult to spot a fake giveaway. The most easy thing is to check when was the page created. If the Facebook page was created recently, then most likely it is a fake. And most company will use a proper product shots of their product. Also, check for spelling errors and brand guidelines. Apple spell MacBook Pro with a capital “B”.

Last but not least, if the offer is too good to be true, then it is most likely not true.

Away for reservist

By the time you are reading this, I should be wearing my Number 4 and back in camp for my 10th In Camp Training (aka ICT aka Reservist). Yes yes, I’m going back for reservist again. And it’s my 10th and final In Camp Training. Woohoo!

I’ll be away for 1 week and 1 day. My ICT officially ends next Monday (13 Jan 2014, 2359HR). Will most likely be able to book out during the weekends but will have to stay in during weekdays. Anyway, I scheduled some blog post during this period. Will try to find time to go to the Business Centre to blog and catch up with the outside world.

OH YA, we can bring camera phone into army camp now. At least I won’t be so disconnected from the outside world this time.

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Training to be soldiers,
Fight for our land,
Once in our lives,
Two years of our time.

Have you ever wondered,
Why we must serve,
Because we love our land
And we want it to be free YAH!

Marina Coastal Expressway updated on Google Maps

Earlier this week, I mentioned that Google Maps was updated with Marina Coastal Expressway but there was an error. Well, the error has been corrected and Google Maps now shows MCE correctly. This is a good news for drivers who uses Google Maps for their turn by turn navigations.


Now all we need is the Street View car to go take pictures of the new MCE.

By the way, Apple Map is still not updated with the new MCE. So do take note if you are using Apple Map.

4.6 million Snapchat accounts hacked

Snapchat got hacked on New Year Eve and more than 4.6 million users name and phone numbers were downloaded. The data was posted online with the last 2 digits of the phone number removed.

Now don’t worry. Most of the affected accounts are from America. So if your mobile number is outside America, you are most likely safe. If you are worried, you can use this website to check if your Snapchat account is affected.

An Australian company called Gibson Security posted a warning to Snapchat about the possibility of an attack in August 2013 and released the details on Christmas Day. Snapchat claimed in a blog post that they have implemented various safeguards to make it more difficult to do.

Well, seems like it wasn’t difficult enough.

The hackers said that they wanted to raise the public awareness around the issue, and also put public pressure on Snapchat to get the exploit fixed.

Actually, only the username and the mobile number tied to the username is exposed in this hack. Your chat log and photos that you send are safe.

For most people, it is not really a big deal. And if my memory served me correct, this is not the first time a website get “hacked” in this manner. Oh well.

BBM to come preinstalled on LG Smartphones

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) will soon come preinstalled on the LG G Pro Lite from LG in markets around the world. BlackBerry recently announced that the bundling agreement with LG Electronics involving both standard and virtual preloading (using the LG App Manager).

The company also confirmed that BBM will also continue to be available as a free download from Android app stores, including Google Play.

BBM gives users privacy, control and immediacy as they chat with their contacts either one-to-one, in multiple chats or as part of a BBM Group. BBM’s Delivered and Read statuses, as well as message-in-progress notices, keep people engaged and active in their conversations.