Archive for June 2014

Starbucks Strawberry Cheesecake Frappuccino and Tiramisu Frappuccino

Starbucks Singapore released 2 new drinks for summer, just in time for the super warm weather. The Starbucks Strawberry Cheesecake Frappuccino blended beverage and the Starbucks Tiramisu Frappuccino blended beverage.

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As part of its latest “Say Yes” summer campaign, Starbucks Singapore is also introducing a series of promotions. From 12 to 22 June, get a complimentary beverage size-upgrade with every purchase of one summer promotional drink and one promotional pastry – Apple Croissant-Doughnut or Chocolate Croissant-Doughnut.

From 23 to 27 June between 3pm and 7pm, purchase a Venti-sized Strawberry Cheesecake Frappuccino or Tiramisu Frappuccino and get another one absolutely free.

Baidu appoints ihub China as an Authorised Reseller in 14 countries across Asia

World’s leading Chinese search engine Baidu has appointed iHub China as an authorised reseller for its online marketing services in 14 countries across Asia. These countries are Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, East Timor, Brunei and India, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

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iHub China is the newly formed Digital Agency arm of ihub Media headquartered in Singapore.

Baidu currently dominates 72% of China’s search engine market share and holds a market value of over USD$50 billion. Advertising on Baidu is thus an ideal online marketing solution for brands looking to enhance their online presence and sales in the Chinese market. ihub China will bring its experience in performance-based search and direct-response digital campaigns to the Baidu platform, offering a full suite of services including contextual ads based on search queries, user behaviour-based display placement and more.

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive

I was quite excited when I heard that the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is available in Singapore. After hearing so much good reviews from the tech journalist in the US, I finally managed to try it out for myself. And it didn’t disappoint.

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In short, the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is a small portable wireless drive. You can easily connect up to 5 mobile devices to the Wireless Media Drive via WIFI. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive works with iOS and Android devices. It even work with your Kindle Fire if you have one. Once connected, you can use it to stream HD video, music or photos. This is great for sharing media files or if your mobile device doesn’t have much spare memory space.

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The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive can also be used with PC running Windows XP or higher or Mac running Mac OS 10.6 or higher.

My favorite feature on the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is the SDHC/SDXC memory card slot. The SD Card slot is great for photographers who want to share their photo quickly and easily. Simply slot in your camera’s SD Card into the Wireless Media Drive and you can view your photos conveniently on your mobile device. You can also download the photos from your SD Card to your mobile device for quick sharing on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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I reviewed the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive using my iPhone 5s. Setting up was a breeze. Simply download the SanDisk app from Apple App store, connect to the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive using WIFI and it’s ready to go. File transfer speed is surprisingly fast. Battery life was great. According to SanDisk, the Wireless Media Drive is able to last up to 8 hours of continuous streaming. Good enough to last you a day. Really love the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive.

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive comes with 32GB or 64GB storage capacities at S$139 and S$209 respectively.

World’s riskiest footballer to search for online

World Cup season is just around the corner. A lot of football fans will be using the internet to find out more about their football star. Well, it is worth noting that Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s riskiest football player to search for online.

According to research from McAfee, cybercriminals are most likely to use the Portuguese star footballer to lure visitors to web pages designed to infect them with malware. Fans run the greatest risk when visiting sites offering screensaver downloads and videos showcasing the extraordinary skills of the players. Searching for the latest Cristiano Ronaldo content yields more than a 3.7% chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

Following closely behind Ronaldo are Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Spain’s Iker Cassillas, Brazil’s Neymar and Algeria’s Karim Ziani.

Cybercriminals often leverage on consumer interest in current events to lure them to web sites rigged with malware and malicious code capable of infecting a user’s machine and stealing passwords and personal information.

McAfee researchers have used McAfee SiteAdvisor site ratings to determine which sites are risky to search when coupled with footballer names and have calculated an overall risk percentage.

[Infographic] McAfee Red Card Club 2014

To avoid becoming a victim while searching for more information about your favourite football star, beware of content that prompts you to download anything before providing you the content. Always opt to watch streaming videos or download content from official websites of content providers.

Don’t “log in” or provide other information. If you receive a message, text or email or visit a third-party website that asks for your information—credit card, email, home address, Social Media login, or other information—for access to an exclusive story, don’t give it out. Such requests are a common tactic for phishing that could lead to identity theft.

Xbox One Launching in Singapore on 23 September 2014

Mark your calendar. Xbox One will be launching in Singapore on 23 September 2014 starting at S$639. The Xbox One with Kinect will also be available starting at S$739.

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Every Xbox One system will include the Xbox One console — which features a 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray player and built-in Wi-Fi — one Xbox One Wireless Controller and a free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold for new members.

The Xbox One gaming launch line up in Singapore will include exclusive blockbusters such as Forza Horizon 2 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which comes with the highly anticipated Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta.

More details about launch game bundles, ways to pre-order and full list of games will be available in the near future. Stay tuned.