Archive for January 2015

Sony sold more than 18.5 million PlayStation 4

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc recently announced that the PlayStation 4 (PS4) computer entertainment system has cumulatively sold through more than 18.5 million units worldwide as of 4 January 2015. 4.1 million units were sold globally during the holiday season.

PS4

In addition, over 10.9 million users have been taking advantage of the features and benefits of the PlayStation Plus (PS Plus) membership service as of 2 January 2015. Subscribers have access to a wide variety of features such as “Instant Game Collection,” which allows members to play full versions of popular titles from third party developers and publishers, as well as from SCE Worldwide Studios, with no time limits or extra costs. PS4 owners have also been enjoying online multiplayer with PS Plus.

The PS4 system’s games portfolio will continue to expand with highly anticipated titles such as FINAL FANTASY XV, METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN, Persona5, STREET FIGHTER V, Bloodborne, The Order: 1886, and The Tomorrow Children.

The independent development community will also continue to deliver innovative new titles for PS4 including Astebreed, Galak-Z and Mighty No.9.

Software phone scam

The Singapore Police Force has issued a news release warning the public of a software phone scam after receiving several reports.

Victims first receive calls from unknown person claiming to be from the technical support sections of major software companies. The callers would inform the victims that their computers required security or software updates and victims would be asked to download and install one or more software from the Internet. The victims would also be asked to provide the software user account identification codes and passwords to the caller and in some instances, victims were instructed to enter some commands into their computers.

Some victims observed that their computers were remotely controlled or files were deleted after following the instructions of the callers. The callers would then convince the victims to buy additional software by making online payments or by providing their credit card details.

The police is advising the public to ignore such calls. Do not follow the instructions of the callers to install any software on your computer or enter any commands. Do not make any payment or divulge your credit card or bank account details to the caller.

If you had followed any of the caller’s instructions, immediately use another computer to change all your online banking, credit card, social media account and email account password. Scan your computer for virus and malware.

If you have any information related to this crime, call the Police hotline at 1800-255 0000, or dial ‘999’ for urgent Police assistance.

Intel unveil 5th Generation Intel Core processor at CES

It’s CES time. Intel just announced the release of its latest wave of 14nm processors, the 5th Generation Intel Core processor. The new processor promise improved system and graphics performance, more natural and immersive user experiences, and enabling longer battery life compared to previous generations.

Intel

Key benefits of the 5th Generation Intel Core family and the next-generation 14nm processor for tablets include:
– More powerful performance with 35% more transistors on a 37% smaller die
– Power efficiency for up to 1.5 hours better battery life than the previous generation
– The next evolution in processor graphics architecture that enable 4K Ultra HD display
– Better support for the Internet of Things with a smaller thermal envelope
– Provides the foundation for great user experiences today and in the future with Intel technology such as RealSense 3D and wireless innovations

The release of the 5th Generation Intel Core technology includes 14 new processors for consumers and businesses, including 10 new 15W processors with Intel® HD Graphics and four new 28W products with Intel® Iris™ Graphics.

The 5th Generation Intel Core processor is purpose-built for the next generation of compute devices offering a thinner, lighter and more efficient experience across diverse form factors, including traditional notebooks, 2 in 1s, Ultrabooks, Chromebooks, all-in-one desktop PCs and mini PCs.

My 2015 new year resolution……

My 2015 new year resolution is….. 5120 x 2880.

OK, some of you might go “HUH? What’s that?”. Other’s will know that I’m talking about screen resolution. Yes, I just got the Apple 27 inch iMac with Retina 5K display few weeks ago, hence the 5120 x 2880 resolution. OK ok, I know this is a lame joke.

I decided to get the new 27 inch iMac with Retina 5K display because the iMac I’m using is getting old. I’ve been using the old iMac for 7 years. It is hard to imagine that my old iMac managed to last that long. I use it almost everyday and it have been through tons of abuse. I’ve replaced several keyboard and mouse over the years and changed the Harddisk once. The old iMac is still usable although can feel that it is getting slower and the internal speakers is getting softer. But hey, can’t expect much from a 7 year old iMac. I wasn’t even expecting the iMac to last that long when I first bought it.

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So I got the new 27 inch iMac with Retina 5K display together with the Fibre Broadband plan that I sign up late last year. Got a bit of savings because of the bundle. The new iMac is worth every cent. The display is beautiful. The only problem is that it is hard to find 4K content to make full use of the display. I also need time to get used to the 27 inch display. Moving from a 21 inch display to a 27 inch display is a huge change. There’s so much screen real estate now.

Oh, I must say that Apple really put in a lot of effort to make the unboxing experience a pleasant one. I didn’t do an unboxing video myself but you can check out the unboxing video done by others. Taking the iMac out of the box is a breeze despite the size.

I don’t know if this iMac can last me 7 years like the previous one. (I hope it can) All I know is that this is the resolution that I’ll be having for the next few years.

I’m sorry if you are here for my new year resolution. Like the past few years, I didn’t make any new year resolution. Don’t believe in them.

HP sold Palm trademarks to Alcatel Onetouch

Palm has been dead for some time after HP purchased the company for $1.2 billion in 2010 and do nothing with it. Well, it seems like we might be seeing Palm in the market again soon. HP recently sold off the trademarks associated with Palm.

Palm.com website now points to a new domain call mynewpalm.com. If you go to the website now, it shows the familiar Orange Palm One logo together with a looping text that says “Coming soon” and “Smart Move”.

Palm

“Smart Move” is the slogan for Alcatel Onetouch, own by TCL Corporation, a Chinese multinational electronics company. It seems like Alcatel Onetouch is the new owner of the Palm trademark.

So far we are not sure what is Alcatel Onetouch planning to do with the Palm trademark. We also don’t know if the deal includes Palm’s software and patents. But the chances of seeing WebOS or PalmOS devices out in the market is still pretty slim. Most likely Alcatel Onetouch will be using the Palm trademark to enter markets like US.