Archive for February 2015

The dress that got the whole internet talking

If you were online yesterday, chances are you were involved in the great dress debate. Is the dress Blue and Black or White and Gold?

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Some people see it as White and Gold while others see it as Blue and Black. The results are so divided that there was a huge debate on all social networking site yesterday.

I swear it was White and Gold initially when I saw the photo. But later that day, when I look at the same exact photo again, it appears Blue and Black. Freaky. But I was told that I’m not the only person experiencing that. Some people do see it as White and Gold but later see it as Blue and Black.

Well, it is actually Blue and Black. The reason why some people see it as White and Gold while others see it as Blue and Black is due to a condition call colour constancy. It is a feature of the human colour perception system which ensures that the perceived color of objects remains relatively constant under varying illumination conditions. Take this image for example. Although A appear to be darker than B, actually both of them are the same shade of grey.

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But regardless if you see the dress as White and Gold or Blue and Black, one thing we can all agree on is that this is a very badly taken photo.

Moto 360 now available in Singapore

The stylish and elegant smartwatch from Motorola, the Moto 360, is now available in Singapore.

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Powered by Android Wear, the Moto 360 syncs with any smartphone running Android Jelly Bean4.3 or higher. It has a Corning Gorilla Glass watchface that prevent scratches.

Everything can be accessed by just the sound of your voice or simple movements. A simple twist of the wrist shows you who is emailing or calling you, what time your next meeting is or a friend’s latest social media post. Or jut say “OK Google” to find out if your plane is on time, or even if your favourite restaurant is open.

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The Moto 360 can even help you schedule your life by helping to fix appointments, sending an SMS, setting an alarm or taking a note. With subtle alerts and notifications based on where you are and what you are doing, the Moto 360 keeps you on time and up to date without taking you out of the moment or distracting you.

Moto 360 also acts as inspiration for a healthier lifestyle with the inbuilt Moto Body functionality. You can track your steps, distance, heart rate and calories all from one device. Based on the information collected, Moto Body gives you new goals to keep you motivated and will be available to all Moto 360 users through the Motorola Connect app update.

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Available in black finish, it is priced at S$380 (inclusive of GST), exclusively on Rakuten and the Mstation shop at The Verge (2 Serangoon Road, #01-03/05, Singapore 218227).

Chingay 2015

The Chingay 2015 will be happening on 27 and 28 February at the F1 Pit. More than 11,000 colourful multi-cultural performers took part in this year’s Chingay. The theme for this year’s Chingay is “We Love SG” as we celebrate SG50.

Besides local performers, there are also foreign contingents from China (Gansu, Suzhou, Tianjin, Xinjiang), India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

I managed to catch the Chingay 2015 few weeks ago during their rehearsal / NE Show. Here are some of the spectaculars you can expect from this year’s Chingay.

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Bootcase for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Bootcase, the trendy and versatile iPhone power case, is now available for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Bootcase takes “fuction meets fashion” to an entirely new level by providing a higher range of battery capacities without adding additional bulk. Created by engineers at the forefront of fashion and technology, Boostcase features a slim-fitting perforated snap case offering lightweight everyday protection, and a modular battery sleeve that can be attached in a single click. The design also includes a sleek on/off switch and touch activated LED strip to reflect battery levels.

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This design is brilliant. When you are running low on power, simply attach the modular battery sleeve to the slim snap case to give you extra power. Once your iPhone is fully charged, you can remove the extra weight by detaching the battery sleeve but still protect your iPhone with the slim case.

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Boostcase for iPhone 6 and 6 plus is now available at EpiCentre and EpiLife stores at S$129. Comes in Black, Gold and Clear colours.

Asia sees highest mobile malware infection rates

According to the latest McAfee Labs threat report, Asia and Africa registered the highest mobile malware infection rates in the final quarter of 2014. There are now 387 new samples of malware detected every minute, or more than 6 every second globally.

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The report also revealed detailed assessments of the mobile threat landscape and the failure of mobile app developers to patch critical secure sockets layer (SSL) vulnerabilities, potentially impacting millions of mobile phone users.

According to a 2014 Nielsen study of about 5,000 smartphone users, an average person has 27 apps on his or her smartphone and uses them more than 30 hours a month. Many of these mobile apps attempt to securely connect to their companion websites. McAfee Labs found that 18 of the top 25 mobile apps cited as vulnerable by CERT in September 2014 are still vulnerable in January 2015. The vulnerable data included usernames and passwords and in some instances, login credentials from social networks and other third party services.

In Q4, McAfee Labs detected PUPs on 91 million systems each day. McAfee Labs sees PUPs becoming more and more aggressive, posing as legitimate apps while performing unauthorized actions such as displaying unintended ads, modifying browser settings, or collecting user and system data.

The number of new ransomware samples began to grow again in Q3 after a four-quarter decline. In Q4, the number of new samples grew 155 percent.

For a list of safety tips on how individual users can protect themselves from the threats details in the report, visit http://mcaf.ee/5z86x