Archive for May 2015

ONE FC: Warrior’s Quest

Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization, ONE Championship (ONE), is back in Singapore this coming Friday.

ONE FC: Warrior’s Quest will see the clash between two of the best lightweights in the world when ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki put his title on the line against the number one contender, Koji Ando.

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ONE FC: Warrior’s Quest is set to take place at Singapore Indoor Stadium on 22 May 2015. Tickets are on sale now at Sports Hub Tix. Ticket categories begin with the full VIP experience at S$1,488. Tickets priced at $158, $58 and $38 are also available.

You can also catch the HD livestream for US$9.99.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Kickstarter

I don’t consider myself a huge fan of Castlevania but I do remember loving the game and spending many hours playing the game on my old 8-Bit TV console. So when I heard news about the series producer Koji Igarashi going on Kickstarter to raise funds for his upcoming video game, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, I decided to back it. This is after all the first time I backed a game on Kickstarter.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is based on the player-character named Miriam who finds her blood is cursed and is slowly turning to crystal. To remove the curse she faces the challenges of a monster-filled castle with the help of Gebel, her companion who is similarly afflicted but for a much longer time.

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The game will be presented in a 2.5D style, presenting the game in three-dimensional graphics but restricting movement to a 2D system. Koji Igarashi stated the choice for 2.5D was that it follows in the style of his previous Castlevania games.

Koji Igarashi brought the game to Kickstarter after failing to get funding from more than twenty publishers. They thought nobody will be interested in this kind of game anymore. Well, the project reached is goal of US$500,000 within hours and US$2 million within 2 days.

If you are interested, do check out the Kickstarter project. The game is expected to be ready in March 2017.

Everyone is a Winner at Shell Singapore

Shell Singapore just launched the “Everyone is a Winner” promotion recently. From 11 May to 2 August 2015, Shell Escape members who spend at least $60 (gross) on Shell fuels with payment by cash, Nets, credit cards or vouchers will receive sure-win Peel & Win cards. Non-Shell Escape members can sign up for a Shell Escape Card at any Shell station to participate in the promotion.

Shell 'Everyone is a Winner' - Peel & Win Card

Get 1 Peel & Win card for every $60 spent on Shell FuelSave/Diesel. Double the chances with 2 Peel & Win cards for every $60 spent on Shell V-Power. On top of that, all payments made with Citibank Credit Cards gets 1 additional Peel & Win card.

Three lucky winners will stand a chance to walk away with $5,000 worth of Shell fuel vouchers, while 20 other winners will get to bring home $1,000 worth of Shell fuel vouchers. Visit Shell Singapore website for more details.

Canon launched new EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

Canon just launched the EF50mm f/1.8 STM, the third generation of the popular EF50mm f/1.8 lens, aka nifty fifty, with a new Stepping Motor (STM).

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The latest version of the EF50mm f/1.8 builds upon the proven and venerable design, with enhanced metal mounts for better build quality and greater reliability, STM drive technology to make the autofocusing virtually silent, and optimized lens coating to suppress flaring and ghosting.

The inclusion of the new STM technology makes the lens viable for video capture – a function important to DSLR users today. This enhanced technology removes unwanted motor noise and makes for an even quieter, smoother, and quicker AutoFocus (AF) in movie shooting, resulting in better video footage.

The EF50mm f/1.8 STM is equipped with a reduced minimum focusing distance of 35cm, 10cm less from 45cm on the EF50mm f/1.8. This allows the user to get closer to the subject for a more up-close shot.

Pricing and availability of the EF50mm f/1.8 STM in Singapore will be advised at a later date. According to some websites, the EF50mm f/1.8 STM will be available in the US by the end of May and retails at US$125.99.

Update on 21 May 2015: The EF50mm f/1.8 STM is now available in Singapore at $189.​

Messaging app LINE used as a decoy for targeted attack

Targeted attacks, also known as advanced persistent threats (APTs), have intensified over the past year alongside newly identified techniques according to Trend Micro’s s latest Targeted Attack Trends 2014 Annual Report. In the latest news, popular mobile messaging application, LINE, was used as a bait to lure targets in a targeted attack which hit the Taiwan government.

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Intended targets received a spear-phishing email that uses LINE as its subject and has .ZIP file attachment with the filename, add_line.zip. The said email message purports to come from the secretary of a political figure supposedly asking recipients (in a Taiwan government office) to join a specific LINE group, and to provide some information for profiling purposes. Once users open the .ZIP file, it contains an executable file (add_zip.exe), which Trend Micro detects as BKDR_MOCELPA.ZTCD-A.

Further investigation revealed that this targeted attack is suspected to be connected to Taidoor because it makes use of the same encryption to hide the network traffic. Taidoor is a campaign which employs malicious .DOC files that shows a legitimate document but executes the malware payload in the background. One particular sample exploited CVE-2012-0158, a vulnerability in Windows Common Controls. It targeted US Defense contractors as well as Japanese companies. Just last year alone saw two Taidoor-related zero-day exploit attacks targeting CVE-2014-1761 which hit government agencies and an educational institution in Taiwan.

This reinforces the need for enterprises and large organizations to adapt more than ever to the risks posed by targeted attacks.