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When all things fail, hold Cmd-R during start up

I seem to be getting quite some gadget problem lately, especially with my 3 year old MacBook Pro.

First the battery went dead. That was my fault for abusing the battery. So I got it replaced at the local Apple authorised service centre.

Then something went wrong with the Battery Indicator display light. It refuse to turn off. It was so bad that it is draining 10% of the battery even when the power is turned off. Even resetting the System Management Controller (SMC) doesn’t help. Eventually I decided to let the battery drain completely and that solve the issue.

Just when I thought all my hardware issues were solved, the MacBook Pro decided to crash on Start up. Somewhere some file registry or something must have been corrupted. Even Disk Utility can’t fix it.

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So I’m left with no choice but use the ultimate fix for MacOS devices: hold Command-R during startup. This bring the MacBook Pro into OS X Recovery. Yes, I format the harddisk and reinstall MacOS on my MacBook Pro. It is amazing how easy and straight forward the process is.

Luckily for me, I don’t have any important data in my MacBook Pro. All important files have backups somewhere. I should have turn on Time Machine to make the process less painless. But it doesn’t matter. Now I have a brand new MacOS install. Good to restart and reinstall all the required app. And I notice something…… actually I don’t use a lot of apps on my MacBook Pro. Most of the stuff that I use are online. The most frequently used app is actually Chrome Browser.

So yes, just remember: When all things fail, hold Cmd-R during start up. Someone should print a T-Shirt for this. And if only everything in life is so easy to fix.

Newstead Technologies Opens Largest Digital Style At Suntec City Mall

Newstead Technologies recently opened the largest Digital Style at the newly renovated Suntec City Mall. The 9044 square feet Digital Style Suntec City is fully decked out with the latest trending gadgets technology can offer. It is designed for customers to get hands-on with gadgets by allowing them to plug-and-play, mix-and-match products.

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Digital Style Suntec City boasts Newstead Technologies’ first ever Store-in-Store concept in the market, in which six consumer electronics brands feature their hottest and latest gadgets in dedicated spaces of approximately 353 square feet each. The six brands are ASUS, Samsung, Lenovo, Acer, Dell and HP. Each brand has focused product categories – the ASUS brand corner showcases its thin and light ultrabooks while Samsung features its tablets, smartphones and accessories. Desktop computers and laptops are offered in all Acer, Lenovo, Dell and HP brand corners.

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Catering to every digital need, Digital Style Suntec City offers a comprehensive range of audiovisual equipment from headphones to mini home theatre systems. Digital Style continues to meet small business and home computing needs with printers, digital cameras, home networking and storage solutions among the many electronics available.

Gadget lovers can rely on Tech Aid, the store’s refreshing take on traditional customer service counters. They can approach any staff at Tech Aid to resolve technical-related queries and issues that they face before, during and after purchasing their gadgets. Staff will provide on-site evaluation and technical support as part of their commitment to deliver the best in-store services.

25th anniversary of Firewall

Firewall recently celebrated its 25th birthday. The first firewall was created in 1991 to combat computer viruses and Internet worms. Over the years, as attacks and malware have become more sophisticated, the firewall has had to develop and grow with each security breach that has been discovered.

However, it was not until 2003 that the concept of a Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) would be introduced. A mere 10 years after the conceptualization of NGFW, McAfee was already ahead of the competition with their own NGFW development efforts.

For McAfee, its solution combines anti-evasion security with enterprise-scale availability and manageability. In addition, it is also flexible – with the ability to change from a NGFW to a L2 firewall, IPS, and firewall/VPN.

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Ingress now on iOS

The highly popular mobile augmented reality game Ingress is now available on iOS. Woohoo! For the longest time, Android users have been enjoying the game while iOS users look with envy. Not any more.

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In Ingress, players join one of the two factions, either Resistance or Enlightened, to collect “Exotic Matter” and gain control of “Portals” which are typically associated with public landmarks.

If you can’t find me for the next few weeks or months, I should be out playing Ingress.

Singapore YouthSpark Kids Camp @ Microsoft

Microsoft hosted 480 kids and parents at its Singapore office last weekend, giving them a fun introduction to the latest technology, smart photo taking and even making their own games at the first ever Singapore YouthSpark Kids Camp @ Microsoft.

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Hands-on activities were led by Microsoft volunteers to guide participants, between the ages of five to thirteen, through a range of technological activities. They not only saw the latest technology, and also took their first steps towards building their own programs through code.org’s Hour of Code challenge and Microsoft Kodu Game Lab, which lets kids create games on the PC and Xbox via a simple visual programming language. The young participants programmed and played games that they have created on their own with the smart game coding track. In the smart photo taking activity, the kids first discovered how they can make photos pop with new tricks for capturing, editing and sharing photos from the phone and took it a step further by building interactive worlds with photos through the Photosynth app.

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Computational thinking is a critical skill set. Experts suggest that at least two-thirds of future jobs do not exist today and may likely require this ability. Introducing coding to Singaporeans, who in a recent LinkedIn survey ranked technology as one of the top industries they are interested in, helps groom our future technology professionals.

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Part of Microsoft’s YouthSpark global commitment to empower youth, the YouthSpark Kids Camp @ Microsoft builds on the coding momentum started with the #WeSpeakCode campaign earlier this year. #WeSpeakCode seeks to make “Code – the official Second Language of Asia Pacific” and has been supported by stars such as Stefanie Sun and Eunice Olsen. It provides a taste of what coding is, demonstrates how accessible learning coding can be, and celebrates all the professional coders across the region.