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Uber waiving taxi booking fees for 2 weeks

Uber Singapore is waiving taxi booking fees for all uberTAXI booking from today till 7 December 2014.

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There’s no promo code to enter. Just go to your Uber app and request for a uberTAXI. The driver will enter the fare minus booking fee into their Uber Driver App and you’ll receive the receipt in your email. You get to save between S$2.30 and S$3.30 on every ride.

This offer is available to all existing Uber users including new users. So hurry. Promo ends on 7 December.

Android malware circulating via SMS

There is a Android malware circulating via SMS as we speak now. The SMS goes something like this “XXX Is this your photo? http://url7.me/NwVk1″ where XXX is the receiver’s name. DO NOT CLICK on the URL.

If you receive this SMS from your friend, that means your friend’s phone has been infected by the malware.

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If you click on the URL, it will download and install an Android App call PhotoViewer.apk. This malware will go through your address book and send the SMS to all your contacts. To remove the malware, use F-Secure Mobile Security (30-day free trial) from the Google Play store. It will detect and prompt you to remove the Photo Viewer malware.

If I’m not mistaken, iPhone users are safe from this malware. For Android users, if you set your security settings to only allow apps from trusted sources, you are safe too.

Do not click on any URL if you are not sure where it leads to. If your friend suddenly send you a URL out of the blue, ask him/her what’s the URL first before clicking. Always check before clicking. You never know when your friend might be infected with a malware.

Yahoo Fast Flicks Winner: Forbidden Love

“Forbidden Love”, a film by Trailer Producer Terence Lee, emerged as the winner for Yahoo Fast Flicks. Told through the burning time of one cigarette, the vidoe show a story about a love that was forbidden and how the pain never subsided.

Terence walked away with a grand prize of S$15,000, a Nikon DSLR D810 camera and a AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens worth over S$5,000 from Nikon.

Yahoo Fast Flicks, which was open for entries from 7 to 28 October 2014, asked participants to submit a high-definition, two-minute original video in a genre of their choice ‒ opening up the competition to anyone with an idea and imagination. Closing at 127 entries, this was an intensely fought competition, which pitted amateur filmmakers against professionals, levelling the platform with the theme YOLO (You Only Live Once, in non-millennial speak).

Rain”, by Tiffany Zhang was the First Runner-Up. This animation film was about embracing the littlest things in life. The Second Runner-Up position went to Vicki Yang and Chris Yeo for “Your Order is Nearly Complete”, a film about making some unexpected choices.

Not the most secured password

I was surfing YouTube recently when I stumble upon this video. It’s a video clip from Star Trek that says the most secure security password ever.

To be honest, a password like 173467321476C32789777643T732V73117888732476789764376 is rather secure. It is 52 characters long and will take a long time for computer to brute force that. But is it the most secured password? Hardly. Try remembering the password. It’s difficult. Most people will just end up writing this on a piece of paper. And we all know how this will end.

The way that we have been using password is wrong. A good password needs to be long and easy for the owner to remember. There is no need for uppercase and lowercase. No need for special characters. Just a long phrase that is easy for the owner to remember and difficult to brute force. Check out this XKCD comic and you’ll understand what I mean.

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Of cos you are not supposed to change your password to be the same as the comic. All you need to do is to think of 4 to 6 random words and is long and easy for you to remember. Now that will be the most secured password.

Samsung GALAXY Note Edge 4G+ now available in Singapore

The wait is over. The Samsung GALAXY Note Edge 4G+ is now available in Singapore. Fans who successfully pre-ordered the Samsung GALAXY Note Edge 4G+ received the unique curved screen device today from Samsung Experience Stores and the 3 telcos.

Customers waiting in anticipation at the Samsung Experience Store at Westgate to collect their GALAXY Note Edge 4G+

The Samsung GALAXY Note Edge 4G+ elevates the mobile experience with its one-of-a-kind Edge Screen, maximising the unparalleled larger-screen Note experience by offering users a revolutionary way to use their mobile device. With this Edge Screen, performing everyday tasks and multitasking has become simpler and more efficient. Users can also download more Edge Screen panels or optimised apps from GALAXY Apps to further enhance their experience.

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The GALAXY Note Edge 4G+ will be available from 22 November 2014 at S$1,248 (without contract) in Charcoal Black and Frost White.