The Price of Software Piracy

As part of its Play It Safe Day campaign, Microsoft has released a new joint study conducted by IDC and the National University of Singapore, which revealed that enterprises worldwide are expected to spend nearly US$500 billion (S$635 billion) in 2014 to deal with issues caused by malware deliberately loaded onto pirated software — US$127 billion dealing with security issues and US$364 billion dealing with data breaches. Global consumers, on the other hand, are expected to spend US$25 billion and waste 1.2 billion hours this year because of security threats and costly computer fixes stemming from malware on pirated software.

Globally, the greatest fears from infected software by consumers are the loss of data, files or personal information (60 percent), unauthorized Internet transactions (51 percent) and hijacking of email, social networking and bank accounts (50 percent).

This was consistent with the results amongst Singapore consumers surveyed who displayed an even greater concern in these areas. For local consumers, the greatest fears from infected sofeware are loss of data, files or personal information (65 percent), followed by unauthorized Internet transactions (64 percent) and hijacking of email, social networking and bank accounts (61 percent).

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The Logitech G Experience

Logitech recently organised a free gaming event with the support of Colosseum and Insidious Gaming to promote and strengthen the gaming culture in Singapore.

Teams of players were playing against one another in the DOTA 2 tournament

The main highlight was a DOTA 2 tournament, which pitted eight teams of five players against each other in under a variant tournament rule set. The participating teams were a mix of both experienced and casual gamers. After three competitive rounds, Team Mark emerged as the winner, taking home the bragging rights and Logitech G products.

Team Mark emeraged as the winner and took home the Logitech gaming products

In addition to the DOTA 2 tournament, there was a variety of gaming booths set up for the attendees. The gaming booths included the classic Donkey Kong and a mouse clicking game which tested the gamers’ reflexes. The game scores were shared on a live scoreboard for players to challenge one another. The event was a great way for gamers to just get together to have fun. It also served as a memorable experience for many of them who were ending their school term break.

The participants were trying out the Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls launching in Singapore on 25 March

Diablo III’s first expansion, Reaper of Souls, is coming soon. Blizzard will be having a launch event in Singapore on 25 March 2014.

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Stand a chance to win attractive prizes such as Diablo III toy figurines, t-shirts and gears from Steel Series and Alienware. Michael Chu, Diablo III Senior Game Designer, will be st the event for a Q&A and autograph session.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Singapore launch
Date: 25 March 2014
Time: 4pm – 7pm
Venue: Shaw Theatres Lido

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St Patrick’s Day Parade Singapore 2014

More than 2000 people showed up for the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Singapore last Sunday afternoon despite the afternoon rain. Luckily the rain stop just in time for the parade to start at 3:30pm. Participants marched from the The Art House to Circular Road, crossing the iconic Cavenagh Bridge. Circular Road was closed for the weekend for the St Patrick’s Day Street Party.

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Xbox One coming to Singapore in September

If you want to buy a Xbox One but don’t have enough money, don’t worry. There’s still time for you to start saving up. Microsoft recently announced that the Xbox One will be coming to Singapore in September. So relax…. there’s still enough time for you to start saving.

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Besides Singapore, another 25 countries will also be getting the XBox One in September. The 25 countries are Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and UAE.

The Xbox One was first launched November last year in US, UK and 11 other countries.