Big Hero 6

The school holidays is here. Just in time for the new animation from Disney.

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Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, Big Hero 6 is an action packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius, thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon, fanboy Fred and Baymax, a personal healthcare robot Tadashi created.

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When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot, it is up to Hiro, Baymax and the band of high tech heroes to solve the mystery.

Big Hero 6 is now showing in Singapore.

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More than 73,000 webcam feeds with default password found online

If you have a security webcam, you might want to check if you’ve changed the default password. Apparently a lot of people set up their webcam without changing their default password. This means that anyone can access and view the webcam.

Someone setup a website that pulls in all the unsecured webcam feeds. Surprisingly, there are more than 73,000 webcam out there that are using the default password. More than 600 of them are from Singapore. Some of the webcams are just pointing at corridors or doors. Those should be fine. But it is rather alarming to find some of the webcams in bedroom or living room. Imagine someone watching your every move. Now that’s creepy.

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So if you have a webcam at home, please check to make sure you’ve changed your default password. Unless you don’t mind the whole world seeing your webcam feed.

NTUC FairPrice Share-A-Textbook Project 2014

NTUC FairPrice’s annual Share-A-Textbook Project is back. The project is aimed at reducing the financial burden of education on low-income families and promote the value of thrift and recycling among Singaporeans.

The Share-A-Textbook project has collected over 3.135 million books since it started in 1983. This year, FairPrice aims to collect 400,000 school textbooks that are still in good condition, an increase of about 5 per cent from last year. About 20,000 students have since been registered under the priority student scheme where they will get to pick the donated textbooks first.

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Members of the public can now donate their textbooks at 147 FairPrice supermarkets, FairPrice Finest, FairPrice Xtra and FairPrice Xpress outlets at Esso service stations from today till 7 December 2014.

Obama shows support for net neutrality

President Obama said that he is in favor of net neutrality on a video announcement recently. He urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take up the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality, the principle that says Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all internet traffic equally.

In short, he is suggesting that the FCC recognises access to the Internet as a basic utility, and something that Americans have a basic right to. This means no blocking, no throttling, more transparency and no paid prioritization.

Interesting development in the US.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

The long rumoured replacement for Canon’s old telescoping EF100-400mm lens is finally here. I was kinda disappointed when Canon didn’t announce the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM during the 7D Mark II announcement. Well, better late then never.

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The new design of the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM now allows focus on subjects as close as 0.98m. The maximum magnification ability of the new lens has been improved substantially to 0.31x which is the best in its class. This effectively reduces the minimum focusing distance by almost half, making it possible to shoot very fine details or close-up photos of small subjects.

The EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is suited for daylight and outdoor situations, where backlight flaring and ghosting are legitimate concerns. Canon has used the new ASC (Air Sphere Coating) technology to create a special film that includes air spheres filled with low refractive index air, effectively forming a layer with excellent anti-reflective effects and clear rendering.

The EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM also features a significantly enhanced Image Stabilization unit. The lens’ new IS unit provides an IS performance improvement from 1.5 steps to 4 steps and three different modes of optimal stabilization. This help the users tackle the challenges of photographing subjects with irregular movement moving at high speeds easily.

No news on the pricing and availability of the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM in Singapore yet. It will be available in the US this coming December at US$2199.