Newstead Technologies is having an on-site auction for charity. Through its first-ever notebook auction open to the public, Newstead Technologies together with Microsoft Singapore, will donate all proceeds raised from the sale of 27 brand new notebooks to its adopted charity, The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.
The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund is an annual community project that provides pocket money to children from low-income families to help them through school. The children can use this money to buy a meal during recess, pay for their bus fares or use it to meet their other schooling needs.

The charity auction, Bid to Give, will be held at The Main Atrium, Funan DigitaLife Mall on 5th and 6th May 2011, 6pm. (Registrations starts at 5pm) All bids will start at S$199.
The 2-day event is made possible by partners of Newstead Technologies which include leading notebook makers Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Panasonic, Samsung and Toshiba. Other partners include AMD, Blackberry, Brightpoint, ECS, HTC, Huawei, Ingram Micro and Jos Distribution. Microsoft Singapore is the lead sponsor for the charity drive.
In addition to Bid to Give, Newstead Technologies will also be donating $10 for every notebook sold and another $5 for every Microsoft Office 2010 purchased at its roadshow from 5th to 8th May and at Newstead Technologies’ outlets at IMM, City Square Mall, Suntec City and nex Mall from 9th to 15th May.
For more information and registration, visit the Bid to Give website. Hurry, registration closed on 27 April 2011 (Tomorrow)

A Panasonic Toughbook 19 endures extreme vibration, shock and freezing temperatures while being dragged behind a snowmobile.
Too bad they didn’t do that with the lid open. Would be more epic if they do this with lid open and running a video. Haha

Cool stuff. I’ve always wanted to abuse a Panasonic Toughbook. Like throw it down a building or run a car over it. Hee hee

Here’s a useful Google Map overlay for the Singapore General Election 2011 electoral boundaries. Great for checking out which GRC/SMC you belong to and who might be contesting.

Note: this is a user generated Google Map overlay. This is not an official electoral boundaries map from Singapore Elections Department or Google. Accuracy cannot be 100% guarantee. (Although it seem pretty accurate)
But at least it is much more readable and useful than the official map from Election Department.

This may be shocking to those who are concern about their privacy. Your iPhone actually remembers where you have been. 2 researchers found a log file in the iPhone that keep track of the location of the iPhone.
If you have a MacOS machine, go download their application and see the information in the log file.

Here’s the worrying part. Apple didn’t notify the users that it is collecting these data. It is still unsure what Apple is doing with these data. We can’t even confirm if Apple actually retrieve these data. And these data are stored on your computer unencrypted. Which means anyone who has your computer can retrieve these files and find your location. The file is also stored in your iPhone, which mean anyone who found your iPhone will also know where you have been.
And for those who jailbreak their iPhone and didn’t secure it properly, there is a chance that hackers might be able to retrieve that file from your iPhone.
Now wait a minute. Before you start worrying and throw your iPhone away, let me just say that the location aren’t very accurate. It seems like the log file is recording the location of the cell tower that your phone is connected. Not your exact GPS location. Which means it can be a few hundred metres away from your real location.
The log file cannot pin-point your exact location. But it can reveal your rough location at a given time and also your travel pattern.
Personally, I don’t really care much about this since I have my Google Latitude turned on 24/7 with History enabled. Latitude have a more accurate record of my location. Oh… and not forgetting Foursquare, Facebook and Twitter.
But I guess there is a need for Apple to explain the need for this log file. Some people speculate that Apple is using this to collect cell tower triangulation info so that Apple can provide a better GPS location. I’m actually perfectly fine with that. But I wish Apple would inform us. And it also makes no sense to store the data forever on the iPhone unencrypted.

It seems like the latest Facebook iPhone App is having some bug. A lot of users are complaining that they can’t access the news feed on the Facebook iPhone App. It keeps showing “No Internet Connection. Try Again” even though they are on an internet connection.

This bug seems to be affecting version 3.4.1 which was released on 20th April.
Right now, the only workaround solution is:
1) Go to Facebook app’s main page
2) Go to Account on the top left corner
3) Select Help Center
4) Login to your account (Remember to check “Keep me logged in”
This should work for most users. But there are some users reporting that this method doesn’t work for them. Let’s wait for Facebook to fix the issue.
PS: After experimenting a little with Victor, we discovered that the above steps will not work if you are on Secure Browsing (https). If the steps above doesn’t work for you, try going to the Accounts settings on Facebook.com to disable Secure Browsing (https). Note that by disabling https, you are surfing Facebook unencrypted. Do not do this if you are using Facebook on a open WIFI.
Update 26 April: It seems like the issue has been resolved.

I was invited to the European Union Film Festival’s Blogger Movie Night held at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia. This is my 3rd year attending the EU Film Festival. This year, we previewed a film from France titled Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men), Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Of Gods and Men tells the true story of a monastery under threat from the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria during the 1996 Algerian Civil War. A group of nine Trappist monks stationed at the monastery of Tibhirine have to decide whether to leave or stay.
It is an interesting film although the pace is rather slow for my liking. But I must say that I enjoyed the story. I particularly like the part where the monk quoted the Koran to the terrorist and convinced them to leave peacefully.
The EU Film Festival is the 2nd longest running Film Festival in Singapore. The Festival will showcase 18 film from different part of Europe this year, including Team Building (Hungary), Mount St. Elias (Austria) and Blind Loves (Slovak).

The EU Film Festival is partnering New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia to screen some of its students’ best short film before the selected feature film. This provides the students a rare opportunity to showcase thier work next to internationally acclaimed European films.
The films are scheduled for single screenings only, and tickets will go on sale on 21 Apr 2011 at Golden Village VivoCity and GV website. For film schedule and other details, visit www.euff.sg or join the EUFF Facebook Page