Cybergeddon is a digital blockbuster from the creator of CSI, Anthony E. Zuiker. It follows the story of agent Chloe Jocelyn as she investigates a slew of seemingly unrelated cyberattacks with fellow agent Frank Parker and incarcerated master hacker Chase ‘Rabbit’ Rosen. Chloe and her team must crack the worldwide cybercrime ring led by Gustov Dobreff before it is too late.
Instead of premiering in cinema or TV, Cybergeddon will be made available online and will engage audience through an immersive storytelling, social media and gaming experience.
Norton by Symantec consulted directly with Anthony E. Zuiker and the projects’ creators to lend credibility and security insights into the area of cybercrime that helped inform the narrative and led to the creation of a cybersecurity character in the film. I’ve watched the first 3 episode and I must say that they are quite realistic. From virus to identity thief to hacking into a water plant. All these are possible cybercrime that we might face everyday.

Norton also advised on the accurate re-creation of the Norton Security Operations Center (NSOC), as well as the “Pandora’s Box”, a special room adjacent to the NSOC in which viruses are analyzed on a completely isolated network to ensure security. The scene featuring “Pandora’s Box” was written into the script after the writers spoke with Norton’s Kevin Haley.

Check out Cybergeddon on Yahoo!. The site also features a series of special short-films called “ZIPS” that extend the character story lines and include more than 60 minutes of additional narrative content. There is also an official Cybergeddon mobile game for iOS and Android.

Western Digital recently announced a new range of slim and sleek portable hard drives, the My Passport Edge and My Passport Edge for Mac.
The My Passport Edge has 500 GB of storage and a USB 3.0 interface for fast file transfer. It is encased within a slim and sleek enclosure for easy transport and comes with security solutions to protect valuable data from unauthorized access.

The My Passport Edge (PC-version) portable hard drive incorporates WD SmartWare for continuous and automatic backup of the computer’s content. It has a premium finish for a sleek look.

The My Passport Edge for Mac is compatible with Apple Time Machine for seamless backup. It complements MacBook Pro and MacBook Air designs with an all-aluminum exterior to protect the drive and its contents from knocks and bumps.
My Passport Edge and My Passport Edge for Mac is available in 500 GB capacities at S$129 and S$149 respectively. Comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

Samsung recently unveiled a list of smartphones and tablets that will be getting for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Galaxy S III
Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Galaxy Note 10.1
Galaxy S II
Galaxy Note
Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Galaxy S Advance
Galaxy S II LTE
Galaxy Music
Galaxy Chat
Galaxy Ace 2
Galaxy Beam
Galaxy Ace Plus
Galaxy Mini II
Galaxy S DUOS
Samsung did not say exactly when these devices will be getting Jelly Bean. But at least it is good to know that Jelly Bean goodness is on the way. Interestingly, Galaxy Tab 10.1 wasn’t in the list.

Apple today announced that it has sold over five million of its new iPhone 5, just three days after its launch on 21 September 2012. iPhone 5 is currently available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK. 22 more countries will be getting the iPhone 5 this coming Friday (28 September) and more than 100 countries by end of the year.

The iPhone 5 comes in either white & silver or black & slate, and is available in Singapore for a suggested retail price of S$948 for the 16GB model and S$1088 for the 32GB model and S$1238 for the 64GB model (Without contract).
Apple also announced that more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6.
Interestingly, Apple shares are down despite the impressive figures.
Disclaimer: These are my own views and not representative of those of my employer.

Google has blocked YouTube users in Singapore from viewing the anti-Islamic video, “Innocence of Muslims”, after the request from Media Development Authority. MDA made the request to Google as a pre-emptive measure after the video sparked violent protests in several countries. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the video contains material that is contrary to the public interest and incites “religious hatred, strife or intolerance” and is therefore in breach of Singapore’s laws.
Accessing the YouTube video from a Singapore IP address will return a message from YouTube saying the video is blocked due to a legal complaint from the Government.

Google has also blocked the video in several countries including Malaysia and Indonesia.
I think this is a good move by MDA, MHA and Google. I’ve seen that video before it was taken down and I felt offended too even though I’m not a Muslim. It is good to block the video in Singapore although I’m sure it won’t cause any violent protests here.
However I’m surprised that YouTube has not taken down the video worldwide. I understand that as a US company, Google encourage free speech on its platform. But the video is clearly against their YouTube Community Guidelines.

We encourage free speech and defend everyone’s right to express unpopular points of view. But we don’t permit hate speech (speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity).

I really hope Google and YouTube will reconsider their stand and remove the video completely worldwide.
It is unfortunate that some people misuse their freedom of speech. It is also unfortunate that some people uses this opportunity to incite violence.

Here’s a nice looking 8GB flash drive from Starbucks.

Simply spend S$80 to reload or activate your Starbucks Cards to receive this limited edition miniature Starbucks coffee cup flash drive free, while stocks last.
Speaking of Starbucks Cards, Starbucks Singapore just launched two new Starbucks Card designs inspired by the local landscape. The two new designs capture iconic Singapore landmarks brought to life by celebrated local illustrator Michael Ng aka Mindflyer.


The two cards feature juxtaposed landscapes – one depicts a modern metropolis with prominent architectural works that dot the Singapore skyline including the Marina Bay Sands, The Sail and the Singapore Flyer, while the other portrays the ‘old city’ featuring historical landmarks such as the St Andrew’s Cathedral, shophouses in Chinatown and the Majestic Theatre.
If you visit Starbucks frequently like me, then you should get the Starbucks Card. The Starbucks Card is a reloadable stored-value loyalty card that rewards customers. One of the benefits of the card is that you get one complimentary handcrafted beverage of your choice (any size) with purchase of any 12 handcrafted beverages (any size).
For more information about Starbucks Card benefits, visit http://www.starbucks.com.sg/card.html