Review: Whizcomms Fibre Internet Setup

Whizcomms is the newest Internet Provider in Singapore, with their claims of the cheapest 1 Gbps plan. M1 just came up with a promotion at the same price plan but Whizcomms responded with a counter offer. Good times ahead. I managed to qualify for the Whizcomms free 3 months Fibre Internet trial, and they came over to setup the 1 Gbps promotion. Installation was a breeze. The appointment was set for 9am to 1pm and the 2 service engineers came down at about 920am. They took only 15 min to setup and test the internet connection.
Read More

Internet Security in the Age of the Device

There’s no shortage of cybercrime, and the popularity of mobile devices has made it easier for hackers to intrude on our personal lives. More devices are able to connect to WiFi, making it especially important for the average person to learn more about cybersecurity. Luckily, there are several ways you can protect yourself online. The same methods you use for your home computer can in many instances also be used on your mobile devices.
Read More

Quotidian Pen – Fiddle. Spin. Flick.

The pen built for fiddlers. Quotidian is a world’s first magnetic propulsion pen. I think springs or caps work fine, but I do agree, it’s something quite magical to watch the pen nib propel out when you bring the cap to the body. Each Quotidian contains super strong axially magnetised rare-earth magnets, which sound way cooler than Neodymium magnets, which allows it to function. They are indeed very strong and quite fun to mess around with.

That’s until you lose the cap though – good luck with using your pen after that.

Read More

Beats Solo3 Wireless Designed for the iPhone 7

With the iPhone 7 missing a 3.5mm jack, wireless audio is the key to the future. And the numbers speak for themselves. Bluetooth headphones have been flying off the shelf, but for the audiophiles, the transmission format does result in a noticeable loss of quality. Together with Apple, the Beats Solo3 Wireless hopes to address that.

The Beats Solo3 Wireless is designed as the perfect everyday headphone. There’s the usual Beats sound, which most likely won’t appeal to the audiophiles, but sound quality is a matter of personal preference. The bassy, boomy sound and the unmistakable Beats logo are all present. In a way, it delivers what it promises. Heavy bass across the low and midrange, like you are at a party next to the subwoofer cranked way up. It is fun – for the right kind of music. Read More

Are you contributing to the Mirai Botnet?

After a large portion of the internet was taken down about 5 days ago, attacks have since struck closer to home. Two waves of cyber attacks affected Starhub’s network on 22 and 24 Oct. They announced yesterday that the attacks originated from their customers’ compromised machines, which were recognized as legitimate requests.

The number of affected devices is staggering. Malwaretech has an overview of the affected nodes, and it looks like a global epidemic.

mirai-infection-map

Mirai has two core functions. It recruits agents (IoT devices) that can be easily accessed using factory default username and passwords. It then coordinates a strike with the agents performing HTTP floods and network (OSI layer 3-4) DDoS attacks.

Read More

Google Pixel & Pixel XL is out! (Bye Nexus)

The rumor has been proven true – the Google Nexus line is officially dead. Yep, bye Nexus, as Google just introduced two Google Pixel smartphone, namely the Pixel & Pixel XL (a href = “http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeanbaptiste/2016/10/05/the-pixel-smartphone-is-actually-made-by-htc-not-google/#6aa1a1d54ac9″>made by HTC).

Specification of Pixel & Pixel XL

  • 5-inch Full HD / 5.5-inch Quad-HD AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB/128GB storage
  • 12.3-megapixel camera with f/2.0, 1.55um pixels
  • 8-megapixel-front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm headphone jack (Rejoice my friends!)
  • 2,770 mAh / 3,450 mAh
  • Android 7.1 Nougat with new Pixel Launcher, Google Assistant and Google Magic
  • Google Daydream (VR)

Unlike last year Nexus 5X v 6P where there is a significant difference between the specification (eg. Snapdragon 808 v Snapdragon 810). The Pixel line has similar specification so you are able to get the same amount of power regardless of which model you chose. An interesting thing to note is that both Pixel & Pixel XL are smaller than previously Nexus 5X & Nexus 6P in term of screen size, which should be more suitable for one hand usage.

The Pixel comes in three colour – Quite Black, Really Blue & Very Silver (Yes it’s not a hoax).
The end of Nexus line also means the end of affordable stock Google devices, the 32GB Pixel costs US$649 and goes up to US$869 for the XL with 128GB.

With the HTC struggle to bring in HTC 10 into local market for months, we are highly doubtful that Pixel will be available in local market in near future.