SteelSeries Stratus XL Comes to Singapore

The SteelSeries Stratus XL iOS gaming controller would be made available for purchase from the Singapore Apple Store next week. The Stratus XL might be the perfect pairing for gaming on your iPad or other iOS devices.

The controller is full-sized, with the same button layout as the traditional console controllers so seasoned gamers would have no problems adapting to it. Overall, looks like improvements all around from the original SteelSeries Stratus. Furthermore, it is US$10 cheaper than the original SteelSeries Stratus (US$79.95).
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ADATA Premier SP610 SSD Launches in Singapore

ADATA announced on December 9, 2014 that it has launched the Premier SP610 2.5” Solid State Drive in Singapore. The ADATA SSD stood out for the price, with the 256GB model and up being priced at less than S$0.60 per GB. With the US exchange rate rising, this could be a worthwhile consideration for those looking to upgrade their computers.

Product Highlights of the ADATA Premier SP610 SSD
+ SMI Controller
+ SATA III 6Gb/s
+ Sequential read / write speeds: 560/450 MB
+ 4KB random read / write speeds: 73,000 / 72,000 IOPS
+ 7mm thickness
+ 128GB: SGD 89.00, 256GB: SGD 149.00, 512GB: SGD 299.00

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Yotaphone in Singapore for Hackatron

The Yotaphone 2 is currently in Singapore and being experimented on. New applications for the unique dual screen phone are being developed here in Singapore as part of Hackatron Asia (6-7 Dec). Among the throngs of developers at the Hackatron, the Yotaphone 2 was the popular challenge of choice.

The original Yotaphone didn’t fare too well due to lack of apps that supported the dual screen but with renewed emphasis on developer engagement, things are looking rosier for the Yotaphone 2. The Hackatron Yotaphone challenge developers to implement apps that use the phone’s dual-screen to its fullest advantage, such as increased interaction, productivity or engagement, or for games that can use the monochrome display. Successful teams will have the opportunity to have their app pre-loaded and co-marketed together with the launch of YotaPhone in Asia.

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PlayStation Turns 20! PS4 in Original Colors Special Anniversary Edition

It’s been 20 years since the launch of the original PlayStation, which released in Japan on December 3rd, 1994. 20 years is a long time! Over the past two decades, PlayStation has given gamers plenty of thrills and excitement. To celebrate the milestone of turning 20 this December, the company has announced a commemorative edition of the PS4, one that uses the color scheme of the original machine, termed “Original Grey”. Only 12,300 units will be sold worldwide — the number derived from the launch date.

The entire package, including accessories painted in “Original Grey,” will come in a special box. It will be made available for the price of SGD689 in Singapore, IDR7,399,000 in Indonesia, RM1,779 in Malaysia, PHP26,999 in The Philippines, and THB20,990 in Thailand.
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Trends: Internet Security 2014/2015 and Protection Tips

Internet Security has never been more important. Trend Micro recently predicted that targeted attack campaigns would increase in 2015, as part of its annual security predictions report. Trend Micro outlined how targeted attacks are increasingly originating not just from China and Russia but also Vietnam, India, and the United Kingdom. Targeted attacks are already broader than just the countries that we typically think of. Everyone is a target, including you and your company. Too often, we have the pre-notion that it wouldn’t happen to me.

IT security threats are a key concern for business and for 2014 in Singapore, two of the more noteworthy attacks/breaches had been on Kbox and Government portals. The motivations behind these campaigns include obtaining financial information, personal data, and classified government data.

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WhatsApp introduces new Chat Encryption Features

Whatsapp recently had a habit of introducing new features pretty quickly. Just couple of weeks ago, there were mysterious double blue ticks appearing on your device, and that fueled a whole lot of concern and discussion. This snarky blue tick is a reminiscent shade of their parent Facebook, and well, tells people whether you have read their message or not. What’s the fuss? Yes, I read your message but I didn’t choose to reply. It’s not the end of the world. Life goes on. But I digress. this week Whatsapp announced that it is implementing end-to-end encryption, an upgrade to privacy protections that makes it nearly impossible for anyone to read users’ messages — even the company itself. So even if NSA were to file an injunction, well even Whatsapp / Facebook will not be able to divulge the evil plan you have been conjuring.

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Slow internet from Singapore to the USA until 6 Oct

Damage to  the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable means slow internet from Singapore to USA again. Traffic will be routed to other submarine cables, but expect congestion, which means slower internet speeds

According to Telekom Malaysia, repairs will commence on 1st Oct, and be completed by 6 Oct. Got to bear with slower international internet speeds until the cable is repaired.