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  • Mohd Hisham 11:49 am on July 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: firewall,   

    Info-Graphic: 25 Years of the Firewall 

    Today, McAfee, part of Intel Security, celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Firewall with the launch of an infographic showing the last 2.5 decades in review! 

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    The first firewall, introduced in 1991, was created to combat computer viruses and Internet worms. Over the years, as attacks and malware have become more sophisticated, the firewall has had to develop and grow with each security breach that has been discovered.

    However, it was not until 2003 that the concept of a Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) would be introduced. A mere 10 years after the conceptualization of NGFW, McAfee was already ahead of the competition with their own NGFW development efforts.

    The evolution of the firewall has occurred relatively quickly. Here is a quick rundown of the firewall evolution timeline:

    • 1998: An Intrusion Detection System was released
    • 2003: Gartner begins to discuss Next Generation Firewall
    • 2006: Web application firewalls become stronger
    • 2012: An evader tool is launched, as was security-enabled security
    • 2014: The firewall turns 25

    For McAfee, its solution combines anti-evasion security with enterprise-scale availability and manageability. In addition, it is also flexible – with the ability to change from a NGFW to a L2 firewall, IPS, and firewall/VPN.

    To read the full blog post on the 25th Anniversary of the Firewall, please visit:


  • Mohd Hisham 10:43 am on July 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , online commerce, rakuten,   

    Interview: Rakuten Singapore 


    Recently, Rakuten organised a panel discussion on the topic of “Effective E-commerce Marketing”, which saw participation from Carousell, Facebook, Google, Rakuten and the Singapore Economic Development Board. The panelists share their thoughts on the e-commerce ecosystem as well as on how businesses can supercharge their marketing efforts with all the various tools available at their disposal.

    The gist of the panel discussions will be appended at the end of the interview below. Representing Rakuten Singapore is Shingo Okamoto, Head of E-Commerce (EC).

    1. What was the impetus to open a separate site in Singapore as compared to just extending delivery?

    A big part of our Asia-Pacific business is in the Southeast Asia region. Singapore is a very important market for us, and is the location of our regional headquarters established last year. Singapore was chosen because of its close proximity to our businesses in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

    There is definitely huge potential for growth in Singapore, as its citizens are one of the most hyper-connected and internet / technology savvy around the world. People in Singapore, whose lives are so busy, are looking for convenience and e-commerce lets them shop from the comfort of their own home, or on-the-go.

    By launching the Rakuten Singapore we are able to offer customers in Singapore with the products they want, such as food, fashion, health and beauty.

    We’ve seen encouraging results since our soft launch last December. It has been about five months, and our member base has tripled since the soft launch, and the Singapore marketplace has grown to include over 170 Rakuten merchants and over 120,000 products.

    2. Since opening, what has been the preferred delivery/collection option? Direct to door or collection from SingPost Popstation?

    We are working with reputable partners (Ta-Q-Bin and SingPost) to ensure that all logistical issues are dealt with in a smooth and efficient manner. Delivery is a very important aspect of any online e-commerce business, and every aspect of our delivery process is tried and tested.

    Since January, we’ve been running various campaigns to offer customers free Taqbin delivery within Singapore, with a minimum spend. This has been very popular, as most of our customers enjoy the convenience of courier delivery.

    3. Will Rakuten consider selling Halal produce?

    We are always eager to work with new merchants, and to satisfy our customers. We may consider exploring this if we start seeing a demand in Singapore for Halal produce sold online, and if there are merchants we can work with that offer quality halal products.

    4. Will Rakuten enable purchases coming from Pinterest sites?

    We don’t have plans for such an initiative at the moment, but we may consider doing so in the future. At this point, we are focused on engaging new and existing followers on our current social media platforms, including the Rakuten Singapore Facebook Page and our Line account.

    5. Some people may consider the loyalty plans a little confusing. How will you address that?

    You can think of Rakuten Super Points almost in the same way you would think about cash. Super Points are earned on each purchase you make on Rakuten and can be redeemed to purchase future items. You can use all, some, or none, at any time. In Japan, where Rakuten Super Points are the longstanding most popular loyalty program, we are even testing using Super Points to make offline purchases.

    6. Will Rakuten Singapore consider increasing the number of payment gateways / options?

    We are always keen to explore new partnerships that make it easier and more enjoyable for customers to shop on the Rakuten marketplace.

    7. What do you see Rakuten Singapore achieving within three years?

    As we work towards establishing our position as a global leader in Singapore’s e-commerce industry, it’s important not to lose sight of our corporate philosophy to empower merchants and consumers. We will continue to explore new and innovative ways to enable our merchants to become curators (instead of vendors), and encourage them to build a community of loyal followers, who will drive the majority of their sales.

    E-commerce is an important part of our business, but it is just one part of the Rakuten ecosystem. While it may not happen within the next three years, our ultimate aim is to grow the Rakuten ecosystem here, so that it includes other services, ranging from finance services to digital content.

    We thank Shingo Okamoto and the good folks at Text100 Singapore for facilitating the interview. Now read on for the gist of the panel summary.

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  • Mohd Hisham 7:28 am on July 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Testing this new wordpress theme. quite interesting. :)

  • Mohd Hisham 1:09 am on July 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: arduino, , codextremea, , raspbery pi   

    LiveBlog at code::XtremeApps:: 2014 


    Join us as we cover the #codextremeapps 24-hour hackathon.

    Live Blog code::XtremeApps::2014 Hackathon

  • Mohd Hisham 12:32 pm on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    code::XtremeApps::2014 Hackathon is Back, Bringing Singapore’s Young Coders Together 


    Singapore’s pioneering 24-hour Hackathon, code::XtremeApps::, is back for its 8th year with the theme “Smart Living – Using Data To Enrich Communities”.

    Co-organised by The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC), this year’s competition returns with new technologies and challenges. For many teens and young adults, the event is a highlight where they can experience new technologies and work with new hardware to create a unique application.

    Contestants can join one of the two categories:

    Open Category: 24-hour Hackathon open to contestants from all ages and backgrounds.

    • The Open Category includes a special sub-category for Secondary Schools and Junior Colleges
    • The 24-hour Open Category Hackathon will be held on July 18 and 19, 2014 at the Singapore Management University (SMU) with a grand prize of S$9,000 for the winning team. Participants have 24 hours to create a solution using Raspberry Pi or Arduino Uno which will be provided to them during the competition. The solution must solve a set of challenges that will only be released on the Hackathon day itself and will be closely tied to the theme.

    Junior Category: Open to children aged 12 years and below

    • Part of the National Infocomm Competition, this year’s Junior Category will be held on July 19, 2014, also at SMU. Contestants will build fun and unique interfaces using programmable electronic stickers called Chibitronics based on a challenge that will only be released on the day of the competition itself. Winning teams will receive cool technology gadgets such as tablets, game consoles, and interactive devices.

    Free training sessions for both categories have been scheduled throughout May and June to familiarise participants with the technologies.

    Registration for the Open Category closes on 15 June 2014 and for the Junior Category closes on 25 June 2014.

    For more information or to register for the competition, please visit



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  • Mohd Hisham 7:16 am on June 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

    Live-blog: CommunicAsia 2014 

    Join us as we bring interesting highlights of CommunicAsia 2014. Check out the coverage below as we go live from 9am onward.


  • Mohd Hisham 5:33 pm on May 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , g3, kit kat,   

    LG G3: The Singapore Launch 


    LG announced the successor to the company’s well-received LG G2. For Singapore market, the LG G3 will be available for pre-rder at selected telcos from June 14 to June 21, 2014,l at a recommended price of S$868 for the 16GB model, and S$928 for the 32GB model. The pre-order package consists of the Quick Circle smart case and the new Wireless Charger (WCD-100) worth S$98 and S$68 respectively.

    Here’s an overview of the Key Specifications for the LG G3:

    • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 801 (2.5GHz Quad-Core) 
    • Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS, (2560 x 1440, 538ppi) 
    • Memory: 16/32GB eMMC ROM / 2/3GB DDR3 RAM / microSD slot (up to 128GB) 
    • Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus / Front 2.1MP 
    • Battery: 3,000mAh (removable) 
    • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat 
    • Size: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm 
    • Weight: 150g 
    • Network: 4G / LTE (Cat4) / HSPA+ 42.2 Mbps (3G), GSM 
    • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, BT 4.0 LE, NFC, A-GPS/Glonass, USB 2.0 
    • Color: Metallic Black, Silk White, and Shine Gold (Moon Violet and Burgundy Red available at a later date) 
    • Other: Smart Keyboard, Smart Notice, Knock CodeTM , Guest Mode, etc.


    Continuing the LG G2 tradition of not having buttons on the bezel, the newly designed power key and volume buttons, are well placed at the back of the phone blow the lens, for immediate one-handed operation. The lens which is a 13megapixels OIS+ with two physical assist – the dual-LED (dual tone) flash and the phase detection/laser autofocus feature. These technology enables the LG G3 to capture the best moment – even in low light – by measuring distance between the subject and the camera using a laber beam.

    As I have tried to demonstrate on this video above, there is a new feature for doing self-taken shots, more commonly known as a selfie. Or wefie for group shots. Just clenched your palms in front of the camera and wait for the countdown to begin, and voila!


    PHOTO_20140528_114743I decided to use a HTC One M8, to give you an idea on its overall appearance and how it will may likely feel in your hands. The contoured back of both phones meant that it is pretty smooth, that even for a one-handed operation, it will be comfortable.

    The LG G3 will be available for pre-order in Singapore at selected telcos from June 14 to June 21, 2014, at a recommended retail price of S$868 for the 16GB model, and S$928 for the 32GB model. The pre-order package consists of the Quick Circle and the new Wireless Charger (WCD-100) worth S$98 and S$68 respectively.

    The G3 will also be available at LG authorized retailers from June 28, 2014. There will be three color options available; Metallic Black, Silk White and Shine Gold. Two additional colours, Moon Violet and Burgundy Red will be available at a later date.


  • Mohd Hisham 2:51 am on May 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , exhibition, the pc show   

    PC2014 Logo

    The PC Show 2014, Singapore’s longest running showcase of IT and consumer electronics, is returning to the Singapore Expo this June.

    Know Your Tech”, a brand new exhibition zone, will be making its debut appearance at this year’s Show. This sales-free zone comprises four themes – PC, Digital Imaging, GAME and Consumer Electronics – allowing selected exhibitors to showcase and share their product knowledge with visitors.

    Visitors will be able to enjoy some of the best bargains and deals on IT and consumer electronics in Singapore from leading brands such as ASUS, Aztech, Canon, Case Logic, Creative, D-Link, Epson, HP, Lenovo, M1, Microsoft, Samsung, SingTel and StarHub.


    Details as follow:

    • Date: 5 to 8 June 2014 (Thursday to Sunday)
    • Time:  12 to 9pm daily
    • Venue: Singapore Expo, Halls 5 & 6
    • MRT station: Singapore Expo
    • Buses: 12, 24, 38, NR7
    • Admission: Free
    • Website: 
    • Here’s the floor plan for The PC Show 2014

    PC'2014 Floor Plan

    Check out images from previous year. (Image credits The PC Show)


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    PC Show (2) PC Show (3)

    PC Show (4)

    PC Show (5)

    PC Show (6)

    PC Show (7)

    PC Show (8)

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  • Mohd Hisham 8:56 am on May 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: @matterssocial, @socialogilvy, #socisalmatters, branded, ,   

    Social Matters 2014 

    Social Matters 2014This is a live-blog for Day 2 of the Social Matters 2014, part of Music Matters Academy, by Branded and hosted by Social@Ogilvy. Today we will hear industry updates and opinions from digital mavens such as, Thomas Crampton Global Managing Director at Social@Ogilvy, Jasper Donat the Founder & CEO of Branded, and hear the thoughts from Guy Nicolucci, Hollywood Emmy winning screenwriter among many other distinguished presenters.

    In this full-day action-packed conference brands will come together to focus on a question facing every senior executive:

    How can I effectively use digital content to connect with my customers and grow my business through social media?

    The live-blog will be posted on the fly, and if there are delays, by the end of the evening.


  • Mohd Hisham 9:44 am on May 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , surface pro 3   

    Microsoft Unveils Surface Pro 3 

    Surface Pro 3

    (Updated: 10:30am for Pricing at end of Post)

    Microsoft announced the Surface family is growing with a new Surface model, Surface Pro 3, the tablet that can replace your laptop.

    Surface Pro 3 is powerful, portable and designed to maximize productivity in a sleek, premium tablet package.

    People need one great device for work and play, for entertainment and for getting things done, and Surface Pro 3 is designed for people who want premium laptop experience.

    Surface Pro 3 has a large, 12” ClearType HD color-calibrated display, a continuously adjustable kickstand, improvements to processing power, upgraded camera, and it is still 1.76 lbs (approx. 800g).

    • Surface Pro 3 comes with the all-new Surface Pen, cased in aluminium and with 256 levels of pressure sensitivity for a smooth and precise writing and drawing experience, it looks and feels like a real fountain pen.
    • A great laptop replacement needs a great keyboard experience, and Surface Pro 3 delivers with a new, larger Type Cover with an improved trackpad experience that, paired with the Surface Pen, gives Surface Pro 3 unmatched versatility as a tablet or a laptop

    Surface Pro 3 - 03

    Surface Pro 3 couples all that power with a new multi-position kickstand that features a friction-hinge that lets you pick whatever angle you want from zero to 150 degrees. They are designed with new click-in keyboards that come in five colors with 63% bigger track-pads and even more stability.

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    Surface Pro 3 - 05

    Look out for the upcoming release of Photoshop CC, optimized for Surface Pro 3. The update to Photoshop will include powerful touch and gesture controls, amazing pen accuracy and line precision and larger touch targets. The update is part of a broader partnership between Adobe and Microsoft to bring the full power of Adobe’s Creative Cloud to a powerful mobile experience optimized for touch and pen. The New York Times is bringing a new crossword puzzle app to Surface with an exclusive pen experience. You can write, make notes, and cross out clues with the Surface pen making this feel as natural as pen and paper. These and other apps designed for Surface and exclusively on Windows, including Final Draft, Sudoku and Drawboard, will be available later this year. Read more on the work with Photoshop CC here

    You can pre-order the device starting tonight at 12:01 am Eastern Time at in most launch markets, and at Microsoft retail stores and Best Buy in the United States on 21 May. It will be available for purchase in stores and through authorized resellers beginning on June 20th in the US and Canada and, by the end of August, in 26 additional markets including Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

    Pricing for Singapore

    Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD: SGD$1,108
    Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD: SGD$1,348
    Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD: SGD$1,728
    Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD: SGD$2,138
    Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD: SGD$2,698

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