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  • Mohd Hisham 7:17 am on December 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gowireless,   

    Jabra Enjoins You to Its Year-End Deals 

    From top, in clockwise. Jabra Stealth, Jabra Step Wireless Earbuds & Jabra Halo2 Headphone

    From top, in clockwise. Jabra Stealth, Jabra Step Wireless Earbuds & Jabra Halo2 Headphone

    Jabra invites you to its year end sale with fantastic deals. Check out the press release below for more information.

     
  • Mohd Hisham 8:08 pm on December 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , blackberry classic, , ,   

    BlackBerry Launches the Classic in Singapore 

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    BlackBerry launch their latest smart device, the BlackBerry Classic in Singapore today. This BlackBery Classic takes loyal fan back to the days when the BlackBerry Bold 9900 rules the world of smart devices. From the President of the largest democracy in the world, to leading CEOs & CTOs of many corporations, to the mobile warriors, celebrities, the day traders and even the soccer mom & dads, the BlackBerry Classic hold sway with their appeal of the familiarity.

    Although familiar in appearance, BlackBerry Classic upgrades the BlackBerry® Bold 9900 experience with:

    • Three times faster browser
    • 60 percent more screen space
    • 50 percent longer battery life
    • Greater variety of applications through BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore

     

    Top features of the BlackBerry Classic that drive productivity, communications and collaboration include:

    • BlackBerry® Keyboard & Trackpad – The QWERTY keyboard has stood the test of time as the iconic BlackBerry feature that users know and trust. Crafted for optimal speed and accuracy, the BlackBerry Classic’s QWERTY keyboard gives users the control and confidence to communicate quickly and clearly using one hand with a trackpad and classic navigation keys.
    • BlackBerry® Browser – The BlackBerry 10 web browser is amazingly fast and astoundingly beautiful. That’s why HTML5TEST.com rates it amongst the top mobile browsers for web fidelity. Access your favorite online content as it was meant to be seen, faster than ever before and with unlimited browser tabs.
    • Screen & Battery – The BlackBerry Classic offers a form factor optimized for power communicators with a 3.5-inch touch screen display, 294 dpi HD resolution and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 for greater durability. The BlackBerry Classic also offers a large battery capacity and state-of-the-art battery optimization software. With up to 22 hours of battery power, you can be confident that BlackBerry Classic will be ready to deliver results when you need it.

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    In 1998, BlackBerry launched a wireless handheld called the RIM 950. That launch forged a relationship with the various telecom carriers, software developers and hardware manufacturers. It handled e-mail, contacts and featured the QWERTY keyboard that set the usage precedent to-date.

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    The BlackBerry Classic is available in Singapore at the recommended retail price of S$598.00. Included below are the links to the various telco for their ongoing promotions with BlackBerry Classic.

    Check out the images below the technical specifications for a comparison with the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and all other related images.

    Technical Specifications:

    Size

    • Height 131 mm / 5.16 in
    • Width 72.4 mm / 2.85 in
    • Depth 10.2 mm / 0.40 in

    Weight

    • 178g / 6.28 oz

    Navigation

    • QWERTY keypad, Capacitive touch screen with intuitive gestures, optical trackpad and classic navigation keys

    Keyboard

    • 35 key backlit physical keyboard

    Dedicated keys

    • Front: Send, End (Power), Menu, Escape
    • Top: Lock/Power (On/Off)
    • Side: Volume Up/Down, Mute

    Resolution

    • 294 PPI
    • 720 x 720 resolution
    • 24-bit colour depth

    Screen size

    • 3.5″ diagonal
    • 1:1 aspect ratio

    Operating system

    • BlackBerry 10 OS

    Desktop software

    • BlackBerry® Blend software to bring the power of your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet
    • BlackBerry® Link software for your computer to enable synchronisation of data and media

    Processor

    • Qualcomm MSM 8960 1.5GHz

    Memory

    • 2 GB RAM
    • 16 GB Flash

    Expandable memory

    • Expandable memory via hot-swappable MicroSD memory card (up to 128GB)

    USB Ports

    • Micro USB 2.0 high speed port—allows charging and data synchronisation of the device with a USB cable
    • Physical Video out via SlimPort®

    Battery

    • Up to 22 hours mixed battery life1
    • 2515 mAh (minimum) non-removable Lithium Ion battery

    Battery Life1

    • Up to 17.2 hours GSM talk time
    • Up to 15.2 days GSM standby time
    • Up to 11.7 hours UMTS talk time
    • Up to 14.5 days UMTS standby time
    • Up to 70 hours audio playback
    • Up to 13.7 hours video playback

    Rear camera

    • 8 megapixel auto-focus camera
    • Backside Illumination
    • Flash, continuous and touch to focus
    • Image and video stabilization
    • 5 element F2.2 lens
    • 5x digital zoom
    • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps
    • 2DOF video stabilization

    Front camera

    • 2 megapixel fixed-focus camera
    • 720p HD video recording
    • 3x digital zoom

    Image formats

    • BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, SGI, SVG, TSG, TIF, WBMP

    Audio & video formats

    • AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, M4A, MKA, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA, 3GP, 3GP2, ASF, AVI, F4V, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, WMV

    Audio & video encoding/decoding

    • H.264, MPEG-3, H.263, AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WMA 9/10, VC-1, VP6, PCM, LPCM, MPEG-2, FLAC, GSM, Vorbis, QCELP, MJPEG

    Pre-loaded apps

    • Multimedia: Music, Videos, Pictures, Camera, Picture Editor, Story Maker
    • Productivity: BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Assistant, Calendar, Contacts, Browser, Text Messaging, Clock, Calculator, Documents To Go, File Manager, Box, Dropbox, Adobe Reader, Remember (memos/tasks combo), Evernote, BlackBerry Blend, Password Keeper
    • Other: Phone, BBM, BlackBerry World, Amazon Appstore, Facebook**, Twitter**, LinkedIn**, Foursquare, YouTube, Weather, Maps/Navigation, Smart Tags (NFC), Compass, Setup, Settings, Help, Tutorials

    Password protection, screen lock, and sleep mode

    Network bands

    • Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia
    • LTE : 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20 (2100/1900/1800/850/2600/900/800 MHz) – Cat 3
    • HSPA+ : 1, 2, 5/6, 8 (2100/1900/850/900 MHz)-DC 42Mb DL(Cat 24), 5.76 Mb UL(Cat6)
    • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
    • Canada, Latin America, United States (LTE/HSPA+)
    • LTE : 1, 2/25, 4, 5, 7, 13, 17 (2100/1900/AWS/850/2600/700/700 MHz) – Cat 3
    • HSPA+ : 1, 2, 4, 5/6 (2100/AWS/1900/850 MHz) – DC 42Mb DL (Cat 24), 5.76 Mb UL(Cat6)
    • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

    Wi-Fi®

    • 802.11 bgn 2.4GHz
    • 802.11 an 5GHz
    • 4G Mobile Hotspot
    • Miracast

    FM Radio

    • FM Radio receive (headset as antenna)

    GPS

    • Assisted, Autonomous and Simultaneous GPS and GLONASS
    • Preloaded with BlackBerry® Maps Maps application
    • Support for User Plane and Control Plane A-GNSS

    Bluetooth®

    • Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE) and EDR

    NFC

    • BlackBerry® Tag with NFC technology enables communication between BlackBerry smartphones and other NFC-enabled devices with a tap

    Advanced Sensors

    • Accelerometer
    • Magnetometer
    • Gyroscope
    • Proximity
    • Ambient light
    • Hall sensor

    Other Features

    • BlackBerry® Magnify, for customers with partial vision –
    • Face-to-face video chat with BBM Video
    • Voice Control for sending messages, placing calls, search and more
    • Adjustable screen brightness, scalable fonts
    • Teletypewriter (TTY) Suppor

     

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  • Mohd Hisham 6:54 pm on December 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: lta, taxi-taxi@sg   

    Tweet on LTA App As Seen on ChannelNewsAsia 

    So I was quoted for my tweet on LTA’s Taxi-Taxi@Sg app. You can view the video below.

    Thuraya XT-LITE Brochure_Page_2_Image_0002

     
  • Mohd Hisham 9:42 am on December 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dpi, gaming mouse,   

    The Search for the Perfect Gaming Mouse Continue… 

    I am in the market, searching for a gaming mouse that fulfill some criteria that I have.

    The mouse should be;

    Big – I do have a small compact mouse. I do like the Microsoft flip mouse and the Logitech M235 wireless mouse.

    Heavy – Weight is important. The way I use my mouse meant that I prefer to make short movements on my wrist to translate to big movements of the mouse. When the time require for precision, like when editing photos, then there would be option to fine tune it further. Having a heavy mouse is great for stable mouse operation.

    Resolution – Since I work on a Full HD screen, it would be best that the mouse has DPI adjustments in place to manage the accuracy.

    and MOST IMPORTANT of all – the DPI adjustment button MUST NOT interfere with my mouse usage. The way the DPI buttons are placed on the mouse these days, was meant for on-the-fly DPI switching, which in my case, usually meant accidental switch from high resolution to low resolution.

    the search continue ….

     
  • Mohd Hisham 9:20 am on December 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: e-mount, fe-lens, sony a7 ii   

    Launch of Sony A7 II 

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    Sony recently launched their latest full frame interchangeable camera, the Sony A7 II. It is follow-up to the Sony A7, and continue to use the Hybrid AF system. Sony will be producing a new line of FE-series lenses that will take advantage of the full frame sensor. For now, enthusiasts can still using the Sony E-mount lenses. In terms of build, the Sony A7 II is has been toughened with magnesium alloy and corrugated surface for better grip.

    Sony-A7-markii-5-axis-image-stabilisation

    Sony introduced a distinctive new feature known as the 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization, to cater for X – Y, roll, pitch and yaw, movements. For still images, stabilization is equivalent to up to 4.5 steps faster shutter speed of correction.

    The 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization detects and corrects various camera shake along five axes for still images and video, including angular shake (pitch and yaw) that tends to occur when shooting with a telephoto lens, shift shake (along the X and Y axes) that becomes noticeable as photographing magnification increases, and rotational shake (roll) that often affects shots at night or when recording video.

    The following three images was taken with the Sony A7 II

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    The α7 II (ILCE-7M2) from Sony will be available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected authorised dealers from 12 December 2014 onwards, at a recommended retail price of S$2,149 (body only) and S$2,549 (with SEL2870 lens).

    As part of the launch promotion, customers who purchase the α7 II from 12 to 21 December 2014 will receive the NP-FW50 Rechargeable Battery Pack and SF-64UY SDXC UHS-1 Memory Card for free.

    Technical Specification:

    Model Name α7 II (ILCE-7M2)
    Lens mount E-mount
    Image sensor Image sensor 35mm full frame (35.8 x 23.9mm), Exmor CMOS sensor
    Number of pixels (effective) Approx. 24.3 megapixels
    Lens mount E mount
    Recording format Still images JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
    Movies XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
    Movie functions Picture Profile Picture Profile (Off/1-7, Black Level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset)
    Other Time Code/User Bit, Rec Control, Auto Slow Shutter, Dual Video Rec, Marker Setting
    Clean HDMI output 1920 x 1080 (60p (50p) / 60i (50i) / 24p)
    YCbCr 4:2:2 8bit/RGB 8bit
    Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
    Focus system Type Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
    Focus point Full frame: 117 points (phase-detection AF) / APS-C: 99 points (phase-detection AF) /25 points (contrast-detection AF)
    Sensitivity range EV -1 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
    Exposure control Metering type 1200 zone-evaluative metering
    ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) Still images: ISO 100-25600 (ISO 50/64/80 expandable), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Multi Frame NR (expandable up to ISO 51200)
    Movies: ISO 200-25600 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 200-6400)
    Shutter Shutter speed Still images: 1//8000 to 30 sec., Bulb
    Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 sec.
    Electronic front curtain shutter Yes (On / Off)
    SteadyShot INSIDE (image stabilisation) Image Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation (Compensation depends on lens specifications)
    4.5 steps (Based on CIPA standard. Pitch/yaw shake only. With Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA lens mounted. Long exposure NR off.)
    Drive Continuous shooting speed*1 Hi: Max. approx. 5fps, Low: Max. approx. 2.5fps
    No. of recordable frames (approx.) during continuous shooting*1 Continuous shooting Hi: 77 frames/25 frames (RAW)
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder (XGA OLED Tru-Finder)
    Total number of dots 2,359,296 dots
    Field coverage 100%
    Magnification Approx. 0.71x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 diopter)
    LCD screen Type 7.5cm (3.0 type) TFT drive
    Total number of dots 1,228,800 dots
    Adjustable angle Up approx. 107 degrees, down approx. 41 degrees
    Audio Microphone Built-in stereo microphone
    Speaker Built-in, monaural
    Interface Multi interface shoe, HDMI micro connector (Type-D), Microphone terminal (3.5mm Stereo minijack), Headphone terminal (3.5mm Stereo minijack), Multi / Micro USB Terminal
    Wireless LAN (built-in) Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band)
    NFC NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible
    PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes
    Battery Rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
    Weight Approx. 599g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo)
    Approx. 566g (body only)
    Dimensions Approx. 126.9 x 95.7 x 59.7mm (W x H x D, CIPA compliant)
    Operating temperature 0-40°C

     

     
  • Mohd Hisham 1:57 am on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , magic quadrant, watchguard   

    Top 5 Security Predictions for 2015 You Do Not Have to Worry About (and 5 that you should) 

    WatchGuard® Technologies, a provider of multi-function firewalls, revealed its annual security predictions for 2015. The company’s security research team also included five security trends NOT worth worrying about in 2015. Check out the infographic below Gartner’s description for WatchGuard, for a visual description of their predictions.

    Gartner’s Assessment of WatchGuard® Technologies

    WatchGuard is assessed as a Niche Player for enterprises, mostly because it serves SMBs and distributed enterprises. However, we do not often see it displacing Leaders for the edge firewall use case based on features; also, it is not present on data center shortlists.

    Strengths

    • WatchGuard’s strong price/performance points have enabled it to win price-sensitive competitions across retail, branch office, remote office and Type C enterprise deployments.

    • WatchGuard continues to invest in enterprise use cases, with three new high-end models (XTM 1520, 1525 and 2520) released in 2013, and new software features such as dynamic protocol routing and WAN failover.(*please read updated follow-up report by NSS Labs on the performance of XTM 1525 after the infographic)

    • Users report high satisfaction with the WatchGuard management console. Enterprise models are correctly targeted at NGFWs rather than UTM functionality.

    • The cloud-based reporting solution “WatchGuard Dimension,” with its executive dashboard and traffic heat maps, is a good addition to the set of features that is targeting areas where many firewalls will be deployed, such as in franchises or retail stores, or via an MSSP.

    •  Source: Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls, 15 April 2014.
    • Separately, on 15 August 2015, Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management has recognized WatchGuard® Technologies as the leader for 2014. This represents their fifth consecutive year achieving the same recognition.
    • WatchGuard Technologies Recognized for the Fifth Year in a Row as a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management

    Now, let us go on to the 2015 Predictions Infographic

     

    Watchguard 2015 Predictions

    *WatchGuard® Technologies, announced its XTM 1525 is one of the top-rated Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW) based on a real-world comparative analysis by NSS Labs. Designed for the enterprise, the XTM 1525 delivers a leading combination of security effectiveness and value in terms of both the cost per protected Mbps and security effectiveness.
    WatchGuard Technologies Earns “Recommended” Rating from NSS Labs for Next Generation Firewall Appliances_Page_2
    According to the report, the XTM 1525 blocked 96.7 percent of attacks against server applications, 98.7 percent of attacks against client applications, and 97.8 percent overall. It proved effective against all evasion techniques tested and passed all the stability and reliability tests.

    For more details on WatchGuard® Technologies, the company and their products, please head on to http://www.watchguard.com

     
  • Mohd Hisham 2:09 am on December 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    McAfee/Intel Cyber Security Predictions 2015 

    Intel Security released its McAfee Labs November 2014 Threats Report, which include an analysis of threat activity in the third quarter of 2014, and the organization’s annual 2014 Threats Predictions for the coming year.

    Last year, it made the following predictions;

    1. Rise of Mobile Malware
    2. Virtual Currency to enable cybercriminals with unregulated and anonymous payment infrastructure
    3. Cybercrime and Cyberwarefare
    4. Attacks on Social Networks
    5. PC and Server Attacks will target vulnerabilities above and below the operating system
    6. Big Data
    7. Attacks on the Cloud

    Let us take stock at what has happened this year.

    • Android users in Singapore recently was issued a warning by SingCert that there is a malware which spam-SMS contacts in address books. ChannelNewsAsia report here.
    • Sony has been in the news – and not for flattering reasons. Its PlayStation Network was hit by distributed denial of service and their entertainment arm, the Sony Pictures Entertainment was the target of large-scale hacking attacks which resulted in employee records and Hollywood movies released to the general public.
    • LinkedIn and Facebook has had myriad of intrusions.
    • Last month, a bash bug was found – and this bug affects all operating system that runs with the Linux kernel. This includes Linux operating systems and its various distributions, Apple OSX and Android. Since most websites are hosted on Apache and Linux servers, there is a sense of uncertainty of being caught off-guard, as there are currently no effective patch to address the bug. Check out my post on the Bash Bug to understand it better.
    • Dropbox was the famous cloud personality that was attacked by hackers. They manage to deal with the problem swiftly, but more can be done to stem the growing tide of hackers.

    These are just some of the actual examples of predictions that came true for 2014. Check out the infographic below for the Predictions for 2015.

    [McAfee] 2015 Threat Predictions Infographic

     
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