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The day has come. We are being attacked. I am not talking about “terrorism” (thankfully) but another kind of attack, the Cyber Attack. 1.5 million personal info of patients from SingHealth were stolen.

Every day, Singapore is being cyber-attacked by unknown forces and yesterday, we got to know that they had succeeded via SingHealth’s official announcement.

Out of the 1.5 million patients, 160,000 patients, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, had their outpatient prescriptions stolen. And it seems that they were targeting PM Lee.

This is the worst cyber attack that happened in Singapore. And according to reports, the cyber attack happened between 27th June and 4th July 2018.

You can read more information here.

In a Facebook post yesterday, PM Lee said that if the hackers are looking for some dark secret, they might be disappointed.

I don’t believe this episode will put a dent in our effort to become a digital nation. In fact, it is a wake-up call for many agencies to be vigilant about the risk of being cyber-attacked.

Following the news of the data breach, Sophos has released a commentary:

Paul Ducklin, Senior Technologist at Sophos said, “The data stolen in this breach is an identity thief’s goldmine. It’s a startling reminder to all Singaporeans that there is no such thing as ‘cyber attackers would never care about little old me’ – once your data is scooped up in a cybersecurity blunder of this sort, you simply can’t control where it will go next. Anyone affected in this breach has no choice but to assume that their personal information will end up for sale in the cyber underground, ready for active abuse by cybercrooks.”

Ducklin recommends:

  1. Keep a careful watch over all your financial statements – bank accounts, payment cards, loans, pension funds, taxation records and so on. Report any suspicious activity immediately. (But please read points 3 and 4 below!)
  2. Talk to your financial institutions about locking down account details in order to make it harder for cyber criminals to try to take over your accounts or to apply for services in your name.
  3. Be especially suspicious of unsolicited communications that arrive in the wake of this breach offering any sort of help or asking for further details “to assist in the investigation.” Social engineers and scammers are experts at preying on people’s fears (and their willingness to help) after security incidents of this sort.
  4. If you need help or advice on what to do next, don’t use contact information, web links or phone numbers that were sent to you online – look for contact information on existing invoices, on printed correspondence you received in the past, or by visiting an organisation’s office in person.

“Whether this was a lone hacker who got lucky, a well-oiled cybercrime gang or a state-sponsored attack team won’t get your personal data back, and it won’t change the fact that you can’t control who gets it next. Keep your own eyes open for any attempt to abuse your personal data in the future,” says Ducklin.

If you need to know more on whether you are one of the 1.5 million patients affected, read this post. I am sure you can find your answer.

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ASUS launches the Zenfone Max Pro (M1) in Singapore. One of the features of the phone is the attractive price point. At S$348, it has a large 6-inch screen and a massive 5,000 mAh battery capacity. And if you purchase it during the launch promotion, you might even get a surprise pricing.

Here is the information presented during the launch which is not found on their Press Release. Love it that it comes with stock Android.

So, if you are interested, don’t miss these dates. Check out the Press Release below.

Press Release

ASUS Launches World’s Most Powerful Smartphone below US$250 in Singapore

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro (M1) Full View 6″ dual-camera smartphone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 CPU and 5000mAh battery with massive stamina for longer gaming, browsing and calls

  • World’s most powerful mid-tier smartphone below US$250: The world’s most affordable smartphone below US$250 with the high-performance, energy-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform with 14nm Octa-core processor
  • Special Launch Sale: Special five-day launch sale from 25th – 29th July 2018 will offer a generous discount on retail price at all ASUS authorized resellers.
  • World’s most compact smartphone with high capacity 5000 mAh battery: High-capacity 5000mAh battery for up to 48hrs non-stop use, 42hrs talk time, 28hrs browsing, 199hrs audio playback, 20hrs video playback.
  • Dual Rear Cameras: 13MP up to F2.0 aperture main camera captures clearer photos, with its 5MP secondary camera for gorgeous Bokeh effects in Portrait mode
  • Magnificent Entertainment: Expansive 6″ FHD+ Full View display in a 5.5″-class body, with NXP smart amp and 5-magnet speaker for powerful, clear sound

SINGAPORE, July 18, 2018 — ASUS Singapore today announced the ZenFone Max Pro (M1), the world’s most powerful smartphone below US$250. The ZenFone Max Pro (M1) is the latest addition to the new ZenFone Max Series — the world’s only range of high-battery-capacity smartphones.

With an official Singapore retail price of SG$348, the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) packs a massive 5000mAh battery, a 6-inch FHD+ Full View display and a dual-camera system into an amazingly compact body that’s no larger than many standard 5.5-inch smartphones. It is powered by the fast but energy-efficient Qualcomm® Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform, with Adreno 509 graphics for enhanced responsiveness and outstanding gaming performance.

The exquisite design features a stylish 180g-light metal body with diamond-cut edges and 2.5D-curved display glass, and is available in two stunning finishes: Deepsea Black and Meteor Silver.

Advanced Mobile Performance

At the heart of the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) is an advanced Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform, which combines smooth, responsive performance with superb battery life, and a powerful Adreno 509 GPU that delivers enhanced mobile gaming and browsing performance. The ZenFone Max Pro (M1) handles any task easily, with performance to spare.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform is an advanced 14nm 64-bit Octa-core system-on-a-chip (SoC) with 3GB RAM, and which delivers over 40%-higher CPU performance and 10%-higher graphics performance than the Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform, while maintaining excellent battery life. In addition to improved performance, the Adreno 509 GPU supports Qualcomm TruPallete and EcoPix technologies for superior color contrast, lifelike visuals and more efficient rendering of advanced 3D graphics.

The ZenFone Max Pro (M1) ships with pure Android 8.1 Oreo, the latest version of the beautiful Android user interface that improves productivity, and simply lets users have more fun with their phone.

2-Day Stamina

The hallmark of the ZenFone Max Series is the huge battery capacity, designed for serious travelers and those who need maximum battery endurance. The ZenFone Max Pro (M1) has a high-capacity, high-density 5000mAh battery supporting its powerful Snapdragon 636 processor — the most powerful combination in the ZenFone Max Series — with custom-crafted battery design that packs maximum performance into minimum space.

With so much power on tap, users can browse more, game more, stream more — and talk as much as they want without worrying about finding a power outlet. The ZenFone Max Pro (M1) offers users up to 20 hours of YouTube video playback, up to 42 hours 3G talk time, and up to 28 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing. On a single charge, users can enjoy playing more: for example, up to 45 rounds[i] of Mobile Legends, or up to 2 seasons of Games of Thrones.

All this power is backed up with lightning-fast charge times: The ZenFone Max Pro (M1) can charge its 5000mAh battery from 0% to 100% in just 2 hours and 42 minutes, compared to some rival products with a 4000mAh battery that need well over 3 hours.

Magnificent Entertainment

The 6-inch Full View FHD+ (1080 x 2160) display in the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) features stunning 450cd/m2 brightness, 1500:1 contrast ratio and an 85% NTSC color gamut to give users a magnificent visual experience. The ultra-wide 18:9 aspect ratio and slim bezels provide a greatly expanded viewing area that makes viewing photos and watching widescreen videos incredibly immersive, and when browsing the web there’s less need for scrolling. Multitasking is also easier, as two apps fit comfortably side-by-side on the screen.

For powerful, immersive high-quality sound, the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) features a five-magnet speaker driven by an NXP smart amplifier that delivers higher volume with lower distortion. Compared to single-magnet speaker performance, the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) delivers 41% louder sound, 14% better low-frequency response and 12% less distortion.

Dual Rear Cameras

The ZenFone Max Pro (M1) has an advanced dual-camera system that takes mobile photography to new heights. The rear camera focuses on the subject in less than the blink of an eye, and has a high-resolution up to 13MP sensor with a high-quality f/2.2 wide-aperture lens that captures clearer photos, every time.

The secondary camera is used to create an artistic bokeh effect for portraits and close-ups, putting the subject in sharp focus while progressively blurring the background for a gentle yet powerful effect that really makes the subject stand out.

The ZenFone Max Pro (M1) shoots video at up to 4K UHD resolution, allowing users to just point, shoot and share their memories, all captured with incredible levels of detail.

The front camera enables the most indulgent selfies, with softlight LED flash and a live beautification feature that instantly retouches shots to remove blemishes, balance facial features, enhanced skin tone and more.

Premium Metal Design with Dual SIM Slots and Expandable Storage

The ZenFone Max Pro (M1) is built to last using solid metal, with a slim and light 180g body that’s precision-crafted to give it a luxurious feel without being bulky. The slim and elegant size and 2.5D-curved front edges make the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) exceptionally comfortable to hold, with significantly less bulk than a standard 6-inch phone. The ZenFone Max Pro (M1) is available in two stunning finishes to match the user’s style: Deepsea Black and Meteor Silver.

The ZenFone Max Pro (M1) comes with two SIM slots supporting 4G LTE speeds up to 400Mbps, and an additional microSD slot to expand storage by up to 2TB. Its convenient triple-slot tray lets users install two SIMs and a microSD card in one easy step.

The ZenFone Max Pro (M1) is easier to use and more convenient than ever, with a new face unlock feature that lets users unlock the phone simply by looking at it — the perfect hands-free solution for messy or gloved fingers. There’s also a rear fingerprint sensor that unlocks the phone in an instant.

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About ASUS

ASUS is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and is dedicated to creating products for today and tomorrow’s smart life. Our comprehensive portfolio includes Zenbo, ZenFone, ZenBook and a range of IT devices and components, along with AR, VR and IoT. ASUS employs more than 16,000 people worldwide and over 5,000 world-class R&D talents. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, the company won 4,511 awards and earned approximately US$13 billion of revenue in 2017.

[i] Based on an estimated average playtime of 15 min per round, for a total of 11.3 hours of gameplay. Actual performance may vary according to usage conditions and other factors.

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Good news to Huawei latest phones’ owners, especially to those who are playing PUBG MOBILE and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. Huawei introduces GPU Turbo, a graphics processing technology built from the ground up, that will help the smartphones to process graphics-intensive applications like games as part of an EMUI update.

Based on the Press Release

With GPU Turbo installed, graphics processing efficiency is improved by up to 60 percent while overall SoC power consumption is saved by 30 percent. This is beneficial since graphically demanding operations typically consume battery quickly.

Really looking forward to the update. Here are the release dates for various phone models in different regions.

  • HUAWEI Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, Mate RS: Europe, Russia, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, August 2018
  • HUAWEI P20 and P20 Pro: Europe, Russia, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, August 2018
  • HUAWEI Mate 10 Lite: All Markets, September 2018
  • HUAWEI Nova 2i: All Markets, September 2018
  • HUAWEI P Smart: All Markets, September 2018
  • HUAWEI P20 Lite: Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, September 2018
  • HUAWEI Y9 2018: All Markets, September 2018
  • HUAWEI Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro: All Markets, November 2018
  • HUAWEI P10 and P10 Plus: All Markets, November 2018

Press Release

Huawei Upgrades Devices’ Gaming Performance with GPU Turbo Update

Arriving to Huawei devices starting in August, the innovative solution is Huawei’s answer to surging demand for greater graphics processing power

SINGAPORE — 16 July, 2018: Huawei Consumer Business Group revealed the release schedule for GPU Turbo, a graphics processing technology built from the ground up, that will revamp the ability of smartphones to process graphics-intensive applications like games. Arriving as part of an EMUI update to a range of Huawei devices, GPU Turbo will allow users to enjoy much-improved gaming performances without having to upgrade their devices.

The industry is faced with a challenge whereby GPUs are unable to keep up with the demand of more graphically-intensive applications, such as gaming and VR. Huawei’s approach to re-architect how graphics are processed at the system level is a novel method, representing the company’s commitment to innovation and supporting its devices for an extended period of time post-launch. Huawei engineers took design cues from a car’s turbocharger, which uses a cylinder to feed extra air into the combustion engine to give a vehicle an extra boost of power at no additional fuel cost. The same concept was applied to GPU Turbo, which takes its namesake from the turbochargers of automobiles.

GPU Turbo is able to accelerate performance by optimizing system utilization of software and hardware resources. GPU Turbo will raise the bar for GPU performance across Huawei smartphones, beginning with the HUAWEI Mate 10 and P20 Series in August. With GPU Turbo installed, graphics processing efficiency is improved by up to 60 percent while overall SoC power consumption is saved by 30 percent. This is beneficial since graphically demanding operations typically consume battery quickly.

This update exemplifies how Huawei addresses customer pain points through innovation. The improvement will be felt widely when playing graphically intense games. GPU Turbo will initially support PUBG MOBILE and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, two leading MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) titles, each with millions of active users. Support for additional games will be announced at a later date.

”Graphics performance is becoming a keystone of mobile devices, powering a wide array of applications, in particular gaming,” said Ryan Lui, AVP, Software Marketing, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Gaming on mobile devices is the platform seeing the most innovation, with users enjoying more sophisticated, beautiful and graphically-demanding games. GPU Turbo makes high-end gaming experiences possible while also unlocking the potential for other demanding applications possible such as energy efficient AR/VR for shopping, learning and fun.”

The unveiling of GPU Turbo comes at a critical juncture, especially as mobile gaming is on a sharp rise globally. In 2017, gaming spend on mobile devices was more than two times greater than on PCs and almost four times more than traditional game consoles, according to IDC [1]. The mobile gaming segment represents US$46.1 billion worldwide, encompassing 42 percent of the total US$108.9 billion market for gaming revenues in 2017, reported Newzoo[2], a market intelligence organization for the gaming, mobile and eSports industries. The figure for mobile shows a 19 percent gain compared to the prior year.

Aside from mobile gaming, GPU Turbo will deliver an optimized EMUI experience for Huawei devices. The performance boost will also benefit nascent technologies such as AR and VR, opening up boundless opportunities including for virtual classroom, online shopping, telemedicine and more. For instance, through AR and VR, users can take a tour of a location through their smartphones, as though they were actually there in-person. The GPU Turbo gives the hardware a helping hand to ensure these graphically taxing applications run as smoothly as possible.

Huawei will be pushing out updates on a rolling basis, first launching in August with the HUAWEI Mate 10, HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro, PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10, HUAWEI P20 Pro and HUAWEI P20 and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS.

GPU Turbo global release schedule:

About Huawei Consumer BG

Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries, and are used by a third of the world’s population. Fifteen R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China. Huawei Consumer BG is one of Huawei’s three business units and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, wearables and cloud services, etc. Huawei’s global network is built on almost 30 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.

For more information please visit: https://consumer.huawei.com/sg/

Or find us @huaweimobilesg:

[1] https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS43626018

[2] https://newzoo.com/insights/articles/global-games-market-reaches-137-9-billion-in-2018-mobile-games-take-half/

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Amazon’s Prime Day is here. Mark the date. From 12 pm on the 16th of July, for 36 hours only, many items will be on sales. Singaporeans with Prime Now will be able to enjoy Amazon’s signature 2-hour delivery.

Here is some information on Amazon’s Prime Day sent to me. Check them out!

Some of the deals, Singapore Prime members can enjoy include:
  • Up to 50% off on Bose headphones
  • Up to 50% off on Samsung phones
  • Up to 50% off on Anker Powerbanks
  • Up to 40% off on AmazonBasics
  • Up to 40% off on Panasonic appliances
  • Up to 45% off on KitchenAid mixers
  • Up to 40% off on Tefal cookware
  • Up to 30% off on Philips Lights
  • Up to 25% off on Nespresso Coffee Makers
  • Up to 80% off on Play-Doh toys
  • Up to 50% off on Fossil Watches
  • Up to 45% off on Coca-Cola
  • Up to 35% off on Laneige beauty
  • Up to 45% off on Finish products
  • Up to 35% off on Colgate
Prime Day Launches in Singapore have something for everyone:
  • For the fashionista: The latest from Maybelline, L’Oreal, Laneige, Panasonic, Braun and Skin Inc.
  • For the kids: The coolest toys including WowWee Fingerling Unicorn – the first light up Fingerling and the Star Wars Ultimate Trooper pack
  • For the techie: Top sellers from Bose, Belkin, Canon, Senheiser, Asus and Netgear
  • For the houseproud: Deep deals from Panasonic, Black and Decker, Bosch, Philips and Scotch-Brite
How to Enjoy Amazon’s Prime Day for *Free

Anyone in Singapore can join Prime or start a 30-day free trial at www.amazon.com.sg and download the Prime Now app to participate in Prime Day. Amazon Prime in Singapore is available for S$8.99 per month; however, for a limited time, customers can sign up for S$2.99 per month.

*30 days free trial and monthly payment thereafter.

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Have you been a victim of Cyber Crime? Check out the statistics of Cyber Crime-related information compiled by Norton by Symantec. You will be surprised which age group is most prone to become the victims of Cybercrime. No, it is not the old people.

BTW, if you have read the title of this blog post, you must think I must be crazy to show people how they can be a victim of cybercrime. If you read the various cybercrime information below, I am sure you have done some of the things that you should NOT have done so. Agree?

Thanks to Norton by Symantec for the invite, a few of us had a wonderful discussion on Cyber Crime based on the Norton Cyber Security Insights Report (NCSIR).

They had also invited Singapore Actor, Edmund Chen (陈之财, Chen Zhicai), to share his bad experiences related to cybercrime. Read the Press Release below to learn about his bad experiences.

Most of our discussion revolves around the agony of parents controlling their children, especially teenagers, going online.

There are no definite answers on how a parent should control their child’s online usage. It all depends on needs. What I think (after the discussion) is that parent should set rules and align their expectation with their children in order to be effective.

Below is more information on Cyber Crime. Do take some time to read them. But before that, here is some background on NCSIR

About the Norton Cyber Security Insights Report (NCSIR)

The Norton Cyber Security Insights Report is an online survey of 21,549 individuals ages 18+ across 20 markets, commissioned by Norton by Symantec and produced by research firm Reputation Leaders. The margin of error for the total sample is +/-.7%. The Singapore sample reflects input from 1,037 adults ages 18+. The margin of error is +/- 3.0% for the total Singapore sample. Data was collected Oct. 5 – Oct. 24, 2017 by Reputation Leaders.

One of the surprising information from the report is that Millennials (Gen Z) are the most common victims of cybercrime. I thought it might be the senior people who are less Internet-savvy to be the victims.

And in Singapore, based on the survey, one in two people have been affected by cybercrime. This is way higher than I thought. Check out the few Infographics below to understand more.

Here is the Press Release

Press Release

Actor Edmund Chen Raises Cyber Crime Awareness with Norton by Symantec

2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report reveals one in two Singaporeans identified as victims of cyber crime; Edmund to share his personal experience with cyber crime at 11 July event

Singapore – 11 July, 2018 – Consumers are confident they are safe online but hackers have proven otherwise, stealing USD172 billion from 978 million consumers in 20 countries in the past year, according to the Norton by Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) 2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report (NCSIR) released today. The effects of cyber crime can extend beyond pure monetary impact as actor Edmund Chen can attest. Mr. Chen joined Norton by Symantec for an event to present the results of the NCSIR and discuss his experiences.

“Recently, I unwittingly shared my account password with a stranger who claimed to know personal details about me and my family, and chaos ensued,” said actor Edmund Chen. “My friends started receiving emails from ‘me’ stating that I was in trouble overseas and requesting money. It was shocking to see the interconnectivity between our online information and daily activities and how it makes us vulnerable to cyber crime. Cyber crime is not a generation-specific issue. It is real and can target you at any point of your life.”

The 2017 NCSIR identified shared characteristics among cyber crime victims globally. They are everyday consumers who use multiple devices whether at home or on the go, but have a blind spot when it comes to cyber security basics. This group tends to use the same password across multiple accounts or share it with others.

In Singapore, one in two surveyed were victims of cyber crime, of which 60 percent experienced cyber crime in the past 12 months. Other highlights from the 2017 NCSIR on Singaporeans’ online behavior include:

  • On average, a Singaporean consumer spent 14.6 hours dealing with the aftermath of a cyber event with the most time spent in the past 12 months on:
    • Making a purchase online that turned out to be a scam (76.3 hours)
    • Credit or debit card fraud (44.4 hours)
    • A device infected by a virus or other security threat (27 hours)
  • 56 percent have been able to determine an email they received was spam primarily because it included a link or attachment which seemed suspicious
  • 82 percent believe law enforcement and internet companies should ramp up cyber security measures
  • Consumers believe that teenagers, online gamers and those who are heavy users of social media are most likely to become a victim of cyber crime
  • More than half (56 percent) of surveyed consumers believe that it is more important than ever to know how to protect their privacy; conversely, 32 percent don’t think it’s worth worrying too much about online threats that they read or hear about

“Consumers’ online behavior reveal a dangerous disconnect. Despite a steady stream of cyber crime sprees reported by media, too many people appear to feel invincible and skip taking even basic precautions to protect themselves,” said Gavin Lowth, Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan, Norton by Symantec. “This disconnect highlights the need for consumer digital safety and the urgency for consumers to get back to basics when it comes to doing their part to prevent cyber crime.”

Singaporeans Embrace Cyber Security Safety Measures, but Leave Their Virtual Door Unlocked

Surveyed consumers used device protection technologies such as fingerprint ID, pattern matching and facial recognition, with 49 percent using fingerprint ID, 14 percent using pattern matching, 13 percent using a personal VPN, 4 percent using voice ID, 15 percent using two-factor authentication and 7 percent using facial recognition. However, consumers who adopted these technologies often still practiced poor password hygiene and fell victim to cyber crime.

  • Consumers display minimal password management measures and are more exposed to attacks as they protect newer and more devices. 20 percent of Singaporeans surveyed admitted to using same password across all their accounts and only 3 percent of them retain the default password that was assigned.
  • Despite experiencing a cyber crime within the past year, 49 percent shared their passwords for at least one device or account with others, negating security efforts. Additionally, 27 percent of Singaporeans write their passwords down on a piece of paper and 22 percent are likely to use different passwords and save their password to a file on their computer/smartphone.

Consumer Boundaries Skewed Between Cyber Crime and “Real Life”

The study also revealed that 81 percent of Singaporean consumers surveyed believe cyber crime should be treated as a criminal act, and 37 percent think it’s a fact of life to be accepted. However, when pressed, contradictions emerged, revealing that 23 percent of those surveyed believe stealing information online was not as bad as stealing property in ‘real life.’ When presented with examples of cyber crime, 40 percent of consumers believed it’s sometimes acceptable to commit morally questionable online behaviors in certain instances, such as reading someone’s emails (26 percent), using a false email or someone else’s email to identify themselves online (18 percent) and even accessing someone’s financial accounts without their permission (13 percent).

The State of Consumers’ Trust

Singaporeans generally continue to trust the traditional institutions that manage their data and personal information. Consumers gained or maintained trust in organisations such as banks and financial institutions (20 percent), and identity theft protection service providers (15 percent) despite the attacks that made headlines this year. However, 23 percent of consumers lost trust in social media platforms to manage their data and personal information.

Singaporean Parents Worried About Their Childrens’ Online Activities; Most Take Precautionary Measures

The 2017 NCSIR also sheds light on parents’ worries about their childrens’ online activities and the preventative measures they are putting in place to protect their little ones. Cyberbullying remains a top concern, with 86 percent of parents worried it will happen to their child.

“My daughter was cyberbullied by some close friends in secondary school,” said Edmund Chen. “As a parent, I was saddened and shocked that this had occurred. During that period, my daughter refused to go to school and even became skeptical of relationships.”

Parents have several worries their childrens’ online activities, including:

  • 94 percent of parents are worried their child will unknowingly download a malicious program or virus
  • 91 percent of parents are worried their child gives out too much personal information to strangers
  • 88 percent of surveyed parents are worried their child will be lured into illegal activities such as hacking
  • 85 percent of surveyed parents are worried their child will engage in online activities that will impact the whole family

Preventative measures parents are taking include:

  • 39 percent check their child’s browser history
  • 37 percent only allow internet use with parental supervision
  • 36 percent limit access to certain websites and apps

To learn more about the real impact of cyber crime and how consumers can protect their digital information, click here for more information.

About the Norton Cyber Security Insights Report

The Norton Cyber Security Insights Report is an online survey of 21,549 individuals ages 18+ across 20 markets, commissioned by Norton by Symantec and produced by research firm Reputation Leaders. The margin of error for the total sample is +/-.7%. The Singapore sample reflects input from 1,037 adults ages 18+. The margin of error is +/- 3.0% for the total Singapore sample. Data was collected Oct. 5 – Oct. 24, 2017 by Reputation Leaders.

How We Define Cyber Crime

The definition of cyber crime continues to evolve as avenues open up that allow cyber criminals to target consumers in new ways. Each year, we will evaluate current cyber crime trends and update the report’s methodology as needed, to ensure the Norton Cyber Security Insights Report provides an accurate snapshot of the impact of cyber crime as it stands today. In the 2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report, a cyber crime is defined as, but not limited to, a number of specific actions, including identity theft, credit card fraud or having your account password compromised. For the purposes of this report, a cyber crime victim is a survey respondent who confirmed one or more of these incidents took place. Visit https://www.symantec.com/about/newsroom/press-kits to learn more.

About Symantec

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world’s leading cyber security company, helps organizations, governments and people secure their most important data wherever it lives. Organizations across the world look to Symantec for strategic, integrated solutions to defend against sophisticated attacks across endpoints, cloud and infrastructure. Likewise, a global community of more than 50 million people and families rely on Symantec’s Norton and LifeLock product suites to protect their digital lives at home and across their devices. Symantec operates one of the world’s largest civilian cyber intelligence networks, allowing it to see and protect against the most advanced threats. For additional information, please visit www.symantec.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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Looking through the information, I can only say that if you really want to be free from the chances of becoming a victim of cybercrime, don’t post anything online, or even better, don’t go online at all.

What are your thoughts on Cybercrime? Share your experiences here so that everyone can learn

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Samsung launches the Samsung Galaxy A8 Star, a mid-range phone for the savvy users. At S$748, it is actually quite expensive. However, if you look a the specs, it might be the best alternative for Galaxy S9 series (but it doesn’t come with water-resistant feature).

The Galaxy A8 Star has 16MP + 24MP  Dual rear cameras, both with f1.7 apertures. Nice! The front camera is a whopping 24MP at f2.0.

With a screen size of 6.3” with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, users can really enjoy the content on it. Surprisingly, it is only 7.6mm thick even when it is equipped with a 3,700 mAH battery. The device also supports microSD cards up to 400GB.

Local Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy A8 Star will be available from 7th July 2018 (Saturday)at the recommended retail price of S$748 (including GST).

It is available in Black and White at all local telecommunication operators, selected consumer electronic stores, authorized mobile retailers, Samsung Experience Stores and selected online marketplaces.

Here are the specs if you are interested.

Galaxy A8 Star Product Specifications

  1. 6.3” display size is where screen is measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners.
  2. Infinity Display: A near bezel-less, full-frontal glass, edge-to-edge screen.
  3. MicroSD card sold separately.
  4. Actual user-accessible memory is less than specified total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the device features, and other built-in applications, and may vary after software updates/ upgrades.
  5. The Galaxy A8 Star supports only Version 1.0 of Bixby.

All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

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Finally, we may see an updated Xiaomi Mi MIX (aka Mi MIX 3) with an upright front camera. From the past editions of Mi MIX phone, the front-facing camera is always located at the bottom. The latest leak shows a phone that has a uniform (almost) bezel-less body, without the front-facing camera.

And on another picture, the graphical representation of a phone showed a pop-up front module which many might guess is a camera module (similar to Vivo NEX). I could not find the original source of this picture. So, you might take it with a pinch of salt.

If all these are true, we might be seeing a nice balanced bezel-less Xiaomi phone soon. Check out this rendering of the phone.

Mi Mix 3 Amazing Concept Introduction, iPhone X Killer, the Ultimate Dream!! - YouTube

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So, what is next after e-Skateboards? Segway thinks that it will be the skates and they are bringing them back with the introduction of their latest product, the Segway Drift W1 e-Skates. It looks nothing like the usual skates but it uses Segway’s self-balancing technology on it.

According to Segway, official details will be announced on 30th August 2018 during the IFA 2018 in Berlin, Germany. There is not much information on the specs. For now, please enjoy this introduction video of the Segway Drift W1 e-Skates.

Coming Soon - Segway Drift W1 e-Skates - YouTube

In my opinion, it looks dangerous. It seems that there are no straps on the device. It utilizes the self-balancing technology to balance while you are stepping on it. I can foresee many people jumping off this devices on pavements.

For myself who has been riding the Ninebot Mini Pro (that utilizes the balancing technology) for a few years, I think the Segway Drift W1 e-Skates is good only for flat surfaces without obstacles. I can imagine a few uneven cracks on the ground will throw you off the Drift W1 e-Skates.

Of course, I would like to try it if given a chance . It is something new and with no specs or actual user footage, it is hard to judge.

Will you ride on this Segway Drift W1 e-Skates?

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If you are a heavy data user, this new Singtel postpaid Combo XO (Cross Over) plan might interesting for you. With a starting 18GB of data as base, it might already satisfy most high data usage users. If it is not enough, pay S$18 for another 18GB of data.

From today, Singtel Combo XO is available for sign up or re-contract at S$78 per month. You can also take advantage to get handsets at good discounts. Check out more details at Singtel website

www.singtel.com/comboxo

Read the news release below for more information.

News Release

Singtel launches mobile plan with huge data and attractive phone discounts

Singtel today announced the launch of Combo XO, which stands for cross-over, an affordable postpaid mobile plan that offers consumers a large data allowance with generous handset discounts, giving customers the best of both worlds.

Available at $78 per month, the plan comes with 18GB of data, 300 minutes of talktime and 300 SMS. Customers can choose from a wide range of the latest handsets from as low as $0.

The plan offers heavy data users flexibility. Customers who have consumed beyond their data allowance will automatically enjoy an additional block of 18GB at an attractive price of $18. They also have the option of sharing their data with up to three family members with a MobileShare supplementary plan, which is available at $10.70/month per line.

Combo XO is available for sign-up or re-contract from 30 June 2018 at Singtel Shops, Singtel Exclusive Retailers, or online. For more information, please visit www.singtel.com/comboxo.

Price table (Full list of available handsets is available on www.singtel.com/comboxo)

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