AWS Hack Day 2017

I recently visited AWS HackDay 2017 at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) office in Singapore. This is the third year the competition has run, and this time there were 22 teams competing to build projects relating to IoT, analytics and AI, around the themes of healthcare, smart home and the environment. If you’re unfamiliar, AWS is the cloud computing business unit of…

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Sudio Vasa Blå Review

With 3.5 mm headphone ports slowly starting to disappear on some new smartphones, it’s perhaps time people seriously looked at Bluetooth wireless options, even if you didn’t really fancy them in the past. The good news, of course, is that there are already many to choose from, and plenty good too, like this Sudio Vasa Blå that Sudio Sweden sent me recently. Sudio is…

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Subverting the Browser URL Bar

Every new day, there’ll be a new security vulnerability. Often enough, it will be something important that even casual computer users ought to know about. This is one of them. If you’ve been taught to check your browser URL bar to ensure that you’re at the correct site, and where applicable there’s a valid SSL certificate, it seems that might not be…

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You Are All A Hacker Needs To Track You, Steal Your Info

A Channel News Asia headline on my Facebook feed caught my attention. “Your phone number is all a hacker needs to track you, steal your info.” This sounds deadly serious. Not thoroughly impossible, but I imagined if there was a serious new discovery, like the recent one concerning Broadcom Wi-Fi SoC, I would have heard about it first from elsewhere….

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Sudio Headphones Preview

Ahead of this Good Friday and Easter weekend, I received two headphones from Sudio Sweden, the Vasa Blå and Regent, an exquisitely designed wireless earphones and wireless headphones respectively. I’ve only just started to try them out, but before I write a full review post, I thought it would be nice to give a quick mention on Sudio. Sudio’s products arrive in…

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ASUS BRT-AC828 Wi-Fi Router

If you’re a small business, but Internet connectivity is absolutely critical for you, a cool dual-WAN router like the ASUS BRT-AC828 could be something you want to consider getting. With two WAN ports to connect to different ISP in either load-balancing or failover configuration, you can ensure that your Internet keeps going, even if one of the ISP is down. The…

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Builtin Spyware In Windows 10

I’ll admit I’m not much of a Windows fan. Among the many reasons, one of them would be the presumption that Windows is surreptitiously sending data about my computer to Microsoft servers, and perhaps the NSA, MI5/MI6, KGB, and others might have a dip at it too. Well we’re now getting to hear what Microsoft is admitting to collecting. In what…

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Android Users Beware Wi-Fi Attacks

You’ve probably heard that using public or insecure Wi-Fi networks can be dangerous. Well, this point is now being reinforced by a recent disclosure by Google’s Project Zero concerning a serious security vulnerability in Broadcom Wi-Fi chips. This is the Wi-Fi hardware used by numerous smart devices, and there’s a good chance you might use an affected device. Technically, this security vulnerability applies…

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Bragi The Dash Review

I recently got to try what is, probably, the most technologically fascinating earphones I’ve tried to date. It’s Bragi’s Dash earphones, a truly wireless pair of earphones born out of a KickStart project in 2014. It has just about every imaginable feature you could ask to have, all of them in a very well-designed product. Bragi raised almost US$3.4 million on…

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What Makes An Item Supicious

You’ve probably heard by now, Hougang MRT Station was closed temporarily yesterday because of an unattended piece of luggage. The police were called in, and after the bag was found to be “non-dangerous”, the station was reopened after about an hour of disruption. Good thing the incident wasn’t more eventful than that. But I’ve always wondered, what makes an item…

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