22 April 2016

UOB mighty app gets blocked on rooted android devices

If you are a UOB customer, you might have downloaded an installed their latest Google App from the App Store.

As spywares and backdoors are rampant among the Android smartphones, UOB took a step and blocks out users who are suspected of using rooted devices to access internet banking.

This is a good move as it protects both parties from the hackers.

A pop up will be displayed when your device is supposedly compromised.


21 April 2016

INTEL will slash up to 12,000 jobs worldwide as it seeks to shake up its business to reduce dependence on the slumping personal computer market,

INTEL will slash up to 12,000 jobs worldwide as it seeks to shake up its business to reduce dependence on the slumping personal computer market, the United States tech giant said on Tuesday.

Known for its role as the leading PC chipmaker, it has in recent years been seeking to shift to mobile and emerging technologies.

The restructuring will cut about 11 per cent of the workforce by mid-2017 and aims to "accelerate evolution from a PC company to one that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices", it said.

"Our results over the last year demonstrate a strategy that is working and a solid foundation for growth," said chief executive Brian Krzanich.

"The opportunity now is to accelerate this momentum and build on our strengths."

Intel will be increasing investments in key growth areas, which include the range of smart home and other connected devices known as the "Internet of Things", as well as its data centres and computer memory operation.

Mr Krzanich has spoken frequently about the shift in computing and laid out his vision more than a year ago, telling the Consumer Electronics Show that the industry would be "unleashed" by wearables.

"So, computing becomes unwired and everything becomes smart and connected," he noted at the time.

Intel said the job cuts will come from "a combination of voluntary and involuntary departures" and a re-evaluation of its global operations.

It will set aside US$1.2 billion (S$1.6 billion) to cover the costs of the job reductions and expects the programme to save US$750 million this year and US$1.4 billion by mid-2017.

How to prevent Ransomware from installing in your system

Lately I heard of friends seeking help as their computers were affected by RansomWare. Ransomeware is some sort of backdoor application or script that is installed into your PC. They usually comes as attachements in ZIP files.

If you unknowingly installed it, it will execute the Windows Host Script and starts encrypting your important Documents, Excel spreadsheets etc.

When you try to open it, it will pop up a message asking you to pay to 'unlock' the important file.
Ransomware seems to be rampant these days. It not only encrypts your data files and ask you for money by holding you ransom for the important files. So, how can one avoid installing ransomware unknowingly?

So how do you prevent it ?

To resolve this, you can try to disable the Windows Host Script by following the instructions here by disabling the WSH in REGISTRY using REGEDIT.

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Catch the Latest, Hottest Content on StarHub Go Game of Thrones’ Season 6 to premiere concurrently with US Ramped up catalogue includes express titles from Asia, US and UK New intuitive features for an even more superior user experience

Catch the Latest, Hottest Content on StarHub Go
- Game of Thrones’ Season 6 to premiere concurrently with US
- Ramped up catalogue includes express titles from Asia, US and UK
- New intuitive features for an even more superior user experience

Singapore, 21 April 2016 – Fans of Game of Thrones are in for a real treat! The brand new season of HBO’s Emmy® Award-winning drama series returns on 25 April—with a whole new season of duplicity and treacheryconquest and triumph—and Singaporean audiences can catch all that exciting action on StarHub Go, at the same time it debuts in the US. This is thanks to an enhancement on the online video streaming service which features an even bigger and more current catalogue. Viewers can expect exclusive content ranging from top Asian broadcasters such as TVB, CJ Media, and Sanlih Entertainment Television to Hollywood’s finest networks like DreamWorks, HBO and Sony. Sports fans will be thrilled with ‘live’ sporting action from top drawer properties including UEFA Champions League and National Basketball League.

To ensure a superior user experience, the latest version of StarHub Go also offers new, intuitive features such as a search function, making finding content a fuss-free affair. Based on users’ past viewing preferences, the recommendation feature will highlight related entertainment options to customers. Watching TV will also become more social—users can share and comment on their favourite programmes with friends on the social media platform.

“StarHub Go is a personal online video service where customers can catch first-run series such as Sherlock and Orphan Black, watch the brand new season of Game of Thrones concurrently with their US counterparts, or simply indulge in hours of the latest hit Korean drama on their preferred smart devices,” expressed Ms Lin Shu Fen, Head, Family Segment & HubLife, StarHub. “To make the viewing experience even more enjoyable, we go one step further to ensure that StarHub Mobile Postpaid customers will not be charged for data usage while streaming their favourite content on StarHub Go. We will continue to expand the catalogue on StarHub Go, so that customers can be assured of always catching the latest and most compelling content here.”

Supersized Catalogue
There are myriad channels that can now be accessed via two packs on StarHub Go: Go Select and Go Sports. At $9.901 per month (including GST), the Go Select Pack will offer unlimited, on demand, commercial-free viewing of the best in US and British productions, the latest and hottest Asian dramas and variety shows, as well as intriguing documentaries and engaging kids programming. In addition to the latest season of Game of Thrones, anyone with a Hub ID can watch all of the five earlier seasons at no cost from now till April 30. Drama aficionados will appreciate the latest original productions from BBC First, including the critically acclaimed adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, all three seasons of Sherlock, the one-episode special, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride as well as the latest season of dramatic conspiracy series, Orphan Black—available within 24 hours after its original telecast.

Fans of Asian programming can catch TVB’s latest trial drama, My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan, concurrently with their Hong Kong counterparts on 25 April. The comedy drama sees popular silver screen actors Kent Cheng and Tommy Wong, making a comeback as a gang of old, retired triad bosses.  Meanwhile, popular Taiwanese artistes Aaron Yan and Joanne Tseng will delight fans in their latest idol drama Refresh Man, which will premiere on 23 April. Top-rated Chinese period dramas to catch include the currently showing Imperial Doctress and Nirvana in Fire, which will premiere on 16 May.  Alternatively, viewers can choose to kick back and relax with the latest Korean titles like Descendants of the Sun, Cheese in the Trap and MisaengVariety show junkies can look forward to top-grossing variety programmes from China and Taiwan such as If You Are The One, Mr Player, and Hot Door Night. For a touch of local delight, viewers can catch all StarHub’s original productions on StarHub Go, including Hear Me Sing, Singapore’s first online reality singing competition, which is currently underway.

The Go Sports Pack is perfect for sports fans to access top sporting ‘live’ action on the move. These include top drawer sports properties such as UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, La Liga, ATP World Tour, National Basketball Association and World Wrestling Entertainment on selected sports channels: beIN SPORTS HD, EuroSport, Setanta Sports as well as StarHub’s stable of self-packaged sports channels: SuperSports 1, SuperSports 2, SuperSports 3 and SuperSports 4. The Go Sports Pack is priced at an attractive $9.901 per month (including GST).
All StarHub  TV, Broadband and post-paid Mobile customers can enjoy the convenience of charging their StarHub Go Pack subscriptions to their existing monthly bills, while non-StarHub customers can pay for unlimited access with a 30-day StarHub Go pass via their credit cards. iOS users can now even subscribe to the Packs via the Apple App Store.  For a worry-free streaming experience, StarHub Mobile postpaid customers will not be charged for the use of their mobile data while consuming content on StarHub Go.
 For more information, please visit www.starhubgo.com.
 1Promotional price for Go Sports Pack is valid until 31 December 2016