Ten online personalities with different spheres of influence – ranging from Fashion and Beauty, to Food, Travel and Technology – compete with one another in a series of unorthodox challenges, in which they attempt to assert their own influence in areas that may be dominated by the other respective contestants; each of them vying for ultimate prize: the title of “The Influencer”.
In the opening episode of this series, our contestants are assembled at the Headquarters of Nokia Malaysia for a Technology-themed challenge – with a twist. How well will the not-so-tech-savvy contestants fare in this trial? Also, how flexible are the tech whizzes in the group to adapt when they are thrown a curveball and forced to emerge out of their comfort zones for this episodes’s second challenge?
Find out who will emerge victorious in this episode, and who will be eliminated from moving on to the next round.
Head on over to lowyat.tv/theinfluencer for more details on the participants!
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Our email is without a doubt one of the most important and confidential services we have on the internet, on top of the usual things we send, we usually use our email for verification and password retrievals, and we tend to send quite a number of private and confidential stuffs. Starting today, Google is rolling out the ability for users to download all their Gmail and Google Calendar data so that, you know, you can back up and even move all your precious memories to another service.
The files will be stored into MBOX format and you can pick to save everything you have in your inbox or select to backup certain labels only. You can also download a single archive file for multiple products with a copy of your Gmail, Calendar, Google+, YouTube, Drive and other Google data. If you’re running out of space on your Google account, I think this is a great way to clear out some space to make way for new stuffs, just make sure that the MBOX file is properly saved into a secure space, or you have already created a backup mail account for all the older data.
You can now download you Calendar data starting today while the ability to download Gmail messages will be rolled out over the next month. Visit Google for more information.
There are plenty of ways to check for PDRM summons but the search result from this particular portal – Rangkaian Interaktif Laman Elektronik Kerajaan or RILEK – is rather hilarious. As the screenshot such as above is currently making rounds in the social media, who wouldn’tbe feel proud when Batman congratulates you for being a law obedient citizen? Mind you, this is actually a real and operational e-services portal.
Some might thought that the screenshot is a results of Photoshop wizardry but we can assure you that it is indeed real as we actually give it a test drive ourselves. You can do it too: just register and verify your account, log into it, choose PDRM and enter your IC number. Occasionally, the result would return a picture of fireworks instead but at the time this article is published, Batman appears in our search result almost all the time.
As hilarious as this might be, we do wonder what Warner Bros. and DC Comic think about this though. We also have no idea what image would you receive if you actually have pending PDRM summons since we all are law obedient citizens here. *cough*
[Source: icednyior @ Twitter]
While you’re busy planning your holidays, clearing your leaves and shopping for some Christmas gifts, here’s something you might want to add to your list of things to do – change your passwords for basically all the major services you use on the internet like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and more. It has recently been reported that a hacker has stolen about 2 million credentials from these major services using a keylogger malware and it affects users worldwide, from 92 countries to be precise.
As reported by a web security firm Trustwave, these information have been stolen over the past couple of months with the help of a malware called Pony. They have analyzed all the data and broken down the numbers:
- 1,580,000 website login credentials
- 320,000 email account credentials
- 41,000 FTP account credentials
- 3,000 Remote Desktop credentials
- 3,000 Secure Shell account credentials
Among the web services, the most compromised websites (listed in order) are Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Twitter and LinkedIn. CNNMoney reports that some web services like Facebook, ADP, LinkedIn and Twitter have already reset passwords for compromised users and informed them while the rest like Google and Yahoo! have yet to respond.
Another cloud storage solutions provider has bit the dust. After negotiating an out-of-court settlement with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) amounting to a massive $80 million, Hotfile completely and almost immediately shut down its service, taking down all of its users’ files with it.
The shut down came as a surprise to many, as the cloud hosting provider had been scheduled to go on trial against the MPAA over…you guessed it, pirated content hosted by the company. The trial had not even begun before both parties decided to settle out of court. Even worse, all files hosted on Hotfile can no longer be accessed in any way whatsoever.
Now, users who access the Hotfile website will be greeted with a splash image with the following text:
“As a result of a United States Federal Court having found Hotfile.com to be in violation of copyright law the site has been permanently shut down. If you are looking for your favorite movies or TV-shows online, there are more ways than ever today to get high quality access to them on legal platforms.”
The shutting down of Hotfile is the second high-profile shutdown initiated by the MPAA, after popular BitTorrent site isoHunt was taken down in October – before a third party revived the forum a few weeks later. These also follow after Megaupload’s infamous shutting down and the series of events that transpired after, culminating in the introduction of Mega, a new cloud storage option that offered 50GB of free cloud storage.
One of the best and worst things about using Google Chrome browser on your computer would definitely be how easily you can check the passwords you save within the browser. You know how when you’re so used to having your browser automatically fill in your passwords for you, you tend to forget that password and retrieving them back can be such a pain? Well, those passwords can easily be accessed in the advanced settings in Google Chrome (chrome://settings/passwords) but there’s one problem with that, they can easily be accessed by anyone who has access to your device.
Last month, Google started experimenting on the same feature but it was available for Mac users only. The feature, called “Password Manager Reauthentication”, requires users to key in their User Mac OS password in order to access that list of saved passwords. Spotted by Chrome enthusiast, Francois Beaufort, it looks like Google has finally decided to bring the feature to Windows users.
Don’t be too happy yet though, the feature is not available for the general public yet, only in Chromium builds for Mac and Windows. But judging from how important this it is and the fact that it is already in the latest Chromium build for both platforms, it better be released for everyone else soon. Will you start saving your passwords on Chrome once you receive this added layer of security?
When MCMC announced LTE’s 2600MHz spectrum allocation around a year ago, YTL Communications or more known to consumers as Yes 4G was one of the eight companies in the list. So far, they have yet to roll out any LTE-based service to consumers but that might change next year though as Dato’ Yeoh Seok Hong, the Executive Director of YTL Communications have stated that the company’s LTE network will be launched in 2014.
The revelation was made at the YTL Communications and Intel joint announcement which took place earlier today. However, Dato’ Yeoh didn’t provide any exact launch date or timeline for the roll out of LTE under Yes 4G. Nevertheless, he did pointed out that users will barely notice the differences as their Yes 4G connection will fall back to WiMAX in situations where LTE network is not available.
Truth to be told, this is actually not the first time that Yes 4G have listed 2014 as their LTE year. The company’s CEO, Wing K. Lee have stated in an interview back in May that “4G-LTE is a 2014 story”. He also has pointed out in another interview that Yes 4G will continue to use WiMAX alongside LTE. Additionally, the company will also continue using Yes ID as a master identity which altogether are in line with Dato’ Yeoh’s description above.
In conclusion, it seems like LTE main role for Yes 4G is to supplement the company’s existing capabilities to deliver high speed wireless broadband to users through WiMAX. That being said, I do believe that Yes 4G will add variety of services to take advantage of their LTE network once it is fully deployed in 2014.
While there are plenty of telcos in Malaysia that have received their share of LTE spectrum from the government, there are only two major players that have widely roll out the LTE service for consumers in general. Obviously, those two telcos are Maxis and Celcom.
In fact, Celcom have revealed that they are working to have even more active LTE sites – 1200 in total – by mid-2014 according to their financial report for the third quarter of 2013 which was announced earlier today. As a comparison, the telco’s previous aim was around 300 sites within the second quarter of 2013.
However, Celcom didn’t specify the area that these new LTE areas will be. For now, the telco claimed that their LTE network have covered major population areas in Klang Valley, Ipoh, Penang and Johor Bharu as of September 2013. There is also a mention in the report on their partnership with Altel which was first made public in July this year. Through the spectrum sharing agreement, it will apparently allow Celcom to deliver data speed of up to 150Mbps at each of their LTE locations.
Additionally, they have embarked on a RM 100 million effort to improve coverage, speed, customer experience, and fibre infrastructure in Klang Valley, Eastern regions of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak, major highways, and tourist areas which are expected to be completed by April 2014. Not to forget, Celcom apparently have also spent around RM 200 million to improve their overall network quality to cover plenty of issue including the much dreaded dropped calls problem.
Judging from all these facts that Celcom have listed in their new financial report, the telco seems to put a lot of effort in order to make sure that their network stays competitive and compelling to users. Nevertheless, I do hope all those hundreds of millions ringgit that Celcom are spending will indeed make their network better since the current consensus by MCMC (and general consumers alike) is that telcos are not working hard enough to provide quality experience to their customers.