The Rojak Place Lifestyle, Technology, the Arts Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:15:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Rojak Place 32 32 137470794 Acronis Adds Backup Support for SAP Hana Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:15:23 +0000 SAP launched SAP S/4HANA in 2015. It offer cloud, on-premises and hybrid deployment options to customers, with smaller data footprint, higher throughput, faster analytics and faster access to data.

A year later, SAP Hana Express Edition, for personal computers or on cloud computing platforms for students and other small-scale developers.

Acronis recently announced that SAP HANA has been added to Acronis Backup support. With this, SAP HANA customers can get access to Acronis much vaunted backup reliability.



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Trend Micro Launches Home Network Security Box Tue, 09 Jul 2019 03:30:39 +0000 Read More]]> [Article has been updated to include the response for the clarifications we have on the Trend Micro Home Network Security box. ]

Trend Micro launches its latest cyber-security product for Singapore consumers – Trend Micro Home Network Security. This nifty black box protects all of our connected devices at home against network intrusions, web threats and identity theft. Importantly, it also includes parental control features to regulate children’s online activities and make sure they browse the web safely.


  • Today’s circumstances: 20% of Singaporean homes are equipped with smart, connected devices – a number that is predicted to grow to one in three (32%) by 2023 (Statista). Families are using all types of gadgets to access the internet, and children surf the web for longer periods of time.
  • The burgeoning problem: We love being connected, but we often neglect to protect our smart devices against cyberattacks.
  • Solution: With Trend Micro Home Network Security (HNS), users can easily manage and monitor all smart devices in real time via a smartphone app (see attached dashboard screenshot). Devices include gaming consoles, smart lightbulbs, security cameras, and more. To date, 80% of HNS stations have blocked web threats.

Trend Micro Home Network Security is available in Singapore from mid-July online and at Harvey Norman stores at S$299 RRP (includes Home Network Security station and two-year subscription).

The announcement above needed more clarifications. There are more questions that begs to be answered;

  1. Where do you place this box – before or after the router? Assuming connection to ONT fibre boxes in most homes in Singapore.
  2. There is only one ethernet port on the TrendMicro HNS, this can only mean, the box is placed after the router (connected to the router)
  3. If it is connected to the router, it will itself be part of the network, or a node of the network, like the other devices be it mobile, computers or IOT. How does this arrangement enable the HNS box to intercept bad internet packets, or does it intercept all packets on the network? How is that possible in a switched network environment?
  4. If it is monitoring all the data on the switched network, does it also monitor and identify encrypted packets (SSL or VPN)? If it does, how is it able to?
  5. What does the HNS box or Trend Micro, do with the information it monitors on the network?

This post will be updated once there are responses to these queries.

Here’s the response from Trend Micro on the Home Network Security box.

  1. Home Network Security connects to the router and works alongside it to ensure the data passing in and out of the network is safe. You can also refer to the installation instructions here.
  2. & 3. Home Network Security works alongside the router. It filters incoming and outgoing traffic with advanced deep packet inspection to provide an extra layer of protection for the home network and smart devices like game consoles, smart TVs and smart home gadgets. In order to scan network traffic, HNS is configured by default to use the ARP protocol. HNS can also be configured to become the DHCP server in the network.
  3. Same as #2.
  4.  Even if a device is using VPN, HNS can still prevent and block inbound network attacks. For now, VPN may block communications or pairing with the Home Network Security Station, which means web threat protection and parental controls settings can be bypassed. With that said, in a few weeks’ time, we will release a new VPN feature via app update that allows the users to identify which device on their network is masked with VPN.
  5. Trend Micro Home Network Security is a service that provides protection against network intrusions, web threats and identity theft for every device that you connect to the internet in your home. The powerful Home Network Security Station connects to your router to scan network traffic for threats. Home Network Security filters incoming and outgoing traffic with advanced deep packet inspection to provide an extra layer of protection for the home network.

    From a data perspective:
    Data collected by Trend Micro is not shared or sold to third parties. For further policy information, you can refer to our privacy policy and data collection policy here: 


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Samsung Launches Its First Smartphone with Rotating Camera Fri, 05 Jul 2019 08:30:49 +0000 Read More]]> Click to view slideshow.

Samsung announced the retail availability of the new Galaxy A80 in Singapore – the latest Galaxy device with its first rotating triple camera and the New Infinity Display, offering consumers an immersive and meaningful smartphone experience.

Key Product Highlights:


  • Share Experiences Live with the Revolutionary Camera – As the first Galaxy device to be equipped with Samsung’s rotating camera, the Galaxy A80 provides consumers the same high-quality lens both front and rear when capturing videos or images.

  • Immerse in a Cinematic Multimedia Experience – The Galaxy A80 features Samsung’s first New Infinity Display1, an expansive, edge-to-edge, 6.7-inch2 FHD+ Super AMOLED screen. With a 20:9 display screen and Dolby Atmos® feature, users can enjoy the ultimate immersive cinematic experience when watching videos during their leisure time.


  • Versatile Rotating Camera – Thanks to its 48MP main camera8MP Ultra Wide Lens with a 123-degree viewing angleand a 3D Depth Camera, consumers no longer need to worry about pixelated images or uncaptured memories. The Galaxy A80 also comes with features such as Live Focus Video move and Super Steady Video mode4, offering consumers an opportunity to create movie-like content for their favourite moments in life. Consumers can record footages and memories without compromising on vividness and quality.

  • More Selfie-ready Than Ever – Equipped with the Selfie Focus and Intelligent Flaw Detection features, consumers can count on the Galaxy A80 to breathe life into their selfies. Users can now be part of the Era of Live with more stunning and sharp selfies.


Local Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy A80 will be available from 6 July 2019, at selected local telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics & IT stores, authorised mobile retailers, Samsung Experience Stores and

The device will retail at the following recommended retail prices and colours:

Model Colours RRP
Galaxy A80 Phantom Black, Angel Gold, Ghost White $898

Galaxy A80 Launch Promotion

In celebration of the launch of the Galaxy A80 in Singapore, customers who purchase the Galaxy A80 at Samsung Experience Stores will receive an exclusive SAMSUNG Galaxy Friends x BLACKPINK merchandise set worth $1885.

The merchandise set will comprise of a Galaxy A80 phone cover, a smart charging stand and a set of BLACKPINK photo cards.

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Sophos Showcase POC of Microsoft BlueKeep Vulnerability Thu, 04 Jul 2019 07:27:01 +0000 If you are an administrator for the Windows systems in your organization, you would have heard of the Microsoft BlueKeep vulnerability, as advised by all security companies and the Department of Homeland Security, United States of America, to patch your systems. This patch applies, whether your organization uses Microsoft RDP for remote management or not. More details on getting the patch for BlueKeep is available here.

Check out the video below for how such a vulnerability can be used against your systems.

SophosLabs BlueKeep (CVE-2019-0708) exploit proof-of-concept from Sophos on Vimeo.

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Linksys Enters Exclusive Partnership With Elush Retail Group Wed, 03 Jul 2019 08:56:46 +0000

In a recent press release, Linksys announced a partnership with elush retail to feature the Linksys Velop Mesh router at the iStudio store at Funan Mall. Subsequently, the Linksys Velop Mesh network can be experienced at all the iStudio and EpiCentre outlets in Singapore. Check out the press release for more information.

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Acronis & The Yellow Ribbon Fund Help Ex-offenders Get Jobs Tue, 02 Jul 2019 06:42:53 +0000 Read More]]> Acronis Foundation was created when Acronis celebrated their 15-year anniversary. The company’s founding principle have a core belief that ‘all evils are caused by insufficient knowledge’. The Acronis Foundation has been funding research, building schools, and supporting communities around the world. Read more at


In 2018, Acronis Foundation worked with the Yellow Ribbon Fund by committing at least S$1 million in cash and services, over the next 10 years, to the YRF-Acronis IT Skills Programme. Since launch, YRF-Acronis IT Skills Programme managed to organize 2 separate pilot groups, after which 76% of the students managed to secure employment, with 48% of them receiving more than SG$1,500 monthly pay. On June 27th, YRF-Acronis IT Skills Programme had another graduation ceremony. The programme offers certified training which include a one-month course on MS Office, master classes on curriculum vitae & email composition, managing job interviews, online training and best practices. This year, the programme will also offer a certified Web Design course. Read more in the press release below.


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Parallels Launches Remote Application Server 17 Wed, 19 Jun 2019 07:09:47 +0000 Read More]]>

Parallels has launched Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) version 17, which simplifies end user computing for service providers (SPs) and enterprises.

Parallels RAS 17 enables faster launch of applications by using artificial intelligence (AI) and provides additional security features such as integration with Google Authenticator. The latest Parallels RAS also debuts a web-based helpdesk console to more easily manage Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS), virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and desktop as a service (DaaS) infrastructure.

New and key features in Parallels RAS 17 include:


  • Session Pre-Launch: Increase employee productivity and satisfaction by enabling Session Pre-Launch functionality to automatically save valuable time for the user and organization. No more waiting for applications to launch every workday. Parallels RAS 17 uses machine learning (ML) to map users’ computing habits, applications used and login time, enabling it to pre-launch everything so users can be immediately productive when they begin their workday.
  • Improved VDI Security: Parallels RAS now prevents unwanted access to VDI by dynamically managing users’ remote access rights as required, by enabling remote access permissions during login and revoking permissions during logoff.
  • Google Authenticator: Parallels RAS integrates with Google MFA Authenticator to provide an additional layer of security using a time-based one-time password. This enables organizations of any size to easily secure their access with ease and at no additional cost.
  • Web-based Helpdesk Console: Parallels RAS Helpdesk Web Console gives administrators and delegated admins access to manage RDSH sessions, VDI and applications.
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Canon Shares The Love with Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Tue, 12 Feb 2019 08:45:24 +0000

If you feel like hitting a wall, thinking of suitable presents that will marvel your loving partner, let Canon allay your worries. The gift guide as shown in the image, provide worthy ideas, to demonstrate your love.

  • RAYO S1 Mini Projector, $559
  • Mini Photo Printer, $189
  • PIXMA TS8270 Printer, $299
  • PIXMA TS707 Printer, $179
  • PowerShot SX740 HS, $529
  • EOS R Kit, $4,898
  • EOS M100 Kit (EF-M15-45 IS STM) – PINK, $699
  • EOS M6 Kit (EF-M15-45 IS STM) – SILVER, S$899


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Roadtrip with Canon EOS 1500 Tue, 18 Dec 2018 00:49:42 +0000 Read More]]> A recent trip to Johor Bahru, Malaysia, was made with the amazing assist of the Canon EOS 1500. The entry-level camera was complemented with a Canon EOS EF-10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lens, to capture the widest details available.

Click to view slideshow.

Camera set-up and usage is straightforward, regardless of your experience with cameras in general. From powering on, to composition and capture, the operations are fast. You will not miss a shot, those candid moments.

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Hands-on with Canon EOS R Thu, 27 Sep 2018 14:48:58 +0000 Click to view slideshow.

Here’s a quick slide-show on the capabilities of Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera. You can read the announcement here. Pricing and availability can be found below the slide-show.

Pricing and Availability of EOS R

The EOS R body, EOS R Kit (RF24-105mm f/4L IS USM), Mount Adapter EF-EOS R and Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R, will be available on 9 October 2018. The RF50mm f/1.2L USM will be available end October 2018. The recommended retail prices are as such:


Model Recommended Retail Price

(Inclusive of GST)

EOS R (Body Only) S$3399
EOS R Kit (RF24-105mm f/4L IS USM) S$5098
RF24-105mm f/4L IS USM S$1699
RF50mm F1.2 L USM S$3649
Mount Adapter EF-EOS R S$159
Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R S$319
BG-E22 battery grip S$469


The pricing and availability of the remaining products will be advised at a later date.


The EOS R (body only) and EOS R Kit are currently available for pre-orders at S$3399 and S$4898 respectively, at the Canon eShop and all Canon authorised dealers until 8 October 2018.


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