Archive for the ‘Tips’ Category

Cybersecurity: How to Protect Your Children From Online Threats

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the school’s curriculum has been migrated to online learning from home. With the threats out there in the World Wide Web, how can concerned parents better safeguard their children from online predators? Here are some tips.

How to protect our children during #HomeBasedLearning. Photo by Thomas Park on Unsplash.

How to protect our children during #HomeBasedLearning. Photo by Thomas Park on Unsplash.

My kids have never used the computer and the Internet so much before the pandemic set in at the beginning of the year.

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It started with a bang when school was closed to students during the nationwide lockdown, and students had to do ALL their lessons online, using online video conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet.

Parents had to scramble to help their children be ready for #HomeBasedLearning – the new buzzword for families with school-going kids.

From buying laptops, to setting them up, to teaching the kids how to use the video conferencing software.

There was hardly any time and energy left to figure out how to secure the laptop and online learning sessions from Internet predators.

So parents – below are some areas to watch out for when preparing your child for #HomeBasedLearning.

  1. Dubious websites and content
  2. Dubious “Friends” in chat rooms and social media
  3. Cyberbullying
  4. Scams

Dubious websites and content

The World Wide Web is full of interesting stuff, much of it inappropriate for children e.g. pornography, racism, hate and violence.

So keep a close eye on what your kids are surfing – check their search/browser histories and designate an open location in the home for the kids to use the computer, so that everybody can help keep an eye out.

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Google Doodles Celebrates Hand Washing for COVID-19

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Hand washing is one of the most effective preventive measures against COVID-19 – the disease ravaging the world now. Google Doodles is recognising Ignaz Semmelweis – the Hungarian physician who discovered the medical benefits of handwashing.

* This story first appeared on Haleness Me.

Google Doodles celebrates Ignaz Semmelweis and handwashing. Click to watch the video.

Google Doodles celebrates Ignaz Semmelweis and handwashing. Click to watch the video.

Dr Ignaz Semmelweis was appointed Chief Resident in the maternity clinic of the Vienna General Hospital 173 years ago in 1847, where he deduced and demonstrated that requiring doctors to disinfect their hands vastly reduced the transmission of disease.

Print out this poster on proper handwashing techniques.

Print out this poster on proper handwashing techniques.

Semmelweis had noticed that a mysterious and poorly understood infection known as “childbed fever” was leading to high mortality rates in new mothers in maternity wards across Europe in the mid-19th century.

Semmelweis deduced that the doctors were transmitting infectious material from prior operations and autopsies to susceptible mothers through their hands.

He required doctors to wash their hands with chlorinated lime water before examining pregnant women.

As a result, the documented mortality rate plunged from 18% to 2.2% over a period of a year.

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Digital Well-Being Tips For International Day Of Happiness

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Here are some tips from Google on digital wellbeing and how our devices can contribute to our daily happiness.

The first step toward digital wellbeing is often understanding more about how you interact with technology in the first place. Tools like the Digital Wellbeing Dashboard in Android 9 Pie and YouTube’s Time Watched offer ways to keep you more informed about your habits.

The first step toward digital wellbeing is often understanding more about how you interact with technology in the first place. Tools like the Digital Wellbeing Dashboard in Android 9 Pie and YouTube’s Time Watched offer ways to keep you more informed about your habits.

Despite being one of the wealthiest nations globally, research has shown that Singaporeans are amongst the unhappiest people in the world.

Disconnect when you need to. Take advantage of tools that help make it easier to take a break from your devices, and switch off at the end of each day.

Disconnect when you need to. Take advantage of tools that help make it easier to take a break from your devices, and switch off at the end of each day.

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New Arrival: Listen To Web Pages On Android Phones

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

You can now ask Google Assistant to read aloud the text on a webpage – basically turning any webpage into a podcast! The new functionality is now available on all Android phones.

Check out the video about the new Read It feature for Google Assistant in Android phones.

Check out the video about the new Read It feature for Google Assistant in Android phones.

Nowadays we consume so much content on our tiny smartphone screen – news, articles, stories etc.

For older folks with failing eyesight, or anybody with visual or reading difficulties, Google Assistant can now read web articles on your smartphone browsers out loud.

I’ve always wished that I could consume web content while I’m driving.

At the moment, you can only do that if it’s a podcast, or unless you just listen to the audio of a video, because you got to keep your eyes on the road while driving.

So I listen to the news or radio, or my own music while I drive.

With the ability of Google Assistant to read aloud web pages, I don’t have to postpone perusing a web article until when I can read it myself.

I can listen to it when I’m driving, or taking a bus or train (using earphones) so that I don’t have to strain my eyes reading on a moving vehicle.

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tech4xmas reviews for Christmas 2016

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

So Christmas is now less than two months away, this series of reviews serves up gift ideas for those planning to buy presents for their friends and loved ones.

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Planning your Christmas shopping? Stay tuned for quick and easy-to-read reviews of some of the best-in-class gadgets available today.

With Christmas 2016 less than two months away, it’s a good time to begin planning gifts for those that are close to us.

So this series features quick and easy-to-read reviews of some of the best tech gadgets/products that I’ve personally tried.

Not all are the latest and newest, but they are what I think are some of the best-in-class in their category of products.

The reviews are meant to provide ideas and start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas.

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Dell XPS 13 notebook.

Have been using this beautiful workhorse during Strata + Hadoop World in Singapore. Surpassed all expectations. Love how it’s compact yet has two full-sized Type-A USB 3 slots & a Type C slot.

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Online bullying more worrisome than physical playground bullying, says Norton

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

52% of Millennial parents in Singapore surveyed believe their children are more likely to be bullied online than on a playground and 56% worry their children will give out too much personal information to strangers.

Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report reveals children are the weakest link in family cybersecurity.

Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report reveals children are the weakest link in family cybersecurity.

Findings from the Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report 2015 highlighted parental concerns about their children in the online world.

“In the last year, Norton has seen the online safety awareness levels of parents increase rapidly as technology firmly cements itself in the family home,” said Gavin Lowth, Vice President, Norton Consumer and Small Business, Asia Pacific and Japan.

Cyberbullying, online predators and privacy are some of the biggest issues parents in Singapore are grappling with as bullying moves from the playground to the online world.

Parents are concerned about their children being lured into meeting a stranger in the outside world (52 percent) and more parents are worried that their children will be bullied online (46 percent) than if their children take on the role as the online bully (38 percent).

The Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report is an online survey of 17,125 device users aged 18+ across 17 markets, commissioned by Norton by Symantec.

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“Parents are grappling with Cyberbullying, Online Predators and Privacy in Singapore,” said Gavin Lowth (in the photo), Vice President, Norton Consumer and Small Business, Asia Pacific and Japan; at the Symantec office in Suntec City in Singapore.

Children are the weakest link in family’s online security

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Fireworks Tip 3 of 3: Filling your frame

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Here’s Part 3 of the three-part series on tips for shooting fireworks photos – on what kind of lens to use and getting creative with composition. Contributed by Canon Imaging Academy.

Use a wide angle lens to capture the entire fireworks scene. Photo credit: Canon Imaging Academy Associate Trainer Joseph Goh.

Use a wide angle lens to capture the entire fireworks scene. Photo credit: Canon Imaging Academy Associate Trainer Joseph Goh, Joseph Goh Photography.

Below is the final of the three-part series on tips for shooting dazzling photos of fireworks.

Editor’s note

Since the fireworks for the National Day celebrations are on such a big scale, it essentially covers a large amount of sky over the Marina Bay.

In order to capture all the different types of fireworks firing at the same time, and to avoid cropping part of a firework burst, use a wide angle camera that have a large field of view.

If you are using a zoom lens, zoom out to the widest angle.

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Fireworks Tip 2 of 3: Settings for the camera

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Here’s Part 2 of the three-part series on tips for shooting fireworks photos – on what settings to use in your camera. Contributed by Canon Imaging Academy.

Ever wondered what camera settings to use for shooting fireworks? Check out the recommendations from the Canon Imaging Academy. Photo credit: Canon Imaging Academy.

Ever wondered what camera settings to use for shooting fireworks? Check out the recommendations from the Canon Imaging Academy. Photo credit: Canon Imaging Academy.

Here are some settings that are optimal for shooting fireworks.

Editor’s note

Many cameras, including compact ones have a dedicated Scene mode for shooting fireworks where many of the camera settings highlighted below are automatically set to appropriate levels generally suitable for fireworks.

However, because the settings are pre-canned and generally shooting most fireworks, you can’t change the settings to custom-fit the exact lighting situations or to realise your specific artistic expression.

If you want the best shots, try out the settings suggested below by the Canon Imaging Academy.

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Fireworks Tip 1 of 3: National Day Fireworks, Camera, Action!

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The National Day Parade usually sees a spectacular display of fireworks at the end of the display. Canon Imaging Academy shares three tips to capturing great photos of fireworks.

Shooting great snapshots of fireworks is not difficult, as long as you spend a little time preparing ahead. Today’s tip is on what to prepare and how to go about it. Photo credit: Canon Imaging Academy.

Shooting great snapshots of fireworks is not difficult, as long as you spend a little time preparing ahead. Today’s tip is on what to prepare and how to go about it. Photo credit: Canon Imaging Academy.

This year being Singapore’s 50th anniversary for independence, the fireworks will be unprecedented, with daily fireworks displays throughout the Jubilee Weekend.

If you’re planning to shoot the fireworks next Sunday on 9 August, check out three quick tips that the Canon Imaging Academy has shared.

The details for these tips will be posted as a three-part series over three days, with the first tip covered today.

So read on…

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