Special SD card turns any digital camera into Wi-Fi enabled one!

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This technology isn’t new. It’s has been around for many years under the Eye-Fi brand. However, the cost has been prohibitive. There are many China-made alternatives as well but I just can’t trust them.

Toshiba has come up with a very affordable version. Turn any normal digital camera into a Wi-Fi enabled one by using this special SD Card. Basically, this SD card has a Wi-Fi chip built in. It draws power from your camera’s SD card slot and creates a Wi-Fi hotspot. When you use your smartphone or laptop/PC to connect to that special hotspot, you can download photos off the camera without any cable.

This is great for those who prefer to take holiday photos with a Digital Camera / DSLR but want to upload them without getting to a computer to download the photos.

NRIC Checker Android Application

So I’ve recently started developing Android applications! First application published was my NRIC Checker application for which I have a web version on (http://nric.biz) since 2009!

Many of my friends asked “Why the hell do I need this?”

There are many apps out there which you don’t essentially need.

This is a utility, a tool, to help people who have to deal with data entry.

I’ve got people telling me that they need to key in NRIC numbers into their computer database from handwritten forms and it proved to be a nightmare when they encounter handwriting that is illegible. Admittedly, my web application, though still being used, isn’t the most convenient way to access on the go.

With recent motivations of becoming an app developer, here you go … my NRIC Checker application on Android:

NRIC.biz NRIC Checker

 

iOS version is coming soon .. just need to sort out some limitations I faced with getting my app launched and approved for the App Store ūüôĀ

#AsusGate : Vulnerability in certain ASUS routers

This isn’t new but has recently surfaced because of a hacker group’s posting of almost 13,000 IP addresses of Asus router owners suffering from this vulnerability. Asus took very long to fix the bug and had made no effort to tell customers to update their firmware to apply the fix.¬†

According to security researcher Kyle Lovett, the following Asus router models are vulnerable. (Unless you have already updated your router firmware)

  • RT-AC66R Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router
  • RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router
  • RT-N66R Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router with 4-Port Ethernet Switch
  • RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router
  • RT-AC56U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1200 Gigabit Router
  • RT-N56R Dual-Band Wireless-AC1200 Gigabit Router
  • RT-N56U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1200 Gigabit Router
  • RT-N14U Wireless-N300 Cloud Router
  • RT-N16 Wireless-N300 Gigabit Router
  • RT-N16R Wireless-N300 Gigabit Router

If you suspect that you are affected, quickly disconnect all USB storages from the router, disable AiCloud as per the screenshot below and contact Asus for assistance.

Asus Customer Product Support
Tel: 6636 9163

Operating hours:
Mon~Fri: 09:30-17:30
Sat: 09:30-12.30
Closed on Sunday and Public Holiday.

 

Sources and references: 

–¬†http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57619079-83/asus-router-vulnerabilities-go-unfixed-despite-reports/

–¬†http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/526942

–¬†http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/02/dear-asus-router-user-youve-been-pwned-thanks-to-easily-expl

–¬†http://seclists.org/bugtraq/2013/Jul/87

–¬†http://nullfluid.com/asusgate.txt