I can guarantee that if you hand these out as Christmas Gifts, you will get everyone’s attention. It is a motion sensor, LED color changing, toilet bowl light. I am pretty sure these things got their start on the TV Show Shark Tank and are now widespread and available from a variety of vendors.
Good deal, at the time of this posting, on the Fitbit Charge 3 Fitness Activity Tracker, at Amazon…
Finally, in an effort that should have happened years ago, Google has finally re-added the ability to take notes and make lists via Google Assistant on your Google Home speakers, Nest speakers, Chromebooks, or phones. This is a feature I’ve long hoped would return and Google seems to finally have relented and brought it back better than it was before.
To start, some of the more popular smart doorbell products have suffered severe cybersecurity vulnerabilities, while others lacked basic functionality upon launch. Worse, the data privacy practices at one major smart doorbell maker resulted in wanton employee access to users’ neighborhood videos. Finally, partnerships between hundreds of police departments and one smart doorbell maker have created a world in which police can make broad, multi-home requests for user videos without needing to show evidence of a crime.
December 1, 2019
Today’s Thoughts From Rick –Get The Comics Daily at GoComics
A fond memory of mine, growing up, was getting the Sunday paper and taking out the section that contained the comics. Unlike today, back then the news really meant nothing to me; I just wanted the comics section. Today, I use an RSS Feed Reader (Inoreader) as my own customized type of newspaper and I needed a way to get that “comic’s fix” through an RSS feed. What I found was a website called GoComics that met that criteria. GoComics.com is the web’s largest catalog of syndicated newspaper strips, political cartoons, and webcomics, offering free new content every day. Iconic cartoons include Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, Ziggy, Dilbert and more… So, if you like reading comics, check out GoComics.
Today’s Tech News Briefs:
A guide that will help you make the right online TV service provider choice; Engineers at MIT have now created a device to trap carbon dioxide that is much less energy-intensive and costly than today’s technologies; AND, Researchers at Santa Fe Institute and Boston University looked into where you should park in that crowded parking lot, based on mathematics.
Today’s Software Pick:
Desktop Info – An application that displays system information on your desktop. It looks like wallpaper but stays resident in memory and updates in real-time. Perfect for quick identification and walk-by monitoring of production or test server farms or any computer you’re responsible for. Uses very little memory and nearly zero CPU. Everything is customizable…
Today’s Android Pick:
Microsoft Edge – A secure web browser lets you search the web, block ads, and view pages with a reading view. Personalize your browsing experience with favorites, reading lists and saved passwords to get the browsing experience you like best. Use voice search to search the web just by speaking to your phone. With image search, you can search the web for results based on a photo or image.
Today’s “How To” Pick:
How to Avoid Snooping on Hotel Wi-Fi and Other Public Networks – Your neighbors in the hotel could snoop on your web activity. If you’re using an open Wi-Fi network at an airport or in a coffee shop, people nearby can also snoop on you there… Continue Reading @ How To Geek
Today’s Amazon Deal (don’t know how long this deal will last):
Get the Garmin Vívoactive 3 GPS Smartwatch with Heart Rate Monitor, 2017 model for $100 with free shipping…
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November 10, 2019
Today’s Amazon Deals:
SPECIAL DEAL on this “unlocked” Nokia 7.1 Smartphone (Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 – Android 9.0 Pie – 64 GB – Dual Camera – Dual SIM)…
ON SALE – Arlo Smart Home Pro HD Wireless Camera Plus Audio Doorbell and Chime System
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If you are a die-hard Amazon customer, you’ll want an Echo Dot so it agrees with your existing devices (like Fire TV). However, if you don’t have Amazon or Google products, the decision becomes more difficult. If you do find yourself staring at the Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini, wondering which one to take home, it’s Amazon’s Echo Dot that should win the day.
If you own any smart devices at home, you may want to read this article at Malwarebytes Labs that will teach you how to tighten the security on those devices. Like anything else that is connected to the internet, there is always the risk of being compromised.
Let’s face it: No matter how often we warn about the security concerns with smart home devices, they do make life more convenient—or at the very least, are a lot of fun to play with. It’s pretty clear this technology isn’t going away. So how can those who’ve embraced smart home technology do so while staying as secure as possible?
Here are eight easy ways to tighten up security on smart home devices so that users are as protected as possible while using the new technologies they love.