I remember years ago my good friend David Roth telling me how much time he spent trying to find the perfect Getting Things Done app. He realized that he could have been actually getting some stuff done if he hadn’t spent all that time on the tool. He eventually just picked one and got on with his life.
I got to be on Clockwise again with Jason Snell, Dan Moren and Mikah Sargent. At CES, we interview Jessica Lane as she tells us about PAI Technologies interactive clay toys for kids and talk to CMRA about their camera band for the Apple Watch. I have a special Public Service Announcement urging everyone to nag companies if you see them doing things not as securely as you would hope. It features my father-in-law, who is my hero at pushing companies. Bart Busschots joins us for another scary episode of Security Bits.
Because of Bart I know I have a much better understanding of security and what I can do to keep myself more secure. My father-in-law, Ken, is one of my heroes, and he’s just as security conscious, if not more. You may remember him from the video, “Octogenarian Talks 1Password”. If you haven’t seen it, I put a link in the shownotes, it’s well worth watching and sharing with folks who think they’re too old to use a password manager.
This week he decided to take on Vanguard, the investment company. You see, they do these great webinars, but they deliver them in Flash. He’s been paying attention to Steve and me when we advise him, and he knows we purposely did not install Flash on his computer when we did a recent hardware upgrade for him.
He decided to take on Vanguard, the largest mutual fund company in the country. He started by writing to them and explaining that he was simply not going to put Flash on his newest computer, because he understood that it has a reputation for being compromised or hacked. A representative wrote back to him and said this: Read More
In last week’s Chit Chat Across the Pond, I asked Bart to come during his off season to explain IPv6 to us. After the show aired, Kevin Jones DM’d me on Twitter and DJ made a comment on the blog, both with the same correction. One of the rules of this episode was that Bart only had a few days to learn the background himself so it was expected there might be errors. As always though, Bart is weird in that he actually likes to be corrected. Seriously,
Anyway, they were both commenting on this statement:
In IPv6, the host part is always 64bits long. This is conveniently the length of a MAC address.
They both explained that MAC addresses as we are used to seeing them, are 48 bits, not 64 bits.
Now this is going to sound a bit like explaining the tax code but I hope you’ll bear with me because there are a couple of parts here I think are interesting. First of all, Bart wasn’t technically wrong, but DJ and Kevin are more specifically correct.
Allison interviews Raymond Wu from Wynd about their new smart air purifier. Wynd creates a bubble of clean air around you by removing dust, allergens, smoke, and pollution from your personal space. It filters harmful particles out of the air around you to help you stay healthy. Wynd also provides an air quality tracker mobile app that continuously monitors the air around you and alerts you when it becomes unhealthy. The Wind air purifier will be available in April 2017. The setting is the Pepcom Digital Experience show floor.
Allison interviews Hongbin Zhuang from Emotech about their Olly digital personal assistant. Olly is a fast and efficient learner capable of proactive assistance. As a result, Olly’s personality evolves depending on your interaction patterns. Emotech is planning to start a limited Olly production run for testing in the third quarter of 2017. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor where Olly earned four CES Innovation awards.
Allison interviews Marcus Kuchler from udoq about their novel docking station for mobile devices. udoq can accommodate several mobiles devices at once and is completely adaptable to any connector type, from Lightning to micro USB to USB-C. udoq can easily be reconfigured as your collection of mobile devices changes. It comes in four sizes: 250mm, 400mm, 550mm, and 700mm and will be available in the U.S. in March 2017. The setting is the ShowStoppers show floor.
Allison interviews Roi Ginat from CMRA about their new camera band for the Apple Watch. CMRA has two HD cameras embedded in the band, one outward-facing 8MP and the other self-facing 2MP. It also captures HD video and has a battery that lasts a full day with normal use. CMRA seamlessly integrates with Apple Watch and iPhone and it syncs photos/videos with your photo gallery. The CMRA band is available for pre-order and will be shipping in the Spring of 2017. The setting is the ShowStoppers show floor.
Allison interviews Jessica Lane representing Pai Technology about their range of products to help kids learn while having fun. Ocean Pets includes an augmented reality mobile app along with putty and forms that allow kids to create a virtual aquarium. TJ & the Beanstalk brings story time to life with a 3D augmented reality story book. Finally Cube-Tastic uses augmented reality and a free app to help kids solve a puzzle cube. Some of you may recognize Jessica who is Shai Yammanee’s wife and now an honorary NosillaCastaway! The setting is the CES Conference show floor.