#538 Telegram Messenger, iSkelter Lap Desks, Browser Hijack Fix, Peak Design SlideLITE, Terry Austin Tech in College Education

Correction on last week’s HooToo TripMate TM05 review – it does NOT replace a VPN. Notable appearances this week: Clockwise at relay.fm/clockwise, MacVoices at macvoices.com, Daily Tech News Show at DTNS #2568 and The Parallel at brisbin.net/TheParallel. One messaging app to rule them all with Telegram Messenger from telegram.org. Review of the iSkelter Tab lapdesk from iskelter.com. James from Minnesota tells us about a cool browser hijack fix he found. I got to go on a Trey Ratcliff photo walk and received a Peak Design SlideLITE camera strap so I gave it a review (spoiler, I really like it!) from PeakDesign.com. In Chit Chat Across the Pond, Professor Terry Austin from intelligentelectrons.com tells us about a couple of really interesting tools he uses to keep his students engaged and learning in his college classes.


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One Messaging App To Rule Them All With Telegram Messenger

messenger_iconLeo LaPorte has been talking lately about his desire for a single messaging app for all platforms. He’s found what he thinks might be the right tool for the job, Telegram Messenger from telegram.org. I decided to give it a run and I’m in love with it!

Telegram has native apps for OS X, Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, Firefox OS, and even Apple Watch. If that’s not enough apps, it’s open source so you can go write your own.

Telegram is wicked fast. I am running it on my Mac, iPad, iPhone and Watch and all of them update at the exact same time. I can take a photo with my iPhone within the app and be typing on my Mac at the same time and they thread in perfectly.

From a privacy standpoint, I really like that I was able to create a nickname so I don’t have to give my phone number out for people to be able to chat with me. I love that feature! Please look me up as podfeet in Telegram Messenger when you join up! Oh, did I forget to mention that it’s free?

A Better Camera Strap for Your Micro Four Thirds Camera from Peak Design

slideliteDuring Trey Ratcliff’s after-party there was time for questions to Trey. I shot my hand up first and I was rewarded with a gift. Before I tell you about it though, what’s our problem to be solved (other than loving free stuff?) Most cameras come with a neck strap and they work ok to keep you from dropping your camera over the side when you’re on a boat, but they’re ill-designed for just about everything else. They hang straight around your neck with your camera bumping around on your chest, and if you lean over they swing way out and can crash into things like rocks when you’re hiking. You can try putting the strap around one shoulder but they’re just not designed for this in length or band thickness or pretty much any kind of comfort.

Back on show #400 I told you about the BlackRapid Curve RS-7 I had just acquired for my Nikon D5100. It was perfect for that large DSLR because of the padding and how well it fit across my chest. But now I have a diminutive micro-four thirds camera, the Olympus OM-D EM-10 and that strap was just overkill. I gave it away to a friend of mine who bought some of my lenses and he’s delighted with it.
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