Tunity to Hear Broadcast TV on Your Phone

Tunity scanning golfHave you ever been at the airport and there’s breaking news on the TV but you can’t hear it? How about you’re out at a bar and there’s a game on and you’d love to be able to hear it? What if you could get the audio sent to your smartphone? Well that’s exactly what Tunity from tunity.com can do for you.

Tunity is available for free in the iOS App Store and the Google Play store. When you launch Tunity for the first time, you’ll be asked to create a free login or you can use Facebook to log in. Next you’ll be required to turn on location services for the app. I’ll explain in a minute why that makes sense.

Once you’re logged in, you’ll see a simple screen that says “tap to scan” and there’s a rectangle you’re supposed to align your phone or tablet’s camera to the frame of the TV. You have to hold the phone still while it scans, then it will say detecting, and if it recognizes the channel you’re watching it will come back and say “Syncing to” and the name of the channel. A second or two after that, you’ll hear the TV channel’s audio coming out of your phone! Seriously. It’s like magic.
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Oktobud SM01-X7 Waterproof Bluetooth Earbuds by Denise

Guest Review by Denise, aka Deverelle in the NosillaCast chatroom and on Twitter.

Oktobud earphonesHi, this is Denise with a Castaway review of the Oktobud SM01-X7 waterproof Bluetooth earbuds. They are available on Amazon for $49.95 $59.95 US. The key feature is they are waterproof and rated to IPX7 so I couldn’t wait to try them for my evening swim. IPX7 is defined as “Protected against water immersion. Immersion for 30 minutes at a depth of up to 1 meter.”

First some back story. I have been trying for years to come up with the best audio experience for swimming. I first had an iPod Shuffle in a bulky silicone case with wired waterproof earbuds that sounded terrible.

A few years later, I upgrade to a Waterfi Shuffle; this is a standard iPod Shuffle, but it’s coated to be waterproof. It’s great, but I still had to manage a headphone cord and had to remember to update my playlists.

Sometimes a girl just wants a nice midnight swim to Dark Side of the Moon or to have a coaching app barking instructions in her ear.
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Dumb Question Corner – Can Older Hardware Stay Secure?

This week’s Dumb Question comes from Steve Ladhams and it’s a fantastic question. He wrote:

Dear Allison

Love the show. You bring tech knowledge to the masses. Well done.

I have a question about MacOS security as my first Mac, an early 2009 24″ iMac and my son’s Mac Mini from 2009 (second hand from eBay last year) will not be supported on Sierra. Both machines work ok, the iMac is very quick given its age, so I have no wish to replace either of them but am concerned that I will fall behind on security updates if I cannot get onto 10.12.

Can you let me and your other listeners know if my older macs will become vulnerable from October or if  still issues security updates for older OSs and based on current update available how far back this might stretch.

Thanks for your time. Yours sincerely, Steve Ladhams

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