Steve Gibson of GRC (author of ShieldsUp & SpinRite) has released InSpectre, a free Windows app which clearly communicates your PC’s current level of protection against Meltdown & Spectre, and what kind of a performance hit you should expect — www.grc.com/…
RedHat have withdrawn their microcode patch for Spectre after it caused some systems to become unbootable (Linux supports dynamic updating of CPU microcode without the need for a BIOS update) — www.theregister.co.uk/…
A great post on the official Raspberry PI blog that primarily aims to explain why the Raspberry PIs are not vulnerable to Spectre, but in the process, explain Spectre in clearest and most understandable way I’ve yet seen — www.raspberrypi.org/…
If you’ve been paying any attention to my nonsense over the years, you already know that I exercise a lot. In the mornings I alternate between running along the beach and doing the elliptical at the gym every other day. In the afternoons, I take Tesla for a nice long walk, anywhere from 1-3 miles depending on how many more calories my Apple Watch tells me I need to burn. I’m usually doing around 18,000 steps a day with this routine.
I exercise this much to avoid heart disease (my dad had his first heart attack at age 43), but also so I can eat (and drink) more!
So what’s the problem to be solved, it all sounds great, other than I’ll probably need a knee replacement or two way ahead of most people? The problem is the time change. I’m lucky enough to live where we have a lot of daylight, but in the winter, if I go for my usual walk around 4-5pm, it will be at dusk.
In the last few weeks, I was almost hit by a car. Twice.
Allison interviews Amit Rele from Netgear about their new outdoor version of the Orbi mesh WiFi system. The family of Orbi tri-band WiFi systems is designed for a broad range of home environments. The Orbi Outdoor Satellite (RBS50Y) extends high-performance WiFi coverage outdoors by up to an extra 2,500 sq. ft. with a weather-resistant, wall-mountable, add-on unit. The Outdoor Orbi is rated at IP55 and can operate over a temperature range of -20°C to +50°C. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.netgear.com/orbi/
This is just a little review of an iOS app called Klok I came across when browsing the app store on my phone. I was intrigued by its name so I installed it and it turned out to be quite useful.
What’s the problem it solves? When you have friends or business relations in multiple timezones you’d like to have a quick overview of the time in their timezone. So you’d like to access the world clock quickly.
Rally Barnard sent in a photo tip I really like, especially because he’s actually quoting me in it! After he sent this in I made some observations that may change my advice. First, let’s hear from Rally.
A while ago Allison in one of her talks on the MacMania Solar-Eclipse cruise said that the best way to take photos with iOS devices was to never zoom the image by pinching on the screen. Always take photos with the default field of view. If you wanted to zoom the picture, do it with Photos or other editing app after you have taken the picture.
Well, as I always dutifully follow Allison’s advice, I always take photos that way. If others aren’t aware of this photographic gem, or want to know the reasoning behind this diktat, I guess that’s the problem to be solved.
Allison interviews Marv Su from Analogix about their SlimPort adapters. Marv explains the intricacies of the varying types of signals that USB-C cables and connectors can carry. He demonstrates how USB-C can transmit power, data and HD video if it’s connected to a supported device/port. Using the USB-C alt mode, SlimPort adapters allow the user to connect a mobile device with a USB-C port to the HDMI port of a display or TV to play up to 4K UHD video. The setting is the CES show floor and the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at http://www.analogix.com/en/slimport-adapters-overview
Allison interviews Gaidar Magdanurov from Acronis about their multi-platform backup solutions. Acronis offers a single solution for backup, disaster recovery and file sync & share services. Using Acronis’s personal backup software, you can safeguard PCs, Macs, iOS and Android devices as well as your social media accounts. Acronis will also actively defend your data against ransomware attacks with backup that detects, stops and reverses unauthorized encryption. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage hotel. Learn more at https://www.acronis.com/en-us/
Allison interviews Dr. Guive Balooch from L’Oréal about their UV Sense sun safety technology. Dr. Balooch described two new wearable products at CES: a special edition version of My UV Patch and a brand new sensor called UV Sense. My UV Patch is a stretchable skin sensor designed to monitor UV exposure. UV Sense is a thin, 9-mm-diameter electronic sensor designed to be worn on the thumbnail. The sensor transmits UV exposure data to a mobile device using near-field technology and an app. Both products provide an indication of UV radiation the consumer receives over long periods to a mobile app without the use of a battery. Studies have shown the data these wearables encourage positive sun safety behaviors by users. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.laroche-posay.us/wearable-tech.html
CES was a complete blast this year. We got to hang out with Dave Hamilton, John F. Braun, and Jeff Gamet. Oh, and Chuck Joiner was there too. We stayed at the same hotel, and traveled to the special press events together but then we pretty much scattered to do our own thing. We also got to hang out with Joe Dugandzic from Smarter Home Life. We dragged him along (kicking and screaming) to a DTNS meetup where we met a bunch of fun people. You’ve already heard Joe on Chit Chat Across the Pond from this week where we talked about his journey from Youtuber to full-time employee at Lynky, a smart home device company.
Then NosillaCastaway Joe LaGreca came out on Wednesday and we did the actual Convention Center walk. Steve and I did 28 interviews, 25 of which were at press events, and only 3 of which were at the Convention Center halls. The press events are 1-200 vendors, while the actual Convention Center is so darn huge it’s overwhelming. Plus by that time we’ve been there for three days and we’re kind of burned out!