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NC #678 StepShot Guides, Monoprice SlimRun Ethernet & HDMI Cables, Security Bits

We’ll take a look at StepShot Guides to see if it’s a worthy replacement for Clarify after all. Then we have an interview with Monoprice from NAB where we’ll have a surprisingly interesting and funny interview about SlimRun Ethernet and HDMI cables. Bart and I haven’t talked Security Bits in ages, so we have a nice long one for you.

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NAB 2018: Monoprice SlimRun Ethernet & HDMI Cables

Allison interviews Manny Hernandez from Monprice about their new SlimRun cables for internet and video applications. SlimRun Cat6 ethernet cables are much thinner and lighter than standard Cat6 cables, making them much easier to install/uninstall and requiring less space than conventional 23 or 24 AWG Cat6 cables. The SlimRun AV HDR cable is also much thinner than the standard HDMI cable. It achieves a small diameter by employing a hybrid optical fiber rather than copper with optical fiber transceivers to convert electrical signals to optical signals (and back) at the connectors. Monoprice has also developed a new detachable HDMI connector that leaves a micro-HDMI connector once removed. This makes it much easier to route the HDMI cable through a wall or conduit. The setting is NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://monoprice.com/

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NC #651 iPhone X Ordering, Sennheiser Headphones, Olympus & Monoprice Tracking, Security Bits

Failure to order two iPhone X’s but at least Steve is getting one. Helma from the Netherlands reviews the Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphones. Both Olympus and Monoprice are forcing third-party cookie tracking on you when you’re buying from them. Bart Busschots brings us another edition of Security Bits where he talks about insecure child smart watches, how the IRS isn’t worried about the Equifax breach, a macro-less remote code execution problem in Microsoft Office, and how Eltima was hacked. He also tells us how several of the week’s “big” security news stories are not actually stories at all.

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Vote With Your Dollars – Monoprice Also Using Third-Party Tracking with Criteo

On October 24th I wrote a blog post about how Olympus (the camera makers) were using third-party cookie tracking using a service from Criteo. I was appalled that a site dedicated to letting me buy their products would use such a service. It wasn’t just that they wanted us to be tracked, it’s that this Criteo tracker pops up a banner saying that if you click any link on the page, you have agreed to be tracked. So there’s no way around it.

Criteo tracker monopriceAfter I posted the article about Olympus and tracker company Criteo, Bruce Tyrell in our Facebook group (podfeet.com/facebook) alerted me to the fact that Monoprice is also doing this with ad tracker Criteo. If you’re not familiar with Monoprice, they sell electronics at very low prices, specifically known for inexpensive cables.

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