NC #563 FBI v Apple, Solos Cyclist Smart Eyeware, Kanex Portable Apple Watch Charger, Link 2TB Portable SSD

Brilliant Cartoon from Stuart Carlson carlsontoons.com

This week’s show is going to be a little bit different. We’ve got three cool gadget interviews, a Dumb Question asked and answered by Mark Pouley of Twin Lakes Images which is pretty standard fun, but then we’re going to switch gears to Security Bits where Bart and I will spend some quality time going over the FBI/Apple iPhone issue in detail. We both thought it was too important to do a quick bit on it. Bart will explain what we know as facts, then what the security experts think about it and finally Bart will explain his view of the situation. I think it’s a great discussion. As always Bart includes links to all of the articles he quotes.


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NC #562 AppleCare, Robo 3D, Ember, MyScript Stylus, Belty, Urbanears, Hydrao

We get to listen to three more CES Interviews: Robo 3D Printers – a company with a social conscience, Ember Smart Mug to keep your liquids hot (or cold) and Hydrao Smart Shower Head that hopes to gamify your water usage. I mix into that an interesting story about how Dorothy almost lost $300 worth of music from iTunes but employing the “if you don’t like what Mom says, ask Dad” strategy she got all of her music back. I also do a review of the awesome MyScript Stylus “keyboard” for iOS that does on-the-fly OCR as you write by hand with a stylus or Apple Pencil. We also have a quick conversation with Bart Busschots from bartb.ie about the bruhaha that broke just recently when Adobe’s Creative Cloud installer broke Backblaze backup software.


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Hands on With Ring Video Doorbell

Shaq head 2Steve and I had far too much fun setting up and testing the Ring Video Doorbell from http://ring.com. Because it was so much fun I have way too much to say about it. I’m going to break this review down into segments that perhaps will help you understand the bits you care about and, if you read long enough, learn why we had to buy a Craftsman wood router. Oddly I’m going to start with the Bottom Line and then back into The Problem To Be Solved followed by Usage, and then by Setup & Troubleshooting. Installation is where I really start to ramble so we’ll do that last.

Bottom Line

Bottom line: the Ring Video Doorbell is really cool, it solves real problems and it only costs $200. Buy one. Here’s my Amazon Affiliate link. Continue reading “Hands on With Ring Video Doorbell”

NC #559 Behringer DAC, Ring Doorbell, FLIR, FFmpeg, IOGear USB-C, Black & Decker, Security Bits

Allister Jenks reviews the Behringer UCA222 Digital Audio Interface, we have CES interviews about the Ring Video Doorbell and The FLIR One Personal Thermal Imager. Then I’ll tell you a story about FFmpeg and video transcoding, followed by two more CES interviews with IOGear and Black & Decker. Finally we’ll have Security Bits with Bart Busschots.


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CES 2016: Ring Video Doorbell

Allison interviews Yassi Shahmiri about the Ring Video Doorbell. The Ring doorbell contains built-in motion sensors that trigger an instant mobile alert and activate a wide-angle HD camera for viewing your home’s entrance. Ring also contains a microphone and speakers that allow you to hear the visitor and to speak with them if you desire. Essentially Ring lets you answer your door wherever you may be. The setting is the CES Pepcom Digital Experience show floor in the Mirage hotel.

Learn more at https://ring.com


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NC #558 Recon 50 Headset, Catalyst Waterproof Apple Watch Case, CleverPet, 3 Camera Shoot, Canary Home Security, 1Password All Vaults

We’re going to start with a short audio clip from George from Tulsa on the Recon 50 Gaming Headset that sounds great. Next up we’ll hear about the Catalyst Waterproof Apple Watch Case and the CleverPet Smart Pet Feeder. We’ll have a palette cleanser where I’ll explain how we did a three camera shoot for a video for Don McAllister’s ScreenCasts Online. Back to CES with an interview with NASA where Steve makes his debut in FRONT of the mic and camera, and we’ll find out about the Canary Home Security System. Many thanks to Steve for all of his production work on these. Finally we’ll close out with a happy happy joy joy improvement to 1Password from AgileBits.


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1Password 6 Brings Searching of All Vaults to OS X

1P new interface showing All Vaults option command-0When I switched from LastPass to 1Password from Agilebits a few years ago, the only thing I missed was the method LastPass used to allow password sharing. Steve and I share a lot of passwords so this was super important to us. In LastPass you could simply select a login and share it to someone either as read only or with privileges to change the password. It wasn’t perfect but it worked for us.

In 1Password it’s done differently and I didn’t like it nearly as much. You create multiple vaults. Steve has his own primary vault, I have my own primary vault, and we both have write privileges to a third shared vault. Setting it up wasn’t too hard: one person creates it, puts it in Dropbox and then shares it. The good news was that we didn’t have to have a third password to open it, we both access it with our own 1Password password.
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CES 2016: Canary Home Security System

Of everything I saw at CES, this is one of the very few things I could really see myself buying.

Allison interviews Nicole Kruse about Canary’s home security system. Canary is an all-in-one home security system that lets you see what’s happening in your home and take action. From HD video to motion-activated alerts to a 90+ decibel siren, Canary gives you everything you need to keep your home safe. The Canary system is shipping now. The setting is the CES ShowStoppers show floor in the Wynn Hotel.

Learn more at https://canary.is

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NC #555 Black Screen of Death, Don’t Turn off SIP, Tenba Messenger Bag, Security Stuff

What would make not one but two Macs suddenly have their screens go black? We’ll unravel that mystery along with a Dumb Question from John Ornsby asking if it’s ok to partially turn off System Integrity Protection (SIP). I’ll give you a review of the Tenba DNA 8 Messenger Bag and then we’ll close out the show with Security Stuff from Bart Busschots.


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Dumb Question Corner – Is it ok to partially turn off System Integrity Protection?

apple diagram showing layers of protection from keychain to sandbox to gatekeeperOur Dumb Question this week comes from John Ormsby, aka NasaNut in the chat room. He’s asking whether it’s ok to follow the advice of some app developers and partially turn off the protections Apple has put in place in El Capitan.

Here’s John’s full question where he explains why he’s asking the question:
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