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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NC #552 iPad Pro, Taking Charge of My Life, Cute Address Labels, Apple Watch Troubleshooting Guide, Security Lite

I’ll give you my assessment of the iPad Pro after a few weeks (and the gushing has worn off), then I talk about how in the old days the only battery I owned was the one that started my car. Learn how to make cute address labels for your holiday cards – new and improved for this year. I’ll tell you about my troubleshooting steps for Apple Watch charging problems. Don’t forget to use the Amazon Affiliate link for your holiday shopping. Bart Busschots joins us for Security Lite.


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NC #551 Amazon Prime Now Miracle, Asus Chromebook Flip, Dell’s Certificate Fiasco

This week was Thanksgiving in the US so I’m going to start out by telling you a story I call “A Thanksgiving Day Miracle”. After that, George from Tulsa joins us to give a review of the Asus Chromebook Flip. He mentions this in his review, but I specifically asked for help this week because I was hanging out with my family instead of working on the podcast most of the week. I also urged George to go long, so he included a bunch of other awesome information. It’s in the style only George can deliver of course. I was going to give you my impressions of the iPad Pro after a few weeks of use (after the gushing had worn off) but I think I’ll hold off on that for a week because Bart joined me in an out of band Security Lite episode to talk about the Dell certificate fiasco. It’s really interesting and really important that we get the knowledge out there about what happened, who should be worried, how worried they should be and most importantly to hear how to fix this very serious problem.


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LastPass vs 1Password – Which One is Right for You?

1p_vs_lpWe’ve talked before about the importance of using a password manager in this age of constantly hacked services. There’s no perfect solution yet, but we’ve been able to prove time and time again that letting a human pick passwords is pretty much the most flawed approach you can take. We can’t remember passwords, and we can’t even invent random ones, so we fail from both sides. We cannot be trusted. If you use a password manager, can choose to have it create random passwords your brain would never think of, and which you can never type. We’ve also talked about using Bart’s awesome xkpasswd tool to generate random and yet typable passwords.

I’m betting that many of you are in the camp of “yeah, I know I should use a password manager, and I’m really really going to get around to that soon.” Sort of like the old days when we all knew we should be doing backups but it was just too darn hard, so we didn’t start doing them until it got as easy as plugging in a backup drive. Now there’s really no excuse not to use LastPass or 1Password.

You may recall that I have been a LastPass user for a few years, but I’ve been frustrated because they were never able to fix the problem I had that it would stop logging me out when I was idle, which was enough to push me to 1Password. Now that I’ve used both for a while I’d like to walk through each one and give you some pros and cons so you can make your own decision. Remember, they’re both GREAT services, and you will not go wrong either way. I remember when Dorothy was trying to decide and she made a big pro/cons chart for herself, and in the end flipped a coin. She ended up choosing 1Password and so did Bart, which might be all you need to help you decide.

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