Canary’s home cameras now have two-way voice chat and less lag - The Verge

I've been using a Canary for monitoring our australian Labradoodle @meetkona . It is a great secruity came, However until today there has been some lag in the stream. 

"Canary, the maker of connected home security cameras, issued a firmware update today that it says will give users a more accurate look at what's happening in their home. The update will reportedly provide users with a more up-to-date stream. Until now, users experienced a five-second delay when streaming, now they'll be seeing what's happening exactly when it happens."

Whistle GPS Tracker For Dogs & Cats | Whistle Pet Tracker

Over the weekend we picked up a Whistle 3 GPS trackers for our 4month old Australian Labradoodle @meetkona . 

Our intention it to have some form of tracker on her when we begin off leash training and to have something generally on here when we are out and about. Not so much something to be on around the home as she doesn't wear a collar at home. 

Our priority was to find the smallest GPS tracker as possible. The Whistle 3 is by far the smallest dog tracker on the market. I would still have liked it to a bit smaller as Kona is only about 14lbs at four months and still seems a bit big on her. It is very light, and it's something she will grow into over time.

The software was very intuitive and clean. Some of the features of this device we will not be used to it's fullest, such as the fitness tracking stuff. Or the safe zone which notifies you when your pet leaves the areas. As I mentioned before, Kona will not be wearing it all the time, but it's still nice to have the options when away from home.
 So far the Whistle 3 works as expected. At $60 for the unit and a monthly subscription, it may not be for everyone. 

This article is not a review but just my first impressions, keep an eye open for the full review in the coming weeks.

Airbnb is running its own internal university to teach data science | TechCrunch

This is an awesome idea, I hope it does well and other companies take notice.

"Tech companies, and increasingly even non-tech companies, are struggling with the fact that there are not enough trained data scientists to fill market demand. Every company has their own strategy for hiring and training, but Airbnb has taken things a step further — running its own university-style program, complete with a custom course-numbering system."


ReactOS Project hits version 0.4.5

Reactos 0.4.5 was released yesterday. Time to take another look at it.  For those that are unfamiliar with it. ReactOs is an open source operating system aimed at running Windows applications and drivers in an open-source environment. I've tried it out in the past, and I like the direction they were heading it just wasn't ready for the main stream yet. This OS is still only Alpha, so it's not for the faint of heart.

Pandora Premium opens to all, invites no longer needed | TechCrunch

I've been waiting on Pandora's Premium service, ever since they picked up Rdio. I loved Rdio and since it was sold I was forced to find another service, Which turned out to be iTunes music because of price and library. 

Back to Pandora, It's premium service is what you would expect and feels exactly like Pandora but with on demand but at this point, I find it hard to suggest it to people because of its limitations. Currently, the premium service is only supported on mobile. Desktop and other devices will have to wait along with family plans.

The 60day trial is enticing and you should check it out if you're curious, however, I don't see it worth the cost just yet. Who knows maybe in two months it will be.

Apple just did a very un-Apple thing: It admitted it needs to re-think its high-end Macs | Recode

This is good news but is it too little too late. At the very least, we know apple is rethinking their MacPros. Anyone who has ever used one of these Mac's in a professional environment knows it's limitations. Hopefully, Apple will take some of these suggestions to heart.

New MacPro's are needed. Entertainment and the film industry are just one of many who relies on them on a daily basis. These same industries are unsure of Apple's intentions with the pro markets. Some have jump shipped and others are just losing hope. 

Vulnerability Disclosed in Ubquiti Networks Admin Interface | Threatpost

This command injection flaw exposes the Ubiquiti admin interface to a number of risky attacks, SEC Consult said. For example, an attacker could connect to a vulnerable device by opening a port binding or reverse shell, and also change the password because the service runs as root. “The vulnerability can be exploited by luring an attacked user to click on a crafted link or just surf on a malicious website,” SEC Consult said in its advisory. “The whole attack can be performed via a single GET-request and is very simple since there is no CSRF protection.”

Hackers Threaten to Remotely Wipe 300 Million iPhones Unless Apple Pays Ransom | The Hacker News

It has been found that a mischievous group of hackers claiming to have access to over 300 million iCloud accounts is threatening Apple to remotely wipe data from those millions of Apple devices unless Apple pays it $75,000 in crypto-currency or $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards. The hacking group, who identified themselves as 'Turkish Crime Family,' has demanded a ransom to be paid in Bitcoin or Ethereum, another popular crypto-currency.

Unpatchable 'DoubleAgent' Attack Can Hijack All Windows Versions — Even Your Antivirus! | The Hacker News

A team of security researchers from Cybellum, an Israeli zero-day prevention firm, has discovered a new Windows vulnerability that could allow hackers to take full control of your computer. Dubbed DoubleAgent, the new injecting code technique works on all versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems, starting from Windows XP to the latest release of Windows 10. What's worse? DoubleAgent exploits a 15-years-old undocumented legitimate feature of Windows called "Application Verifier," which cannot be patched.

Amazon says Alexa’s speech is protected by the First Amendment - The Verge

In an era of always-on devices I'm glad to see Amazon not freely handing over our privacy. If you own an amazon echo you should definitely read through this article. 

Amazon has filed a motion to dismiss a search warrant for recordings from an Echo owned by a suspected murderer. Amazon argues that both its users’ requests to Alexa and the response the company produces are protected under the First Amendment. The company says it should only have to turn this data over if law enforcement meets a high burden of proof.

Ring Video Doorbell for Your Smartphone | Ring

Over the weekend I picked up a ring "Video Doorbell" and I must say I am impressed with it out of the box. 

For those that have not heard of ring, they are a California-based company bringing video doorbells and security cameras to homes.

I was impressed as soon as I opened the box seeing everything I would need for installation included, screwdrivers, drill bits, and even a level it made installation a cinch. 

Setup on our iPhone was simple and quick, connect to its wifi run through the settings and switch it over to your home wifi. These video doorbells also use inferred for motion detection given you and alert even before they press that button. I'm still playing with the sensitivity to find that sweet spot

You also get two-way audio communication through the bell. 

Keep a look out for a full review, but so far I'm impressed with the company as a whole.

Marvel's Iron Fist | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix - YouTube

Fifteen years after being presumed dead in a plane crash, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) mysteriously returns to New York City determined to reclaim his birthright and family company. However, when a long-destined enemy rises in New York, this living weapon is forced to choose between his family’s legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist. Marvel's Iron Fist premieres March 17, 2017 exclusively on Netflix.

LG UltraFine 5K Display, can become unusable when near a router | 9to5Mac

The problem is UltraFine 5K Display becomes unusable when positioned within 6.6-feet of a router. I discovered this issue after purchasing my own UltraFine 5K Display last week and thinking something was defective with my hardware.

Right out of the box, UltraFine 5K Display was hardly usable as it would consistently disconnect and even freeze my MacBook Pro which made it unusable for work on Thursday and Friday. Connecting it to my MacBook Pro consistently resulted in needing to reboot my machine to continue working.