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.

Trump signs executive order stripping non-citizens of privacy rights

Andrew Tarantola said it well in TechCrunch's artilce "Enforcing privacy policies that specifically "exclude persons who are not United States citizens or lawful permanent residents," while aimed at enhancing domestic immigration laws, effectively invalidates America's part of the Data Shield agreement, opens the current administration up to sanctions by the EU and could lead our allies across the Atlantic to suspend the agreement outright."

NIMBUS - monocoque racing drone | Indiegogo

Some of you may know, my boys are into drone racing. With that comes lots of crashing and repairing. I've recently come across and keeping my eye on "NIMBUS" on Indiegogo. 

NIMBUS - monocoque racing drone Full carbon fiber monocoque body racing drone for lightweight with extreme strength and durability.

Over 27,000 MongoDB Databases Held For Ransom Within A Week | thehackernews

Are you running a MongoDB or know someone that is?  It may be time to make sure it's patched and configured correctly. Last Monday a security researcher identified nearly 200 instances of MongoDB installations that have been erased and held for ransom, asking victims to pay hefty ransoms for the data to be restored. By Tuesday, this number reached approximately 2,000 databases and by Friday this count reached 10,500.

First Impressions Apple AirPods

My advice, Try not to think of the Airpods are a headphones replacement but rather than an upgrade to an earbud like a Jawbone. The ease of pairing and moving across devices does make you want to take it everywhere.  As an earbud, phone calls are clear on both ends, I heard no signs of clipping and the directional mic was impressive. As for Bluetooth, I found no signal drops or noise in any of my pockets.

First Thoughts Eero

My experience so far has been positive, with speed tests over wifi hitting 160mb's and what seems like no dead spots in my 3200sqft home. I'm a happy camper even though I feel the price is sill a bit steep. It may be possible as eero matures a bit more it may grow into its price tag. As is, it's a bit steep for the average user.