3 new or novel last minute tech gifts

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There’s always someone looking for a last minute cool or novel gift, so I couldn’t resist adding three more to the holiday gift list, two of which are hot of the press. Now it may be too late for Santa to get them under the tree, so lets consider them early Boxing Week ideas. Either way, they’ll certainly be enjoyed.

Nano guitar amp allows you to play anywhere

If you find it hard to find a gift for that mobile musician, then chances are he or she doesn’t have one of these – the new iRig Nano Amp by IK Multimedia, an ultra-compact standalone amp for the times they need just a little amplification for practice or rehearsal and don’t have a lot of space.

It has a built-in 3″ speaker with a 3-watt amp powered by three standard AA batteries (included).  It has both a 1/4″ guitar input and speaker output along with separate volume and gain controls plus a bright sound enhancement switch. If they don’t want to use the built-in speaker, there’s a standard 3/8″ jack option to plug in a set of headphones for monitoring or alternately output the sound to a 4×12 external speaker cabinet. It also has a little built-in kickstand to prop it up. Read more…at Canoe Tech blog.

FixMeStick virus detection software runs from USB stick

fixmestickEDMONTON, Alta. Dec. 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ – It’s imperative that you use software to protect your computer against viruses, spyware, malware, trojans and other threats. Unlike the human body, where vaccines or treatments can take effect while you’re asleep or awake, some computer nasties can’t be detected or eradicated if an infection is active, or while the computer is running. It could be compared to trying to diagnose an issue with your car, and then attempting to fix it while driving.

Equipped with its own operating system, a gadget like FixMeStick can be a lifesaver. It’s a self-propelled, self-contained, hardware-based 
virus removal system that runs directly from a USB stick. Plus, it’s a Canadian company of the same name that is based in Montreal.  Read full story at Troy Media or Active-Life.Ca.

Review: LockSmart mini keyless and wireless padlock

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It’s so easy to lose your keys or forget the combination of your lock, but chances are that you will have your smartphone with you. That’s what Australian accessory maker Dog & Bone is betting on with their new LockSmart mini, which allows you or your friends to wirelessly lock and unlock your padlock without physical keys or complicated codes.

LockSmart mini looks like a standard lock, but don’t let the candy colour rubberized silicone casing fool you. It’s pretty rugged. The shackle is made from hardened steel complemented with a die-cast zinc alloy body.

Although it’s called mini – likely because there is another model slightly larger it’s not tiny like a luggage lock. In fact, it measures 2” X 0.94” X 4.0”tall and weighs about 160g.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

File converter app dangerous Mac malware in disguise

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According to an alert issued by Intego, makers of VirusBarrier, the EasyDoc Converter app is the latest in Mac malware. It’s a fake Mac OS X app that’s masquerading as a drag-and-drop file converter. Instead of converting your files, it drops a malicious code script onto your unsuspecting Mac.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Review: Gatekeeper 2.0 Secure Wireless Lock & Key for your Computer

1 GatekeeperProtecting your data from prying eyes is more important than ever before. Still, we often forget to lock our computers when we walk away or purposely don’t bother because it’s too much of a pain to retype in a password every time you move to and fro. For this, Untethered Labs created Gatekeeper, a key fob sized wireless “lock and key” for your computer that automatically locks your computer when you walk away from it and unlocks it when you return.

It’s a pocket Bluetooth 4.0 enabled system that consists of a small rectangular coin-cell battery-operated key fob, a USB dongle and a companion app. The company’s latest model, Gatekeeper 2.0, which we’re reviewing here today, is updated and redesigned; At 45 mm x 25 mm x 6 mm and weighing 10 grams, it’s lighter and 20% thinner and with better range detection. The new sleeker fob has a rubberized matte finish, so it won’t slip from your hands with a built-in loop to secure it on a safety keychain attachment or lanyard – both included. The USB lock or dongle is half the size and now has a metal shield. The Android and iOS apps have been updated as well as the software for Windows and Mac although the Mac version is still in beta.  Read Full Review at G4TV Canada.

Swann unveils DIY 4K ultra HD security system

NVR-7700NI-I4_4camWell, there’s been lots of buzz about bigger and better 4K televisions, but Swann, a company known for their security monitoring systems has just unveiled their forthcoming Swann 4K Ultra HD Security System that offers a crisper picture and better resolution with four times more pixels than 1080p.

The new system is primarily designed for the small business owner or the do-it-yourselfer. It includes four 4K, 8-megapixel HD cameras (expandable to eight) that use IR cut filters which allow for better detail particularly at night and up to 100 feet. And with a rating of IP66 it makes it more resistant to water and ideal for either outdoor or indoor use. Read more at CanoeTech Blog.

Project Nursery monitor is parent’s little helper

3_products-12312015Dubbed as Project Nursery’s top secret project with their partner VOXX International, the Project Nursery Baby Monitor was finally birthed at CES 2016 after having been worked on, no pun intended, over the past nine months.

The Project Nursery offering is a little different from your typical baby monitor or webcam. Their flagship piece of the line consists of three parts; a Parent Unit complete with five-inch high definition display, a mini-monitor with a 1.5″ LCD display and a separate camera unit.

The system, which features a luxurious high-end design finish is both a wireless and Wi-Fi-free monitor which the company says, offers an uncomplicated hand-off to a caregiver. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Patreon database hack forces password strategy review

PatreonSecurityNoticeThe other day I received an “Important Security Notice” by email from Patreon (above) telling me in so many words that basically, they’ve been hacked. Then, they go on to reassure us that everything is really okay but it might be a good idea as a precaution to update my passwords. And while I appreciate the alert and understand the calmness of the tone of the email as to not alarm us, it’s that what really scared me.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

lynk: your digital vault on the go

hand-lynk-on-clip-good-IMG_0059-vrDigital attacks are becoming an ongoing daily occurrence – thinking about major breaches at Sony, Target and J.P.Morgan. But after several friends and family members were victimized by identity theft, businessman and inventor Vincent Ramoutar realized that not only are our computers vulnerable, but also our mobile devices that we not only use to make calls and send text messages but now also use for on-line shopping and everyday banking.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

Apple provides update on celebrity photo theft investigation

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Today, Apple provided a Media Advisory update with respect to their celebrity photo theft investigation. According to the company, after more than 40 hours of investigation, they discovered that “certain” celebrity accounts were in fact compromised.

This comes after various reports that intimate images of celebrities like Hunger Games’ Jennifer Laurence and Kate Upton and more than 100 others were stolen over the weekend as a result of an alleged iCloud hack and posted on the Internet. Some reports say that certain individuals claim the pics were fakes, while others confirmed they were authentic.

According to Apple’s investigation, none of the cases came as a result of any breach in their own systems including iCloud or Find My iPhone.  They said it was a very large targeted attack by a practise that now seems to be a common everyday occurrence –  attacking user names, passwords and security questions.

This comes after outlets like the UK Daily Mail Online reported yesterday has that actor Kirsten Dunst of Spiderman fame is angered and, “Has become the first celebrity to publicly criticize Apple after it emerged that a flaw in the ‘Find My iPhone’ function of its iCloud service may have helped a hacker to steal nude photos of her and ‘100 other celebrities.”

Apple maintain they are working with the authorities in an attempt to identify the culprits.

In the meantime, Apple is stressing to people that to help keep themselves from getting hit this way is to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. Information on how to do both of these can be found at the Apple ID: Security and your Apple ID support page.