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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Kristie Lloyd) we took a look at the analysis of the – Illuminati spam campaign – revealing the scam has expanded from email to message apps.  

Bitdefender Antispam Lab researchers have conducted research on an ongoing scam involving targeting Australians, where so-called ‘Illuminati cabals’ are promising A$300,000+ monthly salaries, new houses, appointments with celebrities and free access to the Bohemian Grove, an elite invitation-only club.

A sample batch of international phone numbers used to set up WhatsApp business accounts to scam victims were from the US, Italy and Greece, and Bitdefender decided to contact all of them

Australia has been the second most targeted country for the scam after the US, with scammers referring to themselves as ‘Grand Masters’ and ‘Brothers’ over WhatsApp and requesting people’s trust and loyalty as they attempt to get them to fill out a form packed with personally identifiable information. Bitdefender led one scammer along and eventually called them out and ghosted them, leading to the scammer making threats for ‘tempting him’.

The ‘Illuminati’ scammers may also begin targeting users using the same copied/recycled messages via social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We advise individuals to remain vigilant and ignore any messages claiming to be sent on behalf of grand masters or special recruiters on behalf of any Illuminati or Illuminati-affiliated organisations.

NEW BELKIN CHARGER IS A DREAM FOR APPLE WATCH USERS

Belkin’s first-of-its-kind power bank provides fast charge capabilities for newer Apple Watch models and iPhone simultaneously while on-the-go. It’s out next week but I already have one here. 

Able to fully charge the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Series 7 from 0% to 80% in about 45 minutes, and Apple Watch Ultra 0% to 80% in about an hour.

It can charge the Apple Watch Series 8 fourteen times, or iPhone 14 twice. 

It also supports wireless charging for Airpods Pro (2nd generation).

Additional Product features:

  • Built with a 20W USB-C PD port for fast charging the power bank itself as well as an additional device
  • Provides up to 36 hours of video playback for iPhone 14 with 10,000mAh cell capacity
  • Built with overcharge protection and fully certified by USB-IF and MFi to deliver safe, fast, efficient power
  • Includes 12-inch USB-C cable for charging power bank
  • Ships in plastic-free retail packaging
  • Belkin’s Connected Equipment Warranty covers up to $2500 for peace of mind

The BoostCharge Pro Fast Wireless Charger for Apple Watch + Power Bank 10K will be available from Tuesday, June 13 online from https://www.belkin.com/au/ for $139.95.

AMAZON FIRE TV IS NOW A COMPELLING STREAMING DEVICE

It now includes BINGE and Kayo Sports which means if you travel you can take those channels with you. Both apps were recently added to the Amazon Fire App Store. Punters were demanding it from Amazon and they have now delivered.

The advantage is portability. You can move the Fire TV Stick from TV to TV via HDMI port. This includes hotels. All you have to do is connect to the hotel WIFI or Hotspot and you have a big screen TV wherever you want to go.

And now that means BINGE and Kayo too. 

AUSSIE MADE APP HELPS WITH TIGHT BUDGETS

Building a budget has never been more important, and following the RBA’s 12th rate rise since April 2022, Australians need one now more than ever. 

The first time you load Aussie made app Simplsaver, it will present you with the four most common budget costs to get you on your way: housing, shopping, phone, and internet. Everything is preset and ready, and all you need to do is enter your costs to get started ASAP.

Those first few costs can take as little as 30 seconds to enter, kickstarting a budget immediately. From there, you can add any other costs and build a more complete view, letting you know where you can cut back on spending, if you can. 

It relies on two things – your costs and salary – and quickly calculates your finances for the month based on regular or one-off spends. And if you go into budget stress, your remaining dollar figure will turn into a button to offer resources aimed to help.

Alongside the speed and simplicity of the app are extra features, such as pre-populated services pricing, built-in comparison calculators on select costs, and total privacy. 

Everything entered into Simplsaver is stored entirely on a user’s phone, with no data stored in a shared cloud environment whatsoever. In an age where data leaks have become the norm, Simplsaver bucks the trend by going the other way, and ensuring users aren’t the product. 

Simplsaver was created by Australian tech journalist Leigh Stark.

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Take Control of Your Home: Amazon Echo Hub Available in Australia

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Whether you have a couple or a dozen Alexa enabled devices, you must consider the Echo Hub. Now available in Australia, the Echo Hub is an 8-inch touch-enabled display that acts like a ‘master control’ for all of your smart home devices.

Selling for A$329, the Echo Hub brings your security cameras, door sensors, lights, sound systems etc, etc into one neat and logical control unit.

As I explained in the Sky News segment above, essentially there’s no need for a really expensive bespoke smart home setup when you can just add the Echo Hub to your house tech. The control panel is just the right size to be located anywhere in the home. I’ve chosen in the kitchen next to coffee machine.. as that’s where I spend most of my time. You’ll see that and more in our comprehensive review video being shot right now.

ECHO HUB AT A GLANCE 

  • customisable dashboard for grouping devices, starting a Routine or organising widgets.See all of your routines on one screen from the left-side panel and initiate them with a tap, or by asking Alexa – for example, a routine which simultaneously locks the doors, dims the lights, and adjusts the thermostat. 
  • The ability to view multiple camera feeds from your security cams or doorbell. 
  • Adaptive content, which automatically transitions from a screen with a clock and photo display, to the customisable smart home control screen through infrared technology which detects user proximity. 
  • A built-in smart home hub, which means Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, Thread, and Matter devices can sync seamlessly, allowing you to control compatible devices, such as lights, switches, and plugs. 
  • The ability to play music directly from your Echo Hub or connect your preferred speakers to control audio throughout your home. 
  • And, for further personalisation, the option to display curated collections—including new video backgrounds or personal photos. 

PRIVACY

Echo Hub includes a microphone on/off button, and customers have full control over their voice recordings and can view, hear, or delete them at any time. 

The is available now from Amazon.com.au and leading retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Bunnings.

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There’s Still Time: Amazon Prime Day

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At the time of writing this, there was 8 hours 25 mins left in Amazon Prime Day (which actually lasts a couple of days).

But what I’m most interested in is; what SmallRig and other production outlets are discounting?

Camera cages, LED panels, softboxes and many, many more products are discounted for Prime members.

Other Prime Day deals include:

  • Prime Day technology categories 
  • Computers and monitors 
  • Projectors 
  • Printers 
  • Select Samsung Galaxy products 
  • Amazon Devices
  • Home entertainment 
  • Save up to 20% off on the Sony 55” X90K Bravia TV, live now   
  • Save up to 50% off RRP select Philips 4K UHD LED TVs, from 7 July
  • Home appliances 
  • Save up to 42% off RRP on select Instant Brand appliances, live now
  • Save up to 30% off RRP on the Sunbeam Barista Max Coffee Machine, live now
  • Save up to 35% off RRP on the Miele Triflex HX2 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, live now
  • Save on select ECOVACS Robot Vacuumsm, live now
  • Save on select Roborock Robot Vacuums, live now
  • Save on select Arovec Air Purifiers, Dehumidifiers, Filters and Home Products, live now
  • Save up to 33% off RRP on select ghd Air Professional Hair Dryers, live now
  • Computers and technology 
  • Save up to 43% off RRP on the ASUS RT-AX56U Wi-Fi 6 Router, from 10 July
  • Save on select Prism+ Monitors and TVs, live now
  • Amazon Devices 
  • Save 50% off RRP on the Echo Dot (5th Gen) for vibrant sound anywhere in the home, live now
  • Save 63% off RRP on the brand new Echo Pop, the latest compact smart speaker with Alexa, just $29
  • Save 56% off RRP on the Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen), featuring an 8” HD touchscreen with Alexa, just $99
  • Save 50% off RRP on both the Fire TV Stick Lite and Fire TV Cube for the ultimate streaming experience, live now
  • Save 50% off RRP across the entire range of Fire TV products, including the Fire TV Stick 4K Max, our most powerful streaming media stick just $49
  • Save up to 20% off RRP on the Kindle Scribe, the first Kindle for reading and writing, with included Basic or Premium Pen, live now
  • Save 30% off RRP on the Kindle Paperwhite range, purpose-built for reading with adjustable warm light, from just $174
  • Save up to 28% off RRP on select Ring devices including the Spotlight Cam Pro and Plus, to help you protect what matters most, live now
  • Save 51% off RRP on the Ring Indoor Cam, watch over your home with the compact plug-in HD camera for just $49
  • Save 34% off RRP on the Ring Video Doorbell, to help you monitor your home your way, for just $99

You have until midnight Sydney time to get your orders in.

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