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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we took a tour of Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, where the HUNTSMAN TELESCOPE was launched. (not into space by the way ; )

It’s special because most big telescopes have a big mirror but the Huntsman is using off-the-shelf Canon lenses to better understand galaxy lifecycles – ahead of our collision with the Andromeda Galaxy in 4.5 billion years. These lenses are usually used for sport and wildlife photography. Comprising an array of 10 commercially available Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II super-telephoto lenses, the Huntsman Telescope is the only telescope of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Australia plays an important role in documenting the southern sky and this project is being overseen by the team from Macquarie University.

I’ll have a mini documentary on the Huntsman in coming days, so don’t miss it.

PRINT SPACE HISTORY

It’s an exciting time for astronomy and astrophysics. The James Webb Space Telescope is already amazing the world with incredible images of the cosmos. The great news is NASA makes high quality versions of these images available to the public. We show you how to find those images and print them on a photo printer. Of course you can just click on this link and you are half-way there!

The printer I used in the segment was on loan from Canon Australia. It’s the imagePROGRAF PRO-300.

PIXEL 6A IS A-OK

The Pixel 6A is available for pre-order now for AUD $749. We take a quick tour of the phone and explain how it differs from the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The great news is the 6A has Google’s new Tensor chip inside, so it’s snappy and smart. Although the screen refresh rate is 60 Hz not 90 Hz it still looks good. The other big point is that despite having two 12 MP rear cameras, the Pixel 6A photos will be just a s good as the 50MP versions in the flagship models.

A full review is coming soon but at this point I must say it’s looking like a good buy.

ANDROID EARTHQUAKE DETECTION ACTIVE IN AUSTRALIA

Google has just launched Android Earthquake Alerts System in Australia, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. The system uses accelerometers in active Android smartphones to detect seismic activities. It alerts people in two ways — via Search and directly on the Android mobile device itself.

Be Aware alerts people when earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.5 occur, or an intensity level of 3 or 4 on the MMI scale. The notification is sent along with the distance of the earthquake’s epicentre. The alert uses the phone’s current volume, vibration, and Do Not Disturb settings.

Take Action is a full-screen alert for earthquakes with a magnitude higher than 4.5, or an intensity level of 5 and above on the MMI scale. To help people prepare for potential heavy shaking, full-screen instructions are shown and the phone plays a loud sound.

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Belkin: Why Quality Surge Protection Matters More Than Ever

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As the number of smart devices continues to increase in our homes, so does the risk of expensive power surge events. Every time there’s a blackout or lightning strike nearby, there’s a chance a sudden voltage spike will damage your sensitive electronic appliances.

A power surge is a Transient Overvoltage. This is a massive spike in the power supply over an extremely short period. A strong power surge will quickly destroy your Smart TV, Fridge or computers, costing tens of thousands of dollars. This can happen when devices are plugged in and ‘turned off’ or in standby mode.

Even if your equipment appears to be intact, repeated surges from brownouts will lead to the deterioration of electronic components. Consumers should also note that cheap power boards with a trip switch aren’t the solution to surge events.

DJURO SEN EXPLAINS BELKIN’S LATEST SURGE PROTECTION DEVICES ON SKY NEWS WEEKEND EDITION

Last week Belkin released a pretty affordable series of Surge Protection power boards with different levels of protection. They also have warranty coverage of up to $70,000 if a device is destroyed while plugged into one of their boards. 

They come in 1, 4, 6 and 8 outlet options, delivering up to 1800 joule ratings, fast charging dual USB-C Power Delivery Ports, Hardworking MOV’s (Metal Oxide Varistors), and 6 or 11 point safety systems.

High-capacity metal oxide varistors (MOVs) absorb damaging excess energy and release it as heat to protect your connected device .

“Surge Protection is one of our most important categories in this region,” aid Jamie Laing-Reece, Head of Product Management, Belkin ANZ.

“We know that Australian and New Zealand consumers want their key home technology to be protected, and it’s now more important than ever with the cost of connected devices on the rise. Storms can be wild and unpredictable, so it’s vital that consumers can rely on a brand like ours for enhanced protection and peace of mind.”

NEW BELKIN SURGE PROTECTORS

THE MULTI-SOCKET BELKIN BOARDS ARE AVAILABLE NOW

1 Outlet Surge Protector

·       1,800 joules of surge protection    

·       $30,000 Warranty for connected devices    

 4 Outlet Surge protector

·       525 joules of surge protection   

·       $40,000 Warranty for connected devices

 6 Outlet Surge protector

·       650 joules of surge protection  

·       $50,000 Warranty for connected devices 

8 Outlet Surge protector

·       900 joules of surge protection 

·       $70,000 Warranty for connected devices  

LEDS CONFIRM PROTECTION IS ACTIVE OR WHEN NOT GROUNDED

A built-in indicator light shows you that your protection is active and working, and lets you know if it’s time to change your surge protector. A recessed power switch offers security against accidental shut off. 

In the 4, 6 and 8 outlet models, the USB-C ports offer Power Delivery for faster charging with compatible devices. Onboard PPS (Programmable Power Supply) technology detects the connected device and negotiates the optimal amount of power needed for an ideal fast charge.  Up to to 30W of power is shared across the two ports.

THE NEW BELKIN BOARDS OFFER A NUMBER OF PROTECTIONS

An 11-point safety system ensures your device is plugged into a protector that offers overvoltage, over-temperature, overload, over-current, short-circuit and clamping voltage defence. It offers 3-line AC protection (ground, neutral, and line) and is made from material that passes a Glow Wire Test at 850℃. An indicator light shows when surge protection is active, and a warning light shows when the power coming through is not grounded. 

THE BELKIN BOARDS WILL HELP PROTECT DEVICES WORTH THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

You’ll find the new Belkin surge protectors at Belkin’s website or any of the top electronics stores.

1 Outlet Surge Protector $34.95 AUD/ $39.95 NZD

4 Outlet Surge Protector $79.95 AUD/ $89.95 NZD

6 Outlet Surge Protector $89.95 AUD/ $109.95 NZD

8 Outlet Surge Protector $99.95 AUD/ $129.95 NZD

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Australian Floods a Reminder to Keep Disaster Apps Up-to-Date

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One of the many dangerous aspects of flooding comes well after the rain has stopped and the blue skies return. This was the case in Queensland and NSW after an intense downpour over a short period last week.

Well after the rain had stopped, rivers were still rising as runoff snaked across the waterlogged soil. Residents were being urged to keep their phones charged and up-to-date with the latest apps that could save their life.

So, what apps should we have on our phones during a flooding event?

BOM

The first app should be Bureau of Meteorology. Nationally, people should install the BOM app for Apple and Android devices and setup your notifications. You can select three locations for constant updates.

You can also select from list of warnings, including flood and fire.

As I discussed with Tim Gilbert on Sky News Weekend Edition, many people may not have this app on their phone because the native weather app serves their daily needs. But when it comes to emergencies, the BOM App is a resource that all Australians should have on their phones.

BOM – iOS

BOM – ANDROID

HAZARDS NEAR ME

In NSW, the Hazards Near Me App shows disaster areas on a map which really helps to visualise the scope of the emergency. The icons vary from ADVICE, WATCH AND ACT TO EMERGENCY WARNING which essentially means evacuate. It even gives a time when to leave.

You also create a watch zone for your area or where a family member lives. This is by far the best app to use in an emergency, if you live in NSW.

HAZARDS NEAR ME – iOS

HAZARDS NEAR ME – ANDROID

EMERGENCY PLUS

Emergency Plus is the other app all Australians should have on their phone. This shows all the emergency contacts and their numbers.

Emergency Plus comes with the what3words feature built in. Triple Zero (000) callers can confirm their exact location without having to read out a long string of coordinates.

The app will change your coordinates into a simple three word phrase. what3words has divided the world into 3 metre squares and given each one a unique three word identifier.

EMERGENCY PLUS – iOS

EMERGENCY PLUS – ANDROID

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Why Apple Watch is Apple’s Most Important Product

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I think the Apple Watch is the best (or should I say?) most important device the tech giant makes. It’s amazing for notifications, productivity and fitness but most of all – it’s vital for health and safety.

As I explained on Sky News Weekend Edition in the video above, Apple’s latest Watch campaign includes a couple of Australian survival stories that give compelling reasons as to why having a smartwatch is a good idea.

The two Aussies are Bruce Mildenhall and Lexie Northcott. We spoke with them last week and they had two very different lifesaving experiences with Apple Watch.

BRUCE’S STORY – FALL DETECTION

Back in 2021 Bruce Mildenhall was enjoying his regular bike ride in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges when a Kangaroo hopped out of nowhere.

After hitting a kangaroo and coming off his bike, he was knocked out. Fortunately for Bruce, his Apple Watch detected the fall and notified his emergency contacts and emergency services. 

Mildenhall remembers waking up in an ambulance and hearing his wife pounding on the door asking if he was alive. He was taken to hospital where he spent a week recovering from a dislocated shoulder and fractured ribs. 

There’s no doubt fall detection helped Mildenhall receive medical attention quickly. Without it, he could have been stuck for hours or days. It’s also important to consider a cellular Apple Watch. It works independently of the iPhone (once setup) but it’s also important to note that a cellular Apple Watch will call 000 even it doesn’t have a plan.

Bruce says he’s fully recovered from his injuries and he’s back on the bike, cycling the same route like a champ.

LEXIE NORTHCOTT – LOW HEART RATE NOTIFICATIONS

This a powerful story about taking the data seriously from your Apple Watch.

In 2019 Lexie Northcott was just 16 when she received an Apple Watch as a birthday present. Soon after wearing the watch she started receiving low heart rate notifications – daily. 

As a young and fit person, Lexie dismissed the notifications. But the notifications kept coming, several times a day.

A year after receiving the watch, Lexie was visiting a doctor on another matter when her mother, Karla, mentioned the Apple Watch notifications. The doctor assumed Lexie would be fine considering her age but suggested she get an ECG (electrocardiogram) just to be sure. 

A week later things escalated for dramatically.

During the ECG, doctors informed Lexie that she was at extreme risk of heart failure. They rushed to Melbourne where she received heart surgery.  

Lexie is doing fine now and admits to feeling safer because of her Apple Watch. Karla (mum) believes the Apple Watch saved her daughters life. Without it, they would not have known to mention a low heart rate concern to doctors.

This is why the Apple Watch is the most important device made by Apple, in my opinion. If your parents are getting older and they have an iPhone, seriously consider getting them an Apple Watch.

There is no downside, just up.

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