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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News: No Reason to Panic as Apple shuts down My Photo Stream

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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Jaynie Seal) we covered the closure of Apple’s original free photo syncing service – My Photo Stream.

The service, introduced in 2011, allowed iPhone users to share their recent images to other devices, up to one thousand in the last 30 days.

iCloud Photos does all that work nowadays, so My Photo Stream is no longer accepting new images and will officially shut down 26th July 2023.

Here’s Apple’s support document on My Photo Stream shutdown.

So what happens to our photos? Probably nothing, as almost all users have transitioned to iCloud Photos. Original photos on device are safe but if you have a different device and want to save images, follow the steps below.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open Photos and tap Albums.
  2. Tap My Photo Stream > Select. 
  3. Tap the photos that you want to save, then tap the Share button – THEN SAVE image.

You can also do this on your Mac.

THE WAY COMPUTERS ARE COOLED IS CHANGING IN AUSTRALIA

Heat is the enemy when it comes to computers. The solution? Immersion cooling. We were granted access to Interactive’s Data Centre in Sydney to see Vertiv’s liquid cooling technology. Using a tank of dielectric coolant, essentially a type of mineral oil that doesn’t conduct electricity, servers can been cooled rapidly and efficiently. They even let me put a GoPro into the tank. You can see how the heat is taken from the computer.  

This not only works for big business but you could use this technology in remote areas or even at home (if you know what you’re doing). Almost any electronic product will work in dielectric coolant and there are huge savings too.

Image Matrix Tech will take a deep-dive into immersive cooling next week with the team from Interactive and Vertiv.

THE NEW SMART FLOOR CLEANER THAT MAKES MOPPING FUN

The FLOOR ONE S7 PRO wet and dry vacuum is now available in Australia, launched yesterday. And yes, it is fun to use.

Made by Tineco, the FLOOR ONE S7 PRO is equipped with an intelligent self-cleaning system and a balanced-pressure water flow system that uses fresh water to easily deep clean filthy hard floors.

It can detect a mess and automatically adjust suction power and water volume. The vacuum also comes with a dual-sided enhanced edge cleaning to reach every nook and cranny. The 3.6-inch LCD Screen provides an easy-to-use interface and quick snapshot of product performance and battery life.

Although the unit is light, it has a bi-directional self-propulsion that detects movement to help you easily push or pull.

The Tineco FLOOR ONE S7 PRO is now on sale at Godfreys for A$1,299. 

TIME TO UPDATE YOUR WI-FI

It’s a good idea to refresh your Wi-Fi every couple of years to keep up with the latest in wireless technology. We’re talking speed and security as a priority.  

Yesterday, I updated my main network with the world’s first Quad-Band WI-FI 6E MESH system made by NETGEAR.  I wish I did it earlier! The Orbi 960 Series future proofs home internet with a 10Gb Ethernet port – supporting multi-gig connections – and an upgraded antenna design for greater WiFi performance. 

It’s the best of the best and expensive but if you have many IoT of devices and thick walls like we do, then it’s definitely one to consider. It’s huge but very fast. You will notice a big difference if you have an older Wi-Fi system.

On top of this, Orbi Wi-Fi 6E includes a year of NETGEAR Armor to protect your connected home from online threats, monitoring activity going to and from the internet, and defend what will fundamentally be a significant investment for homeowners over the coming years. 

It’s RRP is $2799 but I’ve spotted it on sale for $2239.

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