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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News: Password Managers – Macquarie Data Centre – Spacetalk Seniors Watch – LG TONE Free Earbuds

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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we looked at Password Managers in the wake of another report showing that millions are still using bad passwords.

A recent NordPass report shows ‘123456’ is the top password in Australia/NZ and rest of world.

A password manager creates and stores securely – all of your passwords – so you only have to remember one master password.

Using biometrics to access sites or apps via your phone or computer is safer when combined with a Password Manager like LastPass – which is what I use.


Consumers encouraged to store data online.

Macquarie Telecom is expanding its Macquarie Park Data Centre with strongest physical and software security available.

I toured the centre this week and it’s impressive.

More local data centres are being built which means our data is held under Australian law giving users more legal protection.

People are being encouraged to use online storage and computing for business and personal storage. 

I’ll have a feature video on the Data Centre shortly.


Fall Detection added to Seniors Spacetalk Life Smart Watch Phone.

Popular smart watch phone – Spacetalk Life – now comes with fall detection.

Spacetalk Life is a wearable safety watch for seniors with:

GPS Locator

SOS alert

Fall Detection

4G Phone

Spacetalk Life device and app helps care providers, occupational therapists and industry professionals provide better care for seniors.


LG’s Latest TONE Free Wireless Earbuds Offer Something Different

LG’s TONE FREE FP9A will be available early next year but in this segment we’re able to show you a pair and what makes them standout from the very crowded pack.

They have all the usual features – good wireless earbuds should have – but there are three things make them really cool.

  1. Plug & Play’ feature. Plug the charging case into a headphone jack then listen to a treadmill or airplane audio output wirelessly.

  2. UVnano. The case also acts as a cleaner. It has a UV-C light that kills 99.9 percent of bacteria after five minutes of UVC exposure in the cradle. For additional hygiene, the new models also feature medical-grade ear gels.

  3. Whispering Mode. Take out the right earbud and whisper when you want privacy.

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Xbox Cloud Gaming Comes to Amazon Fire TV

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If you have the Fire TV Stick 4K Max (2023) or Fire TV Stick 4K (2023) streaming dongle then you also have a gaming device.

From this month (July 2024) Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members will be able to access and play hundreds of cloud-enabled games directly through the Xbox Fire TV app. This will be a similar experience to the Samsung Xbox cloud interface introduced a couple years ago. I’ve played Xbox games on several Samsung TVs and it’s excellent.

If you’re already an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member, you’ll have instant access to stream and play any of the hundreds of cloud-enabled titles in the Game Pass Ultimate library. If you’re not a member, you can sign up via the app. ‘Fortnite’ offers a free trial period without membership.

Once the Xbox app is installed, just sign into your Microsoft account and connect a compatible Bluetooth controller. You can use Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless Controller, Xbox Adaptive Controller, PlayStation’s DualSense or DualShock 4 controllers.

Some of the top titles you can get started with straight away are Starfield, Fallout 4 and Forza Horizon 5.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

Fire TV Stick 4K: A$79

Fire TV Stick 4K Max: A$119

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription: Starts from A$18.95/month (available on Fire TV Stick July 2024)

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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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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News: Census Success – Amazon Robots – Sonos Beam 2nd Gen – Suunto 9 Peak

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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we took at the tech behind the 2021 Census, Amazon’s robots we can’t wait for in Australia, Sonos’s new Beam 2nd GEN Soundbar and Suunto’s 9 Peak ultra fitness watch.

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CENSUS 2021 TECH

Why did this year’s census run so smoothly online?

Go back to 2016 and you’ll remember a massive fail as the system crashed under the weight of users and DDos attacks.

This year the Australian Bureau of Statistics was prepared.

We discuss how the first Australian cloud census was built and run in partnership with PwC and AWS (Amazon Web Services).

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AMAZON ASTRO

So far Australia is missing out on some of the coolest tech announced by Amazon last week.

Amazon’s home robot is designed to follow you around at home, answer questions and guard the house.

Using artificial intelligence, computer vision, sensor technology, and voice and edge computing, Astro costs US$1000 and is available via Invitation Only in the USA.

Also unavailable in Australia – at the moment – is the Ring Always Home Cam.

It’s a security drone that investigates break-ins by flying around your home.

It comes in at US$250.

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SONOS BEAM 2ND GEN

Available this week for A$699 the Sonos Beam 2nd Gen looks the same as version one but sounds a lot better.

Dolby Atmos is the big addition Beam 2 and that’s a big deal with HDMI eARC support.

The centre channel has been revamped, you’ll hear clearer voice and you won’t need much space.

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SUUNTO 9 PEAK

Suunto 9 Peak starts at A$999.99 and it’s now available in Australia.

It’s the thinnest, smallest and toughest watch from Suunto.

Up to 170 hours of GPS battery life and blood oxygen measurement.

HEAT MAPS show where other people have been training.

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