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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News: Smartphones of the Year



In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Jaynie Seal) we picked the best smartphones you can buy in 2022. This year it’s all about reliability .. not so much about innovation. I could not separate the best, so there’s a three-way tie for phone of the year. I had to do a bit of show-and-tell live as the supporting video clip didn’t roll! I also name the ‘best of the rest’ so check out the video to find out what models made it.


There are some companies pushing the boundaries. OPPO has just shared some of its latest breakthroughs during OPPO INNO DAY.  

There’s a new set of smart glasses that can be used as a teleprompter. The unit has a lighter projector to make the experience feel like normal eyewear. This is the next battlefield after smartphones. 

Most impressive was OPPO’s new Bluetooth technology. One of the first SoC to use the most advanced N6RF process technology, MariSilicon Y introduces a brand-new, self-developed Pro Bluetooth Pack that increases the Bluetooth bandwidth by a massive 50% compared with the highest spec Bluetooth SoCs on the market. Equipped with the exclusive URLC codec technology and a dedicated NPU with up to 590 GOPS of on-device computing power, MariSilicon Y can transmit an unprecedented 24-bit/192kHz ultra-clear lossless audio through Bluetooth for the first time ever.

Also, you’ll be able to mix your own spatial audio due to the on board chip. That’s amazing. 

OPPO also revealed a new health product that you don’t wear. It monitors heart, breathing, blood pressure and sleep. 


One of the pain-points for overseas travel has been global roaming costs. Getting a local sim might save money but you give up your Aussie number. BOOST Mobile has launched pre-paid international roaming. It means you can keep using your mobile number overseas for a low price. From less than $3 a day it means you can travel without fear of bill shock. My advice is to activate your travel plan BEFORE you fly. From experience, I’ve had trouble trying to activate when overseas and it can be messy. Best to avoid.


When it comes to WI-FI and travel .. be careful. Anything with listed as free WI-FI should be treated suspiciously while travelling or even at home. Use a VPN service – I use Express VPN – no ad, I just really like it. A VPN will protect you on any connection. Also check with the hotel or airport staff which is the correct WI-FI ID to use.

If you do not have a VPN app – DO NOT do mobile banking or other finance related activity on WI-FI while travelling. This is the same for here. Always disconnect from WI-FI and use the cell network for banking.

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What You Need to Know Ahead of Windows Recall Release



Microsoft’s next generation AI powered Copilot+ PCs will soon be available but one controversial Windows feature has already undergone a drastic overhaul. RECALL is – as Microsoft says – ‘a new way to instantly find something you’ve previously seen on your PC’ using on device AI.

Every few seconds Recall takes a snapshot of what appears on your screen. These images are analysed locally by AI so you are not sending anything to the cloud. Recall can then offer you a timeline of your computer use through a visual interface. It really is like having a ‘photographic memory’ of all the apps, websites, images and documents that you’ve interacted with on your PC.

Obviously this would be a treasure trove for cyber criminals if they could access it. Security experts are worried it could be abused once a user logs into their device. Once the drive is decrypted, the history recorded by Recall is potentially accessible by a bad actor.

As I mentioned in the Sky News Weekend Edition segment above, Offensive Cybersecurity Advocate, Alexander Hagenah, an ethical hacker, created TotalRecall to encourage Microsoft to make changes. And thankfully Microsoft did make changes.

“Even before making Recall available to customers, we have heard a clear signal that we can make it easier for people to choose to enable Recall on their Copilot+ PC and improve privacy and security safeguards,” said Corporate Vice President Windows + Devices Pavan Davuluri.

“With that in mind we are announcing updates that will go into effect before Recall (preview) ships to customers on June 18.”

So, not only has Microsoft made Recall opt-in only, users will also need to take more security steps to activate and actively use the feature once logged into Windows 11.

Recall is now off by default


  1. If you don’t proactively choose to turn it on, it will be off by default.
  2. Windows Hello enrolment is required to enable Recall. In addition, proof of presence is also required to view your timeline and search in Recall.
  3. Additional layers of data protection including “just in time” decryption protected by Windows Hello Enhanced Sign-in Security (ESS) so Recall snapshots will only be decrypted and accessible when the user authenticates. In addition, we encrypted the search index database.
Windows Hello enrolment is required to enable Recall


  • Snapshots are stored locally. Copilot+ PCs have new NPUs (Neural Processing Unit) and this allows on device AI processing. No internet or cloud connections are used to store and process snapshots. Microsoft says your snapshots are yours and they are not used to train the AI on Copilot+ PCs.
  • Snapshots are not shared. Recall does not send your snapshots to Microsoft. Snapshots are not shared with any other companies or applications. Recall doesn’t share snapshots with other users who are signed into the same device, and per-user encryption ensures even administrators cannot view other users’ snapshots.
  • You will know when Recall is saving snapshots. You’ll see Recall pinned to the taskbar when you reach your desktop. You’ll have a Recall snapshot icon on the system tray letting you know when Windows is saving snapshots.
  • Digital rights managed or InPrivate browsing snapshots are not saved. Recall does not save snapshots of digital rights managed content or InPrivate browsing in supported web browsers.
  • You can pause, filter and delete what’s saved at any time. You can disable saving snapshots, pause them temporarily, filter applications and websites from being in snapshots, and delete your snapshots at any time.
  • Enterprise and customer choice. For customers using managed work devices, your IT administrator is provided the control to disable the ability to save snapshots. Your IT administrator CANNOT enable saving snapshots on your behalf.

Microsoft also posted on its blog:

“In our early internal testing, we have seen different people use Recall in the way that works best for them. Some love the way it makes remembering what they’ve seen across the web so much easier to find than reviewing their browser history. Others like the way it allows them to better review an online course or find a PowerPoint. And people are taking advantage of the controls to exclude apps they don’t want captured in snapshots, from communication apps or Teams calls, or to delete some or all their snapshots. This is why we built Recall with fine-grained controls to allow each person to customise the experience to their comfort level, ensuring your information is protected and that you are in control of when, what and how it is captured.”

I’m attending the Australian launch of CoPilot+ PCs at Microsoft, so if there are any more changes, I’ll report back to you.

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Avoid Being Scammed: Bitdefender Scamio Now in WhatsApp



Revealed First on Sky News Weekend Edition Tech Chat with Djuro Sen

Bitdefender’s excellent AI chatbot – Scamio – is now integrated with WhatsApp. Scamio is a free service that analyses suspicious links, texts or QR codes. I started using the web app when it first launched and now I’ve been testing it within WhatsApp.

On your phone, click here to add Scamio as a contact in WhatsApp. From there you’ll have to login/create a free Bitdefender account. Once you’re connected, simply drop suspicious content, like a link or text message into a conversation with Scamio. Describe how you received the possible scam and what concerns you have about it.

 Scamio analyses and provides a verdict in a few seconds, sometimes a bit longer, along with recommendations on further actions. It’s a great contact to have in your database.

The conversational manner in which the checking takes place also makes it easier to understand what potential problems you could be facing.

Bitdender says, “Scamio was developed to disrupt criminal operations as threat actors rapidly increase adoption of AI and large language models and use of popular messaging apps and online services to steal money, credentials, and personal data. ”

The QR code option is a good one to look at I believe. Many people just automatically scan and click without checking if the site is legitimate. According to the Global State of Scams – 2023 Report, 76 per cent of respondents encountered an online scam at least once a month.

It definitely pays to stay alert.

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



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.


  • 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. 


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 and leading retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Bunnings.

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