Archive for July 7, 2017

Infographic: Is Your Privacy At Risk When Shopping Online?

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 7, 2017 by itnerd

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Microsoft Sheds 3000 Jobs In Major Re-org

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 7, 2017 by itnerd

CNBC is one of a number of news outlets that are reporting that Microsoft is undergoing a major re-org which will include the layoff of 3000 people. Most of them will be in sales and most will come outside the US. The purpose of the layoffs is to help Microsoft to focus on selling their Azure cloud services which is currently booming for them. Now, is this a big deal? From a numbers perspective maybe not:

Microsoft has 71,000 employees in the U.S. and 121,000 employees around the globe, suggesting that these cuts are relatively small compared to the size of its entire workforce.

Though, that’s likely not going to wash with any of the 3000 who have been let go. Having said that, it is a big deal from the perspective of focusing on an area that is big for the software giant. It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the near to medium term.

Kia Canada Announces Free Upgrades To Android Auto & Apple CarPlay….. With A Catch

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 7, 2017 by itnerd

If you own a Kia vehicle that was made between 2015 and 2017, you might be eligible for an upgrade to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Assuming that the infotainment system inside your Kia is compatible of course. All you have to do is go to this website and have your VIN number handy. That will allow their system to confirm that you are eligible for the upgrade. Instructions on how to perform the upgrade can be found here if you have a car with a navigation system or here if you don’t.

There is a catch though. There’s this text on the Kia Canada website:

Please note that this software update is currently at beta-testing phase. If you experience any difficulties, please contact us.

While I am sure that some won’t be bothered by that, others might be put off. If the latter is you, then paying for the update via MnSoft would be your route to get all the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay goodness you’re looking for. Or you could just wait for the “beta” to end. Either way, Kia Canada owners now have options when it comes to getting cutting edge infotainment into their vehicles.

Xchime Video Doorbell 400% Funded On Indiegogo

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 7, 2017 by itnerd

Home security and automation just got a bit smarter today with the launch of Xchime’s Indiegogo campaign. With video doorbells being a key part of any home safety setup, Xchime aims to broaden the usefulness by adding convenience and security features such as a garage door opener and smart light bulb integration. The campaign has been extended until the end of July 2017,  Xchime is now over 400% funded with first units expected to ship quickly in August 2017.

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Expand Beyond the Front Door
Garages are one of the entry points for criminals, typically when home owners forget to (completely) close the garage door. With an additional Xchime unit set up in the garage, instantly view the status of your garage door from your mobile device. Open or close it with one touch from our mobile app, using the optional garage door opener kit add-on accessory. Light is also a major deterrent to would-be thieves. Integrate your smart light bulbs with Xchime to remotely turn on or off exterior lights.

Say Goodbye to Lag
Lag time is a common complaint with other video doorbells. Anyone who’s used one knows the frustration of having a 7 or 8-second delay from when someone pushes the doorbell to when you can see and hear what’s going on.Xchime’s crack team of engineers worked hard to significantly reduce lag time, getting it closer to real-time.

Fits Any Budget
Leading video doorbells range from $199 to $249. Early backers of Xchime can get units for only $129 each, making the Xchime a perfect fit for any home budget.

Xchime features also include:

  • HD video (1080p)
  • Two-way audio
  • Video live-view and communication
  • Latency (lag)-free streaming
  • Night vision
  • Wide-view angle
  • Cloud recording
  • Wide operating temperature range (-40F to 150F)
  • Dual power supply (16-24VAC & 12-24VDC)

Get your early units of Xchime now at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/xchime-doorbell-watch-your-home-from-your-phone/x/628323#/