Archive for August 15, 2017

SunBriteTV Outdoor Televisions Facilitate Resort-Like Experiences

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 15, 2017 by itnerd

The summer vacation season is firmly upon us, and as many take to the road or brave the airlines, some smart Americans are forgoing the hassle and expense by making their homes more resort-like for a perfect family staycation.

An outdoor television by SunBriteTV helps bring the entertainment outside, so live sports games, network TV and movie classics can be enjoyed in the beautiful weather, on your own private deck, patio, or favorite outdoor space.

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SunBriteTV’s new 4K Ultra-High Definition (UHD) Veranda Series Outdoor TVs feature superior safety, durability and performance in shaded outdoor areas over standard indoor televisions. Veranda’s screens are up to 30 percent brighter than typical indoor televisions, providing an optimal viewing experience any time of day or night. Rust-proof, powder-coated aluminum exteriors and a watertight cable entry system prevent moisture, insects, dust and salt corrosion from affecting components outside and in. Starting at just $1,499 for the 4K UHD 43-inch model, the new Veranda series is the most affordable true outdoor TVs ever.

Built for permanent outdoor installation in shaded locations, the Veranda Series offers an operating temperature range of -24° to 104°F and storage temperature range from -24° to 140°F. SunBriteTV also offers the new 4K UHD Signature Series for partial sun applications and the rugged Pro Series for full sun.

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The IT Nerd’s Back to School Techie Products For 2017

Posted in Commentary on August 15, 2017 by itnerd

Got a student who’s going back to school shortly? Here’s some techie products that they will surely love.

 

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OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock: with an amazing 13 ports, the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock brings exceptional connectivity to Thunderbolt 3 laptops and computers through a single Thunderbolt 3 cable, delivering unprecedented power and speed to laptops and other devices. Price: $299

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OWC USB-C Dock: full-featured connectivity companion lets you reconnect 10 ports of devices to your USB-C equipped computer, especially important with laptops with limited ports. Price: $148.75

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OWC Drive Dock: ultimate, high-performance bare drive access tool. For creative workflows, backup, or other tasks requiring constant access to multiple drives, Drive Dock delivers a compact, easy solution with the performance of Thunderbolt 2 technology. Price: $69.75

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OWC Envoy Pro mini: full-sized, fast SSD storage that fits in your pocket. This is not your average thumb drive. Elegant, light, and strong, Envoy Pro mini is full-sized desktop-class SSD performance in the ultimate go-anywhere storage companion – incredibly fast and perfectly portable for your life on the move.
Price: $119-$179

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Kidz Gear Deluxe Stereo Headset Headphones with Boom Microphone: Winner of numerous awards, including USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Travel Award, the Kidz Gear wired Headphones with Boom Mic are ideal children’s headphones for educational use. The flexible boom microphone is lightweight and clearly picks up omnidirectional sound, features proprietary KidzControl™ Volume Limit Technology to ensure child-safe listening – available in gray, pink, or blue.
Price: $19.99
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Kidz Gear Bluetooth Stereo Headphones for Kids: Designed specifically for children with no tangled wires, the wireless Bluetooth Headphones provide easy Bluetooth 4.0 set-up with KidzSync™ Auto-Syncing Technology and a high-quality audio experience for children. Available in blue and pink, the headphones also include a patented removable omnidirectional Boom Microphone.
Price: $29.99

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Kidz Gear KidzControl Volume Limit HeadphonesAvailable in seven colors — White, Pink, Orange, Blue, Green, Purple, and Gray to match a child’s personal color preference and style, the headphones are compatible with all audio devices that use a 3.5mm (1/8”) audio jack. Kidz Gear wired headphones feature the proprietary KidzControl Volume Limit Technology, which limits the volume to approximately 80% of the maximum volume output capable from audio devices in the market today.
Price: $19.99
Is there anything that I’ve missed? Post a comment and share your suggestions.

Guest Post: NordVPN Discusses Why Your Internet Browsing Is Never Anonymous

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 15, 2017 by itnerd

The identity of every Internet user can be easily revealed by following the fingerprints that they leave online, found two German researchers. Secrets and private identities can be exposed – such as someone’s sexual or porn preferences or medications they use. The main offender turned out to be Web of Trust, a “safe surfing” plug-in.

The research, which involved setting up a fake marketing company and asking hundreds of companies to provide raw browsing data of Internet users, showed that the “anonymous” personas of millions of people could be decoded.

Some users can be easily identified by leaving a trail online, such as their Twitter username on some analytics page; for others, analyzing 10 of their visited URLs can be enough to determine their identity.

Big companies, such as Netflix, have already been accused and taken to court by customers whose identities had been exposed.

“If Internet users do not use any security tools, such as VPNs, they should realize that when they go online, nothing that they do on the Internet will remain private,” said Marty P. Kamden, CMO of NordVPN. “Nobody can know when their private browsing history may be exposed and for what reason. That can seriously hurt their personal lives, their careers and even their physical safety – if they are, for example, a political dissident in a country with an authoritarian government.”

“There are a few ways to protect one’s Internet privacy, such as avoiding any kind of plugins and browser extensions, taking note of Terms of Service that might hide intrusion of privacy, and using incognito mode. VPN (Virtual Private Network) can protect browsing history from ISP surveillance. We at NordVPN take users’ privacy very seriously – we don’t keep any information about what anyone does online when they connect to one of VPN servers. We are strictly against any log keeping.”

A VPN encrypts user data through a secure tunnel before accessing the Internet – this protects any browsing data. The only information visible to any third party is that a user is connected to a VPN server and nothing else. All other information is encrypted by the VPN’s security protocol.

NordVPN is determined to secure users’ data with features like double data encryptionor a new CyberSec feature that protects from malware, ads and phishing attempts.