Locked out of Facebook



So this morning I got locked out of Facebook for reasons unknown. They asked for a security check and I had to provide a Government ID!

During the security check, where I provided my ID to get my account unlocked, they said my DOB did not match. I think when I set my FB account up years and years ago I used an alternative birthday, as I did not trust the security there.

So now it appears I may have lost my account! For reason yet unknown to me. I have thousands of FB friends and an active FB profile where I have done live streaming etc.

This came at a critical time we where sharing info from my mother-in-laws death with relatives. Now Facebook has cut that critical flow of information off. Serious bastards.

So if anyone has a friend at FB, I would appreciate a hand in getting my account unlocked. Sending them 3 forms of ID has not helped.

While its Facebooks right to lock me out because I did not use my correct birthday at least let me update it. For Christ sake the account is not fake.

I am sure I am dealing with a robot at this point, so maybe someone with a pulse will see this. My dead Facebook page is at Facebook.com/cochrane

The real in the flesh Todd Cochrane, podcaster, blogger, podcast hall of fame member and I thought good guy.


GNC #1146 Ohana Time



Ohana No tech this show, I take sometime to share the details of Shoko’s mom passing and what has been happening here. Apologize for no tech news tonight, just did not have the heart for it.

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Plex DVR for Capturing Over-the-Air TV Now in Beta



Plex logoThe ever-versatile media-management Plex app launched a new DVR service earlier this month. Plex DVR works with any standard HDTV antenna and the SiliconDust HDHR series of digital recorders to create a true DVR experience on your favorite screen. Just use the Plex app to tell the hardware which shows you’d like it to capture, and the system will record those shows for free from local over-the-air TV signals. If you’ve been waiting to cut the cord to cable or satellite TV, Plex DVR might be just what you need to finally make that move.

Here are some Plex DVR highlights:

  • Full license from Gracenote to help pull in the necessary meta data for your DVR’d shows. This information is tailored to your geographic location to make it as accurate as possible.
  • Subscribe to TV shows and never miss an episode.
  • Easily follow your favorite sports teams as Plex DVR records all of their televised games.
  • Sync DVR recordings to mobile devices or the cloud. Use Plex mobile apps to watch DVR shows on any device, no matter where you are.
  • Keep a fixed number of unwatched episodes for a show, or only recent episodes. Plex DVR also has the ability to sort individual shows by newest or oldest episodes and list all episodes at once regardless of season.

In order to use Plex DVR, you’ll need a digital TV antenna, a SiliconDust HDHR series digital recorder, a Plex Pass subscription, and you’ll need to download and install the DVR beta client. Plex is hoping to add the DVR service to more HDTV recording devices in the future.


Did Swatch Kill The iWatch?



iswatchIn news reported by the BBC, it seems that Swatch‘s opposition to Apple‘s application for an iWatch trademark in the UK resulted Apple’s smartwatch simply being branded “Apple Watch”.  Overall, the ruling from the UK’s Intellectual Property Office upheld Swatch’s complaint that iWatch was too similar to iSwatch and Swatch, and shouldn’t be used for watches. Although we can’t be privy to the internal thinking of Apple, one could infer that the inability to claim the iWatch trademark in key markets back in 2014 killed iWatch in favour of Apple Watch when announced in 2015.

The whole ruling is here, but aside from the trademark evidence, decision-making and ruling, there’s some interesting commentary on the use of shell company registrants, in this case BrightFlash USA LLC to hide the actions of Apple. If I read the judgement correctly (and I’m certainly not a lawyer), Swatch had tried to accuse Apple of “bad faith” by using BrightFlash to register the trademark, but the registrar dismisses the complaint and Swatch has to to pay Apple GB£2,767 on balance. You win some, you lose some.


GNC #1145 OPM Utter Security Failure



You are not going to believe how much OPM did not spend on Security. It is no wonder they where hacked, and two stupid to realize that true security does not come cheap. Plus a host of other things happening in the tech world… Rant On.

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LampChamp Turns A Lamp into a Charging Station



lampchampÖlens Technology was founded by Ron Meritt and Paul McCloskey III. Their mission is to invent products that help people live better lives. They have created LampChamp, a simple tool that will make it much easier for people to charge their devices.

There are a lot of people who use a smartphone and who will eventually need to charge it. Trying to keep everything charged can be difficult for families where everyone in the house is using more than one device. LampChamp can turn any lamp into a USB charging station, providing you with another place to charge smartphones and other devices.

First, remove the bulb from whatever lamp you want to turn into a charger. Next, screw in LampChamp. The base of LampChamp can screw into any lamp. Replace the bulb by screwing it into LampChamp. You can now plug your device into LampChamp’s 2 AMP USB charging port.

There is an on/off switch on LampChamp that controls your lamp. You can use the switch to turn on, or turn off, the lamp. Either way, LampChamp will continue to charge your device. LampChamp works with all cell phones, smartphones, tablets, and e-Readers that require a 2 AMP or less charger.

LampChamp might be useful for people who need to do a lot of traveling. It isn’t always easy to figure out where the hotel room’s outlets are located. They might be behind furniture or in inconvenient locations.  It might be easier to use LampChamp to convert a hotel room lamp into a charging station.

Technical Specifications:

  • Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60 Hz
  • Output: 5V DC, 2A
  • Base Interface: E27
  • LED Bulb Wattage: <60W
  • Price: $29.99 for one LampChamp (when not on sale)


Bulletproof Laptop Bag Doubles as a Potentially Life-Saving Shield



mts-multi-threat-shield-bagForce Training Institute (FTI) is comprised of a diverse and highly experienced group of subject matter experts with legal, corporate, risk management, security, military, and law enforcement backgrounds. They have created a portable bulletproof shield that looks like a laptop bag.

The MTS Multi-Threat Shield bag looks like an average black laptop bag, but is actually a lightweight and discrete ballistic shield. It can be used by families, schools, law enforcement, first responders, hospitals, businesses, and private security personnel to protect one or more people.

A quick flick of the wrist swiftly deploys a 3-foot long blanket of protection to defeat multiple impacts from most handgun, shotgun, and pistol caliber sub-machine gun threats. (A Level III insert plate, which can protect against high powered rifles, is sold separately). In addition, the MTS offers protection from attacks with blunt objects and edged weapons, as well as punches and kicks.

The bag has an expandable pouch, which is designed to hold equipment. The bag is not intended to be used to actually carry a laptop.

Specifications

  • Model No.: MTS-010
  • Protection Level: NIJ Level IIIA (Level III with optional Rifle Plate Insert)
  • Total Weight: 8 pounds
  • Closed Position Size: 12” L X 17.5” W x 1.75” D
  • Open Position Size: 36.5” L x 17.5” W x 0.58”
  • Total Ballistic Coverage: 639 sq. in.
  • Ballistic Components: One-Piece (no gap) Laminated Kevlar
  • Carrier Material: 1680 Denier Ballistic Nylon, Water Repellent
  • Blunt Force Inserts: 11” x 17” x 0.16” Kydex & 11” x 17” x .25 Shock Pad
  • Strap: MIL-SPEC 1.5” Webbing w/360 Detachable Rotating Polymer Clips
  • Color: Black


Twitter Rolls Out Read Receipts on Direct Messages



Twitter iconTwitter is rolling out something new in its Direct Messages feature. When this feature is fully rolled out, it will enable anyone on Twitter who sends another user a Direct Message a read receipt – letting the sender know when (or if) the receiver read the DM. Do we really need this on Twitter?

The Twitter information about Direct Messages explains the read receipt addition this way:

Direct Messages feature read receipts so you know when people have seen your messages. When someone sends you a Direct Message and your Send/Receive read receipts setting is enabled, everyone in the conversation will know when you’ve seen it. This setting is enabled by default but you can turn it off (or back on) through your settings at any time. If you turn off the Send/Receive read receipts setting, you will not be able to see read receipts from other people.

The same information page has instructions about how to turn off the Send/Receive read receipts setting if you don’t want to use it. Turn it off, and you won’t get a read receipt message when you send a DM to another Twitter user. It is unclear if those other people, who have decided to leave the Send/Receive read receipt messages feature on, will still be able to tell when you have read their DM.

Do we really need a read receipt feature on Twitter? Is anyone actually sending Twitter Direct Messages that are so vitally important that they must know the instant the other person reads it?

People who need to connect with co-workers that live in across the country, or around the world, from them tend to use Slack. Everyone can see what the group has been talking about on Slack and respond to it whenever they see it. If you need to set up a meeting, it’s fairly easy to get everyone on Skype at the same time and have a discussion together. Why is Twitter trying to re-invent the wheel when we already have at least two functional wheels?

The Verge points out that the new read receipts feature could suggest that Twitter is working on making its Direct Messaging service have the capabilities of a standalone chat app. That’s a reasonable assumption.

The problem is that Twitter’s chat app will have limitations the other chat apps do not. People leave Twitter because Twitter has a huge problem with harassment. You might find that using Slack, Skype, or another chat app lets you connect to more people than Twitter can.

 


GNC #1144 Naughty Apple



I have some choice words for Naughty Apple and the iPhone 7 and their stupidity in removing the headset jack. Plus this show was almost the show that wasn’t with a very late start thus the abbreviated show notes tonight.

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Super Mario Run is Coming to iOS Devices



super-mario-run-for-iosNintendo has announced that Super Mario Run is coming to iPhone and iPad. It is the first Mario game to be released on iOS. The game will be free to download, and is scheduled for release in December of 2016.

Super Mario Run is being described as “a new kind of Mario game that you can play with one hand.” Hold your iPhone or iPad in one hand, and tap the screen with your other hand. In short, they are making it clear that you won’t need a controller to play this Mario game.

In this game, Mario constantly moves forward through the courses while you use a variety of jumps to navigate. Mario will behave differently depending on the timing of your taps, so it’s up to you to show off particularly smooth moves, gather coins, and reach the goal.

Nintendo says the game has three different modes. The first mode is a challenge course for players to complete while gathering coins. The second mode lets players challenge the play data of other players to show who “can beat a course with the most style to impress Toads into joining you.” The third mode lets players create their own Mushroom Kingdom, using the coins and Toads collected in the first to game modes.

The is no information about when, or if, Super Mario Run will be released for Android. Based on the comments I’ve seen on Twitter, there are some people who are really upset about that.

Super Mario Run is free to download, and some content will be available for free. Additional content will be available for purchase.