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ITy Bytes 14 June

At the OPPO Reno launch at Telstra’s HQ in 400 George Street Sydney it achieved damned near 2Gbps (20 times NBN 100). But the secret was that it was sitting directly under a 5G small cell and four discrete antennas. Samsung and LG in similar circumstances achieved about 1.2Gbps. Never let the facts spoil a good story, eh Telstra?

Standing right outside Telstra’s HQ was a disaster.

None of the devices could get more than 70Mbps and 40Mbps upload. Since then Seven Sunrise GadgetGuy Val Quinn has been on the hunt at Randwick (where 5G coverage is supposed to exist) and it has eluded him.

Preliminary reports however show these devices excel on the 4GX Network often getting speeds of over 150Mbps – and that network is everywhere! And I think I am torn between the wonderful sea green shark fin equipped OPPO Reno and the dual screen LG V50 ThinQ – lucky I am a Gemini!

GadgetGuy’s Guide to 5G is here.

New Windows 10 security updates may prevent older Bluetooth devices from connecting

Ever paired a Bluetooth device to Windows 10 – easy as. Ever had to enter a pairing code 0000 or 1234 – yes, almost all older BT devices need this. And that is where the problem begins and now ends. It’s a huge security hole allowing BT devices to be hijacked and used as a gateway to the host computer and network.

Microsoft says, “You may experience issues pairing, connecting or using certain Bluetooth devices after installing security updates released June 11, 2019. These security updates address a security vulnerability by intentionally preventing connections from Windows to unsecure Bluetooth devices. Any device using well-known keys to encrypt connections may be affected, including certain security fobs.”

Bottom line – unless the manufacturer of the BT device issues a firmware update your device is cactus.

We understand that this may apply to Android as well. While there solid reasons behind this I hope Microsoft issues a ‘switch option’ update to allow older devices at the owner’s risk.

Advanced users can verify if their device is affected by checking Event Log for the following event:

Event Log System
Event Source BTHUSB or BTHMINI
Event ID 22
Name  BTHPORT_DEBUG_LINK_KEY_NOT_ALLOWED
Level Error
Event Message Text  Your Bluetooth device attempted to establish a debug connection.  The Windows Bluetooth stack does not allow debug connection while it is not in the debug mode.

Epson issues conditional recall notice for all wall/ceiling mountable projectors apart from the L, Z, LS and EV Series

The term ‘drop bear’ may be ‘drop Epson’ if you mount these projectors on a wall or ceiling in a location that can result in their exposure to smoke, steam or vapours containing oils and solvents, the plastic casing can be weakened near where the projector is attached to the ceiling mount and the plastic may crack. If this occurs, the projector may fall from its mounting. Locations where these exposures are most likely to occur include near kitchens or near exhaust extraction fans.

ITy Bytes 14 June

If you have an affected projector you will be given a free inspection service and the installation of a safety wire to secure the projector to the ceiling mount. Recall notice here.

 Google Pixel 4 – Google leaked a picture

The Google Pixel 4/XL is due out in October. GadgetGuy curated all the rumours into one article here, Well now Google leaked a picture – and we don’t know if it is in jest or earnest.

ITy Bytes 14 June

 It may even support Project Soli – a Google feature using radar hardware for device control via subtle hand movements. This miniature radar sensor can differentiate between very fine motions to perform various platform-specific functions.