• Use the ‘quote’ feature in a group conversation to change the identity of the sender, even if that person is not a member of the group.
  • Target an individual by piggybacking off a text of someone else’s reply.
  • Send a private message to another group participant that is disguised as a public message for all, so when the targeted individual responds, it is visible to everyone in the conversation.

Check Point is chuffed at receiving the highest security effectiveness score in the 2019 NSS Labs Breach Prevention Systems (BPS) group test. Check Point’s Next Generation Threat Prevention Appliances and Advanced Endpoint Security achieved a “Recommended” rating.

  • 98.4% overall security effectiveness
  • 100% block rate
  • 100% malware prevention, email and web
  • 100% exploit resistance
  • 0% false positives

Arlo Pro and Pro 2 now have Apple HomeKit compatibility

Support for Apple HomeKit is rolling out now on Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 Security Camera Systems with base station models, VMB4000 and VMB4500. The new Arlo 4K Ultra is yet to receive an update.

HomeKit allows users iOS, ipadOS, watchOS, macOS users to control smart home products via the Apple Home app. They can now receive motion notifications. iOS users can also use Siri to display HD (720p) live stream onto their iPhone or iPad. With HomeKit, users can also set up automation to control other HomeKit-enabled smart home devices. For example, users can set up an automation to trigger HomeKit-enabled lights to turn on at certain times when motion is detected.

GadgetGuy has reviewed the Arlo Ultra 4K, Arlo Pro 2 1080p and Arlo Pro 720p. The Ultra 4K is a spectacular performer earning our unreserved recommendation for image quality.

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Ask OK Google or Alexa to find my ‘Tile’

Tile is a little tag that you affix to items of value – car keys, smartphones, sports gear, even pets. It uses crowd-finding when it is outside its owner’s Bluetooth range.

Tile Mate or Pro now have Google Home and Amazon Alexa to use voice to locate the Tile. The Tile platform also enables its users to ask their voice-activated speaker to help locate their phone through the reverse ring feature or announce where your Tile item was last seen.

Tile Mate is Tile’s best seller. The 2019 update has a 50% increase in Bluetooth range (45 m) and loudness (compared to the original). It also has a replaceable battery, guaranteed to last 12 months.

Tile Pro is Tile’s most powerful Bluetooth tracker, with 2x range (90 m) and loudness compared to Tile Mate.

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GadgetGuy reviewed the Tile Keysmart device here.

Speaking of lost – BioTraka you dog

Biotraka has a lost dog tracker that provides real-time location and activity insight into the secret life of Fido.

It uses GPS and supplements this with Wi-Fi positioning and mobile phone tower triangulation.  

It is on special from the website for $199 (usually $299) and includes the first 12 months tracking subscription.

JBL Flip 5 – bigger sound, longer battery life

GagetGuy awarded 4.6-out-of-5 for the excellent Flip 4, and now JBL comes along and improves It – enter the Flip 5. We were amazed at the amount of bass it could produce from its passive radiations and that it is a sealed, IPX7 waterproof device.

The $149.95 Flip 5 is a 20W, mono 360° sound, Bluetooth 4.2 speaker capable of 80dB (loud) and has a frequency response from 65Hz to 20kHz.