Tame Your Desk With The Udoq 400

If your home or office is anything like mine, there are a stack of different portable devices that need to be charged at any one time. In my household, there are three smartphones, two iPads, and two fitness trackers. That can make for a veritable bird’s nest of power cables and charging adapters. That’s where the Udoq 400 comes in. It’s a base station that can charge up to five different USB devices at one time, in an attractive stand.

The unit can accomodate Lightning, USB-C, micro-USB and Apple’s old 30-pin connector for older iPhones, iPads and iPods. However, you can swap those cables out and replace them with others.

All the cables thread to the back of the unit and plug into a 5-port charging brick. Everything is hidden in a black box with just a single power cable poking out. So, instead of needing a separate power brick for each device, one cable can charge them all.

link

Has dopamine got us hooked on tech?

Silicon Valley is keen to exploit the brain chemical credited with keeping us tapping on apps and social media.

Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to unite us, but to distract us. “The thought process was: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’”

To achieve this goal, Facebook’s architects exploited a “vulnerability in human psychology”, explained Parker, who resigned from the company in 2005. Whenever someone likes or comments on a post or photograph, he said, “we… give you a little dopamine hit”. Facebook is an empire of empires, then, built upon a molecule.

To read more of this interesting article by The Observer click here

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S9 release date, price, news and features

It’s finally here: the latest and, perhaps, greatest from Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy S9 has been officially launched and to celebrate, we’ve uploaded an article which gives you a comprehensive guide of all you need to know about the brand new flagship phone.

Article

 

Mandatory Data Breach Notifications Are Coming: Here’s Everything You Need To Know

This Thursday is the day!

Australian Government agencies – and other organisations with obligations to secure personal information under the Privacy Act 1988 have to let you know if there’s been a data breach that is likely to result in serious harm.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has released a bunch of new resources for the Australian public ahead of the commencement of the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme. It tells you what to expect when you receive a data breach notification – including how organisations might deliver notifications and when a privacy complaint can be made to the OAIC.

Click Here for the basics

Facebook Turned Its Two-Factor Security ‘Feature’ Into The Worst Kind Of Spam

Facebook reportedly lost 2.8 million users under 25 last year. Those losses have prompted Facebook to get more aggressive in its efforts to win users back – and the company has started using security prompts to encourage users to log into their accounts.

Sometimes, Facebook will send emails to users warning them that they’re having problems logging into their accounts, Bloomberg reported last month. “Just click the button below and we’ll log you in. If you weren’t trying to log in, let us know,” the emails reportedly read. Other times, Facebook will ask for a user’s phone number to set up two-factor authentication – then spam the number with notification texts.

Read more of the article here

Libraries Are Getting Rid of Millions of Unread Books

A library without books? Not quite, but as students abandon the stacks in favor of online reference material, university libraries are unloading millions of unread volumes in a nationwide purge that has some print-loving scholars deeply unsettled.

Libraries are putting books in storage, contracting with resellers or simply recycling them. An increasing number of books exist in the cloud, and libraries are banding together to ensure print copies are retained by someone, somewhere.

Read more

Have you been getting unexpected overseas calls? Here’s why…

Have you been getting lots of missed calls from an overseas number at weird hours?

“This is basically a mobile premium scam and what happens is somebody calls you, lets the phone ring once and they do it multiple times and what they want you to do is call them back,” the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Delia Rickard told Hack.

Tips For Taking The Best Photos On Your Phone

 

You don’t need a dedicated camera to take beautiful photos in 2018. Phone cameras are increasingly powerful, and with a little time and effort, you’ll be able to take full advantage of them. Here are some tips and tricks from Hubspot to get you started.

Read Article

Top 10 Kids GPS Tracking Smartwatches 2018

As my children get older and their need for freedom is growing I have been on the look out for a cool GPS Tracking device to appease my mind and calm my nerves, mostly for when we travel but also to allow them to call for help in an emergency.

Since new smartwatch technology seems to emerge on an almost constant basis, we’ve found a great site that has put together a list of some of the most modern GPS tracking tech on the market. Each of these options comes with a range of great software and features that make it well-worth considering for 2018.

Article link