Maximizing 1Password Security (with a local vault)

Like most, I advocate a password manager. And have frequently recommended 1Password (for years). However, I have led something of a double life in utilizing 1password without a subscription to store “important” passwords within a “local” iPhone vault. Whereas, I’d place my less critical credentials (think: Netflix) in LastPass for efficient cross platform access, including … Read more

Zoom Keeps Mic Open, Even When Muted (iOS)

As most have read, Zoom’s video conferencing security safeguards remain a work in progress. And now, via Apple’s iOS 14 privacy protections, we can clearly see Zoom keeps a “muted” mic open on iPhones and iPads. As you can see in the image above, my microphone is supposedly disabled (lower left), yet iOS indicates a … Read more

This Is The New Sonos Playbar

Nearly one hundred years after launch, the Sonos Playbar is finally getting a refresh. Beyond drastically different styling of Sonos’ first home theater offering, Apple AirPlay 2 seems like a lock and Dolby Atmos rumors are swirling. However, these company renders aren’t entirely complete given the obscured power outlet and nary an HDMI port to … Read more

HomeKit Confirmed for Ecobee Camera

As we know, ecobee is prepping an Alexa-endowed “smart” camera … but, beyond Amazon voice control, the FCC has confirmed Apple HomeKit support. Of course, one would reasonably expect traditional connected camera capabilities such as motion detection and notifications, but the Alexa mics take ecobee to another level as a dual purpose device. And now, … Read more

New Apple TV Revealed by Target

By way of 9to5Mac, we now know a new Apple TV is en route. According to Target’s inventory system, anyhow. Last updated about 2.5 years ago, the streamer is probably due for a refresh. And, while not the most powerful version, my 1080p aTV struggles with Apple Arcade — so a processor bump seems like … Read more

TiVo Enables iPhone Cellular Streaming

Our long national nightmare has come to an end, as TiVo FINALLY enabled iOS cellular streaming this week…. seven years after release. As the story goes, Apple has (had?) some sort of requirement that developers offer a low bandwidth streaming option to preserve data. And apparently addressing that wasn’t a priority for TiVo. In any … Read more

Apple HomeKit Secure Video Now Available

Back in June, Apple announced HomeKit Secure Video which would leverage your iCloud storage subscription to archive HomeKit camera recordings within your account. During that presentation, Apple said Eufy Security, Netatmo, and Logitech would be the first companies for the initial release.  Last month, we were teased with what seemed like a demo of the … Read more

Apple HomeKit Secure Video Nears Launch

Announced back at WWDC, HomeKit Secure Video is Apple’s answer to recording and storing encrypted video from network cameras around your home. The Apple feature locally processes video via an iPad, Apple TV or HomePod to identify a person, vehicle or animal, with the encrypted contents being sent to iCloud for storage and remote access. … Read more