Podcast 1649 We’re Making a List and Troy Tech Talks

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 Show Notes:

Hour 1: The IA Crew Helps Build Your Techie Gift List and Mike Brennan Offers Tips to Protect You at the Mall

 

The whole IA crew pitched in with their unique suggestions about gifts for your favorite techie (OK, besides yourself!).  There also was some interesting commentary on what NOT to buy said sweetie,  general shopping tips including some very important tips when it comes time to shred the wrapping and get down to using  your new digital delight.

Listen to Making Our Lists

Gary’s Suggestions:

  1. Bluetooth headsets (They are not just for phone calls when you are driving anymore, there are some good sport ones as well)
  2. iCodis CB-100W Mobile Projectorhttps://www.amazon.com/iCODIS-Projector-Wireless-Connectivity-Portable/dp/B01CYC1UO6 Why watch TV and movies on your mobile device when you can projected on the wall for all in the room to see.
  3. Amazing STEM toys –http://www.techrepublic.com/pictures/coolest-tech-and-stem-toys-for-2016-holiday-shopping/
 

Foster 

  1. Samsung Smart TV with Smart remote
  2. Amazon Echo or Echo Dot
  3. Gazelle.com to get the $$$ to make the purchases
  4. MicroCenter WinBook Win 10
  5. Roku Premiere
  6. Apple iPad
  7. Samsung Gear 3 Watch
  8. Apple Watch.

 Ed Suggestions

  1. Star Trek TNG Unisex Track Jacket
  2. Drones – https://sites.google.com/site/bestdronesreview/
  3. Bluetooth portable speaker Logitech, Bose, JBL
  4. Wireless – Thermostatic control (Nest)

Cal: Shopping Sites

  1. www.woot.com
  2. www.fatwallet.com
  3. www.tigerdirect.com
  4. www.microcenter.com

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Show Notes:

Hour 2: Good News/Bad News and Two Troy Moms Co-found Troy Tech Talks

Good News: Avalanche Malware Gang Broken

The takedown of the Avalanche network had mainly a European and Japan presents.  Basically, the masterminds were in Europe, Infecting computer world wide since 2009 with viruses and Trojans.  Hundreds of thousands off website and domains were shut down as they were either infected or complicit with the hackers. 

 If you have up to date antivirus software then your computer more than likely was not taken over and a Bot for the Avalanche ransomware network takedown.

 You could always download and install the free scanner, Malwarebytes, at www.malwarebytes.org ir https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/thankyou/

See this video and article.

Bad News:  Netgear Router flaws explained:

  1. The Welt smartbelt – I wonder if you can get through an airport security checkpoint with one of these on?
  2. Somabar – or you can mix your own drinks for less than $429
  3. Kolibree smart toothbrush – it teaches kids how to brush their teeth or you can be a parent and do it
  4. Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator – only $6,000
  5. Digitsole smart insoles – what a stinky idea
  6. Fitbark – Or you could just walk your dog and track your steps
  7. Hoverboards – this is a really explosive gift idea
  8. Smart water bottles – how does it know when I’m thirsty?
  9. Grillbot – spend $129 to have this clean you grill or you can use a $7 grill brush
Tricia Albery & Colleen Geyer, co-founders of Troy Tech Talks 
share how the program began, resources they found and lessons learned along the way. Troy Tech Talks was created with great support from the school district and has been a way to provide information and resources to parents. Troy Tech Talks helps parents keep up with digital trends and learn from each other as well as promotes appropriate use & a positive technology environment for our students to gain skills needed to be successful. Additionally, district employees contribute to Troy Tech Talks and share how technology is used both in the classroom and how it can be used at home.

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