Author: Raj Deut

…hotel behemoth Marriott announced a massive hack that impacts as many as 500 million customers who made a reservation at a Starwood [Sheraton, Westin, Aloft & W Hotel] hotel.

The equal 3rd largest hack of all time behind both of Yahoo’s mega-breaches in 2014 (500m) and 2013 (3000m).

Information including guest’s names, addresses, date of birth, passport details, all stolen for anyone that stayed in a Starwood group (and potentially Marriott) hotel up until September 10th, 2018.

Credit card numbers have also been stolen however Marriott believes hackers don’t have the required keys to decrypt them.

Source: The Marriott Hack: How to Protect Yourself | WIRED

Osmo Pocket

Meet Osmo Pocket, the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera DJI has ever designed. In just seconds, the compact and intelligent Osmo Pocket turns any moment into a cinematic memory. Share your life anywhere, anytime.

The Pocket looks like they’ve ripped the camera off a DJI Spark and popped it on top of a handle-grip with a screen. They haven’t and the reason I know that is that the Pocket also does 4K 60fps video, which the Spark does not but besides that they look very similar.

The Pocket will set you back A$599 which is no small amount but when you compare it with top of the line GoPros (which don’t include any of the axis-stability functionality) and former Osmos it’s definitely coming down and competitive.

Source: Buy DJI Osmo Pocket – 3-Axis Stabilized Handheld Camera – DJI Store

There are so many companies out there selling mesh WiFi systems it feels a little bit like Oprah doing a Christmas special at the moment. “You can have a mesh system, and you can have a mesh system, and you can have a mesh system!” But not all of them are made equal and even fewer are as simple and straight forward to setup as their marketing departments would like you to believe. So when a new player like “Tenda” come along you can be forgiven for being skeptic but thankfully, for those of you looking for an affordable, reliable and no-frills system then boy do I have the mesh system for you.

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Do you remember The Matrix? It was a film that came out way back in 1999 when I was a teenager and some of you skipping this and clicking “Play” were barely born. God I feel old.

Anyway, in that movie (lets ignore the 2 sequels that followed) its main character, an up and coming star you may have heard of, Keanu Reeves, plays this nerdy accountant type dude who has a phone delivered from out of nowhere that when removed from its envelope slides down to reveal its keypad along with the jaws of every geek watching the film and wanting to own it.

Well, it was released and it was good (back then). Now HMD Global, the guys who now license the Nokia name since Nokia kinda stuffed that up, have decided it might be a good time to bring the iconic Nokia 8110 back with a few, more up-to-date features like 4G chucked in for good measure.

We had one sent to us to check out after they became available in Australia last month and whilst she ain’t going to be the phone of your dreams it was certainly “interesting” to take a look at and reminisce about the smartphone days of old.

Enjoy.

Nokia 8110 4G

A$140
7.3

Design

8.0/10

Performance

8.0/10

Features

6.0/10

Pros

  • Nostalgia, nostalgia, nostalgia
  • Dual SIM
  • Hostspot

Cons

  • Slow
  • Not the real Snake
  • KaiOS is no Android
  • Text input is a chore

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While this may be great for Amazon’s bottom line, all this shopping has a real human cost. As plenty of Amazon employees have attested, working in the company’s warehouses is gruelling.

…Amazon runs on a logistics system that’s based off working people to the bare bones.

While Australia doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving it has, more & more so, been indoctrinated into the events that surround it such as “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday” sales.

These sales bring us a bunch of very cool and often very cheap bargains but in doing so the people behind the scenes, the ones sending those orders out, are often subjected to some horrific working conditions and (in America anyway) poor remuneration.

A short read, this piece is an interesting one with a good interview with a former Amazon warehouse worker about what those big days are like for the teams working there that I encourage everyone to check out.

Source: What Amazon’s Black Friday shift is like for workers – Vox

…the wild world of influencer marketing, where prices and pressure are high, and hundreds of thousands of dollars change hands daily on murky terms, seeking sway over the posts in your feed

This is an incredible read that I found absolutely fascinating. In a world where every man and their dog has an Instagram account it appears the masses that follow these new-world “stars” believe almost anything they say as gospel and go out of their way to avoid advertising regulations.

A highly recommended read.

Source: Inside the Pricey War to Influence Your Instagram Feed | WIRED

The week that was (TWTW) takes a look back at the week’s most prominent tech stories from around the world.

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In the week that was November 11th to November 17th, 2018:

  • SpaceX’s StarLink internet gets the go ahead
  • Twitter might get an edit button
  • Sony drops out of E3
  • My Health Record opt-out period extended
  • NZ’s Rocket Lab has first launch

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Sony Interactive Entertainment […] won’t be hosting its annual press conference or showing up at all during next year’s massive E3 expo.

I can’t imagine an E3 without Sony. I’d say this is the beginning of the end for the gigantic gaming trade show but that already started when EA decided to take a major dump on them & open up their own thing next door.

Sony have also cancelled their “PlayStation Experience” event after four years and while this has absolutely nothing to do with their mammoth PS4 sales figures I wouldn’t be surprised if they were to announce another event in the months to come.

E3 is still on next year though and Nintendo, Xbox, Bethesda and others have confirmed they will be there. The question is, for how much longer?

Source: PlayStation Skipping E3 For First Time – Variety

The week that was (TWTW) takes a look back at the week’s most prominent tech stories from around the world.

Members of our Patreon campaign get their recap hand delivered on Sunday at 5pm, for everyone else don’t worry you wont be left out, you’ll just have to wait until Monday for your fix.

Video versions of TWTW appear on our website as well as our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

For those that prefer an audio only version, you can subscribe to the TWTW podcast feed on iTunes or by add this feed (https://feedpress.me/reckonerau-twtw) to your favourite podcast app.

Lastly you can find a full transcript of this week’s episode below.

In the week that was November 4th to November 14th, 2018:


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