Screen Sharing, New Gadgets, and Updates

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Easily Screen Share Through Messages App

This is really cool and has been around for a few years now, but almost no one knows about it. Except now, you! If someone you know has iMessage set up on their Mac, you can screen share without downloading any software or entering any numbers.

To use it, find someone in your Messages list on your Mac. Click the Details button on the top right of the window, click the two boxes. From there you can request to see their screen or share yours. The recipient has to accept. **You can’t just get on their computer without permission.** Once the invitation is accepted, it will turn on both your microphones and you’ll be looking at the same screen and talking through the computer. Pretty cool, huh?! If you try it and it doesn’t work, try restarting both computers. It’s a bit buggy, but when it works, it’s sure to impress.

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Next Generation Blue Blocking Glasses

If you've followed me for a while, you'll know that I'm a big proponent of any product that blocks blue light from electronics. That's because studies show it messes with our circadian rhythm (aka. our sleep) and can cause headaches and all kinds of side effects. Enter Felix Gray—a new kind of blue blocking glasses. Gone are the orange lenses of yesteryear. These glasses block blue light and reduce eye strain. If you work on a computer most days, check them out!

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The Little Smart Camera That Could

Ever wish you had a photographer to take snapshots for you? Introducing Google Clips. It’s a wireless smart camera that takes video clips for you based on when it detects expressions, good lighting, and framing. How cool is that? Place it somewhere you’d like a clip, then let it do it’s thing. No editing required and it gets better over time! It’s private and doesn’t need an internet connection to work. Check it out here.  

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Home Security Game-Changer

Looks like someone is trying to shake up the home security system model. SimpliSafe Home Security is selling their hardware as a complete solution that doesn’t require going through a security system with monthly subscription.

I almost got locked into a 5 year, super expensive contract for home security from some really nice guy walking around the neighborhood preying on people’s fears. Long story short, security companies can be really shady.

This is why SimpliSafe is so appealing to me. They’ve got all the gear and probably more than your current system has, and you don’t have to deal with contracts and price comparison with a bunch of different companies. And their gear looks nice.

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All Routers Need to be Updated

If you have an Airport Express or Extreme, you may be seeing a blinking orange light instead of a solid green one. This is because your router has an update. Pretty much every router in every household and business need to be updated if they haven’t already. Some of the recent security vulnerabilities I mentioned in previous posts also affect your routers.

For Apple routers, search your Mac for Airport Utility. Once open you can click on your router and update it. If you don’t have an Apple branded router, you can try opening Safari and typing 10.0.0.1, or 192.168.0.1. These are the most common router addresses. Most likely the username is admin and the password is password. You might want to update that to something new and make note of it somewhere. My suggestion would be 1Password :)

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Do Not Download Facebook’s VPN

I found this article on Gizmodo.com about Facebook’s most recent attempt at invading your privacy. It appears they have purchased a VPN company and are offering it for free to all Facebook users as a security and privacy measure. They may be hiding your web traffic from the rest of the internet, but it allows them to see what you do on EVERY app on your computer, not just your web browser. I don’t want to get into the whole privacy/big brother thing, but this is one service you should stay away from. Click here to read the full article and find out more about online privacy using VPNs.

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Acorns Makes Micro Investing Easy as 1-2-3

I got the Acorns app a few years ago. It gathers up the leftover change from transactions I’ve made with my debit card and puts it in an investment account. It’s called Micro Investing. In addition, I let it pull some extra money each week. Enough that I don’t notice. Every once in a while I’ll open up the app to see how it’s going. All that change has added up to nearly $800 and months went by without me even remembering it was there. But it just kept vacuuming up the pennies and adding to the pile. For real investing though, find a trustworthy and talented fiduciary.