Protect your email from viruses with Virus Eraser (Mac & Windows)

Viruses can take down both Macs and PCs.  They can be downloaded from the web and sent by email.  Sometimes this is by nefarious people, but sometimes it’s unintentionally by friends and work colleagues.

Virus Eraser is a new antivirus product that works on all versions of Windows and on Macs too.  On top of the real-time protection and massive database of viruses, it also stops you being that person distributing the viruses unintentionally (and, of course, scans your incoming mail to protect you too).

Virus Eraser is said to scan your mail and attachments, and work with all mail clients on a Mac.

We’ve not had a chance to put the software through its paces yet, but the company is an Intel Software Product Partner, which gives them some good credibility.

Check them out here Virus Eraser

Facetune: Here’s an app that makes you look (even more) awesome

So we’ve all got those little skin blemishes… perhaps our teeth aren’t quite perfect.  These are great and they makes us who we are, but maybe we don’t want our online picture to have those in?

Facetune let’s you tweak your photos as professional photographers do (and who charge hundreds of dollars to do so).  All the airbrushing techniques you’ve read about that celebrities use can now be applied to your selfies… by you!

There’s loads the app can do to tweak your picture including editing your smile, your skin, your eyes, your hair and even your facial structure!  You can then apply some make up and and a professional feel to the picture by, for example, blurring the background.

All of this, not for hundreds of dollars… just $3.99! Get it here on the AppStore.

Free books for a month; Amazon offers unlimited Kindle reading

Amazon Kindle has changed the way we read books – no longer do we lug around mountains of paper books.. having to wait to get to the physical store before we can buy them; instead we download them in an instant.  This part, we all know.

Summary: Can’t be bothered to read further, just get free books for a month by clicking here.

But there is a lesser known offer that Amazon have for Kindle addicts.  If you are paying money for each book that you read, you are throwing money away.  Amazon have an unlimited reading plan which means that you just pay a tiny monthly fee and read as much as you like.

This is a killer for going on vacation or just those people that plough through a book in a few days.  On top of this, loads of the books actually come with a free audio book version from Audible so if you don’t want to read you can just listen.  Of course, you can do this on any device too, not just a kindle.

Even better than this, is that there is currently a 30 day free trial.  If you don’t like it at the end, just ditch it and you’ve not lost anything.

Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

HELLO The Most Advanced Video Communication Device aims for Skype, Facebook, Google Hangouts and Webex support

“Affordable voice-controlled smart-device for video conferencing, wireless screen sharing, live broadcasting, and security surveillance.”

HELLO is taking Kickstarter by storm.  Originally setting out to raise just $30k, at the time of writing it has currently raised $216,721 from over 400 backers.

So, what is it?  Well, it’s a video conferencing system which is actually affordable and good at the same time.  It is a physical device that hooks into your TV and lets you carry out video conferencing, wireless screen sharing, live broadcasting and security surveillance with motion detection and more.  It is an extension of the Solaborate platform.

It is pitched on ease of use, differentiating from the current clunky conferencing systems.  With the overwhelming support they have received on Kickstarter they are now gunning for more money to add support for Microsoft Skype, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts and Cisco Webex.  Supporting these with their huge user bases will be game changing.

Check out the video and details here on kickstarter… we’re going to fund this one too!

Nope 2.0 means you can stop sticking tape over your webcam

Even though I am (or perhaps, because I am) a technologist I still stick a bit of tape over the webcam on my laptop.  It’s not just that I think I may get hacked, it’s because I think I may be using some conference calling software incorrectly and my face will suddenly be broadcast to some corporate meeting.

And I’m not alone in my solution, I see co-workers regularly sticking tape on their computers, or slotting a business card in there.  Even Mark Zuckerberg does.

So, this is why Note 2.0 caught my attention.  It’s a purpose built little device that is only $5 on kickstarter.  It’s looks great, it permanent and doesn’t leave any mess on the laptop.  It can also work with most devices including iPads and iPhones.

It’s not on all the time, it has a flick mechanism which enables you to easily flick it open and shut.  When it’s shut over your webcam you can be safe in the knowledge that your webcam is really blocked.

On kickstarter they only aimed to raise $964, but at the time of writing have raised over $84k which puts them 8789% funded!

See the project and check out the video here.

Shut-App gives you the words to deal with racist, sexist, xenophonic, homophobic, fact-repellent & logic-resistant people

Shut-App, a kickstarter project, is lead by a high school & university teacher whose project gives you the words you need to win a debate.  The debates topics include Gay Marriage, Trump, Black Lives and, strangely, Games of Thrones.

The premise is this, you’re confronted by some ridiculous comment… you’d love to respond with something factual but don’t have the words.  Whip out Shut-App on your phone and it will give you the right response there and then.

Check it out on kickstarter here.

HomeKit enabled iDevices announce tighter home integration

iDevices are one of the leading suppliers of HomeKit enabled smart home devices and today they are announcing gear that offers tighter integration into your home.

The Verge reports that iDevices announced that they will make switches, sockets and dimmers that integrate directly into your home by sitting in the wall… You know… Like normal switches do.

This means that those who want smart tech don’t have to leave lights and sockets permanently switched on (causing conflict between the switches and the smart tech) or feel like you’ve retro fitted something to your house.

Light switches work like light switch should, but they’re also smart inline with iDevices’ usual smart home gear.

This is also the first time this has come to a HomeKit enabled system.

You can see some of iDevices’ existing kit on Amazon :

The full article by The Verge can be found here:

http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/5/10706816/apple-homekit-light-switch-power-outlet-idevices-ces-2016