Manjaro is a Linux Distribution, entirely free and open-source and held together by an international team. It is appropriate as a macOS or Windows replacement, available for 64-bit architectures, and prides itself on being suitable for newcomers and experienced users alike. Manjaro supports its users having full control over their computers and allows them to configure various settings via a simple interface. To remain unintrusive, Manjaro does not do hidden updates or automatic restarts; it simply pushes notifications that can be dismissed with "not now" by users.
Synology's DiskStation DS1520+ is a scalable NAS (network-attached storage) product great for IT enthusiasts. It comes with an Intel Celeron J4125 4-core 2.0 GHz CPU, 2 built-in M.2 2280 NVMe SSD slots, 8 GB DDR4 system memory, and Synology SSD Cache technology that allows for an average 19.8% performance boost. The Synology Drive software lets users sync files on-demand, as well as protect files with scheduled backups. The NAS features a USB 3.0 port, an eSATA port, a 1GbE RJ-45 port, fanning, and a Kensington Security Slot.
The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time is a book by author Maria Konnikova (who also wrote The Biggest Bluff) that explores scamming techniques and the psychology involved in playing on victims' confidence/insecurities. It helps to understand how con artists are able to trick so many people in the modern digital world. Many of us and our relatives have fallen for scammers on the web at least once, so we all could use a little insight to prepare for the next attempted manipulation of our minds.
The Tech Guy caller Thoms Curran recently published a book based on his walk across America. 3,235 miles later, he has raised over $21,200 for children with cancer....many dollars of which came from Leo's listeners! Mr. Curran claims the book is 98% nonfiction, so you'll just have to find out what the other 2% is all about! The product is available in Kindle and paperback, consisting of 392 pages and measuring 6 x 1 x 9 inches. Curran's website is https://www.thomascurran.com/
The Wyze Cam Outdoor is a weather-resistant home security camera system that carries an IP rating of IP65 and operates with two 2,600 mAH batteries. It records in 1080p resolution and supports up to 32GB of microSD storage. The product has a 110-degree field of view and features night vision LEDs for up to 25 feet. The PIR motion detection technology captures people/animals with 12-second videos and saves them to the cloud for 14 days. The starter bundle includes 1 base station and 1 camera. The station can connect up to 4 cameras at once (all viewable in the Wyze app).
The iPhone SE starts at $399 and features a 4.7” Retina HD display. It runs on the A13 Bionic chip and allows for things like Portrait Mode in photography (blurring the background of a shot/selfie). The iPhone SE can also record in 4K video and is capable of 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps. The phone is splash/water/dust resistant with an IP67 rating and weighs 5.22 ounces. The measurements are 2.65" x 5.45" x 0.29" and colors come in black, white, and Red. Fingerprint data is stored on the device only, and all iMessages sent are encrypted for privacy.
The newest generation of Amazon's Echo Dot has a version that comes with a neat digital clock on an LED display. The display even adjusts its own brightness, using a light sensor, for visibility during day or night. Like other Echo devices, it can still play music, make calls, or give users the news. Compatible services include Amazon Music, Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, Audible, and iHeartRadio. Users can also pair the Echo Dot with an Amazon Fire TV to voice-control their movies! Enabling Alexa Guard allows the device to alert users when it detects smoke alarms and other home concerns.
DJI's Osmo Pocket is their smallest 3-axis gimbal for recording video with one hand. It stabilizes efficiently and allows chaotic handheld shots like jogging into a more cinematic, buttery video. It possesses a camera with a 1/2.3-inch sensor, 80° FOV, and f/2.0 aperture, plus 4K/60fps capability. It can record in slow-motion at 1080p/120fps 4x, along with snapping photos at 12 MP. The mechanical handheld device can last about 140 minutes on maximum battery life, and it features a noiseless cooling system that evenly dissipates the heat.
The Anker PowerWave 7.5 Stand is a relatively inexpensive, easel Qi charger that allows users to see the phone while it's charging. It can charge through protective cases (though not magnetic/metal attachments) and fits landscape or portrait phone orientation. The PowerWave 7.5 comes with a 6ft micro USB charging cable and comes in black or white colors. It measures 3.08 x 2.56 x 4.70 inches and weighs 4.8 ounces.
DJI's Mavic Mini is a compact drone that folds up and is great for travel. The smart drone can be used to shoot great videos and photos with its 1080p 60fps camera and 3-axis motorized gimbal. It has up to 30min flight time and a max speed of 29mph. It measures 5.5×3.2×2.2 in while folded and weighs 8.78 oz. Compatible with the DJI Fly app, which features a flight tutorial for beginners (requires at least iOS v10.0 or Android v6.0). The Quickshot modes allow complex preset motions to execute while recording.