There’s been lots in the news this morning about the the Russian website providing a directory of ‘open’ cameras on the web.
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To be clear, this website is showing camera’s that DO NOT have any security applied to them. Lists of such camera’s have been widely available on the internet for a couple of years now. If you connect such a web based camera to the internet with no password, you are simply producing a public web page that display video to the world.
I have looked myself and found that most of the cameras are set up to either monitor pets, property, businesses or in some cases children’s bedrooms. I suggest the monitoring of your childrens bedrooms should be taken very seriously indeed. If you are currently using a camera to monitor your child, you should ALWAYS ensure that there are very strong passwords applied to the camera (Strong passwords can be found here).
If you are in any doubt at all that your camera is not secure, switch it off and contact the supplier for information on how to do this.
As the site says, if you want to be removed from the site, just set your password!
I discuss this with Mark Murphy on BBC Radio Suffolk on 20th November 2014.
This week I chat about the BT Smart Home Cam 100 as nice wireless video camera capable of broadcasting at high definition (720p). It’s nice a simple to set up and you can view the footage using either Android, iPhone or via the web portal. Full review will be posted here soon, in the meantime listen to what I had to say about it.
Massive thanks to Laura from Kazoo for arranging the loan of the camera.
We also has a brief conversation about attaching camera’s to pets, below is the video I mentioned in the recording… Enjoy!
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Google and HTC have officially announced their newest line of Nexus devices after months of speculation that the Nexus was no more.
With pretty impressive specifications, form factor and screen size to rival the iPad, the Nexus 9 comes with brand new 64bit Tegra K1 processor, Android 5.0 Lollipop and optional magnetic connect keyboard. Along with HTC’s much vaunted Boomsound™ front mounted stereo speakers, this could be the device that HTC has been waiting for to claw back some market share for it’s old rivals.
HTC was responsible for launching the Nexus range with Nexus One back in 2010, but since then has conceded to standing back and watching Samsung, LG and Asus steadily produce Google’s products. However it looks like the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 have been removed from Google’s Play Store. Leaving the Nexus 5 (from LG), the brand new Nexus 6 (from Motorola, lets hope Philip K Dick’s estate have given the OK for this naming).
Full specs can be found here, the tablet is priced at £319 for the 16gb version and £399 for the 32gb model. Available in Lunar White and Indigo Black with an interesting Sand coloured model ‘available soon’. You can pre-order now, with shipping in 2-3 weeks.
Some weeks ago we reviewed the Smart Ebike from Lancaster Mercedes in Ipswich. Whilst waiting for the bike to be prepared I got talking to Carl Beer, the After Sales Manager about the Mercedes and AMG range of vehicles.