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Lost ? Injured ? Need Help ?These location apps will help first responders find you quick
There are lots of apps out there for people to get their post delivered, and failing those just putting your address on the package or letter will mean your local friendly postman will get it where it needs to go.
However what about if you break down in the middle of nowhere, somewhere you don’t know. What if you are out hiking, and get lost, or worse hurt yourself. What are the best apps for ensuring you get help fast, as calling the emergency services is only good if they know how to get to you.
Irish readers will be pleased to hear that emergency services are trained to use our relatively new Eircode set of address codes and more recently the Loc8 Codes. Eircodes are more for homes and business though and are virtually useless should you find yourself in trouble. However built into the official Eircode app called AutoAddress is the ability to look up a What3Word code should you be stuck in the middle of nowhere.
Along with AutoAddress, What3Words there is also the Loc8 Code via the Point8 app and of course good old Google Maps. * Note that AutoAddress is moving to a pay model in 2019.
Using Google Maps could not be easier, in the example blow we find ourselves lost on the side of a Kerry mountain, simply long press on your location and you will get all the information presented to you. The ‘Plus’ Code as Google calls them can be given to a first responder who can then look it up via Google Maps.
What3Words has been making huge waves in the mapping community for their 3x3 grid based system, with some countries even changing their entire addressing systems to use it. It’s my personal favourite, however I find the sometimes long based codes just too unrealistic to send to someone, especially if they have never heard of What3Words. Nonetheless W3W is a fantastic tool to have. I even used it on a family holiday last year as the complex was so large, the kids were able to send me their 3X3 W3W code and I always could find them.
The Location 8 system of codes is an Irish based system that uses a slightly different type of code that the others. While officially recognized by Irish first responders the app does not have the funding like AutoAddress or What3Words or Google for that matter so the app Point8 itself is a little less refined. However this certainly does not matter, anyway you can help safe yourself is all that matters.
As you can see however Point8 comes with limited credits in the free version with users able to unlock the full version for €4.99, a bit of a stretch considering the alternatives are free. The credits are used so that you can tap on any location for a code. However you will always be able to generate a code for the location you are currently in.
So there you have it, no excuses for not know where you are at any given moment, links to all the services are below where you can select your platform of choice.
The Google Pixel line of smartphones has always been the pinnacle of smartphones, the one that everyone wants, well it and I guess a top end iPhone for the Apple heads.
However like Apple the Pixel devices are somewhat expensive, with this 128GB Black edition costing €1099. This means that many people will never get to experience such a device let alone unbox one. Well fear not, I have you covered, check out the video below.
Another email scam has just graced my inbox. I guess you could say that people never learn rather than the scammers as clearly some people still get caught out by this rubbish.
This scam is in relation to Ulster Bank and comes in two parts, two emails arrive, one looking for you to register for a secure account system that the bank has just started to use and the second informing you of such.
The first email requesting you to sign up for an Egress account
The email above comes from an @rbs.com address but states you will receive and email from @email@example.com, note the ‘CM’ in the address, a clear sign of a scam is strange email addresses.
The sign up email
Above you can see the second email looking for you to register an account, utter rubbish and your bank would never send you something like this.
Don’t be fooled, bin it…..
Share the word, you don’t want family to get caught out.
DNS Ireland SCAM — Watch out Irish business ownersDon’t be fooled by this realistic looking scam
There have been a lot of reports over the last 20 hours or so from Irish business owners including myself who have received an email from a company called DNS Ireland located in Dublin. On the surface their website looks convincing however this is 100% scam territory.
The email which I have produced below shows a ‘Liam’ from DNS Ireland informing me that someone has requested the same website name as Ireland’s Technology Blog but rather than a .com the person wants a .eu address. Firstly it is very unlike that any normal person would try to use our name, or your company’s name like that as they would immediately have legal action taken against them as it is just too close to your own registered name, especially if you are a company. In theory anyone is free however to register this name, that is life.
However the email goes on to say that they will be obligated to protect the .eu domain for 10 years if I agree to buy it so that the other person can’t buy it. They most certainly are not obligated to do this, it’s nonsense.
So if you have received an email such as this, just click that button called spam and forget about it.
The Xperia XZ3 features a curved OLED display, but is it any good !
Sony smartphones have long been a favourite of mine, I have always loved their hardware and to a point their cameras. However over the last few years they have waned in popularity mostly due to Sony not keeping up with the design trend of having curved minimal bezel screens.
However with their latest flagship the Xperia XZ3 that has changed, is it any good I hear you ask, well jump into the video below to find out.
Check out my review above and dive into some exceptional specs below for those that want even more details.
It’s getting close to Christmas so the scammers are back
It used to be that phone scams would occur only at certain periods of the year, however they are now getting more and more common and the latest Eir scam is just the latest in the line.
It seems people have been reporting lots of unsolicited automated calls proporting to be from ‘Eircom’ and that should be the first clue that it is a scam, ‘Eircom’ is no longer a trading company, it is now ‘Eir’.
So what exactly has been happening, well it seems on a popular community site called Wicklow Alerts on Facebook that many people have been getting automated calls from someone called Emily stating that their ‘Eircom’ account will be disconnected if they don’t press ‘1’ and speak to someone.
Above you can see just some of the comments, however it is advisable that you do not entertain these calls, I know it can be fun to annoy the scammer especially when it is not automated but you need to be careful. In this case the act of pressing ‘1’ will connect you to a high cost line as your call will be re-directed.
If you get calls like these and you are unsure, just hangup and ring your phone company yourself, this way you know for sure you are speaking to a real representative.
Have you been affected by one of these scams, let us know in the comments below.
There has been a lot of Tesla robberies in Europe of late and one Tesla owner even managed to capture his car being stolen on CCTV as seen in the title image and video below.
Unfortunately for this owner the thieves made a silent :-) getaway with neither the police or the owner being able to track the car due to the remote access being disabled.
These attacks are known as ‘relay attacks’ in which the thieves are located nearby with booster equipment that is able to intercept signals from your key fob and make your car believe that they are you. While the new software update may not stop your car being broken into it does stop the act of disabling remote access meaning owners and police will be able to track the car via GPS. The new update now requires a code to be entered by the owner to disable remote access.
So if you have Tesla, make sure you install this update ASAP.
Energy Sistem has just announced its new Smart product range with Amazon Alexa which sees the Energy Smart Speaker 3 Talk, Energy Smart Speaker 5 Home and Energy Smart Speaker 7 Tower.
Using omnidirectional microphones, users can ask Alexa about the traffic, the weather or tell her to play music. Furthermore the devices can be synchronized with any smartphone or tablet and connect to a Wi-Fi network through the Energy Multiroom Wi-Fi app.
Energy Sistem is a Spanish company which I have reviewed many products from over the years and they are the first Spanish manufacture to integrate Alexa into a sound tower. Their products have always been consistently good and I like this new direction both in features and styling.
The Energy Smart Speaker 3 Talk has a 1.0 loudspeaker with 5 W power, a passive membrane and up to 6 hours of battery life.
The Energy Smart Speaker 5 Home, a 2.0 system with two 8 W full range speakers and a passive membrane on the front, offers 16 W power.
The Energy Smart Speaker Tower 7 consists of two 20 W full range speakers, as well as a 5 W tweeter and Bass Reflex to provide users with 2.0 sound and 40 W power.
The speakers are up for preorder now with the ‘3 Talk’ costing 89 Euro, the ‘5 Home’ costing 139 Euro and the ‘Tower 7’ costing 179.90 Euro.
If you are interest in these, head over to the links below: