Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Norton Core in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand. I was provided with the Norton Core for free in return for my honest opinion, and I have been compensated for my participation.
While the Internet is a great resource, it can also be a dangerous place if you are not careful, and all it may take is one wrong click to expose your computer to potential malware, hackers, and other malicious threats. “But I’ve got antivirus software installed on my computer,” you might be thinking. Trust me, that may not be enough to help protect the devices connected to your home WiFi network.
Hackers are a resourceful bunch. Even if your conventional router is password-protected, cybercriminals could access computers connected to your Wi-Fi network. In addition, they’re moving beyond computers and going after mobile and smart devices connected to your home network now, leaving things like your smart thermostat at risk. So you need to make sure that your home network has protection.
The worldwide WannaCry ransomware attack was a perfect example of why it’s important to make sure that the connected devices on your home network have protection. While my primary computer is protected with the latest A/V software and running a firewall, the other computers on my network weren’t nearly as secure, and it could have been really bad. This was a huge wake-up call for me.
Enter Norton Core, a high-performance Wi-Fi router that takes a radically different approach to security. By using deep packet inspection, combined with intelligence from a global threat database, Norton Core can help fend off threats before they infiltrate your home network. Just think about that for a second. Instead of your A/V software acting reactively when malware or viruses are detected on your computer, this is able to head things off at the pass, helping keep you and your data safe and sound.
In addition, Norton Core includes a one-year complimentary subscription to Norton Core Security Plus that helps protect all of your connected devices (PC’s, mobile devices, smart devices, etc) from malware, viruses, hackers, and cybercriminals.1
Norton really thought of everything with this router. You’re able to view your security score, a readout on your network’s weaknesses and advice on how to improve your score. Furthermore, you are able to manage your entire home network with the app from your mobile devices, see what devices are on your network at any given time, and get real-time upload and download speeds. It even gives you the power to adjust Wi-Fi settings and block suspicious behavior—from anywhere.2
And as you can see, this router looks like nothing else on the market, with an attractive, abstract design that fits in anywhere. So place it wherever you like, rather than trying to hide it from view. I was a little concerned about speed and performance given the lack of visible antennas, but I am getting great speeds, even in the far reaches of my bedroom, where my old router would regularly struggle to stay connected.3
Overall, I couldn’t be happier with my Norton Core, and I think it’s well worth the hefty $279.99 price tag. It is incredibly easy to setup, keeps your entire home network safe and sound, and looks great.
If you’re ready to get serious about security, then order yourself a Norton Core today. You’ll be glad you did!
1 Subscription renewal is required for security and parental control features after complementary term. Please review complete terms during setup.
2 Requires a mobile data plan or an internet connection.
3 Maximum wireless data rate is derived from IEEE standards 802.11 specifications. Data speed and range may vary due to network conditions building materials and construction, obstacles and interference. Deep packet inspection, a security feature, may also affect speed. Other adverse conditions may also lower actual data rate and wireless coverage.
The GoPro HERO7 Black Makes Shaky Videos A Thing Of The Past
Like many of you, I’m rocking a GoPro that’s more than a few years old, and seeing as how it still works just fine, I haven’t found the need to upgrade to the latest model.. until now.
The GoPro HERO7 Black was just introduced, and let me tell you, it’s a total game changer, setting the bar for video stabilization with its standout feature, HyperSmooth.
HyperSmooth is the best in-camera video stabilization ever featured in a camera. It makes it easy to capture professional-looking, gimbal-like stabilized video without the expense or hassle of a motorized gimbal. Don’t believe me? Just watch this video and see for yourself.
Pretty incredible, right? GoPro really knocked it out of the park this time. And it’s not all. The HERO7 Black introduces a radical new form of video called TimeWarp, applying a high-speed, ‘magic-carpet-ride’ effect to your videos and showcasing longer experiences in short, flowing videos that are compelling to watch and easy to share.
And when it comes to sharing, there’s no faster way to do it than live. HERO7 Black is the first GoPro to live stream, enabling users to automatically share in real time to Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, Vimeo and other platforms internationally. The result is an exciting and convenient way to share life’s more interesting, on-the-go moments.
“HERO7 Black is the GoPro we’ve all been waiting for,” said GoPro founder, Nick Woodman. “With HyperSmooth video stabilization, HERO7 Black is a camera anyone can use to capture amazingly smooth, professional looking shots of their activities. And they can do it live.”
HERO7 Black Features:
- HyperSmooth Stabilization – Gimbal-like stabilization without the gimbal
- Live Stream – Automatic sharing as you live it while saving your streamed videos to your SD card in high definition
- TimeWarp Video – Super-stabilized time lapse ‘magic carpet ride’ videos of your experiences, up to 30x speed
- SuperPhoto – Intelligent scene analyzation for professional-looking photos via automatically applied HDR, Local Tone Mapping and Multi-Frame Noise Reduction
- Portrait Mode – Native vertical-capture for easy sharing to Instagram Stories, Snapchat and more
- Enhanced Audio – Re-engineered audio captures increased dynamic range, new microphone membrane reduces unwanted vibrations during mounted situations
- Intuitive Touch Interface – 2-inch touch display with simplified user interface enables native vertical (portrait) use of camera
- Face, Smile + Scene Detection – HERO7 Black recognizes faces, expressions and scene-types to enhance automatic QuikStory edits on the GoPro app
- Short Clips – Restricts video recording to 15- or 30-second clips for faster transfer to phone, editing and sharing. Great for new users and kids.
- Photo Timer – Countdown timer for convenient selfies and group shots
- Stunning Image Quality – 4K60 video and 12MP photos
- Ultra Slo-Mo – 8x slow motion in 1080p240
- Rugged and Waterproof – Waterproof without a housing to 33ft (10m), goes everywhere your phone can’t
- Voice Control – Verbal commands let you go hands-free in 14 languages
- Auto Transfer to Phone – Your photos and videos move automatically from camera when connected to the GoPro app for on-the-go sharing
- GPS Performance Stickers – Track speed, distance and elevation, then highlight them by adding stickers to videos in the GoPro app
- Touch Zoom – Frame your photos and videos with just a touch
The GoPro HERO7 Black is currently available for pre-order for $399. And for those of you who don’t need all the bells and whistles, the HERO7 Silver ($299) and HERO7 White ($199) offer a lot of bang for the buck as well.
What do you think of the GoPro HERO7 Black?
Apple Unveiled Three Different iPhones. Which One Should You Buy?
Every year, we look forward to Apple’s September event, where they unveil their new phones and gadgets. Most years have been fairly predictable, with either an all-new iPhone model or an iPhone “S” model being introduced.
But this year was a little different, as Apple unveiled not one, not two, but three new iPhones, making this year’s choice perhaps the hardest one to date.
In the past, I would simply upgrade my iPhone every two years when my contract was up for the newest iPhone (if I had an iPhone 6, I’d skip the iPhone 6S and upgrade to the iPhone 7), and I was usually able to do an even swap thanks to generous trade-in deals, so my out-of-pocket cost was pretty close to zero.
This time around, Apple’s Tim Cook introduced the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, three phones that look similar but have some key differences between them. Honestly, we were a little surprised by the decision to release 3 phones at once. But Apple wants to offer a specific model for every need. Here, we break down the different models for you:
The iPhone XS (“Ten S”) is the successor to the iPhone X, and it retains the same design, with a 5.8″ Super Retina HD display and edge-to-edge design, along with that dreaded notch at the top. As with most “S”, the phone gets some minor upgrades, with a more powerful A12 Bionic chip, dual 12-megapixel wide and telephoto cameras for even better photos, and a new 512GB capacity option. Pricing for the iPhone XS starts at $999.
The iPhone XS Max is essentially the same as the iPhone XS, only bigger, with a massive 6.5″ screen, making it the largest display yet on an iPhone. But thanks to it’s edge-to-edge display, it actually manages it in a smaller form factor than previous “plus size” models like the iPhone 8 Plus. Pricing for the iPhone XS Max starts at $1,099.
Last but not least is the iPhone XR, and this is where things get a little confusing. You see, the iPhone XR offers many of the same great features from the iPhone XS, with a slightly larger screen (6.1″), but at a significantly lower price, starting at just $749. So how’s it $250 cheaper? By cutting a few corners along the way. The iPhone XR uses aluminum for the frame, with 6 colors to choose from. In addition, the XR features an LCD screen (which Apple calls “Liquid Retina Display”), rather than the OLED of the XS/XS Max. It also comes with a single camera setup rather than dual lenses, though Portrait Mode is still supposed to work.
While the iPhone XR seems like a good deal, until we’re able to compare both phones side by side and see how different the two phones are, it’s really hard to make a decision one way or another. And to further complicate matters, Apple is releasing the iPhone XS and XS Max nearly a month before the XR.
In the end, I’m not sure if Apple made the right move giving people too many options like this. Only time will tell I guess.
What do you think of the new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR phones?
Want To Record Audio On Your Mac?
Your Mac computer is packed with plenty of useful in-built features, many of which are used by professionals to accomplish their specialized tasks. However, there is one piece of software that your Mac doesn’t normally come with – the advanced and specialized software that can capture audio on your Mac without distorting it in the process. Yes, there are plenty of third-party tools available on the web. In fact, the Internet is cluttered with them, but most of them promise a lot and don’t deliver. These often come bundled with a host of malware and adware that you would rather live without.
With Movavi Screen Capture Studio, you are now able to capture audio and video on your Mac without any strings attached. It doesn’t matter if it’s your own voice, audio streams or just plain old system sounds – if your Mac can play it, Movavi can record it.
This isn’t to say that there aren’t some specialized software that can already accomplish this, but they have a prohibitively difficult learning curve that an average user simply doesn’t have the time for. Movavi gives you the skill set of a professional audio engineer without going through the pain and hassle of learning all the tools of the trade. For more information, you can visit www.movavi.com/support/how-to/mac/capture-system-sounds-on-mac.html.
So how does Movavi Screen Capture Studio help you, again? Just follow these instructions:
Step 1) Installing the Software
The first step is to download and run the installer. Simply follow the onscreen instructions to install Movavi Screen Capture Studio in a directory of your choice.
Step 2) Running the Software
Once the software has been properly installed, run it and click on “Record Screen” when prompted. This mode lets you record all the sound that is outputted from your Mac, including songs from streaming services, microphone output and other sources of audio. If you prefer to capture isolated audio from the microphone only, you can choose the “Record audio” option to stop other sources.
Step 3) Adjusting the Audio Capture Settings
The “Record Screen” button will reveal a window with what looks like a recording frame. You don’t need this frame for audio purposes. Instead, ensure that that “System Audio” is activated if you want to capture all audio output from your Mac in an unadulterated form. To capture only audio, you can click on the “Microphone” button.
Step 4) Recording the Audio
Once you have configured your settings, it is time to start playing the audio that you want to capture. Once you are ready, click on the “REC” button. This will reveal two buttons, “Pause” and “Stop”, to let you control the recording process. Alternatively, you can also press the hotkeys 1 and 2 for pause and stop respectively.
Step 5) Saving the Audio Clip
A preview window will let you replay the audio clip. From here, you can also adjust the length of the audio recording process. Movavi Screen Capture Studio captures the ongoing screen as well, but you can discard the video and save the recording as an audio file.
Simply click on “Save As” and select the “MP3” format – or similar audio formats – in the pop-up export window. Now click “Save”.
Step 6) Editing Your Audio
Movavi Screen Capture Studio is a highly versatile tool that also lets you edit the audio track. To do this, simply select the timeline and double-click on it. You can adjust several settings on the popup “Audio” window. Some of these options include:
- Changing the volume
- Altering the tempo
- Removing noise
- Overlaying extra audio effects
Once you are satisfied with the changes, you should proceed by saving the results. Click on the “Export” button. This will reveal the export window once more. Open the “Save Audio File” button and select your preferred audio format. Now press on “Start” to activate processing.
Movavi Screen Capture Studio helps you capture the ongoing screen activity as well, giving you 100% lossless audio and video quality which normally doesn’t require any post-processing with advanced audio software.