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A Robotics Competition You Should Totally Check Out

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FIRST Steamworks Robotics Competition Logo

If you love robots, there are a bunch of robotics competitions happening across the United States right now. Jeff Butts has all of the details about this steamworks-themed event pitting high school students against the clock and their opponents.

macOS: How to Change the Default Email Client

· · Quick Tip

changing default email clients on macOS

There are plenty of options for email software on macOS, and it’s easy to start using a new one. Unfortunately, that doesn’t change your default email client. Follow along with Jeff Butts as he shows how to change this, so you never have to worry about a mail link opening up the wrong app again.

This Drone's Underwater Camera Can Shoot 4K Video

· · Cool Stuff Found

Have you ever wished you could explore the underwater realms and get amazing pictures and videos? If so, a drone on Indiegogo might be right up your alley. You control Gladius with your iPhone or iPad. The drone uses a unique semi-tethered connection system. A floating buoy communicates wirelessly with your iPhone or iPad, while a tether runs from the buoy to the drone. Therefore, the drone can dive up to 100 meters deep with a horizontal range of 500 meters. Gladius features an on-board 1080P/4K underwater camera to take high quality photos and video and can live-stream in HD. Finally, the underwater camera has low-light adaptable sensors, and LED lights on either side light up a wide 135º angle. The retail price for Gladius will be US $1,399. You can reserve yours on Gladius’s Indiegogo campaign for as low as $599.

This Drone’s Underwater Camera Can Shoot 4K Video

You Can Get Auto Insurance Quotes From Facebook Messenger

· · How-To

A car crash - hope the driver had auto insurance

Few people would equate shopping for auto insurance with the words “easy” or “fun.” A tech startup is looking to change that with a new Facebook Messenger chatbot. Jeff Butts took the new service for a spin, and gives you all of the nitty gritty details.

Encrypting Email With iOS Mail - A How-To

· · How-To

encrypting email with iOS Mail

One of the most frustrating tasks for iPhone and iPad users is figuring out how to get it to play nicely with encrypted email with iOS Mail. Jeff Butts decided to brave the frustration, scoured the Internet for tips, and developed a method that should solve your woes.

Which Is Better to Secure Email, Apple Mail or GPG Suite?

· · Analysis

An analysis of two ways to secure email

Secure email is a pretty big deal. While knowing how to encrypt your email is great, you first have to decide which security method to use. You can go with Apple Mail’s built-in S/MIME support or OpenPGP. Which is better? Let’s look at them side by side and try to find an answer to that question.

How Can I Share My Location From iOS Maps?

· · Quick Tip

Share My Location world map

It’s easy to use “Share My Location” in Messages, but there are plenty of times when you might want to send a saved marker straight from Maps. Maybe you’re planning a family vacation and have found a cool point of interest to visit, or perhaps you want to scout out new coffee shops to visit with your friends. Jeff Butts walks you through saving a map location and then sharing it, step by step.

Take Back Control Over Email Notifications on iOS

· · Quick Tip

Customize your email notifications to take back control of your digital life

If you’re like most of us, you have multiple email accounts set up on your iPhone and iPad. This can mean a flurry of notifications vying for your time, but Jeff Butts is here to show you how you can take control over that. It’s surprisingly easy to configure which email accounts do and do not give you notifications, and Jeff shows you how to set that up.

MacOS: Using Email Encryption in Apple's Mail

· · Quick Tip

email encryption

You’ve heard how easy it is to send and receive encrypted emails using Apple Mail. This is pretty important to set up, if you send sensitive data through email. In this article, Jeff Butts walks you through that configuration from beginning to end.

Take Your Amazon Echo Dot on the Go With VAUX

· · Cool Stuff Found

The Amazon Echo Dot is an amazing little device, but it’s not portable. Rather, it’s not portable yet. A technology lifestyle company, Ninety7, has just announced a product that will set your Dot free. Ninety7 has designed the VAUX specifically for the Amazon Echo Dot. This isn’t just another Bluetooth speaker. It’s a battery-powered speaker that your Dot fits inside, so you can take your device anywhere you want. Just drop your Dot into the speaker and plug in the USB cable and 3.5mm audio jack. VAUX transforms your Dot into a cordless, robust sound system and home-command center. The VAUX looks right at home with the Amazon Echo Dot, and extends its capabilities. The only drawback I’ve seen so far is that the VAUX isn’t weather-resistant. You can preorder your VAUX now at Ninety7’s web site, and the speakers should begin shipping in early April 2017.

Take Your Amazon Echo Dot on the Go With VAUX

Encrypting Email on the Mac Is Surprisingly Easy

· · Analysis

encrypting your email

Now that we’re thinking about privacy and the security of our computers and mobile devices again, we’re worried about encrypting email. Jeff Butts is here to set your mind at ease that email encryption is alive and well, and surprisingly easy to do on the Mac.