Free App Turns Your Old iOS Device Into A Home Surveillance System

The founders behind a number of successful technology and consumer product companies have now come up with a new way of using smartphone video to monitor anything. It’s called Manything.

Manything turns iPhones, iPods or iPads into video monitoring cameras with live feeds, unlimited recording, motion detection, and more. The free app is available to download now worldwide from the iTunes App Store and the service is launching with free unlimited storage whilst in beta.

Manything co-founder James West said, “We built this for people who want to monitor stuff but don’t want the hassle and expense of buying special equipment. Manything uses the camera you already own and takes seconds to install. The result is an instant video monitoring solution that, thanks to our ability to run on battery and switch between WiFi and cellular networks, is more powerful and resilient than your average CCTV system.”

Retired smartphones are about to become a big opportunity as people move onto their second or third devices. For example, iPhone 3GS devices will not be upgradable to Apple’s new iOS 7 this fall, meaning that many of these highly capable devices with great connectivity and cameras will be left at the back of a drawer.

James accepts that not everyone has a spare device in their drawer but points out that “the numbers of smart devices out there are so massive that even after you’ve taken out all the people who sell their old devices on eBay, there’s still a large number left lying around not doing anything.”

And what sets Manything apart? James comments, “There are plenty of apps that let you send video straight to the cloud (Vine, Viddy, Bambuser, etc), but Manything represents a completely new category – to stream and record video continuously, to survive network and power outages, to detect motion and sound, and easily create clips of the highlights to share.”

Manything brings together a team of entrepreneurs with a history of spotting future technology trends. Mike Fischer, co-founder of RM, brought computing to schools; James West, co-founder of Alamy, revolutionized the stock photography industry by creating the world’s first open, unedited collection of images; Tim Pearson, also a former CEO of RM, is current chairman of Updata Infrastructure (a Times TechTrack100 company). They are joined on the board by Dan Germain, creative director of Innocent Drinks.

Apple Releases OS X 10.8.4 Update

The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 Update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and includes features and fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including the following:

  • Compatibility improvements when connecting to certain enterprise Wi-Fi networks
  • Microsoft Exchange compatibility improvements in Calendar
  • A fix for an issue that prevented FaceTime calls to non-U.S. phone numbers
  • A fix for an issue that may prevent scheduled sleep after using Boot Camp
  • Improves VoiceOver compatibility with text in PDF documents
  • Includes Safari 6.0.5, which improves stability for some websites with chat features and games
  • A fix for an issue that may cause iMessages to display out of order in Messages
  • Resolves an issue in which Calendars Birthdays may appear incorrectly in certain time zones
  • A fix for an issue that may prevent the desktop background picture from being preserved after restart
  • A fix for an issue that may prevent documents from being saved to a server using SMB
  • Addresses an issue that may prevent certain files from opening after copied to a volume named “Home”
  • A fix for an issue that may prevent changes to files made over NFS from displaying
  • Resolves an issue saving files to an Xsan volume from certain applications
  • Improves Active Directory log-in performance, especially for cached accounts or when using a .local domain
  • Improves OpenDirectory data replication
  • Improves 802.1X compatibility with ActiveDirectory networks
  • Improves compatibility when using mobile accounts

Apple Increases Account Security With Optional Two-Step Verification System for Apple IDs

Two-step verification will require you to verify your identity using one of your devices before you can make changes to your account or make an iTunes or App Store purchase from a new device. You will also get a Recovery Key for safekeeping which you can use to access your account if you ever forget your password or lose your device.