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STT 16: Smart Tech at the Super Bowl 🎙

On this episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talk about:

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STT 14: Loads of Smart Tech at CES 2020 🎙

On episode 14 of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about what I saw at CES 2020.

But before I get to what we covered in the show, I have exciting news – Smart Tech Today is now available as a video show in addition to our regular podcast feed!

We’ve always had the cameras on for our livestream, but the show’s been doing well enough to add in video production as well.

So, make sure to subscribe on YouTube if you want to watch along afterwards, or add the video podcast feed to get them delivered directly in Apple Podcasts.

The show will still be a podcast first, and we’ll be making sure you’re not missing out on anything if you’re a listener. But if you want to see us talk through the topics and see occasional on-screen views of the stories/websites we’re referencing, there’s bonus material in the video feed!

Plus, I’ll be posting each YouTube video inside these blog posts, here’s the latest:

Here’s what we talked about in the episode:

We are off for Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King Jr Day, but we’ll be live next Monday at our usual 4pm PST – thanks for listening!

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Smart Tech Today 11: Samuel L. Jackson on Your Amazon Echo 🎙

On episode 11 of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I cover these stories:

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Smart Tech Today 10: We Want Smart Blinds 🎙

On our tenth episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talk about these stories:

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Smart Tech Today 9: Decorate Your Smart Home for the Holidays 🎙

On episode 9 of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about:

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Smart Tech Today 8: Goodnight, Sonos: Voice-Controlled Computing 🎙

On episode 8 of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about:

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STT 7: Make Your Smart Home Work for You 🎙

On episode 7 of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about the following:

We’ll be live each Monday at 4pm PST / 7PM EST – thanks for listening!

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STT 6: Smart Tech: It’s for Everyone 🎙

On this episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talk about:

  • Disney reaches deal with Amazon to put Disney+ on Fire TV devices: http://bit.ly/2NBk5wH

  • Roku’s new free app lets you control your viewing with your Apple Watch: http://bit.ly/2Q72sGz

  • Google Assistant can now support bathtubs and faucets: http://bit.ly/2O0mbVT

  • How Industrial Giant Honeywell Is Taking Over Your Building’s Brain: http://bit.ly/2O5wLe2

  • Extending Apple’s HomeKit through the open-source Homebridge: http://bit.ly/2qH07HO

  • How to connect incompatible accessories to HomeKit using Homebridge: http://bit.ly/2NEdrpj

  • Homebridge Out of the Box: http://bit.ly/33CHTpn

  • Google’s Nest Hubs can now sense when you’re standing nearby and show you the weather: http://bit.ly/2KbBXfu

  • Apple’s Revised Privacy Page Provides More Per-App Detail: http://bit.ly/33DxQ3F

  • Matthew Cassinelli discusses some of the automation, routines, and Shortcuts he’s working on in his smart home.

  • Feedback & Questions: A question about out-of-home alerts for a Hue sensor and a nomination for a name for “smart shoes.”

  • Mikah’s pick of the week: LEVOIT humidifier: https://amzn.to/2Q8sqJV

  • Honeywell humidifier: https://amzn.to/32DXljG

  • Matthew’s pick of the week: SwitchBot Smart Switch Button Pusher: https://amzn.to/2NCDwVI

Plus, here’s a set of Siri Shortcuts I created last week for subscribing and listening to the show:

We’ll be live next Monday at our usual 4pm PST – thanks for listening along so far!

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STT 5 – Hearables: AirPods Pro & Echo Buds 🎙

On this episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talk about:

  • Smart home news: the Ember Mug 2, LIFX’s new candelabra bulb, Cortana reads emails now, the Tile tracker works with the Google Assistant and Alexa, and Samsung’s SmartThing’s platform gets offline automation support and a new Rules API.
  • Google news: Google (Alphabet) has officially acquired FitBit, the Google Home app gets a visual overhaul, and the Google Assistant gets Sirius XM support.
  • Security & privacy: Researchers used lasers to “speak” to Amazon Echo and Google Home devices from a distance.
  • Hearables: Matthew and Mikah review Amazon’s new Echo Buds and Apple’s new AirPods Pro.
  • Multi-voice recognition: Developers can now leverage Alexa Voice Profiles when developing Skills for Alexa-enabled devices. Matthew troubleshoots and explains HomePod’s new Handoff, Ambient Noise, and automation features.
  • Projects: Matthew dives deep into Shortcuts on HomePod and AirPods 2; Mikah waxes ecstatic about using motion sensors as part of his smart home setup.
  • Matthew’s pick: Mr. Christmas 7′ Alexa Compatible RGB LED Christmas Tree
  • Mikah’s pick: Beddr SleepTuner Sleep Monitor

Plus, here’s a set of Siri Shortcuts I created last week for subscribing and listening to the show:

We’ll be live next Monday at our usual 4pm PST – thanks for listening along so far!

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Smart Tech Today #2: Mesh WiFi and Voice-First Computing 🎙

Mikah Sargent and I have recorded episode 2 of Smart Tech Today, this time over Skype and on the Twitch livestream. Here’s the description from the TWiT page:

  • Mikah reveals he’s now dual-wielding mobile operating systems. Along with his iPhone 11 Pro Max, he’s carrying a OnePlus 7 Pro to better understand and make use of the Google Assistant and Android in general.
  • The two discuss recent discounts on mesh WiFi systems and how mesh WiFi systems can lead to a better smart tech user experience.
  • Matthew explains how Siri and Spotify are working together to provide Spotify users with Siri voice control and the two hosts reveal why they subscribe to both Spotify and Apple Music.
  • Mikah waxes ecstatic over the ultra-wideband chip in the new iPhone 11 and the two dream up a future where UWB controls both the smart home and mobile connected tech.
  • Mikah details how he’s been using Alexa Routines to start his day and Matthew compares this functionality to Siri Shortcuts.
  • Matthew gives us a look at his Google Assistant- and Alexa-controlled Xbox.
    Mikah details how he’s trying to use the Google Assistant and Siri to be a little more voice-first with his devices.
  • Matthew complains about the lack of Google Assistant support for G Suite accounts and Mikah shares how much he enjoys the ETA feature in Apple Maps on iOS 13. The two hosts also try the same feature using Google Maps.

Plus, here’s a set of Siri Shortcuts I created last week for subscribing and listening to the show:

We’ll be live next Monday at our usual 4pm PST – thanks for listening along so far!

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