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STT 17: Piloting Your Ambulatory Meat Sack 🎙

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

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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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Guest spot on the iMore show #674: Shortcuts! 🎙+📺

The day after iOS 13 launched, I was a guest on the iMore show to talk all about the updates to Siri Shortcuts (and a bit about the new iPhone):

Shortcuts expert Matthew Cassinelli is here with a wealth of information for making life better with iOS 13! He guides Lory Gil and Georgia Dow through the basics of shortcut creation and shares some of his own creations from matthewcassinelli.com.

I had a really great time talking to Lory Gil and Georgia Dow – Lory is the editor at iMore and corrects the mistakes in my freelance articles, and Georgia does a wonderful job as Senior Editor there too.

We also recorded this as a livestream, so here’s the video if you want to follow along – I even turned on my main camera with a top-down shot for part of it:

I gave them step-by-step instructions on how to make a GIF with Shortcuts, explained how the redesign makes things a lot easier to learn, and covered cool new Automations that are now available too.

We all got more and more excited as the episode went on, which was truly awesome – I could tell that the new changes made a lot of things click for them, which was fun to experience in real time.

I highly recommend you watch to the episode, listen in Apple Podcasts, or add the show via RSS.

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Announcing Smart Tech Today, my new podcast

Today, I’m happy to announce a new podcast I’m hosting with Mikah Sargent on the TWiT network – it’s called Smart Tech Today and you should subscribe to episode 0 now!

A couple of weeks ago, Mikah reached out to me and asked if I’d like to host a podcast with him about smart technology on the “This Week in Tech” podcast network, commonly known as TWiT.

We’d be covering all aspects of the “Internet of Things”, automation as it stands in 2019 and beyond, and how to think about using & integrating smart tech into your daily life – naturally, I said yes.

Airing each Monday evening (with a livestream at 4pm if you want to tune in), we want the show to be informative, practical, and fun.

Mikah does incredible work, previously for iMore where I met him through my freelance work, but also for the Clockwise podcast on Relay FM and now also full-time for TWiT.

I am super glad to be cohosting with Mikah, because I think:

  • We’re both well-suited to finding the right news for you
  • We can contextualize it all in a way that’s practical but still critical, and skeptical but not cynical
  • We’ll provide a considered look at what it really means to integrate these products into modern life

I’m also looking forward to staying on top of smart tech outside the Apple ecosystem, because we’ll be talking about all types of brands and products on Smart Tech Today.

There will surely be plenty of Siri Shortcuts talk, but I’ll be experimenting and learning about all of it, and intend to cover everything with the same intentionality I do in all my work.

We’re airing our first episode next Monday, October 7th, but please subscribe to the trailer episode now.

Any new listeners and episode ratings are weighted heavily by Apple Podcasts, so a great launch helps propel the show forward – we appreciate the support!

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Looking forward to next Monday! Hope you’ll be listening too 🙂

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See You Later, Nerds 🎙

New episode of Supercomputer out:

Alex and Matthew talk about the close of the beta season – and the close of the show.

Today unfortunately marks the end of Supercomputer.

It’s been a privilege to start my first podcast with someone as wonderful as Alex Cox, and I will cherish the opportunity to share with others and learn about myself in the process.

I’m happy to have made 40 episodes of this podcast and it’s been a significant experience in my life.

Thank you for listening.

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Android Just Smells Like Home (feat. Julia Skott) 🎙

New episode of Supercomputer out:

Matthew hosts special guest Julia Skott – quite literally in his home. Julia’s all about Android, but uses an iPad and Mac, so the two have a lot to talk about. Plus Julia is just amazing.