Smart Tech Today (Video)

Oct 26 2020 84 mins 41

Smart Tech Today explains the exciting, dynamic, and sometimes-confusing subject that is the Internet of Things. Mikah Sargent and Matthew Cassinelli guide you through smart switches, lights, thermostats, speakers, and other connected tech. Every week, learn how to make the most of your smart tech. New episodes every Monday at 2:00 pm Eastern / 11:00 am Pacific / 18:00 UTC





STT 51: A Very Google-y Smart Home - Nest Hub updates, Google Home improvements, Intercom for Apple's HomePod
Oct 26 2020 82 mins  
Matthew and Mikah talk about the HomePod's latest update and addition of Intercom, the two discuss improvements to Google Home by way of location-based routines, and Matthew shows off the latest updates to the Nest Hub. Apple Watch's 'Schooltime' Isn't Just for Kids | Lifehacker: https://bit.ly/3owmLfB Use Schooltime on Apple Watch | Apple: https://apple.co/3kvBSU9 Apple updates HomePod with intercom and other new features | The Verge: https://bit.ly/31Fx9I3 HomePod mini: What it means to Apple's smart speaker lineup | Macworld: https://bit.ly/2J9GcdS The latest HomeKit lamp from Meross is smaller and even more affordable | iMore: https://bit.ly/3kzTtdt Nanoleaf expands HomeKit Shapes lights with Triangles - 9to5Mac | 9to5Mac: https://bit.ly/2HF8yMu HomeKit Weekly: Light up your workspace on a budget with the VOCOlinc smart light strip | 9to5Mac: https://bit.ly/31KkwLO Google Home finally gets the Alexa feature I've been waiting ages for | CNET: https://cnet.co/3dVPTba Google's Smart Displays Are Getting a Massive (and Free) Upgrade | Gizmodo: https://bit.ly/3oszvnp Google discontinues its Google Nest Secure alarm system | The Verge: https://bit.ly/3mCaoNl Google assembles all the parts of a truly smart home | Staceyoniot: https://bit.ly/3ovGBr6 Quibi Moves to Apple TV And Other Smart TV Platforms | Macobserver: https://bit.ly/3e0IFme PICKS OF THE WEEK Matthew: Material Dock | Studio Neat: https://bit.ly/3jwvYAK Mikah: Anker Nano | Amazon: https://amzn.to/3e2hvLU Hosts: Mikah Sargent and Matthew Cassinelli Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today Show notes and links for this episode are available at: https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today/episodes/51


STT 50: Ergonomics & VR - Oculus Quest 2, HomePod Mini, and Google AI
Oct 19 2020 60 mins  
Matthew and Mikah discuss all the interesting new tech coming to the HomePod Mini; they discuss CarPlay, Android Auto, and Echo Auto; and they strap on their VR helmets. HomePod Mini Supports the New Thread Protocol That Could Transform the Smart Home | Gizmodo: https://bit.ly/2TaO2FY The HomePod mini could be Apple's secret weapon for expanding HomeKit | The Verge: https://bit.ly/37ljB85 Apple's new HomePod 'Intercom' feature works with CarPlay | CNET: https://cnet.co/3o5l2h1 Belkin's first MagSafe products are a wild-looking 3-in-1 charger and a car mount | The Verge: https://bit.ly/2TcBjCk Google Assistant's driving mode for Android is nearly ready, one year later | Engadget: https://engt.co/3jdHIYT Amazon's Alexa app will soon work as an in-car display for the Echo Auto | The Verge: https://bit.ly/35bu0R6 YouTube Music gets a simple Apple Watch app before Wear OS client | 9to5Google: https://bit.ly/3m0hTNA Spotify Updated With Home Screen Widgets on iOS 14 | MacRumors: https://bit.ly/37msajd Google Duplex's haircut-booking feature could help short-handed businesses | VentureBeat: https://bit.ly/34cYXVW Google Is Integrating Latest AI Research Across Its Services | Morning Brew: https://bit.ly/3jgxUNw PICKS OF THE WEEK Matthew: Virtual Desktop | UploadVR: https://bit.ly/2T8rwxh Mikah: Oculus Quest 2 | Oculus: https://ocul.us/3nQWl83 Hosts: Mikah Sargent and Matthew Cassinelli Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today Show notes and links for this episode are available at: https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today/episodes/50



STT 49: Sunk Cost Fallacy - Google Assistant Updates, IFTTT Pro, and Smart Tech Q&A
Oct 12 2020 100 mins  
Matthew and Mikah talk about a bunch of new updates coming to the Google Assistant, IFTTT's new Pro subscription offering, and the two take on your smart tech questions. On this episode of Smart Tech Today with Mikah Sargent and Matthew Cassinelli: Android's new Sound Notifications will alert you to 'critical sounds' around you | CNET: https://cnet.co/3jTYtcu Google Assistant gives you more voice control over third-party apps | BGR: https://bit.ly/3dnKcSQ Google's Assistant wants to help you take self-care breaks | InputMag: https://bit.ly/2SP6iEs Google's Nest announces new smart thermostat with simpler design, lower price | The Verge: https://bit.ly/3djDYU6 Wyze continues its smart home onslaught with a $50 smart thermostat | Digital Trends: https://bit.ly/2GY5Yk6 6 Apple Watch settings you should change right away | CNET: https://cnet.co/33Sf0bj pushcut.io | Twitter: https://bit.ly/3nGubfH Making painless guest wifi with QR codes | A Whole Lotta Nothing: https://bit.ly/2Ip1Z0P IFTTT introduces Pro subscriptions, limits free version to three applets | The Verge: https://bit.ly/33O4F0a ecobee SmartThermostat Review: Still the one | iMore: https://bit.ly/3jXtbBC Set up your HomePod, Apple TV, or iPad as a home hub | Apple: https://apple.co/311R03L PICKS OF THE WEEK Matthew: Oculus Quest 2 | Oculus: https://ocul.us/3nQWl83 Mikah: Base Station Pro | Nomad Goods: https://bit.ly/3iP3iTj Hosts: Mikah Sargent and Matthew Cassinelli Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today Show notes and links for this episode are available at: https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today/episodes/49 Sponsors: casper.com/stt promo code STT mintmobile.com/stt MySudo.com/twit




STT 47: Amazon's Hardware Event - New Amazon Echos, Eeros, Echo Dots, and a Ring Drone
Sep 28 2020 94 mins  
Matthew and Mikah talk about Amazon's hardware event. The Amazon Echo gets an orby redesign, eero has a WiFi 6 upgrade, Ring launches a surveillance drone, and Amazon reveals its cloud-based gaming platform. Amazon's fall hardware event: the 13 biggest announcements | The Verge: https://bit.ly/2G5SBy8 How to preorder all of the new Amazon products | The Verge: https://bit.ly/3mYrUMp Alexa will seem more human with breathing pauses and learning skills | Engadget: https://engt.co/3mYPOYa Amazon's Sidewalk network to launch this year with new devices, support from IoT chipset manufacturers | Zdnet: https://zd.net/2HFCjwz Amazon Sidewalk Privacy and Security Whitepaper | Amazon: https://bit.ly/2EGIpvv Amazon Sidewalk Initiative Allows Smart Devices To Thrive Just Beyond Wi-Fi Range Limits | Hothardware: https://bit.ly/3kU0khv Amazon's Echo conquered the smart home — what comes next? | The Verge: https://bit.ly/3cG0XZu Mikah's AirPods Pro saga | Twitter: https://bit.ly/344xww1 PICKS OF THE WEEK Matthew: Sticky Widget | AppStore: https://apple.co/36esWxT Mikah: Cable Matters 6 Outlet Splitter | Amazon: https://amzn.to/3ihZ3zq Hosts: Mikah Sargent and Matthew Cassinelli Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today Show notes and links for this episode are available at: https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today/episodes/47 Sponsor: MySudo.com/twit


STT 46: iOS 14 Home Screen Aesthetic - iOS 14 custom designs, Amazon Kids+, XPOWER Air Duster
Sep 21 2020 87 mins  
Matthew and Mikah talk about the new trend in iOS 14 wherein folks are customizing their iPhone and iPad Home screens with their own app icons. Amazon has announced an update to its FreeTime service, including its rebranding as "Amazon Kids" and "Amazon Kids+." Mikah finds joy and stress relief by way of the XPOWER A-2 Airrow Pro Multi-Use Electric Computer Duster Dryer Air Pump Blower - Black. APPLE How to customize your iPhone's home screen with widgets and app icons | The Verge: https://bit.ly/3iTe6An tvOS 14 now available for your Apple TV: deeper HomeKit integration, 4K YouTube, Picture-in-Picture | 9to5Mac: https://bit.ly/33MtUii How to use Automatic Handwashing Detection on Apple Watch | iDownloadBlog: https://bit.ly/32Qlt67 watchOS 7: The MacStories Review | MacStories: https://bit.ly/3iS7kuL GOOGLE Google app for iOS can now read articles aloud with a tap | 9to5Google: https://bit.ly/3hRUDi8 You can stop Google Assistant alarms/timers from any room | 9to5Google: https://bit.ly/32QlM0L AMAZON Amazon rebrands FreeTime to Amazon Kids, expands paid catalog for Amazon Kids+ | TechCrunch: https://tcrn.ch/33QexVN Amazon's new Alexa partnership lets you link your AT&T number to turn your Echo into a phone | The Verge: https://bit.ly/2RJhTEJ Sam Jackson getting 30,000 new phrases | Variety: https://bit.ly/3j4G0tD Amazon makes Alexa Routines shareable | TechCrunch: https://tcrn.ch/35UFCtR Divoom Pixoo Pixel Art Digital Frame | Amazon: https://amzn.to/2HkGyxo Mac Power Users 552: HomeKit in 2020, with Mikah Sargent | Relay.FM: https://www.relay.fm/mpu/552 PICKS OF THE WEEK Matthew: MacStories Pixel | MacStories: https://www.macstories.net/pixel/ Mikah: XPOWER A-2 Airrow Pro Multi-Use Electric Computer Duster Dryer Air Pump Blower - Black | Amazon: https://amzn.to/3cgnVGi Hosts: Mikah Sargent and Matthew Cassinelli Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today Show notes and links for this episode are available at: https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today/episodes/46 Sponsors: BUYRAYCON.com/stt mintmobile.com/stt casper.com/stt promo code STT


STT 45: Alexa, Print My Crossword - Amazon Alexa Print, Wink's latest problems, Apple's face mask
Sep 14 2020 77 mins  
Matthew and Mikah talk about Amazon's new voice-based printer integration, Wink's recent outage (after the launch of its subscription service), and Apple's new designed-by-Apple face covering. SMART TECH US Customs seize 'counterfeit AirPods' that, er, weren't | 9to5Mac: https://bit.ly/3klzyOL Welcome to Smart Home Week | Wirecutter: https://nyti.ms/35zoiu2 7 Easy Smart Home Essentials for Renters | Wirecutter: https://nyti.ms/35CqaSW Wink's smart home platform faces a days-long outage | Engadget: https://engt.co/32ucLuc IKEA Sonos Symfonisk speakers get colorful new covers | Engadget: https://engt.co/3mkRIlA Do You Really Need an AI-Powered Smart Range? | Gizmodo: https://bit.ly/2GQvaZJ AMAZON Amazon Alexa can now pay for gas at Exxon and Mobil | Slashgear: https://bit.ly/2E0oYxn Amazon Alexa Print lets you easily print out your shopping list | Slashgear: https://bit.ly/3hxqNQ1 GOOGLE Google Assistant works with more than 50,000 smart home devices | 9to5Google: https://bit.ly/2FrLbF6 APPLE This is Apple's COVID-19 face mask | Inputmag: https://bit.ly/3kdJ5Yn Apple and Google's contact tracing system gets deeper integration into iOS, Android | CNN: https://cnn.it/2FtzOwv How I Used Shortcuts to Make Siri Finally Understand Me | Wirecutter: https://nyti.ms/32tDPcS Eufy Pan & Tilt HomeKit Camera Available For $40 Today | The Apple Byte: https://bit.ly/3kaNHOO Philips Hue Announces New HomeKit-Compatible Gradient Lightstrip and Iris Lamp | iPhone in Canada: https://bit.ly/32sDXJK PICKS OF THE WEEK Mikah & Matthew: Poolside.FM Hosts: Mikah Sargent and Matthew Cassinelli Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today Show notes and links for this episode are available at: https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today/episodes/45 Sponsors: MySudo.com/twit expressvpn.com/stt


STT 44: Amazon Halo? Heck No - Amazon's fitness wearable, Level's stealthy smart lock, Fitbit's new smartwatches.
Sep 01 2020 88 mins  
Matthew and Mikah share their complicated feelings regarding Amazon's new Halo fitness wearable, praise Level's new smart lock that blends in with a user's existing setup, and discuss Fitbit's new Google-Assistant-supporting smartwatches. SMART TECH Sunu Band – The Smart Wearable Helping Blind People Maintain Social Distance | Forbes: https://bit.ly/3hRXAjW iRobot's Cheapest Roombas Might Finally Be Worth Buying | Gizmodo: https://bit.ly/3gGZXo1 The Level Touch is a stealthy smart lock with hidden capacitive touch | Inputmag: https://bit.ly/2EIw0XU Smart blinds are an expensive upgrade to your smart home | The Verge: https://bit.ly/2Gjhq9T AMAZON Amazon's Alexa has learned hundreds of regional British words and phrases | The Sun: https://bit.ly/2ERQtt7 Amazon announces Halo, a fitness band and app that scans your body and voice | The Verge: https://bit.ly/2YRBFSk GOOGLE Google launches Nest Hub for hotels to close the gap with Amazon | Venturebeat: https://bit.ly/32OCyMO Fitbit unveils Sense and Versa 3 smartwatches with Google Assistant | Venturebeat: https://bit.ly/32G6ASB Lenovo unveils new Google Assistant-powered smart clock | The Verge: https://bit.ly/3bpYP7z Google Assistant's daily snapshot feature gets birthday reminders and recipe recommendations | The Verge: https://bit.ly/3hLni9J SIRI Interact with Siri and apps at the same time in iPadOS 14 | 9to5Mac: https://bit.ly/2YQXD7Y Broadlink RM4 Mini Universal IR Remote Control | Amazon: https://amzn.to/3hNh9cP PICKS OF THE WEEK Mikah: Deliveries: a package tracker | App Store: https://apple.co/3lua4jI Matthew: Restore by Hatch | Hatch: https://www.hatch.co/restore Hosts: Mikah Sargent and Matthew Cassinelli Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today Show notes and links for this episode are available at: https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today/episodes/44 Sponsor: eero.com/twit code TWIT




STT 42: Installing a Smart Thermostat - ecobee, Alexa voice bugs, and Android sleep tracking.
Aug 17 2020 96 mins  
Mikah describes the installation of his smart thermostat (including the frustrations that abounded therein). Amazon's Alexa voice service included a bug that could cough up a user's voice history to hackers. Google rolls out its Bedtime Mode to all Android devices via the Google Clock app. ALEXA An Alexa bug could have exposed your voice history to hackers | Ars Technica: https://bit.ly/3h1fzUt Exclusive: Amazon Accessibility Boss Peter Korn Talks Text Banner's Fire TV Debut And Assistive Technologies At Amazon | Forbes: https://bit.ly/320lOSj Woman fools gift card scammer by pretending to be Alexa and a senior citizen ... at the same time | Newsweek: https://bit.ly/3ayMrBp GOOGLE 5 Google Assistant features you should turn off today | CNET: https://cnet.co/2E1Fw8a Solve Complex Equations By Scanning Them With These Google Apps | Lifehacker: https://bit.ly/3iO9b3q Google to invest $450M in smart home security solutions provider ADT | TechCrunch: https://tcrn.ch/323zRq2 Compact Google Assistant on Android sees wider beta rollout - 9to5Google | 9to5Google: https://bit.ly/3kSADPp SLEEP TRACKING All Androids can now use Google Clock's Bedtime Mode - 9to5Google | 9to5Google: https://bit.ly/3aAiXDp The Sleep app for watchOS 7 is a superb way to get into a bedtime routine | iMore: https://bit.ly/2YrwsR9 WEARABLES Google's Planned Updates for Wear OS Are Underwhelming | Gizmodo: https://bit.ly/3kRD9oZ Google remembers Wear OS exists, announces update with handwashing timer | InputMag: https://bit.ly/3139rFK Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 review: time for a change | The Verge: https://bit.ly/2FzBVP6 ecobee Smart Thermostat | Amazon: https://amzn.to/3aApGgp PICKS OF THE WEEK Mikah: Wayre Black High Tech Washable Mask | Wayre: https://bit.ly/2Q2VfpW Matthew: Planta | App Store: https://apple.co/3241Dmb Hosts: Mikah Sargent and Matthew Cassinelli Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today Show notes and links for this episode are available at: https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today/episodes/42 Sponsors: mintmobile.com/stt expressvpn.com/stt


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