The best fitness watches of 2017

If you’re looking for a great fitness watch, you first need to determine which type you need. There are basically two kinds of devices for two kinds of people:

  1. People who do workouts (running, cycling, swimming, etc.)
  2. People who go on walks and do activities, but don’t do “serious” workouts

Don’t take this as an insult. Continue reading The best fitness watches of 2017

How to eat free food in a Google office [episode 41]

Holy cow! Mallercast is back with a brand-new format! Listen…

We rebooted the show! Instead of unedited tech news, it’s now a theme-driven storytelling edited type of show. Just like Radiolab or 99% Invisible. It’s exactly just like those. Precisely. Give it a listen and let us know what you think! Continue reading How to eat free food in a Google office [episode 41]

How to control TP-Link Smart Plugs with Alexa

A TP-Link Smart Plug turns a regular AC outlet into something you can control from anywhere using mobile device, or by using your voice (if you also have an Amazon Echo). It’s more than just fun to say “Alexa, turn on the living room lights.” This is a useful utility that you won’t want to give up. Clearly written instructions for how to get it running are provided below. Continue reading How to control TP-Link Smart Plugs with Alexa

How to measure furniture in augmented reality [episode 40]

We have arrived in season 5! Join us, dear listener:

We debate Zillow vs. the McMansion Hell blog and more… Continue reading How to measure furniture in augmented reality [episode 40]

Who should buy the Sound Devices MixPre-3 or MixPre-6?

Sound Devices recently announced two new portable audio recorders that are remarkably affordable: the MixPre-3 and the MixPre-6 (products like these from this manufacturer historically cost several thousand dollars). If you’re trying to decide between one of these Sound Devices recorders and the Zoom F4, F8, and the Tascam DR-701D, this post will hopefully help you figure it out. Continue reading Who should buy the Sound Devices MixPre-3 or MixPre-6?

Hands-on review of the Amazon Dash Wand with Alexa

The Amazon Dash Wand with Alexa is a brand new, inexpensive battery-powered shopping and information device for the home. It’s similar, in a way, to the popular Amazon Echo smart speakers, but it’s different in lots of ways, too.

Amazon Echo devices are primarily used to listen to music, but, the new Dash Wand isn’t capable of playing music. It runs on two AAA batteries, and would quickly burn through them if it were tasked with playing Adele all day. Continue reading Hands-on review of the Amazon Dash Wand with Alexa

How to fill your home with virtual Ikea furniture [episode 39]

Woah. The final episode of season four! Join us for the party:

We talk about augmented reality Ikea apps and ELON… Continue reading How to fill your home with virtual Ikea furniture [episode 39]

All of the new Apple stuff from WWDC 2017 [episode 38]

Listen to old home-bodies talk about the new HomePod:

Apple announced a bazillion things and we chat about ’em… Continue reading All of the new Apple stuff from WWDC 2017 [episode 38]

The new Nest Cam IQ: Everything you need to know [episode 37]

The great electronic eye of the Nest Cam IQ sees all!

This week we talk about a gadget we actually might buy… Continue reading The new Nest Cam IQ: Everything you need to know [episode 37]

Why is Tabby’s Star dimming again? [episode 36]

This week we talk about a possible alien megastructure…

We also chat about Jupiter and newsletters for teenage girls! Continue reading Why is Tabby’s Star dimming again? [episode 36]