How to set up Sonos One with Alexa

The Sonos One is an excellent-sounding smart speaker that has the Amazon Alexa digital assistant built in. You just speak to it, and Alexa does what you ask her to do, such as playing your favorite music. This post features clearly written step-by-step instructions that explain how to get it working. Continue reading How to set up Sonos One with Alexa

Three weeks with the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS: A review

The majority of Apple Watch Series 3 reviews focus on the cellular model, but the one most people should get is the less-expensive GPS version. While it’s amazing you can place calls from your wrist without a phone, the GPS-only version does almost everything the fancier one does, and it doesn’t add a $17-a-month fee to your bill (I explain why it costs this much later in the post).

This is a hands-on review of the new Apple Watch Series 3 GPS that was written after three weeks of non-stop usage — and it’s coming from a person who had never used an Apple Watch before. It’s an unbiased look at this lust-worthy and slightly puzzling gadget. Continue reading Three weeks with the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS: A review

How to control Sonos with an Amazon Echo

The long-awaited ability to control Sonos with an Amazon Echo is finally here! I’ve written about how to connect these devices using cables, but this new skill lets you do it wirelessly. This post explains how to get it running… Continue reading How to control Sonos with an Amazon Echo

How to use Sonos with the Amazon Echo (2nd Gen), Echo Plus and Echo Spot

The All-New Echo (2nd Generation), Echo Plus, and Echo Spot from Amazon each have an audio output, which makes them easy to directly connect to some Sonos speakers and components. This post clearly explains how to set this up and get it running. Continue reading How to use Sonos with the Amazon Echo (2nd Gen), Echo Plus and Echo Spot

Hey John Siracusa… Stop driving up the price of the Mac Pro!

I spend a fair chunk of time listening to podcasts, and one of the more interesting personalities out there is a fellow named John Siracusa. He’s a computer programmer and one of the most knowledgeable Apple nerds on the planet. His encyclopedic understanding of Macintosh computers is just a bonus, though. What makes him compelling is his quirky outlook and his reliably sharp wit. Continue reading Hey John Siracusa… Stop driving up the price of the Mac Pro!

We stare at the SpaceX spacesuit for two hours [episode 42]

Your monthly dose of Mallercast has arrived!

We talk about sitting on the couch, cool spacesuits, and ice cream trucks… Continue reading We stare at the SpaceX spacesuit for two hours [episode 42]

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]