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

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]

The new Amazon Echo Show + Tesla Solar Roof pricing [episode 35]

Whoops! We didn’t mean to take last week off. We’re back now:

We chat about the new Amazon Echo Show and Tesla roofing… Continue reading The new Amazon Echo Show + Tesla Solar Roof pricing [episode 35]