Funny story about Shannon’s website, Google Trips, Note 7 Recall, Wearing AirPods [episode 7]

NICE! This week’s episode of Mallercast is up! Listen here:

Here’s a link to Shannon’s side business, which is currently not active, but it will be back again soon… babini.co Continue reading Funny story about Shannon’s website, Google Trips, Note 7 Recall, Wearing AirPods [episode 7]

Amazon aims for domination with the 2nd Gen Echo Dot

When Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone in 2007, he unveiled several major innovations  but the multitouch interface was by far the most important. It redefined the possibilities of mobile tech. Seven years later, Amazon debuted a product that may have an equally impressive input innovation. However, instead of being a sleek handheld gadget, it was a stark, voice-activated speaker.

Initially, the Amazon Echo was greeted with befuddlement and indifference. Like seeing a smartphone that lacked a hardware keyboard for the first time, a speaker that listened and spoke was a puzzling novelty. Continue reading Amazon aims for domination with the 2nd Gen Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot review, Siri vs. Alexa, iOS 10 impressions [episode 6]

It’s Thursday, so naturally a new episode of Mallercast is up!

We had two special guests this week: Alexa and Siri! Hear them go head to head, to see which one can correctly bray like a zebra. Continue reading Amazon Echo Dot review, Siri vs. Alexa, iOS 10 impressions [episode 6]

The new iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and the Exploding Samsung Note 7 [episode 5]

Episode 5 of Mallercast is alive! Get our impression of the new iPhone 7, the Apple Watch Series 2, if frozen Lender’s bagels are any good, wireless AirPods, exploding Samsung phones and Facebook satellites:

Continue reading The new iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and the Exploding Samsung Note 7 [episode 5]

My first experience recording a “double ender” podcast

I recently launched my first weekly podcast, and in preparation I planned and scheduled the first six episodes  intentionally arranging a remote guest on the fourth show. I did this because I wanted to establish an natural rhythm between myself and my regular co-host for the first three episodes, and because I was wary of the “double ender” process. I needed more time to research. Continue reading My first experience recording a “double ender” podcast

More Extraterrestrials, Instagram Stories, Another View of Gawker [episode 4]

The fourth episode of Mallercast is up! This week we have a special guest, accomplished photographer Bryan Formhals…

Here’s the New York Times’ piece on Bryan’s photography:

Continue reading More Extraterrestrials, Instagram Stories, Another View of Gawker [episode 4]

How to use the Amazon Echo Dot with Sonos

The Amazon Echo Dot is a tiny gadget that acts as a digital assistant for your home. What makes it special is that it doesn’t have any screens  it’s controlled entirely with your voice. If you have a Sonos sound system, you can connect the Echo Dot to it, giving you reliable voice control of music, web searches, and a lot more. You get the best of both worlds: Amazon’s excellent voice interface and the great sound quality of Sonos. Continue reading How to use the Amazon Echo Dot with Sonos

New Earth-like Planet, End of Gawker, Nest Review [episode 3]

The third episode of Mallercast is up! Give it a listen:

Here’s the link to learn more about Proxima b, the new Earth-like planet that’s as close as it could possibly be… Continue reading New Earth-like Planet, End of Gawker, Nest Review [episode 3]

Elon Saves the Universe [episode 2]

Woo-hoo! The second episode of Mallercast is up! Listen to it here:

Check out the show notes below to see a rocket ship take off (and land), drool over a beautiful picture of the Tesla Model 3, see the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that everyone loves, find out how you can leave Listener Feedback, and learn how to rate us 5 stars on iTunes. Check it out! Continue reading Elon Saves the Universe [episode 2]

Endearingly frustrating: A review of the Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen)

I’ve had the 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat installed in my home for the past four months, and now I want to share my experience with this sleek, sexy, and slightly frustrating gadget.

If you don’t have time for a long review, here’s a quick one:

Overall, I’m satisfied.

It’s not perfect, but it’s far better than any other thermostat I’ve ever encountered. My wife is less enthusiastic  but she hasn’t ripped it out of the wall yet. Continue reading Endearingly frustrating: A review of the Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen)