Why people still choose Garmin over the Apple Watch

I just finished listening to the latest episode of John Gruber’s podcast, which is entitled Now Banned in China, and toward the end he wonders why anyone would choose a Garmin over an Apple Watch. There are many reasons: Continue reading Why people still choose Garmin over the Apple Watch

The best film scanners in 2017

It would be nice to tell you “Hey, this specific film scanner is the very best one you can buy in 2017. No doubt about it.” However, this isn’t possible. People have different needs. In order to determine the best film scanner for you, we’ve got to figure it out first.

Let’s take a journey through this buying process, all the way from “What’s the cheapest thing I can get?” to figuring out the best product that suits your needs. Continue reading The best film scanners in 2017

Crazy CES 2017 stuff! Faraday Future has a car + Amazon’s Alexa looms large [episode 21]

Welcome to 2017! Welcome to season 3! Here’s the new episode:

We cover talking refrigerators, smart hairbrushes, and philosophy…  Continue reading Crazy CES 2017 stuff! Faraday Future has a car + Amazon’s Alexa looms large [episode 21]

The best music streaming service in 2017

There’s a variety of music streaming services to choose from in 2017, and each one has its ups and downs. This article takes a close look at the best available options, and picks a winner.

Of course, the actual best choice for you is subjective. Your personal needs may be different than mine. But, this is my blog, not yours. My opinion is the only thing that matters around here. :)

Before we jump into it, let’s take a moment to appreciate how amazing music streaming services are. It’s incredible to have over 30 million songs in your pocket. It would be far better if the artists got paid more (and I mean substantially more). But still, never forget how amazing these services are. Continue reading The best music streaming service in 2017

Top 10 tech things in 2016 – our season two finale! [episode 20]

2016 is done. So is season two of Mallercast! Here’s episode 20:

It’s been a while since I’ve published an end-of-year list-type of post. The last time I did it was in 2011, back in the days when HP made a tablet called the Touchpad, when Netflix tried to split into two companies (one of which they named Quixter), and when Steve Jobs was still alive. It was only five years ago, but it seems like much longer. Continue reading Top 10 tech things in 2016 – our season two finale! [episode 20]

AirPods arrive (and pop out), and the DMV runs over Uber [episode 19]

It’s the first day of winter. Warm up with a toasty, new Mallercast:

We talk about dog walkers with AirPods and a guy named Chet. Continue reading AirPods arrive (and pop out), and the DMV runs over Uber [episode 19]

5 important tips for using the Amazon Echo Dot with Sonos

I own the first generation Amazon Echo Dot, and I’ve been using it since May 2016, and almost the entire time it’s been plugged into my Sonos PLAY:5 speaker. With some trial and error, I’ve cobbled together five solid tips for getting the most out of using it with Sonos. Continue reading 5 important tips for using the Amazon Echo Dot with Sonos

Amazon drone delivers popcorn! Ubers drive themselves! [episode 18]

Are you ready for drones to deliver snacks to your home?

We chat about a bunch of stuff. Sam goes to an Apple store. It’s wild! Continue reading Amazon drone delivers popcorn! Ubers drive themselves! [episode 18]

Autonomous grocery stores and the LingLong DingDong! [episode 17]

One week of December 2016 is finished, so here’s our show:

We talk about futuristic robotic grocery stores and the dead iPhones. Continue reading Autonomous grocery stores and the LingLong DingDong! [episode 17]

How to control Sonos with the Spotify app

Spotify and Sonos just made it possible to control Sonos speakers directly from the Spotify mobile app. This new integration was released today, and this blog post clearly explains how to get it all running. Continue reading How to control Sonos with the Spotify app