In this week’s episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond I asked Cheyenne Swenson, 2nd grade teacher at Gallatin Elementary School in Southern California, to come on the show and explain Common Core Math to me. This is a challenging episode because my arithmetic skills were stunted by New Math in the 1960s. Cheyenne explains how she thought this was some crazy new fad when it started but that now she’s a believer because she’s seen kids really “getting” math in a way they never did before and she even enjoys teaching it.
There are two things about which I’m not fond: third-party keyboards on iOS and handwriting. I’m about to tell you that I’ve changed my mind on both of these things.
Last week on the SMR Podcast, Robb Dunewood brought up the SwiftKey keyboard. I mentioned how lame third-party keyboards were implemented by Apple on iOS, but for grins and giggles, I installed SwiftKey again on my iPad. I’m sure SwiftKey is lovely but on iOS you keep getting kicked in and out of it, or it doesn’t work on some things so you have to get out of it and back in. It’s still a mess so I stopped using SwiftKey yet again.
When Tracey Baucells on Twitter suggested another third party keyboard, I was skeptical. She tagged me as an Apple Pencil pusher in her Tweet so my curiosity on what the Pencil and a keyboard would have to do with each other overcame my skepticism. Read More
Good friend of the show, (and personal friend of mine), Dorothy, is an extremely methodical person. Unlike me, she does not jump willy nilly into a new operating system when it comes out. She gives it a few months and lets the crazy people figure out what’s broken and only after the angst dies down does she even consider upgrading.
She found herself in the enviable position of getting to replace her spinning hard drive in her 2009 iMac with a 1TB SSD that just happened to be lying around the house. Her husband Marc loves hardware and was itching to pull that glass off and give her this upgrade. She figured this might be a good opportunity to do some serious housecleaning, so she decided to do a clean install on the new SSD. If she was doing a clean install, me might as well finally take the leap to El Capitan. Read More
Allison interviews Ernesto Villalpando from Solos about their new smart eyewear for cycling. Solos are designed for elite cyclists, trainers and coaches to maximize real-time data without compromising the human mechanics of riding. Solos combines the power of mobile devices and state-of-the-art lightweight smart glasses so that riders can tap their full potential. Solos will be available by June, 2016. The setting is the CES Pepcom Digital Experience show floor in the Mirage hotel.
Allison interviews Gabriel Della-Monica from Smart and Blue about their new Hydrao smart shower head. The Hydrao indicates when you’ve exceeded the amount of water you’ve set by blinking colored lights on the shower head. The accompanying Hydrao mobile app allows you to set your desired water usage for each shower and to see your water usage levels per day, month, or year. Hydro is available now in France and will be available in the U.S. in September 2016. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor in the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Allison interviews Sabrina Krim from Urbanears about their new colorful sports headphones. Sabrina shows Allison their Hellas model that are over-ear headphones with Bluetooth connectivity to your mobile device. Hellas headphones have a detachable headband and detachable ear cups to make them easy to wash for the active wearer. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor in the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Hi this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Mac Podcast, hosted at Podfeet.com, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Macintosh bias. Today is Sunday 7 February 2016 and this is show number 561. This week we have reviews from George from Tulsa and Victor Cajaio, I’m going to tell you about a service to make any text article into a podcast, we’ll hear about Ditto for wearable notifications, I’ll review the Smartbean to turn any headphones into Bluetooth devices, and to get you to listen till the end of the show, I’ll tell you about my new PC! After that Bart Busschots joins us to talk Security Bits with a special section on this “Error 53” thing that’s been causing some hand wringing about bricked iPhones.
Buckle up everyone – in this Installment of Programming By Stealth, Bart will dig in deep on explaining how to position the blocks we’ve learned about before onto our web page using CSS. It’s a tough hill to climb but Bart stays patient with me till I THINK I’ve got it!
Allison interviews Carine Coulm from Belty about their new line of Good Vibes belts. Belty Good Vibes communicates through vibrations that help you take immediate actions in real-time to improve your wellness. Suggested activities include increasing your walking pace, drinking more water and even taking a power nap along with several others. Belty is equipped with a mobile app that provides daily feedback. The app allows you to customize activities based on your preferences. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor in the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Allison interviews Clayton Alexander from Ember about their new smart mug. Ember will heat up or cool down your beverage to reach a temperature that you set by twisting the bottom of the mug. It also displays the actual temperature of your beverage on the front of the mug and will maintain your desired temperature for two hours on the go or all day when used with its charging coaster. Ember is a connected device that can be used on its own or with Ember’s smartphone or smartwatch app. Ember will be available in May, 2016. The setting is the CES Pepcom Digital Experience show floor in the Mirage hotel.