NC #562 AppleCare, Robo 3D, Ember, MyScript Stylus, Belty, Urbanears, Hydrao

We get to listen to three more CES Interviews: Robo 3D Printers – a company with a social conscience, Ember Smart Mug to keep your liquids hot (or cold) and Hydrao Smart Shower Head that hopes to gamify your water usage. I mix into that an interesting story about how Dorothy almost lost $300 worth of music from iTunes but employing the “if you don’t like what Mom says, ask Dad” strategy she got all of her music back. I also do a review of the awesome MyScript Stylus “keyboard” for iOS that does on-the-fly OCR as you write by hand with a stylus or Apple Pencil. We also have a quick conversation with Bart Busschots from bartb.ie about the bruhaha that broke just recently when Adobe’s Creative Cloud installer broke Backblaze backup software.


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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 14 February 2016 and this is show number 562.

Chit Chat Across the Pond this Week

This week’s Chit Chat Across the Pond was something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I entitled it “Pretend I’m dumb about math” and in it I asked 2nd grade school teacher Cheyenne Swenson to explain what Common Core Math is, and then teach me to do arithmetic using it. I originally thought that this was going to be an opportunity to really flesh out why everyone is upset about it, but it went an entirely different direction. You can subscribe to Chit Chat Across the Pond in your podcatcher of choice, or you can go to podfeet.com/ccatp and listen right in your browser.

Blog Posts

If You Don’t Like Mom’s Answer, Ask Dad

Robo 3D Printers

CES 2016: Ember Smart Mug

Let’s take a break to talk about Affiliates

As you know I don’t have advertising right now and I’ve been encouraging you guys that whenever yo’ure going to buy something from Amazon, you start by clicking on the Amazon image on podfeet.com. Well this week I was bugging my friend Pat to buy an OSX app I haven’t reviewed yet and she said, “where’s your iTunes Affiliate link?” I had checked out Apple for affiliate links in the past and it was a huge pain because I had to create a link for every app I wrote about, so I never bothered because if an app is $1, I’d make like 2.5 cents so what’s the worth of my time for that? She explained (slowly, like to a moron), “The app you just told me to buy is $50.” Good point.

The good news, at least for me, is that Apple has some sidebar widgets that aren’t too ugly that let you simply search from within them. I put one for the App Store and one for the Mac App Store. I don’t expect you to go there for every $1 or $2 app you buy but if you’re going to buy something a little more hefty, let’s say in the $7 on up range, it would be swell if you searched for it from podfeet.com once in a while. I just did my taxes and it’s apparent that I do need the revenue to step up a bit more, so thanks for anything you can do to help the show.

MyScript Stylus: Real Time Handwriting Recognition for iOS

CES 2016: Urbanears Sports Headphones

Bart BackBlaze vs. Adobe Creative Suite – No blog post, just a quick audio submission on how Adobe broke BackBlaze backup software

CES 2016: Hydrao Smart Shower Head

That’s going to wind this up for this week. Don’t forget to send in your Dumb Questions, comments and suggestions by emailing me at allison@podfeet.com, follow me on twitter @podfeet. Check out the NosillaCast Google Plus Community at podfeet.com/googplus and the Facebook Group at podfeet.com/facebook. If you want to join in the fun of the live show, head on over to podfeet.com/live on Sunday nights at 5pm Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways. Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.

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