Hi, this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Apple Podcast, hosted at Podfeet.com, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Apple bias. Today is Sunday, January 12, 2020, and this is show number 766. We’re back from CES and as a result, we’ve got a MASSIVE show for you.
My goal at CES isn’t to cover the giant TVs or car tech or anything big at all. You have CNET for that. I look for things in several categories. I look for things that solve a problem that might be unusual. For example, one of my favorite things I found was a smart lobster trap. I also look for the super practical, you need to buy this thing right now kind of device. If I see something interesting in the accessibility category, you know I’m all over it. Finally, I’m not shying away from things that appeal to the female audience. I couldn’t quite get myself to do interviews about smart makeup mirrors but there are some interviews here and there that are for the ladies.
Steve produces all of the interviews as video so you can see these things in action, and then he exports the audio for the podcast. We don’t want to swamp out the normal content with too much of CES so we’ll be parsing these out at about 4 per week, depending on their relative lengths. It’s hard to decide the order because so many of them are fantastic. As I say each year, Steve puts a tremendous amount of work into these videos and my life gets significantly easier for the first few months of the year!
This week we’ll have four of these interviews, and I’m going to intermingle in a recording from Kaylee that sets up one of the interviews, and we’ve got a review by Allister Jenks and as if that isn’t enough, we’ve got Security Bits with Bart Busschots this week! So go find yourself some heavy traffic to sit in, or maybe mow the entire back forty like you’ve been meaning to for a long time, or book a transoceanic flight, because we’ve got the content for you today!
Chit Chat Across the Pond
This week’s Chit Chat Across the Pond is with Bart Busschots but it’s a Lite episode, not an installment of Programming By Stealth. Bart returns to the Lite feed to give us an update on the health tech he is still using and the new health tech he’s purchased recently. Of course, bike tech fits into the health category as cycling has helped him to go from an overweight young man with a weight-related critical condition to a very fit and healthy young man. From there he talks about more traditional health tech, such as blood pressure monitoring, sleep monitoring, thermometers and more.
You can find this episode in your Chit Chat Across the Pond Lite feed, and as always you can listen over at podfeet.com
I rarely tell you to listen to other people’s podcasts, but I’m going to make an exception just this once. Dave Hamilton had the developer of Carbon Copy Cloner, Mike Bombich on the Mac Geek Gab this week. He didn’t have Mike on to talk about his software, rather to explain how the new Apple file system, APFS, has repercussions most of us (including Dave) hadn’t really thought about. For example, did you know that if you duplicate large files, and then back up your system to external media that’s larger than your internal disk, you could actually be creating a backup you can’t migrate back to your internal drive? It’s a bit of a nerdy episode, but these repercussions could hit you whether you’re nerdy or not! It’s a fantastic episode and I highly recommend it. Check out Dissecting APFS and macOS Catalina with Mike Bombich – Mac Geek Gab 796.
Let’s start up by listening to Kaylee on her latest frustration.
The Acouva headphones are very much in the prototyping stage right now, and in fact Amy told us after we finished recording that they’re working on the tooling right now. One more thing. Joe asked her after the interview how long the batteries will last in the charging case, and she said 2 years. So I’m afraid that even with this innovative method to give us replaceable battery earbuds, we’ll still have a dead product after the same 2 years. For AirPods, Apple does sell replacement cases for $59 for the non-wireless version, $69 for the wireless one, and $89 for the AirPods Pro case.
When we were at one of the press events, Neha Joshi recognized me from our YouTube videos and told me that she really enjoys our CES coverage. She explained that she had a product at CES as well, and asked if we could stop by her booth. I’m glad we did!
This next interview was in our top 5 of CES. It’s not just because the products are awesome, but also because of something awesome that happened in the middle of the interview. You’ll be able to understand from listening, but you might also want to go back and watch the video we’ve put on podfeet.com afterward to get how funny this all was.
Allister Jenks is here with a review of a product he’s moved to in order to divorce himself from the clutches of Adobe for photo editing and cataloging.
Frank Petrie, aka @wheels in the chat room asked us if we’d check out the Segway S-Pod at CES. It was a fun interview but this is definitely a future device, not something that would be at all practical in today’s world but maybe a future smart city.
Support the Show
I mentioned that one of my criteria for interviews was to find practical things at CES that you might actually want to buy. The good news is that as we release the recordings, I’ll be putting Amazon Affiliate Links to any of the currently available products. If you do decide that any of the products we talk about sound like something you need or want, I’d love it if you’d use the provided links. This way, if you buy the product, or anything else on Amazon while you’re there, a small percentage of what you spend will go towards funding the production of the Podfeet Podcasts. Each little bit is pretty small but because so many of you are awesome about using the Amazon Affiliate Links, it adds up to real money and it doesn’t cost you a dime. We now return to our regularly-scheduled programming.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, follow me on twitter @podfeet. Remember, everything good starts with podfeet.com/. podfeet.com/patreon, podfeet.com/paypal, podfeet.com/facebook, podfeet.com/slack! And 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.