Megan Morrone joins us today. Megan is the host of iOS Today with Leo LaPorte and host of Tech News Today with Jason Howell on the TWiT network. She’s got the new, shiny iPhone 8 Plus so I asked her on to tell us what she thinks about it. Megan talks about how the glass back feels, the fun she’s been having with Portrait lighting and how she hasn’t even tried the 4K 60fps video yet. She give us a tip for wireless charging that she saw on iMore – the Seneo Qi Wireless Charging Stand. iMore’s discount code has expired, but it’s only $19 on Amazon.
Megan talks about her identical twin sons and their plans to mess with Leo’s iPhone X when he gets it. She talks about the significant speed bump she noticed with the new A11 bionic chip. Megan brought an interesting perspective to the iPhone price points; talking about how you can get a good iPhone for only $350 (the SE) and a good iPad for only $329.
I asked the fabulous Joe Dugandzic to come back on the show to talk us through the comprehensive HomeKit compatible product guide he created. For a long time there weren’t a lot of HomeKit devices to enjoy but now that the market is filling up, having a really well organized page with all of the options is very valuable.
Joe has organized the page into categories rather than by vendor. He’s got lighting, outlets and sockets, wall dimmers & switches, security devices like locks and cameras, thermostats, ceiling fans and shades, fire and smoke detectors, specialized sensors like for air quality and water leaks, sand even smart buttons (which I think are dumb actually).
If you’re not of the HomeKit persuasion, every device on his site has a code for whether it’s also compatible with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, and he designates if it works in countries with 240 volt power or just 120. He also links to any video reviews he’s done on his YouTube channel at YouTube.com/smarterhomelife. With all this to go through, it’s a long show because I asked so many questions of Joe!
This week’s guest is Patrick Beja, host of The Phileas Club, Le Rendévous Tech, and Pixel, all fine podcasts over at FrenchSpin.com. We talk about how France is marketing their technology worldwide, what the government is doing to encourage tech companies to bring business to France, and how education folds into the equation. We might also get a bit off topic discussing French food and sewing, but as are all conversations with Patrick, it’s a delightful show. You can find Patrick on Twitter @NotPatrick.
Two weeks ago in episode #495 of Chit Chat Across the Pond, Rod Simmons joined us to talk about electric vehicles. Based on how passionate he is about the subject, we planned ahead to take a break and come back with the second half. In part two we talk about some of the small, but significant advances in autonomy have already creeped into our cars and how they’re helping to keep us safer. We also ponder why automation and electric vehicles seem to go hand in hand. Rod talks about a cool driving class for teens that teaches them how to respond in difficult conditions. Learn more at PutOnTheBrakes.org. Then Rod talks about some specific car models he’s been tracking in his pursuit of the perfect electric vehicle. You can find Rod (and harangue him about the topic) at smrpodcast.com.
This week our guest is Bart Busschots, but this isn’t a heavy lifting episode. Instead Bart’s going to tell us about three apps he’s just acquired on the advice of the NosillaCastaways and about which he’s really excited. He’s going to write blog posts about them soon, so keep an eye on this post to see the links to them. He’s going to tell us about Yoink fro the Mac, and MultiTimer and Due for iOS.
In this first of a two-part series on electric vehicles, we’re joined by passionate EV-fanatic Rod Simmons of the SMR Podcast. In part 1, Rod helps us understand the difference between the different types of vehicles from hybrid to plug-in hybrid to plug-in EVs. Rod explains how he analyzes his driving (using Excel and pivot tables) to figure out what kind of an EV he should get. He’ll talk about maximum range vs. how far do you really drive. Stay tuned for part 2 where we’ll talk about specific cars and about some of the autonomous features that you often will find in electric vehicles.
This week our guest is Kelly Guimont. Kelly is a contributing editor to the Mac Observer and also a volunteer at App Camp for Girls, a program that introduces iOS programming to girls in grades 7-9. We talk about how a 3rd grade teacher asking her to crawl under a desk to plug in an Apple ][e turned her into the computer nerd she is today. She explains why you need a duck to be a programmer and a hula hoop to teach girls to code.
If you’d like to help out App Camp for Girls, go to appcamp4girls.com and look for the contribute button. Lend your time or give your money or buy some swag! If you’d like to follow Kelly you can find her @verso.
This week our guest on Chit Chat Across the Pond Lite is Peter Wells, who writes for the Sydney Morning Herald – and is a semi-regular guest on DTNS. Peter was asked to attend WWDC by Apple and in that capacity had amazing access to Apple engineers to ask the right questions. We talked about the new iMac screen (1 BILLION colors) and whether you can tell the difference, whether Kaby Lake processors matter in desktops, where the speed of the new SSDs might matter, and about VR/AR and graphics cards. He gives us his views on the new 10.5″ iPad Pro and whether it’s worth double the price of the iPad nothing. Peter is very bullish on iOS 11 and how it will affect the iPad market.
You can follow Peter on Twitter @peterwells and here are links to Peter’s recent articles in the Sydney Morning Herald about WWDC:
Just about a year ago Bart Busschots came on the show to talk about how he was using tech to become fit and healthy. He’s back with a “one year on” report of his success and to talk both about the tech and some philosophical perspective on why this path worked for him. Plus, he says I was right. Check out his full blog post on the subject at: Getting Fit with Tech – One Year On : Bart Busschots.
On Tom Merritt’s Daily Tech News Show a while back, he mentioned an article about how the Oak Ridge National Laboratory had developed an ultrasonic clothes dryer that would eliminate the need for heat. I thought it was really cool so I tweeted about it. I got a response back from a NosillaCastaway, Bruce Wilson, who is the Chief Technology Officer for Information Technology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He’s a fascinating guy with a background in chemistry and IT (and with an every so slight Apple bias).