st1701: 2016 – A SmartTech Year in Review [Podcast]

It is amazing how, when a year comes to an end, we tend to forget all of the things that have happened.  2016 has been a crazy year in a lot of ways, but it has been a diverse technology related year.  So in this episode I review some of the technological events of note through the eyes of the SmartTech podcast.  Be sure to share your favorite technology related events or gadgets in our comment section or on our Facebook page.

Road sign with 2016-2017 change on white background represents the new 2017, three-dimensional rendering

Illustration provided by Pond5

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st1624: 5 Tech Related Gifts You Should Definitely Avoid this Holiday Season [Podcast]

Last episode I gave you my best picks for tech gifts this year. But what about what NOT to buy! Bad tech not only makes for a disappointing Christmas, it can be deadly. So I turned to Selena Larson at CNN Money for her input on tech related gifts to avoid.

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st1623: I’m Dreaming of a Tech Christmas [Podcast]

Our top 10 gift pics for the tech-head in your life

Merry Christmas, Today we want to share our top 10 technology gift picks for that someone special, or yourself, in your life.  If you like our choices, or are purchasing on Amazon, please use our affiliate links below to purchase.  This helps keep SmartTech on the air!

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Pixel Phone by Google

Apple iPhone 7

Apple Watch

Microsoft Surface Studio

iPad Pro

 

st1622: Technology and the Election of Donald Trump [Podcast]

How Technology helped Hillary Clinton lose the Election

The world just experienced an American election like it never had before. Despite all the scientific polling, the consistent pounding of the main stream media and social media, and damning tweets from the candidate himself, Donald Trump achieved a sweeping victory of the electoral college and took the White House from the Heir Apparent Hillary Clinton.

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“How do I turn this thing on?” (Reuters/Carlos Barria)

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Technology played a critical role in the outcome. In this episode we look at 8 tech related areas that may have helped put Trump over the top: alternate media sources, social media, easy distribution of food for the conspiracy theorists, instant access everywhere, constant bombardment, access to details and the ability to ignore them, fear of retaliation, photos of everything-everywhere.

What do you think?  Join the conversation in the comments below.

Courtesy of Politico

Courtesy of Politico

st1621: Free is Bad for Business [Podcast]

Stu McLaren Explains "You Get What You Pay For"

In this episode we review Stu McLaren’s argument that if you give too much away for free, especially technology on the internet, you ultimately diminish  the value of the technology  and cause it to languish.

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Stu McLaren’s original article

Michael Hyatt – Virtual Mentor