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

st1620: 5 Big Announcements from Google [Podcast]

The Google Pixel Event

Google recently held their Pixel event.  Not quite an Apple spectacular, but the did have 5 solid announcements at the event.  In this episode I will cover those 5 announcements.  Are they for you?

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The Verge Google Pixel event article

st1619: How to Unlock a Padlock without a Key or a Combination

Master Lock Bluetooth Keyless Padlock 4400 Series Review

It seems like we are using bluetooth for everything today.  How about unlocking a padlock?  Master Lock has released the 4400 series of padlocks which know when you are near and authorized to open the lock and let you gain access without a physical key.  But what happens when the battery fails or what happens if you don’t have your phone?  We answer those questions and more in this episode.

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