st1802: New Robo Call Protections and other reasons I switched to T-Mobile [Podcast]

I hate phone scams. But I REALLY hate them on my mobile phone. T-Mobile has some new technology to try and minimize those pesky robocalls and it might be the best deal going in the US as far as features for the price (depending on where you live.)


st1801: Your Phone Knows Your Every Move!

I always feel like somebody's watching me - shout out to Rockwell

Modern smart phones, specifically Apple and Android phones, record our every move using highly accurate GPS.  They use this information to provide a variety of services including mapping and location based reminders. But how secure is this information?  Is your privacy at risk?  Is there any way to shut this down?  All of this and more is explored on this episode of SmartTech.

As you heard in the podcast, location tracking can be useful for many services and it is very secure on Apple devices.  But if you want to shut off that feature, here is how you do it on Apple and Android devices:

Apple Devices

  1. Click “Settings”
  2. Go to “Privacy”
  3. Select “Location Services”
  4. Scroll down to “System Services”
  5. Choose “Frequent Locations” to see the logged record of where you’ve been. De-select this to turn it off.

You can also clear your history here by clicking “Clear History.”

Android Devices

  1. Open the App Drawer and go to “Settings”
  2. Scroll down and tap “Location”
  3. Scroll down and tap “Google Location Settings”
  4. Tap “Location Reporting” and “Location History” and switch the slider to off for each one.
  5. To delete your device’s location cache, tap “Delete Location History” at the bottom of the screen under “Location History.”
  6. Repeat this process for each Google Account you have on your Android device.

Your Phone Knows Your Every Move!

st1719: 2017 – 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.  2017 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.

Illustration provided by Pond5


st1718: 10 Great Apple Watch Apps You Should be Using [Podcast]

The Apple watch. It makes us all Dick Tracy. (If you don’t know who he is, Google it!)  If you own one, we will help you use it efficiently by reviewing 10 (maybe 11) apps. If you are NOT an Apple watch user and wonder what this is all about, you can find your answers here.


st1712: Is Disney Spying on your Children? [Podcast]

Keeping your children safe on line

The Walt Disney company has been slapped with a lawsuit alleging violation of COPPA. This law says that companies can not collect personal information on children without permission from their parents. In 42 identified apps, Disney may be violating that law. What does this mean, how do you protect your child’s privacy? We explore this and more in this episode.

Here is the full list of the apps in the lawsuit:


“Beauty and the Beast”

“Perfect Match”

“Cars Lightening League”

“Club Penguin Island”

“Color by Disney”

“Disney Color and Play”

“Disney Crossy Road”

“Disney Dream Treats”

“Disney Emoji Blitz”

“Disney Gif”

“Disney Jigsaw Puzzle!”

“Disney LOL”

“Disney Princess: Story Theater”

“Disney Store Become”

“Disney Story Central”

“Disney’s Magic Timer by Oral-B”

“Disney Princess: Charmed Adventures”

“Dodo Pop”

“Disney Build It Frozen”

“DuckTales: Remastered”

“Frozen Free Fall”

“Frozen Free Fall: Icy Shot”

“Good Dinosaur Storybook Deluxe”

“Inside Out Thought Bubbles”

“Maleficent Free Fall”

“Miles from Tomorrowland: Missions”

“Moana Island Life”

“Olaf’s Adventures”

“Palace Pets in Whisker Haven”

“Sofia the First Color and Play”

“Sofia the First Secret Library”

“Star Wars: Puzzle DroidsTM”

“Star WarsTM: Commander”

“Temple Run: Oz”

“Temple Run: Brave”

“The Lion Guard”

“Toy Story: Story Theater”

“Where’s My Water?”

“Where’s My Mickey?”

“Where’s My Water? 2”

“Where’s My Water? Lite/Where’s My Water? Free”

“Zootopia Crime Files: Hidden Object”