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.

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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.

“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.

get what you pay for, freemium, free software
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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

st1618: Tappecue-The Next Generation of Digital Thermometers is Here! [Podcast]

My newest favorite digital thermometer is called the Tappecue.  It has 4 independent ports and will report moment by moment temperatures to my iPhone or Android over the internet.  Yes, I can now start something cooking or smoking, leave my house, and monitor my cook from anywhere I need to go.  This is cool! Learn all about it in this episode.

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Tappecue Website

Traeger Pellet Grill Episode

iGrill Episode