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Practical Technology News, Advice and ScreenCasts

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Practical Technology News, Advice and ScreenCasts

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st1715: Everything we learned about creating safe passwords is WRONG! [Podcast]

10/10/2017
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The guy who years ago worked out rules for safely password protecting your files and websites just announced he was wrong! Now what??? We explore his revelation on this episode.

Duration: 00:12:17


st1714: Jobs that No Longer Exist Because of Technology [Podcast]

9/18/2017
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Back in 2010, then Secretary of Education, Richard Riley said, "The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004." With all the new jobs, some jobs had to change dramatically or even become obsolete. In this episode we talk about jobs that no longer exist, in a large part due to technology.

Duration: 00:27:38


st1709: 10 Ways Social Media can Mess with your Life! [Podcast]

9/3/2017
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Social Media has become an integrated into most activities by so many people. But have we really thought through its effect on our lives? In this episode I go through 10 pitfalls to watch out for if you are going to be a user of social media. Do you have problems with any of these? Leave a comment in the comment section below.

Duration: 00:10:19


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

8/14/2017
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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: "AvengersNet" "Beauty and the Beast" "Perfect Match" "Cars Lightening League"...

Duration: 00:18:24


st1711: Are you Smarter than Your Luggage? Bluesmart Unveils it’s new Product Line

7/9/2017
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Bluesmart came out with the world's first smart luggage! A carry on with a lot of high tech abilities. Well over 2 years later, they have done it again. They have updated their software and electronics, and created a smart luggage system. In this episode we talk about what smart luggage is and if you really need it. We also explore the features in the new luggage set and make some recommendations. By the way, if you decide you'd like to purchase one piece or the entire set, click HERE to...

Duration: 00:18:13


st1710: Keeping Up Appearances [Podcast]

6/19/2017
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Don't let social media make you miserable Surprise! What you read on line is not always true. In fact, social media makes a lot of us miserable. In this episode of Smart Tech we explore the ramifications of social media and how you can use it in a way that allows you to keep your mental health.

Duration: 00:11:35


st1709: I Just WannaCry! [Podcast]

5/22/2017
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Have you ever just needed a good cry? Well the people experiencing the "Wannacry" virus are probably feeling that way right now. Wannacry is ransomware. It encrypts an infected computer's hard drive and attempts to sell an encryption key to its victims for a cost of $300 to start and then the cost escalates quickly the longer the victim waits to pay. In this episode we talk about the insidiousness of such ransomware and how you can protect yourself. Wanakiwi - possible WannaCry fix...

Duration: 00:21:47


st1708: Solving Crime One Smart Phone at a Time [Podcast]

5/7/2017
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Tracking apps are becoming more useful in helping the police solve crimes. In this episode we explore a specific case and talk about how you might want to set up your own phone. How to Track Your Lost or Stolen Android Phone How to Set Up and use Find My iPhone

Duration: 00:09:27


st1707: Internet Users Beware! This may not be the website you think it is

4/24/2017
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Hackers are at it again and this hack is pretty smart. They trick your browser into thinking the internet address they are looking for is in a foreign language while displaying the address in familiar looking English characters. How do they do this? Find out in this episode of SmartTech. For more information check out the article at arstechnica.com Firefox users can protect themselves by: 1. Enter "about:config" in the address bar and agreeing to the displayed warning. 2. Enter "punycode"...

Duration: 00:18:50


st1706: You CAN take it with you! (syncing your life across your devices) [Podcast]

3/28/2017
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The more devices we use, the more the need to sync our files to more than one device. As the price drops, and the speed and reliability of cloud storage increases, cloud storage becomes a great answer. Today we talk about the big 4 storage sync solutions and which ones work best for which situations. Photo courtesy of Google G-Suite Here are some links from the show:

Duration: 00:30:35


st1705: Great Resources for Learning About Tech [Podcast]

3/13/2017
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Believe it or not, the SmartTech studio is still in construction and so this week we are presenting a "Best of" SmartTech! Photo Courtesy of Pond5 It may seem a bit strange to my podcast to talk about other podcasts. But as a teacher, this is how I got better at teaching about Tech. Why reinvent the wheel so to speak? So I want to recommend places on the web where I have learned a lot of things about Technology. Below are links to the websites I talk about during today's episode. Google...

Duration: 00:17:24


st1704: Twitter Changes How They Do Their Timeline [Podcast]

2/19/2017
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Twitter was always "What you see it what you get" but no more. Twitter has decided to more closely control what you see on your timeline. What does this mean for you and will you still have access to the tweets you most want to see? Find out in this episode.

Duration: 00:13:48


st1703: Building a Studio in your Home [Podcast]

1/31/2017
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In this episode I walk you through the thought process on converting a bedroom and a bathroom in a 75 year old house to an office/studio/guest-room. Roxul Insulation UpDesk Standing Desks

Duration: 00:25:37


st1702: What the Heck is Technology Anyway?

1/19/2017
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As the new year begins, we explore the demise of SnapChat and talk about what technology is exactly and what to look forward to in the future. Technology: The application of knowledge and the use of resources to meet human needs and solve problems.

Duration: 00:28:11


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

12/30/2016
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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. Illustration provided by Pond5

Duration: 00:25:51


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

12/19/2016
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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.

Duration: 00:08:05


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

12/5/2016
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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! Pixel Phone by Google Apple iPhone 7 Apple Watch Microsoft Surface Studio iPad Pro

Duration: 00:39:58


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

11/14/2016
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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) Technology played a critical role in the outcome. In this episode we look at 8 tech...

Duration: 00:25:59


st1621: Free is Bad for Business [Podcast]

10/29/2016
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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. Stu McLaren's original article Michael Hyatt - Virtual Mentor

Duration: 00:12:47


st1620: 5 Big Announcements from Google [Podcast]

10/9/2016
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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? The Verge Google Pixel event article

Duration: 00:13:41

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