AwesomeCast 257: I Don’t Want a Smart Home, I Want a Wise Home

Awesomecast-257This week on Awesomecast 257, we talk awesome things in technology, including:

  • Katie shows us you don’t need to be high-tech to be a techie. And, Mike joins us to show that hippies can be hip to tech, too!
  • allows you to grab videos from the net. We don’t condone stealing video but we want to be able to access it offline.
  • Checking out Jewelbots – programmable friendship bracelet that teaches coding (including flying a drone!). Great geek tech for girls.
  • Yes, we are talking about The Grateful Dead on this week’s episode. Tune in to find out how they fit into tech talk.
  • Katie is showing us HopSkipDrive – Uber for kids that parents can track with GPS and a camera. Solution for the busy parent?
  • It’s #AmazonPrimeDay. How have you celebrated the day?
  • Wired article talks about the Grateful Dead wall of sound and tech pioneering
  • Shoutout to our Patreon supporter: @ThistleSea!
  • Katie shares a CMU-grad-developed app Witness, an app that broadcasts location, audio and video to protect with a touch of a button.
  • We’re also talking about a similar app, the ACLU Mobile Justice. With all the public situations going on, it’s good to utilize tech.
  • For the price of HBO Now, you can finally get some cable free TV through Comcast’s Stream. (Sorry, you need Comcast service to subscribe.)
  • Did you know Microsoft updated Xbox Music with free streaming for tracks stored on OneDrive?
  • Looks like Amazon Echo now supports wink-controlled smart home hardware!
  • Chilla discussing home automation with Siri and Alexa. Scary just HOW easy it really would be.
  • Tomorrow is Amazon Prime Day. But, the competition is stepping up. Black Friday in July.
  • Presidential candidates on SnapChat. Tee hee.
  • We’re discussing the privacy talk at DEF CON canceled under questionable circumstances.

After the show remember to:

Eat at Slice on Broadway if you are in the Pittsburgh area! It is Awesome! (

Follow these awesome people on Twitter: John Chichilla (@chilla), Katie Dudas (@kdudders), Mike Pound (@unclecrappy), and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron).

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