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

Episode 256 · July 14th, 2015 · 1 hr 18 mins

About this Episode

This 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 Hop Skip Drive - Uber for kids that parents can track with GPS and a camera. Solution for the busy parent?
It's Amazon Prime Day. 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.
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