GSE394 Improv Tom

On episode 394 of Geekiest Show Ever, Melissa is joined by Tom Schmidt and they catch up while Elisa is moving into her new home. They discuss settling in from their own recent moves, Tom’s new kitten, fun with improv, macOS Ventura, and Mastodon. Tom shares how he’s used ChatGPT to have some fun with writing. You’ll want to tune in and hear him read his script. Check out our full show notes here https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse394-improv-tom/ Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found at https://twitter.com/elisapacelli1 and Melissa can be found at https://TheMacMommy.com/ Episode art provided by Tom Schmidt.

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Check out Tom on Scenes From A Hat

Scened From A Hat S12E2 – When a mommy pig and a daddy pig are very much in love with each other

Scenes From A Hat S12E3 – Oh I always hate that I have to take the bottom row

Follow Tom on Mastodon: @tomdar2@mas.to

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Follow Elisa @senseidai@mstdn.social

Melissa uses PicFindr, a new app from Softorino, to find images for content fast.

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GSE393 Mammoth Move

On episode 393 of Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa is getting ready to move house and Melissa has made the move to Mastodon. Check out our full show notes here https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse393-mammoth-move/ Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found at https://twitter.com/elisapacelli1 and Melissa can be found at https://TheMacMommy.com/ Episode art is by Melissa Davis.

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Listener Andrew recommended these earbuds, especially for workouts. He said: “For gym headphones I really like these: I think I got them on sale somewhere last year. They never fall out. And you can adjust the size of the tips. I like Beats because they work well with Apple products.”

Melissa recommends using memory foam tips for Apple AirPods Pro for a really comfortable fit.

Want to learn more about Zelle? Watch this video Why The Big Banks Created Zelle

Mastodon

We’ve found the best way to follow someone at the moment, is to copy the entire ID from the @ to the last letter then paste it into the search field of the Mastodon webpage where you’re viewing you account. This way it doesn’t matter which “instance” a person is on, they’ll show up in the search result.

Follow Melissa @TheMacMommy@mastodon.cloud

Follow Elisa @senseidai@mstdn.social

Melissa uses PicFindr, a new app from Softorino, to find images for content fast.

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GSE392 Recharging

On episode 392 of Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa and Melissa share updates on their newest tech and gear. Check out our full show notes here https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse392-recharging/ Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found at https://twitter.com/elisapacelli1 and Melissa can be found at https://TheMacMommy.com/ Episode art is by Melissa Davis.

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Hidrate Spark PRO Smart Water Bottle

Melissa’s on-the-go charging gear:

Anker Portable Charger, 10000mAh Power Bank with USB-C Power Delivery (25W) ~$40 This powers a HomePod mini. Melissa’s next test will be to see if she can connect her HomePod mini to her Mint mobile hotspot and use it as a travel device. The only downside to this Power Bank is a lack of pass-through charging. It’s a little hefty, but it’s made well and doesn’t overheat.

USB C Adapters (2 Pack), Anker USB C to USB Adapter High-Speed Data Transfer, USB-C to USB 3.0 Female Adapter ~$17 converts older USA-A to USB-C. Melissa uses this to connect her portable USB Apple Watch charger. This makes it so the iPhone Lighting cable and Apple Watch charger can fit plugged in next to each other using both charge ports of the Power Bank.

Here is a similar product: Anker Portable Magnetic Charger, Cordless Charger for Apple Watch with USB A Connector, [MFi Certified] ~$35

Anker USB C Charger 20W, 511 Charger (Nano), PIQ 3.0 Durable Compact Fast Charger, Anker Nano  ~$31 for 2-pack

Anker Powerline II Lightning Cable, [3ft MFi Certified] USB Charging/Sync Lightning Cord ~$14 This is a good MFI certified Lightning cable replacement that costs less than Apple’s cable.

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Melissa loves her eufy cameras. If you decide to purchase a eufy camera, use Melissa’s referral link: https://fbuy.io/eufyus/zp85rwa3

Thinking of switching to Mint Mobile? Use our refer-a-friend links: Elisa’s is http://fbuy.me/tSm4x and Melissa’s is http://fbuy.me/tRqgc

Do you like getting cash back on purchases? Use our Rakuten referral links: Melissa’s is https://www.rakuten.com/r/MELISS95892?eeid=28187 and Elisa’s is: https://www.rakuten.com/r/SENSEI13

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GSE391 Happy New Year

On episode 391 of Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa shares how she’s recharging in the new year with high-tech hydration. Melissa aims to try new tracking methods. Tune in to hear their gadget reviews. Check out full show notes here https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse391-happy-new-year/. Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found at https://twitter.com/elisapacelli1 and Melissa can be found at https://TheMacMommy.com/ Geekiest Show Ever is an independent publication and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc. Products made by Apple mentioned in this podcast are a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries and regions. Episode art is by Melissa Davis using images provided by the developers mentioned in this episode.

Links

Hidrate Spark Pro https://amzn.to/3ZiNtdJ

Mophie 4-in-1 Wireless Charging Mat https://amzn.to/3QnFYhy

Watch Faces by Facer
free and paid https://apps.apple.com/us/app/watch-faces-by-facer/id1057071179

Papercode Daily Planner https://amzn.to/3WTyLse

iPhone 13 Silicone Case https://amzn.to/3VW9hsI

(Mac) Bartender part of Setapp or $16 https://www.macbartender.com/

(Mac and iOS) Fantastical https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fantastical-calendar/id975937182?mt=12

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fantastical-calendar/id718043190

(iOS) Overcast  free w/ads or $10/yr to remove ads  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/overcast/id888422857

Calendars by Readdle https://readdle.com/calendars

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Melissa loves her eufy cameras. If you decide to purchase a eufy camera, use Melissa’s referral link: https://fbuy.io/eufyus/zp85rwa3

Thinking of switching to Mint Mobile? Use our refer-a-friend links: Elisa’s is http://fbuy.me/tSm4x and Melissa’s is http://fbuy.me/tRqgc

Do you like getting cash back on purchases? Use our Rakuten referral links: Melissa’s is https://www.rakuten.com/r/MELISS95892?eeid=28187 and Elisa’s is: https://www.rakuten.com/r/SENSEI13

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GSE390 Holiday Break Entertainment

On episode 390 of Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa and Melissa share some hardware, app and tv picks to entertain your inner geek over the holiday break. Melissa reviews her new Philips hue smart plug and shares how she’s used it to upgrade her tv. She also reviews Chill Zones, SYC PRO, and Piezo apps. Check out our full show notes here https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse390-holiday-break-entertainment/  Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found at https://twitter.com/elisapacelli1 and Melissa can be found at https://TheMacMommy.com/ Geekiest Show Ever is an independent publication and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc. Products made by Apple mentioned in this podcast are a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries and regions. Episode art is by Melissa Davis using images provided by the developers mentioned in this episode. See links for more information.

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Melissa can now control her entire living room with just her voice. It makes her very happy to have something to boss around when the kids and hubby are away!

Philips Hue Smart plug

Melissa uses audio and video downloader apps to:

  • create video screensavers
  • curate a sleep playlist that can be set to a timer using Apple Music app
  • preserve audio memories of a loved one singing songs on Smule.com

Softorino makes two YouTube downloader apps. Softorino YouTube Converter PRO (SYC PRO) has more advanced features than Softorino YouTube Converter 2, but they both worked well in Melissa’s testing when she made an aquarium screensaver for her Apple TV.

https://softorino.com/youtube-downloader-mac/

https://softorino.com/youtube-converter/

Softorino has their own app store with multiple options for licensing: https://softorino.com/store/

You can license each app individually for a monthly fee with the option to save on cost by paying annually or purchase a lifetime license. (Full disclosure: they gave me a lifetime license which I’m using to test out and review their apps then share my thoughts with you.)

Chill Zones by Filip Němeček is an app for tvOS, iOS, and iPadOS. After using SYC PRO to download the aquarium videos from YouTube, she copied them to her Photos Library then used Chill Zones to upload them to her Apple TV.

Learn more about Chill Zones and how to use it here: https://nemecek.be/pages/chill-zones

Ever wanted to download the karaoke songs you performed using Smule Sing? Well, now you can with Piezo from Rogue Amoeba. Find yours or your loved one’s songs on Smule.com then open Piezo and click record. It’s really easy.

Our TV Recommendations for Your Holiday Binge

Apple TV+

Suspicion

Blackbird

Slow Horses

Five Days at Memorial

Bad Sisters

Mythic Quest

Peacock

Ticket to Paradise

A Friend of the Family

Resident Alien

HBO

The West Wing

House of the Dragon

Barry

ShowTime

City on a Hill

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Do you like getting cash back on purchases? Use our Rakuten referral links: Melissa’s is https://www.rakuten.com/r/MELISS95892?eeid=28187 and Elisa’s is: https://www.rakuten.com/r/SENSEI13

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GSE389 Black Friday Haul

On episode 389 of Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa and Melissa share their Black Friday hauls with additional tips for saving on everyday sales. Check out our full show notes here https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse389-black-friday-haul/  Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found at https://twitter.com/elisapacelli1 and Melissa can be found at https://TheMacMommy.com/ Geekiest Show Ever is an independent publication and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc. Products made by Apple mentioned in this podcast are a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries and regions. Episode art photo by Bryan Papazov on Unsplash

Links

Digital alarm clock with USB charger

ESR Classic kickstand case for iPhone 13 and 14

https://www.decluttr.com

Flameless Candles

Snowflake Projector

Philips Hue Smart Plug

Show Us Some Love

Melissa loves her eufy cameras. If you decide to purchase a eufy camera, use Melissa’s referral link: https://fbuy.io/eufyus/zp85rwa3

Thinking of switching to Mint Mobile? Use our refer-a-friend links: Elisa’s is http://fbuy.me/tSm4x and Melissa’s is http://fbuy.me/tRqgc

Do you like getting cash back on purchases? Use our Rakuten referral links: Melissa’s is https://www.rakuten.com/r/MELISS95892?eeid=28187 and Elisa’s is: https://www.rakuten.com/r/SENSEI13

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GSE388 Geekiest Gift Guide

On episode 388 of Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa and Melissa share their Geekiest Gift Guide recommendations. Check out our full show notes here https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse388-geekiest-gift-guide/  Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found at https://twitter.com/elisapacelli1 and Melissa can be found at https://TheMacMommy.com/ Geekiest Show Ever is an independent publication and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc. Products made by Apple mentioned in this podcast are a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries and regions. Episode art photo by Jess Bailey on Unsplash

Links to Gift Ideas

Twinings Tea Bag Sampler Collection

If your car still has a 12V power socket, you can use this Anker 2-port USB-C Adapter

Veger Portable Charger for iPhone, iPad

Anker Nano 20 W USB-C Chargers, 2-Pack

Anker Portable Apple Watch Charger

Anker Magnetic Wireless Portable Charger

Mission Battery Base for HomePod Mini

Take Control Books

Battery Operated Tea Lights

LED Vanity Mirror Lights

Brori Electric Razor for Women with LED Light

Apple AirTag 4-Pack

Philips Hue Starter Kit

Philips Hue 552349 Smart Plug

PopSockets PopTop (Top only. Base Sold Separately): Swappable Top for Phone Grip Base – Tidepool Lavender

Melissa has this one and absolutely loves it. It’s a great fidget.

Flowkey – Piano Lessons

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Melissa loves her eufy cameras. If you decide to purchase a eufy camera, use Melissa’s referral link: https://fbuy.io/eufyus/zp85rwa3

Thinking of switching to Mint Mobile? Use our refer-a-friend links: Elisa’s is http://fbuy.me/tSm4x and Melissa’s is http://fbuy.me/tRqgc

Do you like getting cash back on purchases? Use our Rakuten referral links: Melissa’s is https://www.rakuten.com/r/MELISS95892?eeid=28187 and Elisa’s is: https://www.rakuten.com/r/SENSEI13

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GSE387 New Features We Like

On episode 387 of Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa and Melissa share which features of iOS16 they like best. Check out our full show notes here https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse387-new-features-we-like/. Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found at https://twitter.com/elisapacelli1 and Melissa can be found at https://TheMacMommy.com/ Geekiest Show Ever is an independent publication and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc. Products made by Apple mentioned in this podcast are a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries and regions.

Apps Mentioned

Picsew https://apps.apple.com/us/app/picsew-screenshot-stitching/id1208145167

Annotable https://apps.apple.com/us/app/annotable-annotation-markup/id1099850421

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Melissa loves her eufy cameras. If you decide to purchase a eufy camera, use Melissa’s referral link: https://fbuy.io/eufyus/zp85rwa3

Thinking of switching to Mint Mobile? Use our refer-a-friend links: Elisa’s is http://fbuy.me/tSm4x and Melissa’s is http://fbuy.me/tRqgc

Do you like getting cash back on purchases? Use our Rakuten referral links: Melissa’s is https://www.rakuten.com/r/MELISS95892?eeid=28187 and Elisa’s is: https://www.rakuten.com/r/SENSEI13

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Geekiest Show Ever is an independent publication and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc. Products made by Apple mentioned in this podcast are a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries and regions.

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GSE386 Catching Up

On episode 386 of Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa shares her latest cruise experiences. Melissa is taking piano lessons with iPad and Yamaha while illuminating her home in smart light from Phillips Hue and getting it all on camera with her new eufy pan and tilt. Check out our full show notes here https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse386-catching-up/.

You can create a MIDI connection using a Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter connected to an iPad with the Flowkey app and a supported Yamaha piano will see the device and play sound through the speakers on the piano keyboard. It will also recognize your key presses and let you know if you’ve played the correct note. Find out more about Flowkey here and how to get a free trial by registering your piano keyboard here: https://www.flowkey.com/en/yamaha

Philips Hue smart bulbs can be found here: https://www.philips-hue.com/en-us

Melissa loves her eufy cameras. If you decide to purchase a eufy camera, use Melissa’s referral link: https://fbuy.io/eufyus/zp85rwa3

Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found at https://twitter.com/elisapacelli1 and Melissa can be found at https://TheMacMommy.com/

Episode Artwork Photo by David Pisnoy on Unsplash

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GSE385 Upgrading to 1Password 8 Live

On episode 385 of Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa and Melissa discuss upgrading to 1Password 8, what is a hit and what is a miss. Check out our full show notes here https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse385-upgrading-to-1password-8-live/.

You can download versions of 1Password and learn more here: https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

Do you have questions about what you heard in this episode? Please send us your feedback. You can email us: podcast at geekiestshowever dot com. Follow us on Twitter for additional tips and conversation: https://twitter.com/GeekiestShow. We’d like to hear from you, so let us know which tech topics interest you most. Elisa can be found at https://twitter.com/elisapacelli1 and Melissa can be found at https://TheMacMommy.com/

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