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

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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Check the Apple Security Updates page to see if your Apple gear is up to date.

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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GSE371 Useful Utilities

On episode 371 of Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa and Melissa share their favorite Mac utilities with the most beautiful interfaces. Melissa attended an outdoor festival and shares what she learned about high-tech wristbands. We’ll have links to the apps and resources we discussed in our full show notes which you can check out here: https://www.geekiestshowever.com/gse371-useful-utilities/ ‎ Episode Artwork Credit: Melissa Davis

Setapp from MacPaw: https://setapp.com

MacPaw, a developer founded in Kyiv, Ukraine, makes *amazing* software. We want to show our support, so please read the MacPaw blog for more information on how you can also #StandWithUkraine https://macpaw.com/blog

Bartender from Surtees Studios: https://www.macbartender.com (also available on Setapp: https://setapp.com/apps/bartender)

Due app from Due: https://www.dueapp.com/

Folder Colorizer for Mac from Softorino: https://softorino.com/how-to-change-folder-color-on-mac/

https://softorino.com/faq/universal-license/ (Compare this lifetime license with a monthly subscription if you find similar apps in other software store catalogs.)

CleanMyMac X from MacPaw: https://macpaw.com/cleanmymac (or use Melissa’s affiliate link here)

iMazing from DigiDNA https://imazing.com

Omni Discsweeper from Omnigroup https://www.omnigroup.com/more

1Password from 1Password: https://www.1password.com/

SuperDuper! from ShirtPocket https://shirtpocket.com

Dropbox from Dropbox https://www.dropbox.com/plans

Push Mic Control from Jose Antonio Jimenez Campos: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/push-mic-control-a-push-to-talk-ptt-manager/id1155850258?mt=12

iGlasses from eCamm https://www.ecamm.com/mac/iglasses/

Call Recorder from eCamm https://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/

Disclosure: Elisa and Melissa have been provided with review licenses for some of the software discussed in this episode. They have not been paid to positively review these apps. They just really love the software and think it’s both useful and beautiful! Melissa may earn an affiliate commission on MacPaw apps for pointing you to their site.

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 Credit: Melissa Davis

Check the Apple Security Updates page to see if your Apple gear is up to date.

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