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Mac Buying Guide

Mac Buying Guide

2022-05-1959:53

If you have listened to the show before, you know that we make no secret that at our core, we are Mac guys. Although we appreciate and have had plenty of experience with other platforms, when it comes to buying a computer for ourselves…we are buying a Mac. So, as Brian is currently in the market for a new computer, we thought it would be helpful to go through the Apple computer line-up to determine what features/options are available (and expected soon). If you have been considering buying a Mac, or are just interested in the current state of the Mac line-up, this episode is for you! Or, if neither of those apply, and you just want to spend an hour listening to the Brothers window shop…we are here for you!Products discussed in this episode: Mac Mini, Mac Pro, Mac Studio, Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, iMacYour Hosts:Alan Jackson (the older Brother) is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight.Brian Jackson (the younger Brother) is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Visit www.Brothers-In-Tech.com or email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Although we love diving into a tech topic each week…let’s be honest, we really love our BiTs episode!  In the first live airing of Brothers in Tech, the Brothers try and impress each other by bringing a couple of tech suggestions, and see how much money they can make each other spend. Not to give it away…but Brian’s pics really heat things up, while Alan makes sure we stay organized. Brian’s Pics·      HX HECLX Mug Warmer ($22): Keep that coffee warm/hot throughout the day with this desk accessory. 3 temperature options, auto shutoff, and digital screen. ·      Atomi Smart WiFi Ceramic Tower Heater ($120): Space heater with smart features (phone app, schedules, Alexa/Google Home compatible). Alan’s Picks·      4-in-1 Multi-Port & Apple Watch Charger ($18): Tired of carrying multiple cables with you when you travel?  Four connections in one cable!·      Gemini 2 ($45 for one-time purchase, $20/year subscription): Efficiently search for and delete duplicate files from your Mac (or iPhone, for a separate fee).Your Hosts:Alan Jackson (the older Brother) is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight.Brian Jackson (the younger Brother) is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Visit www.Brothers-In-Tech.com or email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Essential Computer Apps

Essential Computer Apps

2022-05-0601:10:06

What do we do when we don’t have a pressing topic to talk about? We improvise, and talk about what is right in front of us! In this episode of Brothers in Tech, the Brothers compare their “essential computer apps”…aka, the apps we use on a daily basis and can’t (or prefer not to) live without. FYI, the Brothers’ apps are so similar, you would think they were related… We also play the “desert island game”, and discuss who could live (and work) with the fewest apps if pressed. Spoiler alert…Brian wins. Apps mentioned in this episode: Your Hosts:Alan Jackson (the older Brother) is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight.Brian Jackson (the younger Brother) is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Visit www.Brothers-In-Tech.com or email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Podcasts & Podcast Players

Podcasts & Podcast Players

2022-04-2001:00:05

We know what you are thinking…why would you need a podcast to tell you about podcasts? Well, although you might be a regular consumer of podcast media, if you are like most, you are just scratching the surface of how to enhance your listening experience, and the Brothers are here to help. From the basics of what is a podcast, to the features that you might want to look for in a podcast player, we are here to assure that you don’t miss a beat (or word). **Of course, the most important step in the process is to click “subscribe” to Brothers in Tech if you haven’t already…and the rest will fall in place. In fact, subscribe from all your devices/apps, as you can never be too safe.Apps mentioned in this episode: Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Google Podcasts, SpotifyYour Hosts:Alan Jackson (the older Brother) is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight.Brian Jackson (the younger Brother) is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Visit www.Brothers-In-Tech.com or email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Oh yeah…it’s that time again. The BiTS episode! Time for the Brothers to try and impress each other with a recommended technology (e.g., app, device, service), and see who might have to break out their wallet. However, unlike most other BiTS episodes, Alan is the one who actually brings the expensive item to the table…and even Brian admits that it is pretty cool. Brian’s Pics·      Duplicate File Finder by Nektony (Free, or Pro for $19.99): An app that can help you clean out your duplicate files on you Mac.·      Firefox Browser by Mozilla (Free): With the ability to sync bookmarks and history across multiple (cross-platform) devices, Firefox may be worth another look!Alan’s Picks·      Stream Deck by Elgato ($80-250): An external usb device with programmable physical buttons for all of your computer’s repetitive tasks (and even a magic 8-ball!).Your Hosts:Alan Jackson (the older Brother) is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight.Brian Jackson (the younger Brother) is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Product Director/Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Visit www.Brothers-In-Tech.com or email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Advances in home automation have opened up a lot of opportunities to integrate your devices and voice throughout your home…but the three main automation platforms (Amazon, Google, Apple) have not always played nicely together. Those who have chosen to use HomeKit (Apple) as their platform have been more limited in their options for peripherals/devices, and not easily able to integrate with the other platforms. But, Alan is here to save the day (or confuse the heck out of you…)! In this episode of Brothers in Tech, Alan walks us through a way to integrate non-HomeKit devices into your HomeKit ecosystem…and as a bonus, how to bring your older IR/non-wifi devices into your automation world. This one geeks out a bit…but if you can get through it, can save you a lot money and frustration!Products mentioned in this episode: BroadLink IR/RF Universal Remote, HomebridgeYour Hosts:Alan Jackson (the older Brother) is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight.Brian Jackson (the younger Brother) is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Product Director/Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Visit www.Brothers-In-Tech.com or email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
TV Features

TV Features

2022-03-1701:23:09

The television has long been one of the cornerstones of our home technology lives…but if you haven’t shopped for a TV recently, you might be a little overwhelmed by the features to choose from.  Do I need 4K? 8K? LCD? LED? HDR? Well, the Brothers are here to help. In this episode of Brothers in Tech, we discuss the features that you should be considering when searching for that new TV. You can hear what choices Brian made in his recent TV purchase, and whether Alan is supportive of those decisions. BONUS MATERIAL…Why does Alan have a bone to pick with Brian about a previous product/company suggestion? Does it look like something is really weighing Alan down these days?  You will have to watch/listen to find out!Your Hosts:Alan Jackson (the older Brother) is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight.Brian Jackson (the younger Brother) is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Product Director/Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Visit www.Brothers-In-Tech.com or email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Apple Watch

Apple Watch

2022-03-1101:02:34

Over the past several years, the Apple Watch has challenged the way we think about wearables…but does it have the same use and allure as it did when it was first introduced? With both Brothers owning the device (Brian’s is newer, by the way), we wanted to discuss what we view as the most valuable features of the watch, what features would lead us to upgrade, and some hidden tricks that you may not have known about. So, whether you are already an Apple Watch devotee, or thinking of making the plunge…this episode is for you!Your Hosts:Alan Jackson (the older Brother) is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight. Brian Jackson (the younger Brother) is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Product Director/Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Visit www.Brothers-In-Tech.com or email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
It is the episode that needs no introduction…but we are going to require Alan to do it anyway, just so he can remind us who came up with the name. It’s the BiTS episode! Time for the Brothers to see if they can one-up each other by introducing a new tech that will not only gain brotherly approval…but potential lead them to spend some (or a lot of) cash!Brian’s Pics·      Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell system ($399): A way to have access to a wide range of dumbbell weights without the need for large square footage.·      MagBak MultiCharger ($129) & Car Charger ($79): For those in the MagBak phone case ecosystem, these are sleek solutions for charging. Expensive, so look for sales!Alan’s Picks·      Detail App: A slick way to switch between camera sources while on video calls…even using your phone’s camera!·      Fantastical by Flexibits ($3.33/month): Our favorite calendar app, recently adding a number of great new features. Your Hosts:Alan Jackson (the older Brother) is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight.Brian Jackson (the younger Brother) is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Product Director/Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Visit www.Brothers-In-Tech.com or email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Furniture Tech

Furniture Tech

2022-02-2801:06:25

That sofa you have in your living room…it’s not just for sitting anymore!  Well, actually it is…but it may have some cool new features to enhance your sitting pleasure. In this episode of Brothers in Tech, the Brothers discuss some of the ways that technology has been making its way into your furniture. From shopping to design, from power to lighting…we are here to provide you with some pros and cons of some of these new advancements. And, you will get a (very early) sneak peak at Alan’s holiday wish list (of which he will not be getting from his brother). Products mentioned in this episode: FreeMotion Recliner Battery, Farmhouse Murphy Cabinet Bed, IKEA Place App, Tabula Sense Smart desk, Digital Habits Open Mirror, Miliboo Smart Sofa,Your Hosts:Alan Jackson (the older Brother) is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight.Brian Jackson (the younger Brother) is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Product Director/Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Visit www.Brothers-In-Tech.com or email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
CES Reactions

CES Reactions

2022-02-1751:45

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a yearly event in which we get a glimpse of the future of consumer technology…sparking tech enthusiasts like us to dream (and drool) about what is to come. In this episode of Brothers in Tech, the Brothers discuss the products that they are most excited about, and what those products could mean for our daily lives if they come to fruition. From new concepts to product enhancements/features, to increased sustainability…we are here to get you dreaming about what’s around the corner.Products mentioned in this episode: Asus Zenbook 17 Fold, Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3, Samsung Eco Remote 2022, Chipolo Card Spot, Eufy Security Video Doorbell Duo, Movano RingYour Hosts:Alan Jackson (the older Brother) is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight.Brian Jackson (the younger Brother) is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Product Director/Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Visit www.Brothers-In-Tech.com or email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Smart Lighting

Smart Lighting

2022-02-1001:08:51

Smart lighting is made to sound simple…”just swap out your bulb!”…and there are certainly situations where that is true. But, to assure you get the most out of your smart lighting solution (and least frustration), there are some factors you need to consider. In this episode of Brothers in Tech, the Brothers discuss the different approaches to “educating” your lighting, as well as the questions you should ask yourself before doing so. And, you may be thinking that this sounds like a therapy session for Alan, who has recently gone through a smart lighting overhaul…and you would be right. But, we think you can benefit from his pain.Products mentioned in this episode: Lutron Caseta smart switches, Kasa smart bulbs & switches, Meross smart plugs, Philips Hue smart bulbs, Wyze Smart bulbs/outlets/switchesYour Hosts:Alan Jackson (the older Brother) is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight.Brian Jackson (the younger Brother) is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Product Director/Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Visit www.Brothers-In-Tech.com or email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
It’s that time again! Time for the Brothers’ “show and tell” in which they to try and outdo each other by bringing the more useful/impressive tech suggestion. Apps, devices, websites, or services…we try and impress each other with new and unique tech that we feel our listeners will enjoy. Not to give anything away…but all of the picks in this week’s episode seem pretty useful (although the jury is still out as to whether Alan’s helpful hint actually qualifies…).Alan’s Picks·      Using Quicktime (Mac only) to present or record your phone/tablet’s activity.·      Sleep Watch: Sleep tracking app (iOS, Free or $4.99/month for Premium) providing feedback and coaching from wearing your watch at night.Brian’s Pics·      Sealight LED Headlight Bulb Upgrade Kits ($25-60): Update your old halogen headlight bulbs with a brighter, more efficient LED bulb system.·      Hand Mirror (Free, MacOS): Menu bar app for quickly checking your webcam image before jumping on a zoom call.Your Hosts:Alan Jackson (the older Brother) is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight.Brian Jackson (the younger Brother) is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Product Director/Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Visit www.Brothers-In-Tech.com or email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Pet Tech

Pet Tech

2022-01-2701:18:23

Don’t you think it is time that we have an episode about the truly important “people” in our lives? We agree…and in this episode of Brothers in Tech, the Brothers discuss some ways that technology can either enhance your pet’s life, while possibly providing you with some peace of mind at the same time. Whether it be for safety, feeding, training, play…or doin’ da business, we introduce and provide our thoughts on the latest pet tech.Products mentioned in this episode: Whistle GO Explore Pet Tracker, Airtags, Tile, Furbo Dog Camera, Smart Pet Doors, SMART DOG Trainer Collar, Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Pet Door Bell, PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher, iFetch Mini Automatic Ball LauncherWebsites mentioned in this episode: www.chewy.com, www.petsafe.comYour Hosts:Alan Jackson (the older Brother) is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight.Brian Jackson (the younger Brother) is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Product Director/Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Visit www.Brothers-In-Tech.com or email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Well, if 2020 & 2021 have taught us anything…it is that we had better know how to participate in virtual meetings. Although you may have begrudgingly done so over the past couple years, it might be time to step up your virtual game by improving your video and audio presence. Watch or listen to this week’s episode as the Brothers discuss (and demonstrate) some tips for looking and sounding your best online with enhanced strategies and/or hardware. And, which Brother has the better online presence (which might be seen as a way of covering up their imperfections…)? You will have to watch to find out.Products mentioned in this episode: epocam, ZoomYour Hosts:Alan Jackson (the older Brother) is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight.Brian Jackson (the younger Brother) is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Product Director/Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Visit www.Brothers-In-Tech.com or email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Remote Controls

Remote Controls

2022-01-1301:00:01

Although it may have been a badge of honor to have 5 remote controls on your coffee table back in the day…times have changed. There is no longer a need for device-only remotes…and in some cases, any physical remotes at all. In the first episode of Season 3 of Brothers in Tech, the Brothers discuss the current state of the remote control, some pros, and cons of different remote types, and their predictions of the future of these devices. Now recorded in video and audio, you can watch or listen to get ideas of how to best control your technology without ever leaving the couch…and find out which brother prided themselves in their ability to program remote controls (a real party favorite).Products mentioned in this episode: Logitech Harmony Elite, Apple TV, Amazon EchoYour Hosts:Alan Jackson (the older brother) is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight.Brian Jackson (the younger brother) is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Product Director/Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2021 Wrap-Up

2021 Wrap-Up

2022-01-0601:27:50

Well, although we can’t say that 2021 was the greatest year overall…it did include about 50 episodes of Brothers in Tech! As Season 2 of the podcast winds down, the Brothers decided to revisit some of their favorite tech from 2021. What were their favorite BiTS from the year? Favorite home tech right now? Most random home tech ideas (FYI, these weren’t as useless as initially thought…)? How about our tech hopes for 2022?  You can hear (and see…as our first video podcast!) the answers to these and more here on the 2021 Wrap-Up!Highlighted tech in this episode: ·      Level Smart Lock·      Belkin 11 in 1 USB Hub·      Descript·      Magback iPhone case & wallet·      Apple TV·      Apple HomePod Mini·      Wyze Outdoor Cam·      Apple CarPlayYour Hosts:Alan Jackson is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight. Brian Jackson is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Product Director/Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Time for some BiTs!  The Brothers welcome back Jeff Hartman (Professor of Exercise Science @ Gardner Webb University) to the show to discuss our latest suggestions for your home technology. This month’s suggestions are probably going to cost you a chunk of change, but at least we are going to help you track that spending….and it is going to taste so good doing it! Brian’s Pick·      Ninja DualBrew Pro Specialty Coffee System ($189 on Amazon): Brew your coffee in various sizes with grounds or pods. Alan’s Pick·      CoPilot ($6/month): App that can keep track of your finances and spending.  Jeff’s Pick·      Instant Pot Pro ($119 on Amazon): 10 in 1 cooking solution (e.g., slow cook, steam, rice, sous vide, etc). Your Hosts:Alan Jackson is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight.Brian Jackson is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Product Director/Consultant at Senaptec, Inc. Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
It has been two years since the Brothers began sharing their thoughts on technology with the world (even though it feels like an eternity), and we have had the opportunity to discuss a lot of great topics. But, given the speed at which technology changes, some of those topics are going to need to be revisited. What better topic to revisit than our first ever topic, Streaming Services! To help us walk down memory lane and figure out how the streaming landscape has changed over the past 2 years, the Brothers welcome Jeff Hartman (Professor of Exercise Science @ Gardner Webb University) back to the show. Give a listen and find out what services the Brothers are currently subscribing to (and why), whether their thoughts on services have changed over the past two years, and which services they would put their money on going forward.Services mentioned in this episode: HBO Max, YouTube TV, Hulu, Apple TV+, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, CineFlixDODYour Hosts:Alan Jackson is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight.Brian Jackson is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Product Director/Consultant at Senaptec, Inc.Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
BiTS, BiTS, and more BiTS! It is the episode that we all look forward to, where the Brothers (and this month’s guest John Mims, Professor of the Practice of Communication at High Point University) try and one-up each other with a new gadget, app, or service. In this episode, the question is not whether we appreciate each other’s picks…it is how much money we will have to spend to get them. Brian’s Pick·      Wyze Night Light (3-pack, $19.99): Although it might not sound that exciting…this is an incredibly slick solution for in-home motion-detecting wireless lighting.Alan’s Pick·      Descript (Free w/limits, up to $24/month for Pro): Incredibly slick (and a bit scary) application/service for editing and creating audio files (speech). Will future Brothers in Tech episodes actually be recorded or digitally created?  You may never know… John’s Pick·      CPLAY2air ($119.95): An adaptor that allows you to wireless connect to your CarPlay stereo. No more need to plug in when you get in the car! Your Hosts:Alan Jackson is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight. Brian Jackson is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Product Director/Consultant at Senaptec, Inc. Have any feedback for the Brothers regarding this topic (or future topics)? Email info@themesh.tv.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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