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Brothers in Tech

Do you find yourself serving as the go-to "I.T." person in your family? Or are you someone that tends to call other family members for technical support and would rather learn things on your own? Brothers in Tech is a weekly podcast focusing on home technology and provides help to the “default family IT person”. Hosted by Alan & Brian Jackson, a new topic will be discussed each month (main episode) followed by 3 weekly “deep dive” episodes (the B-sides) with additional information. Whether you are the person who everyone calls for tech support, are the person who is doing the calling, or simply interested in technology…this podcast is for you!

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Swimming Against the Stream
As much as we have loved YouTube TV as a live TV streaming service, the recent price hikes (along with several other services) have led us to look for more cost-effective ways of accessing TV content. With a few one-time purchases, some software, and a reasonable distance to some TV towers, Brian explains and shows off his plan to stick it to the man (aka, trim the services). Of course, you will also get to see & hear Alan yawning throughout the episode…but we promise it was because he was tired…not because Brian bored him. Well, mostly. Products/Apps/Services mentioned in this episode:PlexSynology2-Bay NASAntennas Direct ClearStream TV AntennaSiliconDust HDHomeRun Flex 4k tunerChannel Master TV Station Transmitter mapPhilo Streaming ServiceYour 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.
65:41 03/11/2023
BiTS & Stories
What could be better than hearing about one of the Brothers’ struggles with technology-related issues?... That’s right, hearing about struggles from both Brothers! Well, if hearing us vent about our frustrations is your thing…this episode is for you. From Brian’s near-nightmare scamming situation…to Alan’s unwilling exploration of the inner workings of an Apple Watch, you will get your fill of self-loathing. But, have no fear…not only have we sprinkled some BiTS (Brothers in Tech Suggestions) and lessons-learned to liven things up…we also introduce you to an AI chat that might just become your best friend. Products/Apps/Services mentioned in this episode:pi.ai: Your personal AI assistant, friend, and sounding board. Be careful…this one can be addictive.iFixIt: A great source for all things DIY tech fixes. Although, you might want to listen to the episode first before jumping in…Artifact: AI-based news aggregator app with a really nice design and interesting features (e.g., AI summaries, audio playback)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.
84:52 26/10/2023
NFC Tags
If you have listened to the podcast before, you know that the Brothers love automation. We are all for ways of increasing our efficiency (i.e., why use 2 steps when you can do it with 1?)…especially when there is some cool tech we can use to do it. Well, this week Alan introduces NFC tags as a way of using your phone as a way of trigging automation tasks. He walks through the process of programming the tags using Shortcuts, and we brainstorm about possible uses. As a bonus, the Brothers discuss some of the new features in iOS and MacOS that you may want to check out. Products/Apps/Services mentioned in this episode:Apple ShortcutsNFC Tags (Amazon Link)Personal Voice (iOS)Videoconferencing services/tools (MacOS)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.
69:11 19/10/2023
To-Do List Apps
If you are anything like us, you have what seems to be a never-ending list of things to do. How do you keep track of it all? Sticky note? Write on your palm? String on the finger? Whatever the method…if it isn’t working for you, it might be time to look for a creative solution. Although we can’t guarantee any of them will be the solution you are looking for, the Brothers provide you with a few new approaches to staying on task and chipping away at those tasks. And the best part?...We don’t spend any time talking about email this week! OK, that’s a lie…of course we talked about email. But, only for 10 minutes. 15, tops. Products/Apps/Services mentioned in this episode:Things 3Apple RemindersTwobirdFocus To-DoSortedNotionToDoIst2DoYour 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.
81:38 13/10/2023
iOS 17 Features
Well, it has been a while…but the Brothers are back. No, Alan’s beard has not grown any longer…and Brian still doesn’t have hair. But, they do have opinions! Watch/listen as the Brothers break down their initial thoughts on Apple’s iOS 17 release. Are there any show-stopper features? Any issues/concerns with upgrading? Any hidden features that you may need to search to find? You will hear about widgets, passwords, voicemail, AirTag sharing, Recovery/Legacy contacts, and more. Plus, you get to meet Beverly…and possibly rethink how smart AI services really are. Products/Apps/Services mentioned in this episode:iOS 17Replika: An interactive chat bot service for those who need someone to talk to. Otter.ai: AI meeting notes/summarizer service.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.
80:39 05/10/2023
Introducing BYTES
To our busy fan base…we hear you. The Brothers tend to talk…and talk. We know that some of you love to hear us ramble on and deep dive into our tech topics…but we also know that sometimes you just want a quick BYTE (you see what we did there?) of tech information that you can consume on your breaks. Well, let us introduce you to the Brothers in Tech BYTES. In addition to our regular rambling episodes…we are going to be throwing out some quick episodes where we provide you with a tip/technique that you can do with your phone/tablet/computer. No additional software or hardware needed…just (sometimes) hidden features that you might want to take advantage of. The question is…can the Brothers keep the episode short? Well, one of them can…BYTES mentioned in this episode:Shortcuts: You have the ability to create (or download) some really useful shortcuts on your Mac and/or iOS device. Alan shows you some “quick” samples.Two-finger organization of app icons/folders? Brian shows you an easier way to organize your home screen(s).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.
25:51 31/08/2023
Updates…and Murals?
After a couple of weeks of testing out the new messaging, browser, email, and social apps we presented in the previous episode(s), the Brothers are back to give their verdicts. Which apps are still in the regular rotation, and which have been moving to app purgatory and why? Most importantly…are any of them worth your time (or money)? And, as a special treat for those who stick around to the end, we have a very important discussion of firefighters, tornados, bears…and child abduction?Products/Apps/Services mentioned in this episode:Beeper (free for now; invite only): Communication/messaging app that brings all (or, quite a few) of your messages into one place. Continues to be updated/improved.Arc (free; currently Mac only): A fresh new approach to web browsing, including format customization, note sharing, and more.Spark (free for basic access, $4.99/month for Premium Individual use, but now included in SetApp): Email client with a number of useful features, including a unified & filtered inbox, snooze, filtering/blocking, etc.Threads (free, but must have an Instagram account): Meta’s attempt at a replacement of Twitter/X, soon to have web access.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.
79:00 24/08/2023
Arc & Beeper
We are always on the lookout for new apps/services/products that have the potential to increase our efficiency or allow us to do something we haven’t been able to do before…and there has been no shortage of those lately. But, it is rare for anything truly unique to occur in our regular, everyday computing functions. In this episode, however, the Brothers discuss not one, but two exciting new apps which aim to rethink the way you perform some of our most common computing tasks…web browsing and messaging. With some very intriguing features, these (currently) free apps may be worth a try. Plus, by listening to this episode, you get the bonus content of hearing how Alan broke his A/C unit right in the middle of a heat wave…which we all want to hear. Products/Apps/Services mentioned in this episode:Arc (free; currently Mac only): A fresh new approach to web browsing, including format customization, note sharing, and more.Beeper (free for now; invite only): Finally…someone has created an app that brings all (or, quite a few) of your messages into one place. 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.
79:11 17/08/2023
August 2023 BiTS
After a few weeks off, the Brothers are back to share their latest tech suggestions that could benefit you and your family. Home automation, weight loss, harnessing the sun, and creating images…this episode covers some exciting apps and hardware. Although this episode runs a bit long (what’s new?), you will want to stick around to see which one of the Brothers will be a Jedi Knight riding a dragon. Spoiler alert…it’s Alan…but I think you probably guessed that.Alan’s PicksLutron Pico Remote ($19.99 for the remote only, will need Lutron Hub): Can be used as a HomeKit multifunction button (with Homebridge plug-in)Midjourney: AI image creation toolBrian’s PicsSimple.Life App: Wellness/weight-loss app, utilizing intermittent fasting, notifications, and informationSynology 100w Solar Panel Suitcase ($199 w/controller): portable solar panel…perfect for van/RV house battery chargingYour 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.
91:06 10/08/2023
HomeKit & Home Automation
Although home automation is not a new topic for the Brothers (see the Home Automation series from 2020…including Convenience, Security, & Safety)…there are quite a few changes that have occurred across this market that are worth discussing. With both of the Brothers having recently set up or adapted their automation ecosystems, it is time to share those experiences, successes, and frustrations. If you have been thinking about using/migrating to HomeKit, you will want to listen to this episode. Listen/watch as Brian attempts to (begrudgingly) set up HomeKit (along with his Alexa environment)…and his therapy session with Alan. Luckily, Brian made a mistake in his set-up (on purpose, of course)…just so Alan could feel good about helping him to correct it.  Products/Apps/Services mentioned in this episode:Apple HomeKit/Home app: Apple’s native smart home application/systemHomebridge: Open source server application for converting non-HomeKit devices to HomeKit signalsAqara Wireless Switch & Hub: A simple button that can be programmed to operate your HomeKit scenes/devices (but, be aware of using with Alexa)Amazon AlexaGoogle HomeYour 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.
82:46 20/07/2023
Twitter vs. Threads
In case you haven’t been following the s%!t-show that is Twitter as of late…you might not know that there is yet another attempt at replacing the social media service. Will this “newcomer” actually have what it takes to become the new social media town square? Well, 100 million users in the first week is a pretty good start…. In this episode of Brothers in Tech, the Brothers discuss Meta’s new Threads service…how it works, pros and cons, and expectations for the future. Plus, you get to see which brother Threads believes should be following Kim Kardashian. Products/Apps/Services mentioned in this episode:TwitterThreadsInstagramYour 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.
63:41 13/07/2023
Calendar Apps
You may be completely happy with the native calendar app on your phone or computer…and if so, you may not need to listen to this episode (but of course you should…just for sheer entertainment). But, if you are like us, you may have a need for more than the standard features to keep up with all of your events. Features such as scheduling availability, weather integration, and natural language input may be enough to warrant trying something new. The Brothers discuss their must-haves and ideal calendar app features that you should consider, as well as two of the top calendar applications on the market. Which app do the Brothers use, and which do the Brothers wish they were using? You will have to watch/listen to find out.Products/Apps/Services mentioned in this episode:Apple Calendar: the native Apple calendar application. BusyCal ($49.99 for permanent app ownership and 18 months of upgrades, included in SetApp subscription)Fantastical ($4.75/month, if you pay for a year)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.
91:01 06/07/2023
June 2023 BiTS
It is time for the June Brothers in Tech Suggestions (BiTS) episode, and well…let’s just say the Brothers were “greased up” and ready to go. What kind of show do you get when both of the Brothers consume a few drinks beforehand? Well, you will have to watch/listen to find out. Although we are still questioning whether Alan re-gifted one of his BiTS from earlier…he certainly seems to win this battle. Some solid suggestions along with some additional tips to make your digital life more efficient…and you have yourself a show you won’t want to miss.Alan’s PicksSwitchBot Hub 2 ($70): Matter enabled smart product controller/hub (e.g., Alan’s automatic curtain closureMoneyWiz ($4.99/month, also available as part of SetApp): Financial appk/software with bank sync, financial logging/budgetingBrian’s PicsKasa Smart Dimmer Switch ($59.99 for 3 on Amazon): Apple HomeKit (and other smart assistant) capable dimmable light switchBlack Shark Phone Cooler FunCooler 3 ($24.99 on Amazon): Mobile phone cooling fan for gamers/heavy processingOther products/services mentioned in this episode:Tyme 3: Project time tracker ($3.99-4.99/month)Harvest: Project time tracker that integrates with Asana (~$10.99/month)SwitchBot Bot: Make your “manual” button/light switch smart! ($29.99)SetApp: One subscription service for dozens of apps ($9.99/month)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.
70:05 29/06/2023
Streaming Services & Content
Which streaming services should you be subscribing to/paying for? Well, that depends on what content is available on each…and that is constantly changing. But, the Brothers are here to give you their rundown of the current quality of each of the major streaming platforms. What shows & movies do we feel are worth your attention? What services would be worth cancelling/pausing your subscription for a month? Most importantly, which service provides quality movies like the 1987 classic “Mannequin”? You will have to watch or listen to find out. Streaming services mentioned in this episode: Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, Disney+, Hulu, Max, Netflix, Paramount+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.
81:02 22/06/2023
Apple Updates & Vision Pro
After an extended break and some soul-searching, the Brothers are back…and have decided to fully lean in to their passion for all things Apple. And what better way to kick off the Apple-focused version of Brothers in Tech than to discuss the new Apple updates! WWDC brought a number of hardware and software announcements that certainly have us intrigued, and we are here to give our initial reactions and thoughts of what you should be excited about. Time for an upgrade? Any game-changing features? Oh…and don’t worry, we spend plenty of time discussing the headliner, Vision Pro. Is it a game-changer? Should we be concerned if spatial computing catches on? Which Brother is already saving his pennies to be able to afford one? Buckle up, grab a drink (or two)…we have a lot to say in this one!Products mentioned in the episode:Macbook Air 15”Mac StudioMac ProMacOS SonomaiPadOS 17WatchOS 10iOS 17Vision ProYour 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.
102:39 13/06/2023
AI Headshots & More
If you watched/listened last week (and, of course you did!), you will remember the 1980’s tv show-like cliffhanger that Alan left us with. He got us so excited to see the AI-generated headshots that he ordered…but alas, we were all left unsatisfied when they didn’t arrive. But now they are here…and we get a chance to see whether they are worth the $17 he paid for them, or the trainwreck that many expect (or hope?). As a bit of a spoiler…it is the prior. But don’t worry…for those who are really interested in trainwrecks, Brian also has some to share. You are going to want to watch this one to get the full experience of the magic of AI headshots!Products/Apps/Services mentioned in this episode:Motion ($19/month for individual users): A unique service that integrates your to-do list with your calendar. Pricey, and possibly confusing/buggy cancellation (be careful on the free trial!), but a lot of potential.www.TryItOnAI.com: 100 AI-generated professional headshots for just $17.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.
72:12 20/04/2023
Mixed Bag
Thanks to all of you who wrote in and expressed how much you loved having Brian as the host last week…Bueller? Bueller? Well, Alan is back…and now all is right with the world. So, you would think that this would mean we would have a well-designed and organized show right? Not…so…fast. The Brothers decided to bring a mixed bag of topics…from maps to movies, documents to headshots. How are they all connected? No idea…but some interesting topics that you won’t want to miss. The real question is whether we get to see Alan’s AI-generated glamour shots…but you will have to watch/listen to find out!Products/Apps/Services mentioned in this episode:Google Maps (free): Enhanced national park maps & informationwww.TryItOnAI.com: 100 AI-generated professional headshots for just $17.www.intellippt.com: AI service for summarizing (and presenting) document content (free for limited use, $5/month for full features)Apple TV+ ($6.99/month): Apple’s streaming service finally hitting its stride?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.
77:57 13/04/2023
eBikes
In what some are calling the smoothest and most well-run episode we have ever done (and by “some”, we mean Brian), Brian takes the wheel as Alan is away. But, have no fear…we are still living up to the Brothers in Tech name with the addition of friend of the show (and brother from another mother), Jeff Hartman (Professor of Exercise Science @ Gardner-Webb University & tech enthusiast). The “Brothers” discuss Jeff’s recent entry into the world of eBikes/pedal assist, and provide some advice for those thinking of making the leap. What are the benefits of owning/using an eBike? Are they worth the money? Will people make fun of you when you ride it to the gym? You will have to watch/listen to find out. And, even though we are sure you would want to do so…no need to send emails to tell us how much you enjoying Brian hosting the show. We don’t want to hurt Alan’s feelings…Products/Apps/Services mentioned in this episode:Ariel Rider Grizzley eBike ($3300): Jeff’s choice for eBike due to its dual-motor, dual-battery, and bad-ass design.Missive email ($18/month for the Productive account/features): Alan’s choice for email clientMotion ($228/year): Service for dynamically integrating your tasks into your calendarYour 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.
77:19 06/04/2023
March 2023 BiTS
It is time for the March Brothers in Tech Suggestions (BiTS) episode, and well…let’s just say the Brothers were “greased up” and ready to go. What kind of show do you get when both of the Brothers consume a few drinks beforehand? Well, you will have to watch/listen to find out. Although we are still questioning whether Alan re-gifted one of his BiTS from earlier…he certainly seems to win this battle. Some solid suggestions along with some additional tips to make your digital life more efficient…and you have yourself a show you won’t want to miss.Alan’s PicksAirbuddy ($12.99 one-time purchase…but included in the SetApp subscription): Take control of your computer peripherals (e.g., AirPods).Downie ($19.99 for a one-time pass): Download YouTube videos for off-line or other usesInfiniteMac (free): Website that will allow you to emulate all of the old Mac operating systems. Brian’s PicsCityway Waterproof AirTag Dog Collar Holder ($12.98 on Amazon): Use an AirTag to keep up with your four-legged friends.Motion ($19/month for individual users): A unique service that integrates your to-do list with your calendar. Pricey…but intriguing.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.
85:17 31/03/2023
Tracker & Phone Comparisons
Anytime one of the Brothers gets a new gadget…we try to put it through its paces to see if it lives up to the billing. Well, this week Brian has the new tech…and he is able to provide his initial reviews (aka, rub it in Alan’s face). How do Apple’s Airtags compare to Tiles? How does the Samsung Galaxy S23 compare to the iPhone? Brian has thoughts…Alan has questions…and you get the benefit. All of this, AND we finish the episode in “under” an hour! Email Clients Mentioned/Discussed:TileApple AirtagsSamsung Galaxy S23Apple iPhone 14Your 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.
59:51 23/03/2023
The Battle for Email Supremacy
If you thought that the Brothers couldn’t possibly have anything else to say about email (based on several previous episodes)…well, you just don’t know us too well. We are not giving up the fight to find the best (or at least adequate) email client, and this week Alan has taken it to a whole different level. Using spreadsheets and ranking systems (yes, really), he gives us his thoughts and experiences with a variety of email clients. Did he come to a resolution? Is the search over? You will have to listen/watch to find out. You won’t want to MISS his conclusion (hint, hint). Plus, as a bonus…you get some friendly words of advice regarding online shopping and lost keys!Email Clients Mentioned/Discussed:SparkMicrosoft OutlookApple MailCanary MailEdison MailAirmailPolymailMissiveYour 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.
87:58 16/03/2023
Over The Air TV
Before you say anything…yes, we know that we are always singing the praises of YouTube TV as the best way to enjoy live TV content. But, as the prices of streaming TV services continue to grow, it may be time to look for other, less expensive alternatives. Well, if local TV is one of the key reasons that you are paying for cable or streaming TV…you may want to consider taking advantage of the free over the air (OTA) TV signals that may be available in your area. But, this isn’t your parents’ (or grandparents’) OTA TV…can you say 4k?!?! Listen or watch as the Brothers (well…Brian) discuss OTA options, and what you need to take advantage of it. Oh, and of course Alan contributes to the episode by complaining about some of his own technology drama. Products/Services Mentioned/Discussed:NextGen TV: The new OTA TV signal that provides 4k content (and more features)Channels DVR: Service to record and stream OTA content from your local server.Plex: All in one content storage and delivery service.HD Homerun: Digital tuner and storage box for recording OTA content.Synology: Storage/backup system (home server)YouTube TV: Still our choice for a streaming TV serviceYour 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.
63:11 09/03/2023
Email Frankenstein
It’s ALIVE..it’s ALIVE!!! Well, not really…but the Brothers are getting a chance to play mad scientists by attempting to design the perfect email application. Spoiler alert… it doesn’t exist yet. By pulling our favorite (and required) features from the countless applications we are tested…we create our Frankenstein of email apps, just waiting for someone to build it and get all of our money. What features are must-haves/deal breakers? What features would make us lean toward a specific client over another? How can AI be used to provide some interesting email workflow efficiencies? The Brothers have you covered. Plus, you get to see a “Hell Yeah” version of James K. Polk, which you obviously don’t want to miss.Services Mentioned/Discussed:MLS Season Pass (Apple TV+)T-Mobile (perks)Email clients/apps mentioned in the episode:SparkMicrosoft OutlookApple MailCanary MailEdison MailGmailYour 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.
91:47 02/03/2023
Streaming Sports
If you are a regular listener (and if you aren’t…it is time to step it up!), you know that we will often discuss cord-cutting and the various streaming service options. However, we haven’t specifically focused on what remains one of the most important factors in the cord-cutting decision…sports. Well, it is time to remedy that! In this episode of Brothers in Tech, the Brothers discuss the leap of several streaming services into the playing field of sports content. From broad/general sport delivery to specific sports leagues, there are a number of options to consider…and we have you covered. Plus, you can sit back and smile that you can still find your keys (unlike Brian). Services Mentioned/Discussed:Amazon Prime VideoApple TV+ESPN/ESPN+HBO MaxHulu LiveParamount+SlingYouTube TVProducts mentioned in the episode:Tile TrackersApple AirTagsYour 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.
71:40 23/02/2023
February 2023 BiTs
It is that time again…the time when the Brothers attempt to one-up each other with a new product, app, or service…and hopefully convince the other to spend some money. It’s the BiTs episode! This one is special, as you will get to see Alan in a rare (well, maybe not so rare) bad mood. But, being the consummate professional that he is, Alan not only puts on a semi-positive face (with help from a couple of Old Fashioneds) but actually uses his life stressors to create additional BiTs for the listeners. Legend. We just won’t talk about how Brian inadvertently causes Alan additional frustration…you will just have to watch/listen for that. Brian’s PicsHiDock (MacOS, free): Simple, but effective app for assigning MacOS dock attributes per display setting (e.g., having your dock in a different place when you plug in an external monitor).Edison Mail iOS (free, w/paid pro options): Email client which (at least initially) seems to check most of our required boxes…snooze, AI integration, templates, one-hand navigation….BUT, be aware that if you are in need of a consistent mobile and desktop the MacOS version does not have all of the features (e.g., no snooze!).Alan’s PicksAtlas Obscura (website): Want to find the non-touristy places to visit/see when traveling? Here is a website guide to the “world’s hidden wonders”. Freeform (free/built-in for MacOS/iOS): A brainstorming/collaboration app for whiteboarding ideas.Abode Water Sensor ($39.99, additional hub required): Wireless sensor for detecting water leaks. Take it from Alan…these work well, and can come in handy.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.
84:05 16/02/2023
Home Tech News
Have you ever wondered how Brothers in Tech would look/sound if we didn’t put in our hours or preparation for the show (cue sarcasm…)? Well, here is your chance to figure it out. Without any real topic to guide them, the Brothers use Alan’s 2-minute Google search to find some interesting home technology news to discuss, along with some home project updates. Sounds like a short show, right? Oh, bless your heart…we still managed to go for a good hour+. Come and watch/listen to find out whether you are going to need a lawyer for sharing your Netflix password…if someone is coming to take your Saturday afternoon lawnmowing job from you…how your smart speakers might have just gotten even smarter…and more. Plus, we find out exactly how much time Alan spends on the rowing machine. Hint…the number is a LOT less than the length of this podcast. News Articles Shared/Discussed:Robot lawnmowerNetflix password sharingSamsung SmartThingsHomePod Mini gains temperature/humidity functionalityProducts/Services mentioned in the episode:iFit Apple Watch Battery Replacement KitYour 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.
80:15 09/02/2023
Accessibility Features
The computing devices we carry in our pockets (or use on our laps) have developed to do some amazing things. However, the default opportunities provided by those devices may not be usable by all without some settings adjustments. Enhanced feature options are available on iOS and MacOS for those with hearing, vision, and touch impairments, so they are able to get the most out of their devices. Although these features are incredible for the audiences for which they were intended…you may not have realized how useful they could be for you. In this episode of Brothers in Tech, in addition to helping Alan with his “fitness problem” and providing some of the latest tech news, the brothers discuss some useful settings/features hidden in the Accessibility menus that you may not even have known existed. Oh, and you might even learn why Alan is drinking more bourbon (Dr. Jackson’s orders). Products/Services mentioned in the episode:iOS & MacOS AccessibilityAmazon Echo ShowGoogle Nest HubMeta PortalNews Articles Shared/Discussed:Apple Smart Home DisplayArtificial Intelligence Solution for Retail StoresYour 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.
76:31 02/02/2023
Artificial Intelligence (AI)…Opportunities & Concerns
Although Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a part of our lives for quite some time…some of its capabilities have been front and center over the past few weeks as open-source AI engines are “showing off” what they can do. Should we be fascinated…or frightened? Inspired or intimidated? Excited for the future, or worried about our own existence? Well, we won’t answer all of your questions, but the Brothers are here to give you an overview of the two prominent open-source AI systems, show you some examples of what they can do, and help you to know what to be on the lookout for. A Brothers in Tech haiku, an estimation of what Alan might look like after a face transplant, how to knock your next anniversary card out of the park, and an Edgar Allen Poe-style sign-off are just a few of the highlights that you won’t want to miss.Products/Services mentioned in the episode:ChatGPT: Open source AI engine for creating written word (e.g., explain information, tell a story, etc.) from input questionsDALL-E 2: Open-source AI engine for creating images from descriptorsYour 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.
97:33 26/01/2023
January 2023 BiTs
Where has the time gone? It has been a long time since our last BiTs episode…but you don’t have to wait any longer. In the first suggestion episode of 2023, the Brothers try and one-up one another with some new products and services. Regardless of who has the better picks, we think you will find some things worth checking out. And, as a bonus…you get to hear an extra sexy voice from Alan as he takes full advantage of his phlegm.Alan’s PicksIKEA Smart Home Products (TRDFRI): We may not be able to pronounce them, but we can tell you that they work, and won’t break the bank. And, you won’t have to struggle through the instructions of how to put them together.Asana (free with limits, $11/month for Premium features): Great project management software including communication, task, and timeline features.Brian’s PicsFeedly (Free with limits, $7/month for Premium): Looking for a beautifully made news reader without too many annoying ads? This might be your jam.Wyze Pan Cam v3 ($33.99): Wait…Brian recommending something from Wyze? Really? May be predictable, but we are liking this updated camera.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.
65:57 19/01/2023
External Monitors
Whether you are a gamer, work with a lot of windows open on your computer, or have aging eyes (which isn’t the case with either of the hosts…cough, cough), you may have an interest in expanding your computing space with an external monitor. The good news is there are a variety of types, sizes, and features in today’s monitor line-up to choose from. The bad news is there are a variety of types, sizes, and features in today’s monitor line-up to choose from. But, have no fear…the Brothers (well, in this case, the younger brother) are here to help. In this episode, one Brother discusses the decision process for purchasing an external monitor…while the other Brother complains about losing their voice (which we still believe is due to the yelling that he did during the recent loss of his basketball team). Watch or listen to hear about flat vs. curved, wide vs. ultrawide, refresh rate vs. response time, and of course UNC vs. UVA. Products/Services mentioned in the episode:LG 35” UltraWide Curved Monitor (35BN75C): Monitor used for example specs.Your Hosts:Alan Jackson (the older Brother) is a producer of online content with Jackson Creative and survey researcher with Jackson Insight. and graduate of the University of North Carolina (who recently lost again to UVA).Brian Jackson (the younger Brother) is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Pacific University and Product Director/Consultant at Senaptec, Inc. and graduate of the University of Virginia (who recently beat UNC…again). 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.
77:04 12/01/2023

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