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eHow Tech editor and bestselling author Dave Johnson joins forces with TV geek personality Nikole Zivalich to help you do more with technology. Imagine a world filled with fun and geeky guests, gadgets, tech trivia, and tips for better living through technology. Now stop imagining, because it's here.
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Oct 29, 2013

In the news this week: Apple unveils some new products, including a pair of new iPads. Dave and Nikole discuss what's to like, and what's not to like, about these new tablets. Also, Nikole runs down the most important updates the latest patch to iOS7.

This week we talk about computer maintenance -- specifically, what simple steps you should take to keep your PC and Mac healthy and running efficiently. Ever need to connect remotely to take a look at your mom's PC? No problem: Dave has a painless, free, and easy way to do that as well.

We talk to Ryan and Andrea Eldridge, founders and owners or Nerds on Call, a tech support service. They give us some advice and talk about some of the more interesting tech support calls they've had to deal with. And as usual, we subject our guests to the weekly Geek Trivia Quiz. This week, Andrea and Ryan played for podcast listener Tom Miller, and the prize is Corel Paint Shop Pro X6. (You can enter to have a guest play the Quiz for you during a future episode by completing the entry form.)

Oct 22, 2013

This week is (mostly) all things Halloween. After discussing what’s new in Windows 8.1, we talk about the tech you need to make your house and your phone more spooky.

We also interview Ed Terebus, owner of Erebus Haunted House in Pontiac, Michigan, a member of America Haunts, a chain of 30 haunted house attractions across the US. Ed talks about what it’s like to run a haunted house, and recounts some hilariously terrifying tales of customers who bit off more horror than they could handle.

Ed also takes the Geek Trivia Quiz so a random listener can win a Think Geek Mega Stomp Panic. (You can enter to have a guest play the Quiz for you during a future episode by completing the entry form.)

Oct 15, 2013

We interview Steve and Jay Novella from The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast. Steve and Jay talk about their favorite examples of magical thinking and how ordinary people can discern science from fiction.

Steve and Jay also play the Tech Trivia Quiz in an effort to earn a copy of Corel Paint Shop Pro X6 for an eHow listener. (You can enter to have a guest play the Quiz for you during a future episode by completing the entry form.)

Dave and Nikole talk about the Lit Motors C1 electric motorcycle, tactile touchscreens, and how to detect online hoaxes and how to train your mom to stop sending you email forwards about Nigerian princes.

Oct 9, 2013

This week, it's all about music. Well, we start with some news: You'll soon be able to use your Kindle during takeoff and landing. Also: A nasty privacy bug in the new Apple iOS 7. Cranky Old Computer Nerd Rick Broida then complains about the new iPhone. "Apple just played us all for suckers," he laments (probably while shaking his fist at the sky).

Radio might be dead (or at least dying) but that's okay, becuase we talk about Internet radio apps for your iPhone. And our guest this week is none other than Kristin Hersh, chief architect of legendary alt rock bands Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave. Kristin talks about the new record, music, and the Internet. If that's not enough excitement for you, she takes the Geek Trivia Quiz, with a pair of ThinkGeek's fuzzy unicorn slippers hanging in the balance. You can enter to win the Quiz during a future episode at

Oct 1, 2013

It's the very first episode of the eHow Tech podcast! We discuss the new iPhone 5s and 5c, as well as the coolest features in iOS7 that you need to try. Cranky Old Gadget Nerd Rick Broida complains about Bluetooth-controlled water bottles (yes, that's a real thing), and we talk to Jerry Irvine (CIO of Prescient Solutions and a member of the National Cyber Security Task Force) about the iPhone's Touch ID fingerprint reader security. Jerry plays the eHow Tech Geek Trivia Quiz, giving an eHow listener the chance to win a $25 gift card to Society 6. You can enter to win the Quiz during a future episode at