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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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Nov 26, 2013

If you pay $100 or more each month for your cell phone bill, you’ll want to check out this week’s podcast, which focuses on saving money on your mobile phone bill. 

First up, Dave and Nikole talk about inexpensive cell phone plans, including refurbished phones and no-contract plans from companies like: 

Republic Wireless

Virgin Mobile


On the show this week is Dawn Mauricio, a Montreal-based yoga and meditation instructor who has boldly abandoned her traditional cell phone in favor of a Wi-Fi-only phone. Check out the interview and see what it’s like when your phone depends upon Wi-Fi hotspots for all of your calls. 

Dawn takes the Geek Trivia Quiz in hopes of winning a set of ThinkGeek Geek Scented Candles for podcast listener Lisa Raymond.

We ‘ve also got a rundown of the Xbox One – find out what all the hype is about, and what Nikole’s favorite game is. You can enter to have a guest play the Quiz for you during a future episode by completing the entry form:

Nov 19, 2013

The holiday shopping season is about to start, and so this week we’ve got you covered with tips and tricks for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Not only do we recommend some smartphone apps to help you shop, but we’ve got Rick Broida, the official Cheapskate at CNET dispensing holiday buying advice as well.

Some of the apps and sites  we mentioned in the podcast this week:

Black Friday


Red Laser

Speaking of spending money, Nikole and I talk about Coin, the electronic universal credit card that contains all of your other credit cards (and gift cards). Should you invest $50 to take your wallet fully digital? Listen and find out.

Rick plays this week’s Geek Trivia Quiz for eHow Tech podcast listener Len Udes, from Huntington Beach, CA, with a copy of Corel Paintshop Pro X6 hanging in the balance. You can enter to have a guest play the Quiz for you during a future episode by completing the entry form:

Nov 12, 2013

In episode 7 of the eHow Tech Podcast, we go one-on-one with a veritable icon of the geek universe: Popular Mechanics magazine.

This week, we chatted with Jerry Beilinson, Deputy Editor of Popular Mechanics. It’s time for the annual Breakthrough Awards, and so we talked to Jerry about the technology that made the cut in the 9th annual awards.

Jerry handled the Geek Trivia Quiz with poise and cunning as well. He answered questions about tech urban legends, chainsaws, and the arctic in hopes of winning a Think Geek Build on Brick Mug for podcast listener Jeremy Stewart. You can enter to have a guest play the Quiz for you during a future episode by completing the entry form.

Also on the show, we talked about tablet PCs. With the holidays around the corner, you might want to pick one up as a gift. We compare and contrast the major models, and even give you the skinny on a few good sub-$150 options. For more, check out Under-$150 Tablets That Are Actually Good.

Nov 5, 2013

News: The new Nexus 5. Dave and Nikole talk about the phone and why you should consider Android, whether or not you currently carry an iPhone. Also, Panasonic exit the plasma TV market – what’s that mean for your next TV?

The hot topic this week is how to take better holiday photos. Dave explains how to capture high quality night photos of lighting displays, and suggests a way to capture better family and group photos. Specifically, Dave talks about the Photo Fuse feature in Microsoft’s Photo Gallery.

Rick Broida joins us for his monthly Cranky Computer Geek rant – this time about why he claims to be abandoning Windows 8 once and for all.

Our guest this week is Michael Paul Smith, miniature photographer extraordinaire. Be sure to check out his photos for a sense of why his work is so impressive:

As usual, we subject our guests to the weekly Geek Trivia Quiz. This week, Michael played for podcast listener Joseph Goode, and the prize is a Think Geek Megastomp Panic. You can enter to have a guest play the Quiz for you during a future episode by completing the entry form at