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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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Dec 17, 2013

As you get ready to go out to holiday parties, be sure to check out this week’s podcast for tips on how to get there and home again safely with the help of your smartphone. We tell you all about apps like Taxi Magic ( for summoning and paying for cabs. And have you heard about services like Uber and ( and Lyft ( We have the scoop on those as well.

Also, be sure to listen to our warning about online pranks that have gotten out of hand: You can seriously destroy your Xbox One or iPhone by following the wrong instructions online.

Our resident Crank Gadget Nerd, Rick Broida, is on hand to tell you all about how you can get a cell phone plan almost for free.

On the show this week is Richard North, the founder & president of WOW! Stuff. He’s on hand to talk about Combat Creatures (, a very cool combat robot “toy” that Dave and Nikole can’t get enough of. Check out some video of them in action:

After the interview, Richard graciously hangs around to take the weekly Geek Trivia Quiz – he’s playing for podcast listener Jane Dorherty, who just might win a set of ThinkGeek Geeky Scented Candles ( Listen to see if she can make her house small like a "retro arcade."

Dec 10, 2013

In this sad episode of the eHow Podcast, we bid a kinda-fond farewell to Blockbuster, which closed its doors forever last month. Nikole reminisces and Dave and Nikole talk about more modern alternatives. 

This episode is all about “smart homes,” so Dave discusses many of the most interesting connected devices you can purchase today to make your house smarter and more science fiction-y:


Nest and Nest Protect




Our guest this week is Jamie Siminoff, inventor of DoorBot, the first doorbell Wi-Fi-enabled video doorbell that lets you see and speak with whoever is at the doorstop from anywhere in the world via your smartphone. Jamie talks about smart home technology and, of course, takes the Geek Trivia Quiz. Jamie played for ehow Tech podcast listener Joyce Mason, and the prize was a copy of Corel Paintsho Pro.

You can enter to have a guest play the Quiz for you during a future episode by completing the entry form: