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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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Jan 27, 2014

This week on the show, Dave and Nikole talk about the scariest of subjects: losing your phone or laptop to theft. They talk about the proposed California legislation that would require all smartphones to have a "kill switch," which would make stealing phones far less attractive to criminals, but did you know that all iPhones and many Android phones already have a kill switch and anti-theft tech built in? Dave explains.

They also talk about the fact that Google has acquired Nest for $3.2B. That's billion, with a B. Why goes Google want to know the temperature of your bedroom? Dave and Nikole discuss. That, and Nikole is jazzed about the new Steam Machine.

Our guest this week: Mark Grace from Absolute Software -- he has scary stats like the fact that 63% of people have no protection on their devices, and that 600,000 laptops disappear in North America every year (oh, and less than 3% are recovered). After terrifyiung us with gadget theft statiustics, Mark plays the Geek Trivia Quiz. This week, Charles Duff, from Glendale AZ, might win the Think Geek Tactical BBQ Apron.

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

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:

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