June 3, 2017 Podcast

It’s just Bob and Alan this week since Brenda is off on an assignment.  Topics include Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist Common Sense, Fraud Alerts, Remote Hugs, IoT shoes, little tiny parachutes, skype makeover, waiting for WWDC and much more.

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Digisole connected shoes.

One of the interesting aspects to what I do are the press releases from companies hoping to get mentioned even in the smallest of outlets such as this one.  Many times at CES I’ve seen products being promoted that beg the questions “What were you thinking about?”  And so it is with this latest offering.  Now far be it from me to mock what might be an actual viable market segment, but I need to wonder just what is the NEED that consumers might have for a pair of IoT connected shoes.

Digisole, http://www.digitsole.com/  which is being funded, like so many hopeful products wanting to be the Next Big Thing, via Kickstarter, offers a number of “benefits” that they hope you will wonder how you ever did without.  Among those are built in heaters, counting your steps and posture, and self-tightening laces no doubt inspired by Marty McFly’s Nikes.

I must admit, the very first thing that came into my mind, having reported on exploding hoverboards and melting phones, is the wisdom of putting Li-Ion batteries under one’s very feet which might give the term “hotfoot” a whole new meaning.  Call me a luddite, but bluetooth connected shoes stretch the concept of must-have products.



  • Design: Inspired by a sports car.
  • Maximum Heat Level: 113°F (45°C)
  • Heat regulation: Thermostat
  • Temperature output: Fahrenheit or Celsius
  • Distance output: Miles or meters
  • Available Sizes: EUR 36 to 47
  • Battery output: Hi-Cap rechargeable
  • Battery life (Lithium Ion): More than 500 Cycles
  • Charging system: Double micro-USB cable
  • Compatibility: iOS 9.0 and above; Android 5.0 and above
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0


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Memorial Day Weekend Show

Bob, Brenda and Alan Belongie discuss the tech news of the week, including observations and opinions about the goodies, gadgets and gizmos.  Tell a friend and share the podcast link!



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May 20, 2017

This week, we talk about the Ransomware attacks; the need to update; tele-affections, SEX ROBOTS?; why we really don’t have Artificial Intelligence yet, Samsung DeX, the best way to avoid Facebook Clickbait; Steam as a resource for the casual gamer; No Robots On The Streets Of San Francisco!; Linux training on the cheap; tablets ain’t dead yet, the best ones to buy.  Subscribe and tell a friend!

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May 13, 2017

This week we wonder aloud what Microsoft is thinking by trying to force-feed Bing down everyone’s gullet.  Narcissistic Emojis, starting with Lady Gaga.  Old hardware leaving companies vulnerable to hacks.  New and nasty ways bad guys want to extort your money.  It’s all about bandwidth when it comes to VR/AR.  PC, Mac, iDevice, Android and even Linux news.  And an interview with Jim Barry, the Digital Answer Man.

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May 6, 2017 Podcast

We’re back!  Welcome to those of you discovering our little show since we started with Stitcher.  BoomerTechRadio has been a local broadcast show with live streaming for seven years, and now we’re pushing out as more of a podcast.  The format of the show is still broadcast-friendly and if you know of a local radio station that might like to pick us up, have them contact us at BoomerTechRadio@gmail.com.  This week’s highlights include RansomeWare, Phishing, Facebook’s problems, Bob once again attempts to understand BitCoin, challenges faced by women in the sciences and technology, robotics and tech that will be going the way of hand-crank telephones in the next few years.



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A welcome to new listeners on Stitcher.

It’s been rather busy with some Family matters and our involvement with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, but I wanted to give a shoutout and welcome to those who have just found this program via Stitcher, as well as Google Play, TuneIn, and of course iTunes or Apple Podcast, whichever they are calling themselves.  Glad to have you along, this is a different sort of tech show, we try not to get lost in geek-speak, jargon or inside jokes that make us feel oh-so-clever.  We also are broadcast friendly, since this program has been on the air on KCNR-AM in Redding, CA for the past seven years, so you can listen with the kids in the room if you’ve ever cringed at some of the verbiage being tossed out on some other shows.  We are just getting started on this path, welcome along for the trip, lots to see on the way.


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CES 2017 Episode

Brenda and I are members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, an all-volunteer civilian organization that supports the Active Duty Coast Guard in non-military, non-law-enforcement missions, including Boating Safety, Public Education, America’s Waterway Watch and many other areas of support including food service and standing radio watches that allows the Coast Guard to focus more personnel on their core missions.  Members of the Auxiliary also conduct Safety Patrol operations on navigable waters where it’s impractical to have a Coast Guard presence, serving as eyes and ears as well as public outreach to promote safer boating and conduct Search and Rescue when requested.  Members must train and demonstrate proficiency in small boat operations to the standards of the Coast Guard.  This week, BoomertechRadio will be on hiatus while we undergo that training and qualification exercise on the waters of Shasta Lake in Northern California.  So instead of a fresh episode this week, we offer up our broadcast from the 2017 CES, featuring Starr Ackerman from IK Multimedia and a spokesperson from the Consumer Technology Association.  Enjoy and we will be back with a new fresh episode next week.

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BoomerTechRadio, April 22 Episode

Got around to posting this one on time.  Alan is back!  Brenda beats up Facebook Messenger Phishing Chatbot while you listen!  We beat up on Facebook in general!   Zuckerberg apologizes to the family of the Facebook Live murder victim. People who use tech — or any tool — to do evil things.  Scams and Schemes to watch for. Verizon tries to stop the bleeding. iOS and MacOS fans get a little love from Apple.  Apple wants to go greener. Bose Headphones allegedly spying on users.  Plugging stuff into the OBD port on your car is a Bad Idea. 3D printing glass. Google tracking.  GoPro. Things that robots can do better and why we should let them.  The Tech News You Can Use!

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A first step!

OK. In the great scheme of things, it’s pretty small, but it’s a noted milestone.  The BoomerTechRadio Podcast has hit 50 downloads.  Every show has to get started on the path.  Tell a friend!  By the way we record a fresh episode today at 6PM Pacific Time.


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