Category Archives: cell/smartphones

SmartTechCheck Podcast: OTC Hearing Aids, Starlink, Elon Musk, macOS Ventura, Continuity Camera

I, host Mark Vena, and my fellow tech journalist John Quain take on OTC hearing aids, Starlink, LinkedIn user “experimentation” and macOS Ventura’s Continuity Camera feature on this week’s SmartTechCheck podcast. Watch the podcast here on YouTube.

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OTC Hearing Aids: A New Consumer Tech Product Category Opportunity

What do earbud makers and consumer tech retailers need to know about getting into the OTC hearing aid business? Read the rest of this report here at TWICE.com.

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OTC Hearing Aids: What You Need to Know

Nearly 40 million American that could and should use hearing aids don’t because of prohibitive pricing and insurance. This week’s FDA pronouncement that hearing aids would now be available to purchase over the counter (OTC) rather than via prescription from … Continue reading

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15 Protective Cases for iPhone 14 that Show off Your Style

Apple annually introduces new iPhones, meticulously designed to merge form, function, and fun in a gleaming glass and metal package chicly sheathed in shiny yet muted pastel hues. And what do we do almost as soon as we take this … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast Matter, Apple Watch Series 8, Supreme Court and Section 230

I join host Mark Vena along with fellow tech journalists John Quain, Rob Pegoraro and Angela Moscaritolo to discuss the finalization of the Matter interoperability spec, new smart watches from Apple and Google, and the Supreme Court agreeing to take … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast Bluetooth 5.2, iOS 16 bugs and benefits of ‘smart’ air purifiers

SmartTechCheck host Mark Vena, fellow tech journalist John Quain and I take on bugs with the new iOS 16, the benefits of “smart” air purifiers, and disruptive new features in Bluetooth 5.2. Watch this week’s SmartTechCheck episode here on YouTube.

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The Easiest Way to Set up Your New iPhone 14

Congratulations! You’ve gotten (or have ordered and are now anxiously awaiting) your new iPhone 14. So how do you get your new iPhone up and running? What should you expect during setup? Here are the steps for a smooth transition. Read … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast IFA 2022 and Apple Far Out events, Matter, iPhone 14, Watch Series 8

What we saw at IFA 2022 in Berlin, and what we thought about Apple’s “Far Out” event that featured the iPhone 14 and the new Series 8, are the topics host Mark Vena led myself and fellow tech journalists John … Continue reading

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Should You Upgrade to iPhone 14?

Ah, the annual iPhone conundrum: is now the time to upgrade to the newest model? If you’re eyeing a flagship iPhone 14 Pro model, there are a few compelling reasons to buy, including a significant camera upgrade, the ability to … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast CHIPS Act, EV element in Inflation Reduction Act, End-To-End Encryption

Tech journalists John Quain and Rob Pegoraro join myself and host Mark Vena on this week’s SmartTechCheck podcast to discuss the merits of the recently passed CHIPS Act, the EV element of the Inflation Reduction Act, and concerns about end-to-end … Continue reading

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