Category Archives: Internet/Social Media

SmartTechCheck Podcast FCC robocall crackdown, Starlink, best notebook brands, device ports

Mark Vena hosts this energetic podcast with myself and fellow tech journalists Rob Pegoraro and John Quain as we take on the FCC’s crackdown on car warranty robocalls, Starlink, a potential U.S. government directive on smartphone port standards, and the … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Smart Home Hacking, Netflix customer satisfaction, TikTok, Grubhub

Host Mark Vena, Rob Pegoraro, John Quain, and I discuss disturbing hacking reports in smart homes, Netflix customer satisfaction woes, Amazon’s investment in Grubhub, and China’s access of TikTok data. Watch this podcast here at YouTube.com.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Inflation’s impact on CE, Google LaMDA, Twitter’s new Note feature

Host Mark Vena, John Quain and I discuss inflation’s potential impact on consumer electronics sales this year, Google’s scary LaMDA sentiment and Twitter’s new Note feature that allows 2,500-word blogs. Watch the discussion here on YouTube.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: CarPlay, Apple deal wit MLS, laws aimed at Facebook/Amazon/Google/Apple

Host Mark Vena and and I opine on the new version of CarPlay announced at WWDC, Apple’s streaming deal with MLS and potential Federal legislation aimed at curbing anti-competitive practices by Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon. Watch this podcast here … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Apple WWDC22, Netflix/Roku merge, January 6th hearings, NESN DTC offering

Host Mark Vena, John Quain, Rob Pegoraro and I recap Apple WWDC22 and opine on the rumored Roku/Netflix merger, the upcoming January 6th hearings and NESN’s new regional sports offering. Watch this podcast here on YouTube.com.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Netflix, Disney Plus subscriber gains, iPod, passwordless sign-ons

Host Mark Vena and I opine on a tale of two streaming companies (Netflix and Disney Plus), the iPod is “retired,” and the promise of a “passwordless” future. Watch this podcast here at Yahoo.com.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Netflix subscriber woes, Sonos voice assistant rumor, Dish’s 5G rollout

Host Mark Vena, Rob Pegoraro, and I tackle Netflix’s subscriber problems, rumors surfacing around a new voice assistant from Sonos and Dish’s initial 5G rollout. Watch the podcast here at YouTube.com.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Elon Musk purchase of Twitter

Host Mark Vena, John Quain, and I we unpack the issues swirling around Elon Musk’s planned Twitter purchase. Watch the podcast here at YouTube.com.

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Technology and MLB, Musk and Twitter, iPhone subscription rumors

Host Mark Vena, John Quain, Rob Pegoraro, and I where we chat about the impact of technology on Major League Baseball, the implications of Elon Musk stake in Twitter and the rumors around an iPhone subscription service offering. Watch the … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Neil Young vs. Spotify, 5G vs. FAA

Another entertaining podcast with me, and John Quain, and host Mark Vena, in which we discuss the recent removal of Neil Young’s music from Spotify, the Keystone Kops rollout of 5G and Apple’s iCloud sync tribulations. Watch this podcast here … Continue reading

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