The MacJury takes a look at the state of home automation and the Internet of Things, discussing what they have, what they want and why. Siri, the Amazon Echo and other hardware devices are included as the panel of Shelly Brisbin, Bret Terpstra and host Chuck Joiner try to balance expectations with costs and privacy with convenience.
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Shelly Brisbin is a writer, editor, podcaster, and cocktail enthusiast. Her current project is iOS Access for All, a comprehensive guide to accessibility for Apple’s iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. The ebook will be published in the spring of 2014. Shelly’s career in tech journalism spans 25 years, 13 books,hundreds of articles and blog posts for leading tech publications, and several stints on the editorial staffs of leading trade publications and Web sites. She served as editor-in-chief of Blogger & Podcaster Magazine, networking editor for MacUser Magazine, and an editor for online learning company, Powered, Inc. and two Hoover’s Web sites. Her podcasts include the award-winning Shelly’s Podcast, and App Store Pundit, an iOS app review show. Her cocktail writing appears on this blog, and at the sadly departed The Spirit World. When she’s not working, Shelly spends time with her husband and cats in Austin, Texas, watches ancient movies, and reads books, many of which are made of paper.
Brett Terpstra is a coder, writer and web developer. He works behind the scenes at blogs including Engadget, Joystiq and The Unofficial Apple Weblog. He also writes for The Unofficial Apple Weblog, and contributes to Macworld. Brett develops Marked for Mac and recently co-authored â€œ60 Mountain Lion Tipsâ€ with David Sparks for the iBookstore. He discusses all things â€œnerdâ€ on his podcast, Systematic. You can find Brett as â€œttscoffâ€ on Twitter and App.net, and at his website, brettterpstra.com.
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