Getting Fitness with Tech: Theotek Podcast #098

Our team all uses tech of some kind to track fitness and such. We’ll talk about what we use to get fit, stay fit and track our health from fitness tracking watches to apps for calorie counters and devices we connect to our phones for keeping diabetes in check, at least for two of us.

Sorry, no show notes with links. Just had to get this one up and it’s been really busy as ministry happens!

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Apple iPad Pro, iPhone and TV: Theotek Podcast #039

Apple showed off their new iPad Pro, a nearly 13-inch iPad with support for Apple Pencil and a keyboard cover they call a Smart Cover. In addition, we learned about the WatchOS 2.0, Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus as well as the updated Apple TV that runs games and apps.

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The Theotek crew unpacked all the news and gave our opinions of each new product. We also talked a little about how this impacts Bible and church tech users.

Give the Theotek Podcast #039 a listen below or watch the video above.

Kevin Surrenders to the Apple Watch: Theotek Podcast #036

After stating on more than one occasion that I’d never get an Apple Watch, guess what I did? I got an Apple Watch. It was under some unusual circumstances and I still don’t think it’s worth the $400 ($350 for the smaller version) price tag Apple put on it. This cost will also run up the price of other Smartwatches, which I don’t like. Find out what I think by watching or listening to episode 36 of the Theotek Podcast below.

The other things we discussed include Logos 6.5, which recently came out. Wes recommended Scapple, a nice mind mapping program. It’s not really mind mapping, but that’s the closest description to what Scapple does.

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In a bit of congnitive dissonence I also upgraded to a Google Nexus 6 smartphone. I talk a little about that decision as well. Finally, we chat about Church website SEO based on an article from Church Tech Today.

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Theotek Podcast #028: Apple of My Eye

Apple unveiled their new operating systems, iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan at WWDC 2015. We talked about what the new features mean for Church and Bible technology in this week’s podcast.

What do you think iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan do for Christians who use computers, and specifically Macs, iPads or iPhones?

We also talked briefly at the end about Apple Watch and the newly named watchOS 2.0.

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Theotek Podcast #022: Apple Watch This

The Apple Watch is out and a few Bible apps wants to put the Bible on your watch. We talk about that and some other new developments in Bible software and more church tech on this week’s episode of the Theotek Podcast #022: Apple Watch This. LaRosa Johnson, a former regular on Theotek and a member of the Olive Tree team also joined us during the second half.

I found that Olive Tree isn’t the only game in town on the Apple Watch. In fact the Bible app from LifeChurch and YouVersion also has an Apple Watch app. There are a number of others too.

We also talked about Stephen Johnson’s new ESV Bible app. He also Tweeted about it running on Apple Watch.

Here’s a screenshot. The app does more than it used to, thanks to the great coding of Stephen.

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ESV Bible app from Crossway developed by Stephen Johnson, formerly of Olive Tree.

Rick and I will be getting our Surface 3 tablets and we’ll talk about them next time. Mine’s in and I really like it.

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The crew also discussed Microsoft’s wish to turn your phone into a desktop replacement. Hook up a Windows 10 phone to a display, keyboard and mouse or a dock with those things connected, and you can replace a desktop using the phone as the PC instead.

Android already lets you do this. Hook up a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. Either connect an HDMI display or wirelessly cast the screen using a Chromecast or Miracast receiver, remember to use nothing but top glass protectors to take care of your watch. This gives you a desktop style functions with the same Android user-interface.

While LaRosa Johnson was with us, he discussed Bibletek. He didn’t mention his new book Raw Material. Get it on Amazon. It’s a nice basics for the Christian disciple.

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Follow @LaRosaJohnson on Twitter and get his new book Raw Material.

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Theotek Podcast #016: Matters Ministry Does

We might have gotten away from the Theo part of Theotek this week as we talked about the hot news of Apple’s announcement of an Apple Watch, the new Apple MacBook and Google’s new Chromebook Pixel.

Our entire crew joined us this week plus we added a new contributor, Pastor Paul Culbertson from Grace Community Church in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Paul is a serious Apple Geek and a great pastor. We hope Paul will start joining us regularly

We don’t have a lot to share in the show notes this week. If you’re interesting reading more about the details of the Apple Watch, the new MacBook and the Chromebook Pixel, check out some of the content at GottaBeMobile or Notebooks.com where I write in my free time.

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What do you think about the Apple Watch and its competitors, the many Android Wear watches or the Pebble Steel Time.

Would you prefer a new MacBook or a Chromebook Pixel? For Bible study, the MacBook will work better since a Chromebook means no locally installed Bible software. However, there’s a great set of online Bible study tools, as we posted recently in our two-part series on online Bible study sites (part one and part two). Also church media people will prefer the new MacBook, but it won’t really help much. They should look at a MacBook Pro or a full-powered Windows laptop that runs an Intel Core i3 or higher processor.

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That said, as a second machine, the Chromebook Pixel looks attractive. However, Acer announced today that they will sell an Intel Core i5 Broadwell chip 15.6-inch Chromebook coming in April for $500. That sounds appealing to me as a Chromebook fan.

Let us know what you’d like to hear on a future Theotek Podcast. We are also always looking for good guests who have something to say. Invite yourself by contacting me personally or one of our other hosts. You can find their contact information on our Theotek Podcast page.