A Thankful Tech Heart: Theotek Podcast #047

What technology are you thankful for this year. We did our favorite tech of the year using thanksgiving as our theme since we recorded the podcast the day after Thanksgiving.

The Tech we're thankful for this year!
The Tech we’re thankful for this year!

We welcomed my son Michael Purcell to the Theotek team for this week’s podcast. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelJ_Purcel.

Here’s our list of our favorite tech for 2015 that we’re thankful for.

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Google Translate helps Wes communicate with the Brazilian pastor he works with.

Wes shared Google Translate, which takes voice input from someone and lets him easily translate it to English. He talks to the pastor of an ethnic congregation that’s now part of his church using the app. Find it for iOS and Android.

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Antoine likes Wi-Fi Bible which serves up the Bible over Wi-Fi in many formats.

Antoine talked about Wi-Fi Bible, which he shared a few podcasts ago when he returned from Australia.

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Michael likes his new phone, the LG V10.

Michael Purcell just got the new LG V10. He claimed the battery was bigger. It’s not, but it seems to last longer for him. It’s a rugged phone with a great camera and nice fingerprint reader on the back. The headline about this phone is the second screen where he stores app shortcuts, his name and notifications.

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My first favorite tool is the iPad Pro. I wrote about how it changed the way I work over at GottaBeMobile.

Next Wes talked about his love for Adobe Creative Cloud’s photo plan, which gives users access to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for just $10/month. It’s a great deal and he loves using it. It’s awesome for editing photos and organizing them as well in Lightroom and Lightroom Mobile.

See my post about editing photos on the iPad Pro.

verse3 ipad app

A few weeks ago we talked about a new Bible app. Antoine’s a real fan of this little app called Verse3 for iOS. We talked to the developer recently.

Michael's thankful for ChromeOS and really wants a Chromebook Pixel.
Michael’s thankful for ChromeOS and really wants a Chromebook Pixel.

Michael’s second pick was not as much a thing he’s thankful for, but one he’s longing for. He loves ChromeOS and wants a Google Chromebook Pixel. He adjusted his pick to say he’s thankful for ChromeOS, but still really wants one of these. He’s not going get it from me because it’s ridiculously priced at $999 or more.

For Antoine’s second pick he chose FaceTime. That’s Apple’s video chat technology and he enjoys using it to communicate with family.

Black Friday Stroll

Wes’s last pick is his DSLR camera. His form of visual art comes from his Nikon D7000. Check out one of his gallaries at Flickr, “A Black Friday Stroll”.

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The Surface Pro 4 Type Cover includes a fingerprint in the more expensive version.

The Surface Pro 3 is a great tablet that I love. When Microsoft released the Surface Pro 4 I didn’t think it had enough to warrant an upgrade. I may do some hand-me-down with the 3 and get the 4 next year. Until then, I grabbed the new accessories. The Surface Pen generation 4 and the Surface Type Cover with the fingerprint reader. I love the Pen’s tips which give you a different writing experience. The keyboard is a better keyboard and the fingerprint reader is a nice addition.

The last pick came from Michael. He hopes to go into ministry with the deaf. So he chose an app that helps you communicate with the deaf even if you don’t know sign. The Deaf Bible app includes videos showing someone signing each verse of the Bible. Watch the same above.

 

 

 

 

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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.