The High-Tech Texan Show
By Michael Garfield
Now celebrating his 20th year in the media, Michael Garfield gives his signature takes on the newest tech, auto, and consumer products. Laugh at him. Cry with him. Yell at him. Interesting guests and lots of giveaways. Reviews and recommendations from a trusted resource. Broadcast airs live each Saturday 11a-1p CT on local stations around the country and via the iHeartRadio app. Hang around for pop-up bonus episodes and interviews.
Season 20, Ep 28: Apple 13 (really?), FitBit's new watch tells when NOT to exercise
Rumor time: will Apple name its new phone "unlucky" iPhone 13? FitBit's new smartwatch can tell you when NOT to exercise, and the best USB mics on the market. Plus hear from Toby Dagenhart with Triangle Marketing & Printing with tips on how to properly market your business.
September 3, 2021
Season 20, Ep 27: The new Samsung foldable phones are here - yay or nay?; Will Texas legalize sports gambling soon?; The comfiest underwear evah!
Samsung released the ZFlip 3 and ZFold 3. They kept the pricing stable from previous versions but are these models that will convince consumers to go back in time and fold/flip their phones?
August 18, 2021
Season 20, Episode 26: Are you really watching the Olympics (and in 4K)?, Netflix is opening up home video gaming wars
Vegas had a betting line as to whether the Tokyo Olympics would be canceled. I was tempted. But if you think are watching the games in 4K you may be mistaken. I'll tell you how to do that (if you really want to).
July 26, 2021
Season 20, Episode 25: The new space race, vintage video games can make you $$, Mac 'n cheese ice cream?
Summer doldrums continue but if you have $200k you could pop up into "space" with your fave millionaire. Would you do it for free?
July 26, 2021
Auto Review: 2021 BMW x5 45e PHEV
After a week driving around in the new BMW x5 45e plug-in electric hybrid, Michael gives his thoughts on why it is one of the nest SUVs on the road now. And how 'bout that 50 MPGe?
July 14, 2021
Season 20, Episode 24: Billionaire space races is ON, Reviewing the BMW X5, you can still WIN tix to LagoonFest
Richard Branson shoots into semi-space this weekend a few days ahead of Jeff Bezos. Where the hell is Elon Musk during all of this?
July 12, 2021
Season 20, Episode 23: Amazon Prime buyers remorse; My newest (and best) browser
Amazon Prime Day 2021 has come and gone and, anecdotally, one of the quietest ones I remember. Not a lot of chatter from friends, followers, or my fellow media members. Did you buy something that you thought was "such a deal"? Receive it and now want to return it? I also just deleted my Microsoft Edge browser after many years and download an incredibly fast and secure browser. Tune in to learn more.
June 28, 2021
Season 20, Episode 22: Ultimate Father's Day; What NOT to buy on Amazon Prime Day; High-tech bingo parlors are here
There are many gifts you can buy at the last-minute from e-gift cards to celebrity video shout outs. Let's run down some of the things you can get dad since you waited to the last day. Also, watch out for Amazon Prime Day scams - not all deals are great.
June 22, 2021
Season 20, Episode 21: Bezos makes space a travel a Prime special; Apple's new iOS 15; How the internet broke this week
Jeff Bezos gifted his brother a seat on the very first Blue Origin flight into space. Why not...he owns the company. Interestingly enough another seat on the inaugural launch next month was auctioned off for $28 million. Would you fly into space on an inaugural flight or wait until they get a few under their belt. This hot topic plus Elon Musk's (speaking of space flight) newest Tesla reveal and, yes, I actually talk about Apple and it's upcoming operating system. (and really, does this photo NOT look like an Austin Powers movie poster?!)
June 16, 2021
Auto Review: 2021 Cadillac Escalade Premium Luxury
It costs 6 figures and it probably is worth every penny.
June 10, 2021
Auto Review: 2021 BMW M440i
Spend 10 minutes with Michael as he talks about his week in the new BMW M440i convertible. Soft-top, fast speed, good handling.
June 9, 2021
Season 20, Episode 20: What I Want for Father's Day; A Phone for Senior Citizens; Beer for Vaccinations; Hurricane Preparedness
Father's Day countdown continues - who wants a blender? An air fryer? Ok, maybe a grill. Senior citizens who want a phone that does nothing much more than make phone calls are in luck as Best Buy goes all in on that growing demographic. And June 1 began hurricane season. I've got the 3 most important devices you need now to prepare for a potential disaster.
June 7, 2021
Season 20, Episode 19: Ford's new F-150 Lightning EV truck; Why Amazon is really buying MGM; crazy Grad & Dad gifts
I love driving and testing cars and trucks and can't wait to get behind the wheel of Ford's recently announced EV truck. My rumor circle in the auto industry seems pretty pumped. But I still have some hold backs on why it is still not time to buy EVs, unless you just want to drive them around town. Listen now!
June 7, 2021
Auto Review: 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500
An all-around American truck that hauls without a ton of upgrade or bells-and-whistles.
June 1, 2021
Season 20: Episode 19: Bitcoin Falls; Ford's new EV truck; Androids Latest OS; Bye bye Internet Explorer; Father's Day Gift Guide
Cryptocurrency and EVs seem to be the hottest topics these past few weeks. Bitcoin and Doge fell sharply so it may be time to take stock in old school companies like automobiles. Ford announced its new EV truck, the F-150 Lightning and it lit up the internet. It won't be out for at least a year but with a low starting price of $40k, it could be the catalyst for consumers to start snapping up electric vehicles.
May 24, 2021
Season 20: Episode 18: Grad Gifts; Tesla and the Doge Drop; Ransomware Attacks; Internet Connectivity; Reviewing the GMC Yukon
It's graduation time around the country and other than freedom from wearing a mask, what to graduates want? I run down my annual list of what to buy the kids who are leaving high school and college. Why does money always rank #1?
May 24, 2021
Auto Review: 2021 GMC Yukon XL
Huge. Gorgeous. New design.
May 17, 2021
Season 20; Episode 17: You got me WHAT for Mother's Day?!, the flip phone is back, TV's Deborah Duncan co-hosts
A special Mother's Day show co-hosted by Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan (KHOU-CBS). We run down some unique gift ideas for mom including what NOT to get her. My old boss, Bill Gates, announced his divorce from Melinda and we yap about the philanthropical ramifications. And what will happen to Dogecoin when Elon Musk hosts Saturday Night Live tonight?
May 11, 2021
Season 20, Episode 16: LIVE from Wan Bridge Homes, best webcams, Samsung's new laptops
Always fun to take the show on the road and we had a fun time broadcasting from a Wan Bridge home in NE Houston. These are brand new, beautiful homes available to RENT (you can't buy them). Smart idea. In this episode we also discuss the best webcams on the market and evaluate Samsung's new laptops.
May 4, 2021
Season 20, Episode 15: LIVE from FireDisc store in Houston, Dogecoin, Tesla Crash
Always trying to bring the excitement to love to partner companies so we take the show on the road to the FireDisc flagship store in Houston, TX. They don't accept cryptocurrency just yet but it may come soon. We yap about the surge in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dogecoin and what to expect. Plus I delve into the horrific Tesla crash that happened just north of Houston - tech or driver failure?
April 27, 2021
Product Review: Mundus Pro UV-C LED Disinfectant Tray and Wireless Dock
As heard on "The High-Tech Texan Show," Michael talks about the Mundus Pro UV-C LED Disinfectant Tray and Wireless Charging Dock. Does it really kill 99.998% of nasty germs to clean your gadgets? Take a listen.
April 23, 2021
Product Review: Nooie Video Doorbell
As heard on "The High-Tech Texan Show," Michael talks about smart home products including a new video doorbell from Nooie. Big battery, quality audio and video, easy set-up. How does it stack up against other products in the category? Take a listen. www.nooie.com
April 22, 2021
Season 20, Episode 14: Universal remotes are dead; a pizza delivery robot; the time I secretly met the band "Asia" in studio at midnight
Harmony announced they will no longer make universal remote controls. They were one of the leading companies to make the devices but now what will be turn to when switching channels or cranking the volume? Domino's Pizza is testing a self-driving mobile that delivers pizza to your home. I'll tell you why this is a baaaaad idea. And for all of you 80's fans, it was the heat of the moment when I got to meet Asia in my radio studio a few years ago. But this was something hush-hush.
April 21, 2021
Auto Review: 2021 Cadillac CT4
Looks like a sexy Batmobile. Though a bit cramped inside it still cuts through traffic as a head-turner with interesting angles plus a smooth ride.
April 13, 2021
Season 20, Episode 13: Live from Crystal Lagoon in Texas; Bye-bye LG phones; new affordable Samsung phones
Spring Break continues at Lago Mar in Texas City, Texas. We take the show on the road from the 12-acre Crystal Lagoon with white, sandy beaches, palm trees, beautiful water, and hopefully some bikinis. Visit www.lagoonhouston.com. LG gets out of the smartphone business but how long will they support your smartphone? Samsung introduces a new Galaxy A series which are quite affordable. Is this finally a new trend where things get cheaper?
April 12, 2021
Season 20, Episode 12: Ultimate April Fools joke; Asics new marathon can save steps; Godzilla v Kong; fingerprint home door lock
April Fool's jokes can be a no-no on the radio (so says my Program Director). But was the craziest April Fool's joke you played or was played on you? Did you see Godzilla vs Kong on HBO Max yet? I had Godzilla at 3-1. Thoughts on watching "big" movies like this at home instead of at theaters?
April 5, 2021
Season 20, Episode 11: Time to get off social media?, Paleo meals delvd to your door, will you ever go back to the movies?
Had enough of Facebook or Twitter. A lot of peeps - including celebrities followed my millions of people - are saying SCREW IT, I'M DONE. I've often said that Facebook is the devil (and all social media). Maybe it is time to say "see ya." Also, I speak with the found of a paleo meal subscription service. If you don't know what paleo is you may be surprised.
April 1, 2021
Auto Review: 2021 Buick Encore Essence
A subcompact CUV that has some decent pep and nice features inside.
March 30, 2021
Auto Review: 2021 Buick Envision Avenir
The high-end Avenir label adds the comfort of this CUV.
March 29, 2021
Season 20, Episode 10: Trying to explain NFT's; a Ford F150 can power up a house; worst made-up holidays
Pi Day (March 14) or St. Patrick's Day. Both "holidays" happened this past week but which one is more over-celebrated? And just until Cinco de Mayo. NFT's (Non-fungible tokens) are as confusing as cryptocurrency. Let's try to figure this out so we can all get rich.
March 24, 2021
Auto Review: 2021 Buick Enclave Avenir
How does this 7-seat SUV compare to others on the market. The Avenir upgrade is quite stunning.
March 22, 2021
One-on-One with SunPro Solar Energy
Gage Mueller with SunPro Solar Energy joins me to talk about the benefits of solar panels and dispels some of the misconceptions. As heard on "The High-Tech Texan Show" - KPRC 950AM Houston, iHeartRadio
March 15, 2021
Season 20, Episode 9: From the 12-acre Crystal Lagoon in Texas; Solar energy benefits; best/loudest Bluetooth speaker ever?
You'd really love this if it was on TV and could see where I did this episode from. But you can hear me describe the 12-acre Crystal Lagoon in the Lago Mar community in Texas City. Like the state, it is BIG. Luckily the weather was beautiful unlike a few weeks ago when the area was covered with ice and snow but I do discuss that and chat with Gage Mueller of SunPro Solar Energy. Would having solar panels prevented a power outage in your home? You'll be surprised at the answer.
March 15, 2021
Season 20, Episode 8: Coming2America is the greatest sequel ever; the best streaming platforms
I waited 33 years for the sequel to "Coming To America" and wondered if it could top the greatest movie sequel ever - "Die Hard 2". Yep. Ok, call it nostalgia but the script was a helluva lot better than I expected. Hear why Wesley Snipes stole the show.
March 15, 2021
Season 20, Episode 7: We should be at the World's BBQ Cookoff now; the true cost of gaming
This is week when the annual World's Championship BBQ Contest is supposed to be held. 27 years and running; until now. Thanks (not) COVID-19. I lead a discussion on Texas BBQ vs every other food in the world. Plus the run down of the true costs of video games - it ain't just the cost of an Xbox or PS5. Buyer beware.
March 15, 2021
Season 20, Episode 6: Snow in Texas; ERCOT sucks; Back-up generators; your password sucks
I'll start a national podcasts when it snows in Houston. Oops. Careful what you wish for. How ERCOT failed the state and why it still may not be worth it to install a whole-home generator.
March 15, 2021
One-on-One with author Jane Marshall Goodsill: Voices of Hawai'i - Life Stories from the Generation that Shaped the Aloha State
Done in typical Michael Garfield style, he sits down with Ms. Goodsill to talk about her new book with a unique perspective on Hawaii. It's not so much focused on stereotypical icons of the Aloha State such as Don Ho, Hawaii 5-0, or Magnum P.I, but rather individual conversations with important voices from the island.
March 15, 2021
Auto Review: 2021 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali
Thoughts on driving this big hunk of a high-tech, hauling machine.
February 25, 2021
Auto Review: 2021 Buick Envision Essence
A solid CUV from Buick.
February 16, 2021
Season 20, Episode 5: How to Zoom as a cat; VDay tech gifts; let Alexa answer your Ring doorbell
Cat Zooming is all the rage this week so I'll tell you how to turn yourself into a furry feline on your next video conference. Plus last-minute Valentine's Day gift ideas, how teens are taking over the stock market, and letting Alexa answer your Ring doorbell. Original live broadcast date: February 13, 2021, on KPRC 950AM and iHeartRadio app
February 15, 2021
Season 20, Episode 4: Super Bowl TV tips, Bezos resigns, vaccine sites, space travel
The day before the big game and why should not run out and by a 4K TV. Jeff Bezos is stepping down as Amazon CEO - what happens to the company now and why didn't they ask me to take over?
February 11, 2021
Season 20, Episode 3: Super Bowl tech. Great time to buy a 4K TV? (not really). Video doorbells are getting cheaper. WIN a FireDisc cooker & Turtlebox bluetooth speaker.
CBS may be pulling out all the stops with new camera angles at the Super Bowl. But how come they aren't broadcasting the game in 4K?
February 1, 2021
Season 20, Episode 2: New POTUS Twitter, Samsung Galaxy S21, Drone Pizza Delivery
How Twitter flipped POTUS and White House accts to new regime; Is pizza the smartest thing to test drone deliveries?; Samsung Galaxy S21 reviews
January 25, 2021
Season 20, Episode 1: CES, WandaVision, Bitcoin
CES was virtual this year so instead of partying in Vegas, Michael sat in front of his home computer watching boring press conferences. Were there any killer products announced or launched? Plus, he absolutely reems the new Disney+ series, WandaVision. Get off my lawn! NEVER forget your Bitcoin password!
January 21, 2021