Daily Tech News Show

By Tom Merritt

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Keep up to date with independent, authoritative and trustworthy discussion of the tech news of the day. Tom Merritt and co-host's home for daily tech news.

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DTNS 3306 – “Flat Earth” is the Voltron of Conspiracy Theories
Conspiracy theories are a staple of the Internet. Posts about adulterated ingredients at fast food restaurants, videos about alleged political shenanigans, and forums discussing the latest evidence proving man’s greatest achievements were hoaxes find a ready audience online. We examine the role that the Internet plays in conspiracy theories and if its influence is perhaps … Continue reading DTNS 3306 – “Flat Earth” is the Voltron of Conspiracy Theories
Jun 18, 2018
DTNS LABS – Loot Boxes and Gambling
In light of Loot Box controversies, Matt Campbell, Owner of Battleshopper.com and a mobile gaming developer at a mobile gaming company, talks about his histories with trading card games and how they play (and avoid playing with) gambling laws. MP3 For all DTNS shows, please SUBSCRIBE HERE. Follow us on Soundcloud. A special thanks to … Continue reading DTNS LABS – Loot Boxes and Gambling
Jun 16, 2018
DTNS 3305 – Graphing Graphics Card Pricing
After months of sky high GPU prices it seems the cost of a new video card is coming down. Patrick Norton from TekThing joins us with his video card picks plus a whole host of other PC part goodies that you’ll definitely want on your shopping list. Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Len Peralta, Roger … Continue reading DTNS 3305 – Graphing Graphics Card Pricing
Jun 15, 2018
DTNS 3304 – Boring Co. Says, “We Can Dig It”
What’s behind the push Article 13 of the Copyright Directive in the EU Parliament that would make things like meme subject to copyright law and what would it mean for the Internet if the legislation passes? Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Justin Robert Young. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here Multiple … Continue reading DTNS 3304 – Boring Co. Says, “We Can Dig It”
Jun 14, 2018
DTNS 3303 – Bless The AI Down In Africa
US District Court ruled that planned the merger of AT&T with Time Warner could go ahead. What are the market implications of this merger and how does this affect future Telecom/Media Distribution Company mergers? Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Charlotte Henry. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here Multiple versions (ogg, video … Continue reading DTNS 3303 – Bless The AI Down In Africa
Jun 13, 2018
DTNS 3302 – Here, Have this Malware
E3 2018 is here an Patrick Beja host of gaming podcast “Pixels” is here to breakdown all the announcements for us. Plus Valve plans to launch Steam in China and a suspicious fan was given to all the journalists in Singapore for the North Korea/USA summit. Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane and Patrick Beja. MP3 … Continue reading DTNS 3302 – Here, Have this Malware
Jun 12, 2018
DTNS 3301 – Keep Your Memories To Yourself
Apple puts its foot down on apps that run cryptocurrency mining in the background, Microsoft announced at E3 it acquired five game developers to bolster its first party game library, and the US Dept of Energy has launched the fastest supercomputer in the world, Summit, capable of 200,000 trillion calculations a second. Starring Tom Merritt, … Continue reading DTNS 3301 – Keep Your Memories To Yourself
Jun 11, 2018
DTNS Q2 Hangout
Tom, Sarah, Roger and friends update us on the state of DTNS, review the DTNS mid-year survey and chat with a few of the Patreon Advisors. MP3 Direct Link For all DTNS shows, please SUBSCRIBE HERE. Follow us on Soundcloud. A special thanks to all our supporters–without you, none of this would be possible. If … Continue reading DTNS Q2 Hangout
Jun 10, 2018
DTNS 3300 – War! What is AI good for?
With Google ending its involvement in Project Maven after significant employee dissent about the company working with the military we ponder what exactly should AI be used for and perhaps more importantly what it shouldn’t be used for. Starring Tom Merritt, Shannon Morse, Len Peralta and Roger Chang MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here … Continue reading DTNS 3300 – War! What is AI good for?
Jun 08, 2018
DTNS 3299 – Steam-ier Content
Valve unveiled a new policy allowing anything to be posted to the Steam Store as long as the content is not something Valve decides is illegal, or straight up trolling. Is this policy of relaxed control an effort to reduce the need to moderate the store or is something else at play? Starring Tom Merritt, … Continue reading DTNS 3299 – Steam-ier Content
Jun 07, 2018
DTNS 3298 – Defrag the Seagulls
Sonos pulled the wraps off the Beam. A smart home theater sound bar that integrates Amazon’s Alexa many have speculated that its Sonos’s attempt to take over the connected living room. Will it succeed or end up on the latest in a long line of failed attempts? Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and … Continue reading DTNS 3298 – Defrag the Seagulls
Jun 06, 2018
DTNS 3297 – Notch Yo Full Screen Phone
We take a look at Asus announcements from this year’s Computex, China is launching a probe into DRAM price fixing, Qualcomm announced a new Snapdragon processor for PCs and Intel pulls the wraps off a special edition 5Ghz processor to celebrate its 50 yrs anniversary. Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane and Roger Chang MP3 Using … Continue reading DTNS 3297 – Notch Yo Full Screen Phone
Jun 05, 2018
DTNS 3296 – WWDC and GitHub
Apple unleashed WWDC 2018 on an expecting audience. We break down this year’s announcements and offer up our analysis on what Apple wants to do and where it wants to go. Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Justin Robert Young. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here Multiple versions (ogg, video etc.) from … Continue reading DTNS 3296 – WWDC and GitHub
Jun 04, 2018
DTNS LABS – ART – Road to Web Wellness
Scott got hacked, but let’s make some lemonade from that big lemon. How do you get your artwork and other content in front of people in 2018 without becoming a data manager? Scott has some thoughts. MP3 For all DTNS shows, please SUBSCRIBE HERE. Follow us on Soundcloud. A special thanks to all our supporters–without … Continue reading DTNS LABS – ART – Road to Web Wellness
Jun 02, 2018
DTNS 3295 – Winged iPads
ARM releases the specs on their new 7nm SoC design. Facebook shuts down its trending site from the top its page. California launches two pilot programs to allow autonomous vehicles pick up passengers. Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Len Peralta, Roger Chang and Rob Demilo. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here Multiple versions (ogg, … Continue reading DTNS 3295 – Winged iPads
Jun 01, 2018
DTNS 3294 – Film is the New Vinyl
The influential VC, Mary Meeker, has released her highly anticipated 2018 Internet Trends report. We break down her analysis and discuss the implications of her findings. Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Justin Robert Young. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here Multiple versions (ogg, video etc.) from Archive.org. Please SUBSCRIBE HERE. Subscribe … Continue reading DTNS 3294 – Film is the New Vinyl
May 31, 2018
DTNS 3293 – Patrick is Our Ear Bud
Patrick Norton is back with his recommendations for the best earbuds on the market. Plus researchers in Finland have discovered “time crystals” that may make it possible to build quantum computers without the need for zero temperature to operate and why Thailand is worried about the overflow of e-waste on to its shores. Starring Tom … Continue reading DTNS 3293 – Patrick is Our Ear Bud
May 30, 2018
DTNS 3292 – Tapping Buskers
Cashless payments is changing the way customers pay for goods and services, but how well does it work for non-traditional situations, like busking, where cash has always been king? Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Iyaz Akhtar and Roger Chang. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here Multiple versions (ogg, video etc.) from Archive.org. Please SUBSCRIBE … Continue reading DTNS 3292 – Tapping Buskers
May 29, 2018
DTNS 3291 – GDPR Consent Debris
General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR, the EU’s new data privacy rules start today. Already some EU users have been blocked from sites, access to social media platforms limited for others, and lawsuits against large tech firms in the process of being filed. We examine the laws impact, its affect on countries outside of the … Continue reading DTNS 3291 – GDPR Consent Debris
May 25, 2018
DTNS 3290 – All Aboard the Hellscape Train
Elon Musk goes on a tweet storm about the truthiness of major media outlets. Musk wants to setup a website where the public can rate the credibility of news outlets and ‘core-truth’ of news stories. We examine the issue, the problem and proposed solution. Starring Sarah Lane, Justin Robert Young and Roger Chang. MP3 Using … Continue reading DTNS 3290 – All Aboard the Hellscape Train
May 24, 2018
DTNS 3289 – Comcast vs Disney, Fight!
Comcast signals its intent for a hostile bid for 21st Century Fox’s assets. What are the implications if its successful and what will Disney’s counter offer be, if it makes one? Starring Sarah Lane, Scott Johnson, and Roger Chang MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here Multiple versions (ogg, video etc.) from Archive.org. Please SUBSCRIBE … Continue reading DTNS 3289 – Comcast vs Disney, Fight!
May 23, 2018
DTNS 3288 – A Fortnite Prize of EPIC Proportions
Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO mentioned in an investor relations call that the PlayStation 4 was entering the final phase of its life cycle. Cryptic words to be sure but what does this mean for the PlayStation console and does it signal a shift from gaming as a product to a gaming as service … Continue reading DTNS 3288 – A Fortnite Prize of EPIC Proportions
May 22, 2018
DTNS 3287 – Australian Roundtable
It’s our end of May DTNS round table. This month we examine technology issues from an Australian perspective like; how is net neutrality viewed in Australia and how does the proximity to Asia influence the direction and scope of tech in the country. Starring Tom Merritt, Raj Deut and Peter Wells. MP3 Using a Screen … Continue reading DTNS 3287 – Australian Roundtable
May 22, 2018
DTNS 3286 – A Tidal Wave of Security News
With recent stories covering data security issues from cellphone location data tracking to PGP and S/MIME vulnerabilities we have Shannon Morse here to break it all down and give us an infosec perspective. Starring Sarah Lane, Shannon Morse, Roger Chang and Len Peralta. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here Multiple versions (ogg, video etc.) … Continue reading DTNS 3286 – A Tidal Wave of Security News
May 18, 2018
DTNS 3285 – All Bets are On
Federal laws restricting Sports Gambling in the United States have been struck down by the Supreme Court. Will this start a new gold rush into online gambling as companies take advantage and who will be the winners and the losers? Starring Sarah Lane, Justin Robert Young, and Roger Chang. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click … Continue reading DTNS 3285 – All Bets are On
May 17, 2018
DTNS 3284 – The Student has become the Cheater
Cheating on exams has been constant thorn in the side of schools and the halls of higher education. But with smart phones, wearables and the internet cheating has become so ubiquitous some schools are taking drastic action to limit student access to personal technology. Will this help stem the tide or does the problem call … Continue reading DTNS 3284 – The Student has become the Cheater
May 16, 2018
DTNS 3283 – The UK Unfriends Zuck
Twitter is implementing a new system based on thousands of behavioral signals to filter our tweet replies, searches, and recommendations. Will this help curb abusive and bullying behavior on the platform or will other more invasive measures be needed? Starring Sara Lane, Patrick Beja, and Roger Chang. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here Multiple … Continue reading DTNS 3283 – The UK Unfriends Zuck
May 15, 2018
DTNS 3282 – Tales from the Encrypt
Researchers have uncovered vulnerabilities in PGP and S/MIME, Tesla engineers reveal they considered adding driver attentiveness when developing the autopilot feature, Uber riders can now rate their ride mid-trip and Apple faces a class action lawsuit over defective keyboards. Starring Sarah Lane, Justin Robert Young and Roger Chang. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here … Continue reading DTNS 3282 – Tales from the Encrypt
May 14, 2018
DTNS 3281 – Scratch Your Coding Itch
As coding becomes a indispensable and respected skill some toy makers have developed STEM toys to help children, especially girls, develop and interest in coding. We take a look at the latest wave of programmable toys to hit the shelves. Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Len Peralta, Roger Chang and Erin Carson. MP3 Using a … Continue reading DTNS 3281 – Scratch Your Coding Itch
May 11, 2018
DTNS 3280 – Udder Corruption
Google wants to help people improve their Digital Wellbeing. What does that mean and is this is a sign that even large tech companies acknowledge too much technology can be a detriment to one’s health? Starring Tom Merritt, Roger Chang and Justin Robert Young. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here Multiple versions (ogg, video … Continue reading DTNS 3280 – Udder Corruption
May 10, 2018
DTNS 3279 – Plane Cheese
Microsoft announces new features for Windows that’ll roll out by the end of the year, Walmart is buying Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart, Valve says Steamlink will arrive for iOS and Android May 21st, and EA goes all in on Loot-boxes despite legal rulings against the practice in Europe. Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang … Continue reading DTNS 3279 – Plane Cheese
May 09, 2018
DTNS 3278 – Google, Please
We break down the announcements from this years action packed Google I/O, and cover everything from AI developments and roll-outs to new Android features and updates to News, Maps and Waymo! Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Patrick Beja. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here Multiple versions (ogg, video etc.) from Archive.org. … Continue reading DTNS 3278 – Google, Please
May 08, 2018
DTNS 3277 – Microsoft Edges Toward IoT and AI
We examine all info-packed Monday announcements from this year’s Microsoft BUILD event. Plus Robocalls are still a thing and unfortunately they’re getting worse and Spotify is not a publicly traded company. Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Lamarr Wilson. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here Multiple versions (ogg, video etc.) from Archive.org. … Continue reading DTNS 3277 – Microsoft Edges Toward IoT and AI
May 07, 2018
DTNS LABS – GAMES – It’s Not For Me, But I’m Glad It Exists
In this episode, we discuss: God of War Nintendo Labo Red Dead Redemption 2 PS2 games on Playstation Now Oculus Go Financial results Battle Royale craze at E3 With Patrick Beja and Scott Johnson. MP3 For all DTNS shows, please SUBSCRIBE HERE. Follow us on Soundcloud. A special thanks to all our supporters–without you, none … Continue reading DTNS LABS – GAMES – It’s Not For Me, But I’m Glad It Exists
May 05, 2018
DTNS 3276 – Feel the Disturbance in the AR Force?
With Disney updating its Star Wars: Jedi Challenges lightsaber duel AR game to allow multiplayer we’d figured its time to examine the current state of the VR/AR consumer market. Plus Germany techsite heise.de reports 8 new Spectre-like vulnerabilities were found in Intel’s processors and national security and defense website Defense One reports the use of … Continue reading DTNS 3276 – Feel the Disturbance in the AR Force?
May 04, 2018
DTNS 3275 – Amazon Has Body Image Issues
Amazon wants to shake up the apparel business by having customers 3D scan their body so they can get a more exact fit when selecting clothes from the Amazon Store. Will this force traditional retailers to follow suit and how will customers react to the new service? Plus some in Congress have plans to reverse … Continue reading DTNS 3275 – Amazon Has Body Image Issues
May 03, 2018
DTNS 3274 – Don’t Believe the Headline Hype
Apple’s earnings are in and far from the predicted bloodbath the iPhone sales were up. Where did the analysts go wrong? Plus Open Whisper Systems gets a warning from Amazon about domain fronting their secure messaging app Signal with Amazon.com. Starring Tom Merritt, Roger Chang and Scott Johnson. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here … Continue reading DTNS 3274 – Don’t Believe the Headline Hype
May 02, 2018
DTNS 3273 – D8. It’s Your F8
We analyze the latest announcements from Facebook’s F8 conference. Plus the British Parliament gives Facebook CEO Zuckerberg an ultimatum. Voluntarily give evidence before Parliament or get a summons the next time he steps foot in the UK. Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Patrick Beja. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here Multiple … Continue reading DTNS 3273 – D8. It’s Your F8
May 01, 2018
DTNS 3272 – End Graphic Violence (in GPU Pricing)!
In the market to upgrade you PC or Mac desktop display? We got TekThing’s Patrick Norton on the show to talk about what you should be on the lookout for when buying a new computer monitor. Plus France.com’s owner files suit against France and T-Mobile and Sprint say I do to a corporate merger. Starring … Continue reading DTNS 3272 – End Graphic Violence (in GPU Pricing)!
Apr 30, 2018
DTNS LABS – INTERVIEW – Jack Conte, CEO of Patreon
We talk with jack Conte about how Patreon came about, and the challenges it faces as it grows. MP3 For all DTNS shows, please SUBSCRIBE HERE. Follow us on Soundcloud. A special thanks to all our supporters–without you, none of this would be possible. If you are willing to support the show or give as … Continue reading DTNS LABS – INTERVIEW – Jack Conte, CEO of Patreon
Apr 28, 2018
DTNS 3271 – House Hippo Friday
It’s our end of April DTNS round table. This month we examine technology issues from a Canadian perspective like; the ease at which fake news can be created, how Canadian telecoms want block websites linked to piracy without judicial review and the digital subscription landscape of Canada. Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang, Tristan … Continue reading DTNS 3271 – House Hippo Friday
Apr 27, 2018
DTNS 3270 – Mind Over Bacon
Earnings reports from Intel, Microsoft, Amazon and Nintendo. Plus researchers at MIT have successfully kept a pig’s brain alive outside of its body and chip architecture Jim Keller is leaving Tesla and heading for Intel. Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Justin Robert Young. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here Multiple versions … Continue reading DTNS 3270 – Mind Over Bacon
Apr 26, 2018
DTNS 3269 – MoviePass: Pass… or Play?
Is MoviePass the future of movie theater as it backers allege or is it destined to be another casualty of price sensitive consumers? Plus Google rolls out new changes to the venerable Gmail app and a Federal Appeals court rules that a man who created Windows rescue CDs to ship alongside refurbished PCs can go … Continue reading DTNS 3269 – MoviePass: Pass… or Play?
Apr 25, 2018
DTNS 3268 – Amazon’s Junk in Your Trunk
Amazon wants you to give their delivery couriers access to your GM or Volvo car’s trunk. Is this typical of the company’s out of the box thinking or is this one drop off delivery method that’s that won’t take off? Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Lamarr Wilson. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? … Continue reading DTNS 3268 – Amazon’s Junk in Your Trunk
Apr 24, 2018
DTNS 3267a – Amazon Keeps it Close to the Vesta
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Brad Stone sources say Amazon has been working on a project to build a domestic robot. Is this is natural extension of their smart speaker, tablet, and set top box hardware or does a home robot bring a unique set of challenges that might test even Amazon’s considerable resources? Starring Tom … Continue reading DTNS 3267a – Amazon Keeps it Close to the Vesta
Apr 23, 2018
DTNS LABS – Rod Simmons on Tesla’s Autopilot
Tesla driver and co-host of SMR Podcast Rod Simmons talks to us about his experiences using autopilot and what the limitations and benefits are. MP3 For all DTNS shows, please SUBSCRIBE HERE. Follow us on Soundcloud. A special thanks to all our supporters–without you, none of this would be possible. If you are willing to … Continue reading DTNS LABS – Rod Simmons on Tesla’s Autopilot
Apr 21, 2018
DTNS 3266 – My Cobot Buddy
It’s said the future workforce will be robots and the elimination of humans from the workforce. Others disagree pointing to a future where humans and robots work together side by side collaboratively in a shared environment. Plus Nate Lanxon joins us to talk about the affects of GDPR on how online terms of service will … Continue reading DTNS 3266 – My Cobot Buddy
Apr 20, 2018
DTNS 3265 – Artisanal Chipmaking
What’s the line between ad-blocking and privacy. Should we support websites and their publishers by letting them make revenue off of visitors or does privacy concerns trump everything else? Plus Facebook plans to make its own semiconductors and Amazon introduces Alexa Blueprints a toolkit that allows any Echo owner to create custom Alexa skills and … Continue reading DTNS 3265 – Artisanal Chipmaking
Apr 19, 2018
DTNS 3264 – Turntable of DOOM!
Elon Musk tells staff to walk out on bad meetings, Iran bans all govt bodies from using Telegram, and Doom’s soundtrack is coming to vinyl. Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Scott Johnson. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here Multiple versions (ogg, video etc.) from Archive.org. Please SUBSCRIBE HERE. Subscribe through Apple … Continue reading DTNS 3264 – Turntable of DOOM!
Apr 18, 2018
DTNS 3263 – Telegram? Tele-nyet!
National governments face a number of challenges with encrypted communications. The need to secure lines of communications between officials but also cracking down on the criminal element using the same technologies. Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Patrick Beja. MP3 Using a Screen Reader? Click here Multiple versions (ogg, video etc.) from Archive.org. … Continue reading DTNS 3263 – Telegram? Tele-nyet!
Apr 17, 2018