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 Jun 13, 2022
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very informative show, the host is great, miss the guest hosts, but still worth a listen every time

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TechStuff is a show about technology. And it’s not just how technology works. Join host Jonathan Strickland as he explores the people behind the tech, the companies that market it and how technology affects our lives and culture.

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Smart Talks with IBM- Clicks, Not Code: Transforming Digital Experiences with Salesforce
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The Salesforce platform can empower businesspeople to create digital solutions without writing code. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Jacob Goldstein, host of What’s Your Problem?, and guest Phil Weinmeister, Head of Product, Salesforce Americas, at IBM. They discuss human-centric design, the low-code/no-code approach, and how IBM Consulting powers digital transformations with the Salesforce platform.

 

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Nov 29, 2022
The History of Social Networks: From TheGlobe to hi5
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Twitter and Facebook are struggling right now, but both have outlasted many other social networks. In this retrospective, we look at early attempts to bring people together online. Some are gone, some remain, and some transformed into something else entirely.

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Nov 29, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The VW Scandal
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What's the story with Volkswagen and emissions testing? How did the car manufacturer hide vehicle emissions? Scott Benjamin of CarStuff joins us to talk about it.

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Nov 25, 2022
Rerun: Planned Obsolescence and the Right to Repair
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Do companies really implement planned obsolescence to get you to buy more stuff? (Spoiler: yes). And do they really resist giving you the option to repair gadgets? (Spoiler: Also yes).

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Nov 24, 2022
Rerun: TechStuff By the Numbers (Stations)
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Numbers stations are mysterious, creepy and part of the world of espionage. We learn how shortwave radio works, why it's used for numbers stations and how you might tune in to find one yourself.

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Nov 23, 2022
Tech News: Twitter 2.0, Son of Musk
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Even as Twitter headcount dwindles, Elon Musk announces an ambitious vision for the service's future. Alphabet is gearing up for layoffs. Tax prep services have been sending Americans' financial info to Meta. And more!

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Nov 22, 2022
Rerun: Copyright and Fair Use
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No copyright infringement intended. Does that matter? Does it even mean anything? We look at the complicated issues of copyright and fair use.

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Nov 21, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Expensive Consumer Tech
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With the holiday season coming up, it's time to look at some gift ideas for the filthy rich. From ridiculous watches to a multimillion dollar mobile home, we explore some of the most ridiculously expensive tech out there.

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Nov 19, 2022
Tech News: Do Not Question the Musk
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Elon Musk allegedly fires Twitter employees who criticize his decisions. A billionaire is calling for Google to stop paying its employees so darn much. Amazon gears up for corporate layoffs. And Chinese gamers will soon lose access to games like World of Warcraft and Hearthstone. Plus more!

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Nov 17, 2022
7 Types of Malware
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Malware has come a long way since the humble computer virus. We look at the seven types of malware (as defined by Cisco) and learn what they do and how they work, as well as how to protect your computer devices from malicious code.

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Nov 16, 2022
Smart Talks with IBM - Unlocking Data Strategy: Data Literacy for Better Business
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Having a good data strategy can streamline the way a company does business. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Ronald Young Jr., host of Solvable, and guest Nicholas Renotte, Data Science and AI Technical Specialist at IBM. They discuss how data literacy can help make a business more efficient, the fundamentals of data management, and why data is step one to AI solutions.

 

A study quoted by Nicholas and referenced in this episode can be found here. Some of Nicholas’ guidance on machine learning can be found here.

 

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Nov 15, 2022
The FTX Collapse
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Cryptocurrency exchange FTX spectacularly imploded over the last two weeks. What happened? How did SBF go from crypto wunderkind billionaire to having assets in the neighborhood of $0? Is Binance CEO CZ the Lex Luthor to FTX's Clark Kent? Plus more!

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Nov 14, 2022
TechStuff Classic: What was Web 2.0?
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Once upon a time, a buzz term called Web 2.0 dominated discussions about web sites. What did Web 2.0 really mean? Or does it mean nothing?

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Nov 11, 2022
Tech News: Meta Cuts 13% of Workforce
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Mark Zuckerberg oversees more than 11,000 job cuts across Meta. Twitter continues its bumpy ride post Musk acquisition. And IBM breaks a quantum processing record.

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Nov 10, 2022
Tech News: Twitter Fires and then Re-hires Some Employees
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The dumpster fire that is Twitter continues this week as we learn about Twitter reps scrambling to re-hire some of the employees let go in last week's layoffs. Elon Musk toys with putting Twitter behind a paywall. Meta may be holding layoffs of its own this week. And the creator of the Oculus makes a VR headset that kills you for real if you die in a game.

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Nov 09, 2022
The Dangers of the Internet of Things
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The Internet of Things (IoT) can bring with it a ton of benefits, but it can also introduce security and privacy vulnerabilities. In this episode, Jonathan describes a few notable cases where IoT devices caused some massive headaches.

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Nov 07, 2022
TechStuff Classic: DNA Forensics
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Ben Bowlin of Stuff They Don't Want You to Know joins the show to talk about DNA forensics, cold cases and science. How reliable is DNA evidence?

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Nov 04, 2022
Tech News: It's Not Easy Being Green
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Pantone's licensing agreement with Adobe means that designers will have to cough up fifteen bucks a month to access certain colors. Twitter continues to have a tumultuous week. Meta is testing out NFTs in Instagram. And TikTok is facing scrutiny around the world.

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Nov 03, 2022
The Rise and Fall of Vine
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With rumors that the video app Vine is set to return, we look at Vine's history. Where did it come from? Where did it go? Did Cotton Eye Joe have anything to do with it?

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Nov 02, 2022
Tech News: Twitter is Full of Musk
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Last week, Elon Musk completed his Twitter acquisition and began to clean house, firing multiple executives. This week, he continues with launching projects and planning future layoffs. Plus news about Meta, Google, Microsoft and Sony!

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Nov 01, 2022
Spooky Action at a Distance
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Why did Einstein refer to quantum entanglement as "spooky action at a distance?" What is locality? Could quantum systems allow for faster than light communication? Could that violate causality? It's a spooky quantum episode of TechStuff!

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Oct 31, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Patronage Makes a Comeback
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How has the Internet fueled a return to the old system of patronage? This episode explores crowdfunding resources like Indiegogo and patronage services like Patreon. Can they work for anybody?

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Oct 28, 2022
Tech News: Apple Begrudgingly Adopts USB-C for iPhones
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The EU will require Apple to switch to a USB-C port on iPhones starting in late 2024 and the company isn't happy about it. Plus Elon Musk is on the verge of closing his deal for Twitter, the US Department of Justice is reportedly investigating Tesla and gamers might be shocked to learn that physical copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II have no game on the physical disk.

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Oct 27, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Exploring the Uncanny Valley
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What is the uncanny valley? What causes that feeling of uneasiness we get when we see certain robots or CGI characters? What makes them creepy?

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Oct 26, 2022
Combatting Hiring Bias: Recruiting a Diverse Workforce with Intelligent Automation
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Intelligent automation can help combat the human biases that can lead to discriminatory hiring practices. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Jacob Goldstein, host of What’s Your Problem?, and guest Angela Hood, founder and CEO of ThisWay Global. They discuss how intelligent automation can accelerate inclusive hiring practices, why machines can mitigate bias but not remove it, and why diverse companies are more competitive.

 

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Oct 25, 2022
The Ghost in the Machine
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What does "the ghost in the machine" mean? From philosophy to artificial intelligence, we explore this idiom to understand what it means, how it's used and if the dream of strong AI is realistic.

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Oct 24, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Tinder Loving Care?
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It's time to tackle Tinder. Where did the app come from? Do people use it for more than just hooking up? And what do you get when you go premium?

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Oct 21, 2022
Tech News: Netflix Targets Shared Passwords
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Netflix has a plan for all those households that share login credentials. Uber is going to advertise to you, a lot. A mysterious GPS interference affected air travel in Texas. And did physicists uncover the cheat code to the universe?

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Oct 20, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Putting a Stake in Vampire Power
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What is vampire power? Why do electronic devices pull power even when they're not on? And what are some ways to stop it?

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Oct 19, 2022
Tech News: The Death of G4TV (Again)
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Less than a year after its relaunch, G4TV once again goes dark. Plus online entertainment company Rooster Teeth faces harsh criticism in the wake of a former employee's accusations. And Parler is getting a new owner.

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Oct 18, 2022
Ghost Hunter Technology Revisited
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Modern ghost hunting relies heavily on the use -- or misuse -- of technology. Learn about EMF meters, what constitutes electronic voice phenomena, and why your "ghost host" thinks it's all a misunderstanding. 

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Oct 18, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Alphabetizing Google
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What does Google's restructuring mean for the company?

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Oct 14, 2022
Tech News: Zuckerberg Triples Down on VR
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At the Meta Connect event, the company showed off the new, more advanced and very expensive VR headset formerly known as Project Cambria. Plus we learn about what soldiers think of Microsoft's HoloLens.

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Oct 13, 2022
The Zombies Are Attacking
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What is a zombie computer? What is a botnet? And what the heck is a DDoS attack? We look at a common tactic used by hackers to silence or inconvenience a target, how it works, and the measures companies like Cloudflare take to mitigate them.

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Oct 12, 2022
Tech News: Meta Gets Connect-ed
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Meta is holding its Connected conference today and we expect to see the new VR high-end headset codenamed Project Cambria, plus updates on the metaverse. In other news, CNN dumps NFTs, Delta invests in air taxis, and the US government might redefine the gig economy. 

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Oct 11, 2022
Much Ado About Nothing Phone
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Nothing Technology, Ltd released the Nothing Phone (1) in July 2022. What sets this phone apart, and is it really going to transform smartphones forever? (Spoiler: No it is not).

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Oct 10, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Photo Editing and Manipulation, Part Two
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Dylan is back to talk about the post-digital age of photo manipulation, when Photoshop and other programs began to allow more people to change images. Learn about famous disasters in photo edits and funny uses of Photoshop.

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Oct 07, 2022
Tech News: Elon Musk Agrees to Buy Twitter. . . . Again
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Elon Musk, Twitter, Tesla, ultrasonic, autonomous, self-driving, China, Great Firewall of China, TLS, nuclear fusion, social media, depression, critical thinking, Activizion Blizzard, Blizzard, Overwatch 2, quantum computing, Intel, Uber, Amazon, union

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Oct 06, 2022
Critical Thinking and Tech Evangelists
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It pays to think critically about claims folks make about technology. In this episode, we look at how the sunk cost fallacy can lead people to make very bad decisions, how cryptocurrency resembles an MLM and how to temper enthusiasm for tech with careful consideration.

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Oct 05, 2022
Tech News: Supreme Court to Weigh In on Section 230
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The US Supreme Court agreed to look at a case that involves Section 230, a rule that protects internet platform from being held liable for stuff posted by users. Plus news about Google Translate in China, a supertanker that is using sails to offset fuel consumption and whether a deepfake company really did purchase the likeness rights of Bruce Willis. 

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Oct 04, 2022
The Death of Google Stadia
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Google announced that Stadia, its cloud-based gaming service, is shutting down in January, 2023. What does that mean for Stadia customers? Are there Stadia customers? And could Google's own history of abandoning products be the root of the problem? 

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Oct 03, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Photo Editing and Manipulation, Part One
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HowStuffWorks photo editor Dylan joins the show to talk about the pre-digital age of photo manipulation. Learn about airbrushing, composite photos, double exposure and more!

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Sep 30, 2022
Rerun: It's All Relative
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How do the theories of special relativity and general relativity apply to satellites? Why is the speed of light constant, but time and distance are not? We get all Einstein up in here!

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Sep 29, 2022
Rerun: Right-Handed Bias - A Sinister Problem
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Being left-handed in a world primarily shaped by and for right-handed people can be a challenge, particularly with technology. In this episode, we look at how a right-handed bias can create frustrations for left handers, and how bias in tech can take on more sinister aspects. That was a pun.

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Sep 28, 2022
Smart Talks with IBM- The Future of Supply Chain: Building Sustainable and Transparent Businesses
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Sustainable supply chains are good for the planet and good for business. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Tim Harford, host of Cautionary Tales, and guest Sheri Hinish, IBM’s Global Sustainability Services Leader and Offering Leader for Sustainable Supply Chain, known as the “supply-chain queen.” They discuss the supply-chain crisis and why transparent, responsible supply chains are imperative for our future.

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Sep 27, 2022
Rerun: Deep Learning and Deepfakes
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What's a Generative Adversarial Network? How can a program create a deepfake video? And how do we tell the difference between what's real and what's computer-generated?

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Sep 26, 2022
TechStuff Classic: How Periscope Works
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What is Periscope? What's the technology behind the company? And did Jonathan livestream a podcast?

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Sep 23, 2022
Tech News: Grand Theft Data
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The makers of Grand Theft Auto are responding to a hacker who leaked dozens of videos of the next title in the series. Russia implies it might shoot down Starlink satellites. And Iran cracks down on the Internet in the wake of civil protests.

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Sep 22, 2022
The Story of Ping
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What is the ping tool, what is it used for, and where did it come from? We learn about the man who first created ping, why it's not an acronym for anything, and why gamers care about it.

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Sep 21, 2022
Tech News: The Epic Apple vs Epic Fight Continues
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An appeals court is preparing to hear arguments from Epic, Apple, the State of California and even the US Department of Justice in the ongoing battle between developers and Apple. Hackers gained access to Uber's systems and we're not sure how bad it was yet. And Nvidia is announcing new GPUs today! 

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Sep 20, 2022
Creating more resilient supply chains by decoupling labor from location: Elliot Katz and Shai Magzimof of Phantom Auto
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The promise of autonomous vehicles and machinery has been on the minds of industries, consumers and science fiction writers for many years. While advancements in AI, Robotics, Edge Computing and 5G Connectivity have gotten us closer to that vision, we are still quite far from computers solely running the show. The brain’s ability to compute and react to real-life situations is still a critical component to most operations, and companies such as Phantom Auto are working hard to combine these two forces - the advancements in machine learning  and the power of human decision making, opening entire sectors of the labor force previously unseen. 

 

In this episode of The Restless Ones, I had the pleasure of sitting with the founding partners of Phantom Auto, Elliot Katz and Shai Magzimof who are actively merging the world’s needs for autonomous machine operation and dynamic employment opportunities. With skilled labor as a key problem for their clients, Phantom specializes in creating remote controlled solutions for everything from forklifts, to factory and warehouse vehicles and more, all made possible through connecting the power of technology and human intelligence. Their work is also bridging the worker divide, allowing blue collar workers to enjoy the benefits of remote work that their counterparts enjoy, avoiding the hazardous and other physical challenges typically associated with their work. 

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Sep 20, 2022
Fairphone and the Sins of the Tech Industry
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The Fairphone company's mission is to make smartphones that are repairable, rely on sustainable and recycled materials, and that aren't contributing to troublesome operations in your typical electronics supply chain. So we take this opportunity to turn a critical eye to the tech industry to understand why Fairphone's mission is so important.

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Sep 19, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Sad Tale of HitchBot
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What was HitchBot all about and what happened to it? From hitchhiking across Canada to a violent end in Philadelphia, we tell the robot's story. Scott Benjamin guest hosts.

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Sep 17, 2022
Tech News: Twitter Deals, Whistleblowers, and National Security, Oh My!
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Twitter shareholders voted to approve Elon Musk's acquisition bid for Twitter even as a whistleblower testified in front of Congress that Twitter has terrible security practices. Plus Senators put social media in the hot seat, California sues Amazon and EA's anti-cheat strategy is scary. 

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Sep 15, 2022
How Dynamic Ads Work in Podcasts
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Listener Ryan Barrier asked how advertising works in podcasting, and how even old episodes can have current ads in them. So in this episode, we look at dynamic ad insertion and the tricky challenge of balancing business with content.

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Sep 14, 2022
Tech News: Twitter Shareholders Vote on Acquisition Today
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Twitter's shareholders are expected to approve Elon Musk's proposed Twitter acquisition even as Musk continues to try and extricate himself from the deal. Meta spins off the PyTorch project into a new, independent foundation. Square Enix announces that a computer game is going to shut down prematurely. And much more!

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Sep 13, 2022
Obsolete Forms of Media
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One challenge with data preservation is that the way we store information changes rapidly. In this episode, we look at some media formats that are now obsolete, including some that Jonathan had never heard about before!

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Sep 12, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Decline of Google+
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Is Google Plus heading off into the sunset? What happened? In this update to a classic episode, TechStuff looks at what went wrong.

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Sep 09, 2022
Tech News: Apple Announces New iPhones and More
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Apple held its Far Out event and unveiled new iPhones, Apple Watches and Airpods. Google is telling employees to cut back on company travel. Microsoft has invested in Travis Kalanick's next company. And Twitter is going to let a subset of users finally edit their tweets.

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Sep 08, 2022
The Automated Highway Concept
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Way back in 1939, GM proposed a highway system that would allow cars to travel rapidly down highways with no danger of traffic congestion or accidents. What would it take to create an automated highway system, and why is the focus instead on making vehicles themselves autonomous? 

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Sep 07, 2022
Tech News: NASA Delays Artemis I Launch
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We'll have to wait a while longer before the first of NASA's missions to return us to the Moon takes off. Plus, Brazil tells Apple to include phone chargers or else, a human rights group tells Meta to step up against Brazilian President Bolsonaro's misinformation campaign, and the hardware chief who oversaw the development of the PS5 is retiring. And more!

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Sep 06, 2022
How the Great Movie Ride Worked
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Special guest Jack Pattillo joins the show to talk about the former Disney Hollywood Studios attraction, The Great Movie Ride. From immersive storytelling to the implementation of a new kind of animatronic, Jack and Jonathan explore this long-gone ride.

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Sep 05, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Is Carbon Dating on the way out?
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How does radiocarbon dating work? And why might it be less reliable in the future? Learn about carbon-14 and how it can be used to guess when ancient things were alive.

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Sep 02, 2022
Tech News: Going Back to the Moon and Playing D&D in Space
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NASA is going to try again with the Artemis I launch, part of the program to return humans to the Moon's surface. Microsoft faces potential resistance to its acquisition of Activision Blizzard among UK regulators. And Dungeons & Dragons sends a D20 to space. Kind of.

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Sep 01, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: How do Cams work?
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What is a cam? How do cams fit into mechanical systems, and why do we use them? 

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Aug 31, 2022
Smart Talks with IBM - The Mayflower Autonomous Ship: AI and Automation at Sea
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The world’s first autonomous vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean is signaling a new era in maritime technology. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Lauren Ober, host of The Loudest Girl in the World, and guests Brett Phaneuf and Don Scott, the engineers behind the Mayflower Autonomous Ship project. The two explain how automation and AI allowed them to reimagine the design and use of a ship at sea and their implications beyond maritime navigation.

 

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Aug 30, 2022
I Never Meta Pixel That I Liked
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A listener asked to learn more about the Facebook/Meta Pixel, an ad tool that is incredibly powerful (and invasive). What is the Pixel, how does it work, and is there any escape from it?

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Aug 29, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Tech in the Post Apocalyptic World (Part 2)
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There's been an Event. What sort of tech can you rely upon after the zombie outbreak? Or solar flares? Or whatever?

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Aug 26, 2022
Tech News: Twitter and Facebook Shut Down Pro-US Propaganda Campaign
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Facebook and Twitter have been shutting down fake accounts spreading pro-US narratives in the Middle East and Asia. Google warns us of a hacking tool that can download your entire email inbox. And in most of the world it's about to get more expensive to buy a new PS5.

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Aug 25, 2022
Janet Jackson and Nikola Tesla
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How could a music video's audio shutdown a computer? Why did the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse in 1940? And did Nikola Tesla build an earthquake machine?

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Aug 24, 2022
Tech News: When is a nanometer not a nanometer?
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Apple's 3 nm chips are on the way. A former Apple employee pleads guilty to industrial espionage. Oracle allegedly knows everything about you. And Sony announced its new VR hardware will be out in early 2023.

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Aug 23, 2022
The History of Smart TVs
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Televisions weren't always smart. You might argue they still aren't. But there's a surprisingly long history behind them and of the effort to bring extra information to televisions. 

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Aug 22, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Tech in the Post Apocalyptic World (Part 1)
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There's been an Event. What sort of tech can you rely upon after the zombie outbreak? Or solar flares? Or whatever?

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Aug 20, 2022
Tech News: Mt. Kilimanjaro Gets WiFi
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Tanzania has installed high-speed internet on Mt. Kilimanjaro, providing more resources to mountain climbers and influencers alike. Facebook and TikTok are cracking down on political misinformation in the lead up to US elections. And a Janet Jackson music video was once the scourge of laptop hard drives.

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Aug 18, 2022
VR, the Metaverse, and Barriers to Entry
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In this episode, we look at some of the issues with VR that could act as a stumbling block on the journey to the metaverse. How will VR play a part in the metaverse, and will it create a new and more dramatic digital divide?

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Aug 17, 2022
Tech News: Hacking a Tractor to Play Doom
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Apple reportedly has a new deadline requiring corporate employees to come back to the office. Some Signal users had their phone numbers exposed in a phishing attack. And a hacker partnered with a Doom modder to bring the first person shooter to tractors. Plus more

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Aug 16, 2022
Affirm and Max Levchin
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How does the fintech company Affirm work? And what's the story behind its founder, Max Levchin? From Chernobyl to Peloton, our story takes some pretty crazy twists and turns.

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Aug 15, 2022
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Takes Manhattan (Project)
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What was the Manhattan Project all about? What went on during the Manhattan Project and who were the influential people involved? Ben Bowlin joins the show to talk about it.

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Aug 12, 2022
Tech News: Cisco Gets Hacked
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Ransomware hackers got access to some Cisco systems but forgot to actually do the ransom part. Streaming services are grappling with the problem of managing costs and becoming profitable. And SpaceX's Starlink won't be getting hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid after all. Plus more. 

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Aug 11, 2022
Super Soakers and Rocket Science
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How did a nuclear engineer end up inventing the Super Soaker water gun? This is the story of Lonnie Johnson, an inventor and engineer who, among many other things, revolutionized the backyard water pistol fight.

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Aug 10, 2022
Tech News: How do you Google is Google Down when Google is Down?
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Google's software update caused a brief but widespread outage of services. The US government stalls on passing an antitrust bill that would have a massive effect on the tech sector. And the semiconductor shortage continues to disrupt the automotive industry, plus more.

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Aug 09, 2022
What does Google X do?
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Listener Charlie wants to know about X, the Alphabet subsidiary where Google engineers conduct super secret research and development on everything from jetpacks to augmented reality headsets. We learn about its history and some of its successes and failures.

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Aug 08, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Manhattan Project Part One
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In this episode, Ben Bowlin joins the show to talk about the scientific and political landscape that made the Manhattan Project possible. What was Einstein's role? Who first discovered nuclear fission?

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Aug 05, 2022
Tech News: Virtual Real Estate Values Plummet in the Metaverse
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Late last year, speculation around the metaverse fed into a crazy market for virtual real estate. Six months later, values have dropped 80%. What happened? Plus an update on Apple's battle with Ericsson and how some researchers were able to defeat a next-generation encryption strategy. 

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Aug 04, 2022
Why Facebook Might Leave the EU
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Mark Zuckerberg has said that Facebook and Instagram might have to shut down operations if there's not a change to EU privacy requirements. It turns out that's not a threat, it's a cry for help. We learn about what might force these platforms out of the EU.

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Aug 03, 2022
Tech News: The Sun is Angry
1850

A solar storm is heading toward Earth but it's nothing to worry about. Plus, Apple says its human rights were violated and the Chairman of TSMC states the obvious. 

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Aug 02, 2022
The Volume and The AR Wall
2755

Franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek have recently received a filmmaking upgrade in the form of The Volume and The AR Wall (respectively). What do these systems do and how could they change filmmaking? 

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Aug 01, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Disruptive Technologies
2253

What exactly is a disruptive technology? Jonathan explains the term and gives examples of how technology can really shake things up.

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Jul 29, 2022
Tech News: A Mega Load of Meta News And More
2850

Meta held its Q2 2022 earnings call and we learned a lot about what's going on with the company. We also learned that soon Meta will charge more for VR hardware and that it might be easing off on its misinformation policy. Plus news about Samsung, Google, Apple making a car and the next Grand Theft Auto game.

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Jul 28, 2022
Why Jony Ive Left Apple
2943

Concluding our epic series about Jony Ive and his influence at Apple, we find out how Steve Jobs's death affected the designer, the projects he worked on over the last decade, and why he stepped away from the company.

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Jul 27, 2022
Smart Talks with IBM: The Good Hacker: Hacking Businesses before Criminals Do
1766

The headlines tell us cyberattacks are a big, consistent threat to business data – and ours. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Tim Harford, host of Cautionary Tales, and Stephanie “Snow” Carruthers, Chief People Hacker for X-Force, IBM. Snow and her team are finding creative solutions to test their clients’ security, including hacking into their systems before criminal hackers do.

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Jul 26, 2022
Apple Takes Off with Jony Ive
2055

Steve Jobs, Jony Ive and others at Apple were able to make huge changes, going from the brink of bankruptcy toward success. What would come next would be an incredible era of innovation and success at the company, from iPods to iPads.

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Jul 25, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Digital Immortality, Part Two
1821

Stuff You Should Know's Josh Clark and Jonathan continue their discussion about achieving immortality through technology. What are the philosophical problems and will it ever happen?

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Jul 22, 2022
Tech News: Meta Is Going to Court Again
1178

Mark Zuckerberg is going to have to appear in a federal court to answer questions about his alleged involvement in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Meanwhile, an art installation company is also suing Meta for being a copycat. Plus lots more!

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Jul 21, 2022
Jony Ive and the Transformation of Apple
2799

Upon the return of Steve Jobs to Apple, Jony Ive found his role transformed. Given more freedom and authority to have innovative designs find their way into products, Ive and Jobs set out to restore Apple's reputation in the industry.

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Jul 20, 2022
Tech News: Twitter Wants Musk in Court in September
1122

Twitter wants to bring its case against Elon Musk's refusal to go through with his acquisition of the company, and it wants that case to happen in September. Musk argues that the case should be pushed to February of next year. Plus we learn about another Russia fining Google, Apple being sued for being anticompetitive (again) and more!

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Jul 19, 2022
The Story of Jony Ive - The Early Years
2898

Jony Ive, the genius designer who helped redefine Apple's identity, has recently cut ties with the company. Here we learn about his origins and journey to Apple during the company's most chaotic era.

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Jul 18, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Who Wants To Live Forever?
2198

Could technology let us live forever? Stuff You Should Know's Josh Clark joins the show to talk about the possibility of digital immortality.

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Jul 15, 2022
Tech News: Jony Ive and Apple Part Ways
1675

Apple and Jony Ive's design company have chosen not to extend a contract, meaning for the first time in 30 years Apple will be without Ive's influence in design. Also, more than 500 women sue Uber over the violence they experienced from drivers. 

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Jul 14, 2022
Preserving Video Games
2853

Why is the preservation of video games such a complicated mess? And what's the big deal with preserving them in the first place? We look at how enthusiasts and historians are trying to find ways to prevent old games from being forgotten.

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Jul 13, 2022
Tech News: Whistleblower Outs Uber's Bad Behavior
1141

A lobbyist who formerly worked for Uber has dumped more than 100,000 internal documents recording various questionable practices Uber used between 2013 and 2017. It's worse than what we thought. Also, are you ready to pay a subscription fee to access your car's options?

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Jul 12, 2022
The Twitter Story, But Longer
3481

In 2014, TechStuff did The Twitter Story, but a lot has happened in the following 8 years. We look at what has happened to the company, including its current mess involving Elon Musk.

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Jul 12, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Swords - The Real Cutting Edge Technology
2347

What is the history of the sword? What are they made from and what is an alloy? Special guest Ariel Kasten joins the show to talk about pointy things.

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Jul 08, 2022
Tech News: Beware of Chinese and Korean Hackers
1187

Intelligence and law enforcement agencies warn that hackers from China and North Korea are causing massive problems. A former Facebook employee claims the company is able to undelete user data despite claiming otherwise. And is the video game industry in for a bad year?

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Jul 07, 2022
COPPA, YouTube and a Creepy Cartoon
2361

When Kris Straub uploaded a creepy animated short to YouTube in 2018, he indicated that it was for audiences 18 and older. So why did YouTube's AI overrule Straub to say the video is suitable for kids? We look at COPPA and how it has affected YouTube.

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Jul 06, 2022
Rerun: Fireworks, Part Two
1955

Where does the color come from in fireworks? How are those giant displays choreographed? We conclude our discussion on fireworks.

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Jul 05, 2022
Rerun: TechStuff Lights Some Fireworks
2008

How do fireworks work? From the basics to fully choreographed displays, we take a look at the tech of making stuff go boom.

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Jul 04, 2022
TechStuff Classic: High Tech Farming
4071

Agriculture has come a long way since the invention of the plow. Learn about how high-tech gadgets are revolutionizing agriculture!

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Jul 01, 2022
Tech News: How Roe vs Wade Decision Affects Tech
1685

A controversial ruling by the US Supreme Court has had a big impact on the country as a whole and the tech industry is no exception. Plus, one FCC commissioner wants Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores. And Major League Baseball might be fed up with human umpires.

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Jun 30, 2022
How Flash Drives Work
1989

By listener request, here's an episode about flash drives and flash memory. What makes it different from RAM and hard drives? How does it store information?

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Jun 29, 2022
Smart Talks with IBM: Building Trustworthy AI: A Holistic Approach
1653

Advocating for artificial intelligence to be built and deployed ethically is no longer just a compliance issue but more of a business imperative. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Dr. Laurie Santos, host of The Happiness Lab, and Phaedra Boinodiris, Trust in AI Practice Leader within IBM Consulting. Phaedra’s team at IBM is creatively tackling the global need to build trustworthy AI by approaching the challenge holistically, implementing design thinking to address problems before they arise.

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Jun 28, 2022
Patents and Inventors Not Getting Their Due
2400

Sometimes, the folks who invent important (or at least popular) tech end up being left out when it's time to collect the cash. We look at invention, ingenuity, patents and profit in this episode.

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Jun 27, 2022
TechStuff Classic: What's My Address?
2216

The URL is a handy way to navigate to a specific web page. But where did it come from? How does it work and why are they almost always in English?

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Jun 24, 2022
Fw Thinking: Your Body as a Computer Interface
3822

Could the future of electronics be the human body? We explore efforts to turn your body into a technological interface.

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Jun 23, 2022
Rerun: Proof of Stake vs Proof of Work
3750

In the world of cryptocurrency, there's a need for algorithms to create a consensus for validating transactions. Bitcoin uses Proof of Work. Ethereum 2.0 will use Proof of Stake. What the heck is the difference?

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Jun 22, 2022
Tech News: Cloudflare Outage Disrupts the Internet
812

An outage in Cloudflare's content delivery network disrupts multiple services across the Internet. Plus, Meta shows off some mixed reality headset prototypes, former Tesla employees sue Tesla, and South Korea successfully puts a satellite into orbit.

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Jun 21, 2022
The Brink Plays Games With Sega
2284

It was once a powerful video game company that many thought would challenge Nintendo for dominance. So what happened to Sega to make it fall so far?

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Jun 20, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Techs Top Rivalries
2672

All's fair in love and tech, so they say. In this episode, we look back on some of the famous rivalries in technology.

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Jun 17, 2022
Tech News: Did Samsung Fudge TV Benchmark Tests?
1781

TV reviewers suspect that Samsung is using a cheating algorithm to boost TV benchmark scores. Is Tesla's Autopilot dangerous? And did Chinese scientists really pick up an alien radio signal?

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Jun 16, 2022
The Obligatory “Is E3 Dead?” Episode – 2022 Edition
2110

For years, E3 served as the video game industry's platform to promote video games and video game hardware. But some setbacks, including canceled shows due to COVID, lead to the question: is E3 dead?

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Jun 15, 2022
Tech News: Microsoft Says Goodbye to Internet Explorer
1161

This week, we're seeing Microsoft's browser Internet Explorer come to an end as Google pulls the plug (officially) on Google Talk. Plus we learn about Apples second-generation mixed reality hardware even before the company announces the first one, and more!  

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Jun 14, 2022
Is the Google AI sentient?
2853

A Google engineer was suspended after sharing a document suggesting that Google's LaMDA conversation model may be sentient. But if a machine was sentient, how could we tell? What does the Turing Test have to do with it? And can machines think?

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Jun 13, 2022
TechStuff Classic: A Stingray Operation
3639

What are Stingrays and how are they used in surveillance? Jonathan brings in the guys from Stuff They Don't Want You To Know to find out.

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Jun 10, 2022
Tech News: Twitter Refuses to Hand Over Data to US Government
1765

The committee investigating the January 6th insurrection reportedly wants Twitter to hand over more internal communications about what folks in the company knew about the planned event. Tesla is facing some opposition for its required office attendance in Germany. And the James Webb Space Telescope gets hit by a micrometeoroid.

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Jun 09, 2022
Rerun: What is an algorithm?
2998

The word algorithm pops up a lot in tech discussions, but what the heck is an algorithm? From learning about an Arabic genius to discovering a way to figure out what day of the week falls on any given date, we look at algorithms.

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Jun 08, 2022
Tech News: Twitter and Tesla and Elon, Oh My!
1046

We get an update on Elon Musk and his quest to own or walk away from Twitter. We also learn what Apple unveiled at WWDC 2022. And we hear about an AI-piloted ship crossing the Atlantic.

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Jun 07, 2022
Rerun: Machine Learning 101
3031

Why is it so hard to define concepts like artificial intelligence and machine learning? What do those even mean? And how does it work? We take a very high level look at AI and machine learning.

 

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Jun 06, 2022
TechStuff Classic: DARPA Robotics Challenge Review
2230

What did the teams competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge have to do? Who won? And what does this mean for the future of robotics?

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Jun 03, 2022
Rerun: The Epic Epic vs Apple Battle
3043

Apple is facing pressure from regulatory agencies around the world to allow developers to use payment systems outside of Apple's own. You could say the battle with Epic is where that got started. 

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Jun 02, 2022
The Rise and Fall of Onkyo
3366

By listener request, we learn about the history of the Onkyo company and brand. From its humble beginnings in 1946 to the declaration of bankruptcy in 2022, we learn how this company fit into the hi-fi audio equipment landscape.

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Jun 01, 2022
Home Lending Pal: Disrupting the Mortgage Industry with Cloud and AI
1951

Historically, there have been cultural biases that have complicated the home buying process and made home ownership difficult. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm takes on this subject with Jacob Goldstein, host of What’s Your Problem?, and Bryan Young and Steven Better, the co-founders of Home Lending Pal. These two visionaries are using IBM technology including AI, blockchain and cloud to create a home loan process that’s more transparent, secure, and equitable.This is a paid advertisement from IBM.

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May 31, 2022
Chilling Out with the Coolest Cooler, an episode of Business on the Brink
3141

It's Memorial Day in the United States, and so we're on holiday. We're bringing to you an episode from Business on the Brink back in 2019, where Ariel and I chat about a famous Kickstarter Campaign that ultimately led to frustration and disappointment.

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May 30, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Basic Components of Electronics
2383

It's time for Electronics 101. What are the basic components of electronic circuits and what do they do? Jonathan explains.

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May 27, 2022
New Smart Talks with IBM Season Coming Soon
120

Smart Talks with IBM returns May 31. This season, host Malcolm Gladwell and a team of correspondents from Pushkin Industries meet with New Creators who are creatively applying technology in business to drive change. This is a paid advertisement from IBM. 

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May 27, 2022
Tech in the Great Outdoors
1937

We often think of technology as stuff that keeps us sitting at home, wired to our phones or computers or game systems. But there's an entire world of technology designed to inspire you to get outside and go exploring. We look at how tech can play a part in getting back to nature.

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May 26, 2022
TechStuff Talkback: Does Tesla's Full Self Driving work as advertised?
1091

Listener Greg used the Talkback feature on the iHeartRadio app to ask an interesting question: does Full Self Driving do what Tesla says it does? We take a look at the capabilities and limitations of Full Self Driving and ask tough questions like "Who is responsible when a Tesla crashes while in Full Self Driving mode?"

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May 25, 2022
Tech News: Zuckerberg Gets Sued
1814

The Attorney General for Washington DC has sued Mark Zuckerberg over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Airbnb shuts down rentals in China. And a Florida law that would allow politicians to sue social networks over content moderation remains blocked.

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May 24, 2022
The Illegal Number
2052

Listener The Gregolas asked if I might explain The Illegal Number. What makes a number illegal? Can numbers actually be illegal? Isn't that absurd? YES!

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May 24, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Hack That Auto 2.0
3623

Could your car be hacked remotely? We take a look at claims and explore the possibilities of wireless car hacking.

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May 20, 2022
Tech News: Google Pulls Out of Russia
2360

Lots of news to cover today, including an update on Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter, Meta is scaling back on some departments within the company, and Google's Russian subsidiary declares bankruptcy. Plus, learn how some engineers created a scientific breakthrough meant to make your burritos better.

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May 20, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: 8-Bit Audio
1146

What gives those classic video games like Super Mario Bros and Legend of Zelda their unique sound? We look at what makes 8-bit audio special, and why the 8-bit part isn't really the important, uh, bit.

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May 18, 2022
Tech News: Musk's Twitter Deal On Hold
2062

Elon Musk says unless Twitter can prove its claim that less than 5% of all monetizable accounts are bots, the acquisition deal won't progress. A security researcher shows it's possible to unlock and start a Tesla vehicle through hacking. And how many times is your data traded online every day?

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May 17, 2022
An Update on Autonomous Vehicles
2895

Not all self-driving cars are made equal. We take a look at the various levels of autonomous driving and speculate on how long it might be until we have a truly autonomous car on the roads.

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May 16, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Internet Kill Switch
3474

Is there a kill switch for the Internet? Is that legal or ethical? Ben Bowlin joins the show to talk about it.

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May 13, 2022
Tech News: ICE ICE Surveillance
1708

All right, stop! Collaborate and listen; ICE is back with invasive digital surveillance covering essentially all US residents. Plus the SEC is after Elon Musk (again), the EU might outlaw end to end encryption and we learn what Google has announced at its I/O event.

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May 13, 2022
Goodbye to the iPod
2322

On May 10th, 2022, Apple announced it was discontinuing the iPod Touch, the last in the line of iPod products. We look back on the debut, evolution and impact of the iconic iPod.

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May 11, 2022
Some DRM Disasters
2042

DRM, or digital rights management, can cause far more problems than what it was meant to solve. And it doesn't even solve the problem it was designed to do. In this episode, we look at several cases where DRM caused problems for legitimate customers.

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May 09, 2022
The Future of Work
1685

The last couple of years have been hard, but they've also pushed businesses to adapt quickly and innovate. We look at the technologies that power work.

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May 09, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Story of Internet Explorer, Part 2
3445

Nate Lanxon from Bloomberg joins the show to talk about the history of Internet Explorer and the future of Project Spartan.

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May 06, 2022
The Future Right Now
3448

In this episode sponsored by Nissan, we take a look at the technologies being developed right now that will reshape the web and how we interact online. From Web3 to the metaverse to, yes, NFTs, we look at what's good, what's bad and what could define our future.

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May 05, 2022
The Crazy Story of Pixelon
1756

In the late 90s, a man calling himself Michael Fenne had a radical idea: why not create a 1,000-channel online video network? The result was PIxelon, a company that in its short history had one of the craziest journeys in tech history.

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May 04, 2022
Tech News: US DOE Recharges Battery Production
1934

The US invests in electric vehicle batteries. Meta decides to shut down its podcasting platform. And Spotify is in Roblox now!

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May 03, 2022
Data Preservation and Destruction
2696

It's hard to hold onto information. Paradoxically, it can also be hard to get rid of it. In this episode, we look at why long-term data preservation is a challenge, and the lengths people will go to in order to clear out digital information.

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May 02, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Story of Internet Explorer, Part 1
3441

Nate Lanxon from Bloomberg joins the show to talk about the history of Internet Explorer and the future of Project Spartan.

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Apr 29, 2022
Tech News: Meta's Numbers are on the Rise Again
1194

Meta saw more users join its services, giving investors more confidence in the company. Amazon is in a tussle with the Australian government. And the UK plans to fine streaming services that display "harmful content." 

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Apr 28, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Fuel Cells and Catalysts
1201

Some researchers in the UK made a breakthrough that could have a dramatic impact on the cost of fuel cell technology. But how do fuel cells work anyway, and what's holding us back from using them?

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Apr 27, 2022
Tech News: Elon Musk is Buying Twitter
1836

Despite all the back and forth, it looks like Elon Musk's bid for Twitter will be a success. And as you can expect, the Internet reacted with measured rationality and decorum. 

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Apr 26, 2022
The Chaos of the Music Industry
2679

In a continuation of last week's episode about tech and the music biz, we look at how different media had a huge impact and how digital downloads and streaming would change everything. 

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Apr 25, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Secret Space Plane
4315

What's the story behind the Air Force's X-37B space plane? What is it doing on its super-long missions? Ben Bowlin joins the show to make wild speculations with me.

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Apr 22, 2022
Tech News: Netflix Has a Rough Phone Call
2198

The earnings call for Netflix led to a very bad day for the company. Tesla did booming business in the first quarter of 2022. And net neutrality proponents in California are celebrating. Plus more!

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Apr 22, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: MAME
2185

Today we look at the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator software, which does so much more than emulate classic arcade machines. What is MAME's actual purpose, and is it legal?

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Apr 20, 2022
Tech News: Twitter Takes a Poison Pill
1854

Twitter's Board of Directors have initiated a poison pill strategy in an effort to fend off Elon Musk's bid to acquire the platform. In other news, Amazon is getting into the mixed reality game and holographic doctors visited the International Space Station.

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Apr 19, 2022
Tech and the Music Industry
2817

The tech and business of music have evolved together, creating an enormous industry. We learn how recording technology, radio and more have shaped business.

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Apr 18, 2022
TechStuff Classic: A Series of Tubes Part Two
1843

Our history lesson about the implementation of pneumatic tube systems continues. We also explore how pneumatic tubes are used currently.

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Apr 15, 2022
Tech News: Elon Wants His Musk All Over Twitter
1276

Remember on Tuesday when we heard analysts wonder if Elon Musk turned down a seat on Twitter's Board of Directors because he wanted to make a move on Twitter? Well, he wants to make a move on Twitter. Plus, Meta plans to take a huge chunk out of every transaction in the metaverse and more.

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Apr 15, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Format Wars
2811

This tidbits episode rapidly got out of hand. We take a look at big format wars in history and why they are important. We also look at how format wars can cause confusion and frustration for consumers. 

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Apr 14, 2022
Tech News: Twitter's Board Won't Be Musky
2037

Elon Musk won't be joining Twitter's Board of Directors after all. Plus, what happens when cops pull over a driverless car? And we learn about a gorilla who is spending too much time looking at smartphones.

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Apr 12, 2022
Rerun: TechStuff Samples Some Raspberry Pi
1814

What is the Raspberry Pi? Who came up with the idea? What can the Raspberry Pi do? Listen in as your favorite tech gurus break down Raspberry Pi.

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Apr 11, 2022
TechStuff Classic: A Series of Tubes Part One
3009

How do pneumatic tubes work? Lauren Vogelbaum joins the show to talk about the physics and history of pneumatic tube systems.

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Apr 08, 2022
Tech News: Meta Still Wants to Make Zuck Bucks
1192

Meta ditched Diem but still plans to introduce a digital currency that employees call "Zuck Bucks." Some of Mark Zuckerberg's employees refer to him as the "Eye of Sauron" and somehow he doesn't think that's a bad thing. And we hear about a lawsuit that claims IBM fudged numbers on its revenue filings.

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Apr 07, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: The Terahertz Gap
1169

Take a close look at the electromagnetic spectrum and you'll notice there's a span of frequencies we don't seem to use very much. Why is that?

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Apr 06, 2022
Tech News: Exploring the Amazon (News)
2184

Employees at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island pass a vote to unionize. Elon Musk becomes Twitter's newest board member. And scientists have created a new message to tell aliens where to find us. 

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Apr 05, 2022
Using Tech for Good with Baratunde Thurston
2802

Advocate, technologist and comedian Baratunde Thurston joins the show to talk about his podcast How to Citizen and how, with a little work, we can make tech live up to its potential as a tool for positive social change.

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Apr 04, 2022
TechStuff Classic: How Steganography Works
4085

How can you hide a message so that no one knows you're even communicating? Use steganography! Ariel Kasten joins the show to talk about the art of hiding messages.

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Apr 01, 2022
Tech News: Big Tech, Big Problems
1924

Today's news covers a lot of important problems cropping up around Big Tech, from anticompetitive practices to deceptive lobbying strategies to the spread of misinformation on social networking platforms. Plus learn how researchers were able to hack into a Canadian broadcast satellite.

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Mar 31, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Satellite Orbits 101
2114

What are the different kinds of satellite orbits, and what purpose do they serve? From low Earth orbits to Lagrange points, we take a high-level view. From space.

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Mar 30, 2022
Tech News: Sony Announces a New PlayStation Subscription Service
2042

Sony is combining two existing services into something new. Plus the supply chain problems we've been having are likely going to get worse. And we hear about AI-generated LinkedIn profiles. Could your coworker be a robot?

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Mar 29, 2022
What does the Facebook Oversight Board do?
3019

Since its formation, the Facebook Oversight Board has reviewed some important content moderation cases on Facebook. In some cases it upheld Facebook's initial decision, in more cases the board overturned Facebook's actions. But why does the board exist in the first place and how does it work? Dex Hunter-Torricke joins the show to explain.

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Mar 28, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Biggest Lawsuits in Gaming History
3933

CNET's Iyaz Akhtar joins the show to talk about lawsuits. What are some of the biggest lawsuits in gaming and how have they shaped our world?

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Mar 25, 2022
Tech News: Lapsus$ Hackers Identified
1623

Cybersecurity researchers say that a 16-year-old boy in England is the ringleader of the Lapsus$ hacker group that compromised Okta and other companies earlier this week. We learn which big tech companies are the most ethical, sort of. And lots more! 

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Mar 24, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: What are Web 1.0 and Web 2.0?
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As the buzz around Web3 grows, I thought it would be good to revisit the concepts of Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. What do those terms actually mean? And does Web3 have any connection to them? 

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Mar 23, 2022
Tech News: Facebook Locks Out Users
1928

In an effort to protect high-profile Facebook users, Facebook locked those users out of their own accounts. Sort of. Plus news about Google, Tesla and how the US SEC wants to hold companies accountable for greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Mar 22, 2022
Military Simulations and Metaverses
3766

Pete Morrison from Bohemia Interactive Simulations joins the show to talk about what goes into creating simulated worlds for military training and how that work could be part of the foundation for the metaverse.

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Mar 21, 2022
TechStuff Classic: How Aircraft Carriers Work: Part Two
2645

Jonathan and Scott look back on the history of aircraft carriers and how they evolved in the US Navy. From the Enterprise to the Nimitz and beyond!

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Mar 18, 2022
BigTech News: Tech Lands in Lawmakers' Crosshairs
1977

Between chasing rainbows and warding off banshees, Jonathan spends this St. Patrick's Day talking about numerous lawsuits and proposed pieces of legislation that could have enormous impacts on the tech industry. Plus Amazon picks up MGM and the James Webb Space Telescope takes its first fully-focused image. 

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Mar 18, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: A Brief History of Streaming Music
1346

Today, using streaming services is how most folks access music. But how did that get started? We look at the early history that set the stage for today's music industry.

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Mar 16, 2022
Tech News: Russia Shuts Down Instagram
1888

The Russian government has banned Instagram. A COVID outbreak in China could create more supply chain woes down the line. And Google employees indicate their displeasure in an internal survey. Plus more!

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Mar 15, 2022
How Cars Became Computerized
2381

We've all heard how the chip shortage has hit the automotive industry hard, but when did cars begin incorporating electronics in the first place? We look at the history of computerization in vehicles.

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Mar 14, 2022
TechStuff Classic: How Aircraft Carriers Work - Part One
3300

CarStuff's Scott Benjamin joins this listener requested show about aircraft carriers. How do they work and what does it take to keep one operational?

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Mar 11, 2022
Rerun: Getting Around in Science Fiction
4349

Special guest Ariel Kasten is back and we talk about some more sci-fi stuff, including the various means of getting from point A to point B. Hyperspace, warp speed and teleportation - how much is science and how much is fiction?

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Mar 10, 2022
Rerun: The Tragedy of 3DO
3293

This is the story of a video game console that tried to make a big change in the market but failed, and the man who dreamed it all up.

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Mar 09, 2022
Rerun: What were CGA, EGA and VGA?
2882

How did IBM define computer graphics standards for the PC? What's the difference between the different standards? And why did the company get out of the graphics game?

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Mar 08, 2022
A Conversation with Beena Ammanath
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Beena Ammanath is an Executive Director at Deloitte with a focus on AI, including how to make artificial intelligence "trustworthy." In this episode, Jonathan and Beena talk about artificial intelligence in general, what it means to be trustworthy and why you can't use a single example to cover all AI applications.

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Mar 07, 2022
Techstuff Classic: How Coffee Machines Work
3144

Lauren Vogelbaum joins the show to talk about coffee machines. What's the history of coffee and how do the various gadgets work? Coffee!

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Mar 04, 2022
Tech News: Joe Biden Targets Social Networks in State of the Union
1851

The President of the United States called on Congress to create laws to protect children online. McDonald's doesn't want an add on gadget to fix ice cream machines. And you'll be able to order virtual fast food in the metaverse for some reason.

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Mar 03, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: What is SWIFT?
2175

What is SWIFT, and what does a SWIFT ban actually mean? We learn about the communications system and how it facilitates the movement of large amounts of money all around the world.

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Mar 03, 2022
Tech News: Tech Strikes Back at Russia
1920

The tech world has clamped down on Russia in the wake of the country's invasion of Ukraine. A cryptocurrency exchange founder is going to stand trial on charges of wire fraud and money laundering. And we say farewell to a man who co-developed Ethernet technology.

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Mar 01, 2022
Rerun: Formula 1 - 101
4882

Scott Benjamin joins the show to talk about the history and tech behind Formula 1 race cars. What sets them apart?

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Feb 28, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Ice Core Drilling
2414

How do scientists retrieve ice core samples? What can we learn from them? Joe McCormick joins the show to talk about really cool historical records.

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Feb 25, 2022
Tech News: Tech and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
1793

How is Russia's invasion of Ukraine affecting the tech world? Why did an American hacker decide to take down North Korea's Internet? And why is Facebook developing a universal translator?

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Feb 24, 2022
Audiophiles and the Perfect Sound
2418

Audiophiles want the best listening experience from their sound systems. The only thing in the way is the tech. We explore why getting the perfect system is such a huge challenge (and why you don't necessarily need to break the bank while doing it).

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Feb 23, 2022
Tech News: TikTok and Your Data
1166

Security researchers find that TikTok gives its Chinese parent company full access to user data. A consumer advocacy group in the EU thinks users should be able to sue big tech companies under the Digital Markets Act. And White Castle hires some robots.

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Feb 22, 2022
The Rise and Fall of Sansui
2938

Sansui was a Japanese company that, for a brief period, produced audio equipment that serious audiophiles still seek out to this day. We learn how the company began and we puzzle out what went wrong.

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Feb 21, 2022
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Gets Flushed
3152

How do toilets work? What's the secret behind using a Japanese toilet? And can you enter a toilet race? Josh Clark joins the show.

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Feb 18, 2022
Tech News: I Never Metamate I Didn't Like
1197

Meta employees are now Metamates and I'm sorry. Also, we learn about how Russian hackers have stolen top US military secrets. And the US is looking at more ways to protect children from Big Tech.

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Feb 17, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: The Problems of Obsolescence
2257

When tech goes obsolete, it can cause problems. Sometimes they are relatively minor -- you bought into HDDVD when you should have gone Blu-ray. But sometimes it gets much more serious. We take a big picture look at the problems of tech going obsolete.

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Feb 16, 2022
Tech News: Meta Messed with Texas
2084

The state of Texas goes after Meta/Facebook over data privacy. The US Senate might effectively end encrypted communication in the states. And a certain time machine might be opening its gull-wing doors to new customers soon.

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Feb 15, 2022
Rerun: How Speakers and Amplifiers Work
1915

How does a speaker generate sound? What does an amplifier do and how does it work? We learn more about the science and tech behind our audio equipment.

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Feb 14, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Golden Age of Radio
4205

How did broadcast radio get its start? What were the challenges and controversies? And how did the golden age fade into history?

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Feb 12, 2022
Tech News: Nintendo Gets Direct and Peloton Cycles In Place
1799

Nintendo held one of its Nintendo Direct events yesterday and we look at a few announcements. Meanwhile, Peloton continues to have a rough week as laid off employees crash an all hands meeting. And Tesla opts to turn off a function that Jonathan finds obnoxious.

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Feb 10, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Jailbreaking
1900

What is jailbreaking? Why would you want to jailbreak a device? And how could court decisions make jailbreaking a thing of the past?

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Feb 09, 2022
Tech News: Nvidia Loses an Arm
2203

Nvidia's plan to acquire Arm falls through. The IRS backpedals on requiring facial recognition for online users. And we hear about how Meta and Apple are both facing challenges on multiple fronts.

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Feb 08, 2022
Update: Hyperloop and the Boring Podcast
3892

It's time to revisit the Hyperloop. What is the proposal, and how will it work? And what's up with Elon Musk's Boring Company?

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Feb 07, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Rise and Fall of Atari: Part Three
3102

In our final part in our Atari series, Chuck and Jonathan talk about the sad decline of Atari and what's left of the company today.

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Feb 04, 2022
Tech News: Investors Change Their Relationship Status With Facebook To "It's Complicated"
2338

Yesterday, Meta/Facebook held an earnings call and things went poorly right out of the gate. By the time the call was over, the company was poised to shed 200 billion dollars in value. What happened? Plus, more news in tech.

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Feb 03, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Bits and Bytes
1807

What's the difference between bits and bytes? Has a byte always been 8 bits (no, it has not)? And is a kilobyte 1,000 bytes, or 1,024 bytes? It depends! Let's all get confused with this refresher course in bits and bytes!

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Feb 02, 2022
Tech News: Big Tech Gets Bigger
1214

Acquisitions are in the tech news this week, from updates on Microsoft's purchase of Activision Blizzard to the New York Times scooping up a viral online game. We also look at how hackers made more than 80 million bucks from insider trading and a group of engineers who proved da Vinci's flying machine could work.

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Feb 01, 2022
Libra - The Failed Facebook Currency
2866

Diem, formerly known as the Libra Association behind Facebook's Libra currency, is kaput. Learn about how folks at Facebook attempted to launch a digital currency and the problems they encountered along the way.

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Jan 31, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Rise and Fall of Atari: Part Two
3373

In Part Two of this series, Chuck and Jonathan talk about how Atari dominated video games until the crash of 1983.

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Jan 29, 2022
Tech News: LG Televisions and Targeted Advertising
2140

LG's announcement to advertisers might mean connected televisions learn more about us than we would like. Anti-vax groups were spreading lies about COVID vaccines before the US even announced a vaccine program. And the IRS wants a good look at your face. Plus more!

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Jan 28, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: The Laws of Tech
2130

From Moore's Law to the Laws of Robotics, we take a look at some famous "laws" about technology.

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Jan 26, 2022
Tech News: Crypto Winters and GPU Summers
2076

The recent decline in cryptocurrency value might be good news for folks looking to buy a GPU. Attorneys want to hold Google accountable for what they say are misleading location tracking practices. And hackers have hit the Belarus railway system with ransomware in an effort to prevent Russian troops from amassing near Ukraine. Plus more!

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Jan 26, 2022
Peloton Stalls Out
2943

Peloton seems to be moving backward, which is bad news for a company known for its stationary bikes. We look at the history of Peloton, the company's business model, and how recent events have convinced at least one activist investor to call for the CEO's resignation.

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Jan 24, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Rise and Fall of Atari - Part One
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What's the story behind Atari? Stuff You Should Know's Chuck Bryant joins the podcast to answer this listener question.

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Jan 22, 2022
Tech News: Roku Goes Kaput
2306

An issue with Roku's systems on the back end caused user devices to fail for several hours on Wednesday. Plus, news about the metaverse, crypto criminals and a movie studio in spaaaaace.

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Jan 20, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Patents
1207

What are patents for? How long do they last? And what's a patent troll? We give a quick overview about patents and why they're such a big deal in tech.

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Jan 19, 2022
Tech News: Airlines Warn 5G Could Lead to "Catastrophic Event"
2285

We're on the eve of AT&T and Verizon switching on their C-Band 5G networks and several airlines warn that the tech could cause a "catastrophic event" in the form of delays and cancellations. What's going on? Plus HUGE news about Activision Blizzard and more.

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Jan 18, 2022
Why are so many semiconductor chips made in Taiwan?
2683

The semiconductor chip shortage continues to be a huge problem for multiple industries around the world and has brought new attention to Taiwan, the manufacturing capital of semiconductors. But how did it get that way?

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Jan 17, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Six Simple Machines
2566

What are the six simple machines and why are they so important? Joe McCormick joins the show to explain.

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Jan 15, 2022
Tech News: Scams and Lawsuits
1999

The tech news today is filled with stories about lawsuits and scams, from Apple paying employees for the time they spent being searched to Kim Kardashian getting name dropped in a lawsuit about an alleged cryptocurrency scam. Plus, Disney files an interesting (and potentially creepy) patent.

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Jan 14, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Content Farms and Clickbait
2220

What are/were content farms, and what conditions allowed them to flourish? And what changed? From junk articles to clickbait, we look at how web sites would try to gamify the system to get more views.

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Jan 12, 2022
South Korea Gets Tough With Apple and Google
1894

A law in South Korea forces Apple and Google to offer alternatives to their respective in-app payment systems. A former Amazon employee will testify to lawmakers that the company's employee review system is incomprehensible. And Razer changes up how it markets its new Zephyr masks.

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Jan 11, 2022
The DRM Episode
2605

Digital Rights Management has a bad reputation. Is it earned? (Yes, yes it is). We look at the history and evolution of DRM and why critics say it's broken.

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Jan 10, 2022
TechStuff Classic: What is a Common Carrier?
1129

The FCC Chairman has proposed reclassifying ISPs as common carriers under Title II. Wait, what does that mean? Jonathan explains.

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Jan 07, 2022
Tech News: CES 2022 Roundup and More
2309

I talk about some of the stuff coming out of CES that I found interesting. Plus we hear about Google alienating its employees and get a story on an NFT art heist.

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Jan 07, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Why is there no universal voltage?
1231

Travel the world and you'll discover that you will need some special gear to plug in your electronics as you go from place to place. Plugs, outlets and even voltages vary around the world. We're going to talk about why.

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Jan 06, 2022
The Verdict is in for Theranos
1671

A jury returns a verdict on the case against Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos and it's a mixed bag. AT&T and Verizon both agree to delay 5G rollout, but only for a couple of weeks. And CES gets underway in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Jan 05, 2022
Rerun: How Medieval Warfare Led to the Lawnmower
2957

We learn who invented the lawnmower, how lawnmowers evolved, and why we even have lawns in the first place. Hint: it has to do with castles in the Middle Ages.

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Jan 03, 2022
TechStuff Classic: How E-Bikes Work
3755

Electric bikes aren't a new idea. How do they work? Scott Benjamin joins the show to talk about e-bike tech.

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Jan 01, 2022
TechStuff Predicts 2022
1914

It's been a while since I did a tech predictions episode. What trends are going to be big in 2022? From Web3 to the Great Resignation, we look ahead at what will shape tech in the year to come.

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Dec 31, 2021
A Look Back at 2021 in Spaaace (and Beyond)
2639

As we wrap up our look back on 2021, we talk about some of the big stories involving space missions. We also look at what Tesla was up to in 2021 and we look ahead at a very different CES 2022.

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Dec 30, 2021
2021 and Activision Blizzard's No Good, Very Bad Year
2690

We continue our look at the big tech stories of 2021, including a truly tumultuous year for video game company Activision Blizzard. Plus, Jonathan rants about cryptocurrencies and a vaguely-defined Web3.

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Dec 29, 2021
A Look Back on 2021: Would Facebook Lie to You? (Probably)
3019

It's time to look back on some of the big tech stories of 2021, and golly this past year was a doozie. In this first episode, we look at tech's role in the spread of misinformation, how it played a part in the US capitol riots, and Jonathan once again rails about NFTs.

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Dec 27, 2021
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at TV Connectors
1899

What are all the connections on the back of a television? From HDMI to composite to component cables, we explain what each means.

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Dec 24, 2021
Rerun: E-Waste and What To Do With It
2441

What is electronic waste? What makes it so problematic? And what's the best way to deal with it?

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Dec 24, 2021
Rerun: Behind the Jargon of the Film Industry
3017

What's the difference between a Gaffer and the Best Boy? What do all the roles on a movie set actually mean? We look at the tech and terminology of film sets.

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Dec 22, 2021
Tech News: Tech Crooks and Cybercrime Stats
1718

Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos founder, awaits a jury's verdict in her wire fraud case. We learn that cyber criminals really stepped it up over the last couple of years. And Brian Eno has some harsh words for NFT enthusiasts.

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Dec 21, 2021
Riding the Hype Cycle
2431

Don't believe the hype, but believe in the hype cycle. It's a tool that describes the path a tech takes from its emergence to adoption. From 3D TVs to the metaverse, we explore how we can use the hype cycle to describe how we perceive tech.

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Dec 21, 2021
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Listens to Negativland
2094

Mark Hosler, one of the founding members of Negativland, joins the podcast to talk about audio collage, art, legal potholes and using technology to make mind blowing sound.

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Dec 17, 2021
Tech News: We're Not Ready for the Metaverse
1205

An Intel senior VP explains why we're not technologically prepared for the metaverse. We cover some serious stories about abuse and hostile work environments in tech. And Roku faces a ban in the US. Plus more.

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Dec 16, 2021
Would TechTV Make it in Streaming Media?
1872

TechTV was a cable channel dedicated to tech, but ultimately a merger with G4TV would spell the end of most of the channel's programming. Could it have survived in streaming form if it came out today? Tom Merritt, former TechTV guru, joins the show to talk it over.

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Dec 15, 2021
Tech News: The Worst Security Vulnerability in a Decade
1283

Why are security experts calling the Log4j vulnerability the worst one in a decade? Why is OSHA investigating Apple? And why did Meta revoke one Instagram user's 10-year-old Instagram account?

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Dec 14, 2021
The Amazon Web Services Outage
1845

On Tuesday, December 7th, 2021, a glitch in Amazon Web Services had a massive impact on everything from smartphone apps to Walt Disney World. We learn about the origins of AWS and what Amazon says went wrong.

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Dec 13, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The Sony Pictures Entertainment Hack
4480

What exactly happened with the hack that targeted Sony? Why do some people question the official explanation that North Korea was behind it? Ben Bowlin joins the show to explain.

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Dec 10, 2021
Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell - Managing supply chain volatility in the height of the shopping season
1975

Global supply chains have made headlines this year, with businesses in every industry and consumers all experiencing unprecedented volatility. How can companies stabilize this boundless bullwhip? In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Jonathan Wright, Global Managing Partner for Supply Chain Consulting at IBM, about demand forecasting and other technologies that manufacturers and vendors are using to make their supply chains more resilient. This is a paid advertisement from IBM.

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Dec 09, 2021
Rerun: The Death of 3D Television
2631

For years, television manufacturers were pushing 3D features on TV sets. By 2017, all major companies had stopped trying. What happened with 3D TV?

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Dec 09, 2021
Tech News: The 150 Billion Dollar Facebook Lawsuits
1595

Meta/Facebook faces a pair of class action lawsuits seeking billions in damages, alleging that the company fueled extremism and violence in Myanmar. In other news, Microsoft wrests control of servers belonging to hackers targeting companies. And NASA develops a new program to calculate the likelihood of an asteroid colliding with Earth.

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Dec 07, 2021
The Evil Algorithm
1972

One of the big news stories of 2021 has centered around Facebook's "algorithm." In this episode, we dive into what that actually means and how content like misinformation and hate speech can get a big boost from Facebook itself.

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Dec 06, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The CES Story
2629

It's time for another classic TechStuff episode! In this one, Chris Pollette and Jonathan Strickland give the history of CES and what it's like to attend.

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Dec 03, 2021
What does the future of sustainability look like for your company and your customers?
1878

Today, consumers, businesses and governments are united in their sense of urgency about the sustainability of the planet. But how do we go about achieving it? In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Marc Rolfe, Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Partners Ecosystem Success at SAP, and Jason Kelley, General Manager, IBM Strategic Partners, about how strategic partnerships between companies can create a larger industry shift toward sustainability. This is a paid advertisement from IBM.

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Dec 02, 2021
Will LHR tech solve the graphics card shortage problem?
3642

A listener asked what's the difference between LHR and non-LHR graphics cards. Who knew it would turn into a full discussion on crypto mining, hash values and how companies are trying to make sure that gamers get their hands on graphics cards?

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Dec 01, 2021
Tech News: Twitter Gets a New CEO
2225

Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter's CEO again. Former Google employees sue Google for being evil. And the FBI considers encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp and iMessage to be "the most permissive" when it comes to investigations. Plus more!

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Nov 30, 2021
BitTorrent and The Pirate Bay
2872

The Pirate Bay turned 18 this year. We look at file sharing, copyright issues, corporate assets and the pirates who advocate for a free Internet. It's a big ol' mess and we're going to sort it out.

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Nov 30, 2021
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Tackles Typewriters
2987

Special guest Holly Frey joins the show to talk about typewriters. What's their history and what's the real scoop behind the QWERTY keyboard?

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Nov 26, 2021
Rerun: The History of Cyber Monday
2220

When did the trend of Cyber Monday begin? We take a look at the history of one of the Internet's biggest annual events.

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Nov 25, 2021
The Dark Side of Video Game Cheaters
2768

From trying to scam their way onto high score leaderboards to using hacks to run rampant in online multiplayer games, we look at how cheaters have tried to take the easy way toward video game legend status.

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Nov 25, 2021
Tech News: NASA Plays Galactic Billiards With Asteroid
1588

NASA launches a spacecraft that will collide with an asteroid, but on purpose. Also, Facebook executives allegedly prevented researchers from improving algorithms to limit the spread of hate speech. And Texas invites bitcoin miners to settle down, but can the state's power grid handle the load?

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Nov 23, 2021
A Brief History of Cheating in Video Games
2903

From the famous Konami code to the Doom modders, we look at some of the early examples of cheat codes and cheat devices in video games.

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Nov 22, 2021
Rerun: The GE of Today
2851

Tragedies and financial crises turned what used to be General Electric's strengths into liabilities. In this episode, we learn how the once dominant company began to struggle and why some think its heading for insolvency.

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Nov 19, 2021
How a human-centered approach is building trustworthy AI.
1818

Creating trust and transparency in AI isn’t just a business requirement, it’s a social responsibility. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Christina Montgomery, IBM's Chief Privacy Officer and AI Ethics Board Co-Chair, and Dr. Seth Dobrin, Global Chief AI Officer, about IBM’s approach to AI and how it’s helping businesses transform the way they work with AI systems that are fair and address bias so AI can benefit everyone, not just a few.

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Nov 18, 2021
Rerun: GE and the House that Jack Built
2914

After World War II, General Electric would grow rapidly to the point of bloat. Then a man named Jack Welch took over as CEO and made some big changes. What was Welch's legacy?

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Nov 17, 2021
Rerun: GE Through World War II
2658

In its first few decades, General Electric would grow into an enormous company with incredible influence in the United States. In this episode, we see how that played out leading up to and through World War II.

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Nov 16, 2021
Rerun: The Founding of G&E
2781

General Electric has been around for more than 100 years. It's recently been in a bit of a slump. How did this company get started?

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Nov 15, 2021
TechStuff Classic: Taking a Ride in an Ambulance
4851

What is ambulance technology all about? Ben Bowlin joins the show to explore this listener-suggested topic.

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Nov 12, 2021
Tech News: Flying Taxis and Metaverses in South Korea
1475

South Korea is barging into the future with a municipal metaverse for Seoul and an air traffic control system for flying taxis. Plus an update on Elon Musk selling Tesla stock, why it's still hard to buy a PlayStation 5 and how a brain computer interface project interprets imaginary handwriting.

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Nov 11, 2021
Futures That Never Were
3019

Science fiction writers have predicted numerous things that came true. But then there are those who have predicted stuff that didn't quite work out the way they imagined. This episode is dedicated to them.

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Nov 11, 2021
Tech News: Freedom From Algorithms
2154

A proposed law in the US would make companies like Facebook give users an alternative to algorithmic-generated news feeds. The DoJ goes after ransomware hackers. And we've got news about Nintendo's next video game console (kind of).

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Nov 09, 2021
More of the Worst Cars of All Time
3058

We round out a totally-not-definitive list of bad cars with entries like the Trident, the Aztek and the Hummer H2. Plus the scandal of Dieselgate and cars that were meant to fly or swim.

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Nov 08, 2021
The Worst Cars of All Time
2746

It's time to talk about some cars that, for one reason or another, people love to hate. So from the Pinto to the Trabant, join us as we look at cars that were lemons, cost too much or doomed a company to bankruptcy.

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Nov 05, 2021
Tech News: Spaaaaaace Tacos
1810

Meta PC's owners say "Not so fast, Facebook" to a proposed name change. Google is bidding on a defense contract. A new methodology relating to quantum computing could change everything. And astronauts make tacos in space with space chiles!

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Nov 04, 2021
Rerun: The Max Headroom Incident
3289

How did hackers take over a television signal in the late 1980s? Stuff You Should Know's Chuck Bryant joins the show to talk about the Max Headroom Incident.

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Nov 03, 2021
Tech News: Facebook Gets Meta
1882

Facebook changed its name, but will it change its game? Also, some folks in Oregon want to know how much water Google uses. A suspicious cryptocurrency turns out to be a scam. And YouTube is done making Rewind videos.

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Nov 02, 2021
The Rise and Fall of Magnavox
2879

We learn about how Magnavox saw a surge in consumer popularity after World War II, including how Magnavox started manufacturing televisions. We also learn about the first video game console. And we find out what happened to Magnavox the company.

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Nov 01, 2021
Magnavox Gets Loud (1917 - 1930)
2519

Continuing our history of Magnavox, we look at how the invention of the moving coil loudspeaker would form the foundation of the company. Oh, and also how the engineers of Magnavox figured out how to make noise-cancelling microphones for World War I airplane pilots.

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Oct 29, 2021
Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: Quantum Computing is Tomorrow’s Computing, Today
1571

Over the next decade, quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize the way we work and live. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Dr. Darío Gil, Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research, about quantum computing and its potential to accelerate discovery and development.

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Oct 28, 2021
Tech News: Facebook Tries to Save Face
1269

Facebook held its quarterly earnings call and while the company is under criticism its revenue is through the roof. Also, Congress is asking social networking companies to think of the children and Jeff Bezos plans to build a station that's out of this world.

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Oct 26, 2021
The Birth of Magnavox
2838

We dive into the early history of radio transmissions and learn about the founding of Magnavox. Along the way, we also learn about spark gap transmitters, arc transmitters and why it was difficult to break into radio in the early days.

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Oct 25, 2021
TechStuff Classic: Do We Need Humanoid Robots?
3318

In this classic episode, Josh Clark joins the podcast to talk about humanoid robots. Why are we so concerned about building them and are they a good idea?

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Oct 22, 2021
Tech News: Mark Zuckerberg is on the Hot Seat
1624

The Attorney General for Washington DC has named Mark Zuckerberg as a defendant in a lawsuit about Cambridge Analytica. Some companies hope to put a private space station in orbit in a few years. And the Boring Company gets closer to its plans for Las Vegas.

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Oct 21, 2021
What is the metaverse?
2925

In Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash," we were introduced to the concept of a metaverse. Now companies like Facebook are working to make their own version. But what is it?

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Oct 20, 2021
Tech News: Investigating Amazon
1969

Members of Congress imply that it might be time to begin a criminal investigation into Amazon. Facebook's AI isn't up to the task of clamping down on hate speech. And NASA wants to build a communications network for the Moon. Plus more!

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Oct 19, 2021
The Video Game Crash of 1983
3433

What caused the great video game crash of 1983 in North America? Was it too many lousy, cheap games? Was it the home computer? Was it E.T.? Or was it more complicated than that?

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Oct 19, 2021
Has the US lost the cyber war already?
2715

Former Pentagon chief software officer Nicolas Chaillan resigned, citing frustrations regarding trying to bring the US Department of Defense up to speed with respect to cyber security and warfare. He said that China has effectively won the cyber battle. Is he right?

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Oct 15, 2021
Tech News: Amazon and Facebook Under Scrutiny
1386

This episode is all about issues at Amazon and Facebook as the two companies try to fend off allegations that the companies engage in anti competitive practices. Plus we learn a bit about how Facebook is pursuing AI research.

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Oct 14, 2021
RERUN: Are we in cyber war?
1599

In this classic episode, Jonathan and Chris Pollette talk about the realities of cyber warfare.

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Oct 13, 2021
Tech News: Facebook's Very Bad Week
1222

Last week, Facebook was dealing with a whistleblower. This week, the company might have another one. Plus stories about Amazon corporate employees working from home indefinitely, Microsoft blocking a massive DDoS attack and Magic Leap trying to bounce back.

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Oct 12, 2021
Proof of Stake vs Proof of Work
3656

In the world of cryptocurrency, there's a need for algorithms to create a consensus for validating transactions. Bitcoin uses Proof of Work. Ethereum 2.0 will use Proof of Stake. What the heck is the difference?

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Oct 11, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The Sewing Machine
3392

Holly Frey from Stuff You Missed in History Class joins the show to talk about the sewing machine and how it shaped patent law.

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Oct 09, 2021
Tech News: Twitch Gets Hacked
1544

A hacker steals pretty much everything Twitch has. Facebook tries to downplay a whistleblower's allegations. And someone has taken over a US Navy Facebook page.

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Oct 07, 2021
Navigation in Spaaaace
3682

Listener Terje wants to know about space navigation. We look at how orbital velocities, special and general relativity and even stuff like solar radiation can make navigating from point A to point B a big head scratcher once you go into space.

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Oct 06, 2021
Tech News: Why Facebook Went Offline
2146

Facebook and all its services disappeared on Monday, October 4th. What caused the outage? Also, the US Senate interviews a Facebook whistleblower, a former Tesla employee wins a lawsuit against the company and Amazon pushes out a very expensive robot.

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Oct 05, 2021
The Transatlantic Telegraph Cable
3169

It was an engineering feat to link England to France via subsea cables. Connecting Europe to America would require even greater innovation. From failed installations to engineering mistakes, we look at what it took to connect two continents separated by the Atlantic ocean.

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Oct 04, 2021
The History of Subsea Cables
2825

Listener Antriksh asked that I look into subsea cables, the physical connections that link distant lands together for communication and power transmission. We learn about how physics creates unique challenges for subsea transmission and how 19th century engineers and scientists tried to overcome them.

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Oct 01, 2021
Accelerating Innovation with Hybrid Cloud ​at the Edge
1735

The world is hitting a data tipping point where vast connectivity requires massive network capacity. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm Gladwell talks to David Shacochis, Vice President for Enterprise Technology and Field CTO at Lumen, and Howard Boville, Head of IBM Cloud Platform, about how hybrid cloud is serving as a catalyst for innovation in a world where computing can and must happen everywhere: private clouds, public clouds, the edge of the network.

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Sep 30, 2021
Rerun: The Mythology of Area 51
3426

Area 51 factors into stories about everything from weather-control devices to aliens. Ben Bowlin joins the show to look at the mythology of Area 51.

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Sep 29, 2021
Tech News: Instagram Strikes Back
1884

Instagram and Facebook argue that the Wall Street Journal inaccurately interpreted data about Instagram's effects on mental health. A California law aims to make companies like Amazon more accountable for worker health and safety. And TikTok hits one billion monthly users. Plus more!

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Sep 28, 2021
Audio Wars: Analog vs Digital
3667

A listener asked that I talk about ADCs and DACs, but to do that we have to understand how sound works, how analog works and how digital works. And then we explore whether one format is superior to the other.

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Sep 27, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The History of Area 51 - Part Two
3001

What's been going on at the Area 51 site since the days of the U-2 and A-12 spy plane tests? We look at stealth technology, drones and more.

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Sep 25, 2021
Tech News: Jonathan Gets Mad at the News
1559

We learn more awful stuff about Facebook. Texas's law against social media companies is challenged in court. And the White House is meeting with companies about the semiconductor shortage. Plus more!

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Sep 23, 2021
What Lies Ahead for the International Space Station?
3058

We finish up our series about space stations and talk about the most recent modules to join the ISS, the private citizens who visited the ISS as tourists, what life is like aboard the space station and what the future holds.

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Sep 22, 2021
Tech News: Facebook on the Ropes
1933

A series of articles in The Wall Street Journal has Facebook on the defensive. Tech companies struggle to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. And some non-astronauts learn that pooping in space is tricky.

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Sep 21, 2021
The Origins of the International Space Station
2876

After several false starts, NASA's plans for a space station got a leg up when the US invited Russia to become a part of a new, cooperative enterprise. The US, Russia, Canada, the European Space Agency and Japan would come together to create a phenomenal piece of technology: the International Space Station.

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Sep 20, 2021
False Starts with Space Stations
2583

As we look back on the US plans for a space station, we explore abandoned plans for a few different designs. We also learn how politics and space don't always get along.

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Sep 17, 2021
Tech News: Facebook Researchers Dunk on Facebook
2357

A 2020 internal report at Facebook reveals that Instagram use can have a negative impact on mental health, and it gets worse from there. We also have stories about what Apple unveiled at their iPhone event and what's going on with the Theranos trial.

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Sep 16, 2021
Rerun: How Fuel Cells Work
2230

A fuel cell is an electrochemical energy conversion device; it turns chemical energy into electrical energy. Jonathan and Chris discuss fuel cells in detail from their origins to why they're not practical for general use yet in this episode.

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Sep 15, 2021
Tech News: Good Apples and Bad Apples
2089

Apple holds its iPhone 13 event today and we guess at what the company will reveal. We also learn how a federal judge made a call that subsequently led to Apple losing 85 billion dollars in value. Plus news about Facebook, Google, electric vehicles and woolly mammoths.

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Sep 14, 2021
The Story of Mir
2788

Mir was the first modular space station in orbit. It was simultaneously a scientific and engineering triumph and a chaotic mess. We look at the good, the bad and the on fire in this episode.

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Sep 13, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The History of Area 51 - Part One
2581

What goes on at the most famous secret base in the world? Ben Bowlin joins the show to talk about Area 51, aka Groom Lake.

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Sep 10, 2021
Tech News: Facebook is so Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
1371

Facebook and Ray-Ban introduce new smart glasses. Twitter creates Communities. And the Australian High Court makes a really bad decision about Facebook.

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Sep 09, 2021
TechStuff Visits Space Stations
3021

We've talked about space suits. Now it's time to talk about space stations! From the first Salyut space station to the incredible story of Skylab, we look at early space stations in this episode.

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Sep 08, 2021
Tech News: Tech and the Surveillance State
2338

There's a lot of tech news about the role of tech in surveillance. It's not particularly happy news. We also talk about how Android users are watching more TikTok videos than YouTube videos. And I feel old.

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Sep 07, 2021
TechStuff Classic: 5 Technologies To End All Wars - That Didn't
2980

Can technology end war? Several people thought so at one time or another. We look at five examples of idealists who thought tech would end warfare.

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Sep 06, 2021
Home Theatre 103 - Components and Cables
3685

Just when you thought it was safe to watch a Blu-ray. We look at more tech that's necessary for a great home theater system. From AV Receivers to the cables you'll need to hook everything together, we get to the bottom of what makes home theater work.

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Sep 03, 2021
Tech News: Reddit Takes Misinformation Seriously
1896

After numerous protests, Reddit shut down a subreddit dedicated to the spread of COVID-19 misinformation. Will it follow up on similar problematic subreddits? And in other news, India cracks down on VPNs, the feds still depend on facial recognition tech and Amazon and SpaceX are in a space fight.

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Sep 02, 2021
Rerun: The Dangers of Public WiFi
4732

Hacker extraordinaire Shannon Morse joins the show to talk about how you can protect your data when browsing the Internet. Is public WiFi off limits? Are VPNs reliable? What about Tor?

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Sep 01, 2021
Tech News: South Korea Brings the Hammer Down on Apple
1660

While the US debates whether Apple and Google's in-app purchasing systems are anticompetitive, South Korea jumps ahead and bans the companies from preventing app developers from using other purchasing systems. Also, China cuts down on video game time for kids and we have a launch date for Windows 11.

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Aug 31, 2021
Home Theatre 102: Screens and Sounds
2950

We follow up with a bit more about what you need to know when selecting a screen for your home theater, plus all the options for sound. What's the difference between 5.1, 5.1.2 and 7.1? We explain!

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Aug 30, 2021
TechStuff Classic: Who was Claude Shannon?
2555

TechStuff salutes an incredibly influential (and yet relatively unknown) tech genius: Claude Shannon. What did he do?

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Aug 27, 2021
Tech News: OnlyFans does a 180
1202

Content platform OnlyFans reverses a policy change after protests and criticism hit the company. Too many government agencies around the world rely on facial recognition software. The EU wants to track cryptocurrency transactions and more!

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Aug 26, 2021
Home Theatre 101: The Screen
2898

Maybe you want a new television, or maybe you want to set up a whole home theatre. This episode dives into the world of UHD experiences, from resolution to contrast ratio to HDR and beyond.

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Aug 26, 2021
Tech News: Tech and the Crisis in Afghanistan
1215

We learn how a tech startup is trying to help the people of Kabul (and how the startup's founder is protecting her employees). Apple pushes back a return to the office. And a hacker generously returns the 600 million dollars they stole in cryptocurrency.

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Aug 24, 2021
The Shuttle Space Suits and Beyond
2871

How did space suits evolve over the course of the Space Shuttle program, and what has been going on since? And why are spacesuits being blamed for a delay in the Artemis Program?

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Aug 24, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The Full Motion Video Era - Home Gaming
1617

How was full motion video used in early computer and console games? And why is it so hilariously bad?

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Aug 20, 2021
More Space Suits and Pooping in Space
2487

We pick up with the space suits designed for the Apollo program. We learn what the Apollo astronauts had to do in order to go to the bathroom in space. Warning: it isn't pretty.

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Aug 19, 2021
Rerun: Working with the Large Hadron Collider
3604

Jonathan is joined by Daniel Whiteson of Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe. Daniel works in the field of experimental particle physics and conducts research using the LHC. 

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Aug 19, 2021
Tech News: Dude, Where's My Data?
1938

The Dallas Police Department accidentally deleted 22 terabytes of data. Hackers infiltrated T-Mobile servers and claim to have stolen the private information of 100 million customers. And we learn about a vigilante group targeting trolls on TikTok.

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Aug 17, 2021
Space Suit Evolution
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A lack of new space suits is going to push back the Artemis Program. Where did space suits come from? What were the early ones like? We look at flight suits up through the early days of Apollo in this episode.

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Aug 16, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The Full Motion Video Era - The Arcade
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What is FMV and how did it change video games? From the brilliant to the brilliantly awful, we take a look at FMV.

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Aug 13, 2021
Tech News: Netflix Wages War Against VPNs
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Netflix tries to stop people from using VPNs to view region-locked material. Facebook faces new anticompetitive investigations in the UK. A report shows the New York Police Department spent more than 150 million dollars on surveillance tech without public oversight. And more.

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Aug 12, 2021
Rerun: The Artemis Program
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NASA is soliciting applications for its astronaut program in anticipation of sending men and women to the Moon. Learn all about the Artemis program, its goals and what comes next!

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Aug 11, 2021
Tech News: The US Infrastructure Bill Introduces Some Tech Problems
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The US Senate has approved a 1.2 trillion dollar infrastructure bill, but contained within that bill are some amendments that could cause problems down the road. Also, Twitter uses a competition to root out problems with its photo cropping algorithm.

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Aug 10, 2021
The 2014 Sony Hack Revisited
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In late 2014, hackers stole an enormous amount of information from Sony Pictures, then wiped out thousands of computers and hundreds of servers. A group calling itself Guardians of Peace claimed responsibility. But what was really going on?

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Aug 09, 2021
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Camps Out
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From the good old days of roughing it to the high tech campsite of the future, we look at the tech of camping.

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Aug 06, 2021
Tech News: Time Crystals
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Google researchers claim they can use quantum computers to study time crystals, and we figure out what that sentence means. We also cover stories about Facebook, Apple, and how the US is using artificial intelligence to predict the enemy.

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Aug 05, 2021
Rerun: Tron- He Fights For the Users
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Steven Lisberger, writer and director of the 1982 film Tron, joins the show to talk about the tech of making the film and the mythology of Tron itself.

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Aug 04, 2021
Tech News: Tesla - The Good, The Bad, and the On Fire
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Tesla Autopilot may have averted tragedy in Norway, but it also thought the moon was a traffic light. And a massive Tesla battery caught fire, requiring four days of firefighting to extinguish it. In other news, the space station did some unplanned flips last week.

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Aug 03, 2021
The Highly Valued But Unprofitable Tech Unicorns
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It sounds like a paradox: a tech company is worth billions of dollars but operates at a loss year after year. We look at a few companies that have struggled with this and the challenges of turning a profit.

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Aug 02, 2021
TechStuff Classic: Passing the Turing Test
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Did a pair of programmers make a chatbot that passed the Turing Test? What exactly is the test and has anyone beaten it before?

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Jul 30, 2021
Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell - An Open Conversation about Open Innovation
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In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Jim Whitehurst, senior advisor at IBM and an expert in open source software and innovation. During their conversation, Jim reveals how embracing moments that initially feel like chaos can ultimately lead to more open organizations, and broader access to new ideas.

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Jul 29, 2021
The History of Energy Efficiency
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Once upon a time, the US wasn't really fussed about energy conservation. So what happened? From wars to oil embargoes to environmental disasters, we look at the factors that would shape energy policy and a more responsible approach to energy consumption.

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Jul 28, 2021
Tech News: VPN Fails and Apple Vulnerabilities
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A company offering a VPN service has some explaining to do after Ukrainian officials seize some servers. Apple patches a zero-day vulnerability. And Alienware computers are just too powerful for six states.

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Jul 27, 2021
The Y2K Bug Was (And Is) a Real Problem
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In the late 90s, the Y2K bug was a big news item. People worried that everything from toasters to airplanes would fail as computer systems mishandled the change from 1999 to 2000. But what was really going on, and why did Y2K come back last year?

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Jul 26, 2021
TechStuff Classic: Solar Freaking Roadways
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You may have seen the Indiegogo solar roadway project. What are the goals of solar roadways? Are they realistic?

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Jul 23, 2021
Tech News: Internet Down