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 Jun 13, 2022
Very informative


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Jeff Hindmarsh
 Jul 6, 2019
Excellent, engaging format with entertaining and deeply factual content. A devoted listener from Australia.

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 May 19, 2019
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.

Episode Date
TechStuff Classic: High Tech Farming
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Agriculture has come a long way since the invention of the plow. Learn about how high-tech gadgets are revolutionizing agriculture! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 01, 2022
Tech News: How Roe vs Wade Decision Affects Tech
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 29, 2022
Smart Talks with IBM: Building Trustworthy AI: A Holistic Approach
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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. This is a paid advertisement from IBM. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 28, 2022
Patents and Inventors Not Getting Their Due
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 27, 2022
TechStuff Classic: What's My Address?
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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? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 24, 2022
Fw Thinking: Your Body as a Computer Interface
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Could the future of electronics be the human body? We explore efforts to turn your body into a technological interface. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 23, 2022
Rerun: Proof of Stake vs Proof of Work
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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? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 22, 2022
Tech News: Cloudflare Outage Disrupts the Internet
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 21, 2022
The Brink Plays Games With Sega
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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? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 20, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Techs Top Rivalries
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All's fair in love and tech, so they say. In this episode, we look back on some of the famous rivalries in technology. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 17, 2022
Tech News: Did Samsung Fudge TV Benchmark Tests?
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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? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 16, 2022
The Obligatory “Is E3 Dead?” Episode – 2022 Edition
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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? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 15, 2022
Tech News: Microsoft Says Goodbye to Internet Explorer
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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!   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 14, 2022
Is the Google AI sentient?
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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? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 13, 2022
TechStuff Classic: A Stingray Operation
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 10, 2022
Tech News: Twitter Refuses to Hand Over Data to US Government
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 09, 2022
Rerun: What is an algorithm?
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 08, 2022
Tech News: Twitter and Tesla and Elon, Oh My!
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 07, 2022
Rerun: Machine Learning 101
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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.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 06, 2022
TechStuff Classic: DARPA Robotics Challenge Review
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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? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 03, 2022
Rerun: The Epic Epic vs Apple Battle
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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.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 02, 2022
The Rise and Fall of Onkyo
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 01, 2022
Home Lending Pal: Disrupting the Mortgage Industry with Cloud and AI
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 31, 2022
Chilling Out with the Coolest Cooler, an episode of Business on the Brink
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 30, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Basic Components of Electronics
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It's time for Electronics 101. What are the basic components of electronic circuits and what do they do? Jonathan explains. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 27, 2022
New Smart Talks with IBM Season Coming Soon
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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.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 27, 2022
Tech in the Great Outdoors
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 26, 2022
TechStuff Talkback: Does Tesla's Full Self Driving work as advertised?
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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?" See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 25, 2022
Tech News: Zuckerberg Gets Sued
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 24, 2022
The Illegal Number
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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! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 24, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Hack That Auto 2.0
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Could your car be hacked remotely? We take a look at claims and explore the possibilities of wireless car hacking. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 20, 2022
Tech News: Google Pulls Out of Russia
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 20, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: 8-Bit Audio
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 18, 2022
Tech News: Musk's Twitter Deal On Hold
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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? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 17, 2022
An Update on Autonomous Vehicles
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 16, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Internet Kill Switch
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Is there a kill switch for the Internet? Is that legal or ethical? Ben Bowlin joins the show to talk about it. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 13, 2022
Tech News: ICE ICE Surveillance
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 13, 2022
Goodbye to the iPod
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 11, 2022
Some DRM Disasters
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 09, 2022
The Future of Work
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 09, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Story of Internet Explorer, Part 2
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Nate Lanxon from Bloomberg joins the show to talk about the history of Internet Explorer and the future of Project Spartan. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 06, 2022
The Future Right Now
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 05, 2022
The Crazy Story of Pixelon
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 04, 2022
Tech News: US DOE Recharges Battery Production
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The US invests in electric vehicle batteries. Meta decides to shut down its podcasting platform. And Spotify is in Roblox now! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 03, 2022
Data Preservation and Destruction
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 02, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Story of Internet Explorer, Part 1
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Nate Lanxon from Bloomberg joins the show to talk about the history of Internet Explorer and the future of Project Spartan. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 29, 2022
Tech News: Meta's Numbers are on the Rise Again
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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."  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 28, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Fuel Cells and Catalysts
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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? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 27, 2022
Tech News: Elon Musk is Buying Twitter
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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.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 26, 2022
The Chaos of the Music Industry
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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.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 25, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Secret Space Plane
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 22, 2022
Tech News: Netflix Has a Rough Phone Call
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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! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 22, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: MAME
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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? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 20, 2022
Tech News: Twitter Takes a Poison Pill
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 19, 2022
Tech and the Music Industry
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The tech and business of music have evolved together, creating an enormous industry. We learn how recording technology, radio and more have shaped business. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 18, 2022
TechStuff Classic: A Series of Tubes Part Two
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Our history lesson about the implementation of pneumatic tube systems continues. We also explore how pneumatic tubes are used currently. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 15, 2022
Tech News: Elon Wants His Musk All Over Twitter
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 15, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Format Wars
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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.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 14, 2022
Tech News: Twitter's Board Won't Be Musky
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 12, 2022
Rerun: TechStuff Samples Some Raspberry Pi
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 11, 2022
TechStuff Classic: A Series of Tubes Part One
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How do pneumatic tubes work? Lauren Vogelbaum joins the show to talk about the physics and history of pneumatic tube systems. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 08, 2022
Tech News: Meta Still Wants to Make Zuck Bucks
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 07, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: The Terahertz Gap
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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? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 06, 2022
Tech News: Exploring the Amazon (News)
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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.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 05, 2022
Using Tech for Good with Baratunde Thurston
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 04, 2022
TechStuff Classic: How Steganography Works
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 01, 2022
Tech News: Big Tech, Big Problems
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 31, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Satellite Orbits 101
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 30, 2022
Tech News: Sony Announces a New PlayStation Subscription Service
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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? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 29, 2022
What does the Facebook Oversight Board do?
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 28, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Biggest Lawsuits in Gaming History
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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? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 25, 2022
Tech News: Lapsus$ Hackers Identified
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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!  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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?  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 23, 2022
Tech News: Facebook Locks Out Users
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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.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 22, 2022
Military Simulations and Metaverses
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 21, 2022
TechStuff Classic: How Aircraft Carriers Work: Part Two
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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! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 18, 2022
BigTech News: Tech Lands in Lawmakers' Crosshairs
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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.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 18, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: A Brief History of Streaming Music
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 16, 2022
Tech News: Russia Shuts Down Instagram
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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! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 15, 2022
How Cars Became Computerized
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 14, 2022
TechStuff Classic: How Aircraft Carriers Work - Part One
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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? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 11, 2022
Rerun: Getting Around in Science Fiction
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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? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 10, 2022
Rerun: The Tragedy of 3DO
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 09, 2022
Rerun: What were CGA, EGA and VGA?
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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? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 07, 2022
Techstuff Classic: How Coffee Machines Work
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Lauren Vogelbaum joins the show to talk about coffee machines. What's the history of coffee and how do the various gadgets work? Coffee! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 04, 2022
Tech News: Joe Biden Targets Social Networks in State of the Union
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 03, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: What is SWIFT?
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 03, 2022
Tech News: Tech Strikes Back at Russia
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 01, 2022
Rerun: Formula 1 - 101
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Scott Benjamin joins the show to talk about the history and tech behind Formula 1 race cars. What sets them apart? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 28, 2022
TechStuff Classic: Ice Core Drilling
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 25, 2022
Tech News: Tech and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 24, 2022
Audiophiles and the Perfect Sound
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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). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 23, 2022
Tech News: TikTok and Your Data
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 22, 2022
The Rise and Fall of Sansui
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 21, 2022
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Gets Flushed
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 18, 2022
Tech News: I Never Metamate I Didn't Like
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 17, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: The Problems of Obsolescence
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 16, 2022
Tech News: Meta Messed with Texas
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 15, 2022
Rerun: How Speakers and Amplifiers Work
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 14, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Golden Age of Radio
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How did broadcast radio get its start? What were the challenges and controversies? And how did the golden age fade into history? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 12, 2022
Tech News: Nintendo Gets Direct and Peloton Cycles In Place
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 10, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Jailbreaking
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What is jailbreaking? Why would you want to jailbreak a device? And how could court decisions make jailbreaking a thing of the past? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 09, 2022
Tech News: Nvidia Loses an Arm
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 08, 2022
Update: Hyperloop and the Boring Podcast
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 07, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Rise and Fall of Atari: Part Three
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 04, 2022
Tech News: Investors Change Their Relationship Status With Facebook To "It's Complicated"
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 03, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Bits and Bytes
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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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 02, 2022
Tech News: Big Tech Gets Bigger
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 01, 2022
Libra - The Failed Facebook Currency
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 31, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Rise and Fall of Atari: Part Two
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In Part Two of this series, Chuck and Jonathan talk about how Atari dominated video games until the crash of 1983. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 29, 2022
Tech News: LG Televisions and Targeted Advertising
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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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 28, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: The Laws of Tech
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From Moore's Law to the Laws of Robotics, we take a look at some famous "laws" about technology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 26, 2022
Tech News: Crypto Winters and GPU Summers
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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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 26, 2022
Peloton Stalls Out
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 22, 2022
Tech News: Roku Goes Kaput
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 20, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Patents
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 19, 2022
Tech News: Airlines Warn 5G Could Lead to "Catastrophic Event"
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 18, 2022
Why are so many semiconductor chips made in Taiwan?
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 17, 2022
TechStuff Classic: The Six Simple Machines
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What are the six simple machines and why are they so important? Joe McCormick joins the show to explain. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 15, 2022
Tech News: Scams and Lawsuits
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 14, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Content Farms and Clickbait
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 12, 2022
South Korea Gets Tough With Apple and Google
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 11, 2022
The DRM Episode
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 10, 2022
TechStuff Classic: What is a Common Carrier?
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The FCC Chairman has proposed reclassifying ISPs as common carriers under Title II. Wait, what does that mean? Jonathan explains. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 07, 2022
Tech News: CES 2022 Roundup and More
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 07, 2022
TechStuff Tidbits: Why is there no universal voltage?
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 06, 2022
The Verdict is in for Theranos
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 05, 2022
Rerun: How Medieval Warfare Led to the Lawnmower
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 03, 2022
TechStuff Classic: How E-Bikes Work
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Electric bikes aren't a new idea. How do they work? Scott Benjamin joins the show to talk about e-bike tech. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 01, 2022
TechStuff Predicts 2022
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 31, 2021
A Look Back at 2021 in Spaaace (and Beyond)
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 30, 2021
2021 and Activision Blizzard's No Good, Very Bad Year
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 29, 2021
A Look Back on 2021: Would Facebook Lie to You? (Probably)
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 27, 2021
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at TV Connectors
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What are all the connections on the back of a television? From HDMI to composite to component cables, we explain what each means. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 24, 2021
Rerun: E-Waste and What To Do With It
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What is electronic waste? What makes it so problematic? And what's the best way to deal with it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 24, 2021
Rerun: Behind the Jargon of the Film Industry
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 22, 2021
Tech News: Tech Crooks and Cybercrime Stats
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 21, 2021
Riding the Hype Cycle
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 21, 2021
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Listens to Negativland
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 17, 2021
Tech News: We're Not Ready for the Metaverse
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 16, 2021
Would TechTV Make it in Streaming Media?
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 15, 2021
Tech News: The Worst Security Vulnerability in a Decade
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 14, 2021
The Amazon Web Services Outage
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 13, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The Sony Pictures Entertainment Hack
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 10, 2021
Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell - Managing supply chain volatility in the height of the shopping season
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 09, 2021
Rerun: The Death of 3D Television
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For years, television manufacturers were pushing 3D features on TV sets. By 2017, all major companies had stopped trying. What happened with 3D TV? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 09, 2021
Tech News: The 150 Billion Dollar Facebook Lawsuits
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 07, 2021
The Evil Algorithm
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 06, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The CES Story
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 03, 2021
What does the future of sustainability look like for your company and your customers?
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 02, 2021
Will LHR tech solve the graphics card shortage problem?
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 01, 2021
Tech News: Twitter Gets a New CEO
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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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 30, 2021
BitTorrent and The Pirate Bay
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 30, 2021
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Tackles Typewriters
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 26, 2021
Rerun: The History of Cyber Monday
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When did the trend of Cyber Monday begin? We take a look at the history of one of the Internet's biggest annual events. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 25, 2021
The Dark Side of Video Game Cheaters
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 25, 2021
Tech News: NASA Plays Galactic Billiards With Asteroid
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 23, 2021
A Brief History of Cheating in Video Games
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 22, 2021
Rerun: The GE of Today
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 19, 2021
How a human-centered approach is building trustworthy AI.
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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. This is a paid advertisement from IBM. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 18, 2021
Rerun: GE and the House that Jack Built
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 17, 2021
Rerun: GE Through World War II
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 16, 2021
Rerun: The Founding of G&E
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 15, 2021
TechStuff Classic: Taking a Ride in an Ambulance
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What is ambulance technology all about? Ben Bowlin joins the show to explore this listener-suggested topic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 12, 2021
Tech News: Flying Taxis and Metaverses in South Korea
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 11, 2021
Futures That Never Were
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 11, 2021
Tech News: Freedom From Algorithms
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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). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 09, 2021
More of the Worst Cars of All Time
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 08, 2021
The Worst Cars of All Time
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 05, 2021
Tech News: Spaaaaaace Tacos
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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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 04, 2021
Rerun: The Max Headroom Incident
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 03, 2021
Tech News: Facebook Gets Meta
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 02, 2021
The Rise and Fall of Magnavox
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 01, 2021
Magnavox Gets Loud (1917 - 1930)
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 29, 2021
Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: Quantum Computing is Tomorrow’s Computing, Today
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 28, 2021
Tech News: Facebook Tries to Save Face
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 26, 2021
The Birth of Magnavox
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 25, 2021
TechStuff Classic: Do We Need Humanoid Robots?
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 22, 2021
Tech News: Mark Zuckerberg is on the Hot Seat
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 21, 2021
What is the metaverse?
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 20, 2021
Tech News: Investigating Amazon
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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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 19, 2021
The Video Game Crash of 1983
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 19, 2021
Has the US lost the cyber war already?
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 15, 2021
Tech News: Amazon and Facebook Under Scrutiny
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 14, 2021
RERUN: Are we in cyber war?
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In this classic episode, Jonathan and Chris Pollette talk about the realities of cyber warfare. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 13, 2021
Tech News: Facebook's Very Bad Week
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 12, 2021
Proof of Stake vs Proof of Work
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 11, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The Sewing Machine
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Holly Frey from Stuff You Missed in History Class joins the show to talk about the sewing machine and how it shaped patent law. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 09, 2021
Tech News: Twitch Gets Hacked
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 07, 2021
Navigation in Spaaaace
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 06, 2021
Tech News: Why Facebook Went Offline
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 05, 2021
The Transatlantic Telegraph Cable
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 04, 2021
The History of Subsea Cables
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 01, 2021
Accelerating Innovation with Hybrid Cloud ​at the Edge
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 30, 2021
Rerun: The Mythology of Area 51
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 29, 2021
Tech News: Instagram Strikes Back
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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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 28, 2021
Audio Wars: Analog vs Digital
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 27, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The History of Area 51 - Part Two
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 25, 2021
Tech News: Jonathan Gets Mad at the News
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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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 23, 2021
What Lies Ahead for the International Space Station?
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 22, 2021
Tech News: Facebook on the Ropes
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 21, 2021
The Origins of the International Space Station
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 20, 2021
False Starts with Space Stations
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 17, 2021
Tech News: Facebook Researchers Dunk on Facebook
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 16, 2021
Rerun: How Fuel Cells Work
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 15, 2021
Tech News: Good Apples and Bad Apples
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 14, 2021
The Story of Mir
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 13, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The History of Area 51 - Part One
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 10, 2021
Tech News: Facebook is so Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
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Facebook and Ray-Ban introduce new smart glasses. Twitter creates Communities. And the Australian High Court makes a really bad decision about Facebook. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 09, 2021
TechStuff Visits Space Stations
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 08, 2021
Tech News: Tech and the Surveillance State
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 07, 2021
TechStuff Classic: 5 Technologies To End All Wars - That Didn't
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 06, 2021
Home Theatre 103 - Components and Cables
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 03, 2021
Tech News: Reddit Takes Misinformation Seriously
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 02, 2021
Rerun: The Dangers of Public WiFi
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 01, 2021
Tech News: South Korea Brings the Hammer Down on Apple
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 31, 2021
Home Theatre 102: Screens and Sounds
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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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 30, 2021
TechStuff Classic: Who was Claude Shannon?
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TechStuff salutes an incredibly influential (and yet relatively unknown) tech genius: Claude Shannon. What did he do? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 27, 2021
Tech News: OnlyFans does a 180
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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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 26, 2021
Home Theatre 101: The Screen
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 26, 2021
Tech News: Tech and the Crisis in Afghanistan
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 24, 2021
The Shuttle Space Suits and Beyond
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 24, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The Full Motion Video Era - Home Gaming
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How was full motion video used in early computer and console games? And why is it so hilariously bad? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 20, 2021
More Space Suits and Pooping in Space
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 19, 2021
Rerun: Working with the Large Hadron Collider
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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.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 19, 2021
Tech News: Dude, Where's My Data?
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 23, 2021
Tech News: Internet Down
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A problem with a Content Delivery Network meant that several major web sites and services went offline on Thursday. The State of California brings a lawsuit against video game company Activision Blizzard. And the UAE zaps clouds to make it rain. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 22, 2021
What is an algorithm?
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 21, 2021
Tech News: Billionaires in Spaaaace
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Jeff Bezos takes a joyride on a rocket. Apple delays when employees will have to return to the office. And an illegal cryptocurrency mining operation turns out to be something completely different. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 20, 2021
Tech Flops, Fails and Misfires
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We make some time to celebrate some of the ideas and companies in tech that just didn't work out. From bad ideas to bad luck, we explore the factors that lead to failure in tech. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 19, 2021
TechStuff Classic: How Carbon Fiber Works
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What's the manufacturing process for carbon fiber? What properties does carbon fiber possess? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2021
Tech News: Cryptocurrency Co-founder Calls Crypto Bad News
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A Dogecoin co-founder speaks out against cryptocurrency. Android 12 takes a new spin on auto-rotate. President Biden signs an executive order supporting the right to repair. And what do emoji sound like? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 15, 2021
Spoofing and Caller ID
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How do scam artists disguise their phone numbers when setting up robocalls? We look at Caller ID and spoofing and learn how companies and government agencies are trying to fight back. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 15, 2021
Tech News: Amazon is the new Santa Claus?
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ByteDance employees are about to have less work. Google faces a big fine in France. And Amazon just got permission from the FCC to watch you sleep. Plus more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 13, 2021
Batteries and Fast Recharging
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A listener asked to learn more about fast recharging technologies, so we take a look at the history and evolution of batteries, what happens with rechargeable batteries and the complicated mess of fast recharging solutions. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 12, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The History of Carbon Fiber
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Carbon fiber is an amazing material. Where did it come from? And were people really making it in the 19th century? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 09, 2021
Tech News: Amoral Algorithms and Anticompetitive App Stores
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Former president Donald Trump files legal complaints against YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. More than 30 states say that the Google App store is "monopolistic." China's WeChat shuts down LGBT channels on the platform. And Dodge announces an all-electric muscle car. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 08, 2021
A Conversation with Iyaz Akhtar
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Iyaz Akhtar joins the show to talk about his career in tech, his friendship with Jonathan and what it's like to have your finger on the pulse of the technology sector. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 07, 2021
Tech News: India Cracks Down on Twitter
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The government in India says that Twitter could be held liable for illegal material posted to the network. The "King of Bitcoin" is under arrest. And learn why some major Internet companies say they might pull out of Hong Kong. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 06, 2021
Rerun: Firestarter
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How were matches invented? From toxic chemicals to pee science, we learn about matches. And a fictional character stops by to irritate our host. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 05, 2021
TechStuff Classic: How Clothes Dryers Work
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Clothes dryers have evolved from precarious, fire-bellied devices to the increasingly green machines we know today. We cover the history of dryer tech, plus the newest innovations and NASA-funded research. And, of course, explain how they work. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 02, 2021
Tech News: Give Me Liberty And Give Me Tech
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The FCC cracks down on spoofing. Google has a digital COVID card. And companies that make autonomous vehicles in the US must report all major accidents moving forward. All this and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 01, 2021
Tech Glossary: From SEO to Y2K
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We've reached the end of our primer on tech acronyms and initialisms (for now). In this episode, learn about search engine optimization, what an SSID is, why you should pick WPA over WEP and what Y2K was all about. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 30, 2021
Tech News: The Algorithms are Against Us
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In today's news episode, we learn how one YouTube algorithm banned a legitimate channel and how over at Amazon an algorithm can fire employees. Plus ISPs and Netflix go to battle in South Korea and Apple has an extreme solution to information leaks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 29, 2021
Tech Glossary: From PCB to SaaS
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What's a PCB? What makes an RTF? What the heck is SaaS? We continue to demystify the acronyms and initialisms common in tech circles. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 28, 2021
TechStuff Classic: How Planetariums Work
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What goes into making a planetarium work and where did they come from? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 25, 2021
Tech News: The Mystery of McAfee
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John McAfee, the founder of McAfee Antivirus, was found dead in a jail cell in Spain after a court ruled he would be extradited to the US for tax evasion. We look at his life, plus stories about Amazon throwing out hundreds of thousands of products each month and how a change at Google might mean millions of links will go dead. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 24, 2021
Tech Glossary: From ISDN to P2P
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What does MPEG stand for? What does MIDI do? And are P2P networks inherently bad? We learn some more tech initialisms and acronyms. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 24, 2021
Tech News: When tech, politics and money meet
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We got ourselves some Hubble Trouble. The US House of Representatives isn't a fan of SpaceX and Blue Origin. And cryptocurrencies keep taking a beating. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 22, 2021
Tech Glossary: From GPU to IRC
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Our series on tech acronyms and initialisms continue. From learning basics like input and output to what it is that ICANN does, we've got you covered. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 21, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The Worst Video Games of All Time (Update)
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Recently, a documentary crew went out to the desert to dig up some legendary Atari cartridges. It reminds us of this classic TechStuff episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 18, 2021
Tech News: Proposed Laws to Protect Consumers
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Here in the US, the government is looking at laws that could change how tech companies operate. Japan is looking into supersonic passenger flight technology. And Amazon is cracking down on fake reviews. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 17, 2021
Tech Glossary: From DLL to GPS
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We continue learning about the initialisms and acronyms used commonly in tech and what they mean. From proprietary file extensions to global navigation systems, we work our way through the technological alphabet. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 17, 2021
Tech News: E3 and Nuclear Weapons
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The 2021 E3 is going on right now, and Microsoft is taking the opportunity to dominate conversations. A ransomware hacker group targeted a nuclear weapons contractor. And a group of tech companies wants the SEC to require corporations to submit a regular climate change performance report. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 15, 2021
Tech Glossary: From A to DLC
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In this new series, we take a look at acronyms and initialisms in tech and learn what they mean, plus get a little story behind them. Learn about ASCII and BIOS and CSS and more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 14, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The HBO Story: Part Three
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Today, HBO is known for its original programming that's so popular people can't stop pirating it. We look at the company's current strategy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 11, 2021
Tech News: Corporations, Crime and Cryptocurrency
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Hackers share billions of passwords while others infiltrate EA's internal systems. El Salvador moves to make bitcoin legal tender within the country. And politicians propose legislation that could mean huge changes for some major tech companies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 10, 2021
Someone Think of the Children
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The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act or COPPA has been around since 1996. So why was it suddenly in the headlines in 2020? We explore this law, its purpose and what consequences it has on the world of online content and advertising. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 09, 2021
Tech News: Row Row Row your Roboat
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A massive sting operation brings down 800 criminals around the world thanks to an "encrypted" messaging app. Bitcoin value sinks again after the US seizes a ransom paid in cryptocurrency. And in the future you might cruise Amsterdam's canals on a robotic boat. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 08, 2021
How Tech Spies On Us
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Is your phone eavesdropping on you? Does that smart speaker listen in on your conversations? Turns out, they don't need to, because companies can access enormous amounts of personal data in other ways. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 07, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The HBO Story- Part Two
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What happened to HBO once cable subscriptions hit a saturation point? We look at how the company transitioned from startup to corporate. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 05, 2021
Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell - Couch vs. cubicle: is the future of work hybrid?
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Remote working has kept many businesses afloat over the last year, but has it kept employees productive, enthusiastic, and inspired? In this special episode of Smart Talks, recorded at IBM’s Think Conference, Malcolm spars with his longtime friend Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist and professor at the Wharton School, about what we’ve learned through remote working and how businesses can approach a hybrid model. Can we, and should we, return to “normal”?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 03, 2021
AT&T and Warner Media: A Failed Love Affair
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Continuing our history of Warner Bros/Time Warner/WarnerMedia, we look at how the failed merger of AOL Time Warner shook out. Then we explore how the media landscape changed rapidly in the 2000s. And we learn why AT&T bought WarnerMedia only to turn around and sell it off again. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 03, 2021
Tech New: The Era of Killer Robots
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A report claims Google purposefully hit location tracking settings to discourage users from turning them off. Facebook funds a questionable report. And we learn about a military drone that attacked targets autonomously. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 01, 2021
Rerun: TechStuff Moments with Mr. Lincoln
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The Disneyland attraction Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln originally started out as a World's Fair attraction before taking up residence in the Happiest Place on Earth. We look at the history, technology and evolution of this popular Disney attraction. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 31, 2021
Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: Can AI be empathetic? Reinventing client experiences
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In a time that’s been challenging for everyone, perhaps no other industry has been hit harder than healthcare. Anthem, one of America’s leading health benefits companies, needed to be ready to answer member questions at a moment’s notice. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Anil Bhatt, Senior Vice President and CTO of Anthem, and Glenn Finch, Managing Partner of Global Business Services at IBM, about how AI is helping people interact with healthcare in a whole new way. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 28, 2021
Tech News - Time Flies in VR
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Human rights group urge Google to drop a cloud computing project in Saudi Arabia. UK Uber drivers now have a union they can join. And scientists think that your perception of time changes in virtual reality. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 27, 2021
The Warner Story Gets Messy
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Continuing our episodes about the evolution of WarnerMedia, we look at a brief history of HBO and Cinemax. We learn about the Worst Merger of All Time. And we learn a bit about the cable business. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 26, 2021
Tech News – Tech and Global Politics
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Today’s episode includes many stories of how tech and politics are clashing. From police in India raiding Twitter offices to China cracking down on bitcoin mining, we learn about how tech has come under fire from various governments and why. Plus lots more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 25, 2021
The Messy Origins of WarnerMedia
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AT&T plans to spin off WarnerMedia and have it merge with Discovery Communications, but this is just the most recent example of corporate shuffling for Warner. We look at the origins of the Warner Brothers Studio and how it gradually mutated into Time Warner. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 25, 2021
Fuller Monster House
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TechStuff listeners join hosts Jonathan Strickland and Ariel as they discuss sitcoms and movies. Knives Out 2 gets another amazing actor. Dear Evan Hansen casting becomes a joke on the Internet. And they go surprisingly dark with a mash up between Full House and Monsters Inc. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 21, 2021
Tech News: Google I/O Highlights
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Google held a virtual event for developers and we learned about a lot of software updates, but not much on hardware. Cryptocurrency values went through a major dip. And ByteDance has a new leader. All this and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 20, 2021
The Copyright Hammer Meets the Internet
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Over the years, large companies have pressured governments (particularly the US government) to create strict laws that crack down on unauthorized copying and distribution of intellectual property. We look at the good, the bad and the really, really ugly consequences. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 19, 2021
Tech News: Chinese Rovers and Musky Rascals
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China lands a rover on Mars. Elon Musk contributes to another dip in Bitcoin's value. Apple and Amazon Music offer lossless audio options to subscribers at no additional charge. And more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 18, 2021
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 17, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The HBO Story-Part One
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How did the Home Box Office network get its start? And how did it grow into the giant it is today? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 14, 2021
Tech News: Ubisoft Moving Toward Free to Play
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Game developer Ubisoft is shifting toward more free-to-play titles, which generate revenue on a recurring basis. In this episode, we look at how video games traditionally made money and how that's all changing. And how will it affect the games that come out in the future? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 13, 2021
The Drama of Radio Theater
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Radio dramas brought audiences to places they could never go on their own, from collapsing mines beneath Wales to a Martian invasion hitting New York City. Today, we're seeing a resurgence in the art form. Learn about the history and evolution of radio drama. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 12, 2021
Tech News: Fake Reviews, Fake Products and Fake Currency
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Hackers shut down Colonial Pipeline in the largest cyberattack on US infrastructure to date. Amazon responds to calls to crack down on counterfeiting. And a casual comment from Elon Musk causes the value of dogecoin to plummet. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 11, 2021
How 3D Audio Works
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In the late 19th century, a French experiment demonstrated the power of stereo sound. A century later, experiments in binaural audio would help create rich soundscapes that could immerse the listener in audio environments. We learn about the evolution and tech of 3D audio. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 10, 2021
TechStuff Classic: Flying Without Fuel
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The Solar Impulse 2 is scheduled to fly around the Earth in 2015 using only solar power. Say what? How is that even possible? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 07, 2021
Tech News: Think Before You Tweet
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Facebook's oversight board says the company was justified in banning Donald Trump but needs to revisit the issue. Microsoft has never made a profit off of Xbox hardware sales. And Twitter wants you to think twice before tweeting out that mean thing you just typed. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 06, 2021
TechStuff Rerun: Machine Consciousness
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Is it really possible for a machine to achieve consciousness? What does consciousness even mean? From philosophy to technological obstacles, we look at the problems and possibilities. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 05, 2021
Tech News: AOL and Yahoo Might Get Sold Again
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Verizon is looking to offload AOL and Yahoo (for about half of what the company paid for them). Facebook hates Apple's new iOS rules. Sony hates crossplay. And Jonathan hates thunderstorms. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 04, 2021
Pokemon Go Keeps On Going
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In a continuation of our story about Niantic, we learn how the company has grown thanks to Pokemon, and how a young wizard's spell totally failed to repeat its success. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 03, 2021
TechStuff Classic: How Hydrogen Fuel Works: Part Two
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How are we using hydrogen today and how might we use it in the future? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 30, 2021
Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: Reshaping the Future with Women in AI
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Today, women represent approximately 22% of the AI workforce. But IBM is out to change that by increasing diversity not just in hiring but through programs such as Women Leaders in AI that celebrate diversity in the field. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm Gladwell talks to IBM’s new SVP &CMO, Carla Piñeyro Sublett, and Chimka Munkhbayar, co-founder of Agrolly, about their challenges, achievements, and the steps they’re taking to create a more inclusive tech world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 29, 2021
The Rise of Niantic
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This is the story of the founding of Niantic, the company behind the hit smartphone game Pokemon Go. From shipwrecks to corporate acquisitions, we learn about the early days at the company. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 29, 2021
Tech News: Beavers Hate the Internet
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Apple has some new challenges. Google and Roku are having a spat. And a beaver in Canada decided to destroy the Internet. Kind of. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 27, 2021
A Concrete Problem
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Concrete is one of the most useful materials humans have ever made. But it also represents a big source of greenhouse gas emissions. How do we solve that problem? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 26, 2021
TechStuff Classic: How Hydrogen Fuel Works: Part One
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Could hydrogen be the fuel of the future? We look at the most plentiful element in the galaxy and discuss the possibility. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 23, 2021
Tech News: Spring-Loaded Apples
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Apple holds a marketing event and I like what I see. TikTok is in legal hot water in the UK. The FCC is cracking down on robocalls in the US. And it looks like a beloved old video game is getting remade. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 22, 2021
Machine Learning 101
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 21, 2021
Tech News: Flying Spiders of Mars
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Okay, there are no flying spiders of Mars, but there is a flying drone that successfully flew on the Red Planet (and doesn't that deserve a David Bowie reference?)! We also learn why Bitcoin had a tough weekend and a new way to play Xbox games over web browsers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 20, 2021
Can't Quit the QWERTY Keyboard
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The modern QWERTY keyboard has had pretty much the same layout for more than a century. Why do we still rely on keyboards (and the computer mouse as well)? We explore input devices and the longevity of the keyboard. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 19, 2021
TechStuff Classic: How Washing Machines Work
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What makes washers tick? How have they evolved over time to become more energy efficient and conserve water? And what's going on in there? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 16, 2021
Rerun: 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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 16, 2021
The Mortal Kombat Konquest
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After launching in 1992, Mortal Kombat would spawn a massive franchise. It would also burn out the creators of the franchise and the company that spawned it would go out of business. And yet the tournament survives! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 14, 2021
Tech News: Nuclear Sabotage and Pizza Robots
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Iran reports that a cyber attack shut down the Natanz nuclear reactor. A former Facebook employee says that the company turned a blind eye to state-backed misinformation campaigns. And if you live in Houston, Texas, your next pizza might come via robot delivery. Plus more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 13, 2021
The Komplicated Story of Midway Games
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The company that created Mortal Kombat has a complicated past that intertwines with lots of other companies. This is part one of the story of Midway. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 12, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The Secrets of Tor and the Deep Web
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What is Tor? What's the web under the web? What's really going on? We dish out the details. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 09, 2021
Tech News: Questions For Facebook, No More Answers from Yahoo
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What's going on with the Facebook data breach that saw personal data from half a billion accounts compromised? Why are Signal app users upset? And why oh why is Yahoo Answers going away? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 08, 2021
Henry Ford and the Model T
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The Ford Motor Company and the Model T transformed America and the world. From 1908 to 1927, Ford would produce and sell more than 15 million Model T automobiles. This is the story of the Model T, Henry Ford and the birth of modern manufacturing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 07, 2021
Tech News: Apple Says AR Will Make You a Better Conversationalist
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Why does Apple CEO think augmented reality will make conversations better? Did Amazon terminate two employees illegally because they criticized the company? And Google addresses an old issue that let Android apps know about all the other apps on an Android phone. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 06, 2021
The James Webb Space Telescope
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After several delays, we expect to launch the James Webb Space Telescope later this year. Where is it going, what is it looking for, and how did it lead to Jonathan getting a tattoo? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 05, 2021
TechStuff Classic: Biometrics: Digital Fingerprinting
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How has the Digital Age improved the centuries-old practice of fingerprinting? We explore the history of fingerprint tech and explain how modern scanners use optics, capacitance, heat and ultrasound to create prints that are harder than ever to hack. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 02, 2021
Tech News: All News and No Fooling
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Tech journalists hate April Fools. Twitter is banning some accounts claiming to be Amazon employees. Is Google collecting 20 times more data about you than Apple? And much more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 01, 2021
Living on the Edge (Computing)
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What exactly is edge computing? Why is it important? We learn about edge computing, its relationship with cloud computing and the Internet of Things, and what we can expect in the future. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 31, 2021
Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: How 5G, Edge Computing and AI are Transforming Industries
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As one of the nation’s largest wireless communication providers, over 120 million subscribers count on Verizon to stay connected, but we’re not just talking about phones. Today, Verizon and IBM are working together to better connect entire industries. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Srini Kalapala VP, Global Technology, Strategy and Network Cloud at Verizon and Steve Canepa, Global GM & Managing Director of IBM’s Communications Sector about how 5G, Edge Computing and AI will reshape the way work gets done. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 30, 2021
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). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 29, 2021
TechStuff Classic: How Ad Blockers Work
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Are ads on the Web a necessary annoyance? The creators of ad-blocking software don't think so. We dig into the history of browser extensions like AdBlock and explore the controversies around them. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 26, 2021
Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: Using AI to Rethink the Way Work Gets Done
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With hybrid cloud and AI, businesses today can challenge the limits of how they put their data to work across the organization. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Rob Thomas, SVP Cloud and Data Platform at IBM about what’s possible, and the steps businesses can take to access more of their data to help them make more informed decisions Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 25, 2021
What the NFT is this?
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Non fungible tokens or NFTs have been in the news recently. What the heck are they and how do they work? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 24, 2021
Tech News: Robots Can Be Scary
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A New York council member wants to ban police from owning weaponized robots. A San Francisco couple who co-founded a startup face multiple charges of fraud. And which app is the most invasive? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 23, 2021
GM Navigates A Treacherous Road
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General Motors and the US automotive industry entered a golden age post World War II. But energy crises and changing markets would prove to be terrain so challenging even an SUV might stall out. We round out our series on General Motors. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 22, 2021
Tech News: You're Being Tracked And Here's How
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From Google to TikTok to car companies, we look at stories that show how tech is tracking people in real time. How might that data be used for (or against) you? And is there anything we can do about it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 19, 2021
General Motors Gets Up To Speed
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After being kicked out of General Motors in 1910, William Durant co-founded Chevrolet. He came back to GM in 1916, but within four years was kicked out. Again. Find out why! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 17, 2021
Tech News: In Pennsylvania, Robots are People Too
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Tinder is getting background checks, India is banning BitCoin and in Pennsylvania robots can roam the streets legally. All this and a story about shooting sperm and egg cells into space! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 16, 2021
Rerun: Antikythera Update
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You wouldn't think a 2,000 year old machine would need an update, but it does! This classic episode features Joe McCormick and Jonathan talking about an ancient Greek computer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 15, 2021
TechStuff Classic: Time for an IRC Chat
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What is Internet Relay Chat? How does IRC work and what does it do? TechStuff looks at this legacy chat tech. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 12, 2021
Tech News: Hack the Planet
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The news is all about lots of hacking. Gab got hacked (again). A security camera company got hacked. And everyone is spying on everyone else. Learn more in today's episode! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 11, 2021
The Crazy Origins of General Motors
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William Durant founded General Motors more than a century ago, but the story of how he did it is a who's who of early automotive history. From Buick to Oldsmobile to Cadillac to Chevy, learn about the early history of GM. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 10, 2021
Tech News: Tricking AI With Sticky Notes
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Hackers exploit vulnerabilities in Microsoft products, those temperature-measuring gadgets might not be all that reliable and an image-recognition AI system can be fooled by pencil and paper. That and more in today's news episode! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 09, 2021
The Human Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
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Artificial intelligence can help or hurt us on our quest for a more equitable world. We learn about the history of computer ethics, some of the issues in AI ethics today and what challenges we have to overcome in the future. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 08, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The History of Handheld Gaming Part Two
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What's the story behind some of the more recent handheld gaming devices? Which ones failed and which succeeded? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 05, 2021
Tech News: Reading Unopened Letters Using AI
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Netflix has a new comedy feature in its iOS app, Parler withdraws a lawsuit against Amazon (and files another one), and scientists snoop on correspondence from the Middle Ages using artificial intelligence. And more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 05, 2021
The Sound of Mars
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We learn more about the Perseverance Rover and how NASA engineers had to navigate tricky technical and financial challenges to make it all work. Plus, we get our first chance to listen to the soundscape of Mars. It's pretty windy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 03, 2021
Tech News: Gab gets Hacked and YouTube Copies TikTok
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A hacker with a piratical handle hacked into Gab and stole 70 gigabytes of data. Meanwhile, China tests out a digital currency, Minneapolis backs off of an ill-advised plan to use influencers and YouTube decides to try and do TikTok only without as many editing tools. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 02, 2021
NASA's Amazing Perseverance
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The Perseverance Mars rover is already returning incredible video and audio from the Red Planet. We learn about the mission, how it survived massive changes at NASA and what we hope it finds while far away from home. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 01, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The History of Handheld Gaming Part One
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How did handheld gaming get started? We look at the origins of the electronic handheld game craze and how it evolved in the early years. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 26, 2021
Tech News: Military Coups and Net Neutrality
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We've learned more about how the military in Myanmar locked down communications in the wake of a coup. California's net neutrality law survives a legal challenge from cable companies. And Sony has plans for VR with the PS5. Plus more tech news! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 25, 2021
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 24, 2021
Tech News: Harder, Better, Faster, Bye Bye
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Spotify announced a ton of stuff at a live event, Google is back in the political ad game, and we say goodbye to an iconic music duo. Plus more tech news! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 23, 2021
Radicalization by Algorithm
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Bridget Todd joins the show to talk about the role social networking platforms play with radicalization and extremism. From a hands-off approach to algorithms that exacerbate a dangerous problem, we look at what we do know and establish what we don't. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 22, 2021
TechStuff Classic: It's All About The Polymers
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What is a polymer banknote? We look at this special type of currency, how it's made and why it's important. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 19, 2021
Tech News: No News for Australia on Facebook
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Facebook puts a ban on linking to news stories in Australia and the consequences could be enormous. Waymo starts testing autonomous vehicles in the San Francisco area. And the US Department of Justice goes after hackers connected to an attack on Sony Pictures from 2014. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 18, 2021
The Tech of Coffee
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From harvesting to brewing, we look at some of the tech connected to that ol' cup of Joe. Learn about harvesters, hullers, pulpers, roasters and other terrifying machinery! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 17, 2021
Tech News: The Rise of the Robocall
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Facebook is making a smartwatch, Google isn't welcome in French hotels and robocalls have changed how Americans answer (or don't answer) the phone. Plus more in tech news! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 16, 2021
How Medieval Warfare Led to the Lawnmower
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 15, 2021
Chased by Pee-wee Herman
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TechStuff listeners check out Jonathan in this three course episode as he and Ariel talk about some wacky news, discuss their thoughts on if the DCUE is salvageable, and pay tribute to one of their favorite Mel Brooks films and a great comedic actress. Please help Large Nerdron Collider podcast grow by subscribing and telling a friend, who will tell their friend, and their friend will also tell their friend who would eventually tell all of their friends and, well you get the point. Spread the word about LNC podcast featuring yours truly, Jonathan Strickland and Ariel Kasten. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 12, 2021
Tech News: Nature Goes Punk Rock
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We've got stories about Facebook, police using copyrighted music to escape being caught on video, and more on supply chain hack attacks. Plus we learn how a punk rock pioneer is using nature to make music, and we think back to a simpler time when we contemplated that special day between Thursday and Saturday. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 11, 2021
The Bankrupt Billionaire
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Jia Yueting is a complicated entrepreneur. He's been involved in some big projects with some spectacular fallout. From streaming video to a startup car company, we look at his influence and failures. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 10, 2021
Tech News: Riots and Coups and Facebook, Oh My!
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