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 Jul 11, 2020

Greg
 Aug 5, 2019

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

Evan
 May 19, 2019
very informative show, the host is great, miss the guest hosts, but still worth a listen every time

Jordan
 Jan 31, 2019

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

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Smart Talks with IBM 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mar 19, 2021
Introducing Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell
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The world's most challenging problems need smarter solutions. Join host Malcolm Gladwell as he interviews industry leaders and innovators to discover how IBM and its partners collaborate on projects that are designed to approach global issues in unconventional ways.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 18, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Feb 10, 2021
Tech News: Riots and Coups and Facebook, Oh My!
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Facebook COO claims the platform wasn't heavily used to plan the assault on the US Capitol on January 6th, but the Department of Justice begs to differ. Plus news about Tesla, why the developer for Terraria will not port the game to Google Stadia and rumors about a very expensive Apple VR product. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 09, 2021
Flops, Failures and Falls from Grace
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We've got another roundup of products and companies in the tech world that made some pretty big mistakes. That's not always bad - you can learn a lot from failure. Just ask Google! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 08, 2021
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Listens to Dolby
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Who was Ray Dolby? TechStuff takes a look at the life and work of a man whose inventions changed how we experience sound. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 05, 2021
Tech News: Lost in the Amazon
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Jeff Bezos is stepping down as CEO (but will stick around Amazon). Google releases how much money it made (and lost) in cloud services. Gearbox Software has a new owner, and more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 04, 2021
A Discussion on Discord
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Discord started out as a useful tool for gamers, but today lots of people who have never played a video game rely on it to stay in touch. We look at the history and evolution of Discord. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 03, 2021
Tech News: Stealing from the Rich
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Investment app Robinhood comes under fire for blocking GameStop stock purchases. Facebook's challenges in moderating content are pretty big. And we might not be going back to the Moon as early as we hoped. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 02, 2021
The SolarWinds Hack
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Cybersecurity reporter and hacker extraordinaire Shannon Morse joins the show to talk about what happened in the SolarWinds hack. How is it different from other attacks? What should we be on the lookout for next? And how long will it take to fix it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 01, 2021
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Builds a Nest
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How can a company that makes thermostats be worth $3.2 billion? We look at Nest Labs and how it may fit into Google's future. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 29, 2021
Tech News: GameStop Stocks and Much Ado About Nothing
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News items include more updates on the stock market drama around GameStop, TikTok lays off employees in India, Virgin Hyperloop puts out a new concept video, and a new hardware company called Nothing promises something. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 28, 2021
Start Ups and Shut Downs
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The world of startups is already a risky one, but it gets even worse when the "move fast and break things" philosophy extends to the law. We cover some examples of startups and VC firms that made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 27, 2021
Tech News: Malware and Mind Control
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We have updates on a ransomware attack in the UK, how the Department for Education ended up giving malware-infected laptops to students and a video game future that is strictly hands-off because you control everything with your mind. Plus more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 26, 2021
It's a (Crypto) Ponzi Scheme!
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The Ponzi scheme is an old trick, but it's being used in new ways. Learn how this well worn scam is being tailored for the age of cryptocurrency, and the red flags you should be on the lookout for. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 25, 2021
Something's Rotten in Gotham City
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Adaptations are rarely 100% accurate to their source material, but where is the line between adaptation and a completely new story with the same old name? Jonathan and Ariel discuss when a story isn't the story it says it is.Then we adapt two very unlikely stories of our own. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 22, 2021
Tech News: LG Hanging Up On the Phone Business?
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LG might stop making smartphones. The SolarWinds hack continues to be really bad. Soon you'll be able to buy makeup inspired by Animal Crossing. And much more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 21, 2021
The CES Products That Never Made It
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Every year at CES we see a lot of interesting technology. But some of it never seems to make it beyond the show floor. This episode is dedicated to those forgotten pieces of tech. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 20, 2021
Tech News: Signal Flares and Police Errors
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Signal found the pain of success when new users overloaded the service. UK police accidentally delete hundreds of thousands of files. And we look at continuing fallout from the riots at the US Capitol on January 6th. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 19, 2021
Excess Babbage
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Charles Babbage was a man ahead of his time. He was an engineer, inventor, mathematician, and grouchy pants. We learn more about this historic figure and his creations. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 18, 2021
TechStuff Classic: Why Y2K Didn't End the World
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Despite all the Y2K hype, the world kept turning on January 1, 2000. Did we have nothing to fear to begin with, or did we narrowly avoid technological Armageddon? We explore how the Year 2000 Problem worked. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 15, 2021
Tech News: When the Chips are Down
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Intel gets a new CEO, the Signal messaging app gets a bunch of new users and CES gets virtually crazy. All this and more in today's news episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 14, 2021
The Google Stadia Story
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Google launched a video game streaming service called Google Stadia in 2019. Can Google succeed where others failed, or will Stadia become another Google product that fades away? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 13, 2021
Tech News: Coups and CES
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The assault on Capitol Hill in the US has already had an enormous impact, including in the world of tech. We look at how social platforms and hosting services have responded. We also learn about what we'll be seeing this week at CES, plus more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 12, 2021
The Death and Rebirth of Earthlink
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Earthlink encountered some serious challenges in the 2000s. From the rise of cable and telecom companies in the ISP world to the decline of the dial-up customer base, things looked grim. But while some news sites declared Earthlink dead in 2017, it turns out they were a bit premature. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 11, 2021
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Bonds With Spy Tech Part Two
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Are invisible cars and exploding pens just the stuff of James Bond fiction? We look at spy gear both real and imaginary in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 08, 2021
Tech News: Trade Wars and Classic Blunders
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What happened to Chinese billionaire Jack Ma? Why did a UK judge deny bail to Julian Assange? And are we ready for CES 2021? All this and more in tech news! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 07, 2021
The Origins of Earthlink
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In the 1990s, an Internet Service Provider called Earthlink helped some of the earliest denizens of the Internet get connected. We learn about the dial-up era and how Earthlink helped shape it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 06, 2021
Tech News: Hack the Planet
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News for Tuesday, January 5, 2021. A UK judge denies the US's extradition request for Julian Assange. The SolarWinds hack is worse than we thought. Atari has found an extra life. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 05, 2021
Closing out the Tech Stories of 2020 - August through December
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You might have thought we were out of 2020, but we've got to cover the rest of the year in tech news. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 04, 2021
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Bonds With Spy Tech Part One
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Are the amazing gadgets in James Bond films possible? We look at the tech found in the early James Bond movies and compare it to real life. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 01, 2021
One of Our Favorite Podcasts of 2020 - There Are No Girls On The Internet
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Let's take a little break from the depressing newscycle and talk about the iconic Missy Elliott and how she's been changing the digital game since the very beginning.  Check out the video for The Rain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHcyJPTTn9w “Supa Dupa Fly: Black Women as Cyborgs in Hiphop Videos" by Dr. Shaviro: http://www.shaviro.com/Othertexts/MissyKim.pdf "Missy Elliott" with Margot and Richie Tenenbaum, Halloween 2008: https://www.tangoti.com/episode-12-missy-elliott-digital-innovator Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 30, 2020
The Top Tech Stories of 2020 - April through July
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We continue our look at the top tech stories of 2020 and learn about how the Black Lives Matter movement shook up tech, how the MeToo movement hit gaming and how the coronavirus continued to affect the tech sector. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 30, 2020
TechStuff Looks at 2020 - January through March
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A lot has happened in 2020, and TechStuff is looking at the big tech stories that unfolded throughout the year. From tech successes and failures to the impact of coronavirus, we take a look at the first quarter of 2020. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 28, 2020
Home Hard - Lost in Nakitomi Plaza
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TechStuff listeners join Jonathan Stickland and Ariel Kasten, the host of this cool geeky podcast called Large Nerdron Collider as they wade through the newest holiday movies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 26, 2020
The Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation
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Don Bies, President of the Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation, joins the show to talk about Grant Imahara's life, his impact and how his family and friends intend to carry on his memory. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 23, 2020
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 21, 2020
TechStuff Classic: Where's My Flying Car?
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Will the flying car ever be available to the average driver? We take a look at the history (and future) of flying cars. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 18, 2020
Fantastical Tech from Fantasy and Sci-Fi
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Special guest Ariel Kasten joins the show to talk about some of the gadgets found in various speculative fiction stories. Are any of them possible? From blasters to teleportation, we take a look. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 16, 2020
Movies, Theaters and Streaming
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Many years ago in the United States, the government forbade movie studios from owning theater chains because it would lead to anticompetitive practices. But today, we see movie studios as part of companies that own streaming services. Are we back to the bad old days? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 14, 2020
TechStuff Classic: Sniffing Out Skunk Works Part Two
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What's Skunk Works up to today? TechStuff talks about the more recent projects the ultra secret division has worked on. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 11, 2020
5G Myths vs Reality
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While most of us are still waiting on a robust rollout of 5G technology, there have been tons of questions about what it is and whether it is harmful. From concerns to conspiracies, we look at what 5G promises it will do, what it might actually do and what it definitely is not doing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 09, 2020
What is Section 230?
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A US law that was instrumental in shaping the Internet has been a controversial topic recently. In this episode, we learn what Section 230 is and why without it we wouldn't have the Internet of today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 07, 2020
TechStuff Classic: Sniffing Out Skunk Works Part One
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What is Lockheed's Skunk Works division? TechStuff peeks under a veil of secrecy to talk about the early days of a classified operation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 04, 2020
The Facebook Algorithm Problem
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Algorithms, when you get down to it, are simple in concept. In practice, they can be really useful. Or, in Facebook's case, they can lead to a lot of problems. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 02, 2020
Rerun: The History of Cyber Monday
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What is Black Friday, and how did it spawn Cyber Monday? From business trends to marketing schemes, we take a look at the history of holiday shopping online. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 30, 2020
TechStuff Classic: The Loons at Google
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What is the Google Loon project? Jonathan and Lauren look at how some ultra-thin balloons could supply Wi-Fi to remote locations. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 27, 2020
Ubisoft Grows Up
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After emerging from one potential hostile takeover, Ubisoft would find itself in another. And then in 2020, the company was rocked with scandal. In this episode, we learn what happened from 2011 to 2020 at the video game company. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 25, 2020
Ubisoft from 2003 to 2011
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Some global success stories propelled Ubisoft into the spotlight, where an even bigger fish began to take notice. We learn about a potential hostile takeover and how that affected the company's business for several years. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 23, 2020
TechStuff Classic: The Oldest Computer
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In this classic episode of TechStuff Jonathan Strickland and Joe McCormick explain what Antikythera Mechanism is, when it was built and what it does. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 20, 2020
The Origins of Ubisoft
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Today, it's a huge video game company with multiple studios around the world. But Ubisoft's origin story starts with truly humble origins. Learn how five brothers went from working at a company that sold farming equipment to founding a video game powerhouse. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 18, 2020
Smart Talks with IBM: Why Business Needs Blockchain
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It’s paramount for businesses in any sector to have visibility into their supply chain. In this episode of Smart Talks, Jonathan Strickland talks with Jason Kelley, General Manager of Blockchain at IBM, about what blockchain is, how it’s transforming global supply chains with respect to the pandemic, and the broader implications for these trusted transactions.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 17, 2020
TechStuff Grab Bag: The Update Edition
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A lot has happened since my office went into lockdown. Enough that I need to update some stories I covered in previous episodes of TechStuff. From the new consoles to Quibi, here's a rundown on some updates. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 16, 2020
TechStuff Classic: The Hype About Hyperloop
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What is the Hyperloop concept? How would it work? Will we actually build it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 13, 2020
The Format Wars
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The course of true technology does not always run smoothly. There are lots of stories about different formats battling it out to become a standard. Here are a few of them. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 11, 2020
Your Money or Your Data: A Ransomware Story
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What is ransomware and where did it come from? From an odd, chaotic campaign in 1989 to the present day, we look at the dangers of ransomware. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 09, 2020
TechStuff Classic: The AT&T Story - Part Three
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What's happened to AT&T since it was broken up by the government? What was SBC? What's AT&T been up to lately? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 06, 2020
Tech's Antitrust Problem
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Why has the US government engaged in an antitrust investigation into Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google? We learn about US antitrust law, a precedent with Microsoft, and what the future might hold. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 05, 2020
TechStuff Makes Eye Contact with a Robot
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Disney Imagineers are working on animatronic figures that can make eye contact with humans and the results are fascinating (and a little creepy). We explore what has to happen to create a robot that can make eye contact. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 02, 2020
Smart Talks with IBM: Coding Together for Racial Equality
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To improve the diversity in the tech industry and racial tolerance in the country, we need novel, tangible ideas. In this episode of Smart Talks, Jonathan Strickland talks with IBM Distinguished Engineers Dale Davis Jones and Lysa Banks, along with Creative Architect Britni Lonesome, about their involvement with the Call for Code for Racial Justice effort and how listeners can get involved with the tech solutions they're developing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 02, 2020
TechStuff Classic: Ghost Hunting Tech
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In this episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris discuss ghost hunting technology -- and ghost hunting in general -- from a skeptical perspective. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 30, 2020
TechStuff Plays Spooky Games
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Computer and video games have pushed the horror genre in interesting directions. In this episode, we look at the development of certain features of the horror genre in the gaming world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 28, 2020
Rerun: TechStuff's Spooky Halloween Spectacular!
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In celebration of Halloween, we take a look at an article from HowStuffWorks titled 10 Scary Modern Technologies. From drones to voices coming out of thin air, we peek under the big scary bed that is technology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 26, 2020
TechStuff Classic: The AT&T Story - Part Two
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How did AT&T form a monopoly in the US? Why did the government step in to break up the monopoly? How did the telecommunications landscape change? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 23, 2020
Where are the alternatives to Facebook?
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Facebook has a bad rep for spreading misinformation, among other things. So where's the alternative social networking site? We look at some different sites that tried (and failed) to beat Facebook at its own game. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 21, 2020
Space Treaties and Artemis Accords
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NASA announced the eight founders of the newly published Artemis Accords, which set out guidelines for space exploration and exploitation. We take a look at different space treaties and why politics play a big part in space. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 19, 2020
TechStuff Classic: The AT&T Story - Part One
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Who was Alexander Graham Bell? Why did he create the Bell Telephone Company? How was AT&T created? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 16, 2020
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 14, 2020
The Siri Story: Joining Apple
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How did Siri evolve once it became part of Apple? From controversial decisions, dramatic departures and reviews that were, well, mixed, we look at Siri's evolution since 2011. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 12, 2020
TechStuff Classic: There's a Halloween Event on the Horizon
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What's the premise of the horror film Event Horizon? What is an event horizon? How do black holes work? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 10, 2020
Happy Anniver-Siri
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Apple introduced Siri to the public on October 4, 2011, but the story of Siri goes further back and beyond Apple. We learn about how Siri evolved from a US Department of Defense project in the early 2000s. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 07, 2020
Learning from Mistakes - Tech Startup Failures
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Did you know nearly 90% of all startups fail? In this episode, we look at a few tech startups that didn't cut it and explore some of the reasons that contribute to failure, and how to avoid them. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 05, 2020
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Shines Light on Solar Panels
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How are scientists improving solar panel efficiency? What do moth eyes have to do with solar panels? How long until solar panels are cheap enough for the average homeowner? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 02, 2020
What Are Graphics Cards Good For?
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In September 2020, PC gamers went bonkers for new graphics cards called the RTX 3080 and the 3090. What do these cards do, and why was the launch a bit of a headache? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 30, 2020
TechStuff in the Time of Coronavirus
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Jonathan gives a peek behind the curtain at how TechStuff used to be produced versus how it happens now. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 28, 2020
TechStuff Classic: Sleeping Underwater
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Are there really companies working on building underwater hotels? What considerations do you have to make to build an underwater structure? When will these hotels open? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 25, 2020
The Rise and Rise of ARM Holdings
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Once ARM Holdings began to license its processor designs and instruction sets, it was off to the races. Learn how this English company came to dominate the mobile processor market and what might be next. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 23, 2020
Smart Talks with IBM: Human Slavery Still Exists. Can AI Help Curb This Scourge?
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Human trafficking to create slave labor has persisted globally for centuries, devastating the lives of millions, and frustrating those who work tirelessly to end it. On today's episode, John McGrath, Sr. Solution Architect at IBM, and Neil Giles, CEO of the Traffik Analysis Hub, discuss how the IBM Cloud-based Hub, powered by IBM Watson helps organizations securely share and analyze data to help curb modern human slavery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 22, 2020
The Humble Origins of ARM Processors
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Recently, news broke that Nvidia is seeking to buy ARM Holdings, designers of ARM processors, for 40 billion dollars. Where did ARM come from and what's the big deal about it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 21, 2020
TechStuff Classic: Running on Steam
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How old are steam engines? How do steam engines work? Are there steam engines in common use today? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 18, 2020
Twitch Switcharoos
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Twitch is mostly known as a streaming service that allows people to broadcast themselves playing video games live to an audience. For most, it's a fun hobby. For a few, it's the path to riches. And some high-profile streamers have come and gone and come back recently. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 16, 2020
Power Strips, UPS and Toschi Station
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It's time to talk about uninterruptible power supplies, surge protectors, circuit breakers and other systems designed to make sure the electricity we use is safe for us and our devices. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 14, 2020
TechStuff Classic: Ads on the Go
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How does mobile advertising differ from other online advertising? Why is mobile advertising such a big deal? How will mobile advertising shape online content? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 11, 2020
TechStuff Rerun: Could we make a sarcastic supercomputer?
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As we develop more advanced natural language systems, will we ever reach a point where a computer can detect not just what we say but what we actually mean? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 09, 2020
Deep Learning and Deepfakes
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What's a Generative Adversarial Network? How can a program create a deepfake video? And how do we tell the difference between what's real and what's computer-generated? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 07, 2020
TechStuff Classic: Pacemakers Got the Beat
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What is a pacemaker? How do pacemakers control the rate of heartbeats? What was the first pacemaker? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 04, 2020
TechStuff Looks Inside the Black Box
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In tech, a black box is any technology that hides the processes that take input and generate output. We see what goes in, we see what comes out but what's going on inside? We look at the black box problem in tech. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 02, 2020
Well Well Well
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In this episode, we look at the technologies that deliver water to your home, whether it's a well or a municipal water system. Let's get pumped up! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 31, 2020
TechStuff Classic: The Prodigy Story
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What was an online service provider? How did Prodigy get started? Why did Prodigy lag behind other companies? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 28, 2020
Rerun: The Rise and Fall of G4 TV
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A TV and movie producer thought that he could do for video games what MTV did for music videos. But the G4 channel would end up alienating the very viewers it sought to attract. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 26, 2020
The Epic Epic Vs Apple Battle
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In August 2020, Epic Games and Apple began a very public war involving the video game Fortnite and how Apple processes in-app transactions. We look at the disagreement and what's at stake. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 24, 2020
TechStuff Classic: Say My Name
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Who was Heisenberg? What was his contribution to quantum mechanics? What is the uncertainty principle? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 21, 2020
Computer-Generated Communication
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A computer-generated blog post made it onto a hacker news site. How does computer generated communication work, and is it good enough to fool us? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 19, 2020
Quibi Quibble
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What is the video streaming service Quibi all about? How did the COVID-19 crisis throw a monkeywrench in the service's launch? We look at the short, troubled history of this media company. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 17, 2020
TechStuff Classic: Videos In the Stream
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What are the differences between the three big video streaming services? How do these services earn revenue? Which services have exclusive deals? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 14, 2020
TechStuff Goes To Disneyland (Not Really)
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What's the tech powering some of the iconic rides at Disney theme parks? From Omnimovers to Indiana Jones, we explore innovations that put the thrill in thrill rides. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 12, 2020
Time's Up for TikTok?
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It's only been a few months since our last episode about TikTok, but a lot has happened since. We learn about the mysterious Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States and how it could play a role in changing TikTok forever. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 10, 2020
TechStuff Classic: Mod That Bod
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What tech is used in body modification? Why is Kevin Warwick sometimes called a cyborg? Can grinders give themselves extrasensory powers? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 07, 2020
Hard Disk Drives vs Solid State Drives
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When it comes to long-term data storage on computers, there are two main camps. In this episode, we learn how hard disk drives are different from solid state drives. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 05, 2020
Rerun: How E3 Works
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What's the history of E3? What purpose does it serve? And can anyone attend? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 03, 2020
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Gets Tattooed and Pierced
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What's the origin of tattooing? Who invented the tattoo gun? How do piercings work? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 31, 2020
Right-Handed Bias: A Sinister Problem
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Being left-handed in a world primarily shaped by and for right-handed people can be a challenge, particularly with technology. In this episode, we look at how a right-handed bias can create frustrations for left handers, and how bias in tech can take on more sinister aspects. That was a pun. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 29, 2020
Smart Talks With IBM: Addressing health disparities during COVID-19
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COVID-19 has shined a spotlight on the already pressing disparities in public health. In this episode of Tech Stuff, Jonathan Strickland chats with Dr. Kyu Rhee, Chief Health Officer at IBM, and Dr. Irene Dankwa-Mullan, Deputy Chief Health Officer of IBM Watson Health, about how data and technology are helping to address these issues during the pandemic and beyond. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 28, 2020
Panasonic to Today
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Since the 1970s, Panasonic has moved further from the control of the Matsushita family. But the process hasn't always gone smoothly. From recessions and political events to a dependence on plasma televisions, we learn about the obstacles the company has had to deal with recently. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 27, 2020
TechStuff Classic: How BitTorrent Works
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Who invented BitTorrent? How do BitTorrent transfers work? What exactly is a torrent file? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 24, 2020
Panasonic - 1954 to 1973
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Panasonic, or rather Matsushita, went through a tumultuous period of ups and downs, including allegations of some shady business practices. From high prices in Japan to undercutting American competitors in the US, we look at how the practices of Panasonic shaped not only the company but the electronics industry as a whole. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 22, 2020
The Founding of Panasonic
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The Japanese electronics company Panasonic is more than a century old. In this episode, we learn of its founding in 1918, how the company survived World War II, and how its founder positioned his company to enter the global marketplace in the 1950s. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 20, 2020
TechStuff Classic: How Storm Chasers Work
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What are storm chasers? What kind of equipment do storm chasers use? What useful information have storm chasers gathered? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 17, 2020
Perseverance and Ingenuity
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The next Mars rover scheduled for launch is the Perseverance, which NASA hopes will be able to uncover signs that life once existed on Mars. It also will carry a helicopter-like drone. We learn about the rover, its instruments and why flying on Mars is tricky. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 15, 2020
Smart Talks With IBM: A Changing Cybersecurity Landscape
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While the world struggles with the chaotic realities of COVID-19, cybercriminals are pouncing. In this episode of Tech Stuff, Jonathan Strickland chats with Wendi Whitmore, VP of IBM Security X-Force Threat Intelligence, and Allison Ritter, Program Leader, IBM Security Command Center, about how they are helping businesses stay prepared and resilient within a rapidly evolving threat landscape. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 14, 2020
The Robots Are Coming For Your Job!
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Are robots and automated systems going to replace human workers? And if so, what then? The fear about automation has a long history and it's not an irrational fear. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 13, 2020
TechStuff Classic: Pew! Pew! Plasma!
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What is plasma and how do we use it? Why are plasma weapons so popular in science fiction? Are plasma weapons realistic? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 10, 2020
TechStuff Listeners: Check out First Contact with Laurie Segall
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What happens to our civil liberties when an algorithm is used by law enforcement to make an arrest? Even more concerning, what happens when that facial recognition technology is racially biased? As we enter an age of ubiquitous surveillance, it’s minorities - especially people of color - who are disproportionately affected. The ACLU has recently filed a complaint on behalf of a Black man who was wrongfully arrested due to faulty police facial recognition tech. It’s the first case in the US, but it’s unlikely to be the last because, according to the ACLU - the tech often can’t tell Black people apart. The organization that has been fighting for civil rights protections for over 100 years, is now calling on lawmakers nationwide to stop law enforcement use of facial recognition technology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 08, 2020
Magic Leap and the Big Fall
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It started off as an incredible project that promised to bring science fiction into science fact. But years later, the company Magic Leap struggles to stay afloat. What happened? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 06, 2020
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Watches Independence Day
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How well does the film treat science and technology in Independence Day? What are the big goofs committed in the movie? How realistic is the plan to defeat the aliens? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 03, 2020
It's All Relative
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How do the theories of special relativity and general relativity apply to satellites? Why is the speed of light constant, but time and distance are not? We get all Einstein up in here! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 01, 2020
TechStuff to Major Tom
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How do satellite communications work? What's the difference between megahertz and megabits? We learn about the tech of communication satellites. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 29, 2020
TechStuff Classic: The WikiLeaks Story
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How did WikiLeaks get started? What is the purpose of WikiLeaks? What are some of the controversies WikiLeaks has been in? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 26, 2020
The 12th Anniversary Spectacular
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Jonathan looks back on some of the biggest tech stories since TechStuff first launched. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 24, 2020
TechStuff Steps Out of the Limelight
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In our continuing exploration of stage and film lighting, we learn how technology would shape how our entertainment is created and presented and what the heck a gaffer is. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 22, 2020
TechStuff Classic: Get Your Podcast To Mars!
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What is the Mars One project? Why is it a one-way ticket to Mars? What are the qualifications for Mars One? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 19, 2020
Lights, TechStuff, Action!
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From the stage to the silver screen, we look at how lighting has played an intrinsic role in shaping our perception of entertainment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 17, 2020
TechStuff Flashback: The Scary World of EVMs Part Two
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In the conclusion of this two-part series about electronic voting machines, Ben Bowlin joins the show to talk about all the challenges that come along with trying to modernize the democratic process. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 15, 2020
TechStuff Classic: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Superconductor
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What are superconductors? What is electrical resistance? How can superconductors levitate? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 12, 2020
TechStuff Flashback: The Scary World of EVMs Part One
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It's an election year in the United States, which means it's a good time to revisit this 2016 episode about electronic voting machines. Ben Bowlin joins the show to talk about the tech and challenges associated with electronic voting. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 10, 2020
Web Spider Is Our Hero
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What is a web spider? You don't have to leave a message and we'll call you back, we'll explain in this episode what web spiders are and how they work. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 08, 2020
TechStuff Classic: The Electronic Arts Story- Part Two
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How did the company change after the departure of Trip Hawkins? What were some of the other companies EA acquired? Why did EA win the Worst Company of the Year twice? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 05, 2020
Thinking is Critical
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It's time for another critical thinking episode! We are flooded with information and not all of it is reliable. Let's talk about developing the skills to think critically and separate the good data from the bad. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 03, 2020
TechStuff In Front of a Green Screen
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Where did green screen technology come from? How does it work? From the dawn of cinema to the latest Zoom meeting, we take a look at the tech that lets us combine different images into a single film or video. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 01, 2020
TechStuff Classic: The Electronic Arts Story: Part One
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Who is the founder of Electronic Arts? What was the company's philosophy about making games? Why did the founder leave the company? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 29, 2020
The Deal With Steel
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There are lots of different kinds of steel. In this episode, we demystify steel, talk about the different classifications and what makes them different from one another. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 27, 2020
One Stuff of Iron, The Other of Steel
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What makes iron different from steel? How are they made? In this episode, we explore the history of iron and steel. It's heavy metal! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 25, 2020
TechStuff Classic: The Evolution of Batteries
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How do batteries work? What are the different types of batteries? Why has battery improvement been so slow? Join Lauren and Jonathan to learn more about the science behind batteries. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 22, 2020
Small Tech, Big Deal
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What does the word nanotechnology really mean? And how did it evolve? From ancient glassmaking to the tech of sci fi, we look at nanotechnology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 20, 2020
The Packard Bell Story
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Packard Bell's lifespan was 1926 to 1968. Or maybe 1933 to 1974. Or maybe 1986 to 2000. What is up with this company? We investigate the Packard Bell Story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 18, 2020
TechStuff Classic: Printing a Gun
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How powerful is the 3D-printed gun designed by Cody Wilson? Why is the gun so controversial? Is a plastic gun really undetectable? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 15, 2020
The Birth of the Modem
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What exactly is a modem and what does it do? We trace the development of the modem and how it plays a key part in computer networks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 13, 2020
What is a Redox Flow Battery?
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What are redox flow batteries? How are they similar to other types of energy storage technologies like traditional batteries and fuel cells? Will we ever see them in wide deployment? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 11, 2020
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Gets Fit
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What are fitness trackers? What sort of sensors does a typical tracker contain? Do fitness trackers really help you lose weight or get fit? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 08, 2020
How Musical Instruments Work
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What makes a trumpet sound different from a guitar? How do flutes work? In this episode, we look at how musical instruments actually create their respective, distinctive sounds. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 06, 2020
Smart Talks with IBM: Working Together While Apart
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The COVID-19 pandemic forced millions of people into a new lifestyle and raised many challenges. Among those are how do we pursue learning from home? How can technology help us when we can't leave the house? Kristin Wisnewski and Grace Suh join the show to talk about initiatives designed to help students learn in our new remote reality. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 05, 2020
How Music Works - The Physics
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Musical instruments are a particularly cool type of technology. How do musical instruments take advantage of fundamental laws of physics? We explore the nature of sound and music in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 04, 2020
TechStuff Classic: How Nanotechnology Works
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Nanotechnology is the science of building incredibly tiny machines. As manufacturing techniques improve, more nanotechnology may find its way to the market.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 01, 2020
How Essential Became NonEssential
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The lead developer of the Android operating system launched a new phone company in 2015 called Essential Products. In 2019, that company folded. What happened? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 29, 2020
The Zoom Boom
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The web conferencing service Zoom was already successful before the era of isolation really kicked it into a new gear. Learn about where it came from, how it works and the controversies the company now faces. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 27, 2020
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Shifts Into High Gear
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What do automotive transmissions do? How does power get from an engine to a car’s wheels? Why do manual transmission vehicles have a clutch? Learn more about transmissions with Jonathan and Lauren. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 24, 2020
How Thermal Imaging Works
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A Chinese company is marketing heat-sensing glasses as a possible way to screen people for COVID-19. How does thermal imaging work, and is this a good approach? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 22, 2020
Smart Talks with IBM: Accelerating an answer to COVID-19
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How is technology playing a role in the search for an effective treatment for COVID-19? Dave Turek of IBM joins the podcast to talk about how high performance computing can help speed up the process. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 21, 2020
What's up, WhatsApp?
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Where did the WhatsApp messaging service come from, how did it get so popular, and why did Facebook spend so much money to acquire it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 20, 2020
TechStuff Classic: What is the DMCA?
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Why does the DMCA exist? What is safe harbor? What does the DMCA have to do with boats? Tune in to learn more with Jonathan and Lauren. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 17, 2020
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 15, 2020
TechStuff Sends Exoskeletons XOs
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While we're not likely to ever see something as sophisticated as Iron Man's suit, there are a number of robotic exoskeleton designs that have made the rounds. In this episode, we look at some of those designs, how they were developed and what they are meant to do. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 13, 2020
TechStuff TechStuff Classic: Tackles Wikipedia
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How did Wikipedia get started? What was the predecessor to Wikipedia? What are the pros and cons of Wikipedia? Learn more about Wikipedia with Jonathan and Lauren Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 10, 2020
How Laptop Computers Evolved
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It took a lot of time and experimentation for the clamshell laptop to become standard. Today, most laptops follow that style. But companies have made big changes in other features. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 08, 2020
Smart Talks with IBM: Tracking COVID-19
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Cameron Clayton, the General Manager of IBM Cloud Ecosystem and of The Weather Company, an IBM business, joins the show to talk about how artificial intelligence and cloud computing provide the horsepower needed to provide localized tracking tools for the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 07, 2020
The History of Laptop Computers
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From the very first 55-pound portable computer to establishing the clamshell form factor, we take a look at the history of the laptop computer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 06, 2020
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Goes on a Voyage
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What is the Voyager program? What systems are onboard the Voyager spacecraft? What is on the golden record on the Voyager spacecraft? Tune in and learn more with Jonathan and Lauren. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 03, 2020
Sony Strikes Back with the PS4
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After the departure of Ken Kutaragi, Sony executives decided that the next PlayStation console wouldn't be as dramatic a departure as the PS3. And we look forward to what might be around the corner with the PS5. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 01, 2020
A Tough Start for the PS3
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The second PlayStation console exceeded all sales expectations, setting the bar for the PS3 incredibly high. But a change in processor architecture would mean the third PlayStation would have a tougher time getting traction in the market. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 30, 2020
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Gets Stealthy
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How does radar work? How can stealth planes avoid radar? How many stealth vehicles are in active service in the US? Learn more about the science of stealth with Jonathan and Lauren. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 28, 2020
Make Way for the PS2
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Sony built on the success of the PlayStation and launched an even more popular console: the PlayStation 2. We look at how the PS2 established itself as the best selling home video game console of all time. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 25, 2020
Smart Talks with IBM: Project OWL
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In the first episode of the Smart Talks series, Jonathan talks with Bryan Knouse of Project OWL, winner of IBM's Call for Code, and Alisa Maclin of IBM, to learn about how mesh networks can help restore communications to areas devastated by natural disasters.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 24, 2020
The Birth of the PlayStation
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A failed collaboration between Nintendo and Sony would lead to the birth of one of the most popular video game consoles of all time: the PlayStation. This is the story of how that console was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 23, 2020
TechStuff Classic: The Riches People In Tech
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Who are the wealthiest tech billionaires? How did they get so wealthy? Which ones have been on the list a long time? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they explore the life and times of the wealthiest people in the world of tech. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 20, 2020
TechList: The Phantom Zone
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In the early 2000s, a company called Infinium Labs promised to revolutionize gaming with a console called The Phantom. It never materialized. What happened? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 20, 2020
TechList: The World of eSports
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From professional streamers to full-blown championship tournaments, where did eSports come from and is it really that big a deal? We talk with representatives from Alienware and ELEAGUE about professional gaming. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 20, 2020
TechList: The History of Podcasting
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From Internet Radio to the emergence of TechStuff, we look at the long and colorful history of podcasts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 20, 2020
TechList: 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
Mar 20, 2020
TechList: How Lightsabers Work
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Jonathan and Chris discuss the most famous weapon in the "Star Wars" universe -- the lightsaber -- in this episode of TechStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 20, 2020
TechList: Famous April Fool's Tech Pranks
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On April 1, pranks run wild in the tech sector. In this podcast from HowStuffWorks, the TechStuff guys tickle your funny bone with a list of famous April Fool's tech pranks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 20, 2020
TechList: The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow
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On October 1, 1982, EPCOT Center opened at Walt Disney World. But that Epcot wasn't the same thing as Walt Disney's initial vision. We look into the history of a futuristic community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 20, 2020
TechList: 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
Mar 20, 2020
TechList: The Tech of Stranger Things
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Jess Royal and John Hilton drop what they're doing on Stranger Things to come by the studio and talk about what their jobs require. From Christmas lights to the upside down, we learn about what it takes to make a show work. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 20, 2020
TechList: An Interview with the Creators of Homestar Runner
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The creators of Homestar Runner hop on TechStuff to talk about their pioneering work in web series production and how StrongBad is going to catch up on that huge email backlog. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 20, 2020
The Impact of COVID-19 on Tech
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From factory shutdowns to canceled events, the novel coronavirus has wreaked havoc in the tech industry and beyond. In this episode, we explore some of the early consequences and consider what the long-term effects might be. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 18, 2020
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
Mar 16, 2020
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Experiments With Fusion
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What is fusion? Why is fusion power so challenging? What is cold fusion? Learn more about the challenges -- and potential promises -- of fusion power in this podcast with Jonathan and Lauren. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 13, 2020
Seti Not at Home
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After 20 years, the Seti@Home program is going on hiatus. How did this project let the average computer user lend a hand in the search for alien intelligence? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 11, 2020
Time for TikTok
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It's a social platform. It's a meme generating machine. It's a . . . threat to national security? It's time to learn about TikTok. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 09, 2020
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Leaps Into Hyperspace
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Why does Han Solo's line about parsecs not make any sense? In the Star Wars universe, what exactly is hyperdrive? Why would hyperspace cause huge causality problems if it were real? Learn more about hyperspace with Lauren and Jonathan. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 07, 2020
Rerun: What is gamification?
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Gamification is exactly what it sounds like -- adding an aspect of gameplay to an activity. So why would someone add a game layer on top of an application or service -- and how old is gamification, exactly? Join Chris and Jonathan to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 05, 2020
Rerun: Can we stop an asteroid from hitting Earth?
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Could we blow up an asteroid like in the movie Armageddon? Join Jonathan and Chris as they tackle what may become one of Earth's most important questions: What do we need to do to be better prepared for an asteroid impact? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 02, 2020
TechStuff Classic: How Napster Worked
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What was the purpose of Napster? Who created Napster? How is the Napster of today related to the original Napster? Join Lauren and Jonathan as the explore the rise of Napster. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 28, 2020
Rerun: Eureka! Archimedes!
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Who was Archimedes, and what did he actually invent? Join Jonathan as he revisits this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 26, 2020
3D Printing and Tomography
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Scientists have created a way to 3D print small objects by using beams of light directed at special resin. It's all based off tomography and photopolymers. Here's how it works. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 24, 2020
TechStuff Classic: How Segways Work
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What’s the history of the Segway? How does a Segway work? What are gyroscopes? Listen in and learn more about Segways with Jonathan and Lauren. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 21, 2020
Internet Folklore and Misinformation
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Special guest Shea Lee joins the show to talk about Internet folklore, conspiracy theories and hoaxes and how platforms like Facebook and communities like 4chan can perpetuate misinformation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 19, 2020
When Secrets Aren't Secret
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The Washington Post published an article revealing that the CIA secretly owned and operated an encryption company for decades. How did that happen and what does it mean? And what lessons should we learn from it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 17, 2020
TechStuff Classic: How Refrigerators Work
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What’s the history of refrigerators? How is a refrigerator like an air conditioner? How does vapor compression work? Learn the cold, hard facts about refrigeration with Jonathan and Lauren. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 15, 2020
Understanding and Detecting Radiation
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What exactly is radiation? How is electromagnetic radiation different from particle radiation? What is ionizing radiation? And how do Geiger counters work? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 12, 2020
How Smoke Detectors Work
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Smoke detectors save lives, but how do they work? From photoelectric effects to nuclear radiation, we explore how smoke detectors let you know when there's a fire. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 10, 2020
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Cleans Up After Digital Pets
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What is a digital pet? What was the first digital pet? Why did the digital pet craze fizzle out so quickly in the United States? Learn more about the rise and fall of digital pets in the U.S. with Jonathan and Lauren. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 08, 2020
The Lighter Side of Tech
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How do lighters work? Jonathan explains the mechanics and chemistry behind lighters from their earliest forms to the type you can buy today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 05, 2020
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
Feb 03, 2020
TechStuff Classic: Tesla- The Man, The Myths, The Truth
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Who was Nikola Tesla, really? What did he invent? What are some of the popular misconceptions about Tesla and his work? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they explore Nikola Tesla: the man, the myths and the truth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 31, 2020
The State of Autonomous Vehicles
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Just a few years ago, optimism was running high that we'd have fleets of autonomous vehicles by early 2020. What happened? We learn more about autonomous cars and their limitations in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 29, 2020
How Smart Speakers Work
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How do all those smart speakers actually work? From basic speaker technology to the complicated science behind voice recognition and natural language processing, we find out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 27, 2020
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff is Caught in a Tractor Beam
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What are tractor beams? How do photons normally react with matter? How are scientists using beams of light to pull microscopic objects? Listen in as Jonathan and Lauren explore the tech behind tractor beams. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 25, 2020
Rerun: How Ultrasound Works
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Ultrasonic waves let medical professionals see what's going on inside us without ever making an incision. But what makes sonography so effective? Join Lauren and Jonathan as they look into the history and amazing applications of ultrasound technology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 22, 2020
Volkswagen Today
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How did Ferdinand Porsche's grandson reshape Volkswagen? And how did a scandal with diesel vehicles nearly break the company? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 20, 2020
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Gets Domestic . . . Robots
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What is a domestic robot? Why are today's domestic robots specialized? Why is it so hard to build a bipedal robot? Get the answers to these questions and more in this episode of TechStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 17, 2020
Volkswagen: Beyond the Beetle
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What did Volkswagen produce beyond the iconic Beetle? From buses to Audi, we look at how Volkswagen evolved up to the 1980s. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 15, 2020
The Dark Origins of Volkswagen
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This is the story of how Ferdinand Porsche, with the support of Adolph Hitler, created the Volkswagen company. We also follow the evolution of the Volkswagen Beetle. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 13, 2020
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Enters the Singularity
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What is the technological singularity? How might the technological singularity come about? What do critics say about the idea of the singularity? Listen in as Jonathan and Lauren explore the technological singularity. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 10, 2020
The Tech of 2014 to 2018
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This is part two of a retrospect on the last decade in tech. Jonathan looks at Apple in the post Steve Jobs era, protests at Google and Uber's worst year ever. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 08, 2020
A Decade In Review (But Only 2009 to 2013)
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Jonathan begins his look back on ten years in technology, exploring how the tech landscape has changed from 2009 to 2013. Learn about Jonathan's bad predictions, Uber's missteps and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 06, 2020
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Remembers Aaron Swartz
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Aaron Swartz was a young tech genius who was defining RSS specifications at age 14. Who was this young man, what did he believe in and why was the US government determined to prosecute him? Listen in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 03, 2020
More Top Tech Stories of 2019
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We look back at some more of the biggest stories and themes in tech over the course of 2019. From planned obsolescence to missteps in tech, we look at how things shook out over the year. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 01, 2020
Tech Stories of 2019 - The Bummer Episode
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Jonathan looks back at some of the biggest (and saddest) tech stories of 2019. From bankruptcies to data breaches, this one is kind of a bummer, but still important! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 30, 2019
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Plays with Carbon Nanotubes
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What is a carbon nanotube? What are the properties of carbon nanotubes? What are some of the potential uses of carbon nanotubes? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they break down the basics of nanotubes, along with their potential uses in future applications. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 27, 2019
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
Dec 25, 2019
Rerun: Augmenting Your Reality
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What is AR and how does it work? Learn about augmented reality's history and future! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 23, 2019
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Navigates Google Maps
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How did Google Maps get started? How does it work, and how has it expanded beyond its original functionality? Join Lauren and Jonathan as they explore the past, present and future of Google Maps. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 20, 2019
Rerun: Bad Computer Bugs
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Software bugs range from annoying to catastrophic. It's time to explore some of the most famous flaws in computer history! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 18, 2019
Human Centric Design and the Mazda CX-30
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Live from inside a Mazda CX-30 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Jonathan talks about the concept of human centric design and why it's not as straightforward as you might imagine. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 16, 2019
TechStuff Classic: Are we living in a computer simulation?
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What is the philosophical argument about living in a computer simulation? What does the singularity have to do with it? How might we be able to tell if we’re in a computer simulation? Learn about the nature of perception with Lauren and Jonathan. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 13, 2019
Rerun: Shh! How Soundproofing Works
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Producer Noel Brown joins the show to talk about the science, theory and practice of soundproofing. How does sound work? How can you protect a room from sound? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 11, 2019
Rerun: How Tech Could Make Better Chocolate
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Temple University scientists have found a new way to improve chocolate and it involves electric fields. Learn about the technology and physics behind improving a nearly perfect food. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 09, 2019
TechStuff Classic: Social Media and You
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Is social media harmful to our real-world relationships? Is there evidence that social media helps us form stronger connections? Why are there so many contradictory studies? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they explore the effects of social media. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 06, 2019
Biofuel Bonanza
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What exactly are biofuels, and can they replace fossil fuels? In this episode, we take a critical look at the issues surrounding our energy needs and why it's so darn complicated. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 04, 2019
Fake It Til You Make It
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In the world of technology, it's not unusual for startups to make big promises and then scramble to try and keep them. In this episode, we look at some big examples of this philosophy and how it can go wrong. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 02, 2019
TechStuff Classic: The Wonderful Wizard Named Woz
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Who is Steve Wozniak? What was Wozniak's role at Apple? What other ventures has Wozniak been involved in over the years? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the life and times of this iconic computer engineer and Apple cofounder. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 29, 2019
Lighting Up the Holidays
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We look at the history of incorporating lights in winter holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah and how electricity changed things dramatically. We'll also dive into those over the top displays that sequence lights with sound and talk about why it was such a challenge for the electrician on Stranger Things to make lights blink a specific way. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 27, 2019
Blizzard Meltdown
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We look at what's been going on at Blizzard recently and how global politics have created a challenging situation for the company. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 25, 2019
TechStuff Classic: How Motion Capture Works
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What does motion capture mean? What are the different systems used to capture a performer’s movements? Why do some animators consider motion capture cheating? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 22, 2019
Things Get Hot for Blizzard
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Riding high on some notable successes, Blizzard continued to make big waves in the world of video games. But now and again the company would find itself in a storm of criticism. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 20, 2019
Winter is Coming: The Early Days of Blizzard
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Founded in 1991, the video game company Blizzard got its start not by creating blockbuster games of its own but by porting other companies' games to different platforms. This is the story of the founding of Blizzard. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 18, 2019
TechStuff Classic: The Firefox Story
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How is Firefox connected to Netscape Navigator? Are Firefox and Internet Explorer cousins? What is Mozilla? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the origin and growth of Mozilla. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 15, 2019
Media in the Stream
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Over the last decade, we've seen a gradual shift from hard copy media to streaming media. In this episode, we look at the history and tech behind devices designed to stream entertainment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 13, 2019
The Birth of the Electric Chair
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At the end of the 19th century, it seemed like there was nothing electricity couldn't do. So could it be used as a way to humanely carry out the death penalty? We learn about the invention of the electric chair and the dentist who dreamed it up. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 11, 2019
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Takes the Ingress
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What is an alternate reality game? What is Ingress? How do you play the game? Join Jonathan and Chris as they introduce you to the world of Ingress and alternate reality gaming. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 08, 2019
The Trials and Tribulations of the 737 MAX
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What happened with Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft and why did the CEO of the company appear before the US Congress? We learn about the flight control system that led to tragedy and the controversy surrounding it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 06, 2019
The Basics of Electricity
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What's the difference between voltage and current? What is resistance? What are the units of measurement associated with electricity? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 04, 2019
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Gets MegaUploaded
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What was Megaupload? Why did the US federal government pursue Megaupload? Why is the Megaupload case so complicated? Join Chris and Jonathan as they shed some light on the Megaupload, from its origin to its ongoing court case. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 01, 2019
Scams and Hoaxes
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The Internet can be a great place but it's also the host for some pretty sneaky scams out there. In this episode, we look at some common schemes to take advantage of unsuspecting victims and how you can avoid becoming a victim yourself. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 30, 2019
The Shocking History of Electricity in Medicine
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For more than 200 years, doctors have experimented with using electricity to treat everything from liver disease to severe depression to varying degrees of success. We look at the history behind these practices and what's going on. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 28, 2019
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at Industrial Light and Magic
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What is Industrial Light and Magic, and when did it get its start? What is ILM's relationship to Pixar? What technologies did ILM pioneer? Join Jonathan and Chris as they shed some light on ILM. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 25, 2019
TechStuff ReRun: The Wonderful World of Audio Animatronics
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Jonathan is about to head to Walt Disney World (he'll be back by the time this publishes). But he doesn't want to leave you without an episode, so here's one about Disney's audio animatronics from the archive! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 23, 2019
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
Oct 21, 2019
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Rides in Electric Cars
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How do electric motors work? Are electric vehicles a new idea? Why aren't there more electric vehicles on the road today? Join Jonathan and Chris as they power through the past, present and possible future of electric vehicles. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 18, 2019
The Modern Submarine
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How did the modern submarine develop? What kind of technology is on a submarine? How do they navigate?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 16, 2019
TechStuff Dives into Submarines
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How do submarines work? When were they invented? In this episode, we explore the truths (and myths) about the origin of submarines. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 14, 2019
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Gets an ESRB Rating
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What is the ESRB? What procedure does the ESRB follow to rate games? What do the different ratings mean? Join the guys as they demystify the inner workings of the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 11, 2019
TechStuff Takes a Gander at Propaganda
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The University of Oxford Computational Propaganda Research Project issued a report on how countries around the world are manipulating people with misinformation. What's YOUR country up to? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 09, 2019
TechStuff Looks through a Telescope
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From the physics of light to ingenious uses of a mirror, we look at the history of telescopes and how they work. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 07, 2019
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Jumps From Space
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How did the Stratos jump work? What sort of technology was inside the capsule? How did Felix's suit work? Join Jonathan and Chris as they leap into the tech behind this groundbreaking jump. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 04, 2019
The Rise and Fall of G4 TV
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A TV and movie producer thought that he could do for video games what MTV did for music videos. But the G4 channel would end up alienating the very viewers it sought to attract. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 02, 2019
The TechTV Story
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In the late 1990s, a new television channel aimed at the computer crowd launched. It would last six years before a merger would effectively end it all. This is the TechTV story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 30, 2019
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Gets a Bright Idea
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Who really invented the light bulb? What is the Draper point? How do fluorescent bulbs work? Join Chris and Jonathan as they shine some light on the fascinating story of light bulbs.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 27, 2019
How IBM and Red Hat Are Transforming IT
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IBM and Red Hat have some big plans when it comes to cloud computing. From open source to artificial intelligence, we find out what they have in store for the future. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 26, 2019
Android Dumps Desserts
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We rejoin the story of Android to see how the operating system evolved from Ice Cream Sandwich to the most recent release. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 25, 2019
Android Ice Cream Sandwiches
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We look at the history of Google Android from its development to the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich. This is part one of The Android Story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 23, 2019
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff has Klout
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What is Klout? Does everyone have it? What is Klout good for? Join Jonathan and Chris as they get to the bottom of Klout in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 20, 2019
It's My Way or the Huawei
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Chinese telecom company Huawei went from startup to the largest phone manufacturer in the world in just 30 years. What's the story behind the company and why are so many governments wary of it today? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 18, 2019
Why is Everything Made in China?
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In this episode, we explore the history of industrialization in China and ask why are so many electronics assembled there.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 16, 2019
TechStuff Classic: How Hand-drawn Animation Works
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What's the process of animating a film with hand-drawn animation? Who patented the process of cel-based animation? What was Disney's multiplane camera? Join Jonathan and Chris as they ink the answers to these questions and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 13, 2019
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
Sep 11, 2019
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
Sep 09, 2019
TechStuff Classic: How DNA Computers Work
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How can a DNA sequence represent digital information? How dense is the data storage with DNA? What could be the future of computers with DNA? Join Jonathan and Chris as they delve into the depths and future of DNA and computing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 06, 2019
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
Sep 04, 2019
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
Sep 02, 2019
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Gets Salty
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What is desalination? What are some of the methods used to get salt out of water? Why isn't desalination in wider use? Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore the tech behind desalination in this episode with Erik Hanson of General Electric. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 30, 2019
Shh! The Tech is Listening!
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Companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook have all admitted to using humans to listen to user audio for various reasons. But how far does this go? Is your tech actually eavesdropping on you? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 28, 2019
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
Aug 26, 2019
Techstuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at Password Security
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Why should password security be a top concern? What can you do to make your passwords safe? What constitutes a strong password? Join Chris and Jonathan as they give you the tips and tricks you'll need to keep your passwords secure. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 23, 2019
Video Game Tech '89
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What was the cutting edge in video game technology 30 years ago? Jonathan arbitrarily chooses to talk about outdated video game tech.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 21, 2019
Update E Scooters
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A year ago, we talked about electric scooters and how they rapidly spread to several major cities with dockless sharing programs. What's the grumpy old man podcaster got to say about this? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 19, 2019
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at the LHC
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What does the Large Hadron Collider do? How large is it? What is the LHC looking for? Listen in and get the scoop on the Large Hadron Collider with Chris and Jonathan. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 16, 2019
Can I Read Your Mind
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What is a brain-computer interface and how does it work? Why is Elon Musk interested in them? And is Facebook really going to read your mind? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 14, 2019
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
Aug 12, 2019
TechStuff Classic: More Data, More Problems
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How did journalist Mat Honan get hacked? What is social engineering? How can you protect yourself against hackers? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan examine how criminals can access your data -- and how to protect your information from hackers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 09, 2019
Odd, Silly and Unnecessary Inventions
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We can thank geniuses for the development of stuff like radios, television and electricity. But what about the pocket fisherman? We explore the lighter side of invention. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 07, 2019
Boeing and the Commercial Jet Age
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After introducing the 707, Boeing began to manufacture many more commercial jets. Some would become iconic in the aviation industry. And the 737 MAX would end up creating a huge problem for the company. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 05, 2019
TechStuff Classic: Repurposing Tech for Developing Countries
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How are people using bicycles to create new machines for developing countries? What are MediKits? Why is e-waste recycling such a dangerous job? Join Jonathan and Chris as they look at the ways in which innovators across the world repurpose old tech. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 02, 2019
Boeing Really Takes Off
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World War II led to many contracts between Boeing and the United States military. In this continuation of the Boeing story, we learn about the aircraft Boeing designed and its first jet-propelled aircraft. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 31, 2019
Boeing Launches
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The aircraft manufacturer Boeing has been around for more than 100 years. In this episode, we look at the origins of the company at the dawn of the Age of Aviation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 29, 2019
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Hacks Into Music
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Are you bored by the usual musical instruments? Would you like to turn an Atari 2600 into a guitar, or translate shadows into sound? If so, then you may be a budding music hacker. Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore the wide world of music hacks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 26, 2019
Social Media and the First Amendment
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In July 2019, an appeals court upheld a ruling that says President Trump can't block people on Twitter because it's a violation of the First Amendment. We look at the tricky, complicated issue of the freedom of speech in the digital age. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 24, 2019
What is a Supply Chain?
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You hear a lot of stories about problems with supply chains, but what actually is a supply chain and why is it so complicated? John Bermudez of TraceLink joins the show to talk about it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 22, 2019
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Goes Steampunk
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What is steampunk? What are the traits of the steampunk aesthetic? Who are some famous steampunk artists? Join Chris and Jonathan as they take a closer look at steampunk. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 19, 2019
What's up with Facebook Libra?
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In June, 2019, the Libra Association published a white paper about an upcoming digital currency called Libra, with Facebook playing an important role. What makes Libra special? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 17, 2019
Outdated Tech Terms We Still Use
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From dialing a phone to making a mix tape, our language is filled with phrases spawned from obsolete tech. We take a look at some listener favorites. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 15, 2019