Daily Tech News Show

by Tom Merritt

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


Latest Episodes

5G Explained

A Patreon special from January where Tom explains some of the important things you need to know about 5G.

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Posted on 20 April 2019 | 4:56 pm

My Ears Need to Be Smarter - DTNS 3514

Microsoft has formally entered the wireless earbud market with Surface Buds. What do they hope to achieve and will it be a hit among consumers?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Chris Ashley.

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Posted on 19 April 2019 | 9:18 pm

Mueller Report Gets Burned - DTNS 3513

Business Insider reports that since May 2016 Facebook collected the email contact lists of 1.5 million new users without consent.Amazon and Google kiss and make up allowing YouTube on Amazon's Fire TV devices and smart TVs in the coming month. And in response to issues with early production models of the Samsung Galaxy Fold Samsung says it will, "will thoroughly inspect these units in person to determine the cause of the matter." 

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Justin Robert Young. 

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Posted on 18 April 2019 | 9:13 pm

No More Qualcomms With Apple - DTNS 3512

Apple and Qualcomm have patched things up just in time for Apple to dump Intel as its sole source 5G chip supplier and pick Qualcomm instead. Hmmm. Plus Microsoft rolls out its diskless Xbox One S and the UK reveals that mandatory age-verification for adult sites begins July 15th.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Scott Johnson. 

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Posted on 17 April 2019 | 9:16 pm

PlayStation 5 Spec-ulation - DTNS 3511

Sony reveals key specs for their upcoming PlayStation 5 game console including 8K resolution, faster CPU, and SSD storage. What does this reveal say about where Sony wants to be in gaming and more importantly where it might be weakest. 

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Patrick Beja.

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Posted on 16 April 2019 | 9:20 pm

Are Your Pockets Big Enough? - DTNS 3510

Voice Assistant feedeback! You share your thoughts on voice assistants with us. Microsoft is developing its own earbuds. And Microsoft warns that malicious actors could have viewed non-corporate Outlook email accounts. 

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang. 

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Posted on 15 April 2019 | 9:20 pm

DTNS Special: AI and Machine Learning Explained

We talk about artificial intelligence a lot these days and I see several reactions in the audience. Some people think it's ALL hype. Some people think it's just a fancy word for algorithm. And some people just want to understand what it is.

Here to help us with that is 

Karen Hao, artificial intelligence reporter at MIT Technology Review and host of the newsletter The Algorithm.

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Posted on 13 April 2019 | 5:50 pm

High Quality Patrick Norton – DTNS 3509

Patrick Norton is back with his picks of top affordable headphones plus a review of the Qobuz music streaming service.

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang, Len Peralta and Patrick Norton.

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Posted on 12 April 2019 | 9:25 pm

Hey Alexa, Do You Know Who I Am? – DTNS 3508

Bloomberg revealed that Amazon has staff members who “review” recordings from Amazon Voice Services in order to improve responses. This raises a host of questions especially around privacy and anonymity. How can users be sure there voice assistants aren’t listening in to their conversations?

Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Justin Robert Young.

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Posted on 11 April 2019 | 9:12 pm