This Week in Tech (Audio)

by TWiT

Your first podcast of the week is the last word in tech. Join the top tech pundits in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in high tech. Records live every Sunday at 5:15pm Eastern / 2:15pm Pacific / 21:15 UTC.

  

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TWiT 790: The Snaggletooth Network - TikTok Ban, Amazon Drone Camera, Pixel 5

This Week in Tech (Audio)

TikTok Ban, Amazon Drone Camera, Pixel 5

  • Galaxy Z Fold 2 Review
  • Is TikTok banned yet?
  • The Palantir IPO is coming up. Should you invest?
  • Amazon Sidewalk is a terrifying sci-fi security network
  • Amazon's new Ring security cam flies around your house and lets you know if you left your stove on
  • Google Pixel 5 preview - We already know everything about it, except the price. Will it be an inexpensive premium phone?
  • 5G is still BS. When will that change?
  • Epic Games, Spotify, and Tile form a Rebel Alliance to fight Apple. Europe and Facebook are fighting them too. When will Apple come around?
  • Streaming gaming is the future. Physical media will die. Get over it.
  • Microsoft buys Bethesda for $7.5 BILLION dollars
  • GTA is the most valuable media series in the world
  • Quibi is a failure. They are up for sale 6 months after their launch.
  • Republicans hate the Three-Body Problem and want Netflix to drop it.
  • The upcoming Foundation TV series and Dune movie make us want to re-read our childhood favorites. Should we?
  • Rent a goat for your next Zoom call!

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Dwight Silverman, Brian McCullough, and Peter Rojas

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Posted on 28 September 2020 | 1:45 am


TWiT 789: TikTok Dough - Trump OKs TikTok, Apple Watch and iPad Air, Oculus Quest 2

This Week in Tech (Audio)

Trump OKs TikTok, Apple Watch and iPad Air, Oculus Quest 2

  • Trump OKs Oracle/Walmart/TikTok deal
  • Apple Watch focuses on fitness and family
  • Apple Fitness+ expands Apple's empire
  • Apple One subscription bundle gets you all the things
  • Where does Apple One go from here?
  • How can Apple avoid getting slapped for anti-trust?
  • The new iPad Air is practically a Pro
  • The iPhone will come when the iPhone comes. What about AirTags? Apple Silicon?
  • How could Apple make a better presentation? Was Tim Cook on a green screen?
  • Everything you need to know about the Oculus Quest 2
  • Playstation 5 announces price and availability
  • Xbox announces Game Pass details
  • Peacock lands on the Roku. Will anyone watch?
  • The Mandalorian wins Disney+ its first Emmy awards

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Jim Dalrymple, Alex Lindsay, and Georgia Dow

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Posted on 21 September 2020 | 12:34 am


TWiT 788: Seems Like a Nice Young Man - Microsoft Won't Buy TikTok, Nvidia buys ARM, Surface Duo Review

This Week in Tech (Audio)

Microsoft Won't Buy TikTok, Nvidia buys ARM, Surface Duo Review

  • Microsoft out of the running for TikTok
  • Will the TikTok sale go through before Trump's deadline?
  • Nvidia buys ARM
  • Microsoft Surface Duo review: twice the screens, half as good
  • Microsoft Surface Neo: when is the next two screen Microsoft device coming?
  • Apple event: Apple Watch 6, iPad Air, maybe Apple Silicon?
  • TWiT finally got invited to an Apple event after our ten-year ban
  • Viacom wants to sell CNET
  • The Office of Technology Assessment: what government needs
  • US DOJ may file an anti-trust complaint against Google this week
  • $36 toilet paper? Wasn't me, says Amazon. Blame the algorithm
  • The Social Dilemma - Zuck "hopes" Facebook won't destroy the world
  • Android 11 update is pretty much just 3 features - iOS 14 is a much bigger deal
  • The fastest mobile networks in 2020 are not 5G
  • 37% of households don't have cable
  • Fortnite launches a concert series

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Lory Gil, Ed Bott, and Bill Detwiler

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Posted on 14 September 2020 | 1:01 am


TWiT 787: Dreamliner - TikTok Sale, Trump YouTube Ads, Apple Announcement

This Week in Tech (Audio)

TikTok Sale, Trump YouTube Ads, Apple Announcement

  • Rob Reid's Ted Talk on synthetic biology and pandemics from 2019
  • The Privileged Have Entered their Escape Pods
  • Microsoft Duo reviews coming September 10th
  • A guy in a jetpack sited by planes near LAX
  • Facebook bans political ads the week before the election
  • Pinterest bans political ads
  • Trump stops advertising on TV, switches to YouTube
  • Cable TV is the rotary phone of the 21st century
  • Political polling has utterly changed in the past 10 years
  • China government will ban the sale of TikTok's algorithm
  • We still don't know who will buy TikTok
  • Apple announcement coming 9/8?
  • AG Barr wants to go after Google for anti-trust now
  • Amazon furious over JEDI contract going to Microsoft
  • Amazon Halo fitness band uses AI to judge your tone of voice, records your conversations, and takes naked selfies of you
  • US court rules that the NSA surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden is illegal
  • California's assembly kills effort to expand broadband to all Californians
  • CableCARD nearing its end
  • Biden/Harris signs coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Fisher-Price baby controller toy understands the Konami Code
  • It takes Google Maps users 24 years to walk 1 light year
  • Nvidia RTX 3080 coming soon for $1499

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Rob Reid, Dan Patterson, and Louis Maresca

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Posted on 6 September 2020 | 11:42 pm


TWiT 786: The Chickenization of America - Remembering Chadwick Boseman, TikTok Drama, Neuralink's Pig Trepanation

This Week in Tech (Audio)

Remembering Chadwick Boseman, TikTok Drama, Neuralink's Pig Trepanation

  • Remembering Chadwick Boseman
  • Elon Musk demonstrates Neurallink: trepanning a Pig
  • What is Palantir doing?
  • Apple vs Epic: how anti-competitive is Apple, and what should the government do about this?
  • TikTok This Week: Walmart Enters the Fray; why TikTok is Dangerous
  • Amazon announces Halo, a subscription fitness wearable and platform that can tell when you are angry
  • Cory Doctorow on Shoshanna Zuboff: how to destroy Surveillance Capitalism and the Chickenization of America
  • The effects of monopolism: why your glasses cost $700 and wages have dropped over the past 50 years.
  • How legislation defends monopolies, and how lobbyists have destroyed democracy
  • How to fix Facebook: more choices in Social Media
  • Cyberwar with China: the TikTok era
  • How conspiracy theories work
  • The difficulties of teaching and learning via Zoom
  • Chatterbox: one of the best ways to learn in the COVID Age
  • Life in the COVID age: it could be a lot worse
  • OhDoctah on Black Lives Matter, and his personal experiences with racist Police

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Owen JJ Stone, Cory Doctorow, and Mike Elgan

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Posted on 31 August 2020 | 12:49 am


TWiT 785: Vote Before the Asteroid Hits - Apple vs WordPress and Epic, Trump vs TikTok, Secret Spy iPod

This Week in Tech (Audio)

Apple vs WordPress and Epic, Trump vs TikTok, Secret Spy iPod

  • Apple vs WordPress
  • Apple vs Epic
  • 2020 is the end of the techlash
  • Zuckerberg is the unelected king of the world
  • Trump tries to ban TikTok
  • Facebook funnels people toward misinformation
  • Microsoft Duo review: this is the foldable to get
  • The Democratic National Convention is the best Zoom meeting ever
  • How do you hold your phone? What kind of earbuds do you use?
  • Phishing is so 2019. Vishing is the new threat hotness.
  • Microsoft lets two 0-day exploits stay active for two years
  • The secret government iPod that may have been a Geiger counter or a spy device
  • Adobe update deletes all your photos
  • Viacom wants to sell CNET at a 1.5 billion dollar loss
  • California's AB5 law against freelancers is a bad solution to a big problem.
  • The best ways to find out about air quality online
  • Vote early! An asteroid is coming to kill all the politicians the day before the election.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Devindra Hardawar, Larry Magid, and Ben Brock Johnson

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Posted on 24 August 2020 | 12:34 am


TWiT 784: Karsten Has Pictures - Fortnite vs Apple, Trump vs. TikTok, US vs. China

This Week in Tech (Audio)

Fortnite vs Apple, Trump vs. TikTok, US vs. China

  • Fortnite removed from App Store and Google Play
  • Apple also kicks Microsoft xCloud off the App Store
  • At what point does a company become too big? Should we punish billionaires for being successful? Is there any solution?
  • Google demonetizes TechDirt for dangerous or derogatory content- WTF?
  • Uber and Lyft may leave California due to the gig worker law. What's a freelancer to do?
  • The Surface Duo is the perfect extension of Microsoft's ethos
  • Amazon Echo frames are an easy on-ramp to augmented reality - when will we get Apple Glass?
  • Is conflict with China inevitable?
  • What the Trump vs TikTok discussion ignores - ByteDance is an AI company, not a social media company.
  • Is Facebook responsible for conspiracy theories? History says no.
  • Is TikTok letting China into our bedrooms, or are they already there?
  • Trump says he might pardon Edward Snowden. Is Snowden a patriot, or a Russian pawn?
  • White House will boost AI and quantum computing research budget by 30%. Good R&D, or cronyism?
  • RIP Russell Kirsch, inventor of the pixel

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Amy Webb, Mike Masnick, and Iain Thomson

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Posted on 17 August 2020 | 3:54 am


TWiT 783: The Galaxy Jaffle - Trump vs Tik Tok, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 First Impressions, Black Hat/DEFCON Recap

This Week in Tech (Audio)

Trump vs Tik Tok, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 First Impressions, Black Hat/DEFCON Recap

  • Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 20, Z Fold 2, Watch 3, Buds Live, and more
  • DEFCON / Black Hat 2020: What if they held a security conference and nobody came?
  • Snapdragon flaw makes half of all Android phones hackable
  • We learned to hack any satellite at Black Hat 2020. Here's how!
  • Tencent taught us how to hack printers at Black Hat
  • Smart light bulbs are mini servers that anyone can hack
  • Jackpotting ATMS, reverse engineering a Tesla battery, and more
  • Bitcoin hacks take over YouTube
  • Phil Schiller replaced by Greg Joswiak at Apple
  • Why Tim Cook is the best CEO Apple has ever had
  • The final Intel iMac is the best computer Apple has ever made
  • Garmin paid $10 million to pay off their ransomware hackers
  • Tik Tok is the best new artform of the generation
  • What is China doing with Tik Tok to manipulate us?
  • Trump declares a national emergency, banning Bytedance as of September 15th - Tik Tok, WeChat, and Tencent all affected
  • Who will buy Tik Tok? Microsoft and Twitter are in the running; who else?
  • How will China repay us for banning ByteDance?
  • US offers $10 million bounties for hackers trying to affect US elections
  • Intel hacked - but that's the least of their worries.
  • Google has been "accidentally" listening to everything you say and will use that in their ADT merger
  • Google lost money for the first time ever this quarter
  • YouTubers turning to subscriptions for revenue
  • What year did you start watching more things online than on TV?
  • Rene Ritchie thinks you should read Axiom's End by Lindsay Ellis
  • How Lexy Savvides got her start
  • RIP Frances Allen, one of IBM's greatest programmers of all time
  • Black Girls Code wants more women of color to join the tech industry
  • Taking Boston Dynamic's Spot robot for a walk in San Francisco
  • Want an Analogue Pocket? Here's how to get one!
  • Flying cars are finally legal to drive, but only in one US state

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Rene Ritchie, and Lexy Savvides

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Posted on 10 August 2020 | 12:57 am


TWiT 782: Mainframes Not MaryJane - Tik Tok Ban, Tech Titans Talk to Congress, Twitter Hackers Arrested

This Week in Tech (Audio)

Tik Tok Ban, Tech Titans Talk to Congress, Twitter Hackers Arrested

  • Trump threatens to ban Tik Tok
  • Trump wants Microsoft to buy Tik Tok
  • Mr. Cook, Zuck, Bezos, and Pichai go to Washington
  • What should the government do to Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple?
  • Twitter hackers arrested
  • Our Covid year: CES will be all-virtual in 2021
  • Huawei is the #1 phone maker in the world
  • Need a job? The US Digital Service is hiring!
  • Microsoft will end mobile support for Cortana in 2010
  • Election Cyber Surge wants to help America vote
  • Trump is witholding funds from the Internet Freedom Fund
  • Watch the Samsung Note 20 and Galaxy Z Fold announcement this week with TWiT!
  • Emmys will be all-virtual this year
  • Quibi lost 92% of its day one subscribers
  • Bernie Sanders wants to send you 3 masks
  • Analogue Pocket comes out tomorrow
  • Brianna Wu is the 8th best Super Mario 2 speedrunner in the world
  • Fyre Festival and GSA Auctions

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Brianna Wu, Paris Martineau, and Matt Cutts

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Posted on 3 August 2020 | 12:25 am