This Week in Tech (MP3)

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 741: Jin Yang's Not Hotdog Method

This Week in Tech (Audio)

  • California passes law to kill the gig economy
  • Facebook refuses to ban lying in political ads
  • Why does internet access in America suck so much?
  • Pixel 4 event: kinda dull
  • Pixel 4 review: camera zoom not that great, face unlock works even if you are asleep or dead
  • Law enforcement face recognition banned in California for 3 years
  • Google focuses on "ambient computing"
  • Technopanic and social media
  • Zuckerberg is amoral, Facebook should just ban political ads
  • Google is great at everything but selling hardware
  • Pixelbook Go: perfect for college kids, but not for us
  • Google Nest Wifi sounds good
  • Air Force stops using 8-inch floppies to control missile launches
  • Malware makes ATMs spit out all their cash
  • Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber coming to a TV near you
  • RIP Yahoo Groups
  • Huawei is doing great!
  • Virgin Galactic shows of its spacesuits
  • Cobol turns 60
  • Fortnite is down! Technical error or marketing genius?
  • Is TikTok China's entry into our children's minds? Or is Mike Elgan just paranoid?

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Florence Ion, Mike Elgan, and Seth Rosenblatt

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Posted on 21 October 2019 | 2:11 am


TWiT 740: Sex-Positive Currency

This Week in Tech (Audio)

This week's stories

  • The Chinese propaganda app that spies on all Chinese citizens
  • Chinese influence in video games, social media, and other industries - where do we draw the line?
  • What is Tencent? How much influence do they have over the world? Here's how to keep them from watching your iPhone
  • Can we still trust Apple? Can we trust anyone?
  • At what point do we admit that we are in a multi-state information war?
  • Is there any way to fine Facebook fairly? Bring back the Office of Technology Assesment!
  • Remember: the answer to bad politics is not "no politics". It is good politics.
  • Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency is falling apart
  • There is a very good reason why politicians can lie on Facebook
  • How Boris Johnson games Google
  • There are no political ads in France. Could we do that in America?
  • Which weird phone stands a better chance: the Essential Gem or Microsoft Duo?
  • Apple Arcade is still wonderful.
  • How much do Americans know about tech? Not a lot. What should we do about that?
  • SCOTUS decides websites must be accessible to blind people
  • Lithium-ion battery inventors win Nobel Prize

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Patrick Beja, Brianna Wu, and Nate Lanxon

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Posted on 14 October 2019 | 3:40 am


TWiT 739: Bob Ross with Biceps

This Week in Tech (Audio)

This week's stories

  • Microsoft surprises us all with the two-screen Surface Duo phone
  • Apple's Deep Fusion poised to trump Google's Pixel 4 announcement
  • More than 500 ransomware attacks on US schools so far in 2019
  • More red flags than a Chinese parade: WeWork's failed IPO
  • Apple loves freedom - except in China
  • US, UK, and Australian governments vs encryption
  • Lexy Savvides's Memoji secrets
  • Tim Cook can woo Trump all he wants, but Apple still has to pay 25% tariffs
  • CNET folds the Samsung Galaxy Fold until it breaks
  • Why did Windows Phone fail? Iain Thomson: "It was a thousand cuts of stupidity."
  • Microsoft's new Surface line is aimed straight at Apple
  • Will there be an October Apple event? All signs point to yes.
  • Google Seattle makes a literal product graveyard
  • Levis' Jacquard jean jackets
  • PayPal backs out of Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency
  • Facebook vs Elizabeth Warren
  • Facebook says it's ok for political ads to lie
  • Twitter says it's ok for Trump to advocate civil war
  • Should Zuckerberg step down? Would that change anything?
  • Elon Musk's new Starship and its competition
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is concerned about Tesla's Smart Summon feature
  • Hundreds of millions of "Words with Friends" accounts hacked
  • Japan turns off pagers after 50 years of honorable service

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Ant Pruitt, Iain Thomson, and Lexy Savvides

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Posted on 7 October 2019 | 3:11 am


TWiT 738: The Twerklight Sonata

This Week in Tech (Audio)

This Week's Stories

  • What we expect at Wednesday's big Microsoft Surface event
  • Gemmy the Twerking Alexa Bear demo
  • Echo Loop and Echo Frames will take Alexa with you
  • Facebook Horizon: is this the VR future we signed up for?
  • Tesla's Smart Summon feature makes us a little nervous
  • Do we really trust all these voice assistants?
  • Amazon is throwing Alexa spaghetti at the wall
  • Google wins major Right to Be Forgotten ruling
  • Amazon Sidewalk is Amazon's proprietary mesh network for pet tracking and more - will they sell it to the police? Will this and Amazon's Ring Neighbors app lead to a police state?
  • Amazon pushes voice agent interoperability - Cortana jumps at the chance, Siri and Google Assistant play coy
  • Checkm8 is an unstoppable jailbreak that works on any iPhone from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone X
  • Apple will release AppleTV+ movies in theaters as Oscar bait
  • Mac Pro to be made in Texas
  • Google will stop showing news snippets in France
  • QuestLove is moving from Pandora. Is Pandora dead? What is the state of the streaming music world?
  • Snapchat's 'Project Voldemort' tracks all the ways Facebook steals from them
  • Elizabeth Warren wants to reinstate the Office of Technology Assessment so congress will know what they are talking about on tech
  • Listen to TWiT's new show Smart Tech Today starting Monday, October 7th!

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Daniel Rubino, Mikah Sargent, and Caroline Haskins

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Posted on 30 September 2019 | 3:01 am


TWiT 737: You Could See The "Screw It" in His Eyes

This Week in Tech (Audio)

This Week's Stories:

  • TWO AND A HALF DOZEN people invade Area 51
  • iPhone 11 vs iPhone 7: is it worth the upgrade?
  • Apple Arcade is the best 5 bucks a month you can spend on games
  • Apple Watch 5 is the best computer you can wear on your wrist.
  • Taking cat pictures in the dark with iPhone 11 - which phone takes the best picture? How about video?
  • How many monthly fees to Apple are too many?
  • Apple wins its 2nd Emmy before Apple TV+ even comes out.
  • Who owns Slofie.com? How about Slophie.net?
  • Apple changes the update cycle
  • RIP 3D Touch. We won't miss you.
  • Apple's ultrawideband U1 Chip: what does it do?
  • iPhone 11 teardown
  • What to expect from Google's big October event
  • What to expect from Microsoft's big October event
  • Has Google achieved quantum supremacy?
  • How many bitcoin are lost forever?
  • When Zuck met Trump
  • Facebook creates Oversight Board: here's how it will work
  • Facebook Portal wants to watch you watch TV
  • Richard Stallman out at MIT and Free Software Foundation
  • Edward Snowden still wants to come home

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Rene Ritchie, Dwight Silverman, and Louise Matsakis

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Posted on 23 September 2019 | 12:36 am


TWiT 736: Leave the Phone, Save the Donuts

This Week in Tech (Audio)

This Week's Stories:

  • iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max: the end of the Thinner Era
  • No High refresh rate for iPhone Pro
  • New iPhone colors: corpse purple, baby poop green
  • How durable is the iPhone 11 Pro?
  • Night mode, 3 lenses, high key: is iPhone 11 Pro the best phone camera you can buy?
  • iPhone 11 will be unlocked on day one
  • Apple seems ever so slightly more price sensitive this year
  • iPhone 11 camera bump: why not just make the phone thicker?
  • Apple Watch 5: always on
  • Apple Watch 5: aluminum vs titanium vs ceramic
  • Apple Arcade and Apple TV+
  • Apple can't get JJ Abrams, even for a half-billion $$$
  • 48 States coming after Google
  • Tech backlash? What tech backlash?
  • Are we building our own surveillance state?
  • Google's $995 Project Jacquard backpack
  • Where do we go after GDPR?
  • Want $125 from Equifax? Please jump through these flaming hoops.
  • Pixel 4: is there anything that hasn't leaked yet?
  • Which voice assistant is the best, and how can we make it better?
  • Microsoft Surface Event October 2
  • Minecraft hits 112 million users a month
  • MoviePass finally folds

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Devindra Hardawar, Georgia Dow, and Wil Harris

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Posted on 16 September 2019 | 2:29 am


TWiT 735: I've Got a Chatroom in My Thigh

This Week in Tech (Audio)

  • Apple testily responds to Google's Project Zero discovery of China's iOS hack against Uyghur Muslims.
  • Avoiding FUD: how secure is too secure?
  • Facebook leaks 420 Million users' phone numbers. In a related story, until recently, AT&T stored users' phone numbers in unencrypted paper files and delivered them directly to all US citizens.
  • Apple Event this Tuesday! Which new phone will win the 2019 Fall Challenge?
  • Phone Photography of the Phuture!
  • Apple Watch 5 is all about sleep.
  • Apple Tile, Apple Glasses, Apple TV, Apple Arcade, what else will happen on Tuesday?
  • Harry is excited about the 16 Inch MacBook coming soon.
  • Samsung Fold released in South Korea. It's not perfect, but it is a necessary step towards a cyberpunk future.
  • An AI beat an 8th-grade science test. My 8th grader spends most of his time in the backyard blowing up stuff. Should we be scared?
  • Joi Ito resigns over Epstein ties. Let's make sure we punish all the tech people who worked with Epstein and ignore all the bankers and politicians.
  • Bill Gates has spent the past 10 years rehabilitating his image. Will his ties to Jeffrey Epstein remind everyone what a jerk he used to be?
  • Verizon's 5G rollout to NFL stadiums only covers some seats.
  • DOJ demands Apple and Google give them data on everyone who downloaded a gun scope tuning app.
  • Supermicro flaw - no, not that Supermicro flaw, the other one.
  • Huawei says the US is cyber-attacking it. Um, Duh.
  • Biohacking is here. Stick a server in your thigh!

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Harry McCracken, Jason Hiner, and Seth Rosenblatt

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Posted on 9 September 2019 | 12:51 am


TWiT 734: Forking Windows

This Week in Tech (Audio)

  • Apple Event September 10th: iPhone. Which phone will be better, iPhone 11 or Pixel 4?
  • Apple Event September 10th: Apple Watch. What health features should we expect, and how will they save Christina Warren's life this time?
  • Jack Hacked! Twitter CEO's Twitter account hacked by white supremacists. (Again.) Can Twitter ever be properly secured? (No.) Will someone hack Trump's account next? (Maybe they already have, we just don't know it.)
  • Trump proposes tracking US citizens with Fitbits to prevent mass shootings.
  • Reddit detectives figure out which satellite Trump uses to track Iranian space launch facilities after he tweets a picture of one.
  • 15% tariffs on Apple Watch, AirPods and HomePod start today! Apple vows to move all production back to America immediately. Just kidding - they're moving to Vietnam. So is Google Pixel. Coming soon: Iraqi-made Microsoft Surface Pro and Afghani HP laptops!
  • Project Zero at Google discovered a very interesting iPhone hack that went on for years. China used those hacks to target Uyghur Muslim Chinese citizens.
  • Black Hat attendees infected with a real-life virus: Measles!
  • Google doubles down on third-party trackers, arguing that eliminating them will break the web. Why this is a big fat lie.
  • Microsoft Surface event coming October 2nd. Greg Ferro wants to know why Windows still sucks.
  • Apple turns 180 degrees, allows 3rd-party repairs.
  • Microsoft gives ExFat to Linux. Can we please have NTFS next?

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Christina Warren and Greg Ferro

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Posted on 2 September 2019 | 12:05 am


TWiT 733: Fake Moos

This Week in Tech (Audio)

This Week's Stories:

  • Hacking the US Military at DEF CON
  • Voting machine hacks at DEF CON
  • GDPR is a hacker's delight
  • Company sues DEF CON because their presentation was booed
  • Will the T-Mobile/Sprint merger go through?
  • Android Q is not a dessert
  • New phone season is here
  • Using mice to detect deepfakes
  • Navigating our increasingly fakeable world
  • Is computational photography more or less "real"?
  • Human connection in an online world
  • Apple TV+, Disney +, where does it end?
  • Apple Card and its various stains
  • Don't wash titanium with tap water
  • 5G is as carcinogenic as coffee and pickles
  • WeWork IPO chicanery
  • Pokemon Go trespassing is still a problem
  • No, Instagram is not going to steal your photos

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Iain Thomson, and Alex Wilhelm

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Posted on 26 August 2019 | 3:45 am