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 / 22:15 UTC.

  

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TWiT 806: Make Hella Happen - CES 2021, Samsung Galaxy S21, Section 230, escaping big tech, Clubhouse

CES 2021, Samsung Galaxy S21, Section 230, escaping big tech, Clubhouse

  • Misinformation has slowed now that Trump is off Twitter.
  • Denise describes the effects of Section 230 on big tech.
  • Is it possible for someone to escape big tech if they want to?
  • Germany and France don't agree with Trump's deplatforming.
  • Is CES 2021 the model for trade shows going forward?
  • IoT at the Consumer Electronics Show.
  • Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S21 series smartphone.
  • Galaxy S21 will not support MST payments.
  • Samsung Galaxy SmartTag with UWB support.
  • Justine and David spot the biggest trends from CES 2021.
  • GM announced BrightDrop for commercial electric vehicles.
  • Google's acquisition of Fitbit is complete.
  • Apple might soon charge for certain podcasts.
  • Justine introduces Leo to Clubhouse.
  • Are TikTok's new age limitations good for users?
  • Differences between Huawei and Xiaomi in the eyes of the US.
  • Intel CEO Bob Swan is out, Pat Gelsinger is in.
  • Walmart's e-commerce chief's city of the future.
  • Bill Gates and all of his collection of farmland.
  • From petabytes to hellabytes.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Justine Ezarik, Denise Howell, and David Ruddock

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Posted on 18 January 2021 | 2:29 am


TWiT 805: Come Together Like Voltron - Social media Trump ban, Section 230 in Biden era, nationalizing Alibaba

Social media Trump ban, Section 230 in Biden era, nationalizing Alibaba

  • Social networks begin to ban President Trump.
  • Should a few giant enterprises decide which speech is heard?
  • China is nationalizing Jack Ma's Alibaba.
  • Signal sees an uptick in light of the WhatsApp controversy.
  • Stripe stops payment processing for the Trump campaign.
  • Happy birthday to Wikipedia.
  • Happy 13th anniversary of the iPhone unveiling.
  • Hyundai announces it's in talks with Apple.
  • Facebook's smart glasses are coming "sooner than later."
  • Ajit Pai announced he would not move forward with Section 230.
  • Will Section 230 see less of a threat in the Biden era?
  • SolarWinds hired Chris Krebs, Trump's former cybersecurity chief.
  • The Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies bureau is set.
  • Bitcoin and Tesla's performance is a win for day-traders.
  • Father of Fiber Optics Narinder S. Kapany dies at 94.
  • Roku acquires Quibi assets for less than $100M.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Alex Kantrowitz, Amy Webb, and Dan Gillmor

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Posted on 11 January 2021 | 2:05 am


TWiT 804: The Bento Box Satellite - CES 2021 preview, streaming video in 2020, goodbye FarmVille

CES 2021 preview, streaming video in 2020, goodbye FarmVille

  • A preview of the virtual CES 2021 event.
  • LG to unveil bendable OLED and 8K QNED.
  • 2020 was an amazing year for streaming services.
  • Comparing the roaring 20's to the next decade.
  • Brexit deal calls out some interesting tech inclusions.
  • Amazon's purchase of Wondery and its podcasts.
  • Are some shows better binged and others better waited for?
  • Adobe Flash and FarmVille both said goodbye for good.
  • Analyzing the "Facebook Menace."
  • Tesla delivered on its two-year-old promise.
  • Quad Father makes sense of the new FAA drone rule.
  • Bitcoin reaches record heights and it's all speculative.
  • Japan created wooden satellites to cut down on space junk.
  • A radio signal hints at extraterrestrial life.
  • Ticketmaster to pay out $10 million for hacking its competitor.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Dwight Silverman, Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, and Iain Thomson

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Posted on 4 January 2021 | 1:15 am


TWiT 803: Best of 2020 - The best TWiT highlights of the year!

Leo Laporte takes us through the past year in tech. 2020 highlights include:

  • CES 2020 roundup.
  • Location privacy.
  • iPad ten years later.
  • The power of Deepfakes.
  • Zoom usage explodes.
  • Elon Musk's child X AE A-12.
  • Apple silicon.
  • Big tech goes to Washington.
  • Bytedance faces a US ban.
  • Fortnite kicked from mobile app stores.
  • The chickenization of America.
  • Black Lives Matter, live blogging.

Host: Leo Laporte

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Posted on 27 December 2020 | 5:00 pm


TWiT 802: The Year in Review - OG TWiTs discuss the year's biggest stories and trends

SolarWinds, COVID-19, Zoom, Big Tech, Social Media, Elon Musk, 5G, Amazon

  • SolarWinds, the biggest case of cyber-espionage yet.
  • COVID-19 and the dramatic effect of it on the tech industry.
  • How effective has Contact Tracing been?
  • The brilliance of mRNA for the vaccine.
  • Will WFH be permanent going forward?
  • The "real" threat of TikTok.
  • Facebook's attack on Apple.
  • The benefactors of COVID-19.
  • The many times big tech went to Washington.
  • How Section 230 could change the Internet.
  • 5G and the promises that haven't been fulfilled.
  • How Intel lost ground to ARM.
  • The many products released during 2020.
  • A summary of predictions for 2021.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Jeff Jarvis, Paul Thurrott, and Steve Gibson

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Posted on 21 December 2020 | 1:38 am


TWiT 801: I Can't Believe It's Not Minecraft - AirPods Max, Cyberpunk 2077, US Treasury hack, Halo Band

Airpods Max, Cyberpunk 2077, US Treasury hack, Halo Band

  • Hackers stole data from the US Treasury.
  • FireEye was hacked by nation-state actors.
  • Patriot Act used to gather website visitor logs.
  • Facebook sued by the FTC on antitrust charges.
  • High profile Facebook employees call out leadership.
  • Apple unveils AirPods Max and they aren't cheap.
  • Apple v. Google in 10 honest graphics.
  • Apple is working on its own Cellular chip.
  • Cyberpunk 2077 is just what Stadia needed to prove itself.
  • What are the best games for the pandemic?
  • Amazon's Halo Band is a privacy nightmare.
  • Sundar Pichai gives a non-apology to Timnit Gebru.
  • Leo's thoughts on the Galaxy Fold2.
  • Disney unloads its huge plan for Disney+.
  • HBO Max and the threat to movie theaters.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Ashley Esqueda, David Pogue, and Rich DeMuro

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Posted on 14 December 2020 | 3:45 am


TWiT 800: It's Coming from Leo2 - Salesforce buys Slack, Warner Bros' HBO Max deal, Ajit Pai, Timnit Gebru

Salesforce buys Slack, Warner Bros' HBO Max deal, Ajit Pai, Timnit Gebru

  • Salesforce buys Slack for $27.7b.
  • Prop. 24 and the challenges of paying for privacy.
  • The Apple M1 chip is fast!
  • Apple gets fined in Italy for misleading iPhone claims.
  • Apple's Best of 2020 apps list is out.
  • Josh Elman, a venture capitalist, is hired by Apple.
  • AI scientist Timnit Gebru is fired by Google.
  • Facebook's Oversight Board announces its first cases.
  • COVID misinformation will be removed from Facebook.
  • Chris Krebs details foreign threat over vaccine IP.
  • Warner Media's vision of HBO Max.
  • Warner Bros' announces day and date release on HBO Max in 2021.
  • The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is under threat.
  • resident Trump threatens changes to Section 230.
  • TikTok's December 4 deadline is not being enforced.
  • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announces his plan to exit the department.
  • China's claim of Quantum Supremacy.
  • Arecibo Observatory footage that shows its collapse.
  • Lab-grown meat will go on sale for the first time.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Georgia Dow, Jason Snell, and Seth Rosenblatt

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Posted on 7 December 2020 | 2:14 am


TWiT 799: Don't Tweet the Fleet - Comcast data cap, Black Friday, Tony Hsieh, Sherwin-Williams TikTok

Comcast data cap, Black Friday, Tony Hsieh, Sherwin-Williams TikTok

  • The origins of Cyberpunk 2077.
  • Editing video with the Apple M1 chip is a piece of cake.
  • Apple head of security indicted on bribery charges.
  • Kuo says new Macbooks with Apple silicone coming second half of 2021.
  • Foxconn continues to grow its production outside of the US.
  • Amazon hiring is through the roof, but at what cost?
  • Comcast is introducing a data cap of 1.2TB for many of its customers.
  • This was the biggest online Black Friday ever.
  • A college TikTok star gets fired from Sherwin-Williams for his popular paint-mixing videos.
  • Owen JJ Stone is not a fan of the Fleets.
  • Mike Elgan and Owen JJ Stone take differing sides in the Google Photos brouhaha.
  • How would US teens react if TikTok was actually banned in the US?
  • Actor who played Darth Vader has died at 85.
  • Tony Hsieh, co-founder of Zappos, passed away at 46 on Thanksgiving.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Owen JJ Stone and Mike Elgan

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Posted on 30 November 2020 | 5:24 am


TWiT 798: The Lighthouse Keeper and His Robot Butler - Tech hearings, streaming Windows, RCS encryption

Tech hearings, streaming Windows, RCS encryption

  • TikTok pokes the lion about why it hasn't been shut down yet.
  • Why do the tech Senate hearings continue without any YouTube presence?
  • L'Oréal's virtual makeup filters now support Instagram, Snapchat, and Google Duo.
  • A website that allows you to scream into the vast wilderness in Iceland.
  • Does Section 230 need to be changed or is it nearly perfect already?
  • Apple's M1 chip and the folly of buying first-generation Apple products.
  • Comparing Apple's consumer-based services approach to Microsoft's cloud based services approach.
  • RCS encryption is testing and it's been a long time coming.
  • Does Apple lock users into its own Messaging default?
  • The prevalence of Discord among younger users.
  • Flash animations are now easily accessible on the Internet Archive.
  • Windows celebrates its 35th birthday.
  • How Microsoft's focus on Windows has shifted in recent years.
  • Someone figured out how to boot a PC from a vinyl record.
  • Google Pay is relaunched to focus on personal finance analysis and banking.
  • An Arecibo Observatory is on its last legs.
  • Marissa Mayer's Sunshine app represents her love of product.
  • A drywall-installing robot by Canvas comes out of stealth.
  • How gift buying for the holidays has changed this year.
  • Lory shows off her iPhone mini in light of her recent review.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Lisa Schmeiser, Lory Gil, and Lindsey Turrentine

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Posted on 23 November 2020 | 3:52 am