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 6:00pm Eastern / 3:00pm Pacific / 22:00 UTC.

  

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TWiT 675: This Show Does Not Care About Humans

This Week in Tech (Audio)

  • Do Apple's new MacBooks fix the company's keyboard woes?
  • Amazon Prime Day starts tomorrow. Will it be worth the hype? Will it push Amazon's share of the e-commerce market past 50%?
  • Folding tablets. Phones with 9 cameras. What is next?
  • Will AT&T destroy HBO by trying to expand it?
  • Hey Elon: maybe don't call a heroic diver who helps rescue 12 kids a "pedo" just because he didn't use your submarine.
  • Fortnite takes the World Cup Final by storm.
  • Balance is restored to Reddit.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Jessica Conditt, Brian X. Chen, and Brian McCullough

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Posted on 16 July 2018 | 1:14 am


TWiT 674: Go Dung Beetles!

This Week in Tech (Audio)

  • Billionaires prepare for the coming apocalypse: have you bought your missile silo condo yet?
  • London police's facial recognition fail: pilot program results in 98% false positive rate, zero arrests.
  • Amazon expanding its cashierless Amazon Go stores.
  • Celebrity impersonators, mob justice, and more reasons to stay off social media.
  • Prime Day coming on July 16th.
  • Netflix's 2018 content budget expands to $13 billion.
  • Thanos inspires Reddit's biggest ban ever.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Iain Thomson, Lisa Schmeiser, and Jason Hiner

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Posted on 9 July 2018 | 4:01 am


TWiT 673: The Prozac Dash Button

This Week in Tech (Audio)

  • Apple vs Samsung settled: our long international nightmare is over.
  • A proposed US law has patent trolls jumping for joy.
  • Amazon jumps into the healthcare business by buying online pharmacy PillPack.
  • Foxcon's new Wisconsin plant breaks ground.
  • Yet another Facebook security breach, but this time a bug bounty program catches the leak.
  • Twitter's new Ad Transparency Center opens new avenues for journalists.
  • The sky is falling in Fortnite.
  • WPA3 could make Wi-Fi a lot more secure.
  • California follows Europe down the data privacy road.
  • Christina Warren knows all the Andromeda secrets, but she's not talking.
  • AOL Instant Messenger is reborn!
  • StumbleUpon is not. :(

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Wesley Faulkner, Dwight Silverman, and Christina Warren

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Posted on 2 July 2018 | 2:07 am


TWiT 672: Meme the Queen

This Week in Tech (Audio)

  • The US Supreme Court kills warrantless cell phone location fishing and okays state sales taxes on internet purchases.
  • Apple offers refunds on MacBook butterfly keyboard repairs and wants to let you use your iPhone to unlock your car.
  • Amazon wants to put Alexa in your hotel room, and everywhere else.
  • Professional videogames are going mainstream, with huge stadiums and $100 million prizes.
  • A proposed European Union copyright law will declare war on memes.
  • IGTV is Instagram's attempt to jump on the online video bandwagon.
  • Plus: transhumanism, Domino's as an infrastructure company, and IBM's new debate robot!

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Mikah Sargent, Ben Johnson, and Devindra Hardawar

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Posted on 25 June 2018 | 4:14 am


TWiT 671: A Bad Day for the Internet

This Week in Tech (Audio)

Social media is still destroying the world. Top trends at E3. The end of Net Neutrality and the AT&T/ Time Warner Merger are a 1-2 punch against consumers. Automation is taking jobs in China and at Amazon. White house hacked. GDPR is killing email marketing. Theranos founder up on charges.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Brianna Wu, Jeff Cannata, and Dan Patterson

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Posted on 18 June 2018 | 2:00 am


TWiT 670: Go Theranos or Go Home

This Week in Tech (Audio)

  • A New Tech Manifesto by Baratunde: how to reinvent social media to improve all our lives.
  • Apple's WWDC announcements: Screen Time restores balance to your life, memojis avoid the uncanny valley, ARKit 2 might (might) actually have usefull apps, Siri Shortcuts might (might) make Siri useful, macOS Mojave makes much-needed improvements to the Finder, tvOS gets Dolby Atmos.
  • Gmail's improved design is headed your way.
  • Microsoft buys GitHub: how MS went from a Windows monolith to an open-source champion.
  • Computex's big announcements: Intel fudges some numbers, AMD's new Threadripper 2, and ASUS put a computer in your computer so you can compute while you compute.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Alex Wilhelm, and Baratunde Thurston

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Posted on 11 June 2018 | 2:31 am


TWiT 669: 15 Minutes of Fun

This Week in Tech (Audio)

  • Apple's WWDC this week looks like it may be a disappointment for anyone hoping for new hardware.
  • Facebook is killing its "Trending Topics" section.
  • Teens prefer Instagram and Snapchat to Facebook; close to half are "almost constantly" online.
  • The Atari VCS is coming soon for expensive retro gaming.
  • Scooters and bikes are becoming a problem for San Francisco.
  • The new emoji are coming!
  • A Canadian Hacker gets 5 years for his part in the Russin-linked Yahoo breach.
  • Microsoft is worth more than Google.
  • Self-driving technology picks up speed as California ok's free autonomous taxis.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Seth Weintraub, Larry Magid, and Greg Ferro

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Posted on 4 June 2018 | 3:59 am


TWiT 668: How Many Cups in a Stone?

This Week in Tech (Audio)

  • The FBI wants you to reboot your router right now. FBI agents have gained control of a huge Russian botnet. If your router is affected you just need to reboot it.
  • Facebook and Russian ads - how should government react in the age of cyber warfare?
  • Amazon sells facial recognition software to law enforcement officials. Is this an invasion of privacy, or a good example of public/private cooperation?
  • Alexa records a couple's conversation and sends it to a friend. Amazon has a convoluted explanation, but it may just come down to odds.
  • Google's AI can order you food, but Microsoft's can check in on your feelings, at least in China.
  • GDPR confusion takes news sites offline and sparks billions of dollars worth of lawsuits.
  • Disney's bid to buy Fox gets some competition from Comcast. Does this mean that Hulu is doomed?
  • Senators call for investigation into fake pro-net neutrality comments
  • Three charged in swatting death

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Iain Thomson, Matt Cutts, and Brian Forde

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 2:04 am


TWiT 667: Give Me your History Hat

This Week in Tech (Audio)

Microsoft's new Surface Hub 2. Google Duplex freaks everyone out. GDPR shouldn't freak people out - unless you work in adtech. Fortnite is coming to Android. Apple caves in to China again, pays some Irish taxes, and goes shopping for a new campus. Washington D.C is full of Stingray spy devices. Yanny or Laurel: depends on your speakers. US Copyright laws may be extended to protect Mickey Mouse for 144 years.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Christina Warren, Patrick Beja, and Brian McCullough

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Posted on 21 May 2018 | 2:28 am