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 772: 52 Cents & a Bag of Pop Chips

This Week in Tech (Audio)

  • Microsoft Build Highlights, Surface Earbuds Review, Minecraft's Biggest Month
  • College Board sued over flawed online AP tests
  • Minecraft Dungeons Review
  • Minecraft hits 162 Million users/month
  • Former TWiT Producer OMGChad's OMGCraft hits 1,000,000 YouTube subscribers!
  • Satya Nadella's "RGV2cw" Easter Egg spells "Devs" in Base 64
  • All the easter eggs in the Microsoft Build 2020 livestream
  • Microsoft Build 2020 highlights: Project Reunion and Fluid Framework
  • Microsoft embraces open source: it's a whole new Microsoft
  • Twitter says everyone can work from home forever. Facebook says they can, too, but they might pay you less if you move out of state
  • Joe Rogan podcast is now a Spotify Exclusive - will other podcasts start going exclusive?
  • Zoom vs Discord vs Facebook Rooms
  • How to beat Zoom fatigue
  • Will working from home kill the 75-hour work week, or make it worse?
  • Work-from-home means less commuting, for better or for worse
  • Will conferences stay virtual, go back to face-to-face, or be a hybrid?
  • What Zoom/Teams/Slack/Meet/etc solution does your company use?
  • Zoom solves its security issues - or at least seems to be working on it very hard
  • How well is your school handling distance learning?
  • Different communication strokes for different gamer folks
  • Tom Hanks' movie "Greyhound" is a $70 Million Apple TV+ Exclusive
  • HBO Max premieres May 27th, adding yet more confusion to the online media world
  • Bad news about that $125 Equifax settlement
  • Grandma ordered to remove photos of grandchildren over GDPR violation
  • Facebook found not liable for spreading terrorist content by US Supreme Court
  • Walmart kills Jet.com after buying it for more than $3 Billion

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Lindsey Turrentine, Daniel Rubino, and Lisa Schmeiser

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Posted on 25 May 2020 | 2:05 am


TWiT 771: Ferment All the Things

This Week in Tech (Audio)

Facebook Buys Giphy, Apple AR Glasses, Unreal Engine 5

  • Facebook buys Giphy for $400 million
  • Facebook setting up a political advocacy group for big tech
  • US Government going to sue Google for monopolizing online ads
  • Trump tweets that Google, Facebook, and Twitter are controlled by the "Radical Left"
  • Facebook has half of its oversight board in place already
  • Zoom fatigue is real: is avatar-based chat the cure?
  • Apple AR glasses coming in 2021
  • Unreal Engine 5 will push game development to new heights
  • Twitter says that people can work from home forever - but should they?
  • Robotic backboard makes all the shots

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Dwight Silverman, Mike Elgan, and Brianna Wu

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Posted on 18 May 2020 | 4:42 am


TWiT 770: The Vanna White Effect

This Week in Tech (Audio)

Zoom Fixes Encryption, Elon Musk and X Æ A-12

  • Elon Musk names his child X Æ A-12: here's how to pronounce it
  • Zoom buys Keybase to fix encryption
  • Google Meet, Facebook Rooms, and Microsoft Teams desperately try to catch up with Zoom
  • Zoom is much more secure now but how did it win the video calling race, to begin with?
  • Leo won't give up on jitsi even though it sounds like a mold
  • Rich DeMuro says Zoom is like slime
  • Teslas now stop automatically at red lights (and green)
  • Google abandons its plans for a data-driven community in Toronto
  • Is Amazon handling the coronavirus crisis well?
  • Tim Bray quits Amazon in dismay over whistleblower firings
  • Australia wants Google to stop showing news snippets
  • Do ISPs need bandwidth caps? Is everybody working from home hogging all the bandwidth?
  • New 13-inch MacBook Pro heralds the end of butterfly keys
  • Microsoft 10X will come to single-screen devices in 2021
  • Pixel Buds vs Surface Earbuds vs AirPods
  • Boston Dynamics Spot robot patrolling Singapore parks to enforce social distancing
  • BBC releases Zoom backgrounds
  • A hazmat-inspired suit lets you party, drink, and vape in safety

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Doc Searls, Rich DeMuro, and Larry Magid

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Posted on 11 May 2020 | 12:04 am


TWiT 769: Me? I'm On Unhinged

This Week in Tech (Audio)

Elon Musk Goes Crazy, Tik Tok Takes Over

  • Elon Musk loses Tesla $14 Billion with one reckless tweet
  • TikTok gets more than 2 billion downloads in record time
  • Apple/Google contact tracing approved by the CDC - will you install it?
  • Apple makes it easier to unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask
  • Google Buds 2 is a huge improvement over the original
  • Microsoft announcing Xbox Series X game son May 7th
  • John Legere is sad he no longer runs T-Mobile
  • Starlink launches 422 satellites
  • Will Quibi succeed?
  • The truth behind John Krasinski's Some Good News
  • Quarterly reports - Apple, Alphabet, and Amazon are all up
  • Spotify revenue is up
  • Why we like the new iPhone SE

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Shira Lazar, Devindra Hardawar, and Alex Wilhelm

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Posted on 4 May 2020 | 12:20 am


TWiT 768: Steer Into the Skid

This Week in Tech (Audio)

Contact Tracing, Synthetic Biology

  • Ask a futurist: how do we get from now to the Covid-19 free future? Steer into the slide.
  • The future of synthetic biology is sticking viruses into our systems as medication
  • Apple-Google contact tracing vs Palantir: who do you trust?
  • France bans Amazon from selling non-essential items: should America follow? Should Amazon be doing more with automation?
  • The best videoconferencing etiquette
  • Why are people tearing down 5g towers to fight coronavirus?
  • What new businesses are going to be born out of the Covid-19 crisis? Automation, synthetic biology, and delivery get a VC boost
  • AI development and Big Tech data gathering is leading us down a dystopian superhighway
  • Is CES gone for good? How long can movie theaters stay closed?
  • Salute to the real heroes - the IT people keeping us all connected in this crisis
  • Distance learning: what is working, what isn't, and what is the future of education?
  • How did Microsoft fumble Cortana? The same way they fumbled Windows Phone
  • Apple hopes to put its own chips in macs
  • Google says AI can design a chip in 6 hours
  • The next world war will be fought in cyberspace
  • Kim Jong Un: Dead or alive? Will North Korea be the next manufacturing hotspot or a radioactive crater?

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Amy Webb and Iain Thomson

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Posted on 27 April 2020 | 2:03 am


TWiT 767: Fifteen Years Later

This Week in Tech (Audio)

TWiT's 15th Anniversary, iPhone SE, Best Audio Equipment You Can Buy

  • iPhone SE vs Sidekick 2
  • EARN IT will kill end-to-end encryption. Call your senator now!
  • AMD is kicking Intel's butt
  • The best speakers you can buy
  • The best DACs you can buy
  • The best headphones and headphone amplifiers you can buy
  • The story of the first TWiT
  • Catching up with Scott Herriott
  • Catching up with Kevin Rose
  • Catching up with Patrick Norton
  • Catching up with Robert Heron
  • Why Kevin Rose Doesn't Use Android
  • Why Robert Heron loves Google Fi and the Pixel
  • Magic Wormhole: how to encrypt your communications
  • John Prosser: iPhone SE Plus coming soon
  • iPad Pro Magic Keyboard turns the iPad Pro into a laptop
  • More catching up with Kevin Rose
  • Reminiscing about the good old days - Leisure Suit Larry, FidoNet, and BBSs
  • Caveat Emptor: many NAS drives use SMR
  • Computer security now vs 15 years ago
  • Hard drives now vs 15 years ago
  • Want a great $20,000 stereo? Buy the Symbol Audio Modern Record Console
  • iRacing is the best esport in the world

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Kevin Rose, Patrick Norton, Robert Heron, and Scott Herriot

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Posted on 20 April 2020 | 12:31 am


TWiT 766: Zoom, But Use Protection

This Week in Tech (Audio)

Apple+Google COVID tracking app, 5G towers burning, Zoom tips

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  • 5G towers are being burned in England and the Netherlands to stop coronavirus. We have officially hit maximum techno panic.
  • Apple and Google are building a coronavirus phone tracking app. Do you want a cyberpunk dystopia? Because this is how you get a cyberpunk dystopia!
  • Zoom is the best option for group video chat, but only if you use it right, and only if you don't need perfect privacy.
  • We show all the free TV shows you can watch online.
  • What we are doing in quarantine: soap making, Half-Life Alyx, Castlevania, start your own video channel
  • Smart toilet recognizes your butt and scans your poop for diseases
  • Jack Dorsey donates $1 billion to Coronavirus research, with full transparency
  • Apple displays COVID testing locations and launches Today at Apple at Home
  • Why Apple stopped charging Amazon Prime Video the 30% "Apple Tax"
  • Amazon workers are terrified to go to work, but at least they have a job
  • Travelex paid 285 bitcoin to ransomware hackers - watch out for COVID Phishing
  • Quibi has 300 Million installs in its first week, while Tik Tok crosses 1 Billion
  • Distance learning: school attendance is at 50%
  • Passover Seder on Zoom
  • Leo is back on Facebook
  • John Conway, creator of Conway's Game of Life has passed due to coronavirus

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Georgia Dow, Rene Ritchie, and Owen JJ Stone

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Posted on 13 April 2020 | 1:15 am


TWiT 765: Holds Each Cheek Separately

This Week in Tech (Audio)

Zoom Security Issues, iPhone SE

  • Zoom goes from 10 million to 250 million daily users, struggles with zoombombing and security issues
  • Where is the iPhone SE? The budget iPhone could be launched any day.
  • Can Apple maintain its famed secrecy with employees working from home?
  • Apple buys Dark Sky Weather App, shuts down Android App
  • iOS 14 may add widgets, live wallpaper
  • Who controls the weather? NOAA, Weather Channel, IBM, Apple?
  • Nations are tracking their citizens' location to stop coronavirus - will they stop when the crisis is over? Who else is tracking us?
  • Do you know how to program COBOL? Help New Jersey fight coronavirus!
  • Amazon has hired 80,000 workers, puts safety measures in place, fires strike organizer
  • Instacart strike gets workers free health and safety kits
  • Amazon will offer a virtual film festival to show SXSW films, movie theaters are offering streams
  • What we're watching in quarantine - Little Fires Everywhere, Devs, free HBO shows, Bhagavad Gita and filmmaking on YouTube
  • Quibi is launching at the best time possible
  • FCC opens up 6GHz band for Wi-Fi use

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Christina Warren, Jason Hiner, and Brian McCullough

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Posted on 6 April 2020 | 3:26 am


TWiT 764: Tech Support in Tights

This Week in Tech (Audio)

  • Fever tracking maps show the spread of coronavirus
  • Instacart workers will go on strike on Monday
  • Hackers are sending out malicious teddy bears and Best Buy rewards cards
  • Snopes has had to scale back fact-checking in the age of coronavirus misinformation
  • China and Russia sending waves of coronavirus misinformation and phishing attacks
  • Zeynep Tufecki is a light of reason in the fog of coronavirus information
  • US Government is using cell phone location data to track coronavirus
  • Is Big Tech our coronavirus saviors, or are they taking advantage of the situation?
  • How should we cover tech while the world is collapsing?
  • Notes from the final CanSec security conference
  • Corporate layoffs, bailouts, and cancellations
  • E-sports fill the void for car racing aficionados
  • PwnToOwn 2020 highlights
  • GM is offering unlimited internet in its cars, Yale is offering a free course on happiness, and other happy news
  • China wants to re-invent the internet. What could possibly go wrong?
  • Help track which coronavirus sites are malicious
  • Free e-books from the Library of Congress
  • Internet Archive under fire for lending too many e-books
  • Elizabeth Warren open-sources all her campaign tech

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Seth Rosenblatt, Lexy Savvides, and Ed Bott

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Posted on 30 March 2020 | 12:27 am