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 / 22:15 UTC.

  

Latest Episodes

TWiT 759: Never Gonna Give You Up

This Week in Tech (Audio)

This Week's Stories:

  • COVID-19 coronavirus causing tech conference chaos
  • Should Apple investors be worried about COVID-19?
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip - does it live up to the hype?
  • COVID-19 coronavirus will crash the tech economy for a while
  • Apple iPhone 9 / SE 2 likely for March launch
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip factory closed due to COVID-19
  • Target leaks inventory listings for 'AirPods X Generation,' 'Apple TV Gen X' and 'Apple Watch Series X' bands, and 'Apple iPod Touch X Generation'
  • Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in Star Trek, Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr in Back to the Future - deepfakes are getting better
  • EU kills the Lightning port - USB-C is now the law of the land
  • Apple considers letting users set 3rd-party apps as default
  • Apple tries to- ban German book about App Store; book hits #2 on the bestseller list. Get the book at https://amzn.to/2VbRWk2
  • Trump urges Supreme Court to side with Oracle over Google
  • Bezos to give $10 Billion to fight climate change
  • Twitter bans 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts for "platform manipulation"
  • Trump ads will take over YouTube on Election Day
  • New ransomware scheme - hackers will make Google ban your ads
  • Fortnite streamers demonetized over Rickroll emotes
  • Larry Tesler, the man who invented cut, copy, and paste, dies at 74
  • Bert Sutherland, who helped develop the ARPANET, dies at 83
  • Adobe Photoshop turns 30
  • $400 Hot Wheels RC Tesla Cybertruck
  • Get Dan's novel The Bayern Agenda at https://amzn.to/39ZGKLA
  • Register for LastPass's RSA After Hours in San Francisco! https://bit.ly/2SVjAAm

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Lory Gil, Owen JJ Stone, and Dan Moren

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Posted on 24 February 2020 | 12:44 am


TWiT 758: Facemasks and Fear

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This week's stories:

  • Mobile World Congress 2020 canceled over COVID-19 fears
  • China virtually shut down due to COVID-19. Foxconn's iPhone plant closed; making face masks instead.
  • RSA Conference (Feb 24th in San Francisco) is next - IBM has already dropped out. Is this the end of conferences?
  • China's response to COVID-19 includes increased surveillance and the "Close Contact" app. Is America next?
  • Focals by North AR glasses could be the answer to COVID-19. Are we ready for AR+databases?
  • Check out TWiT's review of Focals on Hands-On Tech!
  • Apple stores and factories closed in China. Apple was expected to announce an iPhone SE replacement this spring - will it be put on hold?
  • Samsung Z Flip Review - the most transformative new smartphone in years
  • Windows 10X - Microsoft's first try at a 32bit-free OS and a two-screen device OS
  • Windows 10X on a MacBook - it can be done! (But don't try it at home)
  • Google's new OS is called... Pigweed?
  • Windows 10X coming to dual-screen laptops and tablets by the end of the year
  • Microsoft Duo caught on video in the wild!
  • $1000+ flagship phones are now the norm. Are they worth it? (Yes)
  • Cloud-based computing will become the norm in the next 5 years
  • Amazon sues the US government over JEDI contract given to Microsoft; JEDI put on hold by a federal judge
  • Taika Waititi blasts the crappy MacBook keyboard at the Oscars
  • Raspberry Pi - the best kids' computer available
  • Watch Hands-On Android! Episode 0 out now, Episode 1 coming 2/20/2020: twit.tv/HOA
  • Coming soon: Hands-On Mac and Hands-On Linux!
  • Spotify will destroy podcasting as we know it
  • Elizabeth Holmes gets some of the Theranos charges dropped by a federal judge
  • Is Venture Capitalism destroying capitalism?
  • HQ Trivia crashes and burns - when will the current tech bubble burst?
  • Essential shuttered - alleged sexual assaulter and Android inventor Andy Rubin's revolutionary phone company fails after less than a year.
  • T-Mobile and Sprint merger passes second-to-last hurdle in its way
  • Jeff Bezos buys the most expensive house in America

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Alex Wilhelm, Daniel Rubino, and Dan Patterson

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Posted on 17 February 2020 | 2:27 am


TWiT 757: My Fridge Killed My Apple TV

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This Week's Stories:

  • Chaos, confusion, and disinformation define the 2020 US election
  • Motorola Razr fails the fold test
  • NYPD drops notebooks for iPhone app
  • Don't charge at public USB chargers: "Juice Jacking" hackers will steal your data
  • Hackers break into your network via Phillips Hue lightbulbs
  • Sonos bricks old speakers
  • Tesla remotely removes autopilot from used Model S
  • Big shakeup at Microsoft - Panos Pinay gets a huge promotion
  • Microsoft xCloud vs Nvidia GeForceNow vs Playstation Now
  • US Navy uses Xbox controllers
  • Windows 7 bug keeps users from shutting down, no way to update
  • Deepfaking "The Irishman" - how CGI de-aged De Niro
  • Disney wants to kill Section 230, and thus all social media and comment boards
  • Real or fake: Russian dashcams and French locomotives
  • 'Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet' Review

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Ashley Esqueda, Nate Lanxon, and Denise Howell

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Posted on 10 February 2020 | 12:55 am


TWiT 756: Don't Doubt ur Vibe

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This Week's Stories:

  • Apple hits 1.5B users, Facebook hits 2.5B, Amazon hits $1 Trillion - is Big Tech too big?
  • Russia vs Apple: new Russian law will force Apple to install Kremlin-friendly apps
  • Coronavirus shuts down Apple and Google in China
  • EU passes common charger resolution - say goodbye to your lightning jack
  • Amazon wants you to know that they pay a lot of taxes and employ a lot of people
  • 10 years later, the iPad is the only successful tablet
  • Split-screen or folding screen? Is this a form factor we need?
  • Apple TV+ hasn't quite hit it yet
  • FCC admits that wireless carriers violated federal law selling your location data
  • Facebook's 'Off Facebook activity tool' doesn't really do anything
  • Facebook's new Oversight Board will surely fix everything
  • Avast anti-virus sold your data to everybody
  • Does tracking really make ads better?
  • He sings! He dances! He sends you the internet from space!
  • Cal Tech gets 1.1 billion from Apple and Broadcom in a patent case
  • Every smart device will die. Sonos sooner than others.
  • IBM CEO Virginia Rometty retires
  • California halts .org sale
  • 62 new emoji are here!
  • Hummer is back and electric

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Wesley Faulkner, Brian McCullough, and Devindra Hardawar

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Posted on 3 February 2020 | 1:35 am


TWiT 755: Somebody Stole My Tim Tams!

This Week in Tech (Audio)

This Week's Stories:

  • Was Jeff Bezos really hacked by Saudi Arabia?
  • Welcome to the post-fact era. Embrace the power of ignorance!
  • Sonos backs off threat to brick old speakers
  • Apple pushes back against EU common charging standard
  • Sundar Pichai calls for regulation of AI
  • Why banning face recognition is just the first step
  • One good thing about Brexit
  • The tech angle of "Megxit"
  • Biden calls game developers "little creeps"
  • Tech execs are being SWATted
  • Alan Turing's OBE medal, Ph.D. certificate, etc recovered from crazed superfan
  • Throwboy is back with Pocket Pillows
  • Vine is back as Byte
  • Xerox still trying to buy HP
  • Octi is augmented reality social media

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Mike Elgan, Patrick Beja, and Iain Thomson

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Posted on 27 January 2020 | 1:29 am


TWiT 754: I Dream of Wiki

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This Week's Stories:

  • Mojo Vision: Augmented Reality contact lenses
  • The face recognition company that will end privacy
  • FBI vs Apple 2: Pensacola Boogaloo
  • NOBUS: why the NSA's "NObody But US" theory of exploits fail
  • Cable Haunt: critical vulnerability in many cable modems
  • Apple and Google are cracking down on location privacy, and ad tech companies are unhappy
  • Don't worry about your kids' phone use so much
  • Google will kill 3rd-party cookies by 2022
  • Verizon's "private" search engine
  • The EU is not asking Apple to kill the lightning plug
  • Our secret shame: the box of cords in our garage
  • Digital hoarding: iTunes vs Gmail
  • Amazon wants you to pay with a wave of your hand
  • Sim swapping attacks: hacking customer service
  • Joe Biden wants to repeal Section 230. This is dangerous.
  • Sonos, Tile, and Pop Sockets testify against Google, Apple, and Amazon in Congress

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Georgia Dow, Sam Abuelsamid, and Patrick Norton

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Posted on 20 January 2020 | 1:12 am


TWiT 753: I Got Waylaid in Switzerland

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CES 2020 wrap-up

  • Sex tech at CES 2020
  • Apple, Amazon, and others talk privacy at CES 2020
  • Tech Giants at CES 2020
  • The Sands: all the weirdest stuff at CES 2020
  • The best TVs at CES 2020
  • Future Concepts at CES 2020
  • The Charmin Rollbot
  • Biggest CES 2020 trends: vegetable-based meat, driverless cars, and bendable computers
  • Our favorite gadgets from CES 2020: from 8k TVs to electronic rosaries

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Ant Pruitt, Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, and Jason Hiner

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Posted on 12 January 2020 | 9:54 pm


TWiT 752: More Seam than Bezel

This Week in Tech (Audio)

This Week's Stories:

  • CES Preview: what to expect at the 2020 show
  • Segway's new Wall-E pod chair
  • 8k TVs take over CES - what about bandwidth caps?
  • 3D is back at CES - get ready for Star Wars holograms
  • Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak: 68 countries targeted
  • 5G in 2020: hype or happening?
  • How to fix California' gig worker law
  • California Consumer Privacy Act hits January 1
  • Wyze Camera breach response: quick and decisive
  • 1924 belongs to us all now
  • TRACED Act passes, robocallers put on notice
  • Hofeller Files break gerrymandering plot wide open
  • IRS forces Turbo Tax to show free filing product
  • Fake Twitter accounts spew thousands of pro-Iran propaganda tweets
  • Australian fires: horrific images online
  • Google will stop swindling the US on taxes
  • Google's Head of International Relations left because Google started to be evil
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 arriving February 11th
  • Sonos bricking old speakers
  • Fry's is in big trouble
  • Y2K bug strikes again: NYC parking meters break in 2020, 11-19
  • #TeamTrees gets $20M
  • YouTube's #1 star turned 8 in 2019
  • EU: AI cannot patent inventions

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Dwight Silverman, Ben Brock Johnson, and Ed Bott

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Posted on 6 January 2020 | 1:25 am


TWiT 751: The Year's Best

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Leo Laporte takes us through the past year in tech. 2019 highlights include Chinese CRISPR Babies, San Francisco's facial recognition surveillance ban, Grumpy Cat's sad death, the United States versus Huawei, Facebook's $5 billion FTC fine, the debut of Apple TV+, and more!

Happy New Year from Leo and the TWiT crew!

Host: Leo Laporte

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Posted on 29 December 2019 | 4:15 pm