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 / 21:15 UTC.

  

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TWiT 827: Weather Balloons and Swamp Gas - WWDC highlights, Big Tech regulation, flying cars

WWDC highlights, Big Tech regulation, flying cars

  • Apple Lists 'M1X MacBook Pro' in YouTube Tags for WWDC Keynote Video.
  • Rene picks privacy and extensibility as his favorite announcements during WWDC.
  • WWDC 2021: macOS Monterey further blurs lines between Mac, Catalyst, and iPad apps.
  • Jason picks Unified platform and Mac shortcuts as his favorite announcements during WWDC.
  • WWDC 2021: I love it when a platform comes together.
  • iOS 15 and macOS Monterey — Apple's walled garden just got even higher.
  • FaceTime is coming to Android and Windows via the web.
  • Philip picks SharePlay API as his favorite announcement during WWDC.
  • Apple employees push back against returning to the office in an internal letter.
  • Leo picks Apple ID reform as his favorite announcement during WWDC.
  • Public reaction to Amazon Sidewalk.
  • Jeff Bezos and his brother will fly on Blue Origin's first human spaceflight with auction winner.
  • House lawmakers introduce five bipartisan bills to unwind tech monopolies.
  • Biden revokes Trump bans on TikTok and WeChat.
  • The hard truth about ransomware: we aren't prepared, it's a battle with new rules, and it hasn't near reached peak impact.
  • The U.S. Retrieves Millions in Ransom Paid to Colonial Pipeline Hackers.
  • GameStop stock falls sharply amid 5M-share sales plan, SEC investigation.
  • Microsoft looks ready to launch Windows 11.
  • FBI and Australian police ran an encrypted chat platform to catch criminal gangs.
  • Apple says it didn't know Trump's DOJ was asking for Democrats' data.
  • Some Apple Suppliers in China Tell Ethnic Minorities: Don't Bother Applying For Jobs.
  • iPhone 13 release date, price, specs, and leaks.
  • Billionaire Larry Page's Kitty Hawk Is Making An All-In Bet On Robot Air Taxis. Its Program Head Is Out In Disagreement Over It.
  • What Is a Flying Car?
  • Facebook plans its first smartwatch for next summer with two cameras, heart rate monitor.
  • Twitter to add a newsletter 'subscribe' button to profiles for simple sign-ups.
  • Happy 42nd Anniversary to the Original Intel 8086 and the x86 Architecture.
  • El Salvador becomes the first country to adopt bitcoin as legal tender after passing a law.
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asks whether the Forest Service or the BLM can alter the orbit of the moon or the Earth in order to fight climate change.
  • Chipmaker SiFive Is Said to Draw Intel Takeover Interest.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Rene Ritchie, Jason Snell, and Philip Michaels

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Posted on 14 June 2021 | 12:16 am


TWiT 826: Zuckerberg's Lily White Shins - WWDC preview, hacking Tamagotchi, Nigeria suspends Twitter

WWDC preview, hacking Tamagotchi, Nigeria suspends Twitter

  • El Salvador looks to become the world's first country to adopt bitcoin as legal tender.
  • Hacking Group Anonymous Issue Veiled Threat to Elon Musk Over Crypto Market Trolling.
  • USA Today resists FBI subpoena seeking data of those who read story on agents' shooting.
  • Amazon Prime Day is June 21 and June 22.
  • meh: A new deal every day at midnight.
  • Huawei launches its own operating system on smartphones in challenge to Google Android.
  • Twitter launches its first subscription service.
  • Tesla Failed to Oversee Elon Musk's Tweets, SEC Argued in Letters.
  • In Response to Oversight Board, Trump Suspended for Two Years; Will Only Be Reinstated if Conditions Permit.
  • Facebook reverses policy protecting politicians from engaging in harmful speech.
  • Trump blog page shuts down for good.
  • Nigeria suspends Twitter operations, says platform 'undermines its corporate existence'.
  • New iPad Pro: Amazing hardware in search of equally amazing software.
  • WWDC 2021 preview: iOS 15, macOS 12, Macs, and much more
  • Google Will Let You Opt Out of Being Tracked by Apps in Android 12.
  • How I Hacked My Tamagotchi, Cheated Death, and Became a God.
  • Google Pixel Buds A-Series Review: Price is Everything.
  • FBI Director Compares Ransomware Challenge to 9/11.
  • U.S. says ransomware attack on meatpacker JBS likely from Russia; cattle slaughter resuming.
  • Colonial Pipeline Cyber Attack: Hackers Used Compromised Password.
  • The Pentagon wants to use private rockets like SpaceX's Starship to deliver cargo around the world.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Florence Ion, Roberto Baldwin, and Harry McCracken

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Posted on 7 June 2021 | 5:45 am


TWiT 825: Doin' Tweets - Rideshare surges, Ford F-150 Lightning, Amazon antitrust

Rideshare surges, Ford F-150 Lightning, Amazon antitrust

  • Amazon to acquire MGM Studios for $8.5 billion
  • Uber and Lyft Surges: What to Know
  • McDonald's in Illinois Offering Free iPhones to New Recruits
  • Amazon Introduces Tiny 'ZenBooths' for Stressed-Out Warehouse Workers
  • Amazon sued by DC attorney general on antitrust grounds
  • Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors
  • Helium Networking
  • Paris's article: More State AGs Considering Antitrust Action Against Amazon
  • Google employees admit in a lawsuit that the company made it nearly impossible for users to keep their location private
  • GCHQ's mass data interception violated the right to privacy, court rules
  • Florida's New Pro-Disney, Anti-Facebook, and Twitter Law
  • Twitter Confirms Plans for 'Twitter Blue' $2.99 Monthly Subscription Service
  • 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro Gets Ready For Work
  • Ford Targets Real (Not Cyber) Truck Users With Its Electric F-150 Lightning, Priced From $40,000
  • SolarWinds Hackers Launching New Attacks, Microsoft Warns
  • 'Charlie Bit My Finger' sold as an NFT, could vanish from YouTube forever
  • Feeling blue: drug dealer's 'love of stilton' leads to his arrest | Cheese | The Guardian
  • Apple Delaying Podcasts Subscriptions until June, Promises Improvements to the Podcasts App
  • Amazon ad revenue now twice as big as Snap, Twitter, Roku, and Pinterest combined

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Brian McCullough, Sam Abuelsamid, and Paris Martineau

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Posted on 31 May 2021 | 1:31 am


TWiT 824: Ask Shatner's Ghost - Google IO recap, Windows 10X gets dumped, Bitcoin collapse, Twitter verified

Google IO recap, Windows 10X gets dumped, Bitcoin collapse, Twitter verified

  • LaMDA: our breakthrough conversation technology.
  • Google made AI language the centerpiece of I/O while ignoring its troubled past at the company.
  • DeepMind reportedly lost a yearslong bid to win more independence from Google.
  • Google's Project Starline Videoconference Tech Wants to Turn You Into a Hologram.
  • Android 12 preview: First Look at Google's Radical New Design.
  • Google and Samsung unite to reboot Android watches, with a dose of Fitbit too.
  • Chrome testing RSS-powered 'Follow' button & feed that keeps the Google Reader dream alive.
  • 12 Google Workspace updates for better collaboration: Smart Canvas.
  • Google plans to build a commercial quantum computer by 2029.
  • An ex-Googler brings Silicon Valley thinking to Sacramento.
  • Bill Gates Left Microsoft Board Amid Probe Into Prior Relationship With Staffer.
  • Triangulation 428 - Andy Weir's 'Project Hail Mary'.
  • Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on Windows 10X: OS designed for dual-screen PCs axed.
  • Microsoft is finally retiring Internet Explorer in 2022.
  • Microsoft Teams launches for friends and family with free all-day video calling.
  • Snap CEO Evan Spiegel: We're happy to pay Apple 30% — without Apple we wouldn't exist.
  • Tim Cook plays innocent in Epic v Apple's culminating testimony.
  • Apple's macOS is sub-par for security, Apple exec Craig Federighi tells Epic trial.
  • Apple Music announces Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio.
  • HomePod and HomePod mini to support Apple Music Lossless in a future software update.
  • Amazon Music Unlimited plans now include HD streaming at no extra cost.
  • Leaked Emails Show Crime App Citizen Is Testing On-Demand Security Force.
  • Blue Origin sets its price: $1.4m minimum for trip into space.
  • Twitter is letting anyone apply for verification for the first time since 2017.
  • Mike's article: How holograms, deepfakes, and AR are raising the dead.
  • Bitcoin plunges 30% to $30,000 at one point in wild session, recovers somewhat to $40,000.
  • Netflix Seeks Executive to Expand Game Efforts.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Mike Elgan, Jason Howell, and Iain Thomson

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Posted on 23 May 2021 | 8:29 pm


TWiT 823: My Sequel Injection - Colonial Pipeline ransom, Pixel 6 leaks, Biden's Venmo, Twitter Blue

Colonial Pipeline ransom, Pixel 6 leaks, Biden's Venmo, Twitter Blue

  • Colonial Pipeline Paid Hackers Nearly $5 Million in Ransom.
  • Elliptic Follows the Bitcoin Ransoms Paid by Colonial Pipeline and Other DarkSide Ransomware Victims.
  • Old photos fuel misinformation around gas shortages.
  • Apple robbed the mob's bank.
  • More about Apple's walled garden.
  • Amazon Sidewalk launches June 8 with support for Tile trackers.
  • Dan talks about his experience covering Qanon for CBS News.
  • What to expect from Google I/O 2021.
  • Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro leak reveals a totally new look and hardware.
  • Google Plans to Double AI Ethics Research Staff.
  • Apple parts ways with employee amid backlash.
  • As much as $365 billion wiped off the cryptocurrency market after Tesla stops car purchases with bitcoin.
  • Private-equity firm revives zombie fossil-fuel power plant to mine bitcoin.
  • 'Twitter Blue' subscription service to include undo tweets feature and 'Collections,' priced at $2.99.
  • Bill Gates reportedly left Microsoft's board amid probe into relationship with staffer.
  • We Found Joe Biden's Secret Venmo. Here's Why That's A Privacy Nightmare For Everyone.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Wesley Faulkner, Dan Patterson, and Owen JJ Stone

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Posted on 17 May 2021 | 1:56 am


TWiT 822: Five Pounds of Mortadella - Facebook Oversight Board, Google vs. Roku, Epic vs. Apple, Musk on SNL

Facebook Oversight Board, Google vs. Roku, Epic vs. Apple, Musk on SNL

  • SNL and Elon Musk: Dogecoin takes center stage.
  • What's wrong with Doge?
  • 'Tiger King' star Carole Baskin explains why she's releasing a 'purr-ency' crypto coin.
  • Oversight Board upholds former President Trump's suspension, finds Facebook failed to impose a proper penalty.
  • Twitter account sharing posts from Trump's new blog is already banned.
  • Fortnite made more than $9 billion in revenue in its first two years.
  • Apple's App Store Had 78% Margin in 2019, Epic Expert Says.
  • App Store review process has over 500 human experts; less than 1% of rejections are appealed.
  • Emails reveal 128 million iOS users were affected by 'XcodeGhost' malware.
  • 96% of US users opt-out of app tracking in iOS 14.5, analytics find.
  • Signal Tries to Run the Most Honest Facebook Ad Campaign Ever, Immediately Gets Banned.
  • Google goes nuclear against Roku by adding YouTube TV to the main YouTube app.
  • Google Wants to Make Everyone Use Two Factor Authentication.
  • Introducing Tip Jar.
  • Twitter is buying Scroll, the subscription service that removes ads from news sites.
  • IBM Creates First 2nm Chip.
  • What a Crossword AI Reveals About Humans' Way With Words.
  • Digging in the dust of AOL and Yahoo's lost internet empires.
  • Biggest ISPs paid for 8.5 million fake FCC comments opposing net neutrality.
  • Study Finds No Link Between Time Teens' Spend On Tech Devices And Mental Health Problems.
  • Noah Bought $2,619 Worth of SpongeBob Popsicles.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Owen Thomas, Christina Warren, and Alex Wilhelm

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Posted on 10 May 2021 | 12:49 am


TWiT 821: Bring in the Privacy Pod - Big quarter for big tech, AirTags and privacy, Resident Evil 3 speedrun

Big quarter for big tech, AirTags and privacy, Resident Evil 3 speedrun

  • 'A Perfect Positive Storm': Bonkers Dollars for Big Tech.
  • EU Charges Apple With App Store Antitrust Violations in Spotify Case.
  • Apple Signals Hot Streak to Continue as Sales, Profit Surge.
  • Apple releases iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, and watchOS 7.4, allowing Apple Watch owners to unlock with Face ID while wearing a mask.
  • Apple AirTags could enable domestic abuse in terrifying ways.
  • Bitcoin Industry Grapples With Age-Old Problem of Inheritance.
  • Warren Buffett's Deputy Calls Bitcoin 'Disgusting' And Bad For Civilization.
  • Lossless streaming option for Apple Music may launch within weeks.
  • AirTags Are Scarily Good At Tracking Items And ... People. I know Because I Tried!
  • Google Earnings Smash Sales Records as Digital Ad Market Booms.
  • Apple commits $430 billion in US investments over five years.
  • YouTube is a media juggernaut that could soon equal Netflix in revenue.
  • Brianna Wu RE3 Speedrun 54m01sec.
  • Google's Plan for the Future of Work: Privacy Robots and Balloon Walls.
  • Roku removes YouTube TV from the channel store as dispute with Google escalates.
  • Amazon's profit soars 220 percent as pandemic drives shopping online.
  • Amazon's cloud division reports 32% revenue growth.
  • Samsung's new Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 are lightweight laptops with OLED screens.
  • Twitter stock plunges on user miss and low guidance.
  • What really happened at Basecamp.
  • Basecamp Employees Are Leaving After CEO Bans Politics at Work.
  • GM rolls out seamless EV charging across multiple networks.
  • SpaceX Capsule Returns Four Astronauts Safely to Earth in Nighttime Splashdown.
  • In a nod to Trump, Florida is set to ban 'deplatforming' by tech companies.
  • Volkswagen investigated by SEC over 'Voltswagen' prank.
  • After years as a meme, 'Disaster Girl' takes control of her image — with a hefty payoff.
  • Facebook's Oculus, EA, and Respawn Win Game Industry's First Oscar for 'Colette' Documentary Short.
  • Verizon tries to sell Yahoo and AOL after spending $9 billion on fallen giants.
  • N.Y.P.D. Robot Dog's Run Is Cut Short After Fierce Backlash.
  • Deepfake satellite imagery poses a not-so-distant threat, warn geographers.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Brianna Wu, Nate Lanxon, and Tim Stevens

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Posted on 3 May 2021 | 12:42 am


TWiT 820: Hide the Pickle - Apple event roundup, Big Tech Antitrust action, Signal CEO hacked Cellebrite device

Apple event roundup, Big Tech Antitrust action, Signal CEO hacked Cellebrite device

  • Apple announces a new iPad Pro with an M1 chip, Thunderbolt, 5G, XDR display.
  • Time for Apple to pull off the Band Aid and merge the iPad and Mac—at least their operating systems.
  • Ransomware gang tries to extort Apple hours ahead of Spring Loaded event.
  • Apple announces thinner iMac with M1 chip and bright colors.
  • Apple announces $29 AirTag, a new Tile-like item tracker.
  • Apple in the hot seat.
  • Apple antitrust hearing: Tile likens Find My network to a 'hostage' program, App Store scam apps, more.
  • How Big Tech got so big: Hundreds of acquisitions.
  • App Stores in Congress, Apple's Arguments, Meta Points.
  • No, The Original Siri Remote Doesn't Suck – If You Do This.
  • Apple announces the new Apple TV 4K.
  • Someone deciphered the Ted Lasso shortbread recipe from Apple's Spring Loaded event.
  • Apple Must Face Lawsuit Over iTunes "Buy" Button.
  • Facebook-backed Diem aims to launch a digital currency pilot in 2021.
  • Chat App Discord Ends Takeover Talks With Microsoft.
  • Signal's CEO Just Hacked the Cops' Favorite Phone Cracking Tool and Became a Legend.
  • Artificial Intelligence, Facial Recognition Face Curbs in New EU Proposal.
  • The Florida mystery of dormant Pentagon IP addresses.
  • The Slander Industry.
  • Over $200 billion wiped off the cryptocurrency market in a day as bitcoin plunges below $50,000.
  • NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Flies Faster, Farther on Third Flight.
  • Security Researcher Dan Kaminsky Has Died.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Rene Ritchie, and Dwight Silverman

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Posted on 25 April 2021 | 10:48 pm


TWiT 819: Introducing Club TWiT - Apple's Spring event, Jeff Bezos letter to shareholders, Elon Musk and NASA

Apple's Spring event, Jeff Bezos letter to shareholders, Elon Musk and NASA

  • Introducing Club TWiT.
  • Apple's 'Spring Loaded' Event Officially Announced for Tuesday, April 20.
  • Apple Music Reveals How Much It Pays When You Stream a Song.
  • Why It's Misleading to Say 'Apple Music Pays Twice as Much Per Stream as Spotify'.
  • Google subsidiary moved $75bn in profits through Ireland in 2019 using "double-Irish".
  • Google 'partially' misled consumers over collecting location data, Australian court finds.
  • Nobody is flying to join Google's FLoC.
  • Jeff Bezos says Amazon needs to do a better job for employees in his final shareholder letter as CEO.
  • SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket to deliver an Astrobotic lander and NASA water-hunting rover to the moon in 2023.
  • Two people killed in fiery Tesla crash with no one driving.
  • Should We Trust The Facebook Oversight Board?
  • Facebook oversight board delays decision on Trump ban to 'the coming weeks'.
  • Amazon's The Lord of the Rings series to cost $465 million for first season.
  • Google Earth's historical 3D time lapses show the ravages of climate change.
  • Microsoft announces Surface Laptop 4 with choice of Intel or AMD processors.
  • You ever think about how Asus put out like 40 models of a laptop called the "Eee PC".
  • Dogecoin spikes 400% in a week, stoking fears of a cryptocurrency bubble.
  • Intel, Nvidia, TSMC execs agree: Chip shortage could last into 2023.
  • NASA to Attempt First Controlled Flight on Mars As Soon As Monday.
  • NYPD Deploys "Creepy" New Robot Dog In Manhattan Public Housing Complex.
  • Adobe co-founder Chuck Geschke dies at 81.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Ed Bott, Rich DeMuro, and Alex Kantrowitz

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Posted on 19 April 2021 | 2:39 am