This Week in Tech (MP3) show

This Week in Tech (MP3)

Summary: Your first podcast of the week is the last word in tech. Join Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, John C. Dvorak, and other tech luminaries in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in high tech. Winner of People's Choice Podcast and Best Technology Podcast in the 2005 People's Choice Podcast Awards. Released every Sunday at midnight Pacific.

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 TWiT 744: Boiling the Privacy Frog | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:52:33

This Week's Stories Big Tech is trying to fix California's housing crisis by throwing $billions at it. Here's what they should do instead. How can we fix the mess that is video conferencing? Delivering drugs via drone: what could possibly go wrong? Google open sources Cardboard, instead of just killing it as we expected. The FBI is secretly using face recognition to track us. The ACLU thinks this is bad for some reason. Apple is slowly tightening its privacy system. Saudi spies infiltrate Twitter. Is Big Tech security-conscious enough? FACEBOOK changes its logo. WHY? Facebook and political ads Photoshop for iPad is finally here. Here are the best tools for vertical video. Is Adobe's subscription model fair to consumers? Adobe Aero tries to standardize AR. Microsoft Ignite focuses on the hybrid cloud. Why 5G will never work, and why it will be amazing when it does. 8K will make you vomit. Microsoft puts Superman on glass. AppleTV+ launches big. If you could only have 5 streaming services, which would you choose? Amazon knocks $40 off the price of Prime for veterans. Thank you for your service! Host: Alex Lindsay Guests: Greg Ferro and Justine Ezarik Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: offer code TWiT

 TWiT 743: Lying is Bad is a Lie | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:50:30

Google Buys Fitbit. Will this be like Google buying HTC, or like Fitbit buying Pebble? Apple hires a new smart home team. Can they catch up with Amazon and Google? Can they fix what is wrong with HomeKit? AirPods Pro review - the best earbuds we've ever worn. However, they are pricy, and they're still earbuds, with all the issues that come with that. AppleTV+ launches. Can an Aaron Sorkin wanna-be, wacky Emily Dickinson, and sexy blind people win the streaming wars? NBC's Peacock TV may be free with ads when it launches in April. HBO Max launches in May for $15. Will it finally kill cable? Twitter bans political ads. Facebook thinks they are just fine, even if they lie. How will Twitter figure out what is a political issue? Does Mark Zuckerberg really think "Lying is bad?" PG&E cuts power to millions but still manages to start a 77,000-acre fire. Cell service also fails. So does Comcast. Is this the harbinger of all of America's aging infrastructure finally collapsing? National Weather Service tweets out some useful tools to track wildfires and smoke. It's the emoji season! The controversy this year: non-gendered emoji. Host: Jason Snell Guests: Rene Ritchie, Devindra Hardawar, and Dan Moren Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: - promo code: TWIT1 - promo code: TWIT

 TWiT 742: Leave the Wallet At Home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:22:39

It's This Week in Tech with Jason Howell, Mikah Sargent, and Ant Pruitt hosting in the absence of Chief TWiT, Leo Laporte. PG&E may force a power outage at TWiT Eastside Studio to help reduce the risk of wildfire in surrounding areas. Facebook Launches News Section to Compensate Publishers Zuckerberg faces heat in Congress: "It's almost like you think this is a joke." Fake Facebook ad claiming Lindsey Graham backs the Green New Deal is actually a test for Zuckerberg Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL review: more than the sum of its sensors Night Sight fight: The iPhone 11 kinda destroys the Pixel 4 with low light camera shots AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile have finally agreed to replace SMS with a new RCS standard Google is delivering some Pixel 4 phones in fun cereal boxes Google Cereal review: Feature-packed but lacking in basic nutrition [Gallery] Google will replace Home devices bricked due to latest firmware update LOFT Portable Battery Base for Google Home Amazon is spending billions on shipping as it makes Prime one-day delivery a reality After Briefly Falling To Number Two, Jeff Bezos Is Back As The Richest Man In The World Apple Pay overtakes Starbucks as the most popular mobile payment platform in the US Gov't bill could see Emergency Alerts broadcast over streaming services like Apple Music Microsoft's Over-the-Top VR Rig Lets You Explore a Virtual World While Walking IRL TikTok could threaten national security, senators say Motorola teases its foldable RAZR phone reveal for November 13th The Huawei Mate X is set to ship next month for $2,400, but only in China Elvis hands-on Ant talks about his new show Hosts: Jason Howell, Ant Pruitt, and Mikah Sargent Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: WWT.COM/TWIT

 TWiT 741: Jin Yang's Not Hotdog Method | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:23:18

California passes law to kill the gig economy Facebook refuses to ban lying in political ads Why does internet access in America suck so much? Pixel 4 event: kinda dull Pixel 4 review: camera zoom not that great, face unlock works even if you are asleep or dead Law enforcement face recognition banned in California for 3 years Google focuses on "ambient computing" Technopanic and social media Zuckerberg is amoral, Facebook should just ban political ads Google is great at everything but selling hardware Pixelbook Go: perfect for college kids, but not for us Google Nest Wifi sounds good Air Force stops using 8-inch floppies to control missile launches Malware makes ATMs spit out all their cash Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber coming to a TV near you RIP Yahoo Groups Huawei is doing great! Virgin Galactic shows of its spacesuits Cobol turns 60 Fortnite is down! Technical error or marketing genius? Is TikTok China's entry into our children's minds? Or is Mike Elgan just paranoid? Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Florence Ion, Mike Elgan, and Seth Rosenblatt Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: code TWIT offer code TWiT offer code TWIT

 TWiT 740: Sex-Positive Currency | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:24:55

This week's stories The Chinese propaganda app that spies on all Chinese citizens Chinese influence in video games, social media, and other industries - where do we draw the line? What is Tencent? How much influence do they have over the world? Here's how to keep them from watching your iPhone Can we still trust Apple? Can we trust anyone? At what point do we admit that we are in a multi-state information war? Is there any way to fine Facebook fairly? Bring back the Office of Technology Assesment! Remember: the answer to bad politics is not "no politics". It is good politics. Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency is falling apart There is a very good reason why politicians can lie on Facebook How Boris Johnson games Google There are no political ads in France. Could we do that in America? Which weird phone stands a better chance: the Essential Gem or Microsoft Duo? Apple Arcade is still wonderful. How much do Americans know about tech? Not a lot. What should we do about that? SCOTUS decides websites must be accessible to blind people Lithium-ion battery inventors win Nobel Prize Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Patrick Beja, Brianna Wu, and Nate Lanxon Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors:

 TWiT 739: Bob Ross with Biceps | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:14:44

This week's stories Microsoft surprises us all with the two-screen Surface Duo phone Apple's Deep Fusion poised to trump Google's Pixel 4 announcement More than 500 ransomware attacks on US schools so far in 2019 More red flags than a Chinese parade: WeWork's failed IPO Apple loves freedom - except in China US, UK, and Australian governments vs encryption Lexy Savvides's Memoji secrets Tim Cook can woo Trump all he wants, but Apple still has to pay 25% tariffs CNET folds the Samsung Galaxy Fold until it breaks Why did Windows Phone fail? Iain Thomson: "It was a thousand cuts of stupidity." Microsoft's new Surface line is aimed straight at Apple Will there be an October Apple event? All signs point to yes. Google Seattle makes a literal product graveyard Levis' Jacquard jean jackets PayPal backs out of Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency Facebook vs Elizabeth Warren Facebook says it's ok for political ads to lie Twitter says it's ok for Trump to advocate civil war Should Zuckerberg step down? Would that change anything? Elon Musk's new Starship and its competition The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is concerned about Tesla's Smart Summon feature Hundreds of millions of "Words with Friends" accounts hacked Japan turns off pagers after 50 years of honorable service Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Ant Pruitt, Iain Thomson, and Lexy Savvides Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: - promo code: TWIT1

 TWiT 738: The Twerklight Sonata | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:16:50

This Week's Stories What we expect at Wednesday's big Microsoft Surface event Gemmy the Twerking Alexa Bear demo Echo Loop and Echo Frames will take Alexa with you Facebook Horizon: is this the VR future we signed up for? Tesla's Smart Summon feature makes us a little nervous Do we really trust all these voice assistants? Amazon is throwing Alexa spaghetti at the wall Google wins major Right to Be Forgotten ruling Amazon Sidewalk is Amazon's proprietary mesh network for pet tracking and more - will they sell it to the police? Will this and Amazon's Ring Neighbors app lead to a police state? Amazon pushes voice agent interoperability - Cortana jumps at the chance, Siri and Google Assistant play coy Checkm8 is an unstoppable jailbreak that works on any iPhone from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone X Apple will release AppleTV+ movies in theaters as Oscar bait Mac Pro to be made in Texas Google will stop showing news snippets in France QuestLove is moving from Pandora. Is Pandora dead? What is the state of the streaming music world? Snapchat's 'Project Voldemort' tracks all the ways Facebook steals from them Elizabeth Warren wants to reinstate the Office of Technology Assessment so congress will know what they are talking about on tech Listen to TWiT's new show Smart Tech Today starting Monday, October 7th! Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Daniel Rubino, Mikah Sargent, and Caroline Haskins Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: offer code TWiT WWT.COM/TWIT

 TWiT 737: You Could See The "Screw It" in His Eyes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:13:45

This Week's Stories: TWO AND A HALF DOZEN people invade Area 51 iPhone 11 vs iPhone 7: is it worth the upgrade? Apple Arcade is the best 5 bucks a month you can spend on games Apple Watch 5 is the best computer you can wear on your wrist. Taking cat pictures in the dark with iPhone 11 - which phone takes the best picture? How about video? How many monthly fees to Apple are too many? Apple wins its 2nd Emmy before Apple TV+ even comes out. Who owns How about Apple changes the update cycle RIP 3D Touch. We won't miss you. Apple's ultrawideband U1 Chip: what does it do? iPhone 11 teardown What to expect from Google's big October event What to expect from Microsoft's big October event Has Google achieved quantum supremacy? How many bitcoin are lost forever? When Zuck met Trump Facebook creates Oversight Board: here's how it will work Facebook Portal wants to watch you watch TV Richard Stallman out at MIT and Free Software Foundation Edward Snowden still wants to come home Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Rene Ritchie, Dwight Silverman, and Louise Matsakis Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors:

 TWiT 736: Leave the Phone, Save the Donuts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:18:40

This Week's Stories: iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max: the end of the Thinner Era No High refresh rate for iPhone Pro New iPhone colors: corpse purple, baby poop green How durable is the iPhone 11 Pro? Night mode, 3 lenses, high key: is iPhone 11 Pro the best phone camera you can buy? iPhone 11 will be unlocked on day one Apple seems ever so slightly more price sensitive this year iPhone 11 camera bump: why not just make the phone thicker? Apple Watch 5: always on Apple Watch 5: aluminum vs titanium vs ceramic Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ Apple can't get JJ Abrams, even for a half-billion $$$ 48 States coming after Google Tech backlash? What tech backlash? Are we building our own surveillance state? Google's $995 Project Jacquard backpack Where do we go after GDPR? Want $125 from Equifax? Please jump through these flaming hoops. Pixel 4: is there anything that hasn't leaked yet? Which voice assistant is the best, and how can we make it better? Microsoft Surface Event October 2 Minecraft hits 112 million users a month MoviePass finally folds Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Devindra Hardawar, Georgia Dow, and Wil Harris Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: - promo code: TWIT WWT.COM/TWIT offer code TWiT

 TWiT 735: I've Got a Chatroom in My Thigh | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:12:05

Apple testily responds to Google's Project Zero discovery of China's iOS hack against Uyghur Muslims. Avoiding FUD: how secure is too secure? Facebook leaks 420 Million users' phone numbers. In a related story, until recently, AT&T stored users' phone numbers in unencrypted paper files and delivered them directly to all US citizens. Apple Event this Tuesday! Which new phone will win the 2019 Fall Challenge? Phone Photography of the Phuture! Apple Watch 5 is all about sleep. Apple Tile, Apple Glasses, Apple TV, Apple Arcade, what else will happen on Tuesday? Harry is excited about the 16 Inch MacBook coming soon. Samsung Fold released in South Korea. It's not perfect, but it is a necessary step towards a cyberpunk future. An AI beat an 8th-grade science test. My 8th grader spends most of his time in the backyard blowing up stuff. Should we be scared? Joi Ito resigns over Epstein ties. Let's make sure we punish all the tech people who worked with Epstein and ignore all the bankers and politicians. Bill Gates has spent the past 10 years rehabilitating his image. Will his ties to Jeffrey Epstein remind everyone what a jerk he used to be? Verizon's 5G rollout to NFL stadiums only covers some seats. DOJ demands Apple and Google give them data on everyone who downloaded a gun scope tuning app. Supermicro flaw - no, not that Supermicro flaw, the other one. Huawei says the US is cyber-attacking it. Um, Duh. Biohacking is here. Stick a server in your thigh! Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Harry McCracken, Jason Hiner, and Seth Rosenblatt Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: - promo code: TWIT1 offer code TWiT

 TWiT 734: Forking Windows | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:15:00

Apple Event September 10th: iPhone. Which phone will be better, iPhone 11 or Pixel 4? Apple Event September 10th: Apple Watch. What health features should we expect, and how will they save Christina Warren's life this time? Jack Hacked! Twitter CEO's Twitter account hacked by white supremacists. (Again.) Can Twitter ever be properly secured? (No.) Will someone hack Trump's account next? (Maybe they already have, we just don't know it.) Trump proposes tracking US citizens with Fitbits to prevent mass shootings. Reddit detectives figure out which satellite Trump uses to track Iranian space launch facilities after he tweets a picture of one. 15% tariffs on Apple Watch, AirPods and HomePod start today! Apple vows to move all production back to America immediately. Just kidding - they're moving to Vietnam. So is Google Pixel. Coming soon: Iraqi-made Microsoft Surface Pro and Afghani HP laptops! Project Zero at Google discovered a very interesting iPhone hack that went on for years. China used those hacks to target Uyghur Muslim Chinese citizens. Black Hat attendees infected with a real-life virus: Measles! Google doubles down on third-party trackers, arguing that eliminating them will break the web. Why this is a big fat lie. Microsoft Surface event coming October 2nd. Greg Ferro wants to know why Windows still sucks. Apple turns 180 degrees, allows 3rd-party repairs. Microsoft gives ExFat to Linux. Can we please have NTFS next? Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Christina Warren and Greg Ferro Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: promo code TWIT30

 TWiT 733: Fake Moos | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:13:49

This Week's Stories: Hacking the US Military at DEF CON Voting machine hacks at DEF CON GDPR is a hacker's delight Company sues DEF CON because their presentation was booed Will the T-Mobile/Sprint merger go through? Android Q is not a dessert New phone season is here Using mice to detect deepfakes Navigating our increasingly fakeable world Is computational photography more or less "real"? Human connection in an online world Apple TV+, Disney +, where does it end? Apple Card and its various stains Don't wash titanium with tap water 5G is as carcinogenic as coffee and pickles WeWork IPO chicanery Pokemon Go trespassing is still a problem No, Instagram is not going to steal your photos Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Iain Thomson, and Alex Wilhelm Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: - offer code: TWIT

 TWiT 732: Why is My Fridge Playing ICP? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:53:15

Amazon's paid tweeters program backfires Telus email out for the past 4 days $3 Million Fortnite winner SWATted How Gamergate launched a culture war Esports is officially mainstream - how to get an esports scholarship to college Verizon sells Tumblr for about 2% of what Yahoo bought it for 6 years ago iPhone 11 coming September 10 - how private will it be? Apple sues Corellium for virtualization service Google's challenging past 3 years Google forces Nest to leave recording lights on iPhone 11 Pro Max? Pixel 3a's faux 20x zoom Rival search engines drop out of Google's search engine ballot auction Amazon's Rekognition face recognition system can't tell the difference between congressmen and criminals "NULL" vanity plate garners man $12,000+ in parking violations 3 simple ways to defeat face recognition Update your Windows 10 system NOW. Seriously. New Bluetooth KNOB attack Huawei gets a break Georgia required to use paper ballots FTC willing to break up big tech IKEA gets serious about smart tech Disney after account sharers Don't use Kaspersky anti-virus Tesla owner implants her key in her arm Apple shuts down 3rd-party WebKit anti-tracking abusers Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Matt Cutts, Denise Howell, and Owen JJ Stone Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: DoorDash App use code TWIT - promo code: TWIT1

 TWiT 731: An Electric Cannonball | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:24:40

This Week's Stories Video games don't cause mass shootings, but toxic gamer culture doesn't help White House proposes social media censorship Apple wants as many people as possible to get the Apple Card Are Teslas reliable? Chase forgives Canadian customers' debt Apple locks out DIY battery repairs FedEx splits with Amazon Amazon's PillPack fighting with CVS and Walgreens Woz wants you off Facebook Teenagers work overnight to make Amazon Echo Samsung Note 10 kills headphone jack and Bixby button, embraces Microsoft FBI, NSA want hackers, even if they used to smoke pot Defcon takes on voting machine security Elizabeth Warren's plan for rural broadband US Navy ditching touchscreen controllers Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Brianna Wu, Ben Johnson, and Sam Abuelsamid Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: offer code TWiT

 TWiT 730: Moonlighting as Marshmello | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:14:33

This Week's Stories Apple Earnings: services up, iPhone down Phone season starts this week Apple gearing up on R&D Amazon takes over RIP Amazon Dash button Your Assistant is listening Apple Card won't let you bet on the ponies Capital One hack Apple Bluetooth security hack Facial recognition for drunks Chinese smile to pay Elon Musk is boring holes in Las Vegas AI customer service hell Amazon partnering with police Turkey cracks down on Internet Instagram from Facebook Livestreaming Funerals Spotify takes off US Govt vs social media addiction Locast gets sued Ninja moves to Mixer Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Mike Elgan, Mikah Sargent, and Ant Pruitt Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: code TWIT promo code TWIT - promo code: TWIT1


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