Tech News Weekly (Audio)

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Tech News Weekly hosted by Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent brings you interviews from tech journalists who make or break the top stories of the week. Jason and Mikah give you more context and perspective, with an in-depth look at the fast-paced world of technology and how it is changing our lives.

Records every Thursday at 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific / 19:00 UTC.

All Episodes

Steam Deck Delayed, Amazon Data Privacy, FTC vs. Call to Cancel Jason Snell from Six Colors talks about Apple's big self-service repair program that is a huge win for Right to Repair. Kyle Orland from Ars Technica shares what's so special about Valve's Steam Deck and when it's expected to release after facing supply chain shortage difficulties. Mikah walks through a Wired report that sheds light on the shady data privacy practices of Amazon happening behind the scenes. Jason gives the FTC a thumbs up for deciding to crack down on subscription companies that require its subscribers to call in order to cancel their service. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Jason Snell and Kyle Orland Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-weekly. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: akamai.com/tnw stripe.com hover.com/twit

Nov 18

1 hr 8 min

Lance Ulanoff talks about his OneZero article that asks whether Apple should just move on already in light of recent developments in the Apple v. Epic case. Joseph Cox from VICE walks through a new Bitcoin scam that's spreading on Instagram that requires victims to record hostage-style videos. Mikah gets very excited about Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Spaces software platform that aims to make augmented reality more widely accessible. Jason and Mikah kick around the good and the bad attached to YouTube's decision to begin hiding the dislike count from viewers. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Lance Ulanoff and Joseph Cox Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-weekly. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: plextrac.com/twit barracuda.com/tnw itpro.tv/tnw promo code TNW30

Nov 11

1 hr 10 min

DMCA and the blind, Amazon's Matter support, Facebook and Meta facial scanning Damon Beres talks about his WIRED piece that details the challenges the DMCA poses to blind readers who want to read ebooks. Ry Crist from CNET walks through Amazon's newly announced support for the Matter and Thread IoT protocols in their devices. Jason details the short history of a Squid Game inspired cryptocurrency scam and how easy it was to net $3.3 million. Mikah covers Facebook's announcement that it would be getting rid of its facial recognition system while Meta has no plans to back down. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Damon Beres and Ry Crist Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-weekly. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: CrowdStrike.com/twit Command Line Heroes - TNW udacity.com/TWiT

Nov 4

1 hr 2 min

Alex Kantrowitz from the Big Technology podcast discusses the Facebook Papers, how the consortium needs to be dissolved, and helps break the big news that the company is changing its name to Meta. Mikah walks through the earnings week and how Apple's privacy changes affected some companies worse than others. Jason introduces the latest version of Android and it's not the one that released last week. Android 12L is all about larger screen devices. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guest: Alex Kantrowitz Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-weekly. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: CrowdStrike.com/twit akamai.com/tnw Melissa.com/twit

Oct 28

1 hr 7 min

Rene Ritchie discusses the major hardware announcements from Apple's Unleashed event including the new AirPods 3 and new MacBook Pros with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Ben Schoon from 9to5Google walks through Google's Pixel 6 event to reveal some details that weren't covered during the announcement. Mikah asks whether hardcore gamers will be interested in a higher monthly cost for Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud gaming service powered by the high-powered RTX 3080 GPU. Jason walks through the history of Google's Stadia cloud gaming service and whether their white-label service offering to AT&T could be the beginning of a lucrative second life for the technology. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Rene Ritchie and Ben Schoon Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-weekly. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: stripe.com Compiler - TNW plextrac.com/twit

Oct 21

1 hr 4 min

Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica walks through HTC's Vive Flow announcement and tries to determine who this new VR headset is actually for. Steve Stecklow from Reuters discusses his special report on how Amazon created knock-off products and promoted them in search over competitors. Jason and Mikah preview next week's cavalcade of major hardware events from Apple, Google, and Samsung. Mikah discusses a Wall Street Journal report that details how Apple is making AirPods compatible with medical applications like hearing aids and postural awareness. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Sam Machkovech and Steve Stecklow Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-weekly. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: Command Line Heroes - FLOSS itpro.tv/tnw promo code TNW30 CrowdStrike.com/twit

Oct 14

1 hr 9 min

Dan Ackerman from CNET shares his review of Windows 11. Is it more than a centered Start menu? Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai from Vice walks through the details of the massive Twitch data leak. Mikah details Paddle's plans to be first to iOS with its 3rd party in-app payment system. Jason shares the story of a valued drive that met an untimely death and what it means for digital memories. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Dan Ackerman and Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-weekly. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: barracuda.com/tnw UserWay.org/twit checkout.com/tnw

Oct 7

1 hr 16 min

Facebook testified at a Senate hearing about the safety of Instagram for teens after a bombshell report by the Wall Street Journal. Heather Kelly from the Washington Post details her favorite products from Amazon's cavalcade of announcements this week. Brian Atchley, CEO of The R&D Lab, walks through the challenges facing broad adoption of solar and details their unique solution. Twitch is finally making changes to its service in an attempt to crack down on hate raids that plague streamers on the platform. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Heather Kelly and Brian Atchley Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-weekly. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: udacity.com/TWiT Melissa.com/twit Compiler - TNW

Sep 30

1 hr 17 min

John Rogers from Northwestern University talks about the creation of tiny microchips that can fly and sample the environment. Cherlynn Low from Engadget shares her hands-on thoughts of the latest Microsoft Surface hardware announced this week. Mikah talks about what happens when Square's payment services go down at peak time on a Saturday morning. Jason and Mikah discuss files, folders, directories, and how all of these things are taken for granted in modern day computing. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: John Rogers and Cherlynn Low Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-weekly. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: Command Line Heroes - TNW plextrac.com/twit akamai.com/tnw

Sep 23

1 hr 11 min

Rene Ritchie walks through Apple's California Streaming event and details the major hardware announcements that he's excited about. Mishaal Rahman from XDA Developers talks about his exclusive look at the Google Tensor chip and what Pixel 6 owners can expect. The FTC has new rules for health apps and data sharing that will help protect sensitive consumer information. Lasers are being used to look into rooms through pinholes, as well as ammunition on an upcoming warship. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Rene Ritchie and Mishaal Rahman Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-weekly. Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at https://twit.tv/clubtwit Sponsors: itpro.tv/tnw promo code TNW30 CrowdStrike.com/twit udacity.com/TWiT

Sep 16

1 hr 19 min