This Week in Tech (Audio)


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.

All Episodes

Jack leaves Twitter, what is Web3, Bitcoin crashes again, Cyber Monday China's Yutu 2 rover spots cube-shaped 'mystery hut' on far side of the moon. Jack is leaving Twitter and we have ~thoughts~ Twitter Has a New CEO; What About a New Business Model? Jack Dorsey's Square changes corporate name to Block. Twitter's new CEO announces major reorganization of the social networking company. Twitter bans sharing 'private' images and videos without consent. Far-right is using Twitter's new rule against anti-extremism researchers. Self-Important Asshole Making Big Show About Leaving Twitter. Is web3 BS? Bukele steps up El Salvador's bet on sliding bitcoin; buys another 150 coins. Cyber Monday Sales Flat as Smaller Savings Curb Incentive to Spend. Black Friday data adds to evidence e-commerce growth is slowing. The Chip Shortage Has Made a Star of This Little-Known Component. Arriving Today: From Factory to Front Door -- Why Everything Has Changed About How and What We Buy. FTC Challenges Nvidia's Deal for Arm Holdings. Move Over, GE. The Tech Conglomerates Are the New Leaders of Industry. U.K. regulators order Facebook-owner Meta to sell Giphy. Russia threatens criminal charges against a NASA astronaut. NASA delays ISS spacewalk over debris worries. The Mars Rover video and sound. It's so eerie and yet so interesting / thought-provoking. Meta has chosen AWS as its long-term strategic cloud provider. Microsoft backtracks on Windows 11's controversial default browser changes. New rule will allow debt collectors to track you down on social media. Jim Warren, Early Influencer in Personal Computing, Dies at 85. Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Alex Wilhelm, Brian McCullough, and Mike Elgan Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:

Dec 6

2 hr 18 min

Black Friday, Apple sues NSO group, rats play Doom, MicroClimate AIR2 Scientists Focus on Whether Omicron Variant Causes Severe Illness. CES 2022: CES - The Most Influential Tech Event in the World. MicroClimate AIR2. Black Friday shopping in stores drops 28% from pre-pandemic levels. Amazon sees 'record-breaking' Black Friday, official says. New York Times' Wirecutter Staff Goes on Strike Ahead of Black Friday. Apple sues NSO Group for attacking iPhones with Pegasus spyware. Apple's AR headset coming next year with 'Mac-level' power: report. Apple's Car Project: Everything We Know. Sam's Thoughts on the Apple Car. Apple Accelerates Work on Car Project, Aiming for Fully Autonomous Vehicle. What is the future of personal car ownership? Galaxy Note is dead; Samsung reportedly ending production on Note 20, no plans for the 2022 model. Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri will testify before the Senate on teen mental health. Related: The CEO of cosmetics retailer Lush says he's 'happy to lose' $13 million by deleting Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat accounts over teen mental-health harms. Germany plans to phase out the sale of combustion-engine vehicles to help meet its ambitious goal of getting 15 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030. Rats named Carmack and Romero are playing Doom. Is watching the 1984 Ghostbusters movie killing people? A Statistician's Perspective. Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Doc Rock, Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, and Sam Abuelsamid Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - promo code: TWIT

Nov 29

2 hr 23 min

Apple's self-repair program, space debris, Constitution NFT, Xbox 20 years old Goodbye, Staples Center. Hello, Arena. Citadel CEO Kenneth Griffin Outbid a Group of Crypto Investors for Copy of U.S. Constitution. Someone Made a Pirate Bay for NFTs. 13 dumb arena names inspired by the Staples Center becoming ' Arena'. El Salvador to Create 'Bitcoin City,' Use $500M of Planned $1B Bond Offering to Buy More Crypto.\ Apple Will Tell You How to Fix iPhones, Sell Parts to the General Public. Apple's Pointless Self-Repair Program. Over 100 Activision Blizzard employees stage walkout, demand CEO step down. Xbox Chief Says He's Evaluating Relationship With Activision. Microsoft Pressures Activision Blizzard. Apple Accelerates Work on Car Project, Aiming for Fully Autonomous Vehicle. Google Cloud encourages more conversational AI with Bot-in-a-Box. Visualizations show the extensive cloud of debris Russia's anti-satellite test created. Chris Hadfield says more regulations are needed to protect astronauts from space debris. Jurors Got to Hear Elizabeth Holmes' Lies For Themselves. Tesla ranks almost dead-last on a Consumer Reports reliability list. We Are the Wirecutter Union. We're Prepared to Walk Out. How Xbox outgrew the console: inside Phil Spencer's multi-billion dollar gamble. Forza Horizon 5. Facebook's race-blind policies around hate speech came at the expense of Black users, new documents show. Meta's sci-fi haptic glove prototype lets you feel VR objects using air pockets. FlyFin offers an AI-based tax app aimed at freelancers, gig workers. Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Wesley Faulkner, Wil Harris, and Chris J. Preimesberger Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - promo code: TWIT

Nov 22

2 hr 23 min

Twitter launches Blue subscription service in U.S., offers ad-free access to 300 news sites. U.S. states file updated antitrust complaint against Alphabet's Google. Walmart is using fully driverless trucks to ramp up its online grocery business. Amazon's Spinmasters: Behind the Internet Giant's Battle With the Press. Are you worried about Amazon? A record 4.4 million people quit in September as Great Resignation shows no signs of stopping. Job openings and labor turnover trends for States in 2020. Why America's "Shipping Crisis" Will Not End. Amazon Relay. Bezos-Backed Real Estate App to Accept Bitcoin as Payment. Golem Network. The Genesis Machine. The EVELO Compass adult electric tricycle is a comfortable, powerful and stable electric trike with a large cargo basket. Wing Bikes are the world's best electric bicycles. Hoax Email Blast Abused Poor Coding in FBI Website. Europol: Seven REvil/GandCrab ransomware affiliates were arrested in 2021. Judge denies stay in Epic v. Apple. Everyone has questions about Leo's phones. GitHub Copilot: Your AI pair programmer. Apple to Pay $30 Million Over Store Workers' Security Checks. Facebook says it can't keep pace with its own Oversight Board. Elon Musk Sells About $5 Billion in Tesla Stock. AMD reveals an Epyc security 50 flaws, Intel has 25. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are infectious in all the wrong ways. Rivian's Mega IPO is a Good Test of the Meme Stock Craze. AMC Theatres debuts online Bitcoin payments after months of teasing. Biden's "historic" $65 billion broadband plan approved by Congress. Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Paris Martineau and Amy Webb Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: promo code TWIT30

Nov 15

2 hr 42 min

Meta trademark filing, NYC crypto, the Great Resignation, daylight saving time Facebook's "Meta" Trademark Application. Meta Company lashes out at Facebook over name change in public letter. Incoming New York mayor Eric Adams vows to take the first three paychecks in bitcoin. NYC Mayor-Elect Adams Says Crypto Should Be Taught in Schools. House Sends Infrastructure Bill With Crypto Tax Provision to US President. The crypto conundrum: Is that hot meme coin a Shiba Inu or a squid? Len Sassaman and Satoshi: a Cypherpunk History. Global Chip Shortage 'Is Far From Over' as Wait Times Get Longer. I'm A Twenty-Year Truck Driver, I Will Tell You Why America's "Shipping Crisis" Will Not End. The debate over daylight saving time drags on in Europe. Gastronomad: The art of living everywhere and eating everything! Leo's time with the Pixel 6 Pro. Faulty DRM breaks dozens of games on Intel's Alder Lake CPUs. Apple's New Screen Repair Trap Could Change the Repair Industry Forever. Apple's Federighi delivers a dramatic speech on the dangers of sideloading. The Great Resignation. The 'lying flat' movement standing in the way of China's innovation drive. TikTok owner ByteDance shortens China work hours, discouraging the notorious '996' routine. Google News to relaunch in Spain after mandatory payments to newspapers scrapped. Tesla recalls nearly 12,000 U.S. vehicles over software communication error. Microsoft fixes Windows 11 features failing due to an expired certificate. Apple Wants iPhones to Detect Car Crashes, Auto-Dial 911. Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Evan Brown, Louise Matsakis, and Owen Thomas Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: promo code twit

Nov 8

2 hr 16 min

Facebook: Founder's Letter, 2021 (introducing Meta). Zuckerberg wants to create a make-believe world in which you can hide from all the damage Facebook has done. Meta removing Facebook login requirement for Quest headsets by next year. John Carmack issues some words of warning for Meta and its metaverse plans. The Facebook Papers' missing piece The new MacBook Pro is out, and Brianna has one! Fictional Gamergate Series In The Works From Mind Riot Entertainment & Video Games Developer Brianna Wu. Jeff Bezos wants to build a business park in space. US Copyright Office says you can fix a game console (but only the optical drive). Android 12 is here: All the details about downloading, compatibility, new features, and more. Android 12 is so last week: Meet Android 12L, now in developer preview. Blizzard cancels 2022 BlizzCon amid harassment scandal fallout. Activision CEO Takes 99.9% Pay Cut Until Gender Goals Are Met. It's Windows XP's 20th birthday and way too many still use it. The 'Dune' Screenplay Was Written in MS-DOS. Google's Stadia Pivots To Being Some White Label Game Streaming Platform For Others To Use. Intel Alder Lake Mobility CPU Benchmarks Leaked. Host: Iain Thomson Guests: Brianna Wu and Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: or text twit to 500-500

Oct 31

2 hr 12 min

I Love You Zune Much - New Mac chips, new Pixel 6, Proton Mail's big win, Squid Game rakes it in Samsung now lets you customize your own Galaxy Z Flip 3. Pixel 6: Everything to know about Google's newest phone. Google's Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro finally bring new camera hardware in addition to software. Intel slipped—and its future now depends on making everyone else's chips. If The Arm Deal Fails, NVIDIA Is Fine, But Arm May Struggle. Apple announces 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro: new design, display notch, 120Hz, M1 Pro chip, HDMI, MagSafe, more. Apple announces third-generation AirPods for $179. @PatrickMcGee_: "An *enormous thread* on alleged @Google @Facebook collusion based on the just-released *unredacted* complaint from the Texas AG." @fasterthanlime: "google has a secret deal with facebook called "Jedi Blue" that they knew was so illegal that it has a whole section describing how they'll cover for each other if anyone finds out" Why Facebook is rebranding. What it was like to watch Steve Jobs introduce the iPod 20 years ago. Proton wins appeal in Swiss court over surveillance laws. Squid Game Season 2? Series Worth $900 Million to Netflix So Far. YouTube is about to pull its apps from Roku, and the fight is going all the way to Congress. John Carmack pushes out unlocked OS for defunct Oculus Go headset. Microsoft now lets you test Android apps on Windows 11. A&W Turns its 'Worst Marketing Fail' Into a New Burger. Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Connie Guglielmo, Louis Maresca, and Owen JJ Stone Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: promo code TWiT

Oct 25

2 hr 19 min

Hardware event preview, HTC Vive Flow, Squid Game success Unleashed Apple Event Focusing on New Macs to Take Place on October 18. MacBook Pro Display With Notch Shown in Alleged Photo Leak. Errol Morris Interrotron. In-person versus remote conversations online. Pixel Fall Launch: Everything to expect at the Pixel 6 keynote. 'Pixel Pass' allegedly bundles Pixel 6, Google Fi, YouTube Premium, and more under one bill. Samsung announces Unpacked 2 event for Wednesday, Oct 20th, right after Apple and Google. Back on Earth, Shatner and Bezos have a Kirk-Spock moment. The Vive Flow Is VR for Downtime; Facebook Wants AR For Your Every Waking Moment. I have a hard time believing your wearable is good if you had to Photoshop it onto a model. Teen Girls Are Developing Tics. Doctors Say TikTok Could Be a Factor. Instagram Struggles With Fears of Losing Its 'Pipeline': Young Users. Canon sued for disabling scanner when printers run out of ink. Squid Game Season 2? Series Worth $900 Million to Netflix So Far. Fraudsters Cloned Company Director's Voice In $35 Million Bank Heist, Police Find. Governor Wants to Prosecute Journalist Who Clicked 'View Source' on Government Site. Doctor set for £100k pay-out after judge ruled neighbour's Ring doorbell cameras breached privacy. Apple's privacy changes create a windfall for its own advertising business. Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Georgia Dow, Alex Lindsay, and Bill Detwiler Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:

Oct 18

2 hr 44 min

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen details company's misleading efforts on 60 Minutes. Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Were Down: Here's What to Know. Update about the October 4th outage. Facebook and its apps suffer another outage. Mark Zuckerberg - I wanted to share a note I wrote to... 1 Billion TikTok Users Understand What Congress Doesn't. Windows 11 review: The start of a new era. Here's the story behind the Microsoft Store for Windows 11 and how its creator thinks this time it'll work. The Steve Jobs deal with Michael Dell that could have changed Apple and tech history. Surface Laptop Studio review: Redefining what a Windows laptop can be (again) The iPad Air is everything that's wrong with Apple's tablets. Apple files appeal in Epic Games case, potentially delaying App Store changes for years. The Twitch Hack Is Worse for Streamers Than for Twitch. New ad suggests drinking Coke will destroy video games, usher in world peace. YouTube To Stop Making Year-End 'Rewind' Videos. Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Dan Moren, Christina Warren, and Daniel Rubino Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: promo code TWiT promo code TWIT30

Oct 11

2 hr 36 min

Facebook meets 60 Minutes, what is Finsta? Rivian R1T first look, Holmes trial This is Facebook's internal research on the mental health effects of Instagram. Sen. Blumenthal: "Will you commit to ending Finsta?" Facebook is hitting the brakes on Instagram for kids. Astro home robot and more announced. Leaked Documents Show How Amazon's Astro Robot Tracks Everything You Do. Hear That? It's Your Voice Being Taken for Profit. Amazon is now accepting your applications for its home surveillance drone. Activision to pay $18 million settlement over workplace misconduct. Rivian R1T first drive: Easily the best pickup I've ever driven, both off-road and on. Tesla plans to add ~1,000 new Full Self-Driving Beta testers per day based on 'safety score'. Delaying Elizabeth Holmes' Theranos Fraud Trial is Paying Off For the Defense. First Look: iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max. YouTube is banning Joseph Mercola and a handful of other anti-vaccine activists. Twitch announces new features to curb hate raids. New Limits Give Chinese E-Gamers Whiplash. Apple Doesn't Make Videogames. But It's the Hottest Player in Gaming. Amazon has a smash hit on its hands — a new computer game with hundreds of thousands of players. The 2021 List of the All-time Most Popular Netflix Shows and Series is Here. Planet Squid Game. NBCUniversal and YouTubeTV reach agreement to avoid dropped channels. Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Seth Weintraub, Denise Howell, and Nicholas De Leon Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - use code: TWIT

Oct 4

2 hr 38 min