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Tech News Weekly hosted by Jason Howell and Megan Morrone brings you interviews from tech journalists who make or break the top stories of the week. Megan and Jason 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. R…

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    TNW 236: Apple's Malicious Compliance - Suing for Instagram Addiction, DuckDuckGo's Privacy Woes, iPhone Repair

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 69:02

    California's AB-2408 aims to hold social media companies responsible for social media addiction. DuckDuckGo comes under scrutiny for its deal with Microsoft. Apple's Self-Service Repair Program leaves a lot to be desired. Researchers set their sites on social media dissociation. First, Techdirt's Mike Masnick stops in to discuss California's AB-2408. The bill, if passed, would allow parents and guardians to sue social media companies for their kids' social media addiction. But does the bill go too far in limiting free speech? Masnick shares his thoughts. Then, Tom Merritt of the Daily Tech News Show, discusses Bleeping Computer's recent report on DuckDuckGo. The company, which has a partnership with Microsoft, has been accused of allowing Microsoft trackers in its browser while still blocking other third-party trackers. Then, Mikah regales listeners with the tumultuous tale of embarking on the quest to replace the battery in his iPhone 12 Pro Max by way of Apple's Self Service Repair Program. Lastly, Jason shares a project from researchers at the University of Washington that looked at how social media design influences dissociation. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Mike Masnick and Tom Merritt 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: Melissa.com/twit checkout.com/tnw ZipRecruiter.com/tnw

    TNW 235: Content Moderation in the Crosshairs - Black Tech's "Pipeline Problem", GrubHub Promo, Fentanyl Online

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 71:02

    Mukund Rathi from the Electronic Frontier Foundation walks through the history of the Texas HB 20 law that prohibits content moderation on social media platforms. Amber Burton from Protocol talks about black representation in tech and the deep work required to counter the "talent pipeline problem". GrubHub's free lunch promotion in New York City fell off the rails and it could be the restaurants that feel the lasting effects more than anyone else. Fentanyl and other dangerous drugs are found easily on social media networks and it's causing an uptick in related deaths. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Mukund Rathi and Amber Burton 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 podium.com/twit zentrysecurity.com/twit

    TNW 234: Open-Sourcing Microsoft 3D Movie Maker - 3D Movie Maker, mental health apps, Google I/O, Meta VR/AR

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 73:04

    Microsoft makes available the video-creation tool 3D Movie Maker. The Mozilla Foundation shares its research regarding mental health apps and their privacy policies and protections. Google announces new hardware at its Google I/O developer conference. Meta's Mark Zuckerberg shares a short demo of the company's next AR/VR headset. First, Scott Hanselman of Microsoft stops by to share how he successfully published the archive of Microsoft 3D Movie Maker after a developer on Twitter "nerd-sniped" him. Self-proclaimed software necromancer, Foone, is now working to modernize the movie-making tool. Then, Misha Rykov of the Mozilla Foundation shares the foundation's work on "*Privacy Not Included," a guide that details the privacy practices and protections of smart home hardware, apps, and services. The Foundation's latest focus? Mental health apps. Then, Mikah recounts the exciting — and numerous — hardware announcements at Google I/O. The company revealed a new Pixel 6 smartphone, a Pixel Watch smartwatch, and true-wireless earbuds with active noise cancelation. Google also shared some details about the Pixel 7 & Pixel 7 Pro smartphones, a Pixel tablet, and augmented-reality glasses. Lastly, Mikah discusses a new reveal from Meta's Mark Zuckerberg. The company is working on a mixed-reality headset, currently called Project Cambria, that will use high-quality cameras to stream a person's environment and overlay augmented reality experiences. Host: Mikah Sargent Guests: Scott Hanselman and Misha Rykov 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: nureva.com NetFoundry.io/TWIT NewRelic.com/TNW

    TNW 233: Big Tech Reacts to Roe v. Wade - Calif. Crypto Regulations, Roe v. Wade, Sonos Voice, Vinyl Upgrade

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 67:56

    Governor Gavin Newsom of California has signed an executive order regarding the regulation of cryptocurrency in the state. With the Supreme Court's potential Roe v. Wade ruling around the corner, Big Tech is responding. Sonos will reportedly launch a virtual assistant of its own aimed at voice controls for music. Vinyl gets an upgrade to aluminum and lacquer. First, Ben Pimentel of Protocol stops by to discuss California Gov. Gavin Newsom's new executive order aimed at cryptocurrency regulation. The order builds on the Biden Administration's own rules regarding crypto. Then, Protocol's Lizzy Lawrence details how tech companies are responding to the Supreme Court's leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Tech companies are now working to outline and update their policies on abortion coverage. Then, Mikah shares a story from The Verge that provides an in-depth look at Sonos's long-rumored virtual assistant. The company will reportedly launch the music-controlling voice-based assistant on June 1. Lastly, Jason shares three stories he's excited about: MIT has developed a portable, briefcase-sized desalination machine; the Brooklyn Public Library is offering digital library cards to every teen in the U.S., giving them access to banned books; Producer T Bone Burnett has created the next iteration of the vinyl album — it's made of aluminum and lacquer. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Ben Pimentel and Lizzy Lawrence 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: expressvpn.com/tnw itpro.tv/tnw promo code TNW30 hover.com/twit

    TNW 232: Snap Pixy Takes to the Skies - Musk Buys Twitter, Apple's Self Service Repair, Inside Autocorrect

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 69:57

    Faiz Siddiqui from the Washington Post walks through Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter and how its also impacting his other businesses. Dan Moren from Six Colors details Apple's Self Service Repair kit for iPhone users and who the kit is likely to appeal most to. Jason and Mikah share their thoughts on Snap's new Pixy drone and whether Snap hardware products are too limited to ever see mass adoption. Mikah sheds light on the machinations that drive the iPhone's autocorrect system and how that might compare to autocorrect for Android. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Faiz Siddiqui and Dan Moren 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: NewRelic.com/TNW Melissa.com/twit

    TNW 231: CNN+ Is Shutting Down - Emotion AI, Netflix, CNN+ Closure, BeReal

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 64:07

    Sales software and video-conferencing applications turn to computer vision for more insight into impact. Netflix is facing a stock drop after it announced plans to tackle poor subscription rates. Just a few weeks after its launch, CNN+ is reportedly shutting down. "BeReal." is a new social media platform that encourages authenticity. First, Kate Kaye of Protocol stops by to discuss emotion A.I. and sentiment analysis. The two technologies are often conflated, but Kaye argues the two are distinct. Then, The Washington Post's Alyssa Rosenberg provides some clarity on Netflix's dip in subscribers. The media streaming company may look to an ad-supported tier to help prop up its losses. Then, following up on his story from last week, Mikah shares the latest news regarding CNN+. According to Axios, the premium subscription service will shut down at the end of the month. Lastly, Jason shares his thoughts on the latest social media network to capture some cultural attention — "BeReal." aims to encourage its users to share candid, unguarded, realistic shots of their daily goings-on. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Kate Kaye and Alyssa Rosenberg 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: checkout.com/tnw ZipRecruiter.com/tnw nureva.com

    TNW 230: Musk's Offer To Buy Twitter - Instagram DM Harassment, Twitter NFT's Value Decline, CNN+ Stumbles

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 52:18

    Imran Ahmed from the Center For Countering Digital Hate talks about the negligence of Instagram in protecting women from misogynistic harassment via direct message on the platform. Owen Thomas from Protocol walks through the possibilities facing Twitter in light of Elon Musks' offer to buy the company. Owen Thomas sticks around to shed light on the Dorsey tweet NFT that sold for millions in 2021 and is now struggling to bring in six figures in 2022. Mikah's story of the week shows how CNN+ is fighting for daily active users a few weeks after launch. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Imran Ahmed and Owen Thomas 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: zentrysecurity.com/twit podium.com/twit

    TNW 229: Twitter's Embed Mess - Twitter's Blank Embeds, DALL•E 2, r/Place, Senate's Big Tech Bill

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 62:40

    Along with plans for an edit button and Elon Musk joining its board, Twitter made another change recently: It changed the way deleted Tweets appear in embeds. OpenAI revealed the latest iteration of its AI-generated art engine, DALL•E 2. Reddit brought back its collaborative internet art piece, Reddit Place. Big Tech has a lot to say about the Senate's American Innovation and Choice Online Act. First, Kevin Marks of Microformats shares details about Twitter's embedded Tweets. The company no longer shows deleted Tweets embedded in webpages. Then, Open AI researchers, Prafulla Dhariwal and Aditya Ramesh, stop by to talk about DALL•E 2, the latest iteration of its AI system that creates realistic images and art from natural language descriptions. Then, Jason talks about Reddit's Place subreddit, a collaborative artwork relaunched on April 1. Lastly, Mikah digs in to the details of the Senate's American Innovation and Choice Online Act — a bill aimed at stopping Big Tech from prioritizing its own content and products over that of other companies who use its products and services. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Kevin Marks, Prafulla Dhariwal, and Aditya Ramesh 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: expressvpn.com/tnw itpro.tv/tnw promo code TNW30

    TNW 228: Not So Wyze - What is Virtual Kidnapping, Deepfaked Profiles on LinkedIn, NFL+ Coming Soon

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 57:48

    Ant and Jason ponder what the NFL+ streaming service might look like and if it can compare to the Sunday Ticket. Author David Kushner talks about his investigation into virtual kidnapping and its traumatic and monetary impact on its victims. LinkedIn is filled with AI-generated fake profiles in an attempt to aid in recruiting and it is definitely against the platform's rules. Wyze is facing significant backlash after it failed to share a major vulnerability with its Wyze Cam family for three years. Hosts: Jason Howell and Ant Pruitt Guest: David Kushner 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: NetFoundry.io/TWIT nureva.com

    TNW 227: The Fall of Lapsus$ - ADHD Video Game, Mac Studio Teardown, Brain Implant for the Paralyzed

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 64:02

    Mikah shares what the video game that was approved by the FDA to be prescribed for children with ADHD looks like and what it could mean for the games industry. Joseph Cox from VICE has been following the Lapsus$ extortion group for a while and shares his insight into their activity and how it led to some major arrests right before show time. iFixit tore down the new Mac Studio and Mikah details why those solid state drives aren't easily swappable for just anyone. Jason summarizes a new report that shows how a paralyzed man in a locked-in state is able to communicate with his family through the use of brain implants. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guest: 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: Melissa.com/twit Compiler - TNW checkout.com/tnw

    TNW 226: Russians Turn to Clubhouse - iPhone SE, Meta Supervision, Clubhouse in Russia, Automattic's Internet

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 65:26

    Reviewing Apple's new lower-cost iPhone, the iPhone SE. Meta (Facebook) plans to add new parental supervision controls to its Meta Quest (Oculus Quest) headset. Russians turn to the Clubhouse app for news and information. Automattic shares its vision of the Web by way of WordPress, Tumblr, Pocket Casts, and more. First, Geoffrey Fowler of the Washington Post joins Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent to talk about Apple's newly announced iPhone SE. While it might not be Apple's flagship phone, the lower-cost smartphone is sure to be a hit for budget-conscious consumers. Then, TechCrunch's Amanda Silberling stops by to discuss Meta's (Facebook's) new parental supervision tools. The social media company has announced a roll-out of several new tools and settings geared at giving parents and guardians more control over the content their kids consume on the Meta Quest (Oculus Quest) headset. Then, Jason talks about an uptick in usage for the social audio app Clubhouse. Russians and Ukrainians, alike, are using the app for news and information as Russian leadership seeks to shut down social media services in the country. Lastly, Mikah shares an interview from The Verge with Automattic's Matt Mullenweg. Mullenweg discusses his vision of the Web, shares his thoughts on web3, and highlights his appreciation of open-source software. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Geoffrey Fowler and Amanda Silberling 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: progress.com/twit kolide.com/twit podium.com/twit

    TNW 225: Gig Work Leaves Russia - Crypto Executive Order, AI and the Military, Molecular Drinks Printer

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 68:12

    Nikhilesh De from Coindesk shares his thoughts on what President Biden's Executive Order might mean for crypto in the US. Kate Kaye from Protocol talks about how AI is intersecting with the military and how its not always about killer robots. Jason gets Mikah excited for a new molecular drink printer and then bursts the bubble with one huge catch. Mikah talks about how gig work companies are pulling out of Russia and how it impacts citizens more than anyone else. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Nikhilesh De and Kate Kaye 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: betterhelp.com/tnw nureva.com streak.com/tnw

    TNW 224: Steam Deck (In the Face) - Apple's March 8 Event, Valve Steam Deck, Twitter Birdwatch, OnePlus Buds Z2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 67:47

    Apple's March 8 event is just around the corner, and the company is rumored to announce a few new products. Valve's Steam Deck is making its way into the hands of pre-order customers and reviewers. Twitter makes its fact-checking service, Birdwatch, available to more people. Jason reviews the OnePlus Buds Z2 wireless earbuds. First, Rene Ritchie of YouTube.com/reneritchie stops by to give us a preview of Apple's March 8 "Peek Performance" event. The company is expected to announce a new iPhone SE, a new iPad, and some new Macs. Then, The Verge's Sean Hollister goes hands-on with Valve's Steam Deck handheld gaming console. Hollister discusses the features and games available on the console and shares his thoughts on its bugs and patches. Then, Mikah discusses Twitter's Birdwatch fact-checking service. The social media company has randomly rolled out the ability to view notes left by fact-checkers and the move sparks a conversation about tech companies asking for free labor from their users. Lastly, Jason reviews the OnePlus Buds Z2 wireless earbuds. For $100, the true-wireless earbuds tout quite a few features typically found in higher-cost earbuds. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Rene Ritchie and Sean Hollister 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: expressvpn.com/tnw itpro.tv/tnw promo code TNW30 progress.com/twit

    TNW 223: PlayStation VR2 Gets Real - Apple AR Headset, Astro Home Robot, Cyber Warfare, Paid Tumblr Accounts

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 69:09

    Scott Stein from CNET breaks down the details of Sony's upcoming PlayStation VR2 system and touches on when Apple might release its headset to market. Mark Gurman from Bloomberg tried to track down the owners of Amazon's Astro home robot, and it was really hard! Jason walks through some of the technological threads involved with Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Mikah wonders if Tumblr's move to offer a paid subscription for its revitalized service will work. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Scott Stein and Mark Gurman 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: hover.com/twit progress.com/twit expressvpn.com/tnw

    TNW 222: Android Privacy Sandbox Explained - Google Ad Privacy, Obsolete Bionic Eyes, DOJ Crypto, Printer DRM

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 72:09

    Google announces plans to bring its Privacy Sandbox to Android. Retinal implant patients are faced with obsolescence. The Department of Justice creates a cryptocurrency enforcement team. Dymo adds DRM to its thermal printers and paper. First, Ryne Hager from Android Police stops by to explain Google's Privacy Sandbox. The company has announced plans to bring the privacy protections to Android, but it's taking time to get feedback from developers and ad tech experts. Then, Mark Harris of IEEE Spectrum shares the tale of folks with retinal implants who have recently received notice that their bionic eyes are either obsolete or nearing obsolescence. Then, Mikah shares news from the Department of Justice. The organization just announced a new National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team, which aims to "identify and dismantle the misuse of cryptocurrencies and other digital assets." Lastly, Jason shares a story published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation about Dymo label printers. The company has added RFID tech to its thermal paper, thereby making it a requirement to use the company's own paper with Dymo label printers. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Ryne Hager and Mark Harris 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: podium.com/twit hackerrank.com/tnw nureva.com

    TNW 221: Galaxy Unpacked, UNPACKED! - AirTag Privacy, EARN IT Act Explained, $4.5 Billion Dollar Crypto Scheme

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 65:35

    Florence Ion from Gizmodo walks through Samsung's Unpacked 2022 event and shows off the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Dan Moren from Six Colors details how Apple is changing AirTags in light of recent privacy concerns. Jason does an explainer of the EARN IT act, what it aims to achieve, and the collateral damage it's likely to incur. Mikah tells the story of the rapper ad the startup founder who were busted laundering $4.5 billion in Bitcoin. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Florence Ion and Dan Moren 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: streak.com/tnw imperfectfoods.com promo code TNW betterhelp.com/tnw

    TNW 220: Sony's Destiny With Bungie - Virtual Real Estate, Wordle Joins NYT, Meta Stock Plunge

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 66:30

    Sony decides to buy Bungie, making this acquisition the latest of several high-profile game company acquisitions. Augmented reality real estate companies are probably selling your home. The New York Times acquires hit word game Wordle. Meta's stock takes a huge tumble after its earnings report shows a drop in users. First, Ian Sherr of CNET stops by to talk about Sony's acquisition of Bungie, the game company behind Destiny. Sherr shares his thoughts on this acquisition in light of Microsoft's recent acquisition of Activision Blizzard and Take-Two's purchase of Zynga. Then, Janko Roettgers shines a light on the burgeoning virtual real estate market. Thanks to the introduction of several new games and AR experiences, your property might be purchased and sold in virtual space without your knowledge Then, Mikah and Jason discuss the New York Times's decision to purchase hit word game Wordle and share their thoughts on the potential outcomes for the game. Lastly, Jason digs into Meta's gargantuan stock plunge and the company's decrease in monthly active users. Is TikTok stealing users away from Facebook and Instagram? Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Ian Sherr and Janko Roettgers 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: hackerrank.com/tnw progress.com/twit itpro.tv/tnw promo code TNW30

    TNW 219: Fast Times at Amazon High - FLoC Replaced by Topics, IRS.gov Facial Scanning, Paltry Phone Updates

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 66:06

    Issie Lapowsky from Protocol talks about Google's decision to bail on FLoC in favor of Topics. Is it better for privacy? Tonya Riley from Cyberscoop shares the risks associated with IRS.gov's reliance on ID.me's facial scanning system. Amazon brought its logistics prowess to a course at a High School, but are they being critical enough about their own business practices? Google's expired Pixel 3 update schedule is a missed opportunity to gain positive brand affinity at a time when it really needs it. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Issie Lapowsky and Tonya Riley 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: nureva.com go.acronis.com/twit-3 barracuda.com/tnw

    TNW 218: Can Microsoft Improve Activision Blizzard? - App Store Changes, Big Tech Bills, 5G Grounds Flights

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 58:37

    Microsoft's Activision Blizzard acquisition is underway, but can the company address the workplace concerns? Apple has made changes to its App Store rules in the Netherlands and South Korea. Apple and Google are telling U.S. lawmakers the latest Big Tech bills will harm user privacy and security. AT&T and Verizon want to launch their 5G C-Band services, but the FAA prohibited the launch in airport "buffer zones." First, Protocol's Anna Kramer stops by to talk about Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. As a workplace reporter, Kramer discusses the concerns of employees and ponders Microsoft's ability to address the workplace concerns. Then, Rene Ritchie explains the latest App Store changes in the Netherlands and South Korea, as the countries move to regulate Apple and Google. Then, Mark Gurman from Bloomberg dives into the Big Tech bills making their way through the Senate and details some of the lobbying efforts by Apple and Google. Lastly, Mikah discusses grounded flights and 5G. AT&T and Verizon were set to launch a large swath of their 5G C-Band services on Tuesday, but the FAA set up "buffer zones" where the companies weren't allowed to activate the new bands. Despite the buffer zones, some airlines chose to ground flights. Host: Mikah Sargent Guests: Anna Kramer, Rene Ritchie, and Mark Gurman 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: progress.com/twit podium.com/twit imperfectfoods.com promo code TNW

    TNW 217: Wordle Clone Calamity - Google & Sonos Patent Battle, Wordle Copycats, RCS, Mis- and Disinformation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 76:59

    After taking Google to court over smart speaker patent infringement, Sonos appears to be the victor. Developer James Thomson discusses App Store copycats in the wake of the Wordle clones. Apple's iMessage doesn't use RCS messaging, but Google wants "green bubbles" and "blue bubbles" to play nice. Many experts have penned two open letters — one to Spotify and one to YouTube — regarding the spread of misinformation and disinformation. First, Esper's David Ruddock stops by the show to discuss the patent infringement case between Google and Sonos. Google will be making changes to its smart speaker lineup in the interest of complying with the ruling, but Sonos wants Google to pay royalties instead. Then, in the wake of a number of Wordle copycats making their way to the App Store, developer James Thomson shares his own experience dealing with clones and copycats of PCalc. Then, Jason and Mikah discuss the ongoing conversation about "green bubbles" and "blue bubbles" in iMessage chats and Google's encouragement for Apple to adopt RCS messaging. Lastly, Mikah shares two open letters penned by scientists, engineers, and expert fact-checkers. The letters, addressed to Spotify and YouTube, respectively, encourage the companies to introduce policies to help quell the spread of misinformation. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: David Ruddock and James Thomson 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: betterhelp.com/tnw streak.com/tnw go.acronis.com/twit-2

    TNW 216: What Is Wordle? - CES 2022 Round-Up, T-Groups for Silicon Valley Leaders, Sony PlayStation VR2 Details

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 65:01

    The Consumer Electronics Show for 2022 is wrapping up and Ian Sherr from CNET walks through some of the highlights from this year's event. Allison Levitsky from Protocol talks about how Silicon Valley's leaders are participating in T-groups to improve their emotional intelligence. Mikah introduces all of us to a new word game called Wordle and we can't stop playing it, so thanks a lot Mikah. Jason gets excited about Sony's shared details around the upcoming PlayStation VR2 headset. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Ian Sherr and Allison Levitsky 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 nureva.com progress.com/twit

    TNW 215: Tech News Weekly's Best Interviews of 2021 - A Look Back at Some of the Host's Favorite Interviews of the Year

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 106:52

    An Xbox 360 remaster of Goldeneye 007, how to become Lawyer Cat, a Peloton kerfuffle, TikTok resumes, and more! A lawyer went viral when his courtroom Zoom video placed a kitten in his place. Thomas Smith from Debugger found out how he did it. Jason Howell talks with Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica about the ever-elusive Goldeneye 007 remaster that was developed for the XBOX 360 and then shelved indefinitely and how he got his hands on it. Brianna Wu discusses Peloton's handling of its recent voluntary product recall. During the chat, Wu shares her thoughts on why Peloton seemed to resist fixing things fully and why some members in the Peloton community seemed to defend the company. Mikah Sargent speaks with Abrar Al-Heeti from CNET about how TikTok is encouraging job seekers to post a video resume on the platform. But does it work? Damon Beres talks about his op-ed in the New York Times about the cognitive dissonance of Apple's hardware event compared to the simultaneous occurrence of Earth Week. Heather Kelly from the Washington Post discusses the latest slate of surveillance devices to come out of Amazon, including a robot that patrols your house and an indoor drone camera. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Thomas Smith, Sam Machkovech, Brianna Wu, Abrar Al-Heeti, Damon Beres, and Heather Kelly 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: imperfectfoods.com promo code TNW expressvpn.com/tnw Melissa.com/twit

    TNW 214: Spilling the Web3 Tea - TikTok Beat Google in 2021, Lickable Screens, Text-to-Image AI, Echo Fall-Off

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 63:54

    Jeff John Roberts breaks down the Twitter spat between Jack Dorsey and the Web3 bros and why he believes VC funding goes counter to decentralization. Abrar Al Heeti from CNET talks about the many reasons that TikTok beat out Google as 2021's most popular web domain. Jason looks into the future of lickable screens as well as the developments of text-to-image synthesis using artificial intelligence. Mikah summarizes new documents that show how a large percentage of Amazon Alexa users stopped using the device within weeks of owning one. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Jeff John Roberts and Abrar Al-Heeti 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: andela.com/for-companies att.com/activearmor UserWay.org/twit

    TNW 213: When 911 Doesn't Work - Apple Myths Debunked, The Year's Best Teardowns, Virtual Groping

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 65:01

    Rene Ritchie walks through some Apple myths that are easy to debunk with a little bit of logic and research. Mishaal Rahman from Esper.io walks through his forensics around the reported 911 call that failed on Android. Jason and Mikah talk through the real world impacts of virtual world sexual harassment. Kevin Purdy from iFixIt shares some of his team's picks for the most interesting device teardowns of 2021. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Rene Ritchie, Mishaal Rahman, and Kevin Purdy 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: UserWay.org/twit udacity.com/TWiT andela.com/for-companies

    TNW 212: Tesla Games the System - Instagram's Senate Hearing, Anti-Work Hackers, Echo Can Spoil Christmas

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 62:48

    Tesla gets video games, Instagram's Senate hearing, Anti-work hackers, Echo can spoil Christmas. Karissa Bell from Engadget walks through Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri's testimony to the Senate about the impact of its service on teenage users. Sam Abuelsamid from the Wheel Bearings podcast talks about how video games are becoming easier to play inside of Tesla vehicles and why that's a bad idea. Jason details the Anti-work movement and how hackers are blanketing receipt printers and fax machines with its manifesto to empower workers. Mikah walks through the process of deactivating Amazon delivery alerts on Echo devices in an effort to save Christmas from being spoiled for the household! Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Karissa Bell and Sam Abuelsamid 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/securitynow promo code SN30 barracuda.com/tnw stripe.com

    TNW 211: Square Embraces the Block-chain - Tech Fails of 2021, Ubiquiti Hack Fail, Miniaturized Camera Tech

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 60:32

    Benjamin Pimentel from Protocol discusses Jack Dorsey's sudden departure from Twitter, Square's rebranding to Block, and how it all goes back to crypto. A former developer for Ubiquiti has been charged in trying to extort Bitcoin from the company in an elaborate scheme that failed because of a VPN glitch. Roger Cheng from CNET walks through his list of some of the biggest tech fails from the year and this time, it's not fun and games like it usually is. Researchers have miniaturized camera technology to the size of a single fleck of salt and the quality of the images rivals cameras 500,000 times larger in volume. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Benjamin Pimentel and Roger Cheng 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: Melissa.com/twit plextrac.com/twit Command Line Heroes - TNW

    TNW 210: Apple's Answer to Right-to-Repair - Steam Deck Delayed, Amazon Data Privacy, FTC vs. Call to Cancel

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 68:21

    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

    TNW 209: YouTube Dislikes the Dislike - Apple vs. Epic, Instagram Bitcoin Scam, Qualcomm Snapdragon Spaces

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 70:54

    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

    TNW 208: Squid Game Crypto Scam - DMCA and the blind, Amazon's Matter support, Facebook and Meta facial scanning

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 62:56

    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 code TWIT75

    TNW 207: Facebook's New Name is Meta - What is the Metaverse, Facebook Papers, Big Tech Earnings, Android 12L

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 67:20

    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

    TNW 206: Apple M1 Pro & Max and Pixel 6 - New MacBook Pro, AirPods 3, GeForce Now With RTX 3080, AT&T Uses Stadia

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 64:42

    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

    TNW 205: The Quest For VR Flow - HTC Vive Flow, Amazon's Copycat Goods, Hardware Preview, AirPods for Health

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 69:57

    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

    TNW 204: Backup Therapy - Windows 11 Review, Twitch's Massive Data Leak, iOS Payments Systems, Backup Woes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 76:29

    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

    TNW 203: Is Amazon's Astro a Spy? - Instagram Teen Safety Hearing, Solar Roofing Technology, Twitch Hate Raids

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 77:22

    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 offer code TWIT75 Melissa.com/twit Compiler - TNW

    TNW 202: Itty Bitty Flying Microchip - Surface Duo 2, Surface Laptop Studio, Square Outage, Files and Folders

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 71:52

    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

    TNW 201: Apple A15 vs. Google Tensor - California Streaming Event, Pixel 6 Pro Leaks, FTC Rules for Health Data, Laser Cannons

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 79:42

    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 offer code TWIT75

    TNW 200: Facebook Wears Ray-Bans - iPhone Event, Ray-Ban Stories, Apple's Bug Bounty, Germany's Smartphone Law

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 66:28

    Apple's annual iPhone event is just around the corner so it's time to predict what the company will announce, Facebook and Ray-Ban have announced a new pair of sunglasses for recording video and taking photos, security researchers have a whole host of critiques about Apple's bug bounty program, and Germany may require seven years of updates for smartphones. First, John Voorhees of MacStories stops by to discuss Apple's upcoming iPhone event. Between new iPhones, Apple Watches, and new audio devices, Voorhees predicts a jam-packed announcement. Then, Adi Robertson from The Verge joins the show to talk about Facebook's new sunglasses, Ray-Ban Stories. The camera-toting glasses can be used to capture photos and video handsfree Then, Mikah shares a report from The Washington Post about Apple's bug bounty program and how it differs from other major tech companies. Security researchers say the company's insular nature is at odds with the program. Lastly, Jason talks about Germany's plans to require seven years of updates for smartphones. How long should a company have to support a device before considering it obsolete? Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: John Voorhees and Adi Robertson 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: checkout.com/tnw Compiler - TNW ZipRecruiter.com/tnw

    TNW 199: Hands-on With the Z Fold 3 - App Store Concessions, 3D Printing Meat, Digital ID Storage on Smartphones

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 73:31

    Dan Moren from Six Colors discusses some of the ways that Apple is changing its app store policies in reaction to legislative pressure. Iain Thomson from the Register shares how scientists are learning to 3D print Wagyu beef in the lab and how that's good for the environment. Mikah talks about Apple's method of storing IDs like a driver's license on the iPhone and what kinds of tradeoffs might come from that convenience. Jason shows off the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, a premium foldable smartphone with a lot of firsts for a lot of money. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Dan Moren and Iain Thomson 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 Melissa.com/twit checkout.com/tnw

    TNW 198: OnlyFans Has Regrets - Tesla and NHTSA, Beta Testing OpenAI Codex, Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Hands-On

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 67:13

    Sam Abuelsamid from the Wheel Bearings podcast talks about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's investigation into the safety of Tesla autopilot systems. Anna Kramer from Protocol discusses the about-face that OnlyFans made after only days ago banning explicit sexual content from its platform and facing major blowback. Thomas Smith was one of the beta testers of OpenAI's Codex system and he shares his insights into how effective it is at writing code so that humans don't have to. Jason Howell just got the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic and walks through some of the features in a first look at the hardware. Host: Jason Howell Guests: Sam Abuelsamid, Anna Kramer, and Thomas Smith 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 udacity.com/TWiT offer code TWIT75 casper.com/twit1 - promo code: TWIT1

    TNW 197: T-Mobile Hack: 40M Records - IoT is Bad at RNG, Facebook's Most Viewed Content, Horizon Workrooms

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 69:24

    T-Mobile's recently revealed hack affects incredibly sensitive data of more than 40 million customers. IoT is bad at Random Number Generation according to researchers from Bishop Fox. But what does it mean? Facebook's 'widely viewed content' report is out and it might not be the content you expect. Virtual Reality is here to save remote meetings with Facebook's newly unveiled Horizon Workrooms. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Dan Petro, Allan Cecil, and Karissa Bell 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: Compiler - TNW hover.com/twit CrowdStrike.com/twit

    TNW 196: Not Sold on the Z Fold - Apple CSAM, Crypto Tax, Bypassing Facial Recognition, Samsung Unpacked

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 65:30

    After Apple detailed its plans for protecting against Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), many questioned the impact such a decision could have. The U.S. is set to pass a new infrastructure bill that features a cryptocurrency tax provision. Researchers have created what they call a set of "master faces" to bypass facial recognition. Samsung announced a slew of foldable phones at its Unpacked event. First, Rene Ritchie joins Tech News Weekly to provide an update on Apple's recently announced plans for finding Child Sexual Abuse Material on its platform. Ritchie explains the technology, details some of the criticisms, and discusses the pros and cons of end-to-end encryption. Then, Nikhilesh De of CoinDesk stops by to discuss a provision in the U.S.'s new infrastructure bill. The bill, which is set to pass, features a provision regarding a cryptocurrency tax, but some argue the language surrounding the tax is broad and lacks clarity. Then, Mikah shares a story from Vice about a study in which researchers created a series of "master faces" that could be used to bypass facial recognition technology. Lastly, Jason and Mikah discuss the Samsung Unpacked event. Jason shares his thoughts on the latest announcements and the two ponder the utility of foldable phones and devices. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Rene Ritchie and Nikhilesh De 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 akamai.com/tnw

    TNW 195: Amazon Says Get Truck'n - Apple Detects CSAM, Pixel 6 Pro First Hand Impressions, Google+ Class Action

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 68:51

    Apple announced a new on-device photo hash matching system to aid in proactively identifying child abuse imagery. Cherlynn Low from Engadget shares her first hand experience with Google's new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Paris Martineau from The Information talks about Amazon's efforts to build its own trucking fleet to aid in its shipments. The Google+ class action lawsuit payouts are in the mail and the amount is hardly worth the time it takes to cash the check. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Cherlynn Low and Paris Martineau 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 checkout.com/tnw udacity.com/TWiT offer code TWIT75

    TNW 194: Metaverse: A Virtual Certainty - Blizzard Walkout, Facebook's Metaverse, Oculus Recall, Teen Loneliness

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 58:49

    Activision Blizzard employees staged a walkout on Wednesday in the ongoing outcry surrounding the lawsuit by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Facebook has plans to create the Metaverse. Oculus is issuing a voluntary recall of its facial interface due to skin irritation. Adolescents are experiencing more loneliness than ever before. First, Sarah LeBoeuf of GameDaily.biz joins the show to talk about the ongoing Activision Blizzard lawsuit. LeBoeuf, who covered the Activision Blizzard employee walkout in person, shares her experience and provides an overview of events. Then, Janko Roettgers of Protocol discusses Facebook's plans to be the company that creates the Metaverse. Roettgers discusses Facebook Horizons, how the Metaverse overlaps with VR and AR, and what a business model would look like for this virtual world. Then, Mikah provides a PSA about Facebook's voluntary recall of the Oculus Quest 2's facial interface. Due to the potential for skin irritation, Facebook has paused sales of the Oculus Quest 2 in order to include silicone coverings in the box. Oculus Quest 2 owners can visit the Oculus site to request silicone coverings for their facial interfaces. Finally, Jason shares a study from the Journal of Adolescence regarding an increase in worldwide adolescent loneliness and the perceived ties to the increase of smartphone use and pervasiveness. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Sarah LeBoeuf and Janko Roettgers 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: checkout.com/tnw Endava Podcast - Tech Reimagined

    TNW 193: Akamai's DNS Outage - Alexa Live 2021, Right to Repair and the FTC, Wear OS 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 62:24

    Carolina Milanesi from Creative Strategies breaks down the biggest announcements from Amazon's Alexa Live 2021 developer conference. Right to Repair got a huge boost by the Federal Trade Commission and Taylor Dixon from iFixit is pleasantly surprised by how specific the policy is. Right before showtime, a number of major websites were taken offline due to an Akamai DNS outage. Google unveiled the name of its anticipated Wear OS collaboration with Samsung but the bigger news is that most current watches won't get it. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent 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: Melissa.com/twit plextrac.com/twit

    TNW 192: Keep Your Xbox Out of My Enterprise - New Emoji, Windows 365 & Cloud PC, Fleets, Netflix Gaming

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 74:59

    World Emoji Day is here. Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia highlights new emojis approved by Unicode. Microsoft announces Windows 11 for the cloud with Windows 365. Mary Jo Foley of All About Microsoft details. Twitter Fleets is shutting down. So soon? Netflix is entering the world of gaming with the hire of Electronic Arts executive. Hosts: Mikah Sargent and Ant Pruitt Guests: Jeremy Burge and Mary Jo Foley 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: Endava Podcast - Tech Reimagined itpro.tv/tnw promo code TNW30

    TNW 191: How To Fool Facial Recognition - TikTok Resumes, Google Play Store Under Fire, Assassin's Creed Online

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 63:30

    Parmy Olson from Wall Street Journal details how fraudsters are fooling modern facial recognition systems. Abrar Al-Heeti from CNET shows off how TikTokers are getting hired by submitting video resumes on the platform. Google is sued by 36 states for anticompetitive behavior with its Play Store, but is it the same as the case against Apple? Ubisoft is planning to release a new version of Assassin's Creed that is infinitely expandable online. Is this what gamers want? Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Parmy Olson and Abrar Al-Heeti 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 Sponsor: ZipRecruiter.com/tnw

    TNW 190: Turning Windows Up to 11 - Facebook Antitrust, Windows 11 In Preview, Instagram Video, Florida SB 7072

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 64:08

    After a federal judge dismissed two antitrust cases against Facebook, many are wondering what happens next. Windows 11 is available to developers, so here's a first look. Instagram says it's going to focus primarily on video sharing. A judge has issued a primary injunction against Florida's SB 7072 social media law. First, Will Oremus of The Washington Post joins the show to talk about the ongoing battle to break up Big Tech. While some would look at a federal judge's recent decision to dismiss two antitrust cases against Facebook as a win for Big Tech, Oremus says this is just the beginning. Then, Ian Sherr of CNET stops by once again to give us an update on Windows 11. After Microsoft released a developer preview, Sherr provides his initial thoughts and tells us how Microsoft is taking on Apple with its open, inviting approach in Windows 11. Then, Ant Pruitt shares a couple of stories about Instagram. Firstly, Instagram may be working on subscriber-only stories for its massive influencer network. Secondly, the social sharing app says it plans to focus heavily on video sharing going forward. Finally, Mikah discusses a judge's decision to block Florida's SB 7072, a law that would prevent some (but not all) social media companies from annotating and/or blocking the accounts of political entities. Hosts: Mikah Sargent and Ant Pruitt Guests: Will Oremus and Ian Sherr 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: checkout.com/tnw Endava Podcast - Tech Reimagined

    TNW 189: The Lowdown on Windows 11 - App Store & Antitrust, Apple Private Relay, Peloton's Treadmill, Windows 11

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 70:57

    Apple has published a report on the App Store, its "trusted ecosystem" of apps in response to several antitrust cases and concerns. iOS 15 will introduce iCloud Private Relay and Universal Control. Peloton is reeling in the backlash its received related to its treadmill and subscription service. Microsoft has revealed Windows 11. First, Rene Ritchie joins the show to talk about the ongoing antitrust concerns regarding Apple's App Store. The company has published a report detailing its "trusted ecosystem" of apps — Rene explains how this could help the company going forward. Then, Ritchie is back to talk about two new features in the next versions of Apple's various OSes — iCloud Private Relay and Universal Control. He explains how the features work and what you can look forward to in the next versions of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. Then, Brianna Wu stops by to talk about Peloton. The company is receiving blowback after its decision to "fix" its treadmills with a feature that requires subscribing to its fitness program. After the death of one child and injury of others, some customers are unhappy with Peloton's inaction and resistance to fully fix the problem. Finally, Ian Sherr of CNET gives us the lowdown of Microsoft's Windows 11 event. What are the big features that stood out? What's the deal with Android apps on Windows? Sherr answers these questions and more. Host: Mikah Sargent Guests: Rene Ritchie, Brianna Wu, and Ian Sherr 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 offer code TWIT75 Command Line Heroes - TNW Melissa.com/twit

    TNW 188: E3: Gilmore Girls Meets Paperboy - Oculus Quest Gets Ads, Amazon Labor Issues, Consumers as Beta Testers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 72:52

    Jason details the ways that Facebook's Oculus hardware will begin to show ads and why that's particularly intrusive. Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica shares his list of highlights from the E3 games conference. Laura Hautala from CNET talks about how Amazon has made breaks shorter and shifts longer. Mikah details the ways Amazon makes consumers who buy some of its products beta testers of half-baked ideas. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Sam Machkovech and Laura Hautala 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: audible.com/tnw or text tnw to 500-500 udacity.com/TWiT offer code TWIT75 att.com/activearmor