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TechStuff is a show about technology. And it’s not just how technology works. Join host Jonathan Strickland as he explores the people behind the tech, the companies that market it and how technology affects our lives and culture.

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    Tech News: Hacking a Tractor to Play Doom

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 20:15

    Apple reportedly has a new deadline requiring corporate employees to come back to the office. Some Signal users had their phone numbers exposed in a phishing attack. And a hacker partnered with a Doom modder to bring the first person shooter to tractors. Plus moreSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Affirm and Max Levchin

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 49:12

    How does the fintech company Affirm work? And what's the story behind its founder, Max Levchin? From Chernobyl to Peloton, our story takes some pretty crazy twists and turns.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Takes Manhattan (Project)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 71:16

    What was the Manhattan Project all about? What went on during the Manhattan Project and who were the influential people involved? Ben Bowlin joins the show to talk about it.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Tech News: Cisco Gets Hacked

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 19:28

    Ransomware hackers got access to some Cisco systems but forgot to actually do the ransom part. Streaming services are grappling with the problem of managing costs and becoming profitable. And SpaceX's Starlink won't be getting hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid after all. Plus more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Super Soakers and Rocket Science

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 36:06

    How did a nuclear engineer end up inventing the Super Soaker water gun? This is the story of Lonnie Johnson, an inventor and engineer who, among many other things, revolutionized the backyard water pistol fight.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Tech News: How do you Google is Google Down when Google is Down?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 26:46

    Google's software update caused a brief but widespread outage of services. The US government stalls on passing an antitrust bill that would have a massive effect on the tech sector. And the semiconductor shortage continues to disrupt the automotive industry, plus more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    What does Google X do?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 48:39

    Listener Charlie wants to know about X, the Alphabet subsidiary where Google engineers conduct super secret research and development on everything from jetpacks to augmented reality headsets. We learn about its history and some of its successes and failures.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    TechStuff Classic: The Manhattan Project Part One

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 61:46

    In this episode, Ben Bowlin joins the show to talk about the scientific and political landscape that made the Manhattan Project possible. What was Einstein's role? Who first discovered nuclear fission?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Tech News: Virtual Real Estate Values Plummet in the Metaverse

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 26:41

    Late last year, speculation around the metaverse fed into a crazy market for virtual real estate. Six months later, values have dropped 80%. What happened? Plus an update on Apple's battle with Ericsson and how some researchers were able to defeat a next-generation encryption strategy. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Why Facebook Might Leave the EU

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 35:50

    Mark Zuckerberg has said that Facebook and Instagram might have to shut down operations if there's not a change to EU privacy requirements. It turns out that's not a threat, it's a cry for help. We learn about what might force these platforms out of the EU.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Tech News: The Sun is Angry

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 30:50

    A solar storm is heading toward Earth but it's nothing to worry about. Plus, Apple says its human rights were violated and the Chairman of TSMC states the obvious. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Volume and The AR Wall

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 45:55

    Franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek have recently received a filmmaking upgrade in the form of The Volume and The AR Wall (respectively). What do these systems do and how could they change filmmaking? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    TechStuff Classic: Disruptive Technologies

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 37:33

    What exactly is a disruptive technology? Jonathan explains the term and gives examples of how technology can really shake things up.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Tech News: A Mega Load of Meta News And More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 47:30

    Meta held its Q2 2022 earnings call and we learned a lot about what's going on with the company. We also learned that soon Meta will charge more for VR hardware and that it might be easing off on its misinformation policy. Plus news about Samsung, Google, Apple making a car and the next Grand Theft Auto game.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Why Jony Ive Left Apple

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 49:03

    Concluding our epic series about Jony Ive and his influence at Apple, we find out how Steve Jobs's death affected the designer, the projects he worked on over the last decade, and why he stepped away from the company.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Smart Talks with IBM: The Good Hacker: Hacking Businesses before Criminals Do

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 29:26

    The headlines tell us cyberattacks are a big, consistent threat to business data – and ours. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Tim Harford, host of Cautionary Tales, and Stephanie “Snow” Carruthers, Chief People Hacker for X-Force, IBM. Snow and her team are finding creative solutions to test their clients' security, including hacking into their systems before criminal hackers do. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Apple Takes Off with Jony Ive

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 34:15

    Steve Jobs, Jony Ive and others at Apple were able to make huge changes, going from the brink of bankruptcy toward success. What would come next would be an incredible era of innovation and success at the company, from iPods to iPads. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    TechStuff Classic: Digital Immortality, Part Two

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 30:21

    Stuff You Should Know's Josh Clark and Jonathan continue their discussion about achieving immortality through technology. What are the philosophical problems and will it ever happen? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Tech News: Meta Is Going to Court Again

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 19:38

    Mark Zuckerberg is going to have to appear in a federal court to answer questions about his alleged involvement in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Meanwhile, an art installation company is also suing Meta for being a copycat. Plus lots more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Jony Ive and the Transformation of Apple

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 46:39

    Upon the return of Steve Jobs to Apple, Jony Ive found his role transformed. Given more freedom and authority to have innovative designs find their way into products, Ive and Jobs set out to restore Apple's reputation in the industry. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Tech News: Twitter Wants Musk in Court in September

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 18:42

    Twitter wants to bring its case against Elon Musk's refusal to go through with his acquisition of the company, and it wants that case to happen in September. Musk argues that the case should be pushed to February of next year. Plus we learn about another Russia fining Google, Apple being sued for being anticompetitive (again) and more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Story of Jony Ive - The Early Years

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 48:18

    Jony Ive, the genius designer who helped redefine Apple's identity, has recently cut ties with the company. Here we learn about his origins and journey to Apple during the company's most chaotic era. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    TechStuff Classic: Who Wants To Live Forever?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 36:38

    Could technology let us live forever? Stuff You Should Know's Josh Clark joins the show to talk about the possibility of digital immortality. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Tech News: Jony Ive and Apple Part Ways

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 27:55

    Apple and Jony Ive's design company have chosen not to extend a contract, meaning for the first time in 30 years Apple will be without Ive's influence in design. Also, more than 500 women sue Uber over the violence they experienced from drivers.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Preserving Video Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 47:33

    Why is the preservation of video games such a complicated mess? And what's the big deal with preserving them in the first place? We look at how enthusiasts and historians are trying to find ways to prevent old games from being forgotten. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Tech News: Whistleblower Outs Uber's Bad Behavior

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 19:01

    A lobbyist who formerly worked for Uber has dumped more than 100,000 internal documents recording various questionable practices Uber used between 2013 and 2017. It's worse than what we thought. Also, are you ready to pay a subscription fee to access your car's options? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Twitter Story, But Longer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 58:01

    In 2014, TechStuff did The Twitter Story, but a lot has happened in the following 8 years. We look at what has happened to the company, including its current mess involving Elon Musk. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    TechStuff Classic: Swords - The Real Cutting Edge Technology

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 39:07

    What is the history of the sword? What are they made from and what is an alloy? Special guest Ariel Kasten joins the show to talk about pointy things. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Tech News: Beware of Chinese and Korean Hackers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 19:47

    Intelligence and law enforcement agencies warn that hackers from China and North Korea are causing massive problems. A former Facebook employee claims the company is able to undelete user data despite claiming otherwise. And is the video game industry in for a bad year? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    COPPA, YouTube and a Creepy Cartoon

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 39:21

    When Kris Straub uploaded a creepy animated short to YouTube in 2018, he indicated that it was for audiences 18 and older. So why did YouTube's AI overrule Straub to say the video is suitable for kids? We look at COPPA and how it has affected YouTube. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Rerun: Fireworks, Part Two

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 32:35

    Where does the color come from in fireworks? How are those giant displays choreographed? We conclude our discussion on fireworks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Rerun: TechStuff Lights Some Fireworks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 33:28

    How do fireworks work? From the basics to fully choreographed displays, we take a look at the tech of making stuff go boom. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    TechStuff Classic: High Tech Farming

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 67:51

    Agriculture has come a long way since the invention of the plow. Learn about how high-tech gadgets are revolutionizing agriculture! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Tech News: How Roe vs Wade Decision Affects Tech

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 28:05

    A controversial ruling by the US Supreme Court has had a big impact on the country as a whole and the tech industry is no exception. Plus, one FCC commissioner wants Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores. And Major League Baseball might be fed up with human umpires. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    How Flash Drives Work

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 33:09

    By listener request, here's an episode about flash drives and flash memory. What makes it different from RAM and hard drives? How does it store information? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Smart Talks with IBM: Building Trustworthy AI: A Holistic Approach

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 27:58

    Advocating for artificial intelligence to be built and deployed ethically is no longer just a compliance issue but more of a business imperative. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Dr. Laurie Santos, host of The Happiness Lab, and Phaedra Boinodiris, Trust in AI Practice Leader within IBM Consulting. Phaedra's team at IBM is creatively tackling the global need to build trustworthy AI by approaching the challenge holistically, implementing design thinking to address problems before they arise. This is a paid advertisement from IBM. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Patents and Inventors Not Getting Their Due

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 40:00

    Sometimes, the folks who invent important (or at least popular) tech end up being left out when it's time to collect the cash. We look at invention, ingenuity, patents and profit in this episode. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    TechStuff Classic: What's My Address?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 36:56

    The URL is a handy way to navigate to a specific web page. But where did it come from? How does it work and why are they almost always in English? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Fw Thinking: Your Body as a Computer Interface

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 63:42

    Could the future of electronics be the human body? We explore efforts to turn your body into a technological interface. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Rerun: Proof of Stake vs Proof of Work

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 62:30

    In the world of cryptocurrency, there's a need for algorithms to create a consensus for validating transactions. Bitcoin uses Proof of Work. Ethereum 2.0 will use Proof of Stake. What the heck is the difference? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Tech News: Cloudflare Outage Disrupts the Internet

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 13:32

    An outage in Cloudflare's content delivery network disrupts multiple services across the Internet. Plus, Meta shows off some mixed reality headset prototypes, former Tesla employees sue Tesla, and South Korea successfully puts a satellite into orbit. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Brink Plays Games With Sega

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 38:04

    It was once a powerful video game company that many thought would challenge Nintendo for dominance. So what happened to Sega to make it fall so far? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    TechStuff Classic: Techs Top Rivalries

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 44:32

    All's fair in love and tech, so they say. In this episode, we look back on some of the famous rivalries in technology. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Tech News: Did Samsung Fudge TV Benchmark Tests?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 29:41

    TV reviewers suspect that Samsung is using a cheating algorithm to boost TV benchmark scores. Is Tesla's Autopilot dangerous? And did Chinese scientists really pick up an alien radio signal? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Obligatory “Is E3 Dead?” Episode – 2022 Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 35:10

    For years, E3 served as the video game industry's platform to promote video games and video game hardware. But some setbacks, including canceled shows due to COVID, lead to the question: is E3 dead? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Tech News: Microsoft Says Goodbye to Internet Explorer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 19:21

    This week, we're seeing Microsoft's browser Internet Explorer come to an end as Google pulls the plug (officially) on Google Talk. Plus we learn about Apples second-generation mixed reality hardware even before the company announces the first one, and more!   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Is the Google AI sentient?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 47:33

    A Google engineer was suspended after sharing a document suggesting that Google's LaMDA conversation model may be sentient. But if a machine was sentient, how could we tell? What does the Turing Test have to do with it? And can machines think? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    TechStuff Classic: A Stingray Operation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 60:39

    What are Stingrays and how are they used in surveillance? Jonathan brings in the guys from Stuff They Don't Want You To Know to find out. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Tech News: Twitter Refuses to Hand Over Data to US Government

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 29:25

    The committee investigating the January 6th insurrection reportedly wants Twitter to hand over more internal communications about what folks in the company knew about the planned event. Tesla is facing some opposition for its required office attendance in Germany. And the James Webb Space Telescope gets hit by a micrometeoroid. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Rerun: What is an algorithm?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 49:58

    The word algorithm pops up a lot in tech discussions, but what the heck is an algorithm? From learning about an Arabic genius to discovering a way to figure out what day of the week falls on any given date, we look at algorithms. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Tech News: Twitter and Tesla and Elon, Oh My!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 17:26

    We get an update on Elon Musk and his quest to own or walk away from Twitter. We also learn what Apple unveiled at WWDC 2022. And we hear about an AI-piloted ship crossing the Atlantic. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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