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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: Crypto Winters and GPU Summers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 42:50

    The recent decline in cryptocurrency value might be good news for folks looking to buy a GPU. Attorneys want to hold Google accountable for what they say are misleading location tracking practices. And hackers have hit the Belarus railway system with ransomware in an effort to prevent Russian troops from amassing near Ukraine. Plus more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Peloton Stalls Out

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 57:17

    Peloton seems to be moving backward, which is bad news for a company known for its stationary bikes. We look at the history of Peloton, the company's business model, and how recent events have convinced at least one activist investor to call for the CEO's resignation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    TechStuff Classic: The Rise and Fall of Atari - Part One

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2022 61:52

    What's the story behind Atari? Stuff You Should Know's Chuck Bryant joins the podcast to answer this listener question. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Tech News: Roku Goes Kaput

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 46:41

    An issue with Roku's systems on the back end caused user devices to fail for several hours on Wednesday. Plus, news about the metaverse, crypto criminals and a movie studio in spaaaaace. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    TechStuff Tidbits: Patents

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 25:22

    What are patents for? How long do they last? And what's a patent troll? We give a quick overview about patents and why they're such a big deal in tech. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Tech News: Airlines Warn 5G Could Lead to "Catastrophic Event"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 46:19

    We're on the eve of AT&T and Verizon switching on their C-Band 5G networks and several airlines warn that the tech could cause a "catastrophic event" in the form of delays and cancellations. What's going on? Plus HUGE news about Activision Blizzard and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Why are so many semiconductor chips made in Taiwan?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 52:58

    The semiconductor chip shortage continues to be a huge problem for multiple industries around the world and has brought new attention to Taiwan, the manufacturing capital of semiconductors. But how did it get that way? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    TechStuff Classic: The Six Simple Machines

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2022 51:01

    What are the six simple machines and why are they so important? Joe McCormick joins the show to explain. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Tech News: Scams and Lawsuits

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 41:33

    The tech news today is filled with stories about lawsuits and scams, from Apple paying employees for the time they spent being searched to Kim Kardashian getting name dropped in a lawsuit about an alleged cryptocurrency scam. Plus, Disney files an interesting (and potentially creepy) patent. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    TechStuff Tidbits: Content Farms and Clickbait

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 45:14

    What are/were content farms, and what conditions allowed them to flourish? And what changed? From junk articles to clickbait, we look at how web sites would try to gamify the system to get more views. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    South Korea Gets Tough With Apple and Google

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 39:48

    A law in South Korea forces Apple and Google to offer alternatives to their respective in-app payment systems. A former Amazon employee will testify to lawmakers that the company's employee review system is incomprehensible. And Razer changes up how it markets its new Zephyr masks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The DRM Episode

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 51:40

    Digital Rights Management has a bad reputation. Is it earned? (Yes, yes it is). We look at the history and evolution of DRM and why critics say it's broken. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    TechStuff Classic: What is a Common Carrier?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 24:03

    The FCC Chairman has proposed reclassifying ISPs as common carriers under Title II. Wait, what does that mean? Jonathan explains. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Tech News: CES 2022 Roundup and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 46:43

    I talk about some of the stuff coming out of CES that I found interesting. Plus we hear about Google alienating its employees and get a story on an NFT art heist. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    TechStuff Tidbits: Why is there no universal voltage?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 25:46

    Travel the world and you'll discover that you will need some special gear to plug in your electronics as you go from place to place. Plugs, outlets and even voltages vary around the world. We're going to talk about why. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Verdict is in for Theranos

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 36:05

    A jury returns a verdict on the case against Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos and it's a mixed bag. AT&T and Verizon both agree to delay 5G rollout, but only for a couple of weeks. And CES gets underway in Las Vegas, Nevada. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Rerun: How Medieval Warfare Led to the Lawnmower

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 57:31

    We learn who invented the lawnmower, how lawnmowers evolved, and why we even have lawns in the first place. Hint: it has to do with castles in the Middle Ages. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    TechStuff Classic: How E-Bikes Work

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2022 73:34

    Electric bikes aren't a new idea. How do they work? Scott Benjamin joins the show to talk about e-bike tech. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    TechStuff Predicts 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 40:08

    It's been a while since I did a tech predictions episode. What trends are going to be big in 2022? From Web3 to the Great Resignation, we look ahead at what will shape tech in the year to come. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    A Look Back at 2021 in Spaaace (and Beyond)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 54:44

    As we wrap up our look back on 2021, we talk about some of the big stories involving space missions. We also look at what Tesla was up to in 2021 and we look ahead at a very different CES 2022. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    2021 and Activision Blizzard's No Good, Very Bad Year

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 55:34

    We continue our look at the big tech stories of 2021, including a truly tumultuous year for video game company Activision Blizzard. Plus, Jonathan rants about cryptocurrencies and a vaguely-defined Web3. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    A Look Back on 2021: Would Facebook Lie to You? (Probably)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 61:04

    It's time to look back on some of the big tech stories of 2021, and golly this past year was a doozie. In this first episode, we look at tech's role in the spread of misinformation, how it played a part in the US capitol riots, and Jonathan once again rails about NFTs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at TV Connectors

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 42:23

    What are all the connections on the back of a television? From HDMI to composite to component cables, we explain what each means. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Rerun: E-Waste and What To Do With It

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 51:26

    What is electronic waste? What makes it so problematic? And what's the best way to deal with it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Rerun: Behind the Jargon of the Film Industry

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 61:01

    What's the difference between a Gaffer and the Best Boy? What do all the roles on a movie set actually mean? We look at the tech and terminology of film sets. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Tech News: Tech Crooks and Cybercrime Stats

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 39:22

    Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos founder, awaits a jury's verdict in her wire fraud case. We learn that cyber criminals really stepped it up over the last couple of years. And Brian Eno has some harsh words for NFT enthusiasts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Riding the Hype Cycle

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 51:16

    Don't believe the hype, but believe in the hype cycle. It's a tool that describes the path a tech takes from its emergence to adoption. From 3D TVs to the metaverse, we explore how we can use the hype cycle to describe how we perceive tech. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Listens to Negativland

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 43:09

    Mark Hosler, one of the founding members of Negativland, joins the podcast to talk about audio collage, art, legal potholes and using technology to make mind blowing sound. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Tech News: We're Not Ready for the Metaverse

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 25:19

    An Intel senior VP explains why we're not technologically prepared for the metaverse. We cover some serious stories about abuse and hostile work environments in tech. And Roku faces a ban in the US. Plus more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Would TechTV Make it in Streaming Media?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 39:26

    TechTV was a cable channel dedicated to tech, but ultimately a merger with G4TV would spell the end of most of the channel's programming. Could it have survived in streaming form if it came out today? Tom Merritt, former TechTV guru, joins the show to talk it over. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Tech News: The Worst Security Vulnerability in a Decade

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 26:38

    Why are security experts calling the Log4j vulnerability the worst one in a decade? Why is OSHA investigating Apple? And why did Meta revoke one Instagram user's 10-year-old Instagram account? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Amazon Web Services Outage

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 37:45

    On Tuesday, December 7th, 2021, a glitch in Amazon Web Services had a massive impact on everything from smartphone apps to Walt Disney World. We learn about the origins of AWS and what Amazon says went wrong. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    TechStuff Classic: The Sony Pictures Entertainment Hack

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 85:54

    What exactly happened with the hack that targeted Sony? Why do some people question the official explanation that North Korea was behind it? Ben Bowlin joins the show to explain. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell - Managing supply chain volatility in the height of the shopping season

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 34:25

    Global supply chains have made headlines this year, with businesses in every industry and consumers all experiencing unprecedented volatility. How can companies stabilize this boundless bullwhip? In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Jonathan Wright, Global Managing Partner for Supply Chain Consulting at IBM, about demand forecasting and other technologies that manufacturers and vendors are using to make their supply chains more resilient. This is a paid advertisement from IBM. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Rerun: The Death of 3D Television

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 52:05

    For years, television manufacturers were pushing 3D features on TV sets. By 2017, all major companies had stopped trying. What happened with 3D TV? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Tech News: The 150 Billion Dollar Facebook Lawsuits

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 33:35

    Meta/Facebook faces a pair of class action lawsuits seeking billions in damages, alleging that the company fueled extremism and violence in Myanmar. In other news, Microsoft wrests control of servers belonging to hackers targeting companies. And NASA develops a new program to calculate the likelihood of an asteroid colliding with Earth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Evil Algorithm

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 39:52

    One of the big news stories of 2021 has centered around Facebook's "algorithm." In this episode, we dive into what that actually means and how content like misinformation and hate speech can get a big boost from Facebook itself. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    TechStuff Classic: The CES Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 52:03

    It's time for another classic TechStuff episode! In this one, Chris Pollette and Jonathan Strickland give the history of CES and what it's like to attend. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell -What does the future of sustainability look like for your company and your customers?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 32:48

    Today, consumers, businesses and governments are united in their sense of urgency about the sustainability of the planet. But how do we go about achieving it? In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Marc Rolfe, Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Partners Ecosystem Success at SAP, and Jason Kelley, General Manager, IBM Strategic Partners, about how strategic partnerships between companies can create a larger industry shift toward sustainability. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Will LHR tech solve the graphics card shortage problem?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 71:56

    A listener asked what's the difference between LHR and non-LHR graphics cards. Who knew it would turn into a full discussion on crypto mining, hash values and how companies are trying to make sure that gamers get their hands on graphics cards? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Tech News: Twitter Gets a New CEO

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 45:19

    Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter's CEO again. Former Google employees sue Google for being evil. And the FBI considers encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp and iMessage to be "the most permissive" when it comes to investigations. Plus more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    BitTorrent and The Pirate Bay

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 56:06

    The Pirate Bay turned 18 this year. We look at file sharing, copyright issues, corporate assets and the pirates who advocate for a free Internet. It's a big ol' mess and we're going to sort it out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Tackles Typewriters

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 58:02

    Special guest Holly Frey joins the show to talk about typewriters. What's their history and what's the real scoop behind the QWERTY keyboard? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Rerun: The History of Cyber Monday

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 45:14

    When did the trend of Cyber Monday begin? We take a look at the history of one of the Internet's biggest annual events. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Dark Side of Video Game Cheaters

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 54:22

    From trying to scam their way onto high score leaderboards to using hacks to run rampant in online multiplayer games, we look at how cheaters have tried to take the easy way toward video game legend status. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Tech News: NASA Plays Galactic Billiards With Asteroid

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 31:43

    NASA launches a spacecraft that will collide with an asteroid, but on purpose. Also, Facebook executives allegedly prevented researchers from improving algorithms to limit the spread of hate speech. And Texas invites bitcoin miners to settle down, but can the state's power grid handle the load? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    A Brief History of Cheating in Video Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 56:37

    From the famous Konami code to the Doom modders, we look at some of the early examples of cheat codes and cheat devices in video games. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Rerun: The GE of Today

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 55:45

    Tragedies and financial crises turned what used to be General Electric's strengths into liabilities. In this episode, we learn how the once dominant company began to struggle and why some think its heading for insolvency. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    How a human-centered approach is building trustworthy AI.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 31:48

    Creating trust and transparency in AI isn't just a business requirement, it's a social responsibility. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Christina Montgomery, IBM's Chief Privacy Officer and AI Ethics Board Co-Chair, and Dr. Seth Dobrin, Global Chief AI Officer, about IBM's approach to AI and how it's helping businesses transform the way they work with AI systems that are fair and address bias so AI can benefit everyone, not just a few. This is a paid advertisement from IBM. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Rerun: GE and the House that Jack Built

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 56:49

    After World War II, General Electric would grow rapidly to the point of bloat. Then a man named Jack Welch took over as CEO and made some big changes. What was Welch's legacy? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Rerun: GE Through World War II

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 52:33

    In its first few decades, General Electric would grow into an enormous company with incredible influence in the United States. In this episode, we see how that played out leading up to and through World War II. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

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