DiscoverTech News Weekly (Audio)
Tech News Weekly (Audio)
Claim Ownership

Tech News Weekly (Audio)

Author: TWiT

Subscribed: 14,534Played: 61,453


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

Records every Thursday at 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific / 18:00 UTC.
42 Episodes
Biden and big tech, the insect impact effect on autonomous vehicles. Emily Birnbaum from Protocol highlights the questions that were and were not answered during the Section 230 Senate hearing in Washington DC. Alex Kantrowitz from the Big Technology podcast illustrates how the Biden campaign feels about Section 230 and what that would mean if he were elected President. Sam Abuelsamid from Wheel Bearings podcast addresses the challenges posed by insects on fully autonomous vehicles. ByteDance shifts focus from TikTok toward education with its first hardware play, the Dali smart lamp for children. Apple shows more signs that it might be getting into the search engine game. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Emily Birnbaum, Alex Kantrowitz, and Sam Abuelsamid Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: offer code TWIT
The failure of Quibi, Phantom Secure, AR Mario Kart in your living room. Joseph Cox from Motherboard details a lengthy voyage of Phantom Secure, a secure smartphone service that catered to and participated in the criminal underground. Mario Kart is coming to your living room! Rebecca Spear from iMore tested the new Mario Kart Live kit and shows why it makes such a good toy for humans and cats. Quibi failed fast and hard, and Josh Constine from SignalFire has thought extensively about why it wasn't able to capitalize on the opportunity that shelter-in-place provides for video streaming services. Twitch saw Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez nearly break live streaming records while playing Among Us, and Kyle Orland from Ars Technica dissects what that means for the upcoming election. Host: Jason Howell Guests: Joseph Cox, Rebecca Spear, Josh Constine, and Kyle Orland Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors:
Telepath, a knock-off Amazon Echo Show, Apple's iPhone event. A look at Telepath, which aims to be the kinder, gentler Twitter. An Amazon-Echo-Show-like smart display that doesn't spy on you. A review of Apple's October iPhone event. First, Kaya Thomas discusses her recent Debugger article on Telepath, the social media network that provides a safer, more moderated experience for online interaction. Then, OneZero's Dave Gershgorn stops by to talk about his recent project, a smart display that provides him weather updates, calendar alerts, and more — all without the privacy concerns of an Echo Show or Nest Home Hub. Lastly, Dan Moren of Six Colors joins Mikah to review Apple's iPhone event. What's with all the iPhones? Is 5G everything it's cracked up to be? And what's the deal with that HomePod Mini? Host: Mikah Sargent Guests: Kaya Thomas, Dave Gershgorn, and Dan Moren Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: promo code TNW30
Apple's iPhone 12 event, big tech antitrust report, Waymo safety drivers. The House Subcommittee on Antitrust released a 450 page report on anti-competitive behavior of the biggest tech companies. Mathew Ingram from Columbia Journalism Review walks through the report and why it saw a partisan split. Google finally upgraded the original Google Home and it's a solid upgrade according to Daniel Bader from Android Central who shares his review of the Nest Audio smart speaker. Apple's big iPhone 12 event is right around the corner. Zac Hall from 9to5Mac reads the tea leaves to detail what we expect as well as what else to hope for at the event. Safety drivers at Waymo and Cruise are the unsung heroes of autonomous vehicle testing and their health is on the line, according to Andrew Hawkins from the Verge. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Mathew Ingram, Daniel Bader, Zac Hall, and Andrew Hawkins Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: WWT.COM/TWIT
Facebook begins to merge Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Google announces the Pixel 5 with millimeter-wave 5G. TikTok gains notice as the authentic social media network. First, Harry McCracken of Fast Company joins us to explain Facebook's latest move — the company is slowly merging its messaging apps. Could Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp become a single, merged service? Then, Android Police's David Ruddock stops in to give us his thoughts on Google's fall hardware event. How does the Pixel 5 compare to other flagship phones? Why does Ruddock think millimeter-wave 5G in the Pixel 5 is a mistake? Your questions are answered. Then, Abrar Al-Heeti gives us the deets on her CNET article regarding TikTok and the unique authenticity the platform cultivates. Between the positive energy, laughs, and all-around good nature of the platform, folks are finding there what they haven't found from other social media networks. Lastly, Mikah talks about a designer who made more than $100k on the #AestheticAF iOS Home screen trend and Jason shares a song he's been listening to. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Harry McCracken, David Ruddock, and Abrar Al-Heeti Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors:
TikTok gives US taste of its medicine, California's 2035 gas car ban. Jameson Dow from Electrek wonders why California's new ban on gas-powered vehicles is set for 2035 and not sooner. After years of tech dominance, the US is getting a taste of its own medicine with TikTok according to John Herrman from the New York Times. Remember Quibi? Adam Epstein from Quartz lists a number of reasons why even two Emmy awards isn't likely to save the streaming service. Will Oremus from OneZero feels that the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma is good at illustrating the problem, but ineffective at offering any real solutions. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Jameson Dow, John Herrman, Adam Epstein, and Will Oremus Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors:
Oracle's bid for TikTok and Trump's response to the news. How iOS developers are responding to the launch of iOS 14. What you need to know about the Oculus Quest 2 and PlayStation 5. First, Alex Kantrowitz joins Jason and Mikah to provide the latest updates on TikTok. Oracle (and possibly others) want to have a stake in the company, but the Trump administration plans to weigh in. Then, PCalc developer James Thomson stops by to give us the play-by-play of Apple's decision to launch iOS 14 after its Apple Watch & iPad Air event. Devs scrambled to get their apps ready for day one in the Apple AppStore. Then, Android Central's Russell Holly shares the what-you-need-to-know regarding Facebook's new Oculus Quest 2 and the PlayStation 5. Lastly, Mikah talks about Matthew Cassinelli's new Shortcuts Catalog and Jason scares Mikah with news of shelf-stocking robots. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Alex Kantrowitz, James Thomson, and Russell Holly Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: promo code TNW30 - promo code: TWIT1
Console prices, Apple vs. Epic Games continues, the 5G lie. Microsoft released the pricing information for its upcoming Xbox Series S and Series X consoles. Randy Ramsay from Gamespot shares insight into the thinking behind the pricing. Rene Ritchie details the latest developments in the battle brewing between Apple and Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite. 5G speeds aren't what they are advertised to be yet, and Geoffrey Fowler from the Washington Post took to the streets to prove it. The reviews embargo for the Microsoft Surface Duo has lifted and most reviews seem to agree that it needed more time in the cooker. Lovers of tech nostalgia will enjoy the Internet Archive's crazy repository of Winamp skins! Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Randy Ramsay, Rene Ritchie, and Geoffrey Fowler Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: offer code TWIT
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 hands-on, Apple offer codes, technology escape pods. Paris Martineau from the Information talks about Amazon delivery drones receiving FAA approval, what this means for drone delivery at large, and when we might hear that noise in the sky. Samsung unveiled all the details of the new Galaxy Z Fold 2 this week, and Hayato Huseman from Android Central goes hands-on with the device to talk about the many ways Samsung corrected the mistakes of the previous iteration. Apple is opening up more ways for iOS users to pay developers by introducing offer codes that might help to reverse the reliance on free apps by many users. A OneZero piece by Douglas Rushkoff talks all about pandemic life and how technology enables many to live in their own escape pods while shielding themselves from the troubles of the world. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Paris Martineau and Hayato Huseman Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsor: WWT.COM/TWIT
TikTok CEO resigns, Facebook required for your Oculus, Joe Budden vs Spotify. Amid controversial executive order and other political concerns, TikTok CEO resigns. Facebook will now force Occulus users to have a Facebook account to use its VR platform. Solar panels are saving the environment today, but what about twenty years from now? Joe Budden announces he's leaving the Spotify podcast network due to unfair business practices. Hosts: Jason Howell and Ant Pruitt Guests: Chris Stokel-Walker, Sam Machkovech, Maddie Stone, and Ashley Carman Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors:
PinePhone hands-on, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra first look, Epic Games vs Apple. Jason Howell compares the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra to the Galaxy S20 Ultra and goes hands-on with the premium handset. Lory Gil from iMore walks through the latest developments of the Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit, and looks into her crystal ball to see where it's likely to land. Corbin Davenport from Android Police has the PinePhone, a Linux based smartphone for the geekminded that offers interesting security features including a row of killswitches. Netflix is offering a new feature that randomizes your viewing habits... if you'll use it. Oculus hardware will soon require a Facebook account in order to use it, and we all saw this coming. Right? Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Lory Gil and Corbin Davenport Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors:
Surface Duo Hands-on, Russian SIMs, Apple's unannounced subscription bundles. Harry McCracken from Fast Company has the Microsoft Duo foldable Android device and shares his thoughts after spending one week with the prerelease hardware. Joseph Cox from VICE got the inside scoop on a secretive Russian SIM network that enables all sorts of illegal activity, and he explains how they work. Apple is expected to announce a collection of subscription bundles for its services and Mikah isn't quite sold on the value of them. Epic Games added a new in-game payment method for Fortnite that bypasses Apple and Google's own in-app payment systems, and the consequences are beginning to take shape. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Harry McCracken and Joseph Cox Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: - promo code: TWIT1 promo code TNW30
Everything Samsung announced at its Unpacked event, a brief review of Google's Pixel 4A, and an in-depth look at TikTok — including its ban in certain places, its potential purchase by Microsoft, and its competition. First, Myriam Joire joins us to break down the Samsung Unpacked event, covering the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Samsung's Galaxy Buds and new Galaxy Watch 3, and the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+. Then, Myriam Joire graciously sticks around to briefly review the Google Pixel 4A, the company's new, cost-effective Pixel phone. Then, Sara Fischer of Axios stops by to help us understand what's going on with TikTok, including the many bans around the world and Microsoft's potential purchase of the social media service. Lastly, Jason shares how inefficient wireless charging can be and Mikah laments the end of Microsoft xCloud testing on iOS. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Myriam Joire and Sara Fischer Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: WWT.COM/TWIT offer code TWIT
Antitrust Hearings, New IP, Open AI GPT-3 In the aftermath of big tech's congressional hearings that focused on antitrust behavior, Will Oremus from OneZero walks through the real reason for the spectacle. China has big ideas for the Internet, namely that it wants a new Internet that it can better control. Stephen Shankland from CNET details the New IP proposal and how it would differ from the Internet we have today. OpenAI's GPT-3 model is paving the way for incredible innovation in the field of AI, and that's evident by a long list of creations that blur the line between computer and human thought. Mac OS 8.1 is now a single Electron app that works on Mac or PC and can be installed in the applications folder like any other app on your machine. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Will Oremus and Stephen Shankland Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors:
Everything Microsoft announced at the Xbox Games Showcase, the recent development and popularity of fever cameras, and a rundown of what's up at Twitter: more active users, Twitter earnings, and the recent hack.First, CNET's Ian Sherr stops by to discuss Microsoft's Xbox Games Showcase. Between the next-gen gameplay footage and Xbox Series X console, Sherr had a lot to share.Then, Dave Gershgorn of OneZero details the no-longer-fledgling "fever camera" industry. With facial recognition and temperature-sensing technology, these camera manufacturers aim to identify fevers in real-time.Then, Kurt Wagner of Bloomberg graciously provides a rundown of Twitter's latest successes and failures, including its earnings report, the uptick in users, and the recent high-profile hack.Lastly, Jason talks about new features for Plex users and Mikah details a recent BuzzFeed report that shows hundreds of thousands of Instacart customers' data is being sold online. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Ian Sherr, Dave Gershgorn, and Kurt Wagner Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors:
Steve Gibson joins to talk about the unprecedented Twitter hijacking scam that involves a god mode console that only certain employees have access to.Rene Ritchie discussed how Apple News is rolling out new features that emphasize local news and audio podcast content.A new project called the Atlas of Surveillance attempts to collect and organize surveillance sources from around the US and Dave Maass from the EFF helped spearhead it.Twitter is rolling out new API changes for developers to have access to some features that have been exclusive to the official app for some time.Librarians are creating digital escape rooms using Google Forms in creative ways to keep students active in learning and reading. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Steve Gibson, Rene Ritchie, and Dave Maass Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: - promo code: TWIT1 promo code TNW30
Rumors and reports re: Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event, what you need to know about the "Hey Google" Smart Home Virtual Summit, and the trials and tribulations of Quibi.First, Android Police's David Ruddock gives us a rundown of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event. Between news of a new foldable phone and the next iteration of the Note, there's a lot to explore.Then, Stacey Higginbotham stops by to talk "Hey Google." Google's Smart Home Virtual Summit gave a tiny glimpse into the future of the smart home and the Google Assistant, but mostly it gave developers guidance for smart home apps and products.Then, Forbes contributor Don Reisinger shares his thoughts on the current and future state of Quibi. One study shows dismal downloads and subscriptions for Quibi, but the company says it's doing just fine. What's true and what's false? Reisinger explains!Lastly, Mikah talks about the future of Thunderbolt on the Mac (very nerdy) and Jason discusses cryptocurrency Dogecoin and digital investment in general. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: David Ruddock, Stacey Higginbotham, and Don Reisinger Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: WWT.COM/TWIT
NDAs and racial equality in tech, virtual yearbooks in a COVID world, 5G rollout hasn't slowed.Emily Birnbaum from Protocol discusses the impact that NDAs have on employees who would share their stories of workplace discrimination if they hadn't agreed to them in the first place.Graduating High School Senior Jameel Shivji co-created an app for iOS called HAGS that allows students to sign each other's virtual yearbooks at a time when social distancing has changed everything about graduation.2020 was to be a big year for 5G. Shara Tibken from CNET describes how the Coronavirus hasn't really slowed down the development of the technology. Host: Jason Howell Guests: Emily Birnbaum, Jameel Shivji, and Shara Tibken Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsors: offer code TWIT
What you can expect from Apple when iOS, macOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS ship this fall and the current state of facial recognition technology.First, Jason Snell of Six Colors joins Mikah to provide a summary of Apple's WWDC announcements — this is what you can actually expect when the software ships this fall.Then, Dave Gershgorn of OneZero discusses facial recognition technology used in China that's both banned and praised by US organizations, and the Coalition for Critical Technology.Lastly, Mikah shares an article from Kashmir Hill of The New York Times about how facial recognition tech was used to wrongfully arrest and accuse a man of larceny. Host: Mikah Sargent Guests: Jason Snell and Dave Gershgorn Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsor:
Twitter's new audio tweet feature might be ripe for abuse, we get a preview of Apple's WWDC, there's a new prescription for ADHD: a video game, and a Google team has created Pinterest but automated.Motherboard editor-in-chief Jason Koebler joins us to ask and help answer the question: How is Twitter going to moderate its new voice recordings?Zac Hall of 9to5Mac stops by to give us a preview of what we can expect at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference.Jason talks about a new FDA-approved treatment for ADHD and it's a video game.Mikah shares "Keen," an experiment from Google that's like Pinterest, but automated. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Jason Koebler and Zac Hall Download or subscribe to this show at Sponsor: promo code TNW30
Comments (3)

Jason Johnson

I want TNT back. :(

Oct 9th

iTunes User

Tom Merritt is probably the most interesting and creative mind in the tech commentary world.

Aug 30th

iTunes User

The show was awesome with Tom, Iyaz and Sarah. Now Tom and Iyaz are gone and the show is no good. Mike just doesn't have it. It's the end of an era.

Aug 30th
Download from Google Play
Download from App Store