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    This Week in Tech 614: $46 at the Piggly Wiggly


    The WannaCry ransomware attack is far from over. Amazon introduces the Echo Show - will the touchscreen voice assistant/videophone flop? Microsoft announces their own voice assistant, the Cortana Speaker. The US plans to ban laptops on flights from Europe. Comcast and Charter agree not to compete on wireless. Russian hackers pwned by French presidential campaign

    --Christina Warren needs friends in Seattle.
    --Father Robert Ballecer just got back from Malta.
    --Roberto Baldwin got hung up on by AT&T; customer service.
    --Alex Wilhelm's name will not set off your Amazon Voice Assistant.

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    This Week in Tech 619: Honey, I Shrunk the Panel


    Amazon buys Whole Foods, and has its eyes on Slack. Apple's HomePod - Sonos killer? Facebook's Safety Check causes stress. Twitter's redesign. Voter fraud conspiracies. E3 announcements.

    --Jason's Pick: Zero Fasting Tracker
    --Brian's Pick: React Native
    --Peter's Pick: Star Trek Bridge Crew
    --Dave's Pick: Boosted Board, EZ Robot

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    This Week in Tech 620: From Key West to Key Largo


    Amazon buys Whole Foods, might buy Slack. Travis Kalanick resigns as Uber CEO. The best drones money can buy. iPad Pro is the future of Mac laptops. Neighbor spoofing robocaller made a million calls a day. Apple Music now $99/year. Why Apple made the iPhone.  

    --Owen JJ Stone has strange ideas about geography.
    --Tom Merritt writes books about time travel.
    --Jason Hiner writes books about amazing podcasters.

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    This Week in Tech 616: Thats Not a Hot Dog


    Is Apple just pretending to be innovative? Does AlphaGo's latest victory mean that general AI is around the corner? Who knows more about you, Facebook or Google? Should the NSA stockpile exploits? How long can Tesla stay on top of the EV market? Are robot cops coming? And... Is that a hot dog?

    --Clayton Morris recommends Cosmic Disclosure for the latest in UFO conspiracies.
    --Dan Patterson recommends Gerrit Lansing for the latest in political data analytics.
    --Tim Stevens knows that if you gaze long at the Cap'n Crunch, the Cap'n Crunch also gazes at you.

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  • This Week in Tech 615: Biz Sized Hole


    All the highlights from Google I/O. Tim Cook has a blood sugar tracking watch. Facebook's guidelines for content moderation. Biz Stone is going back to Twitter. What happened with WannaCry. Minecraft devs don't want you to poison your birds. The FCC is going ahead with their plan to end Net Neutrality whether you like it or not. The internet is broken, and one of the men responsible is trying to fix it.

    Jeff Jarvis went to Google I/O, and all he got was this t-shirt.
    Mark Millian secretly hates the way Leo pronounces Bloomberg Business Week
    Nathan Olivarez-Giles has mad street cred.

  • This Week in Tech 617: Ask for the Camel With TWO Humps


    WWDC is tomorrow! What will Apple announce? A Siri Speaker, perhaps? Google will updat Chrome to block annoying ads, but what will count as "annoying?" Where did Microsoft go wrong? One word: Vista. The US Supreme Court decides that patent rights end at sale.

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    This Week in Computer Hardware 413: The Corsair-wakens


    Corsair built the Pro One gaming PC, and we've got a hands-on review. Surface Laptop? Buy it for the Alcantara Suede... not Windows 10 S. Dell 15 7000 gaming laptop performance, new PC cases, Aukey's $65 mechanical keyboard, and more!

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    This Week in Tech 610: Zombie Shopping Malls


    United "overbooking": what's the real story? A murder streamed on Facebook Live. Apple sues Qualcomm, Qualcom sues Apple right back. Windows 10 Creators Update is here - are you excited for 3D Paint? The internet Archive emulates early Macs. Princeton creates an unblockable ad blocker. Nintendo stops selling the NES Classic - why? The death of the American mall.

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    This Week in Tech 607: Ozark Puddin


    US Senate votes to end ISP privacy regulations. The Turkish Crime Family demand $100,000 in iTunes gift cards for iCloud hack. Android O needs a name. Supreme Court hears printer ink patent case. Tesla Model 3 is on the way. Samsung Galaxy S8's big announcement is coming this week. US and UK ban electronics bigger than a phone on flights from Middle Eastern countries by Middle Eastern carriers. Google screws up messaging - again.

    --Georgia Dow has two VR rooms in her house.
    --Rob Reid knows what music aliens like best.
    --Nathan Olivarez-Giles wants a car with a naturally aspirated engine.​​

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    This Week in Tech 612: Sky Pirates of Silicon Valley


    Apple slashes affiliate commissions and stops paying Qualcomm royalties. Google's founders each have their own flying contraptions in the works. Amazon's new Echo Look wants pictures of your clothes. Uber wants all of your data. WikiTribune wants to fight fake news. Hackers just want money from Netflix. The Juicero was just a bad, bad idea. 

    --Ashley Esqueda has the last three pairs of chunky hot pink LA Eyeworks glasses in existence
    --Greg Ferro points out that American blimps used safe, non-explosive helium.
    --Devindra Hardawar begs you not to see The Circle

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    What Emerging Tech are Startups at Startcon Most Excited About for 2017?


    We spoke to a range of emerging tech startups at Startcon and asked them one simple question - What emerging tech are you most excited about for 2017 and why should developers get into it?


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    This Week in Tech 618: Snakes vs Alligators


    Leo is out this week, so Jason Snell takes the reins. At WWDC this week, Apple announced their Amazon Echo killer, the HomePod. They also announced big updates to iOS 11, the 10.5 iPad Pro, and the (at least) $4999 iMac Pro. Catering to a slightly less spendy demographic, Amazon announced that it will offer lower priced Prime subscriptions to people on Government Assistance. Uber had (another) bad week - capped off with Eric Holder's report to the Uber board.

    --Mikah Sargent thinks Taylor Swift is fine.
    --Harry McCracken is on Team Katy.
    --Lisa Schmeiser has a blank space, baby, and she'll write your name.
    --Jason Snell has Katy Perry on the counter in his kitchen.

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    This Week in Tech 598: Its Probably Squirrels


    Can Twitter be fixed? Will Trump's FCC Chairman pick be a boon or bane for tech? Is Apple still competitive? Could they compete against Netflix? Apple sues Qualcomm for $1 billion.  Samsung reveals that the Note 7 fires were caused by irregular batteries. Zuckerberg for President? Matt Cutts resigns from Google. Assange reneges on extradition promise after Chelsea Manning's sentence commuted. Tesla Autopilot results in 40% drop in accidents. Don't use Meitu! United Airlines planes grounded by computer outage.

    --Iain Thompson thinks squirrels are the real threat.
    --Jason Calacanis' Inside Trump newsletter holds the President to his campaign promises
    --Father Robert Ballecer has a Hawaiian warning for Mark Zuckerberg
    --Leo Laporte wants his Powerwall already!

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    Tech News Today 1763: Kern, Baby, Kern


    Facebook is running full-page ads in British newspapers in an attempt to educate the public in advance of the June 8 parliamentary election in Britain. Facebook also announced the removal of tens of thousands of accounts it believes were spreading false news across the network.

    The Associated Press says that the FBI paid a private company $900,000 to hack the iPhone of the San Bernadino killer last year. Despite the Freedom of Information Act, James Comey had claimed that the total would remain classified.

    Citymapper, a mapping, and transportation app is broadening its business by getting into the bus business. The Citymapper Smartbus, or the CMX1, will hit the streets of London on a fixed route on May 9th, armed with intelligence from the Citymapper app.

    There's a battle brewing among digital assistants in the home and rumors are swirling that Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple all have new devices on the way. Plus, drones for farmers and Liz Gannes from 60 DB is here to discuss the politics of augmented reality.

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    This Week in Tech 604: Flabby, Flaccid, and Flatulent


    Snapchat has a huge IPO -and makes one high school $24 million. Is Apple killing the lightning port on the iPhone 8? Spotify crosses the 50 million user mark. Mobile World Congress 2017 had a whole bunch of great phones. Nintendo Switch cartridges taste horrible on purpose. Overwatch wins Game of the Year at GDC. All this and Uber's terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad week.

    --Florence Ion shows off the new LG G6.
    --Peter Rojas 
    --Alex Wilhelm pronounces flaccid wrong.    

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    This Week in Tech 611: Bezel Come Back


    At the F8 Developer Conference, Facebook shows off its hot new augmented reality technology - which looks a whole lot like Snapchat. Apple is secretly working on non-invasive blood sugar detection, which could be a boon to millions of diabetics. Apple also wants to save the Earth by using 100% recycled materials in its products, covering its headquarters in solar panels, and manufacturing its own sweat. Wait, what? Google, which has made billions in ad revenue, is working on an ad blocker. The Samsung Galaxy S8 came out this week and has yet to explode. Bixby, Samsung's voice assistant, seems to be fizzling. According to Qualcomm, the first Windows PC using an ARM chip could be out later this year. in completely unrelated news, Intel has canceled the Intel Developer Forum. HTC's newest phone, codenamed Ocean, will have a squeezable frame and a questionable logo. Steve Ballmer's new site makes government spending more accessible. Another bad week for Uber. And McDonald's new uniforms highlight the techno-dystopia we all live in.

    --Jason Hiner loves Revolutionary War themed musicals.
    --Serenity Caldwell loves roller derby.
    --Owen J.J. Stone loves his father and cherishes the stories that he recorded before his death.

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    This Week in Tech 609: Strippers, JFK and Stalin


    Apple issues a mea culpa for the Mac Pro and promises a new model is on the way - just not this year. YouTube TV launches - it isn't perfect, but it may be the most promosing over-the-top TV solution. Facebook launches a fund to fight fake news. Jeff Bezos is spending $1 billion a year of his own money on Blue Origin. XBox's Project Scorpio specs revealed. Is the Twitter outrage over Pepsi's new ad justified?

    • Harry McCracken loves the serial comma.
    • Iain Thomson insists that it should properly be called the Oxford comma.
    • Christina Warren is more annoyed by people who mix up your and you're.

    Host: Leo Laporte
    Guests: Harry McCracken, Christina Warren, and Iain Thomson

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    This Week in Tech 608: Supercanoe


    US Congress votes to kill ISP privacy rules.  Fixing fake news is harder than anyone imagined. Apple AR might not be good for gamers. Twitter changes default profile picture. The best 2017 April Fools jokes.

    --Brianna Wu wants to fix the government from within.
    --Erin Griffith's husband learned to solve a Rubik's Cube during this show.
    --Larry Magid remembers when facts mattered in news.    

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    This Week in Tech 601: Fiber to the Press Release


    Will Twitter's new anti-harassment tools succeed? Tim Cook hints at Apple's AR future. Gigabit fiber vs. 5G wireless vs. satellite internet in a 3-way race to own your broadband. House passes email privacy bill. Coding is the next blue-collar job.  

    --Mike Elgan knows why Twitter's new tools will fail.
    --Jason Hiner doesn't like the MacBook Pro Touch Bar.
    --Liz Gannes knows the perfect way to listen to podcasts.
    --Leo Laporte looks amazing in heart-shaped glasses.

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    The Tech Guy 1387: Leo Laporte - The Tech Guy: 1387


    Modern replacement for BBS, why you should book your cruises through a travel agent, booking hotel rooms by the minute, interactive whiteboard and Chromebooks for students, getting email to sync on your phone, re-purposing old PC, how to find your friend with the Trusted Contact app, why anti-virus is bad for you and your computer, and more of your calls.

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    This Week in Tech 605: Think of the Koalas


    Daylight Saving Time is a blight on mankind. All the details in the Wikileaks dump of CIA hacking tools. How our data can be used against us. Nintendo Switch breaks launch records. A father gets embarrassed by his kids live on BBC. Would you hire someone from Uber?

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    --Ashley Esqueda's Pick: Kickstarter        

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    This Week in Tech 602: Normcore Phone


    Apple fights the new right to repair legislation, Bill Gates wants robots to pay taxes, 4chans effect on the internet, Verizon is bringing back "unlimited" data plans, SpaceX set for wireless internet by 2019, and Zuckerberg's global community.

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    This Week in Tech 595: What A Year!


    With your help we've put together the best clips from 2016 on This Week in Tech!

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    This Week in Tech 599: Fold With Dignity


    Silicon Valley's reaction to Trump's immigration ban and plans for the coming apocalypse. Hugo Barra joins Facebook as VP of VR. Google killed 1.7 bad ads last year. Sprint buys a third of Tidal. Five states will legalize the Right to Repair your own tech. 3D TV is dead.

    --Owen J.J. Stone thinks Marrisa Mayer should be fired from Yahoo
    --Michael Nuñez wants to Make America Rage Again
    --Phil Libin is a real life cyborg
    --Leo has port envy

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    This Week in Tech 597: Fark Google!


    Host: Leo Laporte
    Guests: Greg Ferro, Becky Worley, and Mike Elgan

    Is Apple working in secret with Carl Zeiss on AR glasses? Will Mark Zuckerberg run for President? Consumer Reports changes its mind about the MacBook Pro. gets farked over by Google. Telegram, Cellebrite, and Giuliani get hacked, but WhatsApp does not. Family Tree Now knows a scary amount about you.

    --Leo has a perfect plan for the next Mac Pro
    --Mike Elgan knows who should be making your AR glasses
    --Greg Ferro has some pointed advice for anyone who uses Google for ads
    --Becky Worley gets sweet revenge on her life-long nemesis

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    This Week in Tech 606: My YouTube Cover Band


    Uber's President quits, saying that the job was not what he signed on for. Orson Wells' new movie comes to Netflix. How to make money in the new music industry. Pwn2Own winners do the impossible hack. Is your vibrator tracking you? All this, and growing human flesh on robots - what could go wrong? 

    --Tom Merritt has a new sci-fi novel: Pilot X.
    --Roberto Baldwin is in a Devo cover band.
    --Steve Kovach is the Dark Knight.

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    This Week in Tech 603: Tricks for Tips


    Inside Uber's unrestrained workplace culture, predictions for Snapchats looming IPO, Mobile World Congress report with new phones, Pearl the VR nominated short film, Nokia returns with the 3310, FCC Chairman Pai rushes to block new privacy rules, and a serious Cloudfire bug exposed.

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    This Week in Tech 590: The Lady in the Canister


    We discuss the UK's Investigatory Powers Act, which give sweeping new powers to British intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Will automation take all our jobs? What then? Black Friday sales online hit a new record, with a third of online sales happenning on mobile devices. Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    --Ian Thompson gives his unique perspective on the Snoopers Charter
    --Jason Snell thinks that it is too early to judge the MacBook Pro Touch Bar
    --Larry Magid knows how to keep kids safe online without abandoning democracy

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    This Week in Tech 589: Save it for St. Patricks Day


    British Parliament passes the Snoopers Charter. Fake news is on the rise. Snapchat files for a secret IPO. Selfie deaths have more than doubled each year for the past three years. Apple charges $300 for a book of pictures of Apple products.

    --Owen J.J. Stone can't even believe the new MacBook Pro
    --Georgia Dow thinks the key to breaking our addiction with technology lies in education and good parenting
    --Baratunde Thurston wants you to take action for what you believe in

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    This Week in Tech 594: What A Year!


    Our special holiday episode with a look back on some of the most influential tech stories of the year. Happy Holidays!

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    This Week in Tech 586: The AIs are Talking


    Apple announces the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Microsoft announces the Surface Studio and Windows 10 Creators Update, Twitter kills Vine and lays off almost 10% of its workforce, Google Home arriving next week, DirecTV Now gives 100 channels for $35, and Uber delivers 50,000 Budweisers with their Otto self-driving semi.
    •Leo wants to know - have Apple and Microsoft swapped brains?
    •Are we heading toward a world where you don't know which virtual assistant to ask what?
    •What is scarier: a self-driving beer truck, or artificial intelligences thet can talk to each other using unbreakable encryption?

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    This Week in Tech 578: Bitchin Betty Says, Pull Up!


    Apple will unveil the iPhone 7 this Wednesday, September 7th. Google will announce its Pixel phones and Google Home October 4th. Samsung recalls the Galaxy Note 7 due to exploding batteries.

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    Guests: Christina Warren, Owen JJ Stone, Stacey Higginbotham

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  • This Week in Tech 577: Vulnerable to Ninjas


    AI from Google, Facebook, and Apple, iPhone 6 Plus suffering from a mysterious lack of touch response, and Google Allo could change messaging as we know it.

    Host: Leo Laporte
    Guests: Harry McCracken and Jason Snell

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    This Week in Tech 587: Leaving the Apple Cult


    Days before the US elections, we discuss the preeminence of social media, the difficulty of fact checking, and the loss of trust in the media that has occured this year. Is Apple's recent MacBook announcement an acknowledgement that they are no longer a Macintosh company? Samsung has received 85% of its recalled Note 7 phones - now they just have to get the 2.8 million potentially explosive diswashers they just recalled. Google home is out - how does it stack up against the Amazon Echo?

    • Leo asked the question - if Apple has lost their mojo, where will the next great innovation come from?
    • Jason said Elon Musk will save the world.
    • Peter said Snapchat will revolutionize how we interract with one another.
    • Jonathan said there is a solder monkey tinkering away in a garage somewhere that will outdo them all.

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    This Week in Tech 592: McAfee for Cyber


    Samsung pushes out an update that kills the Note 7 once and for all - unless you're on Verizon. Tech heavyweights meet with Trump this week. CIA determines that Russians hacked the DNC and RNC. Amazon creates a cashierless store with Amazon Go. Why are the AirPods delayed? PewDiePie trolls us all. Wearables are dead.

    --Ed Bott talks about our post-fact era
    --Christina Warren shows off her Snapchat Spectacles
    --The top 10 YouTubers make Devindra Hardawar (and the rest of us) feel old

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    This Week in Tech 584: Its not a Fact, but it is Trending


    The Note 7 is officially dead - Samsung stops production and the CPSC issues an official recall. Will Google's new Pixel Phones benefit? Is Google Assistant going to be a big draw? Also, Facebook tries to take over the enterprise with Workplace. Fallout from the Yahoo hack and surveilance debacle - Verizon may back out of their purchase deal. And nobody wants to buy Twitter at all. What would it take to make Twitter a functional business?
    • Leo and Nate are mad at Yahoo and Marissa Mayer for keeping their hack secret for so long
    • Nate and Mike both wrote interesting articles about Google's new fact checking labels - how do you survive in an post-fact world?
    • Ben Thompson has a simple solution for fixing Twitter: just fire everyone.Download or subscribe to this show at

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    This Week in Tech 596: President Zuck


    CES 2017: The year of Alexa. Apple has a great holiday, but misses 2016 sales targets. Mark Zuckerberg could run for President and still run Facebook. Samsung gets a fourth-quarter profit, even after Note 7 recall. Russia demands that Google and Apple pull LinkedIn from their stores.
    Phillip Elmer-DeWitt thinks the best reporting out of CES was one woman's Hunter S. Thompson-esque acid trip.
    Clayton Morris thinks President of the USA would be a big step DOWN for Zuckerberg
    Leo's New Year's resolution: no more saying the A word on air.

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