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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.

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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.

    Biden on the Pipeline - Instagram Youths, Connectivity Standards Alliance, VR in 2021

    Biden on the Pipeline - Instagram Youths, Connectivity Standards Alliance, VR in 2021

    Roger Cheng from CNET details what is known about the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline and what it might mean for the security of US infrastructure going forward.
    Facebook is planning an Instagram for kids product and Kurt Wagner from Bloomberg discusses how 44 state Attorneys General don't want that to happen.
    Stacey Higginbotham from the IoT Podcast shares her thoughts on what the new Connectivity Standards Alliance might mean for easing smart home fragmentation.
    HTC announced new virtual reality headsets but Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica thinks that their mission no longer includes the average consumer.

    Host: Jason Howell

    Guests: Roger Cheng, Kurt Wagner, Stacey Higginbotham, and Sam Machkovech

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Signal's Facebook Ad Stunt - Epic Games vs. Apple, Signal Ads on Facebook, Google 2FA, Amazon Drivers

    Signal's Facebook Ad Stunt - Epic Games vs. Apple, Signal Ads on Facebook, Google 2FA, Amazon Drivers

    The Epic Games and Apple trial is underway and it's bringing loads of new information to the surface. Messaging service Signal says it tried to run some ads on Facebook, which the company then blocked. Google is enabling two-factor authentication on all accounts. Amazon drivers say they're being encouraged to drive recklessly.

    First, Reed Albergotti of the Washington Post stops in to talk about the trial between Epic Games and Apple. He discusses the impact of the case on Apple's App Store and the ongoing argument surrounding antitrust concerns.

    Then, Jason shares an update about Google requiring two-factor authentication for its accounts. In honor of World Password Day, Google wants to bring an end to the password.

    Then, Alex Kantrowitz joins Jason and Mikah to talk about a kerfuffle between messaging service Signal and social media company Facebook. Signal says it tried to run some ads on Facebook that would let users see how much data the social media company collects, but claims Facebook rejected the ads. Facebook says otherwise.

    Lastly, Mikah shares a story about Amazon delivery drivers who say they're being encouraged to drive recklessly in order to deliver packages on time.

    Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

    Guests: Reed Albergotti and Alex Kantrowitz

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Deepfaking Your Geography - School Content Blockers, Planned Obsolescence in Tech, Clubhousification

    Deepfaking Your Geography - School Content Blockers, Planned Obsolescence in Tech, Clubhousification

    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.
    Todd Feathers from VICE discusses how content blockers in schools are often hit or miss with damaging consequences.
    Instagram is rolling out Clubhouse-like features as well as every other social network. Was Clubhouse an innovator or is it merely an also-ran?
    Deepfake technology is turning its gaze onto geographical data which poses national security concerns, but fake mapping data is nothing new.

    Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

    Guests: Damon Beres and Todd Feathers

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    AirTag: A Boring Product? - Apple's April Event, VR Physical Therapy, FLoC, Teacher-Approved Apps

    AirTag: A Boring Product? - Apple's April Event, VR Physical Therapy, FLoC, Teacher-Approved Apps

    Apple announced a slew of new products at its April event. Physical therapists are testing VR programs for their practices. The privacy implications of Google's FLoC. Google and the FTC are at odds over "Teacher Approved" apps.



    First, Ian Sherr of CNET stops by to talk about Apple's April event. The company announced loads of new products, including item-tracking AirTag(s) and colorful iMacs with Apple Silicon.



    Then, Mikah talks about a recent New York Times article focusing on the rehabilitative effects of virtual reality for physical and occupational therapy.



    Then, David Gehring of Distributed Media Lab discusses FLoC, Google's "Federated Learning of Cohorts" technology. He talks about why some companies are reluctant to adopt FLoC, how it works, and the privacy implications of the technology.



    Lastly, Jason shares a story about the FTC and Google. The FTC is investigating whether so-called "Teacher Approved" apps in the Google Play Store are potentially misleading.

    Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

    Guests: Ian Sherr and David Gehring

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Can the FCC End Robocalls? - Apple Springtime Event, Instagram for Kids, Spotify Car Thing, Twitter AI

    Can the FCC End Robocalls? - Apple Springtime Event, Instagram for Kids, Spotify Car Thing, Twitter AI

    Mark Zuckerberg isn't convinced that an Instagram for kids app is actually a bad idea after all.
    Spotify is offering a free gadget called Car Thing and it is ideal for iOS users without CarPlay.
    Dan Moren from Six Colors picks apart the invite for Apple's upcoming Spring event to see what the company might unveil.
    Twitter is launching the Responsible Machine Learning study and Karissa Bell from Engadget details how it might improve the service.
    Kieren McCarthy from The Register shares that the FCC is finally getting involved in cracking down on robocalls and it could actually make a big difference.

    Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

    Guests: Dan Moren, Karissa Bell, and Kieren McCarthy

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    • 57 min
    Facebook Hack: Old News? Not Really - Dark Patterns Explained, Facebook's Breach, AR Beauty Filters

    Facebook Hack: Old News? Not Really - Dark Patterns Explained, Facebook's Breach, AR Beauty Filters

    Facebook says its data breach everyone's talking about is old news, but experts disagree. How "dark patterns" online can trick people into spending more money. The impact of AR beauty filters on young women and girls.

    First, Kari Paul stops by to talk about her article from The Guardian regarding a data breach at Facebook. While Facebook says the breach is old and, therefore, unimportant, experts say otherwise.

    Then, Sara Morrison of Vox's Recode tells us about dark patterns on websites — tools and techniques used to guide and control website visitors.

    Then, Tate Ryan-Mosley shares some of what she's learned about augmented reality beauty filters and their impact on young women and girls while researching and writing her piece for MIT Technology Review.

    Lastly, Jason sports some new ANC headphones from Urbanista and Mikah talks about Intel's new "Bleep" tool, which aims to filter out hate speech in audio.

    Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

    Guests: Kari Paul, Sara Morrison, and Tate Ryan-Mosley

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    • 59 min

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I was a listener for months now, but today I just could not continue. They had Damon Perez discussing hardware obsolescence and how software sometimes drives this issue. Complained about how Apple does this with their iPhones, but then mentioned how they have gotten a “little bit better” as the latest iOS still supports the iPhone 6s… which was released in 2015!! Also complained about hardware obsolescence… my wife and I still use our iPhone 7’s and likely won’t upgrade until we are forced… but these phones have lasted far longer than anticipated. If you cannot find better guests than this, there are far more informative podcasts available.

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Sad they refuse to learn

I really trust this show for tech news but listening to Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent say things like they dont want to “learn about crypto” made me sad.

Rather then understand bitcoins almost 12 years of uncensored money they puff the idea away. I would hope they can get a guest like Pomp or alike to explain the finer points in simple language.

Also any guest they have to talk about bitcoin always seems deliberately underinformed.

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