This Week in Tech (Audio)

This Week in Tech (Audio)


This Week in Tech is the top-ranked flagship tech podcast from Every Sunday, Leo Laporte and a roundtable of insiders explore the week's hottest tech news from AI to robots, and PCs to privacy. When it comes to tech, TWiT is IT. Records live every Sunday at 5:15pm Eastern / 2:15pm Pacific / 22:15 UTC.


TWiT 967: I'll Be Your Shabbos Goy - KOSA, French Public Scrolling Ban

Zuckerberg says Quest 3 is 'the better product' vs. Apple's Vision Pro Apple to be fined over $500 million under EU antitrust law Fighting the smartphone 'invasion': the French village that voted to ban scrolling in public 2 Twitter books are coming out Bluesky opens up to the public The Reply Guy Constitution Kids Online Safety Act secures enough support to pass Senate Leak of Russian 'Threat' Part of a Bid to Kill US Surveillance Reform, Sources Say Intel accused of inflating CPU benchmark results Amazon Argues National Labor Relations Board Is Unconstitutional Apple iMessage, Microsoft Bing Dodge EU's Big Tech Crackdown FCC commissioner wants to investigate Apple over Beeper Mini shutdown Bored Apes' creator Yuga Labs acquires Proof, takes over Moonbirds NFT brand Sarah Silverman's copyright infringement suit against OpenAI will advance in pared-down form Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Amanda Silberling, Abrar Al-Heeti, and Shoshana Weissmann Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - use code: TWIT
19/02/24·2h 27m

TWiT 966: He's Got a Huge Corpus - Bluesky Goes Public, Zuck's AI plans

Bluesky Goes Public, Zuck's AI plans The panel discusses the Apple Vision Pro Transcribe Glass X rival Bluesky launches to public with option to pick your algorithm Tech layoff tracker - A general discussion on AI Zuckerberg's Plan for AI Hinges on Your Facebook and Instagram Data The panel looks back at the proto-internet Reddit Doesn't Have to Share IP-Addresses of Piracy Commenters, Court Rules David Kahn, Leading Historian of Codes and Code Breaking, Dies at 93 The passing of John Walker, programmer and co-founder of AutoDesk Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Cathy Gellis, Harry McCracken, and Nicholas De Leon Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
11/02/24·2h 21m

TWiT 965: Baby's First Layoff - Apple Vision Pro, Google Retires Cache links

The panel gives their thoughts on the Apple Vision Pro Online safety hearing gets skeptical response from kids, advocates Finance worker pays out $25 million after video call with deepfake 'chief financial officer' Amazon Drops $1.4 Billion iRobot Deal; Vacuum Maker Cuts Jobs There Are 14 Billion Videos on YouTube Elon Musk: First Human Receives Neuralink Brain Chip Google Search officially retires cache link The panel discusses the recent spat of tech industry layoffs Japan finally ends mandatory form submission on floppy disks Amazon Content Spending 2023 Rose 14% to $18.9B for TV, Film and Music Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Georgia Dow, Lisa Schmeiser, and Wesley Faulkner Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
05/02/24·2h 8m

TWiT 964: No One Talks to the Faucet Anymore - AI Investing Trends, Taylor Swift Deepfakes

AI Investing Trends, Taylor Swift Deepfakes 160-180k Apple Vision Pros sold Ben Parr's 110+ Page Slide report I came out with on AI investing trends + predictions in 2023/2024 George Carlin AI Lawsuit: Estate Sues Creators Over Comedy Special Nightshade, the tool that 'poisons' data, gives artists a fighting chance against AI Google News Is Boosting Garbage AI-Generated Articles Taylor Swift explicit AI finally blocked on X after days Tim Sweeney on Europe's new Digital Markets Act iPhone Apps Secretly Harvest Data When They Send You Notifications, Researchers Find N.S.A. Buys Americans' Internet Data Without Warrants, Letter Says Pokemon-like game has gone viral, 5m+ downloads in a week, lots of questions on copyright Beeper's push for iMessage on Android is really over Police Arrest Teen Said to Be Linked to Hundreds of Swatting Attacks Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Stacey Higginbotham, Ben Parr, and Allyn Malventano Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: or use Promo Code TWIT
29/01/24·2h 35m

TWiT 963: Low-Key Clippy - Verizon Fees, AI Translations, Microsoft Hack

Verizon Fees, AI Translations, Microsoft Hack The panel talks about the Apple Vision pro The Apple Google Duopoly Verizon To Keep Charging Controversial Fee Despite $100 Million Settlement Javier Milei Special Address WITH AI Sam Altman says ChatGPT will evolve in "uncomfortable" ways Sports Illustrated Thrown Into Chaos With Mass Layoffs Origins and definition of "Ensh*ttification" Beeper users say Apple is now blocking their Macs from using iMessage entirely The Quiet Death of Ello's Big Dreams Microsoft 'senior leadership' emails accessed by Russian SolarWinds hackers Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data Among Linguists, the Word of the Year Is More of a Vibe Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Cory Doctorow, Iain Thomson, and Alex Lindsay Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - promo code: TWIT
22/01/24·2h 47m

TWiT 962: CES Recap - Padre's CES Haul, Google Layoffs, AI Battery

Padre's CES Haul, Google Layoffs, AI Battery The panel discusses what they saw at CES Padre shows off some toys from CES Volkswagen says it's putting ChatGPT in its cars for 'enriching conversations' Mercedes-Benz's best-in-class voice assistant is getting an AI boost AI-Generated 'George Carlin' Comedy Blasted by Comedian's Daughter SAG-AFTRA strikes deal for AI voice acting licensing in video games at CES 2024 Google Is Laying Off Hundreds of Workers in Its Voice Assistant, AR Teams Microsoft's new battery is a test of AI-infused scientific discovery Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, David Pierce, and Daniel Rubino Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: - use code: TWIT
15/01/24·2h 45m

TWiT 961: A Nation of Nerds - CES Preview, NYT vs. OpenAI

CES preview The NY Times Lawsuit Against OpenAI A New Kind of AI Copy Can Fully Replicate Famous People. The Law Is Powerless. Elon Musk Has Used Illegal Drugs, Worrying Leaders at Tesla and SpaceX Microsoft's keyboards and mice will live on under a unique new partnership A physical keyboard for your iPhone RIP: Software design pioneer Niklaus Wirth Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Amy Webb, Christina Warren, and Devindra Hardawar Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
08/01/24·2h 29m

TWiT 960: Best of 2023 - This Week in Tech's Best Moments in 2023

Looking back at some of This Week in Tech's best moments from 2023: Rating Google's AI Music Tool MusicLM What is Plaguing Google? Xerox Alto: 50 Year Later Lessons Learned By the SVB Collapse Is Copyright Good For Authors? What's Your (Microsoft) Copilot? Goodbye, Computer Magazines UK Emergency Alert Test A Look At WiFi Pineapple and Flipper Zero Ten Years Since Snowden's Revelations Were Revealed The Seven Deadly Sins and Tech Blind: Anonymous Workplace Gossip Earthquake! Why Apple Ended Its CSAM-Scanning Tool Meta's Uncanny New AI Avatars MIke Elgan's Meta Ray-Ban Smartglasses Host: Leo Laporte Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors:
31/12/23·2h 46m

TWiT 959: The Old Farts Gather - A Retrospective Journey through 2023 and Beyond

In this festive end-of-year episode, Leo gathers some of the veteran hosts of the TWiT network, dubbed "old farts," to reflect on the major tech stories and trends of 2023 while looking ahead to 2024. They debate AI and tech's impact on society, discuss the ups and downs of companies like Twitter, Apple, and SpaceX, reminisce about the early days of computing and the Internet, and more, all with good humor and insight gained from decades in tech. Topics Discussed: The explosion of AI in 2023, from chatbots like ChatGPT to powerful new AI demonstrations. Debate on whether we're nearing AGI (artificial general intelligence) and the societal impacts. The rise and struggles of companies like Facebook/Meta, Netflix, Twitter, Alibaba. Patterns of tech success, failure, and Corey Doctorow's concept of "ensh*tification." Elon Musk: The good (SpaceX, Starlink), bad (Twitter), and unpredictable. Is he still an innovator or has wealth and power corrupted him? Open source, Linux, and big tech's relationship to open ecosystems. Concerns about commercialization diluting open ideals. Looking back on early tech days. How the history of tech contextualizes what's happening today. Nostalgia and optimism for the early Internet days. The revival of space exploration, privatized today by SpaceX and others. What can we expect as we (hopefully) return to the Moon in 2024? Chaos, unpredictability, and the feeling of societal flux as we head into 2024. An uncertain but interesting future awaits. Memorable Quotes: "AI is only dangerous to humans if you give it physical agency in the real world. Combine AI with a robotic dog, and now you got something." - Leo "When are you getting your stupid thing that you wear that has the laser on your hand?" - Jeff to Leo "It's time to hand it over. We're effing up the world. We've done it for centuries. It's time to hand it over." - Jeff on tech leadership "So has anybody played with the Apple ones that have the weird eyeballs?" - Doc on Apple's augmented reality efforts "Chaos is a weird thing. You could have your faucet dripping slowly and almost all of the drips go down and land and that's it, but somehow about a yard off to the one side is a drip" - Steve on increasing chaos Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Jeff Jarvis, Doc Searls, Steve Gibson, and Rod Pyle Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: promo code TWiT
24/12/23·2h 17m

TWiT 958: Never Look a Gift Mouse in the Horse - AI Math, Zuck's Lair, E3's Demise

AI Math, Zuck's Lair, E3's Demise The panel talks about pinball machines Mark Zuckerberg's underground lair Cox admits to invading your privacy Google Maps gets an update to stop authorities from accessing location history data Apple now requires a judge's consent to hand over push notification data Epic Games wins it's lawsuit, Google ruled as an illegal monopoly Beeper Mini is back, but for how long? Running Signal Will Soon Cost $50 Million a Year Tesla recalls 2 million cars FCC denies Starlink of $885M subsidy Netflix finally releases viewership data E3 is over How do you wordle? Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Brianna Wu, Nate Lanxon, and David Spark Download or subscribe to this show at Get episodes ad-free with Club TWiT at Sponsors: GO.ACILEARNING.COM/TWIT promo code TWIT
18/12/23·2h 36m
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