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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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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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English

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Tech News: Apple Cancels Plans for Vision Pro II

6/21/2024
Apple still plans to launch a more affordable mixed reality headset before the end of next year, but the Vision Pro sounds like a one off. Plus, Nvidia, Microsoft and Apple vie for the title of most valuable company in the world. And much more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:20:22

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Rerun: Super Soakers and Rocket Science

6/19/2024
How did a nuclear engineer end up inventing the Super Soaker water gun? This is the story of Lonnie Johnson, an inventor and engineer who, among many other things, revolutionized the backyard water pistol fight. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:37:17

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New Season of Smart Talks with IBM Coming Soon

6/18/2024
Smart Talks with IBM returns with a new season on Tuesday, June 25th. This season, we’re diving back into the world of artificial intelligence, but with a focus on the powerful concept of “open,” and how it applies to AI. Host Malcolm Gladwell will invite curious colleagues from Pushkin Industries to explore how openness is already reshaping industries, ways of doing business, and our very notion of what's possible. This is a paid advertisement from IBM. Visit us at ibm.com/smarttalks See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:01:31

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GMDs and EMPs

6/17/2024
Geomagnetic disturbances and electromagnetic pulses have the potential to cause a lot of problems for us. We learn what causes these events and how they can impact electronic systems. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:38:31

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Tech News: Elon Musk Rants About Apple Intelligence

6/14/2024
Elon Musk says he'll ban Apple products from his company following the announcement that Apple is partnering with OpenAI. Plus, Microsoft recalls Windows Recall before it can launch next week. And much more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:21:07

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Intellivision and the Blue Sky Rangers

6/12/2024
Back in the late 1970s, toy company Mattel waded into the video game console market with the launch of the Intellivision. This year, Atari SA purchased the rights to the Intellivision brand and IP. We look at the story behind this early video game console. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:45:24

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The Origins of Tesla

6/10/2024
While Elon Musk owes much of his wealth to Tesla, the truth is that he's not the company's founder. That honor goes to a pair of engineers named Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. We explore the origins of Tesla. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:43:03

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Tech News: AI Might Not Be Ready for Prime Time

6/7/2024
Two different consumer products with AI integration have flopped recently, and even big companies like Google have had to backtrack on AI implementations. Is AI just not yet ready for the public? And if so, who the heck will tell AI companies? Plus lots more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:19:53

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The Largest Data Breaches in US History: Part II

6/5/2024
We've got more data breaches and leaks to talk about. From an attack that targeted Microsoft corporate customers to one affecting three billion accounts, we look at how hackers and poor data security practices put people and their information at risk. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:48:53

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The Largest Data Breaches in US History: Part I

6/3/2024
TicketMaster recently acknowledged a massive data breach that has affected more than half a billion customers. Where would it fall on a list of the worst data breaches in US history? We look at instances from LinkedIn to Home Depot. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:42:31

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Tech News: TikTok Might Be Working on a Contingency Plan

5/31/2024
Reuters reports that TikTok is developing a US-only version of its recommendation algorithm, but the company disputes the report's accuracy. Plus, could AI make your next favorite TV show? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:22:56

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Rerun: How 3D Audio Works

5/29/2024
In the late 19th century, a French experiment demonstrated the power of stereo sound. A century later, experiments in binaural audio would help create rich soundscapes that could immerse the listener in audio environments. We learn about the evolution and tech of 3D audio. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:46:39

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Rerun: How Medieval Warfare Led to the Lawnmower

5/27/2024
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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:16

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Tech News: AI Oh No

5/24/2024
OpenAI is in the hot seat. Scarlet Johansson thinks OpenAI might have used her voice without her permission. Former employees are compelled to sign non disparagement agreements or face losing their equity in the company. And much more! Plus, non AI stories too! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:21:13

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The Dramatic Evolution of Hulu

5/22/2024
After a tumultuous 2013, Hulu would enter the next phase of its evolution. But corporate maneuvers in huge media empires and growing competition in the streaming space would determine Hulu's path forward. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:42:56

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The Origins of Hulu

5/20/2024
In 2007, News Corp and NBCUniversal announced a joint venture. It would be a video streaming service that would deliver film and broadcast TV content online. Detractors called it the Clown Co, but it took the name Hulu and would become an important force that would shape the business of online streaming. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:39:58

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Tech News: The Future of Search is AI

5/17/2024
Both OpenAI and Google dominated the tech news this week with announcements relating to AI, and like it or not it seems like AI is bound to become deeply integrated into our tech in the near future. Plus, Elon Musk tussles with the SEC (again) and two brothers are accused of stealing around 25 million dollars in cryptocurrency. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:44:43

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The Problem With Live Service Games

5/15/2024
From always-on DRM to the heartbreak of online games getting shut down, we look at the issues gamers encounter with the live service game model. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:37:20

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Could Live Service Games Kill the Games Industry?

5/13/2024
Recently, Microsoft shut down four video game studios. The industry as a whole has seen major disruption this year. And some worry that a shift toward live service games could be a big part of the problem. What's going on? Part one of two! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:43:50

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Tech News: Microsoft Shuts Down Multiple Video Game Studios

5/10/2024
This week, Microsoft announced that game studios like Austin Arkane and Tango Gameworks are closing their doors. Google and Tesla are both dealing with consequences following layoffs. And OpenAI may have plans in the works to rain on Google's I/O conference parade next week. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:20:01