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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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Atlanta, GA

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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.

Language:

English

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HowStuffWorks.com One Capital City Plaza 3350 Peachtree Road, Suite 1500 Atlanta, GA 30326 404-760-4729


Episodes

The SxSW Interactive Story

2/6/2023
How did a music festival become one of the biggest tech events in the US? We look at the history of SxSW, explore some of the notable (and sometimes disastrous) things that happened there and Jonathan relives one of his worst memories as a professional. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:09

TechStuff Classic: The MOOG Story (Part One)

2/3/2023
What is a MOOG synthesizer? How does it work? And did people really say synthesizers didn't make real music? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:33

Tech News: US Senator Asks Apple and Google to Ditch TikTok

2/2/2023
Senator Michael Bennet is asking Google and Apple to dump TikTok from their app stores. Snap and Meta held their Q4 2022 earnings calls this week with very different results. Plus stories about Google, why AMD's chip prices haven't gone down despite a decline in demand, and how Netflix plans to crack down on account sharing. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:34:08

TechStuff Tidbits: Ben Franklin and the Glass Armonica

2/1/2023
Only Benjamin Franklin would listen to a musician playing wine glasses and think "I bet I could use technology to make this easier." And he did by inventing the Glass Armonica, an instrument that gained a peculiar reputation for producing ethereal music and . . . health problems? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:36:35

Tech News: A Big Week for Big Tech

1/31/2023
Several of the major tech companies have earnings calls this week, which will tell us more about how they're doing and where we go from here. Plus, we learn more about the affects of layoffs in tech companies, a paralegal investigates DoNotPay's AI claims and how the three big companies in video games are skipping E3 this year. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:37:28

Rerun: Spoofing and Caller ID

1/30/2023
How do scam artists disguise their phone numbers when setting up robocalls? We look at Caller ID and spoofing and learn how companies and government agencies are trying to fight back. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:53:37

TechStuff Classic: The Philips Story: Part Two

1/27/2023
What happened to the Philips company during World War II? How did Philips diversify over the decades? What's next for the company? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:41:22

Tech News: AI Blunders and a Liquid-Metal Robot

1/26/2023
An academic publisher says that it will not publish academic papers written by ChatGPT. Futurism uncovers more problems with CNET's use of AI to write articles. India pressures Twitter and Google to censor a BBC documentary. And researchers in Hong Kong show off a cool melting robot! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:30:40

TechStuff Tidbits: What is a diode?

1/25/2023
Diodes are key components in modern electronics, but what are they and what do they do? We take a few minutes to describe diodes and their function. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:20:10

Tech News: A Chatbot Earns an MBA (Not Really)

1/24/2023
A business school professor says that ChatGPT passed the final exam needed to earn an MBA. Microsoft announces a commitment to a multi-year, multibillion dollar relationship with OpenAI. And Elon Musk says that Twitter will offer an ad-free subscription level in the future. Plus more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:19:54

The Story of OpenAI

1/23/2023
With ChatGPT in the news, I thought it was high time we take a look at OpenAI -- the company behind the controversial chatbot. From its founding in 2015 to its shift to a "capped-profit" company, we look at the organization founded with the goal of creating AI that's beneficial for humanity. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:48:39

TechStuff Classic: The Philips Story: Part One

1/20/2023
Who founded the electronics company Philips? Why did it nearly go bankrupt in less than five years? And who saved it? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:36:55

Tech News: Commanding Chatbots to Make Malware

1/19/2023
Cybersecurity researchers discover that, with a little bullying, they could convince ChatGPT to make some nasty malware. Plus workers in Kenya suffered to make ChatGPT less toxic. Meta faces fines in the EU for WhatsApp. And Microsoft is gearing up for layoffs. Plus more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:29:45

Apple Indefinitely Shelves it's AR Glasses Project

1/18/2023
Faced with challenging engineering problems, Apple has reportedly shelved its augmented reality glasses project. We look at the history and evolution of AR, and why it's so hard to create a pair of glasses with AR capabilities. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:39:58

Tech News: Artists Versus Artificial Intelligence

1/17/2023
Artists, musicians and even stock photography companies are starting to fire shots at generative artificial intelligence systems. Will we see lawmakers create new legislation that creates a legal framework for generative AI? At what point can you say a machine plagiarized an artistic work? Plus, Meta sues an Israeli company for scraping user data and Google has plans for all those Stadia controllers once the service shuts off tomorrow. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:42:48

RERUN: Copyright and Fair Use

1/16/2023
In this episode from 2021, we look at the thorny issues of copyright and how fair use isn't some proactive safety play to avoid those pesky copyright strikes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:05:54

TechStuff Classic: The Evils of Data Tracking

1/13/2023
Codebreaker's Ben Johnson joins the show to talk about data tracking. What is it used for? What's the best case scenario? And what happens when it goes wrong? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:02:59

Tech News: A Corrupted File Grounded All US Aircraft Yesterday

1/12/2023
A corrupt file in the FAA's systems forced all flights in the US to hold, leading to thousands of delays and hundreds of cancellations. Plus, CNET has been using AI to write articles and no one really noticed. Parler laid off about 75% of its staff. And the James Webb Space Telescope finds its first new exoplanet. Plus more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:33:36

TechStuff Tidbits: An Update on Right to Repair

1/11/2023
In 2022, Apple rolled out a self repair service shop. New York state passed a bill meant to give consumers more options when repairing their tech. And John Deere recently signed a memorandum of understanding with farmers loosening repair restrictions. Has the US embraced the Right to Repair? Not quite. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:34:01

Tech News: AI Makes Headlines in Early 2023

1/10/2023
Artificial intelligence is going to be a big topic this year, and we have several stories to prove it. Plus, more about some of the stuff shown off at CES and how a school system is taking social media companies to court. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:47:35