This Week in Tech 640: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

DOJ suggests that phone encryption kills people. Facebook wants to see you naked. Apple gets ready for its best holiday ever. Twitter gets 50 character names to go with its 280 character tweets. XBox One X is the best game system out there. Bill Gates will build his own city. Car ownership will be a thing of the past in 5 years. Intel and AMD team up. Alibaba sells $25 billion worth of stuff in one day while America’s retail sector is tanking.

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The New Screen Savers 130: The New Xbox One X

-Leo Laporte and Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ check out the new Xbox One X. Samit Sarkar, Senior Reporter from Polygon joins us to talk about the new games, 4k with HDR gaming, and if it’s worth it without a 4K monitor.
– The holidays are approaching quickly and we’ve got not one, but two Holiday Gift Guides! Padre and Leo will fill your suitcase with travel gadgets. – Plus, Tim Stevens from CNET’s Roadshow has his top six car picks!
– Megan Morrone introduces us to Gitanjali Rao. She’s 11-years-old and won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. We’ll learn about the challenges to make her invention.
– In Call for Help, Padre explains how the Raspberry Pi Pi-hole adblocker works without slowing down your internet connection

This Week in Tech 634: An Apple Watch Walks Into a Bar

Is the iPhone X killing iPhone 8 sales? How do you turn on the FM chip in the iPhone 8? (You can’t.) How do you turn off the Bluetooth in the Apple Watch (You can , but it’s harder than you think.) How do you turn off Wi-Fi and LTE on the Apple Watch 3? (Just walk into a Starbucks.) Google is about to announce a whole slew of Pixel products. Amazon just announces a whole slew of Echo products. Microsoft and Facebook just laid a 160TB slew of transatlantic cable. Are tech companies’ tax-avoiding ways about to get them in real trouble?

The New Screen Savers 119: Back to School Tech

Leo Laporte and Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ take a look at Back to School accessories for both students and parents. Leo reviews the GPD Pocket computer; a tiny Windows computer that’s not much larger than a smartphone. Megan Morrone continues her #DigitalCleanse series. In part 3, are you an “app-rat” and is your desktop a disaster? She’ll show you how to clean up your apps. In Call for Help, we’ll try to solve a WiFi problem in India. Jason Howell has a review of the Asus Zenfone AR phone with Project Tango built in.

– Samsung heir gets five years in jail
– Amazon cuts some prices at Whole Foods
– The eclipse from 35,000 feet.

This Week in Tech 623: Binders Full of CEOs

Disney will build a Star Wars-themed hotel where each guest gets a story. Uber says they are getting lots of applications for their open CEO post, but nobody big seems interested. Apple iPhone 8 rumors abound. Google is trying to eliminate Zika by releasing 20 million bacteria-infected mosquitos in Fresno, CA. Amazon is creating a new messaging app called Anytime. Prime Day was Amazon’s biggest sales day ever, and Best Buy stock dropped $1 billion over the rumor that Amazon is developing a Geek Squad competitor. If you don’t want Homeland Security to scan your face, you shouldn’t travel. Windows Phone 8.1 is dead. US welcomes Afghan girls robotics team, and the “world’s first robot lawyer” – meanwhile, Elon Musk warns that we need AI regulation sooner rather than later.

• Devindra Hardawar is still mad that new iPhones have no headphone jack.
• Georgia Dow needs a house with two VR rooms.
• Jill Duffy is learning Romanian on Duolingo.

This Week in Tech 613: My Husband’s an iDoctor

Mark Zuckerberg drops in for dinner unannounced, talks with firemen, and feeds a calf. Is he running for President, or just trying to convince us he’s not secretly a robot? Apple has more than $250 billion in cash – what should it do with all that money? Microsoft introduces Windows 10 S, the Surface Laptop, Code Builder for Minecraft: Education edition, and more tools for schools. How much technology do schools need? Amazon’s new echo has a camera, and its next one will have a touchpad. Is ubiquitous voice computing going to lead to the end of privacy forever? The Google Docs phishing attack makes us question if users are to blame. Facebook and Twitter want to be your next TV.

–Amy Webb’s new book is The Signals are Talking
–Nick Bilton’s new book is American Kingpin
–Brianna Wu is running for Congress in Massachusetts