This Week in Tech 637: 11 Verified Herbs and Spices

Pixel 2 first look. Apple innovation. Twitter will end hate speech next week. Bixby in the kitchen, Cortana in the living room. KRACK is bad, ROCA is worse. Netflix will spend $8 million on original content. Magic Leap gets another $500 million.

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This Week in Tech 636: A Fat Suit for Your Phone

The New York Times clamps down on social media. Twitter will clamp down on hate. Qualcomm drags China into its fight with Apple. Google drags Target into its fight with Amazon. TransUnion drags itself into everyone’s fight with Equifax. Oculus announces a wire-free VR headset. Shell buys into electric charging. Atari 2600 turns 40. US vs Japan giant robot fight go!

This Week in Tech 635: Benji’s Bag of Dongles

The guy who created the like button now says it’s dangerously addictive. Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos says press doesn’t understand how hard it is to prevent voter manipulation. Yahoo admits that hack perpetrated under Yahoo Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos impacted all 3 billion Yahoo users. Google heats up the home voice assistant war, but can it catch up with Alexa? And does Apple even have a chance as Siri turns 6? Google puts another stake in the headphone jack. Equifax gets a $7.5 million contract with the IRS. Kaspersky antivirus, the NSA, and the Russian government. Slashdot turns 20. AOL Instant Messenger is finally dead.

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 124: iPhone 8 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 8

On this week’s episode of The New Screen Savers for Saturday, September 30, 2017:
– Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone discuss Twitter doubling tweet length, Ikea acquiring TaskRabbit, and how Elon Musk wants to rocket you anywhere on Earth in less than an hour.
– Megan and Leo have a little showdown between the new iPhone 8 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
– How do you feed your dog with tech? Sol Lipman joins us to explain how his new subscription service YaDoggie uses a smart scoop.
– In our Call for Help, we’ll talk ways to work seamlessly from PC to Mac and choosing a Surface.
– Jason Howell will lay down some sick tunes and review a portable mini DJ console from Numark.
– ‘Bad Gamer’ Padre has a review of two 2D platformers – Cuphead and Splasher.

This Week in Tech 633: Future Proof This Kid

Uber’s new CEO says that there is a “high cost to a bad reputation” after London kicks it to the curb. Apple’s iPhone 8 comes out to less fanfare than usual; Apple Watch has LTE issues. ARKit’s first wave of apps is out, and Robert Scoble is severely underwhelmed. Google aqui-hires HTC’s Pixel team for over a billion dollars. Equifax: what now? CCleaner malware: who was it targeting? Facebook, Google, and Twitter allow ad targeting for racist terms – has the algorithm gone amok? What is the best thing for a nine-year-old to start learning now to keep from being one of the billion people who lose their jobs in the coming decades?

This Week in Tech 632: Smartest Dumb People in the World

Apple’s new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X don’t win over the TWiT panel. Will Google’s Pixel 2? Facebook’s election-rigging issues won’t go away. Google appeals a record fine from the EU just as it gets a new pay discrimination suit here at home. Bodega is in the news for the first and only time. The cryptocurrency bubble starts to pop. Equifax is the security story that keeps on giving… your data away.

The New Screen Savers 122: Building a Bug-Out-Bag for the Zombie Apocalypse

On this week’s episode of The New Screen Savers for Saturday, September 16, 2017:

– Fr. Father Robert, SJ and Patrick Norton discuss Apple’s new iPhone X and iPhone 8, more Equifax breach fallout, and racist ad-targeting options offered by Twitter, Facebook, and Google.

– Scotty Allen of Strange Parts joins us to show how he was able to install a 3.5mm headphone jack into an iPhone 7 by taking apart Apple’s Lightning adapter and building it into a custom circuit board.

– When it comes to disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, and zombies, everyone needs a bug-out-bag. Patrick and Fr. Robert battle it out to see what’s in their go-bag and talk about what you should do to be prepared.

– Speaking of improvising, Jason Howell has a trick for powering your smartphone with a 9-volt battery.

– Megan Morrone has part five of her Digital Cleanse series. This week she shows you what you can do to cleaning up your hard drive.

– Patrick and Robert answer a Call for Help about Digital Audio Converters (DACs). Do you need them to get the most out of your lossless audio music?

This Week in Tech 631: This One’s for Jerry

Apple will release the new iPhones on Tuesday. Thanks to leaks, we already know most of the details – does this spoil Apple’s big day? Red Sox busted for using Apple Watch to steal signals from the Yankees. Moto X4 will be an Android One phone. Google may buy HTC. Equifax leaks 143 million records, wait more than a month to tell anyone. Facebook finally admits that Russians bought $100,000 worth of election ads. Solaris employees laid off from Oracle. Farewell, Jerry Pournelle.

The New Screen Savers 121: Essential Phone Review and Teardown

Leo Laporte and Jason Howell take an in-depth look at the new Essential Phone PH-1. It finally arrived and Jason has spent a lot of time with it the last few days and will have a review. Also, Kelsea Weber from iFixit.com joins us to talk about what’s inside the Essential Phone. They had a hard time getting inside and had to freeze it! (plus they broke two screens!) Leo has the new Mavic Pro drone from DJI. We’ll take it for a spin and see if it’s worth the high price tag. Megan Morrone has a full review of the Tovala smart oven. Father Robert Ballecer, SJ has some ideas to bring new life to your old remote controls. In Call For Help, we’ll talk about whether or not you should install Oreo on your Android phone.

– Equifax gets hacked and leaked personal info of 143 million consumers.
– Will the new Apple iPhone be named iPhone X?