This Week in Tech 646: 2017 Year in Review

Mark Zuckerberg tours the country – but he isn’t running for president. Amazon puts Alexa everywhere. Silicon Valley’s toxic bro culture. Twitter gets political. YouTube Kids gets algorithmically weird. CIA and NSA zero days revealed. Apple Park opens for business. Google’s bad hardware year. Bitcoin madness. Uber’s many many many many problems. Apple releases iPhone X, iMac Pro. Amazon buys Whole foods. Equifax hack.

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This Week in Tech 645: Not a Bright Guy

FCC cancels Net Neutrality and Ajit Pai mocks protesters. Apple’s new iMac Pro costs a minimum of $4999 and goes up from there. Disney buys 21st Century Fox, gaining X-Men, Fantastic Four, and A New Hope, along with a 60% share of Hulu. Google cancels Tango as ARCore picks up steam. As public sentiment against it grows, even Facebook admits that Facebook is bad for you. Uber spies on everybody. Tweet storms made easy. Mirai botnet that took down huge swathes of the internet was built by college kids to cheat at Minecraft. Patreon apologizes. Secret Pentagon UFO program revealed.

This Week in Tech 644: This Is Fine

Bitcoin hits $20,000, then drops back to $15,000. San Francisco to ban robots. DeepMindAI teaches itself to be a chess grandmaster in 4 hours. Net Neutrality dies in 4 days. Qualcomm and Microsoft announce Windows on ARM computers. Facebook Messenger for Kids targets 6-year-olds. 2017’s top 10 YouTube videos and earners. Jony Ive is back in charge at Apple design.

This Week in Tech 643: Ambien Tech

Cyber Monday was Amazon’s biggest day ever, but Jeff Bezos still lost his $100 Billion dollar crown. Apple fixes an ugly macOS security flaw, but then immediately breaks the fix. Google finally figures out how to make hamburgers and beer. Uber is still incredibly crooked. Bitcoin clears $10,000. Elon Musk is sending a Roadster to Mars and discovering a sunken city in Chicago. The US Supreme Court will decide if the Fourth Amendment applies to your phone.

This Week in Tech 642: Grandpa’s Hairy Thumb

Net Neutrality’s demise set for December 14th – lawsuits to follow. Black Friday breaks mobile records. Time’s top 10 gadgets of the year. Jeff Bezos, now worth $100 billion, credits his grandpa’s hairy thumb as inspiration. How to tell if you liked a Russia-sponsored Facebook page. Elon Musk tests the bounds of credibility with his latest battery claims. Uber confesses to hiding a 2016 data breach and paying off the hackers.

This Week in Tech 641: The Tesla Zamboni

Tesla unveils a semi and a $200,000 Roadster. The first church of artificial intelligence. Apple delays the HomePod until 2018. Amazon is close to launching their cashierless store, and just paid a quarter of a million dollars for the rights to produce Lord of the Rings TV shows. Who is tracking you this Thanksgiving? TechShop goes Bankrupt.

The New Screen Savers 131: Pixel Me Thrice – Pixel 2 XL, Pixelbook & Pixel Buds

– It’s a Pixel party! Jason Howell and Leo Laportea have all the new Google gear. We’ll take a look and review the Pixel 2 XL, Pixelbook, and Pixel Buds.
– Jason shows Leo how to record multitrack music with the Spire Studio from iZotope. Find out more about the Spire Studio at http://spire.live/
– In our Holiday Gift Guide, Charlie Hall from Polygon joins us with his picks for best video games.
– The Noon system is a new take smart lights. It uses switches that can figure out what kind of bulbs you have in your house and control them. Megan had them installed in her kitchen, and you’ll see how they work.
– Jason gives us a first look at the OnePlus 5T smartphone – Telsa announces big rig, the Semi, and their new Roadster.

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.

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