This Week in Tech 652: We’re All Out of Kidneys

Tech ads in the Superbowl. Elon Musk’s “Not-a-Flamethrower.” Apple, Google, and Amazon quarterly results. What are Amazon’s health plans? What game company will Microsoft buy next?

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This Week in Tech 651: Occupy Fiber

Elon Musk’s great ideas: Tesla, SpaceX, flamethrowers. Apple HomePod arrives next week. Google Clips camera is not at all creepy, we swear. Nobody won the Lunar X Prize. Amazon Go officially opens. Montana, New York, AT&T, John Deere, and Burger King take up the Net Neutrality battle. Intel’s Spectre patch is a garbage fire.

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.

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.

This Week in Tech 638: The Frightful 5 on the Splinternet

Ordering the iPhone X. The Essential phone and its lack of press coverage. Who owns your face, malicious face recogntion and the lack of face case law. The splintered internet explained. The iPhone calulator flaw. Burn-in problems reproted for the Pixel 2. AI dominating companies and the Frightful 5 identififed. Amazon, Alphabet and Microsoft earnings beat expectations. The consequence of monopolies. The General Data Protection Regulation and its implication for your personal data. Amazon delivering inside your house now. Roger Stone has been banned from Twitter. Facebook might start charging publishers to promote their stories in the main news feed and of course the controversary surrounding the cheeseburger emoji.

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 120: Echo, Echo, Echo…

Leo Laporte and Roberto Baldwin try out the new Multi-Room Music feature on the Amazon Echo. We’ll set up several Echos in the studio to set it up and find out how it works. Anker has a new sister brand for smart-home devices called Eufy. One of their latest products is a tiny smart speaker called the Genie. We’ll see how to compares to the Echo Dot. Megan Morrone continues her #DigitalCleanse. This week is number four: Cleaning up your cloud storage. We’re going to revive an old Mac Pro (mid-2010) for our ‘Call for Help,’ and install NVIDIA’s flagship gaming GPU the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. We’ll take a first look at Tovala’s meal kit service that cooks itself in a smart oven that can steam, bake, and broil. Jason Howell shows us some AR apps on the Asus Zenfone AR. In the ‘Mail Bag,’ we answer questions about what to do with vintage computers and tracking apps for Android.

– Apple to unveil the next iPhone September 12th at the new Apple campus.
– Juicero shuts down and won’t sell juice packs.
– In an email snafu, Essential shared driver’s licenses numbers of some customers.
– Roberto was at the Hyperloop Pod Competition where the winning pod hit over 200MPH.

This Week in Tech 629: When in Doubt, Hit the Raccoon

Will Meg Whitman Be Uber’s next CEO? Germany decides when it is okay for self-driving cars to kill people, and which people they should kill. Android Oreo is official. Samsung releases the Galaxy Note 8. Apple might announce its new iPhones on September 12th. Google may announce the new Pixels on October 5th. Nobody really knows when the Essential will arrive. Google teams up with Walmart as Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods goes through and Kale goes on sale. Facebook and Focus feature stream studio movies; Netflix and dispensaries develop new strains of weed. Australian beaches are now safer thanks to shark-detecting drones.

This Week in Tech 625: Walking to the Bodega

Apple pays $506 million and €1.7 billion for patent infringements. Trump says that Apple will build 3 big plants in the US; Apple declines to comment. Apple kills the iPod Nano and Shuffle. Coders aren’t happy about the new spaceship campus. Amazon, Alphabet, and Twitter stocks slide after earning reports, but Facebook is flying high. Your Roomba is NOT spying on you. Sweden leaks private info of all its citizens. Hackers crack safes, pwn voting machines, and inject code into mice at DEF CON. Flash is finally dying – in 2020. Everything you ever wanted to know about the upcoming Bitcoin split but were afraid to ask.

–Alex “Will” Wilhelm sleeps in Leo’s parents’ bedroom.
–Mike Murphy was NOT bought by Steve Job’s widow this week.
–Steve Kovach can see the Empire State Building right now.