This Week in Tech 616: That’s Not a Hot Dog

Is Apple just pretending to be innovative? Does AlphaGo’s latest victory mean that general AI is around the corner? Who knows more about you, Facebook or Google? Should the NSA stockpile exploits? How long can Tesla stay on top of the EV market? Are robot cops coming? And… Is that a hot dog?

–Clayton Morris recommends Cosmic Disclosure for the latest in UFO conspiracies.
–Dan Patterson recommends Gerrit Lansing for the latest in political data analytics.
–Tim Stevens knows that if you gaze long at the Cap’n Crunch, the Cap’n Crunch also gazes at you.

This Week in Tech 611: Bezel Come Back

At the F8 Developer Conference, Facebook shows off its hot new augmented reality technology – which looks a whole lot like Snapchat. Apple is secretly working on non-invasive blood sugar detection, which could be a boon to millions of diabetics. Apple also wants to save the Earth by using 100% recycled materials in its products, covering its headquarters in solar panels, and manufacturing its own sweat. Wait, what? Google, which has made billions in ad revenue, is working on an ad blocker. The Samsung Galaxy S8 came out this week and has yet to explode. Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant, seems to be fizzling. According to Qualcomm, the first Windows PC using an ARM chip could be out later this year. in completely unrelated news, Intel has canceled the Intel Developer Forum. HTC’s newest phone, codenamed Ocean, will have a squeezable frame and a questionable logo. Steve Ballmer’s new site makes government spending more accessible. Another bad week for Uber. And McDonald’s new uniforms highlight the techno-dystopia we all live in.

This Week in Tech 610: Zombie Shopping Malls

United “overbooking”: what’s the real story? A murder streamed on Facebook Live. Apple sues Qualcomm, Qualcom sues Apple right back. Windows 10 Creators Update is here – are you excited for 3D Paint? The internet Archive emulates early Macs. Princeton creates an unblockable ad blocker. Nintendo stops selling the NES Classic – why? The death of the American mall.

This Week in Tech 609: Strippers, JFK and Stalin

Apple issues a mea culpa for the Mac Pro and promises a new model is on the way – just not this year. YouTube TV launches – it isn’t perfect, but it may be the most promosing over-the-top TV solution. Facebook launches a fund to fight fake news. Jeff Bezos is spending $1 billion a year of his own money on Blue Origin. XBox’s Project Scorpio specs revealed. Is the Twitter outrage over Pepsi’s new ad justified?

• Harry McCracken loves the serial comma.
• Iain Thomson insists that it should properly be called the Oxford comma.
• Christina Warren is more annoyed by people who mix up “your” and “you’re”.

Host: Leo Laporte
Guests: Harry McCracken, Christina Warren, and Iain Thomson

This Week in Tech 608: Supercanoe

US Congress votes to kill ISP privacy rules. Fixing fake news is harder than anyone imagined. Apple AR might not be good for gamers. Twitter changes default profile picture. The best 2017 April Fools jokes.

–Brianna Wu wants to fix the government from within.
–Erin Griffith’s husband learned to solve a Rubik’s Cube during this show.
–Larry Magid remembers when facts mattered in news.

This Week in Tech 606: My YouTube Cover Band

Uber’s President quits, saying that the job was not what he signed on for. Orson Wells’ “new” movie comes to Netflix. How to make money in the new music industry. Pwn2Own winners do the impossible hack. Is your vibrator tracking you? All this, and growing human flesh on robots – what could go wrong?

–Tom Merritt has a new sci-fi novel: Pilot X.
–Roberto Baldwin is in a Devo cover band.
–Steve Kovach is the Dark Knight.

This Week in Tech 604: Flabby, Flaccid, and Flatulent

Snapchat has a huge IPO -and makes one high school $24 million. Is Apple killing the lightning port on the iPhone 8? Spotify crosses the 50 million user mark. Mobile World Congress 2017 had a whole bunch of great phones. Nintendo Switch cartridges taste horrible on purpose. Overwatch wins Game of the Year at GDC. All this and Uber’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad week.

–Florence Ion shows off the new LG G6.
–Peter Rojas
–Alex Wilhelm pronounces “flaccid” wrong.

This Week in Tech 601: Fiber to the Press Release

Will Twitter’s new anti-harassment tools succeed? Tim Cook hints at Apple’s AR future. Gigabit fiber vs. 5G wireless vs. satellite internet in a 3-way race to own your broadband. House passes email privacy bill. Coding is the next blue-collar job.

–Mike Elgan knows why Twitter’s new tools will fail.
–Jason Hiner doesn’t like the MacBook Pro Touch Bar.
–Liz Gannes knows the perfect way to listen to podcasts.
–Leo Laporte looks amazing in heart-shaped glasses.