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This Week in Tech 598: It's Probably Squirrels  

Can Twitter be fixed? Will Trump's FCC Chairman pick be a boon or bane for tech? Is Apple still competitive? Could they compete against Netflix? Apple sues Qualcomm for $1 billion. Samsung reveals that the Note 7 fires were caused by "irregular batteries." Zuckerberg for President? Matt Cutts resigns from Google. Assange reneges on extradition promise after Chelsea Manning's sentence commuted. Tesla Autopilot results in 40% drop in accidents. Don't use Meitu! United Airlines planes grounded by computer outage.

Iain Thompson thinks squirrels are the real threat.Jason Calacanis' Inside Trump newsletter holds the President to his campaign promisesFather Robert Ballecer has a Hawaiian warning for Mark ZuckerbergLeo Laporte wants his Powerwall already!

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Iain Thomson, Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, and Jason Calacanis

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The Tech Guy 1357  

Department of Transportation investigates the Tesla crash earlier this year, WhatsApp was not hacked after all, protecting your privacy while using a smartphone, configuring an A/V receiver for audio return, where to find the sound mixer in Windows, options for cutting the cable, and more of your calls.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guest: Chris Marquardt

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The New Screen Savers 88: Father Builds Daughter's Robotic Arm with No Experience  

Leo Laporte and Jason Snell talk with Bodo Hoenen, a father who built a robotic assistive arm for his daughter whose arm is paralyzed. And, he did it with no robotic experience! We'll play 'Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes' with Leo, Mike Elgan, Greg Ferro, and Becky Worley. Jason Howell gives his take on the hi-res music service Tidal. Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ has a review of the Omnicharge - a 'smart' power bank with AC/DC/USB output. Jason Snell and Leo answer a lot of your Apple-centric questions in 'Calls for Help' and 'Mail Bag.'

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Jason Snell

Guests: Bodo Hoenen, Mike Elgan, Greg Ferro, Becky Worley, Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, and Jason Howell

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The Tech Guy 1356  

The Presidential Twitter account transition, the future of game consoles, troubleshooting an old laptop, do viruses survive a clean install of an OS? And more of your calls!

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Scott Wilkinson, Johnny Jet, and Dick DeBartolo

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Tech News Today 1688: Hold The Phone!  

Meitu, the Chinese selfie app that asks for an insane amount of permissions, issued a statement to CNET saying that China requires them to implement alternative tracking methods for user identification purposes. Meitu developers insist that they are not selling that data to anyone.

Samsung appears to be ready to share its Note 7 findings during a press conference this Sunday evening, but a report from the Wall Street Journal reveals that the cause is related to "irregularly sized" batteries as well as manufacturing inconsistencies.

A report out of Norway says that Tidal has over-reported its numbers repeatedly, including in a March 2016 press release, when TIDAL claimed to have 3 million subscribers, not including trial members. Internally, it reported having around 1.2 million subscribers, yet only made payments to labels for 850,000 subscribers.

Qualcomm is having a bad week. Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit claiming that Qualcomm has charge royalties "for technologies they have nothing to do with." And earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission also filed a suit against Qualcomm over exclusionary tactics in how it licenses its patents.

Amazon is doubling down on the Dash, its push-button system for quick one-tap purchasing of products from the e-commerce site by showing virtual versions of those buttons on the Amazon homepage. The buttons will be customized based on user's buying activity.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Sam Machkovech

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This Week in Enterprise Tech 223: Rugged DevOps with Splunk  

We've been hearing a lot about the emergence of "DevSecOps," or Rugged DevOps. How did this movement come about and in what ways do DevOps and security intersect?

Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Curt Franklin, and Louis Maresca

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This Week in Law 373: The Krusty Krab Doctrine  

Obama commutes Chelsea Manning's sentence, a company is fined $200,000 for illegal drone flights, the Slants case in the Supreme Court, IP lessons from SpongeBob Squarepants, and more!

Hosts: Denise Howell, J. Michael Keyes, and Emory Roane

Guest: Sarah Hinchliff Pearson

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Home Theater Geeks 337: CES 2017 Roundup  

Journalists Mike Heiss, Mark Henninger, and Robert Heron join Scott Wilkinson to recap some of what they saw and heard at CES. On the video side of things, there were OLED TVs from LG and Sony, Samsung's QLED LCD TVs, the concept of color volume, the appearance of Dolby Vision HDR in many TVs and UHD Blu-ray players, 4K laser-illuminated ultra short-throw projectors, and the mighty Sony CLEDIS micro-LED display. They also heard many great audio demos, including Andrew Jones' Adante speakers for ELAC, Emotiva Airmotiv speakers, MBL speakers and electronics, Lexicon's SL-1 speaker with beamforming, and Comhear's MyBeam beamforming technology. Plus answers to chat-room questions and much more.

Host: Scott Wilkinson

Guests: Michael Heiss, Mark Henninger, and Robert Heron

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Tech News Today 1687: Drive Fast, Break Wallets  

Google is coming under fire for surfacing its own products at the top of search results that are related to hardware the company actually sells. The Wall Street Journal worked with SEMrush to analyse 25,000 total searches on 25 terms like laptops and speakers. 91 percent of the time, Google's own products were offered up at the top in place of competitors' products.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed its six month inquiry into the May 7th crash of a Tesla that killed the driver, Joshua Brown, while the car was in semi-autonomous Autopilot mode. NHTSA says Tesla was not at fault.

Uber is settling a complaint by the Federal Trade Commission and will pay $20 million dollars as a result. The complaint said that Uber misled its drivers about the amount of money that drivers were able to earn in 20 cities, including New York City and San Francisco.

Netflix announced Q4 earnings and they are crushing it. Subscriber growth appears unstoppable with the addition of 7.05 million new customers in this quarter alone. While Business Insider points out that the company is currently experiencing a free cash flow deficit, that's because they're creating and producing so much of their own original content like Stranger Things - which is cheaper, but only in the long run.

Twitter released its 2016 diversity report showing the company's largest gains since the report began in 2014. Women represented 37 percent of the workforce, up from 34 percent in 2015, and African Americans jumped from 2 to 3 percent in that time. Twitter also set its goals for 2017 which include increasing the hiring of underrepresented minorities in non-technical positions.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Kerry Davis

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Know How... 279: The Growduino - Part 1  

If you grow plants indoors, at some point you'll be faced with the choice of going on vacation and letting your plants die, or becoming a shut-in. You COULD purchase an automated drip-watering system, but if you've got even a little maker knowledge, you can make yourself a low-cost, super-flexible automated watering system.

Adafruit 1/2" Water Solenoid Valve ~$8

Normally closed valve (Requires 12v to open the valve)Minimum pressure of 3PSILiquid can only flow in one direction (marked on the casing)

Live Demo:

We're going to install a solenoid valve into the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket


5 Gallon BucketAdafruit 1/2" Solenoid3/4" - 1/2" Bulkhead FittingTeflon Tape


Drill (3/4" or Dremel)Sealant

3D Printed Files

Interior and Exterior Sealing plates

Claber 8053 Oasis 4-Program/20 Plant Garden Automatic Drip Watering System ~$94

Gravity fed dripper with a timerOpens the valves twice a dayHow long it opens the valves depends on the setting

uxcell HH54P D 12V Coil Relay ~$8

Relays are electromagnetically controlled switchesMost use the same design: a higher power/current circuit can be thrown by a lower power/current circuitThey can be normally open or normally close, some, like the UXCELL can throw multiple circuits simul

Uxcell 12V 5-pin Mini Power Relay ~$7

Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Bryan Burnett

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This Week in Computer Hardware 398: Yes, Another Giant Hardware Lawsuit  

Google Can't Ship Hardware? You might think so if you're looking for Google WiFi or a 128GB Pixel. We've got a sweet budget gaming PC build with an RX460. Plus, Scythe's new Fuma CPU cooler, what's up with Qualcomm getting sued, and more!

Hosts: Ryan Shrout and Patrick Norton

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Ham Nation 283: The Hiram Percy Maxim Winner  

Maxim award winner, battery box, tales from the transmitter, battery box build, BITX40 unboxing, Solar report and more!

Hosts: Gordon West, George Thomas, Don Wilbanks, Amanda Alden, and Dale Puckett

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This Week in Google 388: A Doctor in Industry  

Jeff Jarvis' report from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Artificial intelligences of the future. Google smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0 to launch February 9th. The most common passwords of 2016. Chelsea Manning's sentence commuted. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery fires caused by... the battery, details to follow January 23rd.

Jeff's Number: 2017 Edelman Trust BarometerStacey's Thing: StringifyKevin's Stuff: Homebrew Website Club, Webmention, Micro.blogLeo's Tools: The Nicest Place on the Internet,, The Internet Archive

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

Guest: Kevin Marks

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Android App Arena 133: System Tweaks  

Jason Howell shows off apps that tweak system settings on Android, including Better Open With, Rocker Locker, and Custom Quick Settings.

Host: Jason Howell

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Tech News Today 1686: The Truth is Out There  

The Information says Google's cheap Android One phones could come to the US by the end of this year. Sources did not know for sure who would make the phone, but suggest LG could be a partner.

A South Korean court reached a decision to dismiss the arrest warrant it held for Jay Y. Lee, head of Samsung, on bribery charges. After being held overnight at a detention center, Lee was set free with the judge saying an arrest was unnecessary at this point.

The CIA has released 13 million pages of declassified documents online, going back decades. Now you too can search the database for information on Aliens, state-funded mind-control, pre-cognition, and telepathy, just to name a few.

Slack is rolling out a new feature that brings Message threads to chat windows, which allows for extended comments to be attached to individual topics within the thread. Those threads can be collapsed and expanded as needed.

A class-action lawsuit in LA alleges that Apple has the ability to block iPhone users from texting while driving, but they don't use it...and that is causing accidents and deaths on the road. A California man who brought the lawsuit is seeking to halt all iPhone sales until they lock out iPhones to prevent texting and driving.

Matt Weinberger from Business Insider talks about Google buying Twitter's Fabric

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Matt Weinberger

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Windows Weekly 501: No-mentum  

Microsoft's next mobile device (possibly) revealed: a foldable Surface device patent has the Microsoft fanbase excited. Microsoft is finally adding e-books to Windows Store/Windows 10 (maybe). Microsoft ships another massive Creators Update build to Insiders - themes are coming to the Store "soon." We don't know much about Game Mode. Surface Studio got its first firmware update. Paul reviews Surface Dial. A little corporate intrigue: Qi Lu goes to Baidu. A coming Xbox One system update will allegedly speed Dashboard performance, but we've heard that one before. PlayStation 4 outsold Xbox One over the holidays in the US, despite continuous Xbox One sales from the Black Friday weekend through the end of the year.

Tip of the week: Turn Off Web-Based Skype Notifications Tip #2 of the week: Use Your Microsoft Account on Your Mac Mobile app pick of the week: Office Lens for iPad Enterprise pick of the week: Office 365 Staff Beer pick of the week: Thanks Obama

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott

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All About Android 301: A Case For Your Case  

This week, we'll be discussing more bad news for Samsung, Andy Rubin's new phone venture, HTC U Ultra and Play, and more!

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Hosts: Jason Howell and Ron Richards

Guest: Russell Ivanovic

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Security Now 595: What's Up with WhatsApp?  

A classic bug at GoDaddy bypassed domain validation for 8850 issued certificates, could flashing a peace sign compromise your biometric data?, it's not only new IoT devices that may tattle, many autos have been able to for the past 15 years, McDonald's gets caught in a web security bypass, more famous hackers have been hacked, Google uses AI to increase image resolution, more on the value or danger of password tricks, and... does WhatsApp incorporate a deliberate crypto backdoor?

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Hosts: Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte

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Tech News Today 1685: Samsung's Gift Horse  

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is part of a courtroom battle between Oculus and ZeniMax Media, a videogame publisher that accused Oculus of the theft of critical technology that made its way into the finalized Oculus Rift headset. Zuckerberg is confident that Oculus products were not based in any way on ZeniMax's technology.

According to a note to developers spotted by The Guardian, prices for apps in the Apple store are going up in the UK, India, and Turkey. The price hikes will affect apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Google and LG are gearing up for a big wearable announcement event on February 9, according to VentureBeat sources. Android Wear 2.0 is expected along with a duo of new smartwatches created in a partnership with LG and Google.

We'll finally have our self-flying cars by the end of this year, at least according to attention seekers at AirBus. At a tech conference in Munich an executive at the European aircraft maker says they will test a single-seat flying taxi prototype in Oregon by the end of 2017.

Today is the final day for the 6-second Vine video service. Users can snag all of their Vines from the site for posterity. The Vine app will turn into Vine Camera allowing users to continue shooting 6-second masterpieces for upload to any service they choose including Twitter.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Elise Hu

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MacBreak Weekly 542: Haptic Insoles  

iOS App Store monopoly antitrust suit is back on. Consumer Reports changes their mind about the MacBook Pro. Apple's plans for original TV shows. Nvidia's new 4K Shield TV.

Rene's pick: Little FlockerAndy's pick: LightDims LED BlockersLeo's pick (1): Portal for the Apple IILeo's pick (2): Atlas Recall

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Andy Ihnatko, and Rene Ritchie

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