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Tech News Today 1850: The Eve of X  

It's the moment Apple fans the world over have been waiting for, an event to see the launch of the 10th anniversary iPhone, the first event to take place at Apple's mega-spaceship campus in Cupertino in the Steve Jobs Theater. Expect a full refresh of the iPhone lineup, a new Apple TV, a new Apple Watch, and Airpods.

Amazon has higher resolution video in its sights as well, and it looks like an upcoming refresh of the Amazon Fire TV lineup will bring 4K HDR 60 frames per second video to the TV. The cubical set top box will not only handle the increased image quality, but it also has far field microphones on board to make it yet another Echo device in your home.

A few months after the European Commission issued a $2.7 billion antitrust fine against Google for what it deemed as abuse of its search dominance in online shopping results, Google is appealing the filing in the lower EU courts. At least for now, Google has not sought to sidestep compliance with the original order that would place penalties on the company if they didn't comply.

Also, PewDiePie gets a bit too loose lipped on a live stream, the SNES Classic will be better stocked than the NES Classic was, and Russ Pitts talks about Take This, his non-profit that offers tools and hope to those in the gaming industry suffering from depression.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Russ Pitts

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Triangulation 313: Chris Melissinos  

Chris Melissinos is the Director of Corporate Strategy for Media and Entertainment at Verizon. Previously, he was the Chief Evangelist and Chief Gaming Officer at Sun. He also created the Smithsonian Institute's Art of Video Games exhibition.

Host: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ

Guest: Chris Melissinos

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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.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Ant Pruitt, and Ben Johnson

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The Tech Guy 1421  

The Equifax breach, an app to find your family members, protection for your electronics from lightning, Anti-virus malware, transferring video tapes to a computer, why lenses are circular even though pictures are square, recovering a Yahoo email account, finding a camera for a starting photographer and more of your calls.

Host: Leo Laporte

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The Tech Guy 1420  

What you can do about the Equifax breach, did you just get a call from Microsoft? Making international calls on T-Mobile, remembering Jerry Pournelle, finding the right tablet for kids, resources to learn how to code, Leo reviews the DJI Mavic Pro drone and more of your calls!

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Johnny Jet, Scott Wilkinson, and Dick DeBartolo

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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 (a sponsor of TWiT) 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?

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Jason Howell

Guests: Kelsea Weber, Megan Morrone, and Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ

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Tech News Today 1849: End Times for Privacy  

Yesterday, Iain Thomson told us about the then-breaking news involving a historically bad leak of information after Equifax was hacked. A day later and that hangover feeling isn't gone.

Thousands have taken to the streets in Togo to protest the West African nation's president. And now the Togolese authorities have blocked internet access and texting.

Two factor authentication is key to protecting and securing your accounts online. 2FA via SMS is better than nothing but still has its own flaws. Hackers can hijack SMS codes, many times by social engineering with a carrier call, in order to authenticate as you. The top four US mobile carriers today announced a newly formed coalition called the Mobile Authentication Taskforce to take a look at the current system and its weaknesses, and devise something new in its place.

And Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica is here to talk about Destiny 2, The Fractured But Whole, and PAX West.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Sam Machkovech

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This Week in Law 398: Pumpkin Flavored Justice  

Where, exactly, does the 5th amendment protect me? Join the Honorable Thomas E. Delahanty II, Mike Keyes, Denise Howell, and Matthew Curtis discuss the intersection of technology and law. How useful is Apple's new "privacy" button? The Brandless brand - are they being funny? As always, turtles in the wild.

Hosts: Denise Howell, J. Michael Keyes, and Matt Curtis

Guest: Thomas E. Delahanty II

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This Week in Enterprise Tech 256: Savvius: The Network Knows  

We talk to Savvius about the future of network monitoring and the type of data NetOps teams need today in order to succeed. Recognizing that NetFlow (which was introduced in 1997) no longer provides necessary network visibility, the company can discuss what teams need today for effective network monitoring, diagnostics and troubleshooting.

Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Brian Chee, and Louis Maresca

Guest: Jay Botelho

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Tech News Today 1848: EquiFAIL  

A judge in Massachusetts dismissed the case against Techdirt that was brought by Shiva Ayyadurai, a man who claimed that he invented e-mail in the late 1970s. Techdirt had criticized Ayyadurai's claims on its site to the point that the non-inventor of email called it libel. The judge sided with the small but influential TechDirt in the 15 million dollar case.

Amazon is on the prowl for a location to drop its second north american headquarters into. Amazon is looking to support up to 50 thousand employees in the facility when all is said and done, so the deal brings its share of incentives for whatever city is selected. And Amazon is coming out early with the news as it's looking to lock in whatever incentives it can from state and local communities to make it even more worthwhile.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple will experience extended supply shortages on the new iPhones that might extend into the holiday season. The new phone iPhone 8 won't come with TouchID and sources say that's what's causing the holdup. Apple reportedly had intended to include the fingerprint sensor, but had to abandon it for new facial-recognition technology.

Also, Facebook has a Tinder-like feature in a limited trial, Star Wars and Marvel will become exclusive to Disney's upcoming streaming service, and Iain Thomson from The Register discusses the monumental hack of Equifax.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Iain Thomson

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Know How... 342: IR Basics Part 2  

Last week we showed how you could build and program a simple Arduino-powered IR code reader and use it to trigger certain events when the proper code was received.

Demo 1

Show IR code being receivedShow Case Statement that triggers an event when IR code is receivedShow LEDs being triggered when the IR code is received

But we only triggered 5volt LEDs... what if we wanted to trigger something BIGGER?


A relay is a switch that is toggled electricallyIt gives us the ability to turn on and off a circuit with a different circuit So a 120AC circuit could toggle a 12V DC circuit A 5V circuit could toggle a 24V circuit

There are several different TYPES of Relays

Electromagnetic (the most popular)Optomechanical (Much like EM, but the circuits are COMPLETELY isolated from each other)Solid State (No moving parts. All switching is done in a semiconductor)

We're going to be using electromagnetic Relays

In the most basic version: a switch is toggled between "on" and "off" by an electromagnetic that physically moves the switch between the two positions

8-Relay Package‚Äč

The important part is that we can use a 5-volt circuit to toggle a circuit up to 30v (or 120v AC)


Demo 2:

Single Relay that is toggled by ASCII case statements


Demo 3:

8-Relay Board that is toggled by ASCII case statements

Now we know that we can trigger the relays with the keyboard... next up we're going to add an IR receiver and trigger them with an IR remote control.


Demo 4:

8-Relay Board that is toggled by IR code case statements

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Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Megan Morrone

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Home Theater Geeks 370: Headphone Q&A  

Tyll Hertsens, headphone maven and editor-in-chief of, answers questions from the chat-room. He starts with a new killer headphone for less than $100, then discusses a variety of topics, including dual- and multi-driver headphones, balanced-armature drivers, whether or not price correlates with performance, how measurements correlate with performance, wireless headphones, high-res audio on headphones, his measurement and review process, and more.

Host: Scott Wilkinson

Guest: Tyll Hertsens

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This Week in Computer Hardware 431: It's as if 50,000 Vegas Cried Out in Terror  

No fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 8?!? AMD is gaining on Intel... the Threadripper 1900X is for real... the Core i7 6700K is no more, and a tiny GTX 1080.

Hosts: Ryan Shrout and Patrick Norton

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Ham Nation 316: The American Legion and Dr. T Live!  

The American Legion disaster relief and what you can do to help, ham radio eclipse experimentation, solar storms with Dr. Tamitha Skov, finding the parts for your Pineboard Project, building an antenna when you don't have a lot of room, and more!

Hosts: Bob Heil, Gordon West, George Thomas, Don Wilbanks, and Amanda Alden

Guest: Dr. Tamitha Skov

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This Week in Google 421: Not OK, Google  

How important is it for companies to have good morals? Hackers in US power grid. An Oreo deep dive. Essential Phone: beautiful, unfixable. Facebook code controls 16% of the average website. Will Apple or Amazon make the next James Bond film? Farewell, Solaris. Good riddance, Juicero.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Jeff Jarvis

Guest: Kevin Marks

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Tech News Today 1847: Night Kings Mode  

Starting in the summer of 2015, a Russian company began buying facebook ads to the tune of 100 thousand dollars to stir political uncertainty. As part of an investigation that started earlier this Spring, Facebook found 3,300 ads on its network that did this, all pointing back to the same Russian company.

In other bad Facebook news, an analyst at Pivotal Research Group says Facebook is claiming to reach people who don't exist.

The New York times reports that those sneaky Red Sox used an Apple Watch to steal signals during baseball games against the New York Yankees.

Plus, Brad Sams from is here to talk about the next Microsoft Surface Event.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Brad Sams

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Windows Weekly 534: Hedgehogs Prohibited  

Fall Surface reveal: Looks like London may be the place. Panos will pump it up at Future Decoded in late October. What are we anticipating? Surface Pro LTE, Surface Book 2 (or 3?). Andromeda: not yet. Microsoft extends its Windows 10 S to Pro upgrade offer. As part of an announcement about expanded Surface Laptop availability, Microsoft also revealed that it is extending the Windows 10 S-to-Pro upgrade offer by three months. Why now? And what does this say about Windows 10 S? Semi-related: Some Surface mini marketing materials leak, but there's no new info.

It's official: The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update arrives October 17. This is a bit later than we'd expected, frankly. Related: More builds, no more new features.

Windows 10 "Spring Creators Update" (RS4) testing begins. Story Remix Coming Soon to 'Skip Ahead' Windows 10 Insiders.

Office 365: Microsoft expands testing of Office desktop apps in the Windows Store. Microsoft is secretly offering some.

Office 365 Home/Personal subscribers a deal on Premium.

After the news that Cortana is "Alexa curious," we find out that Harman Kardon is not exclusive to Cortana. Oops. Sony among those offering Google Assistant in a smart speaker (in this case a gorgeous one)

Mobile: Now Google has a Signature PC program for Android phones. Speaking of which, what's going on with Signature PC at Microsoft?

Tip of the week: Install Windows 10 S on any PCBonus tip: Yep. The Xbox One S is on sale. Again.Bonus tip #2: Games with Gold is awesome this monthApp pick of the week: Mixer Create for Android and iOSEnterprise pick of the week: Olympia Corp.Codename pick of the week: PendletonBeer pick of the week: Allagash Tripel

Don't forget: We'll be doing Windows Weekly live at Microsoft Ignite And a meetup the night before! Meetup is at World of Beer (Dr. Phillips Blvd.) starting 6pm on Tuesday Sept. 26. No RSVP needed. WW is on the 27th (Wed) at usual time. Live audience welcome!

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

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FLOSS Weekly 449: Aquameta  

Aquameta is a "datafied" web development stack built entirely in PostgreSQL.

Today, developers work with a programming stack composed of diverse languages and syntaxes. Within Aquameta's development environment, all of these parts are represented as data: accessible through direct manipulation, with highly reusable micro-components and modular tools.

Hosts: Randal Schwartz and Jonathan Bennett

Guest: Eric Hanson

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Here's what's coming up for FLOSS in the future.

Think your open source project should be on FLOSS Weekly? Email Randal at

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All About Android 333: No Crow Oreo  

We'll discuss the Essential screw-up that spilled customer data and get hands-on with the phone. Third party Google Assistant speakers are coming this fall. We get a look at several of the phones announced at IFA 2017, including the LG V30, Sony's Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, the Motorola Moto X4, Alcatel Idol 5, Doogee Mix, and the Ulefone T1. Plus, Google and Xiaomi partner up to launch the Android One Mi A1 smartphone.

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Hosts: Jason Howell, Florence Ion, and Ron Richards

Guest: Matteo Doni

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