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Episodes

TNT 1756: Apple Passing the Buck  

The newly launched Google Assistant SDK will let developers tap into the AI power of Google Assistant from their own prototype hardware. It's currently a Developer Preview though, so anyone interested in commercializing hardware based on the SDK will still need to arrange that with Google first.

Recode reports that Apple might be creating its own Venmo competitor, that will let iPhone users transfer or pay money directly to other people from the phone. There's no word yet on when exactly this feature might come to the iPhone.

Anthony Levandowski, the head of the self driving group at Uber, is stepping aside as the Waymo lawsuit alleging his theft of 14,000 files comes barreling toward him. Eric Meyhofer will lead the team, and Levandoswki told his employees to avoid including him on any communications related to Lidar ahead of the hearing next week.

Plus Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, and Samsung reporting their earnings and we'll tell you what you need to know. Plus, the eternal question -- why aren't more smart watches built with flashlights?

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

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TNT 1755: Paint it Vantablack  

Changes are coming to government oversight of net neutrality rules that were approved two years ago. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced a new plan that signals a move away from those rules, and towards self regulation by the industry itself.

Instagram now has 700 million active monthly users, gaining 100 million in the last quarter. The photo sharing site is experiencing meteoric growth having doubled its user base in the last year.

Twitter may be showing signs of new life. The company announced its quarterly earnings and revealed its best quarter for user growth in two years, with nine million new users in Q1.

We also investigate robot rage, Amazon's new camera that will take photos of you while you're getting dressed, and whether or not you can own a color. Plus, Alex Kantrowitz from Buzzfeed is here to tell us why we should fear the AI winter.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Alex Kantrowitz

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TNT 1754: Self-Driving Husband  

If you live in the Phoenix area you can now apply to be part of a self-driving car testing program from Waymo, which was formerly Google's driverless car program and is now under the Alphabet umbrella. Testers have access to a driverless car with a test driver whenever they want, wherever they are within an area twice the size of San Francisco.

Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is tackling that pesky thing called fake news by creating Wikitribune, a crowdfunded news publication with content chosen, fact checked, and written up by unpaid community members and journalists Uber says they'll be taking ride-hailing to the skies by 2020. That's when the company says they'll have their first public demo of a fleet of electric planes that you can hail with an app.

We also discuss how Netflix is getting its content to China and how the TED conference is being overrun by robots. Plus, Danny Sullivan from Search Engine Land joins us to talk about Google's Project Owl that aims to clean up problematic search results.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Danny Sullivan

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TNT 1753: Heads Will Unroll.me  

SlingStudio is a new production hub aimed at video producers looking to up their game on Facebook Live and YouTube Live. The hub can accept 10 video feeds from wired and wireless cameras and smartphones, and allows for real time video switching from an iPad.

Lyrebird is new software that claims to be able to recreate anyone's voice with just one minute of audio tape. You can also design your own voice and Lyrebirds GPU clusters will generate 1000 sentences in less than half a second for real-time voice generation.

Google unveiled the new Yi Halo, its next Jump VR camera, at NAB that is built with 16 Yi Technology action cameras mounted spherically as well as an additional upward facing camera. The camera rig will release this Summer for $17,000.

We also talk about DJI's new Goggles that will let you control a drone or the drone's camera. And congratulations to astronaut Peggy Whitson for 534 days in space. Plus, Iain Thomson is here to tell us why one company is heartbroken that we found it it was selling the contents of our email account to Uber.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Iain Thomson

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TNT 1752: Please Don't Squeeze the Juice  

Apple's self-driving car technology can control the steering, acceleration, braking, lane changing and u-turning of Lexus SUVs. We learned this from a Business Insider report based on a public records request for Apple's driverless car testing in California. In its testing so far, Apple is using Logitech steering wheels and pedals.

Tesla is recalling 53 thousand cars over an issue with the parking break. The company issued the voluntary global recall on certain Model S and Model X vehicles built between February and October 2016.

Microsoft is working on a Chromebook competitor -- a line of laptops that runs nothing but web-based applications, while also offering the option of touch screens and digital pens. The laptops are being geared for schools and those looking for low-cost laptops. Microsoft is expected to offer more details on its Chromebook competitors in May.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder says he needs more time to investigate Uber's toxic culture, and Apple made two strategic hires to boost its satellite efforts and we make some conjectures about what that means for the company. We also talk to Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica is here to talk Facebook VR, Rick & Morty, and Starcraft.

Host: Megan Morrone

Guests: Nathan Olivarez-Giles and Sam Machkovech

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TNT 1751: Palmer Luckey is Back, Sort Of  

MasterCard is working on a fingerprint sensor that's built into your physical credit or debit card and will work with the chip to verify your in-person purchases.

The Google Assistant built into the Google Home speaker can now recognize multiple different voices and deliver a specific info to the person it recognizes - like plane flight info and calendar entries. Up to six different voices can be recognized by a Google Home speaker, but each voice still has to be tied to a different Google Account.

Toyota and others have invested $45 million in a company called Getaround, which people are calling the AirBnb for cars. You can use an app to reserve, locate, pay for and even unlock a stranger's car so you can drive it for a while.

We also discuss Oculus founder Palmer Luckey's investment choices and the ethics of Instagram influencers. Plus, Rolfe Winkler from The Wall Street Journal is here to tell us how one security company chose to show its clients information in live demos and we talk about Elon Musk's new startup that wants to fuse your brain with AI so we no longer need to talk to share our thoughts.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Guest: Rolfe Winkler

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TNT 1750: Geek Cred Credenza  

Day two of Facebook's F8 developer conference in San Jose kicked off with a company keynote presentation that's focused on futuristic technologies that are at least a few years off. Facebook's Building 8 division says its hoping to develop sensor technology that uses your skin to send signals to your brain and theorizing that electrodes in your brain will eventually let you type by thinking rather than moving your fingers around.

People familiar with the matter have told Eurogamer that Nintendo plans to launch an S-NES mini this year, which could explain why they chose to break the hearts of millions by discontinuing the NES mini. The rumored console will likely be called the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Nintendo is already in the process of developing it.

Google is looking for 10,000 people to volunteer for a study that is mixing tech, science, and health. If you volunteer, you'd be agreeing to share your generic data with the company as it attempts to map out what a healthy human is made up of.

Those $350 dollar Bose headphones you're listening to, might be listening to you and sharing your habits without your consent. Plus, Quincy Larson from FreeCodeCamp joins us to really explain what it takes to learn to code. And we mourn the loss of the to-do app Wunderlist that Microsoft is murdering.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

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TNT 1749: A Fan-a Cabana  

Facebook is holding its annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, where they launched the beta version of Facebook Spaces, its way of merging its efforts in the social realm with its efforts in Virtual Reality.

David Marcus, the head of Facebook Messaging says the company's aim is to become the Yellow Pages of bots. Translation bots to help refugees, homework bots to help kids learn, and medical bots that help diagnose that persistent itch you've been experiencing.

The NDA has lifted and many sites are publishing their reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. The consensus is that the Infinity display is the best display many have ever seen on a smartphone and the size is unexpectedly slim even with the larger screen sizes thanks to the near bezel-less display.

We also talk about how former Microsoft Chief Steve Ballmer is spending his spare 10 million dollar in cash and we cover all the latest rumors about the next iPhone. Plus, the Electronic Frontier Foundation looked into the state of online privacy in public schools. Find out what they found.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

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TNT 1748: Grand Theft Unicorn  

Over the weekend a man posted a minute long video of himself murdering Robert Godwin Sr, who appeared to have no relation to the murderer. The video remained on Facebook for hours before being taken down. A representative from Facebook says they know they need to do better.

Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) struck an agreement with Google in an antitrust case from 2015. The ruling imposes a fine of $7.8 million and new rules require Google to loosen its exclusive placement of apps on Android devices, including allowing users to select a competing search engine during setup.

Tesla just slashed prices on its Model S. The 75 kilowatt-hour version will get a price cut of $7,500, which means it will start at $69,500, which is still $1,500 more than the price of the previous entry-level Model S Tesla that is now discontinued.

Plus, Roaches might be hiding inside your PS4 (sorry), Uber might be forced to add tipping to its app in NY, training autonomous vehicle AI with Grand Theft Auto, and Katie Benner from The New York Times talks about how Airbnb is facing major challenges to its business thanks to the American Hotel industry.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Katie Benner

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TNT 1747: How Long is Your Pig's Tail?  

Uber has shared its revenue growth with Bloomberg, showing net revenue of $6.5 billion in 2016, with net losses at $2.8 billion. Uber says it doubled its gross bookings to $20 billion dollars.

According to a notice on the California DMV website, Apple has applied for and received approval to test self-driving car technology on public roads. The permit covers three vehicles, all 2015 Lexus RX540h, and six drivers.

The ShadowBrokers unleashed a new collection of NSA tools and this time, Microsoft PCs are squarely in the crosshairs. One tool in particular is called Fuzzbench, and some researchers call it "god mode for Microsoft computers."

A group of female Marines says Facebook is not doing enough to combat revenge porn. The Switch is selling like crazy and there might be a mini Switch in our future. Plus, Laura Northrup from the Consumerist is here to talk about how apps to help you save money make their money.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Laura Northup

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TNT 1746: Hell Breaks Loose at Uber  

According to the Information, Uber used secret software to track Lyft drivers' location and to determine what drivers were working for both Uber and Lyft in order to give them bonuses and to convince them to work only for Uber.

T-Mobile scored big in the 600 MHz spectrum auction, paying $7.99 billion for 45 percent of the available spectrum being sold. That bulk of spectrum will quadruple T-Mobile's low-band coverage, strengthening its signal inside dense buildings, as well as providing better coverage in rural areas.

Elon Musk says you'll get to take a look at new zero-emissions electric semi-truck in September and then electric pick-up truck 18-24 months later. Musk made these announcements on Twitter where he also said Tesla's next generation roadster will be convertible.

Plus, Nintendo gets rid of a good thing, what the future has in store for iTunes, learning to drive on YouTube, and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman talks all about his new Gadgets with Gurman show.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Mark Gurman

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TNT 1745: Qualcomm the Musical  

An arbitration battle charging that BlackBerry overpaid Qualcomm for royalties ruled in Blackberry's favor. As a result, Qualcomm now owes Blackberry $815 million in an agreement that is binding and can't be appealed.

TechCrunch reports that Justin Kan, formerly Justin.TV, is to be CEO of a new legal tech company called Atrium LTS, and he's on the hunt for $10 million of initial round of funding. Kan is currently seeking a team of engineers to create web applications for Atrium to help law firms run more efficiently.

Samsung revealed that Bixby Voice, one of the key features in its upcoming flagship Galaxy S8 lineup of phone, will not be available at launch, though other parts, including Bixby Vision, Home, and Reminder are expected to be intact.

Plus, Microsoft announced a new education-related event, Amazon wants to help parents ask the right questions about what their kids do on their tablets, Burger King is taking over your Google Home, and Alex Kantrowitz from Buzzfeed talks about Twitter's new direct message customer support bot.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Alex Kantrowitz

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TNT 1744: Hasta la Vista  

Windows 10 Creators Update is now available with a number of low-level updates including CPU and GPU prioritization for reducing background tasks during gaming, and the ability to stream gameplay from any PC at low latency.

An update to Instagram Direct brings ephemeral messaging into the app's one on one and group messaging functionality, allowing for the sharing of disappearing photos and videos inside the chat threads, and outside of the existing "bubble up top" approach.

Qualcomm is suing Apple claiming that the company intentionally limited the performance of the iPhone 7 (running Qualcomm chips) and then tried to cover it up. Qualcomm also attests that Apple breached and mis-characterized agreements.

Plus, Google Autodraw turns bad artists into clip art masters, the Parihug is a robotic plushie that won't let go, how suppliers who are dependent on Apple's business should have a backup plan, and we say farewell to Windows Vista.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Mike Murphy

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TNT 1743: Parents Just Don't Understand  

The Shadow Brokers took their cache of stolen NSA tools off of auction and instead released the password for the encrypted collection to the world. Security researchers who have examined the tools say much of the code is targeting outdated systems, some dating as far back as the 1990's.

Microsoft announced the Minecraft Marketplace, coming this Spring to your phone or tablet. The marketplace will allow creators to sell their skins, textures, worlds and more so players can support artists, as long as they're in the Minecraft Partner Program.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to keep the ban on in-flight calls that former chairman Tom Wheeler proposed lifting. Pai says the action would be a victory for Americans who "value a moment of quiet at 30,000 feet."

We also talk about teens who just want to have fun, but not while watching cable and LeEco's deal with Vizio. Plus, Kurt Wagner from ReCode is here to talk about why Twitter is dedicated to protecting free speech.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Kurt Wagner

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TNT 1742: Would I LIE-DAR to You?  

Homeland Security has withdrawn its request for Twitter to reveal the identity of an account that frequently tweets criticism about the Trump administration. As a result, Twitter has dropped their suit against the DHS for the request that violated federal law and the right to free speech.

The US Department of Labor says it has evidence that shows how Google is violating federal laws as relates to compensating its female workforce. The DoL testified in court saying it found "systemic disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce."

Google says it will soon add fact checking to its worldwide results. It won't label items as fake news, but will notify readers if an article has been officially fact-checked.

Plus, we'll talk about Samsung's record profits, the fight between Google and Uber, and Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica is here to tell us what to expect from Microsoft Scorpio.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Sam Machkovech

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TNT 1741: The Kid With the Bright Pink Mustache  

Twitter filed a lawsuit against the United States government in response to demands by the Department of Homeland Security to reveal the true identity behind the @ALT_USCIS Twitter account. Twitter warns that unmasking the account would have a chilling effect on free speech and that the request is unlawful.

Facebook's new artificial intelligence tool to combat fake news isn't AI at all. Instead, it's an educational campaign designed to help you spot fake news. To start, the new tool will show up at the top of the news feed for Facebook users in 14 countries. They might even pay fact checkers to get things right.

YouTube is cracking down on which creators can actually make money by hosting their content on the platform by requiring channels to have a minimum of 10 thousand lifetime views. YouTube says the threshold provides enough insight into the channel to verify that it's following YouTube's community guidelines.

Plus, Apple releases a new video editing app for iOS, Microsoft shows off the beast that is Scorpio, and Alison Griswold from Quartz reveals how Uber's upfront pricing might not be so upfront after all.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Alison Griswold

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TNT 1740: Altitude Anxiety  

Windows 10 Creators Edition will include a newly revised privacy statement that finally tells you what information Microsoft is collecting about you. You'll also have access to a privacy dashboard that lets you change how you share personal data at the device level.

YouTube TV launched in select markets offering more than 40 networks including the big four, live sports, and a host of popular cable networks like Disney and SyFy. The app relies on Chromecast for TV viewing for now, and includes unlimited cloud DVR capabilities, all for $35 per month with the first month free.

Facebook is doing its part to stop the widespread sharing of images that have been reported as revenge porn. According to a blog post on their site, Facebook will use new photo-matching technology to prevent users from forwarding images that someone has tagged as an intimate photo that's been posted without consent.

Plus, Twitter loses the NFL to Amazon, Zunum Aero plans to bring hybrid electric planes into the skies, and Fortune's Jeff John Roberts breaks down a class action settlement involving the shared contacts lists of iOS users.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Jeff John Roberts

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TNT 1739: Cash is Big in Japan  

A number of measures are being considered as part of President Trump's promise of extreme vetting for foreign visitors that could possibly include forced disclosure of phone contacts, as well as the passwords of their social media accounts.

Apple is talking about its product roadmap in detail. Next year, Apple will release a successor to the Mac Pro, which has been largely unchanged since its release in 2013. A new standalone display will come in 2018 as well.

A federal judge is near a decision on whether Pokemon Go violated the law by sending players onto the private property of New Jersey, Florida, and Michigan residents. The rulings could set precedent for whether developers are on the hook for the behavior of their players.

Plus, Twitter is reportedly working to bring pay-TV into its app, Amazon is using Twitch to sell video games, and Aaron Sankin from Reveal News talks about a man that used Twitter bots to increase his reputation in political punditry.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Guest: Aaron Sankin

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TNT 1738: Yahoo AOL Sandwich  

Chip maker Imagination announced that Apple would cease to use its chip technologies sometime in the next "15-months to two years." Consequently, Imagination shares dove 70 percent after that announcement.

According to Web analytics company StatCounter, Android is the most popular operating system in the world. For the first time ever Android accounted for more web usage than Windows in March 2017, knocking Microsoft off the OS pedestal they've been on since the eighties.

YouTube is making some changes to address the ongoing problem of on-screen ads being paired with objectionable videos. The company is rolling out five new exclusion filters, up from two prior to the update, including "sexually suggestive", "sensational and shocking," and "profanity and rough language."

We also tell you how to shop at Amazon even if you don't have a credit card and we discuss why Google just created a safe harbor against patent litigation. Plus, the race to making automated driving a successful commercial reality is on. Find out who's ahead and why.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Sam Abuelsamid

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TNT 1737: Sexier Lemurs  

Reuters reports that Comcast and AT&T claim that despite the house and senate's votes against broadband privacy rules, they will not sell customers' individual internet browsing information. Of course, Comcast doesn't have to sell your data to other ad networks because they have their own network.

Twitter is doing away with the egg avatar and replacing it with a rather dull silhouetted head. But that dullness has a purpose: To actually motivate Twitter users to realize that they should replace it with something else.

Back in October, an 18-year-old exploited the Javascript flaw to remotely control iPhones and make them call 911, creating a DDoS attack of sorts that would prevent real emergency calls from coming through. That flaw has been patched, so update your iPhones.

Plus, the RIAA says 2016 was a great year from streaming, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Face scan security is easy to trick, a real life Iron Man flying suit, and Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica tells us whether we should all rush out for Ghost in the Shell, or stay in and watch Planet Earth II.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Sam Machkovech

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