This is Only a Test

This is Only a Test

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This is the official podcast of Tested brings you the week's technology and science news, with hosts Will Smith, Norman Chan, and Jeremy Williams. There's no jargon here, just solid explanations of the week's news--and plenty of wacky tangents. Make sure you stick around after the outro for fake outtakes!


Episode 408 - Artificial AI - 7/20/17  

Kishore and Jeremy are joined by Tested founder Will Smith to discuss all the news from Disney's D23, the return of Google Glass & Atari Consoles, space drones, mosquito hacking, and of course the VR Minute and what we've been testing!

Episode 407 - - 7/14/17  

Kishore's back this week to talk about his London trip, and we discuss the news coming out of D23, RED's $1200 smartphone, a set visit to War for Planet of the Apes, and Microsoft's AI computer vision tool. Plus, hagfish slime in a Moment of Science, and thoughts on recent pricing announcements for VR.

Episode 406 - Chicken Dinner - 7/6/17  

We're joined by guest Zach Radding to talk about prototyping hardware for startups, making cool stuff as a career, the internet obsession with PUBG, testing the Echo Show, and Tesla's production of the Model 3. Plus, Jeremy shares his impressions of the Glowforge laser cutter!

Episode 405 - 10 Years of iPhone - 6/29/17  

Where were you 10 years ago when the iPhone was first released? The gang looks back at a decade of the modern smartphone and discusses the SNES Classic, Vidcon, a crazy science GIF. Plus, the VR Minute!

Episode 404 - European Vacation - 6/22/17  

Jeremy and Kishore welcome Norm back to the podcast and catch him up on three weeks worth of tech news and discussion. We hear about some of Norm's favorite museum stops on his trip, talk about Uber's controversies, Amazon's big purchase, and the newest OnePlus phone. Plus, the VR Minute and a Moment of Science!

Episode 403 - E3 2017 - 6/15/17  

Jeremy and Kishore are joined by engineer & maker Zach Radding to discuss all the video game news from E3 2017, IKEA's journey to Mars, artificial intelligence vs Ms. Pac-Man, and the latest from Hollywood's Marvel & DC. Plus, all the VR news you can handle and a Moment of Science reveals the world's deadliest creature!

Episode 402 - Sup HomePod - 6/08/17  

Jeremy is joined by Patrick Norton and Tested producer Gunther Kirsch while we discuss a new breakthrough 3D printer, SpaceX and Tesla updates, the new Star Wars pinball game, and all the news from Apple's WWDC event. Plus the VR Minute, and Patrick's thoughts on playing Rocket League on an 8k monitor!

Episode 401 - Bridge Crew - 6/01/17  

Kishore and Jeremy are joined by Tested Founder Will Smith to discuss the newly released Star Trek VR title, Bridge Crew, the new "Essential" phone, a landmark Supreme Court ruling about printer ink, as well as the latest in Science news.

Episode 400 - Get'em Luke! - 5/25/17  

It's our 400th episode, which just happened to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. In this listener's choice episode, we each recount our first Star Wars memories, look back at some TIOAT moments, and of course dive into this week's pop culture, technology, and science news.

Episode 399A - Not Hot Dog - 5/19/17  

Due to "miscalculation", we're not quite at episode 400 yet! But this week, Kishore is back with Jeremy and Norm to share his thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy 2, discuss all the announcements from Google I/O, and get hyped up on the science of moving trees. Plus, we disagree on opinions for the new Star Trek show and do a real-time test of Google's drawing recognition system.

Episode 399 - Goodbye Story Studio - 5/11/17  

Norm, Jeremy, and guest Sean meet up to talk about Amazon's new Echo Show smart assistant, disagree about Guardians of the Galaxy, and lament the closing of Oculus Story Studio. Plus, some breaking VR news while we podcast, and Sean's adventures at a 3D printing conference!

Episode 398 - First World "Solutions" - 5/4/17  

Happy belated May the 4th day! Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore check out some of the festivities celebrating the occasion online, recap Microsoft's Surface laptop announcement event, and dive into the practicalities of boring tunnels for self-driving cars. Plus, an important moment of science!

Episode 397 - Alexa's Fashion Advice - 4/27/17  

Back from Silicon Valley Comic Con and the March for Science, Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore recap the past week of pop culture and technology news in a lively chat. We talk about Amazon's new Echo, the Juicero disassembly, and Jurassic World casting news. Plus, Norm tries to get someone to care about the film Unbreakable.

Episode 396 - RIP NES Classic - 4/20/17  

We're joined by special guest Mike Mika, Chief Creative Officer at Other Ocean and the creator of #IDARB! Jeremy, Norm, and Mike talk about immersion in theme parks, high-tech juicers, the NES Classic, and the latest in VR demos and experiences.

Episode 395 - What's in a Whopper? - 4/13/17  

This week, we talk about Monsterpalooza, Star Wars Celebration, Burger King's shennanigans, and building an iPhone from recycled parts. It's two hours of technology, science, pinball, and testing updates! Plus, we catch Jeremy up on Thor and Hulk's roles in the the Marvel comic and cinematic universes.

Episode 394 - Jumping Between Realities - 4/6/17  

The core gang is all back this week to talk about April Fools day, Apple's Mac Pro mistakes, SpaceX's groundbreaking rocket launch, and testing the LG G6 smartphone. Plus, Norm shakes Jeremy and Kishore's grip in reality with shocking truths. Show notes here: show notes:

Episode 393 - Engage VPN - 3/31/17  

Patrick Norton joins us this week on This is Only a Test to talk about internet privacy, testing AMD's Ryzen CPUs, Samsung's Galaxy S8, and more! Plus, Jeremy watches Hamilton and we wonder if StarCraft needs an HD remake.

Episode 392 - Finding All Shrines - 3/23/17  

Norm, Jeremy, and guest Will gush over the new Zelda game this week as we're back in the Tested studio and recapping the latest in pop culture, technology, and VR news. Plus, we hear about Jeremy's experience in the Hall of Justice. Check out Will's new Foo episode at

Episode 391 - On Location in France - 3/16/17  

A very special on-location episode of This is Only a Test from France! Norm and Kishore are joined by Joey Fameli as the three talk about their trip to visit CERN and Large Hadron Collider experiments. But first, we have a bunch of pop culture news to go through!

Episode 390 - The Second Half of GDC - 3/9/17  

Jeremy's out on jury duty, so Will returns for a second week in a row to discuss what we saw on the rest of GDC week. We also break out our Nintendo Switches and gives some impressions on the console hardware and launch software.

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