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 372 - Apple Can't Do That - 10/20/16  

Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore plan an after-work hangout to read Guardians of the Galaxy comic books, but first, record a podcast about the latest Apple Mac event rumors, Tesla's Model 3 production schedule, Google Pixel reviews, and new Pinball machines. Plus, Norm continues to try to convince the guys to watch Westworld!

Episode 371 - Fireproof Baggage - 10/13/16  

Jeremy, Kishore, and Norm team up to discuss a what's going on in the world of technology, pop culture, and virtual reality. We recap the events and annoucements from New York Comic Con, the new Star Wars Rogue One trailer, Samsung's disastrous Note 7 recall, and the many problems with Siri. Plus, surprising VR news from Steam Dev Days!

Episode 370 - The VR Minutes - 10/6/16  

Norm and Jeremy record a special edition of This is Only a Test discussing a huge week of virtual reality news!

Episode 369 - The Restaurant on Musk 1 - 9/29/16  

Skepticism and optimism collide this week as Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore chat about new quadcopters, holographic displays, Elon Musk's Mars plan, and the use of technology in the Presidential debate. Plus, our hopes and fears for PSVR's launch and the upcoming Oculus Connect event.

Episode 368 - The Internet of Shoes - 9/22/16  

This week, we gather to dive deep into the camera annmouncements made at Photokina, discuss GoPro's along-awaited quadcopter, and ponder about the usefulness of Nike's upcoming self-lacing shoes. Plus, hopes and fear for new sci-fi shows including Star Trek and Westworld.

Episode 367 - Catching Norm Up - 9/15/16  

Norm's back! Jeremy and Kishore fill Norm in on what's happened in the worlds of pop culture, technology, science, and virtual reality over the past three weeks. We talk about the new iPhones, Samsung's Note 7 problems, Star Trek's 50th anniversary, sugar revelations, and hungry polar bears. And yes, an Arctic update!

Episode 366 - Headphone Jack RIP - 9/8/16  

Kishore & Jeremy are joined by Ars Technica Tech Culture Editor Annalee Newitz to discuss this week's Apple and Sony events, the SpaceX explosion and its ramifications, a newly discovered bizarre ant colony, and McDonald's cosplay. Plus, as always, the VR Minute and what we've been testing!

Episode 365 - True Trending Topics - 9/1/16  

Kishore & Jeremy are joined by Tested founder Will Smith to discuss the weeks high jinks in pop culture and technology, including the firing of the Facebook trending topics team, a Nest shakeup at Google, our hopes for next week's Apple & Sony events, and a fond farewell to Gene Wilder. Plus an extended Moment of Science segment and our thoughts on newly released VR titles in the VR Minute!

Episode 364 - More Ludicrous Than Ever - 8/25/16  

Kishore, Jeremy, and Patrick Norton discuss new Tesla announcements, self-driving UBERs in 2016, and sweet poetic justice involving a tech support scammer. Plus the VR Minute and a Moment of Science involving... a human head transplant?!

Episode 363 - Mevo Mischief - 8/18/16  

Just days before Norm's big day and upcoming arctic trip, the gang unites to record an episode and test out the new Mevo livestream camera. We discuss the news from IDF, car ownership, and a good helping of pop culture happenings.

Episode 362 - Olympic Village - 8/11/16  

Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore talk about the technology around following the Olympics, news in the streaming video world, and remakes of classic PC games. Plus, a few million dollar ideas!

Episode 361 - Fiducial Markers Everywhere - 8/4/16  

The full team is back this week to talk about disappointments in recent comic book adaptations, a massive pinball convention, the new Galaxy Note 7, and our appreciation of the Netflix show Stranger Things. Plus, an idea of how to make use of 8K cameras. (Apologies for the audio in this episode--our sound recorder shut down mid-recording and we're using a backup feed.)

Episode 360 - Master Plan, Part Deux - 7/28/16  

We're back from San Diego Comic-Con with another Duocast! But this week it's Kishore who's on vacation as Jeremy comes back from his family camping trip. We recap some of the things we saw in San Diego, along with big tech news from Yahoo and Tesla.

Episode 359 - Duocast - 7/21/16  

Kishore and Norm preview Tested's Comic-Con coverage, recap the announcements from Star Wars Celebration, and give a spoiler-free review of Star Trek Beyond. Plus, the return of not one but two fan-favorite cartoon series! All that and our weekly technology, science, and VR news updates.

Episode 358 - Pokemon Prime Day - 7/14/16  

Kishore and Jeremy are back from their vacations this week as we try to understand the popularity of Pokemon Go, share our strategies for Amazon Prime Day, and discuss the best and worst mammals to domesticate as pets. Plus, a VR minute!

Episode 357 - Just the Two of Us - 7/7/16  

As we figure out the best areas in our new office to set up a podcast studio, Norm is joined by Will this week to record an episode in front of a familiar bricked wall backdrop. We chat about Will's take on Finding Dory, Tesla autopilot incidents, and the case for more storage on entry-level phones.

Episode 356 - Back from Down Under - 6/30/16  

Sorry for the lack of an episode last week--we were abroad in Australia and New Zealand for some video shoots. In fact, Norm rushes directly to the office from the airport to record this week's episode with Kishore and Jeremy, sharing some info about the trip and catching up on two weeks worth of technology and pop culture news.

Episode 355 - WWDC and E3 2016 - 6/16/16  

Slow news week, right? Norm makes it back from a whirlwind week of travel to chat with Jeremy and Will about all the announcements from Apple's WWDC conference and E3. From Apple watch upgrades to Microsoft and Sony's next-gen console plans, there's almost too much to discuss. Plus, VR demo impressions!

Episode 354 - Elon's Shower Thoughts - 6/9/16  

Welcome to our new office! Kind of. While we're still setting up the place, Norm is joined by Kishore and Jeremy to talk about recent technology and science news, new VR experiences, our hopes for E3, and the many shower thoughts of Elon Musk.

Episode 353 - VR Backpacks - 6/2/16  

We've moved out of our old office, and once again podcast from Norm's living room. Topics include announcements from Computex, VR backpacks, and a recent autonomous vehicle testing event. Plus, we learn a surprising insight about Microsoft's Clippy.

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