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 388 - Drone Dunk Fail - 2/23/17  

Kishore cannot contain his excitement over Marvel's upcoming Infinity War, we discuss diminishing returns for smartphone upgrades, get duped by a YouTube comedy video, and roll our eyes over drone gimmicks. Plus, NASA's breaking news story and the VR minute!

Episode 387 - Speak Easy - 2/16/17  

With Jeremy and Kishore out this week, Norm gets a chance to chat with guest Steve Lin about classic arcades, emulator hardware, VR parks, and more. Plus, spoiler-free opinions on LEGO Batman and John Wick 2, as well as Norm's immersive theater experience.

Episode 386 - Halftime Drones - 2/9/17  

This week, we talk about the technology and pop culture of the Superbowl, including drones used during the halftime show and Kishore's chicken wing party. Two new Netflix show trailers get us excited, and we debate the future of tipping for car sharing services. Plus, the VR lawsuit ruling and rumors about Magic Leap.

Episode 385 - Coffee and Dayquil - 2/2/17  

Star Wars news! Star Trek apologetics! Peak smartphone! The science of game theory! You'll find all of that discussed in this week's episode of our technology podcast. Plus, we ponder what would happen if Elon Musk took over a city's transportation department.

Episode 384 - Dark Rides - 1/26/17  

Norm's back from vacation and can't stop talking about the technology of theme park rides. We also talk about the new Star Wars movie title, discuss how artificial intelligence could win at poker, and get angry in a Moment of Science. Plus, what's the best desktop screensaver of all time?

Episode 383 - Switch! - 1/19/17  

Kishore and Jeremy are joined by Steve Lin to discuss the Nintendo Switch announcements, Google's custom security chips, newfangled technological doctors offices, and Steve's epic trip to Japan. All this in addition to your Moment of Science, the VR Minute, and What We've Been Testing!

Episode 382 - The Soul of Brewing - 1/12/17  

We're back from CES! Norm gives Jeremy and Kishore the scoop on everything we saw there, including new virtual reality gear, a competitive laser cutter, and a home beer making machine. Plus, we discuss AT&T's latest price hikes, pinball news, and a moment of science that gets Kishore pissed off.

Episode 381 - Goodbye Bitcoin - 1/5/17  

It's the week of CES! And before Norm heads out to Las Vegas, we catch up on everyone's holidays, including Jeremy's cruise adventures and Kishore's trek to Joshua Tree. We also get the details on Jeremy's new Bolt, fiber internet in San Francisco, and the conclusion to our bitcoin adventure.

Episode 380 - Our Virtual Reality - 12/22/16  

For our last episode of This is Only a Test this year--we record entirely in virtual reality using BigScreen VR! Jeremy, Kishore, and Norm discuss Rogue One and share some of their favorite technology products, Tested video projects, and science stories of 2016. Have a great holiday, and we'll see you all in the new year!

Episode 379 - Extra Tickets Available - 12/15/16  

The gang is extra peppy today as we're giddy for the upcoming release of Rogue One, and discuss the deluge of new movie trailers released in the past week. On the tech side, we get stoked about Drone Racing broadcasts, a goggle-wearing parrot, and watching a movie together in virtual reality! (Find shownotes at

Episode 378 - Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation - 12/8/16  

This week, we hear about Kishore's trip to India and his testing of airline entertainment devices, discuss the demise of Pebble, and expand on our review of the new Oculus Touch controllers. Plus, Jeremy's mind gets blown when he hears about the idea of transcranial magnetic stimulation!

Episode 377 - Gravy for Days - 12/1/16  

We're back from the Thanksgiving holiday, packed full of turkey and no regrets. And we're joined by Will this week to chat about the holiday, black friday deals, two weeks of technology news, a bunch of gear we've been testing. It's an extra long episode!

Episode 376b - Blast from a Past Thanksgiving - 11/24/16  

We're all traveling this week, so please enjoy a vintage episode of This is Only a Test, featuring Will, Gary, and Norm from Thanksgiving 2012!

Episode 376 - How Holodecks Work - 11/17/16  

It's our final episode before the gang goes traveling for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. We talk about iFixit's MacBook Pro teardown, disagree about Star Wars Clue, and discuss how holodecks works in the fiction of Star Trek. Plus, a packed moment of science!

Episode 375 - The Mourning After - 11/10/16  

Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore get together the morning after election day to look toward the future--one where an an artificial intelligence will be smart enough to beat a human player at StarCraft II.

Episode 374 - Live Show Recap - 11/3/16  

Everyone is exhausted after last week's massive torrent of news, and the gang recovers from a successful live show. Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore talk a bit about how the live show came together, autonomous car unknowns, our thoughts on Will's Foo VR technology, and more info about Apple's new MacBook Pros.

Episode 373 - Dongle Required - 10/27/16  

Norm and Jeremy record a duocast to catch up on this past week in technology news. It's been a busy week, from Tesla's autopilot announcement to Nintendo's new console, not to mention the big two unveils from Microsoft and Apple. We chat about Surface Studio, the new MacBooks, and our hopes and fears for each. Plus, did we mention we're putting on a live show this weekend?

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!

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