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Recent Episodes

October 25, 2021

Mon. 10/25 – Everybody Dumps (Reports) On Facebook

Running down the headlines from all of those Facebook stories that we were promised would land this week. PayPal backs away from Pinterest, Tesla rolls back Full Self Driving, Microsoft keeps its eye on the ransomware gangs and a listener gives us an explainer on why Worldcoin wants to scan your eyeball.

October 23, 2021

(TWTR SPC) Metaverse? Name Change? Facebook Wither?

F*** it! We did it live! Chris and me and @Kantrowitz around my kitchen table! Are we in for the biggest week of Facebook's life?

October 22, 2021

Fri. 10/22 - A Solar Storm Proved the Vikings Visited The Americas Exactly 1000 Years Ago

Thanks to a collaboration between trees and the sun, we can now pinpoint an exact year that the Vikings were in North America. Plus, are sirens actually effective tools for emergency vehicles? And why are apples associated with Halloween? Like what is up with apple bobbing?

October 22, 2021

Fri. 10/22 – Is Apple’s ATT Bite As Bad As People Feared After All?

Snap’s earnings suggest Apple’s ATT bite is having an impact, and what might that mean for others like Facebook? Google lowers Play Store fees and piles pressure on Apple. Did law enforcement give REvil a taste of its own medicine? What the heck is Worldcoin, I still can’t figure it out. And, of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.

October 21, 2021

Thu. 10/21 - Using These Memes Is A Red Flag 🚩

Open captions are coming to the big screen as AMC Theaters takes a big step towards accessibility, and a look at captions’ growing popularity among the hearing. Plus, how some of the most popular memes are completely inaccessible. And the group of museums who have started an OnlyFans account.

October 21, 2021

Thu. 10/21 – PayPal To Buy Pinterest? Why?

PayPal wants to buy Pinterest and everybody is trying to figure out why. Devs, you can now begin testing Android apps on Windows 11. Gamers, you can now do some powerful gaming for the low, low price of $100 a month. Some, just, spectacularly monster raises in the crypto space. And I get talked out of the Microsoft Surface Duo again.

October 20, 2021

Wed. 10/20 - None Pizza With Left Beef: A Slice of History

A brief history of one of the most famous pizzas on the internet. Surgeons have successfully transplanted a kidney from a genetically-altered pig to a human. And how to watch the Orionid Meteor Shower this week, if the big ol’ full moon doesn’t get in your way.

October 20, 2021

Wed. 10/20 – Facebook To Change Its Name?

Dropping the “the” from The Facebook isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Dropping Facebook as a name entirely. All the news from today’s Samsung event. Spotify and Shopify finally team up in the greatest crossover event of tech naming confusion. And a first look at that Comcast branded smart TV.

October 19, 2021

Tue. 10/19 - Grand Duke Travis of Westarctica Wants To Save the Planet

A look at the micronation of Westarctica, whose Grand Duke Travis started a nonprofit arm of the micronation to raise awareness about the consequences of the climate emergency in Western Antarctica. Plus, AstroAccess successfully completed their first zero-g flight with their disability ambassadors, taking an important step towards space accessibility and inclusivity. And, in our latest shortage report: the 12 foot Home Depot Skeletons.

October 19, 2021

Tue. 10/19 – The Google Pixel Event And The Pixel 6

All the headlines from Google’s latest Pixel event with the new Pixel 6. Some odds and sods from yesterday’s Apple event. Maybe Facebook’s crypto project is about to debut. How much money can the delivery space attract or even support? And more signs that YouTube is becoming a monster business that is increasingly supporting all of Alphabet.

October 18, 2021

Mon. 10/18 - Thank Exoplanets For Your iPhone's Display

How the push to search for signs of life on exoplanets fueled the development of the technology we use in our latest generation of smartphones. Plus, what your punctuation habits can say about you as a writer––and a new website based on a 2016 art project that allows you to visually analyze those findings. And walruses from space!

October 18, 2021

Mon. 10/18 – Apple’s MacBook Event

All the headlines from Apple’s event today. The Bitcoin future’s ETF is real, as of tomorrow. Apple’s privacy changes have indeed upended the mobile advertising space… in Apple’s favor. Steam doesn’t want to play the NFT game. And putting a value on Squid Game’s impact for Netflix.

October 16, 2021

(TWTR SPC) What IS The Metaverse?

What is the Metaverse? Why is everyone talking about it? Why is Mark Zuckerberg talking SO MUCH about it lately? And come to think of it, what is Facebook's play for the future?

October 15, 2021

Fri. 10/15 - Responding to Pandemic Uncertainty Like an Engineer

A proposal for approaching this next phase of the pandemic less like an epidemiologist and more like an engineer. Plus, new findings from the Mars Perseverance rover that has NASA breathing a sigh of relief. And product placement in novels, added without the author’s knowledge. It’s a real thing that I hope remains in the past.