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It all started in 1998 with a small cable network called ZDTV, a channel dedicated to covering computers, the Internet, and personal technology. Many of the people behind this site worked on that network as hosts, reporters, or producers.

In 2004, ZDTV, then called TechTV, was sold and dismantled. Former TechTV hosts, Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, and John C. Dvorak, and producers Robert Heron, David Prager, and Roger Chang went on to other jobs, but we stayed in touch, with each other, and with fans of the late TechTV. Those fans told us again and again how important TechTV had been in their lives, and how much they missed the channel. We missed working with each other, too.

On a rainy evening in January, 2005 a few of of us got together for dinner after spending the day covering Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Leo, who was working as a radio host, happened to have a microphone and recorder. He turned it on and recorded 20 minutes of idle chatter about the Expo and the tech world in general. He posted that recording on his web site. Within a few days tens of thousands of people had downloaded the recording. TechTV fans began clamoring for more. A few months later, TWiT was born.

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The New Screen Savers 117: Robotic Safe Cracker

The New Screen Savers (MP3)

Leo Laporte and Iain Thomson talk with Nathan Seidle, the founder of SparkFun Electronics about the safe-cracking robot he created and how it works. It was one of the most popular exhibits at DEF CON. Is your digital life a mess? Megan Morrone is here to help as she kicks off our #DigitalCleanse series. Today, learn how to tame your notifications. Is there a good 'trust no one' cloud storage solution? Why is Verizon so late on Android updates? Find out in our 'Calls for Help.' Then, Jason Howell loves great audio and has a review of IK Multimedia's small iLoud Micro Monitor speakers.

  • Consumer Reports pulls its recommendation on Microsoft Surface laptops
  • Hackers put malware in a strand of DNA.
  • Iain explains why is Marmite could prevent miscarriages and birth defects (Iain says, "Is there nothing Marmite can't do?")

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Iain Thomson

Guests: Nathan Seidle, Megan Morrone, and Jason Howell

The New Screen Savers records live every Saturday at 3PM Pacific on twit.tv/live. Episodes are available for download and streaming later that evening at https://twit.tv/shows/new-screen-savers.

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August,2017
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The Tech Guy 1412

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Consumer Reports downgrades their Microsoft Surface recommendation, Google celebrates the birth of Hip Hop, where can you find HDR content? Upgrading to a mesh router, finding the right monitor for a laptop, ride sharing alternatives to Uber and Lyft, setting up a whitelist to only let certain phone calls through, watch out for fake solar eclipse glasses and more of your calls!

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Scott Wilkinson, Johnny Jet, and Dick DeBartolo

Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/the-tech-guy.

For detailed show notes, visit techguylabs.com.

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August,2017
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The Tech Guy 1413

The Tech Guy (MP3)

T-Mobile to launch its own Android phone for $125, how to make Facebook posts private, alternatives to Google Picasa, is it possible to use a virtual reality headset with an Apple device? Using Google Voice to send SMS messages, using WhatsApp on the desktop, Chris Marquardt's "Joy" photo assignment review, and more of your calls.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guest: Chris Marquardt

Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/the-tech-guy.

For detailed show notes, visit techguylabs.com.

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August,2017
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This Week in Tech 627: Do You Inkwell?

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Leo, Ashley Esqueda, Michael Nunez, and Dylan Tweney debunk the "Google Memo." Mark Zuckerberg still refuses to admit he is running for president. If you use Instagram's "Inkwell" filter, you are probably depressed. Google is taking over the open internet. An MIT Algorithm can tell if you are sarcastic on Twitter. HBO hack fallout. Phishing the White House. Podcast patent troll loses to EFF. Email Patent Troll vs Techdirt. Snap stock down after Facebook/Instagram copies all their best features. Forget everything you know about passwords. Hacking computers with DNA.
  • Ashley Esqueda knows about the secret island where we are raising Leo Laporte clones.
  • Dylan Tweney would prefer that you not use a Valley Girl accent when talking about his company.
  • Michael Nunez is feeling kind of sweaty right now.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Ashley Esqueda, Dylan Tweney, and Michael Nuñez

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August,2017
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Triangulation 310: Walt Mossberg

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Walt Mossberg has been reporting on tech since 1991. He talks to Leo Laporte about his recent retirement, how he got his start, and his history as a "tech kingmaker."

Host: Leo Laporte

Guest: Walt Mossberg

Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/triangulation.

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August,2017
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Know How... 336: Geocaching

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What is geocaching, how to find them, and why it's fun to go exploring for them!

Physical geocaches often consist of:

  • Waterproof container
  • Log book w/ pen or pencil
  • Trade items or trackables

There are now over 2.8 million geocaches in over 180 countries...plus GC1BE91 on the International Space Station.

About the items in the cache:

  • They are NOT "prizes" unless otherwise specified
  • When trading items, trade equal or up
  • Don't leave food because it attracts animals

Trackables move from cache to cache

  • Only take one if you know what to do with it. Some have specific goals.
  • Can be tracked at Geocaching.com

Seeking a Geocache

Handy stuff to have...

  • GPS (or smart phone with app)
  • water
  • flashlight
  • spare phone battery
  • gloves
  • hand wipes
  • hat & sunscreen
  • comfortable shoes
  • long pants (to avoid prickly or poisonous plants)

When seeking a cache...

  • Watch out for muggles!
  • Don't be too suspicious when seeking a cache.
  • Participate in CITO (Cache In, Trash Out)

Find the OFFICIAL TWiT GEOCACHE! (Not listed on Geocaching.com until a fan finds it first.)

  • Located at N 38° 16.607' W 122° 40.001'
  • First to find gets a Leo bobblehead to keep!
  • Everyone else, just sign the log. You can log it on Geocaching.com too after it's listed there.

Hosts: Bryan Burnett and Patrick Delahanty

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August,2017
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Tech News Today 1831: Netflix Hires Hollywood

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One White Supremacist website, the DailyStormer, was hosted by GoDaddy until last last night when the site was given 24 hours to move its domain for violating the terms of service by encouraging additional violence. Today, many news outlets are reporting that Google has also refused to host the site.

Snapchat released a new Stories feature called Crowd Surf that takes videos recorded at big events and merges them into an interactive viewing experience that puts the viewer in control. Snapchat collects and syncs videos recorded simultaneously from many users at a performance, so the viewer can hit play and switch between the videos as a song plays without being interrupted.

Paul Thurrott has obtained a leaked Microsoft memo that reveals how the company plans to deal with the fallout from Consumer Reports's bad reliability rating of all Surface products. The memo also included a chart with return rates for the products included in the Consumer Reports research.

Plus, Netflix is hiring away Hollywood, AI is making video streaming more tolerable, and we go hands-on with the latest Project Tango phone, the Asus Zenfone AR.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

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August,2017
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iOS Today 356: Best Apple TV Apps Right Now

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Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone discuss what's new with Apple TV and Leo shows off his favorite eclipse apps. Plus, how to create your own Lonely Planet guide with your photos.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone

Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/ios-today.

You can contribute to iOS Today by leaving us a voicemail at 757-504-iPad (757-504-4723) or sending an email to iOSToday@TWiT.tv.

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August,2017
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MacBreak Weekly 571: Cardboard Hats for Dung Beetles

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What will Apple's redesigned iPhone be named? Will it have Touch ID and facial recognition? And most importantly, will it come in Blush Gold? Scott Bourne is here to give us some computational photography tips. More signs point to an LTE Apple Watch. How hard will it be to get a HomePod for Christmas? Apple's huge growth in services? Turns out that's mostly from a $3B check from Google.

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Andy Ihnatko, and Rene Ritchie

Guest: Scott Bourne

Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/macbreak-weekly.

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August,2017
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Tech News Today 1832: Smart Dog Security

Tech News Today (MP3)

Why Uber must submit to privacy audits for the next twenty years. How to watch a movie in a theater every day for only $10 a month. And Geoffrey Fowler from the Wall Street Journal joins Jason Howell and Megan Morrone to talk about how seniors can learn how to use tech. Spoiler alert: Not from their impatient children.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Geoffrey Fowler

Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-today.

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August,2017
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