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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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Know How... 304: Let's Solder! Steampunk Goggles Rev. 2

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Part 1 of building your own Steampunk Goggles revision 2.

Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Bryan Burnett

For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/know-how/episodes/304

April,2017
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This Week in Computer Hardware 411: AMD Radeon RX580 vs. The World!

This Week in Computer Hardware (MP3)

AMD Radeon RX 500 series GPUS, Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X 375GB, one beast of an Optane drive, Logitech's G413 backlit mechanical keyboard, Facebook wants you to type WITH YOUR MIND, Nintendo's gonna break your heart w/ a Mini Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and more!

Hosts: Ryan Shrout and Patrick Norton

Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-computer-hardware.

Send your computer hardware questions to twich@twit.tv.

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April,2017
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Tech News Today 1751: Palmer Luckey is Back, Sort Of

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MasterCard is working on a fingerprint sensor that's built into your physical credit or debit card and will work with the chip to verify your in-person purchases.

The Google Assistant built into the Google Home speaker can now recognize multiple different voices and deliver a specific info to the person it recognizes - like plane flight info and calendar entries. Up to six different voices can be recognized by a Google Home speaker, but each voice still has to be tied to a different Google Account.

Toyota and others have invested $45 million in a company called Getaround, which people are calling the AirBnb for cars. You can use an app to reserve, locate, pay for and even unlock a stranger's car so you can drive it for a while.

We also discuss Oculus founder Palmer Luckey's investment choices and the ethics of Instagram influencers. Plus, Rolfe Winkler from The Wall Street Journal is here to tell us how one security company chose to show its clients information in live demos and we talk about Elon Musk's new startup that wants to fuse your brain with AI so we no longer need to talk to share our thoughts.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Guest: Rolfe Winkler

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April,2017
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This Week in Law 383: Bunch of Bull

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Is the girl on wall street a derivative work of the bull? Join Mike Keys, Denise Howell, Evan Brown, and Matthew Curtis discuss the latest developments in technology law. What does it take to file for a declaratory judgment? Does the taking of wireless data violate the wire act? How to exit employment with your data? A deep dive into Comcast's privacy policy, and a gorilla trades in his camera for a Fanta, but was there a meeting of the minds?

Hosts: Denise Howell and J. Michael Keyes

Guests: Evan Brown and Matt Curtis

Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-law.

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Special thanks to Nigel Clutterbuck for the TWiL theme music.

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April,2017
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This Week in Enterprise Tech 236: Honeypots & Deceptive Solutions

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Ray Pompon, Principal Threat Researcher Evangelist, F5 Labs, will be participating and speaking to the topic of deceptive solutions and honeypots.

Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Brian Chee, and Louis Maresca

Guest: Ray Pompon

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April,2017
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Tech News Today 1752: Please Don't Squeeze the Juice

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Apple's self-driving car technology can control the steering, acceleration, braking, lane changing and u-turning of Lexus SUVs. We learned this from a Business Insider report based on a public records request for Apple's driverless car testing in California. In its testing so far, Apple is using Logitech steering wheels and pedals.

Tesla is recalling 53 thousand cars over an issue with the parking break. The company issued the voluntary global recall on certain Model S and Model X vehicles built between February and October 2016.

Microsoft is working on a Chromebook competitor -- a line of laptops that runs nothing but web-based applications, while also offering the option of touch screens and digital pens. The laptops are being geared for schools and those looking for low-cost laptops. Microsoft is expected to offer more details on its Chromebook competitors in May.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder says he needs more time to investigate Uber's toxic culture, and Apple made two strategic hires to boost its satellite efforts and we make some conjectures about what that means for the company. Also, Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica is here to talk Facebook VR, Rick & Morty, and Starcraft.

Host: Megan Morrone

Guests: Nathan Olivarez-Giles and Sam Machkovech

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April,2017
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The New Screen Savers 101: S8, F8, and Kart 8 are Gr8!

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Leo Laporte and Florence Ion discuss F8 2017, Facebook's developers conference, and the announcements around AR, VR, 360 cameras, AI, message bots, and so much more. Robert Scoble went to F8 and is here to look into the future. Speaking of AR, we have Ryan Pamplin from Meta with their new AR headset, the Meta2, which competes with Microsoft's Hololens. We'll give it a test drive and find out what is so different about this system. Samsung's flagship phones, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are for sale. Flo and Leo show you what's new and give a review. Georgia Dow helps us calm down with the Breathe app on the Apple Watch. Megan Morrone shows us the right and wrong way to keep ear wax out of your AirPods and earbuds. Nathan Olivarez-Giles has a review of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch. We'll talk about the best Chromebooks on a budget in Call for Help. And, in the Mail Bag, we'll see which Moto phone is the best.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Florence Ion

Guests: Robert Scoble, Ryan Pamplin, Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Georgia Dow, and Megan Morrone

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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April,2017
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The Tech Guy 1382

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Facebook's future with augmented and virtual reality, is my browser infected? Leo reviews the Samsung Galaxy S8+, troubleshooting slow Wi-Fi, the best headphones for mastering audio, how far can you run an HDMI cable? 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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April,2017
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The Tech Guy 1383

The Tech Guy (MP3)

Did you know Facebook Camera is now a platform? Everyone is getting on the augmented reality bandwagon, setting up multiple monitors and work spaces for Mac, how to access your mail and forward it to another account or client, Chris Marquardt's tips on talking to your photo subject when doing people photography, Apple Mail replacement app, Apple AirPods as hearing aids?, updating Windows from 32 to 64-bit, is HTC U Ultra worth it?, call Leo before you build your own PC, browser malware highjacking, 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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April,2017
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This Week in Tech 611: Bezel Come Back

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At the F8 Developer Conference, Facebook shows off its hot new augmented reality technology - which looks a whole lot like Snapchat. Apple is secretly working on non-invasive blood sugar detection, which could be a boon to millions of diabetics. Apple also wants to save the Earth by using 100% recycled materials in its products, covering its headquarters in solar panels, and manufacturing its own sweat. Wait, what? Google, which has made billions in ad revenue, is working on an ad blocker. The Samsung Galaxy S8 came out this week and has yet to explode. Bixby, Samsung's voice assistant, seems to be fizzling. According to Qualcomm, the first Windows PC using an ARM chip could be out later this year. In completely unrelated news, Intel has canceled the Intel Developer Forum. HTC's newest phone, codenamed Ocean, will have a squeezable frame and a questionable logo. Steve Ballmer's new site makes government spending more accessible. Another bad week for Uber. And McDonald's new uniforms highlight the techno-dystopia we all live in.

  • Jason Hiner loves Revolutionary War themed musicals.
  • Serenity Caldwell loves roller derby.
  • Owen J.J. Stone loves his father and cherishes the stories that he recorded before his death.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Owen JJ Stone, Serenity Caldwell, and Jason Hiner

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

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April,2017
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