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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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Android App Arena 141: Fingerprint Sensor Modifications

Android App Arena (MP3)

Jason Howell takes a look at apps that utilize the fingerprint sensor including Fingerprint Quick Action, Fingerprint Gestures, easyHome - Fingerprint Actions, and Dactyl - Fingerprint Camera.

Host: Jason Howell

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March,2017
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Tech News Today 1725: Alexa Rides a Roomba

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Facebook is including a new feature to its mobile app called Town Hall that allows users to locate government representatives on a local, state and federal level. Users can follow those representatives on Facebook or contact them via Message or Email from within the app.

The US Department of Justice has charged two Russian spies and two criminal hackers, hired by Russians, in the hack of 500 million Yahoo accounts back in 2014. Officials say the charges include hacking, wire fraud, trade secret theft and economic espionage.

A group of 58 tech companies, including Lyft, Airbnb and Pinterest, teamed up to sign an amicus brief opposing President Trump's revised ban on immigrants from a selection of Muslim majority countries Wednesday. Later, a Hawaii federal judge blocked the revised ban. Big names that signed a similar brief opposing the President's first ban didn't sign this time, including Apple, Google and Microsoft.

Plus Google has a new service for parents who want to get their kids using google products, Tesla is raising more funds to get ready for the Model 3, GoPro is laying off even more employees to stay profitable, and TWiT's newest host Nate Olivarez-Giles joins us to discuss it all.

Hosts: Megan Morrone, Jason Howell, and Nathan Olivarez-Giles

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March,2017
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This Week in Google 396: Mechanical Turking

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South By Southwest news from Austin local Stacey Higginbotham. 100 announcements from Google Cloud Next. Can Google fix its "one true answer" problem? U.S. charges 4 Russians with Yahoo Hack. The best iPhone case ever.

  • Danny's Article: Your guide to using Google Assistant and the Google search app on Android & iPhone
  • Stacey's Thing: Lutron LZL-4B-WH-L01 Connected Bulb Remote

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Stacey Higginbotham

Guest: Danny Sullivan

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March,2017
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Ham Nation 291: Tune Up Your Oscilloscope

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Don visits Rayne Hamfest, impressive young Hams, Bob continues his Pine Board Project, Randy shows how to tune your oscilloscope, making a pigtail cable with Gary Hoehne KB9AIT, and Amanda brings on your questions from the chat room!

Hosts: Bob Heil, George Thomas, Don Wilbanks, Amanda Alden, and Dale Puckett

We invite you to read, add to, and amend our show notes at wiki.twit.tv.

Submit your own video to Ham Nation at HamNationVideos@twit.tv

Thanks to Joe Walsh who wrote and plays the Ham Nation theme.

Check out Ham Nation on Facebook and Twitter!

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March,2017
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This Week in Computer Hardware 406: Ryzen 5 and Some Sweet TVs!

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AMD announces Ryzen 5 CPUs... lots of cores for not much cash! Thinking about a new TV? Robert Heron joins us to talk up the latest from LG, Samsung, and Sony. Headphones burst into flames, tuning the Ryzen 7 for best performance, all the 1080Ti GPUs are sold, and are we going from Lithium batteries to glass batteries?!? Tons of hardware news in this week's TWiCH!

Hosts: Patrick Norton and Robert Heron

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March,2017
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Know How... 294: Starter 3D Printer, HP Envy and Chi-duino

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Sub $350 3D printer, a first look at the all-in-one HP Envy PC, and a self-watering Chia Pet system.

Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Bryan Burnett

For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/know-how/episodes/294

March,2017
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Tech News Today 1726: Google and the Beast

Tech News Today (MP3)

Google Home began playing an ad for Beauty and the Beast during its daily briefing feature. In a statement Google said this isn't an ad, but a ""partner"" that they invited to ""be our guest and share their tales."" Google has since removed the ad from Google Home.

Swatch is developing its own wearable OS to compete with watchOS and Android Wear, with its first device in the Tissot brand running it sometime around the end of next year. Swatch CEO Nick Hayeck expects the OS to be more battery efficient, protect user data better, and connect to other wearables and connected objects.

A new academic paper from the University of Cambridge and the Economist says Google made ""inexcusable"" errors when dealing with sensitive medical information in the partnership between the company's DeepMind and the UK's National Health Service. The researchers mainly take issue with Google's transparency.

Plus, Spotify might be making a deal for exclusive music on its paid tier, Amazon's voice assistant is coming to iOS, and Bryan Clark from The Next Web shares his thoughts on his time at this year's South By Southwest.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Bryan Clark

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March,2017
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Home Theater Geeks 345: Rooms, Speakers, and EQ Curves

Home Theater Geeks (MP3)

Paul Hales, founder of Pro Audio Technology, talks about room correction—or as he prefers to call it, room compensation. Topics include some of his fundamental principles of room EQ, sound directivity from various objects such as violins and speakers, how microphones do not capture sound in the same way that human ears do, how sound interacts with small to medium-sized rooms, target response curves (including the X-curve), how conforming to the X-curve causes the sound to be louder and more harsh than it should be, his suggested modification to the X-curve, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Host: Scott Wilkinson

Guest: Paul Hales

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March,2017
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This Week in Enterprise Tech 231: OpenStack with IBM Cloud Object Storage

This Week in Enterprise Tech (MP3)

Linux + Cloud Storage

SUSE Enterprise Linux w/ OpenStack by Petros Koutoupis of Linux Journal.

Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Brian Chee, and Curt Franklin

Guest: Petros Koutoupis

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March,2017
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Tech News Today 1727: Weaponized GIF

Tech News Today (MP3)

A Minnesota judge is asking Google to fork over the names of all users who searched the name of a local fraud victim last December in a passport fraud case. The court also wants email addresses, MAC addresses, SSNs, IPs, and more. If Google complies, legal experts say it could set an anti-privacy precedent.

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area is so expensive that one startup, Zapier, is offering employees $10,000 in reimbursements to move elsewhere. In order to get the reimbursement, the employees have to commit to working for Zapier for at least one year.

Big brands are pulling their ads from Google's DoubleClick Ad Exchange Service after it was shown that ads were being placed next to YouTube videos promoting hate and racism. Google says it is working on changes to its review process to ensure ads appear where they should.

Plus, Netflix's new rating system, Chance the Rapper spills the beans on his exclusivity deal with Apple, how an animated GIF on Twitter caused an epileptic seizure and led to an arrest, and Mike Murphy from Quartz talks about Nintendo's increase in production of the Nintendo Switch.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Guest: Mike Murphy

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March,2017
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