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TechStuff is a show about technology. And it’s not just how technology works. Join host Jonathan Strickland as he explores the people behind the tech, the companies that market it and how technology affects our lives and culture.
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Can I Read Your Mind

49:22 | Aug 14th

What is a brain-computer interface and how does it work? Why is Elon Musk interested in them? And is Facebook really going to read your mind? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Death of 3D Television

47:40 | Aug 12th

For years, television manufacturers were pushing 3D features on TV sets. By 2017, all major companies had stopped trying. What happened with 3D TV? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: More Data, More Problems

54:28 | Aug 9th

How did journalist Mat Honan get hacked? What is social engineering? How can you protect yourself against hackers? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan examine how criminals can access your data -- and how to protect your information from hackers. Lea...Show More
Odd, Silly and Unnecessary Inventions

46:38 | Aug 7th

We can thank geniuses for the development of stuff like radios, television and electricity. But what about the pocket fisherman? We explore the lighter side of invention. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Boeing and the Commercial Jet Age

52:55 | Aug 5th

After introducing the 707, Boeing began to manufacture many more commercial jets. Some would become iconic in the aviation industry. And the 737 MAX would end up creating a huge problem for the company. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://new...Show More
TechStuff Classic: Repurposing Tech for Developing Countries

47:54 | Aug 2nd

How are people using bicycles to create new machines for developing countries? What are MediKits? Why is e-waste recycling such a dangerous job? Join Jonathan and Chris as they look at the ways in which innovators across the world repurpose old tech....Show More
Boeing Really Takes Off

45:11 | Jul 31st

World War II led to many contracts between Boeing and the United States military. In this continuation of the Boeing story, we learn about the aircraft Boeing designed and its first jet-propelled aircraft. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://...Show More
Boeing Launches

48:54 | Jul 29th

The aircraft manufacturer Boeing has been around for more than 100 years. In this episode, we look at the origins of the company at the dawn of the Age of Aviation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Hacks Into Music

37:30 | Jul 26th

Are you bored by the usual musical instruments? Would you like to turn an Atari 2600 into a guitar, or translate shadows into sound? If so, then you may be a budding music hacker. Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore the wide world of music hacks....Show More
Social Media and the First Amendment

42:26 | Jul 24th

In July 2019, an appeals court upheld a ruling that says President Trump can't block people on Twitter because it's a violation of the First Amendment. We look at the tricky, complicated issue of the freedom of speech in the digital age. Learn more a...Show More
What is a Supply Chain?

50:02 | Jul 22nd

You hear a lot of stories about problems with supply chains, but what actually is a supply chain and why is it so complicated? John Bermudez of TraceLink joins the show to talk about it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/pod...Show More
Introducing: Bizography with Dana Barrett

02:29 | Jul 20th

Whether they’re a current shining star, in the midst of a massive dumpster fire or settling into the dust heap of history, iconic companies allhave a past worth knowing. Hosts Dana Barrett and Nick Bean dive into their strange but true stories. Follo...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Goes Steampunk

33:46 | Jul 19th

What is steampunk? What are the traits of the steampunk aesthetic? Who are some famous steampunk artists? Join Chris and Jonathan as they take a closer look at steampunk. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
What's up with Facebook Libra?

45:39 | Jul 17th

In June, 2019, the Libra Association published a white paper about an upcoming digital currency called Libra, with Facebook playing an important role. What makes Libra special? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-adver...Show More
Outdated Tech Terms We Still Use

48:58 | Jul 15th

From dialing a phone to making a mix tape, our language is filled with phrases spawned from obsolete tech. We take a look at some listener favorites. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: Printing Medication

51:39 | Jul 12th

How has ink jet technology been used to dispense medication? How could a 3-D printer create medicine? In what other ways have printers been used to create medical treatments? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-adverti...Show More
TechStuff Gets in Touch with Touch Screens

48:58 | Jul 10th

What is the history of the touch screen? What are the different ways inventors have designed to make the technology work?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Is E3 Still Relevant?

1:00:42 | Jul 8th

It's a question the gaming industry has been asking for a while, fueled partly by some dramatic disagreements within the Entertainment Software Association. Is the E3 trade show still relevant or is it a waste of time and money? Learn more about your...Show More
TechStuff Classic TechStuff Hacks the Kinect

54:16 | Jul 5th

How does the Microsoft Kinect work? What's Microsoft's position on hacking the Kinect? What are some of the most creative hacks? Join Jonathan and Chris as they break down the astonishing potential of the Kinect. Learn more about your ad-choices at h...Show More
Time to Kick Some Asteroid

47:08 | Jul 3rd

In June, 2019, the OSIRIS-REx satellite entered an orbit less than 2,500 feet above the asteroid Bennu. In a few years, we might be mining asteroids. How will we do it, and why? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-adve...Show More
The Story of HowStuffWorks

52:04 | Jul 1st

From its founding in the 90s as a site to demystify the universe to the complicated, present-day structure, we look at Jonathan's employer.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Tests the Emergency Broadcast System

36:15 | Jun 28th

What was the Emergency Broadcast System? What did it have to do with the Cold War? How is the Emergency Alert System different from the old EBS? Listen in as Chris and Jonathan explain the origin of the EBS and the EAS. Learn more about your ad-choic...Show More
The End of iTunes

52:19 | Jun 26th

There's no doubt that iTunes changed the fortunes of Apple. So why did the company announce in 2019 that it was discontinuing the venerable program? We learn about how feature creep and a changing marketplace spelled the end of iTunes. Learn more abo...Show More
The Creation of iTunes

45:19 | Jun 24th

Apple first unveiled iTunes in 2001, setting it and the company on an incredible journey. In this episode, we learn how iTunes came to be up to the debut of the iTunes Music Store in 2003. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/p...Show More
Techstuff Classic: Spotlight on Dennis Ritchie

36:54 | Jun 21st

Who was Dennis Ritchie? Why did Ritchie create the C programming language? What is the story of Ritchie’s involvement with UNIX? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris delve into the life and work of Dennis Ritchie. Learn more about your ad-choices at h...Show More
AMD Up To Today

45:40 | Jun 19th

Picking up where we left off, this episode about AMD looks at its more recent history and how it has played a role in tech. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Early Days of AMD

49:37 | Jun 17th

Listener Stephen asked that I cover AMD a long time ago, and so this is the start of that company's history. We explore the founding of the company through its early years. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertise...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at Solid State Drives

53:40 | Jun 14th

What is a solid state drive? How are they different from magnetic storage devices? How do SSDs erase data? Join Jonathan and Chris as they break down the nuts-and-bolts of solid state drives. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.co...Show More
The Evolution of Virtualization

43:56 | Jun 12th

Virtual machines open up a lot of options for information infrastructure. Where did the idea come from and how did it evolve over time? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Three Approaches to AI Policy

42:49 | Jun 10th

Oz and Karah from Sleepwalkers join the show to talk about how different parts of the world are looking at developing, regulating and legislating artificial intelligence. From the US to the EU to China, we look at very different approaches and what t...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at Supercomputers

51:11 | Jun 7th

What is a supercomputer? What was the first supercomputer? How fast is the fastest supercomputer? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan add up the facts about the world's fastest, most powerful computers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://new...Show More
AI and Misconceptions: A Conversation with Sleepwalkers

1:06:25 | Jun 5th

Oz and Karah of the Sleepwalkers podcast join the show to talk about artificial intelligence, the challenges we face and some of the misconceptions around the terminology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertiser...Show More
How Planes Work

53:58 | Jun 3rd

What are the physics behind flight? We demystify the concept of lift and explain how many sources get the explanation wrong. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Arms Itself with Non-lethal Weapons

59:12 | May 31st

How do pain rays work? What is the Portal Denial System? How does the Taser shotgun shell work? Join Jonathan and Chris as they introduce you to a new world of excruciating -- but, theoretically -- non-lethal pain. Learn more about your ad-choices at...Show More
The YouTube Adpocalypse

49:12 | May 29th

What was the YouTube adpocalypse and why did it happen? Is another on the way? And where do creators turn to when their careers are at stake? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Addicted to Tech

50:35 | May 27th

Is technology addictive? In this episode, we look at how some psychological studies in the mid 20th century would form the foundation for app design. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Introducing Ephemeral

09:07 | May 26th

Lost materials, dropped threads, forgotten stories. Ephemera in the way that it’s intertwined in our lives. All those things, tangible and intangible, that you wish you could take just one more look at before they vanish into the past. Listen whereve...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Clicks on Web Ads

46:57 | May 24th

How does Web advertising compare to traditional advertising? What do the terms CPM, CPA and CPC mean? How do affiliate programs work? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the nuts and bolts of online advertising. Learn more about your ad-choices a...Show More
All Broken Up About Facebook

36:09 | May 22nd

On May 9, 2019, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times calling for the US government to break up Facebook into three smaller companies. What's the story behind this and is Hughes right? Learn more about your ad...Show More
The Black Box Problem

36:08 | May 20th

A black box in tech is something that hides how it works away from view or understanding, and it can cause big problems. This episode is about critical thinking and unrealistic expectations. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Plays the Slot Machines

56:29 | May 17th

How did the earliest slot machines work? How do modern slot machines use random number generators? Where are you more likely to find slot machines that pay out frequently? Listen in as Chris and Jonathan explain the science behind slot machines. Lear...Show More
Behind the Jargon of the Film Industry

52:51 | May 15th

What's the difference between a Gaffer and the Best Boy? What do all the roles on a movie set actually mean? We look at the tech and terminology of film sets. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How Google Won the Search War

56:33 | May 13th

Before Google, there were half a dozen search engines to choose from. What happened to them? How did Google pass them by to become a multibillion dollar company? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic:TechStuff Mines Some Asteroids

44:53 | May 10th

Why would we want to mine asteroids? How might we manage the mining operation? What is Planetary Resource's plan? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore mining asteroids. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertiser...Show More
Droning about Drone Regulations

50:25 | May 8th

Recently, Alphabet company Wing received FAA approval for Air Carrier status. What does that mean? And what are the regulations about drones? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Introducing Sleepwalkers

01:29 | May 7th

Introducing SleepwalkersThis is Sleepwalkers. With secret labs and expert guests, Oz Woloshyn and Karah Preiss explore the thrill of the AI revolution hands-on, to see how we can stay in control of our future. Sleepwalkers starts on May 2nd.Subscribe...Show More
The MP3 Revolution

58:31 | May 6th

Digital files would become the biggest disruption to the entertainment industry since the dawn of recorded media. From piracy to a shift away from personal ownership, we look at how the mp3 and other digital file formats have changed the world of ent...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Investigates Operation Ghost Click

37:07 | May 3rd

How does a Domain Name Server work? What are rogue Domain Name Servers? How can you tell if you have the DNSChanger malware? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Blu-ray vs HD DVD

53:12 | May 1st

When companies settled on the DVD standard, they avoided a format war. But the high-definition market wasn't going to be so lucky. Sony and Toshiba faced off to see whose format would win out in the end. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://ne...Show More
Rise of the CD

54:15 | Apr 29th

The compact disc was a big hit for the music industry. Cheap to produce with a high profit margin, the CD promised to deliver high fidelity sound to an eager audience. Here's the story of how the CD hit the big time. Learn more about your ad-choices ...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Goes for a Google Drive

53:46 | Apr 26th

What is Google Drive? How does cloud storage work? How does Google Drive compare to other online storage properties? Listen in as Chris and Jonathan take you behind the wheel of Google Drive in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https:...Show More
Tracking Changes in Media: VCRs and CDs

52:48 | Apr 24th

While the audio cassette was changing the music industry, the videocassette was wreaking havoc with Hollywood. And a new player, a CD player, was in the wings waiting. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Making Media Personal: Mix Tapes

47:22 | Apr 22nd

The development of the magnetic recording process changed the entertainment industry. In this episode, we look at the rise of tape, including the 8-track and the compact cassette. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-ad...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Goes on Autopilot

35:50 | Apr 19th

Who invented autopilot? How can autopilot maintain control of an airplane? What happens if the autopilot system fails? Join Chris and Jonathan as they answer these questions and more in this episode of TechStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at h...Show More
Media Madness: TV Challenges Film

59:19 | Apr 17th

In the second part on our series of media and tech, we look at how the rise of television forced the film industry to change. We also learn about the rise of cable television and the further evolution of the recording industry. Learn more about your ...Show More
Media and You: From Records to Film

49:45 | Apr 15th

In this first episode in a series, we look at how media, business and consumption has changed as technology has evolved, starting with early records and film. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: Tech’s Biggest Acquisition Stories

48:29 | Apr 12th

What were some of the most successful tech acquisitions? Which acquisitions failed to make any headway? How much did each user of Broadcast.com cost Yahoo? Learn more about tech acquisitions with Chris and Jonathan. Learn more about your ad-choices a...Show More
RERUN: Hacking for Dollars

1:09:39 | Apr 10th

It's time for another classic episode. In this one, Shannon Morse of Hak5 joins the show to talk about how hackers make a living by slinging code around. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
RERUN: What was Web 2.0?

40:58 | Apr 8th

In this classic episode, we look back at the concept of Web 2.0. What did it really mean? Why were sites that followed a Web 2.0 philosophy more likely to survive?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: The Internet of Things

43:03 | Apr 5th

What is the Internet of things? What sort of devices could be linked to the Internet? Could the Internet of things eliminate privacy? Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore a future wherein common objects may communicate with the internet. Learn mor...Show More
RERUN: How LIGO Works

49:18 | Apr 3rd

A couple of years ago, a facility made headlines when it detected a previously theoretical phenomena, that of gravitational waves. This classic episode explains how it worked. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advert...Show More
Turboencabulators and Technobabble

49:21 | Apr 1st

Is your panametric fan misaligned? Are the hydrocoptic marzelanes rattling around? TechStuff dives into the odd world of the Turbo Encabulator and technobabble! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Conjures Up Brian Brushwood

58:42 | Mar 29th

How did Brian get his start in stage magic? What is the Afterlyfe.me project? How do the worlds of technology and stage magic overlap? Join Chris and Jonathan as they interview Brian Brushwood. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart....Show More
RERUN: How Solar Towers Work

27:23 | Mar 27th

What are solar towers? How do they generate electricity? What's the future of solar power? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Spotify Story

54:03 | Mar 25th

Where did Spotify come from and how did it change the way we listen to music? In this episode, we look at the origin and evolution of Spotify. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Counts Some Number Stations

30:48 | Mar 22nd

What is a number station? What is shortwave radio? What could these numbers mean? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan dive into the murky, mysterious world of number stations. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advert...Show More
The Facebook Privacy Problem

44:56 | Mar 20th

On March 6, 2019, Mark Zuckerberg published a long essay about privacy and social media. Does this indicate a change in philosophy for Facebook or is something else going on? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-adverti...Show More
What is WebAuthn

46:31 | Mar 18th

The W3C and FIDO recently adopted the WebAuthn specification as a standard. What is WebAuthn, and will it replace passwords? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at Ballistics

44:42 | Mar 15th

How can you determine if a gun fired a particular bullet? What is rifling? How do forensics experts test weapons? Join Jonathan and Chris as they draw a bead on ballistics. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertise...Show More
TechStuff Flies on the Concorde

47:33 | Mar 13th

From 1976 until 2003, the Concorde provided a fast option for air travel if you happened to have enough cash for a ticket. How does supersonic air travel work and what happened to Concorde? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/...Show More
What is 5G?

48:06 | Mar 11th

The future is 5G. So what the heck is 5G? It's a big, confusing topic but by the end of this episode you'll understand it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: Was Ada Lovelace the first computer programmer?

33:47 | Mar 8th

In this episode, Jonathan and Chris discuss Ada Lovelace, daughter of the infamous Lord Byron and widely considered to be the first computer programmer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Pumps the Brakes

46:53 | Mar 6th

How do car brakes work? From the earliest wooden block brakes to anti-lock brake systems, we learn about the science of coming to a stop. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Techstuff Throws Rotten Tomatoes

44:31 | Mar 4th

In 1998, a web designer launched a movie review aggregator site. A couple of decades later, it has changed the film industry. This is the story of Rotten Tomatoes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Stares at OLEDs

32:06 | Mar 1st

What is an OLED? How do OLED displays work? How do they compare to other display technologies? Join Chris and Jonathan as they break down the nuts and bolts of OLED displays in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com...Show More
Social Networks that Didn't Make It

46:46 | Feb 27th

For every Facebook and Twitter, there are half a dozen failed social networks that didn't survive to today. We look back on a few of them. Myspace Not Included. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Quicktime

45:28 | Feb 25th

Before there was YouTube, there was Quicktime. How did a project inside Apple become a dominant standard for computer-based video playback and more? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Spies on the U-2

40:36 | Feb 22nd

Why did the United States develop the U-2? What connection does the U-2 have to Area 51? Why hasn’t the U-2 been retired yet? Join Chris and Jonathan as they put themselves in the minds of master spies in this episode of TechStuff. Learn more about y...Show More
How Clean Coal Works

47:48 | Feb 20th

Is there such a thing as clean coal? In this episode, we look at the technologies designed to reduce the environmental impact of burning coal and ask if it makes sense to use coal at all. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/po...Show More
TechStuff Does the Robot

54:59 | Feb 18th

Adam Doud of Android Authority joins the show to talk about the robots he saw at CES 2019.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Research Revealed at Think 2019

27:55 | Feb 17th

At the 5 in 5 presentation at Think 2019, five presenters talked about how technology can improve practically everything about the way we grow, process, deliver and consume food. From harvests to recycling, we learn how technology can make us more re...Show More
Being Open at Think 2019

38:15 | Feb 16th

What does open source mean and why would IBM's strategy revolve around it? From the acquisition of Red Hat to supporting humanitarian hacking efforts, we look at why IBM is embracing open source. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.ihear...Show More
Cloudy With a Chance of IBM Think 2019

33:36 | Feb 15th

Cloud computing can be a confusing topic. It gets even trickier when you start talking about hybrid clouds. What's going on with cloud computing and how is IBM positioning itself to lead the way? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.ihear...Show More
AI at IBM Think 2019

34:46 | Feb 15th

IBM has a long history with artificial intelligence competing against human beings. Deep Blue mastered Chess, Watson scored big on Jeopardy and now Project Debater is arguing against human champions. We look at some of IBM's latest AI efforts. Learn ...Show More
Thats So Project Raven

46:36 | Feb 13th

What is Project Raven? We look into the spy program from the United Arab Emirates and how it employed ex NSA agents. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Ose CES Controversy

49:47 | Feb 11th

Stuff Your Mom Didn't Tell You host Anney Reese joins the show to talk about a controversy during CES 2019. A sex toy called the Ose received an innovation award but then the Consumer Technology Association rescinded the award and banned the product ...Show More
TechStuff Classic: Sets its VCR

57:38 | Feb 8th

When was the VCR invented? Who opposed the VCR? When did the VCR die? Listen in as Chris and Jonathan explore the origin, opposition to and death of the VCR. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Epic Story of Fortnite

42:54 | Feb 6th

In 2011, Epic Games teased a new video game called Fortnite. Six years later, the game finally emerged from development and took the world by storm. What's the story behind Fortnite? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast...Show More
RCA and its 100th Year

55:01 | Feb 4th

We say that it's RCA's 100th anniversary, but is the company of today the same as the one that debuted in 1919? We look at how RCA has changed dramatically since the mid 1950s.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-adve...Show More
TechStuff Classic: Old Tech Never Dies

49:55 | Feb 1st

What is legacy technology? Why do we still have old technology that should be obsolete? Will the fax machine ever die? Join Chris and Jonathan as they investigate the strange cases of technology that never seems to die. Learn more about your ad-choic...Show More
RCA and Color Television

46:57 | Jan 30th

RCA and CBS were in a race to define the standard for color television. CBS won. Or did it? How did RCA and David Sarnoff push a different approach to color television? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
RCA During World War II

40:15 | Jan 28th

Before the United States entered World War II, RCA was developing an electronic television. How did TV work and what did RCA do while the country was at war? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: How Image Sensors Work

38:54 | Jan 25th

How important is a digital camera’s image sensor? What are the two main types of image sensors? Which type of image sensor is best? Tune in as your favorite tech gurus (that's Jonathan and Chris) answer these question and more. Learn more about your ...Show More
The Birth of RCA

40:00 | Jan 23rd

RCA is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. How did this company get started and how did it dominate radio for years? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Breaking Up AOL is Hard To Do

40:26 | Jan 21st

The AOL Time Warner arrangement was doomed not long after it was formed. What led to AOL splitting off and where is the company today? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: How Helicopters Work

43:37 | Jan 18th

How do helicopters work? Why does a helicopter need a tail rotor? What is a quadrocopter? Join Jonathan and Chris as they look at the quirky contraptions called helicopters. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertis...Show More
AOL and the Very Bad Business Deal

38:26 | Jan 16th

When AOL acquired Time Warner, people worried that the new mega company would become an unstoppable force. Instead, the relationship became known as the worst merger of all time. What happened? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart....Show More
The Birth of AOL

43:26 | Jan 14th

What did the Atari 2600 have to do with the birth of America Online? We look at the company's origins and how it helped usher in the online age. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Plays with Plasma

28:40 | Jan 11th

What is plasma? How do plasma cutters work? Are plasma weapons possible? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris break down the basics of plasma, along with its potential applications. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-a...Show More
CES 2019 Overview

1:05:36 | Jan 9th

Jonathan gives a bird's eye view on CES 2019, with a hint of the old, the new, and the just plain view. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Working with the Large Hadron Collider

1:02:28 | Jan 7th

Jonathan is joined by Daniel Whiteson of Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe. Daniel works in the field of experimental particle physics and conducts research using the LHC.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-adver...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Overclocks a CPU

34:57 | Jan 4th

What is overclocking? What is a clock cycle? Why would you want to overclock a computer? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan explore the pros and cons of overclocking computers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-adve...Show More
TechStuff's Wishlist for 2019

40:13 | Jan 2nd

Instead of making predictions for 2019, Jonathan decided to create a show about what he hopes will happen over the next 12 months. From video games to corporate policies, here's his wish list. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.c...Show More
2018 Predictions Scorecard

46:02 | Dec 31st, 2018

At the end of 2017, TechStuff made some predictions for the following year. Now it's time to find out if Jonathan is really a time traveler. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at Radio Telescopes

37:09 | Dec 28th, 2018

What is a radio telescope? How can we “see” with radio waves? Why are radio telescopes so large? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the nuts and bolts of radio telescopes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-adver...Show More
The Top Tech Stories of 2018

48:25 | Dec 26th, 2018

We reflect on some of the biggest tech stories to emerge in 2018. From scandals to giant business deals, how did tech impact the world? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Amazon HQ2 Decision

47:14 | Dec 24th, 2018

After months of speculation (not to mention outlandish competition), Amazon finally announced the location of HQ2, its second headquarters. What's the story behind the decision and how might Amazon change Arlingon and Long Island? Learn more about yo...Show More
Introducing The Brink

39:52 | Dec 22nd, 2018

A geeky smartwatch company launched three of the five most successful Kickstarter campaigns in crowdfunding history. So how did Pebble lose its way to go out of business? Catch The Brink every Monday wherever podcasts are available. Learn more about ...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Plays with R/C

39:25 | Dec 21st, 2018

How do radio-controlled toys work? What frequencies do RC toys use? Why do some toys interfere with each other? Join Jonathan and Chris as they break down the nuts and bolts of radio-controlled toys. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.i...Show More
A Critical Examination of The Singularity

45:06 | Dec 19th, 2018

When people talk about the Singularity, what do they mean? How far off might it be? Or is it even a realistic notion at all? We look at the arguments for and against the idea. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advert...Show More
Is Autonomous The Way To Go?

50:07 | Dec 17th, 2018

Concluding our episodes on driverless cars is a look into the arguments for and against the technology. Does it make sense? Is it ready? What are the different levels of autonomy and how far along are we? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://n...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Goes to RAMing Speed

47:17 | Dec 14th, 2018

What is RAM? Why do computers need RAM? How is RAM different from ROM? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris take a closer look at the nuts and bolts of RAM. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Driverless Cars from 2007 to Today

44:56 | Dec 13th, 2018

In the wake of the 2007 Urban Challenge, several companies began to pour some serious money and effort into developing driverless car technology that could roll out onto real-world roads. From Google to Uber, we take a look at some of those projects....Show More
The 2007 Urban Challenge

43:25 | Dec 12th, 2018

How did the 2007 Urban Challenge differ from the two earlier DARPA Grand Challenges? And how did that set the stage for where autonomous cars would go next? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The DARPA Grand Challenges

41:06 | Dec 11th, 2018

In the mid 2000s, the Department of Defense R&D agency DARPA sponsored competitions in an effort to kickstart autonomous car technology. This is the story of the 2004 and 2005 challenges. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/po...Show More
Driverless Cars: The Early Concepts

44:01 | Dec 10th, 2018

Wouldn't it be awesome if your car took you where you needed to go without you having to touch the wheel? In this episode, we look at the history behind the driverless car concept. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-a...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks for Abandonware

36:44 | Dec 7th, 2018

What is abandonware? Can you acquire abandonware legally? What does copyright law have to do with abandonware? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris break down the basics of abandonware, how it occurs and what it means for software users. Learn more ab...Show More
Time After Time Travel

39:51 | Dec 6th, 2018

If there were a time traveler among us, how would we know? Jonathan takes a look at various strategies to catch that pesky time traveler who may be meddling with your life. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertise...Show More
TechStuff Visits Mars

44:50 | Dec 5th, 2018

There's no doubt about it: Mars is trying to kill you. It's just not very good at ranged attacks. But get close enough? BAM! What challenges will we have to overcome if we ever visit Mars? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/p...Show More
InSight into Mars

39:17 | Dec 4th, 2018

On November 26, 2018, NASA engineers and scientists celebrated upon receiving confirmation that the Martian lander InSight had touched down successfully. What does InSight do and what will it tell us about the Red Planet? Learn more about your ad-cho...Show More
TechStuff Enters the Wasteland

47:40 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Where did the Fallout series of games come from and how have they evolved? From its origins as a game engine experiment from Interplay to the newly released online game Fallout 76, we take a look at this popular franchise. Learn more about your ad-ch...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff withdraws from an ATM

44:49 | Nov 30th, 2018

Who invented the automated teller machine? How do ATMs keep track of your money? What is an ATM skimmer? Join Chris and Jonathan as they take a deeper look at the past and present tech of ATMs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart....Show More
TechStuff Gets Scooting

41:08 | Nov 29th, 2018

It seems like electric scooters are everywhere and dockless scooter businesses are becoming the next big thing. Where did these companies come from and why have some cities pushed back? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podc...Show More
TCP and its History

35:37 | Nov 28th, 2018

We look at the history of the Transmission Control Protocol and why the next version of HTTP won't be relying upon it. What does TCP do and how does it work? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Is E3 Still Relevant?

38:36 | Nov 27th, 2018

In mid November, 2018, Sony dropped a bombshell - the company would not attend the 2019 E3 conference. Has the video game trade show outlived its usefulness? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Heigh-Ho Hydrogen

39:51 | Nov 26th, 2018

Hydrogen is the most plentiful substance in the universe. Could it also be the fuel of the future? In this episode, we look at the challenges and opportunities related to a hydrogen economy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at Night Vision

38:18 | Nov 23rd, 2018

What are the two main types of night vision? How can you see heat? Why do some night vision systems only display in monochromatic green? Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore the tech behind night vision. Learn more about your ad-choices at https:/...Show More
Facebook's Accountability Problem

48:00 | Nov 22nd, 2018

A piece in the New York Times examined how Facebook navigated a tricky situation through questionable strategies in the wake of multiple scandals. What did the journalists find out and how has Facebook responded? Learn more about your ad-choices at h...Show More
The History of Cyber Monday

38:47 | Nov 21st, 2018

What is Black Friday, and how did it spawn Cyber Monday? From business trends to marketing schemes, we take a look at the history of holiday shopping online. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How AI Can Make You Look Like a Better Dancer

38:55 | Nov 20th, 2018

Today, it's possible to manipulate photos and videos in ways that were unthinkable just a few years ago. We look at a research project that uses computers and AI to map the movements of professional dancers to the images of people who have two left f...Show More
The Boring Podcast

41:35 | Nov 19th, 2018

How do tunneling machines work? We look at the science and tech behind burrowing under the Earth.       Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Adjusts the Thermostat

37:25 | Nov 16th, 2018

What are the parts of a thermostat? How do bimetallic thermometers work? What is a mercury switch? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan break down the mechanics of thermostats. Tune in to learn what happens when you flip that mysterious switch on the ...Show More
DARPA in the 1970s

44:48 | Nov 15th, 2018

How did DARPA navigate the choppy political waters in the wake of the Vietnam War and the rise of the counterculture movement? From a re-branding to a new focus on stealth technology, we look at DARPA's work in the 1970s. Learn more about your ad-cho...Show More
DARPA and Vietnam

49:15 | Nov 14th, 2018

As the situation in southeast Asia deteriorated, DARPA would conduct numerous research programs in an effort to get a better understanding of war and weapons capabilities, to varying degrees of success. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://new...Show More
DARPA's First Projects

36:42 | Nov 13th, 2018

From weather satellites to horrifying herbicides, we explore some of DARPA's projects during its first years of operations. How was this agency meant to counteract missile attacks and insurgent uprisings? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://n...Show More
The Origins of DARPA

43:57 | Nov 12th, 2018

How did a Soviet satellite kickstart the R&D branch of the US Department of Defense? We look at how DARPA was founded and the problems it was meant to solve. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: The Story of Rim

54:12 | Nov 9th, 2018

What is Research in Motion? What did the company do before inventing the Blackberry? Why do so many people direct criticism at RIM today? Tune in as Jonathan and Chris answer these questions and more in this long-awaited episode. Learn more about you...Show More
Robots are People Too?

42:21 | Nov 8th, 2018

An ongoing debate in Europe concerns whether or not we should extend the concept of personhood to robots. Why would we do such a thing and what would it mean? And why are many computer scientists opposed to the idea? Learn more about your ad-choices ...Show More
The End of the World with Josh Clark: Preview

02:53 | Nov 7th, 2018

The End of the World with Josh Clark is a 10-part podcast series on existential risks – threats that could bring humanity to a sudden and untimely end in the near future. Check out this preview, featuring a clip about our potential to spread from Ear...Show More
Goodbye, Kepler Telescope

43:40 | Nov 7th, 2018

NASA launched the Kepler telescope in 2009 to stare out into space. In October, 2018, the telescope "retired." What did we learn from it and how did it work? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
John von Neumann and the Bomb

44:44 | Nov 6th, 2018

We continue our story about John von Neumann, the mathematical genius. From his work on the Manhattan Project to creating what we now call von Neumann architecture, we learn how his work changed the world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://...Show More
Who was John von Neumann?

39:08 | Nov 5th, 2018

The Hungarian-born mathematician John von Neumann made numerous contributions to mathematics, computer science and more in his relatively short life. In this episode, we learn about his meteoric rise in academia. Learn more about your ad-choices at h...Show More
TechStuff Classic: How Metal Detectors Works

36:00 | Nov 2nd, 2018

What are the three types of metal detectors? How do metal detectors use electromagnetism to detect stuff? What kind of stuff can create interference when using a metal detector? Tune in as Jonathan and Chris explore the technology behind metal detect...Show More
The Complicated Story of an AI Artist

39:32 | Nov 1st, 2018

In October, 2018, a portrait created by an artificial intelligence program sold at auction for more than $400,000. But there's controversy surrounding the story - did the team that created the work of art steal the artist? Learn more about your ad-ch...Show More
TechStuff's Spooky Halloween Spectacular!

45:41 | Oct 31st, 2018

In celebration of Halloween, we take a look at an article from HowStuffWorks titled 10 Scary Modern Technologies. From drones to voices coming out of thin air, we peek under the big scary bed that is technology. Learn more about your ad-choices at ht...Show More
The Trials of MakerBot

41:31 | Oct 30th, 2018

What happens when a company abandons its core philosophy? MakerBot went from embracing open source to incorporating proprietary technology, alienating makers and shedding co-founders as a result. Here's what happened. Learn more about your ad-choices...Show More
How MakerBot Was Born

43:33 | Oct 29th, 2018

MakerBot is known as the company that brought 3D printing into the consumer market. We learn about how the company was spawned from a project intended to turn the manufacturing world upside down. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.ihear...Show More
TechStuff Classic: How Theremins Work

36:28 | Oct 26th, 2018

So what exactly is a theremin? It's got an unmistakably unique sound, and it's one of the world's first electronic musical instruments. Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore all things theremin, from the story of its inventor to playing techniques....Show More
Sleepy Time Tech

45:44 | Oct 25th, 2018

What happens when sleep and technology meet? From sleep trackers to the world's first "sleep robot," we look at the science behind sleeping and the tech that tries to exploit it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-adv...Show More
Powerful Lasers and Their Uses

36:13 | Oct 24th, 2018

How do lasers work? What are the most powerful lasers out there today and what do they do? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
E-Waste and What To Do With It

43:43 | Oct 23rd, 2018

What is electronic waste? What makes it so problematic? And what's the best way to deal with it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
AI Gone Rude

40:23 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Science fiction authors have thoroughly explored what could happen if we implement artificial intelligence irresponsibly. But they didn't predict that Microsoft would have to rein in a rogue, foul-mouthed chatbot. Learn more about your ad-choices at ...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Stares at Laser Eye Surgery

43:43 | Oct 19th, 2018

How does laser eye surgery work? How does the human eye work? What types of eye problems can laser eye surgery correct? Join Jonathan and Chris for a closer look at laser eye surgery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcas...Show More
Could we make a sarcastic supercomputer?

41:44 | Oct 18th, 2018

As we develop more advanced natural language systems, will we ever reach a point where a computer can detect not just what we say but what we actually mean? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
More Space Planes

47:25 | Oct 17th, 2018

In this episode, we learn about more recent and proposed space planes. What happens when they transition from experimental aircraft to practical vehicles? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Planes in Spaaaace

36:16 | Oct 16th, 2018

What is a space plane and how does it work? From the Space Shuttle to the super secret X-37B, we look at the designs and proposals for reusable spacecraft. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Voting and Technology

50:48 | Oct 15th, 2018

Bob Sullivan of the Breach Podcast joins the show to talk about the intersection between tech and voting. Is there a sweet spot? And do voting machines make the process more or less secure? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Ponders an Enigma

41:27 | Oct 12th, 2018

What was the Enigma machine? What is a cipher? How did the Enigma machine work? Join Chris and Jonathan to learn more about cryptography. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Death of the Amiga

42:28 | Oct 11th, 2018

The Amiga computers had a reputation for being incredibly powerful, particularly for video applications. But numerous problems at Commodore meant the system was living on borrowed time. What happened? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news....Show More
The Amiga 500 and Amiga 2000

41:55 | Oct 10th, 2018

Following the somewhat disappointing performance of the Amiga 1000, Commodore released two new computers to try and capture both the high-end market and the budget computer customer. We look at these two legendary systems and the politics that interf...Show More
Building the First Amiga Computer

38:29 | Oct 9th, 2018

Jay Miner and his team of engineers were hard at work building the components for the Amiga 1000. Meanwhile, Atari and Commodore were maneuvering against each other and putting Amiga in the middle. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.ihe...Show More
The Birth of Amiga

38:24 | Oct 8th, 2018

TechStuff listener Matt wanted to know more about the Amiga line of computers. We take a look at how an engineer from Atari took a big leap in order to achieve his goal of building the best home computer of the early 1980s. Learn more about your ad-c...Show More
Introducing: Daniel & Jorge Explain the Universe

31:56 | Oct 6th, 2018

Daniel’s a particle physicist who conducts research using the Large Hadron Collider. Jorge’s the cartoonist behind PhD comics, one of the web’s geekiest (and funniest) comics! And with their powers combined, they’re on a mission to Explain the Univer...Show More
TechStuff Classic: What does NASA's Mission Control Do?

46:19 | Oct 5th, 2018

Reaching space is difficult, and returning safely is even trickier. Luckily for astronauts, Mission Control follows each shuttle launch in minute detail, and they're on standby to tackle any imaginable problem. Tune in to learn more about exploring s...Show More
TechStuff Gets a MoviePass

47:41 | Oct 4th, 2018

Susannah asked that I do an episode about the company MoviePass. Where did it come from? What impact did it have on the entertainment industry? And does it have a future? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Podcast Patent Problem

36:18 | Oct 3rd, 2018

How did a patent filed in 1996 cause huge headaches in the podcasting industry? And how did a decision in 2018 finally put the matter to rest? We look at the case of Personal Audio LLC versus podcasting. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://ne...Show More
What is Apple's Neural Engine?

39:50 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Listener Dan wanted to know more about Apple's "neural engine." What exactly is it, and what can it do? We explore how a system on a chip can power machine learning in a smartphone. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-...Show More
The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

44:38 | Oct 1st, 2018

On October 1, 1982, EPCOT Center opened at Walt Disney World. But that Epcot wasn't the same thing as Walt Disney's initial vision. We look into the history of a futuristic community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcas...Show More
TechStuff Classic: The Tech of Firefighting

41:09 | Sep 28th, 2018

Firefighters are an invaluable part of every community, but how does firefighting work? What tech will you find on a fire truck? Join Jonathan and Chris as they look at the technology behind firefighting. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://n...Show More
How Game Engines Work

44:06 | Sep 27th, 2018

What exactly is a game engine? What are the notable game engines out there today? And how do they work? A request from listener Tongki. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Worst Video Games of All Time . . . Since 2011

46:42 | Sep 26th, 2018

Back in 2011, we asked listeners what they thought the worst video games of all time were. In this episode, we look at games that received some of the worst reviews since 2011. What makes a bad game so awful? Learn more about your ad-choices at https...Show More
Netflix to Today

44:04 | Sep 25th, 2018

Netflix has shifted focus to streaming video, though it still operates a DVD rental service. What were some of the challenges and roadblocks the company encountered over the past few years? And what the heck was Qwikster? Learn more about your ad-cho...Show More
Netflix vs Blockbuster

46:20 | Sep 24th, 2018

Netflix has faced many competitors, but none gave the company as much trouble as Blockbuster. In this episode, we continue Netflix's story and how Blockbuster almost came from behind to topple Netflix's DVD rental service. Learn more about your ad-ch...Show More
TechStuff Classic: Can we stop an asteroid from hitting Earth?

35:47 | Sep 21st, 2018

Could we blow up an asteroid like in the movie Armageddon? Join Jonathan and Chris as they tackle what may become one of Earth's most important questions: What do we need to do to be better prepared for an asteroid impact? Learn more about your ad-ch...Show More
Netflix's Early Years

46:55 | Sep 20th, 2018

In our continuation of the story of Netflix, we look at how the young company changed dramatically over the first few years of its existence. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Netflix Story

40:10 | Sep 19th, 2018

Listener Kevin wants to know the story behind the company that buried Blockbuster. In this episode, we look at the early years of Netflix and how it weathered some rough times to get a foothold. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart...Show More
The Nvidia Story So Far

47:56 | Sep 18th, 2018

We continue our look at the company that created the term GPU. How did Nvidia rise to dominance after such an uncertain start? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Graphics and Nvidia

35:42 | Sep 17th, 2018

Nvidia is a company perhaps best known for its graphics processing units. Where did it come from and how has it impacted computing? A request from listener Matthew. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Techstuff Classic: Eureka Archimedes

36:37 | Sep 14th, 2018

Who was Archimedes, and what did he actually invent? Join Chris and Jonathan as they take a closer look at the works of Archimedes -- including his historically famous, controversial death ray design. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news....Show More
TechStuff Goes Dark

46:25 | Sep 13th, 2018

What is the dark web? What is its purpose? What sort of stuff is on there? We shine the light on a dark topic, as requested by listener Tyler. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Cambridge Analytica Scandal

44:29 | Sep 12th, 2018

In early 2018, the data analysis and marketing firm Cambridge Analytica came under fire in both the United States and the United Kingdom for different reasons. What exactly happened and how have things changed as a result? Learn more about your ad-ch...Show More
The Founding of Cambridge Analytica

42:03 | Sep 11th, 2018

Cambridge Analytica made headlines multiple times during its relatively short history. Where did the company come from and what did it have to do with Facebook? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Silencing the Echo Chamber

45:31 | Sep 10th, 2018

We've changed the way we get information, and that has changed our perceptions of the world. How have echo chambers formed through tech and what can you do to make sure you're not just getting the information that confirms your perspective? Learn mor...Show More
TechStuff Classic: What are QR Codes?

37:07 | Sep 7th, 2018

How do QR codes store information? What’s the difference between a QR code and a barcode? Why did it take so long for QR codes to take off? Join Chris and Jonathan as they break down QR codes in this podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at https...Show More
Three Nuclear Disasters

50:27 | Sep 6th, 2018

What happened at the nuclear power plants at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima? What did we learn from those disasters? And how bad were they? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Hot Take on Cold Fusion

38:01 | Sep 5th, 2018

Cold fusion would transform our world in ways we can't even imagine. Is it really possible? Jonathan explores the science to find the answer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How a Fusion Reactor Would Work

33:06 | Sep 4th, 2018

Nuclear power can generate a lot of electricity, but fission brings with it some drawbacks. What if we used fusion? We look at the difference between the two processes and learn about attempts to harness the power of the stars. Learn more about your ...Show More
How Nuclear Power Plants Work

45:58 | Sep 3rd, 2018

How does a fission-based nuclear reactor work? What are some of the proposed modifications of this technology that could potentially make it a more attractive way to generate electricity? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/po...Show More
TechStuff Classic: How Sonar Works

37:40 | Aug 31st, 2018

Sonar uses sound to gauge the distance between objects. Although most people associate sonar with submarines, humans use sonar for a lot more than underwater navigation. In this episode, Jonathan and Chris take a look at the mechanics behind sonar. L...Show More
The Decline and Fall of Pebble

47:46 | Aug 30th, 2018

Just a few short years after it burst on the scene with an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, the Pebble company fell apart. What happened and what did we learn? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Origin of Pebble

41:19 | Aug 29th, 2018

Where did the Pebble Smartwatch come from? We look at the story behind one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Web Analytics and Your Data

39:54 | Aug 28th, 2018

How much of your personal information gets collected on the Web? Can you protect your information from prying eyes? And should you? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How Web Analytics Work

45:14 | Aug 27th, 2018

How do web analytics companies gather data? How much could these companies know about you? How hard is it to identify a person based off their browsing history? Get paranoid in this episode requested by listener Raff. Learn more about your ad-choices...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Tests the Emergency Broadcast System

36:21 | Aug 24th, 2018

What was the Emergency Broadcast System? What did it have to do with the Cold War? How is the Emergency Alert System different from the old EBS? Listen in as Chris and Jonathan explain the origin of the EBS and the EAS. Learn more about your ad-choic...Show More
How Fender Changed After the Acquisition

49:51 | Aug 23rd, 2018

When CBS bought Fender guitars, the new bosses had some big changes in mind. How did that turn out and how is the Fender of today different from the company that helped spawn new genres of music? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.ihear...Show More
TechStuff Shreds on Fender Guitars

46:01 | Aug 22nd, 2018

What's the story behind Fender Musical Instruments? From the iconic Stratocaster to today's company, we take a look at this iconic name in American musical history. Request by listener Greg. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com...Show More
Making Tech Accessible

45:54 | Aug 21st, 2018

Listener Kenn wanted to know about the process of designing assitive and accessible technologies. Technology has the potential to assist people with disabilities. But designing such tech requires a lot of consideration. Learn more about your ad-choic...Show More
TechStuff Builds a Sound System

45:56 | Aug 20th, 2018

What are the different components in a high-tech sound system and what does each one do? TechStuff gives a rundown on audio equipment. Request by Karl-Ludwig. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Gets Curious About Mars

56:14 | Aug 17th, 2018

What is the success rate for sending missions to Mars? What made the Curiosity rover mission so special? What would it take to get people to and from Mars safely? Join Jonathan and Chris as they take a closer look at the latest Mars mission. Learn mo...Show More
The Death of Blockbuster

42:56 | Aug 16th, 2018

The once mighty franchise has dwindled down to a single location. What led to the downfall of Blockbuster? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Birth of Blockbuster

47:39 | Aug 15th, 2018

TechStuff listener Paul wanted to know the story behind the company Blockbuster. How did this franchise emerge to threaten mom and pop video rental stores? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Cutting Edge of Forensic Technology

51:43 | Aug 14th, 2018

We continue our look at forensic technology. What sort of cutting edge tech do investigators use? And how close is it to Hollywood's version? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
TechStuff Investigates Forensic Technology

45:39 | Aug 13th, 2018

We've seen the Hollywood version of forensic scientists, but what sort of tech do real forensics experts rely upon when conducting an investigation? From fingerprints to digital surveillance, we take a look at the tools of the trade. A request by lis...Show More
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Listens in on Sound Files

49:15 | Aug 10th, 2018

What do sound files do? Why are there so many different kinds of sound files? What's the difference between uncompressed, lossless and lossy formats? Listen in as Jonathan and Chris explain the differences between all those sound files. Learn more ab...Show More
TechStuff Boards the Space Shuttle Program

50:17 | Aug 9th, 2018

The Space Shuttle program in the United States was a story filled with triumph and tragedy. We take a closer look at the technology of the space shuttle, as requested by listener Lim. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcas...Show More
It Is, In Fact, Rocket Science

42:23 | Aug 8th, 2018

Recently, I covered a lot of early spacecraft. But how did we get those darn things into space in the first place? In this episode, I trace the history of rocketry and look at some of the launch vehicles that slipped the bonds of Earth. Learn more ab...Show More
More Apollo and The Soyuz Spacecraft

47:44 | Aug 7th, 2018

We conclude our look at the Apollo space program and climb aboard a Soyuz spacecraft, which are still used to this day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Apollo Missions

52:15 | Aug 6th, 2018

The Gemini project was a stepping stone to what seemed like an impossible goal - put astronauts on the Moon and return them to Earth safely. The Apollo spacecraft would be the vehicle to take on the challenge. We look at the triumph and tragedy of th...Show More
TechStuff Classic: The MMORPG Story

1:05:27 | Aug 3rd, 2018

What is an MMORPG? What was the first MMORPG? Who coined the term MMORPG? Get online with Chris and Jonathan as they explore the massive, multifaceted world of MMORPGs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
From Voskhod to Gemini

44:02 | Aug 2nd, 2018

We continue our episodes about early spacecraft. This time, we go beyond the Vostok and Mercury missions and take a look at what came next.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The First Manned Spacecraft

44:15 | Aug 1st, 2018

From the Vostok to the Mercury, we take a look at some of the spacecraft responsible for keeping astronauts and cosmonauts safe as they entered the final frontier. And we also take a moment to reflect upon Laika, the first Earth organism to go into o...Show More
Cisco Systems Today

43:28 | Jul 31st, 2018

We continue our look into Cisco Systems, a huge company responsible for key technologies that make the stuff you use work. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Origins of Cisco Systems

38:58 | Jul 30th, 2018

TechStuff listener Gage wanted to hear about the company Cisco Systems, which went from a startup in 1984 to one of the biggest corporations in the US. This is its origin story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-adve...Show More
TechStuff Classic: How Nuclear Weapons Work

56:46 | Jul 27th, 2018

During this classic episode, Chris and Jonathan explore one of the world's most dangerous technologies. How do nuclear weapons work? Why are uranium and plutonium important components? What’s the difference between a fission and a fusion bomb? Tune i...Show More
More on NLP and where voice assistants come from

38:31 | Jul 26th, 2018

We conclude our investigation into what makes natural language processing tick and explore the history of assistants like Siri, Alexa and Cortana. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The challenge of natural language processing

41:16 | Jul 25th, 2018

TechStuff listener Nate wanted to know about natural language processing. How can computer scientists teach machines to understand human language and why is it so hard to do? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-adverti...Show More
I'm sorry, what did you say?

32:23 | Jul 24th, 2018

We explore the history and evolution of speech recognition, one of the foundational technologies behind voice assistants like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Phishing, Spear Phishing and Whaling

41:21 | Jul 23rd, 2018

What exactly is phishing and how does it work? From corporate espionage to political manipulation, we explore how people leverage old, deceptive strategies in the digital age. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advert...Show More
TechStuff Classic: Slow Motion Film and High Speed Photography

40:45 | Jul 20th, 2018

How does film work? What are the basic parts of a camera? How can you take a photo of a high-speed subject and get a clear picture? Tune in as Chris and Jonathan break down the tech behind slow motion and high speed photography. Learn more about your...Show More
How ASIMO Worked

36:09 | Jul 19th, 2018

Superfan Kat asked for an episode all about Honda's robot ASIMO, which was recently retired. Learn all about the bot meant to interact with human beings. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Scams, Hoaxes and Technological Flim Flam

1:20:56 | Jul 18th, 2018

Stuff They Don't Want You To Know's Ben Bowlin joins the show to talk about some of the biggest shams, hoaxes and flim-flam in tech. Put that skepticism to work! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How Critical Thinking Works

51:40 | Jul 17th, 2018

In the 1000th episode of TechStuff, Jonathan explores the concepts of skepticism and critical thinking and why they are important not just in the world of tech but everywhere. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advert...Show More
The State of AI

54:13 | Jul 16th, 2018

In June 2018, Ian Hogarth and Nathan Benaich released a report on how far AI has advanced over 12 months. We take a look at artificial intelligence, where we are and where we're heading next. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.co...Show More
TechStuff Classic: Anonymity

36:30 | Jul 13th, 2018

Is it possible that privacy is becoming less of a social norm? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan explore how the internet and online social networks have influenced changing attitudes about personal privacy. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about ...Show More
Over Hill and Over Dell (Dell Story Part Two)

37:17 | Jul 12th, 2018

After Dell Computers' meteoric rise, the company hit some rough waters. In this episode, we learn what happened, how Michael Dell was able to buy back the company he created and what he plans next. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.ihe...Show More