Tech News Weekly (MP3)

Tech News Weekly hosted by Jason Howell and Megan Morrone brings you interviews from tech journalists who make or break the top stories of the week. Megan and Jason give you more context and perspective, with an in-depth look at the fast-paced world of technology and how it is changing our lives. Records every Thursday at 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific / 19:00 UTC.


  • TNW 70: On the Apps

    Feb 14 2019

    1:54 GM and Amazon have invested in electric truck company Rivian. Sam Abuelsamid from the Wheel Bearings podcast talks about the Tesla competitor.16:23 People in the US spent an average of $79 on iOS apps this year. Developer Ish ShaBazz explains why this makes sense.31:22 How automated lights can improve your health. The founder of the Orro light switch talks about the science of light and sleep.43:06 A new report says that the digital detox doesn't work. Megan wants to discuss how boredom is ...more

  • TNW 69: Data Rights Are the New Civil Rights

    Feb 07 2019

    A new Netflix documentary called The Great hack highlight's the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and David Carroll's own legal pursuit against the operation.Prisoners in the US are being subjected to mandatory voice prints, and George Joseph from the Appeal discusses the grey area in which the growing technology operates.Cal Newport's new book Digital Minimalism explores how we have grown accustomed to devices as always-on digital companions, and paves the way to returning back to the real world. ...more

  • TNW 68: Giving Up Google

    Jan 31 2019

    iFixit teardown engineer, Taylor Dixon talks about the bigger problems with Macbook repair and "flexgate."Data Analyst Andrea Fuller from The Wall Street Journal explains how they detected companies with fake employee reviews on Glassdoor.Megan's Story of the Week: Facebook Research app and the age of digital consent.Jason's Story of the Week: How to Give up Google. Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell Guests: Taylor Dixon and Andrea Fuller Download or subscribe to this show at https://tw...more

  • TNW 67: Not Sharing Is Caring

    Jan 24 2019

    1:38 The 10-year Challenge was a big hit on social media, but Kate O'Neill says that we should think twice before giving away such valuable datasets for free.17:19 DuckDuckGo struck a deal with Apple to use Apple Maps in location search results and its a win for privacy. DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weingberg explains why.32:30 January is a hot month for mature game releases, and a relatively no-name company claims its first ever console will be better than the next Xbox and PlayStation. Sam Machkovec...more

  • TNW 66: Early Bird Gets the Worm

    Jan 17 2019

    1:34 Father Robert Ballecer talks about trends from CES24:40 The latest emoji news from Jeremy Burge45:47 How to get the cyberpunk future we all deserve with help from Brian Benchoff from Hackaday.57:26 Jason Howell reviews the new iPad Pro and Megan Morrone reviews the new Pixel Slate. Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell Guests: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Jeremy Burge, and Brian Benchoff Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-weekly. Sponsors: twit.cachefl...more

  • TNW 65: Megan & Jason Go to White Castle

    Jan 10 2019

    1:17 Bounty Hunters can find real-time location data on mobile phone users in the US, and all it cost Joseph Cox from Motherboard was $300 to do it.14:58 Lindsey Turrentine from CNET rounds up some of the big themes and technologies that surprised her at the Consumer Electronics Show.34:01 Impossible Labs released their latest burger replacement, the Impossible Burger 2.0. Russell Holly from iMore ate it, and his story might make you hungry.44:09 Louise Matsakis from Wired talks about how a ten ...more

  • TNW 64: The Appleocalypse

    Jan 03 2019

    01:44 Tech predictions for 2019 with tech journalist Omar Gallaga.16:07 Guardian reporter Michael Sainato on Amazon employees who want to unionize.34:02 Rene Ritchie explains Apple's letter to shareholders this week.48:41 How online hate affects people's lives. Geoffrey Fowler from The Washington Post tells the stories of victims.1:02:24 Recycle your old tech responsibly. Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell Guests: Omar Gallaga, Michael Sainato, Rene Ritchie, and Geoffrey Fowler Download...more

  • TNW 63: Best Interviews of 2018

    Dec 27 2018

    Megan and Jason pick a few of their favorite interviews from the year.2:18 Lawyer and legal professor Sandra Davidson discusses #PlaneBae and explains what rights we still have to privacy in the digital age.16:47 Bruce Schneier talks about how security has become too dangerous and too important for companies to address on their own, and that regulation is the answer.31:11 An investigation into teenage Instagram influencers with Taylor Lorenz from The Atlantic.43:45 Twitter and Facebook execs end...more

  • TNW 62: Snails Are so Boring

    Dec 21 2018

    1:51 Taylor Lorenz from The Atlantic writes about how Instagram users are promoting items as if they are paid sponsorships in an attempt to raise their profile in front of their peers.10:08 Aja Romano from Vox is a Tumblr user and has opinions on the platform's decision to filter out all adult content, pushing all sorts of other content communities into uncharted territory.28:04 Mathew Ingram from the Columbia Journalism Review talks about NPR's new open sourced podcast analytics technology, and...more

  • TNW 61: Data Exhaust

    Dec 14 2018

    1:35 What it means when companies track our phones and sell our location data. Jennifer Valentino-DeVries walks us through her investigation for The New York Times.20:31 How the Apple Watch ECG app compares to other at-home ECG. John Timmer from Ars Technica talks about his personal experience monitoring his heart health.34:52 Ellen Huet from Bloomberg Businessweek tracks the downfall of a company called We Roam that lefts its customers stranded all over the world and hasn't paid its debts yet.4...more