Tech News Weekly (MP3)

Tech News Weekly hosted by Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent brings you interviews from tech journalists who make or break the top stories of the week. Jason and Mikah 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 121: NEC: Your Face Is a Coupon

    Feb 20 2020

    First, Mikah shares Mark Gurman's Bloomberg piece about Apple potentially allowing its users to change default apps on their devices.Then, Jason issues a mea culpa regarding Chinese laser guns before talking about a new round of deep fakes in a Delhi, India election.Then, Lauren Gurley of Vice's Motherboard joins us to talk about Kickstarter employees unionizing.Lastly, OneZero's Dave Gershgorn gives us an in-depth look at NEC, the technology company that happens to be a major player in facial r...more

  • TNW 120: Z Flip: Den of the Dragon

    Feb 13 2020

    First, Mr. Mobile (Michael Fisher) joins us to unpack the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy S20.Then, Protocol's Mike Murphy discusses the cancelation of MWC Barcelona and the impact of that decision.Then, we talk to Daniel Bader of Android Central about Essential closing down and the history and future of Andy Rubin.Then, Jason tells us about China's new laser gun, the ZKZM-500, which can actually kill people.Lastly, Mikah goes over a new bill from U.S. senators that proposes a facial recognition morato...more

  • TNW 119: Bumps and Lumps

    Feb 06 2020

    The Iowa caucus voting app caused quite a stir in tech news this week. Huffington Post's Kevin Robillard discusses.Fujifilm announces its latest compact systems camera with great reviews. Bryan Minear shares his hands-on experience.Nvidia challenges Google with its online gaming option as it provides cloud graphics processing for top-tier gaming titles. The Verge's Sean Hollister shares the highlights.Facial recognition AI leads to cease and desist orders towards Clearview AI from the tech giant...more

  • TNW 118: Shady Soup

    Jan 30 2020

    First, Jason gives us a look at the Sun's surface with the help of the National Science Foundation's new Inouye Solar Telescope.Then, Mikah talks about the death of MoviePass now that the company has filed for bankruptcy.Then, CNET's Jason Hiner details the impact of the Wuhan coronavirus on big tech.Then, Sam Abuelsamid gives us the ins, outs, and in-betweens of the Cruise Origin autonomous vehicle.Lastly, Recode's Rani Molla explains alternative data collection and why those free apps and serv...more

  • TNW 117: Who Hacked Bezos's iPhone?

    Jan 23 2020

    First, we talk with Joseph Menn over at Reuters about his exclusive report. Apple reportedly dropped plans for encrypting iCloud backups after the FBI complained.Then, we chat with Joseph Cox of Vice about the alleged hacking of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos's iPhone by the Saudi crown prince.Afterward, we have a chat with Tanya Basu of MIT Technology Review about the Human Screenome Project — would you want to take a screenshot of your phone every five seconds for science?Finally, Jason and Mikah round...more

  • TNW 116: Apple vs. FBI Part Deux

    Jan 16 2020

    Jeremy Burge of emojipedia.org provides an emoji update — a look back at 2019, what's to come in 2020, and how to submit your own emoji proposals.Bloomberg's Mark Gurman talks about the latest round of Apple vs. FBI RE: iPhone encryption.Melissa Hellmann from the Seattle Times gives us the low-down on anti-surveillance gear and how to remain anonymous in the age of surveillance.Jason goes over Wired's recent Q&A with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.Mikah shares the "Decorum Guidelines" for President...more

  • TNW 115: Where's Your Head At, Bluetooth LE?

    Jan 09 2020

    OneZero's Will Oremus joins us to talk about Facebook's deepfakes ban — though it's still lax on so-called "shallow fakes."Adi Robertson over at The Verge explains Sonos' lawsuit. The company is taking on Google (and, eventually, Amazon) for allegedly stealing its smart speaker tech.Ant Pruitt calls in live from the show floor to talk about some of the awesome stuff he saw at CES.Mikah Sargent shares Lauren Goode's Wired article about sex-tech companies at CES.Jason Howell talks about all the im...more

  • TNW 114: I'll Call Back

    Jan 02 2020

    TikTok releases its first transparency report but China isn't listed.The TRACED Act, which aims to curb robocalls, is now law.Ray Wong of Input Mag joins us to discuss the odd changes to Amazon's return policy.CNBC's Pippa Stevens walks us through the history and future of battery technology. Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent Guests: Raymond Wong and Pippa Stevens Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-weekly. Sponsors: expressvpn.com/tnw ustudio.com ...more

  • TNW 113: Best of 2019

    Dec 26 2019

    Mikah & Jason picks their favorite interviews from the past year.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.Burger King now offers the meatless Impossible Whopper, and Brian Cooley from CNET dared to try it.Tech patents can be downright ridiculous, and Rose Eveleth from Slate reveals why companies have so many of them in their arsenal if they'll never become ...more

  • TNW 112: Sharper Cheddar is Better

    Dec 19 2019

    Buzzfeed's Alex Kantrowitz joins us to talk about Facebook's unhealthy obsession with growth.Kyle Wiens gives us a rundown of iFixit's Mac Pro teardown and shares some pro tips about Apple device ordering.OneZero's Megan Morrone stops by TNW to talk about her problematic fave: The Amazon Echo.Jason Howell shares a troubling revelation: Dumpster divers are selling goods on Amazon.Mikah Sargent shares another troubling revelation: There's a smartphone game that'll share a random photo from your ca...more