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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.... Show More

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October 26, 2020 51 min

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.

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How did AT&T form a monopoly in the US? Why did the government step in to break up the monopoly? How did the telecommunications landscape change?

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October 21, 2020 58 min

Facebook has a bad rep for spreading misinformation, among other things. So where's the alternative social networking site? We look at some different sites that tried (and failed) to beat Facebook at its own game.

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October 19, 2020 52 min

NASA announced the eight founders of the newly published Artemis Accords, which set out guidelines for space exploration and exploitation. We take a look at different space treaties and why politics play a big part in space.

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Who was Alexander Graham Bell? Why did he create the Bell Telephone Company? How was AT&T created?

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October 14, 2020 59 min

This is the story of a video game console that tried to make a big change in the market but failed, and the man who dreamed it all up.

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October 12, 2020 54 min

How did Siri evolve once it became part of Apple? From controversial decisions, dramatic departures and reviews that were, well, mixed, we look at Siri's evolution since 2011.

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What's the premise of the horror film Event Horizon? What is an event horizon? How do black holes work?

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October 7, 2020 56 min

Apple introduced Siri to the public on October 4, 2011, but the story of Siri goes further back and beyond Apple. We learn about how Siri evolved from a US Department of Defense project in the early 2000s.

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Did you know nearly 90% of all startups fail? In this episode, we look at a few tech startups that didn't cut it and explore some of the reasons that contribute to failure, and how to avoid them.

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How are scientists improving solar panel efficiency? What do moth eyes have to do with solar panels? How long until solar panels are cheap enough for the average homeowner?

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September 30, 2020 59 min

In September 2020, PC gamers went bonkers for new graphics cards called the RTX 3080 and the 3090. What do these cards do, and why was the launch a bit of a headache?

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September 28, 2020 53 min

Jonathan gives a peek behind the curtain at how TechStuff used to be produced versus how it happens now.

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September 25, 2020 43 min

Are there really companies working on building underwater hotels? What considerations do you have to make to build an underwater structure? When will these hotels open?

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September 23, 2020 49 min

Once ARM Holdings began to license its processor designs and instruction sets, it was off to the races. Learn how this English company came to dominate the mobile processor market and what might be next.

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Human trafficking to create slave labor has persisted globally for centuries, devastating the lives of millions, and frustrating those who work tirelessly to end it. On today's episode, John McGrath, Sr. Solution Architect at IBM, and Neil Giles, CEO of the Traffik Analysis Hub, discuss how the IBM Cloud-based Hub, powered by IBM Watson helps organizations securely share and analyze data to help curb modern human slavery.

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September 21, 2020 51 min

Recently, news broke that Nvidia is seeking to buy ARM Holdings, designers of ARM processors, for 40 billion dollars. Where did ARM come from and what's the big deal about it?

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September 18, 2020 55 min

How old are steam engines? How do steam engines work? Are there steam engines in common use today?

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September 16, 2020 56 min

Twitch is mostly known as a streaming service that allows people to broadcast themselves playing video games live to an audience. For most, it's a fun hobby. For a few, it's the path to riches. And some high-profile streamers have come and gone and come back recently.

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September 14, 2020 52 min

It's time to talk about uninterruptible power supplies, surge protectors, circuit breakers and other systems designed to make sure the electricity we use is safe for us and our devices.

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