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TechStuff

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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May 11, 2021 21 min

Hackers shut down Colonial Pipeline in the largest cyberattack on US infrastructure to date. Amazon responds to calls to crack down on counterfeiting. And a casual comment from Elon Musk causes the value of dogecoin to plummet.

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In the late 19th century, a French experiment demonstrated the power of stereo sound. A century later, experiments in binaural audio would help create rich soundscapes that could immerse the listener in audio environments. We learn about the evolution and tech of 3D audio.

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The Solar Impulse 2 is scheduled to fly around the Earth in 2015 using only solar power. Say what? How is that even possible?

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May 6, 2021 22 min

Facebook's oversight board says the company was justified in banning Donald Trump but needs to revisit the issue. Microsoft has never made a profit off of Xbox hardware sales. And Twitter wants you to think twice before tweeting out that mean thing you just typed.

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Is it really possible for a machine to achieve consciousness? What does consciousness even mean? From philosophy to technological obstacles, we look at the problems and possibilities.

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Verizon is looking to offload AOL and Yahoo (for about half of what the company paid for them). Facebook hates Apple's new iOS rules. Sony hates crossplay. And Jonathan hates thunderstorms.

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May 3, 2021 56 min

In a continuation of our story about Niantic, we learn how the company has grown thanks to Pokemon, and how a young wizard's spell totally failed to repeat its success.

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How are we using hydrogen today and how might we use it in the future?

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Today, women represent approximately 22% of the AI workforce. But IBM is out to change that by increasing diversity not just in hiring but through programs such as Women Leaders in AI that celebrate diversity in the field. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm Gladwell talks to IBM’s new SVP &?CMO, Carla Pi?eyro Sublett, and Chimka Munkhbayar, co-founder of Agrolly, about their challenges, achievements, and the steps they’re ...

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April 28, 2021 52 min

This is the story of the founding of Niantic, the company behind the hit smartphone game Pokemon Go. From shipwrecks to corporate acquisitions, we learn about the early days at the company.

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April 27, 2021 17 min

Apple has some new challenges. Google and Roku are having a spat. And a beaver in Canada decided to destroy the Internet. Kind of.

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April 26, 2021 48 min

Concrete is one of the most useful materials humans have ever made. But it also represents a big source of greenhouse gas emissions. How do we solve that problem?

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Could hydrogen be the fuel of the future? We look at the most plentiful element in the galaxy and discuss the possibility.

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April 22, 2021 23 min

Apple holds a marketing event and I like what I see. TikTok is in legal hot water in the UK. The FCC is cracking down on robocalls in the US. And it looks like a beloved old video game is getting remade.

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April 21, 2021 54 min

Why is it so hard to define concepts like artificial intelligence and machine learning? What do those even mean? And how does it work? We take a very high level look at AI and machine learning.

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April 20, 2021 22 min

Okay, there are no flying spiders of Mars, but there is a flying drone that successfully flew on the Red Planet (and doesn't that deserve a David Bowie reference?)! We also learn why Bitcoin had a tough weekend and a new way to play Xbox games over web browsers.

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April 19, 2021 53 min

The modern QWERTY keyboard has had pretty much the same layout for more than a century. Why do we still rely on keyboards (and the computer mouse as well)? We explore input devices and the longevity of the keyboard.

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What makes washers tick? How have they evolved over time to become more energy efficient and conserve water? And what's going on in there?

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How does radiocarbon dating work? And why might it be less reliable in the future? Learn about carbon-14 and how it can be used to guess when ancient things were alive.

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April 14, 2021 54 min

After launching in 1992, Mortal Kombat would spawn a massive franchise. It would also burn out the creators of the franchise and the company that spawned it would go out of business. And yet the tournament survives!

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