TechStuff

TechStuff Podcast

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.

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Clicks on Web Ads
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

All Broken Up About Facebook
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-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Black Box Problem
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/podcast-advertisers...


TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Plays the Slot Machines
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Behind the Jargon of the Film Industry
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
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
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-advertisers...

Droning about Drone Regulations
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
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 here. For more information, check out the Sleepwalkers Instagram here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


The MP3 Revolution
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 entertainment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Blu-ray vs HD DVD
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://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Rise of the CD
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Goes for a Google Drive
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://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Tracking Changes in Media: VCRs and CDs
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
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-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Goes on Autopilot
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Media Madness: TV Challenges Film
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Media and You: From Records to Film
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
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

RERUN: Hacking for Dollars
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?
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
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

RERUN: How LIGO Works
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-advertisers...


Turboencabulators and Technobabble
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
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.com/podcast-advertisers...

RERUN: How Solar Towers Work
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
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
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-advertisers...

The Facebook Privacy Problem
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-advertisers...


What is WebAuthn
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
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-advertisers...

TechStuff Flies on the Concorde
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/podcast-advertisers...


What is 5G?
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 Pumps the Brakes
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
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
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/podcast-advertisers...

Social Networks that Didn't Make It
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
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
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

How Clean Coal Works
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/podcast-advertisers...


TechStuff Does the Robot
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
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 responsible and efficient. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Being Open at Think 2019
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.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Cloudy With a Chance of IBM Think 2019
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.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

AI at IBM Think 2019
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Thats So Project Raven
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
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 from CES. What happened? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: Sets its VCR
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
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-advertisers...


RCA and its 100th Year
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-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: Old Tech Never Dies
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-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

RCA and Color Television
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
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
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Birth of RCA
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
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
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-advertisers...

AOL and the Very Bad Business Deal
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.com/podcast-advertisers...


The Birth of AOL
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
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-advertisers...

CES 2019 Overview
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
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-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Overclocks a CPU
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-advertisers...

TechStuff's Wishlist for 2019
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.com/podcast-advertisers...


2018 Predictions Scorecard
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
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-advertisers...

The Top Tech Stories of 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
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Introducing The Brink
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Plays with R/C
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.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


A Critical Examination of The Singularity
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-advertisers...

Is Autonomous The Way To Go?
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://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Goes to RAMing Speed
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
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The 2007 Urban Challenge
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
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/podcast-advertisers...


Driverless Cars: The Early Concepts
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-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks for Abandonware
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Time After Time Travel
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-advertisers...


TechStuff Visits Mars
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/podcast-advertisers...

InSight into Mars
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-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Enters the Wasteland
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-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


TechStuff Classic: TechStuff withdraws from an ATM
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.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Gets Scooting
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/podcast-advertisers...

TCP and its History
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?
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
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/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at Night Vision
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://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Facebook's Accountability Problem
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The History of Cyber Monday
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
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 feet. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


The Boring Podcast
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
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 wall. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

DARPA in the 1970s
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-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


DARPA and Vietnam
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://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

DARPA's First Projects
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://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Origins of DARPA
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
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Robots are People Too?
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The End Of The World with Josh Clark: Preview
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 Earth. Listen and subscribe at Apple Podcasts, or on the iHeartRadio app, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Goodbye, Kepler Telescope
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
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://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Who was John von Neumann?
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


TechStuff Classic: How Metal Detectors Works
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 detectors. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Complicated Story of an AI Artist
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-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff's Spooky Halloween Spectacular!
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


The Trials of MakerBot
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

How MakerBot Was Born
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.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: How Theremins Work
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Sleepy Time Tech
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-advertisers...

Powerful Lasers and Their Uses
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
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
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Stares at Laser Eye Surgery
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/podcast-advertisers...

Could we make a sarcastic supercomputer?
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
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
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
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/podcast-advertisers...


TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Ponders an Enigma
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
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.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Amiga 500 and Amiga 2000
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 interfered with them. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Building the First Amiga Computer
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.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Birth of Amiga
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-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Introducing: Daniel & Jorge Explain the Universe
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 Universe! Join them as they discuss in this episode if science fiction movies get time-travel right and if it will ever be possible. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


TechStuff Classic: What does NASA's Mission Control Do?
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 space. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Gets a MoviePass
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
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://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


What is Apple's Neural Engine?
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-advertisers...

The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow
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/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: The Tech of Firefighting
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://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


How Game Engines Work
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
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://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Netflix to Today
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-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Netflix vs Blockbuster
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-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: Can we stop an asteroid from hitting Earth?
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-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Netflix's Early Years
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
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.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Nvidia Story So Far
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
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
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.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Goes Dark
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
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-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


The Founding of Cambridge Analytica
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
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: What are QR Codes?
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://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Three Nuclear Disasters
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
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
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


How Nuclear Power Plants Work
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/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: How Sonar Works
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Decline and Fall of Pebble
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
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
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
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Tests the Emergency Broadcast System
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-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

How Fender Changed After the Acquisition
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.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Shreds on Fender Guitars
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/podcast-advertisers...


Making Tech Accessible
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-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Builds a Sound System
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
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


The Death of Blockbuster
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
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
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
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 listener Hakeem. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Listens in on Sound Files
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Boards the Space Shuttle Program
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/podcast-advertisers...


It Is, In Fact, Rocket Science
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

More Apollo and The Soyuz Spacecraft
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
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 the early Apollo program. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


TechStuff Classic: The MMORPG Story
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
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
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 orbit. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Cisco Systems Today
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
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-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: How Nuclear Weapons Work
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 in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


More on NLP and where voice assistants come from
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
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-advertisers...

I'm sorry, what did you say?
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
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-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: Slow Motion Film and High Speed Photography
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

How ASIMO Worked
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
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
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-advertisers...

The State of AI
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.com/podcast-advertisers...


TechStuff Classic: Anonymity
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Over Hill and Over Dell (Dell Story Part Two)
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.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Dude, You Got a Dell
Michael Dell founded his company when he was a teenager. In this episode, we learn how he took a good business idea and turned it into a billion-dollar company. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


What exactly is GDPR
Legisliation from the European Union has forced many companies to scramble to comply to new rules and regulations. What exactly is General Data Protection Regulation? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Update Grab Bag
Sometimes, after I cover a topic, stuff keeps happening. It's pretty rude. But this episode is all about following up on recent tech stories. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Classic: Say My Name
Who was Heisenberg? What was his contribution to quantum mechanics? What is the uncertainty principle? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


The Best and Worst of Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding and platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGogo have changed the way people get funding for projects, including big tech projects. In this episode, we look at examples of some of the best and worst tech-related crowdfunding campaigns. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Moments with Mr. Lincoln
The Disneyland attraction Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln originally started out as a World's Fair attraction before taking up residence in the Happiest Place on Earth. We look at the history, technology and evolution of this popular Disney attraction. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Vaporware: The Software Edition
From computer games that never made it out of development to entire operating systems, we look at some of the greatest software that never made it to users. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Go Go Gadget Vaporware!
In this episode, we round up some examples of promised gadgets that never delivered. From a self-adjusting belt to a pair of camera glasses promoted by Lady Gaga, this episode is all about vaporware. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Techstuff Classic: What about (Microsoft) Bob
What was Microsoft Bob? What was the major security flaw in Bob? Why did Bob flop? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they explore the rise and fall of Microsoft Bob. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

What is Microsoft up to Today?
From mixed reality to political controversy, we explore the recent activity of the world's largest software company: Microsoft. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


An Update on Microsoft
TechStuff listener Rob asked "What has Microsoft been up to since you recorded The Microsoft Story Part 2 in 2013?" We find out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Defense against the Dark DDoS Arts
We take a closer look at different DDoS strategies as well as how cyber security experts try to handle attacks. Is there anything you can do to help limit DDoS attacks? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

DDoS Attacks 101
What exactly is a denial of service attack? And what makes one a distributed denial of service? In this episode, we learn more about the basics of DDoS attacks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Techstuff Classic: Techstuff Talks to Rooster Teeth
What is Rooster Teeth Productions? What is machinima? How did Red vs. Blue get started? Listen in as Jonathan and Chris interview Burnie Burns, the pioneering founder of Rooster Teeth Productions. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Frequency Hopping
We finish our story about Hedy Lamarr and look at how frequency hopping works and is un underlying technology for many modern communications systems. And then we have some fun talking about celebrity inventions. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Hopping with Hedy Lamarr
Classic film star Hedy Lamarr was celebrated for her appearance but what many people didn't know was that she also co-invented a method of communication that underlies many technologies today. We learn more about Hedy Lamarr and frequency hopping. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


How to Make a Podcast
Podcasting has become increasingly popular over the years. What do you need to know to start your own? We give tips on how to go about creating your very own podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Caught up with eBay
What has eBay been up to over the last few years? We catch up with the company and bring our story up to the present day. As long as that present day is in 2018. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Open vs Closed: A TechStuff Debate
What are the benefits of each type of system? What are the drawbacks? Who won the debate? Tune in as Jonathan and Chris explores the respective pros and cons on each side of the great debate between open and closed systems.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htmAnd to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices...


eBay Goes Corporate
Meg Whitman's tenure at eBay changed the company's culture dramatically. Why did eBay buy Skype, and why do some people say that was a huge mistake?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Stuff Younger than TechStuff
We look at some more companies and services that launched after TechStuff became a show back in 2008, including some stuff that didn't get the chance to stick around. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff is Older Than...
TechStuff has been a podcast for 10 years. In that time, several companies and services have launched. In this episode, we look at some familiar names that were unknown back when TechStuff first aired. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


TechStuff's 10th Anniversary Spectacular!
TechStuff launched in June, 2008. What has changed in tech over that decade? Jonathan looks back at 10 years of the biggest hits, flops and stories in tech. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Techstuff Classic: The Sad Tale of Hitchbot
What was HitchBot all about and what happened to it? From hitchiking across Canada to a violent end in Philadelphia, we tell the robot's story. Scott Benjamin guest hosts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

eBay Makes Billionaires
It only took a couple of years for eBay to go from a hobby to a multi-million-dollar corporation. In this episode, we trace eBay's journey to its initial public offering, which turned its founder into a billionaire overnight. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


The Early Days of eBay
TechStuff listener Niel asked that we take a look at eBay. How did a Mac programmer get the idea for the auction web site? What was the first thing sold? And how did it take off? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Gets on the Radar
Several TechStuff listeners have asked me to do an episode about radar. In this episode, we take a quick look at several of the people responsible for the design and deployment of radar and how it works. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Tim Schafer and Double Fine Productions
After producing two critically acclaimed but low-selling games, what did Tim Schafer and his Double Fine Production company do next? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Techstuff Classic: The Mythology of Area 51
Area 51 factors into stories about everything from weather-control devices to aliens. Ben Bowlin joins the show to look at the mythology of Area 51. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Tim Schafer: From Monkey Island to Brutal Legend
TechStuff listener Juan asked that we talk about Tim Schafer, a computer game designer famous for making clever, quirky adventure games. In this first episode, we look at his years working for LucasArts games and the early days of his own Double Fine Productions. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Demystifying WiFi
Where did the WiFi standard come from? What are the differences of the various flavors of WiFi? And why should you care? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Instagram Gets Big
Shortly after Instagram launched, Facebook moved to acquire the company for a billion dollars. What made the photo sharing service so valuable and what's happened to it since? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Birth of Instagram
Listener Nelly asked me to look into the story of Instagram. In this episode, we learn about the co-founders and the abandoned app that ended up spawning the popular photo-sharing service. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Techstuff Classic: The Max Headroom Incident
How did hackers take over a television signal in the late 1980s? Stuff You Should Know's Chuck Bryant joins the show to talk about the Max Headroom Incident. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


TechStuff Profile: Robert N. Hall
Dr. Robert N. Hall died in 2016 at the age of 96. The New York Times published an obituary two years later. What were Dr. Hall's contributions to technology? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Engage the Cloaking Device
A popular gadget in science fiction is the cloaking device, a technology capable of rendering entire vehicles invisible. Recently, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania created what some call a cloaking device. What's going on? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

What is Project Maven?
A project dedicated to bringing artificial intelligence into military operations in a real combat theater has prompted more than a dozen Google employees to resign and 4,000 more to sign a petition urging the company to get out of the project. What's going on? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


How LORAN Worked
Alfred Loomis created the long range navigation system called LORAN. How did it work? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Techstuff Classic: TechStuff Gets Flushed
How do toilets work? What's the secret behind using a Japanese toilet? And can you enter a toilet race? Josh Clark joins the show. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

TechStuff Profile: Alfred Loomis
Listener Kris asked that I do a profile on Alfred Lee Loomis, an inventor and philanthropist who had a huge impact on world history and the funding of scientific research. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


TechStuff at the Bat
Listener Carter asked us to take a look at the technology behind the humble baseball bat. Is it just a stick or is there more to it? From manufacturing to the regulations that define a bat's performance, we find out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Rise and Fall of Nokia
A century after its founding, the Finnish company Nokia entered the world of electronics. How did Nokia come to dominate the cellular phone industry and why did it lose enough ground to sell off its mobile division to Microsoft? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Origins of Nokia
Marcus asked me to look into Nokia, and so this episode is about how the company started and grew over several decades. Did you know Nokia is more than 100 years old? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Techstuff Classic: The Sewing Machine
Holly Frey from Stuff You Missed in History Class joins the show to talk about the sewing machine and how it shaped patent law. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Why did Gibson Declare Bankruptcy?
By the 1960s, Gibson was well established as a premier electric guitar manufacturing company. But the following decades brought strife to Gibson, and in 2018 the company declared bankruptcy. What went wrong? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Birth of Gibson Guitars
From a humble luthier in Kalamzoo michigan to the introduction of the Les Paul signatue guitar, we take a look at the early days of Gibson. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


How Speakers and Amplifiers Work
How does a speaker generate sound? What does an amplifier do and how does it work? We learn more about the science and tech behind our audio equipment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The History of Loudspeakers
Where did the loudspeaker come from? How did we go from acoustic horns to electronic speakers? We learn about the inventors who made speakers possible. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Death Star Weaponry
How did the Death Star's superlaser work? Is such a weapon even possible? And what the heck was up with that ventilation shaft? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Techstuff Classic: Mars Simulation Takes to the HI-SEAS
Recently, a year-long isolation experiment simulating a mission to Mars concluded. What were the results? And why did it happen in Hawaii? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Death Star Support Systems
From its propulsion systems to artificial gravity, we explore the greatest weapon in the galaxy. May the 4th be with you! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Story of Oracle: Part Three
In part three of our series, we explore what kept the database software company called Oracle busy between 2000 and 2018. Learn about the acquisitions, the executive shuffling and the controversies! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


The Story of Oracle: Part Two
In the early 1990s, Oracle found itself teetering on the edge of disaster. What nearly sunk the company and how did it recover? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Story of Oracle: Part One
Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison has earned himself a flamboyant reputation among the tech elite. How did a self-taught programmer help start the second-biggest software company in the world? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Techstuff Classic: How MP3 Compression Works
How does a computer program decide which bits of an audio file to keep and which to ditch during compression? We learn about the mp3 algorithm and Jonathan talks about math a lot. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


The NetSuite Story
Where did NetSuite come from and what does it do? We look at the story behind the world's first cloud computing company. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Two Turntables and a TechStuff Episode
TechStuff Listener Gellert asked that I cover DJ tech in an episode. That includes a lot of stuff, so today's episode is specifically about turntables. Where did they come from and how have they changed? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Cloud Computing Overview: Part Two
What are some of the modern uses for cloud computing? How safe is it? And who owns all that data anyway? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Cloud Computing Overview: Part One
What exactly is cloud computing? We trace the development of cloud computing from the days of mainframes to the modern Internet. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Birth of the Turntable
From phonautographs to the early record players, we take a look at the birth of the turntable as an entertainment device.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

End to End Encryption Services
An anonymous listener wanted to know more about end to end encryption. How is it possible to encrypt information across the Internet so that only the right person can read it? We explore the world of cryptology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Techstuff Classic: The Dirt on Digital Audio
How is audio recorded digitally? In this first episode on a series about mp3 and digital audio, Jonathan breaks down how we convert sound into 0s and 1s. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Getting MIDI With It
What is MIDI and how does it work? We answer a request from listener Jesse and take a look at the history and evolution of MIDI and what it is (and is not).  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Listener Grab Bag
Sometimes, I get requests for topics that aren't quite robust enough for a full episode. Here I'll cover several requests and give shortish answers to them. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


The Nintendo Story: Part Four
It's been two years since we last detailed the course of Nintendo. What has the company been up to since April 2016? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Send in the Clones: The IBM PC Story
IBM was known for its business-to-business operations. So when the corporate giant decided to get into the home computer market, people took notice. How did IBM establish the PC as the de facto standard in home computing? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

How Apple Survived the PC Wars: Part Two
After introducing the Macintosh computer, Apple struggled a bit to ensure its future. As it continued to rely upon the sturdy Apple II platform, the company tried to forge a new path. How did it go? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


How Apple Survived the PC Wars: Part One
In 1976, two Steves got together and created a startup company called Apple. Their computers ushered in an era of home computers. But the journey didn't always go smoothly. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Computers That Time Forgot
We know about Macs and PCs, but there used to be a lot of other personal computers on the market. This is an episode about those machines and what happened to them. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

What was Stuxnet? Part Two
How did investigators unravel the truth behind Stuxnet? And exactly how clever was this piece of malware? We take a closer look at the first documented evidence of a cyber warfare weapon. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


Three Cool Talks at Think2018
Learn about the presentations Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku and Tanmay Bakshi gave at IBM's Think2018 conference. From space to artificial intelligence to using chatbots as therapists, these talks dive into cutting edge ideas and technologies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Quantum Computing 101
What exactly is quantum computing? How does it relate to quantum mechanics? And what sort of problems could quantum computing solve in the future? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Journey To AI
We have simple forms of AI right now like image recognition and natural language processing. In the future, we may have artificial intelligence that can think the way humans do. But what is going to happen in between? Presenters at IBM's Think2018 conference talk about the use of AI in general and Watson in particular. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


What was Stuxnet? Part One
In 2010, a computer virus targeting specialized equipment at an Iranian nuclear facility made world news. What was Stuxnet and what did it have to do with uranium enrichment centrifuges? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Think 2018 Science Slam Part Two
At IBM's science slam at Think2018, three more scientists explain their work and how it impacts the world. We learn about a 3D microscope that can observe plankton in the open sea, how we can make sure that the AI we create in the future is unbiased and how quantum computers are poised to fuel a new computer revolution. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

The Think 2018 Science Slam Part One
At IBM's Think2018 conference, several scientists got up to give short presentations on groundbreaking work they are pursuing that could shape our world in the years to come. In this episode, we learn about crypto anchors and lattice-based cryptography for a post quantum computing world. Science! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


TechStuff Takes Off The Training Wheels
From the earliest two-wheeled, human-powered vehicles to today's racing bicycles, we look at how the humble bike was invented and how it evolved over the decades. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

Jonathan Attends IBM Think 2018
Jonathan attends the Think 2018 conference in Las Vegas, where IBM showcases the latest in technologies ranging from AI to quantum computing. Hear about what he plans to explore while there. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...

An Update On IPv6
Back in 2011, TechStuff did an episode about why we needed to switch to the IPv6 protocol. Where are we at now, and why exactly is it necessary? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...


First Contact (Lens)
How were contact lenses invented? Who came up with the idea? How were they first made? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-a