Last Week in Tech

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Here in the Popular Science office, we could talk about tech all day. Every week has new products, events, and controversies to cover. However, our boss says that if we’re going to sit around talking technology, we had to “make some content,” and thus, this tech podcast was born. Every week, we’ll take a look at the biggest stories from new gadgets releases to overarching topics like artificial intelligence to virtual reality and beyond. Check out a new episode every Monday and email us questions, suggestions, or unabashed compliments at LWIT@popsci.com or tweet us https://www.twitter.com/LastWeekInTech.

Episode Date
Smash Bros, and Note 9, and Android 9 Pie! Oh My!
00:34:11
On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -dives into the latest tech products: Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 (http://pops.ci/M0ZwS4), Android 9 Pie (http://pops.ci/WzEPz7), and Nintendo's upcoming games, including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate -defines reality while discussing the new Magic Leap agumented reality headset -and sits down with Zigzag's Jen Poyant to talk the intersection of tech, journalism, and business. Email us questions, suggestions, or unabashed compliments at LWIT@popsci.com or tweet us at www.twitter.com/LastWeekInTech. For all the stories we discussed and more, head to pops.ci/lwit. For all of Popular Science's technology stories, head to www.popsci.com/technology. Our team: Stan Horaczek (www.twitter.com/stanhoraczek) Rob Verger (www.twitter.com/robverger) Billy Cadden (www.twitter.com/billycadden) Eleanor Cummins (www.twitter.com/elliepses) Music by: Billy Cadden (www.twitter.com/billycadden) Edited by: Jason Lederman (www.twitter.com/lederman)
Aug 13, 2018
Do You Have to Eject A Flash Drive Or Can You Just Pull It Out?
00:32:26
On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -answers your questions from social media, including if you really need to properly eject a flash drive before ejecting it (http://pops.ci/CzsBaE) -grooves about HD vinyl and audio recording with professional musician/PopSci expert Billy Cadden (http://pops.ci/OFiZVC) -and talks about the world's fastest supercomputer with IBM's Hillery Hunter (http://pops.ci/ZdEBt2). Email us questions, suggestions, or unabashed compliments at LWIT@popsci.com or tweet us at www.twitter.com/LastWeekInTech. For all the stories we discussed and more, head to pops.ci/lwit. For all of Popular Science's technology stories, head to www.popsci.com/technology. Our team: Stan Horaczek (www.twitter.com/stanhoraczek) Corinne Iozzio (www.twitter.com/corinneiozo) Rob Verger (www.twitter.com/robverger) Billy Cadden (www.twitter.com/billycadden) Music by: Billy Cadden (www.twitter.com/billycadden) Edited by: Jason Lederman (www.twitter.com/lederman)
Aug 06, 2018
The End of Online Passwords?
00:34:50
On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -plays "Password or Just a Word" while discussing Google's new dongle that could replace two-factor authentication (http://pops.ci/2hAZU5) -gets nerdy about Nikon's new mirrorless camera with Popular Photography's Jeanette Moses (http://pops.ci/IhHSz3) -and talks about making iPhones with YouTuber and tech DIYer Scotty Allen (http://pops.ci/EGtYF4 http://pops.ci/6bGbml). Email us questions, suggestions, or unabashed compliments at LWIT@popsci.com or tweet us at www.twitter.com/LastWeekInTech. For all the stories we discussed and more, head to pops.ci/lwit. For all of Popular Science's technology stories, head to www.popsci.com/technology. Our team: Stan Horaczek (www.twitter.com/stanhoraczek) Corinne Iozzio (www.twitter.com/corinneiozo) Rob Verger (www.twitter.com/robverger) Jeanette Moses (www.twitter.com/JeanetteDMoses) Music by: Billy Cadden (www.twitter.com/billycadden) Edited by: Jason Lederman (www.twitter.com/lederman)
Jul 30, 2018
Alexa! Don't Trust Everything You See on Social Media!
00:39:56
On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -discusses Google's record-breaking $5.3 billion fine from the EU for allegedly breaking anti-trust laws -celebrates World Emoji Day and reflects on 11 years of the emoji keyboard (http://pops.ci/tUSlGb) -examines the steps we should all take to fact-check the internet with PopSci contributing editor and author Brooke Borel (http://pops.ci/Dg13M2) -and chats with Alexa Scordato, @alexa on Twitter. Email us questions, suggestions, or unabashed compliments at LWIT@popsci.com or tweet us at www.twitter.com/LastWeekInTech. For all the stories we discussed and more, head to pops.ci/lwit. For all of Popular Science's technology stories, head to www.popsci.com/technology. Our team: Stan Horaczek (www.twitter.com/stanhoraczek) Corinne Iozzio (www.twitter.com/corinneiozo) Rob Verger (www.twitter.com/robverger) Music by: Billy Cadden (www.twitter.com/billycadden) Edited by: Jason Lederman (www.twitter.com/lederman)
Jul 23, 2018
How to Find the Best Online Deals on Amazon Prime Day and Every Day
00:32:02
On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -looks at how to get the most for your money on the internet, whether or not it's Amazon Prime Day (http://pops.ci/k5DUbj) -celebrates the 10th anniversary of the App Store by deleting all their apps (http://pops.ci/zE33F8) -and chats with author Adam Fisher about the past—and future—of Silicon Valley. Email us questions, suggestions, or unabashed compliments at LWIT@popsci.com or tweet us at www.twitter.com/LastWeekInTech. For all the stories we discussed and more, head to pops.ci/lwit. For all of Popular Science's technology stories, head to www.popsci.com/technology. Our team: Stan Horaczek (www.twitter.com/stanhoraczek) Corinne Iozzio (www.twitter.com/corinneiozo) Sophie Bushwick (www.twitter.com/sophiebushwick) Rob Verger (www.twitter.com/robverger) Music by: Billy Cadden (www.twitter.com/billycadden) Edited by: Jason Lederman (www.twitter.com/lederman)
Jul 16, 2018
Answering Your Tech Questions on Rainbow-Colored iPhones
00:38:52
On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -checks in six months later on the tech we were promised at CES 2018 (http://pops.ci/LTV6dq) -breaks down the latest iPhone rumors (http://pops.ci/EiJgJW) -fields your tech questions -and explains how California's latest data privacy laws may affect you, whether or not you live in California. Email us questions, suggestions, or unabashed compliments at LWIT@popsci.com or tweet us at www.twitter.com/LastWeekInTech. For all the stories we discussed and more, head to pops.ci/lwit. For all of Popular Science's technology stories, head to www.popsci.com/technology. Our team: Stan Horaczek (www.twitter.com/stanhoraczek) Corinne Iozzio (www.twitter.com/corinneiozo) Rob Verger (www.twitter.com/robverger) Music by: Billy Cadden (www.twitter.com/billycadden) Edited by: Jason Lederman (www.twitter.com/lederman)
Jul 09, 2018
How Can Google's AI Make Reservations If The Internet Is Down?
00:35:30
On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -realizes how dependent we are on the internet (while reviewing the harrowing hours Slack and Google Home were down) -dives deep into the differences of waterproof ratings and recommends their favorite waterproof products for the summer (http://pops.ci/C17uAl) -and recaps what it's like talking to Google's reservation-making AI (http://pops.ci/CBOpcf). Email us questions, suggestions, or unabashed compliments at LWIT@popsci.com or tweet us at www.twitter.com/LastWeekInTech. For all the stories we discussed and more, head to pops.ci/lwit. For all of Popular Science's technology stories, head to www.popsci.com/technology. Our team: Stan Horaczek (www.twitter.com/stanhoraczek) Corinne Iozzio (www.twitter.com/corinneiozo) Billy Cadden (www.twitter.com/billycadden) Rob Verger (www.twitter.com/robverger) Music by: Billy Cadden (www.twitter.com/billycadden) Edited by: Jason Lederman (www.twitter.com/lederman)
Jul 02, 2018
Subscription Services for Vertical Videos
00:38:48
On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -debates the best format and aspect ratio to watch video content (http://pops.ci/gTlDn7) -dives into the history and implications of Theranos and the recent indictment brought against its founders -and explores why the World Health Organization recently added video game addiction to its International Classification of Diseases (http://pops.ci/G2wx35) and why our brains can't quit our gadgets (http://pops.ci/foVfFP). Email us questions, suggestions, or unabashed compliments at LWIT@popsci.com or tweet us at www.twitter.com/LastWeekInTech. For all the stories we discussed and more, head to pops.ci/lwit. For all of Popular Science's technology stories, head to www.popsci.com/technology. Our team: Stan Horaczek (www.twitter.com/stanhoraczek) Corinne Iozzio (www.twitter.com/corinneiozo) Jason Lederman (www.twitter.com/lederman) Rob Verger (www.twitter.com/robverger) Eleanor Cummins (www.twitter.com/elliepses) Music by: Billy Cadden (www.twitter.com/billycadden) Edited by: Jason Lederman (www.twitter.com/lederman)
Jun 25, 2018
The Net’s Not Neutral, But At Least There’s a New Smash Bros.
00:39:24
On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -plays through their E3 highlights (http://pops.ci/Rc1Aab) -explains what to expect now that the net is no longer neutral (http://pops.ci/3iiBIG) -breaks down the implications of AT&T's merger with Time Warner -and debuts a new segment by interviewing Rohit Prasad, Vice President and Head Scientist, Alexa Artificial Intelligence at Amazon. Email us questions, suggestions, or unabashed compliments at LWIT@popsci.com or tweet us at www.twitter.com/LastWeekInTech. For all the stories we discussed and more, head to pops.ci/lwit. For all of Popular Science's technology stories, head to www.popsci.com/technology. Our team: Stan Horaczek (www.twitter.com/stanhoraczek) Corinne Iozzio (www.twitter.com/corinneiozo) Billy Cadden (www.twitter.com/billycadden) Joe Brown (www.twitter.com/joemfbrown) Rob Verger (www.twitter.com/robverger) Music by: Billy Cadden (www.twitter.com/billycadden) Edited by: Jason Lederman (www.twitter.com/lederman)
Jun 18, 2018
What's So Difficult to Remember About "Amazon Cube Fire TV Gaming Phone"?
00:34:44
On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -navigating Amazon's increasingly complicated collection of Alexa-enabled devices (http://pops.ci/sAOb5d) -explains why you NEED to reset your internet router and upgrade the firmware (http://pops.ci/IBd0DA) -breaks down the security of home genetic testing kits (http://pops.ci/OaR4JF) -bids adieu to Facebook's Trending Topics (http://pops.ci/alyvOh) -and calls up ASUS's crazy new gaming phone (http://pops.ci/y7LHQ4) Email us questions, suggestions, or unabashed compliments at LWIT@popsci.com or tweet us at https://www.twitter.com/LastWeekInTech. For all the stories we discussed and more, head to pops.ci/lwit. For all of Popular Science's technology stories, head to https://www.popsci.com/technology. Our team: Stan Horaczek (https://www.twitter.com/stanhoraczek) Corinne Iozzio (https://www.twitter.com/corinneiozo) Rob Verger (https://www.twitter.com/robverger) Music by: Billy Cadden (https://www.twitter.com/billycadden) Edited by: Jason Lederman (https://www.twitter.com/lederman)
Jun 11, 2018
What You Need to Know about Apple's 2018 WWDC Announcements
00:31:40
On this special episode of Last Week in Tech, the team goes over Apple's announcements from today's Worldwide Developers Conference (http://pops.ci/jH1FUM), and reflects on how the company has delivered on its promises from last year (http://pops.ci/ncTWgy). Email us questions, suggestions, or unabashed compliments at LWIT@popsci.com or tweet us at www.twitter.com/LastWeekInTech. For all the stories we discussed and more, head to pops.ci/lwit. For all of Popular Science's technology stories, head to www.popsci.com/technology. Our team: Stan Horaczek (www.twitter.com/stanhoraczek) Corinne Iozzio (www.twitter.com/corinneiozo) Rob Verger (www.twitter.com/robverger) Music by: Billy Cadden (www.twitter.com/billycadden) Edited by: Jason Lederman (www.twitter.com/lederman)
Jun 04, 2018
EVERYTHING Has a Score These Days
00:37:57
On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -breaks down all the possible streaming services you can subscribe to these days (http://pops.ci/NCxhHj) -debates the cost of Internet content -shows off some of their favorite new pieces of tech gear -and compares their Klout scores while exploring the concept of digital identity and ratings Email us questions, suggestions, or unabashed compliments at LWIT@popsci.com or tweet us at www.twitter.com/LastWeekInTech. For all the stories we discussed and more, head to pops.ci/lwit. For all of Popular Science's technology stories, head to www.popsci.com/technology. Our team: Stan Horaczek (www.twitter.com/stanhoraczek) Corinne Iozzio (www.twitter.com/corinneiozo) Rob Verger (www.twitter.com/robverger) Music by: Billy Cadden (www.twitter.com/billycadden) Edited by: Jason Lederman (www.twitter.com/lederman)
May 21, 2018
Autocompleted Burritos Get Better With Age
00:39:40
On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -dives into the applications and implications of Google's new AI-powered digital assistant program Google Duplex (http://pops.ci/D0Ch5J) -formulates why Google is encouraging users to spend less time on Android devices (http://pops.ci/CkaLAp) -talks tech that improves in function and beauty (and somehow makes mini-disc players relevant again) (http://pops.ci/3iiBIG) -and rounds up all the latest news on self-driving vehicles (http://pops.ci/AWbKjl) Email us questions, suggestions, or unabashed compliments at LWIT@popsci.com or tweet us at www.twitter.com/LastWeekInTech. For all the stories we discussed and more, head to pops.ci/lwit. For all of Popular Science's technology stories, head to www.popsci.com/technology. Our team: Stan Horaczek (www.twitter.com/stanhoraczek) Corinne Iozzio (www.twitter.com/corinneiozo) Rob Verger (www.twitter.com/robverger) Music by: Billy Cadden (www.twitter.com/billycadden) Edited by: Jason Lederman (www.twitter.com/lederman)
May 14, 2018
Facebook Dating on iPhone X at Coachella
00:41:01
On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -explains why and how tech reporters incorrectly dismissed the iPhone X -breaks down the highlights of Facebook's F8 developers conference, including Facebook's new dating app (http://pops.ci/GTQ3VH) -and analyzes how safe flying is in light of mutliple high-profile emergency and unscheduled landings (http://pops.ci/z3cSHn) Email us questions, suggestions, or unabashed compliments at LWIT@popsci.com or tweet us at https://www.twitter.com/LastWeekInTech. For all the stories we discussed and more, head to http://pops.ci/lwit. For all of Popular Science's technology stories, head to www.popsci.com/technology. Our team: Stan Horaczek (www.twitter.com/stanhoraczek) Corinne Iozzio (www.twitter.com/corinneiozo) Rob Verger (www.twitter.com/robverger) Eleanor Cummins (www.twitter.com/elliepses) Music by: Billy Cadden (www.twitter.com/billycadden) Edited by: Jason Lederman (www.twitter.com/lederman) Jessica Boddy (www.twitter.com/jessicaboddy)
May 07, 2018
You Said the Swimmies Were in the Car (4/30/18)
00:50:14
On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -explains why you're getting updated Privacy Policy & Terms of Service emails from every website (http://pops.ci/7boj2k) -debates if Gmail's new design and features are good or bad (http://pops.ci/AF4PhN) -and drives it home with Amazon's new service that will deliver packages to your car trunk (http://pops.ci/o0oRmC) For all the stories we discussed and more, head to http://pops.ci/lwit. For all of Popular Science's technology stories, head to https://www.popsci.com/technology. Our team: Stan Horaczek, Technology Editor (https://www.twitter.com/stanhoraczek) Corinne Iozzio, Deputy Editor (https://www.twitter.com/corinneiozo) Joe Brown, Editor-in-chief (https://www.twitter.com/joemfbrown) Music by: Billy Cadden (https://www.twitter.com/billycadden) Edited by: Jason Lederman (https://www.twitter.com/lederman) Jessica Boddy (https://www.twitter.com/jessicaboddy)
Apr 30, 2018
A Robot Ate My iPhone (4/23/18)
00:45:10
On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -breaks down Apple's iPhone eating robot "Daisy" (http://pops.ci/4CQ0Am) -discusses the current state and potential of virtual reality with author/WIRED platforms editor Peter Rubin (https://futurepresencebook.com) -and runs away with Nike's 3D-printed shoe that debuted at the London Marathon yesterday (http://pops.ci/GG12vT) Plus, the return of Billy, PopSci's personal shopper! For all the stories we discussed and more, head to pops.ci/lwit.
Apr 23, 2018
Have You Heard About This Facebook Thing? (4/16/18)
01:00:03
On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -recaps what you need to know about Mark Zuckerberg's 11 hours testifying before Congress to sound smart to your friends and family (http://pops.ci/yOBniv) -debates the merits of laptops vs tablets and the future of laptop design (http://pops.ci/DMaODS) -and explains the current state of space tourism and why Virgin Galactic is back in the news. Watch and vote for our touching, heartbreaking film on Laika the space dog: pops.ci/webby For all the stories we discussed and more, head to pops.ci/lwit.
Apr 16, 2018
Last Week in Tech: The Tubes of the Internet (4/9/18)
00:52:45
On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -drinks wine while discussing how the alcohol industry is going green (http://pops.ci/qIL0Cd) -discusses what the EPA fuel standard rollbacks will mean for consumers and manufacturers (http://pops.ci/DFrYDL) -explains how internet browsing works thanks to the Domain Name System—and how you can choose your own DNS (http://pops.ci/x9SJQq) -and debates the merits of online privacy and user agreements, including using VPNs and the continuing fallout of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica saga. Watch and vote for our touching, heartbreaking film on Laika the space dog: pops.ci/webby For all the stories we discussed, Amy's recommendations, and more, head to pops.ci/lwit
Apr 09, 2018
Last Week in Tech: New iPads, Spotify Discover, GoPro Hero, and Facebook/Uber Updates (4/2/18)
00:42:21
PopSci's tech team explores the tech news of the week, including Apple's iPad event in Chicago, Spotify's new Discover tool, the new GoPro Hero, and updates on the fallout after last week's news about Facebook and Uber.
Apr 02, 2018
Last Week in Tech: 3/26/18
00:37:59
The PopSci tech team dives into the biggest tech stories of the week—Facebook's 50-million user data issue with Cambridge Analytica and Uber's self-driving car that fatally struck a pedestrian—as well as lighter topics in our new "lightning round" and the introduction of the PopSci personal shopper.
Mar 26, 2018
Last Week in Tech: 3/19/18
00:33:54
The Popular Science tech team discusses digital representation, self-driving fleets of cars, Fortnite coming to iOS, and more.
Mar 16, 2018
Last Week in Tech: 3/12/18
00:42:37
The Popular Science tech team discusses some of the big stories from the last week: Samsung's TV smart hub, the Samsung Galaxy S9, Amazon's Alexa creepily laughing, Blackberry suing Facebook, and Moviepass mayhem.
Mar 12, 2018