This is Only a Test

By Will Smith, Norman Chan, Jeremy Williams

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This is the official podcast of Tested brings you the week's technology and science news, with hosts Will Smith, Norman Chan, and Jeremy Williams. There's no jargon here, just solid explanations of the week's news--and plenty of wacky tangents. Make sure you stick around after the outro for fake outtakes!

Episode Date
Episode 560 - Mars Rover Has a Friend - 7/30/20
We're going reverse order this week, but kick things off with anticipation for the impending launch of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover slated for early Thursday, and its kit of high-tech gear being sent offworld. We discuss the Oculus headset photo leak, our hopes for Tales from Galaxy's Edge, the Xbox games showcase, and major takeaways from last week's Comic-Con at home. Thanks to Maskil for making our awesome heavy metal theme this week!
Jul 30, 2020
Episode 559 - Dropping Frames, Dropping Calls - 7/23/20
On the eve of San Diego Comic-Con at home and the Xbox Games Showcase, we check in to talk about our recent projects upgrading home theater sound systems and building a new PC. We discuss Netflix's big bet on spy thriller franchise, the fate of Tenet, and the significance of 4K 60fps games on next-gen consoles. Plus, what's up with that Oculus Quest render that's been posted online. Thanks to Alex for creating this week's theme music!
Jul 23, 2020
Episode 558 - LEGO's Big Flex - 7/16/20
We're back after a short break and catch up on big news in the worlds of LEGO, Star Trek, and VR. The gang discusses the different reactions to the Hamilton film, and Norm gushes over two behind-the-scenes documentaries that put a spotlight on high stakes creative endeavors. Plus, a science update on the state of Covid, and the VR mintue!
Jul 16, 2020
Episode 557 - Apple Gets Fully Armed - 6/25/20
So much to cover this week as we recap the big annoucements from Apple's virtual WWDC keynote, their impending shift to ARM architecture Mac computers, and the gameplay details of Star Wars: Squadrons. Plus, surprise Batman casting rumors, Mixer shutting down, and a farewell to the Oculus Go headset!
Jun 25, 2020
Episode 556 - So That's the PlayStation 5 - 6/18/20
Bill Doran of Punished Props Academy joins us this week to talk about the PlayStation 5 unveiling and games showcase, Comic Con at home happening next month for free, and our excitement for Star Wars: Squadrons! Plus, a lot of VR news and catching up with our favorite foamsmith!
Jun 18, 2020
Episode 555 - Power Glove - 6/11/20
On the eve of the Sony PS5 showcase, we talk about our expectation for the next gen console, rising rumors of Apple's move to ARM for Mac, and our adventures in a VR escape room. Plus, a celebration of esoteric game controllers like the Power Glove, and an interview with The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal in our Living with Covid segment!
Jun 11, 2020
Episode 554 - Introspection and Action - 6/4/20
We take a break from our usual coverage to talk about what's going on in the world this week and continue the conversation we had on Still Untitled with Kishore and Jeremy. It's a difficult conversation to have, but thank you for listening and we hope it's helpful for the kind of talks and introspection you might be going through right now.
Jun 04, 2020
Episode 553 - Six Hour Director's Cut - 5/28/20
We're back to the standard segment order in this week's episode, where we talk about the SpaceX crewed Dragon launch (recorded before the mission was rescheduled), HBO Max's launch and plans for Zack Snyder's Justice League cut, and HP's new VR headset unveiled at the Augmented World Expo! Plus, in our new interview segment Living with Covid, Kishore interviews Ian Haydon, a volunteer who took part in the recent clinical trial of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine candidate.
May 28, 2020
Episode 552 - One Year of Quest - 5/21/20
The reverse-order podcast returns as special guest Devindra Hardawar joins us this week to talk about how the Oculus Quest platform has grown in its first year of release, the release of Half-Life: Alyx workshop tools, and the technologies and use cases for AR glasses that will make them mainstream. Plus, Build 2020 news, new shows we've been watching, and a special science interview segment!
May 21, 2020
Episode 551 - Cozy LEGO - 5/14/20
The podcast is flipped on its head this week as we go through our usual segments in reverse order, starting with the VR minute! Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore talk about how they celebrated mother's day, cozy LEGO builds, and the impending release of the Hamilton concert film on Disney+. Plus, hand tracking experiments in VR, Unreal Engine 5 looking amazing, and hype for the upcoming Lower Decks Star Trek show. That and the usual goodness in this week's packed episode!
May 14, 2020
Episode 550 - A Flying Robot on Mars - 5/7/20
Jeremy's back from Spring Break as we go over the news from Star Wars day, the Space Force show trailer, upgrades to both Surface and MacBook Pro laptops, and a fully mechanical handheld pong game from the 70s. Plus, updates in a Moment of Science and NASA's announcement of sending a flying robot to Mars as well as filming a Tom Cruise movie in space! What the what?
May 07, 2020
Episode 459 - All Week Battery Life - 4/30/20
Will sits in this week as we discuss the rumors that Apple will transition Mac processors away from Intel next year, what the success of Trolls 2 means for theatrical releases, and the groundbreaking specs for Canon's EOS R5 camera. Plus, Star Wars television show news, a swimming dinosaur discovery, and the delightful Animal Crossing-based talk show created by our friend Gary Whitta!
Apr 30, 2020
Episode 548 - Rise of Virtual Conventions - 4/23/20
This week, we discuss the change in direction for Magic Leap, Comic-Con's cancellation, the rise of virtual conferences, and the impending HBO Max launch. Kishore talks about the implications of antibody testing, and we lament the shuttering of an electric skateboard company. Plus, speculation on the future of tracked controllers in the VR minute!
Apr 23, 2020
Episode 547 - Surprise iPhone Announcement - 4/16/20
We discuss Apple's new iPhone SE release, the technology behind Apple and Google's contact tracing framework, Bob Iger returning to run Disney, and two new Disney+ shows that make us felt seen. Plus, incredible fan recreations of Disneyland, a remastered video from over 100 years ago, and the science of how the Covid19 virus works. Send us questions to answer in future episodes on our Discord!
Apr 16, 2020
Episode 546 - Experience BIJ - 4/9/20
We take a detour to the 24th century this episode as the gang suits up to play a game of Star Trek: The Next Generation VHS tabletop game! But first, we discuss the launch of Quibi, shifts in the MCU release timeline, the new PlayStation controller, and Google Stadia going free. Stick around for the second half of the show when we try to take back the Enterprise from the Klingon Kavok!
Apr 09, 2020
Episode 545 - One Neat Zoom Trick - 4/2/20
This week, we discuss the performance of AMD's new Ryzen 4000 mobile processors, Intel's response, and how it shakes up the high-end laptop world. Plus, home theater ediquette, support for art house cinemas, the Dragon's Lair movie adaptation, and new hope for Star Trek: Voyager fans. Stick around to the end for more Picard finale spoiler-talk!
Apr 02, 2020
Episode 544 - Talking About Alyx - 3/26/20
The release of Half-Life: Alyx is the big story, and we spend plenty of time going over the game and the decisions Valve made to push the limits of VR. (All of our discussion is spoiler-free this week). We also chat about what the maker community is doing to provide its support during the covid19 crisis, and what could happen next. Stick around for an interview with Valve's Robin Walker and Corey Peters, as well as our spoiler alert review of the latest Picard episode!
Mar 26, 2020
Episode 543 - Bonsai Mario - 3/19/20
Our podcasting adventures continue even as we work from homes, as Will guests to discuss the newly announced XBox Series X and PlayStation 5 technical specs, Call of Duty Warzone, Apple's new iPad, and the surprise hybrid of LEGO and Super Mario. Plus, Kishore answers listener questions about Covid19, and we gear up for the release of Half-Life: Alyx in under a week!
Mar 19, 2020
Episode 542 - Choosing Robin's Fate - 3/12/20
The whole crew is back in office this week as we vulcan salute and discuss the latest events to be cancelled, covid19 as a pandemic, and the importance of flattening the infection curve. Plus, some lighter fare with Batman comics history, a 5-hour single-shot film, and our review of the most recent Picard episode! Spoiler alert goes up at the hour and 45-minute mark!
Mar 12, 2020
Episode 341 - An Abundance of Caution - 3/5/20
Norm and Jeremy are in studio this week to talk about the wave of cancelled conferences and events in the wake of the covid-19 outbreak, and dial Kishore in to get a sensible scientific take on the situation. We also discuss to the new Half-Life: Alyx gameplay footage, mini-LED displays, and Spielberg's worst films.
Mar 05, 2020
Episode 340 - The Era of New Bob Begins - 2/27/20
Norm and Kishore complete the duocast trifecta in this big news week! We discuss the surprise announcement of Disney's new CEO, trends from New York Toy Fair, the next Xbox's technical specs, Tesla Model Y deliveries, and Facebook acquisition of a major VR game developer. Plus, we dive into Picard episode 5 spoilers and reveals at the end of the show!
Feb 27, 2020
Episode 539 - RIP HQ Trivia - 2/20/20
Will guests this week to chat with Jeremy about the rise and fall of HQ Trivia, Half-Life: Alyx's release date, Space X's private spaceflight plans, and Sony's PS5 pricing mystery. Plus, we dial Norm in for an intercontinental facetime call to see what's happening in New Zealand!
Feb 20, 2020
Episode 538 - Rising for the Resistance - 2/13/20
We've risen for the resistance! At Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, that is. Norm and Jeremy duocast this week to recap the strategies and tricks for getting aboard this new ride, and the benefits of bringing a baby to Disney World. Plus, breaking news about Mobile World Congress, impressions of Samsung's new Galaxy flagships, and stay for the Picard Episode 3 spoiler talk at the end of the show [spoilers begin at 1:44:25]!
Feb 13, 2020
Episode 537 - Ferment Your Hot Sauce - 2/6/20
This week Kishore and Jeremy discuss new release dates for Marvel and Mandalorian seasons on Disney+, a Hamilton film announcement, Japan's life size 60 foot animatronic Gundam, Sesame Street's applications for artificial intelligence, a video call to Norm live from Walt Disney World, and spoiler talk for Picard Episode 2 [spoilers begin at 1:07:47]!
Feb 07, 2020
Episode 536 - Ten Years of Slate Life - 1/30/20
An extra-long moment of science to kick the episode off this week as we discuss the facts of the Coronavirus outbreak and what concerned folks should know right now. We also look back at the iPad's announcement ten years ago, and speculate on a Fast saga-Bad Boys crossover. Plus, love for The Walking Dead in the VR Minute!
Jan 30, 2020
Episode 535 - Make It So - 1/23/20
Two big stories dominate this week: the premiere of the highly-anticipated Star Trek: Picard show and Valve answers questions about Half-Life: Alyx in a Reddit AMA! Plus, streaming service confusion, Apple's rumored "budget" iPhone, love for Pavlov VR, and a moment of science!
Jan 23, 2020
Episode 534 - Sound Editing vs Sound Mixing - 1/16/20
With CES come and gone, we move to Oscar season and discuss this year's Academy Awards nominations. Plus, Star Trek after Picard, 120Hz phone screens, and what we'd want to see from a Nintendo theme park. That and more with Will joining this week!
Jan 16, 2020
Episode 533 - Enable Filmmaker Mode - 1/9/20
Big week for technology news, and we recap the most interesting and curious announcements from this year's CES. From Samsung making rolling robot assistants to Sony designing a concept car, we break down the weird and wired. Plus, a slew of new stuff from 1UpArcade, lots of science, and some good news for VR adoption!
Jan 09, 2020
Episode 532 - The New Roaring 20s - 1/2/20
New decade, same podcast! We're back in the studio after the new year to talk about how we celebrated the holidays, gifts given and received, and the shows and movies we watched over the break. Plus, drones replacing fireworks, CES speculation, and the new Stranger Things pinball machine!
Jan 03, 2020
Episode 531 - The Last One Of The Year - 12/26/19
With the power of video calling, we're able to get together (remotely) one more time this year to chat about the two most pressing topics we've been asked about: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Half-Life: Alyx! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday and see you next year! (Apologies for the audio and video quality, which was saved from Skype)
Dec 26, 2019
Episode 530 - The Decade in Review - 12/19/19
On our second to last episode of the year (promise!), we examine the past decade and discuss the technologies and products we thought had the most impact in our world. Plus, our last chance to speculate about The Rise of Skywalker before watching it, and watch out for spoilers all around the internet!
Dec 19, 2019
Episode 529 - VR Brawler - 12/12/19
As the VGAs are airing tonight, we discuss one of the VR games announced (and released!) during the show: Path of the Warrior. Kishore's back with gifts of Star Trek wine, and we discuss the week in VR game releases, trailer unveils, science, and technology news!
Dec 13, 2019
Episode 528 - Cybertruck and Half-Life: Alyx - 12/5/19
Back from Thanksgiving, it's a duocast this week as Norm and Jeremy discuss the Cybertruck event and thoughts on Tesla's bold electric truck. Plus, the reveal of Half-Life: Alyx and what it means for the VR community and gamers alike.
Dec 05, 2019
Episode 527b - Blast from Jibo Past - 11/28/19
We're all traveling this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, so here's a vintage episode of This is Only a Test from the archive. The year is 2014. We're talking Surface Pro 3, pinball cabinets, and Comcast cancelling woes. But most importantly, a personal assistant robot named Jibo has just been announced. Enjoy!
Nov 28, 2019
Episode 527 - Flagship VR Game - 11/21/19
On the eve of Valve's big reveal of Half-Life: Alyx, we discuss what it means to have a killer app for the VR market today, John Carmark's role shift at Oculus, Star Trek movie announcements, and Tesla's impending reveal of the Cybertruck. It's a big news week leading up to Thanksgiving!
Nov 21, 2019
Episode 526 - The Escape Key Returns - 11/14/19
This week, we discuss the launch of Disney+ and the first episode of The Mandalorian (no big spoilers!), Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro details, and the logistics of planning a baby's first birthday party. Plus, impressions of Stormland in the VR Minute!
Nov 15, 2019
Episode 525 - Glass Storage - 11/7/19
In the small window between Norm returning from a international travel and Kishore about to embark on an overseas trip, we gather the team to discuss Google's acquisition of Fitbit, the new VR game Pistol Whip, and Microsoft Research's experiments with archiving data onto sheets of glass. Plus, we ponder the viability of a LEGO competition show and are blown away from an experimental audio tool.
Nov 07, 2019
Episode 524 - HBO Maximized - 10/31/19
Cord-getting gets more complicated this week as Warner announces the details for its upcoming HBO Max streaming service. We break down how it compares with other streaming options, the confusion for current HBO subscribers, and how HBO might change. Plus, a Star Wars shakeup, surprise Apple Airpods release, and the problem with Daylight Savings. Support the Team Trees effort at ! Find Trace's videos at
Oct 31, 2019
Episode 523 - The Final Star Wars Trailer - 10/24/19
Duocast this week! Jeremy and Norm discuss the final Star Wars trailer for The Rise of Skywalker, HBO's Watchmen, Pixel 4 revelations, and mixed reality video recording. Plus, the search for a new case for a PC build, and one of the coolest 3D printers we've seen.
Oct 24, 2019
Episode 522 - The Strangeness of 120fps Film - 10/17/19
Google formally announces the Pixel 4 and we discuss the unique features of Android's new flagship. Jeremy and Norm try to explain what it was like watching Gemini Man at 120 frames per second and what content might be best suited for high framerate cinematography. Plus, an intriguing new handheld gaming system, Matrix 4 casting, and the science of marathon optimization.
Oct 17, 2019
Episode 521 - The Next PlayStation - 10/10/19
The gang gets together to discuss the great stuff we saw at New York Comic Con, Sony's PlayStation 5 announcement, the new Picard trailer, and our favorite titles in Apple Arcade. Plus, Asgard's Wrath debuts in VR and we played some of the new Walking Dead VR game. And don't miss a Moment of Science!
Oct 10, 2019
Episode 520 - Surface Goes Dual-Screen - 10/3/19
Hot off the heels of Microsoft's big Surface event, we discuss the Surface Pro X, Neo, and Duo announcements and their interesting release timing. We also revel in the return of Spider-Man to the MCU, the upcoming DC Universe crossover, and a bunch of new tech product reveals. Plus, A Moment of Science and the VR Minute!
Oct 03, 2019
Episode 519 - Live from Oculus Connect 6! - 9/26/19
We're on location this week at Oculus Connect 6, and joined by special guest Devindra Hardawar, Senior Editor of Engadget! The three of us chat about some recent movies, Jurassic World casting news, Amazon's new glasses, and of course, the announcements from OC6. Thanks to Devindra for guesting this week!
Sep 26, 2019
Episode 518 - Our Reboot Fears - 9/19/19
This week, we dive into the recent news of TV show and movie reboots, early iPhone 11 reviews, Donkey Kong record holder drama, and anticipation for the Switch Lite. Plus, a pre-OC6 edition of The VR Minute where we talk about HTC's Vive Cosmos and going hands-on with Tilt5!
Sep 19, 2019
Episode 517 - Don't Call it a Slowfie - 9/12/19
We recap Apple's big September announcements, including pricing and content on their two new services, hardware updates, and the new iPhone lineup. Plus, we dive down into the technology behind the always-on OLED Apple Watch display, ponder Nintendo's new Switch controller accessory, and discuss new VR software out this week!
Sep 12, 2019
Episode 516 - The Legend of Jon - 9/5/19
We get the full download of Kishore's adventures at Dragon*Con, including a roundup of his favorite cosplays, meetsups, and spontaneous shennanigans from this past weekend. We also talk USB 4, the impending iPhone event, right to repair, and FMK with streaming services. Plus, a Moment of Science and the VR minute!
Sep 05, 2019
Episode 515 - Galaxy's Edging - 8/19/19
Thought last week was a big news week? The news keep on coming as we recap all the announcements from D23, including new Marvel shows, the Star Wars hotel, Disney+ details, and the new footage from The Rise of Skywalker. Plus, a full breakdown of our first trip to Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland!
Aug 29, 2019
Episode 514 - The Matrix (Part 4) Has You - 8/22/19
Kishore & Jeremy are joined by special guest Trace Dominguez to geek out about Spider-Man's breakup with the MCU, a new Matrix film, the web's longest running web cam going dark, and the science of popular music charts. Plus, a smattering of Apple news, the VR Minute, and yet another amazing outro by Wo Hawk!
Aug 22, 2019
Episode 513 - Cetacean Ops - 8/15/19
This week, we talk about Samsung's new Note phones, the Star Trek universe falling under one umbrella, and telepresense with RC cars. There's also new Snap Spectacles, shakeup in VR, and yes, Barbie to discuss. Plus, Kishore grosses us all out with video of a particular snail. We can't unsee that!
Aug 15, 2019
Episode 512 - Mixer's Big Week - 8/8/19
This week, we talk about Ninja's move to Mixer, the grittiness of Amazon's The Boys, surprise DC universe casting, and Apple's MacBook Pro rumors. Plus, more love for Pavlov VR and our hopes for Oculus Connect 6! And yes, something is different in the studio!
Aug 08, 2019
Episode 511 - Indie Arcade Games - 8/1/19
Zach Radding (aka Build Cool Stuff) joins us this week as we recap our trip to the annual arcade convention California Extreme, the latest Picard news, Fornite's new champion, and the VR filmmaking. You can also hear Jeremy and Zach talk about their work on the Savage Builds WWI dogfighting episode in this week's Still Untitled!
Aug 01, 2019
Episode 510 - The Big Comic-Con Recap - 7/25/19
Pop culture news dominates this episode as Norm and Kishore recap their adventures at San Diego Comic-Con. From the best stuff we saw on the floor to impressions of new trailers, here's what got us most excited from the biggest pop culture event of the year. Plus, we dissect the Picard trailer and go through the MCU Phase 4 announcements!
Jul 25, 2019
Episode 509 - 50th Anniversary - 7/18/19
It's a big week for the team as we celebrate not only the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, but also the 50th San Diego Comic-Con! We talk about some of the events we're following online for each of these celebrations, as well as the latest in pop culture, technology, science, and VR news. Plus, what's your go-to children's book recommendation for new parents?
Jul 18, 2019
Episode 508 - Switch Lite - 7/11/19
Nintendo surprises us with the announcement of the Switch Lite, Warner confuses us with the reveal of HBO Max, and an old friend stuns us with his Twitch livestream. Plus, a moment of science, the VR minute, and stick around the end for a Spider-Man Far From Home spoiler-filled discussion!
Jul 11, 2019
Episode 507 - The Post-Jony Ive Era - 7/4/19
This week, we talk about the legacy of Jony Ive as Apple's head of design announces his departure from the company, the announcement of a Sandman Netflix show, and whether humans will ever colonize Mars. Happy 4th of July!
Jul 04, 2019
Episode 506 - The Bitcoin Rises - 6/27/19
We go on a roller coaster of emotions this week as producer Gunther joins to give us the skinny on Bitcoin's recent surge. We also discuss iOS 13's public beta, app review procedures, Bill Gate's biggest regret, and more thoughts on Toy Story 4. Plus, the VR Minute!
Jun 27, 2019
Episode 505 - Daystrom Instiute - 6/20/19
We talk about Simone's Truckla build, Pixar's new film announcement, Facebook's crypto ambitions, and Oculus' statement on app development. Plus, we introduce Jeremy to some fun Star Trek fan theories. And, with Kishore back this week, we have a return of a Moment of Science!
Jun 20, 2019
Episode 504 - Streaming Issues - 6/13/19
We're back from E3 and discuss the announcements from the major console companies, VR news, and recap some of the demos we played. Plus, thoughts on DJI's new robot, the making of Chernobyl, and the future of maker faires.
Jun 13, 2019
Episode 503 - Monitor Stand Sold Separately - 6/6/19
We talk Mac Pros and reference monitors this week as we recap the news from WWDC (dub dub), joined by video game historian Steve Lin. Plus, pinball talk, gear we saw at Augmented World Expo, a Magic the Gathering televition show and much more to be discussed! Thanks so much to Steve Lin for joining us this week. Find out more about the Video Game History Foundation at
Jun 06, 2019
Episode 502 - Make a Playdate - 5/30/19
Build Cool Stuff's Zach Radding joins us this week to talk about the Panic Playdate handheld, emotion-detecting smart assistants, ray-traced Quake, MacBook keyboards, and share our excitement for the Picard teaser. Plus, the VR minute as we prepare for Augmented World Expo.
May 30, 2019
Episode 501 - How It All Began - 5/23/19
For our 501st episode, we're joined by special guests Will and Gary, who started this podcast with us back in 2010. The five of us recount our favorite memories from the past nine years and reflect on the beginnings of Tested and what the worlds of technology, pop culture, and virtual reality looked like back then. Here's to the next 500!
May 23, 2019
Episode 500 - What We Left Behind - 5/16/19
It's our 500th episode! Special celebrations will have to wait due to scheduling conflicts, but the gang gathers to talk about Deep Space Nine, the making of Game of Thrones, Android Q, and Lenovo's folding computer. Plus, a moment of science and the VR minute!
May 16, 2019
Epiosde 499 - The Long Wait for 2027 - 5/9/19
We've got a duocast this week as Kishore is out from food poisoning. Jeremy and Norm talk about Disney's release schedule for Star Wars, Marvel, and Avatar films, tech news out of Google IO and Microsoft Build, and more testing on the Oculus Rift S. Plus, quite possibly the best listener-submitted outro.
May 09, 2019
Episode 498 - Quest, Index, Endgame - 5/2/19
What a week for news! Norm's voice is completely shot but we're still podcasting in this special episode recapping our Oculus Quest review, the announcement of Valve's Index headset, and our thoughts on Avengers: Endgame. Spoilers saved for the very end of the show!
May 02, 2019
Episode 497 - The State of Electric Cars - 4/25/19
We're joined this week by Robbie Baldwin, who covers cars and electric vehicles for Engadget, to talk about Tesla's busy week, the state of electric and self-driving cars, and what EV he'd recommend. Plus, we brace ourselves for Endgame and gush about Labo VR!
Apr 26, 2019
Episode 496 - The Next Console Generation - 4/18/19
Continuing from our podcasting on Still Untitled, this week, Will joins Norm and Jeremy to talk about hardware for the next PlayStation, streaming digital games, and the lineup for Disney+. Plus, how the Model 3's new autopilot feature fared in a road trip down to Los Angeles.
Apr 18, 2019
Episode 495 - Black Holes and Revelations - 4/11/19
Big science news this week as we talk about the imaging of black holes and whether cats recognize their names. Plus, Amazon’s AirPod rival, impending Labo VR, and a new pinball machine tease. Shazam! spoiler discussion is saved for the end, and we butt heads on our thoughts on the movie!
Apr 11, 2019
Episode 494 - VR Shots Fired - 4/4/19
The core crew is back this week and we hear about Kishore's theme park adventures, discuss Apple's cancellation of AirPower, and speculate on the Valve Index virtual reality headset. Plus, who got Avengers Engame tickets?
Apr 04, 2019
Episode 493 - A La Apple Carte - 3/28/19
Between Apple's services announcements and the news from the Game Developers Conference, there's a lot to talk about this week! Will joins as we dissect the news and talk Love, Death, and Robots. Seven more episodes until 500!
Mar 28, 2019
Episode 492 - Model Y, Rift S - 3/21/19
While Norm's on the road for a video shoot, Kishore and Jeremy podcast to recap the week's news, including the Tesla Model Y reveal and Oculus' Rift S announcement. Plus, a new iPad Mini and the full Toy Story 4 trailer!
Mar 21, 2019
Episode 491 - Bring Back Virtual Boy - 3/14/19
Everyone's back this week as we share our hopes and fears for Nintendo's Labo VR kit, discuss Apple's streaming video ambitions, and celebrate the 30th birthday of the world wide web. Plus, stick to the end as we review Captain Marvel!
Mar 14, 2019
Episode 490 - Breakthrough Technologies - 3/7/19
The countdown to episode 500 begins! We talk about Tesla's $35,000 car, the promise of full autopilot, and our hopes for the Model Y. Plus, digging through Bill Gates' breakthrough technology picks for the year, and Amazon's carbon footprint.
Mar 07, 2019
Episode 489 - What's Up Hololens 2 - 2/28/19
We have another duocast this week as Norm and Kishore discuss Microsoft's Hololens 2 announcement, the weird and doomed phones of Mobile World Congress, Academy Awards, and disappearing clouds.
Feb 28, 2019
Episode 488 - Folding Galaxies - 2/21/19
Kishore and Jeremy discuss breaking phone announcements from Samsung, buggy Nike shoelaces, new Lego augmented reality kits, a new book about Oculus & Facebook, plus a Moment of Science and a heaping helping of VR news including a new $6000 pro headset.
Feb 21, 2019
Episode 487 - Fake 5G - 2/14/19
For this Valentines Day episode, we're joined by Will this week to talk about Apex Legends, Amazon's purchase of mesh wi-fi company Eero, the reveal of Genie in Aladdin, and Activision Blizzard's disappointing layoffs. Plus, a spoiler-free discussion of LEGO Movie 2!
Feb 14, 2019
Episode 486 - RIP Bud Knight - 2/7/19
With this year's Superbowl behind us, we talk about the aftermath of everything non-sports-related with the big game, including our favorite commercials and Kishore's wings experiments. Plus, a new Google Chrome extension opens our eyes, HP's new VR headset, and Apple's retail shakeup.
Feb 07, 2019
Episode 485 - Apple's FaceTime Flub - 1/25/19
What a week for Apple, as they announce their most recent earnings in the wake of the embarrassing FaceTime eavesdropping bug. We discuss that news as well as iOS gaming subscription rumors, roomba lawn mowers, and deepfake Dali.
Jan 31, 2019
Episode 484 - Rollable TVs - 1/24/19
We're finally able to get Patrick Norton of Tekthing back on the podcast to talk about his favorite things he saw at CES! Plus, we talk Academy Award nominations, Apple's photo contest, and a new phone with absolutely zero ports.
Jan 24, 2019
Episode 483 - Escalation in the Streaming Wars - 1/17/19
Professional maker of things Zach Radding joins us this week as we discuss the new Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, Netflix price hikes, the technology in Nike's self-lacince shoes, and the problem of ICEing at Tesla superchargers. Thanks to Zach for joining us this week! Find his projects at
Jan 17, 2019
Episode 482 - Who Needs 8K TVs? - 1/10/19
We're not in Vegas this week for CES, but we're still keeping an eye on the big announcements in tech coming out of the show. From new VR headsets to TV technologies, we go over the news that we find most interesting. Plus, thoughts on Star Trek rumors, a new animated superhero show, and pinball news!
Jan 10, 2019
Episode 481 - Frosties or Sugar Puffs - 1/3/19
Happy new year! To kick off 2019, the shares how they spent the holidays, their New Years Eve rituals, and best gifts received and given. Plus we dissect the latest Black Mirror episode Bandersnatch in copious detail (spoilers last until 53 minute mark) and catch up on tech news. Get any cool tech for Christmas?
Jan 03, 2019
Episode 480 - Into the Spoiler-Verse - 12/20/18
The gang can't stop gushing about the new Spider-Man film as we dive into a deep review of Into the Spider-Verse, (first spoiler-free, then full-on spoilers!). Plus, we talk about the latest in pop culture, technology news, and the regrettable demise of Star Wars Sphero toys. It's the last podcast of the year from the office!
Dec 20, 2018
Episode 479 - We're In the Endgame Now - 12/13/18
We're extra festive this week as the squad put on their gremlins headgear and talk Avengers Endgame teaser trailer, isolation chamber prop bets, Apple Watch's big health moment, and the anniversary of Doom. Plus, a moment of science!
Dec 13, 2018
Episode 478 - Goodbye Daredevil - 12/6/18
Patrick Norton of TekThing joins us this week to talk about headphones, 4K TVs, and what he's been testing lately. We talk about the new Captain Marvel trailer, Apple's reported iPhone woes, the future of Marvel shows on Netflix, and Epic's new Steam competitor. Plus, an important PSA about motion smoothing.
Dec 06, 2018
Episode 477 - An Affront to Science - 11/29/18
Everyone's back from their Thanksgiving travels as we hear about visiting national monuments, sharing VR experiences with family, and reactions to the black friday deals. Plus, our thoughts on the demise of the Chevy Volt, new movie trailers, and CRISPR news.
Nov 30, 2018
Episode 476 - A Bunch of Dads (2018) - 11/22/18
For this special Thanksgiving episode, the original hosts of This is Only a Test get back together to welcome Norm as a new dad! We talk about babies, birth stories, and binging Red Dead Redemption 2. Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 22, 2018
Episode 475 - From Pikachu to HQ2 - 11/15/18
Will Smith joins Kishore and Jeremy to discuss the passing of comic legend Stan Lee, the Toy Story 4 teaser, Amazon HQ2, new discoveries about the Venus Fly Trap, and intriguing leaked photos of a new Valve VR headset in development.
Nov 15, 2018
Episode 474 - The Metric System is the Tool of the Devil - 11/08/18
This week, Kishore is joined by Will Smith (@willsmith) and first-timer Trace Dominguez (@tracedominguez) to talk about the retirement of the physical kilogram, 25 hours of videos games for the kids, Samsung's new foldable "device", and an extra long Moment of Science.
Nov 08, 2018
Episode 473 - Thanks for All the Fish, Kepler - 11/01/18
Jeremy is joined by old guard Will Smith and Gary Whitta to discuss the latest Apple announcements, the Red Dead Redemption 2 release, a new Star Trek animated series, our favorite horror movies, best practices with Tesla Autopilot, and what's most important to VR adoption: price or quality.
Nov 02, 2018
Episode 472 - 13 Piece Drought - 10/25/18
The world crowns a new Tetris champion, a legend of animation is set to retire, and Netflix shocks us with two announcements. Plus, we discuss iPhone XR reviews, expectations for the upcoming Apple event, and a surprise car model from Tesla.
Oct 25, 2018
Episode 471 - Face Palm Phone - 10/18/18
We remember the work and contributions of Paul Allen, discuss the revival of Palm phones, and reflect on the great YouTube outtage of October 2018. Plus, news from Adobe, the cancelling of Iron Fist, and Winamp comes back!
Oct 18, 2018
Episode 470 - Die by the Notch - 10/11/18
Will sits in this week as we recap some adventures at New York Comic Con, the Magic Leap developer conference, and spoiler-free impressions of First Man. Plus, Google's big Android hardware event, the first Star Wars live action show, and theories behind that crazy Banksy auction stunt.
Oct 12, 2018
Episode 469 - Spider-Ham - 10/4/18
Back in the studio after two weeks, we catch up on news of Tesla's SEC woes, Microsoft and Amazon's product announcements, and trailers for the new Spider-Man and X-Men movies. Plus, could choose-your-own-adventure narratives work for television?
Oct 04, 2018
Episode 468 - The VR Hour - 9/27/18
We record a special episode this week on location on the floor of Oculus Connect 5! Jeremy and Norm are joined by Darshan Shankar, founder and CEO of Bigscreen VR to talk about the Oculus Quest and other announcements made this week. It's a full episode of VR talk! Thanks to Darshan for guesting this week, and check out Bigscreen VR at
Sep 28, 2018
Episode 467 - Golden Ticket to Space - 9/20/18
Apple iPhone XS reviews are out, and we discuss what early reviews have to say about the phone's performance and camera improvements. Plus, what's up with billionaires who want to go to space, and what games will be included in the PlayStation Classic?
Sep 20, 2018
Episode 466 (Fixed) - iPhone X Retired - 9/13/18
We record this week's episode just minutes after the Apple September press conference, so let's dive into the details of the new watch and phone announcements. Plus, a look at the science behind Apple's health claims, and casting shakeup in the DC cinematic universe!
Sep 13, 2018
Episode 465 - Marvel or Mar-vell - 9/7/18
Kishore returns from DragonCon and gives us the download of his cosplay adventures there, Norm details his recent electric car road trip to Las Vegas, and Jeremy experiments with 3D printing video game sprites. Plus, we talk about Canon's new mirrorless cameras, Apple's upcoming event, and big Marvel movie news!
Sep 07, 2018
Episode 464 - Unprotected Left Turns - 8/30/18
This week, we discuss reports of autonomous driving difficulties, early hints at Disney's streaming service, Nikon's new mirrorless cameras, and a science video that has us squirming. Plus, we hit 4 million subscribers on YouTube! Thanks so much for watching our stuff!
Aug 30, 2018
Episode 463 - The Volta Age - 8/23/18
We discuss Nvidia's latest generation of video cards, DJI's newly announced Mavic quadcopters, rumors of a new entry-level MacBook, and pricing for HTC's wireless VR headset accessory. Plus, a Magic Leap teardown and a moment of science!
Aug 24, 2018
Episode 462 - Searching for Spock - 8/16/18
We have six eyes in the room as the spectacled gang talks about Star Trek casting news, a new Galaxy Note, and what was shown at Quakecon and Defcon. Plus, Jeremy pays a trip to The Void and we discuss our impending coverage of the Magic Leap One augmented reality headset!
Aug 16, 2018
Episode 461 - Make It So - 8/9/18
As you would expect, the gang is stoked about the return of Patrick Stewart to Star Trek, and we talk a bunch about our hopes and fears for Picard in the new era of Trek. Plus, Google's Android Pie in tech news and robot empathy in a Moment of Science. We unfortunately recorded this episode the day before the Magic Leap launch, so we'll be talking about it next week!
Aug 09, 2018
Episode 460 - Enter Starlords - 8/2/18
We recap the past weekend of classic arcade and pinball gaming at Pinburgh and California Extreme--the latter being the debut of the latest Tested build project. We also play Moviepass deadpool, discuss drone leaks, and debate the proper way to remove a USB key from a computer. Plus, a Moment of Science and the VR Minute!
Aug 02, 2018
Episode 459 - Pinball on Both Coasts - 7/26/18
We record a little earlier this week as Jeremy's about to head to Pittsburgh for an annual pinball convention, and the Tested team prepares for the California Extreme classic arcade convention this weekend. We discuss pop culture and technology news, and recap Comic-Con announcements. Plus, a Moment of Science taste test!
Jul 26, 2018
Episode 458 - Comic-Con Bound - 7/19/18
Just before Norm heads down to San Diego for Comic-Con, we gather to talk about Apple's new laptops, Samsung's foldable phone plans, first sightings of Magic Leap, and Netflix's newly-announced shows! Plus, Kishore answers science questions from listeners!
Jul 19, 2018
Episode 457 - Lando's Back? - 7/12/18
Narrowly escaping a viral outbreak, Jeremy returns to the podcast this week to talk new Surface Go tablet, Elon Musks' rescue submarine, and the unfortunate case of a mistaken Statue of Liberty. Plus, a moment of science and pop culture news!
Jul 12, 2018
Episode 456 - Carousel - 7/6/18
Danica is our special guest this week joining Norm and Kishore to talk about adventures in New York, recommendations for shows and attractions, and the latest in pop culture and technology news. Plus, we devote the last 30 minutes of the podcast to discussing the show In & Of Itself. Spoilers within when the background lights change colors! (Apologies for video viewers--our camera's memory card filled up with 10 minutes left on the podcast, so it's audio-only from that point.)
Jul 06, 2018
Episode 455 - Let's Talk Baby Tech - 6/28/18
We record an early podcast this week before Norm leaves for New York, and discuss Apple's keyboard concession, the Echo Combat beta, and Mario Tennis Aces. Plus, a deep dive into the baby tech that looms in Norm's future, with sage advice from Jeremy and Kishore.
Jun 28, 2018
Episode 454 - Shakeup in the Stars - 6/21/18
The future of Star Wars and Star Trek is our top story this week, and we have lots of thoughts on the rumors of what's to come from Lucasfilm and CBS. Plus, new SteamVR controllers, AMC's movie pass competitor, and Instagram's move into YouTube territory. Don't worry, we save all the Incredibles 2 spoiler talk for the end of the podcast!
Jun 22, 2018
Episode 453 - Electronic Three - 6/14/18
Norm and Jeremy are back from LA to talk about what they saw at this year's E3, and the VR gaming presence (or lack thereof) at the show. Plus, we ponder about rockets on supercars, an AI film director, and get hype about Incredibles 2.
Jun 15, 2018
Episode 452 - WWDC and Model 3 - 6/7/18
Extra long episode this week as we have a lot to cover! We discuss all the news from Apple's WWDC keynote, new movie trailers, Sonos' new living room speaker, and oh yeah, Norm's new Model 3. Plus, Kishore's back for A Moment of Science, and Jeremy talks about watching a comedy show in VR with Oculus Venues.
Jun 07, 2018
Episode 451 - Let's Talk About Solo - 5/31/18
Effects fabricator and Tested contributor Kayte Sabicer joins us this week for a big discussion on Solo: A Star Wars Story and the latest in pop culture, technology, and virtual reality! Note: when the background lights turn green, spoilers are in effect!
May 31, 2018
Episode 450 - A Dark Divide - 5/24/18
Will Smith joins us this week as we avoid talking about Solo spoilers, but learn about a big difference of opinion in the room concerning Star Wars. We also discuss Uber's latest autonomous car news, a brazen Samsung commercial, and what's up with HBO's Watchmen adaptation. Also, a recap of some cool stuff we saw at Maker Faire!
May 24, 2018
Episode 449 - Cocaine Noodles - 5/17/18
This week, we get hyped for E3, the impending release of Deadpool 2 and Solo, and a new LEGO roller coaster set. Plus, the baffling audio clip phenomenon dividing social media, visits to the Beta store, and hacking digital assistants with words you can't hear. Hope to see some of you at Maker Faire this weekend!
May 17, 2018
Episode 448 - Robo Calls - 5/10/18
With Google IO, Microsoft Build, and Facebook F8 all happening within a week of each other, there's lot to talk about on this week's show. We discuss the implications of Google's new AI efforts, Oculus' new prototype VR headset, and Nintendo online service plans. Plus, more details about our trip to see the NASA InSight mission rocket launch!
May 10, 2018
Episode 447 - Post Infinity War Era - 5/4/18
We save the Infinity War discussion and spoiler-talk for the end of the podcast, and kick things off with discussion of the just-released Oculus Go headset. There's also Star Trek news, details from F8, and excitement for the next Star Wars animated series. Plus, we're hopefully going to see a rocket launch!
May 03, 2018
Episode 446 - Thanos Beckons - 4/26/18
On the day before Infinity War's release, the gang gathers to recount the past 10 years of Marvel cinematic universe movies, learn the origin of Kishore's love of Thanos, and hear about some highlights from the Replica Prop Forum showcase. Plus, the VR Minute and thoughts on Nintendo Labo. (Apologies for the bad audio for the 30 minutes of the podcast--our audio recorder stopped recording so we only had camera microphone audio.)
Apr 26, 2018
Episode 445 - Steve Wiebe Redeemed - 4/19/18
This week, we hear about Norm's trip to Monsterpalooza, the downfall of competitive arcade gamer Billy Mitchell, White Castle's take on Impossible burgers, and a really intriguing Nintendo Switch patent. Plus, hype for the impending Insight Lander launch!
Apr 19, 2018
Episode 444 - Zuck Goes to Washington - 4/12/18
As Mark Zuckerberg testifies to congress, we get together to talk about Facebook privacy concerns, this past weekend's Silicon Valley Comic Con, the new Solo trailer, and more! Plus, a moment of science and the VR minute!
Apr 12, 2018
Episode 443 - Reviewing Ready Player One - 4/5/18
We're finally able to talk about Ready Player One, and the gang as expected has different reactions. (Red light behind Kishore means spoilers are in play!) We also talk about the death of Steam Machines, new Intel chips, and spider science. Plus a quick VR minute!
Apr 05, 2018
Episode 442 - Movie Bracket Madness - 3/29/18
On the eve of the Ready Player One premiere, we recap all the VR experiences we saw at GDC, discuss Apple's iPad for education event, hear about Kishore's trip to the MARS conference, and get outraged by a Disney/Pixar twitter tournament. Plus, Norm's trip the The Void's Star Wars experience.
Mar 29, 2018
Episode 441 - Toys R Us Memories - 3/22/18
Professional maker of things Zach Radding joins us this week to talk about Facebook's privacy problems, the Game Developers Conference, Avengers: Infinity War trailer impressions, and the demise of Toys R Us. Plus, the VR minute!
Mar 22, 2018
Episode 440 - Hundred Percent Fatal - 3/15/18
We pay tribute to the life and work of Stephen Hawking, get envious of the Westworld experience at South by Southwest, discuss the first Ready Player One reviews, and scratch our heads at a silicon valley startup that has to kill its clients.
Mar 15, 2018
Episode 439 - No Escape Room Spoilers - 3/8/18
The gang talks about their hands-on time with the Nintendo Labo maker kits, a recent trip to an amazing escape room, and the latest Star Wars news. Plus, controversy with movie posters, car news for Geneva, and being locked out of your phone for almost 50 years.
Mar 09, 2018
Episode 438 - The Notch is Trendy - 3/1/18
Will Smith is in the house this week as a guest in place of Jeremy, and we chat about his latest eSports adventures, the exciting conclusion to the Winter Olympics, and news from Mobile World Congress. Plus, the VR minute and a moment of science!
Mar 02, 2018
Episode 437 - Jabba's Playset - 2/22/18
We review Black Panther without spoiling any details, discuss some toy news from this year's Toy Fair, hear about Kishore's recent roadtrip, and look at the specs of Qualcomm's new VR headeset. Plus, a big change to Google search that startled us.
Feb 22, 2018
Episode 436 - Enter Metalhead - 2/15/18
Norm and Jeremy talk about their recent adventure on a homemade mini-boat, Kishore shares the most impressive science photos he's ever seen, and we discuss the potential of autonomous drones that can sense the world. Plus, a ton of hype for movies coming out this weekend!
Feb 15, 2018
Episode 435 - The Falcons Have Landed - 2/8/18
We're still taking in all the awe and imagery of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch, so we dive into what we know about the historic launch and the publicity surrounding it. Plus, our thoughts on this year's Superbowl ads, Netflix's Cloverfield release, Apple Homepod reviews, and Deepfakes. So much happened this week!
Feb 08, 2018
Episode 434 - Flame Throwers and Flavored Diet Coke - 2/1/18
On the eve of Apple's big earning report, the gang discusses the upcoming changes to iOS, The Boring Company's flamethrower sale, and two new film trailers starring Paul Rudd. Plus, Kishore makes us all try the new Diet Coke flavors...for science!
Feb 01, 2018
Episode 433 - The Future of Shoplifting - 1/25/18
Norm's back from New Zealand this week to share some stories about aerial photography, and the gang discusses Nintendo Labo, reckless Apple rumors, and Amazon's experimental grocery store. Plus, GPU shortages, Duke Nukem, and a Moment of Science!
Jan 25, 2018
Episode 432 - Just for the Taste of It - 1/18/18
Norm is still away at WETA workshop in New Zealand, so Kishore and Jeremy are joined by TekThing co-host Shannon Morse to discuss the Great CES blackout of 2018 (12:40), her hands-on impressions of the new Vive Pro (22:15), the potential Studio Ghibli themepark (1:09:40), and to celebrate Shake Shack expanding to San Francisco, we rank our favorite chain burgers (1:12:00). And yes, Kishore is still reeling from the huge Diet Coke announcement. Check out Shannon on TekThing ( and Hak5 ( And special shout out to Danica Chan for designing our new podcast set!
Jan 18, 2018
Episode 431 - No Transitions Necessary - 1/11/18
Norm is away in New Zealand, so Kishore and Jeremy are joined by game development legend Mike Mika of Other Ocean Interactive. We chat about the Vive Pro and other VR announcements from CES, the pre-blackout most interesting hardware at CES so far, and its award season, so we hand out the 1st ever Tested awards for our favorite media, games, and hardware of 2017. RIP Tested transition music.
Jan 11, 2018
Episode 430 - Future Car - 1/4/18
The team returns from holiday break to talk about Apple's recent phone battery controversy, watching Top Gun in a virtual reality theater, and test driving a Tesla Model 3! Plus, why we love the newest season of Black Mirror.
Jan 04, 2018
Episode 429 - White Elephants - 12/21/17
In 2017's penultimate episode, we're joined by Tested set designer Danica to talk about the spirit of White Elephant gift exchanges, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Apple's admission of throttling phone speeds. Plus, we speculate as to the future of cinema, and react to the first images of Magic Leap's AR goggles!
Dec 22, 2017
Episode 428 - The Night Before Jedi - 12/14/17
On the night before The Last Jedi, the crew gathers to talk about the new Ready Player One trailer, Nintendo Switch sales, the iMac Pro, and Apple's acquistion of Shazam. Plus, dinosaur fossils! And we wrap up just in time for some trivia.
Dec 14, 2017
Episode 427 - Christmas Light Wars - 12/7/17
Days before we head to the annual Dickens Fair, the gang gets together to chat about the Disney and the X-Men, YouTube on Amazon devices, The Room, and putting a car on Mars. Plus, a big update to Oculus in the VR minute!
Dec 07, 2017
Episode 426 - Going Full 4K - 11/30/17
Special guest Danica joins us this week for a post-Thanksgiving episode to talk about how we spent the holiday, Black Friday, our first CDs and DVDs, and the new fight for net neutrality. Plus, Infinity War trailer discussion and the VR minute!
Nov 30, 2017
Episode 425 - A Tested Thanksgiving Miracle - 11/23/17
The ghosts of Tested past return for a very special Thanksgiving episode of This is Only a Test! We're joined by BOTH Will and Gary this week to catch up on what they've been up to, talk Star Wars and Justice League, and discuss what's been going on in tech this past week. Plus, Jibo!
Nov 23, 2017
Episode 424 - What is Star Wars Will Never Die - 11/16/17
Busy week as we get close to the holidays! Kishore talks about the big finale for the Bay Area Science Festival, Jeremy recaps Day of the Devs, and Norm shares highlights from DesignerCon. Plus, we scrutinize Face ID, and talk about all the Star Wars and comic book movie news of the week.
Nov 16, 2017
Episode 423 - One Week with iPhone X - 11/9/17
Flea markets, BlizzCon announcements, and Thor! We discuss all of the above and more in this week's episode. Plus, Jeremy and Norm talk extensively about their experiences using the iPhone X for a week, and we get both science and pinball updates!
Nov 09, 2017
Episode 422 - Live Show Hangover - 11/2/17
Kishore, Jeremy, and Norm gather to tell some behind-the-scenes stories about the live show, give some impressions of Stranger Things 2, and discuss the early iPhone X reviews. Plus, VTOL hobby rockets and Razer's 120Hz phone screen!
Nov 02, 2017
Episode 421 - RIP Kinect - 10/26/17
Professional maker of things Zach Radding joins us this week as we chat about the upcoming release of Stranger Things 2, Essential phone's price drop, Sony's new full-frame camera, and the demise of Microsoft Kinect. Plus, the VR minute!
Oct 26, 2017
Episode 420 - Giant Robots - 10/19/17
With home 3D printers, laser cutters, and virtual reality headsets, we're truly living in an awesome future. And that's before we watched two giant robots beat each other up on a livestream. This week, we talk about the big MegaBots match, Surface Book 2, and Pixel 2 camera reviews. Plus, we pay a visit to Elon's shower thoughts!
Oct 20, 2017
Episode 419 - Quadcast - 10/12/17
Will joins us this week for a special quadcast! Because we missed recording last week, there's lots to catch up on, including Google's Pixel 2 announcement event, New York Comic Con, Elon's Mars colony dreams, and the release of the SNES Classic. Plus, Norm talks about the Westworld experience he went to in New York. (Recorded Tuesdsay so Oculus Connect 4 news will be discussed next week!)
Oct 12, 2017
Episode 418 - 140 Forever - 9/28/17
Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore talk about their recent trip back in time to the Speakeasy, Star Trek Discovery's premiere, Amazon's surprise hardware announcements, and Twitter's big change.
Sep 28, 2017
Episode 417 - Spirit of Iwata - 9/21/17
Special guest Mike Mika of Other Ocean Entertainment joins the gang to talk about hacking software, video game easter eggs, and the mysterious incident of NES Golf found in the Nintendo Switch. Plus, we talk iPhone 8 and Apple Watch 3 reviews and contemplate digital assistant personalities.
Sep 22, 2017
Episode 416 - No iPhone 9 - 9/14/17
The team gets together to talk about the new director for Star Wars Episode IX, Apple's big iPhone announcements, and AI studying how a game of Super Mario. Plus, we reveal a build that's happening right outside our podcast studio.
Sep 14, 2017
Episode 415 - The Mayor Returns - 9/7/17
Heat waves, Dragon*Con, Burning Man, and PAX. What a weekend! The gang talks about how they spent our Labor Day holiday, Apple's upcoming product launch, shakeups in the Star Wars world, and speed-solving rubix cubes. Plus, supermassive black holes and what we've been testing!
Sep 07, 2017
Episode 414 - Who's Barb? - 8/31/17
The gang talks the Game of Thrones finale, hope for Half Life 3 Closure, Echo multi room audio, the science behind the flooding in Houston, and the VR quest for the Crimson Cauldron.
Aug 31, 2017
Episode 413 - Tantric Science - 8/24/17
The gang talks about how they watched the recent solar eclipse, Disney's rumored Netflix competitor, The Defenders miniseries, and VR Mario Kart. Plus, more Elon shower thoughts and the scientific answer to a horse-related oddity!
Aug 25, 2017
Episode 412 - Strange Car UX - 8/17/17
Will joins us this week as we hear about Jeremy's latest train adventure across the country, discuss OpenAI's Dota 2 win, and debate the usefulness of Tesla's Model 3 dashboard. Plus, what's the deal with MoviePass, and the VR minute!
Aug 18, 2017
Episode 411 - LEGO Voltron Assemble - 8/10/17
We record a little earlier this week to talk about Intel's new Core i9 processors, the first photo of Cable from Deadpool 2, that incredible Game of Thrones episode, and a phone accessory that will read Gameboy cartridges. Plus, self-driving car and science talk, and the VR minute!
Aug 10, 2017
Episode 410 - Unlock Autopilot - 8/3/17
Jeremy's back from Pinburgh to regale us of tales of his pinball achievements, and we discuss what we've learned about the Tesla Model 3, Bitcoin's fork, and a rare Atari 2700. Plus, the VR minute and a Moment of Science!
Aug 03, 2017
Episode 409 - Farewell Flash - 7/27/17
Norm's back from SDCC! He's joined by Kishore and special guest Annalee Newitz for a mega deep dive into their Comic-Con experiences, all the movies and TV trailers, behind the scenes of that crazy jetpack video, the end of Adobe Flash and MS Paint, and the science study that may end football.
Jul 27, 2017
Episode 408 - Artificial AI - 7/20/17
Kishore and Jeremy are joined by Tested founder Will Smith to discuss all the news from Disney's D23, the return of Google Glass & Atari Consoles, space drones, mosquito hacking, and of course the VR Minute and what we've been testing!
Jul 21, 2017
Episode 407 - - 7/14/17
Kishore's back this week to talk about his London trip, and we discuss the news coming out of D23, RED's $1200 smartphone, a set visit to War for Planet of the Apes, and Microsoft's AI computer vision tool. Plus, hagfish slime in a Moment of Science, and thoughts on recent pricing announcements for VR.
Jul 15, 2017
Episode 406 - Chicken Dinner - 7/6/17
We're joined by guest Zach Radding to talk about prototyping hardware for startups, making cool stuff as a career, the internet obsession with PUBG, testing the Echo Show, and Tesla's production of the Model 3. Plus, Jeremy shares his impressions of the Glowforge laser cutter!
Jul 06, 2017
Episode 405 - 10 Years of iPhone - 6/29/17
Where were you 10 years ago when the iPhone was first released? The gang looks back at a decade of the modern smartphone and discusses the SNES Classic, Vidcon, a crazy science GIF. Plus, the VR Minute!
Jun 29, 2017
Episode 404 - European Vacation - 6/22/17
Jeremy and Kishore welcome Norm back to the podcast and catch him up on three weeks worth of tech news and discussion. We hear about some of Norm's favorite museum stops on his trip, talk about Uber's controversies, Amazon's big purchase, and the newest OnePlus phone. Plus, the VR Minute and a Moment of Science!
Jun 23, 2017
Episode 403 - E3 2017 - 6/15/17
Jeremy and Kishore are joined by engineer & maker Zach Radding to discuss all the video game news from E3 2017, IKEA's journey to Mars, artificial intelligence vs Ms. Pac-Man, and the latest from Hollywood's Marvel & DC. Plus, all the VR news you can handle and a Moment of Science reveals the world's deadliest creature!
Jun 16, 2017
Episode 402 - Sup HomePod - 6/08/17
Jeremy is joined by Patrick Norton and Tested producer Gunther Kirsch while we discuss a new breakthrough 3D printer, SpaceX and Tesla updates, the new Star Wars pinball game, and all the news from Apple's WWDC event. Plus the VR Minute, and Patrick's thoughts on playing Rocket League on an 8k monitor!
Jun 09, 2017
Episode 401 - Bridge Crew - 6/01/17
Kishore and Jeremy are joined by Tested Founder Will Smith to discuss the newly released Star Trek VR title, Bridge Crew, the new "Essential" phone, a landmark Supreme Court ruling about printer ink, as well as the latest in Science news.
Jun 01, 2017
Episode 400 - Get'em Luke! - 5/25/17
It's our 400th episode, which just happened to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. In this listener's choice episode, we each recount our first Star Wars memories, look back at some TIOAT moments, and of course dive into this week's pop culture, technology, and science news.
May 26, 2017
Episode 399A - Not Hot Dog - 5/19/17
Due to "miscalculation", we're not quite at episode 400 yet! But this week, Kishore is back with Jeremy and Norm to share his thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy 2, discuss all the announcements from Google I/O, and get hyped up on the science of moving trees. Plus, we disagree on opinions for the new Star Trek show and do a real-time test of Google's drawing recognition system.
May 19, 2017
Episode 399 - Goodbye Story Studio - 5/11/17
Norm, Jeremy, and guest Sean meet up to talk about Amazon's new Echo Show smart assistant, disagree about Guardians of the Galaxy, and lament the closing of Oculus Story Studio. Plus, some breaking VR news while we podcast, and Sean's adventures at a 3D printing conference!
May 11, 2017
Episode 398 - First World "Solutions" - 5/4/17
Happy belated May the 4th day! Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore check out some of the festivities celebrating the occasion online, recap Microsoft's Surface laptop announcement event, and dive into the practicalities of boring tunnels for self-driving cars. Plus, an important moment of science!
May 05, 2017
Episode 397 - Alexa's Fashion Advice - 4/27/17
Back from Silicon Valley Comic Con and the March for Science, Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore recap the past week of pop culture and technology news in a lively chat. We talk about Amazon's new Echo, the Juicero disassembly, and Jurassic World casting news. Plus, Norm tries to get someone to care about the film Unbreakable.
Apr 27, 2017
Episode 396 - RIP NES Classic - 4/20/17
We're joined by special guest Mike Mika, Chief Creative Officer at Other Ocean and the creator of #IDARB! Jeremy, Norm, and Mike talk about immersion in theme parks, high-tech juicers, the NES Classic, and the latest in VR demos and experiences.
Apr 21, 2017
Episode 395 - What's in a Whopper? - 4/13/17
This week, we talk about Monsterpalooza, Star Wars Celebration, Burger King's shennanigans, and building an iPhone from recycled parts. It's two hours of technology, science, pinball, and testing updates! Plus, we catch Jeremy up on Thor and Hulk's roles in the the Marvel comic and cinematic universes.
Apr 13, 2017
Episode 394 - Jumping Between Realities - 4/6/17
The core gang is all back this week to talk about April Fools day, Apple's Mac Pro mistakes, SpaceX's groundbreaking rocket launch, and testing the LG G6 smartphone. Plus, Norm shakes Jeremy and Kishore's grip in reality with shocking truths. Show notes here: show notes:
Apr 06, 2017
Episode 393 - Engage VPN - 3/31/17
Patrick Norton joins us this week on This is Only a Test to talk about internet privacy, testing AMD's Ryzen CPUs, Samsung's Galaxy S8, and more! Plus, Jeremy watches Hamilton and we wonder if StarCraft needs an HD remake.
Mar 31, 2017
Episode 392 - Finding All Shrines - 3/23/17
Norm, Jeremy, and guest Will gush over the new Zelda game this week as we're back in the Tested studio and recapping the latest in pop culture, technology, and VR news. Plus, we hear about Jeremy's experience in the Hall of Justice. Check out Will's new Foo episode at
Mar 23, 2017
Episode 391 - On Location in France - 3/16/17
A very special on-location episode of This is Only a Test from France! Norm and Kishore are joined by Joey Fameli as the three talk about their trip to visit CERN and Large Hadron Collider experiments. But first, we have a bunch of pop culture news to go through!
Mar 17, 2017
Episode 390 - The Second Half of GDC - 3/9/17
Jeremy's out on jury duty, so Will returns for a second week in a row to discuss what we saw on the rest of GDC week. We also break out our Nintendo Switches and gives some impressions on the console hardware and launch software.
Mar 09, 2017
Episode 389 - The First Half of GDC - 3/2/17
An extra long episode this week as we're joined by Tested co-founder Will Smith to discuss all things GDC! We recap bizarre Oscars blunder, the Oculus demo day, and announcements for YouTube TV, Nvidia's GeForce 1080 Ti, and SpaceX's privately funded Moon mission. Plus, can hackers steal data from blinking hard drive lights?
Mar 02, 2017
Episode 388 - Drone Dunk Fail - 2/23/17
Kishore cannot contain his excitement over Marvel's upcoming Infinity War, we discuss diminishing returns for smartphone upgrades, get duped by a YouTube comedy video, and roll our eyes over drone gimmicks. Plus, NASA's breaking news story and the VR minute!
Feb 23, 2017
Episode 387 - Speak Easy - 2/16/17
With Jeremy and Kishore out this week, Norm gets a chance to chat with guest Steve Lin about classic arcades, emulator hardware, VR parks, and more. Plus, spoiler-free opinions on LEGO Batman and John Wick 2, as well as Norm's immersive theater experience.
Feb 16, 2017
Episode 386 - Halftime Drones - 2/9/17
This week, we talk about the technology and pop culture of the Superbowl, including drones used during the halftime show and Kishore's chicken wing party. Two new Netflix show trailers get us excited, and we debate the future of tipping for car sharing services. Plus, the VR lawsuit ruling and rumors about Magic Leap.
Feb 09, 2017
Episode 385 - Coffee and Dayquil - 2/2/17
Star Wars news! Star Trek apologetics! Peak smartphone! The science of game theory! You'll find all of that discussed in this week's episode of our technology podcast. Plus, we ponder what would happen if Elon Musk took over a city's transportation department.
Feb 02, 2017
Episode 384 - Dark Rides - 1/26/17
Norm's back from vacation and can't stop talking about the technology of theme park rides. We also talk about the new Star Wars movie title, discuss how artificial intelligence could win at poker, and get angry in a Moment of Science. Plus, what's the best desktop screensaver of all time?
Jan 27, 2017
Episode 383 - Switch! - 1/19/17
Kishore and Jeremy are joined by Steve Lin to discuss the Nintendo Switch announcements, Google's custom security chips, newfangled technological doctors offices, and Steve's epic trip to Japan. All this in addition to your Moment of Science, the VR Minute, and What We've Been Testing!
Jan 19, 2017
Episode 382 - The Soul of Brewing - 1/12/17
We're back from CES! Norm gives Jeremy and Kishore the scoop on everything we saw there, including new virtual reality gear, a competitive laser cutter, and a home beer making machine. Plus, we discuss AT&T's latest price hikes, pinball news, and a moment of science that gets Kishore pissed off.
Jan 12, 2017
Episode 381 - Goodbye Bitcoin - 1/5/17
It's the week of CES! And before Norm heads out to Las Vegas, we catch up on everyone's holidays, including Jeremy's cruise adventures and Kishore's trek to Joshua Tree. We also get the details on Jeremy's new Bolt, fiber internet in San Francisco, and the conclusion to our bitcoin adventure.
Jan 05, 2017
Episode 380 - Our Virtual Reality - 12/22/16
For our last episode of This is Only a Test this year--we record entirely in virtual reality using BigScreen VR! Jeremy, Kishore, and Norm discuss Rogue One and share some of their favorite technology products, Tested video projects, and science stories of 2016. Have a great holiday, and we'll see you all in the new year!
Dec 22, 2016
Episode 379 - Extra Tickets Available - 12/15/16
The gang is extra peppy today as we're giddy for the upcoming release of Rogue One, and discuss the deluge of new movie trailers released in the past week. On the tech side, we get stoked about Drone Racing broadcasts, a goggle-wearing parrot, and watching a movie together in virtual reality! (Find shownotes at
Dec 15, 2016
Episode 378 - Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation - 12/8/16
This week, we hear about Kishore's trip to India and his testing of airline entertainment devices, discuss the demise of Pebble, and expand on our review of the new Oculus Touch controllers. Plus, Jeremy's mind gets blown when he hears about the idea of transcranial magnetic stimulation!
Dec 08, 2016
Episode 377 - Gravy for Days - 12/1/16
We're back from the Thanksgiving holiday, packed full of turkey and no regrets. And we're joined by Will this week to chat about the holiday, black friday deals, two weeks of technology news, a bunch of gear we've been testing. It's an extra long episode!
Dec 01, 2016
Episode 376b - Blast from a Past Thanksgiving - 11/24/16
We're all traveling this week, so please enjoy a vintage episode of This is Only a Test, featuring Will, Gary, and Norm from Thanksgiving 2012!
Nov 24, 2016
Episode 376 - How Holodecks Work - 11/17/16
It's our final episode before the gang goes traveling for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. We talk about iFixit's MacBook Pro teardown, disagree about Star Wars Clue, and discuss how holodecks works in the fiction of Star Trek. Plus, a packed moment of science!
Nov 17, 2016
Episode 375 - The Mourning After - 11/10/16
Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore get together the morning after election day to look toward the future--one where an an artificial intelligence will be smart enough to beat a human player at StarCraft II.
Nov 10, 2016
Episode 374 - Live Show Recap - 11/3/16
Everyone is exhausted after last week's massive torrent of news, and the gang recovers from a successful live show. Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore talk a bit about how the live show came together, autonomous car unknowns, our thoughts on Will's Foo VR technology, and more info about Apple's new MacBook Pros.
Nov 03, 2016
Episode 373 - Dongle Required - 10/27/16
Norm and Jeremy record a duocast to catch up on this past week in technology news. It's been a busy week, from Tesla's autopilot announcement to Nintendo's new console, not to mention the big two unveils from Microsoft and Apple. We chat about Surface Studio, the new MacBooks, and our hopes and fears for each. Plus, did we mention we're putting on a live show this weekend?
Oct 28, 2016
Episode 372 - Apple Can't Do That - 10/20/16
Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore plan an after-work hangout to read Guardians of the Galaxy comic books, but first, record a podcast about the latest Apple Mac event rumors, Tesla's Model 3 production schedule, Google Pixel reviews, and new Pinball machines. Plus, Norm continues to try to convince the guys to watch Westworld!
Oct 20, 2016
Episode 371 - Fireproof Baggage - 10/13/16
Jeremy, Kishore, and Norm team up to discuss a what's going on in the world of technology, pop culture, and virtual reality. We recap the events and annoucements from New York Comic Con, the new Star Wars Rogue One trailer, Samsung's disastrous Note 7 recall, and the many problems with Siri. Plus, surprising VR news from Steam Dev Days!
Oct 14, 2016
Episode 370 - The VR Minutes - 10/6/16
Norm and Jeremy record a special edition of This is Only a Test discussing a huge week of virtual reality news!
Oct 07, 2016
Episode 369 - The Restaurant on Musk 1 - 9/29/16
Skepticism and optimism collide this week as Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore chat about new quadcopters, holographic displays, Elon Musk's Mars plan, and the use of technology in the Presidential debate. Plus, our hopes and fears for PSVR's launch and the upcoming Oculus Connect event.
Sep 29, 2016
Episode 368 - The Internet of Shoes - 9/22/16
This week, we gather to dive deep into the camera annmouncements made at Photokina, discuss GoPro's along-awaited quadcopter, and ponder about the usefulness of Nike's upcoming self-lacing shoes. Plus, hopes and fear for new sci-fi shows including Star Trek and Westworld.
Sep 22, 2016
Episode 367 - Catching Norm Up - 9/15/16
Norm's back! Jeremy and Kishore fill Norm in on what's happened in the worlds of pop culture, technology, science, and virtual reality over the past three weeks. We talk about the new iPhones, Samsung's Note 7 problems, Star Trek's 50th anniversary, sugar revelations, and hungry polar bears. And yes, an Arctic update!
Sep 15, 2016
Episode 366 - Headphone Jack RIP - 9/8/16
Kishore & Jeremy are joined by Ars Technica Tech Culture Editor Annalee Newitz to discuss this week's Apple and Sony events, the SpaceX explosion and its ramifications, a newly discovered bizarre ant colony, and McDonald's cosplay. Plus, as always, the VR Minute and what we've been testing!
Sep 08, 2016
Episode 365 - True Trending Topics - 9/1/16
Kishore & Jeremy are joined by Tested founder Will Smith to discuss the weeks high jinks in pop culture and technology, including the firing of the Facebook trending topics team, a Nest shakeup at Google, our hopes for next week's Apple & Sony events, and a fond farewell to Gene Wilder. Plus an extended Moment of Science segment and our thoughts on newly released VR titles in the VR Minute!
Sep 01, 2016
Episode 364 - More Ludicrous Than Ever - 8/25/16
Kishore, Jeremy, and Patrick Norton discuss new Tesla announcements, self-driving UBERs in 2016, and sweet poetic justice involving a tech support scammer. Plus the VR Minute and a Moment of Science involving... a human head transplant?!
Aug 25, 2016
Episode 363 - Mevo Mischief - 8/18/16
Just days before Norm's big day and upcoming arctic trip, the gang unites to record an episode and test out the new Mevo livestream camera. We discuss the news from IDF, car ownership, and a good helping of pop culture happenings.
Aug 18, 2016
Episode 362 - Olympic Village - 8/11/16
Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore talk about the technology around following the Olympics, news in the streaming video world, and remakes of classic PC games. Plus, a few million dollar ideas!
Aug 11, 2016
Episode 361 - Fiducial Markers Everywhere - 8/4/16
The full team is back this week to talk about disappointments in recent comic book adaptations, a massive pinball convention, the new Galaxy Note 7, and our appreciation of the Netflix show Stranger Things. Plus, an idea of how to make use of 8K cameras. (Apologies for the audio in this episode--our sound recorder shut down mid-recording and we're using a backup feed.)
Aug 04, 2016
Episode 360 - Master Plan, Part Deux - 7/28/16
We're back from San Diego Comic-Con with another Duocast! But this week it's Kishore who's on vacation as Jeremy comes back from his family camping trip. We recap some of the things we saw in San Diego, along with big tech news from Yahoo and Tesla.
Jul 28, 2016
Episode 359 - Duocast - 7/21/16
Kishore and Norm preview Tested's Comic-Con coverage, recap the announcements from Star Wars Celebration, and give a spoiler-free review of Star Trek Beyond. Plus, the return of not one but two fan-favorite cartoon series! All that and our weekly technology, science, and VR news updates.
Jul 21, 2016
Episode 358 - Pokemon Prime Day - 7/14/16
Kishore and Jeremy are back from their vacations this week as we try to understand the popularity of Pokemon Go, share our strategies for Amazon Prime Day, and discuss the best and worst mammals to domesticate as pets. Plus, a VR minute!
Jul 14, 2016
Episode 357 - Just the Two of Us - 7/7/16
As we figure out the best areas in our new office to set up a podcast studio, Norm is joined by Will this week to record an episode in front of a familiar bricked wall backdrop. We chat about Will's take on Finding Dory, Tesla autopilot incidents, and the case for more storage on entry-level phones.
Jul 07, 2016
Episode 356 - Back from Down Under - 6/30/16
Sorry for the lack of an episode last week--we were abroad in Australia and New Zealand for some video shoots. In fact, Norm rushes directly to the office from the airport to record this week's episode with Kishore and Jeremy, sharing some info about the trip and catching up on two weeks worth of technology and pop culture news.
Jun 30, 2016
Episode 355 - WWDC and E3 2016 - 6/16/16
Slow news week, right? Norm makes it back from a whirlwind week of travel to chat with Jeremy and Will about all the announcements from Apple's WWDC conference and E3. From Apple watch upgrades to Microsoft and Sony's next-gen console plans, there's almost too much to discuss. Plus, VR demo impressions!
Jun 16, 2016
Episode 354 - Elon's Shower Thoughts - 6/9/16
Welcome to our new office! Kind of. While we're still setting up the place, Norm is joined by Kishore and Jeremy to talk about recent technology and science news, new VR experiences, our hopes for E3, and the many shower thoughts of Elon Musk.
Jun 09, 2016
Episode 353 - VR Backpacks - 6/2/16
We've moved out of our old office, and once again podcast from Norm's living room. Topics include announcements from Computex, VR backpacks, and a recent autonomous vehicle testing event. Plus, we learn a surprising insight about Microsoft's Clippy.
Jun 02, 2016
Episode 352 - Pebble's Pivot - 5/26/16
We're recording in Norm's living room this week while we move offices, but there's still a lot to go over! Kishore, Jeremy, and Norm talk about their favorite projects they saw at Maker Faire, the recent Star Trek fan event, Pebble's new products, and rumors of a new XBox. Plus, the ISS's inflatable module in a moment of science.
May 26, 2016
Episode 351 - Farewell, Tested Office - 5/19/16
Big news this week! Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore record the final episode of This is Only a the current Tested office. We're moving! In this listener's choice episode, we talk about Doom, Nvidia's GeForce 1080 performance, Origami robots, surprising reactions to VR. Plus, hot takes of news out of Google I/O!
May 19, 2016
Episode 350 - Class M Planet - 5/12/16
Lots to talk about this week on This is Only a Test, as we finally see the announcement of Nvidia's Pascal video cards, both the new Call of Duty and Battlefield games, and some rumors leading up to next week's Google I/O conference. Plus, we celebrate the transit of Mercury in A Moment of Science!
May 12, 2016
Episode 349 - Where is Jibo? - 5/5/16
Happy belated Star Wars day! This week, we talk about some new Star Wars-related announcements, Hulu live streaming, Maker Faire anticipation, science news, and our new favorite Oculus game. Plus, Kishore and Norm explain to Jeremy the plot of the Civil War comic book series, and share their hopes for the new film.
May 05, 2016
Episode 348 - Red Robin Ramen Burger - 4/28/16
We're back after a week on the road to catch up technology, pop culture, and science news! Kishore and Will join Norm to discuss SpaceX's just-announced Mars plan, the anniversary of Aliens, and our recent visit to USC's ICT labs. Plus, the VR minute and an exploration of ramen burgers.
Apr 28, 2016
Episode 347 - Autopilot Activated - 4/14/16
This week, Norm is joined by Jeremy and Patrick Norton to talk about Space X's rocket landing, speculate on Google's robot plans, and debate the merits of a $300 eBook reader. Plus, we get excited about the potential of autopilot in Tesla's cars.
Apr 14, 2016
Episode 346 - April Foolish - 4/7/16
Norm, Jeremy, and Will meet up this week to discuss the new Star Wars Rogue One trailer, pooly-implemented April fools gags, a new 3D printing technology, and Tesla's Model 3 pre-orders. Plus, with the the release of the HTC Vive, we share our thoughts on the hardware and learn about Will's new VR show!
Apr 08, 2016
Episode 345 - Welcome to the Virtual Age - 3/31/16
It's finally here! Norm is back from his trip abroad just in time for the launch of the Oculus Rift consumer release. Jeremy and Will join this week to discuss our experience so far with the headset, along with news from Microsoft Build and Tesla's Model 3 announcement.
Mar 31, 2016
Episode 344 - The Inmates Are In Charge - 3/24/2016
Jeremy, Kishore, and Will are in charge, with Norm halfway around the world. Topics discussed include the first Silicon Valley Comic-Con, this week's Apple event, Boston Dynamics for sale, the process for Tesla Model 3 pre-orders, and the last pre-Oculus Rift VR Minute. Enjoy!
Mar 24, 2016
Episode 343 - The Long VR Minute Redux - 3/17/16
The Game Developers Conference is upon us this week as Norm is joined by Jeremy and Will to discuss technology news, games, and hands-on impressions of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation games. There's so much to talk about!
Mar 17, 2016
Episode 342 - Go Time for Artificial Intelligence - 3/10/16
We brace for next week's Game Developers Conference by packing this week with technology news discussion. Jeremy talks about the excitement of watching a Go match against Google's artificial intelligence, Kishore shares some recent science community controversy, and we talk about Amazon's Alexa strategy. Plus, pop culture news discussion!
Mar 10, 2016
Episode 341 - Don't Trust the Emergency Robot - 3/03/16
Jeremy is back from vacation this week to join Norm and Will to talk about Apple's stance on user data, Google's self-driving car accident, the new Phantom 4, and robots you can't trust. Plus, more impressions from using the HTC Vive Pre!
Mar 03, 2016
Episode 340 - Don't Bully the Robots - 2/25/16
This week, Norm and Kishore are joined by Will, who returns to the podcast studio to talk about the announcements from Mobile World Congress, new phones, and virtual reality headsets. We talk through the pre-ordering decision for VR early adopters, and also discuss the games we've been playing. Plus, replacing screens on Kindles, and testing a CNC milling machine.
Feb 26, 2016
Episode 339 - Beware the Spoiler Cake - 2/18/16
Apple takes a stand against the government, Mattel announces a 3D printer for kids, and Google dumps yet another beloved application. We're joined in the studio this week by our Kishore and Frank to chat about this week's technology news, the wild success of Deadpool, and pirating academic journals. That, and TV Quest 2016!
Feb 18, 2016
Episode 338 - Quality Tweets - 2/11/16
Lots to talk about this week as we're joined by Jeremy Williams and Kishore Hari to recap the Super Bowl (technology and chicken wings!), discuss our hopes for Star Trek, Jeremy's appearance on Mythbusters, and the latest news in tech. How do you feel about the newest changes to Twitter?
Feb 11, 2016
Episode 337 - Your DeLorean is Arriving - 2/4/16
We're back in the studio this week as Norm is joined by Jeremy and Kishore to recap two weeks of technology news and updates from Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Tesla. We talk about over-hyped science stories in the media, the possibility of a 9th planet, and our hopes for Magic Leap.
Feb 04, 2016
Episode 336 - SteamVR Developer Showcase - 1/28/16
Special episode of This is Only a Test this week, as Norm is on location in Seattle for Vavle and HTC's SteamVR Developer Showcase. The VR Minute is expanded into a full-blown episode, as we chat with the developers of Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption about their experiments in virtual reality and lessons learned from game development. (Sorry, no video this week. We'll be back in studio next week for a regular episode!)
Jan 28, 2016
Episode 335 - From the Drone Barge - 1/21/16
This week, we're joined by Jeremy Williams and Kishore Hari to talk about rocket landings, Netflix show ratings, commercial drone regulation, and other news in tech. Kishore updates us on recent science happenings, and we chat a bit about our playtime in the Eve: Valkyrie alpha. Plus, a tease for an upcoming video we're really excited about!
Jan 21, 2016
Episode 334 - The Long VR Minute - 1/14/16
Look who's back! We're back in the studio this week, joined by Jeremy and Will to recap the news that came out of CES and big announcements in virtual reality. We chat about electric cars, bad multi-rotor ideas, and what's new with Oculus and SteamVR.
Jan 14, 2016
Episode 333 - CES 2016 - 1/7/16
We kick off the year with a podcast recording at the CES in Las Vegas! Norm is joined by Patrick Norton to talk share their CES war stories, discuss interesting things they've seen at this year's show so far, and preview the coverage to come. We're running on 10% battery! (Sorry, no video for this episode, but we'll be back in studio next week!)
Jan 08, 2016
Episode 332 - Camping Out for Star Wars - 12/24/15
For the second-to-last podcast of the year, Norm is joined by Jeremy Williams and special guest Steve Lin to geek out on pinball games and old arcade technology. We talk about Space X's historic rocket landing, the complexity of smartphone cameras, and camping 24 days for Episode I. Plus, the VR minute and what we've been testing. Just one more sleep until Christmas!
Dec 24, 2015
Episode 331 - Staying Off The Internet - 12/17/15
Norm is joined by Jeremy and Sean this week to talk about the FAA's recent drone registration announcement, Netflix re-encoding its entire library, virtual reality predictions, and our anticipation for Star Wars. Staying off of the internet isn't easy! Plus, our impressions of new movie trailers for Star Trek, Independent Day, and X-Men sequels.
Dec 18, 2015
Episode 330 - On a Segue Roll - 12/10/15
This week, Norm is joined by Jeremy and Sean to talk about exclusive content for streaming services, Apple's worst designed product, and depth camera technology. Plus, an extra long VR minute segment in which we talk about the big news with HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, and Oculus Rift. All three platforms have announcements!
Dec 10, 2015
Episode 329 - Save the Headphone Jack - 12/3/15
This week, Norm is joined by Jeremy and Kishore to talk about their Black Friday takeaways, always-connected toys, drone delivery systems, and Apple rumors. Kishore brings the science knowledge with news of genetic editing and Martian rings. Plus, we ponder what life will be like decades and centuries from now. Join us!
Dec 03, 2015
Episode 328 - Embrace The Splurge - 11/26/15
Norm is joined by Tested's Senior Science Correspondent Kishore Hari and Senior Rapid Prototyping Correspondent Sean Charlesworth to talk about NASA's announcements, Designer Con, Gear VR, and the holiest of consumer holidays: Black Friday. Plus, we give our reactions and analysis to the new Captain America: Civil War teaser trailer. Prepare for a comics knowledge bomb! That and more on this week's episode of This is Only a Test. Have a happy American Thanksgiving, everyone!
Nov 26, 2015
Episode 327 - Hero with a Thousand Faces - 11/19/15
How do you stream your music and video from today's services? This week, Norm, Jeremy, and Patrick discuss data encryption, the fall of Rdio, tablet displays, and the endurance of Star Wars! Also, we mull over Oxford Dictionaries word of the year selections and share what we've been testing. Apologies for the video going out in the last five minutes--an office munchkin pushed our mixer buttons!
Nov 20, 2015
Episode 326 - Native Klingon Speaker - 11/12/15
Norm, Jeremy, and Patrick talk about the Trident II missile test sighting, indie games played at Day of the Dev, and the recent iPad Pro release and reviews. Plus, more tech news, the VR minute, and what we've been testing!
Nov 12, 2015
Episode 325 - DQ Blizzard Candy Crush - 11/5/15
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss post-Halloween strategies, Comikaze Expo, Star Trek's return, and our experiences with the new Apple TV. It's also Will's last episode as the host of This is Only a Test!
Nov 05, 2015
Episode 324 - Dear Pastrami Reuben - 10/29/2015
We're joined this week by Veronica Belmont and Jeremy Williams to discuss what's new in technology news, the recent Tested live show, Alcatraz, and Soylent! Drink your pre-mixed bottle of This is Only a Test now!
Oct 29, 2015
Episode 323 - Beta Testing Cars - 10/22/2015
Norm, Jeremy, and Sean celebrate two pop culture milestones: Back to the Future day and the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But wait, there's some technology news, too! We talk about Tesla's new autopilot mode, YouTube Red, drone registration, and new gear we've been testing. Super fun times begin now!
Oct 22, 2015
Episode 322 - You Can’t Change Physics - 10/15/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss Norm's experience at last week's Microsoft event, Apple's stealth iMac update, NYCC Cosplay, electric skateboards, and more. Enjoy!
Oct 15, 2015
Episode 321 - Cyber Security Awareness Month - 10/8/2015
This week, Will is joined by Patrick Norton to discuss cyber security awareness month, this week's Microsoft event, including the Surface Pro 4, the Surface Book, the Roku 4, the iPhone battery life controversy, and moth drones. Enjoy!
Oct 08, 2015
Episode 320 - Video Oops - 10/01/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss the Google Nexus launch event, the new Chromecast, Android Marshmellow, the Oculus Connect event, new VR demos from Oculus (including Bullet Train), and the iPhone launch event. All that, plus first iPhone 6S and 6S Plus impressions, upgrading to SmartThings 2.0, and more. Enjoy!
Oct 01, 2015
Episode 319 - Bad Timing - 9/24/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus reviews, WatchOS 2, Volkswagen and emissions tests, and ad blockers on iOS. All that, plus the VR Minute. Enjoy!
Sep 24, 2015
Episode 318 - Hugs and Kissses - 9/17/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss the latest iOS 9 release news, the problems with ad blocking, the NASA worm logo, Amazon's new products, Super Mario Maker, and Facebook's Do Not Like button. Enjoy!
Sep 17, 2015
Episode 317 - The Big News Week - 9/10/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss Verizon's upcoming 5G networks, the GoPro Odyssey, this week's Apple event (including new iPhones, the iPad Pro, and the new Apple TV), and Will's big news. Enjoy!
Sep 10, 2015
Episode 316 - 'sup G - 9/3/2016
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss Google's new logo, Windows 10 adoption rate, streaming news, Netflix's EPIX deal, the new Nest thermostat, and an extra-long edition of the VR minute. Enjoy!
Sep 03, 2015
Episode 315 - The McWhopper!?!?! - 8/27/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss the Windows 10 adoption rate, the latest iPhone 6S rumors, the Galaxy Note 5's pen problem, YouTube Gaming's launch, Pixar in a Box, Comcast's plans for gigabit, in-flight Wi-Fi pricing, the McWhopper, and a whole lot more. Enjoy!
Aug 27, 2015
Episode 314 - Something Something Pi - 8/20/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss Disney's D23 convention, the news from the Intel Developer Forum, Google's new router, candy that starts with the letter 'M', Amazon, and Hawaiian shirts. Enjoy!
Aug 20, 2015
Episode 313 - Ready Player Two - 8/13/2015
Norm is joined by Jeremy and Sean this week to chat about roadtrips, Google's restructuring, Time Magazine's latest cover, Intel Skylake, and more. Plus, some discussion on Ready Player One and our hopes for the film's casting.
Aug 13, 2015
Episode 312 - San Francisco Problems - 8/6/2015
This week, Will and Jeremy are joined by Veronica Belmont to discuss Flash ad hacks, pinball tournaments, quadcopters used to smuggle drugs, Netflix's maternity and paternity leave, and more. Enjoy!
Aug 06, 2015
Episode 311 - Windows 10 and Novel Proteins - 7/30/2015
This week, Will is joined by Patrick Norton, Dave Snider, and Joey Fameli to discuss Windows 10, pandas, Intel and Micron's new memory technology, the robots that will really kill us all, and Motorola's new phone lineup. Enjoy!
Jul 30, 2015
Episode 310 - Saucy T-Rex Puppet Show - 7/23/2015
This week, Will and Norm are joined by the Internet's Bonnie Burton to discuss quadcopter races, classic pinball machines, Ashley Madison, and dinosaur erotica. Enjoy!
Jul 23, 2015
Episode 309 - Tick Tock Toe - 7/16/2015
This week, Will, Norm, Jeremy, and Patrick Norton debrief on Comic-Con, discuss the unlocking of Pluto's secrets, the end of Moore's Law, Flash zero-day exploits, and more. Enjoy!
Jul 16, 2015
Episode 308 - Analog Communication - 6/2/2015
This week, Will and Norm discuss Apple Music, the strange appeal of worldwide radio, and taxing the cloud. Enjoy!
Jul 02, 2015
Episode 307 - Profligate Wastrels - 6/25/2015
This week, Will, Jeremy, and Gary discuss the Amazon Echo's official release, Apple and music royalties, the Arkham Knight PC recall, DNA and poop, taxi drivers protesting in Paris, and the newest Spider-Man reboot. Enjoy!
Jun 25, 2015
Episode 306 - Tested Takes On E3 - 6/18/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy break down the details of our trip to E3, including the latest on the consumer version of the Oculus Rift, the Oculus Touch, Sony's latest Project Morpheus hardware and games, Starbreeze's surprise wide-field of view VR headset, and Microsoft Hololens. Enjoy!
Jun 19, 2015
Episode 305 - The VR Hour - 6/11/2015
On this week's episode, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss the Oculus Rift annoucement, the unveil of the Oculus Touch VR controller, the latest news from WWDC, including OSX El Capitan, iOS 9, WatchOS 2, and the first solar sail tests. Enjoy!
Jun 11, 2015
Episode 304 - The Best 304th Episode Ever - 6/4/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss Google I/O, the Windows 10 launch date, Google's updates to Now On Tap, future materials, the Jacquard Loom, and another edition of the VR minute. Enjoy!
Jun 05, 2015
Episode 303 - Hot Topics - 5/28/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy make Google I/O predictions, Charter buying Time Warner, mobile web traffic trends, an iOS bug that can kill Messages, Android tablets shipping with Office, and another edition of the VR minute. Enjoy!
May 28, 2015
Listener's Choice! - This Is Only a Test 302 - 5/21/2015
This week, you chose the topics! Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss Makerfaire, the new Battlebots, Google's new photo service, smartch updates, Oculus's announcements, Inside Out, the KFC Tray Typer, and the problem with Enjoy!
May 21, 2015
Episode 301 - Monster or Muppet - 5/14/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss the taxonomy of Muppets, Windows 10 editions, 4k Blu-ray, AOL and Verizon, the Lily Camera, pizza + emoji, and more. Enjoy!
May 14, 2015
Episode 300 - Fuller House - 5/7/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy are joined by Patrick Norton to discuss our Hololens experiences, the Oculus release announcement, Tesla's home batteries, Spotify vs Apple, and the end of Windows Media Center. Enjoy!
May 07, 2015
Epiosde 299 - BUILDing the Apple Watch - 4/30/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss Microsoft's BUILD conference, Windows Holographic and HoloLens, Will's first impressions of the Apple Watch, the new Macbook, and a whole lot more.
Apr 30, 2015
Episode 298 - Celebrate Good Times - 4/23/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss Star Wars Celebration, the new Force Awakens trailer, the amazing practical BB-8 droid, Google's Fi network, Steam VR developer applications, The Muppet show, and the latest updates to Windows 10 and the Xbox One. Enjoy!
Apr 23, 2015
Episode 297 - The Apple Watch Watch - 4/16/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss Will's visit to Seattle, fancy coffee, Apple Watch try on appointments, Daredevil, CG in Furious 7, and the week's tech news. Enjoy!
Apr 16, 2015
Episode 296 - The Return of the Duke - 4/09/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss digital releases of Star Wars, the DJI Phantom 3 announcement, Apple Watch reviews, the latest iOS and OSX updates, an Amazon Echo update, and a whole slew of new products in What We're Testing. Enjoy!
Apr 09, 2015
Episode 295 - Full House - 4/2/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy are joined by TekThing's Patrick Norton to discuss the Ready Player One movie, Microsoft's new Surface 3, Project Spartan, Google's ChromeOS HDMI stick, Amazon's Dash buttons, and Liar's Day. Enjoy!
Apr 02, 2015
Episode 294 - The Virtual Minute - 3/26/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss the latest in virtual reality news, YouTube's Twitch competitor, Fantastical 2's high price, the PS4 update that adds suspend and resume, and that badass TIE Fighter animated short. Enjoy!
Mar 26, 2015
Episode 293 - Unregistered Version - 3/19/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss the Carbon 3D printer, Nintendo's foray into mobile gaming, Apple's plan for Watch sales, Windows 10 release details, Sony's Vue over-the-top TV streaming service, and hints at the HTC Vive's price. Enjoy!
Mar 20, 2015
Episode 292 - Optical Vaseline - 3/12/2015
This week, Will, Norm, Jeremy, and Gary discuss the latest in virtual reality from GDC and the news from Apple's March 2015 event, including Apple Watch, the new MacBook, and Broadwell updates to the rest of the MacBook line.
Mar 12, 2015
Episode 291a - A Podcast in Two Parts - 3/5/2015
This week, Will and Norm are joined by game developer Samantha Kalman to discuss GDC, virtual reality rumors, the news from Mobile World Congress, the Pebble Time Steel, the real purpose for Kickstarter, and a bit of behind the scenes on the Amazon Fire Phone. Audio listeners, be sure to stick around at the end for a post-GDC update from Will and Norm about GDC announcements and impressions of Valve and Sony's latest VR demos.
Mar 05, 2015
Episode 290 - Positively Stephensonian - 2/26/2015
This week, Will and Norm are joined by TekThing's Patrick Norton to discuss this week's news, including the FCC's broadband as a utility vote, more Smartfish aftermath, the Gemalto hack, China, why it's Pebble TIme, and Valve's not-so-top-secret-anymore VR tech.
Feb 26, 2015
Episode 289 - Technical Difficulties - 2/19/2015
This week, Norm, Will, and Jeremy discuss the FAA's new rules for commercial multirotor flying, a strange Raspberry Pi 2 bug, Disneyland, SNL's 40th Anniversary Special, Jony Ive, and the NSA's tricky toolkit. Sorry about the technical difficulties early on, the video starts around the 40 minute mark.
Feb 19, 2015
Episode 288 - The Opposite of On Fleek - 2/12/2015
This week, Will, Norm, Jeremy, and Gary discuss the Marvel Cinematic Universe joining the Spider-man universe, TVs that insert ads in your movies, and Tim Cook's Goldman Sach's talk. Plus: hands on impressions of Sling TV, Mario Kart 8, and board games for kids.
Feb 12, 2015
Episode 287 - Gary's Back (Again) - 2/5/2015
This week, Will and Norm are joined by "classic" co-host Gary Whitta, who returns from a trip to London and a year working on an upcoming Star Wars film. Topics include the FCC's reclassification of broadband, the new Raspberry Pi 2, RadioShack's demise, the new Swatch smartch, and Gary's next movie. Enjoy!
Feb 06, 2015
Episode 286 - Raw Dog - 1/29/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss timing for the Apple Watch, Homeworld's imminent re-release, blocking Wi-Fi hotspots, Comcast and corruption, and virtual reality movies. Enjoy!
Jan 29, 2015
Episode 285 - Meet Windows 10 - 1/22/2015
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss Microsoft's big Windows 10 announcements, Windows Holographic and augmented reality, the end of Google's Glass Explorer program, and Nvidia's new GeForce 960. Enjoy!
Jan 22, 2015
Episode 284 - A New Cohost Appears - 1/15/2015
Will, Norm, and Jeremy are joined by Alexa to discuss CES, including their impressions of new VR demos from Oculus and Razer, flying quadcopterss in the desert, and the latest technology news. Enjoy!
Jan 15, 2015
Episode #283 - Vegas Baby! - 1/8/2015
This Is Only a Test returns with tidings of a happy New Year, America's Favorite Home Videos, a trip to Las Vegas, and the guys' most anticipated items at CES. Enjoy!
Jan 08, 2015
Episode 282 - A Very Sub-Nokia Podcast - 12/18/2014
This week, Will and Norm join Adam on tour in Los Angeles to talk about the long-term ramifications of the Sony hack, and talk about how the Behind the Myths tour has gone.
Dec 19, 2014
Rainpocalypse 2014 - This Is Only a Test #281 - 12/11/2014
Will and Norm sit out the great San Francisco rain storm of 2014 by taking your Qs and turning them into As in another rainy day edition of This Is Only a Test. Enjoy!
Dec 12, 2014
Episode 280 - The Podcast Awakens - 12/4/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy explore the aftermath of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, discuss the Jurassic World and Star Wars VII trailers, converting The Wire to a widescreen aspect ratio, the Sony Pictures hack, and NASA's now-delayed Orion test launch. Enjoy!
Dec 04, 2014
Episode 279 - Rainy Day Edition - 11/20/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss the Apple Watch SDK, the problem with sapphire screens, Uber's implosion, and hydrogen cars.
Nov 20, 2014
Episode 278 - Comet Landing - 11/13/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss landing spaceships on comets, Disneyland, Amazon's speaker thing, Taylor Swift, net neutrality, and a whole lot more. Enjoy!
Nov 13, 2014
Episode 277 - Listener's Choice - 11/6/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss topics selected by the audience, including Microsoft's fitness band, the 5K iMac, DoubleFine and iam8bit's Day of the Devs, the Internet Arcade, and a whole lot more! Enjoy!
Nov 06, 2014
Episode 276 - Baller Time for Charity - 10/30/2014
Gary Whitta joins Will and Norm for his twice annual visit to the show. We discuss last weekend's Tested stage show, the third wave of Marvel movies, the Antares rocket explosion, 5k iMac reviews, and the re-release of X-Wing and TIE Fighter. All that, plus what we're testing and more. Enjoy!
Oct 30, 2014
Episode 275 - And We're Back - 10/23/2014
This Is Only a Test returns after a brief hiatus with talk about Google's new phones, Apple's new iPads, the gang's questions with the 5K iMac, and a whole lot more. Enjoy.
Oct 23, 2014
This Is Only a Programming Note
There's no new episode of This Is Only a Test this week, but we're excited to announce that there are three podcasts to enjoy on Tested instead. Subscribe to CreatureGeek, A Bunch of Dads, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Oct 16, 2014
Episode 274 - Windows X - 10/2/2014
Norm's off on location, so Will and Jeremy discuss the next version of Windows, Netflix's next batch of exclusive content, Paypal finally spinning off from Ebay, and Tesla unveiling the D. Enjoy!
Oct 03, 2014
Episode 273 - Virtual Reality Reality - 9/25/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss the news from the Oculus Connect conference, first impressions of the iPhones 6 and 6 Plus, the new Kindles, Nvidia's new videocards, and more. Enjoy!
Sep 25, 2014
Episode 272 - Norm's vs. Soylent - 9/18/2014
This week, Will and Norm are joined by Veronica Belmont to discuss fine dining in Portland, the merits of drinking vinegar, the board and video games of XOXO, the sale of Minecraft to Microsoft, rumored (now confirmed) new Kindles, and the current status of Norm's large bowel. Enjoy!
Sep 18, 2014
Episode 271 - Apple Logo Name - 9/11/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss the Moto X, the Moto 360, and Apple's announcement of the iPhone 6, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch. Enjoy!
Sep 11, 2014
Episode 270 - PAX Prime Report - 9/04/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss the latest news from IFA, the latest on Oculus and Samsung's VR goggles, and PAX Prime highlights, including IDARB, Lovers In a Dangerous Spacetime, and Keep Talking and No One Explodes. Enjoy!
Sep 04, 2014
Episode 269 - I Felt the Earth Move - 8/28/2014
As they prepare to leave for PAX Prime in Seattle, Will and Norm discuss the Napa earthquake, Amazon buying Twitch, living inside a hologram, and the biggest Kickstarter ever. All that, plus our PAX plans, what we're testing, and your questions answered. Enjoy!
Aug 28, 2014
Episode 268 - Listener's Choice/Rumor Mill - 8/21/2014
This week, Norm, Jeremy, and Will discuss Ballmer's big purchase, what we'd like to see from Windows 9, iPhone 6 rumors, sweet tea, foaming milk, and the hidden costs of ordering coffee from your phone.
Aug 21, 2014
Episode 267 - Listener's Choice! - 8/7/2014
This week, Will and Norm discuss topics of your choosing, including the Oculus DK2, ebola, Pokemon playing fish, and Vinny Caravella's voice acting work. Enjoy!
Aug 07, 2014
Episode 266 - The Green Bathmat - 7/31/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss game subscriptions, Uber ratings, octocopters, 3D printing, the Oculus DK2, and Amazon's terrible Fire phone. Enjoy!
Jul 31, 2014
Episode 265 - Jibo! Make Me a Sandwich - 7/17/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss big changes (and layoffs) at Microsoft, the hidden meaning of Satya Nadella's big memo, Aereo's attempts to become a cable company, cancelling Comcast, and the way we'd really use a domestic robot. Enjoy!
Jul 17, 2014
Episode 264 - A Very Frank Conversation - 7/10/2014
This week, Will and Norm are joined by Frank Ippolito to discuss the Oort Cloud, Google's smartwatch, Thunderbirds, Elon Musk, Microsoft's change of direction, and Martha Stewart. Enjoy!
Jul 10, 2014
Episode 263 - That's No Moon - 6/26/2014
This week, Will and Norm are joined by Dave Snider to discuss the news from Google's IO event (yeah, that was an astronomy joke), the end of Netflix's public API, China's solution to a delicate problem, and drone news! Enjoy!
Jun 26, 2014
Episode 262 - Fire Pun - 6/19/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss the Kindle Fire phone, Adobe's first attempt at hardware, the return of the Nest Protect, and the correct pronunciation of GIF. Enjoy!
Jun 19, 2014
Episode 261 - What Does a Panda Feel Like? - 6/12/2014
This week, Will and Norm are joined by Veronica Belmont to discuss E3, the first Oculus-published VR game, Sony's new Morpheus demos, Control VR's finger tracking that actually works, safe panda handling, the world's first smart cup, and why the Turing test is bullshit. Enjoy!
Jun 12, 2014
Episode 260 - Sweet and Creamy - 6/5/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and special guest Jeremy Williams discuss Amazon's mystery event, Star Wars leaks, loosened Kickstarter restrictions, and all the news from WWDC. Enjoy!
Jun 05, 2014
Episode 259 - Nothing But News - 5/29/2014
This week, Will and Norm catch up on big MakerFaire news, Gary's big news, Apple's big news, Dre's big news, Google's big news, and Microsoft's big news. Enjoy!
May 29, 2014
Episode 257 - The Problem With Basements - 5/15/2014
This week, Loyd Case joins Will and Norm to discuss the latest on the PC front, AMD's move to ARM, the Parrot's Bebop quadcopter, Microsoft's change of heart, and Batman. Enjoy!
May 15, 2014
Episode 256 - The Ethics of Flight - 05/08/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss Apple buying Beats, the politics of quadcopters, the FCC's current stance on net neutrality, and the next entry in the Mario Kart series. Enjoy!
May 09, 2014
Episode 255 - Where's Lando? - 5/1/2014
This week, Norm is once again joined by Jeremy to talk about the Atari ET game cartridge excavation, researching laser cutters, the future of human-computer interaction, and the casting for the new Star Wars film. We also take some listener questions and geek out about flying quadcopters.
May 01, 2014
Episode 254 - Project Ara - 4/24/2014
This week, Norm and Jeremy have a long chat about Google's Project Ara smartphone concept, Norm's trip to WonderCon, camera software tricks to approximate expensive hardware, and whatever happened to Norm's BitCoin.
Apr 24, 2014
Episode 253 - Listener's Choice - 4/17/2014
This week, Will is joined by very special guest Dave Snider to discuss a wide range of topics selected by the community, including our latest woodworking projects, dragons, mischief, Snoop Dogg, and the viability of kilts. All that and a whole lot more in this week's episode. Enjoy!
Apr 17, 2014
Episode 252 - Tablets In the Bathroom - 4/10/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss Heartbleed, iPhone 6 rumors, Amazon's FireTV, Letterman retiring, and the one place Norm's iPad will never go. Enjoy!
Apr 11, 2014
Episode 251 - The Podcast of Truth - 4/3/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss the continuing implications of the Oculus/Facebook purchase, Oculus hiring Michael Abrash, rearview cameras in cars, Roku's HDMI stick, Gmail's birthday, Liars day, and DIY traffic jams. We recorded before BUILD and the Amazon Fire TV announcement, so expect to see that next week.
Apr 03, 2014
A Landmark Episode of This Is Only a Test - 3/27/2014
Gary joins Will and Norm to celebrate a milestone, catch up on the last few months, and discuss the implications of Facebook buying Oculus. Enjoy!
Mar 27, 2014
Episode 199f - Virtual Everything - 3/20/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss SXSW and GDC. Topics include Bitcoin, the second Oculus Rift devkit, Sony's Morpheus VR headset, CastAR's latest prototypes, the latest Steam Controller, Google's wearable computing platform, and more. We're also joined live by a very special guest. Enjoy!
Mar 21, 2014
Episode 199d - Smashing Windows - 2/27/2014
This week, Will and Norm discuss cooking with water baths, testing high speed cameras, the news from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and a whole lot more. Enjoy!
Feb 28, 2014
Episode 199c - Recorded Before We Knew Whats App - 2/20/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy Williams discuss the latest Apple rumors, Nvidia's new Maxwell architecture, the Comcast/Time-Warner merger, and router security. All that, plus what we've been testing, an update on Jeremy's Kickstarter project, and a whole lot more. Enjoy!
Feb 20, 2014
Episode 199b - Bitcoin Explained - 2/13/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and the Internet's Dave Snider discuss Valentine's Day, damming the Thames, playing flappy birds while flying, and Microsoft's first Android phone. All that, plus what we've been testing and your questions answered. Enjoy!
Feb 13, 2014
Episode 199a - Woodworking Today - 2/6/2014
This week, Will and Norm are joined by Dave Snider to discuss Microsoft's new CEO, the real reason John Carmack left id software, Facebook Paper, Flickr and Facebook's launch dates, and a whole lot more. Enjoy!
Feb 07, 2014
Episode 199 - The Eurasian Beaver - 1/30/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and special guest Jeremy Williams discuss the B-wing's legacy in Star Wars, the rise of the Eurasian beaver, the non-existence of black holes, the sale of Motorola by Google, and how to protect yourself online. All that, plus your questions answered, what we've been testing, and fake outtakes. Enjoy!
Jan 30, 2014
Episode #198 - Robot Economists - 1/23/2014
This week, Norm and Will are joined by the Internet's Dave Snider to discuss Netflix and net neutrality, supernovae and Stargate, and Candy Crush. All that, plus what we've been testing and reader questions. Enjoy!
Jan 23, 2014
Episode 197 - Maybe We Won't Talk About Her - 1/16/2013
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy revisit all that CES had to offer, including an in-depth talk about the Oculus Crystal Cove prototype, the latest from Makerbot, the problem with UHD, the net neutrality situation, and SimCity's offline mode. All that, plus your questions answered and fake outtakes! Enjoy
Jan 16, 2014
Episode 196 - CES 2014 - 1/9/2014
On the first podcast of 2014, Will and Norm are joined by Nathan Edwards (of the Wirecutter and Tested's PC building column) to talk about the stuff they saw at CES. Topics include the latest Oculus prototype, the problem with curved TVs, and the real reasons you might want to equip a 3D printer with cocoa butter. Enjoy!
Jan 10, 2014
Episode 195 - So Long, 2013! - 12/19/2013
How did the year pass so quickly? For potentially the last podcast of 2013, Norm is joined by Wes and Jeremy to talk about robot telemarketers, Google's robotics ambitions, virtual reality, and China's historic landing on the Moon. We also discuss products we're testing, reveal a MAME machine project, and give a little preview of what to expect on Tested in 2014. Plus, predictions!
Dec 20, 2013
Episode 194 - A Very Special Episode of TIOaT - 11/21/2013
This week, Will and Norm are joined by Gary Whitta and Jeff Green. They discuss the Playstation 4, the last week of pre-Xbox One news, the rise of videogame streaming, the iPad Mini w/ Retina's display problems, Jeff's colonoscopy, and Oxford Dictionary's word of the year. All that, and a lot more nonsense on this week's show.
Nov 22, 2013
Episode 193 - But Wait... - 11/14/2013
This week, Will and Norm are joined by Loyd Case and Jeremy Williams to discuss the iPad Mini's stealth launch, the imminent launch of the Playstation 4, the nature of the word review, Yahoo's domain name sale, and Avegant's new retinal projector display. All that, plus hands on with the iPad Mini w/Retina, the Nexus 5, and Loyd's camera changeover.
Nov 15, 2013
Episode 192 - The Duocast - 11/07/2013
Apologies for the short show this week, but we barely managed to squeeze this in between other shoots this week. Topics discussed include iPad Air impressions, the Nexus 5, Android KitKat, the Surface 2, and JJ Abrams' new book S. Enjoy!
Nov 07, 2013
Episode 191 - What Seems To Be the Problem, Officer? - 10/31/2013
This week, Will, Norm, and Joey share stories of OCTOBERKAST 2013, then check in on the PlayStation 4, the iPad Air reviews, Motorola's modular phone, Google's updated Glass, Dell's stinky laptops, and the real problem with the Kutch. Enjoy!
Oct 31, 2013
OCTOBERKAST 2013 - Part 8 - Jeff Gerstmann, Jeff Green, Vinny Caravella, Darren Gladstone
OCTOBERKAST 2013 concludes with The Closers. Join the final three hours of OCTOBERKAST 2013 for talk from Jeff Gerstmann, Jeff Green, Vinny Caravella, and Darren Gladstone! Also, some people eat a few spicy peppers. For donation info, visit
Oct 27, 2013
OCTOBERKAST 2013 - Part 7 - LEGO Build Off, Bill Doran, Jeff Gerstmann, Adam Savage
The KAST rolls on with a white-knuckle LEGO Build Off, Bill Doran Skypes in to chat, and we're joined in the studio by Adam Savage! For donation info, visit
Oct 27, 2013
OCTOBERKAST 2013 - Part 6 - Oculus Euro Truck Continues, Oculus Horror Begins
Will takes over for Norm in the Oculus Endurance challenge, and Oculus Horror, Presented by Patrick Klepek begins. For donation info, vist
Oct 27, 2013
OCTOBERKAST 2013 - Part 5 - Giant Bomb's Alexis and Drew, Phil Broughton, Oculus Euro Truck Sim 2
OCTOBERKAST 2013 marches on. After the halfway point, we're joined by Alexis and Drew from Giant Bomb, more physical violence occurs, Phil Broughton personally delivers a batch of Black Blood of the Earth, and we talk about pooping in Antarctica while Norm tries to drive a lorry in Euro Truck Sim 2 on the Oculus Rift.
Oct 27, 2013
OCTOBERKAST 2013 - Part 4 - Veronica Belmont, Jake Rodkin and Chris Remo, Roberto Baldwin
Veronica Belmont stops by OCTOBERKAST 2013 to chat about books and slap Will, The Idle Thumbs come by and we discuss Internet history and videogames, and finally Wired's Roberto Baldwin starts the late shift at 11PM. The slappy-happy fun starts RIGHT HERE. For donation information, visit
Oct 27, 2013
OCTOBERKAST 2013 - Part 3 - Carl Merriam, Brad Muir, Roger Chang
LEGO Builder Carl Merriam drops into OCTOBERKAST 2013 to talk bricks, DoubleFine's Brad Muir makes an appearance, and Revision 3 and East Meets West's Roger Chang takes a turn on the mic. For donation information, visit
Oct 27, 2013
OCTOBERKAST 2013 - Part 2 - Colin Campbell, Jeremy Williams, Loyd Case
OCTOBERKAST 2013 marches on with Polygon's Colin Campbell, frequent This Is Only a Test guest and pinball aficionado Jeremy Williams, and board game geek Loyd Case. Witness the birth of SPACE ROCKS. For learn how to donate to our charities, visit
Oct 27, 2013
OCTOBERKAST 2013 - Part 1 - Intro, Brad Shoemaker, Dave Snider
The gang starts the show strong with the weeks tech news followed by a chat with the realest of the real people, Giant Bomb's Brad Shoemaker. Finally, Dave Snider drops to discuss stuff and things. To donate or learn more, visit
Oct 27, 2013
Episode 190 - Before OCTOBERKAST - 10/24/2013
In the first of many hours of podcasts this week, Will, Norm, and Wes discuss Tuesday's Apple announcement, including the launch of OSX Mavericks, the new Mac Pro, adding Haswell to the Retina MacBook Pro, the all-new iPad Air, and the updated Retina iPad Mini. Enjoy, and make sure you come back on Friday at noon Pacific for the first hour of OCTOBERKAST!
Oct 24, 2013
Episode 189 - Toaster Ovens - 10/17/2013
This week, Will, Norm, and Wes discuss iPad rumors, the Square Cash service, SpaceX Grasshopper's final flight, and the people who should upgrade to Windows 8.1 immediately. Enjoy!
Oct 17, 2013
Episode 188 - Coconut Water - 10/10/2013
This week, Will, Norm, and special guest Loyd Case discuss the Samsung Galaxy Gear, Nest's new smoke detector, AMD's new API, puffing guns, and HP's latest hardware. Oh, we also announce the date for OCTOBERKAST 2013. Enjoy!
Oct 10, 2013
Episode 187 - Time Traveling - 10/3/2013
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss Valve's new game controller, making stuffed animals in space, the more-real-than-ever prospect of living on Mars, the Surface 2, and coping strategies for the distant future. Enjoy!
Oct 03, 2013
Episode 186 - It's Still Baller - 9/26/2013
This week, Will and Norm are joined by Jeremy Williams to discuss World Maker Faire in New York, puffed cereal, LEGO artwork, the iPhone 5s, new Kindle Fires, the Surface 2, and GTA V. Enjoy!
Sep 26, 2013
Episode 185 - We're Leaving On a Jet Plane - 9/19/2013
On this week's show, we discuss the launch of iOS 7, iPhone 5s and 5c reviews, Bing's new logo, Voyager 1 leaving the solar system, and answer reader mail. Enjoy!
Sep 19, 2013
Episode 184 - This Year's iPhones - 9/12/2013
On this week's episode, Will, Norm, and Gary discuss the new iPhones, iOS 7, the Vita TV, Intel's latest processor, and the politics of solar panels and electric cars. All that, plus the latest books Gary and Will are reading, and the announcement of OCTOBERKAST 2013! Enjoy!
Sep 12, 2013
Episode 183 - Ode to Ballmer - 9/5/2013
Jeremy Williams joins Will and Norm to discuss PAX Prime and Dragon*Con, Ballmer's departure, Microsoft's Nokia buy, Google Play as the new Android, smart watches, the Nintendo 2DS, and KitKats. Enjoy!
Sep 05, 2013
Episode 182 - The Ragecast - 8/22/2013
This week, Will, Norm, and Gary discuss topics designed to fill you with rage, including games, the PS4 and Xbox One, Saints Row IV, Google Glass, the NSA, Terrorism, Chelsea Manning, drones, and a whole lot more. Enjoy!
Aug 23, 2013
Episode 181 - The HyperCast - 8/15/2013
This week, Loyd Case joins the show to talk about the Hyperloop, the ineffable Xbox One, the release of Windows 8.1, and the FUTURE!
Aug 15, 2013
Episode 180 - Explain Doctor Who - 8/8/2013
Gary returns to explain the import of the selection of the 12th Doctor Who, Norm learns about the modern waterpark, and Will explores the zipper method. All that, plus the latest on Oculus VR, what's in the Xbox One box, Jeff Bezos and the Washington Post, and a $200 sous vide Kickstarter. Enjoy!
Aug 08, 2013
Episode 179 - Listener's Choice - 8/1/2013
On this week's episode, Will, Norm, and Wes discuss the new MotoX, Netflix profiling, Intel's answer to the Raspberry Pi, and Retina iPad Mini rumors. All that, plus questions from the audience and a whole lot more!
Aug 02, 2013
This Is Only a Test #178 - We're Back - 7/25/2013
This week, Will & Norm are joined by Jeremy Williams, to discuss Arduino programming, the new Nexus 7, Google's Chromecast, Xbox self-publishing, porn, and a whole lot more. Enjoy!
Jul 25, 2013
Episode 177 - Norm Remembers - 7/18/2013
Will, Norm, and Joey take to the road as they drive to Comic-Con 2013. Ride along with the guys as they sample road delicacies, and reminisce about Comic-Cons past, while they realize the horrible truth about the Con.
Jul 18, 2013
Episode 176 - Baller Time - 7/11/2013
This week, Will, Norm, and Wes remember Ryan Davis and talk about a bunch of nonsense.
Jul 11, 2013
Episode 175 - Independence Day - 7/4/2013
This week, Will and Norm discuss Don Mattrick, the Boxee Box and Samsung, the future of iWatches, and a whole lot more. Enjoy!
Jul 04, 2013
Episode 174 - Cola is a Nut - 6/27/2013
In this week's Microsoftastic episode, Will, Norm, and Wes discuss BUILD 2013, Microsoft's sudden change of heart surrounding Xbox One DRM, the truth about Windows 8.1, Tesla's charging solution, the Makerbot sale, the Ouya's launch, and a whole lot more. Enjoy!
Jun 27, 2013
Episode 173 - Press Conference Apocalpyse - 6/13/2013
This week, Will, Norm, and Loyd discuss PRISM, the next-gen console wars, the Playstation 4's price, wearing Google Glass, and the largest four-sided dice ever. Oh, also WWDC stuff, including new Mac Pros, new MacBook Airs, iOS 7, and OSX Sea Lion (Mavericks is a dumb name).
Jun 13, 2013
Episode 172 - Put a Hat On It - 6/6/2013
On this week's show, Norm regales the gang with tales of Switzerland, Gary regales the gang with tales of New York, and Will really nails the intro. All that, plus WWDC rumors, a handful of Computex announcements, Omni VR, the EFF's podcast patent troll fight, E3 preparations, and a whole lot more. If you're looking for the tech news, just skip ahead to the one hour mark.
Jun 06, 2013
Episode 171 - Soft Gs For Everyone! - 5/23/2013
This week, Will, Norm, Gary, and Brad discuss Bieber's monkey, pronunciation, HTC's woes, the new Flickr, and Yahoo's acquisition of Tumblr. That's it. Nothing else at all. Only those things, and absolutely nothing else.
May 23, 2013
Episode 170 - Audio-Only Edition - 5/16/2013
This week, Will, Norm, and Wes discuss Google I/O, Hangouts, Maps, Music, paid YouTube channels, the problem with Kepler, the Microsoft/Google brouhaha, and a whole lot more. We didn't do fake outtakes, but Norm did discuss the fall TV upfronts at length, so it's pretty much the same thing. Enjoy!
May 17, 2013
Episode 169 - Jar Jar Binks Super Happy Facebook Adventure - 5/9/2013
This week, Loyd Case joins Will and Norm to discuss Ray Harryhausen, the Windows 8.1 Start Button, 3D printed pistols, the end of Adobe Creative Suite, Intel's Haswell CPUs, and a whole mess of EA news. All that, plus what we're testing and questions from the readers. Enjoy!
May 09, 2013
Episode 168 - On Carbonated Beverages - 5/2/2013
This week, Wesley explains why Haswell is exciting, Will wonders why anyone thinks Mars One is possible, and Norm explains why Mountain Dew isn't a cola. All that, plus the latest on Netflix, Microsoft Surface, and Google Now on iOS.
May 02, 2013
Episode 167 - Questions & Answers - 4/25/2013
This week, Will and Norm discuss the SpaceX Grasshopper, the Antares rocket, Boston, and answer a heaping helping of your questions. Enjoy!
Apr 25, 2013
Episode 166 - Lake Wobegon Is a Lie - 4/18/2013
This week, Wes, Norm, and Will explore the problems with Minnesota public radio, the rash of new apps from Facebook, and the problem with CISPA. All that, plus reader questions, more on the Oculus Rift, the problem with the Surface Pro, and another edition of fake outtakes.
Apr 19, 2013
Episode 165 - In the Shower - 4/11/2013
This week, Will, Norm, and Wes discuss showerhead technology, Facebook Home, NAB, Google Fiber, and Roger Ebert. All that plus another edition of fake outtakes. Enjoy!
Apr 11, 2013
Episode 164 - Will's Dead MacBook - 4/4/2013
This week, Will and Norm discuss a good way to destroy a MacBook, the problem with forking browsers, LucasArts shutting down, the promise of Aereo, going eyes on with the Oculus VR, and Rdio's new video streaming service.
Apr 04, 2013
Episode 163 - Vader Helmet - 3/28/2013
This week, Will and Norm discuss the Oculus Rift some more, get clarification on the TF2 control modes, talk about T-Mobile's bold new strategy, and talk about 3D printed "guns".
Mar 28, 2013
Episode 162 - Oculus Rifting - 3/21/2012
Will and Norm discuss the death of Google Reader, good alternatives to the dying RSS service, the rash of Oculus Rift publicity, and Samsung's epically bad press conference.
Mar 22, 2013
Episode 161 - Google Reader is Dead - 3/14/2013
Gary joins Will and Norm this week, as they discuss SXSW, the Oculus Rift, the Xi3 Piston, the PlayStation 4, next Xbox rumors, and the triumphant return of fake outtakes.
Mar 14, 2013
Episode 160 - TED Talking - 2/28/2013
This week, Will and Norm talk about the TED conference, Mobile World Congress, Norm's new Canon 6D, and bottle warmers. Enjoy!
Feb 28, 2013
Episode 159 - Where's Crash? - 2/22/2013
On this week's (day late) show, Norm and Will discuss the PlayStation 4, the GeForce Titan, the HTC One, and the problem with vestigal organs. Enjoy!
Feb 22, 2013
Episode 158 - Remember Me - 2/14/2013
This week, Loyd Case joins Norm and Gary to talk next-gen console graphics, board game discoveries, and the controversy over New York Times' Tesla test failure. The gang also learns about the origins of the modern day telephone system and discusses virtual reality's potential. All that, plus another edition of fake outtakes.
Feb 15, 2013
Episode 157 - Jeffrey Tambor's Moustache - 2/7/2013
This week, Brad Shoemaker drops by to talk about the US Postal Service, switching back to iOS, the Boy Scouts, and Glee. All that, plus another edition of fake outtakes. Enjoy!
Feb 07, 2013
Episode 156 - My Two Dads - 1/31/2013
Will and Gary join Norm to talk about babies, sacs, Blackberry's new phones, quarterly report season, the future of Netflix, and a whole lot more. All that plus what we've been testing and a very hungry edition of fake outtakes.
Feb 01, 2013
Episode 155 - Reveling in ExCES - 1/17/2013
This week, Will, Norm, and Wes chat about the latest Facebook news, digest CES, and discuss the real problem with throwing up. All that, plus another episode of fake outtakes and Will uses a brand new mixer. Enjoy!
Jan 17, 2013
Episode 154 - Solo Edition - 1/10/2013
On this week's show, Will goes it alone to discuss the real problem with CES, why he doesn't like Smart TVs, why "smart" forks are dumb, the smartest products at CES, and a whole lot more. Enjoy and please, be kind.
Jan 11, 2013
CES 2013 - Day 4 Recap Show - Now With Audio!
On the final day of CES, Norm is joined by Veronica Belmont and Patrick Norton of Tekzilla to talk about the best things they've seen at the show and the perils of shady Vegas hotels. Plus, ice skating! We close out CES with a whole lot of fun!
Jan 11, 2013
CES 2013 - Day 3 Recap Show - Now With Audio!
Norm recaps the third day of CES 2013 with special guest Nathan Edwards from the Wirecutter. Norm and Nathan talk about Lenovo's new laptops, Razer's Edge tablet, and the PC Build Race. Thanks to Tested user Lee Costigan for cleaning up the audio on these enough that we could post them!
Jan 10, 2013
CES 2013 - Day 2 Recap Show - Now With Audio!
Norm and special guests Roberto Baldwin and Christina Bonnington from Wired Gadget Lab discuss the new products and technologies they've seen from the show floor at CES 2013. Thanks to Tested user Lee Costigan for cleaning up the audio on these enough that we could post them!
Jan 09, 2013
CES 2013 - Day 1 Recap Show - Now With Audio!
Join Norm and the Tested crew as they recap the first day of CES 2013 with special guests Florence Ion and Casey Johnston from Ars Technica. Topics include press conference announcements, 4K televisions, and 1080p smartphones. Thank to Tested user Lee Costigan for cleaning up the audio on these so we could post them!
Jan 08, 2013
CES 2013 Day 0 Recap Show - Audio!
Thanks to the efforts of Tested user Lee Costigan, here's the first night of CES 2013 wrap up coverage, with Norman Chan, Wesley Fenlon, and Matt Braga. Thanks Lee!
Jan 06, 2013
Episode 153 - Happy New Year! - 1/3/2013
On this slow first news week of the year, Will and Norm discuss their holiday breaks, Windows 8 sales, Zipcar sales, the death of netbooks (and the PS2), and Bill Gates' kids' Christmas morning. Happy New Year!
Jan 03, 2013
Episode 152 - Apocalypse When? - 12/20/2012
On this week's episode, Will checks the door, Joey delays his gratification, and Norm ponders the true meaning of Christmas. All that, plus the Instagram TOS kerfuffle, Google dominating iOS, Twitter archives, the year in review, the problem with gift guides, and the final fake outtakes of the year.
Dec 20, 2012
Episode 151 - Uncrossing the Feeds - 12/13/2012
On this week's show, Norm gets a package, Wes doesn't say monitor enough, and Will insists on something silly. All that, plus the latest on the Tested redesign, Microsoft's problems, next-generation consoles, the most popular Google searches of the year, and another edition of fake outtakes.
Dec 13, 2012
Episode 150 - Snuck In Under the Wire - 12/6/2012
On this week's episode, Will gets some glue, Norm corrects an error, and Wes shares an imporrtant after-school lesson. All that, plus the latest on new iTunes, Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, the Wii U and Google Maps, and another episode of fake outtakes.
Dec 06, 2012
Episode 149 - Max Headroom - 11/29/2012
On this week's show, Will makes some adjustments, Gary goes virtual, and Norm steals a drink. All that, plus the latest on Black Friday sales, the morality of autonomous cars, the tough-to-buy Nexus 4, tea bagging, and a tepid edition of fake outtakes.
Nov 29, 2012
Episode 148 - Happy Thanksgiving! - 11/21/2012
On this week's show, Will gets an important savings tip, Gary learns what kids really want for Christmas, and Norm learns the true meaning of Black Friday. All that, plus the latest on OSX 10.9, Intel's CEO retirement, the Kin's failure, and another edition of fake outtakes. Enjoy!
Nov 22, 2012
Episode 147 - Tips for Life - 11/15/2012
On this week's show, Joey gets a big update, Will avoids uncomfortable situations, and Norm wants a sandwich. All that, plus the latest on Stephen Sinofsky, the Wii U's launch details, Nokia's mapping service, Motor Trend's Car of the Year and another edition of fake outtakes. Enjoy!
Nov 16, 2012
Episode 146 - The Robotic Stranger - 11/8/2012
On this week's episode, Will drinks coffee, Norm discusses a T-shirt, and Gary ponders the implications of the word dynasty. All that, plus the latest on Windows Phone 8 prices, the iPad Mini, Surface's Storage, Instagram's user profiles, and fake outtakes. Enjoy!
Nov 09, 2012
OCTOBERKAST 2012 - Part 12 - Jason Cross, Patrick Klepek, The Exciting Conclusion!
Gary pulled out of OCTOBERKAST due to a sick child (don't worry, she's OK!), but Will and Norm soldier on. Jason Cross stayed on to bring us home, and we're joined by Patrick Klepek, who talks with us about horror movies and PC building. We do OCTOBERKAST every year to support Child's Play ( To donate, go to
Nov 03, 2012
OCTOBERKAST 2012 - Part 11 - Loyd Case, Jason Cross
In this penultimate episode, Will, Norm, and Gary soldier on, while Loyd removes ALL of the boardgames from his magical bag of infinite holding. Jason Cross jumps into the 'kast to talk Windows 8.
Nov 02, 2012
OCTOBERKAST 2012 - Part 10 - Jeff Green, Ryan Block
It turns out 24-hours is a long time. We discover that this hour, when Jeff Green shows a horrifying skill and talks about the legacy he wants to pass on to UC Berkeley students. Meanwhile, Ryan Block brings some amazing coffee and talks tech, while Norm, Will, and Gary muddle on.
Nov 02, 2012
Episode 145 - Missing Mail -11/1/2012
On this week's episode, Will walks out, Norm speaks directly to camera, and Gary is a giant douche. All that, plus the latest on Windows Phone 8, more Surface thoughts, the new Google Nexus tablet and phone, Star Wars going to Disney, and the most meta Would You Rather ever. Enjoy!
Nov 02, 2012
OCTOBERKAST 2012 - Part 9 - Adam Savage, Jeff Green
Adam Savage joins OCTOBERKAST with 8 hours to go. We talk about sleep deprivation, Ambien abuse, Patton Oswalt's Halloween costume, and other things. Adam tags out and Jeff Green jumps in to discuss selling out. We do OCTOBERKAST every year to support Child's Play ( To donate, go to
Nov 01, 2012
OCTOBERKAST 2012 - Part 8 - Jeff Gerstmann, Brad Shoemaker, Darren Gladstone
Something something OCTOBERKAST inevitable something something. Jeff Gerstmann and Brad Shoemaker charge on. Jeff describes an unsuccessful PR pitch, Brad eats a pork bun, Gary delivers a non sequiter, and Darren shares his home defense strategy.
Nov 01, 2012
OCTOBERKAST 2012 - Part 7 - Bricked Conclusion, Jeff Gerstmann, Brad Shoemaker
After blowing by the halfway point, OCTOBKERAST is unstoppable. After the down-to-the-wire conclusion of our Mini-Bricked, Jeff Gerstmann stops by to discuss The Raid. Brad Shoemaker brings delicious pork buns. We do OCTOBERKAST every year to support Child's Play ( It's not too late to donate! Go to our Chipin page at
Oct 31, 2012
OCTOBERKAST 2012 - Part 6 - Patrick Norton, Drew Scanlon, Bricked Begins!
OCTOBERKAST 2012 can't stop 'til it's got enough. We're joined by Tekzilla's Patrick Norton and Giant Bomb's Drew Scanlon, where we continue talking about North Korea, airport security checkpoints, and the future of the future. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! Bricked makes its triumphant comeback, and for the first time ever, it's a fair competition. That's right, Norm and Will face off in the ultimate LEGO builders battle. Who will be victorious? Watch and see...
Oct 30, 2012
OCTOBERKAST 2012 - Part 5 - Alexis Gallisa, Patrick Norton, Drew Scanlon
Nothing can stop the OCTOBERKAST. The crew soldiers on past 2AM with the help of Alexis Gallisa. Patrick Norton joins the 'KAST, then immediately throws his phone across the room, and Drew Scanlon regales us with tales from the Axis of Evil.
Oct 30, 2012
OCTOBERKAST 2012 - Part 4 - Roberto Baldwin, Alexis Gallisá