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TechStuff Boards the Space Shuttle Program
It Is, In Fact, Rocket Science
More Apollo and The Soyuz Spacecraft
The Apollo Missions
TechStuff Classic: The MMORPG Story
From Voskhod to Gemini
The First Manned Spacecraft
Cisco Systems Today
The Origins of Cisco Systems
TechStuff Classic: How Nuclear Weapons Work
More on NLP and where voice assistants come from
The challenge of natural language processing
I'm sorry, what did you say?
Phishing, Spear Phishing and Whaling
TechStuff Classic: Slow Motion Film and High Sp...
How ASIMO Worked
Scams, Hoaxes and Technological Flim Flam
How Critical Thinking Works
The State of AI
TechStuff Classic: Anonymity
Over Hill and Over Dell (Dell Story Part Two)
Dude, You Got a Dell
What exactly is GDPR
TechStuff Update Grab Bag
TechStuff Classic: Say My Name
The Best and Worst of Crowdfunding
TechStuff Moments with Mr. Lincoln
Vaporware: The Software Edition
Go Go Gadget Vaporware!
Techstuff Classic: What about (Microsoft) Bob
What is Microsoft up to Today?
An Update on Microsoft
Defense against the Dark DDoS Arts
DDoS Attacks 101
Techstuff Classic: Techstuff Talks to Rooster T...
Hopping with Hedy Lamarr
How to Make a Podcast
Caught up with eBay
Open vs Closed: A TechStuff Debate
eBay Goes Corporate
Stuff Younger than TechStuff
TechStuff is Older Than...
TechStuff's 10th Anniversary Spectacular!
Techstuff Classic: The Sad Tale of Hitchbot
eBay Makes Billionaires
The Early Days of eBay
TechStuff Gets on the Radar
Tim Schafer and Double Fine Productions
Techstuff Classic: The Mythology of Area 51
Tim Schafer: From Monkey Island to Brutal Legend
Instagram Gets Big
The Birth of Instagram
Techstuff Classic: The Max Headroom Incident
TechStuff Profile: Robert N. Hall
Engage the Cloaking Device
What is Project Maven?
How LORAN Worked
Techstuff Classic: TechStuff Gets Flushed
TechStuff Profile: Alfred Loomis
TechStuff at the Bat
The Rise and Fall of Nokia
The Origins of Nokia
Techstuff Classic: The Sewing Machine
Why did Gibson Declare Bankruptcy?
The Birth of Gibson Guitars
How Speakers and Amplifiers Work
The History of Loudspeakers
Death Star Weaponry
Techstuff Classic: Mars Simulation Takes to the...
Death Star Support Systems
The Story of Oracle: Part Three
The Story of Oracle: Part Two
The Story of Oracle: Part One
Techstuff Classic: How MP3 Compression Works
The NetSuite Story
Photo courtesy of NetSuite
Two Turntables and a TechStuff Episode
Cloud Computing Overview: Part Two
Cloud Computing Overview: Part One
The Birth of the Turntable
End to End Encryption Services
Techstuff Classic: The Dirt on Digital Audio
Getting MIDI With It
Listener Grab Bag
The Nintendo Story: Part Four
Send in the Clones: The IBM PC Story
How Apple Survived the PC Wars: Part Two
How Apple Survived the PC Wars: Part One
The Computers That Time Forgot
What was Stuxnet? Part Two
Three Cool Talks at Think2018
Quantum Computing 101
The Journey To AI
What was Stuxnet? Part One
The Think 2018 Science Slam Part Two
The Think 2018 Science Slam Part One
TechStuff Takes Off The Training Wheels
Jonathan Attends IBM Think 2018
An Update On IPv6
First Contact (Lens)
The Naughty Dog Story Part Two
Good Games From a Naughty Dog
Gone Baby Gone - The Deleted Story
The Phantom Zone
The Boston Dynamics Story
Evolution of Watching TV
An Interview with the Creators of Homestar Runner
Swipe Right: Dating in the Digital Age
The Uber Story Part Two
The Uber Story Part One
Put on Your Jetpacks and Let's Fly!
TechStuff Takes a Ride in a Personal Submarine
Time to Talk About Clocks
CES 2018 Roundup
The YouTube Story Part Three
The YouTube Story Part Two
The YouTube Story Part One
How Pagers Work
The Sierra OnLine Story
How Blockchain Works
TechStuff Predicts 2018
The TechStuff 2017 Predictions Report Card
TechStuff Looks Back on 2017
TechStuff Goes to the Ice Rink
The Physics of Star Wars
How the EFF Works
Operation Sundevil and the Birth of the EFF - P...
Operation Sundevil and the Birth of the EFF - P...
The HowStuffWorks Story Part Two
The HowStuffWorks Story Part One
Dip Into the 7 Layers of the OSI Model
Tron: He Fights For the Users
How Camera Stabilization Works
How Disney's Happily Ever After Works
Xerox: New Market. New Xerox.
Xerox: Quick to Innovate. Slow to Integrate.
The Birth of Xerox
Making a Board Game - Mondo's The Thing
The surge in board game popularity prompted this question: how do you make a board game? In this episode, we interview folks from Mondo about the new board game based on The Thing.
Tech of Ghostbusters
When it's time to figure out the science behind the Ghostbusters films, who ya gonna call? It turns out the answer is Troy Benjamin, who had the task of explaining how Ghostbusters' tech works.
The Tech of Stranger Things
Jess Royal and John Hilton drop what they're doing on Stranger Things to come by the studio and talk about what their jobs require. From Christmas lights to the upside down, we learn about what it takes to make a show work.
Edison Electric Bikes
Ryan Hersh, the founder of Edison Bikes, drops by the studio to talk about how a challenge he faced led to a new business in ebikes. We learn the ins and outs of getting a business up and running. The training wheels are off!
The Tech of Star Trek
From transporters to replicators, we take a look at the technology of Star Trek. How much of it is based on real technology and how much of it is just plain old magic?
The Making of Friday the 13th: The Game
From the initial pitch to a successful crowdfunding campaign to a launch title, we learn how the Friday the 13th game was made. IllFonic CEO Chuck Brungardt joins the show to talk about bringing Jason to virtual life.
The Mixed Bag of Mixed Reality
What exactly is mixed reality? How far along is the technology? Can VR and AR become successful consumer products?
The World of eSports
From professional streamers to full-blown championship tournaments, where did eSports come from and is it really that big a deal? We talk with representatives from Alienware and ELEAGUE about professional gaming.
How Eye Tracking Tech Works
What is eye-tracking technology? What can it be used for? Find out about the history and future of eye-tracking tech on this episode of TechStuff.
The Story of Valve Part Three
What has Valve been up to since Steam launched? From anticipated sequels to the shift to digital delivery, we look into how this company continues to influence the gaming industry.
The Story of Valve Part Two
Half-Life launched and co-founder Mike Harrington left Valve. What happened next to the company? We follow the story up to 2004.
The Story of Valve Part One
How did Valve get started? We explore how two Microsoft Millionaires formed one of the most influential companies in PC gaming.
Dot Com Part 2
In part two, we look at a few more companies that fizzled in the wake of the dotcom bubble bursting. From a quick-delivery service to a company that would pay your parking tickets, what happened?
The Dot Com Bubble Companies
The Dot Com Bubble saw the rise and fall of many Web startups. We look a few, from Pets.com to Broadcast.com. What happened to those founders?
The Origin of the iPhone: Part Two
We continue the discussion about the birth of the iPhone. As it turns out, it was a very difficult delivery. What's the story behind it?
The Origin of the iPhone: Part One
It's been 10 years since the iPhone first went on sale. How did it come about and what has its impact been on technology?
The Def Con Story
How did Def Con get started? What goes on there? And should you be worried about it?
The History of Podcasting
From Internet Radio to the emergence of TechStuff, we look at the long and colorful history of podcasts.
ATLAS and the LHC
What does the ATLAS detector do at the LHC? We explore the detector, the LHC, and hear from Kate Shaw and Steven Goldfarb who both work with ATLAS.
The Soundcloud Story
The sound-hosting service SoundCloud narrowly avoided financial collapse in 2017. Where did it come from and can it become profitable?
Hyperloop and the Boring Podcast
It's time to revisit the Hyperloop. What is the proposal, and how will it work? And what's up with Elon Musk's Boring Company?
The Alienware Story
In 1996, a company set out to make its mark on the PC gaming industry. It became known as Alienware. How did it get started and where is it going?
Musical Analysis at Moogfest
Producer extraordinaire Noel Brown visited Moogfest in 2017 and got a chance to talk with Alexander Lerch about musical analysis. And how can can analysis lead to generative music?
Halt! Bot or Not?
Bots generate more Internet traffic than humans. How can you tell if someone chatting with you is a bot or not?
AI: Friend or Foe?
Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have had a public disagreement about the nature of AI. Who is right? Are the bots on their way to destroy us?
Becoming a Microchipped Cyborg
Employees at a vending company can elect to get an RFID microchip implant. What's the story behind this and is it a good idea?
The History of Programming Languages Part Two
How have programming languages evolved over time? What was wrong with the old ones? How are more recent languages different from the ones first developed?
The History of Programming Languages Part One
What was the first programming language? Why are they even necessary? Why are there so many different types of programming languages?
How Weather Models Work
What sorcery is this? How do meteorologists actually make weather forecasts after collecting all that data?
How Meteorologists Work
How do meteorologists predict the weather? We look at the tools meteorologists use to determine stuff like high and low temperatures, the chance of precipitation and more!
How Weather Works
In an effort to understand meteorology, we first must understand how weather works. What are the complex variables that determine weather patterns?
Are 4k TVs Worth It?
What exactly is 4k resolution? How does the number of pixels on a screen correspond to image quality? And are 4k sets really worth it?
Smiley Face Emoji Story
What's the difference between an emoticon and an emoji? Where did emoji come from? And is it a language?
The Intel Story Part Two
From the humble 4004 to today's Kaby Lake, we take a look at the processors and technology Intel has developed over the years.
The Intel Story Part One
How did the co-founders of Intel go from being "traitors" to two of the early pioneers of silicon valley? We learn about Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore.
History of Electricity Part Two
As the 20th century loomed ever closer, the battle waged to determine how we would transmit electricity. Learn about the current wars and why AC ultimately won.
History of Electricity Part One
Did you know that engineers were harnessing electricity long before they even knew what it was? We take a look at the history and tech behind electricity.
The Wonderful World of Audio Animatronics
It might be a small world after all, but how did Disney imagineers create the first audio animatronics and how do they work? Find out in the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room.
Jonathan's E3 2017 Adventure
Join Jonathan as he describes his experience exploring E3 2017, the expo all about computer and video games.
Ransomware and WannaCry
What is ransomware? Why does it so often target healthcare organizations? Tune in to learn all about the history of holding data hostage — from Dr. Popp to the recent WannaCry virus.
Pew Pew Lasers
Lasers can be used to threaten our enemies, cut steel and even amuse our cats. Find out the history of lasers and how they work in this episode of Techstuff.
The Macintosh Story Part 3
From the return of Steve Jobs to the most recent Macs, we look at how the computer has changed over the years.
The Macintosh Story Part 2
After its launch, Apple tweaked the Macintosh a bit. Then Apple executives gave Steve Jobs the boot. He would return many years later. We look at the Macintosh during this era.
The Macintosh Story Part 1
What's the origin story for the Macintosh computer? We look at the early days of Apple leading up to the launch of one of the most famous Apple products of all time.
Revisiting Net Neutrality
What is Net Neutrality? Why is it a big deal? And what is the current status of net neutrality?
The Samsung Story Part 2
Picking up where we left off, we look at some of the more recent stories about Samsung, including the tricky relationships between the heirs to the Samsung throne.
The Samsung Story Part 1
How did the company Samsung get its start? From its humble beginnings as a grocery and shipping company, we look at the complicated history of one of South Korea's most influential companies.
The National Facial Recognition Database
Are you an adult citizen in the US? If so, there's a 50% chance your face is in a law enforcement database. We look at this problematic law enforcement tool.
Close, but No Nuclear War
The world has teetered on the brink of nuclear war a few times. Sometimes, it was because of technical glitches. Sometimes, it was because of coincidences. We explore some very close calls.
The Google Glass Story
Was Google Glass an idea ahead of its time? What are its origins and where is it today?
Bestselling Games of All Time
What are the bestselling video games of all time? Find out some of the top performers for systems dating back to the Atari 2600.
The Digg Story
It all began with a startup led by a TechTV host. Then it evolved into a massively influential site, only to seemingly implode a short while later. What's the story behind Digg?
The TV Story Part 3
From projection televisions to LED screens, we explore the more recent advancements in television technology. What the heck is HDR, anyway?
The TV Story Part 2
Controversy continues as we look at the development of electronic televisions. Was Philo T. Farnsworth the real inventor of the TV?
The TV Story Part 1
Who invented the television? Well, it's complicated. We look at the science behind TV and the first mechanical sets.
How USB Ports Work
The USB has become a standard port in tech. How did it get started and how does it work?
What was Gopher?
Once upon a time, a text-based Internet navigation system was poised to become the primary way we interact with the net. What happened?
The FitBit Story
How did two guys with no manufacturing experience create a successful company that has defined an entire new industry? We look at Fitbit's story and the tech that powers their products.
TechStuff is Under Siege
From catapults to ballista, we explore the world of siege engines. Which ones were real? Which are fantasy? And how did they work?
The id Software Story Part Two
From humble beginnings to massive success, we follow the rest of the id Software story. When did the founders leave and why? And what's going on there now?
The id Software Story Part One
They made games like Doom and Quake, but where did id Software come from? In this episode, we explore the origins of a major name in computer games.
What is a meme? What are some of the notable tech memes, and where do they come from? How does something become a meme?
The Story of Comdex
It was once the computing conference to attend. Today, it's rapidly fading from memory. How did Comdex begin and what happened to it?
TechStuff Goes Transmitter Hunting - Part Two
Joe McCormick and Jonathan continue their discussion about radio waves, transmitters and radio direction finding. How can you locate a transmitter and what is fox hunting?
TechStuff Goes Transmitter Hunting - Part One
Joe McCormick and Jonathan continue their discussion about radio waves, transmitters and radio direction finding. How can you locate a transmitter and what is fox hunting?
How Video Game Emulators Work
Have you ever wanted to play classic games from old consoles or arcade machines on your computer? Then you need a video game emulator. But are they legal?
Authentication Tech and You
What is authentication? Why is it important? And what are engineers doing to make it better?
The History of MP3 Players
How did the humble MP3 player get its start? When did the iPod take over as the dominant brand? And what's the MP3 Player business like today?
The Circuit City Story Part 2
Once the Wards Company, Circuit City really established its identity decades after it was founded. How did the company grow and ultimately die, and what comes next?
The Circuit City Story Part 1
Do you remember the electronics superstore called Circuit City? If you shopped in the 80s and 90s, the answer is probably yes. How did it get started?
How Magnetic Storage Works
Learn about the amazing world of magnets and how super smart people figured out we could use them to store data. From old wire recordings to magnetic hard drives, we look at the science and tech behind magnetic data storage.
How MP3 Compression Works
How does a computer program decide which bits of an audio file to keep and which to ditch during compression? We learn about the mp3 algorithm and Jonathan talks about math a lot.
TechStuff Visits CES 2017
Ben Bowlin joins the show, recorded in Las Vegas, to talk about the big trends in tech at CES 2017. From autonomous cars to smart hubs to virtual reality, we look at what consumer electronics companies hope will become the next big thing.
TechStuff and Friends Predict 2017
Jonathan is joined by a few friends and together they predict what will happen in tech in 2017. Will we sit in our driverless cars playing virtual reality games thanks to net neutrality?
TechStuff Reviews 2016 Part Two
We conclude our look back on the big tech stories of 2016, from June to December. Gawker goes bankrupt, Pokemon Go steals the spotlight for a few weeks and more!
TechStuff Reviews 2016 Part One
We take a look back at the big stories in tech during 2016, from January through May. We say goodbye to the Goblin King, Twitter shakes up its executive team and VR headsets finally debut.
2016 Predictions Report Card
It's a bit early, but Jonathan has Iyaz Akhtar rejoin TechStuff to look at the predictions we made at the beginning of the year. How did we do?
Bad Computer Bugs
Software bugs range from annoying to catastrophic. It's time to explore some of the most famous flaws in computer history!
The Dirt on Digital Audio
How is audio recorded digitally? In this first episode on a series about mp3 and digital audio, Jonathan breaks down how we convert sound into 0s and 1s.
Augmenting Your Reality
What is AR and how does it work? Learn about augmented reality's history and future!
The Sony Story: Part Three
From Sony's involvement in the film industry to the recent big changes to the company, we bring the Sony story to its conclusion.
The Sony Story: Part Two
Picking up where we left off, we explore how Sony got into the world of television and VCRs.
The Sony Story: Part One
How did the enormous company Sony get its start? From humble beginnings to transistor radios, we look at the Sony Story.
The Scary World of EVMs, Part Two
Ben Bowlin joins Jonathan to talk about electronic voting machines, hackers and keeping the democratic process secure. Are EVMs a bad idea? Can we rely on their results?
The Scary World of EVMs, Part One
Ben Bowlin joins Jonathan to talk about electronic voting machines, hackers and keeping the democratic process secure. Are EVMs a bad idea? Can we rely on their results?
Exploring the World Through Tech
Luria Petrucci of Geeks Life joins the show to talk about the tech designed to get you outside and exploring the world. Find out about apps, gadgets and trends that will broaden your horizons.
TechStuff Goes Back To School
Now that students are back in school, it's time to have a serious talk about how to use tech responsibly. We chat with Denelle Dixon-Thayer of Mozilla about how parents can talk with their kids about topics ranging from bullying to online privacy.
Mars Simulation Takes to the HI-SEAS
Recently, a year-long isolation experiment simulating a mission to Mars concluded. What were the results? And why did it happen in Hawaii?
The Worst Hacking Scenes from Hollywood, Part Two
Shannon Morse and Jonathan continue their conversation about some of the worst hacking scenes in Hollywood history and how with a little adjustment they could be more accurate.
The Worst Hacking Scenes from Hollywood
Hacking isn't as glamorous or exciting as movies and television make it seem. Shannon Morse joins the show to talk about the worst examples of hacking in films and TV.
How Pokemon Go Works
From the history of Pokemon to the strange evolution of Keyhole, we look at how Pokemon Go became an instant phenomenon.
What will the Internet be like in 2021?
TechStuff did an amazing job predicting 2016 way back in 2011. Can we do it again? CNET's Iyaz Akhtar guest hosts.
Following Up on TechStuff Predictions from 2011
Back in 2011, Chris and Jonathan made some predictions about what the Internet would be like in five years. Five years later, it's time to see how the predictions stack up!
The Pixar Story: Part 3
What has Pixar been up to over the last decade? Which Pixar film has had an underwhelming performance at the box office? And what comes next?
The Pixar Story: Part 2
How did the success of Toy Story affect Pixar the company? Why was there tension between Steve Jobs and Michael Eisner? And what happens when Disney and Pixar merge?
The Pixar Story: Part 1
How did the Pixar studio get started? How did it evolve from a small operation to a power player in the Disney empire? And how has the company led innovation in animation?
A Conversation with Nerds
Josh and Nicola from the Big Nerd Ranch join the show to talk about Alexa and making the training material for people who want to make Alexa apps. What's in store for the personal digital assistant?
Robot People and Autopilots
Scott Benjamin comes on the show to talk about two stories. One is about a proposal to give robots electric personhood status. The other, a discussion of Tesla's Autopilot feature.
How Tech Could Make Better Chocolate
Temple University scientists have found a new way to improve chocolate and it involves electric fields. Learn about the technology and physics behind improving a nearly perfect food.
How E3 Works
What's the history of E3? What purpose does it serve? And can anyone attend?
How the Disney Magic Works
After my recent (tenth) cruise on the Disney Cruise line, I decided to look into what makes the ship work.How does it steady itself in rough seas? How much is automated?
AI Assistants and You
From Amazon to Google to Apple, companies are creating digital assistants to make our lives easier. What's the technology behind them and are they safe to use?
How the Kepler Telescope Works
The Kepler Telescope has detected hundreds of exoplanets in our galaxy. What's the story behind it and how does it work?
Shh! How Soundproofing Works
Producer Noel Brown joins the show to talk about the science, theory and practice of soundproofing. How does sound work? How can you protect a room from sound?
The Problem With Ads Part Two
Jonathan and Ben continue their conversation about online ads. Is it wrong to use ad blockers? Or is it wrong to block people who block ads?
The Problem with Ads Part One
Online advertising has been a bit of a problem for a long time. Join Jonathan and Ben as they talk about ads, ad blockers and malware.
The FAA and Drones
Consumer drones are cool. Consumer drones are also potentially dangerous. What are the FAA's rules about drones?
Hacking for Dollars
Hak5 Host Shannon Morse joins the show to talk about hacking as a profession. From white hats to black hats, how do hackers make money?
The Great Google Car Crash of 2016
CarStuff's Scott Benjamin comes on to talk about Google's self-driving car causing its first car accident. What happened? And how will Google prevent future accidents?
Weather Tech, Part 2
How are weather predictions made? How does the tech used in meteorology work? And can we control the weather?
Weather Tech, Part 1
How are weather predictions made? How does the tech used in meteorology work? And can we control the weather?
The Nintendo Story: Part Three
What has Nintendo been up to since 2011? In this update, Jonathan explains the more recent history of the famous game company.
Classic TechStuff: The Nintendo Story: Part Two
In this classic episode, Chris and Jonathan explore Nintendo's rise in the video game industry and some of its missteps.
Classic TechStuff: The Nintendo Story: Part One
How did Nintendo get its start? Chris and Jonathan talk about the famous video game company (before it made video games) in this classic episode.
A Conversation With FanBolt's Emma Loggins
Emma Loggins is the founder of FanBolt, a pop culture blog that's been around since 2002. How did FanBolt get started and how has it been so successful?
Classic TechStuff: Industrial Light and Magic
In this classic episode, Chris and Jonathan look at the effects studio Industrial Light and Magic.
How Solar Towers Work
What are solar towers? How do they generate electricity? What's the future of solar power?
Apple vs the FBI
What does the FBI want Apple to do and why do so many tech experts oppose it? Ben Bowlin joins the show to talk about it.
How LIGO Works
What is LIGO and how did it detect gravitational waves? We explain!
High Tech at High Speed
Scott and Ben from CarStuff join the show to talk about some of the latest tech making its way into cars. What do they think of autonomous vehicles and gesture controls?
The MOOG Story: Part Two
What is a MOOG synthesizer? How does it work? And did people really say synthesizers didn't make real music?
The MOOG Story: Part One
What is a MOOG synthesizer? How does it work? And did people really say synthesizers didn't make real music?
The Philips Story: Part Two
What happened to the Philips company during World War II? How did Philips diversify over the decades? What's next for the company?
The Philips Story: Part One
Who founded the electronics company Philips? Why did it nearly go bankrupt in less than five years? And who saved it?
CES 2016 Impressions
Jonathan attended CES once again. What were the big trends? What caught the press's attention? And what did he eat?
TechStuff Predicts 2016
CNET's Iyaz Akhtar joins the show to peer into a crystal ball and predict what will happen in 2016. Listen in as we stick our necks out!
2015 Year in Review
What were the biggest stories in tech in 2015? Jonathan reviews the headlines.
2015 Predictions Results
Back in 2014, Tom Merritt joined the show to talk about predictions for the following year. How did those predictions stack up?
The Evils of Data Tracking
Codebreaker's Ben Johnson joins the show to talk about data tracking. What is it used for? What's the best case scenario? And what happens when it goes wrong?
How Satellites Work
How did Sputnik change the world? What do satellites do? And what keeps them in orbit?
How the Industrial Revolution Worked, Part Three
In the conclusion of our series on the Industrial Revolution, we'll look at other industries that changed along with iron and textiles. We'll also learn about the living and work conditions of laborers and how that transformed our notions about work.
How the Industrial Revolution Worked, Part Two
As we continue to explore the Industrial Revolution, we look at how iron helped shape the modern world. It's time to explore iron, steam engines and more!
How the Industrial Revolution Worked, Part One
The Industrial Revolution transformed the world. Cities grew, new jobs were created and technology transformed the world. In part one, we take a close look at the textile industry.
The Comcast Story: Part Two
How did Comcast become such a huge, powerful company? What happened with the doomed Time Warner deal? And where does the company go next?
The Comcast Story: Part One
Comcast is a powerful player in the cable and Internet space. How did the company get its start? And how did cable television take off in the first place?
The VW Scandal
What's the story with Volkswagen and emissions testing? How did the car manufacturer hide vehicle emissions? Scott Benjamin of CarStuff joins us to talk about it.
Expensive Consumer Tech
With the holiday season coming up, it's time to look at some gift ideas for the filthy rich. From ridiculous watches to a multimillion dollar mobile home, we explore some of the most ridiculously expensive tech out there.
What was Web 2.0?
Once upon a time, a buzz term called Web 2.0 dominated discussions about web sites. What did Web 2.0 really mean? Or does it mean nothing?
Ben Bowlin of Stuff They Don't Want You to Know joins the show to talk about DNA forensics, cold cases and science. How reliable is DNA evidence?
Patronage Makes a Comeback
How has the Internet fueled a return to the old system of patronage? This episode explores crowdfunding resources like Indiegogo and patronage services like Patreon. Can they work for anybody?
Tinder Loving Care?
It's time to tackle Tinder. Where did the app come from? Do people use it for more than just hooking up? And what do you get when you go premium?
An Update on The McAfee Story
Back in 2012, Jonathan and Chris talked about John McAfee and his controversial life. What's he been up to since?
What does Google's restructuring mean for the company?
Photo Editing and Manipulation, Part Two
Dylan is back to talk about the post-digital age of photo manipulation, when Photoshop and other programs began to allow more people to change images. Learn about famous disasters in photo edits and funny uses of Photoshop.
Photo Editing and Manipulation, Part One
HowStuffWorks photo editor Dylan joins the show to talk about the pre-digital age of photo manipulation. Learn about airbrushing, composite photos, double exposure and more!
How Periscope Works
What is Periscope? What's the technology behind the company? And did Jonathan livestream a podcast?
The Sad Tale of HitchBot
What was HitchBot all about and what happened to it? From hitchiking across Canada to a violent end in Philadelphia, we tell the robot's story. Scott Benjamin guest hosts.
Uber Breaks Scott's Heart
Scott Benjamin joins the show to talk more about Uber, driverless cars and how the future might spell doom for people who love to drive. If you listen carefully, you can hear the moment his heart breaks.
The Uber Story (So Far)
How did Uber get started? What are some of the controversies around Uber? And what's in store for the future?
The Decline of Google+
Is Google Plus heading off into the sunset? What happened? In this update to a classic episode, TechStuff looks at what went wrong.
Is Carbon Dating on the way out?
How does radiocarbon dating work? And why might it be less reliable in the future? Learn about carbon-14 and how it can be used to guess when ancient things were alive.
Tech in the Post Apocalyptic World (Part 2)
There's been an Event. What sort of tech can you rely upon after the zombie outbreak? Or solar flares? Or whatever?
Tech in the Post Apocalyptic World (Part 1)
There's been an Event. What sort of tech can you rely upon after the zombie outbreak? Or solar flares? Or whatever?
TechStuff Takes Manhattan (Project)
What was the Manhattan Project all about? What went on during the Manhattan Project and who were the influential people involved? Ben Bowlin joins the show to talk about it.
The Manhattan Project Part One
In this episode, Ben Bowlin joins the show to talk about the scientific and political landscape that made the Manhattan Project possible. What was Einstein's role? Who first discovered nuclear fission?
What exactly is a disruptive technology? Jonathan explains the term and gives examples of how technology can really shake things up.
Digital Immortality, Part Two
Stuff You Should Know's Josh Clark and Jonathan continue their discussion about achieving immortality through technology. What are the philosophical problems and will it ever happen?
Who Wants To Live Forever?
Could technology let us live forever? Stuff You Should Know's Josh Clark joins the show to talk about the possibility of digital immortality.
Swords - The Real Cutting Edge Technology
What is the history of the sword? What are they made from and what is an alloy? Special guest Ariel Kasten joins the show to talk about pointy things.
High Tech Farming
Agriculture has come a long way since the invention of the plow. Learn about how high-tech gadgets are revolutionizing agriculture!
What's My Address?
The URL is a handy way to navigate to a specific web page. But where did it come from? How does it work and why are they almost always in English?
Techs Top Rivalries
All's fair in love and tech, so they say. In this episode, we look back on some of the famous rivalries in technology.
A Stingray Operation
What are Stingrays and how are they used in surveillance? Jonathan brings in the guys from Stuff They Don't Want You To Know to find out.
DARPA Robotics Challenge Review
What did the teams competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge have to do? Who won? And what does this mean for the future of robotics?
The Basic Components of Electronics
It's time for Electronics 101. What are the basic components of electronic circuits and what do they do? Jonathan explains.
TechStuff Classics: The types of WiFi
What is the difference between WiFi and WiMax? Why are there so many designations for wireless communication? Chris and Jonathan explain in this classic episode.
Listener Mail Jubilee
Why does Jonathan say "form factor" so much? Is 3D printing a viable business? And did a listener come up with a solution to the trolley problem?
TechStuff Interviews Preditor Chandler
What the heck is a preditor? It's not an alien hunting down action heroes. It's a job title at HowStuffWorks. Preditor Chandler joins the show to explain.
Hack That Auto 2.0
Could your car be hacked remotely? We take a look at claims and explore the possibilities of wireless car hacking.
The Internet Kill Switch
Is there a kill switch for the Internet? Is that legal or ethical? Ben Bowlin joins the show to talk about it.
Behind the Scenes at HowStuffWorks - Audio
Jonathan sits down with HSW producer Noel Brown to talk about what Noel does, the tools he uses and tips and tricks for editing and publishing audio.
Listener Mail Grab Bag
Jonathan reads out messages from listeners and answers questions about electricity and smartwatches.
TechStuff Classics: The U2 Spy Plane
How does the U2 spy plane work? What was its purpose? From its design to today, we look at the U2 plane.
TechStuff Classics: Professional Gaming
What does it take to play video games for a living? In this classic episode, Jonathan and Chris explore how the best of the best at video games get paid. But is it all fun and games?
The Story of Internet Explorer, Part 2
Nate Lanxon from Bloomberg joins the show to talk about the history of Internet Explorer and the future of Project Spartan.
The Story of Internet Explorer, Part 1
Nate Lanxon from Bloomberg joins the show to talk about the history of Internet Explorer and the future of Project Spartan.
Behind the Scenes at HowStuffWorks - Video
I interview Matt Frederick about his job here at HowStuffWorks. Learn what goes into producing an episode of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know!
The Secret Space Plane
What's the story behind the Air Force's X-37B space plane? What is it doing on its super-long missions? Ben Bowlin joins the show to make wild speculations with me.
A Series of Tubes Part Two
Our history lesson about the implementation of pneumatic tube systems continues. We also explore how pneumatic tubes are used currently.
A Series of Tubes Part One
How do pneumatic tubes work? Lauren Vogelbaum joins the show to talk about the physics and history of pneumatic tube systems.
How Steganography Works
How can you hide a message so that no one knows you're even communicating? Use steganography! Ariel Kasten joins the show to talk about the art of hiding messages.
The Biggest Lawsuits in Gaming History
CNET's Iyaz Akhtar joins the show to talk about lawsuits. What are some of the biggest lawsuits in gaming and how have they shaped our world?
How Aircraft Carriers Work: Part Two
Jonathan and Scott look back on the history of aircraft carriers and how they evolved in the US Navy. From the Enterprise to the Nimitz and beyond!
How Aircraft Carriers Work: Part One
CarStuff's Scott Benjamin joins this listener requested show about aircraft carriers. How do they work and what does it take to keep one operational?
The Top April Fools Tech Jokes Episode
What are some of the biggest hits (and misses) in April Fools jokes in the tech sector? From dumb ideas to jokes gone wrong, Jonathan counts them down.
How Coffee Machines Work
Lauren Vogelbaum joins the show to talk about coffee machines. What's the history of coffee and how do the various gadgets work? Coffee!
Ice Core Drilling
How do scientists retrieve ice core samples? What can we learn from them? Joe McCormick joins the show to talk about really cool historical records.
TechStuff Episode 700: How Subways Work
How are subway tunnels built? How do trains work? What are the challenges of a subway system? Ben Bowlin joins the 700th episode of TechStuff.
TechStuff Gets Flushed
How do toilets work? What's the secret behind using a Japanese toilet? And can you enter a toilet race? Josh Clark joins the show.
The Robots4Us Challenge
What is the Robots4Us Challenge? How can students enter the challenge? What are the social implications of robots?
The Golden Age of Radio
How did broadcast radio get its start? What were the challenges and controversies? And how did the golden age fade into history?
The Rise and Fall of Atari: Part Three
In our final part in our Atari series, Chuck and Jonathan talk about the sad decline of Atari and what's left of the company today.
The Rise and Fall of Atari: Part Two
In Part Two of this series, Chuck and Jonathan talk about how Atari dominated video games until the crash of 1983.
The Rise and Fall of Atari: Part One
What's the story behind Atari? Stuff You Should Know's Chuck Bryant joins the podcast to answer this listener question.
The Six Simple Machines
What are the six simple machines and why are they so important? Joe McCormick joins the show to explain.
Rerun: How Metal Detectors Work
If you're going on a treasure hunt, you should know how your metal detector works. Chris and Jonathan explain in this classic episode.
CLASSIC: How ATMS Work
Jonathan and Chris explore the world of automated teller machines in this classic TechStuff episode.
CLASSIC: What Do Transmissions Do?
In a classic TechStuff episode, Jonathan and Lauren explain the purpose of a transmission and how it actually works.
What is a Common Carrier?
The FCC Chairman has proposed reclassifying ISPs as common carriers under Title II. Wait, what does that mean? Jonathan explains.
How E-Bikes Work
Electric bikes aren't a new idea. How do they work? Scott Benjamin joins the show to talk about e-bike tech.
TechStuff Looks at TV Connectors
What are all the connections on the back of a television? From HDMI to composite to component cables, we explain what each means.
TechStuff Listens to Negativland
Mark Hosler, one of the founding members of Negativland, joins the podcast to talk about audio collage, art, legal potholes and using technology to make mind blowing sound.
The Sony Pictures Entertainment Hack
What exactly happened with the hack that targeted Sony? Why do some people question the official explanation that North Korea was behind it? Ben Bowlin joins the show to explain.
CES show w/ Ashley Esqueda
What's hot at CES 2015? Special guest Ashley Esqueda from CNET joins the show to talk about tech trends and what to expect in stores this year.
TechStuff Classics: Number Stations
What's up with weird radio stations that only broadcast the occasional string of numbers? Jonathan and Chris explore number stations in this classic episode.
TechStuff Classics: Abandonware
In this classic TechStuff episode from 2011, Chris and Jonathan talk about Abandonware. Is it okay to copy software if it's no longer available to buy?
TechStuff Predicts 2015
TechStuff is joined by celebrity guest host Tom Merritt of the Daily Tech News Show to predict what's going to happen in the following 12 months.
TechStuff's 2014 Prediction Report Card
Lauren Vogelbaum comes back to talk about the predictions we made for 2014. Were we right on the money or way off the mark?
TechStuff Remembers 2014, Part Two
Joe McCormick guest hosts with Jonathan in a look back at some of the big tech news stories from 2014.
TechStuff Remembers 2014, Part One
Fw:Thinking's Joe McCormick joins the show to look back on the big tech news stories of 2014.
The CES Story
It's time for another classic TechStuff episode! In this one, Chris Pollette and Jonathan Strickland give the history of CES and what it's like to attend.
TechStuff Tackles Typewriters
Special guest Holly Frey joins the show to talk about typewriters. What's their history and what's the real scoop behind the QWERTY keyboard?
The Force is Strong with TechStuff
In this classic episode, Chris and Jonathan talk about lightsabers, and Jonathan gives a bit of an update.
Taking a Ride in an Ambulance
What is ambulance technology all about? Ben Bowlin joins the show to explore this listener-suggested topic.
The Connected Car Challenge: Part 2
CarStuff host Scott Benjamin joins the show to talk about the latest systems in cars that are meant to keep us connected.
The Connected Car Challenge: Part 1
CarStuff host Scott Benjamin joins the show to talk about the latest systems in cars that are meant to keep us connected.
You wouldn't think a 2,000 year old machine would need an update, but it does! This classic episode features Joe McCormick and Jonathan talking about an ancient Greek computer.
TechStuff Gets Breezy
Guest host Joe McCormick talks about the tech behind wind turbines. How big a role will they play in our future?
Giving Thanks to Obsolete Tech
Special guest Iyaz Akhtar from CNet rejoins the show to continue our conversation about tech that is no longer relevant.
TechStuff Goes Obsolete?
Special guest Iyaz Akhtar from CNet joins the show to talk about obsolete technology.
There's a lot of tech that supposedly makes water "better" in some way. Is there any science to it or is it all just flim flam? Stuff to Blow Your Mind's Julie Douglas is guest host.
A Conversation With ASMR Artist Heather Feather
What is ASMR and why is it so popular on YouTube? Artist Heather Feather joins the show to talk about ASMR and her recording techniques.
A Virtually Realistic TechStuff
Guest host Rueben Medina joins the show for an in-depth conversation about virtual reality and whether it's ready for prime time.
Hack That Auto
Cars have become high tech but that opens the possibility of exploits. What's the story on car hacks?
How has the digital revolution changed the way readers access comic books? Guest host Christian Sager joins the show to talk about digital comics.
The Max Headroom Incident
How did hackers take over a television signal in the late 1980s? Stuff You Should Know's Chuck Bryant joins the show to talk about the Max Headroom Incident.
What is electronic voice phenomena and what does it have to do with ghosts? Joe McCormick joins the show to talk about EVP.
Love: There's An App For That
Allison Loudermilk joins the show to talk about some of the tech and apps designed to connect people in the digital space and then in real space. Is it a good thing?
A Conversation With Shannon Morse
Shannon Morse is a technology journalist and hacker. She talks about her experiences in tech and how she fell in love with technology.
Autonomous Autos And High-Tech Gear
Scott Benjamin of CarStuff joins the show to talk about autonomous vehicles and how they are changing today's manual vehicles.
Do We Need Humanoid Robots?
Josh Clark joins the podcast to talk about humanoid robots. Why are we so concerned about building them and are they a good idea?
The Sewing Machine
Holly Frey from Stuff You Missed in History Class joins the show to talk about the sewing machine and how it shaped patent law.
Anita Sarkeesian and Video Game Journalism
Cristen Conger from Stuff Mom Never Told You joins the show to talk about Anita Sarkeesian's video game journalism project and the dark side of the Internet.
Extra Life, Video Games and Charity
What is the charity Extra Life all about and how can you get involved? What game did Jonathan play for 25 hours back in 2013 for charity?
Audio Production 101
Audio Producer Steve Riekeberg is a guest and we're talking all about audio production. Mics and levels and sample rates, oh my!
Son of Listener Mail 2014
Jonathan answers even more of your questions about technology and podcasting.
Listener Mail 2014 Extravaganza
Jonathan answers several questions sent in by listeners. Many of them have to do with Apple.
The Mythology of Area 51
Area 51 factors into stories about everything from weather-control devices to aliens. Ben Bowlin joins the show to look at the mythology of Area 51.
The History of Area 51 - Part Two
What's been going on at the Area 51 site since the days of the U-2 and A-12 spy plane tests? We look at stealth technology, drones and more.
The History of Area 51 - Part One
What goes on at the most famous secret base in the world? Ben Bowlin joins the show to talk about Area 51, aka Groom Lake.
5 Technologies To End All Wars - That Didn't
Can technology end war? Several people thought so at one time or another. We look at five examples of idealists who thought tech would end warfare.
Classic TechStuff: Tesla - the Man, the Myth
In this classic episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Lauren explore the myths surrounding Nikola Tesla, the Internet's favorite mad scientist.
Classic TechStuff: The Rooster Teeth Interview
In this previous episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris interviewed Burnie Burns of Rooster Teeth Productions. Learn how the company formed and Red vs Blue began.
The Bungie Story Part Two
Picking up where we left off, we look at Bungie during the Halo era to the present day.
The Bungie Story Part One
We examine Bungie's gaming Destiny, from its humble beginnings to its place in gaming today.
Surfing the Web Like a Super Spy
You asked for it and now you've got it - we're joined by Ben and Matt of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know to see what it takes to surf the Web anonymously.
TechStuff In Spaaace(X) - Part Two
Now Elon Musk wants to go to Mars. What's it going to take to get there?
TechStuff In Spaaace(X) - Part One
Elon Musk wanted to go to space, so he founded a company to do it. We look at the early years of SpaceX.
TechStuff Races with McLaren
What is the McLaren Group and how has the company influenced racing?
What goes into making a piece of tech waterproof? From cases to creative charging ports, we look at the challenges.
Who was Claude Shannon?
TechStuff salutes an incredibly influential (and yet relatively unknown) tech genius: Claude Shannon. What did he do?
The Full Motion Video Era - Home Gaming
How was full motion video used in early computer and console games? And why is it so hilariously bad?
The Full Motion Video Era - The Arcade
What is FMV and how did it change video games? From the brilliant to the brilliantly awful, we take a look at FMV.
Fireworks, Part Two
Where does the color come from in fireworks? How are those giant displays choreographed? We conclude our discussion on fireworks.
TechStuff Lights Some Fireworks
How do fireworks work? From the basics to fully choreographed displays, we take a look at the tech of making stuff go boom.
TechStuff Looks at e-paper
What is e-paper? TechStuff looks at the properties of e-paper and how it's used.
TechStuff Gets Meta(material)
What are metamaterials and what gives them their nifty properties? We look at materials science and how metamaterials might transform our world.
TechStuff Goes to a Better Place
What was Better Place and why did it fail? Guest host Ben Bowlin gives TechStuff his perspective.
TechStuff Prints In 3D (Again)
What's the state of 3D printers? And what's it like working with one? Guest host Joe McCormick joins us to explain.
TechStuff On Fire
We get our pyro on with a look at everything from lighters to flamethrowers. How do we make fire?
TechStuff Camps Out
From the good old days of roughing it to the high tech campsite of the future, we look at the tech of camping.
Folding the Proteins
From distributed computing to video games that push science forward, we look at the tech behind protein folding research.
E-Cigarettes and Vaping
What's the story behind e-cigarettes? How do they work? Are they less harmful than normal cigarettes?
Passing the Turing Test
Did a pair of programmers make a chatbot that passed the Turing Test? What exactly is the test and has anyone beaten it before?
Oculus Rift: The Story So Far (Update)
A lot has happened since we first talked about the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. We present the Rift's history and how prototypes work, then explore news from military interest to a lawsuit claiming the Oculus team stole the technology.
Solar Freaking Roadways
You may have seen the Indiegogo solar roadway project. What are the goals of solar roadways? Are they realistic?
How Carbon Fiber Works
What's the manufacturing process for carbon fiber? What properties does carbon fiber possess?
How Segways Work: The Luke Arm Update
Inventor Dean Kamen created a robotic prosthesis, nicknamed the Luke arm, to help patients regain self-sufficiency. The FDA recently approved it, so we wanted to revisit a classic episode about Kamen and one of his other inventions: the Segway.
The History of Carbon Fiber
Carbon fiber is an amazing material. Where did it come from? And were people really making it in the 19th century?
What is Twitch and why is Google so interested in it? We take a closer look at the video streaming service giving gamers huge audiences.
What was the technology behind the British warship, HMS Victory? How was it constructed? Where is it now?
How Clothes Dryers Work
Clothes dryers have evolved from precarious, fire-bellied devices to the increasingly green machines we know today. We cover the history of dryer tech, plus the newest innovations and NASA-funded research. And, of course, explain how they work.
How Planetariums Work
What goes into making a planetarium work and where did they come from?
The Worst Video Games of All Time (Update)
Recently, a documentary crew went out to the desert to dig up some legendary Atari cartridges. It reminds us of this classic TechStuff episode.
The HBO Story: Part Three
Today, HBO is known for its original programming that's so popular people can't stop pirating it. We look at the company's current strategy.
The HBO Story: Part Two
What happened to HBO once cable subscriptions hit a saturation point? We look at how the company transitioned from startup to corporate.
The HBO Story: Part One
How did the Home Box Office network get its start? And how did it grow into the giant it is today?
Flying Without Fuel
The Solar Impulse 2 is scheduled to fly around the Earth in 2015 using only solar power. Say what? How is that even possible?
How Hydrogen Fuel Works: Part Two
How are we using hydrogen today and how might we use it in the future?
How Hydrogen Fuel Works: Part One
Could hydrogen be the fuel of the future? We look at the most plentiful element in the galaxy and discuss the possibility.
How Washing Machines Work
What makes washers tick? How have they evolved over time to become more energy efficient and conserve water? And what's going on in there?
The Secrets of Tor and the Deep Web
What is Tor? What's the web under the web? What's really going on? We dish out the details.
Our Heart Breaks From Heartbleed
What is the Heartbleed bug and is it really as bad a security flaw as people make it out to be? We look at what Heartbleed is and why you should be concerned.
The PerkinElmer Story: Part Two
What's PerkinElmer been up to lately? From spy sattelites to medical screening procedures, we take a close look at the company.
The PerkinElmer Story: Part One
How did two different divisions come together to form PerkinElmer? What does the company do?
Biometrics: Digital Fingerprinting
How has the Digital Age improved the centuries-old practice of fingerprinting? We explore the history of fingerprint tech and explain how modern scanners use optics, capacitance, heat and ultrasound to create prints that are harder than ever to hack.
How Ad Blockers Work
Are ads on the Web a necessary annoyance? The creators of ad-blocking software don't think so. We dig into the history of browser extensions like AdBlock and explore the controversies around them.
Episode 600: How TechStuff Works
How did TechStuff get started? What's the story with hosts Lauren and Jonathan? We take you behind the mic to explore our recording process and the HowStuffWorks audio studio -- with help from a few special guests.
Time for an IRC Chat
What is Internet Relay Chat? How does IRC work and what does it do? TechStuff looks at this legacy chat tech.
The Tesla Tale Part Two
Where is the Tesla Motor company today? Tesla hasn't always traveled on a smooth road - pun intended. How did the company weather tough financial times?
The Tesla Tale Part One
How did the Tesla Motor company get its start? We examine the ambitious and troubled early history of the electric vehicle company.
The Bitcoin Controversies
What is happening with Bitcoin? What was Mt Gox and Flexcoin and why have they shut down?
TechStuff Cashes in Bitcoin
What's going on with Bitcoin? Is the digital currency doomed? We look at how it works and the recent problems surrounding the cryptocurrency.
The History of Handheld Gaming Part Two
What's the story behind some of the more recent handheld gaming devices? Which ones failed and which succeeded?
The History of Handheld Gaming Part One
How did handheld gaming get started? We look at the origins of the electronic handheld game craze and how it evolved in the early years.
Tap Versus Swipe
How has near-field communication (NFC) technology changed credit cards? We explain the principles behind NFC and its applications in the credit card industry.
It's All About The Polymers
What is a polymer banknote? We look at this special type of currency, how it's made and why it's important.
The Twitter Story Part Two
How did Twitter grow to become the juggernaut it is today? We look at the company as it changes regimes (twice). Where could Twitter be heading to next?
The Twitter Story Part One
How did Twitter get started? We explore the controversial history of Twitter and how it emerged from a company called Odeo.
The War on Net Neutrality
What is net neutrality and why is it in trouble? We reexamine the concept of net neutrality and look at how recent court decisions in the US put it in jeopardy.
Like a Beacon
What are Beacons and what do they have to do with Bluetooth? We look at how a simple technology could make shopping a breeze - or track your every move.
Steam in a Box
What's the deal with Steamboxes? Jonathan and Lauren look at Valve's approach to the living room gaming market and debate the pros and cons of the Steambox.
TechStuff Listens to Dolby
Who was Ray Dolby? TechStuff takes a look at the life and work of a man whose inventions changed how we experience sound.
Look What I Found!
How are archaeologists using high-tech tools to study ancient, forgotten ruins? We look at everything from radar to satellite imagery.
X Marks the Spot
Dust off your fedoras as we look at the tools and techniques used in archaeology! In this first part, we explore basic tools and carbon dating.
TechStuff Builds a Nest
How can a company that makes thermostats be worth $3.2 billion? We look at Nest Labs and how it may fit into Google's future.
TechStuff Visits CES 2014
Jonathan recently returned from CES 2014, and has loads of information about the newest tech hitting the marketplace. What were the big winners of CES 2014? Were there any surprises? Tune in as Jonathan and Lauren catch you up on the details.
Why Y2K Didn't End the World
Despite all the Y2K hype, the world kept turning on January 1, 2000. Did we have nothing to fear to begin with, or did we narrowly avoid technological Armageddon? We explore how the Year 2000 Problem worked.
How Ultrasound Works
Ultrasonic waves let medical professionals see what's going on inside us without ever making an incision. But what makes sonography so effective? Join Lauren and Jonathan as they look into the history and amazing applications of ultrasound technology.
TechStuff Bonds With Spy Tech Part Two
Are invisible cars and exploding pens just the stuff of James Bond fiction? We look at spy gear both real and imaginary in this episode.
TechStuff Bonds With Spy Tech Part One
Are the amazing gadgets in James Bond films possible? We look at the tech found in the early James Bond movies and compare it to real life.
TechStuff Predicts 2014
What do our hosts have to say about what will happen this year? Jonathan and Lauren stick their necks out to predict the future in tech stories.
TechStuff Predictions for 2013: The Results
How did Lauren and Jonathan's predictions for 2013 pan out? We take a look at the results of our educated guesses. Did we totally whiff it or will we win the squid?
TechStuff Looks Back at 2013 Part Two
What were the big news stories of 2013? Jonathan and Lauren round out the big tech stories of 2013.
TechStuff Looks Back at 2013 Part One
What were the big news stories of 2013? We take a look at the first half of 2013 and the tech stories that caught our attention.
Top Tech Companies of 2013 Part Two
What were the best tech companies to work for in 2013? Jonathan and Lauren take a look at the top five and talk about what makes them so great.
Top Tech Companies of 2013 Part One
What were the best tech companies to work for in 2013? Jonathan and Lauren take a look at numbers 10 through 6 and talk about what makes them so great.
TechStuff Gets Thirsty
How do water systems work? We take a look at how water gets from a municipal system (or a well) to your home. Gravity is your friend!
How Gene Therapy Works
Will we be able to cure multiple diseases by tweaking our genes? We look at gene therapy and how doctors are able to deliver new genes to patients.
Astronomy On Ice
What is the IceCube Neutrino Detector? Jonathan and Lauren take a look at a telescope that's one mile under the ice at the South Pole.
Where's My Flying Car?
Will the flying car ever be available to the average driver? We take a look at the history (and future) of flying cars.
Sniffing Out Skunk Works Part Two
What's Skunk Works up to today? TechStuff talks about the more recent projects the ultra secret division has worked on.
Sniffing Out Skunk Works Part One
What is Lockheed's Skunk Works division? TechStuff peeks under a veil of secrecy to talk about the early days of a classified operation.
The Loons at Google
What is the Google Loon project? Jonathan and Lauren look at how some ultra-thin balloons could supply Wi-Fi to remote locations.
The Oldest Computer
What is the Antikythera Mechanism? When was it built? What did it do?
The Hype About Hyperloop
What is the Hyperloop concept? How would it work? Will we actually build it?
The AT&T Story - Part Three
What's happened to AT&T since it was broken up by the government? What was SBC? What's AT&T been up to lately?
The AT&T Story - Part Two
How did AT&T form a monopoly in the US? Why did the government step in to break up the monopoly? How did the telecommunications landscape change?
The AT&T Story - Part One
Who was Alexander Graham Bell? Why did he create the Bell Telephone Company? How was AT&T created?
There's a Halloween Event on the Horizon
What's the premise of the horror film Event Horizon? What is an event horizon? How do black holes work?
TechStuff Shines Light on Solar Panels
How are scientists improving solar panel efficiency? What do moth eyes have to do with solar panels? How long until solar panels are cheap enough for the average homeowner?
Minecraft: Part Two
How did Minecraft get started? What exactly happens in this game? How has it evolved since it launched?
Are there really companies working on building underwater hotels? What considerations do you have to make to build an underwater structure? When will these hotels open?
Running on Steam
How old are steam engines? How do steam engines work? Are there steam engines in common use today?
Ads on the Go
How does mobile advertising differ from other online advertising? Why is mobile advertising such a big deal? How will mobile advertising shape online content?
Pacemakers Got the Beat
What is a pacemaker? How do pacemakers control the rate of heartbeats? What was the first pacemaker?
The Prodigy Story
What was an online service provider? How did Prodigy get started? Why did Prodigy lag behind other companies?
The Big Deal About Drones
What are drones? What are some civilian uses for drones? What are the military applications?
The FAA and EMI
What is electromagnetic interference? Can electronics really interfere with a plane's systems? When might the FAA loosen restrictions on electronics?
Say My Name
Who was Heisenberg? What was his contribution to quantum mechanics? What is the uncertainty principle?
Videos In the Stream
What are the differences between the three big video streaming services? How do these services earn revenue? Which services have exclusive deals?
The Sid Meier Story Part 2
What games has Firaxis developed? What are the most recent games developed by Sid Meier? What has been the impact of the Civilization franchise?
The Sid Meier Story Part 1
Who is Sid Meier? How did he get started in making video games? Why did he leave the first company he co-founded?
The Fairchild Semiconductor Story Part 2
Why do some people say Fairchild Semiconductor went through a period of mismanagement? Who were the Hogan's Heroes? What is Fairchild doing today?
The Fairchild Semiconductor Story Part 1
How was Fairchild Semiconductor started? Who were the Fairchildren? Why were the founders called the traitorous eight?
Is Cable Hanging By a Thread
How does the cable television business work? Why are channels bundled together? Are we likely to see a la carte cable soon?
Fire in Bean Town
What is the Boston Fire Alarm Telegraph System? When was the system installed? How does it work?
Mod That Bod
What tech is used in body modification? Why is Kevin Warwick sometimes called a cyborg? Can grinders give themselves extrasensory powers?
TechStuff Gets Tattooed and Pierced
What's the origin of tattooing? Who invented the tattoo gun? How do piercings work?
Oculus Rift: The Story So Far
What is the Oculus Rift? How did its inventor, Palmer Luckey, get into virtual reality? How is VR used as a therapy and training tool?
Ahoy, Pirate Bay Part 2
What is The Pirate Bay? How did the court case brought against its owners turn out? What is the future of The Pirate Bay?
Ahoy, Pirate Bay Part 1
What is the Pirate Bay? What is the philosophy behind the site? Why was a court case brought against the owners?
How BitTorrent Works
Who invented BitTorrent? How do BitTorrent transfers work? What exactly is a torrent file?
Shark Week Special
What kind of senses do sharks have? How can technology help prevent shark attacks? What sort of tech gives people shark senses?
Where Electronics Go When They Die
Why are electronics difficult to recycle? Why is it important to recycle responsibly? What are some of the dangerous materials in electronics?
PRISM Part Two
What is PRISM? What does the PRISM program cover? Which corporations are participating in PRISM?
PRISM Part One
What is the NSA? What laws and practices preceded PRISM? What is FISA?
What is food science? What is molecular gastronomy? How do sous vide machines work?
How Storm Chasers Work
What are storm chasers? What kind of equipment do storm chasers use? What useful information have storm chasers gathered?
Time for Smartwatches Part 2
What was the first smartwatch? How have smartwatches evolved? Will smartwatches be the next big trend in tech?
Time for Smartwatches Part 1
What's the history of the wristwatch? What was the first digital watch? How much did the first true digital watch cost?
The Microsoft Story Part Two
What was Microsoft's Office of the President? When did Bill Gates step away from Microsoft? What are the latest developments at Microsoft?
The Microsoft Story Part One
How did Microsoft get started? How were Microsoft and Apple closely tied together? How successful was Microsoft's IPO?
TechStuff Watches Independence Day
How well does the film treat science and technology in Independence Day? What are the big goofs committed in the movie? How realistic is the plan to defeat the aliens?
Pew! Pew! Plasma!
What is plasma and how do we use it? Why are plasma weapons so popular in science fiction? Are plasma weapons realistic?
The WikiLeaks Story
How did WikiLeaks get started? What is the purpose of WikiLeaks? What are some of the controversies WikiLeaks has been in?
TechStuff Fuels Up Part 2
What are the challenges of depending upon an alternative fuel? Which fuels are better for the environment? Which one is most likely to be the true alternative to gasoline?
TechStuff Fuels Up
What are the different types of alternative fuels currently on the market? How do these fuels stack up against gasoline? Why is it important to invest in alternative fuels?
TechStuff Visits E3
What did Jonathan think about the new consoles at E3? What independent video game got major laughs on the floor? And what did Jonathan think about the Oculus Rift?
TechStuff Gets a Lift
What did Otis do to make passenger elevators feasible? How do elevators work? What are the different kinds of elevators?
Get Your Podcast To Mars!
What is the Mars One project? Why is it a one-way ticket to Mars? What are the qualifications for Mars One?
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Superconductor
What are superconductors? What is electrical resistance? How can superconductors levitate?
The Evolution of Batteries
How do batteries work? What are the different types of batteries? Why has battery improvement been so slow? Join Lauren and Jonathan to learn more about the science behind batteries.
The Electronic Arts Story: Part Two
How did the company change after the departure of Trip Hawkins? What were some of the other companies EA acquired? Why did EA win the Worst Company of the Year twice?
The Electronic Arts Story: Part One
Who is the founder of Electronic Arts? What was the company's philosophy about making games? Why did the founder leave the company? Tune in to learn more.
Printing a Gun
How powerful is the 3D-printed gun designed by Cody Wilson? Why is the gun so controversial? Is a plastic gun really undetectable?
TechStuff Gets Fit
What are fitness trackers? What sort of sensors does a typical tracker contain? Do fitness trackers really help you lose weight or get fit? Tune in to learn more.
We Don't Need No Online Scams
Are online universities the real deal? What about online job offers? What are the red flags of a scam? Tune in and learn more with Jonathan and Lauren.
The Big Deal About Little Generators
What are nanogenerators? How do nanowires generate electricity? How could nanogenerators change electronics forever? Tune in to learn more with Jonathan and Lauren.
What about (Microsoft) Bob?
What was Microsoft Bob? What was the major security flaw in Bob? Why did Bob flop? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they explore the rise and fall of Microsoft Bob.
TechStuff Shifts Into High Gear
What do automotive transmissions do? How does power get from an engine to a car’s wheels? Why do manual transmission vehicles have a clutch? Learn more about transmissions with Jonathan and Lauren.
What is the DMCA?
Why does the DMCA exist? What is safe harbor? What does the DMCA have to do with boats? Tune in to learn more with Jonathan and Lauren.
TechStuff Tackles Wikipedia
How did Wikipedia get started? What was the predecessor to Wikipedia? What are the pros and cons of Wikipedia? Learn more about Wikipedia with Jonathan and Lauren.
TechStuff Goes on a Voyage
What is the Voyager program? What systems are onboard the Voyager spacecraft? What is on the golden record on the Voyager spacecraft? Tune in and learn more with Jonathan and Lauren.
TechStuff Gets Stealthy
How does radar work? How can stealth planes avoid radar? How many stealth vehicles are in active service in the US? Learn more about the science of stealth with Jonathan and Lauren.
The Richest People in Tech
Who are the wealthiest tech billionaires? How did they get so wealthy? Which ones have been on the list a long time? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they explore the life and times of the wealthiest people in the world of tech.
TechStuff Experiments With Fusion
What is fusion? Why is fusion power so challenging? What is cold fusion? Learn more about the challenges -- and potential promises -- of fusion power in this podcast with Jonathan and Lauren.
TechStuff Leaps Into Hyperspace
Why does Han Solo's line about parsecs not make any sense? In the Star Wars universe, what exactly is hyperdrive? Why would hyperspace cause huge causality problems if it were real? Learn more about hyperspace with Lauren and Jonathan.
TechStuff’s 500th Episode!
How did TechStuff get started? What has changed since the first episodes? How does the technology of 2008 compare to the tech of today? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they explore the evolution of TechStuff.
How Napster Worked
What was the purpose of Napster? Who created Napster? How is the Napster of today related to the original Napster? Join Lauren and Jonathan as the explore the rise of Napster.
TechStuff Pulls Some Pranks: Part Two
What are some of the famous Caltech pranks? Did Google make a version of Google Maps for the Nintendo Entertainment System? Which ThinkGeek jokes became real products? Learn more about epic pranks with Jonathan and Lauren.
How Segways Work
What’s the history of the Segway? How does a Segway work? What are gyroscopes? Listen in and learn more about Segways with Jonathan and Lauren.
How Refrigerators Work
What’s the history of refrigerators? How is a refrigerator like an air conditioner? How does vapor compression work? Learn the cold, hard facts about refrigeration with Jonathan and Lauren.
Google Glass and Privacy
How could wearing Google Glass compromise your privacy? What do we do when everyone is wearing a video camera? Are we already living in a world where we’re almost always on camera? Get a closer look at Google Glass with Jonathan and Lauren.
The State of the Blogosphere
What’s the history of blogging? How have blogs changed over the years? Who blogs these days? Join Jonathan and Lauren for a whirlwind tour of blogging, from the early days to the present.
TechStuff Looks at Elon Musk
Who is Elon Musk? What companies did Musk help create? What is the controversy about Musk and the New York Times? Join Lauren and Jonathan as they explore the life and work of Elon Musk.
TechStuff Cleans Up After Digital Pets
What is a digital pet? What was the first digital pet? Why did the digital pet craze fizzle out so quickly in the United States? Learn more about the rise and fall of digital pets in the U.S. with Jonathan and Lauren.
TechStuff Looks at the PS4
How will the PS4 be different from the PS3? What are the new social features supported by the PS4? Why didn’t Sony show off the actual console at the PS4 unveiling? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they explore the latest news about the PS4.
The State of Cybersecurity
What did US President Barack Obama say about cybersecurity in the 2013 State of the Union address? What does his executive order on cybersecurity mean? Why is cybersecurity a big deal? Listen in and learn more about cybersecurity policy.
The Story of Amazon.com: Part 2
How far did the value fall for Amazon.com stock after the dotcom crash? How did Amazon.com survive when other companies failed? In what ways did Amazon.com branch out from being an online retail destination? Listen in to learn more about Amazon.com.
The Story of Amazon.com: Part 1
Who is Jeff Bezos? When did Amazon.com launch? How valuable was Amazon.com stock before the dotcom crash of 2000? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they explore the origin story of Amazon.com in the first installment of this series.
Tesla: The Man, The Myths, The Truth
Who was Nikola Tesla, really? What did he invent? What are some of the popular misconceptions about Tesla and his work? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they explore Nikola Tesla: the man, the myths and the truth.
TechStuff is Caught in a Tractor Beam
What are tractor beams? How do photons normally react with matter? How are scientists using beams of light to pull microscopic objects? Listen in as Jonathan and Lauren explore the tech behind tractor beams.
TechStuff Gets Domestic . . . Robots
What is a domestic robot? Why are today's domestic robots specialized? Why is it so hard to build a bipedal robot? Get the answers to these questions and more in this episode of TechStuff.
TechStuff Enters the Singularity
What is the technological singularity? How might the technological singularity come about? What do critics say about the idea of the singularity? Listen in as Jonathan and Lauren explore the technological singularity.
TechStuff Remembers Aaron Swartz
Aaron Swartz was a young tech genius who was defining RSS specifications at age 14. Who was this young man, what did he believe in and why was the US government determined to prosecute him? Listen in to learn more.
TechStuff Plays with Carbon Nanotubes
What is a carbon nanotube? What are the properties of carbon nanotubes? What are some of the potential uses of carbon nanotubes? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they break down the basics of nanotubes, along with their potential uses in future applications.
TechStuff Navigates Google Maps
How did Google Maps get started? How does it work, and how has it expanded beyond its original functionality? Join Lauren and Jonathan as they explore the past, present and future of Google Maps.
Are we living in a computer simulation?
What is the philosophical argument about living in a computer simulation? What does the singularity have to do with it? How might we be able to tell if we’re in a computer simulation? Learn about the nature of perception with Lauren and Jonathan.
Social Media and You
Is social media harmful to our real-world relationships? Is there evidence that social media helps us form stronger connections? Why are there so many contradictory studies? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they explore the effects of social media.
TechStuff Visits CES 2013: Part 2
Jonathan has recently returned from CES 2013, and he has loads of information about the newest tech hitting the marketplace. What were the big winners of CES 2013? Were there any surprises? Tune in as Jonathan and Lauren catch you up on the details in the
TechStuff Visits CES 2013: Part 1
Jonathan has recently returned from CES 2013, and he has loads of information about the newest tech hitting the marketplace. What were the big winners of CES 2013? Were there any surprises? Tune in as Jonathan and Lauren catch you up on the details.
The History of Smartphones: Part 2
What sets a smartphone apart from feature phones? What were the earliest smartphones? Which smartphones are important now? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they explore the origin of smartphones in the conclusion of this two-part series.
The History of Smartphones: Part 1
Was there really a smartphone in a silent film from the 1920s? Who created the first cell phone? What exactly is a PDA? Join Lauren and Jonathan as they explore the origins of cell phones and smartphones in the first part of this two-part series.
TechStuff Predicts 2013
Will Apple finally make a television? Can Android dominate the smartphone market? When can we expect to see new video game consoles? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they make their predictions for the future of tech in 2013.
The Silent Hill Story
What is Silent Hill? What makes a game an example of survival horror? Who is this new co-host? Join the TechStuff crew as they delve into the heart-stopping, terrifying genre of survival horror.
The Wonderful Wizard Named Woz
Who is Steve Wozniak? What was Wozniak's role at Apple? What other ventures has Wozniak been involved in over the years? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the life and times of this iconic computer engineer and Apple cofounder.
Grading TechStuff’s 2012 Predictions
How many did Jonathan get right? How many did Chris get wrong? What’s the huge announcement? Tune in for the answers as the guys look back on 2012 (and forward to 2013) in TechStuff's year-end episode.
The Top Tech News Stories of 2012: Part 2
What were some of the big scientific discoveries of 2012? What were some of the big social media stories? What happened at RIM? Join Chris and Jonathan as they take a look back on the year in tech in the conclusion of this two-part episode.
The Top Tech News Stories of 2012: Part 1
What happened in the Megaupload raid? Why did the Internet go dark for a day in January? What were the big trends at CES 2012? Join Chris and Jonathan as they look back at the year in tech in this 2-part episode.
How Motion Capture Works
What does motion capture mean? What are the different systems used to capture a performer’s movements? Why do some animators consider motion capture cheating?
The Firefox Story
How is Firefox connected to Netscape Navigator? Are Firefox and Internet Explorer cousins? What is Mozilla? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the origin and growth of Mozilla.
TechStuff Investigates McAfee
Who is John McAfee and what did he create? Why are police in Belize searching for McAfee? Who are some other tech geniuses with odd traits? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris explore McAfee's history, innovations and, of course, the recent controversy.
TechStuff Looks at the Next Generation Consoles
What's new with the Wii U? What will the next Xbox console be like? Is Sony getting out of the console market? Get a peek at the future of gaming with Jonathan and Chris.
TechStuff Takes the Ingress
What is an alternate reality game? What is Ingress? How do you play the game? Join Jonathan and Chris as they introduce you to the world of Ingress and alternate reality gaming.
Changes at the Top
What do the recent changes in executive leadership at Apple and Microsoft mean? What's the reason behind the changes? Does this spell trouble for the two companies? Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore the implications of these high-level changes.
TechStuff Gets MegaUploaded
What was Megaupload? Why did the US federal government pursue Megaupload? Why is the Megaupload case so complicated? Join Chris and Jonathan as they shed some light on the Megaupload, from its origin to its ongoing court case.
TechStuff Looks at Industrial Light and Magic
What is Industrial Light and Magic, and when did it get its start? What is ILM's relationship to Pixar? What technologies did ILM pioneer? Join Jonathan and Chris as they shed some light on ILM.
TechStuff Rides in Electric Cars
How do electric motors work? Are electric vehicles a new idea? Why aren't there more electric vehicles on the road today? Join Jonathan and Chris as they power through the past, present and possible future of electric vehicles.
TechStuff Gets an ESRB Rating
What is the ESRB? What procedure does the ESRB follow to rate games? What do the different ratings mean? Join the guys as they demystify the inner workings of the Entertainment Software Rating Board.
The Adobe Story, Part Two
How did Adobe expand its business? Why was the PDF format a big deal? What does Adobe have to do with Flash? Join Jonathan and Chris as they continue exploring the past, present and future of Adobe in the second episode of this series.
The Adobe Story, Part One
Who founded the company Adobe? What business was Adobe in? Who was Adobe's biggest customer in the early days of the company? Join Jonathan and Chris for the first part of their series on the origin and evolution of Adobe.
TechStuff Jumps From Space
How did the Stratos jump work? What sort of technology was inside the capsule? How did Felix's suit work? Join Jonathan and Chris as they leap into the tech behind this groundbreaking jump.
TechStuff Opens Windows 8
How is Windows 8 different from previous versions? What are the challenges of developing an OS that will work on both tablets and computers? How do you navigate through Windows 8? Listen in as Jonathan and Chris explore the world of Windows 8.
The Zynga Story (So Far)
Who founded Zynga? How much were Zynga shares worth at their peak? What happened to the company? Join Jonathan and Chris as they unravel the facts behind this company's story.
TechStuff Gets a Bright Idea
Who really invented the light bulb? What is the Draper point? How do fluorescent bulbs work? Join Chris and Jonathan as they shine some light on the fascinating story of light bulbs.
TechStuff Has Klout
What is Klout? Does everyone have it? What is Klout good for? Join Jonathan and Chris as they get to the bottom of Klout in this episode.
TechStuff Looks at HTML5
What is a markup language? Why is HTML5 important? Why did Mark Zuckerberg call Facebook’s focus on HTML5 a mistake? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore HTML5.
How Hand-drawn Animation Works
What's the process of animating a film with hand-drawn animation? Who patented the process of cel-based animation? What was Disney's multiplane camera? Join Jonathan and Chris as they ink the answers to these questions and more.
How DNA Computers Work
How can a DNA sequence represent digital information? How dense is the data storage with DNA? What could be the future of computers with DNA? Join Jonathan and Chris as they delve into the depths -- and future -- of DNA and computing.
Is Silicon Valley Dead?
Is it possible to still build a business from nothing in Silicon Valley? Can start-up companies compete with giant corporations? Where do the TechStuff guys side with the debate? Tune in to learn the answers to these questions and more.
TechStuff Listens In On Sound Files
What do sound files do? Why are there so many different kinds of sound files? What's the difference between uncompressed, lossless and lossy formats? Listen in as Jonathan and Chris explain the differences between all those sound files.
Have smartphones lost their luster?
Can we expect any more revolutionary developments in smartphone design? Do we hype smartphone releases too much? What could be the next big thing? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris ask if smartphones have lost their luster -- and, if so, why.
TechStuff Gets Salty
What is desalination? What are some of the methods used to get salt out of water? Why isn't desalination in wider use? Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore the tech behind desalination in this episode with Erik Hanson of General Electric.
TechStuff Looks at the New Kindles
How are the new Kindles different from earlier models? What's the difference between the new ereader and the Kindle Fire tablets? How does the Paperwhite's light work? Get on the same (digital) page with Jonathan and Chris as they delve into Kindles.
TechStuff Looks at Video Cards
What is a GPU? What are GPUs used for besides processing graphics? Who makes video cards? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris break down the nuts and bolts of GPUs.
TechStuff Looks at Password Security
Why should password security be a top concern? What can you do to make your passwords safe? What constitutes a strong password? Join Chris and Jonathan as they give you the tips and tricks you'll need to keep your passwords secure.
Women in Tech
Who are some of the most influential women in technology? What role are women playing in guiding today's tech companies? What's the future of women in technology? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the past, present and future of women in tech.
The Story of Yahoo: Part 2
What problems did Yahoo encounter after the dot com bubble burst? Why did Yahoo go through five CEOs in five years? Why are some people optimistic about Yahoo's chances now that Marissa Mayer is CEO? Tune in to learn more about Yahoo.
The Story of Yahoo So Far: Part 1
How did Yahoo get started? What contributed to its meteoric rise? Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore the origins, triumphs and travails of Yahoo in part one of this series.
TechStuff Looks at the LHC
What does the Large Hadron Collider do? How large is it? What is the LHC looking for? Listen in and get the scoop on the Large Hadron Collider with Chris and Jonathan.
More Data, More Problems
How did journalist Mat Honan get hacked? What is social engineering? How can you protect yourself against hackers? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan examine how criminals can access your data -- and how to protect your information from hackers.
TechStuff Gets Curious About Mars
What is the success rate for sending missions to Mars? What made the Curiosity rover mission so special? What would it take to get people to and from Mars safely? Join Jonathan and Chris as they take a closer look at the latest Mars mission.
It's a Beautiful Day in the Fiberhood
What is Google Fiber? What sort of speeds can people expect to see with Google Fiber? Why did Google choose Kansas City for Google Fiber? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explain the origin, function and future of Google Fiber.
Repurposing Tech for Developing Countries
How are people using bicycles to create new machines for developing countries? What are MediKits? Why is e-waste recycling such a dangerous job? Join Jonathan and Chris as they look at the ways in which innovators across the world repurpose old tech.
TechStuff Hacks Into Music
Are you bored by the usual musical instruments? Would you like to turn an Atari 2600 into a guitar, or translate shadows into sound? If so, then you may be a budding music hacker. Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore the wide world of music hacks.
TechStuff Goes Steampunk
What is steampunk? What are the traits of the steampunk aesthetic? Who are some famous steampunk artists? Join Chris and Jonathan as they take a closer look at steampunk.
How has ink jet technology been used to dispense medication? How could a 3-D printer create medicine? In what other ways have printers been used to create medical treatments?
TechStuff Hacks the Kinect
How does the Microsoft Kinect work? What's Microsoft's position on hacking the Kinect? What are some of the most creative hacks? Join Jonathan and Chris as they break down the astonishing potential of the Kinect.
TechStuff Looks at Kickstarter
What is Kickstarter? How do projects get funding from Kickstarter? What is the project success rate on Kickstarter? Tune in to learn the answers to these questions and more in this episode of TechStuff.
TechStuff Tests the Emergency Broadcast System
What was the Emergency Broadcast System? What did it have to do with the Cold War? How is the Emergency Alert System different from the old EBS? Listen in as Chris and Jonathan explain the origin of the EBS and the EAS.
Spotlight on Dennis Ritchie
Who was Dennis Ritchie? Why did Ritchie create the C programming language? What is the story of Ritchie’s involvement with UNIX? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris delve into the life and work of Dennis Ritchie.
TechStuff Looks at Solid State Drives
What is a solid state drive? How are they different from magnetic storage devices? How do SSDs erase data? Join Jonathan and Chris as they break down the nuts-and-bolts of solid state drives.
The Halo Story
How did the Halo game series get started? Who is publishing the latest Halo game? How does Halo relate to the Marathon trilogy? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the hallowed story of Halo.
Microsoft’s History with Tablets
How long has Microsoft supported pen-based PC interfaces? When did Bill Gates unveil the Tablet PC? What do we know about the Microsoft Surface tablet? Listen in as Jonathan and Chris explore the future (and surprising history) of Microsoft and tablets.
TechStuff Looks at Supercomputers
What is a supercomputer? What was the first supercomputer? How fast is the fastest supercomputer? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan add up the facts about the world's fastest, most powerful computers.
TechStuff Looks at Generic Top Level Domains
What is a top level domain? How many new top level domains were proposed in 2012? How much does it cost to register a new top level domain? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris go to the very top (of domains) for the answers to these questions and more.
TechStuff Arms Itself with Non-lethal Weapons
How do pain rays work? What is the Portal Denial System? How does the Taser shotgun shell work? Join Jonathan and Chris as they introduce you to a new world of excruciating -- but, theoretically -- non-lethal pain.
TechStuff Plays with Microcontrollers
What is a microcontroller? What do microcontrollers do? What is the difference between a microcontroller and a microprocessor? Listen in as Jonathan and Chris delve into the tiny, crucial world of microcontrollers.
TechStuff Rides the Vacuum Train
What is a vacuum train? How fast could a vacuum train travel? What are the challenges of building a vacuum train system? Hop aboard as Chris and Jonathan give you a nuts-and-bolts look at vacuum trains in this episode.
TechStuff Checks the Flame
What is the Flame malware? Should you be worried about getting the Flame malware? Who could be behind Flame? Join Chris and Jonathan as they get to the bottom of the perplexing malware known as Flame.
TechStuff Clicks on Web Ads
How does Web advertising compare to traditional advertising? What do the terms CPM, CPA and CPC mean? How do affiliate programs work? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the nuts and bolts of online advertising.
The Facebook Financial Fiasco
What happened with Facebook’s IPO? Why did Facebook’s stock price drop shortly after going public? Why are people suing Facebook? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan share the latest information on Facebook's controversial IPO.
Happy Fathers of the Internet Day
What was ARPANET? Who was on the team that designed the basic infrastructure for the Internet? What was the first message sent over the ARPANET connections? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris pay their respects to the Dads of the Internet.
The Future of Search
Today's internet users are only a web search away from accessing a mind-blowing amount of information, and the story's not over yet. Search 1itself is still evolving. Join Chris and Jonathan as they ask: What is the future of search?
TechStuff Plays the Slot Machines
How did the earliest slot machines work? How do modern slot machines use random number generators? Where are you more likely to find slot machines that pay out frequently? Listen in as Chris and Jonathan explain the science behind slot machines.
The MMORPG Story
What is an MMORPG? What was the first MMORPG? Who coined the term MMORPG? Get online with Chris and Jonathan as they explore the massive, multifaceted world of MMORPGs.
TechStuff Mines Some Asteroids
Why would we want to mine asteroids? How might we manage the mining operation? What is Planetary Resource’s plan? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore mining asteroids.
TechStuff Looks at CISPA
What is CISPA? Is it the same thing as SOPA and PIPA? Why are privacy advocacy groups alarmed by CISPA? Tune in as Chris and Jonathan delve into the world of internet legislation and the controversies surrounding these bills.
TechStuff Investigates Operation Ghost Click
How does a Domain Name Server work? What are rogue Domain Name Servers? How can you tell if you have the DNSChanger malware? Tune in to learn more.
TechStuff Goes for a Google Drive
What is Google Drive? How does cloud storage work? How does Google Drive compare to other online storage properties? Listen in as Chris and Jonathan take you behind the wheel of Google Drive in this episode.
TechStuff Goes on Autopilot
Who invented autopilot? How can autopilot maintain control of an airplane? What happens if the autopilot system fails? Join Chris and Jonathan as they answer these questions and more in this episode of TechStuff.
A Titanic TechStuff Episode
What technology was onboard the Titanic? Why were there difficulties with the Titanic’s radio system? How did the Titanic influence the development of technology after the disaster?
Tech’s Biggest Acquisition Stories
What were some of the most successful tech acquisitions? Which acquisitions failed to make any headway? How much did each user of Broadcast.com cost Yahoo? Learn more about tech acquisitions with Chris and Jonathan.
The Internet of Things
What is the Internet of things? What sort of devices could be linked to the Internet? Could the Internet of things eliminate privacy? Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore a future wherein common objects may communicate with the internet.
The GE Story, Part 3
What contributions did General Electric make to the space race? How did GE reclaim RCA and NBC? What are some of GE’s most recent contributions to medical equipment? Join Chris and Jonathan for the conclusion of their series on General Electric.
The GE Story, Part 2
How did GE contribute to the American war effort during World War II? Who was GE’s first female scientist and what did she invent? What were some of GE’s first consumer products? Listen in and learn more in the second part of our GE series.
The GE Story, Part 1
How did General Electric get started? How was Thomas Edison involved? When was GE’s research and development laboratory founded? Listen in as the guys recount the electrifying (get it?) origin story of General Electric.
TechStuff’s 400th Episode
Why don’t perpetual motion machines work? What is cold fusion? What are some famous hoaxes in tech? In this ground-breaking 400th episode, Jonathan and Chris explore everything from atomic energy to famous frauds (and more).
TechStuff Conjures Up Brian Brushwood
How did Brian get his start in stage magic? What is the Afterlyfe.me project? How do the worlds of technology and stage magic overlap? Join Chris and Jonathan as they interview Brian Brushwood.
TechStuff Counts Some Number Stations
What is a number station? What is shortwave radio? What could these numbers mean? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan dive into the murky, mysterious world of number stations.
TechStuff Looks at Robots
What do the robots from Kiva Systems do? Why did Amazon buy Kiva Systems? What are the pros and cons of industrial robots? Get the lowdown on robotics from your favorite tech gurus, Chris and Jonathan.
Talkin’ ‘Bout Cell Phone Generations
What’s the deal with 2G, 3G and 4G? Why is it so confusing to identify the generation of a smart phone? Are 4G technologies on the market really 4G? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris cut past the marketing buzz to get the facts on 2G, 3G and 4G.
TechStuff Looks at Ballistics
How can you determine if a gun fired a particular bullet? What is rifling? How do forensics experts test weapons? Join Jonathan and Chris as they draw a bead on ballistics.
How Nuclear Weapons Work
This week, Chris and Jonathan explore one of the world's most dangerous technologies. How do nuclear weapons work? Why are uranium and plutonium important components? What’s the difference between a fission and a fusion bomb? Tune in to learn more.
TechStuff Plays Games Casually
What is a casual game? Why are companies targeting casual gamers? What’s the future of casual games? Kick back and relax as Chris and Jonathan leisurely explain everything you ever wanted to know about casual gamers.
TechStuff Turns On the Dark Web
What are the definitions for the Dark Web? Why is there a Dark Web, anyway? How can you access the information on the Dark Web? Tune in as your favorite tech experts delve into mysterious world of the Dark Web.
TechStuff Stares at OLEDs
What is an OLED? How do OLED displays work? How do they compare to other display technologies? Join Chris and Jonathan as they break down the nuts and bolts of OLED displays in this episode.
TechStuff Recites the Consumer Privacy Bill of ...
What is the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights? Which rights does the bill strive to protect? How would you be able to control your own private information? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the ins and outs of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.
TechStuff Spies on the U-2
Why did the United States develop the U-2? What connection does the U-2 have to Area 51? Why hasn’t the U-2 been retired yet? Join Chris and Jonathan as they put themselves in the minds of master spies in this episode of TechStuff.
TechStuff sees through Google Goggles
Is Google developing augmented reality glasses? How would you use the glasses? Listen in as Chris and Jonathan explore the Google's augmented reality glasses.
TechStuff Sets its VCR
When was the VCR invented? Who opposed the VCR? When did the VCR die? Listen in as Chris and Jonathan explore the origin, opposition to and death of the VCR.
The Kodak Story
How did Kodak get started? Did Kodak invent the first digital camera? What happened to Kodak? Tune in as Jonathan and Chris delve into the story of Kodak.
Old Tech Never Dies
What is legacy technology? Why do we still have old technology that should be obsolete? Will the fax machine ever die? Join Chris and Jonathan as they investigate the strange cases of technology that never seems to die.
How Image Sensors Work
How important is a digital camera’s image sensor? What are the two main types of image sensors? Which type of image sensor is best? Tune in as your favorite tech gurus (that's Jonathan and Chris) answer these question and more.
How Helicopters Work
How do helicopters work? Why does a helicopter need a tail rotor? What is a quadrocopter? Join Jonathan and Chris as they look at the quirky contraptions called helicopters.
TechStuff Talks to Rooster Teeth
What is Rooster Teeth Productions? What is machinima? How did Red vs. Blue get started? Listen in as Jonathan and Chris interview Burnie Burns, the pioneering founder of Rooster Teeth Productions.
TechStuff Samples Some Raspberry Pi
What is the Raspberry Pi? Who came up with the idea? What can the Raspberry Pi do? Listen in as your favorite tech gurus break down Raspberry Pi.
TechStuff Plays with Plasma
What is plasma? How do plasma cutters work? Are plasma weapons possible? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris break down the basics of plasma, along with its potential applications.
TechStuff Overclocks a CPU
What is overclocking? What is a clock cycle? Why would you want to overclock a computer? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan explore the pros and cons of overclocking computers.
What are Ultrabooks?
What exactly is an ultrabook? How is Intel involved? What are some examples of ultrabooks? Join Jonathan and Chris as they take a closer look at the technology behind ultrabooks.
Jonathan Visits CES 2012
What were the hot items on the show floor at CES 2012? What trends did Jonathan notice? Which celebrities showed up at the event? Join Chris and Jonathan as they take a closer look at CES.
TechStuff Plays with the Commodore 64
What was the original focus of Commodore before computers? Who founded Commodore? Why was the Commodore 64 such a popular personal computer? Listen in as your favorite tech gurus get to the bottom of the Commodore 64.
The HP Story: Part Three
When did HP get into the business of making personal computers? Who were the executives in charge when HP started to have trouble? What exactly happened to HP in 2011? Listen in and learn more in the third part of Chris and Jonathan's HP episode.
The HP Story: Part Two
How did HP transition into new kinds of electronics? What was HP’s first computer? Did HP invent the term personal computer? Tune in for the second part of TechStuff's HP episode.
The HP Story: Part One
Who were Hewlett and Packard? When did they form the company? What was their first product? Join your favorite tech gurus as they look back at the origin of Hewlett-Packard in the first segment of this two-part episode.
TechStuff looks at Radio Telescopes
What is a radio telescope? How can we “see” with radio waves? Why are radio telescopes so large? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the nuts and bolts of radio telescopes.
Open vs. Closed: A TechStuff Debate
What are the benefits of each type of system? What are the drawbacks? Who won the debate? Tune in as Jonathan and Chris explores the respective pros and cons on each side of the great debate between open and closed systems.
TechStuff Looks at the Digital Divide
What is the digital divide? Is there a way to bridge the gap? Will giving people access to technology solve the problem? Listen in as Jonathan and Chris explore the digital divide.
The CES Experience
What is CES? How long has CES been around? What’s it like visiting CES? Tune in to for an up-close look at CES in this episode.
TechStuff plays with R/C
How do radio-controlled toys work? What frequencies do RC toys use? Why do some toys interfere with each other? Join Jonathan and Chris as they break down the nuts and bolts of radio-controlled toys.
TechStuff goes to RAMing speed
What is RAM? Why do computers need RAM? How is RAM different from ROM? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris take a closer look at the nuts and bolts of RAM.
TechStuff's Predictions for 2012
Which companies will thrive in 2012 and which ones might fail? What gadget will capture everyone's attention? Who will make the most ridiculous prediction? Join your favorite tech gurus as they peer into the future of tech.
2011 Year In Review
What were the big stories in tech in 2011? What were the major surprises? What could this mean for 2012? Join your favorite tech gurus for a look back on the year in tech -- and a look forward into 2012.
2011 Prediction Results
What were the big stories in tech in 2011? What were the major surprises? What could this mean for 2012? Join your favorite tech gurus for a look back on the year in tech -- and a look forward into 2012.
TechStuff Gets Caught in a Blizzard
When was Blizzard Entertainment founded? What are some of Blizzard's most famous games? Which Blizzard games never made it out of development? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the history, present and future of Blizzard Entertainment.
TechStuff's Two Bits on 32-bit and 64-bit Systems
What is the difference between a 32-bit and a 64-bit system? What is a data bus? Is a 64-bit system always faster than a 32-bit system? Join Jonathan and Chris as they give you their two bits on, well, bits.
TechStuff Looks For Abandonware
What is abandonware? Can you acquire abandonware legally? What does copyright law have to do with abandonware? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris break down the basics of abandonware, how it occurs and what it means for software users.
TechStuff Gets on a SOPA Box
What is SOPA and PROTECT IP? What sort of power would these pieces of legislation give to private companies? Could they break the Internet? Join Jonathan and Chris as they delve into the details -- and controversy -- of SOPA and PROTECT IP.
The Story of Facebook
What's the controversy about the founding of Facebook? Where did Facebook come from? How long did it take before Facebook became a success? Listen in as Jonathan and Chris delve into the history -- and controversy -- of Facebook.
TechStuff withdraws from the ATM
Who invented the automated teller machine? How do ATMs keep track of your money? What is an ATM skimmer? Join Chris and Jonathan as they take a deeper look at the past and present tech of ATMs.
TechStuff Looks at Night Vision
What are the two main types of night vision? How can you see heat? Why do some night vision systems only display in monochromatic green? Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore the tech behind night vision.
The Story of Nintendo, Part 2
When did Nintendo get into the video game business? Who is Shigero Miyamoto? What is Nintendo’s current place in the video game industry? Join Jonathan and Chris for the second part of their Nintendo series.
The Story of Nintendo, Part 1
When was Nintendo founded? What did Nintendo make originally? How did Nintendo avoid financial trouble in the 1960s? Join Chris and Jonathan as they tackle on gaming's greatest giants in this podcast.
TechStuff Adjusts the Thermostat
What are the parts of a thermostat? How do bimetallic thermometers work? What is a mercury switch? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan break down the mechanics of thermostats. Tune in to learn what happens when you flip that mysterious switch on the wall.
TechStuff Watches Youtube
Who created YouTube? When was it founded? How much video is uploaded to YouTube every minute? Join Jonathan and Chris as they dive into the depths of YouTube in this episode of TechStuff.
TechStuff takes a bite out of Ice Cream Sandwich
What’s new with Android? Will Ice Cream Sandwich reunite the smartphone and tablet versions of Android? What is Android Beam? Join Jonathan and Chris for the answers to these questions and more in this episode.
The Story of RIM
What is Research in Motion? What did the company do before inventing the Blackberry? Why do so many people direct criticism at RIM today? Tune in as Jonathan and Chris answer these questions and more in this long-awaited episode.
TechStuff’s Two Cents on Micropayments
What is a micropayment? Why did Web advertising win out over micropayments? What services currently use micropayments? Join Jonathan and Chris as they take a close look at the nuts and bolts of micropayment.
TechStuff Looks at iOS 5
What’s new with iOS 5? What is Siri? Why is it a good idea to wait a few days after launch before upgrading your OS? Join Chris and Jonathan as TechStuff takes a closer look at IOS 5.
How Metal Detectors Work
What are the three types of metal detectors? How do metal detectors use electromagnetism to detect stuff? What kind of stuff can create interference when using a metal detector? Tune in as Jonathan and Chris explore the technology behind metal detectors.
TechStuff Stares at Laser Eye Surgery
How does laser eye surgery work? How does the human eye work? What types of eye problems can laser eye surgery correct? Join Jonathan and Chris for a closer look at laser eye surgery.
TechStuff Ponders an Enigma
What was the Enigma machine? What is a cipher? How did the Enigma machine work? Join Chris and Jonathan to learn more about cryptography.
TechStuff Looks at OS X Lion
What’s new with the Lion version of Mac OS X? How does Apple’s newest operating system compare to Windows? What are some of the obscure features in Mac OS X Lion? Tune in to learn more in this episode.
TechStuff Looks at Windows 8
How is Windows 8 different from earlier versions of Windows? What’s up with the touch-screen interface? Are computer and mobile operating systems converging? Tune in to learn more about Windows 8 in this episode of TechStuff.
One More Thing
The demise of Steve Jobs has left the world in shock: Consumers, fans and critics have paid homage to the impact Jobs made on numerous industries. In this episode, the guys look back on the work of Steve Jobs -- and how he has influenced their own lives.
What can quantum computers do?
How is the quantum world different from the world of classical physics? What are the challenges of building a quantum computer? What kind of problems could quantum computers tackle? Tune in to find out.
Slow Motion Film and High Speed Photography
How does film work? What are the basic parts of a camera? How can you take a photo of a high-speed subject and get a clear picture? Tune in as Chris and Jonathan break down the tech behind slow motion and high speed photography.
The Worst Video Games of All Time
What makes a bad video game? Which video game was voted on by our listeners as the worst of all time? Which games do the hosts think count as the worst of all time? Tune in and learn more in the first crowdsourced episode of TechStuff.
The Patent Wars
Did you know that a company's prime business can be nothing more than buying, selling and licensing patents? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris look at the nature of patents and patent wars.
What’s Next for Apple?
Why is Apple so closely identified with Steve Jobs? Who is taking over now that Steve Jobs has resigned? Will Apple maintain its position in the electronics market without Steve Jobs? Tune in for the answers to these questions and more in this podcast.
Why is Google interested in Motorola Mobility? Did Motorola make the first cell phone? What will other Android handset manufacturers do if Google buys Motorola Mobility? Tune in for the answers to these questions and more in this episode of TechStuff.
The History of Texas Instruments - Part Two
Did Texas Instruments invent the first handheld calculator? What were some of the consumer products released by Texas Instruments? In the second installment of this two-part series, Jonathan and Chris take a closer look at the company's evolution.
The History of Texas Instruments - Part One
In this podcast, Jonathan and Chris explore the history of Texas Instruments, from the story of its founder to its core business. Tune in to learn how Texas Instruments pioneered transistor research and development in the first part of this series.
The Curious Case of the HP TouchPad
How long was the TouchPad on the market before HP decided to stop making them? What is the fate of the webOS operating system? Is this how Palm ends, not with a bang but with a whimper? Tune in as Jonathan and Chris tackle the demise of the TouchPad.
The Post-PC Era
Why did an IBM executive claim we've entered the post-PC era? What does the post-PC era actually mean? Join Chris and Jonathan as they tackle the idea of a post-PC world in this episode.
How Electronic Publishing Works
Consumers are increasingly purchasing books in a digital format. But what is the role of a publisher in this changing industry? How does this differ from traditional publishing? What are the challenges facing publishers in this era? Tune in to learn more.
How Solar Panels Work
Solar panels have loads of potential -- but how do they work, exactly, and why aren't they more widespread? Join Jonathan and Chris as they break down the mechanics of solar panels, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of this technology.
How Theremins Work
So what exactly is a theremin? It's got an unmistakably unique sound, and it's one of the world's first electronic musical instruments. Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore all things theremin, from the story of its inventor to playing techniques.
Tech and the UK Riots
During the recent riots, looters used technology to coordinate their activities. But which technologies did the rioters depend on the most? Is shutting down communications systems ever a good idea? Join Chris and Jonathan to learn more.
Is it possible that privacy is becoming less of a social norm? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan explore how the internet and online social networks have influenced changing attitudes about personal privacy. Tune in to learn more.
Although digital storage has several obvious benefits, files stored on hard drives and online can still be stolen by savvy thieves. But how? Tune in to learn more about digital theft.
What will the Internet be like in 5 years?
In a relatively short amount of time, the internet has expanded across the globe and quickly evolved into a world-changing force. But what will it be like in the future? Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore the possible future of the internet.
What is a router?
Routers are common in offices and homes across the planet, but what do they actually do? What is network address translation? Join Chris and Jonathan as they break down the science behind routers.
Electronics 101: Logic Gates
What is a logic gate? To answer this question, we'll need to start with the binary system. In this episode, Jonathan and Chris take a closer look at the function of logic gates and a nifty little thing called Boolean logic.
Air conditioners are a nifty -- and sometime life-saving -- invention, but how does an air conditioner make air cooler? What does a compressor do? What’s a swamp cooler? Tune in for answers to these questions and more in this episode of TechStuff.
Now that Google+ is live (though still in beta), people around the world are clamoring for more information about the social network. Join Jonathan and Chris as they tackle some of the biggest questions surrounding Google+.
What does NASA's Mission Control do?
Reaching space is difficult, and returning safely is even trickier. Luckily for astronauts, Mission Control follows each shuttle launch in minute detail, and they're on standby to tackle any imaginable problem. Tune in to learn more about exploring space.
TechStuff Looks at the iCloud
As digital content trends toward cloud storage, every company worth its salt is aiming to snag a piece of the action -- and Apple is no exception. But what exactly is Apple iCloud? Is it a musical streaming service? How much will it cost when it launches?
What's in Google Wallet?
Google Wallet wants to turn your smartphone into a payment system. So how can you pay for things using your cell phone? Is Google Wallet a threat to other services? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explain how Google Wallet works.
The Tech of Firefighting
Firefighters are an invaluable part of every community, but how does firefighting work? What tech will you find on a fire truck? Join Jonathan and Chris as they look at the technology behind firefighting.
Can we stop an asteroid from hitting Earth?
Could we blow up an asteroid like in the movie Armageddon? Join Jonathan and Chris as they tackle what may become one of Earth's most important questions: What do we need to do to be better prepared for an asteroid impact?
TechStuff Tours the Space Shuttle
Inspired by some listener mail, Jonathan and Chris decide to take a closer look at the history -- and future -- of space shuttles. Tune in to learn more about the future of space exploration.
What are Bitcoins?
Bitcoin is a digital currency, and it has no backing central bank or government. Instead, this decentralized currency relies on a peer-to-peer network. Join Jonathan and Chris as they take a look at the concept behind Bitcoin.
Electronics 101: How Accelerometers Work
In this episode of Chris and Jonathan's series on electronics, the guys take a look at the handy devices called accelerometers. As you might assume from the name, these instruments measure acceleration -- but how do they work? Tune in to find out.
Can you make a living playing games?
For video game buffs, it seems like the deal of a lifetime: What if you could play games for a living? Join Chris and Jonathan as they take a closer look at what it takes to become a professional gamer -- and how it might not be as fun as it sounds.
The IPv6 Switchover
Communication on the internet occurs via small packets of data routed across networks. The packets of data don't make much sense without some way to re-assemble them. Tune in as Jonathan and Chris explore the changing nature of internet protocol.
TechStuff Tackles Minecraft
Minecraft took the gamin world by storm -- but what exactly is it, and what makes this game so special? Join Chris and Jonathan as they take a closer look at Minecraft, including how players can build virtual computers in the game.
Tech Rivalries: Google vs. the World
Google's a lot more than a search engine. Their business interests are tremendously varied and continually expanding -- meaning they've become involved in more than their fair share of rivalries. But who are Google's rivals, exactly? Tune in to find out.
Who was Archimedes, and what did he actually invent? Join Chris and Jonathan as they take a closer look at the works of Archimedes -- including his historically famous, controversial death ray design.
What is gamification?
Gamification is exactly what it sounds like -- adding an aspect of gameplay to an activity. So why would someone add a game layer on top of an application or service -- and how old is gamification, exactly? Join Chris and Jonathan to learn more.
The Current Wars
Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla were both pioneers of electricity. However, the two both advocated differing forms of electric power: Direct current and alternating current. Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the infamous current war.
What is Arduino?
Most people have heard about open source software -- but what about open source hardware? Join Jonathan and Chris as they take a closer look at the open source phenomenon known as Arduino.
SXSW Interactive 2011
Today the TechStuff guys are heading west. And also south. Well, to be absolutely accurate, they're heading to SXSW, one the most popular annual conferences in the United States. But what is it, exactly, and what goes on there? Tune in to learn more.
How Radio Works
Radios are fascinating -- but how do they work? In this podcast, Jonathan and Chris tackle some of the fundamental processes of radio. Tune in to learn more about radio waves, radio stations and more.
The PSN Fiasco
What happened to the PlayStation Network? Is credit card fraud the worst thing that could happen to you? Join Jonathan and Chris as they explain the recent hacks of the PlayStation Network, and how these hacks may affect you.
What are QR codes?
How do QR codes store information? What’s the difference between a QR code and a barcode? Why did it take so long for QR codes to take off? Join Chris and Jonathan as they break down QR codes in this podcast.
What is the Deep Flight Challenger?
What is the Deep Flight Challenger? What sort of technology do scientists use to explore these environments? What are the challenges of exploring the deep parts of the ocean? Join Jonathan and Chris as they take a deeper look at the Deep Sea Challenger.
TechStuff Episode 300
Why do we use programming languages? How many programming languages are there? Why do we need more than one programming language? Tune in for the answers to these questions and more in TechStuff's 300th episode.
How the Nintendo 3DS Works
Like Nintendo's DS and DS Lite, the 3DS is a hand-held gaming device -- with a big twist: This device features 3D technology. Tune in as Chris and Jonathan break down the tech behind the 3DS, and how it lets gamers play in 3D without pesky glasses.
The History of IBM: Part 3
In the third installment of Chris and Jonathan's series on the history of IBM, the guys examine IBM's evolution after 1981. Listen in to learn more about the history of one of the world's most well-known computing companies.
The History of IBM: Part 2
What products did IBM introduce to the market, and how was IBM involved with the space race? In the second episode of this continuing series on IBM, Jonathan and Chris explore IBM's evolution through the fifties to the present day. Tune in and learn more.
The History of IBM: Part 1
While most computer users have heard of IBM, many don't know the company's history -- and it's a long story. So long, in fact, that Chris and Jonathan can't cover it in one show. Tune in and learn about IBM in the first part of this series.
Intel's Tick-Tock Strategy
Since 2007, Intel has used the Tick Tock strategy to improve their microprocessors. When the company's in 'tick' mode, it focuses on building smaller transistors. In 'tock' mode, it concentrates on maximizing power and speed. Why? Tune in to learn more.
What makes Gorilla Glass strong?
In addition to being scratch- and impact-resistant, Gorilla Glass is also incredibly thin -- it's not your typical glass, to say the least. But what sets it apart from ordinary glass? Tune in to learn more in this episode.
How the Epsilon E-mail Hack Worked
Epsilon is the world's largest permission-based email marketer. Other companies use Epsilon to promote their business -- which means that Epsilon has loads of email addresses. So how did their database get hacked? Tune in and learn more.
Who invented the radio?
How many people were involved in radio’s invention? Did Marconi really use 17 of Tesla’s patents? Was radio’s true inventor a farmer who kept his work locked in a shed? In this podcast, the guys explore the fascinating history of the radio.
TechStuff Tackles the Amazon Cloud Player
More and more companies are looking for innovative ways to incorporate cloud computing, and Amazon is no exception. Tune in and learn more as Jonathan and Chris catch you up to date on Amazon's Cloud Player.
TechStuff Tackles the StarWars Program
In this episode, the guys hop into the WayBack machine and travel to October 4th, 1967 -- the date of the of the Sputnik launch -- and trace the growth of the Cold War space race, which eventually led to the Star Wars program. Tune in to learn more.
Don't Be a Cyberbully!
Bullying is an age-old institution, but internet access has added a new layer to this pattern of repeated intimidation, harassment and ridicule. In this episode, Chris and Jonathan take a closer look at the phenomenon known as cyberbullying.
What are chiptunes?
Think of chiptunes as the merger between hacking and the 8-bit sound effects of classic video games. In this episode, Jonathan and Chris explore the modification, know-how and hacking needed to transform 8-bit video game sounds into original music.
How Nuclear Reactors Work
The disasters in Japan severely damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant. In this episode, Chris and Jonathan break down the tech behind nuclear reactors. Tune in to learn more about nuclear power -- and why preventing meltdowns is so important.
How Seismological Equipment Works
Earthquakes are one of Earth's deadliest natural disasters. For centuries scientists have tried to predict the movements of tectonic plates before their movement reaches dangerous levels. So how do we actually measure earthquakes? Tune in to find out.
The History of Music in Video Games
Video game systems have evolved at an extraordinary pace, and this evolution includes audio as well as video. In this podcast, Chris and Jonathan recount the growth of video game music, from its origins to the work of modern-day composers.
Geotagging and Privacy
Geotagging allows users to add geographical data to their digital updates, such as tweets or Facebook posts. While geotagging is becoming increasingly popular, some experts have serious concerns about the safety of this practice. Tune in to learn more.
How Lasers Work
Inspired by a listener suggestion, Jonathan and Chris break down the science behind lasers -- how does a laser differ from ordinary light, for example? Even more importantly, how do lasers actually work? Tune in to find out.
What is Stuxnet?
Officially, no one knows where Stuxnet came from. However, this software seems to be state-sponsored and built to attack very specific types of hardware. So what is Stuxnet, really? Join the guys as they get to the bottom of this mysterious malware.
New Media Success Stories
It's no secret that the old rules concerning entertainment and business have changed in the age of the internet, but questions remain. How exactly have these rules changed, for example, and who has profited from this new paradigm? Tune in and learn more.
The Sega Saga
Sega began in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1940. Originally named Standard Games, this company originally made coin-operated amusements. Tune in as Chris and Jonathan recount the storied history of the Sega corporation in this podcast.
Social Media Faux Pas
The explosive growth of social media has triggered startling innovations - but it's also created unprecedented opportunities for social faux pas or embarrassing statements. Tune in as the guys break down social media faux pas (and how to avoid them).
When Apple decided to bridge the gap between computers and televisions, they came up with Apple TV. But what exactly is it? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan examine the pros, cons and features of Apple TV.
Sports fans know that referees are fallible, and it's not uncommon to see fans loudly protesting controversial calls. In this podcast, Jonathan and Chris take a closer look at the camera technology used to eliminate the errors of human referees.
USB vs. Lightpeak
The universal serial bus, or USB, was meant to simplify the complicated world of computer peripheral connections. To be fair, USB has done well in this market -- but could a new standard loom on the horizon? Tune in to learn more.
Shutting Off the Internet
During the ousting of Egyptian President Mubarak, the government cut off internet access across Egypt. Could other governments make the same move? Join Chris and Jonathan as they take a closer look at governmental control of the internet.
TechStuff vs. BattleBots
In 1992, Marc Thorpe had a vision: What if people could build their own robots, and pit them against others? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris take a closer look at the history of Robot Wars and BattleBots.
The History of Palm
Palm Computing was founded in 1992, before the tech world was inundated with PDAs. Join Jonathan and Chris as they break down the evolution of Palm's products -- as well as the stories of the many companies that, at one or another, owned Palm.
The Dot Com Crash
When the web went mainstream, consumers and business owners alike were thrilled by the potential of this new, virtual frontier. Every start-up seemed an IPO away from taking the world by storm. So what went wrong? Tune in to find out.
Elevators in Space
The current means used to launch space ships is, to say the least, expensive. Could carbon nanotubes allow humans to build an elevator into space? Tune in to learn more about space elevators -- and the writer who originally envisioned them.
Elementary, My Dear Watson
For years the scientists at IBM have been attempting to build the world's best question-answering supercomputer: Watson. But what exactly is Watson, and what makes it different from other supercomputers? Tune in and find out.
The Verizon iPhone Shakes Things Up
For years iPhone users have waited for Apple to break their exclusivity deal with AT&T. It looks as though their wishes will come true this year -- Verizon has announced that it will begin carrying the iPhone. Tune in to learn more.
The CES 2011 Roundup
Fresh from his adventures at the Consumer Electronics Show, Jonathan recounts some of the most interesting tech on display at the event. Tune in and learn more in this podcast featuring guest host Matt, from The Coolest Stuff on the Planet.
TechStuff Looks at the iPod
The iPod is one of the most popular portable music players in the world, but it certainly wasn't the first. In this podcast, Chris and Jonathan take a closer look at rise of the iPod, from the early days of MP3 players to iPod touch (and more).
What is a rootkit?
If a hacker installs a rootkit on your computer, you could be in big trouble. But why? In this podcast, the guys break down the basics of rootkits, from what they are to what they do -- and how you can stop them.
How MRIs Work
Magnetic resonance imagining, or MRI, is a noninvasive technique used to diagnose everything from torn ligaments to tumors. But how does it work? Tune in and find out in this episode of TechStuff.
TechStuff Looks at OnLive
Do you have a craving for video games but no console? If so, OnLive might be the service for you. Tune in to learn how OnLive (theoretically) lets you play any game you'd like with nothing more than a subscription and a dependable internet connection.
TechStuff Looks at Chrome OS
Jonathan and Chris take a look at the features, pros and cons, and potential of Chrome OS -- Google's not-yet-released, cloud-based operating system -- in this episode.
TechStuff Looks Back at the Tech of 2010
As 2010 draws to a close, Chris and Jonathan take a look at the technology of 2010. Did their predictions pan out? Listen in to learn what surprised, disappointed or impressed our experts over the past year.
Why is WikiLeaks important?
Many people were surprised by how quickly the conflict between business, government and wikileaks escalated into virtual warfare, but what does it mean for the future? Listen in as Jonathan and Chris recount the recent history of Wikileaks.
TechStuff Predictions 2011
Is 2011 the year of the tablet? Will warfare expand to the virtual sphere? Listen in as Jonathan and Chris give you their top predictions for the upcoming tech trends of 2011.
What happened to BBSes?
Before millions of people strolled around checking Facebook on their smartphones, bulletin-board systems connected computer users across the world. So what happened to these precursors of the Internet when the Web went mainstream? Tune in and find out.
2010 Predictions Follow-Up
Predictions are a risky business, but that hasn't stopped Chris and Jonathan from making predictions each year. In this episode, the guys look back at their correct (and incorrect) predictions for 2010.
Movie Making: Sound on Film
In this episode of TechStuff's continuing series on the technology of film, Chris and Jonathan take a closer look at the process of putting sound on film. Delve into the history of film-making and the story of auditory innovation in this episode.
RockMelt Enters the Browser Wars
The average Internet user already has several choices when it comes to browsers, so what makes RockMelt special? Tune in as Jonathan and Chris take a closer look at the latest challenger in the browser wars -- and how it differs from the competition.
Game On: Computers vs. Humans
Whether it's the story of John Henry or Kasparov and IBM's Deep Blue, humanity loves to hear about a showdown between man and machine. In this episode, Jonathan and Chris explore some of the famous competitions between humans and computers.
The MySpace Story (So Far)
When MySpace hit the Internet, Friendster was the dominant social media network. Yet MySpace usurped Friendster's position and became number one -- until the emergence of Facebook, that is. Tune in to learn more about the past and future of MySpace.
Demystifying the Bloom Box
Will the Bloom Box become the power source of the future? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris take a closer look at the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology behind the Bloom Box, how it works and what it may mean for the future of power.
Spotlight on Alan Turing
Alan Turing is often hailed as a genius, but why? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris trace the life, trials and astonishing breakthroughs of Alan Turing. Tune in to learn more about Turing's work and influence on history.
Did John Titor travel through time?
From 2000 to 2001 someone calling himself John Titor claimed to have traveled to the past from the year 2036. His predictions caused a flurry of conspiracy theories, but whatever happened to him? Tune in to get Chris and Jonathan's take in this podcast.
Why are rare Earth metals important?
Rare earth metals are a crucial component in many electronic devices, but what exactly are they? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris break down the fact and fiction about rare earth metals -- and why they're so important.
Rechargeable Batteries: Pros and Cons
If rechargeable batteries are so great, then how come they haven't replaced all disposable models? In this podcast, the guys take a closer look at the technology behind rechargeable batteries. Tune in and learn more.
How Batteries Work
Nowadays, batteries are everywhere -- but what exactly are they? How do they work? In this podcast, Chris and Jonathan break down the history of batteries, their uses and the chemistry involved.
A TechStuff Tour of Bill Gates's House
As one of the world's most wealthy and influential men, Bill Gates can afford to have some of the finer things in life -- including an amazing mansion in California. Tune in as the TechStuff crew takes a closer look at the futuristic home of Bill Gates.
The Ethics of Piracy
You've heard of honor among thieves, but are there ethics among pirates? Each year, millions of people illegally download content and software without paying a dime. In this episode, the guys explore ethics (or lack thereof) in digital piracy.
Are self-driving cars a good idea?
For decades people have dreamed of utopian, gridlock-free traffic, filled with self-driving cars. Could this science-fiction standby become reality? Tune in as Jonathan and Chris take a closer look at self-driving cars.
The Duke Nukem Forever Saga
Duke Nukem 3D took the gaming world by storm in 1996, and fans clamored for a sequel. By 1997 the game-makers announced the development of a game called Duke Nukem Forever. Tune in to learn more, including why it still hasn't been released.
What happened to Cuil?
In 2008, Cuil was hailed as the first serious potential rival to Google's search engine. With an employee roster of former Google employees and a supposedly superior search function, Cuil looked set to succeed. So what went wrong? Tune in to learn more.
Can another tablet challenge the iPad?
Jonathan and Chris have been following the iPad since it was little more than a rumor on the Internet -- but now that the iPad is out, will a competitor challenge its success? Listen in to learn more about the iPad's potential rivals.
How Facial Recognition Technology Works
Human beings are great at recognizing faces, but historically, computers haven't had much luck replicating this ability. How can we teach computers to recognize faces? In this podcast, Jonathan and Chris tackle the weird world of facial recognition.
Is technology rotting our brains?
Since the internet allows users to access an enormous amount of data, it is theoretically possible for an individual to learn almost anything. Yet some experts believe this technology is adversely affecting the human mind -- especially the attention span.
What's the deal with the Facebook Phone?
According to recent rumors, Facebook may be secretly building a software platform for smartphones of the future. Could the rumors be true? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan break down the possible motivations for this move. Tune in to learn more.
Why do we need early adopters?
When new products emerge, early adopters are the first folks in line. They provide vital information to other customers, most of whom don't want to buy something right away. Learn more about early adopters -- and why they're important -- in this podcast.
What makes a good gaming PC?
If you own a personal computer dedicated to gaming, you know the habit can become surprisingly expensive. In this podcast, Jonathan and Chris explore the costs involved with playing the latest and greatest PC games -- and how to build your own machine.
How Sonar Works
Sonar uses sound to gauge the distance between objects. Although most people associate sonar with submarines, humans use sonar for a lot more than underwater navigation. In this episode, Jonathan and Chris take a look at the mechanics behind sonar.
The Story of the Gatling Gun
When Richard Jordan Gatling invented the Gatling gun, he revolutionized wartime firepower. In this episode, Chris and Jonathan discuss the history of firepower and the principles behind the Gatling gun.
TechSword & LaserStuff at Dragon*Con
In this episode, Chris and Jonathan travel to Dragon*Con and meet with Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont, the hosts of the Sword and Laser podcast. Tune in to get an inside look at how podcasting works, and catch a few tech predictions along the way.
What are phone phreaks?
Would you believe that people used to make free calls by using a plastic whistle? In the days before the Internet, phone phreaks explored every nook and cranny of the phone system. But what were they up to, and how did they do it? Tune in to find out.
How Railroad Crossing Signals Work
Every driver has seen a railroad crossing -- the iconic system of bars, lights and warning bells designed to keep cars away from trains. But how do they actually work? In this episode, the guys explore the technology powering railroad crossing signals.
How to Permanently Delete Files
Are you really deleting a file when you move it to the trashcan or recycle bin? The answer might surprise you. In this podcast, Jonathan and Chris break down the actions you need to take to recover -- or permanently delete -- your files.
3-D Movie-Making Tech
There's been a huge resurgence in three-dimensional special effects in the world of film -- but how do these effects work? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris break down the science behind 3-D technology.
How can the sun affect my electronics?
As the sun reaches the apex of its eleven-year cycle, its magnetic activity increases and could pose a threat for some electronics -- especially satellites. In this episode, the guys break down the science behind solar flares and coronal mass ejections.
The Great Video Game Crash
Beginning in 1972, the home video game craze took the United States by storm. With tons of companies producing increasingly sophisticated machines, it looked like home gaming was the wave of the future -- so what went wrong? Tune in and learn more.
The Rise and Fall of the Video Arcade
Whatever happened to the video game arcade? In recent years, many video game arcades have closed or evolved to cope with an increasingly sophisticated home console market. Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the rise and fall of video game arcades.
How to do Research Online
Chris and Jonathan share tips for conducting effective online research, from using Boolean operators to finding reliable sources, in this episode.
What is Surround Sound?
Jonathan and Chris tackle the complexities of surround-sound home theater systems, from stereophonic sound to subwoofers, in this episode.
School Tech and the Classroom of the Future
As part of their continuing series on technology and education, Jonathan and Chris speculate about future school technology and discuss the tools (and techniques) that you might find in classrooms of the future in this episode.
Will technology revolutionize education?
In this episode, Jonathan and Chris have an interesting discussion about how technology affects the quality of education -- and why people will always be an integral part of the education process.
How Jailbreaking Works
Jailbreaking is a way of hacking an iPhone, iPad or other iDevice that allows the user to access third-party apps. Chris and Jonathan explain how jailbreaking works in this episode.
The Tech of Making Money
In this episode, Jonathan and Chris delve into the history of monetary systems and the various technologies that go into creating currency.
How Data Recovery Works
Hard drives fail for various reasons, but how do you access your data when they do? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris explore various data recovery methods, from strange home remedies to professional services and software, in this episode.
Oil Drilling Tech
Jonathan and Chris highlight the simple and sophisticated technologies that are used for land-based and offshore oil drilling and extraction in this episode.
The Tech of Doctor Who
In this episode, Jonathan, Chris and a special guest get their geek on as they chat about the technology, canon and chameleon-like characters of the long-running British television series "Doctor Who."
Profile on Midway Games
In this episode, Jonathan and Chris detail the rise and fall of Midway Games, a company that was once a major player in the video/arcade game business.
How Hard Drives Work
Hard disks first appeared on the scene in the 1950s, and they've evolved a great deal since then. Jonathan and Chris take a hard look at the history and evolution of hard drive technology in this episode.
The Tech of Making Movies, Part Two
In part two of their series on movie-making technology, Jonathan and Chris turn their focus to post-production and the evolution of movie editing.
The Tech of Making Movies, Part One
Jonathan and Chris take a look at the technology that's used to make movies, from movie cameras to Steadicams, in the first episode of a two-part series.
What's new with iOS 4?
In a companion piece to their episode on the iPhone 4, Jonathan and Chris tackle a related topic: the iOS 4, the mobile operating system that runs on the newest version of the iPhone and some other Apple devices.
What does an Imagineer do?
Inspired by listener mail, Jonathan and Chris discuss the philosophy behind Disney's Imagineering program, how Imagineers set the standard for amusement park attraction design and Disney's Haunted Mansion ride.
How the iPhone 4 Works
In response to numerous listener requests, Jonathan and Chris give you the skinny on the new features and hardware of the recently released iPhone 4 in this episode.
What does Web 2.0 mean?
Web 2.0 is a term that emerged after the dot-com crash of 2000. There's some debate, however, about what it actually means. Jonathan and Chris define Web 2.0 and discuss the evolution of the World Wide Web in this episode.
What is DRM?
Digital rights management often gets a bad name, but it isn't just about copy protection. In this podcast, Jonathan and Chris break down the debate surrounding copy protection -- and also explore the different facets of DRM. Tune in and learn more.
Does Facebook hate privacy?
Facebook has caught a lot of flak recently because of controversial changes to their privacy settings. In this episode, Jonathan and Chris explain what the big deal is with Facebook and privacy.
How Fuel Cells Work
A fuel cell is an electrochemical energy conversion device; it turns chemical energy into elecrical energy. Jonathan and Chris discuss fuel cells in detail -- from their origins to why they're not practical for general use yet -- in this episode.
What the heck is Google TV?
Google recently announced Google TV, a platform that aims to marry TV and the Web. It's not the first company to offer Internet television, but will it be the most successful? Jonathan and Chris take a closer look at Google TV in this episode.
Are random number generators possible?
Many random number generators you'll find online don't produce truly random values. Jonathan and Chris explain the difference between true random number generators and pseudo-random number generators in this episode.
What is Usenet?
Usenet is a global, online discussion system that predates the World Wide Web and is still around today. Jonathan and Chris discuss the system in detail, from its origins to its current status, in this episode.
What were online service providers?
In this episode, Jonathan and Chris discuss online service providers, which were popular content providers before the World Wide Web took over.
What is IRC?
In this listener-inspired episode, Jonathan and Chris chat about Internet Relay Chat (IRC), a chat protocol that predates the World Wide Web.
Pandora Radio and the Music Genome Project
Pandora is an Internet radio service that provides personalized musical content, based on input from users and a unique analysis system called the Music Genome Project. Jonathan and Chris explain how both work in this episode.
200 Years in Tech
In this 200th episode spectacular, Jonathan and Chris tackle an ambitious topic: The most important technological innovations and inventions of the last 200 years, from steam-powered locomotives to the World Wide Web.
Was Ada Lovelace the first computer programmer?
In this episode, Jonathan and Chris discuss Ada Lovelace, daughter of the infamous Lord Byron and widely considered to be the first computer programmer.
How Plasma Torches Work
Plasma torches are tools that harness the power of plasma, the fourth state of matter, for various purposes, from cutting metal to waste disposal. Learn more about plasma cutters and plasma waste converters in this episode.
How does Google get traffic information for Goo...
Google collects data from cell phone users like you to create a database of traffic information for Google Maps. Jonathan and Chris discuss the pros and cons of traffic monitoring tools in this episode.
How Laser Tag Games Work
Laser tag systems, which have been around since the 70s and 80s, don't typically use real lasers. Jonathan and Chris discuss the history of laser tag systems and how they work in this episode.
How Traffic Lights Work
We often take traffic lights for granted, but regulating the flow of traffic takes a lot of planning and technology. Jonathan and Chris detail the technology behind traffic lights in this episode.
Do ear buds cause hearing loss?
In general, headphones for audio devices increase your risk of damaged hearing, but this is especially true of ear buds. Learn more about how we hear sound and why ear buds can so easily damage your hearing in this episode.
How Microchips Are Made
A microchip is an integrated circuit that you'll find in all sorts of electronic devices, but how is it made? Jonathan and Chris give a detailed explanation of the complex, delicate process of microchip making in this episode.
Air Traffic Control Technology
Prompted by a listener's e-mail, Jonathan and Chris tackle the complexities of air traffic control technology in this episode.
What do video game testers do?
If you love video games, playing them for money probably seems like a dream job. But testing video games is serious business and can be quite unglamorous. Jonathan and Chris discuss what video game testers really do in this episode.
Are cyborgs just science fiction?
Cyborgs, organisms that incorporate both biological and mechanical parts, are a staple in science fiction stories. But do they exist in real life? Jonathan and Chris talk about the current status of cybernetic technology in this episode.
How the Wii Remote Works
Jonathan and Chris give a detailed explanation of how the Nintendo Wii's motion-sensitive controller, the Wii remote, works -- and why it's so popular with hackers -- in this episode.
The Tech of 1510
We don't tend to think of the inventions of the middle ages as technology; but back then, they were definitely considered high-tech. Chris and Jonathan check out some medieval tech in this listener-inspired episode.
Can a machine be conscious?
Machines can perform complex tasks, but does this mean they are conscious entities? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris discuss what defines artificial consciousness -- and whether it's truly possible.
How Lightsabers Work
Jonathan and Chris discuss the most famous weapon in the "Star Wars" universe -- the lightsaber -- in this episode of TechStuff.
What is multi-boot?
Jonathan and Chris discuss multi-booting, from how computers boot up in general to partitioning a hard drive to allow room for multiple operating systems, in this episode.
What is distributed computing?
Sometimes using a single computer just won't cut it, and buying time on a supercomputer can be prohibitively expensive. So what do you do next? Tune in and learn more about distributed computing in this podcast.
Whatever happened to the paperless office?
Given today's digital technology, why do we still use paper in office settings? Jonathan and Chris discuss what happened to the paperless office -- and whether businesses will ever stop using paper completely -- in this episode.
What is a smart grid?
In this listener-inspired episode, Chris and Jonathan discuss the differences between standard power grids and smart grids.
Auto-Tune the TechStuff
Jonathan and Chris discuss Auto-Tune, pitch correction software that's used to digitally smooth out and alter audio tracks, in this listener-inspired episode of TechStuff.
TechStuff Hams It Up
In this episode, Jonathan and Chris discuss amateur radio, a.k.a. "ham" radio, in detail.
What are wikis?
In this episode of TechStuff, Chris and Jonathan explain how the web collaboration tools called wikis work and discuss the most famous wiki of all -- Wikipedia.
How Roller Coasters Work
Jonathan and Chris take you on a wild ride as they explore the history and technology behind roller coasters in this episode.
What are memes?
Although the concept of a meme -- a unit of cultural transmission -- didn't originate on the Internet, it has spread like wildfire on the Web. Learn more about Internet memes in this episode of TechStuff.
How Pinball Machines Work
In this episode, pinball enthusiasts Jonathan and Chris discuss the history, technology and "demise" of pinball machines.
How Microwave Ovens Work
Microwave ovens are ubiquitous kitchen appliances with surprising origins. Join Jonathan and Chris as they discuss the microwave oven (and stuff you shouldn't put in it) in this episode.
The Truth about Lie Detectors
Jonathan and Chris take a critical look at polygraph machines, commonly known as lie detectors, in this episode of TechStuff.
Snow Leopard Overview
Jonathan and Chris discuss Snow Leopard, Apple's latest version of the Mac operating system, in this listener-mail inspired episode of TechStuff.
Windows 7 Overview
In this listener-inspired episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris discuss and share their observations about Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 7.
What is HTML 5?
Chris and Jonathan discuss HTML 5 -- an upgrade of the current version of HTML, the markup language that's integral to the World Wide Web -- in this episode of TechStuff.
Valentine's Day Technology
Jonathan and Chris share some technology that just might be a hit with your tech-savvy/geeky sweetheart in this Valentine's Day-themed episode of TechStuff.
The Google Episode
In this episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris devote the podcast to discussing a little company called Google -- from its humble beginnings and unusual motto to the massive Googleplex in California.
All About the Apple iPad
In this listener-mail inspired episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris discuss the recently launched Apple iPad.
Ghost Hunting Technology
In this listener-mail inspired episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris discuss ghost hunting technology -- and ghost hunting in general -- from a skeptical perspective.
Global Politics and the Web
In this episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris discuss how global politics affect the Web, focusing specifically on the recent controversy between Google and the Chinese government.
Can social networking create social change?
Jonathan and Chris discuss how social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook have been used to create social change -- and whether they've been effective -- in this episode of TechStuff.
How to be Productive Online
In this episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris discuss online productivity, cloud computing and various types of online productivity software.
What is progressive scan?
In response to a listener's e-mail, Jonathan and Chris discuss how televisions generate images and give a detailed explanation of how progressive scan works.
Favorite Easter Eggs
In this episode of TechStuff, Chris and Jonathan go on a hunt for Easter eggs -- virtual ones, that is. Tune in as they discuss their favorite hidden features in a variety of mediums.
TechStuff's Favorite Tech Movies
In response to a listener's request, Jonathan and Chris reveal their favorite "tech" movies of all time in this episode of TechStuff.
Sony's Portable Gaming Systems
Inspired by listener mail, Jonathan and Chris take an in-depth look at portable gaming systems, focusing specifically on Sony's PSP (PlayStation Portable), in this episode of TechStuff.
How Fiber Optics Work
In this episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris discuss how fiber optics work.
Tech Predictions for 2010
Over the past year, the Techstuff crew has explored hundreds of topics, from the iPhone to Linux and everything in between -- but what will next year bring? Join Jon and Chris as they close out 2009 with a few predictions for the world of tech in 2010.
Why is the U.S. military buying PS3?
The US air force has purchased thousands of Playstation 3 units in order to build a supercomputer -- but how? Tune in as Jonathan and Chris examine the strategy behind this unorthodox project in this episode.
Electronics 2: Basic Electronics
After covering the basics of electricity in an earlier episode, Jonathan and Chris return with the sequel, examining the concept of circuits. Listen in and learn more in this episode.
2009 Predictions Score Card
In this episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris discuss how the tech predictions they made a year ago, from Steve Jobs' successor to declining trade shows, have panned out.
In this episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris pun their way through electronic theory, from the basics of electrons to the two different types of current.
The Future of Video Game Controllers
In this episode of TechStuff, Chris and Jonathan discuss video game controllers past, present and future -- from early Atari models to Wiimotes to Project Natal.
What are Anonymous and 4Chan?
Inspired by listener mail, Jonathan and Chris discuss 4Chan, the notorious image-sharing forum, and Anonymous, a loosely affiliated group of anonymous Internet users who often stage protests and actions in the real world.
TechStuff's Favorite Tech Gifts
In this episode, the TechStuff guys reminisce about the best tech gifts and gadgets they've been given for Christmas over the years, from robotic tanks to Star Wars toys, and what they're hoping to score this year.
In this episode, the TechStuff guys tackle Internet architecture, from the basic components to the complex details of servers, clients and IP addresses.
Types of WiFi
In this episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris respond to listener mail and discuss some of the different types of wireless networks and standards.
The Office of the Future
In this episode, the TechStuff guys hop into the Way-Forward Machine to see what the Office of the Future will look like.
What is the Year 2038 problem?
You're probably familiar with the Y2K problem, but did you know another potential computer crisis could occur in 2038? In this episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris discuss the Year 2038 problem -- and whether or not it will actually cause problems.
DVD vs. Blu-ray
Inspired by listener mail, Jonathan and Chris discuss the difference between DVD and Blu-ray in this episode of TechStuff.
Social Networking after Death
Social networking sites are popular ways to communicate, but what happens to them when their users become deceased? Jonathan and Chris explore social networking after death in this episode of TechStuff.
Technology Conspiracy Theories I
In this episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris tackle a topic often requested by listeners --- technology conspiracy theories. Tune in as they discuss all sorts of conspiratorial tech stuff, from Nicholai Tesla to the CIA running Facebook.
What's a hackintosh?
In response to a listener's e-mail, Jonathan and Chris define and discuss hackintoshes, PCs that have been modified to run the Macintosh operating system.
What does artificial intelligence mean?
In this listener-inspired episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris explore the topic of artificial intelligence, from definitions to current AI technology to philosophical implications.
How Podcasting Works
In this podtastic episode, Jonathan and Chris explore how podcasting works. Tune in as they touch on everything from how TechStuff got its start to tips for listeners who want to become podcasters themselves.
How Shazam and Midomi Work
Shazam and Midomi are both types of music recognition software. Tune in as the TechStuff guys compare and contrast Shazam and Midomi and explain how they both work.
Google Waves at TechStuff
The Google Wave is a collaborative, centralized communication tool that's still in the preview stage. Tune in as Jonathan and Chris explain where this technology came from and what it does (and what it might do some day) in this episode of TechStuff.
Zune do you love?
In this episode, the TechStuff guys tackle a topic often requested by listeners: the Microsoft Zune. Tune in to hear them discuss the Zune's history, features, and how it stacks up against other digital media devices.
How Touch Screens Work
In this episode of TechStuff, Chris and Jonathan tackle a "touchy" subject -- touch screens. Discover the different kinds of technology that make touch screens a reality in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Who screwed up the keyboard?
If you've ever used a computer for typing, you've used a QWERTY keyboard. But did you know that its design is based on obsolete, inefficient technology? Learn more about the QWERTY keyboard -- and a host of other keyboards -- in this episode of TechStuff.
Is the Apple Tablet real?
In response to a listener's e-mail, Jonathan and Chris wade through the conjecture, speculation and rumors surrounding the existence of the Apple Tablet in this episode of TechStuff, a podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Do Facebook apps violate your privacy?
In the past few years, a slew of entertaining Facebook applications have been added to the social networking site. But these apps have a not-so-fun side. Find out how Facebook apps affect your privacy in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Image File Types
In this episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris take a closer look at image file types. Learn more about technology in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
What's the difference between creative commons ...
Copyright strictly prohibits people from using and benefitting from other people's creative work, while creative commons is a bit more flexible. Tune in as Jonathan and Chris discuss copyright and creative commons in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
A Bundle of TV Cables
In this episode of TechStuff, Chris and Jonathan discuss all kinds of TV cables, from co-axial to composite to fiber optic. Learn more about technology in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Wireless Power: Myth or Reality?
Jonathan and Chris discuss wireless power technology -- past, present and future -- in this episode of TechStuff, a podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
TechStuff Shreds on the Electric Guitar
In this rockin' episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris delve into the electrifying world of electric guitars.
The Sports World is All a Twitter
These days, Twitter is everywhere -- you'll even find it in sporting events. In this episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris discuss how Twitter's popularity has caused many sports organizations to restrict or prohibit Twitter usage.
What in the world is augmented reality?
In response to a listener's query on the topic, Jonathan and Chris discuss augmented reality, a new technology that brings computer graphics into the real world. Get the scoop on augmented reality in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
What is an EMP?
An EMP, or electromagnetic pulse, is a burst of electromagnetic energy capable of knocking out electrical systems. In this episode of TechStuff, Jonathan and Chris discuss how much damage a large-scale EMP could do.
What are alternate reality games?
Alternate reality games, or ARGs, blend the worlds of reality and fantasy. Dive deep into the world of alternate reality games with Jonathan and Chris as they discuss everything from specific games to steganography in this podcast from HowStuffworks.com.
Making Movies with Machinima
Machinima is machine cinema, a method of filmmaking that uses pre-existing virtual worlds and characters. Tune in as Jonathan and Chris define and discuss the details of machinima in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Stuff You Can Hook Up to Your TV
In this episode, the TechStuff guys discuss the past, present and future of home theater devices that hook up to your tv, from the VHS/Betamax format wars to the OnLive video game platform, in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Video Game Consoles
In today's episode, the TechStuff guys weigh in on video game consoles, from the models they own to the future of gaming consoles. Learn more about technology in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Mega Bits, Mega Bytes & Mega Hertz
The world of bits, bytes and hertz can be a confusing one, but Chris and Jonathan like a challenge. Tune in as they explore the differences between megabits, megabytes and megahertz in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
How Airplane Technology Works
Airplanes are full of cool technology, from sensors to satellite TV. Join the TechStuff guys as they give a basic overview of airplane technology in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
What is a denial of service attack?
Recently, Twitter was shut down for a few hours because of a denial of service attack. Join Chris and Jonathan as they discuss the details of denial of service attacks in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Overview of Linux
Linux is an operating system that developers have been tinkering around with since 1994. Tune in as Jonathan and Chris delve into the history, applications and various "flavors" of Linux-based systems in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Assistive technology includes devices and programs that help disabled people perform routine tasks that they otherwise could not. Join Jonathan and Chris as they discuss examples of assistive technology in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Is your cell phone a killer?
Cell phone interference is annoying in general, but in some situations, it can be potentially deadly. Find out why hospitals and airlines tend to ban cell phones -- and how great the risk actually is -- in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
What is Internet2?
Internet2 is a networking consortium that has been running an advanced version of the Internet since 1996. Discover Internet2's origins, purpose and impact on the progress of the Internet in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
TechStuff's Shark Week Special
Sharks and technology don't usually mix, but the "Bruce" models from the movie "Jaws" are a definite exception. Learn more about the mechanical sharks that have terrorized generations of movie-goers in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
How does 3D printing work?
Unlike traditional printing, 3D printing allows users to create three-dimensional objects using layers and plastic. Tune in to find out how 3D printing works, how much it costs and surprising applications for it in this podcast from HowstuffWorks.com.
Google Voice Goes Live
Google recently launched Google Voice, a service which promises to make telecommunicating easier and more convenient. Find out where Google Voice came from, how it works and if there are other products like it in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
What's the deal with Google Street View?
Google Street View, which offers panoramic views of a selection of streets around the world, debuted in 2007. Discover how Google gets those impressive pictures -- and what tricycles have to do with it -- in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Computers from the Past
Now that they've covered the future of computing, the TechStuff guys are ready to tackle computers of the past. Tune in as they explore the origins of computational devices, from the abacus to punch-card computers, in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Computers of the Future
What does the future hold for computer technology? Tune in as Jonathan and Chris tackle everything from quantum computers to DNA computers in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Creative Ways to Use Twitter
In this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com, Jonathan and Chris discuss creative ways to use Twitter, from shameless self-promotion to space Tweeting.
How much electricity does the Internet use?
It's hard to determine how much electricity the Internet consumes, but Jonathan and Chris are willing to try. Join them as they discuss the many factors that affect Internet energy consumption in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Is green technology a trend?
Environmentally-friendly technology is trendy right now, but is it here to stay? Get Chris and Jonathan's take on green technology's future in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
What is convergence?
Technological convergence occurs when multiple technologies combine in a new form of technology. Tune in to this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com to hear Jonathan and Chris discuss the evolution of convergence.
Big Misses in Technology
The TechStuff guys discuss hardware that didn't make the cut in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Wolfram Alpha is Not a Search Engine
Since its recent debut, there's been a lot of buzz about Wolfram Alpha. But this cool new tool isn't a search engine; it's a computational knowledge engine. Find out what Wolfram Alpha has to offer in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Are we in cyber war?
Cyber warfare is a nebulous field of combat without clear-cut rules or loyalties. Discover if we're currently at war -- cyber war -- in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Spotlight on Vint Cerf
Vinton Cerf, often called the "father of the internet," is an extremely influential computer scientist and the chief "internet evangelist" for Google. Get the scoop on Vint Cerf's life and work in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
100th Episode Spectacular
It's official: TechStuff has hit the 100-episode mark! Join Chris and Jonathan as they reminisce about their first forays into the tech world and the tech stuff that hooked them early on in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
What's the deal with spam?
Spam is unsolicited junk e-mail that clogs up your mailbox, but where did it come from? Why is there so much of it? And why is it named after a processed food product? Get the skinny on spam in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
USB vs FireWire
USB and FireWire technologies are both ways to transfer data between devices. Tune in as the TechStuff guys explore the past, present and future of USB and FireWire in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
E3 2009 Preview
The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, is where producers of electronic entertainment showcase their goods every year. Tune in to this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com to hear the TechStuff guys make predictions about this year's offerings.
Why do other countries get cool tech before the...
Smartphones have been very successful in the EU and Japan, but the US didn't catch on until the iPhone. This isn't an isolated incident -- the US market often lags behind its foreign counterparts. Learn more in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Are computers more eco-friendly than paper?
When it comes to environmentally-friendly use of resources, are computers a better option than paper? Tune in as the TechStuff guys tackle the complicated topic of electricity versus paper in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
The Down Low on CB Radio
Citizens' Band (CB) radio isn't exactly up-and-coming technology, but it still keeps people connected. Explore the fascinating history of CB radio in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Listener Mail Roundup 2
You've got questions -- and the TechStuff guys have answers. Listen in as they tackle more listener mail, from online scams to overcharging batteries, in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
What's the deal with BitTorrent?
BitTorrent is a file-distribution method that allows you to download large files without using up tons of bandwidth. Learn more about this popular protocol in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
How Mobile Apps Stores Work
Mobile applications stores for smart phones are the next big thing in telephone technology. Tune in to this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com to find out how these mobile apps stores work, what they're selling and how they got their start.
Listener Mail Roundup
Ever wanted to be a guest on TechStuff? If you've written to the guys, your letter might be in today's episode. Join Chris and Jonathan as they respond to listener mail in this feedback extravaganza from HowStuffWorks.com.
Windows 7 Preview
Check out this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com to hear the TechStuff guys discuss the differences between the infamous Microsoft operating system Windows Vista and the upcoming version, Windows 7.
Technology We Can Thank NASA For
We might not all grow up to be astronauts, but there are lots of everyday technologies that we can thank NASA for. Find out which technologies were space-tested before they landed on Earth in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
What are Mac clones?
Mac users swear by Apple products -- the style and innovation keep these customers coming back for more. But what about the foreign companies manufacturing reverse-engineered Apple clones? Tune in and learn more in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
How RSS Works
RSS -- really simple syndication -- is a handy way to get updates from Web sites, and every user can configure his or her preferences. Tune in to this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com to find out how RSS works and how to use an RSS feed.
What exactly is cloud gaming?
The phantom game console was designed to allow gamers to play any game from any system. The system hasn't panned out yet, but gamers still hope for cloud gaming capacities. Learn more about cloud gaming in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
How 9-1-1 Technology Works
The 9-1-1 emergency system seems pretty straightforward -- you dial 9-1-1 and rescue teams are dispatched. But as the TechStuff guys reveal in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com, there's a lot of technology behind the curtain.
How 2G, 3G and 4G Cell Phone Networks Work
As cell phone technology evolves, so does the nomenclature. What's a 2G network? 3G? 4G? In this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com, the TechStuff guys give a detailed explanation of recent and emerging cell phone networks and technologies.
Computer Virus Emergency Response Plan Go!
Computer viruses can be nasty customers, but there are ways to oust them that don't involve drastic measures. Tune in to hear the TechStuff guys detail ways to deal with computer virus emergencies in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Digital Camera Tips
Digital cameras can take great pictures -- especially if you know how to use them well. Tune in to hear the TechStuff guys discuss some handy digital camera tips.
Famous April Fool's Tech Pranks
On April 1, pranks run wild in the tech sector. In this podcast from HowStuffWorks, the TechStuff guys tickle your funny bone with a list of famous April Fool's tech pranks.
The CTO and CIO of the United States
As a candidate, Barack Obama promised to appoint a Chief Technology Officer. As president, he has appointed a Chief Information Officer. This podcast from HowStuffWorks.com takes a detailed look at these new positions.
Are more expensive cables worth it?
Is it safe to assume that expensive cables will outperform their cheaper counterparts? Not necessarily. Tune in to this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com to hear the TechStuff guys debate the merits of costly cables.
Cool Hardware Hacks
Hackers tend to get a bad rap, but not all hacking is for nefarious purposes. Discover nifty ways to "hack," or repurpose, existing hardware in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Is your ISP sniffing packets?
Packets are tiny pieces of digital information that move across networks. In this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com, the Techstuff guys discuss the controversial phenomenon of packet "sniffing" by Internet Service Providers.
What are virtual machines?
Virtual machines can function as a 'machine inside a machine,' preventing two mutually incompatible applications from sabotaging each other. Tune in as the TechStuff crew takes a look at virtual machines in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
How Nanotechnology Works
Nanotechnology is the science of building incredibly tiny machines. As manufacturing techniques improve, more nanotechnology may find its way to the market. Learn more about the history and future of nanotech in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
What the big deal with megapixels?
Digital camera manufacturers frequently use megapixels in their marketing strategy -- but what exactly are megapixels? Do they make a difference? Listen in as our resident tech experts take a look at megapixels in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
What is MAME?
Many older arcade games have disappeared, leaving nostalgic gamers with no access to their favorite games. Luckily for manufacturers, MAME has come along. Learn more about multiple arcade machine emulators in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Whatever happened to...?
From the Amiga to the Concorde jet, more than a few fascinating pieces of hardware have emerged only to disappear soon after. Listen in as the TechStuff crew takes a look at back at technologies that came and left in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
How Mac Viruses Work
Apple computers used to have 'security through obscurity' because most hackers didn't bother writing computer viruses for a Mac. Now that appears to be changing -- learn why in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
What's difference between LCD and plasma televi...
With the advent of LCD and plasma televisions, the reign of the cathode ray TV may have already ended -- but which new TV is the best? Tune in as our experts take a look at TV technology in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.
How Rechargeable Batteries Work
Rechargeable batteries are used almost every mobile electronic device, but many consumers don't know how to maintain these batteries. Tune in as the TechStuff crew takes a look at proper battery care in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.
How Proxy Servers Work
The internet can be thought of as a series of clients and servers, wherein clients request data from a server. A proxy server has the ability to intercept data from the original server. Learn more about proxy servers in this HowStuffWorks podcast.
How can technology help me get healthy?
With the advent of Wii Fit, consumers are coming to see video games as a way to get in shape, rather than fall into a sedentary lifestyle. Tune in to learn more about health and video games in this HowStuffWorks podcast.
How 3-D Glasses Work
3-D glasses have been around for a long time, but recent innovations have redefined the traditionally marginal role of this technology. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the future of 3-D technology.
Will using multiple applications kill my computer?
Most computer users run multiple applications at the same time -- this can often cause the computer to run more slowly. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about your computer's health.
Can computers teach me to play music?
Would you like a robotic piano teacher? The unprecedented popularity of Guitar Hero and Rock Band have prompted some gamers to learn actual instruments. Tune in as the TechStuff crew tackles the future of music education in this HowStuffWorks podcast.
Why is President Obama's Blackberry such a big ...
After his election, Blackberry enthusiast Barack Obama faced a dilemma -- should he give up the Blackberry or break from tradition and become the first president with email? Tune in as the TechStuff crew takes a look at President Obama's Blackberry.
How Smartphones Work
Your average cell phone boasts some pretty cool features, but Smartphones have taken things to a whole new level. Get the lowdown on these versatile gadgets in this HowStuffWorks podcast.
GPS Games People Play
GPS receivers are great for navigation, but they have another surprising application: games. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to get the goods on geocaching, geodashing and other GPS games.
The 2009 Consumer Electronics Show
From 3-dimensional TV displays to wireless battery chargers, the 2009 CES ushered in a wave of emerging technologies. Check in with the Techs tuff crew to learn more about the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in this HowStuffWorks podcast.
What is phishing?
Phishers send emails to strangers, hoping to swindle them out of thousands of dollars. From the notorious Nigerian email scams to fake hard-luck stories, phishing scams depend on the greed of online victims. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks podcast.
The Team's Favorite Tech Toys
Listen in as the Techstuff team reveals their favorite tech toys, distractions and hobbies in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.
Will the internet kill television?
With the advent of streaming internet video, some believe the days of traditional television are nearing an end. Check in with the Techstuff crew as they take a look at the relationship between the internet and television in this HowStuffWorks podcast.
How Bill Gates and Steve Jobs Work, Part 2
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are giants in the computing world -- and they have more in common than you might suspect. Listen in as the Techstuff team reviews the parallels between Jobs and Gates in their first two-part podcast from HowStuffWorks.
Tech Predictions for 2009
From Steve Job's successor to the future of the internet, the Techstuff team is chock full of predictions for 2009. Check out this podcast from HowStuffWorks to learn more.
How Bill Gates and Steve Jobs Work, Part 1
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are giants in the computing world -- and they have more in common than you might suspect. Listen in as the Techstuff team reviews the parallels between Jobs and Gates in their first two-part podcast from HowStuffWorks.
The TechStuff Christmas List
Listen in as the TechStuff team reviews the latest round of sleek and super-advanced technology (just in time for Christmas) in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.
How Streaming Video Works
Streaming video allows internet users to watch content without downloading an entire movie or show. Listen in as the Techstuff team takes a look at the nature, legality and future of streaming video sites in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.
How Net Neutrality Works
Net neutrality is the concept that a computer user should have the same access to webpages regardless of the ISP or site visited. However, several ISPs are attempting to change this situation. Check out this podcast from HowStuffWorks to learn more.
How iPhone Applications Work
Each day, more and more applications for the iPhone find their way into the marketplace and individual phones. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the capabilities and limitations of iPhone applications.
How MMORPGS Work
Massively multiplayer online role playing games -- or MMORPGs -- are games in which a player takes on a fictional persona in a virtual world. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about MMORPGs, and why they've become so popular.
What tools do the HowStuffWorks writers use?
In this episode the Techstuff crew reviews the browsers, software and other applications they use to research podcasts and articles. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast for a behind-the-scenes look at the tech writers' tool chest.
Can I use TiVo with my PC?
TiVo is a brand of digital video recorder that allows users to record programs from television and watch the programming at their leisure. But can this functionality work with a computer? Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast and learn more.
How Digital Rights Management Works
Digital Rights Management -- or DRM -- is a method through which content providers attempt to prevent consumers from distributing content without the approval of content providers. Learn more about the DRM controversy in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.
How E-books Work
The digital revolution is changing the way audiences encounter media and entertainment. Conventional books are no exception. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the advent of e-book technology.
How E-waste Works
The hectic pace of electronic innovation has created an enormous amount of waste across the planet. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about how trashed computers and electronic waste affect the world's ecosystem.
How Richard Garriott Works
Richard Garriott -- better known to some as Lord British -- is an innovative computer designer responsible for the legendary Ultima video game series. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the remarkable career of Richard Garriott.
Do violent video games lead to real violence?
Despite numerous studies, the jury's still out on violence in video games: do they make gamers more likely to commit violent acts, or function as a means of catharsis? Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about violence and video games.
What is the greatest threat to your privacy onl...
Internet service providers and companies like Google have access to a profound amount of private information. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about privacy online.
How Internet Trolls Work
On the internet, a 'troll' is an individual with an overwhelming desire to stir up trouble with inflammatory comments and images. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about internet trolls.
How Ray Kurzweil Works
Ray Kurzweil is one of the world's most influential futurists. Join the Techstuff team as they take a look at Kurzweil's amazing career in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.
Technology That Goes Bump In the Night
Some technology is designed to scare the daylights out of you, and some is just scary technology. Check out this special Halloween HowStuffWorks podcast to learn about some of the scariest technology around, from animatronics to androids.
What happened to the technology of the future?
Tech gurus of the 1950s thought the future would be full of flying cars and robots. Whatever happened to the utopian technology promised years ago? Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn how today measures up to yesterday's version of the future.
How Dean Kamen Works
Although inventor Dean Kamen is best known for the Segway, he holds more than 440 patents and conducts educational programs across the nation to encourage young scientists. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about this remarkable inventor.
How does the economy affect the tech sector?
As the US economy struggles, every sector of business suffers -- even the technical industries. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about how the economic downturn affects hi-tech companies.
Whatever happened to virtual reality?
Several years ago, the world buzzed with rumors of fully interactive virtual reality just around the corner. Whatever happened to this immersive, innovative technology? Listen in as the HowStuffWorks podcasters take a look at virtual reality.
How Parental Controls Work
Parental controls are designed to prevent children from spending too much time on a computer, or from visiting inappropriate web sites. This technology can also be used in the workplace. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more.
How High-End Peripherals Work
Check out this podcast from HowStuffWorks to learn more about high-end computer peripherals, such as customizable keyboards and specialized video game consoles.
The Dark Side of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing lets users share files and applications over the Internet. However, this service is not perfect. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the possible security and service issues of cloud computing.
The Ten Worst Computer Viruses
Computer viruses have evolved just as quickly as computers themselves. Listen in as our HowStuffWorks staff breaks down history's worst computer viruses.
How the Google Android Phone Will Work
After years of rumors, Google and T-Mobile are releasing a cell phone designed to use Android, Google's new open-source software platform. Tune in to this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the development of Google Android.
How Niche Social Networks Work
The U.S. intelligence community is creating a social networking site for spies -- and this is just one example of the growing field of niche social networks. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about specialized social networks.
How Web Browser Updates Work
As the capacity and complexity of the internet grows, browsers also become more complex. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the future of web browsing.
How Encryption Works
Every day, consumers sign up for financial services over the internet, putting their private information online. Users count on encryption to protect them -- but how do these techniques actually work? Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more.
How Green Printers Work
Some have called the 21st century "the era of the paperless office," but the printed page still has a profound effect on the environment. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the various methods of green printing, including disappearin
How WiMAX Works
WiMAX has hit technology news in a big way. This networking system can blanket a 30-mile radius with broadband access, creating city-wide wireless access. Unfortunately, this system is far from perfect. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more.
How Printers Work
The swift evolution of printing technology has spawned several types of printers. Check out the HowStuffWorks web site to learn more about the history and future of printers.
How Independent Game Developers Work
Until recently, independent game developers were a rarity in the world of video game consoles. With the advent of developer kits like Nintendo's WiiWare, this market has fundamentally shifted -- check out our HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more.
What are the different ways you can print witho...
Wired devices are literally leashed to a network, and connecting devices can be very frustrating. With wireless printing, users are no longer tied down by cables and cords. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more about wireless printing.
How LCDs Work
You probably use items containing an LCD (liquid crystal display) every day. This technology can be found in laptops computers, digital clocks, ovens and CD players. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn how these LCDs work.
Can the government take away my laptop?
Federal agents have the right to confiscate and examine electronic devices belonging to anyone entering the United States -- and these agents aren't required to have probable cause. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more about US policy.
How Energy-efficient Electronics Work
The average American household spends $1,400 each year on energy bills. Take a look at our HowStuffWorks article to learn how energy-efficient electronics can reduce power usage and bills.
How E-voting Works
Generally speaking, e-voting refers to both the electronic means of casting a vote and the electronic means of tabulating votes. Will this become the future of voting? Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more about electronic voting.
How Bluetooth Works
Security is a concern in any wireless network setup. People sending sensitive information over a wireless connection need to take precautions to make sure those signals aren't intercepted. Learn more about Bluetooth security in our HowStuffWorks article.
How the Merger of Sirius and XM Will Work
Satellite radio allows listeners to access radio stations without sitting through radio ads. Only two companies -- Sirius and XM Radio -- have attained a measure of success in this industry. Visit our HowStuffWorks article to learn more about the merger.
How the Facebook Redesign Works
Facebook is a social networking site. It was created for Harvard students but has expanded to an open membership. Learn about Facebook, it's network and new redesign in this HowStuffWorks podcast.
How Twitter Works
In May of 2008, Twitter received another 15 million dollars in venture capital funding. This increase reflects the growing interest in micro blogging -- messages with 160 characters or less. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more about Twitter.
How Mp3 Files Work
Certain parts of a song can be eliminated without significantly lowering the song's quality. The MP3 does not sound exactly the same as the original CD song. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more about MP3 files and audio quality.
How Cloud Computing Works
Cloud computing allows users to store data on other computers or servers. For example, web-based applications are a form of cloud computing. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about cloud computing.
How the iPhone Works
The new Apple iPhone has several advantages, including a GPS and 3G capacity. However, the iPhone is far from perfect, and still has some disadvantages. Learn more about pros and cons of the new iPhone in our HowStuffWorks article, 'How the iPhone Works.'
How Zombie Computers Work
When a hacker makes a zombie computer, he infiltrates an unsuspecting victim's computer and uses it to conduct illegal activities. The user may be unaware that his computer has been taken over. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more.
How Video Game Systems Work
Get a console-by-console update on the developments of the 2008 E3 exposition in this HowStuffWorks podcast, including news on improved online features and expanded memory. Check out our HowStuffWorks article "How Video Game Systems Work" to learn more.
Do I Really Need a Digital Converter Box For My...
In an effort to free up radio spectrum for emergency broadcasting and wireless service, the US will switch from analog to digital television on Feb. 17, 2009. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more about how this switch affects your TV.
How Open Source Works
Open source is a way of developing software in which the original developer makes all of the source code available for modification. Learn more about open source software in this HowStuffWorks podcast.
How Moore's Law Works
Each year, manufacturers bring out the next great computer chip that boosts bigger and better computing power. Intel founder Gordon Moore predicted this technology phenomenon more than 35 years ago. This became known as Moore's Law.
What are the Best Video Games That Were Never M...
The best video games never made is a debate because of the number of great ideas that routinely get canceled. Check out the best video games never made.
Why is the Google Algorithm So Important?
The Google algorithm searches out Web pages that contain keywords you used to search. Learn about the Google algorithm and how the Google algorithm works.
How the Google-Apple Cloud Computer Will Work
The Google-Apple cloud computer is a revolutionary new system in which all programs are stored on a central server. Learn about the Google-Apple cloud computer.