What's Tech?

Enjoy the archives of this retired, award-winning series from Christopher Thomas Plante and The Verge that explained technology bit by bit. The series finale aired December 6th, 2016, shortly before Chris re-joined Polygon as its executive editor. For more on what’s happening now (and next) in technology and gadgets, listen and subscribe to The Vergecast.

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1
The What’s Tech series finale
22 min
2
What are Snapchat Spectacles, and do I have to ...
19 min
3
How smartphone cameras took over the world
23 min
4
How HTTPS is slowly but surely making the inter...
29 min
5
Why is everyone making GIFs of themselves?
14 min
6
How immersive haunted houses and participatory ...
24 min
7
Why smartphone batteries explode, and why they ...
16 min
8
How Snapchat’s goofy faces made everyone comfor...
13 min
9
The good and bad news of the Earth-sized planet...
20 min
10
A few simple tech tips for living in a dorm or ...
22 min
11
A simple explanation of No Man’s Sky and its in...
16 min
12
Hate going to the grocery store? Maybe it's tim...
17 min
13
Why Sony and Microsoft are already announcing a...
16 min
14
Is your neighborhood the next great social medi...
19 min
15
A podcast explains the power of podcasts
16 min
16
Why Pokémon Go is a hit, how it helped Nintendo...
20 min
17
The agony and the ecstasy of life as a webcomic...
13 min
18
How The Bachelor became social media’s favorite...
25 min
19
What you need to know about doxxing, the averag...
30 min
20
What you should know about torrenting
16 min
21
How a computer the size of a credit card is cha...
15 min
22
How people play Nintendo games on a computer, a...
19 min
23
What are graphics cards, and why do you want one?
28 min
24
Everything you wanted to know about Drake, but ...
27 min
25
Why movie theaters should and shouldn't be afra...
28 min
26
Why the future of video games may be free-to-play
19 min
27
What is a gadget blog, anyway?
19 min
28
Why bots are the new big thing, and what that m...
32 min
29
Why artificial intelligence is more important t...
29 min
30
What is Slack, why is everybody using it, and w...
21 min
31
Wrestlemania: why you should watch, even if pro...
23 min
32
Everything you need to know about the Hyperloop...
22 min
33
Dota 2: an explainer for newcomers and the conf...
26 min
34
Before the driverless car, there was the PRT
17 min
35
Encryption: what is it exactly, and who is righ...
35 min
36
Reusable rockets could send you to space — even...
31 min
37
It's time to give film cameras a second chance
26 min
38
The Super Bowl: how to sound like an expert
24 min
39
Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal: which service ...
19 min
40
What is Sundance?
28 min
41
What is Tumblr?
23 min
42
What is CES?
32 min
43
What is a hoverboard?
30 min
44
What is Windows 10?
28 min
45
What is an internet router?
27 min
46
What is Fallout?
19 min
47
What is an internet meme?
19 min
48
What is the quantified self?
26 min
49
What is alien life?
24 min
50
What is Minecraft?
29 min
51
What Is The Patriot Act
23 min
52
What is TV?
31 min
53
What are online ads?
43 min
54
What is ASMR?
19 min
55
What is Tesla?
31 min
56
What is instant replay?
24 min
57
What is Destiny?
29 min
58
What is Star Wars?
33 min
59
What is fantasy sports?
14 min
60
What is Virtual Sex?
37 min
61
What is biohacking?
24 min
62
What is space colonization?
26 min
63
What is internet television?
29 min
64
What are video games?
26 min
65
What is beauty vlogging?
26 min
66
What is Bitcoin?
32 min
67
What are selfies?
17 min
68
What are emoji?
17 min
69
Bonus: What is Verge ESP?
58 min
70
What is Uber?
29 min
71
What is E3?
29 min
72
What is space travel?
28 min
73
What is Twitter?
24 min
74
What is high-tech coffee?
23 min
75
What is the Marvel Universe?
22 min
76
What is a camera?
24 min
77
What is the singularity?
20 min
78
What is vaping?
22 min
79
What is live streaming?
23 min
80
What are self-driving cars?
21 min
81
What is VR?
20 min
82
What is Snapchat?
18 min
83
What is hacking?
18 min
84
What is net neutrality?
19 min
85
What is a smartphone?
19 min
86
What is fan fiction?
18 min
87
What are smartwatches?
15 min
88
What are drones?
19 min