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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 television?

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.