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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 U.S?

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.