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RERUN: How Solar Towers Work

What are solar towers? How do they generate electricity? What's the future of solar power?

The Spotify Story

Where did Spotify come from and how did it change the way we listen to music? In this episode, we look at the origin and evolution of Spotify.

TechStuff Classic: 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.

The Facebook Privacy Problem

On March 6, 2019, Mark Zuckerberg published a long essay about privacy and social media. Does this indicate a change in philosophy for Facebook or is something else going on?

What is WebAuthn

The W3C and FIDO recently adopted the WebAuthn specification as a standard. What is WebAuthn, and will it replace passwords?

TechStuff Classic: 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.

TechStuff Flies on the Concorde

From 1976 until 2003, the Concorde provided a fast option for air travel if you happened to have enough cash for a ticket. How does supersonic air travel work and what happened to Concorde?

What is 5G?

The future is 5G. So what the heck is 5G? It's a big, confusing topic but by the end of this episode you'll understand it.

TechStuff Classic: 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.

TechStuff Pumps the Brakes

How do car brakes work? From the earliest wooden block brakes to anti-lock brake systems, we learn about the science of coming to a stop.

Techstuff Throws Rotten Tomatoes

In 1998, a web designer launched a movie review aggregator site. A couple of decades later, it has changed the film industry. This is the story of Rotten Tomatoes.

TechStuff Classic: 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.

Social Networks that Didn't Make It

For every Facebook and Twitter, there are half a dozen failed social networks that didn't survive to today. We look back on a few of them. Myspace Not Included.


Before there was YouTube, there was Quicktime. How did a project inside Apple become a dominant standard for computer-based video playback and more?

TechStuff Classic: 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.

How Clean Coal Works

Is there such a thing as clean coal? In this episode, we look at the technologies designed to reduce the environmental impact of burning coal and ask if it makes sense to use coal at all.

TechStuff Does the Robot

Adam Doud of Android Authority joins the show to talk about the robots he saw at CES 2019. 

Research Revealed at Think 2019

At the 5 in 5 presentation at Think 2019, five presenters talked about how technology can improve practically everything about the way we grow, process, deliver and consume food. From harvests to recycling, we learn how technology can make us more responsible and efficient.

Being Open at Think 2019

What does open source mean and why would IBM's strategy revolve around it? From the acquisition of Red Hat to supporting humanitarian hacking efforts, we look at why IBM is embracing open source.

Cloudy With a Chance of IBM Think 2019

Cloud computing can be a confusing topic. It gets even trickier when you start talking about hybrid clouds. What's going on with cloud computing and how is IBM positioning itself to lead the way?