TechStuff Daily

TechStuff Daily is a show that gives a snapshot of technological issues and stories and provides context. We don't just look at what's going on but why it's important and what it all means.


How do you make a virtual object hide behind a real one? A team at the University of Arizona has found a way.

In 2017, Twitter doubled the number of characters you can use in a single Tweet. How has that affected engagement?

How do you make a virtual object hide behind a real one? A team at the University of Arizona has found a way.

Google spinoff company Waymo has sued the ride-hailing service Uber for allegedly stealing thousands of trade secrets. What's going on?

Can a computer program pilot a high-speed drone just as effectively as a skilled human? We're about to find out.

How could human-piloted drones help Africans battle malaria? We learn about a team that uses drones to help search for mosquito breeding grounds to stop the spread of malaria before it can start.

The car service Lyft recently received permission from the government of California to conduct autonomous driving tests on state roads. How close are we to a world filled with self-driving cars?

The country of Costa Rica depended solely upon electricity from renewable sources for 300 days in 2017, breaking its own record. We look at how this country used hydropower, geothermal energy and other renewable sources to create its electricity supply.

The Department of Homeland Security worked with hackers to find out if they could remotely gain access to a 757's on-board systems. They succeeded. What does this mean for aircraft security?

A company now offers a pill that can detect when a person swallows it. Have we entered the age of digital medication and is that a good thing?

Some very strange videos have been popping up on the YouTube Kids app. How are these unusual and sometimes disturbing videos getting through filters to reach children?

A company called SafeGraph holds an alarming amount of smartphone location data. Can you be singled out just based on where you’ve been?

Why do so many modern video games have extra content for purchase once a game goes live? Because it makes some serious cash for publishers.

The UN’s Convention on Conventional Weapons held its first meeting in November, 2017, and discussed the ramifications of autonomous weapons.

A consumer advocacy group in the UK has a warning for parents who are considering buying high tech toys for their kids.

A Dartmouth research team has found a way to reshape Wi-Fi signals using a 3D printer and some aluminum foil.

Is it possible for an electric car to recharge while still driving down the street? It can be with the power of electromagnets.

A developer’s error may have cost some cryptocurrency owners about 300 million dollars worth of funds. Can we just turn back the clock to before the mistake happened?

A researcher found that 77% of all the new content on Wikipedia comes from just 1% of all the editors. Has the democratic reference turned a corner?

After operating for only two hours, a self-driving shuttle bus in Las Vegas was involved in a traffic accident. Are autonomous vehicles really safer than human-operated cars?

Security experts first created Captchas to separate machines from humans. But now the machines are nearly as good at completing the tests as we are. What comes next?

Particle physicists blasted the Great Pyramid of Giza with subatomic particles and discovered a hidden chamber. How did bleeding-edge future tech help us learn about the ancient past?

According to one man's investigation, the FCC's comments page is peppered with fraudulent comments arguing against net neutrality. Many of the comments come from people who say they've never even visited the FCC's page and some of them are from dead people. What's going on?

Managing Pain through Virtual Reality: Research projects have shown that virtual reality experiences can help alleviate acute pain. Could the future of pain management include a head mounted display and a journey into a computer-generated world?

Movie theater owners that want to show Star Wars: The Last Jedi at their theaters are facing some steep demands from Disney. They'll have to hand over 65% of ticket sales and dedicate their largest auditoriums for an extended run. How do movie theater economics work?