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ATTG 2033: A Weak Back - Echo Alternatives, ElevenLabs, 2FA Applications

ATTG 2032: My Baby Loves to Boom Boom - DIY Home Theater, Backup Best Practices, Corrupted Kernel Extensions & More

Leo and Mikah tackle a wide range of tech questions from viewers, covering everything from backup strategies to AI's impact on creativity. The hosts are joined by the Home Theater Geek Scott Wilkinson, who shares an impressive DIY home theater, and travel expert Johnny Jet with essential tips for renewing your passport online and staying cool while traveling in Europe. Don't miss Leo and Mikah's thought-provoking discussion on the future of AI and human creativity!

  • Google research paper suggests AI "breaking reality" is a feature, not a bug. The team discusses the implications.
  • Mathematicians discover the fifth "busy beaver" number after 40 years. Leo attempts to explain this computational math milestone.
  • Cloudflare launches tool to block AI bots from scraping websites, as 85% of Cloudflare customers want to block AI.
  • Saudi Arabia aims to be the eSports capital of the world with a $60 million prize pool.
  • Martin asks for advice on replacing his Drobo Mini for backing up 8 family members' computers. Leo and Mikah recommend using a NAS for network backups, Time Machine for local backups, and cloud services like Backblaze for offsite backup.
  • Richard wonders if he needs to convert his hard drives from NTFS to APFS when moving from Windows to Mac for his large video collection. The hosts explain NTFS works fine on Mac and recommend using a Synology NAS with Plex as a centralized media server.
  • Jeremy wants to set up cloud backup with versioning for his daughter's MacBook before she heads to college. Mikah suggests using Time Machine locally and Backblaze for cloud backup.
  • The Home Theater Geek Scott Wilkinson showcases an impressive DIY basement home theater built for under $24K.
  • Jim, a movie sound professional, is looking for a Windows word processor that can handle his 2000+ page book with many illustrations. The hosts caution against trying to run macOS on a PC and recommend trying LibreOffice.
  • Matthew asks if using the Google Photos app on iPhone will create duplicates. Mikah doesn't think so but suggests running a short test.
  • Graham wants to play Apple Podcasts on his Google Nest speakers. Leo recommends using Spotify instead since it's supported by Google speakers.
  • Hans, a multimedia artist, shares a fascinating discussion with Leo and Mikah about AI's impact on creative jobs. While some see AI as a threat, Hans embraces it as a tool to enhance creativity.
  • Paul troubleshoots an issue where he's not getting play-by-play audio on certain sports streams through his TV speakers, but it works through his soundbar. The hosts suggest it's likely an encoding compatibility issue with his TV.
  • Johnny Jet shares his unfortunate tale of catching hand, foot and mouth disease right before a big trip to Europe. He offers tips on travel insurance, the risks of posting your info publicly, and renewing your passport online.
  • Vidak from Montenegro is experiencing audio cut-outs when using his Focusrite Scarlett audio interface with his M2 MacBook Pro. Mikah suspects a software conflict and suggests troubleshooting steps to isolate the issue.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Scott Wilkinson and Johnny Jet

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ATTG 2031: Three Weddings and a Baby - IT Careers, iPhone Backups, Wi-Fi Systems

Four thousand people were arrested in a crackdown on online scam networks. What's the best way to get started working in IT? What are good alternatives to the Windows Mail app? And Mikah and Leo give their recommendation for a Wi-Fi system that's great for older users.

  • Nearly 4,000 arrested in global police crackdown on online scam networks.
  • I paid $365.63 to replace 404 Media with AI.
  • Microsoft tells Texas agencies they were exposed in Russian hack.
  • NASA and SpaceX misjudged the risks from reentering space junk.
  • The White House will host a conference for social media creators.
  • Apple explores novel method for making iPhone batteries more replaceable.
  • A caller is taking an online course to get a certification towards working in the field of IT and has started to look at online jobs. They found a job they are interested in, but it's asking for five years of experience, and the caller will only have this certification when applying. How can they find the ideal job to start their career in the IT field?
  • Shele wonders how they can back up their iPhone data to network-attached storage rather than through iCloud.
  • Nate uses a Mac and a Windows machine with multiple hard drives connected to it. Whenever he reboots his Mac though, the Windows machine with the drives goes offline, and he has to reconnect them every time manually. Is there a way to reconnect the drives automatically?
  • Nate is also wondering why when driving in his vehicle and as he gets close to his house, Siri activates from his iPhone and takes over the audio in his vehicle?
  • Jeff is having issues getting back into his email account after supposedly violating the email providers' service agreement.
  • Jim has a website for wedding officiation. However, when people try to visit his website, the server can't be found unless they add "https://" to the URL. What's preventing people from visiting Jim's website?
  • Kevin writes in to try to find alternatives to Windows's Mail app after being mandated to switch from it to Microsoft Outlook.
  • David calls in trying to understand why he can only update the operating system through the command line when running Linux Mint.
  • James calls in looking for a recommendation for a Wi-Fi system he can install for his parents and have them manage it themselves rather than relying on James.
  • Andrew is looking for recommendations for his next laptop and to see if there's any spamware protection he can install for his Pixel 8.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent

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ATTG 2030: From Whence Do You Hence? - Smart Watches, AirPods, Mesh Systems

Would you pay a monthly fee for an AI Alexa?? Can I extend the connection between my AirPods and my Mac? What's going on with my connection to my network when using Apple's Private Relay? Plus, Dick DeBartolo talks about the MAD exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum and the new AeroPress Go Plus!

  • How the dash to ditch paper money created a playground for criminals.
  • 'This Old House' pays tribute to creator Russell Morash.
  • Apple won't roll out AI tech in EU market over regulatory concerns.
  • AT&T can't hang up on landline phone customers, California agency rules.
  • Amazon mulls $5 to $10 monthly price tag for unprofitable Alexa service, AI revamp.
  • Mark is wondering if a smartwatch is a good device to catch up on missed notifications and if there's a way to have the watch re-send any notifications he missed previously.
  • Jesse is getting an 0x80d02002 error when downloading files on their Windows machine and is trying to figure out how to stop the error. They also ask why they can't get their Roku TV to connect to their Apple AirPlay.
  • Dick Debartolo joins the show this week to talk about the MAD exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum and the new AeroPress Go Plus.
  • Steve writes to ask if there's a way to extend the connection of their AirPods to their Mac.
  • Bala's phone was stolen recently, and they got a new phone to replace it. But they're wondering if the thieves can easily access the information on their old phone.
  • Vidak ask why his mesh system is not correctly connecting to the node they want it to connect to?
  • Tim wonders why if Apple is such and advocate for privacy, why they allow downloaded apps from the App Store to collect information on you Tim is also having issues getting Apple's Private Relay to connect to their WiFi network.
  • David writes in wondering what the best way to hook up their Apple TV to a project and get sound out with a soundbar or speakers.
  • Emil emails the show asking why their 2nd Gen AirPods Pro constantly pauses audio playback from almost any movement.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent

Guest: Dick DeBartolo

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ATTG 2029: Peak Bougie - 5GHz Networks, Boeing Starliner, iMessages

Apple & Meta will likely face charges for failing to comply with EU rules. Can you play Apple Spatial audio files outside of Apple Music? How can you start learning how to program and develop an application? Plus, Rod Pyle talks about the Boeing Starliner launch, and Chris Marquardt goes over the past month's photo assignment of Minimalist!

  • Apple WWDC24, Apple Intelligence, and RCS coming to iPhone.
  • Apple, Meta set to face EU charges under landmark tech rules, sources say.
  • Matthew calls in, asking if upgrading his network from 2.4GHz to 5GHz is worth it.
  • Chris wants to know how to play his Apple Spatial audio files in other applications outside of Apple Music.
  • Rod Pyle talks about the Boeing Starliner launch, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch, and China's Chang'e 6 mission.
  • Kevin likes having everything on his Mac open up in one Finder window with multiple tabs. How can Kevin keep Finder from opening links he clicks on in iMessage on his Mac to opening in the same Finder window where he has his multiple tabs?
  • Henry emails Leo and Mikah, wondering where he can go to start programming an app he has an idea for.
  • After upgrading to Mac OS Sonoma, Steve gets a notification that "Steve's iPhone microphone is not available." He wants to know why he's constantly getting this notification and how to stop it?
  • Randy writes that they have a music collection on Apple Music, but he wants to save those files on his iPhone in the Apple Music app without constantly paying for a subscription. Is there a way for Randy to do this?
  • Chris Marquardt goes over the Minimalist photo assignment and assigns the next assignment!
  • Patrick calls in with a problem about why, when he's sending text messages on his iPhone through iMessage, the messages go from the Apple standard blue bubbles to green bubbles randomly at times. Patrick also wonders why his Apple Watch is receiving notifications inconsistently from apps like iMessage and WhatsApp.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Rod Pyle and Chris Marquardt

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ATTG 2028: 2,000 TOPS - VoIP Woes, Rogue Voice Memos, and Pet Tracking

VoIP Woes, Rogue Voice Memos, and Pet Tracking

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent

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ATTG 2027: Johnny Ebola and the Malaria Five - Ticketmaster Breach, Podcasting, iPad's

Alex Lindsay joins Leo Laporte this week for Ask The Tech Guys. What's the best way to start podcasting? Which iPad and Apple Pencil is great for drawing? Why is my iPad lagging when using a certain application? Plus, Scott Wilkinson talks about some of the technology demonstrated at Display Week 2024, and Johnny Jet talks about how you shouldn't share your itinerary information on social media.

  • Data of 560 million Ticketmaster customers for sale after alleged breach.
  • Tribeca to screen AI-generated short films created by OpenAI's Sora.
  • How can I start podcasting?
  • What's the easiest way to pull a plethora of photos off your iPhone and to store these photos?
  • Scott Wilkinson and Display Week 2024.
  • What apps are available to listen to radio stations on a vehicle with an infotainment system running Android Automotive OS?
  • What's the best iPad & pencil for drawing?
  • Johnny Jet and why you shouldn't share pictures of your itinerary online.
  • I have a telestration setup at home with my iPad and Video Pencil, but how can I reduce the lag on my iPad when using the software?

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Alex Lindsay

Guests: Scott Wilkinson and Johnny Jet

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ATTG 2026: Swedish Death Cleaning - Doge Meme, WiFi 6e vs WiFi 7, Photo Tagging

Congress recently made it nearly impossible to track private jets. Is WiFi 7 worth buying into right now? What resources are out there to help with the process of building a computer? How can I tag and organize photos based on the date taken? Plus, Dick DeBartolo stops by to share some LED lights that he loves and can magnetically stick to metal surfaces!

  • Kabosu, Shiba Inu dog who inspired 'Doge' meme, dies at 18.
  • Congress just made it basically impossible to track Taylor Swift's private jet.
  • U.S. screens record 2.95 million airline passengers in single day.
  • Is there a way to pinpoint an issue causing my Safari browser not to work?
  • Is WiFi 7 a worthwhile upgrade for better data transfer between my NAS and computer?
  • Are there AI note-taking tools that can effectively summarize notes from a meeting and are not as costly?
  • Dick DeBartolo and the motion sensor LED light pucks!
  • Can I tag photos based on dates?
  • Leo shows off the mini Bluetooth keyboard he recommended for a viewer last week to use with your iPad. What does Leo think of the device?
  • Are there tools out there that can organize photos of one person by date of older to newer?
  • What resources are out there to help with the process of building a computer?
  • How can I determine which custom ringtones are set to my contacts on my cellphone?
  • Why are my Edge browser profiles not syncing across my various devices?
  • How can I make a searchable database for my podcast?
  • What's the easiest way to create annotations for my videos on my iPad?
  • Could the Framework laptops be a good choice for running AI models locally?

Host: Leo Laporte

Guest: Dick DeBartolo

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ATTG 2025: Bitcoin Pizza - iPad Pros, Safari Photography, Multiple Emails

This week is Bitcoin Pizza Day, celebrating the anniversary of someone paying 10,000 bitcoin for two pizzas in the first Bitcoin transaction. What's the best way to manage multiple email accounts? Are there simple remote controllers one can use with an iPad? Plus, Rod Pyle talks about the recent Blue Origin flight, and Chris Marquardt goes over the Tough assignment.

  • Bitcoin Pizza Day is this week.
  • Mikah and Leo got their new iPad Pro's
  • Is there a screen protector for my 15-inch laptop that can reduce glare and block blue light from the screen?
  • Rod Pyle & the Blue Origin flight.
  • What's a good point-and-shoot camera to take on a safari trip?
  • What's going on with various companies & even states handling the privacy of their users?
  • Can you merge Google Workspace emails with a personal Gmail account? What's the best way to manage multiple email addresses from one central location?
  • Chris Marquardt & the 'tough' assignment. The next assignment is 'minimalist.'
  • A previous caller recommends some new books for Leo and Mikah.
  • Are there remote controllers you can use with an iPad?

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Rod Pyle and Chris Marquardt

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ATTG 2024: Exhaust Holes - Tesla, iMessages, Mechanical Keyboards

Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent ask Sam Abuelsamid of the Wheel Bearings podcast what is going on at Tesla following Elon's dismissal of the supercharger team. Can you completely silence a group message in iMessage for a selected period? Is there a device that can automatically reboot a router following a network failure? Leo, Mikah, and others at TWiT also start talking about mechanical keyboards and their preferences following a listener's question about them.

  • Apple nears deal with OpenAI to put ChatGPT on iPhone.
  • Is the VPN security flaw following the Option 121 vulnerability a big issue after Steve Gibson's report on it?
  • Sam Abuelsamid and what happened with the Tesla Supercharger team.
  • A caller gives their recommendation for DeleteMe (a sponsor on the TWiT network).
  • What WiFi system do Leo and Mikah recommend for a 7000 sq ft house with multiple levels?
  • Is there a comparable service to ComiXology that can help sort comic books into different categories easily and quickly?
  • Can you silence a group message in iMessage during a selected period?
  • Are there devices that can automatically reboot a router?
  • Are there mechanical keyboards that closely mimic an old IBM Selectric typewriter?

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Mikah Sargent

Guest: Sam Abuelsamid

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