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Show Notes


How to Fix the iPhone Disconnected Error During Backup or Restore in iTunes

Boar’s Head Hot Dogs

Coinbase is now the No. 1 iPhone app in the U.S.

What You Should Know About Bitcoin’s Ridiculous Surge In Value

Buys Bitcoin once by Corporate Bro

Nearly 80 percent of female tech founders have experienced sexual harassment at work or know someone who has


Can You Trust Navigation Apps During a Major Emergency?

Welcome to the Voice Wars

All the Ways Facebook Copied Rivals and Tried to Become the Whole Internet in 2017

Facebook Is Giving the “Poke” Another Chance

Vine Can Turn Over a New Leaf

Hilton plans to offer a smart hotel room system next year

SEC Emergency Action Halts ICO Scam


DeepMind’s AI became a superhuman chess player in a few hours, just for fun

AI is now so complex its creators can’t trust why it makes decisions

Bullshit Generator


How to Mirror Specific Displays in OS X: Mirror some, but not all of your monitors on an Apple system

‘Her Story’ creator’s new series is based on ’80s classic ‘WarGames’

HQ, the hot new trivia app, is raising money in a round that could value its company at $100 million

Apple Has Ruined Its Podcasts App

Apple buys podcast search startup Pop Up Archive

Zippo Rechargeable Hand Warmers – 6 Hour

Rode VMPR VideoMic Pro R with Rycote Lyre Shockmount

Lighting Science FG-02263 Good Night LED Household Light Bulbs

NYKKOLA Unisex Barbarian Knit Beanie Octopus

Knuckle Duster Blood Spattered Mug

Muji Gel Ink Ball Point Pen, 0.38-mm, Black, 10 Pcs

Field Notes Steno Pad

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

Synology Disk Station 4-Bay Diskless Network Attached Storage (DS416j)

Elite Cuisine EGC-007 Maxi-Matic Egg Poacher & Egg Cooker with 7 Egg Capacity, White


Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV, finally

The Grand Tour Season 2

Star Trek: Voyager

Slicing Up Eyeballs Alternative Christmas Playlist

Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series


Battlestar Galactica Viewing Order (No spoilers!)

The Crow’s Original Director Has an Emotional Reason for Opposing the New Reboot

Netflix Announces ‘Black Mirror’ Season 4 Release Date

Trump vs Talking Heads – Swedemason

Roxanne but every time they sing Roxanne it gets 5% faster


The CyberWire

Dave Bittner

A popular virtual keyboard app leaks 31 million users’ personal data

Facebook’s new Messenger app for kids has Congress asking about privacy

The Uber hacker was a 20-year-old Florida man who lived with his mother

Cayla doll too eavesdroppy to put under the Christmas tree, says France

Meow! Facial recognition reaches pet doors


Irish villagers complain Viagra plant fumes have men and dogs walking around with ‘hard-ons’

I can’t quite settle, I think.

The Miniature Set Used for Blade Runner 2049 Will Change the Way You See Movies

Millions Are Hounded For Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With A Vengeance


“House of Cards” to return with Robin Wright as lead, Netflix confirms

I Made My Shed the Top Rated Restaurant On TripAdvisor


This heavy metal music made by a machine will rock your human face off

We’re Updating Patreon’s Fee Structure. Here’s Why.

Apple ‘On Schedule’ to Terminate Music Downloads by 2019

Run Lola Run Soundtrack



Judah Friedlander – America is the greatest country in the United States

Craig Ferguson – Tickle Fight

Jason on Goodreads

Brian on Goodreads

Bitcoin: How Does it Work? (Roger Ver Interview)

Universal Basic Income Explained – Free Money for Everybody? UBI

This smart urinal will show you ads while you pee