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Tech News Now

CNET, SpokenLayer
89 episodes
Bite-size tech news for listeners on the go, hosted by CNET editors.

Disclaimer: the content and artwork of this podcast are the property of its owner and are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Audiotrails.

Colonial Pipeline hack and gas shortage: What you need to know

In today's top stories, the FBI blamed the attack and weekend shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline on a group called Darkside. In other news, Apple claims its App Store review team stopped over $1.5B potentially fraudulent transactions in 2020. And finally, the National Transportation Safety Board rep…

IRS may owe you a tax refund for unemployment benefits, here's how to check

In today's top stories, If you paid taxes on unemployment benefits last year, the IRS may owe you a tax refund check. In other news, FDA permits use of Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12-15. And finally, Clubhouse launches Android beta after year on iOS.

Dogecoin price drops over the weekend, despite Musk name-dropping on SNL

In today's top tech stories, supporters of the cryptocurrency, Dogecoin, hoped Musk's appearance would cause the price to rise, instead it dropped. In other news, CEO Sundar Pichai showcases more flexible return-to-office policy for Google employees. And finally,the discarded body of a Chinese Long…

Blue Origin sets July 20 as date to send civilians to space aboard New Shepard

In today's top tech stories, Blue Origin will send first customer to space in just a few months. In other space news, SpaceX Starship SN15 rocket successfully lands after other prototypes explode. And finally, US Product Safety Commission, Peloton recall Tread Plus, Tread fitness treadmills after m…

Facebook oversight board upholds Trump suspension, for now

In today's top tech stories, for the moment, former President Donald Trump won't regain access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts. Speaking of Facebook, the social media platform is testing a new tool called Neighborhoods to help communities connect. And finally, Apple's fight with Epic Games c…

Herd immunity against Covid-19 unlikely to happen in US, experts say

In today's top tech stories, public health experts argue persistent vaccine hesitancy and the spread of COVID-19 variants are among the factors preventing herd immunity in the US. In other news, ad blocking popularity the US surges as nearly 40% of adults block online ads on mobile devices. And fin…

Facebook's oversight board could return Trump's megaphone

In today's top tech stories, Facebook oversight board will decide Wednesday to lift or continue Trump's ban from the social media platform following his incitement of the Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill. In other news, cryptocurrency Ethereum surges past $3,000 for the first time. And finally, …

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying ISS astronauts makes first nighttime US landing since 1968

In today's top tech stories, SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts return to Earth in rare nighttime splashdown. In other news, the PS5 is still selling better than the PS4, despite shortages. And finally, a Florida bill would prohibit social sites from "deplatforming" politicians.

Bezos, Musk feud over NASA's plan to go with SpaceX for Artemis moon mission

In today's tech stories, Blue Origin officially protests the selection of SpaceX for NASA's Artemis moon mission. Speaking of SpaceX, Musk's rocket company aims to launch SN15 Mars rocket prototype this week. And finally, Amazon Prime Day 2021 will take place in June.

How to block apps from tracking you on iOS 14.5

In today's top tech stories, iOS 14.5 lets you stop iPhone apps from tracking you, and it takes less than a minute. In other news, NASA astronaut Michael Collins, who flew Apollo 11 command module, dies at 90. And finally, the famous Hubble telescope marked its space birthday with stunning images o…

iOS 14.5 launches, bringing major privacy changes

In today's top tech stories, Apple's iOS 14.5 is now available for iPhone and iPad users, challenging Facebook and Google's tracking abilities. In other news, Beyond Burger 3.0 is here, and apparently 'meatier and juicier' than ever. And finally, CDC says vaccinated Americans don't need to wear a m…

Elon Musk will host Saturday Night Live on May 8

In today's top tech news, Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk will host Saturday Night Live on May 8, with Miley Cyrus as the show's musical guest. Speaking of SpaceX, Musk's rocket company is preparing for an upgraded Starship rocket launch this week. And finally, there's been no movement yet on Biden's pl…

SpaceX, NASA Crew-2 astronauts reach space station

In today's top tech stories, Astronauts aboard SpaceX rocket successfully reach International Space Station. In other news, PlayStation Plus Video Pass, a video streaming service with Sony Pictures content, is being tested. And finally, After brief pause, US to resume Johnson & Johnson vaccine roll…

NASA Perseverance rover pulls breathable oxygen from air on Mars

In today's top tech stories, using a tool called Moxie, the Perseverance rover pulled breathable oxygen from air on Mars, which is about 96% carbon dioxide. In more space news, NASA's Ingenuity helicopter makes a successful second flight on Mars. And finally, Biden's next stimulus plans are already…

Facebook vs. Apple: Everything you need to know about their privacy feud

In today's top stories, an update to Apple's iOS 14 comes with a privacy change, giving iPhone users control over data tracking apps and Facebook's not happy about it. In other news, lawmakers urge FTC to probe Google for pushing apps that allegedly violate child privacy law. And finally, your stat…

Everything announced at Spring Loaded, Apple's first virtual event of 2021

In today's top tech stories, Apple announced a series of new products, including a new Apple 4k TV, iMacs in a rainbow of colors, and so much more. But the big news: Apple finally debuts AirTags, the tech giant's much anticipated tracking tiles. And finally, the US warns against travel to 80% of al…

NASA picks SpaceX and Starship to send Artemis astronauts to the moon

In today's top tech stories, Elon Musk's SpaceX will send Artemis astronauts to the moon, beating out Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin for the massive NASA contract. In other Elon Musk news, a Tesla Model S crash with nobody behind the wheel leaves 2 dead. And finally, cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin an…

NASA Mars helicopter Ingenuity first flight: When will it fly, how to watch

In today's top tech news, NASA's Ingenuity helicopter will attempt its first historic flight on Mars following a slight delay. In other news, Amazon Prime now has over 200 million subscribe. And finally, California's Franchise Tax Board is sending out the first round of $600 this week to state resi…

Facebook Oversight Board will let you appeal to remove content

In today's top tech news, largest social network will let users appeal to remove content from Facebook or Instagram. In other news, Researchers identify systems that could have Tatooine-like planets with twin suns. And finally, Spotify launches $80 Car Thing device for drivers. For now, it's free.

Apple, Amazon and Google slam 'discriminatory' voting restriction laws

In today's top tech news, hundreds of CEOs and companies signed a statement opposing "discriminatory legislation" making it harder for Americans to vote. In other news, Fukushima nuclear plant's wastewater will be released into the ocean, Japan says. And finally, Nvidia announces new AI chip Grace …

US officials pause Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout due to clotting problems

In today's top tech news, The FDA and CDC are investigating the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine after six people developed rare blood clots within two weeks of vaccination. In other news, Apple's online-only iPad launch event will take place April 20. And finally, Blue Origin to test New Shep…

NASA delays Ingenuity helicopter's historic first flight on Mars

In today's top tech stories, a safety alert delays historic first flight of NASA's Ingenuity helicopter on Mars. The space agency says says the flight will take place "no earlier than April 14." In other news, Uber lets customers pitch in for rides to help people get to COVID-19 vaccination sites. …

Amazon workers in Alabama decisively vote not to unionize

In today's top tech news, Amazon union drive failed, but criticism of its working conditions isn't over. In other news, Apple is pushing back MacBook and iPad production due to a supply shortage, report says. And finally, speaking of shortages, the White House will reportedly meet with tech leaders…

Surprise, surprise, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk top the Forbes 2021 rich list

In today's top tech stories, Forbes 2021 billionaires' list is out and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Tesla CEO Elon Musk hold the top two spots. In other news, LG pledges three years of Android software updates despite quitting smartphone business. And finally, Meteor season kicks off with the annu…

SpaceX is just a handful of Starlink launches from blanketing Earth in broadband

In today's top tech news, Starlink could have more than 1600 satellites in low-Earth orbit before year's end. In other news, Facebook says data from 530M users was obtained by scraping, not hack. In addition, the social network recently removed over 300 fake accounts linked to the exiled militant g…

Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and other tech giants speak out against Georgia's new election law

In today's top tech news, Georgia's Election Integrity Act receives sharp criticism from the America's leading tech companies who throw their support behind voting rights. In other news, Biden will move up deadline for states to open COVID-19 vaccines to all adults. And finally, Xupermask is a futu…

Facebook data for over 500M users reportedly leaks online

In today's top tech stories, personal data from over 500M Facebook users leaks online, report says. In other news, LG is quitting the smartphone business in July to focus on smart home and robotics. And finally, billions of cicadas to emerge in US for first time in 17 years.

NASA Perseverance rover drops off Ingenuity helicopter on Mars

In today's top tech stories, NASA's Perseverance rover dropped the tiny chopper off on the red planet's surface in preparation for its historic flight. In other news, Biden's infrastructure plan will add 30 new Amtrak routes if the ambitious legislation passes. And finally, Amazon issues public apo…

2021 child tax credit: Who's a qualified dependent?

In today's top tech stories, review the requirements your child needs to meet in order for you to receive the new CTC payment of up to $3,600. In other news, Biden will not pursue restrictions Trump placed on h-1B visas. And finally, For a monthly cost of $15, Adobe's new Design Mobile Bundle combi…

Amazon's union vote: What the election at an Alabama warehouse could mean

In today's top tech stories, Amazon's first US union could form in the South. In other news, YouTube will start hiding likes among some users as part of a test. And finally, Borisov comet is the first interstellar object ever observed in mint condition.