IGN Tech Fetish

In the wake of this week's FCC Net Neutrality ruling, the Tech Fetish crew considers the potential mirror universes that we'll never know. We also discuss a wearable that harnesses kinetic energy, Pebble's next smartwatch, Hyperloop technology, and a smattering of news on bionic body parts. Oh, and Mark Ryan solved a long-running mystery. No big deal.

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Alaina, Alex, and Mark Ryan convene to discuss this week's biggest news: privacy breaches on both the government and private corporation fronts, in the form of hard drives infected with NSA spyware and laptops shipped with man-in-the-middle adware that compromises encrypted browsing sessions.

The Tech Fetish crew also chats about the latest space developments (fireball over Pittsburgh, y'all), hints that Sony could sell off its audio and video divisions, and why you should pay really close attention to what software you're downloading before manually updating firmware.

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The Tech Fetish crew gathers this week to discuss the discovery that Samsung’s Smart TVs could be collecting voice data unbeknownst to users, the idea of taking a one-way trip to Mars, and the new requirement that allows US citizens to have their phones unlocked by their wireless carriers (finally).

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It's a little bit of this, a little bit of that this week: Alaina, Alex, Mark Ryan, and Justin gather to discuss Ouya's $10 million in funding, rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S6, Twitter's internal admission that it's bad at dealing with abuse, and a smidge of space news. We also cover FCC chairman Tom Wheeler's plan to make net neutrality a reality for both standard broadband and cellular data, and an office in Sweden that lets workers microchip themselves to...open doors.

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This week the Tech Fetish crew gathers to discuss Apple's Q1 profits of $18 billion USD (yup, billion with a "b"); Bill Gates also warning against the dangers of super intelligent A.I.; Spotify's imminent arrival on PlayStation consoles; and an update to the political situation with internet service in the United States.

[NOTE: We recorded this episode on Wednesday, since Alaina's traveling this week. Today, the FCC did decide to reclassify the definition of broadband to 25Mbps down/3Mbps up in the U.S.]

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Guest member Adam Barenblat joins The Tech Fetish crew this week to drill down into everything announced at Microsoft's Windows 10 event: we chat about Cortana, Continuum, the newly announced HoloLens augmented-reality headset, and a tradition of heartbreak.

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And we're back! (Happy new year, everyone!) Alaina, Alex, Justin, and Mark Ryan discuss this year's Consumer Electronics Show, and all the tech Alaina and Alex practically swam in.

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In this last episode for 2014, Alaina, Alex, Justin, and Mark Ryan gather to discuss Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 event, Skype's pretty cool new translation preview, the Curiosity Rover's latest findings on Mars, and a very weird stain on Justin's pants. (Yeah, that happened.)

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With Alex and Justin both out (slaaaaackers), the remaining diehard Tech Fetish crew is joined by a guest from the IGN ranks to discuss rocket-engine-powered cars, the FCC's new requirements for what constitutes "broadband," VLC for Android (FINALLY, YOU GUYS), as well as playing Pong at street corners, gizmos that let you shoot fireballs, and jetpack stunt flying, among other things.

NOTE: This episode was recorded last Friday, but due to some mic level issues that needed fixing, we're posting this today.  Sorry about the delay!

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The Tech Fetish crew gathers to discuss reader letters on password security and battery life, as well as news of the week - it's all about impending doom from robots and space. Oh, and space exploration, too. (The latter part's pretty great; the former, not as much.)

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