The Ars Technicast
By Ars Technica
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The Ars Technicast is the official podcast from Ars Technica, where we bring you you the latest in the worlds of computing, technology, science, and everything else in between. Ars publishes original news and reviews, analysis of tech trends, and expert advice on the most fundamental aspects of tech and the many ways it's helping us enjoy our world.
||CleanArs Technicast, Ep. 38: So, an Xbox One and a PS4 walk into a room...||This year saw an event that only happens every six or seven years, on average: two major gaming consoles released at just about the same time. The PS4 has just released, and the Xbox One launches on Friday. Gaming Editor Kyle Orland has...||11/22/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 37: Maybe you should have read the book||Now that we’re closing in on the last few months of the year, movie season ramps up again as Hollywood releases some of its biggest films to close out the year. Just before Halloween, Cesar caught a screening of the Carrie re-boot by director...||11/8/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 36: How much is software worth anyway?||In this week’s episode, we take a couple of steps back from the announcement by Apple to look at current pricing strategies and models for some of the giants in computing. Co-hosts Social Editor Cesar Torres and Ars Associate...||10/25/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 35: We step out into Gravity's space||Spoiler Alert: In this episode, we go into detail about some key plot points from the film Gravity. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’ve been forewarned. Senior Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson still hasn’t seen the full film Gravity....||10/12/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 34: Can SteamOS squeeze into your living room?||In this episode, Gaming Editor Kyle visited the show to talk about the SteamOS announcement this week. It’s big news, because a SteamOS could mean that gamers could have more choices when it comes to playing Steam beyond their gaming...||9/27/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Ep. 33: What we talk about when we talk about iPhones||On Tuesday Apple announced two new versions of its iPhone line: the colorful 5c (a sleeker revamp of features in the current iPhone 5) and the higher-end iPhone 5s, which includes a finger print scanner. Apple also announced September 18th as the...||9/13/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Ep. 32: A discussion of the NSA, Snowden and reform||In this episode Ars Tech Policy Editor Joe Mullin joins hosts Social Editor Cesar Torres and Ars Writer Casey Johnston to talk about Ars Technica’s coverage of NSA and leaker Edward Snowden, who is at the center of much of the media...||8/16/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast Ep. 31: Nexus 7, Chromecast, and the Google+ conspiracy||Earlier this week, Google’s breakfast event, the tech giant announced several new products and services, including Chromecast, a competitor to Apple TV, as well as the refreshed Nexus 7 tablet, which supersedes its predescessor on several...||7/26/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast Episode 30: How to ruin a NASA capsule with a sandwich||In this episode we talk about NASA in light of next week’s 44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. We are excited to welcome special guest Amy Shira Teitel, who specializes in writing about the history of NASA. According to Amy, the...||7/12/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 29 – Microsoft's 180 on DRM makes us do a double take||In this episode of the Technicast, we set out to take a look back at the announcements we covered at E3 last week. Gaming Editor Kyle Orland and Senior Products Specialist Andrew Cunningham were on site at the event, and they joined me and co-host...||6/21/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 28–WWDC rumors and what's missing from them||While the Internet’s saturating itself like a wet sponge with rumors about what Apple has in store for iOS at the World Wide Developers conference, the Ars Technicast is staying dry and packing its bags to cover the conference next week. As we...||6/7/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 27–Will the revolution be 3D-printed?||In this episode we debate the issue of 3D printers and the patterns and designs available to make handgun components. We shed some light on the previous coverage we have written here at Ars Technica on the subject, and we talk about how difficult or...||5/24/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 26–Summer movie season is here: Engage!||Now that you can watch a movie on your laptop, tablet, or even your phone, the cinema has a lot of new options to compete against. The cinema is not dead, but it sure is evolving. Many of us at Ars Technica enjoy the trip to the theater to see a...||5/9/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast Episode 25 – Would you like some social media with your news?||Nowadays, when a big story breaks, one of the first places that people go to for information are social sites. Reactions on social media have become part of the headlines themselves, as social networks like Facebook and Twitter are used to both...||4/25/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 24 – Is it time to move into our Facebook Home?||Facebook announced Facebook Home last week, and they want users to get really cozy. So cozy that your friends' news feed updates will take over the screen of the phone, putting Facebook interactions and messaging at the forefront of the OS. Will this...||4/12/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 23 – Ghosts of online services we abandoned||Over the years, some of us have left behind online services. In some cases, we closed out the account, and in others, it languished in the graveyard of the Internet. Today, we talk about the ghosts they left behind. Some of the services we talk about...||3/29/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Tecnicast, Episode 22 – Tech horror stories||Most computer and gadget owners have lived through the nightmares of failed hard drives, fried circuits, cracked screens and other horror tales. Here at the Ars Technicast, we have had our own shares of tech mishapss. On this episode, Senior Apple...||3/15/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 21 – And then we met the PS4||Sure, a little bit of mystery is not a bad thing. Mystery helps us feel a bit of anticipation, and in the case of Sony, they are teasing us with the PlayStation 4, the follow-up to the Playstation 3. It’s been seven years since the release of...||2/27/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast Episode 20 – Lifestyles of the digital and automated||Automation has long been relegated to the nerd realm and the home tinkerer. Back in 2008 we reviewed automated thermostats like the Ecobee, and the Ars OpenForum also discussed it. Fast forward to 2013, and now general consumers can now also enjoy a...||2/15/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 19 – Video games of the FUTURE Future future...||According to our gaming editor Kyle Orland, video games are in a real transition point. Nintendo just released the Wii U, its next generation console, but many of us are speculating about what’s to come from other major players like Sony and...||2/1/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 18: CES – Tales from the trenches||CES 2013, that giant, tangled web of a consumer electronic show, concluded last week, and the Ars Technica crew was there to cover it. But now that it’s over, we took some time to think about what makes this giant trade show useful, and the ways...||1/17/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 17: Deconstructing The Hobbit||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey finally arrived a week ago. For fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, the new film could be the best adaptation ever—or perhaps a movie that has lost the tone of the source material. In this episode of the Ars...||12/21/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 16: Pick your favorite gaming platform – console or PC?||This week we discuss PC vs. console gaming, Which platform holds the crown? Gaming Editor Kyle Orland and Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson talk about their dedication to each platform. Thouygh gamers cans sometimes live squarely on one side of the PC...||12/7/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 15: Read any Darwin lately?||Why is it that so many people have not read Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species? This seminal work of science and literature has been one of the most influential and hotly debated works of the modern age, and yet, not everyone has read it. In...||11/21/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 14 – Why the Microsoft Surface tablet doesn't hit the mark||This week, Microsoft Editor Peter Bright shares his honest opinions on what the Microsoft Surface lacks, and why. There’s niggling small details that don’t make the cut, and there’s some big problems with it as well. But...||11/9/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 13 – iPad mini-me, can you complete me?||This week in the Ars Technicast we talk about the iPad mini, which Apple announced earlier this week, along with an update to the larger iPad. Senior Apple Editor Jacqui Cheng, who liveblogged the event, shared her first-hand impressions with Apple's...||10/26/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 12 – Wham, bam, we talk Internet scams||In this episode of the Ars Technicast we talk about the fine art of the scam. Recently, Deputy Editor Nate Anderson and Ars Senior Writer Jon Brodkin wrote about the ways in which Internet scammers have taken to use the telephone to solicit users to...||10/12/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 11: Our all-time favorite video game villains||Muua-ha-ha-ha! What makes for an amazing and iconic video game villain? Is it looks, evil laughter, or a singularly creepy name? Following the success of our previous podcast episode, “Our most memorable video game characters,” we are...||9/29/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 10 – Who are the most memorable video game characters?||Video game characters have been with us for decades, and many have evolved into household names. That list of characters includes Pac-Man, Mario, Samus, Sonic the Heddgehog, and many more. But what does is take to create a memorable character? In the...||9/14/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 9 – How the Internet changed my meatspace||Though not all of us Ars Technica editors were introduced to the Internet at the same time, there’s no doubt that it has an effect on our social interactions everyday. In fact, some our social interaction is dependent on having at least a...||8/29/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 8 – Life after being hacked: dealing with the fallout||The enticing promise of cloud computing is one plays on our human desire for convenience. Your data, which can include photos, music, health records –– in essence, your digital life –– is hosted in the cloud, synced to...||8/17/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 7 – Don't mess with my desk||A desk is more than just a place to sit and work. For many of us, it’s a whole way of life. On this episode of the Ars Technicast, we share details about our own desk setups. We discuss ergonomics, elevatable desks, minimalism and even DIY...||8/3/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 6 – Music||In this week’s episode we get up close and personal with music. Ryan and Jacqui trade stories about using digital upright pianos and evaluate the quality of their sound. We also discuss iPad apps used for music making and performance. Not all of...||7/19/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 5 - Retro gaming||This week we’re dedicating our show to retro gaming. As we discussed the games of our youth, we discovered that we’re still in love with many of those early games. Gaming editor Kyle Orland joins Senior Apple Editor Jacqui Cheng, Open...||7/5/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 4 – The science and the fiction of Prometheus||This week we devote the show to science fiction, and in particular Ridley Scott’s new film Prometheus. Warning: This show is extremely spoiler heavy, so if you don’t want to know details about the film, wait until you see it first, since...||6/21/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast, Episode 3 — Summer travel and gadgets||This week we are dedicating our show to summer travel and gadgets. What kind of gadgets do you bring when you travel for work, and which ones do you bring when you're on vacation? Host and Senior Apple Editor Jacqui Cheng is joined in this...||5/25/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Ars Technicast Episode 2 | Internet: Huh, yeah, what is it good for?||The Ars Technicast Episode 2 | Internet: Huh, yeah, what is it good for?||5/10/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanArs Technicast Episode 1 | The Singularity||Original news and reviews, analysis of tech trends, and expert advice on the most fundamental aspects of tech and the many ways it's helping us enjoy our world.||4/25/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
Please prepare more
The latest show, on Windows RT devices, is absolutely painful to listen to. Peter stammers and sputters and takes huge pauses to get his words out and it sounds like he's just completely unprepared to talk. The whole thing sounds off the cuff in a bad way. A little more preparation and production would go a long way.
I enjoy Ars Technica and the content they provide. In general, Ars provides insightful reporting on all things technology. In my opinion, this podcast has not met these standards of excellence.
1. Many words, very little tech content. This probably results from poor planning. These people may be wonderful Ars editors, but they aren't equipped to fluidly produce a high-quality podcast on the fly.
2. Narrow focus. The show reveals very little breadth of opinion related to a given topic. Very likely, this also relates to a lack of proper planning.
3. Unclear structure. When you listen, there's not a clear sense of "where are we going and why?” Again, proper planning.
I support this endeavor. But, coming from Ars, I have high expectations. Keep improving.
Please equalize the volumes of the speakers in the future. Some people are too difficult to understand. Jacqui has the right volume.