Rank #1: TNSS 189: Best of 2018
Welcome to the Best of 2018 for The New Screen Savers for Saturday, December 29, 2018. From sipping Mai Tais from the TikiTron drinkbot, trying the VR omnidirectional treadmill featured in Ready Player One, to escaping Reason's high-tech escape rooms, here are some of our fan and staff favorite moments.
Host: Leo Laporte
Rank #2: TNSS 188: High-Tech Escape Rooms & VR Motion Tracking
On 'The New Screen Savers' recorded on Saturday, December 22, 2018, with Leo Laporte and Patrick Norton:
- Leo and Patrick discuss Facebook's ongoing user data privacy problems, Elon Musk's Boring Company and their first completed tunnel, and how UK's second largest airport was shut down due to drones.
- PhaseSpace's Robert Jaeger Slaughter shows off their unique motion tracking system that can be used for location-based VR entertainment and more.
- Leo and the TWiT crew try out one of Reason's sci-fi themed escape rooms in San Francisco and give you a sneak peek at how co-founders Crina Bordas and Mike Chen are incorporating drones, VR, and 3D printers as a way to make emerging tech to be more accessible to everyone.
- Patrick has a few ideas for you if you're behind on your holiday gift shopping with a last-minute Holiday Gift Guide.
- Plus we answer some of your questions in our 'Call for Help' and 'Mail Bag.'
Rank #3: TNSS 187: Take Back Control of Your Email With the Helm Personal Server
On 'The New Screen Savers' recorded on Saturday, December 15, 2018, with Leo Laporte and Scott Bourne:
- Leo and Scott discuss the continuing Chinese espionage story, Facebook's new data breach of their user's photos, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai's appearance before the House Judiciary Committee.
- Helm wants you to take back control of your email with a personal server for your home. Co-founder and CEO Giri Sreenivas joins us to show how the Helm works, its simple setup process, and how it keeps your data safe.
- Scott gives us a look at Skylum Software's upcoming update to their photo editing app Luminar 2018 with Luminar 3, adding new features like Libraries to automatically organizes your images and more editing tools powered by AI.
- We continue our Holiday Gift Guides with Scott's picks for photographers of any level.
- Leo gives us a first look at a couple of electric bikes, Rad Power Bikes' RadCity and Lithium Cycles' Super73-S1, plus a few cycling accessories.
Rank #4: TNSS 186: Hands-On with the Google Pixel Slate Chrome OS Tablet
On 'The New Screen Savers' recorded on Saturday, December 8, 2018, with Leo Laporte and Jason Howell:
- Leo and Jason discuss Canada's arrest of a Huawei exec, Australia's anti-encryption law, Google shutting down Allo, and Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 855 SOC.
- Jason reviews the Google Pixel Slate. This premium Chrome OS tablet features a 12.3" Molecular Display and starts at $599.
- We continue our Holiday Gift Guides with Jason's picks for high-end headphones from Monolith by Monoprice and HIFIMAN; and gaming headsets and other video game accessories.
- Sam Machkovech shows how you can play your old-school Super Nintendo game cartridges in 1080p goodness with the Analogue Super Nt.
- Is it possible to transfer to a new Google account and keep all your data? Find out in our mailbag.
Guest: Sam Machkovech
Rank #5: TNSS 185: temi - The Personal Robot Assistant for Your Home
On 'The New Screen Savers' recorded on Saturday, December 1, 2018, with Leo Laporte and Iain Thomson:
- Leo and Iain discuss Marriott's massive breach of 500 million customer's data, CRISPR-edited babies, and NASA's InSight lander on Mars.
- Danny Isserles from temi shows off their personal robot that can autonomously follow you around your home or office as your digital assistant or telepresence robot.
- We continue our Holiday Gift Guides with Iain's picks, including phone cases, gadget toolkits, power banks, and UPSs.
- Plus a bonus Gift Guide from Ars Technica's Sam Machkovec with the best multi-platform video games.
- We answer some of your questions like how to protect someone's aunt who keeps letting "Microsoft" remote in to fix her laptop.
Rank #6: TNSS 184: Fly like Iron Man with Gravity's $400K Jet Suit
On 'The New Screen Savers' recorded on Saturday, November 24, 2018, with Leo Laporte and Florence Ion:
- Leo and Florence discuss how shoppers used smartphones to spent $1B on Thanksgiving and how the U.S. government is asking allies to stop using Huawei telecommunications equipment.
- Aerospace engineer Dr. Angelo Grubisic takes to the sky with the world's fastest jet suit as the Director of Flight Training for Gravity Industries. He joins to discuss human flight with the 1,050 horsepower Daedalus jet suit invented by Richard Browning.
- We continue our Holiday Gift Guides with Flo's Picks for Android phones with the Pixel 3, Galaxy Note9, and OnePlus 6T; and smart displays with the Google Home Hub, Lenovo Smart Display, and JBL Link View.
- Leo gives his thoughts on the new Portals by Facebook for hands-free video calling. It features a smart camera that follows you around the room, Alexa built-in, and a large touchscreen display.
- Jason Howell reviews the Acer Chromebook 13. This Chrome OS business-class notebook features up to an Intel Core i7 at an affordable price.
- Google Pixel 3: http://bit.ly/2P0Rbnh
- Samsung Galaxy Note9: https://amzn.to/2DQqYGD
- OnePlus 6T: https://www.oneplus.com/6t
- Google Home Hub: https://bhpho.to/2Jm7I3Q
- Lenovo Smart Display: https://bhpho.to/2r0zF98
- JBL Link View: https://amzn.to/2DDQCxI
- Amazon Echo Show: https://amzn.to/2PGOHPY
- Portal Plus from Facebook: https://amzn.to/2Qcw1XM
- Acer Chromebook Spin 13: https://amzn.to/2BvfXIw
- Philips Hue White Outdoor Smart Bulbs: https://amzn.to/2BvQHle
- Philips Hue Lily Outdoor Smart Spot Light: https://amzn.to/2Bv9FbN
- Philips Hue Ludere Outdoor Security Light: https://amzn.to/2r58qdk
Rank #7: TNSS 183: Alex's Holiday Guide
On The New Screen Savers for November 17, 2018, with Leo Laporte and Alex Lindsay:
- With the holidays just right around the corner, we'll feature gift ideas from our co-hosts. On today's show, Alex recommends the Hestan Cue smart cooking system, Leatherman Tread Bracelet, BaoFeng BF-888S Two Way Radio, Arduino Kits, and something every geek should have, a label maker.
- Leo and Alex discuss Elon Musk's plan to launch thousands of internet satellites into orbit, and they remember Bill Godbout and Stan Lee.
- Anki just released their new home robot the Vector. Powered by AI, this little guy can detect your face, talk, and play games with to you. Megan Morrone gives her review.
- Google is rolling out the new camera feature Night Sight for the Pixel 3 which lets you take sharp, bright photos in very low light situations. Jason Howell shows you how it works.
- We'll answer email questions on great ways to record audio in the field and which computers and programs are best for editing video.
Rank #8: TNSS 182: Apple's New iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini
On The New Screen Savers recorded on Saturday, November 10, 2018, with Leo Laporte and Jason Snell:
- Leo and Jason discuss Samsung's unveiling of its first foldable phone and other hot topics.
- We have all the new products Apple announced last week starting with the completely redesigned iPad Pro which features an edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display, FaceID, the A12X Bionic chip that rivals the power of most PCs, a USB-C port, the new Apple Pencil, and more.
- Leo and Jason also give their take on the new thinner and lighter MacBook Air that adds Retina display, Touch ID, and a Force Touch trackpad to the popular ultrabook.
- Leo also compares the MacBook Air to a similarly priced Windows ultrabook, the Huawei MateBook X Pro, packing features an edge-to-edge display, 8th-gen Intel Core i7, and a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU.
- Jason Snell gives his review for the new Mac mini which hasn't had a major update in 4 years, greatly increasing its performance with quad or 6-core Intel processors, up to 64GB of RAM, and a fast SSD up to 2TB.
- RED, a leading maker of digital cinema cameras, entered the Android market with the Hydrogen One which features a 3D holographic display. Jason Howell gives his review.
Guest: Jason Howell
Rank #9: TNSS 181: Can Helium Break Your iPhone?
On 'The New Screen Savers' recorded on Saturday, November 3, 2018, with Leo Laporte and Patrick Norton:
- Leo and Patrick discuss how passcodes are protected under the Fifth Amendment; and the new iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini that was announced at Apple's October event.
- Apparently, iPhones can be rendered useless by helium so Leo tries to drown his iPhone XR with a balloon while talking to iFixit co-founder Kyle Wiens, who has done tests of their own and explains what causes it to happen.
- Patrick reviews Caavo's 2nd-gen Control Center which unifies your home theater with a voice-activated universal remote.
- Leo gives his review for two Acer laptops. One is 'the world's thinnest notebook,' the Swift 7; and the other is a large 15" Chrome OS 2-in-1, the Chromebook Spin 15.
- OnePlus continues to push the envelope in getting flagship features in an affordable phone with the OnePlus 6T. Jason Howell gives his review.
Rank #10: TNSS 180: Hands-On With the iPhone XR and Google Home Hub
On The New Screen Savers recorded on Saturday, October 27, 2018, with Leo Laporte and Aaron Newcomb:
- Leo and Aaron discuss the new copyright ruling that protects the right to repair for some gadgets, whether China could spy on President Trump's iPhone, and a piece of art made by AI that sold for $432,500.
- Leo gives his hands-on first look at iPhone XR and lets you know why it might be the one to pick over the more pricey iPhone XS and XS Max.
- Aaron and Leo answer some of your questions about Makerspaces, detecting Wi-Fi problems, and making a DIY music streaming server.
- Leo reviews the new Google Home Hub, which combines the functionality of the Google Assistant, a smart home controller, and a digital picture frame that automatically picks your best and latest photos.
- If you haven't gotten around to decorating for Halloween, Megan Morrone shows you how instantly creepify your home if you have some Philips Hue smart lights.
Guest: Megan Morrone