Techathlon

Techathlon

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Popular Science’s Techathlon tackles tech news through games, trivia, and (mostly) friendly competitions. Jason Lederman hosts a panel of experts—including PopSci superstars Stan Horaczek, Corinne Iozzio, and Rob Verger—in a weekly throwdown designed to help you better understand tech, the internet, and everything.


Joker or CEO? Crummy Kiddie Products, Hulu Downloads
Oct 14 • 32 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger clown around trying to tell tech CEOs from The Joker, reflect on questionable gadgets targeted at kids, and catch up on the week’s headlines, including California’s power outages…
Space Tech Spinoffs, Spotify’s Superior Songs, Many Microsoft Surfaces
Oct 7 • 35 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger celebrate Spotify’s 11th birthday by testing their knowledge of the platform’s most-popular tunes, explore the far-out world of NASA tech spinoffs, and catch up on the week’s…
A Lot of Amazon, Impossible Tech Promises, Austin, Tech-xas
Sep 30 • 37 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Sandra Gutierrez rlook back at tech companies that were too good to be true, run the numbers on Amazon, and catch up on the week’s tech news, including a brand-new Mario Kart game for…
Missing iPhone Features, TV-Ruining Texts, Comcast Cord Cuts
Sep 23 • 33 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger argue what feature the next iPhone can’t do without, spoil classic plot lines with text messages, and catch up on the week’s headlines, including Facebook’s new Portal video chat…
iPhone 11, Lie Detectors, Streaming Showdown
Sep 16 • 33 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Sandra Gutierrez Gutierrez risk their reputations against Hasbro’s new lie detector toy, speedily try to remember which streaming platforms host our favorite shows, and catch up on the…
Android Alphabet, Racing Records, YouTube Troubles
Sep 9 • 36 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger quickly test their knowledge of crazy speed records, have a sweet time remembering the names of old versions of Android, and catch up on the week’s headlines, including the NFL’s…
BONUS: Labor Day Decathlon 2019
Sep 2 • 17 min
On this special bonus episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger face off about the week’s tech news the week’s tech news, including Google’s new Chromebooks for professionals, the BBC’s upcoming voice assistant, and a viral food…
Phone-Scam Showdown, Keyboard Shortcut Quiz, (Not-So) Supreme Burner
Aug 26 • 30 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger test their knowledge of the FCC’s top phone scams, see how many keyboard shortcuts they can rattle off, and catch up on the week’s headlines, including the creation of the…
The 19th Episode Hack-tacular: Cyborgs, Smart Fridges, and Every Windows Computer
Aug 19 • 37 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Sandra Gutierrez duke it out over the best human-body biohacks, debate the vulnerabilities of internet-connected gadgets, and catch up on the week’s headlines, including several stories…
Samsung’s New Notes, Not-So-Smart Devices, Branding Blunders
Aug 12 • 31 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger delve into just how absurd connected gadgets can get, parse some truly terrible tech product names, and catch up on the week’s headlines, including the release of the Samsung…
BONUS GAME: Name that Video Game
Aug 5 • 7 min
At a recent live show for our sibling podcast, The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week, we played a game to see if audience members could name a classic video game based on an original review of it. Play along and let us know how you did by tweeting…
BONUS: Summer Decathlon
Jul 29 • 21 min
On this special bonus episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger catch up on the last month’s worth of tech news, and catch you up on what they’ve been up to since the show went on summer break. Techathlon officially returns in…
We’re Taking a Summer Break
Jun 24 • 1 min
Techathlon is about to go on a short break, but we’ll be back in August with brand new episodes! (And don’t worry, we’ll drop a goodie or two into the feed before we come back.) In the meanwhile, check out all the latest tech news on PopSci.com! Our…
Pop-Up Shazam, Decoding Codenames, and Lots of Video Games
Jun 17 • 33 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger try to decode what popular products are being described by their original internal codenames, review iconic video games and reviews of them, and catch up on the week’s tech…
I.M. Melodies, Pricey Pro Gear, R.I.P. iTunes?
Jun 10 • 33 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger learn that professional grade gear can get a lot more expensive than Apple’s new $5,000 reference monitor, try to remember the noises that instant messengers made, and catch up…
Apple Forecast, Insane Acronyms, A New iPod?
Jun 3 • 38 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger go over what to expect at Apple’s annual developers conference later today, iPick up some iPod facts in honor of the new iPod touch, decipher some crazy tech acronyms, and catch…
Hot Trivia and Hot Dogs
May 27 • 18 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Rob Verger, and Jess Boddy have a Memorial Day “barbecue” and catch up on the week’s tech headlines, including the return of Google Glass, self-driving mail trucks, and the death of internet star Grumpy Cat.…
Tech Time Machine, Flight Facts, Zombie Patch Protection
May 20 • 37 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger test just how well they remember tech from 1997, let their aviation knowledge take flight, and catch up on the week’s tech headlines, including a barrage of security breaches and…
Gobs of Google, Internet Irritants, Delivery Derby
May 13 • 36 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger take on the Internet’s 100% wrong hot takes, answer questions about food delivery while waiting for lunch, and catch up on the week’s tech headlines, including Google’s 2019…
Oculus Quest Test, More Facebook Messenger, Livejournal Lives?
May 6 • 32 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger surprise host Jason Lederman with Oculus’ new standalone VR headset, deliberate on decades of promising tech companies that failed, and catch up on the week’s tech headlines,…
Nonsense Product Names, Mobile Phone Messes, Hold Your Hamburgers
Apr 29 • 33 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger parse nonsensical marketing-speak product names, feel the shame of not following along with PopSci’s 30 Day Digital Deep Clean, literally hold their hamburgers, and catch up on…
Supervillain or CEO, Video Streaming Stats, Pinterest Shame Spirals
Apr 22 • 33 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger celebrate the release of Avengers: Endgame by guessing if quotes are from supervillains or real-life tech CEOs, mark the return of Game of Thrones in a streaming-video edition of…
Social Media’s Rules, Expensive Digital Hats, Broadband Across America
Apr 15 • 35 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger butt into the incredibly arbitrary rules of social media sites, try to guess the cost—monetary and not—of high-priced digital objects, and catch up on the week’s tech headlines,…
RIP Google+, Gmail Turns 15, Non-Google News
Apr 8 • 31 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger take a stroll through the Google Graveyard in honor of the demise of Google+, send a few messages about the way we use email, and catch up on the week’s tech headlines, including…
Apple’s Plus Products, Crummy Passwords, Buying the Competition
Apr 1 • 32 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger guess the worst passwords of 2018, test their knowledge of tech giants swallowing tiny companies whole, and catch up on the week’s tech headlines, including Apple’s big…
Google Gaming, Electric Car Stats, Postmates Party
Mar 25 • 35 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger learn all about electric cars, try to guess the most popular video games on various consoles, and catch up on the week’s tech news, including a MySpace server migration error and…
The Web Turns 30, Tech Breakups, Streaming Screaming
Mar 18 • 35 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger celebrate the 30th birthday of the World Wide Web, debate what the best streaming service is, and remember their first favorite websites. Plus, we introduce a new game to catch…
Free the Internet, Bone Conduction Questions, Streaming Music Stats
Mar 11 • 35 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger discuss new legislation to “free the internet,” answer trivia questions asked through bone conduction headphones, and bring back fan-favorite “Don’t Stat Me.” Get the latest tech…
Delivery Robots, Phones Reviewing Phones, Fan-Funded Flops
Mar 4 • 32 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger talk the future of delivery robots, use the autocomplete feature on their own devices to review upcoming smartphones, and work together to figure out if a list of Kickstarted…
Folding Phones, Apple’s Blunders, and a $100K Video Game
Feb 25 • 38 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger talk folding phones, compete to write the best sonnet, roast crazy cryptocurrencies exist, and grill sausages. Get the latest tech news at PopSci.com. Pick up Techathlon merch on…
BONUS GAME: Net neutrality? More like NOT neutrality!
Feb 18 • 10 min
At a recent live show for our sibling podcast, The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week, we played a multiple choice trivia game with a live audience! Play along and let us know how you did by tweeting @TechathlonShow! Get the latest tech news at…
Editing Tweets, the New Emoji, and Console Wars
Feb 11 • 36 min
On this episode of Techathlon, Corinne Iozzio, Stan Horaczek, and Rob Verger talk this week’s tech news, duke it out over the best modern video game console, figure out how to edit tweets, and play some trivia. Get the latest tech news at PopSci.com. Pick…
Let’s Play Popular Science’s Techathlon
Jan 30 • 0 min
Popular Science’s Techathlon tackles tech news through games, trivia, and (mostly) friendly competitions. Jason Lederman hosts a panel of experts—including PopSci superstars Stan Horaczek, Corinne Iozzio, and Rob Verger—in a weekly throwdown designed to…