Episode 440 - Hundred Percent Fatal - 3/15/1810 Comments
We pay tribute to the life and work of Stephen Hawking, get envious of the Westworld experience at South by Southwest, discuss the first Ready Player One reviews, and scratch our heads at a silicon valley startup that has to kill its clients.
Episode 439 - No Escape Room Spoilers - 3/8/189 Comments
The gang talks about their hands-on time with the Nintendo Labo maker kits, a recent trip to an amazing escape room, and the latest Star Wars news. Plus, controversy with movie posters, car news for Geneva, and being locked out of your phone for almost 50 years.
Episode 438 - The Notch is Trendy - 3/1/189 Comments
Will Smith is in the house this week as a guest in place of Jeremy, and we chat about his latest eSports adventures, the exciting conclusion to the Winter Olympics, and news from Mobile World Congress. Plus, the VR minute and a moment of science!
Episode 437 - Jabba's Playset - 2/22/1818 Comments
We review Black Panther without spoiling any details, discuss some toy news from this year's Toy Fair, hear about Kishore's recent roadtrip, and look at the specs of Qualcomm's new VR headeset. Plus, a big change to Google search that startled us.
Episode 436 - Enter Metalhead - 2/15/1813 Comments
Norm and Jeremy talk about their recent adventure on a homemade mini-boat, Kishore shares the most impressive science photos he's ever seen, and we discuss the potential of autonomous drones that can sense the world. Plus, a ton of hype for movies coming out this weekend!
Episode 435 - The Falcons Have Landed - 2/8/1814 Comments
We're still taking in all the awe and imagery of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch, so we dive into what we know about the historic launch and the publicity surrounding it. Plus, our thoughts on this year's Superbowl ads, Netflix's Cloverfield release, Apple Homepod reviews, and Deepfakes. So much happened this week!
Episode 433 - The Future of Shoplifting - 1/25/188 Comments
Norm's back from New Zealand this week to share some stories about aerial photography, and the gang discusses Nintendo Labo, reckless Apple rumors, and Amazon's experimental grocery store. Plus, GPU shortages, Duke Nukem, and a Moment of Science!
Episode 432 - Just for the Taste of It - 1/18/185 Comments
Norm is still away at WETA workshop in New Zealand, so Kishore and Jeremy are joined by TekThing co-host Shannon Morse to discuss the Great CES blackout of 2018 (12:40), her hands-on impressions of the new Vive Pro (22:15), the potential Studio Ghibli themepark (1:09:40), and to celebrate Shake Shack expanding to San Francisco, we rank our favorite chain burgers (1:12:00). And yes, Kishore is still reeling from the huge Diet Coke announcement.
Check out Shannon on TekThing (https://www.youtube.com/tekthing) and Hak5 (https://www.hak5.org/shows/threatwire).
And special shout out to Danica Chan for designing our new podcast set!
Episode 431 - No Transitions Necessary - 1/11/1818 Comments
Norm is away in New Zealand, so Kishore and Jeremy are joined by game development legend Mike Mika of Other Ocean Interactive. We chat about the Vive Pro and other VR announcements from CES, the pre-blackout most interesting hardware at CES so far, and its award season, so we hand out the 1st ever Tested awards for our favorite media, games, and hardware of 2017. RIP Tested transition music.
Episode 430 - Future Car - 1/4/1815 Comments
The team returns from holiday break to talk about Apple's recent phone battery controversy, watching Top Gun in a virtual reality theater, and test driving a Tesla Model 3! Plus, why we love the newest season of Black Mirror.
Episode 429 - White Elephants - 12/21/1713 Comments
In 2017's penultimate episode, we're joined by Tested set designer Danica to talk about the spirit of White Elephant gift exchanges, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Apple's admission of throttling phone speeds. Plus, we speculate as to the future of cinema, and react to the first images of Magic Leap's AR goggles!
Episode 428 - The Night Before Jedi - 12/14/1715 Comments
On the night before The Last Jedi, the crew gathers to talk about the new Ready Player One trailer, Nintendo Switch sales, the iMac Pro, and Apple's acquistion of Shazam. Plus, dinosaur fossils! And we wrap up just in time for some trivia.
Episode 427 - Christmas Light Wars - 12/7/178 Comments
Days before we head to the annual Dickens Fair, the gang gets together to chat about the Disney and the X-Men, YouTube on Amazon devices, The Room, and putting a car on Mars. Plus, a big update to Oculus in the VR minute!
Episode 426 - Going Full 4K - 11/30/1713 Comments
Special guest Danica joins us this week for a post-Thanksgiving episode to talk about how we spent the holiday, Black Friday, our first CDs and DVDs, and the new fight for net neutrality. Plus, Infinity War trailer discussion and the VR minute!
Episode 425 - A Tested Thanksgiving Miracle - 11/23/1716 Comments
The ghosts of Tested past return for a very special Thanksgiving episode of This is Only a Test! We're joined by BOTH Will and Gary this week to catch up on what they've been up to, talk Star Wars and Justice League, and discuss what's been going on in tech this past week. Plus, Jibo!
Episode 424 - What is Star Wars Will Never Die - 11/16/1711 Comments
Busy week as we get close to the holidays! Kishore talks about the big finale for the Bay Area Science Festival, Jeremy recaps Day of the Devs, and Norm shares highlights from DesignerCon. Plus, we scrutinize Face ID, and talk about all the Star Wars and comic book movie news of the week.
Episode 423 - One Week with iPhone X - 11/9/179 Comments
Flea markets, BlizzCon announcements, and Thor! We discuss all of the above and more in this week's episode. Plus, Jeremy and Norm talk extensively about their experiences using the iPhone X for a week, and we get both science and pinball updates!
Episode 422 - Live Show Hangover - 11/2/1710 Comments
Kishore, Jeremy, and Norm gather to tell some behind-the-scenes stories about the live show, give some impressions of Stranger Things 2, and discuss the early iPhone X reviews. Plus, VTOL hobby rockets and Razer's 120Hz phone screen!
Episode 421 - RIP Kinect - 10/26/178 Comments
Professional maker of things Zach Radding joins us this week as we chat about the upcoming release of Stranger Things 2, Essential phone's price drop, Sony's new full-frame camera, and the demise of Microsoft Kinect. Plus, the VR minute!