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7 Great Podcasts That Delve Into Tech, Gadgets, and Hardware

Mihir Patkar 21-09-2016

There is no dearth of podcasts that talk about what’s happening in the world of tech. But let’s face it, if you’ve heard one, you’ve heard them all. News isn’t knowledge though, it’s information. To understand technology, you need a different breed of podcasts.


For such podcasts, you need to know who to listen to. The host’s stature and expertise matters as much as the subject they talk about. But you don’t need to do that research, that’s what we’re here for. Here are some of the intelligent podcasts that will five deep into technology, gadgets, and hardware. Don’t worry, the language and explanations are simple enough for any layman to understand.

1. What’s Tech

Let’s start with the basics. Do you know what a graphics card is and which one to buy? 5 Things You Have to Know Before Buying a Graphics Card Here are five key points to keep in mind before you buy your next graphics card, otherwise you may regret your purchase. Read More Have you got an idea of what a drone is or how drones will benefit our lives? 4 Ways Drones Will Actually Benefit Your Day-to-Day Life Drones are more than just toys. In fact, in just a few more years, they will actually make your life better and more comfortable. Read More

Best Tech Podcasts The Verge Whats Tech

The Verge, one of the leading tech sites, has a podcast that explains the simple things about technology. It’s an explainer at its best, covering the basics of any topic and telling you just what you need to know.

For any additional information, our Technology Explained section will give you all the details. But for the starter’s guide, What’s Tech is excellent.


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2. Reply All

Deep dives into tech are terribly interesting. Reply All’s objective is to take any one subject and take it part bit by bit, explaining every aspect of it.

For example, broadcasting your life over Periscope 10 Practical Tips for New Periscope Users Periscope has been around for over a year now, but it's still fairly new to many users. These ten tips are easy ways to guarantee that your Periscope broadcasts stand out from the rest, and... Read More is common now. But they delved into the first person to get into lifelogging What Is Lifelogging And Why Should You Do It? Between Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and more, we already document and share quite a lot about our daily lives, without really thinking about it. They are lifelogs of sorts, but without any sort of structure... Read More through a webcam. And then she stopped. Why did she stop, and what did she learn about the internet?

Best Tech Podcasts Reply All


These are intriguing questions, and they aren’t easy to solve without research. Reply All does that research to get the answer. Here’s a guide to get started with Reply All [No longer available], if you’re intrigued.

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3. TechStuff [Broken URL Removed]

HowStuffWorks is one of those sites with something you’ve never seen or heard Learn Something New With 10 Worth-It Email Newsletters You will be surprised at the quality of newsletters today. They are making a comeback. Subscribe to these ten fantastic newsletters and find out why. Read More . It explains the inner mechanism of almost everything under the planet, from the planet itself to simpler things like your flush tank. They even have an incredible podcast with a wealth of information. But if what you want is tech alone, then their TechStuff podcast is what you need.

Best Tech Podcasts TechStuff


TechStuff covers a wide variety of topics again, but all related to technology. It focuses on figuring out the mechanics of a subject than offer cultural commentary. For example, it explained what you need to know about Google turning into Alphabet Google Is Now Part Of...Alphabet? What You Need To Know Google, the Internet giant, is turning into Alphabet. Here's what that means for you. Read More . Or you can find interesting facts about the internet and its history 18 Fun Interesting Facts You Never Knew About The Internet Read More .

TechStuff has been around for some time now, but the quality is consistent. So you can jump into any episode you want or just start listening to the new episodes.

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4. TechTalker

The TechTalker podcast is, in some ways, what MakeUseOf is all about. While it will give you tips and tricks you can actually use, it will also add a basic explanation of the technology itself.


Best Tech Podcasts TechTalker

For example, it recently hosted a show on the difference between the internet and the world wide web The Internet & The World Wide Web Are Not the Same Thing [MakeUseOf Explains] The two terms "Internet" and "World Wide Web" have been used interchangeably ever since the Internet itself became a household "utility" as common as electricity or cable TV. People talk about "surfing the web" and... Read More . No, they’re not the same thing! You’ll learn something new regularly here.

It isn’t as in-depth as the others mentioned here. The average episode is 5–10 minutes. but for a quick fix with some utility added in, TechTalker will be perfect.

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5. TheWANShow

Don’t let the name throw you off. Yes, it stands for Weekly Analysis and News, but the news is kind of an afterthought. It’s more about analyzing the tech behind the news, or just ignoring the news altogether.


TheWANShow is part of the LinusTechTips network, one of the best YouTube technology channels 10 Technology YouTube Channels You Can't Miss Read More . Linus is an artist at explaining tech in simple terms, and he carries that expertise to the podcast. The difference is that it’s a lot more candid and fun, as opposed to his polished videos. And much funnier too.

Their podcast on Intel’s confusing processors Intel Core i3 vs. i5 vs. i7: Which CPU Should You Buy? Confused by the differences between Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors? Here's what you need to know in layman's terms and which CPU to buy. Read More is one of the best things you’ll hear from a tech podacst.

Follow TheWANShow on iTunes | Soundcloud | RSS.

6. The IoT Podcast

Stacey Higginbotham probably knows more than anyone about the internet of things (IoT) and how it’ll change your life The Internet of Things: How It'll Change Your Life Next Year Internet of Things has undergone its own Cambrian Explosion, and it promises to make your life much more convenient in the years to come. Here's why. Read More . Higginbotham has been experimenting with IoT technology since before tech geeks got into it.

Best Tech Podcasts Internet of Things

The IoT Podcast, originally a part of the GigaOm network, is arguably the final word on things related to IoT. She often covers topics that you will find in our Smart Home section, like how the Amazon Echo can make your home intelligent How Amazon Echo Can Make Your Home A Smart Home Smart home tech is still in its early days, but a new product from Amazon called "Echo" may help bring it into the mainstream. Read More . But her expertise in the sector gives a unique perspective, drawing on her years of experience.

And no, the podcast is not just about IoT products that will change the future The Internet of Things: 10 Useful Products You Must Try in 2016 The Internet of Things is ramping up in 2016, but what does that mean exactly? How do you personally benefit from the Internet of Things? Here are a few useful products to illustrate. Read More . Higginbotham also talks about law, security, and other questions that rise from connected devices.

Follow The IoT Podcast on iTunes | RSS.

7. The Tech Guy

No list of technology podcasts would be complete without mentioning Leo Laporte at least once. Laporte has been the premier radio and podcast voice around technology for years now.

Best Tech Podcasts The Tech Guy

Laporte has plenty of shows you can listen to, but for understanding technology, The Tech Guy is the best of the lot. Every week, Laporte fields questions from readers and listeners. For each question, he has a quick explanation of what is happening behind all the gadgetry in question, and then provides a solution.

The Tech Guy is what any lay person or tech geek wants from a podcast. Simple answers to real problems.

Follow The Tech Guy on iTunes.

Your Favorite Tech Podcasts

Folks, this is not the full list of great tech podcasts. It’s not even close. There are so many amazing creators out there that we’re always looking for more.

We shared our favorite podcasts The 20 Best Podcasts of 2015: As Recommended by MakeUseOf Have you ever wondered what your favorite MakeUseOf authors listen to when they want to learn something new, hear a good story, or simply be entertained? This article means you need wonder no more. Read More recently, so now we’re turning the mic over to you. Which are your favorites, especially among those that explain technology?

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