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On this episode of Last Week in Tech, the team: -tells you how to make sure you've actually turned off Google tracking your phone ( -urgently explains "drop apps"—apps that lure you in with limited, time-sensitive products and prizes -debates if they would shut down robots that beg not to be turned off ( -and blasts off with Betsy Congdon, the lead engineer for the heat shield of NASA's Parker Solar Probe ( Email us questions, suggestions, or unabashed compliments at or tweet us at For all the stories we discussed and more, head to For all of Popular Science's technology stories, head to Our team: Corinne Iozzio ( Stan Horaczek ( Rob Verger ( Eleanor Cummins ( Music by: Billy Cadden ( Edited by: Jason Lederman (

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