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#334: On The Back Foot

November 20th, 2021 · 69 minutes

Flo finally got the Pixel 6, and Andy manifests for the Chromecast with Google TV to be a little more like the Nvidia Shield. Then, we chat about some of the latest follies around the Pixel 6 and what users are bringing up in the forums, including the phone's lackluster fast-charging performance and under-display fingerprint scanning issues.

Content warning for the second half of our podcast: We talk about the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and the defense's request for a mistrial over a compression issue involving their Android devices. (We recorded before the verdict and did not mention details of the trial beyond the compression issue.) Then, why folks are up in arms over YouTube making its dislikes private.

We end the podcast with some jovial banter over Google's timely investment Down Under and the Megaspiders that roam within proximity of its future data centers.

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