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#78: Great for Robots; Bad for People

November 1st, 2018 · 75 minutes

This week it's all about Apple's event in New York. Is the iPad Pro's amazing hardware let down by software? The Mac elbows in for some stage time with the MacBook Air and Mac Mini. And the prices of Apple products keep cranking higher and higher...

#77: Data-Industrial Complex

October 25th, 2018 · 56 minutes

Tim Cook speaks out in favor of tech regulations; Apple gets set for another product announcement next week; Tesla gets good news; and we question the future of VR as another executive departs Oculus.

#76: Li'l Buddy Phone

October 18th, 2018 · 51 minutes

Essential circles the drain; Palm climbs back out of the drain with a strange new accessory smartphone; Adobe embraces the iPad Pro; Amazon refreshes the Paperwhite; and the EU offers some new options for makers of Android phones.

#75: The Internet of Sharks

October 11th, 2018 · 51 minutes

This week Google unloaded a bunch of new hardware, including the Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL, the Pixel Slate, and the Home Hub; and in other Google news, the company found a major security flaw that ended up spelling the end for Google+.

#74: An Advantage and an Albatross

October 4th, 2018 · 51 minutes

This was a big week for Microsoft, with new Surface hardware and some big announcements about how Windows will work better with Android. There was also scary news about servers being infected by spy hardware that could compromise privacy and security.

#73: The Crocodile Is Changing Its Diet

September 27th, 2018 · 58 minutes

Microsoft sets its eyes on the cloud and suddenly finds itself on the side of the angels; Instagram's founders leave their creation in Mark Zuckerberg's hands; and Oculus debuts a new standalone VR headset.

#72: Just Stop Talking

September 20th, 2018 · 68 minutes

Apple updates most of its operating systems, and prepares to ship its new iPhones and Apple Watches; Elon Musk announces a trip around the moon while getting scrutinized by the government; and Amazon announces a slew of new Echo-powered products.

#71: Small-Screen Enthusiast

September 13th, 2018 · 50 minutes

Apple releases new iPhones and a new Apple Watch; Google kills Inbox.

#70: Tennis and Excess

September 6th, 2018 · 51 minutes

Apple's event nears, but the rumored names for its new iPhones are really weird; young people are abandoning Facebook in droves; social-media giants spend a day in the barrel on Capitol Hill; and Evernote may be circling the drain.

#69: Salad? Let's Not Be Hasty

August 30th, 2018 · 45 minutes

Apple rumor season is in full swing, Google brings "digital well-being" to YouTube viewing stats, Uber embraces scooters and ebikes, and conservatives complain about Google having a liberal bias.