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#48: I Brought Services, You Brought a Crayon

March 29th, 2018 · 64 minutes

Apple goes back to school, but will it make any difference in its battle with Chromebooks? Microsoft unveils a game subscription service, because we live in the era of subscription services. And Facebook has another bad week.

#47: Put the Toothpaste Back in the Cat

March 22nd, 2018 · 60 minutes

Facebook made us all think about the power of social media and the value of our personal data this week, but was Mark Zuckerberg's response enough? In equally heavy news, the first autonomous vehicle fatality happened this week. And finally, Apple's retargeting the education market.

#46: Count the Ms

March 15th, 2018 · 49 minutes

The U.S. government kills the Broadcom/Qualcomm merger, Apple buys a magazine subscription service, and Facebook and YouTube take stands of a sort against questionable posts on the Internet.

#45: Android Pop Rocks

March 8th, 2018 · 57 minutes

Into a somewhat boring smartphone market comes our first glance at Android P, MoviePass gets caught tracking its users, iPhone app development turns 10, and is that a creepy laugh coming from the Amazon Echo?

#44: They Went With the Chicken

March 1st, 2018 · 48 minutes

This week we analyze many of the phone announcements from Mobile World Congress, including a new Samsung Galaxy and the return of a phone you may remember from a film made in the previous century. Plus, Amazon is knocking on Google's door by acquiring all the Internet doorbell companies.

#43: Tea Party With Bots

February 22nd, 2018 · 55 minutes

Twitter is banning a bunch of bot accounts (again) and Microsoft is struggling to shed legacy technology in Windows (again), while the next flagship smartphone has been leaked (again).

#42: Get Used to Disappointment

February 15th, 2018 · 49 minutes

Apple's software quality may have caught up with it, while Snapchat is dealing with the fallout of its recent redesign. All the while, Facebook is doing Facebook things and we really need a fuzzy puppy update.

#41: Grandma's House

February 8th, 2018 · 59 minutes

It's corporate results season, so we check in on how things are going at all the tech giants, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Netflix. Oh, and a billionaire shot a sportscar into space.

#40: An Alien Riding a Bike

February 1st, 2018 · 63 minutes

It's a weird week in tech news: A fitness app leaked the location of secret military bases, Amazon and a bunch of pals got into healthcare, someone in the Trump Administration fired up PowerPoint to propose nationalizing the 5G wireless network, and the world waited (or didn't) for the Apple HomePod.

#39: Vulnerable to Stick-Ups

January 25th, 2018 · 50 minutes

After a long delay, Apple prepares the HomePod for release, but who (if anyone) is buying? Long lines greeted the opening of Amazon's new automated store that's supposed to do away with lines, but what's the endgame? Plus we've got good news about machine-learning cybersecurity and viral bird videos.