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#33: Consensual Mass Hallucination

December 7th, 2017 · 55 minutes

Microsoft returns to ARM with Windows 10 running on Qualcomm chips, Amazon and Google get into a slap fight (while Prime Video sneaks on to the Apple TV), and Bitcoin continues to rise into the stratosphere.

#32: A Particular Robot Vacuum

November 30th, 2017 · 43 minutes

We're recovering from Black Friday and Cyber Monday with two members of the Wirecutter staff and talking about what cities are doing to woo Amazon's HQ2 and Net Neutrality.

#31: Year of Experimentation

November 22nd, 2017 · 52 minutes

It's a holiday in the United States, so we've gone international this week. We discuss 2017's flagship smartphones and their various compromises, American biases in the tech industry, and whether tech makes good gifts.

#30: Knowing Yourself

November 16th, 2017 · 54 minutes

Wearable tech that can make us healthier or save our lives, a potential renewal of the debate of government access to encrypted data, and how Facebook knows everything about you even if you're not on Facebook. Plus, Jason pours one out for CompuServe.

#29: Mosquito to a Light

November 9th, 2017 · 53 minutes

2017's flagship smartphones are all out, and the dust is starting to settle. In the desert, driverless vehicles are taking to public roads with mixed luck. And Snap works to dig itself out of bad quarterly results.

#28: Five Layers

November 2nd, 2017 · 59 minutes

The iPhone X is almost here, and we've got three people who have one in their hands. Plus, what's the deal with Apple's iPhone X PR strategy? Meanwhile in D.C., tech companies are facing down Congress.

#27: Mutants Like Us

October 26th, 2017 · 59 minutes

It's a week of big questions: The Google Pixel 2 XL is showing all sorts of screen issues, but how big of a deal are the problems really going to be in the market? Is Amazon Key the utopian dream or creepy nightmare? Who's ordering an iPhone X?

#26: A Miasma of Floating Pixels

October 19th, 2017 · 67 minutes

Windows 10 gets an update, the choice between compatibility and security, the future of Microsoft, and Wi-Fi security gets KRACKed wide open.

#25: Not *That* Nokia

October 12th, 2017 · 62 minutes

A postmortem of Windows Phone, tech companies continue to write big checks to the entertainment industry, and the Google Home Mini triggers our concerns about cameras and microphones in our homes.

#24: Vessels for Google

October 5th, 2017 · 54 minutes

The Made By Google event takes center stage next week, as Google unveils the Pixel 2 (and 2 XL), wireless earbuds, a new AI-driven camera, and a premium Chrome OS laptop. Plus there's intelligent assistant news from Sonos, which hooked up with Amazon's Alexa this week.