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#202: What's Next From Google?

May 9th, 2019 · 67 minutes

This week's podcast goes off the rails a bit—and that was even before a bird relieved itself all over Flo's Chromebook. Andy and Flo talk all the essential Google I/O announcements, from the main themes of the keynote to the new hardware launched this week. And don't worry, Flo's audio gets better after the break.

#201: May Day

May 2nd, 2019 · 81 minutes

This week, Andy and Flo talk about Google's new Wear OS widgets and Flo's latest purchases. In the spirit of May Day, we also discuss the growing discontent of some Google workers, including the organizers of #GoogleWalkout. Then after the second break, we get hyped for Google I/O.

#200: 200th Episode Spectacular

April 26th, 2019 · 68 minutes

There's no hiding it. We've been doing this podcast for 200 episodes, and we're celebrating! This week, we have old friends (and former co-hosts) joining us for the celebration. Yasmine Evjen and Russell Ivanovic are back to update us on their fabulous lives and talk a little shop.

#199: So Many New Toys

April 18th, 2019 · 83 minutes

Whether it's Flo showing Andy her new gadgets, or Samsung launching its folding phone, we're talking about it. This week, we'll run through the Google-adjacent foldable phone fad to catch a glimpse at what's coming down the Android pipeline. Then, we'll marvel at the utility of Google Maps, talk about Google's new kiss cam, and end off with a litt…

#198: Google is a Hardware Company

April 11th, 2019 · 71 minutes

This week. Flo and Andy muse about all the ways that Google has transformed itself into a major hardware player. We talk about the midrange Pixel 3 rumblings, what analysts are saying about who is buying Pixel phones, and Google's next batch of Chrome OS devices.

#197: No Wingnuts

April 5th, 2019 · 77 minutes

Flo details the death of her Pixel 3, while Andy takes us down memory lane with an excerpt from his Google+ archives. After the first break, we'll talk about the latest Bloomberg piece detailing how YouTube discouraged its employees from reporting toxic videos. On the flip side, the company has committed to giving its contractor workers better pay…

#196: Quote Unquote

March 28th, 2019 · 84 minutes

Flo's out of town this week, but there's still plenty happening at and around Google. We'll discuss the new EU directive, which will change the way we use the internet and probably embolden copyright trolls. We'll also take a look at Google's Lookout app and how it works, and we'll wag our fingers at Google for downgrading Pinterest pages in its s…

#195: YouTube's Big Problem

March 21st, 2019 · 82 minutes

In preparation for the forthcoming 200th episode, Andy and Flo offer their favorite cake freezing tips before Flo offers up an update on her Galaxy Watch Active. After the break, a somber discussion about last week's Christchurch attacks and how YouTube's disaster team acted to stop the propagation of hateful messaging. We'll also discuss what's n…

#194: You've Been Sherlocked

March 14th, 2019 · 93 minutes

Andy helps Flo work out some feelings, and the two hosts agree that Google Home Minis have propagated like furry little tribbles. After the break, a full breakdown of Senator Elizabeth Warren's proposal to break up Google and the rest of Silicon Valley, followed by a walkthrough of what's new in the Android Q Beta. And then, we'll end with a quick…

#193: Generational Differences

March 8th, 2019 · 70 minutes

This week's podcast deals with some very mature themes, so take heed.

There's a ton of nostalgia in this week's episode, from Andy and Flo discussing how their online lives differed when they were tykes, to how they each hold on to a lifetime of media files with the help of their respective Plex servers.

After the first break, gear up for…