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Latest Episodes

#375: A Forgotten Psychological Disorder

September 6th, 2022 · 61 minutes

It's another Andy solo show this week because Flo got the stupid virus. Always in solidarity, Andy spends the first part of this week's podcast reminding you why you should wear that mask. Then, Andy gets into the Google news of the week, including new widgets and rumors sprouting up on what Android 14 could feature. And on the search engine side,…

#374: Tough Stuff

August 26th, 2022 · 73 minutes

Sometimes, things are tough, which is what this week's episode is about: tough stuff. Flo tells the story of why it was challenging to write her Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 review, and Andy lifts our spirits with his proposed plans for Halloween. Then, we walk you through this week's biggest non technical headlines.

**Content warning for talk of…

#373: This Is Not a Sitcom

August 19th, 2022 · 65 minutes

Andy is solo again because Flo's throat is out of commission. But that means it's an Andy story hour! Andy starts by explaining why Apple's Twiggy drives are one of the company's biggest engineering failures--and one of the most expensive collector's items.

Then, Andy gets into the rant that he and Flo were planning to tag-team. Google Play's …

#372: Get The Message

August 12th, 2022 · 82 minutes

Andy and Flo are happy to be reunited. They tell tales of their favorite New York City times and discuss the hard choice of going out during still-COVID times. Then, the two gawk and squee over everything Samsung announced this week, from its foldables to its buds. And they offer their expert opinion on why Google's #getthemessage campaign is too …

#371: All Your Questions Answered

August 6th, 2022 · 57 minutes

Andy's doing another solo show this week, as Flo is off on assignment. It's a bummer because Flo would have loved participating in this week's opening banter on Jerry Lewis and Andy's Google Home Mini. Andy discusses Samsung's new repair mode on its Galaxy smartphones and Stadia's exit from the Google Store. He also performs a live reaction to a v…

#370: Sustainable Value

July 29th, 2022 · 70 minutes

This week, we're checking in with Google. The Q2 2022 financial results are out, and while the Search Giant is doing fine, it will have to rethink a few other elements of the business. (Chromebooks aren't doing so hot!) Then, a few updates: Gmail's Material Redesign is rolling out to everyone, and Google Maps adds a few new helpful features. We'll…

#369: And Now, For Some Distractions

July 22nd, 2022 · 84 minutes

Andy is melting, but he's still intact enough to sit and chat with Flo about what makes the Google Pixel 6a so compelling. Reviews came out this week, including Flo's, and we're going through all the reasons why you might want Google's mid-ranger. Don't forget that the Pixel Buds Pro is also on the roster. Then, we'll discuss Google's latest Glass…

#368: Where Did Google Stuff the Bodies?

July 15th, 2022 · 75 minutes

Don't worry. The podcast isn't grim this week. We're talking about physical staffers at Google right now and why the company is imposing a hiring slowdown to deal with the recession. But before we get into that, we'll tell you about Flo's experience with the Nothing Phone (1) and where she thinks it fits into the global Android zeitgeist. We'll …

#367: Only Tangentially

July 10th, 2022 · 59 minutes

Andy's enthusiasm for Sir Paul McCartney's live stream is infectious. Your hosts check up on their Nexus Q auctions before getting into the week's biggest tangential news: there might be ads coming to your Lock Screen. We'll also discuss Google's new policies to protect your health-related search queries and tell you a tale of YouTube's latest fol…

#366: 'Tis The Times

July 1st, 2022 · 69 minutes

The new localized Waymo commercials in San Francisco are palatably saccharine, and Flo feels a certain way. This week's podcast will dive into the latest case where law enforcement is forcing Google to hand over incriminating data and what that means for the U.S. now that Roe v. Wade is overturned. We'll also cover why Google created a new subsi…