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Geared Up is the weekly podcast and live video show from GeekWire and Gear Live. Hosted by veteran tech reviewer Andru Edwards and longtime tech journalist Todd Bishop, Geared Up features the latest news in consumer electronics and video games, plus hands-on time with the hottest tech gadgets and gear.

Episode Date
Galaxy Note 9 and Surface Go
00:40:09

Samsung is releasing its next top-tier phone this week: The Galaxy Note 9. We'll tell you what we know about the device and take a look at mock-ups of the upcoming iPhones, which will likely release this fall. Plus, we go hands-on with the nicely made but somewhat confusing Surface Go, the newest offering from Microsoft's tablet/PC hybrid line. And we introduce a new gadget game: What's in Todd's closet?

Aug 09, 2018
Lenovo Smart Display hands-on
00:39:08

Geared Up is back after a break, and we're jumping in with a hands-on to the first Echo Show competitor: Lenovo's Smart Display, powered by the Google Assistant. Plus, we round up all the news about the new MacBook Pro and upcoming new iPhones, and we get some advice for parents struggling with their kids' tech.

Aug 01, 2018
Best tech of 2018 (so far)
00:40:19

We're halfway through 2018, and that means it's time for our mid-year technology roundup. On this episode, we dig into three of our favorite new pieces of technology from the past six months.

Jul 06, 2018
Hands-on with the Fire TV Cube
00:35:37

Amazon is trying to get its Alexa voice assistant into as many homes as possible. Its latest offering: The Fire TV Cube, which essentially turns Alexa into a remote control. We try it out live on this episode. Plus, Oculus announced a new virtual reality TV app -- and some people are unimpressed -- and a report points to a new line of AirPods coming before the end of the year.

Jun 27, 2018
Extra: Google Podcasts App
00:12:49

Google finally released a native podcast app, and we're pumped. We tell you about its unique features, how it competes with other apps and Google's push to expand podcasting on this bite-size Geared Up Extra. 

Jun 19, 2018
E3's biggest games
00:32:20

E3, the biggest gaming convention in the U.S., started with a bang this week. Geared Up co-host Andru Edwards is down in Los Angeles for the show and on this episode, we run down the big game announcements of the year from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo — including Microsoft's push to get more exclusive games. Plus, an intriguing new study on something most people want nothing to do with: Airport WiFi.

Jun 13, 2018
iOS 12 hands-on
00:40:07

iOS, Apple Watch, Siri, Oh my! Apple just wrapped up its annual Worldwide Developers Conference and this show is all about the new features the company is bringing to its most popular devices. We've been trying the new tricks on iOS 12, including some very goofy MeMojis, and will give you the rundown on what's cool and what's not so impressive. Plus, the new Mac OS Mojave and updates to the Watch OS and the Apple TV OS.

Jun 06, 2018
Alexa Inside: Using Amazon's assistant on PC
00:09:04

Geared Up is off this week, but co-host Todd Bishop has been hard at work reviewing the new Acer Spin 5, the first laptop to have Alexa built in. It's a cool concept, but in many ways Alexa doesn't stand up to her rival Cortana on Microsoft's home turf. Check out Todd's full review on this special GeekWire Extra episode. 

May 30, 2018
Mysterious new smartphone from Red
00:39:28

High-end camera maker Red unveiled a mysterious new smartphone this week, and Geared Up co-host Andru Edwards was there for the hands-on experience. He said the new phone has some cool features, but also some strange ones. Plus, Microsoft once again tries to take on Apple in the tablet arena and we get into the Hype around the Tesla Model 3. Andru ordered his Model 3 more than two years ago and is picking it up in just a few days.

May 23, 2018
Lenovo Mirage Solo vs. Oculus Go hands-on
00:34:14

Two portable virtual reality headsets launched onto the stage in the past weeks: The highly affordable and convenient Oculus Go and the more sophisticated but pricey Lenovo Mirage Solo. So how do they compare? We go hands-on with both devices to find out on this episode. Plus, big news from the PC world with the launch of several new HP computers and a class-action lawsuit against Apple over the MacBook keyboard.

Enter our Geared Up Giveaway for a chance to win an Oculus Go headset! https://www.geekwire.com/2018/geared-podcast-head-head-reviews-oculus-go-lenovo-mirage-solo/

May 16, 2018
Tech Spotlight: Nokia Health and ThinkPad X1
00:34:03

On this episode, we take a deep dive into two technologies that co-hosts Andru Edwards and Todd Bishop have been using lately. Andru gives us his take on two Nokia Health's smart devices and Todd tells us how he was lured back to using Windows by his new favorite PC. Plus, what is Apple doing with virtual reality?

May 10, 2018
Oculus Go: The future of VR?
00:31:15

The Oculus Go sprang onto shelves in a surprise launch Tuesday. Is the lower-power, portable VR headset the future of virtual reality? We debate on this episode. Plus: What the T-Mobile / Sprint merger means for wireless customers and Apple reports record-breaking iPhone sales in the first months of 2018. 

May 02, 2018
The HomePod bust
00:37:54

Apple's HomePod smart speaker has been out for a while now — and it's clear the device is struggling in a competitive smart speaker market. What led to its demise?

Plus, Amazon reveals how they assign the preferred "Amazon's Choice" label to products, Apple is rumored to be entering the news business and how Xbox's backward compatibility might be the console's saving grace.

Apr 18, 2018
'Locked into Greatness'
00:26:33

How should gadget fans think about privacy? Andru, for one, says growing concerns about data privacy with Amazon, Google and Facebook will be a boon for Apple and other companies that don't base their businesses on advertising revenue. But doesn't that mean you're locked in to Apple's ecosystem? "Yes – locked into greatness," he says. Listen to our privacy discussion on this week's episode, plus a first look at the new iPad and an update on Valve Steam Machine consoles. 

Geared Up is brought to you by National Car Rental. Find Andru's Technically Speaking on the NationalCar.com control center or youtube.com/nationalcarrent.

Apr 05, 2018
Can Apple catch up in education?
00:24:19

Apple announced a new $299 iPad aimed at schools this week, along with tons of other education products -- but will they give the company the edge to catch up with Google and Microsoft in ed tech? We pose that question to GeekWire contributor and ed tech expert Frank Catalano on this episode of Geared Up.

Mar 28, 2018
Apple in the classroom
00:28:23

Apple announced a mysterious education event, hosted at a high school in Chicago. Is the company aiming to make a comeback in the education technology market? Plus, Apple is rumored to be making its own displays, Microsoft marches on with its always on PCs strategy and a new plan to make Alexa talk less.

Mar 21, 2018
Hands on with the Galaxy S9
00:33:58

We get a hands-on review of the brand new Samsung Galaxy S9, set to launch Friday. Plus, Apple buys digital magazine service Texture and Andru gives us his take on Amazon's acquisition of smart home security company Ring -- and why it might be bad for consumers.

Mar 14, 2018
New phones from Sony and Samsung?
00:29:18

Sony and Samsung both hinted at -- or had leaks about -- upcoming smartphone releases. What are they up to? Plus, Andru gives us his take after using the Apple HomePod and Dyson is taking its vacuum cleaner business in a surprising new direction. Follow our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to live, behind-the-scenes recordings of Geared Up at youtube.com/gearlive

Feb 21, 2018
Is Apple canceling the iPhone X?
00:30:29

Rumors abounded this week that Apple is canceling the iPhone X, which isn't exactly true. Plus, a smart bicycle hub, new details on the Apple HomePod and the $500 flamethrower that one of our hosts just pre-ordered. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to see our live behind-the-scenes videos at YouTube.com/gearlive

Follow this link to enter our latest Geared Up Giveaway, the in-car Alexa Muse device: https://gleam.io/ic6qR/muse-incar-amazon-alexa-giveaway

Jan 31, 2018
The tech behind Amazon Go
00:31:25

Amazon Go, which opened Monday, is the convenience store version of Amazon.com: A store with no checkout lines that automatically tracks everything you grab off the shelves. We go inside the tech that powers the store on this episode. Plus, top-line triple-A games are coming to the Xbox Game Pass and Apple finally sets a release date for the Home Pod. Read all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live, behind-the-scenes videos at youtube.com/gearlive

You can also enter our latest Geared Up Giveaway to win an in-car Alexa Muse device by following this link: geekwire.com/gearedupgiveaway

Jan 24, 2018
Google's answer to the Echo Show
00:30:45

CES created all kinds of news, from the groundbreaking to the just plain whacky. We go over everything you need to know on this episode of Geared up, including: The Google Assistant devices squaring off against the Echo Show; A toilet with Alexa built in; and an autonomous delivery vehicle. See more of our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos at YouTube.com/GearLive

Jan 17, 2018
Live from CES: Voice assistant mania
00:27:57

Andru is live at CES in Las Vegas and he tunes in for a special report on what's going on at the world's biggest tech show: Voice assistant mania, giant 8K TVs and an apocalyptic rainstorm. 

We're still giving away an Echo Spot to a Geared Up subscriber! Enter here: geni.us/WinEchoSpot

Jan 10, 2018
The iPhone Battery Scandal
00:38:16

Apple is under fire after iPhone users discovered the company meddled with the device's performance as their batteries slowed down. Plus, a preview of all the tech and gadgets to watch for at CES and a chance to win a brand new Echo Spot. Follow this URL for details on how to enter the giveaway: http://geni.us/WinEchoSpot

Follow more tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Jan 03, 2018
The best tech of 2017
00:35:00

We've seen it all this year on Geared Up, from super-powerful consoles to super-goofy camera glasses. On this episode, we celebrate the show's first full year with a roundup of the best tech from 2017 — and a few of the worst flops. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Dec 26, 2017
‘Uncarrier’ TV
00:33:09

T-Mobile has big plans, and right now they plan to completely disrupt the cable TV market. We dive into the details of their plan on this episode, along with our review of the Muse, a new in-car Alexa device, and an overview of the Echo Spot release. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Dec 20, 2017
Shazam! Apple's $400M acquisition
00:31:18

Apple acquired Shazam for about $400 million, and they might have some ambitious plans for the company's tech. Plus, Microsoft debuts the phone-like Always Connected PC and Alexa knows a new trick, plus some tunes. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive Thank you to our sponsor, National Car Rental, putting you in the driver's seat of your business travel experience. Learn more about them and their complementary Emerald Club at NationalCar.com

Dec 12, 2017
Holiday gadget disappointments
00:34:29

We’re excited about a lot of gadgets this gift-giving season, but this week we learned some of them won’t make it home in time for the holidays. We give you some alternatives to delayed gadgets and also assess Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Plus, Todd’s review after two weeks of using the Amazon Cloud Cam. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Nov 29, 2017
Tech holiday gift guide
00:39:55

The holidays are just around the corner, and there are tons of gadgets that would make the perfect gift. From kid’s gaming to practical gadgets for the home, we give you our tech recommendations for this year’s gift-giving season — plus a few tips to help your wallet. Check out more tech coverage and find links to all the gadgets we recommended on this episode at GeekWire.com/GearedUp

Nov 20, 2017
Amazon's smart camera
00:36:54

Amazon's Cloud Cam is the company's first smart home camera, but can it shape up to a tough field of competition? Plus, we debate the pros and cons of VR entertainment in light of HTC's new wireless headset, the focus. We also get Andru's take on the Xbox One X and iPhone X as he returns from a whirlwind few weeks away from the show. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Nov 15, 2017
Xbox One X hands-on review
00:22:40

Microsoft launched the most powerful gaming console ever on Tuesday. But is it really worth $500? We’ve been testing the Xbox One X for over a week and we report our findings on this episode. We'll also share some takeaways from our first few days with the much anticipated iPhone X. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Nov 07, 2017
Xbox One X — first look
00:25:36

We got our hands on the Xbox One X before the console’s release. We can’t say much yet, but there are definitely some noteworthy features. Plus, it’s just a few days from the iPhone X launch day. We tell you what to expect and where to go if you haven’t pre-ordered one yet. And finally, we take the brand new Kindle Oasis for a swim.

Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Oct 31, 2017
Play ball! A 'smart' game ball
00:24:06

Most tech is designed to attract your attention, sit you down in front of a screen and keep you there. Not this gadget. The Play Impossible Gameball is packed with tech like Bluetooth, accelerometers and more, and the whole point is to make users more active. We have some fun testing the balls out on this week's episode, with special guest Taylor Soper, GeekWire's Sports Tech reporter. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Oct 26, 2017
Alexa hits the road
00:31:01

Amazon and Garmin have teamed up to bring Alexa into any car on the road with a tiny windshield device. Plus, Andru has a bone to pick with the new waterproof Kindle Oasis, Microsoft announces its new Surface Book 2 series and we check in with Andru's new iPhone 8. Follow all our coverage and read the stories we talked about this week at GeekWire.com

Oct 19, 2017
First take on the Google Pixel 2
00:30:32

Google announced a bunch of new hardware today, including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, a Pixelbook laptop, two new smarthome devices and a tiny, AI-fueled camera. We break down all the news and see where the devices stack up in the pre-holiday device lineup of smartphones, smart speakers and more. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Oct 04, 2017
Is there an Echo in here?
00:18:42

Yes -- several, in fact! In a classic surprise move, Amazon announced half-dozen new Echo devices on Wednesday. Some of them seem useful, inexpensive and impressively designed, but some just seem silly. We break it all down on this episode of Geared Up.

Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Sep 28, 2017
Google's Nest takes on smart home security
00:35:56

Nest, a Google-owned smart device company, announced tons of new products this week and when you put them all together, you can make a smart home security system. Plus, Google’s weird $1 billion deal with HTC, a new lamp that comes with Alexa inside and upset over the new Apple Watch 3. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Thank you to this week's sponsors:

The University of Washington Human Centered Design and Engineering department -- learn more at hcde.washington.edu; Hughes Marino, the commercial real estate company now expanding to Seattle -- learn more at hughesmarino.com; and Kinects, Seattle’s iconic new high-rise apartment tower -- learn more at kinectstower.com.

Sep 21, 2017
Geared Up: The iPhone X
00:36:46

Apple *finally* revealed its new iPhone lineup, after what feels like a year of hype, leaks and rumors. It's premium device: The iPhone X (as in the roman numeral ten, not the letter "x"). We geek out on all the new tech packed into the phone and break down what sets it apart from the iPhone 8 and 8 plus, also announced today. Plus, a new Apple Watch and upgrades to Apple TV. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Sep 12, 2017
Alexa and Cortana are hooking up
00:38:37

Amazon and Microsoft announced a surprise partnership this week: their smart assistants Alexa and Cortana are now buddies and can call on each other to do tasks. Plus, we test out Alexa’s latest trick: multi-room audio. We also hear the sordid tale of Kanoa earbuds and the unwitting role Andru played in the fallout of the company closing. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Aug 31, 2017
All about the new Galaxy Note 8
00:16:52

Galaxy unveiled its newest luxury phone in New York on Wednesday. Geared Up co-host Andru Edwards was at the event and phones in to give us his impression of the high-end device -- spoiler alert: it's packed with a TON of cool tech. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Aug 24, 2017
Massive leak reveals iPhone 8 specs
00:28:13

Apple accidentally leaked tons of information on the next iPhone this week. So what do we know about the much anticipated smartphone? Plus, we review the T-Mobile Revvl, a $125 smartphone that stands up to the likes of the iPhone 6. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Aug 17, 2017
Geared Up Trivia: Win an Echo Show!
00:08:55

Think you know your tech trivia? We’ll put it to the test on this short-but-sweet episode of Geared Up. Listen for a chance to win an Echo Show, the first Alexa-powered device with a touchscreen, as well as a chance to make a virtual guest appearance on a future episode of Geared Up. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

The University of Washington’s Human Centered Design and Engineering department. Learn more about them at: www.hcde.washington.edu/

Hughes Marino, the commercial real estate company now expanding to Seattle. Learn more about them at: hughesmarino.com

Aug 09, 2017
Smart home gadgets 101
00:20:06

Smart home tech is giving us more control than ever over the places we live, from AI-fueled thermostats to voice-controlled lighting. In this special episode of Geared Up, we get into some of the cool gadgets and platforms making it all happen, and give you tips for building your smart home from the ground up. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Aug 02, 2017
Back from the dead: Galaxy Note, Nokia, and MS paint
00:30:16

It was a strange news week. Two smartphones came back from the virtual graveyard: the Galaxy Note and the Nokia smartphone. Plus, Microsoft announced it would discontinue MS Paint, before quickly resurrecting the program. We talk through it all on this ghoulish episode of Geared Up. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Jul 26, 2017
Hands-on with the first Alexa-native smartphone
00:20:13

The HTC U11 might not be making as many splashes as the Samsung Galaxy S8, but there’s one reason this Android smartphone stands out: It’s the first phone to come with Amazon’s Alexa assistant natively built in. We test the phone out, with mixed results, on this episode of Geared Up. Plus, the status of the impending new iPhone and we geek out over the newly announced Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge amusement park. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Jul 18, 2017
Amazon Prime Day: Is it really a good deal?
00:31:32

Prime Day has become the biggest single sale on the internet, but are the savings really worth the hype? Andru runs down all the deals he found, but Todd is still skeptical. Plus, we have a lot of fun with Microsoft’s new Seeing AI app that identifies people and reads text, and share some fun summer tech support stories. All that and more on this episode of Geared UP. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Jul 13, 2017
Geared Up: Best tech of 2017 so far
00:28:41

2017 is halfway done, and this week on Geared Up we’re counting down our favorite gadgets and services from the first half of the year. Find out how to keep your kids safe on the internet, create a virtual phone and make grocery shopping a breeze. Plus, we take a look at the new tech we’re looking forward to for the remainder of the year, including the iPhone 8 and the Xbox One X. Follow all our tech coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Jul 05, 2017
Echo Show: Hands-on with Amazon's first touch-screen Alexa device
00:25:11

Amazon is making yet another foray into the smart home with the Echo Show, its first touch-screen Alexa device. We get our hands on some of the first Shows to ship and try it out on this episode of Geared Up. Plus, Todd’s impressions after using the new Microsoft Surface Laptop for a week and a few hacks to make the most of your MacBook Pro.

Jun 29, 2017
Hands on with Microsoft's new Surface Laptop and the new iPad Pro
00:17:36

Microsoft is getting into the hardware business in a big way, and its new Surface Laptop is poised to compete with the likes of the MacBook Pro and other leading devices. We get our hands on one for our very first unboxing on this week’s episode of Geared Up. Plus, we take a look at Andru’s new iPad Pro 10.5 inch, complete with an preview of iOS 11. We’ll discuss how the devices stack up against Todd’s new MacBook Pro and also dive into Andru’s favorite game from this year’s E3 —  Super Mario Odyssey. Follow all our coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Thank you to this week’s sponsor: GoDaddy — who is offering GeekWire listeners 35 percent off their purchase of a GoDaddy domain. Just use offer code gearedup35 at checkout, goddaddy.com.

 

Jun 21, 2017
Microsoft's Xbox One X: Andru's take from E3
00:19:47

It’s that time of the year -- E3, the United State’s biggest video game conference, is in full swing and the first day was all about Xbox. Microsoft announced all the details on the new Xbox One X, previously known as Project Scorpio, along with planned releases of backward compatible original Xbox games. Our own Andru Edwards is on site at E3 and we go over all the Xbox news with him on this episode of Geared Up.

Follow all our coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Thank you to our sponsor, GoDaddy — who is offering GeekWire listeners 35 percent off their purchase of a GoDaddy domain. Just use offer code gearedup35 at checkout, goddaddy.com.

Jun 12, 2017
Apple's WWDC: Everything you need to know
00:29:25

iPads, iMacs, HomePods, oh my! Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference set off a flurry of news from the tech giant this week, including big updates in the works for iPhones, a new iPad and an Amazon Echo competitor, the Apple HomePod. We break down all the news and tell you what you really need to know in this episode of Geared Up.

Thank you to our sponsor, GoDaddy — who is offering GeekWire listeners 35 percent off their purchase of a GoDaddy domain. Just use offer code gearedup35 at checkout, goddaddy.com.

Jun 06, 2017
Testing T-Mobile Digits and debating Comcast's gigabit service
00:20:51

Comcast is taking the plunge with a new gigabit internet service. But is it worth it? We debate on this week’s episode of Geared Up. Plus, we test T-Mobile’s new digit service live and tell you all about the Essential Phone, a new smartphone from the creator of Android. Follow all our coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Thank you to this week’s sponsors:

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May 31, 2017
Microsoft launches new Surface Pro and Nintendo goes on a roadtrip
00:22:13

Microsoft ups the ante on its Surface line with another new model: the Surface Pro. Plus, Nintendo announces a summer road trip to capitalize on the Switch’s runaway success. We give you all the details, and a debate about the pros and cons of USB-C, on this episode of Geared Up.

Follow all our coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive, youtube.com/gearlive

Thank you to this week’s sponsors:

Wealthsimple — GeekWire listeners pay no management fees for a year when they invest up to $15,000 on Wealthsimple’s automated investing platform. Wealthsimple.com/geekwire

 

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May 24, 2017
Smart assistants on steroids
00:27:01

Google, Alexa, Cortana, oh my! It’s been a week full of competing smart assistant news from Google, Amazon and even Microsoft. We break it all down, including who’s coming out ahead, on this episode of Geared Up. Plus, we try out the fidget gadgets taking over the internet and look at the latest leaks on the upcoming iPhone 8.

Follow all our coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive.

Thank you to this week’s sponsors:

GoDaddy — who is offering GeekWire listeners 35 percent off their purchase of a GoDaddy domain. Just use offer code gearedup35 at checkout.

May 19, 2017
Hand-on review of the all-electric Chevy Bolt
00:25:48

This week’s episode of Geared Up is all about electric transportation. Join Todd and GeekWire contributor Tim Ellis as they take a ride in Tim’s brand new Chevy Bolt, one of the all-electric cars making a buzz in the automotive world. We also check out Tim’s collection of electric-powered skateboards.

Follow all our coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes videos on GearLive.

Thank you to this week’s sponsors:

Wealthsimple — GeekWire listeners pay no management fees for a year when they invest up to $15,000 on Wealthsimple’s automated investing platform.

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May 10, 2017
Living an 'unlimited' life -- A new look at wireless data plans
00:20:05

Five years ago, GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop shared his experience about deciding to drop his unlimited AT&T data plan. Things have changed dramatically in the past five years, with new services and devices pushing change in the wireless industry. This week on Geared Up, we take a fresh look at unlimited data plans and ask: did Todd make the right decision? 

Follow all our coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes video on GearLive, at youtube.com/gearlive

Thank you to this week’s sponsor: GoDaddy — who is offering GeekWire listeners 35 percent off their purchase of a GoDaddy domain at godaddy.com. Just use offer code gearedup35 at checkout.

May 03, 2017
What's the point of the Echo Look? Plus, hands on with the Galaxy S8
00:30:00

Amazon unveiled a puzzling new device this week: The Echo Look, an Alexa-powered speaker that comes with a camera and lighting. It's marketed as a fashion device, but Todd and Andru aren't buying it —  in more ways than one. Plus, equally puzzling news about new projects from Twitter and Apple, and we finally get a hands-on look at the new Samsung Galaxy S8. 

Follow all our coverage at GeekWire.com and subscribe to our live behind-the-scenes video on GearLive.

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Apr 27, 2017
New iPhone rumors, SNES classic edition and Facebook VR chat
00:28:18

The new iPhone is months away from being released, but some insiders are already getting chatty about its design. On this episode of Geared Up, we take a look at the rumors and speculations about what Apple will do with the next edition of its most popular product.

Meanwhile, Nintendo cut production of the popular NES classic edition -- could it be gearing up for a classic edition of the SNES? Plus, Todd isn't wowed by Pandora Premium, and Andru has some harsh words for Facebook's new VR chat feature.

Apr 20, 2017
Games, games, games!
00:27:34

The Xbox spring games sale started this week with some pretty sweet deals on some of the biggest games of the past few years.

Plus, Apple made a rare move: an apology. The company admitted they had made a big mistake in the design of the 2013 Mac Pro and promised a new version is on its way, but not until next year. 

We also dive into some of our favorite games of the moment including some fun surprises on the Switch, some addicting PC games and even board and pen-and-paper games. 

Apr 12, 2017
Xfinity mobile, YouTube TV and hands on with Apple Clips
00:23:06

Just in case Xfinity doesn't offer enough services, the cable and internet providor is making the leap into another industry: wireless phone service. Plus, YouTube launches its TV feature, giving subscribers live streams of local stations and limitless DVR storage, and we go hands-on with Apple's mobile photo and video editor, Clips. All that and more on this week's episode of GearedUp.

Apr 07, 2017
Is the S8 the next revolution in smartphones?
00:32:23

The speculation is over! After months of anticipation, Samsung has revealed their next smartphone: the S8. Andru got his hands on one at the launch event in New York City this week, and says it's unlike any other smartphone he's seen. On this episode of GearedUp, we take a look at what makes the S8 special, and whether it stands up to Samsung's claim that it's the biggest thing to ever happen in the smartphone market. Plus, Todd shares his takeaways from the Windows 10 creators edition update, and we take a look at Andru's brand new Product Red iPhone.

Mar 31, 2017
A flood of new Apple devices and features
00:38:01

Trying to keep up with news from Apple this week was a challenge. New iPads, a new Product Red iPhone, a Snapchat-like app, and changes to Apple Watches were all in the headlines today. On this episode of GearedUp we review the news (or lack thereof) in all the announcements, plus Andru goes over some tips and tricks for getting better speeds on the Xbox One.

Mar 22, 2017
The success of the Switch, fast food goes high tech, and more
00:30:11

It's been a busy week in the gadget world. The Nintendo Switch set sales records, Pandora announced a new premium service, and McDonalds of all places is introducing a high-tech ordering system. Get caught up on all the electronics news with this week's episode of GearedUp with hosts Andru Edwards and Todd Bishop.

Mar 21, 2017
The new Xbox Game Pass and the future of smartphone design
00:22:59

It’s going to be a formative year for smartphones: the highly anticipated Samsung S8 and the upcoming LG G5 are just two of the phones that will have a big impact on the future of smartphones, and particularly their design. On this week's episode of GearedUp we take a look at a G5 demo phone and leaked images of the new S8, and discuss the directions the industry is taking. Plus, we talk about the Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft's new game subscription service.

Mar 21, 2017
Hands on with the Nintendo Switch and Zelda: Breath of the Wild
00:34:29

Nintendo's new video game console, the Switch, is a big deal. It's a new era in combining home and mobile gaming, and it's also Nintendo's chance for a comeback after their last home console, the Wii U, flopped. Today we go hands-on with an advanced copy of the console, which will launch in stores Friday, March 3, and we play it's most anticipated game, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Mar 21, 2017
Apple Music's new TV deals and a PC the size of an iPhone
00:29:24

Apple Music is taking on more and more TV shows, including James Corden' Carpool Karaoke and a brand new series called Planet of the Apps. What are they up to, and can they take on other TV streaming services? Plus, we take a look at the wars over wireless data plans, and a Windows 10 PC that's the size of an iPhone.

Mar 21, 2017
A smart helmet, some smart shades, and wireless earbuds
00:30:41

It's official: the Snapchat Spectacles have landed in Seattle! This week on Geared Up, we get a our very own pair from the new Seattle machine and revel in the frenzy of the mysterious glasses. Plus, we discuss the Coros smart helmet, the current favorite accessory of GeekWire editor Todd Bishop, which lets riders listen to music or podcasts through their bones. And we take a look at the newly released Beats X, wireless earbuds and competitors to the AirPods.

Mar 21, 2017
The state of digital music streams, what really happened to the Note 7, and more
00:34:37

This week on GearedUp, we dive into the details of Samsung's Note 7 combustion issue and the future of the company's phones. We also discuss the surprising new investor in Tidal, the Jay Z-owned music streaming service, and the massive growth of digital streaming.

Mar 21, 2017
Nintendo Switch deep dive
00:35:29

Last week, we finally got a release date for the long-awaited Nintendo Switch, the Japanese company's first console since the not-so-popular WiiU was released in 2012. In this week's episode of GearedUp, we debate the pros and cons of the new console and take a deep dive into the tech that fuels its many moving parts.

Mar 21, 2017
GearedUp reviews the top 10 gadgets from CES
00:36:37

Automated cars, delivery drones on wheels, and laptops with wings. Join Andru Edwards and Todd Bishop as they review their top 10 gadgets -- as well as some gripes -- from this year's CES.

Mar 21, 2017
Best devices of 2016
01:07:44

From glitzy laptops to humble storage devices, we feature some of the best consumer technologies of 2016 on this year-end episode, featuring picks from Gear Live's Andru Edwards, co-host of our new Geared Up weekly podcast.

Mar 21, 2017
Hands on with Apple's AirPods
00:28:56

This week on GearedUp, the new weekly show from GeekWire and Andru Edwards, we go hands on with Apple's new $159 AirPods, the wireless earbuds that sync across your Apple devices via iCloud. Plus, the week's top consumer technology news: Pokemon Go on Apple Watch, iPhone 7S and 8 rumors, and an update on Super Mario Run.

Mar 21, 2017
Hands on with Super Mario Run
00:27:21

Nintendo released its first Mario game for smartphones and tablets today, Super Mario Run, available for $9.99 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. But what's it like to play? Andru Edwards joined us to play the game live today on the show we're now calling Geared Up, a weekly podcast and Facebook Live show from GeekWire and GearLive, featuring the latest news in consumer electronics and video games, plus hands-on time with the hottest tech gadgets and gear.

Mar 21, 2017
Up close with Google Home and Snap Spectacles
00:28:37

Can Google Home take on Amazon Echo? Can Snapchat get you to wear a pair of goofy glasses? We ponder both of those questions this week, as we go hand-on with two of the most interesting devices to hit the market in recent weeks. Plus, our take on the upcoming Nintendo Switch after it was featured on The Tonight Show. Andru Edwards of Gear Live is back for this regular episode, featuring the latest news in consumer electronics and video games, plus hands-on time with the hottest tech gadgets and gear.

Mar 21, 2017
Holiday tech survival tips and game picks
00:29:54

Did you score some deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Andru Edwards of Gear Live is back for his regular weekly episode with some tech tips for the rest of your holiday shopping, plus some of his favorite products and video games.

Mar 21, 2017
Is the new MacBook Pro worth it?
00:27:05

Apple's new MacBook Pro comes with an eye-catching feature, a Touch Bar across the top of the keyboard that replaces the function keys with virtual buttons and sliders that change in context, depending on which program or app you're using at any given moment. But starting at $1799 for a 13-inch model with Touch Bar, is it really worth it? Andru Edwards of Gear Live joins us with a new MacBook Pro in this GeekWire podcast episode and video segment to give us his take.

Mar 21, 2017
NES Classic Edition hands-on
00:21:11

We go hands-on with the NES Classic Edition console — the one that's selling out everywhere — with Andru Edwards of Gear Live. Plus, a discussion of Snapchat's new spectacles and the new Super Mario Run Game for iPhone and iPad.

Mar 21, 2017