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Feel overwhelmed by the never-ending waves of technology news? Let The Wall Street Journal's technology columnists help. Join David Pierce, Joanna Stern and Christopher Mims every Friday as they talk about the most important tech trends -- and why you should care.

Episode Date
#7: Robot Friends, Venmo Friends, Self-Driving Friends
David, Joanna and Christopher explore the question, Will robots take our jobs or be our work buddies? (Answer: Both, kinda.) Then they bring in Katie Bindley to talk about the complicated privacy situation for users of the popular Venmo payment app. Next, Joanna recommends the best mesh Wi-Fi router to buy. And finally, David braves the self-driving traffic to talk with Waymo CEO John Krafcik about the future of transportation.
Dec 07, 2018
#6: Open Office Madness, 5G Mystery, Twitch Mania
David, Joanna and Christopher attempt to explain "5G"-amazing future tech or vague marketing term? Then they grab reporter Sarah Needleman to shed light on something even more confounding: the open office. Phone-booth pointers and personal-hygiene anecdotes ensue. After a quick chat about boring gifts that people will totally love, David interviews Twitch CEO Emmett Shear and asks: Why do millions of people like watching other people play video games?
Nov 30, 2018
#5: Flying Cars, Cyber Wars and Gwyneth's Goop
On the heels of WSJ's D.Live 2018 tech conference in Laguna Beach, Calif., Personal Tech columnist David Pierce highlights a few of the most interesting moments, from Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop startup secrets to the director of Google's threat analysis group discussing countries using the internet as a battleground. Plus, tech columnist Christopher Mims talks with Rodin Lyasoff, CEO of the Airbus research group A3, about the future of flying cars.
Nov 21, 2018
#4: Dust Gets Smart, Tech Gets Accountable, Uber Gets Ready (for IPO)
After the WSJ Tech D.Live conference, David, Joanna and Christopher discuss a question that loomed large over the event-and 2018: What responsibilities do companies have to their users? They also touch on smart dust and cheap Apple Watch bands. Bonus: Editor-at-large Gerard Baker interviews Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi about the IPO and more.
Nov 16, 2018
#3: Amazon's Next Home, Your Next Laptop, GoPro's Next Move
Our Amazon beat reporter, Laura Stevens, joins David, Joanna and Christopher to talk about the retail giant's future-headquarters reality show, but not before the gang explains the difference between a MacBook Air and an iPad Pro. Finally, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman stops by to talk about corporate challenges, smartphone cameras and parenting.
Nov 09, 2018
#2: Gadget Addicts, Facebook Chaos, Google AR
David, Joanna and Christopher confess their bad device habits, and share their homespun remedies. Then reporter Deepa Seetharaman joins in to explain the turmoil at Facebook Inc. on the eve of the midterms. Finally, David gazes into our future with the Google executives who run the internet giant's augmented and virtual reality program.
Nov 02, 2018
#1: iPhones, Delivery Drones and Sir James Dyson
In our first episode, David, Joanna and Christopher debate the best iPhones (and Android options) then pull in a special guest to talk about food-delivery drones. To wrap up the show, David catches up with James Dyson to find out why he's refocusing his vacuum empire to address environmental concerns. "I'm not a petrol head," he says.
Oct 26, 2018
Introducing WSJ's Instant Message Podcast
Coming this fall: The Wall Street Journal is offering a fresh way to look at technology. Join columnists David Pierce, Joanna Stern and Christopher Mims each week as they debate what you really need to know.
Sep 20, 2018