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Alfred Dixon
 Mar 29, 2019
All good, always worth the time, entertaining and educational.


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
#26: All Netflix and No Chill
David, Joanna and Christopher talk about the bizarre non-launch and Joanna's non-review of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and what it means for the future of foldable phones. Then, WSJ reporter Shalini Ramachandran comes on to talk about her story on how Netflix and other streaming services are putting a serious dent into peoples' sex lives. In this week's Today I Learned, Christopher explains why nobody believes Elon Musk's statements about robot taxis and fancy new chips. Finally, David interviews Oleg Stavitsky, the CEO of a company called Endel that makes algorithmically-generated soundtracks for your life, about how a computer can learn to make music and whether every aspiring rock star should be nervous.
Apr 26, 2019
#25: The Movies Come To You Now
David, Joanna and Christopher dive into the algorithms that determine everything from social media feeds to jail sentences, and try to figure out how to make them better and more transparent. Then Erich Schwartzel comes on, from the front seat of his mom's car, to talk about the Disney+ streaming service and the future of the House of Mouse. In this week's Today I Learned, a brief sojourn into Joanna's early experiences with the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Finally, David interviews Stacy Spikes, the founder of MoviePass, about why he can't stop trying to fix the movie theater.
Apr 19, 2019
#24: The First Black Hole, The Worst Car Dashboards
First, the Wall Street Journal's digital science editor Daniela Hernandez joins David, Joanna and Christopher with all details of the first-ever image of a black hole -- and why it's made everyone space and science nerds again. Plus, WSJ's automotive reporter Tim Higgins explains how tech companies are trying to claim new territory: the dashboard of your car. Then, Wiebe Wakker tells David about completing the world's longest electric car journey, making it from the Netherlands to Australia with nothing but the help of strangers (and electricity) along the way.
Apr 12, 2019
#23: How Amazon Changed Delivery and How Delivery Changes Everything
This week, it's all about how we buy stuff and how that stuff gets to us. David, Joanna and Christopher bring on WSJ reporter Katie Bindley to talk about how to make sure you're getting the best deals on Amazon-and all the ways what you see on the page might not be what you think. Next, Julie Jargon, the team's new Family & Tech columnist, comes on to talk about a project she worked on before she took up her new gig: The Journal's Delivery Wars series looked at the tension between customers who want everything on their doorstep and businesses who want to actually make money. Finally, Christopher interviews Yariv Bash, CEO of Flytrex, about whether drones could one day deliver everything we need right into our hands.
Apr 05, 2019
#22: Apple News and Apple News Plus... Plus Other Apple News
David, Chris and Joanna gather to discuss the week's Apple news. Which was Apple News. And Apple News Plus. Plus a credit card, a videogame arcade and a promise-if not proof-of A-list original videos. Our own Apple reporter Tripp Mickle arrives to shed some insights. And also to compare the Apple Card to the University of Virginia basketball team. Joanna heroically sticks to the Apple theme and explains the trouble with the latest MacBook keyboard. Then David arrives with the palate cleanser: an interview with Cal Newport, author of Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World.
Mar 29, 2019
#21: Apple AirPods and Google Games
David, Joanna and Christopher try to remember-and discuss-the many new Apple gadgets from this week. Bonus: Christopher's Jony Ive impression makes its first appearance on the show. Next, WSJ's Sarah Needleman comes on to discuss Google's new game-streaming service, Stadia, and what it might mean for how we play and watch videogames. Before she leaves, Sarah also gives us a hint at the latest from Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the Pokemon Go successor we've been waiting for. Finally, David talks to Casper co-founder Jeff Chapin about why it's so hard to track your sleep, and whether technology belongs in the bedroom at all.
Mar 22, 2019
#20: Tesla's Got a Brand New Car
David and Joanna talk about the many strange consequences of sharing your kids' pictures on social media. What happens when they get older and see what you've shared, or their image ends up somewhere you never expected? Later, Tim Higgins joins from a hotel room in Los Angeles, where Elon Musk revealed the new Tesla Model Y, the SUV that promises to get all your kids to soccer practice faster than ever. Last, David sits down FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and our own telecom reporter Sarah Krouse to talk about what the FCC says is its consumer priority No. 1: the never-ending, all-consuming, ringing-off-the-hook robocall problem.
Mar 15, 2019
#19: What Facebook Means When Facebook Says Privacy
Following Mark Zuckerberg's big encryption pivot for Facebook, David, Joanna and Christopher unpack the privacy talk. Reporter Katie Bindley comes in to share her own stories of Facebook's creepy ad behavior, then David interviews Frank Yang, CEO of Simplehuman, about why talking trashcans are people too. The Weekly Upgrade: Christopher solves your ducking autocorrect problem.
Mar 08, 2019
#18: Phone Reveals, Facebook Deals, 5G Appeals
David, Joanna and Christopher each bring their favorite new thing from this year's Mobile World Congress, the annual showcase of all things smartphone. Then WSJ reporter Sam Schechner comes on to discuss his investigation into apps that share sensitive data-everything from your diet to your pregnancy status-with Facebook, and what those companies do with all that data. Later, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon talks about the 5G future, and what all this new and confusing technical jargon might actually mean for our lives.
Mar 01, 2019
#17: Samsung Fold, Pinterest Scold, Oscar Gold
David, Joanna and Christopher ponder the wisdom of a folding Samsung smartphone following its debut. Reporter Bob McMillan joins the crew to explain how Pinterest has shut off search for one of its most controversial topics. And, as Oscar night approaches, David interviews Black List creator Franklin Leonard and our own Ben Fritz about Hollywood's recent upheaval.
Feb 22, 2019
#16: Fast News, Fast Food, Fast... DNA Tests?
David, Joanna and Christopher talk about the Journal's scoop on Apple News' subscription plans, and whether "Netflix for news" can work. Reporter Greg Bensinger shows up to explain why Silicon Valley suddenly can't get enough of food delivery. Then, WSJ's Rolfe Winkler and 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki debate the merits of in-home DNA tests-and what you can do with all that personal data-in an excerpt from last week's WSJ Health Tech Conference.
Feb 15, 2019
#15: Hacking Crackdowns, Houseparty Smackdowns, Hamburger Showdowns
First, Joanna tells David and Christopher about her experiment with an "ethical hacker" who got into as many of her webcams as he could-and the key insights she learned from him about staying safer online. Then reporter Betsy Morris joins the gang to explain how being more like Fortnite (and less like Facebook) has made Houseparty so popular with teens and young adults. Afterwards, Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown tells David about how technology makes healthier, more ethical-yet still delicious-protein. David tasted the all-plant Impossible Burger 2.0 a month ago, and still can't get it off his mind.
Feb 08, 2019
#14: Privacy Foes, iPhone Slows, Halftime Shows
David and Christopher talk through the brewing privacy battle between Apple and Facebook, and figure out how a developer certificate became a weapon. Then reporter Tripp Mickle comes on to talk through Apple's latest earnings, including what it means for the smartphone business and which hints the company dropped about its content plans. Last, Jason Gay, sports columnist and noted Super Bowl goer, comes on to talk about all the ways the sports- and TV-watching experience is changing. He has no ideas for your Super Bowl party, unfortunately, but why stop the nacho cheese dip now?
Feb 01, 2019
#13: Rating Inflation, Startup Deflation, Location Location Location
David, Joanna and Christopher discuss WSJ's investigation into companies inflating their Glassdoor ratings. Next, reporter Rob Copeland joins them on the mic to describe how he reported his story on the decline of Silicon Valley's legendary fundraising. After a quick tip-how to move multiple apps quickly on your phone-David interviews Chris Sheldrick, CEO of startup What3words, about why street addresses are stupid in the digital age.
Jan 25, 2019
#12: Razr Phones, Huawei Woes, 'Valley' Bros
David, Joanna and Christopher ponder the flip phone's future after WSJ broke news of Motorola's upcoming Razr reboot. Then they call up reporter Stu Woo in London to explain why we keep hearing about Huawei in the news, and what it means to customers. Then the gang shares tips on breaking the reliance on Facebook's birthday reminders. Finally, David interviews the creator of the new National Geographic series "Valley of the Boom," about the early days of the web.
Jan 18, 2019
#11: All the Gadgets You Can Eat
David hits the CES tech show in Vegas, then reports back to Joanna and Christopher, who decided to avoid the crowds this year. His favorites: Hyundai's walking car and Samsung's modular MicroLED TV, which could be plastered across an entire wall. But first, they have an obligatory catch up on Apple woes, namely iPhone XR, aka the not-so-little iPhone that couldn't. After Christopher shares some helpful email pointers, David interviews Segway-Ninebot's Tony Ho about why electric scooters are, like, the best.
Jan 11, 2019
#10: Fewer iPhones, Cheaper Teslas, More Chips
David, Joanna and Christopher ring in the New Year with their tech resolutions, but first they wring their hands over Apple's latest drama (China dragging down the iPhone King?) and Tesla's new headache (How can supply AND demand be down?). For the latter, they seek the wisdom of reporter Tim Higgins (Does Elon Musk have soft hands?). Finally, David interviews Renee James, a longtime Intel exec and founder of chipmaker Ampere, about the role processors play in Netflix binge-watching and personal data collection.
Jan 04, 2019
#9: Amazon Fakes, Facebook Flops, Gadget Fails
David, Joanna and Christopher dive into the hidden world you didn't know was lurking behind the reviews you see on Amazon. Then reporter Deepa Seetharaman comes in to explain the latest in a long line of Facebook scandals, and debate what might happen next. Since it's that time of year, the three hosts offer last-minute gift ideas, then David interviews director Gary Hustwit about his new film "Rams." They talk about the film's subject, the famed designer Dieter Rams-and why he says if he could start over, he wouldn't be a designer again.
Dec 21, 2018
#8: Google Politics, Scooter Economics, Sound Dynamics
David and Christopher discuss Google CEO Sundar Pichai's visit to Washington. Will technologists and politicians ever speak the same language? Then they grab reporter Eliot Brown to recount the electric scooter craze that's swept the country in 2018. After a quick rundown of the best headphones to buy, David interviews composer and Man Made Music founder Joel Beckerman, father of many sounds that are familiar to your ears.
Dec 14, 2018
#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