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

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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.

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#38: How the Moon Landing Changed Tech Forever
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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Even if you don't care about space travel, there's a good chance the work NASA did to get men on the moon affects your life even now. First, David and Christopher chat with Al Gross, a former NASA engineer who helped design the Apollo spacesuits, then went on to use the materials and techniques to design early versions of the sturdy, super-comfy shoes we all wear now. After that, Jennifer Levasseur, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's space history curator, talks about the cameras used on Apollo - and how all the tech required to broadcast a TV show live from the lunar surface may have led to the tiny camera in your smartphone.
Jul 19, 2019
#37: Why the Family Phone Plan Rules
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David and Christopher start the show by discussing a technology that drove decades of innovation: the spreadsheet. Dan Bricklin, creator of VisiCalc - the Lotus and Excel predecessor that was so successful people bought Apple computers just to use it - joins to talk about why number-crunching was such a killer app. Then WSJ reporter Julia Carpenter comes on to talk about family cellphone plans - how they came to be the most popular plans, and why even non-families use them. Finally, David interviews Troy Hunt, creator of Have I Been Pwned, about whether your data is secure (probably not) and what you can do about it (plenty).
Jul 12, 2019
#36: How to Survive Holiday Travel
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With Christopher on vacation (again), David and Joanna go through their best tips for surviving the coming July 4th travel craziness. They each bring their best gadget, app, and tip for getting where you're going a little more easily. Later, WSJ reporter Tripp Mickle joins to talk about the departure of legendary Apple designer Jony Ive-and what it means for Apple, and the Apple products you use, going forward. On this week's Today I Learned, the gang rediscovers Tumblr thanks to an online brawl between Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun. Finally, David interviews Andrew Blum, author of "The Weather Machine," about the global system for understanding and predicting the weather. And maybe, someday, hopefully, controlling the weather as well.
Jul 03, 2019
#35: Google Maps to Nowhere
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David, Joanna and Christopher unpack the coming fight between tech companies and regulators, and get into the messy meaning of an important term in the antitrust world: "consumer harm." Next, Katie Bindley joins to talk about how she discovered millions of fake listings on Google Maps-and why that's such a big problem for people looking for plumbers, electricians and urgent care centers. On this week's Today I Learned, Joanna replaces your driver's license. Or it is driver license? Drivers' license? Finally, David talks with Peter Jensen, Moleskine's head of digital, about the future of paper notebooks in an increasingly screen-based world.
Jun 28, 2019
#34: Call Him Mr. 'Fortnite'
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Joanna and David didn't want to talk about Facebook, but they had to: Facebook launched a new digital currency, Libra, that could upend the way we pay for things. With the help of WSJ reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis, Joanna and David pick apart what that means for normal people. Next they chat with WSJ reporter Sarah Needleman, who recently wrote a profile of Tim Sweeney, chief executive at Epic Games, the company that created "Fortnite" and changed gaming forever. In this week's Today I Learned, David explains the strange world of waterproofing standards. Last, David interviews Kyle Wiens, the CEO of iFixit, about the so-called "Right to Repair" movement, and why there's a war over who gets to fix your gadgets.
Jun 21, 2019
#33: Facebook's Potentially Problematic Privacy Practices: A Recap
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This week, WSJ broke news of internal Facebook Inc. emails that suggested the company lacked urgency to stop data leaks. With David out in Hong Kong at the Journal's Asia tech conference, Joanna and Christopher take you down Memory Lane with some of WSJ's reporters. After catching up on the news, they revisit a chat with Sam Schechner, who broke a story about how much information app makers share with Facebook-without telling you. Then they go back to a talk with Katie Bindley, who downloaded a pregnancy app then found herself targeted by maternity ads on Facebook and Instagram. Finally, they recap Facebook's most recent developer conference, in which the company promised users more privacy-but not privacy from Facebook.
Jun 14, 2019
#32: The World According to Apple
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Apple's annual developer conference, WWDC, was this week, and there's a lot of news that could impact you come the fall. David, Joanna and Christopher sort out the game-changers from the who-caresers. The hosts also dig into Apple's latest privacy initiatives, and try to decide whether Apple's promises are worth believing. In this week's Today I Learned, Christopher has a story about password hacking and quantum computing. It confuses everybody. Finally, David interviews Fred Chesnais, the CEO of Atari (still a thing!) about what the decades-old brand might have to say about the future of gaming.
Jun 07, 2019
#31: My Way or the Huawei
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David and Christopher talk about Amazon's new strategy for winning the smart-home wars. Hint: It involves getting in with property managers and home builders. Next, David and Joanna call WSJ reporter Stu Woo in Beijing to catch up on the U.S. vs. Huawei fight, and what it means for the tech industry as a whole. In this week's TIL: The team wonders whether the iPod Touch might just be the perfect gadget. Except for those bezels. Finally, David interviews Ian Morris, CEO of Bill Gates-backed startup Likewise, about why reviews and recommendations are broken online-and whether anyone can fix them.
May 31, 2019
#30: Dispatches From the Future (of Everything)
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We have a special episode for you this week. We just finished the WSJ Future of Everything Festival, a three-day event filled with speakers, panels and demos showing us where the world is going-for better or worse. Lots of Hyperloop, self-driving vehicles, AR and VR, good AI, bad AI... all the AI, really. So now Joanna and David present a few of their favorite moments from the festival: a chat with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, a performance from Imogen Heap and a rousing debate about whether the tools that make us "more productive" are actually good for us.
May 24, 2019
#29: Don't Face ID Me, Bro
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Now that Big Tech's two biggest privacy invaders can't stop talking about privacy, David, Joanna and Christopher won't stop talking about them. Google and Facebook, that is. Next, the team turns to WSJ reporter Asa Fitch to discuss a San Francisco vote that banned the local government from using facial-recognition software. Later on, David interviews O.G. MythBuster Adam Savage about the challenges of being a hardware guy in a software world. But first, David shares his latest cool discovery: a pair of sound-projecting sunglasses from Bose.
May 17, 2019
#28: Uber for Everything and Everything for Uber
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To ring in the Uber IPO, David, Christopher and Joanna team up with WSJ reporter Eliot Brown to explore the vast scope of the newest publicly traded tech giant. Prior to that, they recap Google's I/O conference, and discuss the power of AI chatbots and competent $400 phones. Joanna teaches the world a new technical term which may or may not be safe for work. And finally WSJ reporter Katie Bindley interviews TED Fellow and researcher Claire Wardle about the very serious global problem of misinformation.
May 10, 2019
#27: The New New New Facebook
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David, Christopher and Joanna attempt to explain TikTok, the hottest new thing in social media. It's like Vine meets Snapchat meets Instagram meets Spotify, sort of. Then, WSJ reporter Jeff Horwitz comes on to talk about F8, Facebook's annual developer conference, and what to make of all the company's announcements around privacy, messaging, privacy, groups, privacy and payments. Oh, and privacy. In this week's Today I Learned, David explains why motion sickness can be such a problem for VR-and why it's taking decades to fix. Lastly, a dispatch from the TED conference: Reporter Katie Bindley sits down with actor and entrepreneur Joseph Gordon-Levitt to talk about social media, creativity and what happens when you start making decisions just to get more likes.
May 03, 2019
#26: All Netflix and No Chill
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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