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Geared Up

Geared Up is the weekly podcast and live video show from Gear Live. Hosted by veteran tech reviewers Andru Edwards & Jon Rettinger, Geared Up features the latest news in consumer electronics and video games, with hands-on reviews with the hottest tech, gadgets, and gear.

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Xbox One X hands-on review

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/gearliveSupport the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

22mins

7 Nov 2017

Rank #1

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The New 16-inch MacBook Pro, & the Motorola RAZR nostalgia is real!

This week we talk about the arrival of the much-anticipated 16-inch MacBook Pro from Apple - have they addressed everything we’d hoped for? Motorola has officially revealed the new RAZR smartphone with foldable display, but is it worth it at $1500? We also speculate on what we expect from the Tesla CYBRTRK event, and the impact of the arrival of the Disney+ streaming service! LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW: Video: The Tesla CYBERTRUCK Video: Hands-on with AirPods Pro Andru Edwards on YouTube Jon Rettinger on YouTube Support the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

56mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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Is there an Echo in here?

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/gearliveSupport the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

18mins

28 Sep 2017

Rank #3

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Unprecedented smartphone leaks

This week brought one of the biggest iPhone leaks ever, giving us a look into official Apple photos of the upcoming iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4. That's on top of new smartphone news and leaks about the Google Pixel 3 XL and a potential folding smartphone from Samsung. We run it all down on this episode, plus, we take you into the crazy world of PAX, the giant gaming expo that just wrapped up, and go hands-on (or hands-free) with the Xbox Adaptive Controller. GEARED UP GIVEAWAY: This week, we're giving away the super-versatile Xbox Adaptive Controller. Geared Up subscribers can enter for a chance to win at this link: https://gleam.io/WC1bt/win-an-xbox-adaptive-controllerSupport the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

38mins

5 Sep 2018

Rank #4

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Galaxy Note 9 Hands-on

This week, we go hands-on for a full review of the new Galaxy Note 9. It's a super high-end device, with a hefty price tag, but the storage, battery life and signature Note stylus make it ultra useful for those on the go. Plus, we hear about the latest development from Andru's Tesla experience and discuss the ins-and-outs of next-gen Mesh WiFi.Support the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

15 Aug 2018

Rank #5

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Smart assistants on steroids

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.Support the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

27mins

19 May 2017

Rank #6

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Apple-palooza! New iPhones + Apple Watch

Apple unveiled three new iPhones, the new Apple Watch Series 4 and a ton more at a special event today. We tell you everything you need to know on this live recording of Geared Up -- including the things we were disappointed that Apple did NOT announce.Support the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

44mins

12 Sep 2018

Rank #7

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Configuring the new Mac Pro, Xbox Series X Announced!

Andru Edwards goes through his Mac Pro configuration build, and talks about his multiple missteps in ordering Apple’s most powerful computer to date, Microsoft officially announced the Xbox Series X game console, which will be released in late 2020 to start the next-generation of gaming, T-Mobile has launched a nationwide 5G network, and more! LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW: Yeezy Slides Andru Edwards on YouTube Jon Rettinger on YouTube Support the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

44mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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Best devices of 2016

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.Support the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 7mins

21 Mar 2017

Rank #9

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Why is the Google Pixel 4 So...Weird?

Google’s new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are now available, and in this episode Andru & Jon each bring you their thoughts on the newest flagship Google smartphone. Find out what sets the Pixel 4 apart from other smartphones on the market, as well as where the Pixel 4 falls short. Ultimately, if you’re in the market for a new smartphone, find out if the Pixel 4 is for you! LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW: Geared Up on YouTubeAndru Edwards on YouTubeJon Rettinger on YouTubeSupport the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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Extra: Google Podcasts App

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. Support the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

12mins

19 Jun 2018

Rank #11

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Microsoft's Xbox One X: Andru's take from E3

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.Support the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

19mins

12 Jun 2017

Rank #12

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AirPods Pro & The Mystery of the 16" MacBook Pro w/ Special Guest Rene Ritchie

iMore's Rene Ritchie joins the show! Apple dropped AirPods Pro last week, a higher-end version of the best-selling headphones in the world. We tell you all about what's new, along with our thoughts on if Apple has another hit on its hands. We also talk about the heavily-rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro that many expected to be released in October, the expectation of privacy when using products and services, the best Apple Keynote moments, and more. LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW: AirPods Pro: Top 5 Features Hands-on with AirPods Pro Rene Ritchie on YouTube Andru Edwards on YouTube Jon Rettinger on YouTube Support the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

56mins

6 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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The best tech of 2017

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/gearliveSupport the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

35mins

26 Dec 2017

Rank #14

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Hands-on with the Fire TV Cube

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.Support the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

35mins

27 Jun 2018

Rank #15

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Massive leak reveals iPhone 8 specs

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/gearliveSupport the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

17 Aug 2017

Rank #16

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Foldable phones: more than a fad?

This week on Geared Up, our consumer electronics podcast and video show, we talk about the newly unveiled foldable phones, the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. Are these foldable phones the future of mobile tech, or will the Galaxy Fold be seen as a fad? We also go hands-on with the new Samsung Galaxy S10+ and compare the Samsung Galaxy Buds to the Apple AirPods. Finally, Microsoft has announced the new second-generation HoloLens, and we go over the future of AR, as well. Support the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

42mins

27 Feb 2019

Rank #17

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New iPhone rumors, SNES classic edition and Facebook VR chat

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.Support the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

20 Apr 2017

Rank #18

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Hands on with Apple's AirPods

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.Support the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

21 Mar 2017

Rank #19

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What's the point of the Echo Look? Plus, hands on with the Galaxy S8

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. Thanks to our sponsor: GoDaddy — whose mission is to radically shift the global economy toward life-fulfilling independent ventures and helping their customers kick ass by giving them the tools, insights and people to transform their ideas into success.Support the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/joinSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

30mins

27 Apr 2017

Rank #20