Rank #1: #32: The World According to Apple
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
Rank #2: #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
Rank #3: #35: Google Maps to Nowhere
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
Rank #4: #37: Why the Family Phone Plan Rules
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
Rank #5: #30: Dispatches From the Future (of Everything)
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
Rank #6: #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
Rank #7: #31: My Way or the Huawei
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
Rank #8: #29: Don't Face ID Me, Bro
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
Rank #9: #34: Call Him Mr. 'Fortnite'
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
Rank #10: #27: The New New New Facebook
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