With great power comes great scrutiny. Every Friday, Recode’s Kara Swisher and NYU Professor Scott Galloway offer sharp, unfiltered insights into the way technology is shaping business and culture across media, advertising, politics, and more. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.
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Kara and Scott talk about Disney breaking into the content streaming business, the Uber IPO and, yes, Game of Thrones. Facebook actually gets a win this week for bringing on their first African American woman as a board member (but will she hold Zuckerberg to account?). YouTube very failed at getting accurate information on the burning of the Notre Dame cathedral. Prediction: the unicorn-class is the big loser of this year...
Kara and Scott talk about Congressional hearings on tech platforms responsibility for spreading white nationalism and other hate speech. New Zealand, Australia and the EU are so far ahead of the US in regulations ... when will we catch up? They also discuss the Pinterest IPO and AirBnB reversing their decision to pull out of the West Bank. MacKenzie Bezos becoming the 3rd richest woman in the world is a win. And Scott has some predictions for 2020.
Kara and Scott talk about the avalanche of recent Facebook news -- including Zuckerberg's new professed want for regulations. They also talk about YouTube and how the company actively seems to be overlooking all the toxic things that end up on the platform. We reached out to Managing Editor of AfroTech, John Ketchum, to talk about the late-Nipsey Hussle's contributions to tech and entrepreneurship as a way to uplift his community. It's part of a broader trend of affluent black celebrities putting their money into tech entrepreneurship. Speaking of rap/entrepreneurship (eye-roll implied), Elon Musk dropped a rap about Harambe on SoundCloud. Meanwhile, Patagonia is refusing to sell tech-bros vests and we are here for it. And finally, Scott revisits predictions about Lyft and Amazon.
Scott and Kara are skeptical of Lyft's IPO. What exactly is the network effect of ride shares? Also, Facebook says it's banning white nationalist posts. Cool, it's about time. Will anyone follow? Scott and Kara also talk about what Apple TV even is, the EU hitting Google with more antitrust fines and AOC continuing to win the heart of the internet.
Kara and Scott talk about terrorism against the Muslim community in New Zealand and how social media may be exacerbating this type of violence. They talk about admissions scandal and how colleges are harming the middle class with their exclusivity. Of course, Scott shouts out his man-crush Beto. His prediction is a white man becomes the 2020 Democratic nominee for president.
Kara and Scott are live in Austin, Texas for SXSW. They talk antitrust, the breakdown of big tech and take audience questions and predictions.
Kara and Scott are back! They talk about Zuckerberg's supposed shift towards more privacy on Facebook and, well, we'll believe it when we see it. Meanwhile Congress is ramping up its efforts on shaking up how we think of antitrust and big tech companies. They get into what they expect to talk and hear about at South by Southwest this week.
If you're looking to learn more about all things Facebook check out our friend Casey Newton's newsletter The Interface.
Kara brings on her former co-host, Wired senior staff writer and Gadget Lab co-host, Lauren Goode. They talk about the moderating content on Facebook -- and the working conditions of the people who are tasked with looking at the gruesome videos.
Kara brings on co-host, legendary NYTimes journalist, Maureen Dowd. They talk about how Silicon Valley has eclipsed Washington, DC as the country's true seat of power.
Kara and Scott pop back into the studio to give their hot takes on Amazon pulling out of their HQ2 deal with New York City.
Scott blusters in from his breakfast with Congress on how to regulate big tech — so Kara and Scott get into whether Congress will ever be regulating tech (seems not so likely). Kara sums up her twitter showdown with Jack Dorsey. Also more shade thrown on media outlets doing a bad job — like Esquire Magazine featuring a cover story about being a white boy in America and more generally Tucker Carlson,
BONUS episode: Scott couldn't wait to tell Pivot listeners what he thinks about Bezos' post accusing the National Inquirer of extortion.
Kara and Scott (sort of) celebrate Facebook's 15th birthday. With pop-ins and hot takes from a couple friends, including Congressman Ro Khanna and podcast Queen Aminatou Sow, they get into how they REALLY feel about the platform. Scott and Kara also talk about the moniker "people of wealth", the future of podcasting, and clap backs from Nancy Pelosi.
Kara and Scott talk about Apple and Facebook's latest gaffes and how Apple might be the only force left regulating Facebook. There's a-latte to say about Howard Schultz's presidential ambitions. Nancy Pelosi was a big winner this week (and Scott for predicting the shutdown would end on last week's episode!) We also hear from a historian who told the Davos crowd that a top-marginal tax has historically worked in the United States.
Kara and Scott talk about how Twitter duped us all again. Scott is fresh off a conference where both he and Sheryl Sandberg talked about the future of Facebook (spoiler alert: they have very different takes on how the company should move forward). Kara gets caught up in the Covington Catholic video drama. Now she's going head-to-head with Tucker Carlson (hey Tucker, want to come on our podcast?). Meanwhile, in another Twitter feud this week, Cardi B is a big winner after saying she'd "dog walk" Tomi Lahren. Also, Fyre Fest is still the biggest fail of all time (but the new documentaries about it are both a win!). And, Kara's prediction is that she'll never own another car again.
Kara and Scott are back together again! This week they catch up on Jeff Bezos' divorce and his not so hot texting skills (hey alive girls!). We're pretty sure Gillette listens to Pivot because they took Scott up on one of his predictions; they used a social justice trend in their latest marketing campaign. Meanwhile, during this weeks senate confirmation hearing, Attorney General nominee William Barr got a surprising amount of questions -- from both sides of the aisle -- about enforcing antitrust laws and big tech. And, let's face it, @AOC, aka Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is winning the Internet.
Scott brings on a guest-host, his NYU colleague and bestselling author Jonathan Haidt.
Kara brings on guest host Jon Lovett (Pod Save America) to talk about the government shut down, the new Congress and how it all might shake out for big tech.
Kara and Scott talk about some of the biggest stories in tech and business of the past year. They also make some big predictions for 2019.
Kara and Scott breakdown yet another Facebook scandal. This time, it turns out Facebook was passing on private user message data to partners like Netflix and Spotify.
Kara and Scott talk about Google's CEO testifying to Congress. The company is being evasive about its controversial search engine in China. But on the other hand, some US Representatives didn't know Google doesn't make the iPhone.
Kara and Scott talk about the latest dump of emails exposing Facebook management’s malfeasance, but Scott thinks it’s just the U.K. piling on.
Kara and Scott talk about Microsoft surpassing Apple. They also come to an agreement that “Republicans buy football teams and Democrats buy media properties”. In case you missed some recent headlines, Kara and Scott talk under-reported stories. China is unveiling a social credit surveillance system and it’s literally a ‘Black Mirror’ episode. Scott’s “win of the week” is NASA beating big tech to a Mars landing. Kara’s win is Google employees making bold statements about their company on her recent podcast.
Kara and Scott talk about how Facebook's C-suite has responded to reports of mismanagement.
Kara and Scott talk about Facebook and the explosive report on their mismanagement and deception over the past three years.
Kara and Scott talk about the upshot of the 2018 midterms, Amazon’s surprise HQ2 announcement and how our perception of social media has been permanently changed by bots and trolls.
Kara and Scott talk about Google's attempts to cover up sexual harassment claims against three of its top executives; the negative effects of cable news on society; and Scott's man-crush on Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke. Plus: What Kara did on Halloween and Scott's taxonomy of love.
Kara and Scott talk about Apple CEO Tim Cook's latest critiques of Facebook and Google; the fact that Uber's IPO could value the company at as much as $120 billion; and the ethical question of what to do if you're a startup that could raise money from Saudi Arabia, or a tech company that already has. Plus: Scott goes car-shopping for Kara, and the implications of Facebook losing another Oculus co-founder.
Recode's Kara Swisher and NYU's Scott Galloway talk about Silicon Valley's Saudi money crisis, the ongoing fallout from Facebook Portal and the cities that never had a chance in Amazon's HQ2 competition.
Kara and Scott discuss why the Google Plus hack matters, the new Facebook Portal and its plastic lenscap, and Kara's affection for Taylor Swift (even before Swift's Instagram post exhorting her fans to register to vote).In this episode: (01:48) The Google hack; (7:03) Facebook Portal; (12:49) Wins of the week: Taylor Swift and Nikki Haley; (16:23) Anand Giridharadas and the problem with elites; (21:12) Predictions: Sniper retail acquisitions and techlash; (25:51) Would Apple or Google buy Tesla?; (28:42) Kavanaugh and Melania Trump
On this episode of Pivot, Kara and Scott talk about: (01:20) Facebook's massive data breach; (06:05) Elon Musk's $20 million SEC settlement; (12:43) Wins of the week: Jeff Flake, Amy Klobuchar and Jeff Bezos; (20:47) Soul-sappingCycle and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Kara and Scott talk about the dramatic departure of Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Attorney General Jeff Sessions' war on "tech bias," and the future of Snap.In this episode: (01:44) The big story: Why did Instagram’s co-founders leave?; (07:13) Attorney General Jeff Sessions and “tech bias”; (12:39) Will Amazon buy Snapchat?; (17:44) GOATs of the week: Craig Newmark and Margrethe Vestager; (20:08) Absurd quotes of the week; (21:27) Scott’s prediction on the future of Facebook stock
A weekly look at tech and business headlines, with provocations, predictions and insights from two leading voices in the worlds of journalism and marketing.
Two and a half years ago, we launched Too Embarrassed to Ask. And now, having answered your questions about everything from Snapchat to Juicero to tech addiction, it’s time to goodbye ... or maybe Goode-bye? This week, Recode’s Kara Swisher reunites with her longtime co-host Lauren Goode (now a senior writer at Wired) for one final show and one final “hashtag money.” They talk about wearables, podcasts, Phoebe’s twin sister on “Friends,” Facebook’s year of scandals and — of course — their cats. Give it a listen and stay tuned for a new Kara Swisher podcast, coming this fall. If you subscribe to Too Embarrassed to Ask now, make sure to stay subscribed; you’ll automatically get the first episodes of Kara’s new show once it’s ready.
Microsoft Research scientist Jaron Lanier talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his new book, "10 Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now." He explains why those who have the opportunity to quit platforms like Facebook and Twitter should do so, comparing the problem to past crusades against “mass addictions” like smoking or drunk driving. Lanier also talks about the future of virtual reality, a field in which he helped drive interest in the 1990s.
Northeastern University assistant professors Dave Choffnes and Christo Wilson talk with Recode's Kara Swisher about their recent year-long investigation into a popular online conspiracy theory: Smartphones are secretly turning on their microphones to record conversations and serve us more targeted ads. Choffnes and Wilson say that although there have been a small number of apps that have surveilled users, they tested 17,000 of the most popular apps on Android and found that this doesn't happen; in fact, it doesn't need to. Although the theory may sound plausible, we provide a vast amount of information about ourselves through other means that can explain ads that feel eerily well-targeted to our lives. The researchers also explain some of the steps consumers can take to reduce these more mundane privacy violations and how app developers have reacted since their study was released.
House of Highlights creator Omar Raja talks with Recode's Kurt Wagner about how he built his sports-focused Instagram account into a social media juggernaut. Today, it's owned by Bleacher Report and has nearly 10 million followers. Raja hasn't taken a day off in four years; however, the fame of the account has connected him with basketball stars like Kobe Bryant, who earlier this year gave Raja a personal pep talk and cured a growing sense of burnout. He also talks about how he decides what to feature on Instagram, why House of Highlights is expanding into YouTube and Twitter accounts and how it's making money on all of these platforms without looking like a sell-out in the eyes of its young fanbase.
Renée DiResta, the head of policy at Data for Democracy, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how disinformation is spread on social media platforms and what can be done about it. DiResta says the tech community wouldn't be talking about this problem as much if Donald Trump had not won the presidency in 2016 — and that’s unfortunate, because a huge and diverse number of groups have weaponized social media, not just pro-Trump Russian agents. She explains why consumers shouldn’t be afraid of tech platforms sharing more information with each other and the government, and why one of the most useful things they can do is to politely correct people in their own communities who are spreading false information.
Recode’s Kara Swisher, her son Louie Swisher and Recode Radio producer Eric Johnson talk about Sandbox VR, a new virtual reality arcade installation south of San Francisco that they visited together, along with Kara’s other son, Alex. They share their reactions to an action-packed pirate video game, in which everyone was wearing a backpack computer and a VR headset and could roam freely around a room, all while shooting evil skeletons, dodging ghosts and solving puzzles. Kara says she’d prefer a similar VR experience to any video game, while Louie argues that it’s an unfair comparison, and that there are times he’d still prefer to play games on the TV. Meanwhile, Eric critiques the game’s design, and everyone complains about a parrot that wouldn't stop talking. Plus: Louie recounts a VR art installation that illustrates the peril of crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, and Kara quizzes him about his latest feelings on Snapchat and Facebook.
Entrepreneur Anil Dash, the CEO of Fog Creek Software, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about ethics and accountability in the tech industry. Dash recounts his first “eye-opening moment” about the potential for abuse on the web, and why he is encouraged by an apparent shift in the tone of the conversation about harassment and inclusion. He also proposes a new way to talk about the worst forms of platform misuse, such as the genocide in Myanmar that has been fueled in part by Facebook. Plus: Why South Asian immigrants are overrepresented in American tech companies, and why Dash has become internet-famous for talking about mangoes.
Recode's Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka talk about this week's ruling that AT&T could buy Time Warner, likely ending a lawsuit brought against the companies by the U.S. Justice Department. The decision almost immediately triggered a $65 billion bid from Comcast for 21st Century Fox, which Disney had been publicly courting at a lower price. And more generally, Kafka says it means that any media distributor now feels free to buy content companies, should they want to mirror AT&T's planned marriage of its distribution infrastructure with Time Warner's media. Plus: What all this means for consumers and why it's significant that this verdict came down the same week that net neutrality was repealed in the U.S.
Recode’s Kara Swisher and Dan Frommer talk about the 2018 edition of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Frommer explains why the company has stopped regularly unveiling new hardware at the event, and why Apple's decision to break that rule last year with an early preview of the HomePod smart speaker may have backfired. He also recaps the big announcements from this year’s conference, including updates to Siri and Apple’s augmented reality technology, ARKit. Plus: Why FaceTime now supports up to 32 callers at the same time, and why Apple is getting into the virtual avatar game with Memoji.
Recode's Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka, the co-producers of the 2018 Code Conference, talk with Converge host Casey Newton about this year's interviews and the unofficial theme that emerged over the past week: "With great power comes great responsibility." Kafka says that tech companies that have longed described themselves as "platforms" are having more responsibilities thrust upon them, whether they want them or not. Newton explains why he was encouraged by new Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi but frustrated by Spotify CEO Daniel Ek. Plus: The trio contrasts Snap CEO Evan Spiegel's apparently candid responses with the coached answers of Facebook executives Sheryl Sandberg and Mike Schroepfer, and debate whether that even matters.
Professional lacrosse player, entrepreneur and investor Paul Rabil talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and her son Louie Swisher about the intersection of sports and technology. Rabil says that for niche sports like lacrosse, it's especially important for athletes to respect the power of social media apps like Instagram, which can humanize the players and convert followers into fans. He also talks about broader trends affecting all sports today, including media consolidation, the generational divide over live television and emerging technologies such as AI, VR and wearables. Plus: Why Rabil hates the term "lax bro," and what he thinks will happen now that sports betting is on the road to legalization in most states.
NYU professor and “The Four” author Scott Galloway talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about how Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Tesla and other tech leaders are faring in an era of techlash. Galloway says many of these businesses, despite good intentions, have too much power and should be broken up. It's the responsibility of anyone who’s unhappy about privacy violations to elect lawmakers who will rein them in, he says. Previously having predicted the Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition, he makes a slew of new predictions, including: Snap will have to be acquired because it can’t compete with Facebook; Amazon will beat Apple to a $1 trillion market cap even though Apple is currently much closer to that milestone; and the Cambridge Analytica scandal may have undermined Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s ability to run for president one day. He also criticizes Tesla CEO Elon Musk for his “immaturity” on a recent call with shareholders and pleads for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to help create a future of work that won’t rely on citizens receiving a universal guaranteed income.
“Chaos Monkeys” author and Wired contributing writer Antonio García-Martínez talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his early-2010s stint at Facebook, where he helped develop the ad-targeting technologies that have landed the company in trouble in recent months. He evaluates how Facebook is dealing with a string of public controversies that culminated in CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress, but argues that “most people don’t care about privacy” and that the company isn’t in any danger of going away despite the backlash. García-Martínez also talks about some common misconceptions about Facebook ads, why Google hasn’t been criticized as much for the same practices, and why the history of media suggests we could be in for decades of “fake news.”
Investor, author and serial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about recent tech news stories, including Tesla's Q1 earnings, Facebook's data privacy scandal and Uber's rebound from a series of scandals. Calacanis, an early Uber investor and personal friend of ex-CEO Travis Kalanick, says chief U.S. rival Lyft missed its opportunity to capitalize on those "unforced errors" and now "the window has closed." He also talks at length about why he sold all his shares of Facebook last year when the stock was well below current levels: In part, Calacanis says, it's because CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been "completely immoral," both with his own products and with his willingness to copy those of other companies, such as Snapchat.
Recode managing editor Ed Lee talks with Kara Swisher about the pending $85 billion merger of AT&T and Time Warner. Lee says the deal is in part a reaction to the rise of Netflix and will, in theory, let the companies create new kinds of online video and smarter digital advertising. However, last year the U.S. Justice Department sued AT&T in an attempt to block the deal, which Lee says is plausibly more motivated by President Trump’s animus toward Time Warner-owned CNN than by actual danger posed to consumers. He also talks about what would change for consumers if the deal goes through and why its success could lead to a dramatic showdown between Disney and Comcast for the right to buy 20th Century Fox.
The Verge’s science reporter Loren Grush talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about SpaceX’s launch of TESS, a NASA satellite that will search for planets beyond our solar system. Grush explains how SpaceX got back on track after two of its rockets were accidentally destroyed in 2015 and 2016, and how the company stacks up against private competitors like Jeff Bezos’s rocket company, Blue Origin, and the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture United Launch Alliance. SpaceX originally planned to send humans into space by 2017, but now Grush predicts that won’t happen until 2019. Plus: Why was Elon Musk tweeting about giant party balloons, and could we build a garbage dump on the Moon?
Recode's Kurt Wagner and The Verge's Casey Newton talk with Kara Swisher about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's two-day marathon of hearings in front of Congress. On Tuesday, Zuckerberg was bombarded with basic questions that could have been answered by Googling — but as Wagner points out, those ill-informed questions from U.S. Senators speak to a widespread lack of understanding about Facebook's business. The trio agrees that Zuckerberg's second day, speaking to members of the House of Representatives, was more combative and informative, although it's still unclear whether Congress can find enough common ground to take any action against Facebook in the form of new privacy regulations.
Recode's Kara Swisher and Teddy Schleifer talk about the shooting at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, Calif. and the other big tech story of that day, Spotify's unusual and long-awaited debut as a publicly traded company. They discuss how the former might change corporate culture in the famously laid-back tech industry, and how the latter might change how and when startups IPO. Later in the show, Recode's Kurt Wagner returns to provide an update on the Facebook-Cambidge Analytica data privacy scandal, which has blown up to the point that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will have to testify before Congress next week.
To commemorate her final episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask as co-host, Lauren Goode counts down her favorite episodes from the past two years. Among the favorites: Juicero founder Doug Evans, Kara Swisher admitting to her phone addiction and Walt Mossberg's own farewell episode, for which Kara and Lauren concocted a devious plan in secret. The co-hosts also talk about how they started working together and what's next for both Lauren and this podcast.
Recode's Kurt Wagner talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, shortly after he and Swisher interviewed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Wagner says reports of a political data firm exploiting a loophole in Facebook's old data platform has severely undermined public trust in Facebook, in part because the social networking giant knew the problem was out there years ago. The trio talks about why it took several days for Zuckerberg to weigh in on Cambridge Analytica publicly and how Facebook's need to grow when it was a startup laid the groundwork for this misuse.
SB Nation editor in chief Elena Bergeron talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about the 2018 NCAA men’s basketball tournament — a.k.a. March Madness — and how other major sporting events like the Olympics and the NFL are being reshaped by tech. Bergeron says it’s easier than ever to be an “over-the-top” fan and watch as much of the NCAA tournament as you want, regardless of where you live, and explains how the entry of companies like Amazon, Facebook and YouTube will change sports broadcasting in the future. She also talks about online betting, bracket challenges and how social media has upturned the relationship among fans, players and the media. Plus: Why aren’t college athletes paid for playing?
Chain CEO Adam Ludwin talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about blockchain, ICOs and cryptocurrencies. He explains what all of those terms mean and the differences among blockchain-related products and assets, including bitcoin, ethereum, lytecoin and filecoin. Ludwin says blockchain is currently a "frontier technology" caught between two powerful forces — its technological innovation and its countercultural appeal — and argues that there's value to be discovered, in spite of today's "market mania." Plus: How easy would it be for Kara Swisher to create her own cryptocurrency?
Sophia Amoruso, the founder and CEO of Girlboss, talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about launching a new company "in the afterlife": In 2015, she stepped down as CEO of her first company, Nasty Gal, and two years later, it filed for bankruptcy. Amoruso says Nasty Gal's ambitions were right but that she made several "naive" mistakes about fundraising, hiring and her own interests and strengths as a leader. She also shares advice for other female entrepreneurs and talks about the #MeToo movement, as well as the Netflix show about her past exploits, "Girlboss," which was executive produced by Charlize Theron.
Writer Catherine Price talks with Kara Swisher, Lauren Goode and Kara’s son Louie about her latest book, “How to Break Up With Your Phone.” Price says our attitudes about tech addiction need adjusting — rather than taking a "tech detox," the goal should be to use our phones in ways that are useful and enjoyable, and using them less when they make us sad or distracted. She explains the brain science that makes that goal so difficult for so many people, and recommends tricks and habits that people who are looking for more balance in their lives can adopt.
The Verge's Lauren Goode roams the halls of the 2018 Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, Calif., interviewing attendees about their tech addictions and what we can do to be less addicted. Interviewees include startup founders, investors, a former ad exec — oh, and rapper-turned-entrepreneur Chamillionaire, the artist behind the hit song "Ridin'." Plus: Kara Swisher and Goode debate whether the responsibility for reducing tech addiction belongs to tech companies or consumers.
The Daily Beast reporter Taylor Lorenz talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the state of YouTube in early 2018. The online video platform is more culturally powerful than ever, with no signs of slowing down. However, some of its biggest stars have begun to attract negative attention in recent years, most recently when YouTuber Logan Paul released a video of a human corpse filmed at a "suicide forest" in Japan. Lorenz explains what the site could be doing to keep videos like that off its platform — and why it hasn't been willing to proactively police videos in the past. She also talks about how YouTubers make money (spoiler alert: Merch!), why some of them ask journalists to pay them for interviews and how reality show-esque drama among video creators has taken over the site.
Sonos CEO Patrick Spence talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the evolving home speaker market, and how Sonos is contending with its new competitors: Amazon, Google and Apple. Spence says that unlike its rival's speakers, Sonos’ newer hardware will be able to support multiple virtual assistants, such as Alexa and Google Assistant. He discusses why that versatility is needed in the home but not on mobile phones, and how he expects the value of a speaker system will change once Apple releases its new wireless audio software, AirPlay 2.
Recode's Senior Social Media Editor Kurt Wagner talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how Facebook is trying to fix its "fake news" problem — by showing users less news and asking them to rank the credibility of media outlets. Wagner explains why digital publishers have been alarmed by the new proposals and why it's sometimes hard to believe Facebook when it insists that it's not a media company. He also shares tips for making the current News Feed work better for you and what the social media giant has said it will do to make political advertising more transparent during the 2018 U.S. midterm elections.
Axios Chief Technology Correspondent Ina Fried talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the major security flaws, commonly referred to as Spectre and Meltdown, that were recently discovered in commonplace computer processors. Fried explains the differences between the vulnerabilities, how the world's largest tech companies have reacted to their exposure and what consumers can do to best protect themselves. Plus: When will we start seeing new chips that aren't susceptible to the same flaws and should this incident give us pause about putting these processors in cars?
Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode talk with The Verge's Ashley Carman about Lauren and Ashley's week in Las Vegas for CES 2018. Although marred by rain (unusual), flooding (predictable) and a massive power outage (unprecedented), the annual Consumer Electronics Show mostly carried on as normal. One big takeaway: CES 2018 was led by a slew of gadgets angling to compete against Amazon's Alexa. Carman also talks about the continuing prevalence of cars at the tech trade show and a category she's personally interested in: Tech products made by beauty companies like Neutrogena, which make personalized recommendations to users after scanning their hair or skin. Plus: The trio talks about the severe shortage of women among CES's keynote speakers and why its apology for that fact doesn't pass the smell test.
Recharge CEO Manny Bamfo talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about his startup, which lets customers rent hotel rooms by the minute rather than by the night. Business travelers might want to book a room for a couple hours before a meeting, Bamfo explains, but a more surprising group of customers are locals or Uber drivers in need of a break. He answers your questions about how much these rooms cost, how they're cleaned and how the people who clean the short-term rentals get paid.
Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode count down the 10 most important tech stories of 2017: The year's biggest product launches, including the iPhone X and a non-exploding phone from Samsung; Amazon's $14 billion acquisition of Whole Foods; "fake news" and the Twitter-presidency of Donald Trump; the mixed bag of tech IPOs from Snap, Blue Apron, Roku and Stitch Fix; the fallout from Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election; the FCC's repeal of net neutrality; bitcoin's rise and fall (and rise?); widespread backlash against Silicon Valley companies and products for a range of reasons; the #MeToo movement across multiple industries, including tech; and, finally, the nonstop turbulence at Uber, ignited in part by a former employee's blog post.
Clear CEO Caryn Seidman Becker talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how the company uses fingerprint and iris scanning to let its customers skip the TSA line at the airport and how it keeps all that data safe. Becker says Clear does not share data with or sell data to anyone, including government agencies like the TSA with which it has sometimes partnered. She also talks about why she led the effort to buy and resurrect Clear after the first incarnation of the company went bankrupt in the late 2000s, why it’s now expanding far beyond the airport security line and all the weird ways we’ll prove our identities in the future.
Seismic CEO Rich Mahoney talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how robots will change everyday life around the world. Mahoney's company, originally funded by DARPA, is developing wearable robotics, or "powered clothing," that could help the elderly experience a better quality of life, or provide support to sales reps who have to spend the whole day on their feet. He also talks about how improvements to robotics will reshape the economy and jobs, whether Elon Musk's tweets make Mahoney's job harder and when we'll all be able to buy electronic "super suits."
Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission, talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the FCC's upcoming vote on the future of net neutrality. The Commission's chairman, Republican Ajit Pai, is hoping to roll back regulations implemented under President Obama, which would ask internet service providers to be transparent about how they manage their services — but not prevent them from throttling speeds or blocking websites, for example. Rosenworcel explains her opposition to the repeal, which is expected to succeed when it is held on Dec. 14, and why enforced neutrality is better than transparency. She also answers questions from readers and listeners about what happens next, why she doesn't believe the issue should be divided along Democratic-Republican lines and how America's rules affect the rest of the world.
Fan-favorite guests Louie Swisher and The Verge's Casey Newton return to the show to talk with Recode's Kara Swisher, a.k.a. Louie's mom. She quizzes him about Snapchat, TBH and why he doesn't want a Nintendo Switch. Louie says he's not paying attention to the news about Russia's election meddling on Twitter and Facebook because he doesn't use Twitter or Facebook, and predicts both platforms will die off within 10 years. He updates listeners on how he's using Snapchat, including the relatively new Snap Map feature that shares your location with friends, and Casey explains why Snapchat has to redesign itself and keep growing. Plus: A special guest appearance by a third member of the Swisher family, Kara's mother Lucretia Carney.
Tamara Warren, the Verge's transportation editor, talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about Tesla's recent product event in which the Silicon Valley car company unveiled new electric semi trucks — and a new version of its Roadster sports car, which starts at $200,000. Warren explains why Elon Musk & company are getting into trucking at a time when they're still having trouble with on-time deliveries all the Model 3 sedans they had promised consumers. She also talks about the potential cost savings of electric trucks for retailers like Walmart, the future of Tesla's autonomous driving ambitions and why she thinks it's unlikely Tesla would sell itself to a big automaker or another tech company anytime soon.
1Password's Defender Against the Dark Arts Jeffrey Goldberg (yes, that's his real title) talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the future of passwords and password management. He explains how managers such as 1Password work and what makes them better than trying to remember passwords yourself. Goldberg says we probably won't stop using passwords to protect our online accounts anytime soon, even though it's becoming more common to use our fingers and faces to unlock our phones. He also addresses some common misconceptions about computer security and why it's safe to use 1Password on an unprotected public Wi-Fi network.
In this special episode, Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode inquire about the morning routines of several past Too Embarrassed to Ask guests, including 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki, security researcher Brian Krebs and the executive editor of the Verge, Dieter Bohn. Their answers vary: Some guests combine a vigorous morning workout with their screens; others set two (or three or four) alarms to make sure they get out of bed. If you have a unique tech morning routine to share with us, send it to TooEmbarrassed@recode.net!
Recode's Jason Del Rey talks with Kara Swisher about Amazon's ever-expanding reach into our homes and personal lives. Del Rey talks about why the company's new camera and smart lock, dubbed Amazon Key and Cloud Cam, are both catnip to privacy advocates and legitimately useful for a lot of people across the country. He also explains why the company is developing products like the Amazon Echo Look, which advises you on your fashion choices, and the Echo Show, which pairs the company's virtual assistant Alexa with a tablet-like screen. Plus: Del Rey and Swisher discuss the widely publicized search for Amazon's second headquarters and whether the company should be fearful of regulation from the U.S. government.
Tony Romm, Recode's senior policy and politics editor, returns to the show to talk with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about Russian agents' use of social media to meddle in the 2016 U.S. elections and what happens next. He previews next week's open hearings in which members of the U.S. Congress' House and Senate Intelligence Committees will grill representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google about what they knew then and what they know now. Romm explains why regulating speech and advertising online is so difficult and answers your questions about fake news, bots and whether we should instead be focusing on education and personal responsibility.
Wirecutter editor in chief Jacqui Cheng talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about buying tech products on a budget. Cheng offers recommendations for both Android and iOS smartphones that are “as cheap as you can go without tearing your hair out,” since the cheapest options can sometimes be intolerable to use. Cheng also explains Wirecutter’s review methodology, how she finds the best deals, and what she recommends for budget smart-home speakers, laptops, Bluetooth headphones and tablets.
Google Senior Vice President of Hardware Rick Osterloh talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the company’s newly announced products — the second iteration of high-end Pixel smartphones, wireless headphones called Pixel Buds, an AI-powered camera called Google Clips, new smart home speakers and a new Pixelbook laptop. Osterloh says the unifying theme across all these products is Google Assistant, the company’s previously announced answer to other virtual assistants like Siri, Alexa and Cortana. He also explains why Google did away with the headphone jack on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, why it hasn’t announced a smart watch (at least, not yet) and how Google plans to turn itself into a high-end hardware brand.
Security researcher Brian Krebs talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the recent Equifax hack that exposed the confidential information of 143 million Americans. Krebs says whether or not you think your data has been compromised, it has; he recommends freezing your credit and explains what happens after a freeze is in place. He also talks about whether we can expect the government to take any meaningful action against the credit rating firms, what tech and security experts can do to make our data more secure, and why not everything you might have read about Equifax executives "golden parachutes" is true.
Consumer Reports CEO Marta Tellado talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how the 81-year-old magazine has migrated into the digital age, first with a pioneering online subscription in the 1990s and now by increasingly turning its attention to software over hardware. Tellado says Consumer Reports wants to "bend the marketplace" in the direction of more privacy for users and more reliable products. To that end, it mobilizes its subscribers to advocate for those causes with manufacturers and legislators. Tellado also talks about the future of product reviews and why you should still listen to experts even though it's easier to check the star rating on Amazon.
23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how the 11-year-old company is trying to expand consumers’ access to their own health data without working inside the insurance system. Wojcicki explains how the company protects users’ privacy, and why its databases are a less-appealing target for hackers than, say, a bank or credit agency. She also discusses how 23andMe’s accuracy has improved over time, whether DNA testing encourages racism, and whether the company will ever offer a more affordable genome-testing kit than its current versions, which start at $99.
Recode Editor in Chief Dan Frommer talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about Apple's latest product event, at which it announced a new series of the Apple Watch, with optional LTE connectivity; a wireless charging pad for Apple devices called AirPower; the next iterations of its flagship phones, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus; and a higher-end phone with an OLED screen and no home button, the iPhone X, which will start at $1000. Frommer and Goode, who were at the Apple event, answer your questions about all of the new hardware, as well as the iPhone X's face-recognition technology Face ID. Plus: How nice is the new Steve Jobs Theater and why weren't more women from Apple onstage?
The Verge's Dieter Bohn talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the new Android phones coming out this fall, including the recently released Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the company's first Note-branded device since last year's exploding phone debacle. Bohn says it's a "stupdendously good big phone" with a few minor annoyances, but cautions that no one should buy a new phone until all the new gadgets have been announced. He also discusses the rocky launch of the Essential Phone, which led to dozens of customers accidentally emailing their drivers' licenses to one another, and LG's newest flagship, the V30.
Geoff Woo talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how his company, HVMN — formerly known as Nootrobox — is marketing “human enhancement” products to make customers smarter, more alert or more efficient. Woo argues that medicine focuses only on making sick people normal, and that there’s an untapped opportunity to make normal people better and more productive. He also talks about why he advocates fasting three days a week, and why Silicon Valley is obsessed with the idea of extending life, quantifying health and even ending death.
Forward CEO Adrian Aoun talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the future of health care and whether a Silicon Valley startup can make going to the doctor's office something you actually want to do. Aoun says Forward, which costs $149 per month and does not work directly with any insurers or government agencies, wants to help people better understand their own health and wellness. Most people only go to the hospital or doctor when something is wrong, so Forward wants to provide information to keep patients proactive rather than reactive. Later in the show, he answers questions from readers and listeners about the cost of health care, why Forward doesn't offer dental care and where the company is going next.
Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince and Electronic Frontier Foundation Executive Director Cindy Cohn talk with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the future of free speech on the internet. Cloudflare publicly terminated the account of the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, in the aftermath of the white supremacist protest in Charlottesville that led to the deaths of one counter-protestor and two police officers. Prince and Cohn debate whether CEOs like Prince should be able to unilaterally restrict a website, with Cohn arguing that the move threatens all free expression online; Prince says he knowingly did the wrong thing for the right reason in order to force a conversation about the topic.
LimeBike Co-founder Brad Bao talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how the company is trying to make bike sharing more affordable and accessible. Unlike other city bike programs, which charge $10 or more per ride and keep all the bikes in a special dock, LimeBike charges only $1 per half hour rental and lets its customers park their bikes anywhere when done, ready to be picked up by someone else. Bao talks about what needs to happen for bike sharing to compete with other forms of transportation and says the biggest challenge LimeBike faces is the lack of a European-style biking culture in America.
Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the company's plant-based replacement for ground beef, the Impossible Burger, which is intended for people who love the taste and texture of meat — not for vegans and vegetarians. Brown says beef production has huge environmental consequences, while Impossible's process requires one-twentieth the land, one-fourth as much water and produces one-eighth as many greenhouse gases. Although the Burger is only available in certain restaurants now, he predicts that it will get far cheaper over time and will be cost-competitive with the cheapest ground beef in "two or three years."
Eero CEO Nick Weaver talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about why our demand for high-speed internet throughout the home is more insatiable than ever and how a "mesh router" network like Eero's may speed up downloads. Weaver explains what causes Wi-Fi speeds to drop in different rooms, both in big houses and smaller city apartments. He also talks about how to ensure the privacy and security of your internet router and steps you can take to make sure you're not bringing dangerously unsafe smart home devices into your network.
Paradigm CEO Joelle Emerson and Evertoon CEO Niniane Wang talk with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the unfolding sexual harassment crisis in Silicon Valley and what can be done about it. Emerson and Wang share their stories of facing sexism in the office, on the internet and beyond, and offer concrete remedies and solutions for businesses, educators and tech workers. Later in the show, they answer your questions about where sexist behavior comes from and who in tech can do the most to stop it.
Google virtual reality boss Clay Bavor talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about why the company has invested in projects like the low-cost VR headset Cardboard and the augmented reality platform Tango. Bavor says VR and AR are two points on the same spectrum and that Google is focused on a long-term vision where the technologies will converge and provide value for all users — not just gamers. He also talks about what he thinks of Apple's recently announced ARKit, why he shoots VR videos of his children and why badly designed VR experiences can make you nauseous.
Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about blockchain, the technology that makes bitcoin and other digital currencies possible. Allaire says blockchains are a modern record-keeping system and that integrating them into our lives is analogous to the move from using America Online in the late 1990s to the more open, global web that exists today. Circle previously let users trade bitcoins and today it continues to focus on social payments, but Allaire argues that blockchains have important implications for everything from computing to property ownership to voting.
Recode senior commerce editor Jason Del Rey talks with Kara Swisher about the ongoing rivalry between Amazon and Walmart, which was recently marked by big M&A deals: Amazonannounced plans to acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion and Walmart said it would acquire men's clothing brand Bonobos for more than $300 million. Del Rey explains both deals and argues that the Silicon Valley narrative of Amazon becoming the world's only store isn't as clear-cut as techies might think. He says Walmart's brick-and-mortar footprint makes a big difference, but so does its behind-the-scenes logistics operation and its access to a broad swath of consumers from all income brackets.
Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode talk with The Verge's Casey Newton and Kara's oldest son, Louie Swisher, about how teens are using (or not using) apps like Instagram, Snapchat, Musically and more. Louie says he uses Snapchat because he needs to talk to people, and Instagram because he enjoys it, but avoids Facebook as much as he can because "there's no real point." He and Newton also review Snapchat's new Snap Map feature and Newton explains why the app's practice of deleting messages by default is so important. Later in the show, they answer your questions about Houseparty, Snapchat streaks and "finstas" — private friend-only Instagram accounts.
Headspace CEO Rich Pierson talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about meditation apps and why it's important to find stressed out people where they already are — on their phones. Pierson says people used to back away from him and his co-founder when they learned about the company, but the world is coming around to the idea of guided meditation as a valid way to improve one's mental wellness. He also explains why meditating can sometimes make you angrier or, at least, more aware of how angry you already were. Plus: Kara shares her own not-so-zen, and decidedly morbid, meditation regimen.
Recode's Johana Bhuiyan talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about Uber's newly announced efforts to reinvent itself after a months-long cultural crisis. The company's C-suite has been completely upended by a string of scandals, with CEO Travis Kalanick taking an indefinite leave of absence and his close ally Emil Michael, Uber's SVP of business, being pressured by the board to step down. Bhuiyan says investigations into the improper handling of a rape case involving a passenger and an Uber driver, as well as sexual harassment allegations within the company, have had damaging ripple effects, impeding Uber’s ability to continue attracting both workers and customers, and forcing a more serious introspection than ever.
The Verge’s Nilay Patel talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the 2017 edition of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). This year, the company announced updates to its tablet and Mac hardware, a new version of its iOS mobile operating system, and a brand-new product: HomePod, a smart home speaker aimed squarely at Amazon’s Echo. Patel, Swisher and Goode debate whether Siri can compete with Alexa, and whether the entry price for the HomePod is too high; they also answer your questions about AirPlay, iPads and headphone jacks.
On this special episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode say bon voyage to our friend and colleague Walt Mossberg, who is retiring from journalism after nearly 47 years — and they're joined by a parade of tech celebrities. Mossberg answers questions from people like investor Mark Cuban, Apple SVP Phil Schiller, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who finally got the chance to turn the tables on him. He also talks about what's next for tech and media, and which stories in his career he was most proud of.
60db's Liz Gannes talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the current state of podcasting and what shows everyone should be listening to. They discuss some of the trends around how people are getting their podcasts and how apps like 60db are trying to make it easier to organize what you listen to next. The trio discusses their own favorite audio shows, as well as favorites sent in by our readers and listeners, and you can find the full list of these shows on Recode.net.
Recode's Senior Media Editor Peter Kafka joins Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode to talk about Twitter's latest efforts to carry live TV and video content, which will include 24/7 news from Bloomberg, live music concerts from LiveNation and weekly regular-season games from the WNBA. Kafka explains why the company might want to emulate Netflix if it's serious about video, spending a lot of money to create something new that is also high quality. Later in the show, the trio answers your questions about live video on the web, including what Facebook is doing in response to a recent rash of murders and suicides carried live on its platform.
The Verge’s Dan Seifert talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the recently announced Microsoft Surface Laptop, the first device in the company’s Surface lineup in which the keyboard does not detach from the screen. Seifert views the new laptop as an attempt to make a “premium” experience that can compete with the high-end MacBook Air, without cannibalizing the cheaper Windows laptops made by Microsoft’s OEM partners. He also talks about the new version of the Windows operating system, Windows 10S, which may appeal to schools and businesses buying large quantities of Surface computers. Later in the show, the trio answers your questions about the current landscape of laptops, including the big one: Is now a good time to upgrade?
Recode’s Jason Del Rey talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about Apple’s latest discussions with payments industry partners about launching a money transfer app. The service would compete with existing products like Square Cash and PayPal-owned Venmo, but Del Rey says there’s plenty of room for new entrants. Apple is hoping to reach the people who still choose to pay each other with cash or checks, or use their banks’ official apps, and also to drive adoption of Apple Pay. Later on the podcast, the trio answers your questions about peer-to-peer payments services, and how Apple might carve out its share of the market.
New York Times technology reporter Mike Isaac talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about the controversies that have plagued Uber for the past two months. In a new profile of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, Isaac reported that the company ran afoul of Apple's rules by keeping track of the iPhones on which Uber had been deleted and re-downloaded. The trio talks about whether Uber's culture will — or can — be reshaped at this point and why Kalanick is unlikely to lose his job, although Isaac predicts that some exec's head may be "on a pike" by the time the company's sexual harassment investigation is over.
Wearable tech and fitness blogger Ray Maker, a.k.a. D.C. Rainmaker, talks with The Verge's Lauren Goode about his full-time job testing fitness trackers, the dismaying inaccuracy of some trackers, and what his go-to devices are. An avid triathlete, Maker's current picks for athletic consumers are the Garmin Fenix 5 or Forerunner 935XT. However, when it comes to smartwatches, Maker says the Apple Watch is the best smartwatch overall — just not for serious athletes. Maker also talks about the craziest, potentially-life threatening things that have happened while he's out testing. Plus: A cameo from Recode co-founder Walt Mossberg.
Online security expert Tony Gambacorta, the founder of 1585 Security, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Lauren Goode about how consumers can protect themselves from hackers and other threats online. Gambacorta says everything you own that connects to the internet could put your privacy at risk, and you should decide how much convenience you’re willing to trade for that risk. He also shares some tips for password managers, VPNs and smart home gadgets and explains why you probably shouldn’t connect to that open Wi-Fi network at the airport or Starbucks.
Recode’s Tony Romm talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how digital privacy rules and net neutrality are changing under the Trump administration. Reporter Romm notes that the FCC privacy rules that were made under President Obama and recently overturned by Republicans in Congress hadn’t yet gone into effect, meaning that “nothing has changed and everything has changed,” depending on your point of view. Romm also discusses why new FCC chairman Ajit Pai is opposed to net neutrality, and how changes to telecom regulations might affect consumers.
The Verge's Dan Seifert talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about Samsung's latest product event, where it unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8. It's the first major new product from the company since last year's embarrassing exploding-battery recalls of the Galaxy Note 7, and the company is investing a lot of money and energy into proving that it's safe to buy Samsung again. Seifert also talks about the company's answer to Siri and Cortana, a virtual assistant named Bixby that is expected to start popping up in all Samsung hardware, from phones to appliances.
Recode's Johana Bhuiyan talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about Uber's month-plus of harassment allegations, public outcry and executive resignations. Bhuiyan traces how Uber got to here and why its aggressive, possibly discriminatory culture was infrequently discussed in the past. She handicaps the effectiveness of Uber's search for a COO to "partner" with CEO Travis Kalanick and also chats about the state of its new initiatives, such as self-driving cars and food delivery. Later in the show, the trio answers your questions about whether Lyft is any different from Uber, the business impact of controversy and what to do if you think one of your co-workers is being harassed or silenced.
Entrepreneur and display expert Mary Lou Jepsen talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode in front of a live audience at South by Southwest 2017. Jepsen, who co-founded One Laptop Per Child and previously worked at Google and Facebook's Oculus, says the screens of the future will be embedded all around us, or possibly replaced by "Star Wars"-style holograms. Her latest company Opnwatr is working on wearable MRI technology that could analyze a person's thoughts and health, and Jepsen says we need an international "bill of rights for new technology" before it becomes commonplace.
Polygon Video Producer Nick Robinson talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Lauren Goode about Nintendo’s latest video game console, the Nintendo Switch, which launched Mar. 3. Robinson says he has been “pleasantly surprised” by the console, even though it has very few games and has suffered from some early hardware glitches such as poor Wi-Fi reception. Switch's best game right now is a new entry in the Legend of Zelda franchise, but it also features a fun Wii-like party game called Snipperclips that Robinson tested on some unsuspecting friends.
Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about his company's use of unmanned drone aircraft to deliver blood and medical supplies to hard-to-reach places. Rinaudo says drones are a viable life-saving option when roads are poor or nonexistent, and stresses that it's not selfless philanthropy; Zipline is a business that's making money while doing good. He also talks about why dealing with regulators in the third world is easier than it is in the U.S., how local residents feel about the presence of unmanned aerial vehicles in their airspace and why he's excited for drones that can carry humans.
Upthere CEO Chris Bourdon talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about the multitude of cloud storage services and which ones may be best for different types of consumers. Bourdon says different services excel at different things, which means yes, you should plan to use multiple clouds. He also talks about the security of data stored in the cloud, how to get photos from iCloud into Google Photos and why it's unwise to commit all your data to just one company's care.
Wall Street Journal personal technology columnist Joanna Stern talks with The Verge's Lauren Goode about why your cellphone's data bill is so confusing and how to get the most bang for your buck. Stern urges people not to switch carriers because one is seemingly offering a better "deal," noting that data plans always have strings attached. She says the buzzy new "unlimited" data plans being rolled out by the likes of Verizon and AT&T in response to rivals T-Mobile and Sprint are probably not worth the cost except for the most data-hungry consumers, and even then, they're not really "unlimited."
Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi and Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani talk with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about their efforts to expand coding education, particularly in the United States. Partovi says teaching more kids of all backgrounds to code will go a long way toward fixing job anxiety in America, while Saujani says it's vitally important to simultaneously make sure that girls and women feel welcome in the computer science classroom. They outline some of the best ways to start learning to code, and offer differing views on how the Trump administration and the new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, will affect tech literacy.
Snap, the company that makes Snapchat, filed its paperwork late last week to go public on the New York Stock Exchange. On this special bonus episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, The Verge's Lauren Goode talks with Recode's Senior Social Media Editor Kurt Wagner about what that means for the company and why some investors are wary of the IPO. They answer your questions about the different classes of Snap shares, those buzzy Spectacles glasses and why CEO Evan Spiegel spends so much on personal security.
CNN senior media correspondent and host of "Reliable Sources" Brian Stelter talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about the rise of so-called "fake news" and what everyone can do to make sure they're not believing and spreading a hoax. Stelter also discusses why we should stop using the term "fake news," why the problem is only going to get worse and how well platforms like Facebook and Google are addressing it.
The Verge's Lauren Goode talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and Johana Bhuiyan about the budding self-driving car industry and how long it will take for companies like Tesla, Uber and Lyft to start offering completely autonomous vehicles. Bhuiyan says there's reason to believe the Trump administration will benefit these companies because it likely won't impose onerous new restrictions on their experiments. Later in the show, the trio answers your questions about why self-driving cars aren't coming to Norway anytime soon, how they handle ethical decisions and the risks of autonomous vehicles being hacked.
Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode debate the merits of Apple's new wireless earbuds, the Airpods. Designed to work across multiple Apple devices with less hassle than normal Bluetooth audio gear, the Airpods cost $160 and have to be charged in an included battery case — however, Goode said the case is a huge benefit because it makes the small earbuds harder to lose. She can't recommend the Airpods to everybody, but says they've proved useful in certain places, like the gym. Swisher, meanwhile, questions Apple's design decisions, saying the earbuds look more like white plastic earrings.
Kara Swisher, Lauren Goode and The Verge Executive Editor Dieter Bohn talk about Samsung's new Chromebooks that were announced at CES, the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro. They also discuss the tradeoffs of the many and varied low-cost laptops that carry the Chromebook name, and whether they're a better choice for average consumers than a cheap Windows or Macintosh device. Bohn says creative professionals should stay away, but there may be reason for regular users to start paying more attention now that support for Android applications is on the way for midrange Chromebooks and up.
Recode's Kara Swisher talks with The Verge's Lauren Goode about CES 2017 and whether the annual consumer electronics expo is as important as it once was. Goode recaps some of the biggest trends she observed, including self-driving cars, virtual reality and the Amazon Echo. She also debates with Swisher the merits of some of the show's weirder products, like a pair of high heels controlled by your smartphone and a "smart hairbrush" that features a microphone, a gyroscope and an accelerometer.
Recode's Kara Swisher talks with The Verge's Lauren Goode and Casey Newton about the biggest tech products and trends of 2016. Among other things, the trio chats about the aftermath of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 crisis; the launch of Uber's first self-driving cars; the battle between Apple and the FBI over the San Bernardino shooter's locked iPhone; the seeming collapse of blood-testing startup Theranos; and the election of Donald Trump.
The Verge's Lauren Goode and Recode's Peter Kafka decode the sometimes confounding world of competing media streaming apps and services. Kafka explains how tech companies like Apple and Amazon are trying to squeeze in among more established TV and movie distributors, and why Netflix started making its own shows (hint: Money!). Later in the show, they answer your questions about sharing your HBO password, why streaming content isn't released to the whole world at the same time and whether Spotify is worth paying for.
Phil Libin, the former CEO of Evernote and managing director of General Catalyst, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about the thorny issue of what happens to our digital profiles and data after we die. Libin says Evernote worked on a possible solution to this called Evernote Century, but after more than a year the company abandoned the project. The trio also discusses the gray area of Facebook Pages whose only administrator is deceased and digitally purchased books, music and movies, which technically are not supposed to be inherited.
Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode and Dan Seifert talk about the confusing landscape of "smart home" gadgets and networks, and why so many of them don't play nicely together. Seifert says for people who want to start making their homes smart now, Samsung's SmartThings may be a better entry point than Apple's HomeKit. The trio answers your questions about Wi-Fi extenders like the new Google Wifi system; speakers like Amazon's Echo line and Google Home; and smart lighting systems such as Philips Hue and LIFX.
The Verge's Lauren Goode talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and Jason Del Rey about the often secret calculations that go into the prices of what you buy online. As holiday shopping revs up, Del Rey says it's worth remembering that Amazon does not always have the best prices — though it may foster the illusion that it does. The trio also discusses how Amazon Prime might evolve in the future, why Apple Pay and Android Pay are safer than credit cards and why there's still hope for gamers yearning to buy an NES Classic.
The Verge's Lauren Goode and Sean O'Kane talk with Recode's Peter Kafka about Snapchat maker Snap's first hardware, Spectacles. O'Kane, who reviewed the camera-equipped sunglasses for The Verge, says they're more discreet than Google Glass and praises their polished design. The trio talks about why Snap is getting into hardware and what happens once the initial hype around Spectacles dies down. Later in the show, they answer your questions about fashion, the glasses' battery life and whether older consumers can wear them without being mocked.
The Verge's Dieter Bohn talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about apps, services and tricks that can make you more productive. Bohn says he swears by a virtual assistant application called Alfred, but the trio also discusses the value of tools like Simplenote and Slack, which everyone can use. It's also important to consider what not to use: Do you need to have all your calendars in one application? And do you really need to be on Twitter right now? Later in the show, they share productivity hacks from our readers and listeners, including the classic one: "Turn it all off and get a good night's sleep."
Recode's Kara Swisher and Ina Fried talk with The Verge's Lauren Goode and Russell Brandom about the 2016 election and how our technological habits may be affected by president-elect Donald Trump. Brandom explains how messaging encryption can vary from app to app, and why WhatsApp is seen as a more secure alternative to a normal text message. Later in the show, the group discusses whether Facebook and Twitter were echo chambers for voters and how President Trump may do battle with companies like Apple and Amazon.
Wall Street Journal tech columnist Joanna Stern talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup and Microsoft's new Surface Studio desktop and Surface Book laptops. Stern says she has found the new MacBooks' most prominent feature — a touch-enabled strip above the keyboard — to be intermittently handy, but it's not a must-have. She argues that Apple may struggle with increasing the price of its laptops, as competing computers with equally good design and better specs can be found for half the cost. The trio also answers your questions about USB-C, battery life and dongles.
Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode discuss the generally disappointing state of running and workout apps, some of which suffer from poor design while others lack crucial features. Swisher vents her frustrations with Nike's entries in the fitness app space, which she says have gone from best in class to mediocre. Later in the show, the duo shares app recommendations from our readers and listeners and wonders if gamified experiences like Pokémon Go and Zombies, Run! are the solution.
Recode's robot and drone reporter April Glaser talks with The Verge's Lauren Goode and Recode's Kara Swisher about consumer and commercial drones. In the U.S., consumers thinking about buying a drone may want to hold off until the regulatory dust has settled, while in the commercial space Amazon is finding rulemakers in Canada and the U.K. easier to work with than America's FAA. Later in the show, the trio answers your questions about the best consumer drones currently on the market and the safety and privacy concerns surrounding this emerging technology.
Ina Fried, Recode's senior mobile editor, joins Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode to answer questions from readers and listeners about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone fiasco. Samsung recalled the popular phone twice after dozens of reports of smoking and burning batteries, including one that led to the cancellation of a Southwest Airlines flight, and ultimately decided to stop making and selling the Note 7 altogether. Ina, Kara and Lauren discuss what comes next for Samsung and what it needs to do to win consumers back.
The Verge's Lauren Goode and Dieter Bohn talk with Recode's Ina Fried about Google's fall product event. The search giant devoted the entire event to hardware, including high-end Android phones called Google Pixel; a home speaker and virtual assistant device to compete with the Amazon Echo, called Google Home; and a $79 virtual reality headset, Google Daydream. Goode, Bohn and Fried answer your questions about how the new devices work, how they're different from past Google-affiliated hardware and lingering problems with AI assistants such as Google Now.
The Wirecutter writer Kevin Purdy talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about the booming online mattress industry and why, suddenly, ads for companies like Casper, Leesa and Tuft & Needle are seemingly everywhere. Purdy breaks down the economics of the traditional and digital mattress business and explains that beds you buy online aren't necessarily better than the ones you'd buy in the store — although they may be cheaper. Later in the show, the trio answers your questions about the differences among these mattresses and the riskiness of their warranties.
Washington Post columnist Caitlin Dewey talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about the popularity of sexting and the risks it entails. Dewey shares some safe-sexting tips for consenting adults and discusses the implications of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner's latest sexting scandal for the culture at large. Later in the show, the trio also discusses what parents can do to talk to their children about putting their whole lives online, and whether the safest solution might be to just buy an old Polaroid camera.
Eaze CEO Keith McCarty talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about his company's on-demand service that delivers medicinal cannabis to consumers in nearly 100 California cities and towns. He explains the special rules that make Eaze different from being a so-called "Uber for pot" and previews what may happen as more U.S. states legalize recreational marijuana use, as California is expected to later this year. McCarty also discusses the professionalization of cannabis sales and why legal on-demand service may disrupt established drug cartels.
The Verge's Walt Mossberg and Lauren Goode talk with Recode's Kara Swisher and Dan Frommer about Apple's most recent product event, where it unveiled the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, a new Apple Watch and wireless earbuds called AirPods. Apple has decided that its new iPhones won't have any standard headphone jack at all, meaning buyers have to go wireless or use special cables and dongles made for the company's proprietary Lightning port. Walt says the event represents a big gamble for Cupertino, but there’s one thing everyone sees as a safe bet: Nintendo's upcoming iOS game Super Mario Run.
Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode talk about Fitbit's newly announced Flex 2 and Charge 2 wearables, and whether their new features are worth paying for. The Charge 2 has a larger display and now claims to track multiple types of exercise, while the Flex 2 is waterproof and offers improved screenless notifications. Kara and Lauren debate whether wearables are advancing fast enough and answer your questions about heart rate tracking and how to make Fitbits and Apple Watches work together.
The Wirecutter Editor in Chief Jacqui Cheng talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about what tech purchases students should consider as they head back to school. Cheng says buying a fancy gadget isn't always the right answer — pencil and paper still works! But if you want to keep your computer and phone charged after a long day of studying and/or Pokémon Go, a battery pack might be worth it. The trio answer your questions about school tech, including why we still use books in the age of the iPad.
Juicero CEO Doug Evans talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about his company's $700 internet-connected juicer, which is trying to become the Keurig or SodaStream of organic juice. Juicero has raised more than $100 million from several Silicon Valley investors, plus the Campbell Soup Company. Evans explains why a juicer needs Wi-Fi, and he, Kara and Lauren answer your questions about juice, nutrition and the runaway Internet of Things category. Special guest Peter Kafka, host of Recode Media, also joins for a few questions.
Canva CEO and co-founder Melanie Perkins talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about design apps for non-professional designers. Perkins says simple-to-use tools like Canva are increasingly important for communicating ideas on social media and in the workplace. Later in the show, the trio answers questions from our readers and listeners about consumer-friendly apps and tools for images, video and audio.
The Verge reporter Russell Brandom talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about recent hacking attacks on the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and what they mean for the 2016 election. They discuss what would happen if a foreign state like Russia tried to sabotage America's voting machines on Election Day and whether hackers can ever be totally stopped. Later in the show, the trio answers your questions about hacking and personal cybersecurity.
Now that Yahoo has sold its core business to Verizon for nearly $5 billion, Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode talk about what happens next. Kara reflects on covering the iconic tech company over the past two decades and all the ups and downs of its many leaders, including Jerry Yang, Terry Semel and Marissa Mayer. Then, Kara and Lauren answer your questions about Yahoo and Verizon, including what Kara is going to do with all her new free time.
Jeremy Bailenson, the director of Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, talks with The Verge's Lauren Goode and Recode's Mark Bergen about how virtual reality can affect our bodies and our minds. A well-crafted VR experience, Bailenson says, feels intensely real — which can have both positive and negative side effects. Later in the show, Lauren, Mark and Jeremy answer questions about virtual reality from our readers and listeners, including what's ahead for VR besides video games.
With the augmented reality game Pokémon Go blowing up the App Store charts, Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode talk with Verge reporter Sean O'Kane about how it works and whether it's just a fad. They answer all the Pokémon questions you've been too embarrassed to ask about privacy concerns, how the game works and — most importantly — what is the best Pokémon. Later in the show, Kara, Lauren and Sean discuss GoPro, which finds itself under pressure from a growing number of competitors as it prepares to release the long-awaited Hero 5 action camera.
Purple CEO and co-founder Rebecca Harris talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about her company's text-messaging bot that automatically keeps users informed about political and tech news. Harris says mobile texting is superior to publication-specific news apps because messaging is already a habit for most smartphone owners. The trio also answers your questions about the intersection of politics and technology, including Hillary Clinton's private email server and the savviness of Donald Trump's tweets.
Bloomberg Beta partner James Cham talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and Mark Bergen about why artificial intelligence is hot again and whether we're at risk of another "AI winter" in which investment dries up. Cham explains some common terms from the field, such as "machine learning" and "computer vision," and wonders if consumers will opt to take more control of the personal data that AI companies need. He, Kara and Mark answer questions from our readers and listeners about artificial intelligence and the famous Turing Test, which measures whether a computer can pass for human intelligence.
Chris Jones, iRobot’s vice president of technology, talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and Dan Frommer about the future of in-home robotics. He discusses why iRobot, most famous for the Roomba, is thinking about robots that can share data with their owners' smart home devices. Chris, Kara and Dan also answer robot questions from our readers and listeners, including about robot farming and whether the TV show "BattleBots" is a form of torture.
With Apple's 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference wrapping up today, The Verge's Lauren Goode and Dieter Bohn discuss what the company showed — and what it didn't show. Apple made big changes to how it will sell apps, to the Apple Watch operating system watchOS and to its messaging app iMessage. But one thing it's not doing yet: Making friends with Google's mobile operating system Android. Lauren and Dieter also answer your questions about the WWDC news and rumors about what Apple's next hardware might look like.
Munchery CEO Tri Tran talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about running a San Francisco-based company that cooks and delivers thousands of restaurant-style meals every day. He discusses what Munchery thinks about big new competitors like Amazon and Uber and says it plans to become more transparent soon about where its food comes from. Kara, Lauren and Tri answer your questions about food delivery startups, including how they make money.
The Verge's Lauren Goode reports on what happened when she deprived herself of her iPhone for (gasp!) an entire day. Although Lauren still had access to other electronics, she tells Recode's Kara Swisher how this simple experiment dramatically changed her day. Then, Lauren and Kara share and react to readers' and listeners' thoughts about smartphone deprivation.
Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode debate what tech gifts you should buy for students graduating this year. They also take suggestions from our readers and listeners and Lauren argues that you shouldn't get a new graduate an Apple Watch or a drone. Plus: Should Google name its next Android operating system after Lauren's cat Nougat?
Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode talk with Karma CEO Steven van Wel about the rise of Wi-Fi calling services such as Skype, Viber and Google Hangouts that are increasingly easy to use on mobile phones. Van Wel has had his iPhone on airplane mode for four years, using Karma's mobile hotspot product Karma Go and Wi-Fi calling apps to replace his phone's native dialer. He, Kara and Lauren respond to your comments and questions about what this means for the future of mobile.
Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode talk with Gogobot CEO Travis Katz about stress-free travel technology. They answer your questions about travel booking apps, in-flight Wi-Fi and "smart" luggage that talks to your phone. Plus: Kara and Lauren challenge Travis to a round of our favorite game, "Too Embarrassed to Answer."
Mac or Windows? Pay to fix your old laptop, or suck it up and get a new one? And what's the best gaming laptop to buy? On this week's Too Embarrassed to Ask, Re/code's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode geek out on laptops (to Kara's chagrin and Lauren's delight). Special guest Dan Seifert from The Verge joins the show.
It's time for a little digital spring cleaning, and Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode are here to help. They outline some strategies for decluttering your overloaded email inbox, apps you never use and gadgets that are gathering dust in your closet. They also share readers' and listeners' tips for digital cleanup, including the nuclear option: Delete everything!
Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode answer your questions about listening to podcasts and whether the current renaissance of online radio is here to stay. They share some of their picks for favorite shows to listen to and how they prefer to listen to them. Plus: Lauren has had it up to here with the iOS podcast app.
Huffington Post co-founder and "The Sleep Revolution" author Arianna Huffington talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about why you shouldn't sleep with your smartphone and what her tips are for getting a decent night's sleep. Then, Kara and Lauren answer your questions about sleep technology, such as whether Apple's new Night Shift, which tints your phone's screen yellow in the evening, is more hype than reality.
Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode talk with The Verge's Dan Seifert about Amazon's efforts to top virtual assistants like Siri and Google Now with its own assistant, Alexa, which can be found in products like the Amazon Echo and Fire TV. They are joined by one of the newest Alexa-ready gadgets, the Amazon Tap, which is activated with the press of a button rather than the user's voice. Kara, Lauren and Dan answer your questions about whether the Echo, Tap and Amazon Dot are worth the money and if you should be concerned about your privacy when your tech is listening to you.
Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode talk about technology that claims to make your home smarter and more automated. They chat with Alex Hawkinson, CEO of Samsung-owned SmartThings, about how the tech is maturing and which devices play nicely with one another. Plus: Kara, Lauren and Alex answer your questions about the connected home. For future episodes, tweet your questions about any tech topics to @KaraSwisher and @LaurenGoode with the hashtag #AskRecode.
Lauren Goode and special guest host Walt Mossberg talk about Apple's spring product event, where the company announced the iPhone SE, a beefier iPad Pro and a price cut for the Apple Watch. Lauren and Walt answer your questions about whether these gadgets are worth investing in an upgrade and if Apple is still as innovative as it used to be.
Kara Swisher, Lauren Goode and special guest Ina Fried, Re/code's senior mobile editor, talk about the rechargable batteries that power our smartphones, tablets, laptops and more. Why do our batteries seem to be running out faster than they used to? How is battery technology improving? What are some things you can do to keep your phone awake without a charge for longer?
Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode are back, and this week they have props: Several pieces of wearable technology such as fitness trackers and smartwatches they've bought and then abandoned. Kara and Lauren discuss why they want to love wearable tech but can't, and read listeners' stories about the watches and bands they, too, have given up on. Then: What can companies like Apple, Samsung, Fitbit and Jawbone do to keep customers from shelving their tech?
On this special episode of "Too Embarrassed to Ask," we devote the entire show to breaking down the ongoing legal battle between Apple and the FBI. Re/code's policy expert Dawn Chmielewski joins Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode to answer your questions (there were a lot of them!). Then, Kara, Lauren and Dawn interview Apple lawyer Ted Boutrous about how the tech giant is approaching the fight.
Lauren Goode and Re/code's social media expert Kurt Wagner answer your questions about Snapchat and how old is "too old" for the hot social app. Then, special guest Tracy Chou, a software engineer at Pinterest, joins in to talk about getting more women into tech and how to support those women. Finally, in "Too Embarrassed to Answer," what gadget can you safely squeeze to death?
Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode answer your questions about on-demand services that deliver food, drive you around town and mow your lawn. Then, Shyp CEO Kevin Gibbon joins in to talk about how his startup is trying to simplify shipping everything from eBay sales to, in one unusual case, eggs. Finally, in "Too Embarrassed to Answer," what crazy project did Google just kill?
Kara Swisher and special guest host Kurt Wagner answer your questions about how Twitter and Facebook decide what you see in your timeline and News Feed. Then, Y Combinator partner Justin Kan joins in to talk about how record producer DJ Khaled inspired him to relaunch Justin.tv, his pioneering online reality show, on Snapchat.
Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode answer your questions about Fitbit's newest device, the Alta, which wants to be a fashionable everyday accessory. Then, Re/code's Mark Bergen joins in to talk about Google and its new parent company, Alphabet. Plus: With Super Bowl 50 this weekend, can Kara and Lauren stump Mark on sports and tech?
Lauren Goode and special guest host Ina Fried answer listener questions about wireless plans and why they make zero sense. Then, Athos founder DJ Jayalath joins Lauren and Ina to talk about "smart clothes" that can help their wearers exercise the way pro athletes do. Plus: A fun new game called Too Embarrassed to Answer.
Andreessen Horowitz partner Steven Sinofsky joins Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode to talk about how drones and cars are driving the future of tech. Is the transportation market Google's and Apple’s for the taking, or can Detroit deter disruption? Plus: We answer your questions about Amazon Dash and other instant gratification services.
It's the first episode of our new podcast "Too Embarrassed to Ask." This week, Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode answer your questions about what happened at CES 2016, joined by special guest Casey Newton from The Verge. They also discuss the buzzy new social app Peach, and whether it will still be a thing in, like, a week.
It’s time to get excited! Starting on January 13th, Too Embarrassed to Ask will become its own weekly podcast, giving us even more time to review the latest gadgets and answer all those questions you’ve been dying to ask.Get your questions ready and tweet them in advance to @recode with the hashtag #AskRecode.