Charged Tech Podcast

Charged Tech Podcast

By Charged Tech
Cut through the technology news noise and hear about only the stuff that matters, and what it means. Join your hosts Owen, Frederique and Zach every week to get the lowdown on the biggest stories – including some you might not have heard anything about. We're based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Toronto, Canada, with a different perspective on what's happening in the technology industry.
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Under the Surface
Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about the state of the (tech) world. This week, we chatted about Jack gives 1 billion, Twitter goes WFH, Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3, EarPod Commercial, Microsoft BUILD (May 19–20, 2020), Webflow University, Affinity creative apps, Adobe Spark, and Join us in Discord and leave us a voice message!
57:57
May 17, 2020
5G means 5 Giraffe
Frederique, Owen, and Zach chat about: Airbnb layoffs, Elon Musk's crazy tweets, Sri Lanka No Reservations, Talkspace, Coursera's quarantine growth, Chamath Palihapitiya to billionaires and airlines: "Who cares?",  WSJ article about Airbnb hosts, and Specialist by Punchlist. Join us in Discord and leave us a voice message!
59:44
May 11, 2020
Wedding, but Make It Animal Crossing
 Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk tech. This episode, we covered: The Facebook review process for Instagram effects, SuperHi's Spark AR tutorial, Owen's latest Chrome extension, Catalyst on YouTube, Snap Camera for desktop, Quibi, iPad Pro keyboard case, Elevation Lab's iPad easel, Contact tracing hackathon in the Netherlands, COVID-19 tracking in the U.S. by Palantir, Facebook ads coming to WhatsApp, and A wedding in Animal Crossing. Join us in Discord and leave us a voice message!
1:13:10
April 27, 2020
The Wheels on the Mac Pro Go Round and...
Frederique, Owen, and Zach chat about The new iPhone SE, United layoffs after a bailout, Booking.com asks for assistance, but pays little taxes, Expensive Mac Pro wheels, App downloads increase during lockdown, Google Classroom "cheating", Project Loon, and Contact Tracing. Join us in Discord and leave us a voice message!
1:00:31
April 19, 2020
npm: New Horizons
Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about the latest in tech and how it's shaping the world around us. This week: Apple buys Dark Sky,  Microsoft Teams is growing fast,  Microsoft Teams for Family and Friends, Playstation delaying game launches,  Zoom is the worst, Facebook Portal TV out of stock, T-Mobile buys Sprint, Zoombombing, Microsoft Editor, Notion raises $50M, GitHub buys npm, Bill Gates leaves Microsoft board, Animal Crossing craze, Control, and Join us in Discord and leave us a voice message!
1:02:43
April 4, 2020
Ain't No Party Like A Houseparty
Show notes coming soon!
1:15:38
March 29, 2020
Data Caps Were Fake All Along
NOTE: This episode was recorded on 13 March, 2020. As the global situation of COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly, some content in this episode is likely out of date already and some content was edited out post-recording. Please turn to your local government and health officials for the latest information. Stripe supporting Nazi payments (Twitter thread), Sounder.fm raises $1.8M, Spotify buying the Ringer, Zach reminisces over Revision3, Owen is going to write about his Surface Pro X on OneZero, Shopify is giving employees $1,000 for working from home, AT&T data caps pulled, Be cautious of Zoom's privacy policy, and Long finger Jenga. Join us in Discord and leave us a voice message!
1:02:33
March 18, 2020
Charged joins the Libra Association
NOTE: This episode was recorded on 28 February, 2020. As the global situation of COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly, some content in this episode is likely out of date already and some content was edited out post-recording. Please turn to your local government and health officials for the latest information. Owen fed Mika (or at least tried to) with an IoT device, $ZOOM Shares Double Amid Coronavirus Concerns. But Investors Mistakenly Bet on the Wrong Company, Shopify joins the Libra Association, iPad trackpad rumors, Our new moon, Activision pulls out of GeForce Now, and Live plow map for Toronto: PlowTO. Join us in Discord and leave us a voice message!
34:23
March 18, 2020
Payday Moans
Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk tech! Including: John Gruber does a racist, Payday loans from Patreon, HQ Trivia's saga, Bezos Earth Fund, Watch the making of this episode on YouTube, Patreon's pricing change, Kickstarter Union, Follow Mike Monteiro, Watch American Factory, Don't watch Goop Lab, Twitter employees caught spying for Saudi Arabia, and Reset: The teens tricking Instagram. Join us in Discord and leave us a voice message!
50:42
March 1, 2020
Be-caucus I Said So
Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk tech and: Goldman Sachs' new rule: At least 1 woman on the board or you can't go public, Zach's other podcast, Bézier, The Iowa Caucus app, We live-streamed the recording of this episode on YouTube, Owen's Pixelbook Go, and Dieter's Surface Pro X video. Join us in Discord and leave us a voice message!
1:06:04
February 24, 2020
Teach a Man to Catfish
Show notes coming soon!
1:21:45
February 15, 2020
Not My Forténite
Frederique and Owen chat about: Fortnite influencer, Ninja, now sold as a skin, Microsoft is going carbon negative, Owen recommends Kotn ethical clothing, Wikipedia is back online in Turkey after two years, Facebook's really bad boomer tweets, And stick around after the outro music for an editor's note from Zach. Join us in Discord and leave a voice message!
53:25
January 25, 2020
Post-CES
Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about: The Blloc phone (again), TCL's phones, Digital assistants... with a twist, The Verge's CES coverage, Twitter was at CES, Impossible Foods' new meat, Zach's future laptop: the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook, Sony's car, Hyundai and Uber's flying car, Zus car accessory, and Rotating TVs. Join us in Discord and leave a voice message!
1:00:59
January 19, 2020
Pre-CES
Frederique, Owen, and Zach start off 2020 with the Blloc phone, CES, the Playstation 5 logo, and more! Join us in Discord and leave a voice message
59:41
January 19, 2020
The Year Was Twenty-Ninetech
Frederique, Owen, and Zach recap 2019's tech, Charged, and more!
1:00:47
January 5, 2020
Scratching the Surface
Frederique, Owen, and Zach freeze over hell! We talk Surface, Windows, Cybertruck, Stadia, Light Phone II, and more. Two idiots one keyboard Riker Googling Erica Joy's Light Phone II take Stadia is out Cybertruck Surface Laptop 3 Surface Pro 7 Google's Black Friday sale page Creative Cloud Black Friday discount Owen's article: Apple has been gaslighting us for years Unigram Zach's tweet on Windows Surface Buds delayed Google Pixel Buds Join us in Discord and leave a voice message
1:01:38
November 23, 2019
Adobe ZAX
Frederique and Zach talk Adobe MAX, Microsoft Surface hardware, and more! Zach's review of Apple TV+, LumaFusion for video/audio editing on the iPad, Adobe MAX opening keynote, Sneaks from Adobe MAX, Photoshop Camera coming soon, Adobe Sensei is the name, Surface Laptop 3 is in the house, FACEBOOK,  SoftBank slides, Zach Lieberman, Fitbit acquired by Google, Join our Discord and leave a voice message.
1:04:45
November 11, 2019
Zuck Goes to Washington (Again)
Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about: Logitech keyboards and mice, Marcin Wichary, Zach's future Light Phone 2, Pokemon on the Pixel 4, Allekabels, A Bill Gates documentary, How Billionaire philanthropy doesn't work, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, WeWork competitors Terminal, Spaces, The Wing, and You & Sundry, Facebook hearings at the U.S. House of Representatives, and Join our Discord and leave a voice message. Followed by a note from Yorick.
1:05:34
November 8, 2019
Updated Fortnitely
Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about Fortnite, Google's hardware event, and introduce a brand new segment for the end of the show! Stadia launches on Nov 19, Fortnite update, Lady Gaga asks the important questions, Watch the Google event, Pixelbook Go, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 not available in India, Martha Stewart's broken iPad, Listen to Keep It! Join our Discord Record a message for us
52:22
October 19, 2019
Moral(e) Bankruptcy
This week Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about everything wrong. We complain about: Apple, Facebook, GitHub, Adobe, and More! We also chat about hardware season and (Not) Pink Pixelbooks. More show notes coming soon!
46:12
October 15, 2019
HONK HONK (feat. Mika)
Frederique, Owen, Mika, and Zach talk about Rust, The Untitled Goose Game, Goat Simulator, Instagram Threads by Facebook, The Microsoft Surface event (watch it here), Adobe Fresco, Procreate, and The upcoming Google hardware event. Join our Discord and Leave us a voice message
59:15
October 6, 2019
Normally-sized Hands
Frederique and Zach recap Apple's latest keynote. Apple Event September 2019 Uber Layoffs WeWork disasters iPadOS 16" MacBook Pro rumours Apple Arcade iOS 13 Join our Discord Leave us a voice message
33:08
September 12, 2019
Justin TrudOwen
Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about: Frederique's new keyboard IFA 2019 Computex 2019 ASUS's wild, leather laptop and Project Precog The Microsoft Courier Upcoming Surface event is on October 2nd Surface Mobile Mouse Peloton and mirror.co YouTube gets $170M fine for COPPA violation Apple and Google beef over Project Zero uncovering several iOS vulnerabilities used against the Uighur community, furthering the humanitarian crisis Super Pumped by Mike Isaac is out now, read an excerpt Owen sets up Eero and recommends Pi-Hole Frederique is playing Rust now Join our Discord!
50:20
September 7, 2019
Windows Into Your Soul
Frederique and Zach chat about: Apple event Microsoft event Fairphone 3 Dell Chromebook for Enterprise Light Phone 2 Facebook's WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption World of Warcraft Classic Microsoft's Surface lineup Workin' Moms DuckDuckGo Facebook's Threads app Ello Chrome Unboxed Share your hardware/software setup in Discord Leave us a voice message
1:03:56
August 30, 2019
WeeWork
Frederique and Zach talk tech! Talk with us about Frederique's PC build. Sara Dietschy on creators ditching macOS. A pink laptop! Marshall Multi-room Speakers. Latest Stadia Live Stream. Røde Caster Pro. Join Discord and show us your workspace! Apple unpatched a patch. FAA bans recalled MacBook Pros for all flights. Stop vaping please. We Company IPO is full of red flags. Streaks habit building app. Google ditches dessert names with Android 10.
1:06:21
August 23, 2019
Yo Dawg, I Heard You Like Blogs, so I Put Tumblr Inside WordPress
Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk AR, Tumblr, and more! And sorry for the audio issues this week!
47:59
August 17, 2019
Shadow-presenting Nipples
Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about several data breaches, age discrimination at IBM, hate groups on Discord and Cloudflare, Instagram shadow bans, and more!
51:15
August 1, 2019
Build A PC Inside Your Brain
Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about the tech news of the week while Owen rebuilds his PC. This episode was also live streamed, check it out on YouTube too!
46:17
July 21, 2019
Malware has joined the conference call
This week Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about Zoom Malware, the Nintendo Switch Lite, Zach's social media detox, the 12" Macbook (RIP), and more!
45:30
July 12, 2019
SuperInhumane
Fiverr review Warehouses on Last Week Tonight Jony Ive leaves Apple, starts LoveFrom Apple Watch design video Jony Ive Christmas Tree Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations MacBook keyboard updates inbound Superhuman tracking pixels 7M Venmo transactions published on GitHub Join our Discord
48:05
July 4, 2019
Zuck Bucks
Frederique, Blev, Owen, and Zach talk about $WORK and Facebook ~Libra
1:07:24
June 22, 2019
Stadia Tycoon
Frederique, Owen, and Zach chat about gaming and Apple, and one of us might build a Windows computer. Can you guess who?
1:01:21
June 8, 2019
Ive-ry Tower
Frederique and Zach chat about WWDC rumors just days before Apple's WWDC.
58:09
June 1, 2019
Profit Over Planet
Frederique, Owen, and Zach chat about Apple's new laptop with the same old problem, Huawei and the future of the industry, Amazon's shareholders valuing profit over planet, and more!
59:42
May 23, 2019
IP Woes
Frederique and Owen chat about WhatsApp delivered malware, Google I/O, a Facebook co-founder going off, the Uber IPO, and more!
46:40
May 20, 2019
Special edition: Google Nest Home Hub Max 3A XL
A very special, quick hot-take edition of the show, with Frederique, Zach, Owen and special guest Mac Living, to talk about what just happened at Google I/O?
29:42
May 7, 2019
I'll take Tumblr for $400, Alex
This week Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about Facebook's latest blunders (just like every week!)
1:11:58
May 5, 2019
Go Home Luminary, You're Drunk
Frederique, Owen, and Zach celebrate crossing the 100-episode mark while talking about Luminary and more.
1:07:52
April 26, 2019
You're Folding It Wrong
Frederique, Owen, and Zach chat about the Samsung Galaxy Fold flopping before it gets out the door.
55:33
April 22, 2019
Pödcåst
Frederique, Owen, and Zach chat about the new IKEA + Sonos collab and Snap.
54:50
April 14, 2019
Charged+
Frederique, Owen, and Zach discuss the latest Apple event, subscription overwhelm, UK porn vouchers, and more!
1:16:35
March 29, 2019
Yet Another Wi-Fi Device: Your Controller
Frederique and Owen talk about the tech news of the week, including Google's Stadia announcement at GDC.
1:00:41
March 25, 2019
The LAN before time
This week, Frederique, Owen and Zach dive deep on Spotify's spat with Apple: is it fair that Apple takes 30% of each purchase? Then, we talk about the future of gaming ~in the cloud~ and much, much more.
55:13
March 19, 2019
095: Update Your Sh*t
Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about this week's tech news including Mark Zuckerburg's latest manifesto, upcoming tech IPOs, and a nasty Google Chrome vulnerability (don't forget to update!)
1:05:02
March 9, 2019
094: All Over The News
Frederique, Owen, and Zach are back in the same room to do a lightning round rundown of the past month of news.
53:55
March 3, 2019
093: Face(palm)Time
This week, Frederique and Zach talk about Apple and Facebook's multiple blunders and privacy violations.
1:00:26
February 3, 2019
091: Consumer Electronics Sham
56:10
January 16, 2019
090: App Store Boom and Bust
54:35
January 11, 2019
089: The highs and lows of tech in 2018
This week, something a little different: Zach, Frederique and Owen talk through our highlights in the tech industry from 2018... then the low points. There's so much and we tried to fit it all! We look forward to 2019, and what it has in store, too.
45:31
December 23, 2018
088: He Wasn't Like Zuck, He Was A Human
Zach and Owen get nerdy about browsers this week, after the news that Microsoft will make a historic change to its web browser (RIP, Internet Explorer). Also, we talk about what that means for ~apps~ and a bunch of other stuff, like how weird the podcasting industry is.
1:03:27
December 16, 2018
087: Men Are Trash
Zach, Frederique and Owen get into a deep discussion this week on one big thing: why is Tumblr cracking down on NSFW content? And why are sex workers so discriminated against online?
49:46
December 7, 2018
086: Cat Poop Smeared Moral Compass
Frederique, Zach and Owen discuss Facebook's terrible year, how the company got here, then how we think it should be dealt with. Oh, and about when your robot vacuum goes terribly wrong.
59:45
December 2, 2018
085: A Marketplace of Souls
This week, Frederique, Owen, and Zach discuss the holidays, the new iPad Pro—two weeks later—and, unfortunately, Facebook again.
1:08:15
November 24, 2018
084: The Best, Worst PC Replacement
This week Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about the new iPad Pros, the Google Walkout, and Facebook admitting (and hiding) their most harmful impact yet.
58:44
November 10, 2018
083: I Don't Need Alexa in My Microwave
This week Frederique and Owen talk about Halloween, old tech, voice assistants, the upcoming iPad event, VR, and more!
50:34
October 29, 2018
082: Switching My Phone to a... Drone?
This week Owen and Zach talk about iPhones and Pixels, Adobe MAX, Photoshop for the iPad, iPad Pro rumors, drones, and more!
1:04:57
October 20, 2018
081: The Switcher's Dilemma
We're back! After a little bit of travel and scheduling conflicts, Frederique, Owen, and Zach are back to talk about Facebook, Instagram, iPhones, Pixels, and more.
1:23:23
October 14, 2018
079: 99% of the time it works 10% of the time
This week, Zach, Frederique and Owen discuss an app that promised to replace birth control, but didn't work as advertised... and a new trend: companies trying to get around the 30% cut that Apple takes from their profits.
51:20
September 3, 2018
078: Can You Hear Me Now?
This week, Zach, Frederique and Owen try to figure out how Google lost an entire box of Pixel 3 XL's, and what the difference between an ad-funded business model means in reality. Tune in for this, and many more hot takes!
46:40
August 26, 2018
077: The fight for your digital wellbeing
This week, Zach, Owen and Frederique discuss the push for Digital Wellbeing, and how everyone from Google to Facebook is pushing to stop you from being too addicted (or at least to use their blocker instead of someone else's). That, and a whole episode of hot takes, one after another.
47:15
August 20, 2018
076: Money is Just Paper and There's No One to Hold It
This week, Zach, Frederique and Owen talk about Magic Leap's first run at a headset, and how it somehow isn't vaporware already. Also, some deep discussion about Twitter (and why they're terrible at running Twitter), and much more!
48:42
August 12, 2018
075: [redacted] by the Government
This week, Zach, Frederique and Owen talk about Google's push back into China with a censored search engine, Apple's blockbuster earnings and a whole lot more.
52:22
August 5, 2018
074: The Big Mobile Duopoly
This week, Zach, Frederique and Owen talk about the EU's decision to fine Google billions for breaking the rules with Android, and whether or not this might doom smartphones forever. And, we introduce a new 'hot takes' segment, with tweet-sized takes on the week's news.
45:09
July 30, 2018
073: A Giant 3 Billion Person Democracy
This week, Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about Mark Zuckerberg's recent interview and Amazon's Prime Day.
47:33
July 23, 2018
072: Can We Have A New Internet?
On the show this week we talk about the Internet of Things and how the tools of the digital age are being used to harass, along with a discussion about the all-new MacBooks that came out of nowhere. This episode contains discussions about domestic violence, so if that's something you'd like to skip, we understand.
1:06:27
July 17, 2018
071: Order an Uber from the Bus?
On this edition of charged tech, Frederique, Owen, and Zach discussed Fortnite, mail apps reading your email, Microsoft's Westworld-esque folding device, Intel, battery tech, and ordering an Uber from the bus.
56:10
July 7, 2018
070: Big Click Energy
Morning edition of Charged Tech, with Frederique, Owen, and Zach recording with coffee instead of wine. Is Twitter's moral compass the reason they can't launch things? Jack announced a thing that might fix it—if you can read it in the screenshot of text he put on Twitter.
58:49
July 2, 2018
069: IG killed the FB star
In this media-focused episode, Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about Instagram TV and the rise of Podcasts, the slowest moving train ever.
1:18:20
June 25, 2018
068: Microsoft + GitHub = Good?
This week, we're excited to have Frederique back as all three of us discuss GitHub and Microsoft, Fortnite for Switch, Apple's crackdown on trackers, and more.
1:03:18
June 16, 2018
067: The War for Time Well Spent
This week, Zach and Owen tackle WWDC, and try to tackle everything Apple announced, why it matters, and what we thought of the event. Stick around for a discussion about the scooter invasion of San Francisco, Sonos' entire game explained and much more.
1:12:51
June 9, 2018
066: What could WWDC be about, and the one weird trick that might save Snapchat
This week we chat about WWDC, and the lack of... anything meaty rumored around the event. Nerd out with us before Monday about what might happen at the event. We also look at the GDPR madness, and what happened after Friday last week in Europe, as well as what might just save Snap.
1:04:30
June 1, 2018
065: We've updated our privacy policy...
This week, Owen, Frederique, and Zach talk about GDPR (don't worry, it's not as boring as all the emails) and The Zuck facing off in Europe.
47:00
May 25, 2018
064: I/O, WWDC and tech announcement season
This week Zach's in America, so Frederique and Owen talk about Google's developer conference, its new AI tools, Android P and what could possibly be coming at WWDC! If you're curious about the implications of AI and ethics, this episode's for you.
48:35
May 20, 2018
063: Workflows, and how we Get Stuff Done
This week, Owen, Frederique and Zach take on workflows. We discuss what we use to get things done, the tools we love, and what's changed the game for us this year. We'll cover hardware, software and even offline tools that help us make the most of our day, and everything inbetween. Full list of tools at chargedpodcast.com soon.
1:08:30
May 7, 2018
062: Google's bold new Gmail design, Alexa for Kids and peak smartphone
This week on Charged Tech Podcast, Frederique, Zach and Owen discuss Google's bold, but safe, Gmail redesign, Alexa for Kids and the privacy implications of smart devices, peak smartphone and a whole lot more.
1:14:15
April 30, 2018
Chapter Two: Our new show, and new hosts are finally here!
It's finally time — Charged Podcast Chapter Two is here, with our two new amazing hosts, Frederique and Zach. Listen in as we get to know each other, and talk about the latest in tech including Google's questionable iMessage killer, how the iPad fits into everything, and our love for Twitter and the shift to private communities. Show notes and links to our hosts online at chargedpodcast.com and let us know what you think via @chargedtech on Twitter.
1:06:56
April 22, 2018
060: We have some news — Goodbye, and hello again
We've got bittersweet news: John's leaving us. Charged Podcast isn't going away, but to focus on his startup, John is moving on. We'll have an exciting new format, with two new co-hosts alongside Owen in the next few weeks, but until then, join us for our very last episode together for now. Full details and shownotes at http://chargedpodcast.com
44:00
April 12, 2018
059: What do Apple, tractors and Nebraska have in common?
This week on the podcast, we talk about DRM in tractors, and the fight for farmers' right to repair their own machines and... John makes a HomePod confession.
45:15
February 21, 2018
058: HomePod to Apple, can you read me?
This week, we tackle HomePod, whether or not John ordered one, and why he's excited about it — along with Hawaii's missile accident, UX in government and other great discussions about where the living room is moving to in the self-driving future. Enjoy, and say hi on Twitter! We're on @chargedtech.
50:18
February 11, 2018
057: Cryptoparty, Face ID and Apple's shady battery dealings
It's been a busy month, but we're finally back on the horse. On this episode we talk about Owen getting into crypto, and what's going on with the craze, the iPhone's Face ID "issues" plus how Apple's shady dealings with battery + performance might hurt for a long time. Show notes at chargedpodcast.com
51:44
December 28, 2017
056: Tesla's cash crater and a special secret just for you
We talk about some very exciting Charged news, and a secret just for you... oh and technology, like Tesla's insane cash burn, Uber's cover up, AI and how everyone can't stop talking about Bitcoin. If you want to join re:Charged we'd love our listeners to get a first peek -- visit chargedpodcast.com for a signup URL, coupon and links for this podcast.
53:51
November 30, 2017
Special Edition: Rod Drury on being Pixel Curious
A very special edition of Charged Tech, our first ever full episode with a guest: Rod Drury, CEO of Xero, joins us to talk about the iPhone X, where Apple's at, HomePod, the ecosystem's cracks, being Pixel curious and NZ's super speedy internet. Back to the usual schedule from this weekend!
35:49
November 24, 2017
055: iPhone X and the case of the missing Donald Trump
This week on Charged Tech Podcast John and Owen debate the implications of one employee banning Trump from Twitter for 11 minutes, the Russian Facebook tampering aaaaand what you've all been waiting for: a giant discussion about the now released iPhone X.
55:45
November 7, 2017
054: Is Google getting good at hardware?
It's the episode you've been waiting for: Owen attends the Google Pixel event IRL in San Francisco, then reports back on what he thinks – as well as a longer discussion about people who keep saying VR is dead. Much much more on this episode and we're super sorry it took so long!
51:55
October 20, 2017
053: The iPhone X and what really matters
This week John and Owen discuss Apple's September event, and you might be surprised by how closely we agree the iPhone X is a bastion of the future where computers can see the world, not just take photos. That, and lots of discussion about the weird CCleaner hack, e-SIM cards and more! Show notes at chargedpodcast.com
59:56
September 23, 2017
052: Tech companies fight for your favorite movies
This week, a huuuuge discussion about how Apple, Amazon and other technology companies are fighting it out for the rights to your favorite movies (specifically James Bond right now). That, and self-driving car legislation passing the house unanimously, China's full-on ICO ban and how a software engineer hacked a real headphone jack onto the iPhone 7. Sorry for the crap audio quality, John had his microphone backwards ;). Show notes at https://chargedpodcast.com
57:48
September 10, 2017
051: The next iPhone and Apple's narrative
OK, this isn't really an Apple episode, but there's a great discussion about the next iPhone and what it means for the company at the end. But, we also talk about Waymo's self-driving heaven and how it's teaching cars to see, shark detecting drones and a whole lot more! Sorry we didn't publish one for a while — we're back at it now! Show notes at chargedpodcast.com.
49:15
September 1, 2017
050: Celebrating 50 episodes of Charged!
​​This week we hung out on YouTube with our listeners and recorded Charged Tech episode 50! It was fun, and way more random than normal ​so listen in and see how it went. There's talk about Snap's terrible stock price, Hyperloop and Owen's weird VR experience. Watch the video instead at chargedpodcast.com!
1:10:17
August 11, 2017
049: Cryptocurrencies and the risks of digital cash
This week on Charged, we discuss how Ethereum got stolen by the millions in just one day, and how it's probably not the future of cryptocurrencies. That, and why we think health wearables are bullshit, and whether or not remote work is something that people \*really\* should be doing or not. Full show notes at http://chargedpodcast.com.
48:08
July 27, 2017
048: SoundCloud might not make it...
This week on Charged, we discuss the fall and ultimate demise of SoundCloud as the news rolls in that it's laid off 40 percent of its employees in a bid to stay afloat. Also on the agenda: Waymo dropping many of its claims against Uber, why Tesla miiiight be a little overvalued, and how Photobucket (which is somehow still around) accidentally killed half the web. Show notes at chargedpodcast.com. (I'm aware of the irony of saying that SoundCloud won't make it when this exact track is hosted on SoundCloud, yup).
43:42
July 10, 2017
047: The EU fined Google $2 billion... but was it fair?
This week on Charged, we talk at length about why the European Union's antitrust ruling that means Google will need to pay €2.42B, could be unfair. And more discussion on Binary Capital, Facebook hitting 2 billion active users \*and\* the epic story of Owen's stolen bike. Show notes at chargedpodcast.com
56:12
July 2, 2017
046: Uber, sexual harassment and intentionally building culture
This week on Charged, much discussion about Uber’s embattled CEO, Travis Kalanack, who has resigned from the company. And, Amazon’s getting into the grocery game, cryptocurrencies and a bunch of discussion about sexual harassment in the industry following a powerful report in The Information. Notes at chargedpodcast.com
58:33
June 24, 2017
045: Apple's enormous event, distilled
This week, John and Owen tackle one big hairy topic: Apple's enormous developer event. We talk about the future of computing, and how the iPad plays into that, Apple's first take on a smart home speaker, AR and Google's push into adblocking. Jump right into the show, and then grab the notes at chargedpodcast.com
51:29
June 7, 2017
044: B I T C O I N
OK, Bitcoin and Ethereum are all the rage right now, but are they really worth considering? John and Owen discuss Bitcoin, and cryptocurrency at length, Uber's ongoing woes in self-driving cars and some big advances in machine learning. More at chargedpodcast.com.
53:19
May 31, 2017
043: The ransomware infecting the world
This week, John and Owen talk about the ransomware infecting the world, and how avoiding patching Windows is the worst thing you can do. That, and Snap's awful Q1 earnings results, the Improbable $500M investment round, Uber vs Waymo goes to the next level, plus much much more. Enjoy!
46:22
May 15, 2017
042: The Boring Episode
This week on Charged Podcast, John and Owen are in the same room! We talk about Uber's damaging New York Times profile, how normal data collection really is for these companies, their endless lawsuit with Waymo and how rolling back Title II could ruin the internet (or save it, depending on who you ask). Show notes at chargedpodcast.com.
1:05:48
May 3, 2017
041: Apple has an insane amount of cash sitting around
If I told you Apple had enough money to buy a bank, healthcare company, car company and get into autonomous vehicles all with money left over, would you believe me? Well, it does: with more than $200 billion lying around, what is Apple saving for? We discuss that, the implications of the company getting into self-driving cars, and how Uber's self-driving car could die. On top of that, a huge discussion about the NSA's capabilities, and what a recent hacking tool dump means for you. Show notes at chargedpodcast.com
1:00:12
April 17, 2017
040: Would you link your brain with a computer?
Elon Musk has a new company that hopes to wire your brain up to a computer to give you a fighting chance against AI — is that a good idea? How do we avoid creating a world where there's those who are "computer enhanced" and those who aren't? It's a big, heavy discussion about the future of humans putting computers in their bodies, and a whole bunch of other great topics, like why teens don't use the web, if Tesla is overvalued or not and more. Show notes soon at chargedpodcast.com.
58:47
April 6, 2017
039: America wants to sell your browser history
What does Augmented Reality and a mysterious Apple social app have in common? That Apple is suddenly interested in being “cool” with the teens. That, and Uber’s big mess, Twitter’s rumoured paid plan, how America plans to sell your browser history and more. Get stuck into the show notes at chargedpodcast.com.
48:52
March 26, 2017
038: The ultimate Snapchat episode
Owen wrote a post taking down Snapchat's IPO, but Taylor Lorenz publicly disagreed that the company could derail on Twitter. So, we decided to get her on the podcast to talk about what makes Snapchat unique, how it could be successful in the future and why I'm so wrong. Show notes at http://chargedpodcast.com
57:31
March 10, 2017
037: Toxic workplaces and fostering good culture
In this week's episode we discuss Uber's toxic workplace culture, the rules it's breaking and sexism in tech – and interview a special guest, Ben Uretsky, CEO of DigitalOcean on how they're building an intentional "no assholes" culture. Also discussion on Cloudflare's huge security issue, Amazon Echo being used in a murder case and more. Show notes soon at chargedpodcast.com
1:22:52
February 26, 2017
036: What happens when automation comes for us?
This week, Obama's Chief Innovation Officer from the US department of Labor tells us what happens when the robots come for our jobs. That, and Apple's awful Planet of the Apps show, Amazon's Google Hangouts killer, how John converted to Snapchat Spectacles after all and more! Full show notes at chargedpodcast.com
1:00:57
February 19, 2017
035: Snapchat bares all
This week John and Owen talk about the secret insides of Snapchat, about to be bared in its S1 filing, the impact of politics on technology, Oculus losing a lawsuit for copyright infringement and an addictive game about startup life. Show notes at chargedpodcast.com
53:03
February 4, 2017
034: Everything is terrible
2017 isn't off to a great start, even for technology. We talk over Facebook's latest moves to kill Snapchat, how 3DTV is over completely, the doomsday clock ticking forward and a whole lot more. Show notes at http://chargedpodcast.com.
52:41
January 28, 2017
33: Hello, 2017!
We're back for 2017, with an exciting episode filled with discussion about Snap's strange IPO, Google's shock move that will help self-driving cars will take over the world, how we'll know the singularity is here and more!
50:01
January 23, 2017
032: Magic Leap, the new Theranos
This week Owen and John discuss the news that Magic Leap isn’t so magical after all, Trump’s tech summit, the collapsing advertising industry, a HUUUGE Yahoo hack and a great question from the community on what technology kids won’t even recognize in ten years. Show notes at chargedpodcast.com, or follow us on Twitter at @chargedtech.
1:13:18
December 19, 2016
031: All about those clouds
This week John and Owen discuss all the best Amazon cloud news, Uber's supposed 'creepiness,' why Fitbit + Pebble is weird and John reviews those mysterious Snapchat Spectacles. Show notes at http://chargedpodcast.com
56:15
December 5, 2016
030: We hang out, IRL
John and Owen meet up IRL in New York to bring you this week's podcast full of talk about how badass Elon Musk is, Apple's $300 book and how interested Peter Thiel is in young people's blood.
38:45
November 22, 2016
029: All Trumped Up
This week, John and Owen hang out in the real world to talk about Facebook's influence on the election, Snapchat's fancy new Spectacles and a whole lot more. Show notes soon at chargedpodcast.com.
41:09
November 15, 2016
028: Was Slack a little too rude?
This week John and Owen discuss the new MacBook Pro \*again\* – mostly just to clarify after the dust has settled, then we talk about the election, and whether Slack's feisty letter to Microsoft went too far. Show notes at chargedpodcast.com.
37:33
November 7, 2016
027: So... about those new MacBooks
This week John and Owen fight it out over whether or not the new MacBook Pro is an improvement, or just a disappointment. Oh, and we talk about Microsoft's Surface Studio, Twiter killing vine and more! Show notes: http://chargedpodcast.com
43:44
October 29, 2016
26: The Internet is burning down
This week on Charged Podcast: The Internet is burning down – because of your smart thermostat, the Nintendo Switch, and self-driving cars are already all over the road. Show notes at http://chargedpodcast.com.
38:26
October 22, 2016
025: Nobody wants Twitter :(
This week on Charged Podcast: Nobody really wants to buy Twitter, Samsung's phones are banned from planes entirely, an introduction to the deep web and more! Show notes at http://chargedpocast.com
48:47
October 17, 2016
024: Google made an iPhone?
This week on the podcast, we talk about how Google is making its own iPhone, Yahoo's NSA bombshell, how nobody wants to buy Twitter and a whole lot more. Show notes at chargedpodcast.com soon – I'm in Berlin!
53:28
October 7, 2016
023: Spotify and SoundCloud, a match made in heaven
Spotify's rumored to be close to buying SoundCloud, which could mean it wins the music streaming wars, why we're going to Mars and a whole lot more. Show notes at our brand new website: http://chargedpodcast.com
51:06
October 1, 2016
022: Snapchat spectacles are here to record everything
That's right, Snapchat wants you to wear a video camera on your face and record everything. We also talk about the iPhone 7, Elon Musk's Mars plan and more. Show notes at http://chargedpodcast.com
42:14
September 26, 2016
021: Exploding rockets and phones
This week on the podcast we talk about exploding rockets and Galaxy Note's, how badass Hololens is, Google steamrolling Uber and a whole lot more.
46:34
September 25, 2016
020: The iPhone has finally fallen
This week John and Owen talk about the iPhone getting its first malware, the discovery of a new planet (and the existential questions that brings along with it) and a whole lot more.
48:41
September 25, 2016
019: Self-driving cars are already here
Uber's self-driving cars are already hitting the road - are you ready for it? Plus, the demise of Gawker, New York's scary free Wi-Fi and a bunch more.
52:54
September 25, 2016
018: Facebook goes to war with adblockers
This week, John and Owen talk about Facebook's war against adblockers, new MacBook rumors and why the hell Google is launching yet another messaging app.
57:04
September 25, 2016
017: Facebook, the murderer of clickbait
This week on Charged Podcast: how Facebook created and then murdered clickbait, Instagram copies Snapchat, Uber's fails in China, Jet.com getting in bed with Walmart and a whole lot more.
39:05
September 25, 2016
016: Why leaving Twitter is improving my life
This week John and Owen discuss the freedom found by leaving Twitter, Verizon's acquisition of Yahoo, the takedown of KickAssTorrents (and the downfall of torrenting) and a whole lot more.
45:43
September 25, 2016
015: Pokémon Go sweeps the globe
This week Owen and John talk about how Pokémon Go is making people crazy, Snapchat's weird new Memories feature, Theranos' big problem, Hyperloop's scandal and a whole lot about AI.
53:44
September 25, 2016
013: Apple's big event and LinkedIn + Microsoft = Heaven
This week Owen and John discuss everything you need to know about Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, iOS 10, WatchOS and MacOS as well as Microsoft's massive $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, and a bunch of other great stuff – a bumper episode this week with more than 45 minutes, so we hope you dig it!
50:13
September 25, 2016
012: Would you pay a monthly fee for apps?
This week on Charged Podcast, John and Owen discuss how the US government might go back on a plan to release its control of the internet, Apple's major changes that are coming to the App Store and our predictions for the company's Worldwide Developer Conference next week. Oh, and we finally talk about Tony Fadell leaving Nest.
35:20
September 25, 2016
011: Is this real, or just a simulation?
This week Owen and John discuss if reality is really just some big simulation, Uber's huge $3.5 billion raise from Saudi Arabia, a whole range of new emoji, how we're (still) obsessed with Snapchat and Apple's big upcoming event at WWDC.
34:49
September 25, 2016
010: Can phones get any better, or is this it?
This week the podcast is all back-to-front! John and Owen talk about Snapchat's $1.8 billion raise, Microsoft's total layoffs of its phone division after licensing back to Nokia, the state of smartphones and how AI is creeping up on us... whether we like it or not.
47:33
September 25, 2016
014: The weird future of cities
Editor's note: This episode was originally recorded in 2017 and was missing from our podcast feed so needed to be reuploaded—sorry if it appears as a new episode! This week John and Owen talk about the weird smart future of cities and how data will influence them, the Facebookpocalypse, Spotify taking on Apple, Google's secretive Sidewalk Labs projects and a ton more.
45:21
September 25, 2016
009: Google's taking over the home
This week John and Owen tackle Nokia coming back from the grave, Google's plethora of Home-related news, what self-driving cars are doing to humanity and more. If you like this podcast, please leave a review, or tweet us!
33:47
September 25, 2016
008: Google takes on the Internet of Things
This week on Charged Podcast: an apology for a few missing episodes, Instagram's new icon, Google's copying Amazon Echo, Zenefits circumventing regulations and how Apple Music is already getting redesigned.
32:29
September 25, 2016
007: Android is in rough waters
This week we talk about Europe's antitrust lawsuit against Google's Android operating system and the way Medium's killing Wordpress. We also have a special guest, Justin Johnson from Keen.io, to tell us what he learnt this week.
35:33
September 25, 2016
006: The Facebook botpocalypse
The Facebook botpocalypse is upon us, as a swathe of machines descend on Messenger to converse with you about the weather. That, and John and Owen talk about Magic Pony, Artificial Intelligence, BlackBerry's shady dealings and a whole lot more. This week we're extra-long, so we hope you enjoy this in-depth listen!
47:42
September 25, 2016
005: Facebook's thirst
This week Owen and John look at Facebook's decline in sharing and its newfound focus on getting you to live stream your life, how Tesla is changing the game with the Model 3, how Google considering Swift for Android could change the game and the new world of ownership in the Internet of Things. ?
30:13
September 25, 2016
003: Algorithms shaping us, VR and how the web is messing up ads
This week on Charged Podcast, John and Owen discuss Apple's rumored migration from Amazon Web Services to Google Cloud Platform, the takeover of algorithms on our social media feeds, Playstation VR and Baidu's self-driving cars. Plus, our special guest Ryan Walsh, former VP of product at Apple Music joins us to talk about advertising technology and monetizing the web.
28:55
September 25, 2016
002: AI takes down a human
This week on Charged Tech we talk about Google's AlphaGo beating humans 4-1 at the infinitely complex game of Go and what that means for us, Opera adding adblock into its browser, the first app that snuck malware onto OS X and Sonos' huge layoffs.
23:12
September 25, 2016
001: Slack Murders Hangouts
Charged Podcast is finally here! We kick off our first-ever episode this week with the low-down on how this podcast will shape up (probably), and jump right into the deep end.
29:20
September 25, 2016