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Gadget Lab: Weekly Tech News
Inside the hottest personal tech stories of the week; mobile apps, gear, social networking, and entertainment.
Tech News
iPhones to the Max
We ask WIRED senior writer Lauren Goode to give her impressions of the iPhone launch in Cupertino this week.
30 min
How Uber Went Down in Flames
New York Times reporter Mike Isaac charts the rise and fall of the ride-hailing company in his new book, Super Pumped. He joins us on the podcast to tell us everything that went wrong.
47 min
Why It’s So Hard to Unlink Yourself From Facebook
WIRED’s Paris Martineau joins the show to explain all the ways Facebook tracks your activity across Instagram and the rest of its mobile apps—even if your accounts aren’t linked to Facebook.
36 min
You’ve Got Microplastics
WIRED’s Matt Simon joins the show to talk about microplastics—what they are, why they’re a nightmare, and whether you should fret about eating them.
40 min
How Google’s Secrecy Lead to Company Turmoil
WIRED senior staff writer Nitasha Tiku takes us behind the scenes of her September cover story about inner turmoil at Google, the so-called happiest company in tech.
36 min
Amazon's Quest for World Domination
Jason Del Rey, host of Land of the Giants, a new podcast all about Amazon, joins the Gadget Lab to talk about the company’s quest for world domination.
36 min
Bumps in the Road to Our Robo-Car Future
WIRED writer Alex Davies joins us to discuss the challenges companies are facing as they race to get self-driving shuttles and delivery vehicles onto our streets.
38 min
Why New York’s Revenge Porn Law Is Flawed
The state of New York finally signed into law a bill criminalizing the spread of nonconsensual pornography, but Wired’s Emma Grey Ellis tells the Gadget Lab team that this new law is only a partial victory.
40 min
Twitter’s Redesign Is Impressive. Is It Enough?
Twitter has launched its first major redesign in several years. The question is whether it’s enough to make a dent in the hate and harassment.
48 min
Facebook's Libra and the Future of Money
WIRED writer Gregory Barber explains the intricacies of Facebook’s ambitious plan to and how Libra is poised to rattle the future of crypto.
33 min
Rebalancing Our Relationship With Tech
A conversation with Aza Raskin of the Center for Humane Technology. Also, we discuss Jony Ive’s departure from Apple.
60 min
A Genius Move
Emily Dreyfuss joins us this week to discuss the larger implications of Genius’s fight with Google over song lyrics. Also, we get all tingly with ASMR.
51 min
The Biggest News From E3
Peter Rubin joins the show this week to tell us about the major announcements made at the videogame industry’s big conference.
50 min
Everything From Apple’s WWDC
The Gadget Lab team breaks down Apple’s annual software shindig, and tells you all you need to know about forthcoming updates for iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
52 min
Making Surfing More Sustainable
An interview with Firewire Surfboards CEO Mark Price about how to make a surfboard without ruining the ocean.
55 min
Samsung’s Innovation Dilemma
David Eun, president of Samsung’s innovation arm NEXT, says younger consumers are shifting towards experiences, not things. What does that mean for a company that makes devices?
55 min
YouTube’s Latest Beauty Scandal
WIRED’s Emma Grey Ellis joins this week’s Gadget Lab podcast to explain the latest YouTube drama and discuss the implications of “cancel culture.”
36 min
If You Build It, They Will I/O
It’s software conference season! In the latest Gadget Lab podcast, the team shares their takeaways from Facebook F8, Microsoft Build, and Google I/O.
51 min
The Making of Adam Savage
The host of the new Discovery show "Savage Builds" and author of the new book "Every Tool’s a Hammer" joins us to talk about the joy and agony of making things.
51 min
Preserving Your Right to Repair Your Gadgets
We talk with right-to-repair advocate Nathan Proctor. Also: Samsung’s Galaxy Fold woes, and a preview of the next Sony PlayStation.
68 min
What Happens to Uber After Its IPO?
WIRED Transportation reporter Aarian Marshall joins us to talk about the Uber IPO and what it means for the future of ride-sharing ... and everything else Uber does
45 min
Introducing Citadel Dropouts: A Game of Thrones...
Game of Thrones is back––and so is the Citadel Dropouts podcast. Listen to Laura Hudson and Spencer Ackerman preview GoT season 8 in this new podcast on Wired.
46 min
Reporting From Syria
An interview with war correspondent Kenneth R. Rosen, who is reporting from Syria for WIRED this month.
21 min
The Case for Male Birth Control
Contraceptives for men have been explored in some way since at least the 1950’s, but there haven’t been many viable options. A new sperm-reducing gel could change that.
47 min
Game On at Google
Google’s just-announced cloud gaming service, Stadia, holds the promise of seamless, multi-device gaming. Is it too good to be true?
48 min
Flickr Cofounder Questions Big Tech
Caterina Fake says it’s time to ask whether tech should exist, rather than asking if it can exist or if funds are available for it.
67 min
How to Quit Your Tech Job
Former Google communications exec Jessica Powell joins this weeks Gadget Lab podcast to talk about Facebooks manifestos, quitting Google, and why she absolutely refuses to get a brand-new phone.
53 min
Alex Kipman’s Holographic Tendencies
Microsofts second-generation mixed reality headset has made a significant leap. But youre probably not going to buy one.
52 min
You’ve Got to Know When to Fold ‘Em
Samsung revealed not one, not two, but five new smartphones this week - including a folding phone. Axioss Ina Fried joins on this weeks Gadget Lab podcast.
42 min
The Treacherous Allure of OG Usernames
Product designer Chris Messina snagged @chris as his Instagram name. Its been awesome -- and terrible. Plus: Amazon splits with NYC, on the Gadget Lab podcast.
59 min
The App Smackdown
Apple temporarily booted Facebook (and Google!) from its enterprise app program this week. You werent really surprised, were you? Plus: Details on Teslas new Model Y.
49 min
Amazon Delivery Bots Are Here
When it comes to delivery robots, design is almost as important as function. Matt Simon and Arielle Pardes discuss Amazons new robot, Scout, on this weeks podcast.
42 min
Nike’s Truly Smart Sneakers
WIREDs Peter Rubin joins the Gadget Lab podcast to talk about his experience wearing Nikes newest self-adjusting sneakers. Plus: Nitasha Tiku weighs in on mandatory arbitration at tech companies.
46 min
The Best of CES
WIREDs Gadget Lab team kicks off the new year with a wrap-up of the years biggest electronics show. Plus, an interview with Reddits Jen Wong.
52 min
The Year in Tech, in One Word
Wireds Gadget Lab team sums up this year in tech. Plus: An interview with the CEO of a futuristic fitness company.
49 min
Apocalypse Now
Climate change is real, and its impacting us right now. How much of it can be fixed by personal responsibility versus policy?
56 min