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Too Embarrassed to Ask Podcast by Kara Swisher

Too Embarrassed to Ask Podcast

by Kara Swisher

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Technology doesn’t need to be confusing, though too often it is. Do you have tech questions that you’re too embarrassed to ask? Kara Swisher of Re/code and Lauren Goode of The Verge have the answers. Tune in to their podcast every Friday for straight talk about the latest gadgets and products. Submit your own questions in advance by tweeting them to @Recode with the hashtag #TooEmbarrassed.


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WTF is happening at Uber?


Fri, Mar 24, 2017


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.

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Mary Lou Jepsen: Can a high-tech ski cap read my mind or tell me when I’m sick? (Live at SXSW)


Fri, Mar 17, 2017


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.

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Is the Nintendo Switch as fun as the Wii?


Fri, Mar 10, 2017


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.

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Can a drone save my life?


Fri, Mar 03, 2017


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.

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Do I need to pay for multiple cloud services?


Fri, Feb 24, 2017


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.

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Is ‘unlimited' phone data a ripoff?


Fri, Feb 17, 2017


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."

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Do I really need to learn to code?


Fri, Feb 10, 2017


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.

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Bonus: Why would I buy stock in Snap?


Mon, Feb 06, 2017


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.

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How can I spot 'fake news' online?


Fri, Feb 03, 2017


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.

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When will self-driving cars be everywhere?


Fri, Jan 27, 2017


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.

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What's so special about Apple's wireless Airpods?


Fri, Jan 20, 2017


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.

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Is a Chromebook the right computer for me?


Fri, Jan 13, 2017


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.

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What were the most interesting gadgets at CES?


Fri, Jan 06, 2017


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.

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What were the biggest tech stories of 2016?


Fri, Dec 30, 2016


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.

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Why isn't my favorite TV show on Netflix?


Fri, Dec 23, 2016


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.

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What happens to your data after you die?


Fri, Dec 16, 2016


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.

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How do I start making my home ‘smart’?


Fri, Dec 09, 2016


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.

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Is it possible to outsmart Amazon this holiday season?


Fri, Dec 02, 2016


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.

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Are Snapchat's Spectacles creepy or cool?


Fri, Nov 25, 2016


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.

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Do 'productivity hacks' really help you get stuff done?


Fri, Nov 18, 2016


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."

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Does Trump’s victory mean I need stronger encryption?


Fri, Nov 11, 2016


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.

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Is the MacBook's Touch Bar just a gimmick?


Fri, Nov 04, 2016


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.

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Which running app should I use?


Fri, Oct 28, 2016


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 Pok?mon Go and Zombies, Run! are the solution.

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Why are drone laws so confusing?


Fri, Oct 21, 2016


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.

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What happens to Samsung after the Note 7 disaster?


Fri, Oct 14, 2016


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.

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Is Google now a hardware company?


Fri, Oct 07, 2016


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.

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Should you buy a mattress online?


Fri, Sep 30, 2016


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.

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Is it possible to be addicted to sexting?


Fri, Sep 23, 2016


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.

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Would you buy marijuana from an app?


Fri, Sep 16, 2016


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.

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Why did Apple remove the iPhone's headphone jack?


Fri, Sep 09, 2016


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.

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Should you upgrade to the new Fitbits?


Fri, Sep 02, 2016


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.

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What back-to-school tech should you buy?


Fri, Aug 26, 2016


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 Pok?mon 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.

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Do you need a $700 high-tech juicer?


Fri, Aug 19, 2016


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.

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Help! Photoshop is too complicated. What should I use?


Fri, Aug 12, 2016


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.

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What happens if our voting machines get hacked?


Fri, Aug 05, 2016


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.

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What the heck happened to Yahoo?


Fri, Jul 29, 2016


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.

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Special Episode: Virtual reality works for games. But what about real life?


Fri, Jul 22, 2016


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.

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Why is everyone obsessed with Pok?mon Go?


Fri, Jul 15, 2016


With the augmented reality game Pok?mon 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 Pok?mon questions you've been too embarrassed to ask about privacy concerns, how the game works and — most importantly — what is the best Pok?mon. 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.

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Can a texting bot help you understand the presidential election?


Fri, Jul 08, 2016


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.

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Seriously: What is artificial intelligence?


Fri, Jul 01, 2016


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.

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When will robots be able to do all your chores?


Fri, Jun 24, 2016


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.

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Why isn't Apple's iMessage on Android?


Fri, Jun 17, 2016


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.

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How do food delivery startups stay in business?


Fri, Jun 10, 2016


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.

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Could you go a day without your phone?


Fri, Jun 03, 2016


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.

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What tech gifts should you buy for new graduates?


Fri, May 27, 2016


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?

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Can Wi-Fi calling replace your phone carrier?


Thu, May 19, 2016


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.

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Seriously, do I need "smart" luggage?


Fri, May 13, 2016


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."

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Which laptop should you buy?


Fri, May 06, 2016


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.

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How can I "spring clean" my tech life?


Fri, Apr 29, 2016


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!

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What are the best podcasts? (Other than this one.)


Fri, Apr 22, 2016


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.

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Special Episode: Tech & Sleep, with Arianna Huffington


Fri, Apr 15, 2016


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.

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Alexa, Is Jeff Bezos Spying on Me? (Guest: Dan Seifert, Senior Editor, The Verge)


Fri, Apr 08, 2016


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.

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When Will Smart Homes Stop Being Dumb? (Guest: Alex Hawkinson, CEO, SmartThings)


Fri, Apr 01, 2016


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.

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Is Apple Out of Ideas? (Guest: Walt Mossberg, Executive Editor, The Verge)


Fri, Mar 25, 2016


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.

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Why Is Your Phone's Battery Life So Bad?


Fri, Mar 18, 2016


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?

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Kara Swisher's Junk Drawer of "Unwearables"


Fri, Mar 11, 2016


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?

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Your Questions About Apple vs. the FBI, Answered


Fri, Mar 04, 2016


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.

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Am I Too Old For Snapchat? (Guest: Tracy Chou, Pinterest)


Fri, Feb 26, 2016


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?

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This Podcast Is the Uber for "Why?"


Fri, Feb 19, 2016


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?

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Algorithm Nation


Fri, Feb 12, 2016


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.

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Fitbits and Alphabets


Fri, Feb 05, 2016


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?

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My Clothing Is Smarter Than I Am


Fri, Jan 29, 2016


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.

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Drones, Detroit and Dash


Fri, Jan 22, 2016


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.

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Life's a Peach After CES


Fri, Jan 15, 2016


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.

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Teaser


Fri, Jan 08, 2016


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.

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