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Feel overwhelmed by the never-ending waves of technology news? Let The Wall Street Journal's technology columnists help. Join David Pierce, Joanna Stern and Christopher Mims every Friday as they talk about the most important tech trends -- and why you should care.

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#21: Apple AirPods and Google Games

March 22nd, 2019


David, Joanna and Christopher try to remember-and discuss-the many new Apple gadgets from this week. Bonus: Christopher's Jony Ive impression makes its first appearance on the show. Next, WSJ's Sarah Needleman comes on …

#20: Tesla's Got a Brand New Car

March 15th, 2019


David and Joanna talk about the many strange consequences of sharing your kids' pictures on social media. What happens when they get older and see …

#19: What Facebook Means When Facebook Says Privacy

March 8th, 2019


Following Mark Zuckerberg's big encryption pivot for Facebook, David, Joanna and Christopher unpack the privacy talk. Reporter Katie Bindley comes in …

#18: Phone Reveals, Facebook Deals, 5G Appeals

March 1st, 2019


David, Joanna and Christopher each bring their favorite new thing from this year's Mobile World Congress, the annual showcase of all things smartphone. Then WSJ reporter Sam Schechner comes on to discuss his …

#17: Samsung Fold, Pinterest Scold, Oscar Gold

February 22nd, 2019


David, Joanna and Christopher ponder the wisdom of a folding Samsung smartphone following its debut. Reporter Bob McMillan joins the crew to explain …

#16: Fast News, Fast Food, Fast... DNA Tests?

February 15th, 2019


David, Joanna and Christopher talk about the Journal's scoop on Apple News' subscription plans, and whether "Netflix for news" can work. Reporter Greg Bensinger shows up to explain why Silicon Valley suddenly can't get …

#15: Hacking Crackdowns, Houseparty Smackdowns, Hamburger Showdowns

February 8th, 2019


First, Joanna tells David and Christopher about her experiment with an "ethical hacker" who got into as many of her webcams as he could-and the key …

#14: Privacy Foes, iPhone Slows, Halftime Shows

February 1st, 2019


David and Christopher talk through the brewing privacy battle between Apple and Facebook, and figure out how a developer certificate became a weapon. Then reporter Tripp Mickle comes on to talk through Apple's latest …

#13: Rating Inflation, Startup Deflation, Location Location Location

January 25th, 2019


David, Joanna and Christopher discuss WSJ's investigation into companies inflating their Glassdoor ratings. Next, reporter Rob Copeland joins them on the mic to describe how he reported his story on the decline of …

#12: Razr Phones, Huawei Woes, 'Valley' Bros

January 18th, 2019


David, Joanna and Christopher ponder the flip phone's future after WSJ broke news of Motorola's upcoming Razr reboot. Then they call up reporter Stu …

#11: All the Gadgets You Can Eat

January 11th, 2019


David hits the CES tech show in Vegas, then reports back to Joanna and Christopher, who decided to avoid the crowds this year. His favorites: …

#10: Fewer iPhones, Cheaper Teslas, More Chips

January 4th, 2019


David, Joanna and Christopher ring in the New Year with their tech resolutions, but first they wring their hands over Apple's latest drama (China …

#9: Amazon Fakes, Facebook Flops, Gadget Fails

December 21st, 2018


David, Joanna and Christopher dive into the hidden world you didn't know was lurking behind the reviews you see on Amazon. Then reporter Deepa Seetharaman comes in to explain the latest in a long line of Facebook …

#8: Google Politics, Scooter Economics, Sound Dynamics

December 14th, 2018


David and Christopher discuss Google CEO Sundar Pichai's visit to Washington. Will technologists and politicians ever speak the same language? Then …

#7: Robot Friends, Venmo Friends, Self-Driving Friends

December 7th, 2018


David, Joanna and Christopher explore the question, Will robots take our jobs or be our work buddies? (Answer: Both, kinda.) Then they bring in Katie Bindley to talk about the complicated privacy situation for users of …

#6: Open Office Madness, 5G Mystery, Twitch Mania

November 30th, 2018


David, Joanna and Christopher attempt to explain "5G"-amazing future tech or vague marketing term? Then they grab reporter Sarah Needleman to shed light on something even more confounding: the open office. Phone-booth …

#5: Flying Cars, Cyber Wars and Gwyneth's Goop

November 21st, 2018


On the heels of WSJ's D.Live 2018 tech conference in Laguna Beach, Calif., Personal Tech columnist David Pierce highlights a few of the most …

#4: Dust Gets Smart, Tech Gets Accountable, Uber Gets Ready (for IPO)

November 16th, 2018


After the WSJ Tech D.Live conference, David, Joanna and Christopher discuss a question that loomed large over the event-and 2018: What responsibilities do companies have to their users? They also touch on smart dust and …

#3: Amazon's Next Home, Your Next Laptop, GoPro's Next Move

November 9th, 2018


Our Amazon beat reporter, Laura Stevens, joins David, Joanna and Christopher to talk about the retail giant's future-headquarters reality show, but not before the gang explains the difference between a MacBook Air and …

#2: Gadget Addicts, Facebook Chaos, Google AR

November 2nd, 2018


David, Joanna and Christopher confess their bad device habits, and share their homespun remedies. Then reporter Deepa Seetharaman joins in to explain the turmoil at Facebook Inc. on the eve of the midterms. Finally, …

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