Podcast

MashTalk

MashTalk is a weekly podcast from Mashable's Tech team. Host Pete Pachal dives deep into the most important topics in tech with a rotating lineup of guests.

Episodes

  • How GoPro rebooted itself, with guest CEO Nick Woodman

    Dec 19 2018

    For GoPro, things are looking up.   After a tumultuous couple of years — which saw the action-camera company enter and then leave the drone business, get squeezed harder by increasingly competitive smartphone cameras, and ride a steady wave of criticism of its product line — GoPro appears to have found its footing with the well-received Hero 7 Black camera and a return to profitability.   At the center of the company’s renewal is founder Nick Woodman. Woodman...more

  • The future of crowdfunding, with guest Indiegogo CEO David Mandelbrot

    Nov 20 2018

    Ten years ago, Indiegogo launched the modern era of crowdfunding by creating a place where anyone could pitch their idea, product, or creative endeavor to the entire world, asking for the funds to make it reality. Today there are no shortage of crowdfunding sites, and even though Indiegogo isn’t as large as rival Kickstarter, it’s still tremendously influential, offering entrepreneurs not just a funding platform, but also support beyond their campaigns, with tools to ease the transit...more

  • Why weโ€™ll never get rid of program guides, with guest Sling TVโ€™s Jimshade Chaudhari

    Oct 26 2018

    Want live TV over the internet? Today you have several options, including Hulu, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, and more. It’s hard to remember, though, but there was a time when there were virtually no options for consumers who wanted to cut the cord. Sure, services like Netflix and Vudu provided plenty of titles via on demand, but current content was scattered across myriad websites and services, and it didn’t do a good job of replicating the TV experience.   Then Sling TV came...more

  • The secret to Candy Crush's success, with guest King CEO Riccardo Zacconi

    Oct 12 2018

    What does ‘time well spent’ mean for games like ‘Candy Crush?’   If you own a smartphone, chances are you know Candy Crush and maybe even the game’s latest incarnation, Candy Crush Friends Saga. What you may not know is the story behind the franchise: How an Italian entrepreneur put all his cash on the line as a co-founder of King, the company behind the game, in the early 2000s, with an idea of how to re-invent gaming for the online world.   That pers...more

  • How to do consumer robots right, with guest Anki CEO Boris Sofman

    Aug 17 2018

    In case you missed it, the robots are here.   No, not the apocalyptic hordes of artificially intelligent machines that some believe are destined to enslave or eradicate us (hello, Boston Dynamics!), but the everyday devices and companions that are rapidly becoming commonplace. After decades of lofty sci-fi-inspired promises, robots like iRobot's Roomba vacuums and the many iterations of the Sony Aibo robodog are slowly carving out their places in our domestic lives. Even Amazon's Alexa ...more

  • Apple's 2018 iPhones have a serious naming problem

    Aug 09 2018

    Everyone knows Apple will unveil new iPhones in the fall, and the consensus is there will be three models: a successor to the iPhone X, a large-screen version of that phone, and a new model that looks kind of like the iPhone X, but doesn’t have quite all the same features so Apple can sell it at a lower price. With three iPhones coming, the big question becomes... what is Apple going to call these babies? Apple really screwed itself by debuting the iPhone 8 alongside the iPhone “ten...more

  • Why the gun emoji is no more, with guest Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia

    Jul 20 2018

    Emoji have conquered the world, no doubt, but what happens after the conquest?   The answer: Things change. Emoji are constantly evolving, not only with new symbols that arrive on our smartphone keyboards year after year, but also the symbols themselves. A couple of years ago, your standard emoji keyboard usually has a gun on it, but today that symbol has been almost universally replaced with a water pistol.   The gun’s transformation may be the most dramatic of changes, bu...more

  • The frightening world of online 'spiritual gurus,' with guest Jennings Brown

    Jul 13 2018

    We all know YouTube. YouTube is the biggest video platform on the planet, with about 400 hours of video uploaded to the service every second.   But YouTube, of all the current content "platforms," is arguably the most fragmented. There's no newsfeed, so there's no central place where everyone -- or seemingly everyone -- is gathering. As a result, communities form on their own, typically around channels or personalities, and they tend to be pretty insular.   One of these communiti...more

  • The future of Microsoft Cortana, with guest Javier Soltero

    Jun 22 2018

    When Google wowed the tech world with its demo of Duplex -- the tech that allows its digital Assistant make phone calls to perform mundane tasks like booking haircuts or making restaurant reservations -- Microsoft's Cortana chief was impressed, but not worried.   "The technologist in me had no choice but to feel impressed," Javier Soltero, Microsoft corporate vice president of Cortana, said in this episode of Mashable's MashTalk podcast. "The idea that a computer can generate a voic...more

  • Why the gig economy was doomed from the start, with guest Sarah Kessler

    Jun 14 2018

    For a while there, it seemed like "Uber for X" was the only pitch that mattered.   To many, the rapid rise of Uber wasn't just a major tech success story -- it signaled a wholesale change that was coming to how people thought of work. Traditional jobs, the thinking went, would soon become less and less common, with predictable, inefficient employment getting replaced by the flexibility of independent contract work. The "gig economy" was underway, and it was unstoppable.   Except ...more

  • WWDC recap: Why Apple is slamming Facebook hard, with Philip Elmer-DeWitt

    Jun 09 2018

    WWDC. Apple's software show. "Dub-dub."   Whatever you call Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, it's the event where we find out what cool new features are coming to the company's multiple platforms: iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. It's also where we get to know what's on Apple's mind.   The new software shows Apple's hand in ways its hardware doesn't: From new features to combat iPhone addiction to updates meant to prevent data companies from tracking you, Apple is playing b...more

  • How should cryptocurrency be regulated?

    May 18 2018

    Does Facebook know something about blockchain that we don't?   Probably. If there's one thing we can all agree on about blockchain tech and cryptocurrency, it's that most people don't understand them. Facebook, which recently re-organized itself to make blockchain one of its major focuses, clearly has something up its sleeve with regard to crypto. But even if they revealed what it is, users would likely react with a head-scratch.   The financial world is already a mystery to many...more

  • The ethics of Google Duplex, with Assist CEO Shane Mac

    May 10 2018

    It was possibly the most mind-blowing tech demo in years: During the opening keynote of the Google I/O developers conference, CEO Sundar Pichai showed the company’s AI-driven Assistant making a phone call to a business and carrying out a verbal conversation with the person who answered.   What made the demo of the feature, called Duplex, so amazing was the Assistant’s command of natural language – saying “um,” “mm-hmm,” and “ah” ...more

  • 'Free' doesn't have to mean you're the product (with Viber CEO Djamel Agaoua)

    May 04 2018

    If you're not paying for the service, are you the product?   That's been Silicon Valley conventional wisdom for at least a decade, but the new focus on data privacy in the wake of Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal has inspired the world to re-examine the maxim. It's pretty clear now that it's an oversimplification, and there's a strong case to be made that thinking this way is downright dangerous.   That doesn't mean we let services like Facebook off the hook, but we should ...more

  • Apple vs. the FBI never ended, and the FBI is winning, with guests Joseph Cox and Joe Hall

    Apr 27 2018

    If you own an iPhone, you should be concerned about GrayKey. That's the name for a new kind of device that's becoming increasingly popular with law enforcement agencies across the U.S., according to recent reports. It's popular because it unlocks iPhones protected with a passcode, even ones running Apple's most recent software, iOS 11.   GrayKey is the product of Grayshift, a security company based in Atlanta that was co-founded by an ex-Apple security engineer. The device itself is...more

  • Did Mark Zuckerberg just beat Congress? (with Matt Navarra and Michael Nuรฑez)

    Apr 12 2018

    Mark Zuckerberg survived Congress. Now what?   That's the big question now that the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have put Zuckerberg and Facebook under the microscope. After 10+ hours of testimony, plenty of clueless questions, and multiple promises that Facebook's team would "follow up" with lawmakers, the public now has a chance to re-examine its fundamental relationship with Facebook, and judge whether or not "breach of trust" that Zuckerberg has admitted will lead to fun...more

  • If Apple breaks from Intel, will Macs get cheaper? (with guest Shara Tibken)

    Apr 06 2018

    When Apple makes a move, it usually causes an earthquake.   The chip industry definitely felt tremors upon the report that Apple would soon be turning away from Intel for the chips in its MacBooks. Or at least one MacBook. As early as 2020, we may see the first Mac to run on a chip designed and built by Apple -- either one of its "A" processors or something new altogether.   Obviously, Intel shareholders weren't happy about the news (the stock still hasn't recovered four days lat...more

  • Preventing a dark future, with guest Andrew Keen

    Feb 16 2018

    Is the future broken?   Maybe not, but, by many measures, the present is. Over the past couple of years, the networks and devices that we've come to rely on for our information, consumption, and social interactions have been exposed to have toxic underbellies: Social networks have been twisted by fake news and filter bubbles, the constant ping of notifications on screens has shortened attention spans and created addictions, and it seems all the big tech companies are determined to erase...more

  • Why Evan Spiegel turned down a billion dollars, with guest Billy Gallagher

    Feb 09 2018

    Snap is starting the year off strong. Its quarterly earnings blew past expectations, and while its redesign is angering some users, the change is expected to improve the app experience for everyone, with time.   But life hasn't always been so great for Snapchat. CEO Evan Spiegel continues to be compared to Mark Zuckerberg and his tech giant Facebook, whose much larger products keep taking on Snapchat-esque features. Such a comparison isn't so crazy. Back in 2013, Facebook offered $1 bil...more

  • The real story of Steve Jobs 'getting fired' from Apple, with guest John Sculley

    Feb 02 2018

    It's legend in the computer industry: In the mid '80s, Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple, the company he co-founded and went on to eventually lead to worldwide dominance, after a boardroom battle with the CEO at the time, John Sculley.   Over the years, the story got altered and adapted -- to the point where many assumed Jobs was fired, either by Sculley or Apple's board, which wasn't the case. Jobs did lose a boardroom showdown with Sculley (which actually played out over a week or so),...more

  • CES 2018: What it all meant

    Jan 12 2018

    The Mashable team is back from CES 2018, and we have lots of things to say about what impressed us, disappointed us, and just plain weirded us out. This year's show was filled with driverless cars, wall-sized TVs, and enough talking gadgets to fill, well, a convention hall. On this week's MashTalk we break down the show, pick our highlights and our lowlights, and try to grok some greater meaning. Check out our top picks from the show. Follow MashTalk on Twitter.

  • Why Android is immune to the iPhone's battery problem, with guest John Poole of Geekbench

    Jan 04 2018

    After it was revealed in late 2017 that Apple intentionally slows down the performance of older iPhones when their batteries deteriorate, people freaked. There were explanations, recriminations, apologies, lawsuits, and, finally, solutions.   But in the wake of that specific controversy, a question arose: Does this happen to Android phones, too?   For the most part, the answer seems to be no. While the nature of and Android ecosystem -- with its hundreds of manufacturers,...more

  • Fire TV's secret weapon, with guest Amazon's Scott Henson

    Dec 15 2017

    If you did some online shopping this holiday season, chances are you bought something from Amazon. And if you did, you certainly saw a splash ad for the company's own devices, including one for the Fire TV Stick, whose price was slashed from the regular $39.99 to just $24.99. I know I did. And when I saw the ad for the 17th or 18th time, even though I wasn't planning to buy the Stick (I already had a first-gen device, which lacks Alexa integration), I found myself clicking "Add to Cart." ...more

  • How to re-invent the home phone, with guest Republic Wireless CEO Chris Chuang

    Dec 08 2017

    Got a smartphone? Then you must also have a wireless plan, and if you live in the U.S., chances are it's with one of the big four — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint.   However, there are a bunch of other carriers you may have seen around, carriers with names like Cricket, Jolt, metroPCS, and Virgin. These are MVNOs, or mobile virtual network operators, and they exist by leasing spectrum from the major carriers. They're also often a better deal, thanks to selectively targ...more

  • Why you hate video conferencing, with guest Polycom CEO Mary McDowell

    Dec 01 2017

    The video conference is one of the least-liked parts of modern office culture.   Despite the plethora of video conferencing services -- Google Hangouts, BlueJeans, Highfive, Skype, FaceTime, and dozens more -- the first five minutes of every meeting tends to be a series of fruitless attempts to get everyone's audio working correctly. And even when it does, dropped connections, poorly timed muting/unmuting, and quiet talkers often ruin the flow.   The truth is video confer...more

  • How the OnePlus 5T was built, with guest Kyle Kiang

    Nov 17 2017

    Is hardware really that hard?   OnePlus pointed to the borderline-cliché catchphrase, "Hardware is hard" at its event on Thursday to launch the OnePlus 5T. But the company's own product release schedule appears to belie the saying, with the 5T coming a mere five months after its predecessor, the OnePlus 5.   However, if you look at OnePlus' ambitious launch timeline and conclude the opposite -- that hardware is easy -- you'd be jumping to the wrong conclusion. The China-ba...more

  • iPhone X: The 10-day review, with guest Nicole Nguyen

    Nov 02 2017

    Apple's catchphrase, "Think different" is so well-known, that it's not often used in its original context, more often pulled out as an ironic dig when the company does something users don't like (eliminating a certain jack comes to mind).   In the case of the iPhone X, though, the irony disappears. Users will definitely need to think differently as they encounter an iPhone with no home button, a front camera that can scan your face, and a "notch" — all firsts for the iPhone. T...more

  • All the reasons you should be creeped out by Amazon Key

    Oct 27 2017

    As it has evolved from digital storefront to ecommerce empire, Amazon built up a lot of trust over the years. Now it's testing the limits of that trust with Amazon Key.   It's a simple enough concept, which really solves a problem: The main thing Amazon does is deliver packages to your door, but there's always the question of what happens when you're not home? In many cases, that package may find a different home if it doesn't get through your door right away.   Amazon Key, which...more

  • Google's secret hardware ingredient is AI

    Oct 13 2017

    What does Google know about hardware that no one else does?   If you said software, you're almost right. What Google likes to think is its secret sauce is artificial intelligence, which manifests in its consumer products as the Google Assistant. The Assistant was front and center during the company's big hardware event earlier this month.   From the new Pixel 2 phones to the Home Mini and Home Max smart speakers to the insanely powerful Pixelbook laptop, Google pointed to its com...more

  • How to hold companies accountable for data breaches, with guest Todd Thibodeaux

    Oct 06 2017

    Another day, another data breach.   That would definitely be an apt catch phrase for 2017, with major, high-profile hacks or breaches coming with disturbing regularity. Equifax and HBO were all hit hard, and the WannaCry ransomware crippled infrastructure around the globe. Even Instagram wasn't spared.   With every breach, another refrain is typically heard: That it was preventable. If only the people in charge had invested more in cybersecurity, or updated their systems, or simp...more

  • Why the iPhone 8 is so boring, with guest Lisa Eadicicco

    Sep 22 2017

    Should you get the iPhone 8? Depends: Are you easily bored?   Because the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are definitely the ho-hum iPhones this year. Although Apple would never say it, the improvements over the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are mostly incremental, with wireless charging and some new camera tricks (including Portrait Lighting) being the highlights. The real star is the iPhone X, which isn't coming for another month.   That's the consensus from most reviewers, too. It's not that...more

  • What the iPhone X means for the iPhone 11, with guest Christina Warren

    Sep 15 2017

    This is no ordinary iPhone year.   After three years of dual-release events -- where Apple would launch two phones with generally the same abilities but different sizes -- we finally got something new. On Sept. 12, 2017, Apple announced three new iPhones: the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the forward-looking iPhone X (pronounced "ten").   You might be thinking, "What happened to iPhone 9?" But the iPhone X has much more severe consequences for next year's iPhone, something we expl...more

  • Secrets of the iPhone 8, with guests Mark Gurman and Jim Dalrymple

    Sep 08 2017

    When Apple throws its annual iPhone bash on Tuesday, everyone will finally get their first look at the most awaited gadget of the year, the new "premium" iPhone, the so-called iPhone 8.   Everyone except Mark Gurman, that is.   The Bloomberg reporter has already held a prototype of the iPhone 8 (or iPhone X, or iPhone Edition, or iPhone Pro, or whatever it's called) and delivered an extensive report on how the home button -- or rather the lack of one -- would work.   On th...more

  • What Joel Osteen learned about social media from Hurricane Harvey

    Sep 01 2017

    Thank heaven for social media.   That sentiment was definitely on the minds of many people caught in the path of Hurricane Harvey, which is shaping up to be one of the worst disasters in U.S. history. It dumped 24.5 trillion gallons of water on Texas -- enough to cover the entire state of Arizona in a foot of water. More than 32,000 people were displaced and forced to go to shelters. The official death toll stands at 46 (at the time of the podcast it was 35).   That last number m...more

  • Is Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 really worth $930?

    Aug 25 2017

    After months of leaks and a year of explosion jokes, Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is finally here and it's packing some serious hardware with dual cameras and new S Pen features.   It might even be Samsung's best phone yet, but it's got a lot of competition this time around. The iPhone 8 is around the corner, Google's Pixel 2 is expected after that, and the Essential Phone just launched with a screen that's to die for.   Can Samsung fend off attacks from three sides?   ...more

  • How Apple spilled the beans on iPhone 8

    Aug 11 2017

    For those who obsess about the iPhone, it was the mother lode.   After a long period without any substantive informations (although plenty of whispers, speculation, and questionable photos), if finally happened: the biggest iPhone 8 leak so far. In what looks like an understandable but massive mistake, pre-release firmware for the Apple HomePod somehow got uploaded to a public server.   There's a lot of interest in HomePod — the Apple "smart speaker" that's meant for mu...more

  • The thing about AI that should have us all worried (hint: It's not Skynet)

    Jul 28 2017

    Guys, did you hear the news? The robots are going to kill us.   At least that appears to be the primary fear of tech mogul Elon Musk regarding artificial intelligence. This week, when fellow tech titan Mark Zuckerberg was hailing the promise of AI in a Facebook Live Q&A, he ended up subtweeting Musk, calling AI naysayers "irresponsible" for playing up "doomsday scenarios."   Musk fired back on his favorite medium, Twitter, saying Zuck has a "limited understanding" of AI. The ...more

  • How emoji is changing the ๐ŸŒŽ, with guest Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    Jul 21 2017

    It's been a big week for emoji ๐Ÿ˜Ž   After Monday kicked things off with the fourth annual World Emoji Day ๐Ÿ™Œ Apple announced a new set of emojis coming to the iPhone later this year, including Woman With Headscarf and Zombie. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Also, Google announced its traditional "blob" emoji, which are getting overhauled later this year, will still be available to Allo users as a sticker pack ๐Ÿ™„   Later this month will see the debut of the Emoji Movie. ๐ŸŽฌ It hits theaters on July 28, and...more

  • What happens after Net Neutrality falls?

    Jul 14 2017

    The internet five years from now could look a lot different than what it is today.   Building an online business might be harder than ever thanks to the FCC throwing out the rules surrounding Net Neutrality -- the premise that all data on the net should be treated equally regardless of origin or destination. Without Net Neutrality, providers would be free to create so-called "fast lanes" on the internet, prioritizing services that they're friendly to, and relegating those that don't pay...more

  • The real point of Amazon Prime Day

    Jul 07 2017

    It's right there in the title.   Amazon Prime Day, which is Tuesday, July 11 (though it technically starts on July 10), boasts some of the best deals you'll be able to get on tech, appliances, beauty products, and all the other junk we buy online. But the point of Amazon's fake holiday (which first arrived in 2015) is clear: Get as many people to sign up for Prime, the company's loyalty program that costs $99 a year.   Does that make it a better deal for Amazon or its customers? ...more

  • iPhone 2020 roundtable: Imagining the future of Apple's 'one device'

    Jun 29 2017

    For the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Mashable's Tech Team embarked on an ambitious project: to imagine what the iPhone of 2020 would look like. The idea wasn't to just throw out a bunch of futuristic ideas, but to look at recent rumors surrounding the iPhone 8, Apple's history with the iPhone, and current mobile trends to create a realistic portrayal of what the iPhone will look like three years from now.   What we ended up with something that — while clearly a step beyond the ...more

  • Is Uber the MySpace of ride-hailing companies?

    Jun 23 2017

    Uber has been been having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. Co-founder Travis Kalanick was forced to resign as CEO after pressure from investors over recent scandals. But does the exit of Kalanick -- who had been on leave from the company and will remain on the board -- signal a new direction for Uber?   This week Pete is joined by a panel of Uber experts, including Farhad Manjoo from The New York Times, JP Mangalindan from Yahoo Finance, and Kerry Flynn from Mashable's ...more

  • All your Microsoft Surface questions answered, with guest Panos Panay

    Jun 15 2017

    The Microsoft Surface line has grown a lot in the five years since its debut. It now encompasses the Surface Pro tablet, Surface Book convertible, Surface Studio all-in-one, Surface Hub digital "whiteboard," and the brand-new Surface Laptop. With Microsoft device lead Panos Panay in the studio, Pete and Lance find out the inside story on how Microsoft built its own high-end hardware empire, and finally get him to explain why they don't just bundle the Surface Pro with a frickin' keyboard already...more

  • Why iOS 11 is really all about the iPad Pro

    Jun 10 2017

    Apple WWDC 2017 was jam-packed with news, including new iMacs, the iMac Pro, macOS High Sierra, a new iPad Pro, iOS 11, HomePod, and more. We break it all down with special guest Jason Snell of Six Colors.

  • Is Andy Rubin's Essential Phone the iPhone killer we've been waiting for?

    Jun 02 2017

    On this week's MashTalk, the tech team discusses Andy Rubin's Essential Phone and Essential Home, the Code Conference, and what to expect from WWDC 2017.

  • Can machine learning and AI help Facebook better moderate bad content?

    May 26 2017

    On this week's MashTalk, the tech team chats the Facebook Files, DJI's new tiny Spark drone, and Microsoft's new USB-C-less Surface Pro.

  • Google finally shows why we should all be excited for AI

    May 19 2017

    On this week's Mashtalk we recap Google's I/O developer conference and its new mission to put AI in everything, and discuss the WannaCry ransomware attack.

  • Could you really remove Facebook from your life?

    May 12 2017

    On this week's MashTalk, we chat about removing Facebook from your life, Amazon's new Echo Show, and everything from Microsoft Build.

  • Does Microsoft now make more exciting computers than Apple?

    May 05 2017

    On this week's MashTalk, we chat Microsoft Windows 10 S and Surface Laptop, Apple earnings, and review the BlackBerry KEYone.

  • Is Twitter's growth all thanks to Donald Trump?

    Apr 28 2017

    On this week's MashTalk, we chat Twitter's recent user growth, Amazon's new Alexa-powered Echo Look camera, and the mysterious-sounding Kairos Society.

  • Facebook: All reality is virtual, and we're coming for it

    Apr 21 2017

    Facebook clearly has big, long-term ambitions, and this week we learned just how big. At its annual F8 developer conference, the company let us take a peek into its future technologies, some of them pretty far out — in every sense. Karissa Bell joins us to talk about brain-machine interfaces that might someday let you type faster than a keyboard ever could or let you "hear" through your skin. Back in the present, the Galaxy S8 is finally here, and we give our final verdict on Samsung'...more

  • Did Burger King cross the line with its Google Home stunt?

    Apr 14 2017

    On this week's MashTalk, we chat about how Burger King briefly hijacked Google Homes, Xbox Scorpio, and how Facebook just keeps crushing it.

  • Is Apple's Mac Pro apology enough to stop pros from defecting to Windows?

    Apr 07 2017

    On this week's MashTalk, we chat Apple's Mac Pro apology, the new Mastodon Twitter clone, and YouTube TV.

  • Samsung's Galaxy S8 is here, but does it live up to all the hype?

    Apr 03 2017

    On this week's MashTalk, we chat about Samsung's Galaxy S8, SpaceX's successful reusable rocket launch, and the big changes Facebook and Twitter made.

  • Will the new electronics ban affect your travel plans?

    Mar 24 2017

    On this week's podcast, the Mashable tech team explains Trump's new electronics ban, nerd out over red iPhones, and discuss Facebook's F8 developer conference code of conduct.

  • MashTalk: Is SXSW finally growing up?

    Mar 16 2017

    On this week's MashTalk, the Mashable tech team recaps SXSW, talks exploding headphones (uh-oh!), and discusses the dangers of apps that could use facial recognition to identify strangers.

  • Did WikiLeaks just do Apple and Google a huge favor?

    Mar 10 2017

    When WikiLeaks dumped a plethora of CIA documents this week, it revealed many of our devices are vulnerable to hacking. Scary, but should Apple, Google say thank you for helping make their devices more secure? Also: Tinder for the rich and famous! It's a thing. (16:05) And we dissect the rumor about the next iPhone's secret name. (24:14) Mashable's Emma Hinchliffe and Cassie Murdoch join.

  • Are BlackBerry and Nokia really back from the dead?

    Mar 03 2017

    On this week's MashTalk, we recap the best phones from Mobile World Congress 2017, discuss Snap Inc's IPO, and debate whether Apple would actually replace the iPhone's Lightning port with USB-C.

  • What does Uber need to do to overcome its sexist culture?

    Feb 22 2017

    On this week's MashTalk, we discuss Uber's sexism in the workplace problems, Instagram's new albums feature, and new iPad rumors.

  • Should Apple provide instructions for you to repair your iPhone?

    Feb 17 2017

    On this week's MashTalk, we chat about Apple's resistance of so-called "Right-to-Repair" laws, Facebook's new manifesto, and the return of "unlimited" data plans in the U.S.

  • What even is Instagram anymore?

    Feb 03 2017

    On this week's MashTalk, we discuss whether Instagram is ruining itself, declining iPad sales, and how Trump's immigration ban will hurt tech companies and innovation.

  • How Apple's lawsuit against Qualcomm could affect future iPhones

    Jan 27 2017

    On this week's MashTalk, we chat about Apple suing Qualcomm for $1 billion, iPhone 8 rumors and why you should get laser eye surgery if you wanna survive the apocalypse.

  • What does Samsung's Galaxy S8 need to make us forget about the Note7?

    Jan 20 2017

    On this week's MashTalk, we talk Samsung Galaxy S8 rumors, Apple competing with Netflix and Nintendo Switch.

  • Looking back at the biggest trends of CES 2017

    Jan 13 2017

    On this week's MashTalk, we recapped the best moments and tech products from the year's largest tech show.

  • Can Facebook fix it's fake news problem?

    Dec 16 2016

    On this week's MashTalk, the Mashable tech team chatted about Facebook's new tool for cracking down on fake news, Snapchat's new group chat feature, and Yahoo's second security breach that affected 1 billion user accounts.

  • Everything that could go wrong with Amazon Go

    Dec 09 2016

    On this week's MashTalk, the Mashable team unpackages everything Amazon Go promises and represents, then shifts gears to blow the whistle on the whole connected-toy industry.

  • Netflix now lets you download and chill and it's awesome

    Dec 02 2016

    On this week's MashTalk, the Mashable tech team chatted about Netflix's new video downloads, AT&T's DirecTV streaming launch and whether Reddit CEO should be fired for his recent screwup.

  • Snapchat Spectacles is off to a great start avoiding Google Glass's stigma

    Nov 18 2016

    On this week's MashTalk, the tech team reviews Snapchat's Spectacles and new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar, discusses Facebook's fake news problem and looks forward to Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping!

  • What will Trump's presidency mean for technology?

    Nov 11 2016

    On this week's MashTalk, the Mashable team tries to make sense of Trump's virtually nonexistent tech policy. We also talk about the weird launch of Snapchat's Spectacles.

  • Will you let Google Home into your home?

    Nov 04 2016

    On this week's MashTalk, the tech team chats Google Home, new MacBook Pro (without Touch Bar) and how Apple ruined sexting with the new, more realistic peach emoji.

  • Apple and Microsoft face off with new MacBook Pros and Surface Studio PC

    Oct 28 2016

    On this week's MashTalk, we decide if Microsoft's Surface Studio or Apple's new MacBook Pros impressed us more and pour one out for Vine.

  • Can the Nintendo Switch return the company to greatness?

    Oct 21 2016

    On this week's MashTalk, we unpack the Nintendo Switch, catch up on Apple MacBook Pro rumors for next week's event and chat Tesla's new fully-autonomous driving mode.

  • Samsung finally puts the Galaxy Note7 out of its misery

    Oct 14 2016

    On this week's MashTalk, the Mashable tech team recapped the entire Samsung Galaxy Note7 nightmare saga that unfolded over the two months.

  • Can Google's Pixels give the iPhone a run for its money?

    Oct 07 2016

    On this week's MashTalk, the Mashable tech team digs into Google's new Pixel phones and Echo killer, Giphy Cam's new augmented reality stickers and the Oculus Connect VR conference.

  • Will Google really kill its Nexus phones and replace them with Pixel?

    Sep 30 2016

    On this week's MashTalk, the Mashable tech team chats Google's huge upcoming event, DJI's new foldable Mavic Pro drone and Elon Musk's crazy plan to colonize Mars.

  • Can GoPro win over normals with its easier-to-use cameras and drone?

    Sep 23 2016

    On this week's MashTalk, the Mashable tech team talks new GoPro Hero 5 cameras and drone, the 500 million Yahoo accounts that were compromised and the release of macOS Sierra.

  • iOS 10 gets more Snapchat-like with supercharged iMessage features

    Sep 17 2016

    On this week's MashTalk, the Mashable crew talks iPhone 7 Plus shortages, what's new in iOS 10 and the awesomeness/scariness of hailing and going for a ride in one of Uber's new self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus could be the hottest iPhones ever

    Sep 09 2016

    On this week's MashTalk, the Mashable tech team talks the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple Watch Series 2 and Samsung's exploding Galaxy Note7.

  • Why Apple won't sell a plastic Apple Watch

    Sep 03 2016

    Can you live without a headphone jack? For millions of iPhone owners, they're about to find out, assuming reports (and there are many) that the iPhone 7 will be the first smartphone from Apple to do away with the venerable audio port. Apple's fall event is less than a week away, and it's of course the topic of our weekly MashTalk podcast.  It all comes down to what Apple does. There's still a chance it won't kill the iPhone headphone jack, but assuming it does, what will be in the box? Wir...more

  • Will VR ever be mainstream or will it remain a niche?

    Aug 26 2016

    First up is Google's newly-released Android 7.0 Nougat (2:03), which is now available for Nexus phones and tablets. We then move to virtual reality -- VEE ARRRRR (10:24). The most interesting topic involves McDonald's and its short-lived Happy Meal fitness wearable (29:25). And finally, we assessed Tim Cook's first five years as CEO of Apple post-Steve Jobs (35:46).

  • Is Samsung's Galaxy Note7 really the best phone?

    Aug 19 2016

    On this week's episode of MashTalk, we discuss Samsung's newly released Galaxy Note7, the latest iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 rumors and Ford and Uber's race towards a self-driving car future.

  • C-Mac says farewell

    Aug 11 2016

    This is the final MashTalk to feature Christina Warren -- AKA C-Mac, AKA Film_Girl -- as a host. Don't worry, MashTalk will continue. Christina loves you all very much and wants to thank the listeners for their patronage and awesomeness over the years. She also wants RayRay, Lance and Pete to know how much she loves them. But don't fret, it's not all sad. C-Mac, Raymond Wong and Pete Pachal settle in to talk about everything happening in the world of tech. The gang kicks stuff off with a discc...more

  • Crying for Kim K's BlackBerry

    Aug 05 2016

    Welcome back MashTalkers! Pete is out this week, so Lance and Christina are joined by Mashable Product Analyst Ray Wong to talk about everything happening in the world of tech. They get stuff started off with a discussion about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 event. (1:15) Lance and Ray were both at the product launch and had some time with the device to see how it works. The bottom line is that it’s a very, very good phone. In fact, RayRay says it’s the “best Samsung ever.&rdqu...more

  • Batting .500 at Pokรฉmon Go

    Jul 29 2016

    On this week’s episode of MashTalk, Lance, Pete and Christina discuss everything happening in the world of tech. After a brief update on Pokémon Go tactics (1:02), the gang discusses Apple (3:30) and ita latest earnings. The company made less money than it did last year, but it still managed to sell it’s billionth iPhone, which is pretty incredible. There is some discussion about whether or not we will see new Macs from Apple in September (14:30), Lance thinks no, Christina ...more

  • We try to solve Twitter's troll problem

    Jul 22 2016

    On this week's slightly-truncated (but super high-energy!) episode of MashTalk, Lance, Pete and Christina tackle the latest news happening in the world of tech! First up, the gang shares where they are in Pokémon Go (0:30). You might not believe who is the best at this game out of us three. Christina has still managed to not spend actual money on the game. This is a miracle. But the gang quickly moves on from happy topics to the case of the Twitter trolls attack on Ghostbusters act...more

  • Pokรฉmaster's Reporting for Duty

    Jul 15 2016

    On this week’s episode of MashTalk, Lance, Pete and Christina tackle the phenomenon that is Pokémon Go (00:50). In a wide ranging chat, they talk about everything from the growing Pokemon Go economy (04:30), the user experience (09:05) and why Pokémon Go works (11:45). Lance shares his take on how the craze will end(17:51), because nothing gold – or Pokémon Yellow – can really stay. The gang shares a few thoughts on Prisma (20:00) – the filter app ta...more

  • This Podcast is Hella Lit

    Jul 08 2016

    On this week’s MashTalk, Lance, Christina and Pete are back talking about all the stuff happening in work this week. They start out with a “hella good” discussion about Microsoft’s terrible recruitment email (0:20). Seriously, can brands stop saying bae already? The team then moves into a broad discussion about Snapchat Memories (2:32), one of the biggest changes to hit Snapchat in the history of the platform. They spend some time discussing what this feature could mean...more

  • Facebook is changing the News Feed and that scares us

    Jul 01 2016

    On this week’s episode of MashTalk, Lance, Pete and Christina talk about the changes happening with the Facebook News Feed (05:00) and how it will impact regular users, brands and news publishers. They then shift gears to talk about a slew of Amazon announcements – including the return of Prime Day (20:30) and the ultra-discounted Android phones Amazon is subsidizing with special offers on the lock screen (27:30). They give a few words about Android Nougat (34:30). Moving on, they t...more

  • Mark Zuckerberg's not THAT paranoid

    Jun 24 2016

    In this episode of MashTalk, Pete, Christina and Lance discuss Mark Zuckerberg's paranoia (1:00) -- that might not be THAT paranoid -- before diving into how Siri works on macOS Sierra (9:05) and how it compares to Cortana (10:00). We then shift into some other thoughts on macOS Sierra (18:05), including Apple's increased focus on iCloud and services. We then segue (heh) into Lance's review of the new Segway (28:15). Is it too little too late? Hoverboards are over so does this thing stand a cha...more

  • WWDC 2016 Wrap-Up

    Jun 17 2016

    In this episode of MashTalk, Lance, Pete and Christina do a deep dive on WWDC and everything Apple announced. They start off offering their take on the keynote (0:30) and the tenor of Apple announcements. First up is iOS 10 (8:30) and the impact the new changes coming to Messages on the platform. We spend a lot of time on Messages before moving into a discussion on differential privacy (21:25) and whether that can ever offer as good of a predictive experience as services that track you more (Go...more

  • Is Siri ready to live up to its promise?

    Jun 10 2016

    In this week's episode of MashTalk, Lance, Christina and Pete discuss what we expect to see at WWDC (and what we don't expect), the changes happening at Nest and offer up a PSA for using a good Twitter password. We kick off our WWDC conversation (0:45) and talk about what changes we expect, including Apple Music (2:00), we debate over whether we'll see hardware (8:30) and then discuss some of the broader App Store changes that were announced this week (10:30). We then spend some serious time ...more

  • Are we in the Matrix?

    Jun 03 2016

    This week on MashTalk, Christina and Pete discuss the latest happenings in tech. They get started with a brief correction, regarding the Motorola Razr's comeback (1:00) and basically beg Samsung to truly bring back to the flip phone. They then move on to talking about the latest iPhone rumors (5:00), including reports that we might not get a major redesign until 2017. They also discuss rumors of a 5K Apple display (13:15) before moving on to talk about some of Elon Musk's comments at the Code Co...more

  • We really want the Motorola Razr to make a comeback

    May 27 2016

    This week on MashTalk, Christina, Lance and Pete discuss  the new changes coming to Twitter (0:30). We then delve into Xiaomi's new Mi Drone (10:30) and talk about the impact this low-cost, high-performance drone could have on the drone market and what it means for Xiaomi's U.S. ambitions. We then spend some time talking about the latest round of layoffs and writedowns hitting Microsoft's mobile division (22:04) and what it means for the Surface Phone.  We round things out with our Li...more

  • Google made I/O fun again, but is that enough?

    May 20 2016

    This week on MashTalk, Lance and Christina discuss all the big news coming out of Google I/O (2:30), including Google Assistant (8:15), Google Allo (16:15), and Google Home (25:00). Then, Christina calls Pete who's been on the ground at Google I/O to get his thoughts on the conference (35:00). 

  • Why did Instagram change its logo now?

    May 13 2016

    Why did Instagram make such a major redesign to its logo and platform now? We discuss on this week's MashTalk, with the help of Mashable designer Sam-Stringer Hye (who designed MashTalk's logo!). Then, we discuss the latest wave of iPhone 7 rumors that have come out in the past week (25:15). Finally, Lance Ulanoff calls in to share what he saw at Hyperloop One's historic test in Las Vegas (38:15). Side note: This is our 50th episode of MashTalk! Thanks to everyone for listening and providing us...more

  • iPhone 7 rumors: Is there going to be a headphone jack or not?

    May 04 2016

    This week on MashTalk, we attempt to sort through the iPhone 7 rumors and determine once and for all: Will there be a headphone jack or not? Plus, we discuss the intriguing news that robots are becoming capable surgeons (12:30), and we end with possibly our longest Lightning Round to date (22:00). Yes, the Lightning Round includes the topic of sex in autonomous cars. 

  • Reacting to Apple's first sales drop in 13 years

    Apr 28 2016

    This week on MashTalk, we're taking stock of all things Apple after its first "bad" quarter in 13 years. Will the iPhone 7 turn things around? Has Apple reached its ceiling? Plus, we look at what struggling Twitter (29:00) can do to right the ship and look at yet another dominant earnings report from Facebook. Lastly, we wistfully pine over great gadgets we'll never buy in "The Gadget Price Is Too Damn High" (42:45). 

  • Is the new MacBook a hit or a flop?

    Apr 21 2016

    We've been playing with the new MacBook all week and we are divided on it! We break down the strengths and drawbacks of Apple's latest MacBook (1:00) and compare it to its biggest competition. Plus, we look at Amazon's moves to become a Netflix competitor (28:15) and the end of Yahoo as we know it (37:30). 

  • What should we expect from Facebook in the next 10 years?

    Apr 14 2016

    This week on MashTalk, we discuss Facebook's big announcements from its annual developer conference F8 and what that means for the future of the social platform. Then we discuss HTC's new flagship phone, the HTC 10. And finally, we talk about Kindle's new e-reader, the Kindle Oasis.

  • Is the Tesla Model 3 hype for real?

    Apr 08 2016

    This week on MashTalk, we look at Tesla's successful launch of the Model 3 and debate whether the hype will translate into long-term success. Then, we discuss our experiences with different VR gaming devices, including the PlayStation VR and HTC Vive (27:30).