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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 Wednesday for straight talk about the latest gadgets and products. Submit your own questions in advance by tweeting them to @recode with the hashtag #TETA.

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 Wednesday for straight talk about the latest gadgets and products. Submit your own questions in advance by tweeting them to @recode with the hashtag #TETA.
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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 Wednesday for straight talk about the latest gadgets and products. Submit your own questions in advance by tweeting them to @recode with the hashtag #TETA.

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Episodes

How worried should I be about the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws?

1/19/2018
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Axios Chief Technology Correspondent Ina Fried talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the major security flaws, commonly referred to as Spectre and Meltdown, that were recently discovered in commonplace computer processors. Fried explains the differences between the vulnerabilities, how the world's largest tech companies have reacted to their exposure and what consumers can do to best protect themselves. Plus: When will we start seeing new chips that aren't susceptible to the same...

Duration: 00:50:41


Did Google Assistant win CES 2018?

1/12/2018
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Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode talk with The Verge's Ashley Carman about Lauren and Ashley's week in Las Vegas for CES 2018. Although marred by rain (unusual), flooding (predictable) and a massive power outage (unprecedented), the annual Consumer Electronics Show mostly carried on as normal. One big takeaway: CES 2018 was led by a slew of gadgets angling to compete against Amazon's Alexa. Carman also talks about the continuing prevalence of cars at the tech trade show and a category she's...

Duration: 01:06:53


Should I rent a hotel room by the minute? (And for what?)

1/5/2018
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Recharge CEO Manny Bamfo talks with Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode about his startup, which lets customers rent hotel rooms by the minute rather than by the night. Business travelers might want to book a room for a couple hours before a meeting, Bamfo explains, but a more surprising group of customers are locals or Uber drivers in need of a break. He answers your questions about how much these rooms cost, how they're cleaned and how the people who clean the short-term...

Duration: 00:38:52


What were the biggest tech stories of 2017?

12/28/2017
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Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode count down the 10 most important tech stories of 2017: The year's biggest product launches, including the iPhone X and a non-exploding phone from Samsung; Amazon's $14 billion acquisition of Whole Foods; "fake news" and the Twitter-presidency of Donald Trump; the mixed bag of tech IPOs from Snap, Blue Apron, Roku and Stitch Fix; the fallout from Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election; the FCC's repeal of net neutrality; bitcoin's rise...

Duration: 01:16:53


Are biometrics a safe way to speed up airport security?

12/21/2017
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Clear CEO Caryn Seidman Becker talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how the company uses fingerprint and iris scanning to let its customers skip the TSA line at the airport and how it keeps all that data safe. Becker says Clear does not share data with or sell data to anyone, including government agencies like the TSA with which it has sometimes partnered. She also talks about why she led the effort to buy and resurrect Clear after the first incarnation of the company went...

Duration: 00:56:46


Will robots take our jobs, or make life better?

12/15/2017
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Seismic CEO Rich Mahoney talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how robots will change everyday life around the world. Mahoney's company, a spinoff of a former DARPA project called Superflex, is developing wearable robotics, or "powered clothing," that could help someone with a spinal cord injury walk, or provide support to sales reps who have to spend the whole day on their feet. He also talks about how improvements to robotics will reshape the economy and jobs, whether Elon...

Duration: 01:01:59


Why does net neutrality matter?

12/7/2017
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Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission, talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the FCC's upcoming vote on the future of net neutrality. The Commission's chairman, Republican Ajit Pai, is hoping to roll back regulations implemented under President Obama, which would ask internet service providers to be transparent about how they manage their services — but not prevent them from throttling speeds or blocking websites, for example....

Duration: 00:49:07


Do teens care about 'fake news?'

12/1/2017
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Fan-favorite guests Louie Swisher and The Verge's Casey Newton return to the show to talk with Recode's Kara Swisher, a.k.a. Louie's mom. She quizzes him about Snapchat, TBH and why he doesn't want a Nintendo Switch. Louie says he's not paying attention to the news about Russia's election meddling on Twitter and Facebook because he doesn't use Twitter or Facebook, and predicts both platforms will die off within 10 years. He updates listeners on how he's using Snapchat, including the...

Duration: 00:57:55


Will Tesla disrupt the trucking industry?

11/24/2017
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Tamara Warren, the Verge's transportation editor, talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about Tesla's recent product event in which the Silicon Valley car company unveiled new electric semi trucks — and a new version of its Roadster sports car, which starts at $200,000. Warren explains why Elon Musk & company are getting into trucking at a time when they're still having trouble with on-time deliveries all the Model 3 sedans they had promised consumers. She also talks about the potential...

Duration: 00:47:57


Will we ever stop using passwords?

11/17/2017
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1Password's Defender Against the Dark Arts Jeffrey Goldberg (yes, that's his real title) talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the future of passwords and password management. He explains how managers such as 1Password work and what makes them better than trying to remember passwords yourself. Goldberg says we probably won't stop using passwords to protect our online accounts anytime soon, even though it's becoming more common to use our fingers and faces to unlock our phones. He...

Duration: 00:35:54


Can tech make my morning routine any easier?

11/10/2017
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In this special episode, Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode inquire about the morning routines of several past Too Embarrassed to Ask guests, including 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki, security researcher Brian Krebs and the executive editor of the Verge, Dieter Bohn. Their answers vary: Some guests combine a vigorous morning workout with their screens; others set two (or three or four) alarms to make sure they get out of bed. If you have a unique tech morning routine to share with us, send it to...

Duration: 00:31:58


Should I be worried Amazon knows so much about me?

11/3/2017
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Recode's Jason Del Rey talks with Kara Swisher about Amazon's ever-expanding reach into our homes and personal lives. Del Rey talks about why the company's new camera and smart lock, dubbed Amazon Key and Cloud Cam, are both catnip to privacy advocates and legitimately useful for a lot of people across the country. He also explains why the company is developing products like the Amazon Echo Look, which advises you on your fashion choices, and the Echo Show, which pairs the company's...

Duration: 00:53:15


What will Facebook, Google and Twitter do about Russia?

10/27/2017
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Tony Romm, Recode's senior policy and politics editor, returns to the show to talk with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about Russian agents' use of social media to meddle in the 2016 U.S. elections and what happens next. He previews next week's open hearings in which members of the U.S. Congress' House and Senate Intelligence Committees will grill representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google about what they knew then and what they know now. Romm explains why regulating speech and...

Duration: 00:50:30


What phone should I buy if I'm on a budget?

10/20/2017
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Wirecutter editor in chief Jacqui Cheng talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about buying tech products on a budget. Cheng offers recommendations for both Android and iOS smartphones that are “as cheap as you can go without tearing your hair out,” since the cheapest options can sometimes be intolerable to use. Cheng also explains Wirecutter’s review methodology, how she finds the best deals, and what she recommends for budget smart-home speakers, laptops, Bluetooth headphones and tablets.

Duration: 00:35:27


Can Google catch up to Apple in hardware?

10/13/2017
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Google Senior Vice President of Hardware Rick Osterloh talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the company’s newly announced products — the second iteration of high-end Pixel smartphones, wireless headphones called Pixel Buds, an AI-powered camera called Google Clips, new smart home speakers and a new Pixelbook laptop. Osterloh says the unifying theme across all these products is Google Assistant, the company’s previously announced answer to other virtual assistants like Siri, Alexa...

Duration: 00:36:39


My data was compromised in the Equifax hack. What now?

10/6/2017
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Security researcher Brian Krebs talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the recent Equifax hack that exposed the confidential information of 143 million Americans. Krebs says whether or not you think your data has been compromised, it has; he recommends freezing your credit and explains what happens after a freeze is in place. He also talks about whether we can expect the government to take any meaningful action against the credit rating firms, what tech and security experts can do...

Duration: 00:50:10


Can consumers save their own privacy?

9/29/2017
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Consumer Reports CEO Marta Tellado talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how the 81-year-old magazine has migrated into the digital age, first with a pioneering online subscription in the 1990s and now by increasingly turning its attention to software over hardware. Tellado says Consumer Reports wants to "bend the marketplace" in the direction of more privacy for users and more reliable products. To that end, it mobilizes its subscribers to advocate for those causes with...

Duration: 00:44:17


Is it safe to give your genetic data to 23andMe?

9/22/2017
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23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about how the 11-year-old company is trying to expand consumers’ access to their own health data without working inside the insurance system. Wojcicki explains how the company protects users’ privacy, and why its databases are a less-appealing target for hackers than, say, a bank or credit agency. She also discusses how 23andMe’s accuracy has improved over time, whether DNA testing encourages racism, and whether the company...

Duration: 01:04:17


Should I pay $1000 for the iPhone X?

9/15/2017
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Recode Editor in Chief Dan Frommer talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about Apple's latest product event, at which it announced a new series of the Apple Watch, with optional LTE connectivity; a wireless charging pad for Apple devices called AirPower; the next iterations of its flagship phones, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus; and a higher-end phone with an OLED screen and no home button, the iPhone X, which will start at $1000. Frommer and Goode, who were at the Apple event, answer your...

Duration: 00:48:56


Which Android phone should I buy?

9/8/2017
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The Verge's Dieter Bohn talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the new Android phones coming out this fall, including the recently released Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the company's first Note-branded device since last year's exploding phone debacle. Bohn says it's a "stupdendously good big phone" with a few minor annoyances, but cautions that no one should buy a new phone until all the new gadgets have been announced. He also discusses the rocky launch of the Essential Phone, which led...

Duration: 00:50:30

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