A weekly news show where your favorite Engadget editors tear themselves away from their crippling technology addiction, to discuss our collective crippling technology addiction.
PlayStation Portal review: A truly baffling handheld
Sony’s next “PSP,” the PlayStation Portal, is one odd little device. It can only stream games from your PlayStation 5 – beyond that, it’s a $200 doorstop. In this episode, Cherlynn and Devindra chat with CNET’s Scott Stein about the Portal and the many ways it baffles us. While it does manage to stream games from the PS5 just fine, it’s also expensive, clunky and lacks basic features like Bluetooth audio support. It’s really only meant for the most diehard PS5 owners (and even they should probably wait for a sale).
What was Sony thinking with the Playstation Portal? (With CNET’s Scott Stein) – 0:54
Microsoft rebrands Bing Chat to Copilot – 27:34
Qi 2 wireless charging standard will bring Magsafe’s satisfying magnetic click to all supported phones – 34:03
Nothing Phone 2 is getting iMessage...sort of – 47:40
Late breaking: Apple confirms RCS is coming to iPhones next year – 52:15
WhatsApp free storage on Google Drive is coming to an end – 53:53
Working on – 1:06:52
Pop culture picks – 1:07:34
MacBook Pro M3, iMac and Steam Deck OLED reviews
Apple's new M3 MacBook Pros and iMac are here! In this episode, we dive into our full thoughts about all of Apple's new hardware alongside Deputy Editor Nathan Ingraham. The big takeaway: Don't buy the base model of either computer with just 8GB of RAM. Otherwise, the M3 chips are solid upgrades across the board.
Also, Senior Editor Jessica Conditt joins to tell us all about the new Steam Deck OLED. It has a slightly larger OLED screen than the original model, as well as some extra battery life. While the performance is the same as before, it's certainly a tempting holiday treat for anyone who's been eyeing a Steam Deck.
Our reviews of Apple’s M3 iMac and M3 Pro MacBook Pro – 0:40
Steam Deck OLED review with Jess Conditt – 21:33
Humane to debut AI-powered device that pins to your clothes – 43:24
Meta to require political campaigns to disclose AI-altered images in ads – 55:19
Sam Bankman-Fried found guilty of fraud, faces up to 110 years in prison – 56:21
Rockstar confirms GTA 6 trailer is coming December 2023 – 1:04:18
Working on – 1:07:23
Pop culture picks – 1:09:07
"We Met in Virtual Reality" director on launching his VR film studio
Joe Hunting, the director of "We Met in Virtual Reality," is embarking on a new adventure: He's launching Painted Clouds, a studio devoted to VR filmmaking. In this episode, we chat with Hunting about the state of the VR community, the convergence of real-world and virtual filmmaking tools, and why he's so interested in telling stories set in VR.
Be sure to check out We Met in Virtual Reality, which is streaming now on Max.
Apple’s spooky M3 MacBook Pros and iMac
Apple’s M3 chip is here, and the company is wasting no time shoving it into new computers. This week, we dive into the new M3-equipped MacBook Pros and iMac, which offer some notable upgrades over the M2 and M1 models. Also, we find time to celebrate the death of the old 13-inch MacBook Pro, and try to determine if the cheaper 14-inch MacBook Pro is actually meant for pros with 8GB of RAM. We also chat about Apple’s healthcare plans, as well as Lenovo’s ridiculous tablet fashion campaign.
Apple announces M3 chips along with new MacBook Pros and iMac – 0:59
Other News: Bloomberg report outlines Apple’s very quiet attempt at getting into HealthTech – 24:33
Ad blockers no longer work on Youtube :( – 39:02
U.S., U.K. announce first attempts at AI regulation – 48:10
Lenovo’s Tab Wear clothing line is like a kangaroo pouch for your tablet – 54:30
Working on – 58:39
Listener Mail: Should I go from a Fitbit to a Pixel Watch? – 1:00:28
Pop culture picks – 1:03:16
What’s up with streaming video prices?
It seems like just about every streaming service has raised their price this year – most recently, Apple TV+, Netflix and Disney+. In this episode, we chat with Janko Roettgers, author of the newsletter Lowpass, about the state of streaming media. Why are these companies pushing their prices up now, and what does that mean for you, the viewer? Does this mean the dream of cord cutting is over? (Spoiler: No, not really.)
Also, we chat about Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon chips, adult film star Riley Reid’s new AI chatbot, and why Super Mario Wonder is the best 2D Mario game since Super Mario World.
Reporter Janko Roettgers explains what’s going on with streaming price increases – 1:0
Other News: 41 states use Meta over Instagram’s influence on kids – 23:15
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 brings more AI power to phones – 28:59
Snapdragon X Elite takes aim at Apple’s M series chips – 33:26
Working on – 42:30
Pop culture picks – 46:12
Breaking down the “Techno-Optimist Manifesto” with tech critic Paris Marx
It seems like Marc Andreessen had a lot of free time this week, as the VC wrapped up his entire pro-tech worldview in a massive tome, the Techno-Optimist Manifesto. Andreessen claims “technology is the glory of human ambition and achievement, the spearhead of progress, and the realization of our potential,” and he goes on to vilify anyone who dares to step in the way of “progress.” To break down this document, we’re joined by tech critic Paris Marx, host of the Tech Won’t Save Us podcast, and the author of the Disconnect newsletter, as well as the book Road to Nowhere: What Silicon Valley Gets Wrong About the Future of Transportation.
Also, Deputy Editor Nathan Ingraham discusses why he loves Spider-Man 2 on the PlayStation 5, and we try to make sense of Apple’s new $79 Pencil.
Nate Ingraham’s Spider-Man 2 review: The rare game that’s both bigger and better – 0:55
We break down Mark Andreessen’s dangerously optimistic manifesto on AI – 11:39
Microsoft now officially owns Activision/Blizzard – 35:44
X (fka Twitter) tests $1 “Not a bot” program for new users – 38:53
There’s a new, cheaper Apple Pencil with USB-C but what generation is it? – 41:03
YouTube debuts ‘news hub’ to direct users to reliable sources – 46:46
Working on – 51:20
Pop culture picks – 52:20
BRING BACK LIVE STREAMS Great blend of nerdy and informative
I watch live on YouTube with the chat and podcast gang. Great time. Very informative.
A solid and refreshingly honest take on tech
These are great to listen to when doing your various tasks as the cast and guests really welcome you into tech from a new perspective. I’d say give it a chance if you like tech or if you’re just generally curious about the field as a whole.
Would I recommend? Yes
Would I subscribe? Yes
Side note: Apparently, they had a live show at some point and I missed out unfortunately. Here’s hoping for another season 🍻
Smart, Fun, with Pulse On the Industry
Devindra and Cherlynn have fantastic sibling-like chemistry. Professionally produced podcast with a pulse on the tech industry. The hosts and their impressive lineup of guests provide smart and witty commentary on the big news of the week.