Special guest Kelly Ann McKercher joins the program. They’re the author of the book “Beyond Sticky Notes” and we to discuss how to cultivate a mindset focused on co-design to make products and services more equitable.
Things have really slowed down to a snail's pace, so Flo is playing games with the Razer Kishi controller for Android. We pretend to be Hollywood gossip columnists relating the latest saga between YouTube TV and Roku and then speculate on what's happening at Google I/O next week. And fans of _The Office_ are going to love Google Search's latest easter egg.
Things kick off with the usual disagreements about who’s driving and who’s in the trunk, but then things briefly settle into an interrogation of the purpose behind begging for podcast ratings and reviews. Does it actually, _really_ help new people to discover the show? John tries to remember a song, and Merlin fondly recalls _un cheval maladroit_. Next, John has some thoughts on grass and how it grows. Merlin wonders if it might be another “Trust Your Mechanic”-type situation. Both of your ...
This week Simone and Christina are interrogating Apple vs. Epic! Would you download an unspeakable game… to your phone?? Would you?? We'll answer that and more as we examine Apple's puritanical behavior in the courtroom, and then pivot to the crummy future of smart toasters and their ilk, as the chip shortage persists.
Federico is attempting to live that Thunderbolt life as Myke starts reviewing apps. Meanwhile, Stephen is the worst. Then, with WWDC a month away, the guys introduce a new segment.
How we deal with spam calls and texts, whether we'll be subscribing to Apple TV+, the dongles we do and don't use, and our thoughts on tech recycling and ecology.
I mean, isn’t shimmer always an add-on? Brad and Myke think so when it comes to pens, and inks. Find out exactly which ones in this week’s episode!
Dealing with features we wish we'd never added.
This week, Kathy found a bread robot that learned more than its creators intended, and Alex brings good news about bots from the recent past.
Rosemary Orchard joins us to talk about juggling projects, automation, kanban boards, and keeping the jobby job.
In its second-larges acquisition ever, Microsoft is buying Nuance Communications. Variously identified as a cloud AI company and a purveyor of speech-to-text tools like Dragon, Nuance is a leader in voices for screen readers. So. What does it all mean?
This week Myke and Jason debate the form of future Mac laptops, discuss Apple and Epic's first week in court (complete with angry emails!), and then imagine what's next for iOS and iPadOS.
Casey Liss drops by to chat with Stephen and David about waiting on the next Apple silicon announcement, his iPhone development work, home automation and how not to deal with digital photos.
Myke is looking at electric cars, Casey is on the verge of freedom.
In this episode, Rosemary and David chat to Jay Miller about how he automates, using Keyboard Maestro, Alfred, Bunch, and more.
What devices do The Test Drivers rely on to get their work done?
Andy starts us off by getting into the YouTube of it all. The Google I/O schedule is up, and we're intrigued. We talk about Google's new Google TV-like home screen for Walmart's Onn tablets and why Roku and YouTube are still feuding. Then, how we're feeling about Google's multiyear partnership with the WNBA.
There's a new boss at NASA, and he already has a mess to deal with in the contested Human Landing System contract with SpaceX, which is seeing success in Texas with Starship testing. Then, an update on Mars missions and a goodbye to Michael Collins.
In a lightning-fast episode we're talking about… yep, the big Basecamp blow-up, and we've got a lot to say. Then finally, Apple vs. Epic is finally before a judge, and lots of fun secrets are coming out!
Google has a knack for shutting down products. This episode, Stephen and Quinn talk about a handful of them.
It’s a big news week! Myke and Jason break down Tim Cook’s podcast interview with Kara Swisher, and discuss some big changes at Apple Arcade. There’s also WWDC 2021 and Apple’s rumored augmented-reality headset to talk about.
Shelly Brisbin returns to the show to explain how she applies power user workflows to working across multiple mediums throughout a normal work week.
Your hosts skip the pre-flight, then end up talking a little about preparing for a performance. Novelty sports experiments are considered. Following some corrections, self-analysis, and technological digression, Merlin's computer poops the bed. Covid considerations continue to interfere with life, and sometimes you have to fight your family's optimism a little. Merlin tries to use an analogy from a TV show, and John introduces the class to "The Plumber Problem." John has recently discovere...
We're still pumping the good vibes this week. Andy reminds us there are some real treasure troves available to stream on YouTube, and Flo wants to know if you have any questions about the OnePlus 9 or OnePlus 9 Pro that you'd like answered? Then we tell the tale of how Google simultaneously discovered and shut down a nine-month hacking operation. We also dissect a new privacy feature coming to Android, YouTube's experimentation with hiding how many people "disliked" a video, and why Google Ma...
In a ROWDY show, we talk about what we'd like to see from WWDC, and what all the Amazon execs are getting up to on Twitter!
WWDC 2021's announcement, and whether Overcast should adopt a terminology change along with Apple and Spotify.
How have we not done this already?
After an explanation on how feedback is best sent, Federico and Myke discuss their thoughts on TickTick, the (potential) future of the music industry, the announcement of WWDC 2021, and whether Connected listeners prefer Dark Mode or Light Mode.
Apple TV remote changes we'd like to see (and what should stay the same), our tech spring cleaning habits, whether in-person WWDC should return, and what other tech products should be ruggedized.
Special guest and renowned calligrapher Aoi Yamaguchi joins the program to discuss how she balances the discipline of ancient tradition with the inventiveness of modern art.
Some days are rough, and some days are just like “Thumbs up for fountain pens!” Today is definitely the latter, as Brad and Myke discuss making your own Sailor Pro Gear, the new Schon DSGN Ultem model, and Brad corrects a big error from last week.
This week Alex and Kathy get into the weeds of what makes algorithms frustrating, how the users shape their own social networks, and what the tweens are up to.
Nick Milo from *Linking Your Thinking* joins this week to consider the role of focus in idea development and knowledge management.
Grey has settled on a notes app, Myke has set a limit, and they both share some mysterious numbers.
Myke and Jason celebrate 20 years of OS X by discussing how we use our Macs today and whether the arrival of Apple silicon is changing how we work, not just today but over the rest of this year. We also discuss whether Apple should do "events" anymore, big news in the conflict between streaming and theatrical movies, and the possibility of a more rugged Apple Watch.
On this episode, David and Stephen discuss their work beyond MPU and what workflows and tools they use to keep things running smoothly in their small businesses.
What does Austin think of the OnePlus 9 Pro? Is Intel going to change their fortunes? What do The Test Drivers think of Netflix's 'Drive to Survive'.
Rose and David explain many little automations that can improve your quality of life on your Mac.
Stephen Hackett joins Jason to wrap up the series and discuss all the Macs that didn't make the list.
It's been 300 episodes of the Material podcast! We have cake! We have commemorative Oreos! And we have a rundown of our favorite tombstones in the Google Graveyard. We'll give you a bit of the week's news, too, plus what you get when you do a Google search for the number "300."
Let's have some big bites of tech news? Slack is messing up, Apple is Facing Consequences for its butterfly keyboard missteps, and Amazon is trying game development, again.
This week, Quinn and Stephen talk about one of the world's first cool phones, and how its parent company was bent on destroying its good name.
After follow-up about feelings, Ticci explains what's going on with links to previously-made Shortcuts and Stephen marks 20 years of OS X. Then, Myke leads a focus group about the future of Apple in the home and the guys all inspect a task manager that has recently popped up on one of their home screens.
Smart speakers with displays, how (and if) we use Apple's productivity software, whether we have temperature and humidity sensors in our homes, and does anyone even care about AirTags anymore?
How do we share - and not share - our spaces? Sadly, Julia's suggestion for an app that pairs people according to how much room their hobbies need is not yet a reality. Also: What was "the nost brautiful thing" Julia had ever seen?
The cases are shipped! The nibs are in flight! The use of orange is … questionable? Brad and Myke discuss all the things, including new stuff from our favorites at CW Pencil Enterprise, Musubi, Gravitas, and The Well-Appointed Desk.
The SLS has completed a full-length hot fire test and NASA is on the verge of having a new administrator, all while SpaceX continue to move ahead with its Starship testing.
Not only does Quinn have no idea what NFTs are, she doesn't understand blockchain or cryptocurrency... at all. Today Betty's giving them a crash course on what Non-Fungible Tokens are, and what they have to do with someone setting a Banksy painting on fire and then selling it for $380,000.
If you've ever wondered about those funny little trucks used to deliver the mail, Stephen and Myke have you covered in this episode. Just be sure to bring a fire extinguisher...
This week we consider the future of the iPad Pro, watch as the 21.5-inch iMac begins to fade away, and ponder what the HomePod mini means for Apple's overall home strategy. Myke gets recommendations for soundbars, and Jason explains the NFL's new TV deals.