Charged Tech

Charged Tech Podcast

Cut through the technology news noise and hear about only the news that matters, and what it means.
Charged Tech Podcast


Cut through the technology news noise and hear about only the news that matters, and what it means. Join us every weekend to get the lowdown on the biggest stories – including some you might not have heard anything about.




Ain't No Party Like A Houseparty

Mar 29, 2020 4538


Show notes coming soon!

Data Caps Were Fake All Along

Mar 18, 2020 3753


NOTE: This episode was recorded on 13 March, 2020. As the global situation of COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly, some content in this episode is likely out of date already and some content was edited out post-recording. Please turn to your local government and health officials for the latest information.

Stripe supporting Nazi payments (Twitter thread), raises $1.8M, Spotify buying the Ringer, Zach reminisces over Revision3, Owen is going to write about his Surface Pro X on OneZero, Shopify is giving employees $1,000 for working from home, AT&T data caps pulled, Be cautious of Zoom's privacy policy, and Long finger Jenga. Join us in Discord and leave us a voice message!

Charged joins the Libra Association

Mar 18, 2020 2063


NOTE: This episode was recorded on 28 February, 2020. As the global situation of COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly, some content in this episode is likely out of date already and some content was edited out post-recording. Please turn to your local government and health officials for the latest information.

Owen fed Mika (or at least tried to) with an IoT device, $ZOOM Shares Double Amid Coronavirus Concerns. But Investors Mistakenly Bet on the Wrong Company, Shopify joins the Libra Association, iPad trackpad rumors, Our new moon, Activision pulls out of GeForce Now, and Live plow map for Toronto: PlowTO. Join us in Discord and leave us a voice message!

Payday Moans

Mar 1, 2020 3042


Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk tech! Including:

John Gruber does a racist, Payday loans from Patreon, HQ Trivia's saga, Bezos Earth Fund, Watch the making of this episode on YouTube, Patreon's pricing change, Kickstarter Union, Follow Mike Monteiro, Watch American Factory, Don't watch Goop Lab, Twitter employees caught spying for Saudi Arabia, and Reset: The teens tricking Instagram. Join us in Discord and leave us a voice message!

Be-caucus I Said So

Feb 24, 2020 3964


Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk tech and:

Goldman Sachs' new rule: At least 1 woman on the board or you can't go public, Zach's other podcast, Bézier, The Iowa Caucus app, We live-streamed the recording of this episode on YouTube, Owen's Pixelbook Go, and Dieter's Surface Pro X video. Join us in Discord and leave us a voice message!

Teach a Man to Catfish

Feb 15, 2020 4905


Show notes coming soon!

Not My Forténite

Jan 25, 2020 3205


Frederique and Owen chat about:

Fortnite influencer, Ninja, now sold as a skin, Microsoft is going carbon negative, Owen recommends Kotn ethical clothing, Wikipedia is back online in Turkey after two years, Facebook's really bad boomer tweets, And stick around after the outro music for an editor's note from Zach. Join us in Discord and leave a voice message!


Jan 19, 2020 3659


Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about:

The Blloc phone (again), TCL's phones, Digital assistants... with a twist, The Verge's CES coverage, Twitter was at CES, Impossible Foods' new meat, Zach's future laptop: the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook, Sony's car, Hyundai and Uber's flying car, Zus car accessory, and Rotating TVs. Join us in Discord and leave a voice message!


Jan 19, 2020 3581


Frederique, Owen, and Zach start off 2020 with the Blloc phone, CES, the Playstation 5 logo, and more!

Join us in Discord and leave a voice message

The Year Was Twenty-Ninetech

Jan 5, 2020 3647


Frederique, Owen, and Zach recap 2019's tech, Charged, and more!

Scratching the Surface

Nov 23, 2019 3698


Frederique, Owen, and Zach freeze over hell! We talk Surface, Windows, Cybertruck, Stadia, Light Phone II, and more.

Two idiots one keyboard Riker Googling Erica Joy's Light Phone II take Stadia is out Cybertruck Surface Laptop 3 Surface Pro 7 Google's Black Friday sale page Creative Cloud Black Friday discount Owen's article: Apple has been gaslighting us for years Unigram Zach's tweet on Windows Surface Buds delayed Google Pixel Buds Join us in Discord and leave a voice message

Adobe ZAX

Nov 11, 2019 3885


Frederique and Zach talk Adobe MAX, Microsoft Surface hardware, and more!

Zach's review of Apple TV+, LumaFusion for video/audio editing on the iPad, Adobe MAX opening keynote, Sneaks from Adobe MAX, Photoshop Camera coming soon, Adobe Sensei is the name, Surface Laptop 3 is in the house, FACEBOOK,  SoftBank slides, Zach Lieberman, Fitbit acquired by Google, Join our Discord and leave a voice message.

Zuck Goes to Washington (Again)

Nov 8, 2019 3934


Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about:

Logitech keyboards and mice, Marcin Wichary, Zach's future Light Phone 2, Pokemon on the Pixel 4, Allekabels, A Bill Gates documentary, How Billionaire philanthropy doesn't work, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, WeWork competitors Terminal, Spaces, The Wing, and You & Sundry, Facebook hearings at the U.S. House of Representatives, and Join our Discord and leave a voice message. Followed by a note from Yorick.

Updated Fortnitely

Oct 19, 2019 3142


Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about Fortnite, Google's hardware event, and introduce a brand new segment for the end of the show!

Stadia launches on Nov 19, Fortnite update, Lady Gaga asks the important questions, Watch the Google event, Pixelbook Go, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 not available in India, Martha Stewart's broken iPad, Listen to Keep It! Join our Discord Record a message for us

Moral(e) Bankruptcy

Oct 15, 2019 2772


This week Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about everything wrong.

We complain about:

Apple, Facebook, GitHub, Adobe, and More! We also chat about hardware season and (Not) Pink Pixelbooks. More show notes coming soon!

HONK HONK (feat. Mika)

Oct 6, 2019 3555


Frederique, Owen, Mika, and Zach talk about

Rust, The Untitled Goose Game, Goat Simulator, Instagram Threads by Facebook, The Microsoft Surface event (watch it here), Adobe Fresco, Procreate, and The upcoming Google hardware event. Join our Discord and Leave us a voice message

Normally-sized Hands

Sep 12, 2019 1988


Frederique and Zach recap Apple's latest keynote.

Apple Event September 2019 Uber Layoffs WeWork disasters iPadOS 16" MacBook Pro rumours Apple Arcade iOS 13 Join our Discord Leave us a voice message

Justin TrudOwen

Sep 7, 2019 3020


Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about:

Frederique's new keyboard IFA 2019 Computex 2019 ASUS's wild, leather laptop and Project Precog The Microsoft Courier Upcoming Surface event is on October 2nd Surface Mobile Mouse Peloton and YouTube gets $170M fine for COPPA violation Apple and Google beef over Project Zero uncovering several iOS vulnerabilities used against the Uighur community, furthering the humanitarian crisis Super Pumped by Mike Isaac is out now, read an excerpt Owen sets up Eero and recommends Pi-Hole Frederique is playing Rust now Join our Discord!

Windows Into Your Soul

Aug 30, 2019 3836


Frederique and Zach chat about:

Apple event Microsoft event Fairphone 3 Dell Chromebook for Enterprise Light Phone 2 Facebook's WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption World of Warcraft Classic Microsoft's Surface lineup Workin' Moms DuckDuckGo Facebook's Threads app Ello Chrome Unboxed Share your hardware/software setup in Discord Leave us a voice message


Aug 23, 2019 3981


Frederique and Zach talk tech!

Talk with us about Frederique's PC build. Sara Dietschy on creators ditching macOS. A pink laptop! Marshall Multi-room Speakers. Latest Stadia Live Stream. Røde Caster Pro. Join Discord and show us your workspace! Apple unpatched a patch. FAA bans recalled MacBook Pros for all flights. Stop vaping please. We Company IPO is full of red flags. Streaks habit building app. Google ditches dessert names with Android 10.

Yo Dawg, I Heard You Like Blogs, so I Put Tumblr Inside WordPress

Aug 17, 2019 2879


Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk AR, Tumblr, and more! And sorry for the audio issues this week!

Shadow-presenting Nipples

Aug 1, 2019 3075


Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about several data breaches, age discrimination at IBM, hate groups on Discord and Cloudflare, Instagram shadow bans, and more!

Build A PC Inside Your Brain

Jul 21, 2019 2777


Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about the tech news of the week while Owen rebuilds his PC. This episode was also live streamed, check it out on YouTube too!

Malware has joined the conference call

Jul 12, 2019 2730


This week Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about Zoom Malware, the Nintendo Switch Lite, Zach's social media detox, the 12" Macbook (RIP), and more!


Jul 4, 2019 2885


Fiverr review Warehouses on Last Week Tonight Jony Ive leaves Apple, starts LoveFrom Apple Watch design video Jony Ive Christmas Tree Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations MacBook keyboard updates inbound Superhuman tracking pixels 7M Venmo transactions published on GitHub Join our Discord

Zuck Bucks

Jun 22, 2019 01:07:24


Frederique, Blev, Owen, and Zach talk about $WORK and Facebook ~Libra

Games, Gatekeeping, & Gigabit Ethernet

Jun 14, 2019 00:50:24


Stadia Tycoon

Jun 8, 2019 01:01:21


Frederique, Owen, and Zach chat about gaming and Apple, and one of us might build a Windows computer. Can you guess who?

Ive-ry Tower

Jun 1, 2019 00:58:09


Frederique and Zach chat about WWDC rumors just days before Apple's WWDC.

Profit Over Planet

May 23, 2019 00:59:42


Frederique, Owen, and Zach chat about Apple's new laptop with the same old problem, Huawei and the future of the industry, Amazon's shareholders valuing profit over planet, and more!

IP Woes

May 20, 2019 00:46:40


Frederique and Owen chat about WhatsApp delivered malware, Google I/O, a Facebook co-founder going off, the Uber IPO, and more!

Special edition: Google Nest Home Hub Max 3A XL

May 7, 2019 00:29:42


A very special, quick hot-take edition of the show, with Frederique, Zach, Owen and special guest Mac Living, to talk about what just happened at Google I/O?

I'll take Tumblr for $400, Alex

May 5, 2019 01:11:58


This week Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about Facebook's latest blunders (just like every week!)

Go Home Luminary, You're Drunk

Apr 26, 2019 01:07:52


Frederique, Owen, and Zach celebrate crossing the 100-episode mark while talking about Luminary and more.

You're Folding It Wrong

Apr 22, 2019 00:55:33


Frederique, Owen, and Zach chat about the Samsung Galaxy Fold flopping before it gets out the door.


Apr 14, 2019 00:54:50


Frederique, Owen, and Zach chat about the new IKEA + Sonos collab and Snap.


Mar 29, 2019 01:16:35


Frederique, Owen, and Zach discuss the latest Apple event, subscription overwhelm, UK porn vouchers, and more!

Yet Another Wi-Fi Device: Your Controller

Mar 25, 2019 01:00:41


Frederique and Owen talk about the tech news of the week, including Google's Stadia announcement at GDC.

The LAN before time

Mar 19, 2019 00:55:13


This week, Frederique, Owen and Zach dive deep on Spotify's spat with Apple: is it fair that Apple takes 30% of each purchase? Then, we talk about the future of gaming ~in the cloud~ and much, much more.

095: Update Your Sh*t

Mar 9, 2019 01:05:01


Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about this week's tech news including Mark Zuckerburg's latest manifesto, upcoming tech IPOs, and a nasty Google Chrome vulnerability (don't forget to update!)

094: All Over The News

Mar 3, 2019 00:53:55


Frederique, Owen, and Zach are back in the same room to do a lightning round rundown of the past month of news.

093: Face(palm)Time

Feb 3, 2019 01:00:26


This week, Frederique and Zach talk about Apple and Facebook's multiple blunders and privacy violations.

092: Queer Eye for the Security Guy

Jan 20, 2019 00:49:34


091: Consumer Electronics Sham

Jan 16, 2019 00:56:10


090: App Store Boom and Bust

Jan 11, 2019 00:54:35


089: The highs and lows of tech in 2018

Dec 23, 2018 00:45:30


This week, something a little different: Zach, Frederique and Owen talk through our highlights in the tech industry from 2018... then the low points. There's so much and we tried to fit it all! We look forward to 2019, and what it has in store, too.

088: He Wasn't Like Zuck, He Was A Human

Dec 16, 2018 01:03:27


Zach and Owen get nerdy about browsers this week, after the news that Microsoft will make a historic change to its web browser (RIP, Internet Explorer). Also, we talk about what that means for ~apps~ and a bunch of other stuff, like how weird the podcasting industry is.

087: Men Are Trash

Dec 7, 2018 00:49:46


086: Cat Poop Smeared Moral Compass

Dec 2, 2018 00:59:44


Frederique, Zach and Owen discuss Facebook's terrible year, how the company got here, then how we think it should be dealt with. Oh, and about when your robot vacuum goes terribly wrong.

085: A Marketplace of Souls

Nov 24, 2018 01:08:14


This week, Frederique, Owen, and Zach discuss the holidays, the new iPad Pro—two weeks later—and, unfortunately, Facebook again.

084: The Best, Worst PC Replacement

Nov 10, 2018 00:58:43


This week Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about the new iPad Pros, the Google Walkout, and Facebook admitting (and hiding) their most harmful impact yet.

083: I Don't Need Alexa in My Microwave

Oct 29, 2018 00:50:33


This week Frederique and Owen talk about Halloween, old tech, voice assistants, the upcoming iPad event, VR, and more!

082: Switching My Phone to a... Drone?

Oct 20, 2018 01:04:56


This week Owen and Zach talk about iPhones and Pixels, Adobe MAX, Photoshop for the iPad, iPad Pro rumors, drones, and more!

081: The Switcher's Dilemma

Oct 14, 2018 01:23:23


We're back! After a little bit of travel and scheduling conflicts, Frederique, Owen, and Zach are back to talk about Facebook, Instagram, iPhones, Pixels, and more.

080: Live from a sweaty camper (and also XOXO)

Sep 7, 2018 00:21:15


079: 99% of the time it works 10% of the time

Sep 3, 2018 00:51:19


This week, Zach, Frederique and Owen discuss an app that promised to replace birth control, but didn't work as advertised... and a new trend: companies trying to get around the 30% cut that Apple takes from their profits.

078: Can You Hear Me Now?

Aug 26, 2018 00:46:39


This week, Zach, Frederique and Owen try to figure out how Google lost an entire box of Pixel 3 XL's, and what the difference between an ad-funded business model means in reality. Tune in for this, and many more hot takes!

077: The fight for your digital wellbeing

Aug 20, 2018 00:47:15


This week, Zach, Owen and Frederique discuss the push for Digital Wellbeing, and how everyone from Google to Facebook is pushing to stop you from being too addicted (or at least to use their blocker instead of someone else's). That, and a whole episode of hot takes, one after another.

076: Money is Just Paper and There's No One to Hold It

Aug 12, 2018 00:48:41


075: [redacted] by the Government

Aug 5, 2018 00:52:21


This week, Zach, Frederique and Owen talk about Google's push back into China with a censored search engine, Apple's blockbuster earnings and a whole lot more.

074: The Big Mobile Duopoly

Jul 30, 2018 00:45:08


This week, Zach, Frederique and Owen talk about the EU's decision to fine Google billions for breaking the rules with Android, and whether or not this might doom smartphones forever. And, we introduce a new 'hot takes' segment, with tweet-sized takes on the week's news.

073: A Giant 3 Billion Person Democracy

Jul 24, 2018 00:47:33


This week, Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about Mark Zuckerberg's recent interview and Amazon's Prime Day.

072: Can We Have A New Internet?

Jul 17, 2018 01:06:26


On the show this week we talk about the Internet of Things and how the tools of the digital age are being used to harass, along with a discussion about the all-new MacBooks that came out of nowhere. This episode contains discussions about domestic violence, so if that's something you'd like to skip, we understand.

071: Order an Uber from the Bus?

Jul 7, 2018 00:56:09


On this edition of charged tech, Frederique, Owen, and Zach discussed Fortnite, mail apps reading your email, Microsoft's Westworld-esque folding device, Intel, battery tech, and ordering an Uber from the bus.

070: Big Click Energy

Jul 2, 2018 00:58:48


Morning edition of Charged Tech, with Frederique, Owen, and Zach recording with coffee instead of wine. Is Twitter's moral compass the reason they can't launch things? Jack announced a thing that might fix it—if you can read it in the screenshot of text he put on Twitter.

069: IG killed the FB star

Jun 26, 2018 01:18:19


In this media-focused episode, Frederique, Owen, and Zach talk about Instagram TV and the rise of Podcasts, the slowest moving train ever.

068: Microsoft + GitHub = Good?

Jun 16, 2018 01:03:18


This week, we're excited to have Frederique back as all three of us discuss GitHub and Microsoft, Fortnite for Switch, Apple's crackdown on trackers, and more.

067: The War for Time Well Spent

Jun 9, 2018 01:12:51


This week, Zach and Owen tackle WWDC, and try to tackle everything Apple announced, why it matters, and what we thought of the event. Stick around for a discussion about the scooter invasion of San Francisco, Sonos' entire game explained and much more.

066: What could WWDC be about, and the one weird trick that might save Snapchat

Jun 1, 2018 01:04:30


This week we chat about WWDC, and the lack of... anything meaty rumored around the event. Nerd out with us before Monday about what might happen at the event. We also look at the GDPR madness, and what happened after Friday last week in Europe, as well as what might just save Snap.

065: We've updated our privacy policy...

May 25, 2018 00:47:00


This week, Owen, Frederique, and Zach talk about GDPR (don't worry, it's not as boring as all the emails) and The Zuck facing off in Europe.

064: I/O, WWDC and tech announcement season

May 20, 2018 00:48:34


This week Zach's in America, so Frederique and Owen talk about Google's developer conference, its new AI tools, Android P and what could possibly be coming at WWDC! If you're curious about the implications of AI and ethics, this episode's for you.

063: Workflows, and how we Get Stuff Done

May 7, 2018 01:08:29


This week, Owen, Frederique and Zach take on workflows. We discuss what we use to get things done, the tools we love, and what's changed the game for us this year. We'll cover hardware, software and even offline tools that help us make the most of our day, and everything inbetween. Full list of tools at soon.

062: Google's bold new Gmail design, Alexa for Kids and peak smartphone

Apr 30, 2018 01:14:14


This week on Charged Tech Podcast, Frederique, Zach and Owen discuss Google's bold, but safe, Gmail redesign, Alexa for Kids and the privacy implications of smart devices, peak smartphone and a whole lot more.

Chapter Two: Our new show, and new hosts are finally here!

Apr 22, 2018 01:06:56


It's finally time — Charged Podcast Chapter Two is here, with our two new amazing hosts, Frederique and Zach. Listen in as we get to know each other, and talk about the latest in tech including Google's questionable iMessage killer, how the iPad fits into everything, and our love for Twitter and the shift to private communities. Show notes and links to our hosts online at and let us know what you think via @chargedtech on Twitter.

060: We have some news — Goodbye, and hello again

Apr 12, 2018 00:44:00


We've got bittersweet news: John's leaving us. Charged Podcast isn't going away, but to focus on his startup, John is moving on. We'll have an exciting new format, with two new co-hosts alongside Owen in the next few weeks, but until then, join us for our very last episode together for now. Full details and shownotes at

What do Apple, tractors and Nebraska have in common?

Feb 22, 2018 00:45:15


This week on the podcast, we talk about DRM in tractors, and the fight for farmers' right to repair their own machines and... John makes a HomePod confession.

058: HomePod to Apple, can you read me?

Feb 11, 2018 00:50:17


This week, we tackle HomePod, whether or not John ordered one, and why he's excited about it — along with Hawaii's missile accident, UX in government and other great discussions about where the living room is moving to in the self-driving future. Enjoy, and say hi on Twitter! We're on @chargedtech.

057: Cryptoparty, Face ID and Apple's shady battery dealings

Dec 28, 2017 00:51:44


It's been a busy month, but we're finally back on the horse. On this episode we talk about Owen getting into crypto, and what's going on with the craze, the iPhone's Face ID "issues" plus how Apple's shady dealings with battery + performance might hurt for a long time. Show notes at

056: Tesla's cash crater and a special secret just for you

Dec 1, 2017 00:53:51


We talk about some very exciting Charged news, and a secret just for you... oh and technology, like Tesla's insane cash burn, Uber's cover up, AI and how everyone can't stop talking about Bitcoin. If you want to join re:Charged we'd love our listeners to get a first peek -- visit for a signup URL, coupon and links for this podcast.

Special Edition: Rod Drury on being Pixel Curious

Nov 24, 2017 00:35:48


A very special edition of Charged Tech, our first ever full episode with a guest: Rod Drury, CEO of Xero, joins us to talk about the iPhone X, where Apple's at, HomePod, the ecosystem's cracks, being Pixel curious and NZ's super speedy internet. Back to the usual schedule from this weekend!

055: iPhone X and the case of the missing Donald Trump

Nov 8, 2017 00:55:45


This week on Charged Tech Podcast John and Owen debate the implications of one employee banning Trump from Twitter for 11 minutes, the Russian Facebook tampering aaaaand what you've all been waiting for: a giant discussion about the now released iPhone X.

054: Is Google getting good at hardware?

Oct 20, 2017 00:51:54


It's the episode you've been waiting for: Owen attends the Google Pixel event IRL in San Francisco, then reports back on what he thinks – as well as a longer discussion about people who keep saying VR is dead. Much much more on this episode and we're super sorry it took so long!

053: The iPhone X and what really matters

Sep 24, 2017 00:59:56


This week John and Owen discuss Apple's September event, and you might be surprised by how closely we agree the iPhone X is a bastion of the future where computers can see the world, not just take photos. That, and lots of discussion about the weird CCleaner hack, e-SIM cards and more! Show notes at

052: Tech companies fight for your favorite movies

Sep 11, 2017 00:57:48


This week, a huuuuge discussion about how Apple, Amazon and other technology companies are fighting it out for the rights to your favorite movies (specifically James Bond right now). That, and self-driving car legislation passing the house unanimously, China's full-on ICO ban and how a software engineer hacked a real headphone jack onto the iPhone 7. Sorry for the crap audio quality, John had his microphone backwards ;). Show notes at

051: The next iPhone and Apple's narrative

Sep 1, 2017 00:49:15


OK, this isn't really an Apple episode, but there's a great discussion about the next iPhone and what it means for the company at the end. But, we also talk about Waymo's self-driving heaven and how it's teaching cars to see, shark detecting drones and a whole lot more! Sorry we didn't publish one for a while — we're back at it now! Show notes at

050: Celebrating 50 episodes of Charged!

Aug 11, 2017 01:10:17


​​This week we hung out on YouTube with our listeners and recorded Charged Tech episode 50! It was fun, and way more random than normal ​so listen in and see how it went. There's talk about Snap's terrible stock price, Hyperloop and Owen's weird VR experience. Watch the video instead at!

49: Cryptocurrencies and the risks of digital cash

Jul 27, 2017 00:48:07


This week on Charged, we discuss how Ethereum got stolen by the millions in just one day, and how it's probably not the future of cryptocurrencies. That, and why we think health wearables are bullshit, and whether or not remote work is something that people *really* should be doing or not. Full show notes at

048: SoundCloud might not make it...

Jul 10, 2017 00:43:41


This week on Charged, we discuss the fall and ultimate demise of SoundCloud as the news rolls in that it's laid off 40 percent of its employees in a bid to stay afloat. Also on the agenda: Waymo dropping many of its claims against Uber, why Tesla miiiight be a little overvalued, and how Photobucket (which is somehow still around) accidentally killed half the web. Show notes at (I'm aware of the irony of saying that SoundCloud won't make it when this exact track is hosted on SoundCloud, yup).

47: The EU fined Google $2 billion... but was it fair?

Jul 2, 2017 00:56:12


This week on Charged, we talk at length about why the European Union's antitrust ruling that means Google will need to pay €2.42B, could be unfair. And more discussion on Binary Capital, Facebook hitting 2 billion active users *and* the epic story of Owen's stolen bike. Show notes at

046: Uber, sexual harassment and intentionally building culture

Jun 24, 2017 00:58:32


This week on Charged, much discussion about Uber’s embattled CEO, Travis Kalanack, who has resigned from the company. And, Amazon’s getting into the grocery game, cryptocurrencies and a bunch of discussion about sexual harassment in the industry following a powerful report in The Information. Notes at

045: Apple's enormous event, distilled

Jun 7, 2017 00:51:28


This week, John and Owen tackle one big hairy topic: Apple's enormous developer event. We talk about the future of computing, and how the iPad plays into that, Apple's first take on a smart home speaker, AR and Google's push into adblocking. Jump right into the show, and then grab the notes at

044: B I T C O I N

May 31, 2017 00:53:18


OK, Bitcoin and Ethereum are all the rage right now, but are they really worth considering? John and Owen discuss Bitcoin, and cryptocurrency at length, Uber's ongoing woes in self-driving cars and some big advances in machine learning. More at

043: The ransomware infecting the world

May 15, 2017 00:46:22


This week, John and Owen talk about the ransomware infecting the world, and how avoiding patching Windows is the worst thing you can do. That, and Snap's awful Q1 earnings results, the Improbable $500M investment round, Uber vs Waymo goes to the next level, plus much much more. Enjoy!

042: The Boring Episode

May 3, 2017 01:05:48


This week on Charged Podcast, John and Owen are in the same room! We talk about Uber's damaging New York Times profile, how normal data collection really is for these companies, their endless lawsuit with Waymo and how rolling back Title II could ruin the internet (or save it, depending on who you ask). Show notes at

041: Apple has an insane amount of cash sitting around

Apr 17, 2017 01:00:11


If I told you Apple had enough money to buy a bank, healthcare company, car company and get into autonomous vehicles all with money left over, would you believe me? Well, it does: with more than $200 billion lying around, what is Apple saving for? We discuss that, the implications of the company getting into self-driving cars, and how Uber's self-driving car could die. On top of that, a huge discussion about the NSA's capabilities, and what a recent hacking tool dump means for you. Show notes at

040: Would you link your brain with a computer?

Apr 6, 2017 00:58:47


Elon Musk has a new company that hopes to wire your brain up to a computer to give you a fighting chance against AI — is that a good idea? How do we avoid creating a world where there's those who are "computer enhanced" and those who aren't? It's a big, heavy discussion about the future of humans putting computers in their bodies, and a whole bunch of other great topics, like why teens don't use the web, if Tesla is overvalued or not and more. Show notes soon at

039: America wants to sell your browser history

Mar 27, 2017 00:48:51


What does Augmented Reality and a mysterious Apple social app have in common? That Apple is suddenly interested in being “cool” with the teens. That, and Uber’s big mess, Twitter’s rumoured paid plan, how America plans to sell your browser history and more. Get stuck into the show notes at

038: The ultimate Snapchat episode

Mar 10, 2017 00:57:31


Owen wrote a post taking down Snapchat's IPO, but Taylor Lorenz publicly disagreed that the company could derail on Twitter. So, we decided to get her on the podcast to talk about what makes Snapchat unique, how it could be successful in the future and why I'm so wrong. Show notes at

037: Toxic workplaces and fostering good culture

Feb 27, 2017 01:22:52


In this week's episode we discuss Uber's toxic workplace culture, the rules it's breaking and sexism in tech – and interview a special guest, Ben Uretsky, CEO of DigitalOcean on how they're building an intentional "no assholes" culture. Also discussion on Cloudflare's huge security issue, Amazon Echo being used in a murder case and more. Show notes soon at

036: What happens when automation comes for us?

Feb 20, 2017 01:00:56


This week, Obama's Chief Innovation Officer from the US department of Labor tells us what happens when the robots come for our jobs. That, and Apple's awful Planet of the Apps show, Amazon's Google Hangouts killer, how John converted to Snapchat Spectacles after all and more! Full show notes at

035: Snapchat bares all

Feb 5, 2017 00:53:03


This week John and Owen talk about the secret insides of Snapchat, about to be bared in its S1 filing, the impact of politics on technology, Oculus losing a lawsuit for copyright infringement and an addictive game about startup life. Show notes at

034: Everything is terrible

Jan 29, 2017 00:52:41


2017 isn't off to a great start, even for technology. We talk over Facebook's latest moves to kill Snapchat, how 3DTV is over completely, the doomsday clock ticking forward and a whole lot more. Show notes at

33: Hello, 2017!

Jan 23, 2017 00:50:00


We're back for 2017, with an exciting episode filled with discussion about Snap's strange IPO, Google's shock move that will help self-driving cars will take over the world, how we'll know the singularity is here and more!

032: Magic Leap, the new Theranos

Dec 20, 2016 01:13:18


This week Owen and John discuss the news that Magic Leap isn’t so magical after all, Trump’s tech summit, the collapsing advertising industry, a HUUUGE Yahoo hack and a great question from the community on what technology kids won’t even recognize in ten years. Show notes at, or follow us on Twitter at @chargedtech.

031: All about those clouds

Dec 6, 2016 00:56:15


This week John and Owen discuss all the best Amazon cloud news, Uber's supposed 'creepiness,' why Fitbit + Pebble is weird and John reviews those mysterious Snapchat Spectacles. Show notes at

030: We hang out, IRL

Nov 23, 2016 00:38:45


John and Owen meet up IRL in New York to bring you this week's podcast full of talk about how badass Elon Musk is, Apple's $300 book and how interested Peter Thiel is in young people's blood.

029: All Trumped Up

Nov 15, 2016 00:41:08


This week, John and Owen hang out in the real world to talk about Facebook's influence on the election, Snapchat's fancy new Spectacles and a whole lot more. Show notes soon at

028: Was Slack a little too rude?

Nov 8, 2016 00:37:32


This week John and Owen discuss the new MacBook Pro *again* – mostly just to clarify after the dust has settled, then we talk about the election, and whether Slack's feisty letter to Microsoft went too far. Show notes at

027: So... about those new MacBooks

Oct 30, 2016 00:43:44


This week John and Owen fight it out over whether or not the new MacBook Pro is an improvement, or just a disappointment. Oh, and we talk about Microsoft's Surface Studio, Twiter killing vine and more! Show notes:

26: The Internet is burning down

Oct 23, 2016 00:38:25


This week on Charged Podcast: The Internet is burning down – because of your smart thermostat, the Nintendo Switch, and self-driving cars are already all over the road. Show notes at

025: Nobody wants Twitter :(

Oct 17, 2016 00:48:47


This week on Charged Podcast: Nobody really wants to buy Twitter, Samsung's phones are banned from planes entirely, an introduction to the deep web and more! Show notes at

024: Google made an iPhone?

Oct 8, 2016 00:53:28


This week on the podcast, we talk about how Google is making its own iPhone, Yahoo's NSA bombshell, how nobody wants to buy Twitter and a whole lot more. Show notes at soon – I'm in Berlin!

023: Spotify and SoundCloud, a match made in heaven

Oct 1, 2016 00:51:05


Spotify's rumored to be close to buying SoundCloud, which could mean it wins the music streaming wars, why we're going to Mars and a whole lot more. Show notes at our brand new website:

022: Snapchat spectacles are here to record everything

Sep 26, 2016 00:42:13


That's right, Snapchat wants you to wear a video camera on your face and record everything. We also talk about the iPhone 7, Elon Musk's Mars plan and more. Show notes at

021: Exploding rockets and phones

Sep 25, 2016 00:46:34


This week on the podcast we talk about exploding rockets and Galaxy Note's, how badass Hololens is, Google steamrolling Uber and a whole lot more.

020: The iPhone has finally fallen

Sep 25, 2016 00:48:41


This week John and Owen talk about the iPhone getting its first malware, the discovery of a new planet (and the existential questions that brings along with it) and a whole lot more.

019: Self-driving cars are already here

Sep 25, 2016 00:52:53


Uber's self-driving cars are already hitting the road - are you ready for it? Plus, the demise of Gawker, New York's scary free Wi-Fi and a bunch more.

018: Facebook goes to war with adblockers

Sep 25, 2016 00:57:03


This week, John and Owen talk about Facebook's war against adblockers, new MacBook rumors and why the hell Google is launching yet another messaging app.

017: Facebook, the murderer of clickbait

Sep 25, 2016 00:39:05


This week on Charged Podcast: how Facebook created and then murdered clickbait, Instagram copies Snapchat, Uber's fails in China, getting in bed with Walmart and a whole lot more.

015: Pokémon Go sweeps the globe

Sep 25, 2016 00:53:44


This week Owen and John talk about how Pokémon Go is making people crazy, Snapchat's weird new Memories feature, Theranos' big problem, Hyperloop's scandal and a whole lot about AI.

013: Apple's big event and LinkedIn + Microsoft = Heaven

Sep 25, 2016 00:50:13


This week Owen and John discuss everything you need to know about Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, iOS 10, WatchOS and MacOS as well as Microsoft's massive $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, and a bunch of other great stuff – a bumper episode this week with more than 45 minutes, so we hope you dig it!

012: Would you pay a monthly fee for apps?

Sep 25, 2016 00:35:20


This week on Charged Podcast, John and Owen discuss how the US government might go back on a plan to release its control of the internet, Apple's major changes that are coming to the App Store and our predictions for the company's Worldwide Developer Conference next week. Oh, and we finally talk about Tony Fadell leaving Nest.

011: Is this real, or just a simulation?

Sep 25, 2016 00:34:49


This week Owen and John discuss if reality is really just some big simulation, Uber's huge $3.5 billion raise from Saudi Arabia, a whole range of new emoji, how we're (still) obsessed with Snapchat and Apple's big upcoming event at WWDC.

010: Can phones get any better, or is this it?

Sep 25, 2016 00:47:33


This week the podcast is all back-to-front! John and Owen talk about Snapchat's $1.8 billion raise, Microsoft's total layoffs of its phone division after licensing back to Nokia, the state of smartphones and how AI is creeping up on us... whether we like it or not.

009: Google's taking over the home

Sep 25, 2016 00:33:46


This week John and Owen tackle Nokia coming back from the grave, Google's plethora of Home-related news, what self-driving cars are doing to humanity and more. If you like this podcast, please leave a review, or tweet us!

008: Google takes on the Internet of Things

Sep 25, 2016 00:32:28


This week on Charged Podcast: an apology for a few missing episodes, Instagram's new icon, Google's copying Amazon Echo, Zenefits circumventing regulations and how Apple Music is already getting redesigned.

007: Android is in rough waters

Sep 25, 2016 00:35:32


This week we talk about Europe's antitrust lawsuit against Google's Android operating system and the way Medium's killing Wordpress. We also have a special guest, Justin Johnson from, to tell us what he learnt this week.

006: The Facebook botpocalypse

Sep 25, 2016 00:47:41


The Facebook botpocalypse is upon us, as a swathe of machines descend on Messenger to converse with you about the weather. That, and John and Owen talk about Magic Pony, Artificial Intelligence, BlackBerry's shady dealings and a whole lot more. This week we're extra-long, so we hope you enjoy this in-depth listen!

005: Facebook's thirst

Sep 25, 2016 00:30:12


This week Owen and John look at Facebook's decline in sharing and its newfound focus on getting you to live stream your life, how Tesla is changing the game with the Model 3, how Google considering Swift for Android could change the game and the new world of ownership in the Internet of Things. ?

003: Algorithms shaping us, VR and how the web is messing up ads

Sep 25, 2016 00:28:55


This week on Charged Podcast, John and Owen discuss Apple's rumored migration from Amazon Web Services to Google Cloud Platform, the takeover of algorithms on our social media feeds, Playstation VR and Baidu's self-driving cars. Plus, our special guest Ryan Walsh, former VP of product at Apple Music joins us to talk about advertising technology and monetizing the web.

002: AI takes down a human

Sep 25, 2016 00:23:12


This week on Charged Tech we talk about Google's AlphaGo beating humans 4-1 at the infinitely complex game of Go and what that means for us, Opera adding adblock into its browser, the first app that snuck malware onto OS X and Sonos' huge layoffs.

001: Slack Murders Hangouts

Sep 25, 2016 00:29:20


Charged Podcast is finally here! We kick off our first-ever episode this week with the low-down on how this podcast will shape up (probably), and jump right into the deep end.

016: Why leaving Twitter is improving my life

Sep 25, 2016 00:45:43


This week John and Owen discuss the freedom found by leaving Twitter, Verizon's acquisition of Yahoo, the takedown of KickAssTorrents (and the downfall of torrenting) and a whole lot more.

014: The weird future of cities

Sep 25, 2016 00:45:21


Editor's note: This episode was originally recorded in 2017 and was missing from our podcast feed so needed to be reuploaded—sorry if it appears as a new episode! This week John and Owen talk about the weird smart future of cities and how data will influence them, the Facebookpocalypse, Spotify taking on Apple, Google's secretive Sidewalk Labs projects and a ton more.