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Material is a weekly discussion about the Google and Android universe. Your intrepid hosts try to answer the question, “What holds up the digital world?” The answer, so far, is that it’s Google all the way down. Hosted by Florence Ion and Andy Ihnatko.
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Andy and Flo have less than two months in this decade, so they go through all of their accomplishments in the last ten years. (Just kidding, no they don't.) After some catch-up, and a brief discussion on the merits of cooking with butter, the two dive into the implications of Google collecting personal medical data. We wonder out loud if it's time for an amendment to HIPAA now that Silicon Valley wants a piece of the medical pie. We'll also discuss Apple's Phil Schiller and his recent comments on the ineffectiveness of Chromebooks in schools, and we'll point you to Google's latest AI experiment, the FreddieMeter.
Andy and Flo run a little behind posting this week's podcast, but we've got plenty of information to carry you through the weekend. Flo talks about the ease (or relative lack of) of her recent move, before the two dive into the Week of Google Updates. We'll also discuss Google's acquisition of FitBit and why the headlines are taking some of the news a little too far, and we'll throw a little shade towards Bill Gates (it's about time!).
Andy is finally living the dream of stereo Google Home Mini nightstands, and Flo would appreciate it if you held back on the fire puns for a while. We'll talk about last week's Google employee town hall, WearOS's eventual resuscitation, and Google's neat Digital Wellbeing experiments.
Material 226: Pixel-palooza

Material 226: Pixel-palooza

2019-10-2401:39:25

It's almost _all_ Pixel 4 talk in this week's episode. Andy and Flo rundown what they like, what they don't like, and what they're still scratching their heads about with Google's new flagship phone. They also discuss why Google employees were riled up in Switzerland, as well as the company's latest Quantum Supremacy computing milestone.
Andy and Flo finally meet each other for the first time, in the flesh, at this week's Made By Google event in New York City. The two talk all about who and what they saw: Martha Stewart, Annie Liebovitz, some new phones, the Pixelbook Go, and a pair of earbuds we won't see until next spring. Take your time diving into this one because it's a whopper of an episode. Flame-grilled and all.
Andy's new note-taking app requires a bit of a learning curve, and Flo recaps some of what she learned at Google's Android TV showcase. Then, we'll dive into why Google's "field research" program that captured 3D face scans for its new facial recognition technology is hugely problematic. We'll also discuss the Microsoft Surface Duo, Essential's "Project Gem" (and why Andy Rubin should _not_ be the face of the company), as well as new features to look out for on Nest smart displays and Google Photos.
Andy is in search of an excellent note-taking app, and Flo is floored by the lovely piece of Gympie-Gympie bush fan art sent our way. Then, we talk about the backdoor you should not exploit on your Huawei Mate P30 Pro to install Google Apps. Plus, we'll dive into why Google is being scrutinized over DNS encryption in Chrome, and look over the latest batch of Pixel 4 "leaks."
Material 222: Give and Take

Material 222: Give and Take

2019-09-2701:18:481

Flo is selling her house, and all the talking tech does not amuse prospective buyers. Andy is starting to lose his patience with Chrome OS. We're finally Gympie Gympie bush influencers and proud of it. After the break, we talk about Google Play Pass and whether it's worth the cash. Plus, details on the next Chromebook from Google and how Andy found out he was verified on YouTube. We leave you with some news on Google's AI ventures and remind you to clink a drink this weekend in celebration of the company's 21st birthday.
Andy and Flo run long this week, but that's because there's too much to say about Google's wearables trajectory. Before we get into it, Andy warns us he's holding court for the iPhone 11 for the next few weeks before updating us on our status as Gympie-Gympie Bush influencers (we're going to make it after all!). After that, we'll touch upon what's expected at Google's October 15 event in New York City, followed by the wearables discussion mentioned above. And then, a shout out to Pocketcasts and why its new free model is a good thing for all of us.
After addressing some listener feedback, Flo and Andy break down this week's Apple news and how it will affect the rest of us as diehard Google stans. (Hint: We're still wondering when WearOS will become compelling.) Then, we'll recap Google's terrible, no good day with the U.S.'s attorneys-general, followed by a quick demonstration of the new "What to Watch" tool on mobile Search.
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Joseph Grabski

Hue hue hue.... first

Feb 6th
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