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Geared Up features the latest news in consumer electronics and video games, plus hands-on time with the hottest tech gadgets and gear.


The Xbox vs. PS5 Exclusivity Battle w/ Guest Jacques Slade!
Oct 1 • 66 min
Microsoft has just paid $7.5 billion to acquire Zenimax, the parent company of Bethesda, sending shockwaves through the gaming industry. We talk about what this means in the battle with the next-generation PS5 and Xbox Series X launching soon, as well as…
Apple’s Next Big Products w/ Guest Jon Prosser!
Sep 24 • 49 min
Apple has released the new Apple Watch Series 6 & SE, Xbox and PlayStation have released pricing and launch dates for their new game consoles, and Special Guest Jon Prosser is here to tell us all about the secret new stuff that Apple is working on…
Hands-On with the Incredible Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 w/ Guest Enobong Etteh!
Sep 9 • 48 min
We go hands-on with two major foldables in the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Microsoft Surface Duo. We also dive into the upcoming launches of both the Xbox Series X and the PS5, and Apple’s refusal to approve Xbox Game Pass streaming as Enobong…
The Huge 120Hz iPhone Leak w/ Guest Jenna Ezarik!
Aug 27 • 70 min
Proof that Apple has been working on 120Hz displays for the upcoming iPhone 12 has leaked, but does this mean that the feature is confirmed? We also talk about the upcoming console war with Xbox Series X vs PS5 (with Game Pass looming!), thoughts on the…
Apple Bans Fortnite & Microsoft launches Surface Duo w/ Guest Max Weinbach!
Aug 19 • 54 min
Following Apple’s controversial Xbox Game Pass streaming decision, Epic Games used Fortnite to force Apple’s hands into a lawsuit after Apple and Google banned the game from the respective iOS and Google Play stores. We also talk about Microsoft’s…
Apple’s Xbox Game Pass Controversy & the Galaxy Note 20 w/ Guest Dan Barbera!
Aug 12 • 65 min
Apple is stuck in the past with its decision on cloud gaming support for Xbox Game Pass, Google Stadia, Facebook Gaming, and more. Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, and Google’s Pixel 4a finally got announced. We talk about all…
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 & Smart Home Fitness Tech w/ Guest Kevin Nether!
Aug 4 • 47 min
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked is coming up this week, where we expect an announcement for the new Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, as well as the next generation foldable in the Galaxy Z Fold 2. The iPhone 12 will be a few weeks late this year, CES is going…
What Apple Silicon Means for the Mac w/ Guest Rene Ritchie!
Jul 21 • 78 min
Apple is about to swap out Intel chips for their own self-made processors in the Mac line, and Rene Ritchie joins us to talk about what this means, and how it will change the Mac for the average consumer. We also discuss iOS 13.6, the moves Microsoft is…
Apple Changes the Mac Forever, iOS 14, and more w/ Guest Mark Gurman!
Jun 26 • 51 min
Apple dropped some major news during its WWDC virtual keynote, and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman joins the show as we talk about all of the announcements. Mark currently works for Bloomberg, and has been reporting on Apple since he was 15 years old, breaking…
The Hidden iPhone Superpower w/ Guest Matt Cassinelli
Jun 15 • 54 min
This week Matt Cassinelli joins the show to talk to us about the power of the Shortcuts app on iPhone and iPad. Matt is who we consider to be the master of Shortcuts, and is able to bend the iPhone to his will more than anyone else we know. We also talk…
Black Lives Matter w/ Guest Sara Dietschy
Jun 9 • 60 min
This week, we reflect on the uprising that we’re seeing in the USA and across the world as people fight for change in how the lives of black and brown people in America and are viewed and valued. Andru shares his 24-hour fight with YouTube to get a video…
Tesla Cybertruck impressions & HBO Max Frustration w/ Guest Kevin Nether!
Jun 2 • 53 min
This week Kevin the Tech Ninja joins the show as we discuss the Tesla Cybertruck, the fail that is HBO Max, obsession with Call of Duty: Warzone, VR gaming with Pro Putt by Top Golf on Oculus Quest, some of our favorite smart home tech platforms and…
How Apple AR Glasses Could Change the Future w/ Guest Jacques Slade!
May 28 • 70 min
This week Jacques Slade joins the show as we take a deep dive into how Apple can use augmented reality and the rumored AR glasses to change the future of personal computing and mobile technology. We also chat about sneakers and sneakerhead culture, how…
Hot New Apple Watch Features Coming to watchOS 7 & More Apple Rumors w/ Guest Jon Prosser
May 8 • 78 min
This week Jon Prosser joins us to talk about scoring major Apple leaks and the balance between reporting news and protecting sources. We also have news on what we can epect for the Apple Watch with watchOS 7, a new Apple TV, WWDC thoughts, a look at the…
The Future of Foldable Phones, & Apple’s Key Advantage w/ Guest Michael Fisher!
Apr 23 • 72 min
This week Michael Fisher joins the show to talk about foldables like the Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Fold 2, and what makes this tech so exciting. We also dive into Apple’s advantage in chip-making, and how the iPhone SE may be the ultimate iOS trojan horse.…
The New iPhone SE, & Hands-on with the new OnePlus 8 Pro w/ Guest Dan Barbera!
Apr 17 • 65 min
Dan Barbera of MacRumors joins us as we’ve got the new OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro smartphones in-hand, and we bring you our thoughts and impressions of the new flagship and flagship killer. Apple has announced the iPhone SE second-generation - a…
OnePlus 8 Pro, iPhone 9, & Staying Connected While #WFH w/ Guest Adam Doud!
Apr 3 • 57 min
We’ve got confirmation of a bunch of OnePlus 8 Pro features, and bring you the rundown on the next major Android smartphone release. The iPhone 9 should be announced in about 2 weeks, and we tell you everything to expect from Apple’s next entry-level…
New iPad Pro, and Hands-on with Tesla Model Y w/ Special Guest Kevin Nether!
Mar 20 • 50 min
Apple has released new iPad Pros for 2020, and we give you the full scoop on what to expect from the latest flagship tablet, now with trackpad support. Tesla has starting shipping the new Model Y to customers, and we’ve got hands-on impressions! We also…
The Secret Way to Get Even Faster Speeds from Your Mobile Phone Carrier!
Mar 13 • 59 min
This week we talk about the way that just about anyone can get much faster 4G mobile data speeds - a secret that Jon discovered while comparing the offerings of different mobile carriers. We’ve also got hands-on impressions of both the Samsung Galaxy S20…
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra & Z Flip Thoughts, & What’s Next for Apple?
Feb 25 • 55 min
We’ve had the new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in-hand for a day, and we’ve got some thoughts on the camera, battery, processor, and more! We’ve also been using Samsung’s latest foldable - the Galaxy Z Flip - and we debate the merits of a foldable screen in…
Samsung Galaxy S20 Hands-on Impressions - WOW!
Feb 11 • 32 min
We’ve officially used the new Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra, and in this episode we talk about our thoughts on the new flagship Samsung smartphones. Andru and Jon also talk about on of the most-asked questions that they get - how do you make…
Several New Apple Products Leaked - A Look at Apple’s Spring Lineup!
Feb 8 • 53 min
This week several of Apple’s upcoming products leaked, with all expected to be released in the March timeframe. We talk about the upcoming iPhone 9, AirTags, iPad Pro, and more. We also go over the numbers that show the top 5 streaming video services in…
Major Samsung Galaxy S20 Leaks & Sonos Receives Major Customer Backlash!
Jan 28 • 40 min
Huge leaks about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 line have come out, and we break everything down for you about what Samsung will likely be announcing at its Unpacked 2020 event in a few weeks! We also follow-up on last weeks teaser, as Jon gives us the…
Incredible AR Glasses, CES Craziness, and Jon is Switching to Android?!
Jan 20 • 43 min
CES 2020 is in the books, and Andru and Jon have some thoughts on the tech and gadgets they saw at the world’s biggest consumer electronics trade show - TVs, augmented reality glasses, and even the ability to deploy a security drone from your backyard! In…
Configuring the new Mac Pro, Xbox Series X Announced!
Dec 18, 2019 • 44 min
Andru Edwards goes through his Mac Pro configuration build, and talks about his multiple missteps in ordering Apple’s most powerful computer to date, Microsoft officially announced the Xbox Series X game console, which will be released in late 2020 to…
Switching from Android to iOS & Giving Amazon the Keys to my Smart Home! w/ Special Guests Kevin Nether & Dan Barbera
Dec 12, 2019 • 44 min
Andru Edwards has given Amazon the keys to his garage with the new Key by Amazon service - is this a good idea? Or is it too creepy to go mainstream? Guest Kevin Nether talks about his transition from being a hardcore Android user to being fully enveloped…
Riding in Tesla’s Cybertruck, & Samsung Tech Day w/ Special Guests Ben Sullins & Jim Elliott
Nov 26, 2019 • 44 min
This week we talk about the newly-announced Tesla Cybertruck, Tesla’s take on what a modern (if not futuristic) pickup truck should be, along with thoughts on riding inside the vehicle. Joining us for that segment is Tesla expert Ben Sullins from…
The New 16-inch MacBook Pro, & the Motorola RAZR nostalgia is real!
Nov 19, 2019 • 56 min
This week we talk about the arrival of the much-anticipated 16-inch MacBook Pro from Apple - have they addressed everything we’d hoped for? Motorola has officially revealed the new RAZR smartphone with foldable display, but is it worth it at $1500? We…
AirPods Pro review, foldable Motorola RAZR, and the Pixel 4’s Shortcomings
Nov 14, 2019 • 45 min
The AirPods Pro have been out for a week, and we bring you our hands-on (and ears-on) thoughts on Apple’s noise-cancelling earbuds. Motorola is about to bring back the RAZR, this time with a foldable display! Are folding clamshell smartphones about to…
AirPods Pro & The Mystery of the 16” MacBook Pro w/ Special Guest Rene Ritchie
Nov 6, 2019 • 56 min
iMore’s Rene Ritchie joins the show! Apple dropped AirPods Pro last week, a higher-end version of the best-selling headphones in the world. We tell you all about what’s new, along with our thoughts on if Apple has another hit on its hands. We also talk…
Why is the Google Pixel 4 So…Weird?
Oct 31, 2019 • 29 min
Google’s new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are now available, and in this episode Andru & Jon each bring you their thoughts on the newest flagship Google smartphone. Find out what sets the Pixel 4 apart from other smartphones on the market, as well as where the…
Redesigned MacBook Pros & New iPad Pros Incoming!
Sep 25, 2019 • 38 min
Apple just launched the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and Apple Watch Series 5 - but the company isn’t done with 2019 releases! We talk about the upcoming Pro device event which should be taking place in October where we will see the debut of a…
Hands-on with iPhone 11 & iPhone 11 Pro, but What Does Pro Mean?
Sep 17, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode, we go over all the big announcements from Apple’s iPhone 11 launch event. Andru was in Cupertino for the event and gives his hands-on impressions of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, and we discuss the meaning of the “Pro” naming scheme…
The History of Apple’s “One More Thing,” and What’s It’s Next Big Surprise?
Sep 9, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode we take a look at the entire history of Apple’s “One More Thing” announcements, starting from the first one in 1999 all the way to the latest in 2017. Which ones were worthy of being a “One More Thing,” and which were a bust? We give you…
Predictions for the Upcoming iPhone Event, with Guest Sara Dietschy
Sep 4, 2019 • 86 min
Sara Dietschy joins us in this episode as we talk about our predictions for the Apple iPhone 11 event. We also talk about our first handheld game consoles from back in the day, the problems with the MacBook Pro, do a deep dive on all the new cameras that…
iPhone 11 Dream Features, Streaming Subscription Services Landscape, and a New Co-Host Appears!
Aug 22, 2019 • 63 min
Apple’s fall iPhone 11 announcement is just a few weeks away, and we talk about what our dream features for the device would be - what would make the perfect iPhone 11? We also go over the vast array of streaming services like Apple TV+ and Disney+ and…
Switching from iPhone to Note 10; iPhone Pro is Coming Next Month
Aug 16, 2019 • 45 min
Samsung has announced the new Galaxy Note 10 & Note 10+, and I bring you my hands-on impressions of the device - we also talk with Todd Bishop about switching away from the iPhone after 10 years to give Samsung’s new flagship a shot. We also talk about…
New Nintendo Switch Consoles, Apple Kills the MacBook, & Galaxy Note 10 Rumors!
Jul 20, 2019 • 24 min
Nintendo has announced not one, but two updates to the Nintendo Switch line of consoles - the Nintendo Switch Lite, and a refreshed Nintendo Switch with greatly improved battery life. We talk about what sets the two consoles apart. Apple has simplified…
The Death of the Xbox, Amazon Prime Day Tips, & Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Rumors!
Jul 4, 2019 • 34 min
Are the Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation consoles headed toward certain doom with the advent of game streaming platforms like Project xCloud and Google Stadia? Amazon Prime Day 2019 is right around the corner, and I share my tips for getting the best…
Microsoft’s Mystery Folding Surface, New Nintendo Switch Mini, and Apple vs. Spotify!
Jun 26, 2019 • 31 min
Microsoft is working on a secret foldable Surface tablet that will run Android apps and iCloud services! Nintendo is ready to release a new smaller version of the Switch console alongside a more powerful Switch Pro. Apple and Spotify’s battle intensifies…
The Insane Apple Mac Pro, Huge Xbox Announcements from E3, and a Hot Smart Home Product!
Jun 18, 2019 • 28 min
Apple announced an insane new Mac Pro computer, alongside a 6K Pro XDR display, at WWDC 2019. Is the Mac Pro and Pro display worth a combined $11,000 starting price? We also talk about the next big Xbox console release in Project Scarlett which launches…
Apple Shows Us What’s Next for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch!
Jun 7, 2019 • 37 min
It was a huge week for Apple, as the company took the stage at WWDC 2019 to show the world what’s coming next for all of its major software platforms. We talk about all the big iOS 13 features (including Dark Mode!), the future of macOS, how the iPad is…
Huge Apple Leaks, Tesla Model 3, New MacBook Pros, and more!
Jun 1, 2019 • 30 min
This week we have a couple of big leaks out of Apple that give us a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming iOS 13 and macOS 10.15, including the impending death of iTunes as Apple splits the iconic music player up. Apple has released updated 2019…
Google Pixel 3a Impressions, iOS 13 Leaked Features
May 8, 2019 • 24 min
The Google I/O 2019 keynote took place yesterday, and I bring you a recap of the news, including my thoughts on the newly announced Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL mid-range smartphones. Will Google’s strategy of shipping a budget phone with one of the…
The Samsung Galaxy Fold Delay Saga
May 2, 2019 • 23 min
What happened to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Fold? I bring you a look at the device from teaser all the way through to the delay - find out about the launch and the missteps of the first smartphone with a foldable display that was set to ship last…
Apple cancels AirPower, Top 5 HomeKit Smart Devices!
Apr 2, 2019 • 21 min
Apple has cancelled the long-awaited AirPower wireless charging mat, and I go over what went wrong and why it was an uphill battle from the beginning. I also bring you a look at my top 5 favorite HomeKit-compatible smart home devices. These all work with…
Looking at Apple TV+, Apple Card, Apple Arcade and more!
Mar 27, 2019 • 21 min
Apple unveiled a host of new services at their March 25th event this week (be sure to check out our full wrap-up video of the Apple event!), and we take a look at each one in this episode of Geared Up! Apple TV+ is the company’s new original TV and movie…
Apple’s Big Week of Hardware Releases
Mar 21, 2019 • 24 min
This week Apple released a slew of new hardware products with the return of the iPad Air, an update to the iPad mini, new AirPods, and spec bumps for the iMac. In addition, Google revealed their vision for the future of gaming - it’s cloud-based, and it’s…
Foldable phones: more than a fad?
Feb 27, 2019 • 42 min
This week on Geared Up, our consumer electronics podcast and video show, we talk about the newly unveiled foldable phones, the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. Are these foldable phones the future of mobile tech, or will the Galaxy Fold be seen as a…
Amazon buying Eero; Apple AirPod rumors
Feb 13, 2019 • 33 min
What does Amazon want with Eero? The tech giant’s deal to acquire the mesh WiFi networking company is the latest sign of its smart home ambitions, prompting speculation about the possibility of Amazon adding WiFi capabilities to Echo devices, among other…
Geared Up: Apple’s FaceTime bug + Super Bowl TVs
Jan 30, 2019 • 41 min
This week we talk about the Apple FaceTime bug that has become a privacy black eye for the company. We also talk about best TVs for Super Bowl, and look at minimal phones like the Palm phone and Light Phone. Apple is also planning on releasing new iPads…
Sonos meets IKEA, iPhone Smart Battery Case, Echo Wall Clock
Jan 23, 2019 • 39 min
This week we introduce the new Geared Up co-host Starla Sampaco as we talk about the new iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR Smart Battery Case review and if the accessories are worth it. We also have thoughts on the IKEA Sonos furniture integration, the DJI Osmo…
Craziest products of the year
Dec 27, 2018 • 20 min
A voice-activated microwave. A smart toilet. And a flamethrower … not. Those products represent a handful of the highlights for our Geared Up gadget geeks from 2018. On this year-end episode of the show, we look back at some of the most surprising and…
The Alexa Microwave cooks our lunch
Nov 28, 2018 • 33 min
Amazon’s new Alexa Microwave is perhaps the strangest new device from the tech giant. We’ve been testing it at the GeekWire office, and on this episode we put it to the greatest test: Cooking Todd’s lunch. Plus, we wrap up (and then unwrap) some of the…
Tech Holiday Gift Guide: 2018
Nov 21, 2018 • 53 min
It’s the holiday season, and along with festive Amazon packaging and never-ending carols, that means its time to buy holiday gifts! This week on Geared Up, it’s our annual Tech Holiday Gift Guide. Todd and Andru will share their recommendations for the…
Bonus episode: Keurig cocktails?
Nov 14, 2018 • 11 min
The Geared Up crew is busy preparing for our annual Tech Holiday Gift Guide this week, but one headline did catch our attention: Keurig, the maker of pod-powered coffee machines, is releasing a cocktail maker with the same design. On this episode, we ask:…
Samsung’s foldable smartphone
Nov 8, 2018 • 35 min
Samsung gave a first (very dark) glimpse of its new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy F, this week. Our hosts are divided on whether the phone is a useful step forward or just another holiday season gimmick. Plus, we go hands-on with the new iPad Pro and…
The iPhone XR
Oct 24, 2018 • 39 min
Yet another iPhone is coming out this week — the iPhone XR. This phone has less flashy features and high-end specs than its siblings, the XS and XS Max, but it’s still a very solid phone at a more reasonable price. We run down all the pros and cons of the…
The Regginator! Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime
Oct 17, 2018 • 32 min
Reggie Fils-Aime isn’t just the President of Nintendo of America: He’s also the namesake of more than his fair share of memes. In this interview with Geared Up co-host Todd Bishop, Fils-Aime discusses Nintendo’s entry into the mobile game world, the…
How Ring is reinventing home security
Oct 3, 2018 • 32 min
Live from the GeekWire Summit! Ring CEO and Founder Jamie Siminoff started the company with a vision to reinvent home security using connected doorbells. This year, the company has become a giant in smart home devices and was acquired by Amazon,…
iPhone XS Max hands-on
Sep 27, 2018 • 38 min
The new iPhones are here! We go hands-on with the new iPhone XS Max on this week’s show and get Andru’s review of the new phone. Spoiler: He can’t think of many negatives. Andru also shows off his new Apple Watch Series 4 and gives us the rundown of the…
Alexa in your microwave
Sep 19, 2018 • 33 min
Amazon will reportedly be announcing several new Alexa devices in the coming weeks, including a microwave with the AI voice assistant built-in. Will they find success? Plus, we take a look at the latest Nintendo Labo release and the new Switch Online…
Apple-palooza! New iPhones + Apple Watch
Sep 12, 2018 • 44 min
Apple unveiled three new iPhones, the new Apple Watch Series 4 and a ton more at a special event today. We tell you everything you need to know on this live recording of Geared Up — including the things we were disappointed that Apple did NOT announce.…
Unprecedented smartphone leaks
Sep 5, 2018 • 38 min
This week brought one of the biggest iPhone leaks ever, giving us a look into official Apple photos of the upcoming iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4. That’s on top of new smartphone news and leaks about the Google Pixel 3 XL and a potential folding…
Is Xbox All Access a good deal?
Aug 29, 2018 • 37 min
Microsoft announced a strange new subscription-style plan for Xbox this week, called All Access. It basically bundles existing gaming subscriptions with an installment plan to buy a new Xbox One S or One X — but is the plan actually a good deal? We’ll…
Alexa and Cortana: BFFs?
Aug 22, 2018 • 16 min
We finally got our hands on the much-hyped integration between Amazon smart assistant Alexa and Microsoft’s counterpart, Cortana. And we’d say they’re more like awkward acquaintances than BFFs. Plus, some new game gear from Microsoft and Sony and Apple is…
Galaxy Note 9 Hands-on
Aug 15, 2018 • 28 min
This week, we go hands-on for a full review of the new Galaxy Note 9. It’s a super high-end device, with a hefty price tag, but the storage, battery life and signature Note stylus make it ultra useful for those on the go. Plus, we hear about the latest…
Galaxy Note 9 and Surface Go
Aug 9, 2018 • 40 min
Samsung is releasing its next top-tier phone this week: The Galaxy Note 9. We’ll tell you what we know about the device and take a look at mock-ups of the upcoming iPhones, which will likely release this fall. Plus, we go hands-on with the nicely made but…
Lenovo Smart Display hands-on
Aug 1, 2018 • 39 min
Geared Up is back after a break, and we’re jumping in with a hands-on to the first Echo Show competitor: Lenovo’s Smart Display, powered by the Google Assistant. Plus, we round up all the news about the new MacBook Pro and upcoming new iPhones, and we get…
Best tech of 2018 (so far)
Jul 6, 2018 • 40 min
We’re halfway through 2018, and that means it’s time for our mid-year technology roundup. On this episode, we dig into three of our favorite new pieces of technology from the past six months. Support the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/join See…
Hands-on with the Fire TV Cube
Jun 27, 2018 • 35 min
Amazon is trying to get its Alexa voice assistant into as many homes as possible. Its latest offering: The Fire TV Cube, which essentially turns Alexa into a remote control. We try it out live on this episode. Plus, Oculus announced a new virtual reality…
Extra: Google Podcasts App
Jun 19, 2018 • 12 min
Google finally released a native podcast app, and we’re pumped. We tell you about its unique features, how it competes with other apps and Google’s push to expand podcasting on this bite-size Geared Up Extra. Support the show:…
E3’s biggest games
Jun 13, 2018 • 32 min
E3, the biggest gaming convention in the U.S., started with a bang this week. Geared Up co-host Andru Edwards is down in Los Angeles for the show and on this episode, we run down the big game announcements of the year from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo —…
iOS 12 hands-on
Jun 6, 2018 • 40 min
iOS, Apple Watch, Siri, Oh my! Apple just wrapped up its annual Worldwide Developers Conference and this show is all about the new features the company is bringing to its most popular devices. We’ve been trying the new tricks on iOS 12, including some…
Alexa Inside: Using Amazon’s assistant on PC
May 30, 2018 • 9 min
Geared Up is off this week, but co-host Todd Bishop has been hard at work reviewing the new Acer Spin 5, the first laptop to have Alexa built in. It’s a cool concept, but in many ways Alexa doesn’t stand up to her rival Cortana on Microsoft’s home turf.…
Mysterious new smartphone from Red
May 23, 2018 • 39 min
High-end camera maker Red unveiled a mysterious new smartphone this week, and Geared Up co-host Andru Edwards was there for the hands-on experience. He said the new phone has some cool features, but also some strange ones. Plus, Microsoft once again tries…
Lenovo Mirage Solo vs. Oculus Go hands-on
May 16, 2018 • 34 min
Two portable virtual reality headsets launched onto the stage in the past weeks: The highly affordable and convenient Oculus Go and the more sophisticated but pricey Lenovo Mirage Solo. So how do they compare? We go hands-on with both devices to find out…
Tech Spotlight: Nokia Health and ThinkPad X1
May 10, 2018 • 34 min
On this episode, we take a deep dive into two technologies that co-hosts Andru Edwards and Todd Bishop have been using lately. Andru gives us his take on two Nokia Health’s smart devices and Todd tells us how he was lured back to using Windows by his new…
Oculus Go: The future of VR?
May 2, 2018 • 31 min
The Oculus Go sprang onto shelves in a surprise launch Tuesday. Is the lower-power, portable VR headset the future of virtual reality? We debate on this episode. Plus: What the T-Mobile / Sprint merger means for wireless customers and Apple reports…
The HomePod bust
Apr 18, 2018 • 37 min
Apple’s HomePod smart speaker has been out for a while now — and it’s clear the device is struggling in a competitive smart speaker market. What led to its demise? Plus, Amazon reveals how they assign the preferred ”Amazon’s Choice” label to products,…
‘Locked into Greatness’
Apr 5, 2018 • 26 min
How should gadget fans think about privacy? Andru, for one, says growing concerns about data privacy with Amazon, Google and Facebook will be a boon for Apple and other companies that don’t base their businesses on advertising revenue. But doesn’t that…
Can Apple catch up in education?
Mar 28, 2018 • 24 min
Apple announced a new $299 iPad aimed at schools this week, along with tons of other education products — but will they give the company the edge to catch up with Google and Microsoft in ed tech? We pose that question to GeekWire contributor and ed tech…
Apple in the classroom
Mar 21, 2018 • 28 min
Apple announced a mysterious education event, hosted at a high school in Chicago. Is the company aiming to make a comeback in the education technology market? Plus, Apple is rumored to be making its own displays, Microsoft marches on with its always on…
Hands on with the Galaxy S9
Mar 14, 2018 • 33 min
We get a hands-on review of the brand new Samsung Galaxy S9, set to launch Friday. Plus, Apple buys digital magazine service Texture and Andru gives us his take on Amazon’s acquisition of smart home security company Ring — and why it might be bad for…
New phones from Sony and Samsung?
Feb 21, 2018 • 29 min
Sony and Samsung both hinted at — or had leaks about — upcoming smartphone releases. What are they up to? Plus, Andru gives us his take after using the Apple HomePod and Dyson is taking its vacuum cleaner business in a surprising new direction. Follow our…
Is Apple canceling the iPhone X?
Jan 31, 2018 • 30 min
Rumors abounded this week that Apple is canceling the iPhone X, which isn’t exactly true. Plus, a smart bicycle hub, new details on the Apple HomePod and the $500 flamethrower that one of our hosts just pre-ordered. Follow all our tech coverage at…
The tech behind Amazon Go
Jan 24, 2018 • 31 min
Amazon Go, which opened Monday, is the convenience store version of Amazon.com: A store with no checkout lines that automatically tracks everything you grab off the shelves. We go inside the tech that powers the store on this episode. Plus, top-line…
Google’s answer to the Echo Show
Jan 17, 2018 • 30 min
CES created all kinds of news, from the groundbreaking to the just plain whacky. We go over everything you need to know on this episode of Geared up, including: The Google Assistant devices squaring off against the Echo Show; A toilet with Alexa built in;…
Live from CES: Voice assistant mania
Jan 10, 2018 • 27 min
Andru is live at CES in Las Vegas and he tunes in for a special report on what’s going on at the world’s biggest tech show: Voice assistant mania, giant 8K TVs and an apocalyptic rainstorm. We’re still giving away an Echo Spot to a Geared Up subscriber!…
The iPhone Battery Scandal
Jan 3, 2018 • 38 min
Apple is under fire after iPhone users discovered the company meddled with the device’s performance as their batteries slowed down. Plus, a preview of all the tech and gadgets to watch for at CES and a chance to win a brand new Echo Spot. Follow this URL…
The best tech of 2017
Dec 26, 2017 • 35 min
We’ve seen it all this year on Geared Up, from super-powerful consoles to super-goofy camera glasses. On this episode, we celebrate the show’s first full year with a roundup of the best tech from 2017 — and a few of the worst flops. Follow all our tech…
‘Uncarrier’ TV
Dec 20, 2017 • 33 min
T-Mobile has big plans, and right now they plan to completely disrupt the cable TV market. We dive into the details of their plan on this episode, along with our review of the Muse, a new in-car Alexa device, and an overview of the Echo Spot release.…
Shazam! Apple’s $400M acquisition
Dec 12, 2017 • 31 min
Apple acquired Shazam for about $400 million, and they might have some ambitious plans for the company’s tech. Plus, Microsoft debuts the phone-like Always Connected PC and Alexa knows a new trick, plus some tunes. Follow all our tech coverage at…
Holiday gadget disappointments
Nov 28, 2017 • 34 min
We’re excited about a lot of gadgets this gift-giving season, but this week we learned some of them won’t make it home in time for the holidays. We give you some alternatives to delayed gadgets and also assess Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Plus, Todd’s…
Tech holiday gift guide
Nov 20, 2017 • 39 min
The holidays are just around the corner, and there are tons of gadgets that would make the perfect gift. From kid’s gaming to practical gadgets for the home, we give you our tech recommendations for this year’s gift-giving season — plus a few tips to help…
Amazon’s smart camera
Nov 15, 2017 • 36 min
Amazon’s Cloud Cam is the company’s first smart home camera, but can it shape up to a tough field of competition? Plus, we debate the pros and cons of VR entertainment in light of HTC’s new wireless headset, the focus. We also get Andru’s take on the Xbox…
Xbox One X hands-on review
Nov 7, 2017 • 22 min
Microsoft launched the most powerful gaming console ever on Tuesday. But is it really worth $500? We’ve been testing the Xbox One X for over a week and we report our findings on this episode. We’ll also share some takeaways from our first few days with…
Xbox One X — first look
Oct 31, 2017 • 25 min
We got our hands on the Xbox One X before the console’s release. We can’t say much yet, but there are definitely some noteworthy features. Plus, it’s just a few days from the iPhone X launch day. We tell you what to expect and where to go if you haven’t…
Play ball! A ‘smart’ game ball
Oct 26, 2017 • 24 min
Most tech is designed to attract your attention, sit you down in front of a screen and keep you there. Not this gadget. The Play Impossible Gameball is packed with tech like Bluetooth, accelerometers and more, and the whole point is to make users more…
Alexa hits the road
Oct 19, 2017 • 31 min
Amazon and Garmin have teamed up to bring Alexa into any car on the road with a tiny windshield device. Plus, Andru has a bone to pick with the new waterproof Kindle Oasis, Microsoft announces its new Surface Book 2 series and we check in with Andru’s new…
First take on the Google Pixel 2
Oct 4, 2017 • 30 min
Google announced a bunch of new hardware today, including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, a Pixelbook laptop, two new smarthome devices and a tiny, AI-fueled camera. We break down all the news and see where the devices stack up in the pre-holiday device…
Is there an Echo in here?
Sep 27, 2017 • 18 min
Yes — several, in fact! In a classic surprise move, Amazon announced half-dozen new Echo devices on Wednesday. Some of them seem useful, inexpensive and impressively designed, but some just seem silly. We break it all down on this episode of Geared Up.…
Google’s Nest takes on smart home security
Sep 21, 2017 • 35 min
Nest, a Google-owned smart device company, announced tons of new products this week and when you put them all together, you can make a smart home security system. Plus, Google’s weird $1 billion deal with HTC, a new lamp that comes with Alexa inside and…
Geared Up: The iPhone X
Sep 12, 2017 • 36 min
Apple *finally* revealed its new iPhone lineup, after what feels like a year of hype, leaks and rumors. It’s premium device: The iPhone X (as in the roman numeral ten, not the letter “x”). We geek out on all the new tech packed into the phone and break…
Alexa and Cortana are hooking up
Aug 31, 2017 • 38 min
Amazon and Microsoft announced a surprise partnership this week: their smart assistants Alexa and Cortana are now buddies and can call on each other to do tasks. Plus, we test out Alexa’s latest trick: multi-room audio. We also hear the sordid tale of…
All about the new Galaxy Note 8
Aug 24, 2017 • 16 min
Galaxy unveiled its newest luxury phone in New York on Wednesday. Geared Up co-host Andru Edwards was at the event and phones in to give us his impression of the high-end device — spoiler alert: it’s packed with a TON of cool tech. Follow all our tech…
Massive leak reveals iPhone 8 specs
Aug 16, 2017 • 28 min
Apple accidentally leaked tons of information on the next iPhone this week. So what do we know about the much anticipated smartphone? Plus, we review the T-Mobile Revvl, a $125 smartphone that stands up to the likes of the iPhone 6. Follow all our tech…
Geared Up Trivia: Win an Echo Show!
Aug 9, 2017 • 8 min
Think you know your tech trivia? We’ll put it to the test on this short-but-sweet episode of Geared Up. Listen for a chance to win an Echo Show, the first Alexa-powered device with a touchscreen, as well as a chance to make a virtual guest appearance on a…
Smart home gadgets 101
Aug 2, 2017 • 20 min
Smart home tech is giving us more control than ever over the places we live, from AI-fueled thermostats to voice-controlled lighting. In this special episode of Geared Up, we get into some of the cool gadgets and platforms making it all happen, and give…
Back from the dead: Galaxy Note, Nokia, and MS paint
Jul 26, 2017 • 30 min
It was a strange news week. Two smartphones came back from the virtual graveyard: the Galaxy Note and the Nokia smartphone. Plus, Microsoft announced it would discontinue MS Paint, before quickly resurrecting the program. We talk through it all on this…
Hands-on with the first Alexa-native smartphone
Jul 18, 2017 • 20 min
The HTC U11 might not be making as many splashes as the Samsung Galaxy S8, but there’s one reason this Android smartphone stands out: It’s the first phone to come with Amazon’s Alexa assistant natively built in. We test the phone out, with mixed results,…
Amazon Prime Day: Is it really a good deal?
Jul 13, 2017 • 31 min
Prime Day has become the biggest single sale on the internet, but are the savings really worth the hype? Andru runs down all the deals he found, but Todd is still skeptical. Plus, we have a lot of fun with Microsoft’s new Seeing AI app that identifies…
Geared Up: Best tech of 2017 so far
Jul 5, 2017 • 28 min
2017 is halfway done, and this week on Geared Up we’re counting down our favorite gadgets and services from the first half of the year. Find out how to keep your kids safe on the internet, create a virtual phone and make grocery shopping a breeze. Plus,…
Echo Show: Hands-on with Amazon’s first touch-screen Alexa device
Jun 29, 2017 • 25 min
Amazon is making yet another foray into the smart home with the Echo Show, its first touch-screen Alexa device. We get our hands on some of the first Shows to ship and try it out on this episode of Geared Up. Plus, Todd’s impressions after using the new…
Hands on with Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop and the new iPad Pro
Jun 21, 2017 • 17 min
Microsoft is getting into the hardware business in a big way, and its new Surface Laptop is poised to compete with the likes of the MacBook Pro and other leading devices. We get our hands on one for our very first unboxing on this week’s episode of Geared…
Microsoft’s Xbox One X: Andru’s take from E3
Jun 12, 2017 • 19 min
It’s that time of the year — E3, the United State’s biggest video game conference, is in full swing and the first day was all about Xbox. Microsoft announced all the details on the new Xbox One X, previously known as Project Scorpio, along with planned…
Apple’s WWDC: Everything you need to know
Jun 6, 2017 • 29 min
iPads, iMacs, HomePods, oh my! Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference set off a flurry of news from the tech giant this week, including big updates in the works for iPhones, a new iPad and an Amazon Echo competitor, the Apple HomePod. We break…
Testing T-Mobile Digits and debating Comcast’s gigabit service
May 31, 2017 • 20 min
Comcast is taking the plunge with a new gigabit internet service. But is it worth it? We debate on this week’s episode of Geared Up. Plus, we test T-Mobile’s new digit service live and tell you all about the Essential Phone, a new smartphone from the…
Microsoft launches new Surface Pro and Nintendo goes on a roadtrip
May 24, 2017 • 22 min
Microsoft ups the ante on its Surface line with another new model: the Surface Pro. Plus, Nintendo announces a summer road trip to capitalize on the Switch’s runaway success. We give you all the details, and a debate about the pros and cons of USB-C, on…
Smart assistants on steroids
May 18, 2017 • 27 min
Google, Alexa, Cortana, oh my! It’s been a week full of competing smart assistant news from Google, Amazon and even Microsoft. We break it all down, including who’s coming out ahead, on this episode of Geared Up. Plus, we try out the fidget gadgets taking…
Hand-on review of the all-electric Chevy Bolt
May 10, 2017 • 25 min
This week’s episode of Geared Up is all about electric transportation. Join Todd and GeekWire contributor Tim Ellis as they take a ride in Tim’s brand new Chevy Bolt, one of the all-electric cars making a buzz in the automotive world. We also check out…
Living an ‘unlimited’ life — A new look at wireless data plans
May 2, 2017 • 20 min
Five years ago, GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop shared his experience about deciding to drop his unlimited AT&T data plan. Things have changed dramatically in the past five years, with new services and devices pushing change in the wireless industry. This…
What’s the point of the Echo Look? Plus, hands on with the Galaxy S8
Apr 26, 2017 • 30 min
Amazon unveiled a puzzling new device this week: The Echo Look, an Alexa-powered speaker that comes with a camera and lighting. It’s marketed as a fashion device, but Todd and Andru aren’t buying it — in more ways than one. Plus, equally puzzling news…
New iPhone rumors, SNES classic edition and Facebook VR chat
Apr 20, 2017 • 28 min
The new iPhone is months away from being released, but some insiders are already getting chatty about its design. On this episode of Geared Up, we take a look at the rumors and speculations about what Apple will do with the next edition of its most…
Games, games, games!
Apr 12, 2017 • 27 min
The Xbox spring games sale started this week with some pretty sweet deals on some of the biggest games of the past few years. Plus, Apple made a rare move: an apology. The company admitted they had made a big mistake in the design of the 2013 Mac Pro and…
Xfinity mobile, YouTube TV and hands on with Apple Clips
Apr 6, 2017 • 23 min
Just in case Xfinity doesn’t offer enough services, the cable and internet providor is making the leap into another industry: wireless phone service. Plus, YouTube launches its TV feature, giving subscribers live streams of local stations and limitless…
Is the S8 the next revolution in smartphones?
Mar 31, 2017 • 32 min
The speculation is over! After months of anticipation, Samsung has revealed their next smartphone: the S8. Andru got his hands on one at the launch event in New York City this week, and says it’s unlike any other smartphone he’s seen. On this episode of…
A flood of new Apple devices and features
Mar 21, 2017 • 38 min
Trying to keep up with news from Apple this week was a challenge. New iPads, a new Product Red iPhone, a Snapchat-like app, and changes to Apple Watches were all in the headlines today. On this episode of GearedUp we review the news (or lack thereof) in…
The success of the Switch, fast food goes high tech, and more
Mar 21, 2017 • 30 min
It’s been a busy week in the gadget world. The Nintendo Switch set sales records, Pandora announced a new premium service, and McDonalds of all places is introducing a high-tech ordering system. Get caught up on all the electronics news with this week’s…
The new Xbox Game Pass and the future of smartphone design
Mar 21, 2017 • 22 min
It’s going to be a formative year for smartphones: the highly anticipated Samsung S8 and the upcoming LG G5 are just two of the phones that will have a big impact on the future of smartphones, and particularly their design. On this week’s episode of…
Hands on with the Nintendo Switch and Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Mar 21, 2017 • 34 min
Nintendo’s new video game console, the Switch, is a big deal. It’s a new era in combining home and mobile gaming, and it’s also Nintendo’s chance for a comeback after their last home console, the Wii U, flopped. Today we go hands-on with an advanced copy…
Apple Music’s new TV deals and a PC the size of an iPhone
Mar 21, 2017 • 29 min
Apple Music is taking on more and more TV shows, including James Corden’ Carpool Karaoke and a brand new series called Planet of the Apps. What are they up to, and can they take on other TV streaming services? Plus, we take a look at the wars over…
A smart helmet, some smart shades, and wireless earbuds
Mar 21, 2017 • 30 min
It’s official: the Snapchat Spectacles have landed in Seattle! This week on Geared Up, we get a our very own pair from the new Seattle machine and revel in the frenzy of the mysterious glasses. Plus, we discuss the Coros smart helmet, the current favorite…
The state of digital music streams, what really happened to the Note 7, and more
Mar 21, 2017 • 34 min
This week on GearedUp, we dive into the details of Samsung’s Note 7 combustion issue and the future of the company’s phones. We also discuss the surprising new investor in Tidal, the Jay Z-owned music streaming service, and the massive growth of digital…
Nintendo Switch deep dive
Mar 21, 2017 • 35 min
Last week, we finally got a release date for the long-awaited Nintendo Switch, the Japanese company’s first console since the not-so-popular WiiU was released in 2012. In this week’s episode of GearedUp, we debate the pros and cons of the new console and…
GearedUp reviews the top 10 gadgets from CES
Mar 21, 2017 • 36 min
Automated cars, delivery drones on wheels, and laptops with wings. Join Andru Edwards and Todd Bishop as they review their top 10 gadgets — as well as some gripes — from this year’s CES. Support the show: http://youtube.com/gearlive/join See…
Best devices of 2016
Mar 21, 2017 • 67 min
From glitzy laptops to humble storage devices, we feature some of the best consumer technologies of 2016 on this year-end episode, featuring picks from Gear Live’s Andru Edwards, co-host of our new Geared Up weekly podcast. Support the show:…
Hands on with Apple’s AirPods
Mar 21, 2017 • 28 min
This week on GearedUp, the new weekly show from GeekWire and Andru Edwards, we go hands on with Apple’s new $159 AirPods, the wireless earbuds that sync across your Apple devices via iCloud. Plus, the week’s top consumer technology news: Pokemon Go on…
Hands on with Super Mario Run
Mar 21, 2017 • 27 min
Nintendo released its first Mario game for smartphones and tablets today, Super Mario Run, available for $9.99 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. But what’s it like to play? Andru Edwards joined us to play the game live today on the show we’re now calling…
Up close with Google Home and Snap Spectacles
Mar 21, 2017 • 28 min
Can Google Home take on Amazon Echo? Can Snapchat get you to wear a pair of goofy glasses? We ponder both of those questions this week, as we go hand-on with two of the most interesting devices to hit the market in recent weeks. Plus, our take on the…
Holiday tech survival tips and game picks
Mar 21, 2017 • 29 min
Did you score some deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Andru Edwards of Gear Live is back for his regular weekly episode with some tech tips for the rest of your holiday shopping, plus some of his favorite products and video games. Support the show:…
Is the new MacBook Pro worth it?
Mar 21, 2017 • 27 min
Apple’s new MacBook Pro comes with an eye-catching feature, a Touch Bar across the top of the keyboard that replaces the function keys with virtual buttons and sliders that change in context, depending on which program or app you’re using at any given…
NES Classic Edition hands-on
Mar 21, 2017 • 21 min
We go hands-on with the NES Classic Edition console — the one that’s selling out everywhere — with Andru Edwards of Gear Live. Plus, a discussion of Snapchat’s new spectacles and the new Super Mario Run Game for iPhone and iPad. Support the show:…