Charged Tech Podcast

Charged Tech


Cut through the technology news noise and hear about only the stuff that matters, and what it means. Join your hosts Owen, Frederique and Zach every week to get the lowdown on the biggest stories – including some you might not have heard anything abo...Show More

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094: All Over The News

53:55 | Mar 3rd

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

1:00:26 | Feb 3rd

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

089: The highs and lows of tech in 2018

45:30 | Dec 23rd, 2018

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

1:03:27 | Dec 16th, 2018

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 pod...Show More

087: Men Are Trash

49:46 | Dec 7th, 2018

Zach, Frederique and Owen get into a deep discussion this week on one big thing: why is Tumblr cracking down on NSFW content? And why are sex workers so discriminated against online?

086: Cat Poop Smeared Moral Compass

59:44 | Dec 2nd, 2018

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

1:08:14 | Nov 24th, 2018

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

58:43 | Nov 10th, 2018

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

50:33 | Oct 29th, 2018

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?

1:04:56 | Oct 20th, 2018

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

1:23:23 | Oct 14th, 2018

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.

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

51:19 | Sep 3rd, 2018

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?

46:39 | Aug 26th, 2018

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

47:15 | Aug 20th, 2018

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 episo...Show More

075: [redacted] by the Government

52:21 | Aug 5th, 2018

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

45:08 | Jul 30th, 2018

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 take...Show More

073: A Giant 3 Billion Person Democracy

47:33 | Jul 23rd, 2018

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?

1:06:26 | Jul 17th, 2018

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 vi...Show More

071: Order an Uber from the Bus?

56:09 | Jul 7th, 2018

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

58:48 | Jul 2nd, 2018

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 t...Show More

069: IG killed the FB star

1:18:19 | Jun 25th, 2018

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?

1:03:18 | Jun 16th, 2018

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

1:12:51 | Jun 9th, 2018

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 mor...Show More

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

1:04:30 | Jun 1st, 2018

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 we...Show More

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

47:00 | May 25th, 2018

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

48:34 | May 20th, 2018

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

1:08:29 | May 7th, 2018

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 ou...Show More

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

1:14:14 | Apr 30th, 2018

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!

1:06:56 | Apr 22nd, 2018

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...Show More

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

44:00 | Apr 12th, 2018

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 fo...Show More

059: What do Apple, tractors and Nebraska have in common?

45:15 | Feb 21st, 2018

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?

50:18 | Feb 11th, 2018

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. Enj...Show More

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

51:44 | Dec 28th, 2017

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 hu...Show More

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

53:51 | Nov 30th, 2017

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 listener...Show More

Special Edition: Rod Drury on being Pixel Curious

35:48 | Nov 24th, 2017

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...Show More

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

55:45 | Nov 7th, 2017

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 iPho...Show More

054: Is Google getting good at hardware?

51:55 | Oct 20th, 2017

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...Show More

053: The iPhone X and what really matters

59:56 | Sep 23rd, 2017

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 ...Show More

052: Tech companies fight for your favorite movies

57:48 | Sep 10th, 2017

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 unanimousl...Show More

051: The next iPhone and Apple's narrative

49:15 | Sep 1st, 2017

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 a...Show More

050: Celebrating 50 episodes of Charged!

1:10:17 | Aug 11th, 2017

​​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 e...Show More

49: Cryptocurrencies and the risks of digital cash

48:07 | Jul 27th, 2017

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...Show More

048: SoundCloud might not make it...

43:41 | Jul 10th, 2017

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 mii...Show More

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

56:12 | Jul 2nd, 2017

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...Show More

046: Uber, sexual harassment and intentionally building culture

58:32 | Jun 24th, 2017

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 foll...Show More

045: Apple's enormous event, distilled

51:28 | Jun 7th, 2017

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 rig...Show More

044: B I T C O I N

53:19 | May 31st, 2017

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 charg...Show More

043: The ransomware infecting the world

46:22 | May 15th, 2017

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...Show More

042: The Boring Episode

1:05:48 | May 3rd, 2017

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 rui...Show More

041: Apple has an insane amount of cash sitting around

1:00:11 | Apr 17th, 2017

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...Show More

040: Would you link your brain with a computer?

58:47 | Apr 6th, 2017

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 b...Show More

039: America wants to sell your browser history

48:51 | Mar 26th, 2017

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 an...Show More

038: The ultimate Snapchat episode

57:31 | Mar 10th, 2017

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 a...Show More

037: Toxic workplaces and fostering good culture

1:22:52 | Feb 26th, 2017

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 discussi...Show More

036: What happens when automation comes for us?

1:00:57 | Feb 19th, 2017

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 Spec...Show More

035: Snapchat bares all

53:03 | Feb 4th, 2017

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 ch...Show More

034: Everything is terrible

52:41 | Jan 28th, 2017

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!

50:00 | Jan 23rd, 2017

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

1:13:18 | Dec 19th, 2016

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...Show More

031: All about those clouds

56:15 | Dec 5th, 2016

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

38:45 | Nov 22nd, 2016

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

41:08 | Nov 15th, 2016

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?

37:33 | Nov 7th, 2016

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

43:44 | Oct 29th, 2016

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

38:26 | Oct 22nd, 2016

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 :(

48:47 | Oct 17th, 2016

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?

53:28 | Oct 7th, 2016

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

51:05 | Oct 1st, 2016

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

42:14 | Sep 26th, 2016

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

46:34 | Sep 25th, 2016

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

48:41 | Sep 25th, 2016

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

52:54 | Sep 25th, 2016

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

57:03 | Sep 25th, 2016

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

39:05 | Sep 25th, 2016

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.

016: Why leaving Twitter is improving my life

45:47 | Sep 25th, 2016

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.

015: Pokémon Go sweeps the globe

53:44 | Sep 25th, 2016

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.

014: The weird future of cities

45:24 | Sep 25th, 2016

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.

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

50:13 | Sep 25th, 2016

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 epis...Show More

012: Would you pay a monthly fee for apps?

35:20 | Sep 25th, 2016

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...Show More

011: Is this real, or just a simulation?

34:49 | Sep 25th, 2016

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?

47:33 | Sep 25th, 2016

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 ...Show More

009: Google's taking over the home

33:46 | Sep 25th, 2016

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

32:29 | Sep 25th, 2016

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

35:33 | Sep 25th, 2016

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

47:42 | Sep 25th, 2016

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 ...Show More

005: Facebook's thirst

30:13 | Sep 25th, 2016

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 ...Show More

004: Linux inside your Windows

30:43 | Sep 25th, 2016

This week John and Owen talk about Microsoft bringing Linux inside your Windows PC, the FBI dropping the case against Apple (for now), SoundCloud's new subscription service, Spotify's insane $1 billion dollars raised in debt and a sneak peek at a ver...Show More

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

28:55 | Sep 25th, 2016

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 gue...Show More

002: AI takes down a human

23:12 | Sep 25th, 2016

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

29:20 | Sep 25th, 2016

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.