In Beta

In Beta

In Beta is a talk show about tech culture, making open source software, and how mobile, social, and web apps are changing the world.

Hosted by Christie Koehler and Kevin Purdy.


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#86: A Fish With Rolling Stone Lips

February 13, 2014 at 11:00am • 53 minutes

What can indie developers learn from the saga of Flappy Bird? How feedback filtering, expectation management, and quantifying success can help you avoid Flappy Burnout.


#85: The Google Basket

February 6, 2014 at 3:15pm • 53 minutes

Christie & Kevin discuss putting all your eggs in one basket: Google, iCloud, wherever, and get specific on safely moving your email, calendar, search, and other pieces around.


#84: This Button Should Go First, Not That One

January 30, 2014 at 6:15am • 49 minutes

Beta testing software, webapps, and mobile apps can make you feel like an insider who can help, or make you feel lost and duplicative. What's the best way to be a good tester? How can developers get great feedback from outside the dev cave?


#83: The Black Spring Pile

January 22, 2014 at 9:00pm • 60 minutes

Kevin & Christie follow up on The Tablet Life (a.k.a. "leaving your laptop at work"), appreciate Henry Miller's rules for working, talk about diversity in startups and tech events, and touch on The Dr. V story and the apology that followed. Whew.


#82: Agile Heat Developers

January 15, 2014 at 4:30pm • 60 minutes

Kevin and Haddie Cooke delve into the weird world of home automation, smart thermostats, and Google's maybe creepy intentions.


#81: The Chaise Lounge Tablet Life

January 10, 2014 at 1:00pm • 1 hour 15 minutes

Kevin & Dan Benjamin talk about, in weird order, CES, wearable technology, what Dan likes about Android, what Kevin can't get out of tablets, and a challenge to leave your laptop alone after 5.


#80: Permission to Have Other Parts of Your Life

January 8, 2014 at 3:00pm • 56 minutes

Guest Christie Koehler talks about her work on Mozilla's Firefox OS platform, localizing apps and phones around the world, and how to actually drop projects from your crowded life.


#79: "The Mountains of China"

December 18, 2013 at 3:00pm • 1 hour 6 minutes

Guest Moisés Chiullan talks about customer service training and outcomes, and Shia LaBeouf's plagiarized apology for plagiarizing.


#78: Neurotic Mom Institute

December 11, 2013 at 11:30am • 57 minutes

iLounge news editor Phil Dzikiy joins Kevin to talk about being choosy on Apple news and rumors, working from home, and kids with iPads.


#77: The "So What" Android Era

December 4, 2013 at 4:00pm • 56 minutes

Kevin & guest host JR Raphael on how your reviews get made: embargoes, free or loaner devices, gadgets they never wanted. Also: quite a bit of Android frosting.