It’s time for episode #2 of “The TechRepublic Podcast” where we talk about the latest developments in technology and what they mean for business and society.

In this episode I’m joined by three guest hosts: special guest Megan Wollerton, who is an associate editor for our sister site CNET, along with TechRepublic staff writers Conner Forrest and Lyndsey Gilpin.

The three big topics this week are what we learned about the future of robotics from the DARPA Robotics Competition (Lyndsey was there), the state of startups solving real problems and the current M&A strategies of the tech big companies, and deciphering the big moves in smart home technology from Google and Apple.

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There are lots of great tech podcasts out there, we’re doing one aimed at people who are trying to use technology to get work done, make their businesses and their professional lives more efficient, and improve society. That’s a lofty mission, but those are the goals we chase every day on TechRepublic.

Let us know what you think and you’re welcome to suggest topics you’d like to see us cover on future podcasts.