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Wearable Technology Mostly Sucks. Here's What Needs to Change.

We asked, you responded: Lots and lots of our readers and podcast listeners have thrown their wearables in the junk drawer.

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Breaking up with people is hard to do, to paraphrase the old song, but breaking up with wearable technology? That’s a lot easier.

(Apologies to the Neil Sedaka haters who now have this stuck in their heads.)

On the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode diagnose just why it is they keep on buying smartwatches and activity trackers, even though the relationship never lasts. They share stories about wearables that our listeners have also given up on, and then try to figure out what Apple, Samsung, Fitbit, Jawbone and so on need to do to keep consumers from shelving their tech.

Thank you to everyone who submitted stories and comments about wearables — remember that you can always send in questions about any topic to us by tweeting @LaurenGoode, @KaraSwisher or @Recode with the hashtag #AskRecode.

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Listen to or download the episode in the player above, or click here to subscribe on iTunes; you can also find Too Embarrassed to Ask on TuneIn and Stitcher.

We have lots more podcasts for your listening pleasure. For instance, our newest show, Re/code Media with Peter Kafka, features in-depth, no-BS interviews with the most interesting people in the media world every Thursday. Yesterday, Peter spoke to the co-creator of "Better Call Saul" and a former writer on "Breaking Bad," Peter Gould. Click here to subscribe to Re/code Media right now on iTunes.

Kara Swisher will be back on Monday with her podcast Re/code Decode. Click here to subscribe on iTunes. And on Re/code Replay, you can hear all the audio from our live events, including some don’t-miss sessions from Code/Media 2016. To subscribe to that, click right here.

You can follow @Recode on Twitter for the latest on upcoming guests.

If you like what we’re doing, please write a review on iTunes — and if you don’t, just tweet-strafe Kara and Lauren. Tune in for more questions and answers next Friday!

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