Episode 76. Amazon Pharmacy battles drug stores and Google embraces banks as the Mac is reborn

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on this week’s biggest tech stories, including:

—How the launch of Amazon Pharmacy illustrates what the retail giant can leverage as it enters a new business
—Why Google chose to partner with banks instead of going it alone as it expands Google Pay
—How Apple’s reborn M1-based Macs lay the foundation for the next generation of apps and devices

Episode 75. Election Winners? The Gig Economy, Data Privacy, and Social Media Friction

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on this week’s biggest tech stories, including:
—What the passing of California’s Proposition 22 means for Uber, Lyft, and other gig economy companies
—How California Privacy Rights Act (Proposition 24) and Michigan’s Proposition 2 could help shape national data privacy law.
—How social media has responded to baseless election claims and what it means for the future of disinformation.

Episode 74. Social media vs. Section 230, Samsung, Spotify and Netflix roll on

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on this week’s biggest tech stories, including:
– The Senate again takes on social media. We take on the potential of custom social scoring algorithms
– What Samsung is doing to keep customers engaged at the high end of its product line
– Raising prices in a pandemic? We look at some driving motivators behind Netflix’s price bump

Episode 73. The DOJ Sues Google, Facebook wants to be your neighbor, and Quibi calls it quits

Join Shawn DuBravac and Ross Rubin as they provide insights on this week’s biggest tech stories, including:
-The DOJ lawsuit against Google: Dive into how Google maintains search dominance and the impact of different remedies
-Facebook takes on features of Nextdoor: Examine the potential effect given Facebook’s record of integrating competitive features
-Quibi calls it quits while Apple TV pushes forward: Learn how Apple’s runway is letting it make moves Quibi couldn’t

Get all and more in this episode of Techspansive

Episode 72. iPhone 12 makes a debut, Zoom makes a platform play, and Spotify makes you the DJ

In this episode, Shawn and Ross share all the news around Apple’s new iPhones from the new value-driven mini to the Pro’s esoteric photography features, as well as discuss HomePod mini as a key component of its home services play against Amazon and Google. Next, we discuss how Zoom is taking advantage of its moment in the sun to move (and drag competitors) deeper into the consumer space.. And finally, Spotify’s new hybrid playlist format lets anyone host their own radio-style playlist-podcast hybrid. We discuss why we think it’s a neat idea, but one that would also play well for Apple.

Episode 71. Big Tech gets targeted as Big Blue plans a breakup

In this episode, Shawn and Ross drill down into the House of Representatives report on the market positions of Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook. We discuss the potential effectiveness of proposed remedies as well as the challenges in applying today’s antitrust laws to the foursome’s diverse offerings. We also look at Microsoft’s foray into setting app store fairness rules even as it concedes that it operates an app store that doesn’t abide by them. Finally, not all breakups as forced as IBM proposes the next step in divesting one of its businesses, leaving the remaining Big Blue more agile to focus on AI and the cloud.

Episode 70. Google’s low-key device launch, Surface Laptop’s low-priced Go. and Amazon’s high-tech palm reader

In this episode, Shawn and Ross break down the announcements from Google’s scaled-down device event as major lawsuit and regulatory clouds loom, and talk about why the search giant continues to invest in devices despite low market share. Next, it’s on to Microsoft’s new laptops, which both push the envelope on ARM-based device performance while hitting the heart of the back-to-school notebook segment with the Surface Book Go. Finally, we look at two divergent efforts to track physiology: Amazon’s palm-reading technology coming to its Go stores and HP’s addition of heart rate, facial and eye tracking to its Reverb 2 headset intended for corporate training exercises.

Episode 69. Amazon’s home drone. Microsoft’s Bethesda purchase, and Epic’s multiplayer app store crusade

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at Amazon’s big device launch, including a home surveillance drone and the Luna cloud gaming service. In other gaming news, we discuss how Microsoft’s purchase of Bethesda fortifies XBox Game Pass even though Microsoft will have to furnish a few PlayStation exclusives. Finally, we look at Epic’s latest move in its battle against Apple as the Fortnite company enlists developers such as Spotify and Match.com to form an app store reform coalition.

Episode 68. Apple Watch and Oculus target broader markets as LG takes Wing

In this episode, Shawn and Ross analyze the launch of Apple's announcement of the Apple Watch Series 6 and SE, and how the Fitness+ service they drive fits into its new Apple One service bundle that demands more affordable hardware. We also look at the launch of the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset, which surpasses its predecessor at a lower price, and how it plays into Facebook's grand design for social computing. Finally, as these next-gen platforms take hold, LG has launched the Wing. We discuss how the swiveling dual-screen phone offers a different proposition than designs from Samsung and Microsoft in a telecom market that's undergoing consolidation

Episode 67. Microsoft Aims High and Low with Surface Duo, Xbox One S, and a midrange laptop

In this episode, Shawn and Ross discuss how Microsoft is attacking the market based on our hands-on time with the Surface Duo, reactions to the surprise announcement of the value-priced XBox One S challenging Sony, and rumors that the company will hit the PC price mainstream with a new Surface Laptop. Plus, how Google and Amazon are rediscovering the humble phone conversation and Facebook goes back to college.