Episode 54. Big Tech: We’re all in this together

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at how tech companies are banding together and launching initiatives to help with the COVID-19 crisis, including Facebook’s Data for Good and Apple’s and Google’s joint efforts on a way to trace contact with individuals who have tested positive. Plus, we discuss some new initiatives that should result in dramatically better Wi-Fi and interoperability between connected gadgets in the smart home before discussing the latest rumors about Apple turning to its own chips in the Mac in the near future.

Episode 53. COVID-19 impact on devices, apps, and e-commerce

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at how some long-neglected device categories have been thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus we take on how both established app makers such as Facebook and startups such as Quibi to accommodate new realities by focusing on more intimate experiences. Finally, we continue looking at Amazon’s logistics and brand have thrived during the pandemic even as shipping delays have driven consumers to take a second look at alternatives such as Walmart.

Episode 52. Another Week of Social Distancing. Amazon, Zoom, and the new T-Mobile-Sprint

In this episode, Shawn and Ross continue looking at COVID-19’s impact on tech companies, including Amazon and Zoom, two that have seen significant scrutiny while acting as key resources for many businesses and consumers. Plus, a look at the completion of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger and how investment in 5G could change the game if quarantines are needed in the future.

Episode 50. Blackberry, RAZR, Uber’s Earnings, and Coronavirus’ Impact

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at the rocky revival path of two of the most stories phone brands in BlackBerry and RAZR. Plus, we look at how the coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the Mobile World Congress event at the end of the month as companies pull out, citing employee safety concerns. Finally, we catch up on Uber’s latest earnings and take on what the ride-sharing leader should keep and dump as it steps up its timeline toward profitability.

Episode 49. Big Tech Starts 2020 on a Roll

In this episode Shawn and Ross review the earnings from some of the Big Tech companies. We discuss the run-up in Amazon Prime membership and how the service is beating both retail and content memberships, the growth in Apple’s iPhone resurgence and wearables growth, and Facebook’s rising costs. We also offer our take on the prospects for Quibi, the short-form, video-first content company that’s launching soon.

Episode 48. Seeking Sea Changes at CES

In this episode Shawn and Ross look at two major forces expected to loom large at the annual CES technology event next week. First, we look at the latest AI medical milestone as software outperforms radiologists in detecting breast cancer. Next, it’s on to 5G where we take on Samsung’s progress report and discuss long-term implications for the next generation network in PCs and far beyond.

Episode 47. A Facebook OS and Smart Home Frenemies

In this episode, Shawn and Ross show that, unlike Star Wars trilogies, Facebook's privacy saga has no end as the company navigates around more hot water for location tracking. Will the company ever earn consumers' trust and will consumers ever care enough to act on "creepy" tracking? We also discuss news that Facebook may be developing its own operating system, picking up the Android backlash thread from previous episodes. Finally, some of tech's biggest names are fiercest competitors are partnering for a new home networking standard, but what will it mean for smart home monitoring?

Episode 46. Trump Visits Apple, Paypal Buys Honey, Companies are Making Data Scarce and the RAZR Returns!

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at Trump’s visit to the Apple facility in Austin and what the company gains from hosting the president. Next, we look at how more companies are scaling back the kinds of data they make available to partners and users. We then dive into PayPal’s purchase of Honey as it faces growing threats from mobile platform owners, and flip back to the future with a look at the reborn RAZR folding-screen phone from Lenovo’s Motorola.

Episode 45. Google Buys Fitbit, Apple Reports Earnings, and NBC’s Peacock Shows Its Feathers

In this episode, Shawn and Ross discuss Google’s acquisition of Fitbit and what it means for the company’s wearable ambitions. Then it’s on to Apple earnings where the company’s growing services have overcome slumping iPhones, and, finally, how NBC’s streaming service may have to muscle its way into a crowded field.