Episode 61. Trips, Chips and Memberships

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at the latest moves in the self-driving car space as Elon Musk says Tesla is close to perfecting fully autonomous cars in the wake of Amazon buying startup Zoox. Next, we look at the potential for a subscription-based Twitter and how that social network’s latest moves contrast with Facebook’s. Finally, as Nvidia passes Intel’s market cap, we take a look at the initial benchmarks at the chips that will be powering the next generation of Macs.

Episode 60. Apple’s WWDC: Online Event, Real-World Impact

In this episode, Shawn and Ross thoroughly analyze many of the announcements from WWDC, starting off with many aspects of the Mac’s switch to Apple silicon. We also talk about the changes coming to iOS 14 and Apple’s embrace of machine learning and algorithms in its wearable products, Apple Watch and AirPods. Finally, an updated discussion of the company’s approach to privacy and how it is being unusually open to industry alliances in its smart home and car access approaches.

Episode 59. Sony’s Plans Lit; Sonos Gets Hit

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at two companies that stand to benefit from a continued emphasis on the digital home. First, Sony reveals the PlayStation 5, a major milestone that’s expected to set a new standard in console graphics while testing the pockets of early adopters. We look at how the landscape is shaking out for the 2020 holiday seasons nd beyond. Meanwhile, Sonos gets slapped by Google with a countersuit to the patent infringement case that it launched against the mammoth tech company earlier this year. We offer our take on what the real threats are to Sonos and what it may mean for the future of agent technology in home audio.

Episode 58. Up From the Abyss

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at continued consolidation in the food delivery service landscape as GrubHub attracts acquisition interest. Next, a look at how improving financial reports, new investment rounds, and IPO filings are signaling cautious optimism for the many tech startups. Finally, we discuss recent rumors that Apple may be moving to bundle its content offerings and why the timing might be right for such a move.

Episode 57. Twitter’s Face-off with Trump

In this episode, Shawn and Ross break down the feud between President Trump and Twitter, looking at my of the elements of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Plus, we look at Microsoft’s Fluid Framework for modular documents, evaluate a VR comeback attempt for HTC’s co-founder, and discuss whether the messy launch of HBOMax will do much to hurt the service in the long term.

Episode 56. Microsoft’s Big Plans and Content’s Next Celebrity

In this week’s episode, Shawn and Ross talk about Microsoft’s announcements from this week’s Build conference. We also discuss what’s happening in the world of podcasts. Joe Rogan is going exclusive on Spotify while Bloomberg reports Audible is in talks to acquire celebrity podcasts and Amazon Music is preparing to add podcasts.

Episode 55. Big Tech swoops in for acquisitions

n this episode, Shawn and Ross look at how Big Tech is taking advantage of market volatility to swoop in and acquire companies that fill out their offerings. These include direct competitive response in the case of Facebook buying Giphy and Uber eyeing GrubHub, market expansion in the case of Microsoft buying Metaswitch, and farther-flung VR dreams in the case of Apple buying NextVR. Plus, we look at the competitive dynamics of the video meeting market among Zoom, Microsoft and Google in the context of office population. Finally, we end with a note about Huaweii's clever circumvention of the U.S. tech ban as it puts a sheen of new tech on last year's P30 smartphone.

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.