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.

Episode 66. Cheap 5G, the Pricey Galaxy Z, and Moving In With Alexa

In this episode, Shawn and Ross examine the impact of Qualcomm’s plans to bring 4G to entry-level phones. Plus, we take on how Samsung can justify it’s $2,000 Galaxy Z Fold 2 during the pandemic. And finally, how Alexa Residential is offering homebuilders a chance to welcome new buyers with a familiar helpful assistant.

Episode 65. Apple Booms, Zoom in All Rooms, and BlackBerry Looms

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at why we've seen Big Tech, highlighted by Apple reaching a $2 trillion market cap, has grown at the expense of other sectors during the pandemic. Plus, we debate whether Zoom's burst onto consumer video chat devices represents an extension of its strategy or a deviation from its enterprise focus. Finally, as a startup announces plans for a new BlackBerry smartphone in 2021, we look at what it might offer that TCL didn’t.

Episode 64. Apple One, Surface Duo, and Epic Triangles

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at how the simmering conflict over app stores has boiled over in a melee between Epic and platform providers Apple and Google as we pose the question of whether any companies can muster enough pressure to influence rule changes. Next, we take on the potential of an Apple content bundle and what could be a slam dunk next step as a services play. Finally, Microsoft’s new Surface Duo may be a tough sell in a locked-up economy, but we discuss why it’s a bold move and the implications it could have on the Windows and Android ecosystems.

Episode 63. When Samsung’s Galaxy Meets Microsoft’s World

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at Samsung’s latest announcements, including its latest smartphone tour de force, the Galaxy Note 20, its attempt at Android tablet relevance with the Tab S7, and its promising preview of the next Galaxy Fold Z. Meanwhile, as the electronics giant steps up its relationship with Microsoft, we take on why its corporate-focused partner would have interest in TikTok, as well as the challenges that it and other Big Tech rivals face as they navigate the rules of Apple’s app store with streaming game services.