Episode 113. Apple maxes its mini, checking out Walmart+ vs. Prime, and how Discord could save Facebook

With a look at Apple’s recent media event where the iPhone 13 failed to reach for the skies as Apple beefed up the Apple Watch and iPad mini. Next, we check out the progress in Walmart’s shopping subscription service and look at how much of a threat it is to Amazon Prime. Finally, we discuss how Discord has bridged gaming and NFT investing, and why Facebook is loving the competition.

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they dig deep into tech news in every episode of Techspansive!

Facebook

Episode 112. Facebook weaves into Wayfarers, Amazon delivers telehealth, tuition and TVs, and Google hawks hybrid hardware

In this episode, we start out assessing Facebook’s stylish but functionally modest smart glasses developed with Ray-Ban. Next, we look at Amazon’s many recent moves, including expanding Amazon Care, equipping more Whole Foods for cashierless checkout, offering college tuition for its 750,000 hourly workers, releasing new smart TVs, and updating its Luna streaming game service.

Episode 111. Apple softens on reader apps, may tie AR efforts to iPhone. Plus, Amazon’s smart TV

In this episode, we assess the significance at Apple’s latest app store concession, allowing developers of “reader” apps to link to websites for account setup and management. Plus, why Apple may be going for a hybrid approach that relies on the iPhone as it launches its first augmented reality glasses. Finally, we look at the prospects for an Amazon-branded smart TV.

Facebook

Episode 104. Facebook pwns the FTC, Instagram vs. TikTok, and teaming up against Teams

As Facebook’s court win against the FTC dredges up limitaitons of antitrust laws, Instagram chases TikTok, which is chasing YouTube. Meanwhile, in less entertaining applications, Salesforce, now armed with Slack, may be driving an alliance with Amazon and Dropbox to take on rival Microsoft as Windows 11 integrates Teams.

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they dig deep into tech news in every episode of Techspansive!

Episode 100: Our first guest: Peter Rojas on Epic vs. Apple, Amazon buys MGM, and Nintendo’s next Switch

We celebrate our 100th episode with our first-ever guest: Betaworks partner and tech media pioneer Peter Rojas to share his fascinating take on the Apple-Epic lawsuit, the evolution of the creator economy, and all things social gaming.

Plus, join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on the biggest tech stories, including:
—why Amazon has made its second-largest acqusition ever in purchasing the House of Bond, MGM
—what the Switch has done for Nintendo and where it may take it with a new model later this year

Episode 99: Google I/O from privacy to sci-fi, Spotify’s audio turf grab, and Snap snaps up AR tech

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on the biggest tech stories, including:
shift, new Workspace features, natural language leaps, and holographic conferencing
—how Spotify is waging a two-front war against Apple and Amazon in a bid to dominate audio as Netflix eyes gaming
—what obstacles “camera company” Snap must overcome as it steps up its AR investments

Microsoft

94. Microsoft buys Nuance, Apple’s TV tech, and Jeff Bezos’ swan song

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

—what Microsoft’s purchase of Nuance Communications means for healthcare and beyond

—how Apple’s rumored HomePod extensions could transform the TV experience

—how Jeff Bezos’ final shareholder letter lays out a roadmap for Amazon.

Facebook

Episode 87. Facebook battles Australia, Chrome OS surpasses macOS, and Amazon Invents Kickstarter

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Researchas they provide insights on the biggest tech stories, including:
—how Facebook’s battle with Australia sets up another contrast with Google’s conflict avoidance
—what implications Chrome OS passing macOS has for both Apple and Microsoft
—why Amazon is perfectly suited for its own take on product crowdfunding

Amazon

Episode 85. Bezos says bye, Google reels in Stadia, and Apple drives toward the future

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on the biggest tech stories, including:
—what we can expect from the CEO transition at Amazon
—what game development studio closures mean for Google’s Stadia service.
—the takeaways from the latest Apple augmented reality and car rumors

US Senate

Episode 81. The Riot, The Response, and the Race to Your Face

Join Shawn DuBravac and Ross Rubin as we check in before CES with an episode to ring in the new year that includes:

—What the Facebook and Twitter responses to the Capitol riot could mean for the future of political speech online
-How smart glasses offerings from Facebook, Amazon and others are evolving in the consumer and enterprise space.