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.

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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.

Episode 110. When Apple throws developers a bone: The customer contact concession

In this episode, we dig deep on Apple’s token trade-off as it settles its class-action lawsuit brought by U.S. app developers, what it means for other legal and regulatory threats to the company, and what the implications could be for future Apple platform. Finally, we look at app evolution against the backdrop of how the web and Apple have changed since the early days of the App Store.

Microsoft

Episode 103. Microsoft opens the Windows, Mozilla lets you donate your privacy to science, and Google gets FLoCblocked

Windows 11 goes beyond a makeover to challenge Apple. Meanwhile, Mozilla and others are providing new options for privacy choices as Google tries to bake up a new post-cookie future.

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Episode 102. Privacy, platforms, and profit potential at WWDC, streaming game services seek out devices

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on the biggest tech stories, including:
—What a continuing privacy push and deeper health focus at WWDC say about Apple’s evolution
—Whether Google and Microsoft can take their streaming game services to the next level with popular device integrations

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

96. Apple’s sales boom, Instagram’s Clubhouse features, and Samsung’s strengthening ecosystem

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

—whether Apple’s earnings reveal continued pandemic demand or more generational change drivers as 5G expands
—how Facebook continues to seek business diversification via a Clubhouse-like Instagram mode, a greater commerce focus, and more 
—how Samsung has continued to weave its ecosystem message together with the Galaxy Book Pros

95. The iPad gets the Mac’s brain, AirTags find Tile’s market, and Google fights for FloC

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

—whether Apple’s new iMac and iPad mean can boost demand for desktops and powerful tablets

—how Apple’s new AirTags product stacks up to competition from Tile as regulatory scrutiny increases

—how Facebook and Google are going deeper into their own networks with video privacy standards to maximize ad models

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.

Episode 93. Apple and Epic in court, Clubhouse’s Twitter retort, and Best Buy’s subscription support

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

—how the Mac has become a pawn in the battle between Epic Games and Apple reaches trial

–what are the next steps for Clubhouse as its valuation reaches what Twitter tried to buy it for

—how Best Buy can optimize the service bundle in its new Best Buy Beta subscription program