pharmacy

Episode 76. Amazon Pharmacy battles drug stores and Google embraces banks as the Mac is reborn

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

—How the launch of Amazon Pharmacy illustrates what the retail giant can leverage as it enters a new business
—Why Google chose to partner with banks instead of going it alone as it expands Google Pay
—How Apple’s reborn M1-based Macs lay the foundation for the next generation of apps and devices

US Senate

Episode 74. Social media vs. Section 230, Samsung, Spotify and Netflix roll on

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on this week’s biggest tech stories, including:
– The Senate again takes on social media. We take on the potential of custom social scoring algorithms
– What Samsung is doing to keep customers engaged at the high end of its product line
– Raising prices in a pandemic? We look at some driving motivators behind Netflix’s price bump

Quibi programming

Episode 73. The DOJ Sues Google, Facebook wants to be your neighbor, and Quibi calls it quits

Join Shawn DuBravac and Ross Rubin as they provide insights on this week’s biggest tech stories, including:
-The DOJ lawsuit against Google: Dive into how Google maintains search dominance and the impact of different remedies
-Facebook takes on features of Nextdoor: Examine the potential effect given Facebook’s record of integrating competitive features
-Quibi calls it quits while Apple TV pushes forward: Learn how Apple’s runway is letting it make moves Quibi couldn’t

Get all and more in this episode of Techspansive

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.

Shawn and Ross drill down into the House of Representatives report on the market positions of Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook

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.

Quest 2 VR headset

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 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.

Surface Duo

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.

Episode 62. Fast Breaks: 5G, Apple, and Microsoft Teams

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at the latest developments among the major carriers’ 5G rollouts, as well as how T-Mobile is keeping up its pro-consumer messaging as it retires the Sprint brand. Next, we look at Apple’s opportunity to grow the Mac’s share as it adds more homegrown tech form its iPad and iPhone lines. Finally, we explore Microsoft’s smart marketing move in working with the NBA to have fans join basketball games via Microsoft Teams on giant displays as Microsoft’s Slack competitor keeps rolling along.