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.
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.
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.
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.
In this episode Shawn and Ross review the earnings from some of the Big Tech companies. We discuss the run-up in Amazon Prime membership and how the service is beating both retail and content memberships, the growth in Apple’s iPhone resurgence and wearables growth, and Facebook’s rising costs. We also offer our take on the prospects for Quibi, the short-form, video-first content company that’s launching soon.
In this episode, Shawn and Ross show that, unlike Star Wars trilogies, Facebook's privacy saga has no end as the company navigates around more hot water for location tracking. Will the company ever earn consumers' trust and will consumers ever care enough to act on "creepy" tracking? We also discuss news that Facebook may be developing its own operating system, picking up the Android backlash thread from previous episodes. Finally, some of tech's biggest names are fiercest competitors are partnering for a new home networking standard, but what will it mean for smart home monitoring?
In this episode, Shawn and Ross discuss changes Facebook is making to its messaging portfolio, trying another another app called Threads for Instagram users while giving businesses more play in Messenger. Plus, a look at Microsoft’s continued retreat from tablets as its next Surface draws near and how Disney is courting Disney+ subscribers with aggressive, long-term deals.
In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at the paths of Apple, which is building successful services, and Facebook, which is struggling with its hardware. Also, in advance of Samsung’s event this week, a look at the state of Android beyond the smartphone.
In this episode, Shawn and Ross return from a break to look at Facebook's many transactional initiatives, including its plan to monetize subscriptions to content creators and the tie-in to its cryptocurrency Libra. How far can the company go in creating a WeChat-like platform? Plus, some thoughts on what we can expect at next week's antitrust hearings for Big Tech as Amazon and Google decide put aside their battle over video devices and YouTube.
In this episode, Shawn and Ross take stock of some of the major announcements of I/O, Google’s annual developer event. including how it has answered Apple’s privacy challenge, its latest AI advances, and its new Android device announcements. Our Lightning Round takes on Facebook’s breakup argument, Blue Origin’s literal moonshot, and Redfin’s direct home sales. And our Startup of the Week tackles fake news with machine learning.