Episode 54. Big Tech: We’re all in this together

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.

Episode 53. COVID-19 impact on devices, apps, and e-commerce

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.

Episode 49. Big Tech Starts 2020 on a Roll

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.

Episode 47. A Facebook OS and Smart Home Frenemies

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?

Episode 39. Does Facebook Get the Message?

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.

Episode 34: Facebook Turns to Transactions

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.

Episode 30: Google’s Privacy Pitch

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.

Episode 29: The Future is Private…

In this episode, Shawn and Ross analyze the news from Facebook’s F8 event and explore the implications moving forward for Facebook, Instagram, and the other FB properties. In the Lightning Round, we take a look at Marriott’s launch of Homes & Villas, an Airbnb competitor, Google’s launch of CallJoy, a $39/month virtual customer service agent aimed at small US businesses, and the demise of robotics start-up Anki.

Episode 22: Hololens 2 Hands On, This Week in Facebook, and Tim Apple

Fresh off of Shawn’s triumphant run at the Tokyo marathon, Shawn and Ross talk about a recent hands-on experience with Microsoft’s HoloLens 2. We also go deep on the latest wave of news of Facebook, including its privacy pivot and Patreon competitor. Finally, the Lightning Round strikes on Huawei’s lawsuit, wrist phones, and the debut of Tim Apple.