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.

Facebook

Episode 109. Facebook’s metaverse escape, Google’s Play payola, and Tesla’s robots probably won’t kill

The government is back in Facebook’s face. We discuss the dynamics of the new category battleground as well as how its Horizon VR Workrooms advance its metaverse ambitions. Next, a look at whether Google’s tactics in keeping its app store on top crossed a line. Finally, we discuss the potential of Tesla’s humanoid robot.

Episode 108. Google hypes AI prowess with Tensor chips, Tinder hooks up with group video, and Sony soars as Nintendo dives

In this episode, we look at Google’s decision to leave the Qualcomm fold as the maker of struggling Pixel phones hopes to boost its fortunes by boosting AI capabilities with custom silicon even as Qualcomm-loyal Xiaomi reaches new heights of success. Plus, how Match Group adding group video to its dating sites marks the latest in social app functional crossover. Finally, as Sony shows us that millions of people have somehoe procured a PlayStation 5, we discuss how Nintendo has become an early victim of pandemic-era comps.

Episode 105. Big Tech battles in China and the U.S., TikTok could become LinkedIn for millennials, and Qualcomm makes its dream

China’s taking a different approach to reeling in its biggest tech successes than the U.S. Meanwhile, TikTok continues continues to stretch its service into new realms with video resumes. And Qualcomm partners with ASUS to launch a phone for a technology showcase. Is it the start of a successor to Google’s failed Nexus program?

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

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.

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 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

Roku

Episode 98: iPhone users opt out of tracking, Google stares down Roku, and Windows 10x gets axed

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on the biggest tech stories, including:
—how Facebook is reacting to iPhone users’ overwhelming tracking opt-out.
—why Roku is cornered as it negotiates with Google over YouTube
—whether Microsoft has learned an important lesson by canceling Windows 10x

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

Episode 89. Microsoft Meshes us into VR, smartwatch sales flatten out, and Square and Qualcomm make musical moves

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on the biggest tech stories, including:
-whether Microsoft can holoport customers to VR collaboration with its new Mesh offering
—how Square hopes its investment in Tidal brings music to the Street’s ears and how Qualcomm hopes to drown out Apple’s AirPods with Qualcomm Snapdragon Sound.
—what the latest smartwatch market numbers mean for Apple, Huawei, and Google.