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.

Episode 88. Facebook praises ads, TV OS wars hit prime time, and Fry’s meets its demise

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Researchas they provide insights on the biggest tech stories, including:
—whether Facebook’s make a better case against Apple that people want personalized advertising
—how Google and LG are ramping up their smart TV operating systems to take on Samsung and Roku
—what the passing of the iconic Fry’s Electronics retail chain means for the future of tech discovery

Amazon

Episode 85. Bezos says bye, Google reels in Stadia, and Apple drives toward the future

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on the biggest tech stories, including:
—what we can expect from the CEO transition at Amazon
—what game development studio closures mean for Google’s Stadia service.
—the takeaways from the latest Apple augmented reality and car rumors

2020

Episode 80. Looking Back, Looking Ahead: How the pandemic shook the industry, the Big Tech backlash, and trade war fallout

Join Shawn DuBravac and Ross Rubin as we look back at 2020 and look ahead to 2021 to analyze the industry’s biggest tech stories, including:

—How tech and other industries will take the first steps toward the post-pandemic future

—How Google and Facebook will react to their government lawsuits as Apple faces developer protest.

—How the trade war between the U.S. and China may engulf new companies and geographies

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.

Google Nest

Episode 70. Google’s low-key device launch, Surface Laptop’s low-priced Go. and Amazon’s high-tech palm reader

In this episode, Shawn and Ross break down the announcements from Google’s scaled-down device event as major lawsuit and regulatory clouds loom, and talk about why the search giant continues to invest in devices despite low market share. Next, it’s on to Microsoft’s new laptops, which both push the envelope on ARM-based device performance while hitting the heart of the back-to-school notebook segment with the Surface Book Go. Finally, we look at two divergent efforts to track physiology: Amazon’s palm-reading technology coming to its Go stores and HP’s addition of heart rate, facial and eye tracking to its Reverb 2 headset intended for corporate training exercises.