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

Microsoft

94. Microsoft buys Nuance, Apple’s TV tech, and Jeff Bezos’ swan song

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

—what Microsoft’s purchase of Nuance Communications means for healthcare and beyond

—how Apple’s rumored HomePod extensions could transform the TV experience

—how Jeff Bezos’ final shareholder letter lays out a roadmap for Amazon.

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 77. Swooping in: Salesforce channels Slack, FedEx clicks to buy ShopRunner, and Amazon hits play on Wondery

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

—Whether Salesforce can keep Slack momentum going as the enterprise chat pioneer faces daunting competition from Microsoft
—How Amazon is expanding its podcast horizons with Wondery as Spotify touts Anchor’s long tail
—How FedEx can leverage ShopRunner versus Amazon’s and Walmart’s free shipping options.

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.

Amazon

Episode 69. Amazon’s home drone. Microsoft’s Bethesda purchase, and Epic’s multiplayer app store crusade

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at Amazon’s big device launch, including a home surveillance drone and the Luna cloud gaming service. In other gaming news, we discuss how Microsoft’s purchase of Bethesda fortifies XBox Game Pass even though Microsoft will have to furnish a few PlayStation exclusives. Finally, we look at Epic’s latest move in its battle against Apple as the Fortnite company enlists developers such as Spotify and Match.com to form an app store reform coalition.

Xbox One S

Episode 67. Microsoft Aims High and Low with Surface Duo, Xbox One S, and a midrange laptop

In this episode, Shawn and Ross discuss how Microsoft is attacking the market based on our hands-on time with the Surface Duo, reactions to the surprise announcement of the value-priced XBox One S challenging Sony, and rumors that the company will hit the PC price mainstream with a new Surface Laptop. Plus, how Google and Amazon are rediscovering the humble phone conversation and Facebook goes back to college.

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.