Episode 123. nVidia and Intel chase cars, Google chases PCs, and we chase our Uber rider ratings

We check in on Nvidia’s earnings and progress in gaming and data center applications and other sources of growth and discuss announcements from Intel’s Investor Day, where the CPU giant announced its intent for a stronger push into automotive. Plus, we look at Chrome OS Flex as the latest incursion of Google onto the PC as both it and Microsoft bring Android apps to Windows. Finally, we check out the new Uber feature that allows you to break down your ratings and find that we’ve been model rideshare customers… mostly.

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California Proposition 22

Episode 75. Election Winners? The Gig Economy, Data Privacy, and Social Media Friction

Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they provide insights on this week’s biggest tech stories, including:
—What the passing of California’s Proposition 22 means for Uber, Lyft, and other gig economy companies
—How California Privacy Rights Act (Proposition 24) and Michigan’s Proposition 2 could help shape national data privacy law.
—How social media has responded to baseless election claims and what it means for the future of disinformation.

Episode 55. Big Tech swoops in for acquisitions

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.

Episode 50. Blackberry, RAZR, Uber’s Earnings, and Coronavirus’ Impact

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at the rocky revival path of two of the most stories phone brands in BlackBerry and RAZR. Plus, we look at how the coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the Mobile World Congress event at the end of the month as companies pull out, citing employee safety concerns. Finally, we catch up on Uber’s latest earnings and take on what the ride-sharing leader should keep and dump as it steps up its timeline toward profitability.

Episode 41. Alexa Finds its Way into More Things

In this episode, Shawn and Ross offer their takes on the significance of the many products in Amazon’s Alexa hardware announcement, with a contrast to Apple’s more evolutionary upgrades. Plus, subscription game passes gain momentum with Apple Arcade, Google Play Pass and the release of Nintendo’s mobile Mario Kart. Finally, we look at Uber’s play to be your life’s OS with its app platform and car network.