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.