Google’s Inbox is just plain strange, Toshiba is growing lettuce in a factory, Eric Schmidt wants to grow more food through AgTech, sharing on social media sites and Facebook and Twitter is getting more difficult, turns out the internet is not dead, Toyota is investing in fuel cells, Snapchat and Square team up to make snapCash, Samsung is showing restraint with the number of phones they make, the Apple Watch SDK is available, Super Smash Brothers is unbalanced, and Ruby on Rails is the best paying programming skill.
Matthew is in Disneyland participating in the Avengers Half Marathon this week.
We talk about the Flux 3D printer on Kickstarter, The ESA Rosetta Mission and the Philae successfully landing on a comet, the latest of the Net Neutrality debate, Microsoft’s focus on Windows, Office and Azure while letting things like .NET free, Google’s new tune, Sony’s new Internet TV and Sharp’s new display.
This week we talk about Interstellar, Google updates to material design with Inbox, Calendar, Maps and Lollipop, Flite Test makes a hellicarrier, Taylor Swift pulls her music from Spotify, Microsoft releases Word, Excel & PowerPoint on iOS the way it should be, Core Gamers are now mobile gamers, Amazon Prime allows unlimited photo storage and the ability to buy Echo on discount, Nest updates and goes free in Ireland, Apple Pay drives Google Wallet usage, OnBeep enables 2-way communication over wi-fi, and Mark Zuckerberg puts on an AMA.
Facebook and Google want to control the media, HTML5 is complete, Apple Pay is #1 and CurrentC is struggling to stay relevant, HP announces the Multi Jet Fusion printer and Sprout, Amazon’s Fire Phone isn’t selling well, Microsoft, Fitbit and HP show off their new smart watches, Version continues to do dirty business, the iPod is dead, and check-ins at Foursquare are declining.
“We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t.” – Tyler Durden
On that happy note, we talked about everything this week. The Giants are playing well, Matthew completed another Tough Mudder, IO is an app for finding good restaurants, Samsung got on the CSFC list for a little while, Apple Pay is causing problems for CurrentC, the Internet is ruled by an Oligarchy, the Avi-on Switch makes turning on lights easy, iPad sales are just fine, Google decides to remake emails Inbox again, Facebook clones Room Inc, Air New Zealand makes an epic flight safety video, Microsoft ditches the Nokia name, Procter & Gamble don’t see much growth from Duracell, AT&T remans predictably mean, Amazon sneaks in the Android app store on their their Fire devices, and the Hoverboard is real.
Oculus looks to Cinema for their killer app, HP kills WebOS, Swipe probably won’t change the world, Apple announces Apple Pay, new iPads, Yosemite, and a retina iMac, Matthew reviews Androids LG G and Moto 360, Google finds that kids use Voice commands, Apple kicks out Bose and Fitbit from the Apple Store, Tesla is bring the batter swap stations in December and shortly batteries will charge really fast.
James gets a Nest Thermostat and Protect, Matthew gets an LG G3 and Moto 360, Mr. Rogers is the man, HP is officially not better together, GT Advanced files for bankruptcy, the NFL bans Beats from the cameras, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella doesn’t think women need a raise, Samsung is declining in revenue, Squarespace makes a pretty cool update, Airbnb is now legal in San Francisco, Lego gets called out by Greenpeace for their partnership of Shell, Jonny Ives talks about the Apple Watch, and Tesla releases a new car.
HP just might be break up again, Matthew hates Snapchat, Saturday morning cartoons are gone, the next great tech breakthrough will come in pairs, PayPal splits from eBay, Microsoft announces Windows 10, Rovio lays off people, Blackhat is a new hacker movie, Reddit is creating its own crypto currency, GE makes an awesome commercial for the Link Spot, the Pebble gets a price cut, and Weezer helps prove that music can’t sell music.
We talk about “Hey Siri!” which is helping to usher in the future for HomeKit. We then talk about semantic satiation for naming brands. Create a shortcut of @@ to be your email. Apple deals with a PR nightmare from Bendgate and iOS 8.0.1. Apple contemplates getting rid of the Beats brand for streaming music. Cirque Du Soleil uses quadcopters to create an awesome flying lamp performance. Robinhood raised $13 million but has yet to launch. Samsung moves 500 engineers from their mobile phone division to other IoT devisions. Shellshock rocks the security world.
Matthew gives his review of the Nokia Lumia: spoiler: he hates it. Then we talk about Microsoft buying Minecraft, DipJars goal of fixing tipping, Apple Watch’s pricing, Google’s Android One, FiftyThree’s new Mix on sharing, Facebook’s attempt at sharing Moments, Healthkit being broken, Space X and Boeing getting ready to send people into space, and selling music.