Matthew starts off by spoiling the Star Wars movie. Then we move on to real news.
Lockheed Martin is developing the N+2 supersonic jet while Aerion develops the AS2 supersonic jet, PSY breaks YouTube, the Internet of Things is real, Nevada tries to solve a taxicab problem that Uber already solved, Google Glass isn’t dead yet, Google sold more Chromebooks to school than Apple sold iPads to school last quarter, Netflix gets accused of creating a personal fast lane, Snapchat continues to innovate, Sony marketed the PlayStation by appealing to older gamers, and Yahoo passes Twitter in ad spend.
It was Thanksgiving week and tech news still managed to happen.
The new Star Wars trailer looks fantastic, SendMyBag will ship your luggage for you, the FCC tells T-Mobile to stop unthrottling speed test sites, the Xbox One is improving but the PS4 is still better, people don’t trust Apple’s iCloud, the European Parliament wants to break up Google, watch makers don’t like that their designs are being copied, Matthew shares an overview of the history of computer graphics, the Doxie scanner improves with WiFi, Sinclair Community College is making a giant indoor stadium to fly drones, iPad sales are falling, NASA is 3D printing in space using the Zero-G, Snapcash is actually useful, Betaworks is analyzing your #homescreen, and Fitbit data can be used in court.
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.