This week we focus on Microsoft and their announcements at their Build Conference. In short: Continuum looks great, .NET aims to kill Java and Oracle, HoloLens to coming along just fine and Microsoft still doesn’t know how old you are.
We also chat about the Avengers (of course), the EM Drive, Facebook’s video chat feature, and Tesla’s home battery.
The Spanish city of Jun using Twitter to run its government, Matthew got an Apple Watch, Google experiments with cell networks with Project Fi, BWM is selling a car that parks itself, Elon Must almost sold Tesla to Google, Central Japan Railway breaks a speed record at 603km/h, Cedar Fair’s new roller coaster Fury is decided to scare us, Apple haptic are going to become more life like, the Chevrolet-FNR looks cool but isn’t real, and Twitter is getting more into the messaging space.
Who did better: Harrison Ford or Ben Affleck? Needless to say, we’re both pumped about Batman v Superman and Star Wars.
We then talk about Hello Alfred making chores easier, Google’s lack of focus (we spend a lot of time here), 6 disruptive trends including 3D printing, headphone advertising and MOOCs. We then talk about Vizio’s new 4K TVs, DARPA’s new BRASS project, the next generation of Guitar Hero, Apply buying LinX to take better pictures, digital music downloads finally outselling CDs, and the death of Snapchat and Houzz (or not).
Is the Apple Watch going to change the wearables landscape? We don’t know for sure, but that doesn’t stop us from making bold proclamations. We also talk about Star Wars being released on iTunes, Daimler’s incredible results of the SuperTruck Challenge, Twitter’s better handling of the Quote Tweet, Taylor Swift and the impact of exclusives in the music industry, Chinas Great DDOS Cannon, YouTube’s future subscription plan, how to make antennas a lot smaller, BlueTooth LEGOs, all-electric Aston Martins, and Square’s email product to help brick and mortar retailers send better email.
Matthew finished How I Met Your Mother and loved it. Good for him.
Ex Machina does some crazy advertising on Tinder during SXSW, Jay-Z comes out with Tidal to take on Apple and Spotify, Microsoft’s Surface 3 actually looks pretty cool, we review all the best April Fools jokes from last week, Hyperkin is making a Game Boy adaptor for the iPhone 6 plus, Amazon launches Home Services and the Dash button, Meerkat and Periscope are neck and neck with traffic, CMU Robotics makes some great sensor improvements for mapping 3D objects, Openbay wants to improve the car repair experiences and SnapPower makes adding a USB charging port crazy easy.
Matthew joins us after running a Tough Mudder and getting virtually zero sleep the day/night before. Still, we soldier on and cover all of Facebook’s latest plans to take over the Internet. The crazy part: we think it just might work.
Matthew is in shock that Buzzfeed broke an tech news story. He’s in even more shock with the amount of views they get. We then move on to talk about the Philips Hue Camera, TAG Heur’s partnership with Android and Intel, Facebook’s next move with Messenger, Alibaba’s selfie payment system, Nintendo’s partnership with DeNA, Sony’s potential PS4 streaming issues, Telsa’s self driving car, and Youtube’s cards.
Matthew is PUMPED for the Apple Watch. He’s REALLY PUMPED! Though we did manage to talk about some other tech:
SimCity creators Maxis is no more, Stratos wants to be your all-in-one card in your wallet, content discovery is once again becoming and problem and Google, Facebook, and Pinterest want to solve it, Pebble and Huawei announced new watches, Scott Galloway gives a breakdown the the 4 horsemen, Sony and HTC are making virtual strides with their VR headsets, and graphic engine creators Unity, Unreal 4 and Source 2 are all going to be free.
There were lots of colors this week. White & Gold dresses. Red, White & Blue FCC decisions. 64 color watches and much more. It was good having Matthew back behind the microphone as we dove into this week’s top stories.