Standalone apps were all the rage at the beginning of the year. Now they’re suddenly dying. Virtual reality seems poised to be all the rage next year. Will they also experience a quick death (like the hoverboard), or will they be around for the long-haul?
So… It turns out that this week was full of Apple news. We swiftly run through they Unifying Theory of products, and then get into specific thoughts on products. Matthew is particularly excited about Swift, and I don’t blame him.
Also listen for Adobe’s product name change and PlayStation’s moves to bring back some classic games. Check out the show notes below.
This week Matthew is off on a business trip, and so I decided to do an experimental format. The show is only 30 minutes as a consequence, but it’s a completely different style than we’ve ever done before. I’d love to get your feedback which you can leave in the comments below. Thanks for listening!
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.
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.
The TI-84 Plus is the best selling calculator of all time, Matthew loves Destiny of the PS4, Apple announced two new iPhones, Apple Pay and Apple Watch, Matthew shares his story of buying Nokia’s Lumia 1020, and Deadmau5 drives for Uber in his McLaren for an evening.