This week we predict what we expect to happen in 2015. It’s all going to be 100% accurate.
This week represents week 1 of a 2 week series. In this part, we take a look back at 2014. What was the big news? How did we do on our predictions? Predictably, we did pretty well with Apple, Facebook and Samsung. Surprisingly, Google through us some curveballs. It’s a good show to listen to, and don’t forget to catch our predictions next week.
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.
- NFL Bans Beats Headphones On Camera
- May the strong survive: Why spin-offs are the new go-to play for struggling Wall St. boards
- GT Advanced Files For Chapter 11
- Investors Are Stunned
- CEO Sold $160,000 Worth Of Stock The Day Before The iPhone 6 Event
- Apple Withheld Final $125 million Payment For Failure To Meet Objectives
- Apple Says They Were Surprised Too
- GT Won’t Give Details Because Of A Confidentiality Agreement With Apple
- GT Advanced Is Blaming Apple Specifically For Being Too Burdensome To Continue Operations
- Where does Apple Go From Here
- Samsung Sees Largest Fall In Quarterly Profits Since 2009
- This Is The New Squarespace
- San Francisco Legalizes, Regulates Airbnb
- The End Of The “.com” Tyranny
- Microsoft CEO Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot On Gender Pay Gap
- Crude spoof worked: Lego ends 50-year deal with Shell after Greenpeace video
- Musk Unveils His New Model D Teslas
- Jonny Ives Just Quoted Matthew
- Beats And Bose Settle Noise Cancellation Patent Dispute
- …Hours After Rumors Leak Of Apple Will Be Removing Bose From Apple Stores. Coincidence?
James is still enjoying his TOTALLY FLAT iPhone.
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.
- Apple TV Got A HomeKit Update, It’s Ready To Be The Hub
- Apple’s Beats Music Brand May Go Away. Apple’s Beats Music Service Is Sticking Around.
- Cirque Du Soleil Using Quadcopters
- Microsoft’s Big Cube
- What’s In A Name: “Semantic satiation” and the art of choosing a perfect company name
- Enter Your Email Address Quickly on Your Phone with the @@ Shortcut
- Robinhood Raises $13M To Democratize Stock Market With Zero-Commission Trading App
- Apple’s PR Problems
- The PR Team Starts To Fight Back: Bent iPhone Complaints, Less Than 10
- I Once Broke a Phone in Half With My Bare Hands
- iOS 8.0.1 breaks your iPhone 6
- Bug Testers Get Their iPhone 6 At The Same Time You Do
- Inside the building where Apple tortures the iPhone 6
- Consumer Reports test results find iPhone 6 and 6 Plus not as bendy as believed
- Samsung Moves 500 Engineers From Mobile Phones To Other IoT Divisions
- The Bash ‘Shellshock’ Bug
- Why It Matters Beyond The Normal “Bugs”
Marketing is a fantastic study if you’re interested in psychology. This week we dive into that with a deep look into some marketing.
Samsung and Apple both released new commercials, Xiaomi releases the Mi Band to track your fitness, Microsoft announces that Windows will be merging into one unified software, Amazon releases the Fire Phone, Facebook enables us to save posts for later, Bose sues Beats, and Hello kickstarts Sense to help track your sleep patterns.
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Why Smartphones Get Bigger
Facebook Launches Save, A Read-It-Later List For Links, Places, And Media Pages
Samsung Advertises Apple’s Larger Screen iPhone
Apples MacBook Air Commercial Doesn’t Even Show The Screen
Xiaomi announces its first wearable device, a $13 fitness band
Microsoft Will Unify It’s Big 3 Operating Systems
Microsoft Is Already Giving Windows 8 The Vista Treatment
Amazon Fire phone review: a unique device, but you’re better off waiting for the sequel
Thiel Fellow’s Elegant Sleep Tracker, Sense, Crushes Kickstarter With $120K In A Few Hours
Bose Is Suing Apple Over Beat’s Noise Canceling Tech
Apple might be considering replacing the headphone jack with only the Thunderbolt connector, people are no longer reading, Facebook launches Slingshot at Snapchat, Snapchat tells it’s own story, Yo… well… that’s all we need to say about that, Amazon launch a new phone with a bunch of cool features (Dynamic Perspective, Mayday, Firefly, unlimited storage), Dwolla improves their sign-up process, Harley Davidson launch an electric motorcycle called LiveWire, and Google buys Dropcam.
Download #143: A Dynamic Perspective on Slinging Yo
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- Facebook launches Slingshot
- Snapchat To Buy Slingshot for 4 Billion Dollars
- Amazon Announces The Fire Phone
- Colbert Weighs In On Yo, Asking Y?
- Dwolla Direct Makes It Easier To Pay Online Using Your Bank Account (And Become A Dwolla User)
- Harley Is Introducing An Electric Bike
- When Apple Gets Rid of the 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Will Matthew & James Still Defend This As A Brilliant Idea?
- Google Bought Dropcam
- You’ll Be Shocked At How Much Time Young People Spend Reading Each Day
- Our Story: Snapchats Next Victory
Sound Drivers + Driverless Cars. I believe that’s called a concatenation.
Apple buys Beats, Quirky builds Aros using a community, Mary Meeker shares her 2014 Internet Trend Report, Dick Costolo tells us how to pronounce Twitter handles, Google shows off their self-driving cars, Simple shows us how unsecured email is, SpaceX reveals Dragon V2, and Valve postpones their Steam Machines.
Download #140: Sound Driverless Cars
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- An air conditioner, powered by fans. How Quirky’s 800k members help newbie inventors get to market
- Why The Apple/Beats Deal May Be Dead
- Google’s New Self-Driving Car Ditches the Steering Wheel
- The first driverless cars will be electric, thanks to Google & Tesla, and that’s important
- Google’s self-driving pods might be great, but we need to calm down on predicting the distant future
- Apple Bought A Pair Of Beats
- Apple. Eats. Beats.
- The Beats go on at HP (at least until 2015)
- 2014 Internet Trends Report
- Meeker: As Internet User Growth Slows, the Real Driver Is Mobile Usage
- Mary Meeker Tamps Down All That Bubble Talk
- The video of her presentation
- How Twitter handles are pronounced
- Behind Simple CEO’s email snafu is a larger problem with web security: email
- The Reading Rainbow Gets A Kickstart
- SpaceX Announces The Dragon 2
- Valve To Delay Their Steam Machine Till 2015
Sometimes you need to take crazy bets. Sometimes those bets work. Sometimes they don’t.
Matthew shares his trip to the Maker Faire and talks about the products they’re developing, Twitter lets you mute people, cheap smart phones are going to take over the world, Monster’s CEO isn’t happy about Beat’s payday, Wearhaus will make silent discos more awesome, Jawbone gets bluetooth connectivity right, Microsoft unbundles the Kinect, Google Glass suffers a loss and the head EE head’s over to Oculus Rift, Uber puts the breaks on Breeze, and Formula E charges ahead with electric race cars.
- Why Twitter’s Newest Tweetstorm Trend Must Be Stopped
- Another way to edit your Twitter experience: with mute
- Monster CEO Disappointed Over Beats Acquisitions
- The Silent Disco
- Jawbone Updates Jambox Mini With Some Cool new Features
- Microsoft Dis-Kinects
- Lead Google Glass EE Defects to Oculus VR
- And Google Replaced Him With Ivy Ross
- Uber deactivates drivers who rent their cars from Breeze, continues to push its own rival financing plan
- Formula E Cars Are Read To Go
- Don’t Diss Cheap Smartphones. They’re About to Change Everything
- Google’s Self Driving Cars Are Anything But Simple
- Apple And Google Put an End to Their Patent Battle
- Apple Must Be Furious With Xiaomi
Disruption is hard to do with physical products. This week we talk about 2 companies – ISI Technology and Mink – that are trying to do just that.
This week we talk about Alibaba’s IPO, Apple potentially buying Beats, TechCrunch Disrupt winners: Vurb, the ISI Technology Heatworks Model 1 & Mink, Greg Steinhafel stepping down from Target, Facebook inspiring Oculus investments, KickSat satellite problem, Nintendo’s horrible Wii U sales, Narendra Modi’s holographic presentations, Facebook killing Poke and Camera, and the taxis competing with Uber and Lyft.
- Target CEO Steps Down Over Data Breach
- The Facebook Effect: “VC’s Are Now Investing In [Oculus] Developers’ Projects”
- Google’s Only Real Moonshot: Get Technology Out Of The Way
- KickSat’s Clock Reset
- China’s Alibaba files for IPO that could be tech industry’s biggest ever
- The Wii U is Crushing Nintendo
- They’re Using Holograms In India
- And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014 Is… Vurb
- My favorite: ISI Technology Reinvents The Water Heater With The Heatworks Model 1
- Disrupting Makeup
- CNBC Confirms Apple In Talks With Beats Music
- My First 7 Questions About This Apple-Beats Deal
- Competition Forcing Traditional Cabs To Improve
- Google Maps Integrates Uber
- Facebook Poke is dead