It’s that time of year again, where the internet loses it’s mind and get’s all weird. That’s right, it’s April Fools. SpaceX launched and landed a rocket that they had already launched and landed. Twitter made some changes that got everybody in tweeting fervor. Samsung announced the explosive sequel to their exploding phones. Congress sold our privacy to the highest bidder (kinda, but not really) and Apple rearranged all your files while you slept (don’t worry, they’re right where you left them)
Congrats to Amazon on the Oscar nominations. They’re proving that streaming companies can make just as good of movies and traditional studios. Exciting times! Twitter, on the other hand, has not received as high of marks for their recent update with the “explore” tab. Oh yeah, and Elon Musk is building a tunnel from SpaceX to LAX. That guy…
Creating compelling products requires a visionary leader. Someone who can put the product line in context and provide a rationale for what was, or was not, created. Tesla and Microsoft both have visionary leaders. Apple appears to be struggling in this area.
In talking about who the first people to visit Mars should be, Elon Musk suggests that it should be people who are willing to die. So… BlackBerry, Meerkat & GoPro are already on their death beds, so it makes them perfect candidates to go to Mars. Each of our story’s are below.
This week, like every week, we talk about the continuing corporate of tech companies. We talk about power companies, Facebook’s data, how well Tim Cook is running Apple, Nintendo’s head in their sand over the Wii, spreadsheets, VR stuff (of course), and the amount of money Uber is losing. Check out all the notes below for the links.
Dare to dream! Laptops are getting so thin that they can double as cheese cutters. But are they getting too thin? Maybe the “cheese cutters test” isn’t the right area laptop makers should be competing. Maybe it should be about battery life and speed.
We try every week to bring basketball into the discussion, and this week Wired helps us (despite their AdBlocker policy) with a look a the latest tech trends in the NBA. It was also the week of the Code Conference with plenty of interviews to talk about… Mostly Elon Musk’s philosophical thoughts. See all the show notes below.
This week there was an exciting match up between Lee Sedol and AlphaGo, a Google designed neural network built to do one thing: Beat the best at Go. We talked about the match up, the game and the implication in depth.
We also talked about the struggles of VR, the end of PageRank and the shortcomings of Tesla’s business model. But it’s not all doom and gloom, we also cover exciting photo sharing apps, the biggest acquisitions of the last year and the silver lining of surveillance capitalism.
It’s time for our annual postdictions of 2015. James nails is and Matthew… We’ll… Let’s just say there’s room for improvement. We start off recapping the big stories of the year and then dive into how well we called things. Enjoy the show!
This week we talk about Star Wars… A lot actually. We also dive into the world of self-driving cars, gaming, monopolies, and the future of medicine. All in all, it’s a solid show. Enjoy!