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285: Nintendo’s Titanic

285: Nintendo’s Titanic

Nintendo's Titanic

When the movie titanic first came out, it wasn’t very popular: it took a few weeks to become the sensation we know it as today. The Nintendo Wii was the same way: people needed to play Wii Sports before realizing how fun the system was. In effect, the Wii was Nintendo’s Titanic.

The Switch, on the other hand seems much more straight forward, and therefore the initial sales are much higher. Personally, I still want to buy a Switch. :)

The rest of the stories are below.

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284: The Problem With Owning A Camera Company

284: The Problem With Owning A Camera Company

Snap is a Camera Company

Snap become a publicly traded camera company this week. It’s the largest IPO since Facebook and is based purely on expectations of future growth and advertisements. Matthew and I don’t totally get why they insist on calling themselves a camera company, but I guess that’s because we’re not cool.

A ton of other cool things happened this week as well. See below for the whole list.

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279: Amazon Is Winning Awards For Excellence And Twitter Is Not

279: Amazon Is Winning Awards For Excellence And Twitter Is Not

Manchester Excellence

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…

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278: Tesla And Samsung Deal With Disasters

278: Tesla And Samsung Deal With Disasters

Explosive Disaster

This week Tesla and Samsung deal with disasters that happened last year. A report showed that Tesla’s vehicle did everything it could to avoid a fatal accident. Samsung’s report showed that their batteries were the cause of the explosion and they have a new 8-point safety check to avoid it in the future.

We also talk about the improvements of the Raspberry Pie computer, how micro-software companies are the future, Airbus getting into flying cars, and how Google discovers malware. See below for all the stories.

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276: A Pineapple Express Of Consumer Technology

276: A Pineapple Express Of Consumer Technology

Prototype Base

Did you know that Pineapple Express is a non-technical term for describing a deluge of rain? It’s usually associated with the Hawaiian Islands, hence the pineapple. Since this is CES week, we got a deluge of consumer tech.

There were a few trends this year. For example, Amazon’s Alex played a huge role in helping make devices smart. Just wait – you’ll be able to talk to everything in the future. 4K TVs are normal now and the next big battle ground is over HDR content. PCs are also making a comeback with some really interesting options. One gaming PC has 2 screens that slide out to give you 3 screens at once! Cars are also getting smarter and automated driving creeps closer to reality.

See the whole list below of the cool products from CES this year.

BTW, the picture is the tripod thing Matthew was talking about during the show.

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275: Exactly What Will Happen In 2017

275: Exactly What Will Happen In 2017

2017

To kick off 2017 we spend over 3 hours talking about our predictions for the year. We cover the big guys: Apple (big expectations for the 10th anniversary of iPhone) Alphabet (AI. AI. AI.), Facebook (VR & M), Microsoft (keep kicking butt and taking names) and Amazon (Echo refresh, something crazy and new). Then we move into the smaller companies like Uber, Twitter, HPI, Tesla, Space X, and Snapchat. We then talk about broader topics like gaming, AI, IoT, AR/VR, and autonomous vehicles. It’s a jam packed show!

There aren’t any show notes to go with this show. So sit back, get comfortable and enjoy.

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274: 2016 Postdictions

274: 2016 Postdictions

2016

This in special year-end episode we look back at what happened during the year. Specifically, we look back at our predictions for the year and grade ourselves. Honestly, it’s shocking how well we do. Below is a reference for all the events we covered from 2016. It was a busy year!

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273: San Francisco Has A Message For Uber

273: San Francisco Has A Message For Uber

Message from SF

Uber started testing their driverless cars in San Francisco last week. It turns out that they didn’t get proper permission from the DMV, who sent Uber a nice message asking them to stop. Uber didn’t listen and the justice department got involved. This is Uber’s MO: seek forgiveness instead of permission. The rest of the stories, and their links are below.

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270: The Local Maximum Of Gratefulness

270: The Local Maximum Of Gratefulness

The Local Maximum Of Gratefulness

Showing our gratefulness, James and Matthew offer a new and interesting way to look at innovation and the world of technology. We also discuss James’ experience with the HTC Vive, an interview with Marc Andreessen and how Google will end humanity with AI. Also, we take a short look at Tesla’s solar power installation and how GPS is killing us, probably.

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269: Putting A Camera On Everything

269: Putting A Camera On Everything

Camera Needed for Eyes

Machines are already smart and getting smarter. One way they’re getting even smarter is by putting cameras on everything so they can easier track us. Don’t get scared! This is actually a good thing. The show notes are below with lots of examples of how companies/machines are getting smarter.

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