On this day, May the 4th (be with you), Matthew shares his hatred of Star Wars… all because they sacrificed art at the table of profit.
We also talk about Cow Clicker, Google’s Self-Driving cars, Facebook’s f8 announcements: anonymous login, Facebook Audience Network & Applinks, SpaceX’s fight against the United Launch Alliance to get a piece of the space funding pie, FreedomPop’s new contract free iPhone, Graphene’s potential pollution problem, Sony’s huge magnetic data tapes, Foursquare’s unbundling, and Snapchat’s lame updates.
In this episode we Segway effortlessly to the opera side of the tech world: Lawsuits, purchases and people leaving. Yep, we’re talking about Pandora, Aereo, Net Neutrality, Google+ and Nokia.
More specifically we talk about: James’ experience on a Segway, Graphene going into mass production, Pandora surviving the music industry, the FCC’s weird definition of net neutrality, Aereo’s fight for survival, Google+’s fight for survival, Nokia’s lost fight for survival, Apple’s massive stock split, Weight Watcher’s purchase of Wello, and HBO GO on Amazon.
Matthew reviewed all the news that happened in 2013 and compare it to our predictions.
We discuss news about Apple, Facebook, Google, Blackberry, Microsoft, 4k TVs, Tesla, Dell, Twitter, Xbox, Play Station, Nintendo, Steam, SimCity and a little bit about security. We graded ourselves an A- for our predictions. In the 3rd hour of the show (yes!) we got down to our 2014 predictions. There will be a cut with just this part of the show.
Companies are spending billions of dollars in an effort to set themselves apart from the competition. For example, Apple is spending billions in specialized manufacturing parts. Facebook is trying to spend billions of buy competing mobile apps.
We also talk about graphene’s super capacitor potential, Coin’s card that lets you hold 8 cards at once, Sony’s Playstation 4, Dropbox’s new business accounts, Android’s market share and the overall mobile fight, Facebook’s attempt to buy SnapChat, Apple’s massive investments in manufacturing, Automatic’s car data tracker, and MIT’s dynamic shape display called inFORM.
In order to keep pace with innovation, you sometimes need to get creative: when everyone else is looking left and right, you look up. We’re on the precipice of something big.
To that end, we learn about dirty little secrets thanks to a Reddit thread, we celebrate Pandora’s limitless music, we make fun of Champagne, we marvel at the possibilities of graphene, we question Nintendo’s 2DS strategy, we marvel more at Samsung’s multi-layered NAND, we predict the merge of Twitter and Facebook, we mention Betaworks & Instapaper’s new look, we watch Keven Spacey talk about the future of TV and movies, and we finish with Hugo Barra leaving Google’s Android team.
Disruptions are everywhere this week! Solar panels are disrupting the energy market, Google is disrupting the ISP market, Microsoft is disrupting the PC market, Bitcoin is disrupting the currency market, and Facebook is disrupting the mobile phone market. It’s a world gone crazy!
We also talk about 3D printing, the FBI’s surveillance tool, MIT’s DNA-patterned graphene, Samsung’s superior global Galaxy S4, Blackberry’s horrible Z10 sales, shallow texters, Foursquare’s $41 million investment, Internet Explorer vs. Murder Rates, Google’s inactive account manager, iPhone’s India sales, an attack upon WordPress, and regulated commercial drones.