And we’re back to a “normal” week of tech. This week we start off with the kid on the block: Peach. We then talk about the struggles of Bitcoin and Wikipedia. That’s followed up by the nominations for this year’s Crunchies. There are some good choices! We also talk about Amazon’s new shipping business, an iOS listening hack, Tinder’s secret scoring system and one problem with automation. See below for all the links.
This week we focus on Microsoft and their announcements at their Build Conference. In short: Continuum looks great, .NET aims to kill Java and Oracle, HoloLens to coming along just fine and Microsoft still doesn’t know how old you are.
We also chat about the Avengers (of course), the EM Drive, Facebook’s video chat feature, and Tesla’s home battery.
There were lots of colors this week. White & Gold dresses. Red, White & Blue FCC decisions. 64 color watches and much more. It was good having Matthew back behind the microphone as we dove into this week’s top stories.
Speaking Startup can be tough, but this week we walk you through all the terms you need to know to help you get prepared for the new year.
Apple creates a touching iPad commercial, Techcrunch teaches us how to speak startup, Google share the top 10 searches of 2014, we give a brief history of Yahoo!, Blackberry gives up with the “Classic”, Lift adds personal coaching to their already awesome app, TAG Heuer is working on a smart watch, T-Mobile lets you roll over your data, a double amputee named Les Baugh gets two arms back, X-Plane releases to new iOS game, Tesla opens their first battery swap station, and Circle the Dot proves to be a fun iOS game.
Yo turns out to be useful, Google brings Photo Sphere to iOS, Matthew buys a PS4, Shakedown is a dumb app, Noke is a digital pad lock, Thalmic goes for the enterprise, Steve Ballmer is out of Microsoft, Samsung unveils the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, Twitter starts showing other tweets in your timeline, Windows 9 is coming soon, Apple will help you find your car, Facebook and Pandora are the most popular smartphone apps, SpaceX blows up a rocket, the ice bucket challenges are getting crazy, and Google wants to keep their self-driving data private.
One clear path to growth is to buy another company and integrate them into what you’re already doing. This week included many interesting acquisitions: Disney bought Maker, Intel bought Basis Band, and Facebook bought Oculus.
In other news, Microsoft brought Office to the iPad, Apple wants to bring cable TV to Apple TV, Google might let Oakley and Ray-Band design their glasses, and Tesla continues to fight the state-by-state car selling fight.
Here’s the trick: when you make a pun on purpose, say “no pun intended” anyways to point out to people that made the pun without directly telling them they should notice you made one. Works every time.
Amazon uses drones for PR only, Yahoo shares their top search results, Apply buys Topsy, LG shows off the G Flex, Apple inks a deal to sell subsidized iPhones with China Mobile, Apple also reveals that iBeacons is already in every phone, SmartCharge is a light with a battery, VASIMR makes plasma rockets cheaper to run, Homejoy gets $34 million to clean your home, Offline tries another iPad magazine business model, Medium updates to also become more magazine like, and the PS4 outsells both the Xbox and Wii U.
Elon Musk gives Matthew a birthday present: The Hyperloop.
We also talk about Blackberry’s willingness to sell, the Microsoft and Google fight over Youtube, Apple’s iPhone 5S, Microsoft’s Windows for any surface, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and Note III, Elon Musk’s Hyperloop, Title for iOS and Sony’s leaked camera.