We’re in the second week without James and nothing seems to be on fire yet, so that’s good news. Things don’t seem to be going as smoothly for Microsofts AI, though. Join Alex Grivette and I as we talk about Apple’s big announcement this week, the collapse of Pebble and the struggles of Nintendo. We also take a look at the soon delivering Oculus, the shake up at Tinder and the success of Spotify. Finally we round out the with the future of smart TVs and the imminent financial collapse of the Silicon Valley.
So it turns out that we were already on the edge of pop culture. I went looking for the tears of joy emoji to use as your picture, when I remembered it look very familiar… and it was! We used it back for episode 203 and talking about LOLs. See below for all the links and details of what we talked about.
This week we predict what we expect to happen in 2015. It’s all going to be 100% accurate.
The new Star Wars trailer looks fantastic, SendMyBag will ship your luggage for you, the FCC tells T-Mobile to stop unthrottling speed test sites, the Xbox One is improving but the PS4 is still better, people don’t trust Apple’s iCloud, the European Parliament wants to break up Google, watch makers don’t like that their designs are being copied, Matthew shares an overview of the history of computer graphics, the Doxie scanner improves with WiFi, Sinclair Community College is making a giant indoor stadium to fly drones, iPad sales are falling, NASA is 3D printing in space using the Zero-G, Snapcash is actually useful, Betaworks is analyzing your #homescreen, and Fitbit data can be used in court.
- Watchmakers Suing To Protect Their Designs From The Digital World
- A Brief History Of Computer Game Graphics
- Doxie Updates Its Portable Doxie Go Scanner With Wi-Fi And iOS App
- SendMyBag Arrives In The U.S. To Take Your Luggage When Airlines Won’t
- Xbox One Review Update: One Year Later
- Ohio College Is Making A Drone Arena Dome
- T-Mobile Unthrottled Speed Tests Sites
- The Legacy Of Apple’s Secrecy Makes iCloud A Difficult Nut To Crack
- iPad Sees First Ever Decline
- NASA Printed Stuff In Space
- Homescreen Is Betaworks’ Latest Experiment-Turned-Product
- European Parliament Wants Google Broken Up
- When Fitbit Is An Expert Witness
“We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t.” – Tyler Durden
On that happy note, we talked about everything this week. The Giants are playing well, Matthew completed another Tough Mudder, IO is an app for finding good restaurants, Samsung got on the CSFC list for a little while, Apple Pay is causing problems for CurrentC, the Internet is ruled by an Oligarchy, the Avi-on Switch makes turning on lights easy, iPad sales are just fine, Google decides to remake emails Inbox again, Facebook clones Room Inc, Air New Zealand makes an epic flight safety video, Microsoft ditches the Nokia name, Procter & Gamble don’t see much growth from Duracell, AT&T remans predictably mean, Amazon sneaks in the Android app store on their their Fire devices, and the Hoverboard is real.
- IO Feels Like A Human Friend Who Gives Great Restaurant Recommendations
- A Dude Built A Legit Hoverboard
- Stick this battery-powered Bluetooth light switch anywhere you want
- Tim Cook, in his own words, on why the iPad has a bright future
- Inbox is a total reinvention of email from Google
- Facebook Goes Private
- Creators of ‘Room’ say Facebook copied their chatroom app, threaten legal action
- Ouch: Amazon takes $170M write-down on Fire Phone
- Air New Zealand Releases a New ‘Hobbit’-Themed Safety Video Featuring Sir Peter Jackson and Elijah Wood
- Microsoft Finally Drops Nokia
- Procter & Gamble To Spin Off Duracell
- That Carrier Free SIM by Apple? Yeah, AT&T Broke It And Locked It Down
- James’s Pebble Can Control His Nest!
- Approved For Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Program Component List…Then Promptly Shown To Be Fundamentally Flawed
- Amazon Hid A Full App Store In Their Android App
- How We Get What We Deserve And The Death Of The Internet
- Rite Aid and CVS Have Stopped Apple Pay From Working, Shining Light On Walmart’s Payment Plans
Oculus looks to Cinema for their killer app, HP kills WebOS, Swipe probably won’t change the world, Apple announces Apple Pay, new iPads, Yosemite, and a retina iMac, Matthew reviews Androids LG G and Moto 360, Google finds that kids use Voice commands, Apple kicks out Bose and Fitbit from the Apple Store, Tesla is bring the batter swap stations in December and shortly batteries will charge really fast.
- Google Finds That Kids Use Voice Commands More Than Adults
- Virtual reality and the silver screen: A match made in heaven
- Swipe And The Silicon Valley Idea Machine
- HBO Will Be Offered Unbundled In 2015
- The Nexus Player Is Googles Real Answer To The Apple TV
- Google Announced The $649 Nexus 6
- Tesla Will Unveil First Battery Swap Stations In December
- Quick Charge Batteries
- Apple Plans To Remove Fitbit From Apple Stores
- Apple Is Removing Bose Products From Retail Stores
- It’s Finally Over: HP Will Shut Down WebOS Jan 15, 2015
- Apple Watch SDK To Come In November
- Apple Pay Comes On Monday
- We Called It: 5k iMac
- A Cornucopia of Choice: the 64 Different iPad Options
- OS X Yosemite Is Live
This week we talk about a bunch of things!
Cory Arcangel wrote a book about people tweeting about writing a book, Matthew bought a Philips Hue, the Vocca Light Switch is voice activated, Best Buy is seeing falling iPad sales but doing well overall, Samsung won’t be launching Tizen anytime soon, Zillow bought Trulia, the USB may not be safe anymore, HP unveils a pretty watch designed by Michael Bastian, Amazon need a 10th man for the Fire Phone, the NFL will start tracking players in real time with FRID, EA and Xbox team up to bring you older titles while Sony launch PlayStation Now to stream old games, Nintendo continues to lose money, HelloWorld gives you a way to share your location with friends, and the House of Lords in Europe agree than the right to be forgotten rule should be forgotten.
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- Advocating Against The Fire Phone
- Samsung Postpones Launch of Tizen Phone Indefinitely
- Zillow to Acquire Trulia for $3.5 Billion in Stock
- App Rot
- For $30 a year, EA Will Give You Access To A Bunch Of Last Years Games Today
- Here’s a book about people tweeting about writing their novels
- Right To Be Forgotten Rule Is Wrong
- Nintendo Post Loss Despite Wii Sales Tripling
- The Vocca Light Switch Is A Modern-Day Clapper
- Best Buy CEO Says Tablet Sales Are “Crashing,” Hope for PCs
- Is the iPad doomed?
- The Fundamental Break Of USB Security
- The NFL will track players with RFID for better stats in real time
- HP’s Fashionable Smart Watch
- PlayStation Now is a glimpse at the future of gaming — for a price
- Meet HelloWorld, An Easier Way To Share Your Location With Friends
Spoiler: They’re on the same team.
- We’re Not The Only Ones Wondering If Glass Is Dead
- Returning Google Glass
- Google Glass Doesn’t Have a Privacy Problem. You Do.
- Survey says: Comcast, Time Warner Cable customers are still the angriest
- Microsoft Unveils Surface Pro 3
- It’s Not Meant To Compete With the iPad, It’s Meant to Compete With the Macbook Air
- Microsoft Is Trying to Think Different
- Microsoft Surface Pro 3 review
- Google Dethrones Apple As The Most Valuable Brand
- Nest Recalls 440,000 Nest Protect Smoke Alarms
- California Will Start Granting Licenses for Autonomous Vehicles
- … And It Could Lead To Crippling Law Enforcement Budget
- The Plan for WWDC
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.
- Apple Is Putting Together A Team Of Cable Insiders To Negotiate A TV Deal
- This Dude Doesn’t Think It’ll Happen Because There’s A lot of Cost And No Upside For Comcast
- Disney Acquires Maker
- Google Inks Deal With Oakley and Ray-Band for Glass
- Facebook Bought Oculus VR
- The Hardware Land Grab Is On
- The Creator Of “Doom” And “Quake” Now Works For Mark Zuckerberg
- Facebook has Failed To Own The Mobile Gaming Market, Oculus VR Will Help Them Catch The Next Wave
- Notch Cancels Mincraft For Rift
- The Deal Happened Over The Course Of 5 Days
- Facebook Missed Making a Mobile OS, They Won’t Miss The Next Opportunity
- Valves VR Expert Jumps Ship To Oculus After Facebook Acquisition
- Sony’s VR Advantage
- Intel bought Basis Science Maker of the Basis Band
- Microsoft Launches Office For iOS
- The First Quick Review
- Tesla Strikes Agreement in Ohio To Sell Teslas
In this cut, we talk about what we think will happen in 2014.