It’s our seasonal finale where we review our predictions for the year and review what happened. There’s a lot packed into the 45 minute show (the prediction show, #275, was 3 hours!) Each of the predictions are captured below.
E3 happened this week! Microsoft revealed their new console, the Xbox One X (a horrible name). There were also a slew of games. To round things out we talk about Uber’s latest happenings and Amazon purchasing Whole Foods.
The future of tech is ambient computing according to Walt Mossberg… and he’s probably right. In the future, technology won’t be about gadgets and hardware because it’ll be always present, in the background, waiting to help when you need it. It’s a very cool picture of the future he leaves us with. The rest of the stories are below.
Amazon showed off their new echo: Echo Show, which comes with a display to augment Alexa’s voice control. Think of it as a video conference landline, which the possible potential to be MUCH more. At $320, it isn’t going to be for everyone, but if you have the right use case, it’s a great product. The rest of the stories are below.
This week Microsoft announced a new Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S. The laptop is meant to compete with the MacBook Air and Windows 10 S only allows you to download apps from their store. Personally, I think the new hardware looks cool, and as long as the app store has the apps I want, I’d welcome the extra security. The rest of the stories are below.
The new Zelda game is a great example of parallel learning that let’s you learn at your own pace, and on the things you want to learn. This is in contrast to serial learning which requires you to follow a pre-defined path. This, is mostly likely the future of adult and college education because maximizes how much you learn.
Oh yeah! Good news: you don’t need antivirus software anymore if you promise not to visit bad sites (though, Chrome won’t let you even if you wanted to), you don’t download software from CNET, and you don’t let your kids use your computer.
The rest of this week’s stories are below.
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.
Can you believe the iPhone was announced 10 years ago? It’s a device that changed our lives forever. It’s hard to image how something that seems so obvious today was actually risky when it was first introduced.
Speaking of introductions, Nintendo announced their next gaming platform: The Switch. It’s both a portable console and can also be played on your TV. They’re definitely no longer competing against the PS4 or Xbox. The real question remains if there’s room for Nintendo and the others.
See below for the rest of the stories.
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.