We start off the show with a story about a guy who decides to become an Instagram Influencer (#LiveAuthentic). It’s interesting to see what it actually takes. We also talk about self-driving cars acquisitions, coveted NES games, memory cards, internet duct tape, The Machine, measure power consumption and more. Show notes are below.
Creating compelling products requires a visionary leader. Someone who can put the product line in context and provide a rationale for what was, or was not, created. Tesla and Microsoft both have visionary leaders. Apple appears to be struggling in this area.
Week three without James, we’re almost through this people. Helping me hold down the fort this week is Brian Nelson in Los Alamos New Mexico. In this explosive episode, we heat things up while talking about our visit to the Trinity Bomb test site. Microsoft made some really exciting announcements and Tesla took an amazing amount of preorders. We give you the best (and worst) April Fools pranks on the internet, we explain how you’ll end up with a smart fridge and blow your mind with some expert Super Mario World play. We Finally wrap it up with some dating advice.
In the book Made To Stick, it talks about to get people to quickly understand and idea. One really easy way is to take something they already know and then tell them how it’s different. Thus the formula “It’s the [existing company] of [new market]” was born.
Happy 4th of July! We celebrate our freedom this week by taking a look at technology (that’s what we do every week).
We start with exciting news that Community will be coming to Yahoo, NASA is really going to Mars, we can now 3D print blood vessels, the EU is celebrating their right to be forgotten by Google, we’ve invented incredibly strong magnets, we only use about 24 apps a month, digital book sales are outpacing paper books, Apple is going to launch an iWatch and the AP is publishing stories by robots.
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.
Given our interest in technology, it should be no surprise that we experimented with new technology that brought audio to life in our podcast. Enjoy the new sounds!
This week, we talk about Microsoft’s price cut of the Surface Pro, the 40 Days of Dating blog, the new Her movie, Bill Gate’s comments about Project Loon, Computer-Brain research, Samsung’s attempted ban of Apple’s iPhones, Jeff Bezos’ purchase of The Washington Post, Nokia’s new commercial poking fun at Apple, Netflix’s crazy algorithm for deciding what movies you like, and Blackberry’s impending doom.
Douglas Engelbart lead the way on creating the mouse. Today, companies are pursing touch interfaces and wearable computing – especially watches.
We also talk about Yahoo’s purchase of BigNoggin and their overall strategy, Apple’s move from Samsung to TSMC for making their chips, MIT’s optical transistor research, Zynga’s new boss and the first solar-power transcontinental flight.