Uber is doomed because of a credibility problem. Just in the last month people are boycotting them, they’re accused of misogyny, they’re sued for stealing data, and continue losing money on each ride. It’s not a great recipe for success. It’s a good thing they’re not trying to IPO (like Snap). See below for the rest of the important news this week.
This week represents week 1 of a 2 week series. In this part, we take a look back at 2014. What was the big news? How did we do on our predictions? Predictably, we did pretty well with Apple, Facebook and Samsung. Surprisingly, Google through us some curveballs. It’s a good show to listen to, and don’t forget to catch our predictions next week.
“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.
Matthew gives his review of the Nokia Lumia: spoiler: he hates it. Then we talk about Microsoft buying Minecraft, DipJars goal of fixing tipping, Apple Watch’s pricing, Google’s Android One, FiftyThree’s new Mix on sharing, Facebook’s attempt at sharing Moments, Healthkit being broken, Space X and Boeing getting ready to send people into space, and selling music.
The TI-84 Plus is the best selling calculator of all time, Matthew loves Destiny of the PS4, Apple announced two new iPhones, Apple Pay and Apple Watch, Matthew shares his story of buying Nokia’s Lumia 1020, and Deadmau5 drives for Uber in his McLaren for an evening.
The concept of Big Brother is becoming a great possibility. However, instead of using computers to watch people, they’re just replacing them. Here’s what we talk about this week:
Thalmic Labs wants to turn your arms into controllers with the Myo, Tesla names the Model 3, IBM and Apple shake up the Monopoly board with an partnership, Microsoft announces layoffs where most are coming from Nokia, Foxconn is making Foxbots to replace humans, Nike invents the Vapor 360 Fielding Glove that doesn’t need to be broken in, the iPhone 5S is outselling Samsung’s Galaxy S5, PolicyGenius tries to take the headache out of finding insurance, and Amazon releases Kindle Unlimited.
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.
This week we talk about the ROI of Selfies and driving cars.
We also talk about RadioShack’s next move, the intersection of privacy and surprise, Apple’s CarPlay, Ellen Tweeting at the Oscars, Microsoft’s SurroundWeb & IllumiRoom, Tesla’s European expansion, Corning glass verse sapphire glass, Wello bio-metric case, Ballmer’s mistake, and Blackberry’s continued slide.