What an action packed week for tech! Matthew gets his new iPhone, VW gets in trouble with the EPA, Smule sues some former employees, Oculus held their developer conference, Pebble came out with a new watch, Microsoft released Office 2016, and Apple’s App store got hacked. Check below for all the details and links.
This week we talk about…
Google playing with photos (see image above), E3 where Microsoft and Sony show off all sorts of cool goodies, the future of virtual reality from Oculus, Valve & Starbreeze, Nintendo level maker and MarI/O, the death of the Mac, the possibilities of WebAssembly, Apple Music and TSwift, and finally Uber’s employees of the California Labor Commission.
It sounds like Jurassic World is pretty good and will hold the open weekend box office record until December. We also talked about the the impact of the World’s Fair on your life, Apple’s numerous announcements: El Capitan, Siri, Swift 2, watchOS 2, Music, News, and more. Oculus announced their consumer hardware which will work with Windows 10 and Xbox One. Finally Dick Costolo is out of Twitter and Jack Dorsey will be taking over.
James makes all sorts of confessions this episode, but we’re not here to talk about that. Instead, we talk about Tomorrowland, the Apple TV, Automatic, Pebble, Ossur’s IMES, Caltech’s bionic arms, the Lime Equation, crowd sources timelapse videos, Apple Maps, Oculus, Google+ Photos, Medium eBooks, Hycopter and Aria.
Matthew joins us after running a Tough Mudder and getting virtually zero sleep the day/night before. Still, we soldier on and cover all of Facebook’s latest plans to take over the Internet. The crazy part: we think it just might work.
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.
This week is a crazy week for stories. We just couldn’t decide what to talk about, so we talk about everything. Below is the list of all the articles. Yep, there’s a lot of them. Enjoy!
- Samsung Is First To Market With Gear VR
- VR Movies At Sundance
- Pixelmator, Beyonce, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ & ‘Fargo’ lead Apple’s iTunes Best of 2014 awards
- LendingClub hikes IPO target 17%, now hopes to raise up to $929M
- Loan platform operator LendingClub’s shares soar in debut
- Graph Search is finally coming to mobile, making it even easier for users to know what Facebook knows
- Big changes ahead for Windows: ‘We’ve got to monetize it differently,’ says Microsoft exec
- How Google Maps Happen
- TGIF Had A Drone With Mistletoe. They Hit Someone.
- Sony Hack Snowballs
- Sony Hack Was Shockingly Easy
- Sony Turns To The PS4 As Top Priority
- Sony Is Selling The 20th Anniversary PS4 for 19.94 pounds. But Only In London
- XBOX ONE outsold PS4 Officially
- 1 Million Deliveries Deep, Postmates Formally Launches An On-Demand API
- T-Mobile launches $100 two-line family plan with unlimited data
- The Happy Home Company Aims To Take The Headache Out Of Home Maintenance
- Glassdoor: Google dethrones Twitter as the best tech company to work for in the U.S., also tops new U.K. list
- Bose Products Back In Apple Stores
- Android Wear Gets 3rd Party Watch Face Support
- Stretchable Artificial Skin For Prosthetics
- Apple And IBM Launch First Set Of New Enterprise Apps
- Whose Your Landlord Checks Out Your Place For You Before You Rent It
- Amazon now lets developers publish HTML5 web apps for its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
- MTailor: The Perfectly Tailored Man’s Shirt
- New Tools and Insights for Publishers
- HP Stream 11 Review: $200 and Worth Every Penny
- Instagram Passes Twitter to 300 million Users
- Army’s Laser Passes Deployment Test
- Merkel speaks out against net neutrality
- Robinhood Launches Zero-Fee Stock Trading App
- For AOL Dial-Up Subscribers, It’s Life in the Slow Lane
- Amazon Android App Quietly Removed From Play Store
- Oculus Has Acquired A Hand Tracking and AR Company
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
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
If there’s anything you get from this show, that should be it.