Disney is really ramping up the number of Star Wars movies, the Bolt is a cool electric bike, HP is taking a week off and losing Bill Veghte to SurveyMonkey, Apple Watch is doomed, Waze is semi-taking on Uber, Microsoft is making progress with the HoloLens, the BBC is making a micro:bit for kids, Tinder has verified users, Ben Huh is stepping down from I Can Has Cheeseburger?, Reddit has a new CEO that the community likes, Google and Blackberry are suiting up together, and Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata passes away.
Who did better: Harrison Ford or Ben Affleck? Needless to say, we’re both pumped about Batman v Superman and Star Wars.
We then talk about Hello Alfred making chores easier, Google’s lack of focus (we spend a lot of time here), 6 disruptive trends including 3D printing, headphone advertising and MOOCs. We then talk about Vizio’s new 4K TVs, DARPA’s new BRASS project, the next generation of Guitar Hero, Apply buying LinX to take better pictures, digital music downloads finally outselling CDs, and the death of Snapchat and Houzz (or not).
Is the Apple Watch going to change the wearables landscape? We don’t know for sure, but that doesn’t stop us from making bold proclamations. We also talk about Star Wars being released on iTunes, Daimler’s incredible results of the SuperTruck Challenge, Twitter’s better handling of the Quote Tweet, Taylor Swift and the impact of exclusives in the music industry, Chinas Great DDOS Cannon, YouTube’s future subscription plan, how to make antennas a lot smaller, BlueTooth LEGOs, all-electric Aston Martins, and Square’s email product to help brick and mortar retailers send better email.
This show is about Apple. We just cannot help ourselves. Sure, we mention Star Wars, GigaOm, YouTube and a couple other companies. But this show is really all about Apple.
Matthew starts off by spoiling the Star Wars movie. Then we move on to real news.
Lockheed Martin is developing the N+2 supersonic jet while Aerion develops the AS2 supersonic jet, PSY breaks YouTube, the Internet of Things is real, Nevada tries to solve a taxicab problem that Uber already solved, Google Glass isn’t dead yet, Google sold more Chromebooks to school than Apple sold iPads to school last quarter, Netflix gets accused of creating a personal fast lane, Snapchat continues to innovate, Sony marketed the PlayStation by appealing to older gamers, and Yahoo passes Twitter in ad spend.
- Google Glass To Use Intel Chips
- Google sold more Chromebooks to US schools than Apple did iPads in Q3
- Race to be the new Concorde! Supersonic jets battle to become first aircraft to cut flight times in HALF… reaching speeds of 1,200mph
- Is the IoT hitting Escape Velocity?
- FCC Alleges That Netflix Is Effectively Working To Secure An Internet Fastlane
- Snapchat’s geofilters are now open to everyone
- How To Hire When Everyone Wants To Found Their Own Startup
- Uber.gov: It’s Time to Let the Government Drive
- NASA Launches Orion: A First Step Towards Mars
- How The Sony Made The PlayStation A Thing
- Kim Kardashian Didn’t Break The Internet. But PSY Broke Youtube
- What Are The Top Most Watch Videos?
- Yahoo On Track To Pass Twitters As One Of The Biggest Online Advertisers
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
Google takes the spotlight this week to show off all the cool things they’ve been working on. They shared updates to Android (duh), Wear, TV, Auto, Chrome and Chromecast. Yeah, it was a lot.
We also talk about Cruise Automation for cars, Woot becoming Meh, Facebook experimenting on our emotions, Aereo dying, and GoPro living.
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- A Little Startup Called Cruise From The Socialcam, Twitch Founders Is Tackling Self-Driving Cars Too – with video
- Aereo Is A No Go
- But So is Warrantless Phone Searches
- Google Launches Android One
- Google Launches Android Wear SDK
- Google Launches Android TV
- Google Launches Android Auto
- Google Fires Back At Apple!
- Android is Putting Native Apps and Web Pages On the Same Level
- The Chromecast Update Allows Syncing Over Ultrasonic Sound
- All the Best Stuff Google Announced Today at I/O 2014
- GoPro Goes Public
- Woot! Is Back. But This Time It’s A Bit Meh
- Facebook’s science experiment on users shows the company is even more powerful and unethical than we thought
On this day, May the 4th (be with you), Matthew shares his hatred of Star Wars… all because they sacrificed art at the table of profit.
We also talk about Cow Clicker, Google’s Self-Driving cars, Facebook’s f8 announcements: anonymous login, Facebook Audience Network & Applinks, SpaceX’s fight against the United Launch Alliance to get a piece of the space funding pie, FreedomPop’s new contract free iPhone, Graphene’s potential pollution problem, Sony’s huge magnetic data tapes, Foursquare’s unbundling, and Snapchat’s lame updates.
- Cow Clicker
- Google’s Cars Are Getting Smarter
- The Cast Of The New Star Wars Movies Has Been Revealed
- FreedomPop on for iPhones
- The Downside To Graphene
- SpaceX Granted Injunction In Rocket Launch Suit
- FourSquare Splits Into Two Apps
- Magnetic Tape!
- Everything Facebook Announced at f8 And Why
- Chris Cox and Other Important Names at Facebook
Episode 58! Matthew reviews the Kindle Paperwhite, Google announces the Nexus 4 and 10 along with 700,000 apps, Ethiopian kids teach themselves to read, Scott Forstall exists Apple while Johnny Ive takes over, Matthew reviews the iPad Mini, Elon Musk shoots for Mars, and Disney buys Lucasfilm.
- Nexus: The best of Google, now in three sizes
- The Nexus 4 is faster than the iPhone 5! Unless you’re using it for real world applications…
- The Nexus 4 is a warning: If you’re going Android, you’re following the carriers’ rules
- Google now has as many apps in their store as Apple
- Given a tablet and no teachers, Ethiopian children teach themselves to read
- Scott Forstall exits Apple over iOS Maps
- Johnny Ives takes over all design at Apple. It’s almost certainly the end of skeuomorphism at Apple, is that going to be a problem?
- Bob Mansfield Retired in July, then un-retired in August. Now we know exactly why
- New Apple Commercial, it’s simple, and pretty cool
- Disney buys Lucasfilm, plans to release ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ in 2015
- iPad Mini reviews: The Verge, CNET, Daring Fireball, TechCrunch
- Jobs is making money off of Google
- Elon Musk wants to go to Mars – Officially making him my favorite tech CEO/Entrepreneur
It’s E3! In honor of E3 we have a very special episode for you. We invited two industry experts to give us their thoughts and opinions on the five presentations. We covered Microsoft and Halo 4, EA being better with connect, Nike+, Univision, SmartGlass, Internet Explorer, and Black Ops 2. We talk about EA, the UFC, and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. We briefly touch on Ubisoft. A gush about Sony and Beyond, AllStars, Assassin’s Creed, their new Wonderbook: Book of Spells, and The Last of Us. We finish up with Nintendo, who didn’t have enough time to tell us about the new Wii U, or Mario, or Pikmin, or the 3DS, or Lego City.
Thanks to Rog and Dave for joining our show. You can find them online at:
Roger: @robofong on Twitter, and ltfong on Xbox Live