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. :)
We’re in the second week without James and nothing seems to be on fire yet, so that’s good news. Things don’t seem to be going as smoothly for Microsofts AI, though. Join Alex Grivette and I as we talk about Apple’s big announcement this week, the collapse of Pebble and the struggles of Nintendo. We also take a look at the soon delivering Oculus, the shake up at Tinder and the success of Spotify. Finally we round out the with the future of smart TVs and the imminent financial collapse of the Silicon Valley.
And we’re back to a “normal” week of tech. This week we start off with the kid on the block: Peach. We then talk about the struggles of Bitcoin and Wikipedia. That’s followed up by the nominations for this year’s Crunchies. There are some good choices! We also talk about Amazon’s new shipping business, an iOS listening hack, Tinder’s secret scoring system and one problem with automation. See below for all the links.
It’s time for our annual postdictions of 2015. James nails is and Matthew… We’ll… Let’s just say there’s room for improvement. We start off recapping the big stories of the year and then dive into how well we called things. Enjoy the show!
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.
Matthew finished How I Met Your Mother and loved it. Good for him.
Ex Machina does some crazy advertising on Tinder during SXSW, Jay-Z comes out with Tidal to take on Apple and Spotify, Microsoft’s Surface 3 actually looks pretty cool, we review all the best April Fools jokes from last week, Hyperkin is making a Game Boy adaptor for the iPhone 6 plus, Amazon launches Home Services and the Dash button, Meerkat and Periscope are neck and neck with traffic, CMU Robotics makes some great sensor improvements for mapping 3D objects, Openbay wants to improve the car repair experiences and SnapPower makes adding a USB charging port crazy easy.
Matthew is PUMPED for the Apple Watch. He’s REALLY PUMPED! Though we did manage to talk about some other tech:
SimCity creators Maxis is no more, Stratos wants to be your all-in-one card in your wallet, content discovery is once again becoming and problem and Google, Facebook, and Pinterest want to solve it, Pebble and Huawei announced new watches, Scott Galloway gives a breakdown the the 4 horsemen, Sony and HTC are making virtual strides with their VR headsets, and graphic engine creators Unity, Unreal 4 and Source 2 are all going to be free.
This week Dillion Markey shares how he uses Nintendo’s Power Glove, Elon Musk is afraid of the future and invests $10M with the Future of Life Institute to stop AI, Facebook goes to Work, Google helps launch Project Ara, kills Google Glass, let’s Android have security flaw from WebView, and learns how to translate languages on the fly. Apple’s Swift is super popular, Capital One buys Level Money, Tidder buys Tappy and Burstio lets you turn a burst of photos into a movie on iOS.
Happy birthday Matthew! Congrats on getting just a little bit older!
We kick off this week talking about Spiral’s location-based status updates, how the NSA killed Syria’s internet, Yo, Amazon’s competing Square card swiper, Samsung’s new Galaxy Alpha that looks very similar to Apple’s iPhone, females getting into computer science, turning off your read receipts, the FAA killing AirPooler, and Elio Motors cheap and efficient 3-wheel vehicles.