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. :)
This week, like every week, we talk about the continuing corporate of tech companies. We talk about power companies, Facebook’s data, how well Tim Cook is running Apple, Nintendo’s head in their sand over the Wii, spreadsheets, VR stuff (of course), and the amount of money Uber is losing. Check out all the notes below for the links.
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.
What’s in a name? A whole lot! Techmeme didn’t start out with that name. Neither did 3D Touch. Speaking of 3D Touch, this week, we spend most of our talking about Apple’s announcement. We think you’ll like it. See below for all the stories and links.
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.
Disruption is hard to do with physical products. This week we talk about 2 companies – ISI Technology and Mink – that are trying to do just that.
This week we talk about Alibaba’s IPO, Apple potentially buying Beats, TechCrunch Disrupt winners: Vurb, the ISI Technology Heatworks Model 1 & Mink, Greg Steinhafel stepping down from Target, Facebook inspiring Oculus investments, KickSat satellite problem, Nintendo’s horrible Wii U sales, Narendra Modi’s holographic presentations, Facebook killing Poke and Camera, and the taxis competing with Uber and Lyft.
This week, not only is James missing, but we talk about Google invading your personal bubble and privacy, the failure of the Wii U, the end of Net Neutrality and the Niners Losing. It’s seriously heartbreaking. We try to pep it back up with the future of e-wallets, next gen RTS’s, the exciting horizon of biomed and my friend Brandon Hill guest Co-hosting.
Of course neither did Nintendo or Microsoft, so it’s all good. These real question is who will come out with the first console-selling game. Also, thank you to everyone for your support these last 100 episodes and thank you to David Parry and Avneet Chadha for joining us too. As a further thank you, if you re-share this post you could win some free swag from our brand new store: furlobros.com/store. Just re-share this on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, and we’ll contact you if you win.
100 episodes! What a crazy ride! Thank you to everyone for your support and thank you to David Parry and Avneet Chadha for joining us too. As a further thank you, if you re-share this post you could win some free swag from our brand new store: furlobros.com/store. Just re-share this on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, and we’ll contact you if you win.
For this special 100th episode we talk about Ballmer’s future retirement and the future of Microsoft, the differences between Android voice search and Apple’s Siri, the Playstation 4 release amidst competition from Xbox One and Nintendo’s Wii U, Tesla’s impressive Model S crash test, and Yahoo’s unique visitor count.
Thanks again everyone for a great 100 episodes! We’re excited for the next 100!