WeChat is huge and chances are you’re not using it because it’s huge in China. What makes this app interesting is that it breaks many of the current rules that US app makers follow.
Google is now part of Alphabet. It’s both a fascinating name, and a confusing name. Same goes for the structure. Hopefully this will make it easier for us to predict what Google is going to do.
Disneyland and Walt Disney World are adding a Star Wars land, to which we declare: about time! Seriously, this is going to be awesome. Just as awesome is the work that ILM is doing to bring VR to the professional movie level. As the camera guy who made bullet time says, he wants to make the Matrix.
People still think Apple is making a car. James still thinks they’re wrong.
HTC is worth less than the cash they have. That’s not a good sign and we expect something big to happen to them within the year.
Foursquare is still around, BTW.
Baseball is starting to experiment with computer aided batter’s boxes instead of umpires. This is a fascinating proposition that requires some fundamental answers about the purpose of the game. Check out the South Park episode right below that link.
Samsung creates the first 16TB SSD… which is just crazy.
And finally, if you’re on AT&T, check out their new shared data plans because they just got better.
Disruptions are everywhere this week! Solar panels are disrupting the energy market, Google is disrupting the ISP market, Microsoft is disrupting the PC market, Bitcoin is disrupting the currency market, and Facebook is disrupting the mobile phone market. It’s a world gone crazy!
We also talk about 3D printing, the FBI’s surveillance tool, MIT’s DNA-patterned graphene, Samsung’s superior global Galaxy S4, Blackberry’s horrible Z10 sales, shallow texters, Foursquare’s $41 million investment, Internet Explorer vs. Murder Rates, Google’s inactive account manager, iPhone’s India sales, an attack upon WordPress, and regulated commercial drones.
Episode 40! How time flies! The big news this week decidedly comes from Google. They unveiled their new Nexus Tablet, the Nexus Q, Google Play improvements, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a Google Glass demo, Google+ events and Hangout integration.
We also talk about Microsoft buying Yammer, why the decided to make Magnesium cases, their rural broadband plan, and how they’ve offended OEMs like HP.
We also fit in news about Yelp check-ins on the iPhone, Woz’s support of Kim DotCom, Apple’s re-phrasing of there virus immunity, their new (horrible) podcasting app, Steve Job’s win against Flash, and Bob Mansfield retiring from Apple.
Finally, we finish with our weekly RIM update. It seems the mainstream media has picked up on their impending doom. Welcome to the party.