About the Show
A thoughtful, unpretentious, mostly weekly conversation about the companies, ideas and products that are transforming our world. We look at what it is, why it matters and where it fits in the broader business of consumer technology. So, grab your favorite Blue Barn sandwich, put the Giants game on mute and join us.
Hosted by Ryan Fretwell and Carlos Gomez.
Episode 146: iMessage Match
February 13th, 2018 | 1 hr 40 mins
Struggling to break our Olympic fever, the conversation gets weird early and often; this is one of the good ones. This week: Mikey B. and the NYT failing all the way to the bank, 4K uphill skiing, Omni’s roadmap for 2018, and PepsiCo’s sparkling water ambitions run afoul of M. Bublé. 💦 .
Episode 145: 30 Minutes to Mars
February 7th, 2018 | 1 hr 52 mins
"Waiting is the hardest part." - Tom Petty, as quoted by Elon Musk.
This week: space junk, Model 3 delays, fancy cameras, and Netflix pulls a Beyoncé. 🤫 .
Episode 144: My Esteemed Colleague Nancy
January 31st, 2018 | 1 hr 29 mins
Much like the upcoming Amazon/JPM/Berkshire Hathaway health care experiment, we too are “free from profit-making incentives and constraints”. This week: production cut rumors for iPhone X, sizing up Apple’s 2017, and starting out 2018 centered by meditating with Jeff. 🛎.
Episode 143: Fried Chicken and Champagne
January 24th, 2018 | 1 hr 45 mins
If a HomePod debuts in a forest and nobody is around to give Siri a request it can’t answer, does it really exist?
This week: Amazon’s line-less concept store Amazon Go opens to record lines, Ryan hits the slopes and one of us gets hoodwinked by the Coca-Cola corporation. ⛷.
Episode 142: Taxes and Follow Up
January 17th, 2018 | 1 hr 27 mins
Grab your shovel and put on your best suit, it’s time to market the hell out of this corproate tax giveaway.
This week: Coke is thirsting after those adventurous millennial consumers while Walmart and Apple go fishing for a pat on the back from Fox & Friends’ biggest fan. 🍊 .
Episode 141: Gene!Coin
January 10th, 2018 | 1 hr 38 mins
This week's episode is a rerun. It's all new content, sure, but it feels like watching Hamilton for a seventh time — rewarding except you already know the lyrics by heart.
On the docket: economic nationalism, unpopular policy positions, and our sincerest apologies to Bowser and Princess Peach.
Episode 140: AmazonBasics Advil
January 3rd, 2018 | 1 hr 45 mins
New year, new us! This week, we talk squad goals for 2018 and our new year's resolutions (spoiler: rosé all day! 😊 ). Plus: our bestie Jeff had an a-maz-ing holiday season while Tim and fam took it slow over the Xmas break.
Episode 139: The Taylor Swift of Disney
December 20th, 2017 | 1 hr 59 mins
Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of a garbage fire of a year. This week, we look back on 2017 and search for the gems in a sea of fake news and unsold Snapchat glasses. Plus: Disney’s mousetrap caught a Fox while net neutrality gets the golden scissors treatment. 🦊 .
Episode 138: Putting the Chewbacca Back in Christmas
December 13th, 2017 | 1 hr 35 mins
For any number of reasons, sometimes in life you just have to retire certain things. E.g.,: Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers or a beloved pair of sneakers. We think the New York Times might want to look into that. #theupshot
This week: some wishes come true, some go unanswered, and sometimes you just want to watch Netflix without big data being judgmental af. 🔬 .
Episode 137: OLED Lobbyists
December 6th, 2017 | 1 hr 45 mins
We regret to inform listeners that due to a lack of reciprocity in our business relationship with Amazon, we will no longer be offering our Chef’s Specials for purchase using Dash buttons or through Amazon Fresh. In progress Prime Air drone deliveries will be rerouted to the nearest Amazon Locker.
On this week’s program: pushers, dreamers, acquirers and toll collectors. 💸 .
Episode 136: What's on Your Wall, Sir?
November 29th, 2017 | 1 hr 37 mins
How exactly does one make a wreath out of cactus? Asking on behalf of an ethically troubled ride sharing company. This week: Bublé, flip flops, revenue matching, and iPads — again. 🎁 .
Episode 135: Sock Full of Nickels
November 14th, 2017 | 1 hr 41 mins
Just when we thought we were "Out of the Woods", streaming Taylor Swift’s new album "Reputation" may be just a figment of our "Wildest Dreams". For you see, it seems there’s still some "Bad Blood", a story we know "All Too Well". Look what you made her do, meager streaming royalties…
This week: Star War, portrait mode fatigue, cautionary tales, and Derek Jeter is definitely getting lots of work done. ⚾️ .
Episode 134: Papers Across My Desk
November 8th, 2017 | 1 hr 42 mins
Once Mueller wraps up his Russia Inquiry, perhaps he can look into cilantro’s meddling in the burrito emoji. This week: one of us has an iPhone X, TiVo has a new interface, the Astros have a championship, and nobody should have a Whopperito. And that’s 280 characters on the dot. 🎯 .
Episode 133: Finding Time for Screens
October 25th, 2017 | 1 hr 30 mins
Under the equal-time rule of the Honesty in Podcast Programming Online Act of 2017 (HIPPO), we are bound by law to spend 20 minutes talking about playing Jeopardy with Alexa and Alex Trebek on the Echo. Sorry, not sorry.
Plus: we take a sneak peek at Tim Cook’s remake of the acclaimed 1997 thriller “The Game”. 🎲 .
Episode 132: Kabletown’s SEAL Team Six
October 18th, 2017 | 1 hr 57 mins
Everyone is pouring billions into the original streaming content land rush of 2017 and nobody is happy. Little do these execs know they could pick up the rights to Supermarket Sweep for the price of a Kindle Oasis; heck, Jeff just bought 400 grocery stores, do we even have to connect the dots?
This week: Apple’s MacBook Pro chickens are coming home to roost, Disney’s consumer friendly video play, the nuclear waste dump that is Twitter, and sometimes Ryan calls the Comcast CableCARD support line just to say “hi”. 👋 .