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.
September 19th, 2018 | 2 hrs 20 secs
“imma let you finish but the lakers had one of the best sports dynasties of all time.” Not quite, but 1989 and 2014 share more in common than you might expect! This week: color temperature, Guy Fieri, an in-car navigation summer miracle, and iOS automation with our pal, British Siri. 🇬🇧.
September 12th, 2018 | 1 hr 37 mins
Like the Swallows back to Capistrano each year, as do the press to Cupertino every September. This week: Apple hits the clay with their new iPhone Tennis and Tennis Max, fall detection gets added to the Apple Watch just in time for PSL season, and Ryan does his best to argue a small uppercase “S” and a lowercase “s” are different things. 😑.
September 5th, 2018 | 1 hr 54 mins
Stumpgrades and cold brew, smart homes and scooters. This week: Ryan is tired of seeing those Uber ads while Carlos is watching Giants games just for that one Buster Posey commercial at Picco. 🛴.
August 29th, 2018 | 1 hr 47 mins
Grammarians and mobile payments aficionados, rejoice! There’s a little something for everyone in this [v good] episode.
This week: teaching your pup fetch using your busted eeros, the problematic tweets of a perennially problematic CEO, Amazon’s pie hands, and a supremely awkward comparison of musical taste. 🎧.
August 22nd, 2018 | 1 hr 42 mins
With Twitter and @jack struggling to make the hard choices about their platform, we play a round of everyone's favorite game: Incompetence, Ambivalence, or Willful Abdication of Responsibility!
This week: Pepsi ramps up adoption of Apple Pay, Tesla moves to integrate SodaStreams into the Model S, and Saul Goodman is installed as Uber's new CFO. Wait. I may have jumbled my notes. 🥤.
August 15th, 2018 | 1 hr 17 mins
After a month away for summer vacation, we’re back — and for one week and one week only, this is an all good news show. Join us to hear tales of marital bliss, calming Italian mountain roads, contactless transit payments, and the best canned cold brew you can find this side of The East Cut. 🥂.
July 18th, 2018 | 1 hr 21 mins
And now the 2-2 pitch. A swing and a high drive to left. Runners back. It is out of here! A, uh, 107 meter home run for the Montreal Expos?
This week: Ryan bricks his electric car, the DOJ takes another swing at blocking the AT&T/Time Warner merger, and Apple drops a mid-cycle diss track for the MacBook Pro haters. It’s lit, fam. 🔥.
July 11th, 2018 | 1 hr 41 mins
Location, location, location. LeBron is leaving the dreary, post-RNC wasteland that is the city of Cleveland for the blue skies of Los Angeles, while the Apple Maps team works on charting out just how far it is from Cupertino to the Canadian province of Bublé-ton.
This week: taking your electric car down the California coast, Casper out-Caspers itself, and MoviePass looks for change in the theater seat cushions. ¡Dale! 😎.
June 27th, 2018 | 1 hr 42 mins
If a bipartisan coalition of legislators installed some Hue lights and a Nest in the Capitol building, would that be enough to make it a ‘Smart House’ … of Representatives? Ha. It’s funny because compromise is dead and we’re all so screwed.
This week: eight of nine Supreme Court justices make it through busy season, Carlos gets peer pressured into connecting his front door to the Internet, and Ryan says “I do” to Elon Musk. 🚗.
June 20th, 2018 | 1 hr 17 mins
Legend has it, the original WALL-E screenplay was actually about the development of the next generation Mac Pro but was scrapped when it didn’t test well with the pro workflows team. This week, we go to the movies and stack rank all the Pixar films.
Also: AMC pulls a MoviePass, ESPN’s AM radio aesthetic, and the donkey that couldn’t find its way out of the barn because it was too busy yelling at Maggie Haberman. 📽.
June 13th, 2018 | 2 hrs 12 mins
Steal a pod on the road, steal a Doritos Locos Taco. This week: public/private pizza pothole partnerships, the return of Still or Sparkling, and a tale of two Amazon retail concepts.
Re: last week's absence. We were trying out App Limits and locked ourselves out of Skype. Whoops. 🤷♂️.
May 30th, 2018 | 1 hr 30 mins
Ryan has low expectations for WWDC, Carlos has low expectations of Disney, and Larry Bird has low expectations of scooter regulatory compliance. This week: Basketball Twitter®, grilled cheese, and assigning a special counsel to french fries. 🏀.
May 23rd, 2018 | 1 hr 31 mins
Elon Musk has voiced concerns about the way Tesla has been covered in the media recently, questioning the legitimacy of the media’s ethics and connection with the truth. Here’s some of that inconvenient reporting from the past year.
- Consumer Reports reports “big flaws” in the Model 3
- Tesla fires factory workers suspected of unionization activities
- Musk promises free frozen yogurt as remedy to unionization concerns
- Tesla continues to burn cash at alarming rate and miss ambitious Model 3 deadlines
- Tesla to “scrub off the barnacles” with mass firings of contractors
- Tesla overpromises on self-driving tech with “auto-pilot” feature
- Tesla considered adding eye tracking and steering-wheel sensors, opts not to
- Tesla booted from crash investigation by NTSB for not following roles, protocol
- Tesla PR to family of auto-pilot crash driver: “the reason that other families are not on TV is because their loved ones are still alive.”
We’re living in a post-facts world where the rich try to define what’s true. Maybe blindly cheering on the bro who launched his sports car into space might not have been the best idea.
This week: novelty entrees from 1990s family restaurants, slacking off, and Ryan considers converting his spare bedroom into a WeWork style ad-hoc collaboration space. 🤝.
May 16th, 2018 | 1 hr 34 mins
When the algae blooms, sometimes you just have to do the show standing up. This week: counting the rings on your suitcase, IKEA’s new butterfly switch meatballs, and recovering sunken treasure in the San Francisco Bay. 🛴.
May 9th, 2018 | 1 hr 28 mins
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a brand marketing and IP licensing deal was forged between a direct-to-consumer luggage startup and mouse themed mega-corporation. The UPS driver was their only hope. This week: speculation on when LeBron will get tired of all the winning, grabbing a mimosa at the multiplex, and we pour one out for the late Ford Fiesta. 🚗.
May 3rd, 2018 | 1 hr 37 mins
More cardboard boxes, more weekends spent in a crawl space — that's the power of Home Depot. This week: Pocket Casts gets acquired for an undisclosed number of tote bags, some well placed little birdies, and the ketchup Rorschach test for food. 🏡.