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 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”. 👋 .
Episode 131: What the Sears
October 10th, 2017 | 1 hr 29 mins
Some days you feel like a Dallas Star, others you might as well be on teeth collection duty for the Redmond VLOOKUPs. This week, we’re a little out of sorts, but only because we spent all our time trying to think of one current living hockey player who isn’t Wayne Gretzky. Can’t do it. Cannot be done.
Plus: a step-by-step guide on how to Live Mas®, Canada asks #WTS, and putting up a permanent away message on AOL Instant Messenger. 🏒 .
Episode 130: An IKEA Family Deal
October 3rd, 2017 | 1 hr 4 mins
The more things change, the more they stay the same. This week, we dive deeper into the new Echos, look at iPhone X and its probable effect on total iPhone sales, and re-litigate the merits of an actual Apple TV.
Plus: we learn that the start of Ryan’s fiscal year is dictated by when IKEA has its free meatball weekend. 🇸🇪 .
Episode 129: Busy Season
September 27th, 2017 | 1 hr 53 mins
Episode tasting notes: hints of apple and cactus, bitter at points but with a smooth finish. This week: two very uninformed people talk about wine, the moral leadership of Coach Pop, and Amazon’s quartet of new Echos. Also, Ryan is apparently quite pupset about his Series 3 something-or-other. ⌚️.
Episode 128: Genius Grove
September 20th, 2017 | 1 hr 48 mins
If you accidentally create a branded podcast for a local restaurant group, how would one go about parlaying that into some type of ‘free food for life’ situation? Asking for a friend.
This week, we talk Blue Barn, emergency pods, early Apple Watch reviews, and searching for purpose in The Notch®. Plus: Ryan’s laptop gives up the ghost and he gives fancy cameras one more try. 📷 .
Episode 127: Bag of Worms
September 13th, 2017 | 1 hr 57 mins
Christmas in Cupertino is here and we hope you took your change jar to the CoinStar at the Safeway because Tim Cook ain’t f***ing around with these new price points. This week, we cut through all the queso and fake news and review Apple’s September media event, the iPhone 8 and X, and look ahead to 2020.
Episode 126: The Ryan Doctrine
September 6th, 2017 | 1 hr 34 mins
Garlic fries and chicken tenders, Jeff Bezos as Seattle’s true 12th man, and a crash course in the time honored tradition of cheating in New England sports. Plus: two very different opinions on Apple’s upcoming iPhone pricing strategy and a preview of next week’s fall press event. 🥊 .
Episode 125: Amazon Sprinkles
August 30th, 2017 | 1 hr 4 mins
Disconnecting and staying connected, entertainment economics, and fair-trade Echo Dots. Plus: Amazon does Apple a solid and slashes the price of avocados so millenials can afford the upcoming iPhone. Don’t worry Gen Y, homeownership is just a couple of skipped brunches away. 🍳 .
Programming note: short episode this week because, um, NAFTA.
Episode 124: The 30 Rock of Pizza
August 16th, 2017 | 1 hr 27 mins
Americans have always been innovators, pioneers and visionaries. We invented the light bulb, the television, the iPhone and most notably — the Domino's DXP. This week: bad ice cream, pizza chain reinvention, subscription fatigue and we catch utopian Olympic fever.
It's okay. You can like LA while also knowing the universal truth that the Dodgers suck. ⚾️ .
Episode 123: Munster of the East
August 9th, 2017 | 1 hr 30 mins
Sleepless nights, 4K vindication, and extremely expensive iPhones. This week, intrepid firmware sleuths spoil Apple Christmas and Ryan posits that Apple’s doubling down on secrecy may be a fool’s errand at scale. Plus: Bob Iger cancels his corporate Netflix account. 🐭 .
Episode 122: Insert Your New Co-Host
July 26th, 2017 | 1 hr 36 mins
Planes, trains and automobiles. This week: timely travel recommendations, Apple’s forthcoming “big beautiful plants”, Netflix as a relentless original content machine and scenes from the continuing decline of our democracy.
Priority boarding of this episode available for all Pocket Cast Platinum Medallion Members and above. ✈️ .
Episode 121: What's the Thing About the Sleeping Bag?
July 19th, 2017 | 1 hr 24 mins
Amazon moved markets but all anyone can talk about is Swole Bezos: Mr. 206.
This week: meal kits, self-drowning robots, a Star War, and our quarterly productivity intervention. We also mark the 1/8th milestone for the Trump presidency. Pardons, MAGAnomics and well done steaks for everybody. ⛳️ .
Episode 120: Thoughts on K-Cups
July 12th, 2017 | 1 hr 33 mins
The date was July 12th, 1998. A young Sammy Sosa was nipping at the heels of one Mark McGwire in the most talked about race in all of professional sports: which major league slugger could collect the most free AOL dialup hours. This week: Prime Day, single player shipping, Nice! store brands, and continued debate over the looming iPhone Pro pricing mistake. 💰 .