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 18th, 2019 | 1 hr 28 mins
When the robots come for our jobs, what they’ll remember was if you were mean to those autonomous Bolt EVs in San Francisco rush-hour traffic and if you helped a Roomba off a cliff. Choose wisely.
This week: shucking hard drive oysters ordered from Amazon at 3AM, waking up early is the new staying up late, and seasonal food gimmicks for millennials. 🧀.
September 12th, 2019 | 1 hr 33 mins
Due to the passage of California AB-11, which puts a mandatory waiting period on issuing hot takes, this week’s show was recorded a day late for compliance purposes. Please enjoy these cogent, room temperature takes.
This week: mixed recycling, the villains of the Trader Joe’s line, and a new way to make cold brew. 🎃.
September 4th, 2019 | 1 hr 24 mins
Look. We'll make you a deal. Become a founding member of our show before Flag Day and we'll give you three years for the price of one. That's only... wait — what's zero divided by 36?
This week: problematic TV of the '90s and early aughts, ice baseballs, and fresh margs in a pickle jar. 🥒.
August 28th, 2019 | 1 hr 42 mins
With the Chase Center opening up in just over a month, we, as biz dev and synergy experts, have an incredible opportunity to help a deserving brand acquire the naming rights for what was formerly known as Oracle Arena. Leading candidates include: the Allbirds Center, Blue Bottle Stadium, and our personal favorite, the Uber Cactusdome®.
This week: smart appliance Jenga, annual passholder culture, and we do the math on the Taylor Swift economy, feat. Shawn Mendes. 🎤.
August 21st, 2019 | 1 hr 31 mins
“Teddy told me that in Greek, “nostalgia” literally means, “the pain from an old wound”. It’s a twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship. It’s a time machine. It goes backwards, forwards. It takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the Wheel. It’s called a Fancy Camera®.” - Carlos G.
Or maybe Don Draper said it. We have no way of possibly looking it up.
This week: road trips, making memories, and a primer on how to clean and care for your iPod Hi-Fi. 🛁.
August 14th, 2019 | 1 hr 16 secs
When you really think about it, isn’t life just one big espresso machine that won’t fit under your kitchen cabinets?
This week: dog influencers, sweatpant shoes, and Ryan would like to take a moment to talk about video games. 👾.
August 7th, 2019 | 1 hr 28 mins
Rumor has it Tim Cook was first choice to be the voice of Simba in the new Lion King remake but talks fell apart when he insisted on changing the lyrics of the iconic song to “I Just Can’t Wait to be King [of Undifferentiated Consumer Financial Products]“. We can see why Disney passed.
This week: clicking around in the document, ripping up the flooring, and the answer to what $21 gets you in 2019. 💵.
July 24th, 2019 | 1 hr 30 mins
How many different kinds of smart light switches does one need to install in their home before you need to stage an intervention? Asking for a co-host.
This week: headphones, trade deadlines, and we play a game of Faker Upper. 🏡.
July 17th, 2019 | 1 hr 17 mins
Yes Tim, we'll go exclusive to Apple Podcasts Plus. Our terms are that we are to be paid entirely in iPod Socks and we want a handwritten apology for the butterfly keyboard.
This week: an exciting new BlackBerry, iPad workflow hypotheticals, and Disney gives the fever dream treatment to your childhood favorites. 🦁.
July 10th, 2019 | 1 hr 49 mins
Phil Schiller courageously once said the future is wireless. Cord cutters talk a big game. Then explain the abomination that is the Panasonic NI-WL600 cordless iron. We'll wait.
This week: ethical design, coding classes for mere muggles, and that lonely area behind the Genius Grove. 🌳.
June 26th, 2019 | 1 hr 49 mins
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Plus: the question we’ve been building towards for 200 episodes. Does Tim Cook tip restaurant servers in iCloud storage? An investigation. 🕵🏻♀️
June 19th, 2019 | 1 hr 32 mins
The Failing New York Times drops the ball yet again. Instead of asking Democratic candidates what their favorite Spindrift cocktail is, we’re left with a bunch of old dudes saying their wife and Abraham Lincoln are their heroes.
This week: how to carry a laptop, Internet suitcases, more Apple Store chicanery, and Google’s renewed cloud gaming ambitions. 🎮.
June 5th, 2019 | 1 hr 23 mins
“To a pro customer with demanding compute needs, everything looks like a cheese grater.” - Mark Twain
This week: WWDC 2019, three finger gestures, and the Mac Pro unveiling that explains why Apple acquired the maker of those Heely wheel shoes kids love. 👟.
May 29th, 2019 | 1 hr 37 mins
It’s hard to be excited and blindly optimistic about anything these days. But then came along the world’s greatest startup idea.
This week: airline status, dimmer switches, and throwing LeBron and the Lakers under the Buss. 🚌.
May 22nd, 2019 | 1 hr 38 mins
To better align ourselves with the way millennials consume their TV, we’ve decided that on a go forward basis we will no longer release episodes weekly. Instead, we’ll bank them and do 12 episode releases — Netflix style. It’ll be called a PodDrop®.
This week: having a healthy relationship with pop culture, tax rebates, and cronchy keyboards. 🥔.
May 15th, 2019 | 1 hr 38 mins
Two old people discuss DSL and Bob Costas. Also, other things.
This week: Roomba curling, security screws, things that fell off a truck, and Google’s long-standing branding struggle with Nest. 🐦.