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.
November 30th, 2016 | 1 hr 21 mins
In light of president-elect Trump's intent to pull out of NAFTA, Carlos takes the first steps in ending his cold war with Canada's second most famous singer/songwriter/hockey player, Michael Bublé. Life is too short, and as a wise man once said — it's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new liiiiife. _oh god please let us make it to 2020.
Plus, eero and a smart apartment updates from Ryan, DirecTV Now, Designed by Apple in California, and much more. 🌳.
November 9th, 2016 | 1 hr 47 mins
After a bitter and prolonged presidential contest, Ryan and Carlos reflect on the results of Tuesday’s election, America in 2016, and try to understand how we got here.
Alas, being the patriots we are — resolute in not succumbing to complete disillusionment and despondency, we manage to pick up the pieces enough to complain a bunch about Apple TV, a product so flawed only Paul Ryan won't unendorse it. 🇺🇸.
October 26th, 2016 | 1 hr 36 mins
In this week's look at the law of large numbers, we turn not to Apple's growth trajectory but instead, a California absentee ballot with enough propositions to fill Levi's Stadium. Plus: the Microsoft's Surface Studio, aging Macs, moving, autonomous car EULAs and more. 🚙📑.
October 13th, 2016 | 1 hr 7 mins
What a historic week for all the wrong reasons. Had you asked us last Wednesday about the hypothesis that enough awful, disgraceful and troubling news stemming from a presidential race in a first world country could slow the passage of time — we probably would have said no. Turns out...
Oh. And the Giants are out of the postseason. And Ryan switched to a 7 Plus. Shut it down, 🇺🇸.
October 5th, 2016 | 1 hr 24 mins
"And you know what they call a Clubber with Cheese in Paris?"
"They don't call it a Clubber with Cheese?"
"No. They call it Royale with Cheese."
"Royale with Cheese? What'd they call a Buffalo Bleu?"
"Buffalo Bleu's a Buffalo Bleu, but they call it Le Buffalo Bleu."
After a long late summer hiatus, we're back and as always, the conversation inevitably comes back to Blue Barn. Carlos makes the case against putting an egg anywhere near a burger bun while Ryan argues for the simplicity of a Double Double. Plus: Giants postseason baseball, Ryan's trip to Europe, driving on the wrong side of the road, and an iPad Pro check-in. 🇫🇷.
September 14th, 2016 | 1 hr 39 mins
September is a time of great change: new Apple software releases, unsettling general election polling data, the color of the leaves in places that aren't California, you know — change. This episode, we give our early impressions of iOS 10 and watchOS 3, while Carlos pours one out for his old plasma and laments the sorry state of modern LCD televisions. Plus: picks of the week, Uber's autonomous car pilot program, Internet mattresses, and Ryan outgrows video games. 🎮.
September 7th, 2016 | 1 hr 45 mins
This is 7. Actually, this is episode 89. In a courageous move, we run through Tuesday's iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 event. Please note that the high-gloss finish of this podcast is achieved through a precision nine-step recording process. Its content is equally enjoyable as other episodes, however, its high shine may cause fine micro-abrasions on your phone speakers after listening. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many headphones available that will not fit an iPhone 7 lightning port. 🎧.
August 17th, 2016 | 1 hr 37 mins
As is often the case, art takes time – or at least that's our excuse for this episode being three weeks delayed. This week features a preview of the upcoming Apple event and the rumors surrounding it, chip credit cards, a check-in on Amazon Echo and much more. Plus: picks of the week and a few anti-picks of the week. 💩.
August 3rd, 2016 | 1 hr 58 mins
For your listening pleasure, we've eliminated all GMOs, salt, and added sugar from our usual episode recipe and have instead replaced it with a refreshing mimosa — no refills. This week, we talk marathons, nutrition and how long it takes to forget the scary things Katie Couric warned you about in 'Fed Up'. Plus: 1Password embracing subscription pricing, Eddy Cue's sock-less meeting dress code, and question of whether or not anybody cares that Instagram borrowed a third of Snapchat’s core app. 👻<
July 20th, 2016 | 1 hr 19 mins
We take a break from watching America devolve into madness, apologies, we mean America being made great again, to talk about matters of greater frivolity. This week we check in on Eddy Cue who never wanted to offer you jerks a dumb skinny bundle anyway, Tesla's master plan to upend the cactus industry, and Ryan on week one with the Amazon Echo. Plus: Hunter Pence is not Mike Pence and @darth being the real MVP.
July 13th, 2016 | 1 hr 19 mins
This week's show encourages listeners traveling two or fewer floors take the stairs. It's not so bad and it'll give them a chance to think about the out of control price inflation of IKEA furniture, what to make of the forthcoming iPhone 6S-S, the differences between two-step and two-factor authentication and a heck of a lot more. And hey, you might even catch a Jigglychu or Pikamander in the stairwell. Plus: Ryan gives in to the inevitability of connected lightbulbs. 💡.
June 29th, 2016 | 1 hr 24 mins
Little known fact: we were going to call this show Any Given Wednesday but decided to go in a different direction at the last moment. Anyhow, I estimate it will take you about forty minutes to listen to the episode, an hour tops — I swear. Today, we're all over the place and everywhere at once. We discuss giving better time estimates, how not to jinx your favorite sports team, concerns and hopes for VR, gettin' swole with Xbox Fitness, cactus news, and much much more. ⌚️.
June 22nd, 2016 | 1 hr 32 mins
It would appear that everyone in the Bay Area is in a perpetual state of auditioning for their very own reality television show. As such, your hosts survey the field of pizza phoners, calamitously loud typists, and skeevy middle fingerers. But it's not all bad news for Northern California – the Giants are second best in the major leagues, though Ryan laments that the regular season has too many games and too few power plays on ice. All this plus: Google acquires Webpass for its Fiber operations, 1Password at 10 years, rumors of the upcoming iPhone ditching the headphone jack, watching television at 1.6x, and once again, dogs on IG.
June 15th, 2016 | 2 hrs 5 mins
Annual vacations to Italy, frequent rafting trips, an adorable dog, improbably photogenic friends. One would think the meticulously selected members of the Apple Stock Photography family have it all. But who are they — really? We investigate.
And what's the deal with this guy on Amazon that sleeps with full cup of coffee on his mattress in the middle of the workday? We tackle these difficult questions this week plus: updates on WWDC 2016, E3, the NBA finals, our picks of the week, and your hosts vehemently disagree on whether Chopped is a good television program.
June 8th, 2016 | 2 hrs 1 min
Good evening and welcome to the show. Would you like still or sparkling water with your podcast this evening?
As with most things in life, it's never that simple. This week, we pour out a can of La Croix passionfruit water for the short-lived Keurig KOLD, discuss under what circumstances you should complain at an establishment or send something back at a restaurent (spoiler: never), and why we may or may not be feeling 'the Bern'. Plus: subscription app pricing in the run-up to WWDC, predictions for Monday’s keynote, podcasts as a medium, Bill Simmons on HBO, and Internet mattresses. 🛏.
June 2nd, 2016 | 1 hr 35 mins
$10 artisanal toast? Okay. $15 sustainably farmed arugula and caper salad? Fine. A French themed hypo-allergenic bakery for dogs in the Marina? Shut it down, everybody. Carlos encounters a review of said dog bakery ghostwritten by a proud "dog mom" from the perspective of her "furbaby" Tater Tot and loses his mind; Ryan adds context and perspective. Plus: puppuccinos, DayQuil, face computers, unconfirmed delays of unconfirmed products, the new Union Square Apple Store, ‘second date ice cream’, and a hyperlocal conversation about Bay Area food you'll probably fast forward over. 🍦.