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.
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. 🐦.
May 1st, 2019 | 1 hr 38 mins
With Comcast reporting data usage up 28% YoY for its residential customers, we ask whether or not the FCC is capable of ensuring an Internet robust enough to handle Ariana, Taylor, and Queen Bey.
This week: accidental minimalism, minor league mascots, clip sharing in Overcast, and Chuck the Condor starts a Bumble profile. #swiperight
April 24th, 2019 | 1 hr 52 mins
Okay, fine. That was an exciting hockey game. #gocanucksgo
This week: Democratic primary challenger dog collars, Tesla's investor day, and summer beauty recommendations from your trusted hosts/lifestyle influencers. 💇🏻♂️.
PS: Carlos will buy the first listener that finds a charger that meets his travel needs a Spindrift subscription. 💦.
April 17th, 2019 | 1 hr 29 mins
Know every character on The Wire?
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This week: ballpark as a service, 5G litigation, foldable phones, and Gene! stirs up conversation about a different kind of TV. 📺.
April 11th, 2019 | 1 hr 51 mins
I could have misheard it , but I'm pretty sure Ryan just challenged the CEO of Audi/VW to a fight. He's registering the vanity plate DONTATME right now.
This week: bringing the Disney magic to OTT, the Magic leaves the Lakers front office, and the profitability shell game that is the Uber's S-1.
April 3rd, 2019 | 1 hr 9 mins
Do you have a minute? We’re collecting signatures for the Orchard Fund. We’re a coalition of activists and thought-leaders dedicated to helping CEOs in the greater Santa Clara area gain the courage to make the pivot from hardware to a services based future, for the sake of our children and our children’s children.
This week: the pink mustache heads to the NASDAQ, Spindrift making Kirkland-sized moves, and AirPower’s quiet cancellation that is either a nothing-burger or harbinger of the end of Apple. A real Schrödinger’s wireless charger, if you will. 🐈.
March 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 44 mins
There are a thousand no’s for every yes, they say. Well, we’d sure love to see the list of 999 things that lost out to “partner with Goldman Sachs for a credit card that gives customers 3% back on products that have 40% margins and subscriptions they take a 50% cut from”.
This week: paper towel roll size hierarchies, Notes.app apologies, and an Oasis appears in the Amazon. Oh, and we briefly touch on the Apple services event. 🤢.
March 20th, 2019 | 1 hr 45 mins
We've made this episode about 10% bigger and given it a new name to juice this quarter's cash flows. Shipping late 2026.
This week: the Swedes lobby for fair play in Apple's walled garden, Google gets its head in the game, and an exclusive no-holds-barred interview with Eddy Cue. 🎬.
March 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 46 mins
If you want a Model 3, you better purchase one before Tesla pivots again and decides to convert half of their stores into Pinkberry franchises. Everything is amateur hour all the time now … except in energy bar PR — they came to play and brought the receipts.
This week: cities v. cashless stores, Elon Musk v. himself, and Ryan v. the command line. 🤦🏻♂️.
March 6th, 2019 | 1 hr 44 mins
Unveiling a breakthrough new concept in thoughtfully appointed hotels and no Ja Rule is not welcome to invest.
This week: deciphering the Fearless Flyer, pondering how Orange County became California’s Texas, and digging up the lede Tesla buried under a bunch of last gen Superchargers. 🚗.
February 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 37 mins
Little known fact: nutritional facts are listed in descending order by weight. If Tim has his way, Apple’s quarterly earnings reports will have ‘Services’ as the top ingredient.
This week: both the SEC and Carlos have beef with Tesla, Jeffrey B. abandons his plan to get a brownstone HQ2 in Long Island, and what likely will be an immediately out of date discussion of Bryce Harper-gate. ⚾️.
February 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 48 mins
With Amazon’s surprise acquisition of eero, podcasters everywhere expressed nervousness about the day Bezos Co. buys Squarespace and there is no one left to buy podcast ads. Not us though. We’re sustained by a generous grant from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
This week: window cleaning robots, rumblings from the Genius Grove, and Tim Cook holds the editor of the Orange County Register upside down until all the quarters fall out. 🗞.
January 30th, 2019 | 1 hr 21 mins
“Psst. Hey kid. Yeah, you. Let’s make a deal. I’ll give you $20 a month and you give me root level access to all your web traffic, online shopping history, contacts, location data, personal connections, photographs, videos, life events...”
This week: Carlos gets a robot, Apple celebrates National Privacy Day, Facebook pulls a Facebook, and Spindrift comes out of nowhere to top our Still or Sparkling® power rankings. 🍋.