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 119: A Terry Gross Way
July 5th, 2017 | 1 hr 23 mins
An ethical quandary for the digital age, some cold water for pie-in-the-sky near-term transportation disruption, and 10 years of iPhone. Plus: Ryan lives on the edge with public betas and visits to a sketchy taco joint in the Nevada desert. 😓 .
Episode 118: Citrus Forward
June 28th, 2017 | 1 hr 12 mins
With the Giants on pace for their first 100 loss season in 30 years: a little inside baseball inside AT&T Park and a run around the follow-up bases. Plus: #fakenews and magazine covers with the golfer-in-chief, the realities of Apple’s doubling down on secrecy, and Tesla’s new breakthrough recipe delivery service.
Episode 117: Free as in Shipping
June 21st, 2017 | 1 hr 20 mins
Jeff Bezos spent $13.4B on groceries, Travis Kalanick was forced to resign from the company he founded, and Carlos got a new laptop. Looks like we all had a big week. Plus: a recap of the 3rd season finale of "Better Call Saul", a tour of Georgia’s most temporarily famous congressional district, and nostalgia for the Biden memes of yore.
Episode 116: Cactus Time
June 14th, 2017 | 1 hr 32 mins
K.D. seems like the kind of guy that would wait the extra four minutes for a Lyft instead of an Uber, right? Speaking of which: the Holder/Uber report is out, the Finals are over, and Donald Trump is absolutely not under investigation.
Plus: coming down from an exciting win of the Golden State Warriors of Oakland over the Cleveland Lebrons, Ryan goes inside baseball and explains the money behind a winning NBA team. 🐦 .
Episode 115: Tiny Waffles
June 7th, 2017 | 1 hr 36 mins
We’re back from Rome with spices and an iPad software overhaul the likes of which has never been seen this side of the Atlantic. This week: we cover the jam-packed, Kirkland Signature sized WWDC 2017 keynote. 🌭 .
Episode 114: Reincorporate in Jokkmokk
May 31st, 2017 | 1 hr 50 mins
Clinton at the Code Conference.
Our preview of the NBA Finals.
Vexing times in streaming music.
Following the money with Uber.
Existing car makers vs. Tesla.
Final predictions for WWDC ’17.
Elitism is not a four letter word.
Trust us, a small group of people know exactly what we mean.
Episode 113: Only Google
May 24th, 2017 | 1 hr 25 mins
Carlos makes the case that Apple has made a huge mistake with its Mac strategy. The Trump press team doesn’t understand the question and certainly won’t respond to it while Sundar Pichai wonders if these cut-offs effectively hide Google Photos’ thunder. Plus: Uber’s pricing algorithms learn there’s always [more] money in the banana stand. 🍌.
Episode 112: Horizontal Integration
May 16th, 2017 | 1 hr 30 mins
Fake it ‘til you make it seems to be the motto of 2017, but when guessing where North Korea is on a map, perhaps don’t choose Australia. This week: Target gets into bed with Casper, a jog through the WWDC rumor mill, and Ryan realizes he may be over-leveraged on his podcasts subscriptions.
Where’s Bernanke? 👀.
Episode 111: Rome of the West
May 9th, 2017 | 1 hr 25 mins
This week, Amazon has something they’d like to Echo Show you, Peet’s probably kind of regrets teaming up with Juicero, and another hyperlocal discussion of Bay Area restaurants. Plus: Apple’s connected home stumbles and a double dose of Better Call Saul.
PS: you might want to mute your Amazon Echo. 🙉.
Episode 110: iPod Hi-Fi 2.0
May 3rd, 2017 | 1 hr 39 mins
With the Giants having a decidedly ‘ruff’ start to the season, we instead turn our attention to those wonderful Buster Posey Toyota ads, Apple’s Q2 results, ESPN’s changing fortune, and an FCC that seems to have forgotten whom it works for. Plus: an unexpected trip to Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen & Bar.
Episode 109: Peak Cactus
April 26th, 2017 | 1 hr 31 mins
Carlos recounts the saddest way to spend Earth Day and Ryan ponders sending Michael Barbaro of The Failing New York Times an edible arrangement. Plus: Better Call Saul is getting really good, the worrisome world of “free” online services, and Internet juicers. 🍓.
Episode 108: More Orangey Than Peachy
April 19th, 2017 | 1 hr 35 mins
Uber selectively opens the kimono, we parking lot some questions about Tesla’s questionable valuation and take a 30,000 feet look at the smartphone landscape ahead of the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. Plus: we round up some best practices from Jimmy McGill with the return of Better Call Saul.
Wait, who just joined? 💼.
Episode 107: Full of Walls
April 13th, 2017 | 1 hr 36 mins
Can a Swedish meatball conglomerate make Internet lightbulbs go mainstream? Will Amazon release its next original series exclusively through an Alexa skill voiced by James Lipton? Will United overbook this podcast episode? You asked, we answered. ✈️.
Episode 106: The Pope Spot
April 5th, 2017 | 1 hr 18 mins
Like a rich tomato soup on a foggy evening, this episode feels like home — which is to say, follow up.
Plus: Carlos has a run in with Usher, Apple calls a mulligan on the trash can Mac Pro, and SF gets put on notice for its big city ego.
Episode 105: Let's Just Agree You're Wrong
March 22nd, 2017 | 1 hr 31 mins
As a nation we have never been more divided, well except maybe during that whole civil war thing. Look no further than today’s Apple — three year old Macs, peppermint iPhones, multi-iPad lifestyles, and people who insist on leaving no thumb safety slots on their homescreen. Can and will Phil Schiller answer the call to “Make Macs Great Again”? 🇺🇸.