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.
July 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 21 mins
Like Strunk and White said a hundred years ago: two exclamation points is kind, just one is super passive aggressive. Also, Cc-ing the recipient's boss to light a fire is a so two thousand and late.
This week: pandemic sports chat, purportedly popular movies, and the 🦚 has landed at 30 Rock. 📺 .
July 8th, 2020 | 1 hr 26 mins
We’ve been wondering. Just how does a “bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, eventually grow up to be a hero and a scholar”?
Someone should do a deep dive on the subject, write a book about it, and then have it adapted into a musical.
This week: mouse swears, Zoom room critiques, and an unprecedented live-to-tape taste test. 🍍.
July 1st, 2020 | 1 hr 23 mins
A modest proposal: turn all soon-to-be defunct Microsoft Stores into socially distanced, open-air Spindrift® tasting rooms. Or perhaps when enclosed spaces are permissible again, an accounting pop-up to help you understand why your nine different skinny bundles total more than your car payment.
This week: softball interviews, frothing teasers, and conservation considerations when charging for chargers. 📱.
June 24th, 2020 | 1 hr 48 mins
EXT. MCENRY CONVENTION CENTER, SAN JOSE, JUNE 2020.
(tumbleweeds). Wait, where is everybody?
This week: Costa Rican pineapples, Coronatalk®, and a very brief discussion of this week’s WWDC keynote. 🍍 .
June 17th, 2020 | 1 hr 22 mins
With credible rumors mounting that Apple is indeed switching to ARM processors for its Mac line, the only question is how they will incorporate a leg into the final design to justify the price. 🥁 .
This week: grinding up some follow up, getting our WWDC predictions locked in before the Scottish teens, and some wholesome Friday fun courtesy of HBO To Go. 📺 .
June 10th, 2020 | 1 hr 30 mins
For maximum freshness, this episode should be stored in a cool, dry place.
This week: playing ball for prorated peanuts, planning with The Wirecutter for when the wire is cut, and mulling over Twitter and Facebook’s differing approaches to moderating elected officials. 🐦 .
June 3rd, 2020 | 1 hr 16 mins
Having identified a weakness in having the majority of its sales being driven by its iconic 20% off coupons, Bed Bath & Beyond is seeking to diversify its total revenue with, drumroll please, services. No joke here. Tune in to find out the very creative name. Give it a few more quarters and BBBY be making its own TV shows too.
This week: HBO Max spreads its feathers, the NBA saved enough pennies for a Disney vacation, and a surprise white whale appears. 🐋 .
May 27th, 2020 | 1 hr 25 mins
Shots, shots, shots, shots! Espresso shots, that is. Thanks for the reminder, Lil’ Jon. Very prescient of our current work from home situation. Yeeeeeeaahhhhh, etc.
This week: Korean baseball, Ryan’s new Ziggurat desk, and considering whether HBO Max’s marketing already needs to “Pivot!” ¹. 🛋
¹ This is the only Friends quote I know, tbh.
May 20th, 2020 | 59 mins 23 secs
We’re going to level with you: it’s week nine of sheltering in place and we’ve gotten to the point where we’re just taking quizzes off the HGTV homepage. Email complaints to email@example.com.
This week: more Coronatalk®, United airline’s clean skies initiative, and the lose-lose-lose world of food delivery.
May 13th, 2020 | 1 hr 26 mins
I mean, I know there’s ballooning deficit and everything, but you’d think Congress could appropriate a few bucks for the pro plan of Zoom.
This week: face masks, pandemic politics, and the unlikely food world mensch and his iconic frosted tips in the era of coronavirus. 🌶.
May 6th, 2020 | 1 hr 30 mins
The stark reality of 2020 is that many business models will have extreme difficulty adapting to a post-COVID reality. It is with this in mind that we humbly propose all movie theaters be converted into mini Disneylands for no more than 10 visitors at any one time. Keep six feet away from Daffy. Tickets are $1,399. No upgrades, Points Guy.
This week: magic keyboards, dogvertising, and adding some caffeine to Still or Sparkling®. ☕️.
April 29th, 2020 | 1 hr 16 mins
Where Bada meets Bing meets oh no they’re really just going to package and sell the streaming service equivalent of that one kitchen drawer filled with random stuff that made it through three moves over two decades okay i see you at&t i mean you paid for it so you do you i guess.
This week: getting frunky, betting the spread on the over under, and Ryan hops in the metaphorical Camaro for some quarantine Trip-D. 🔥.
April 22nd, 2020 | 1 hr 25 mins
For over 200 episodes, we've been here for you. Through thick and thin, boom and bust, dark mode and light. And though these may be unprecedented times, we want you to know that we're committed to navigating these insufferable Magic Keyboard reviews — together.
This week: sit stand sleep desks, runner particulate clouds, and thawing a pint in honor of Three Twins. 🍨.
April 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 11 mins
We’re all learning a lot during this pandemic. About ourselves, about government, about humanity. But also we’ve also learned something we already kind of knew: ain’t nobody buying Bubly®.
This week: paper product supply chains, the Pepsi Universe, and an extremely specific reference for people who remember where North Hall Room 1110 is.
April 8th, 2020 | 1 hr 14 mins
Sure, Top Chef gets the class-leading sparkling water sponsors like San Pellegrino, but where does that leave Bubly? Even the people at Last Chance Kitchen asked them to “pack their bubbles and go”.
This week: cronchifying some potatoes, trying to remember how to spell Kracizynski, and watching as Sterling Cooper helps decade old startup Zoom navigate a PR crisis. 🥃.
April 1st, 2020 | 1 hr 19 mins
In uncertain times, it's helpful to remember this ancient proverb: sometimes to keep moving forward, you have to stop at every green light.
This week: the iPad gets some pointers from its brother Mac, Disney also finds time has no meaning, and pod listening habits in the shelter-in-place era. 🦠 .