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 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”? 🇺🇸.
Episode 104: Ikea Based Existence
March 8th, 2017 | 1 hr 25 mins
Blue Barn. Internet light bulbs. Giants baseball.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat. 🛁.
Episode 103: Fleet of Corgis
March 1st, 2017 | 1 hr 34 mins
This week is all about fast food and cacti, wherein we pick apart The Ringer's 'Top 50 Fast Food Items in America' and look at Uber's cavalcade of PR crises over its questionable corporate culture. Astute listeners have had the inside track on the sketchy Uber beat for years though, 🌵. Plus: iPhone 8, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Game Pass and a sponsor break sponsor break. 💰.
Episode 102: Where Do I Put the Dock?
February 22nd, 2017 | 1 hr 43 mins
Growing up means accepting many hard truths: that life is finite, that right doesn't always conquer wrong, and that IKEA is for meatballs and not your marquee home furnishings. This week, those unsettling realizations plus: immersive business 3-in-1s from HP, WWDC moves back to San Jose, Tim Cook says "let's meet at Apple [Park]", smart home shower thoughts, and Ryan's gigantic phone has an unfortunate run-in with the sidewalk.
PS: @darth is back and Carly still won't help with his printer. 🖨.
Episode 101: Mr. Musk
February 8th, 2017 | 1 hr 9 mins
It's been another exhausting week. First the FTC fines Vizio $2.2M for tattling to advertisers that you just watched thirty eight episodes of the West Wing in a row while crying under a blanket. Then Travis Kalanick gets thrown under the uberX for participating in Trump's economic council while Elon Musk rides away scot-free in his self-driving Model X. And now the leader of the free world is tweeting about waiting around for Easy D? Save us, Martin Sheen — you’re our only hope.
Those stories plus: IoT privacy concerns, ARM Macs, and our quarterly Apple Watch check-in.
Episode 100: Sports and Old Age
February 1st, 2017 | 1 hr 17 mins
Episode 💯. When we started out two and a half years ago, we famously said: "...we choose to record this mostly weekly program and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard." Suffice it to say, mission accomplished.
This week, we get around to some long overdue introductions and take a look back at what stuck and what didn't. Wait… which one are you again? 🤔.
Episode 99: The Los Angeles Chargers of San Diego
January 18th, 2017 | 1 hr 25 mins
Due to San Francisco voters failing to support construction of our new podcast studio with taxpayer money, we are saddened to say we have no choice but to relocate to Los Angeles. We're still working on how to adapt the PSL scam for podcasting — stay tuned.
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