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 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.
This week: COnteMplaTinG ThE trUmP inAUgural, A TImely FlAShBAck to 2008 COURteSy OF goOGLe PhOtOs, applE's 2016, aNd ryaN TrIeS tO wATCH 4k. If that was hard to read, just pretend it’s all uppercase. Your bank already does.
Episode 98: Not Qualified to be a Futurist
January 11th, 2017 | 1 hr 31 mins
As the state of our political discourse continues its descent to new and previously unfathomable lows, riding on a golden escalator, we look back to a simpler time ten years ago before the smartphone was made great.
This week, your hosts talk a decade of iPhone and share their memories of it's introduction at Macworld 2007. Plus: Alexa everywhere, recanting picks of the week, and Carlos wins the medal for wrongest prediction ever.
Пристегните ремни, это будет долгие четыре года. 🇷🇺.
Episode 97: T Word Circles
January 4th, 2017 | 1 hr 30 mins
New year, same us. We go back to basics this week as we struggle to find common ground over Apple's tumultuous 2016 and who their products are actually for. Those arguments plus: an expanded ‘Picks of the Year’ for 2016, curating the proper pup to human follow ratio on Instagram, social networks for cars, and more tales from middle age. 🍾.
Episode 96: Losing a PR Battle to the DMV
December 21st, 2016 | 1 hr 32 mins
In the thrilling final episode of 2016, Ryan attempts to recreate in his apartment the 1999 Disney Channel Original Movie 'Smart House'. Plus, we welcome the future in the form of Amazon's cashier-less utopian retail concept store, red-light runnin' driverless Volvo Ubers, and a CarPlay integration that works 82% of the time. 🚨.
Episode 95: Jony Ive’s Scrapbook
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. 🌳.
Episode 94: Basket of Corgis
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. 🇺🇸.
Episode 93: Typing on a Wet Banana
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. 🚙📑.
Episode 92: Locker Room Talk
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, 🇺🇸.
Episode 91: Putting Nonsense Things on Burgers
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. 🇫🇷.
Episode 90: Actively Not Connecting it to the Internet
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. 🎮.