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 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. 🎮.
Episode 89: He Never Has the Same Driver Twice
September 7th, 2016 | 1 hr 45 mins
This is 7. Actually, this is episode 89. In a courageous move, we run through Tuesday's iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 event. Please note that the high-gloss finish of this podcast is achieved through a precision nine-step recording process. Its content is equally enjoyable as other episodes, however, its high shine may cause fine micro-abrasions on your phone speakers after listening. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many headphones available that will not fit an iPhone 7 lightning port. 🎧.
Episode 88: Hey Ms. Echo
August 17th, 2016 | 1 hr 37 mins
As is often the case, art takes time – or at least that's our excuse for this episode being three weeks delayed. This week features a preview of the upcoming Apple event and the rumors surrounding it, chip credit cards, a check-in on Amazon Echo and much more. Plus: picks of the week and a few anti-picks of the week. 💩.
Episode 87: Paragon of Fitness
August 3rd, 2016 | 1 hr 58 mins
For your listening pleasure, we've eliminated all GMOs, salt, and added sugar from our usual episode recipe and have instead replaced it with a refreshing mimosa — no refills. This week, we talk marathons, nutrition and how long it takes to forget the scary things Katie Couric warned you about in 'Fed Up'. Plus: 1Password embracing subscription pricing, Eddy Cue's sock-less meeting dress code, and question of whether or not anybody cares that Instagram borrowed a third of Snapchat’s core app. 👻<
Episode 86: Skinny Bundle of Politics
July 20th, 2016 | 1 hr 19 mins
We take a break from watching America devolve into madness, apologies, we mean America being made great again, to talk about matters of greater frivolity. This week we check in on Eddy Cue who never wanted to offer you jerks a dumb skinny bundle anyway, Tesla's master plan to upend the cactus industry, and Ryan on week one with the Amazon Echo. Plus: Hunter Pence is not Mike Pence and @darth being the real MVP.
Episode 85: Ikea Inflation
July 13th, 2016 | 1 hr 19 mins
This week's show encourages listeners traveling two or fewer floors take the stairs. It's not so bad and it'll give them a chance to think about the out of control price inflation of IKEA furniture, what to make of the forthcoming iPhone 6S-S, the differences between two-step and two-factor authentication and a heck of a lot more. And hey, you might even catch a Jigglychu or Pikamander in the stairwell. Plus: Ryan gives in to the inevitability of connected lightbulbs. 💡.
Episode 84: Gentlemen’s Wirecutter
June 29th, 2016 | 1 hr 24 mins
Little known fact: we were going to call this show Any Given Wednesday but decided to go in a different direction at the last moment. Anyhow, I estimate it will take you about forty minutes to listen to the episode, an hour tops — I swear. Today, we're all over the place and everywhere at once. We discuss giving better time estimates, how not to jinx your favorite sports team, concerns and hopes for VR, gettin' swole with Xbox Fitness, cactus news, and much much more. ⌚️.