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.
February 2nd, 2022 | 1 hr 40 mins
The 5. The Safeway. The Batman. Sure, why not?
This week: coin flips, fast casual Nashville tendies, and a reverse mortgage for your Google Calendar. 📆
January 26th, 2022 | 1 hr 41 mins
Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening, but this time Edna is a gingerbread mug cookie.*
This week: dark patterns in the snack aisle, the exposure triangle of cocktails, and taste testing the Animal Crossing game cartridge. 📷.
- If literally anyone gets this reference without Googling, I will eat my library card.
January 19th, 2022 | 1 hr 44 mins
Some folks are worried that 1Password, our north-of-the-border password manager friends, just raised a huge round and might be abandoning their everyday users. We disagree. Their history of sustainable growth and most notably, having rebuffed a hostile takeover bid Bublé/Drake Partners in 2017, speaks volumes.
This week: gin and juice, sick Beats, and Microsoft’s M&A bet on Call Of Duty 3.11 for Workgroups being the cornerstone of its subscription gaming ambitions. 🍸.
January 12th, 2022 | 1 hr 44 mins
With this week’s news that The New York Times intends to acquire The Athletic in an all cash deal, the sports site has rapidly begun to beef up their laundromat beat coverage. Turns out Scott P. in Brooklyn is shooting 98% from the line and can’t stop won’t stop.
This week: East Bay pretzels, Elon goes to the DMV, and The Lakers land a brand partnership with Donkey Diesel. 🐐.
January 5th, 2022 | 1 hr 13 mins
Clearly, George Clooney’s best role was that time in Ocean’s Fifteen when he robs the Bellagio by turning all the chips into worthless NFTs of tequila bottles. Wait, no that’s not fiction. All NFTs are BS. Like pogs, but digital.
This week: Keanu left his heart in San Fran, celebrity booze, and Amazon breaching the trust of the local area network. 💻.
December 21st, 2021 | 1 hr 31 mins
They say good things come in threes — what about three hundreds?
This week: Chipotlanes at the Silos, Peloton Wrapped, and a brief look back with a nod to the future. 💯💯💯.
December 8th, 2021 | 1 hr 25 mins
With IKEA dipping more than a toe these days into the smart home world, how long until the meatballs get HomeKit compatibility?
This week: unfettered rodent capitalism, hard-coded subs, and clickbait push notifications. 🏰.
December 1st, 2021 | 1 hr 12 mins
In the surprise collaboration nobody saw coming, Nintendo and Peloton are teaming up to bring MarioKart 64 to the Bike+. Rumble pack sold separately.
This week: egg whites, pineapple coffee, and the friction tape for your AirBuds. 🎧.
November 17th, 2021 | 1 hr 36 mins
You can spend $700M to call it the Crypto.com Arena, but to true Los Angeles sports fans, it’ll always be known as the Dunder Mifflin Center.
This week: Comcast house calls, Red re-release merch, and Big Mac headphones. 🍔.
November 10th, 2021 | 1 hr 14 mins
Due to unforeseen supply chain issues, this week’s show doesn’t come with quality show notes. Apparently creativity is heavily reliant on “legacy nodes”. Who knew?
This week: free throws, college housing, and getting back on that bike. 🏀.
November 3rd, 2021 | 1 hr 45 mins
“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” — Mitt Romney, as quoted by Wayne Gretsky
This week: beach tacos, water parks, and first impressions of the new MaxBook Pro. 🚰.
October 27th, 2021 | 1 hr 49 mins
Scheduling note: next week's 49ers game will be exclusive to Discovery+ subscribers who are wearing 3D glasses while petting a cat.
This week: AirBud socks, rainy Sundays, and initial impressions of the latest Watchmen release. ⌚.
October 20th, 2021 | 1 hr 43 mins
Turns out John Ternus was never a big fan of The Rolling Stones, but he took a shot at rewriting the lyrics to one of their hit songs.
“You can’t always get what you want...
But if you try sometimes, well, you might find...
You get a pro laptop that doesn’t compromise on performance and has a feature set and design that matches the needs of its end users for the first time in six years.”
A little wordy but we like this version way better.
This week: measuring cups, spicy tweets, and oh hey — a new laptop. 💻.
October 13th, 2021 | 1 hr 8 mins
We shaved off some extra battery, chamfered some edges to give you a lean episode this week. ⚾.
Perhaps that will give you extra time to watch baseball.
Or you could spend it reviewing your customer sat numbers.
Seems like as a good a time as any to make some french fries!
Even if you don’t have fresh garlic, pretend you’re at the ballpark.
You just need to save some for your old pal Buster.
October 6th, 2021 | 1 hr 32 mins
When the MLB inevitably shoe-horns corporate sponsors on the uniforms, we think Picco should get first dibs for the Giants. The A's get Homeroom. None of this Rakuten and Bumble nonsense.
This week: playoff bandwagoning, vanity stock picking, and paternity leave guest hosting. 🎙️
September 29th, 2021 | 1 hr 37 mins
You know how they say never meet your heroes? That, but sparkling water.
This week: it’s new iPhone week, smartening up the ghost lights, and Amazon throws more Echo spaghetti at the wall. 🍝.