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.
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? 💼.
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. ✈️.
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.
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”? 🇺🇸.
March 8th, 2017 | 1 hr 25 mins
Blue Barn. Internet light bulbs. Giants baseball.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat. 🛁.
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. 💰.
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. 🖨.
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.
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? 🤔.
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.
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. 🇷🇺.
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. 🍾.
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. 🚨.
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. 🌳.
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. 🇺🇸.
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. 🚙📑.