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.
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. 🎧.
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. 💩.
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. 👻<
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.
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. 💡.
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. ⌚️.
June 22nd, 2016 | 1 hr 32 mins
It would appear that everyone in the Bay Area is in a perpetual state of auditioning for their very own reality television show. As such, your hosts survey the field of pizza phoners, calamitously loud typists, and skeevy middle fingerers. But it's not all bad news for Northern California – the Giants are second best in the major leagues, though Ryan laments that the regular season has too many games and too few power plays on ice. All this plus: Google acquires Webpass for its Fiber operations, 1Password at 10 years, rumors of the upcoming iPhone ditching the headphone jack, watching television at 1.6x, and once again, dogs on IG.
June 15th, 2016 | 2 hrs 5 mins
Annual vacations to Italy, frequent rafting trips, an adorable dog, improbably photogenic friends. One would think the meticulously selected members of the Apple Stock Photography family have it all. But who are they — really? We investigate.
And what's the deal with this guy on Amazon that sleeps with full cup of coffee on his mattress in the middle of the workday? We tackle these difficult questions this week plus: updates on WWDC 2016, E3, the NBA finals, our picks of the week, and your hosts vehemently disagree on whether Chopped is a good television program.
June 8th, 2016 | 2 hrs 1 min
Good evening and welcome to the show. Would you like still or sparkling water with your podcast this evening?
As with most things in life, it's never that simple. This week, we pour out a can of La Croix passionfruit water for the short-lived Keurig KOLD, discuss under what circumstances you should complain at an establishment or send something back at a restaurent (spoiler: never), and why we may or may not be feeling 'the Bern'. Plus: subscription app pricing in the run-up to WWDC, predictions for Monday’s keynote, podcasts as a medium, Bill Simmons on HBO, and Internet mattresses. 🛏.
June 2nd, 2016 | 1 hr 35 mins
$10 artisanal toast? Okay. $15 sustainably farmed arugula and caper salad? Fine. A French themed hypo-allergenic bakery for dogs in the Marina? Shut it down, everybody. Carlos encounters a review of said dog bakery ghostwritten by a proud "dog mom" from the perspective of her "furbaby" Tater Tot and loses his mind; Ryan adds context and perspective. Plus: puppuccinos, DayQuil, face computers, unconfirmed delays of unconfirmed products, the new Union Square Apple Store, ‘second date ice cream’, and a hyperlocal conversation about Bay Area food you'll probably fast forward over. 🍦.
May 18th, 2016 | 1 hr 44 mins
Carlos makes the case that while yes, millennials are most certainly the worst, they came of age during the best possible period of technological change. Ryan advocates for running with open hands and an open heart, armband optional. Plus: corgis in mailboxes, gBoard, Google I/O, the Giant Race, and we co-opt a segment from a far more popular podcast. 💯
May 11th, 2016 | 1 hr 24 mins
Instagram redesigned their app and everyone lost their minds, but the Internet mob is missing the forest through the trees. What they really should be asking themselves is: which pups are the best Instagram pups? Should I follow more dogs than people? Am I a bad person if my Explore tab isn't mostly dogs? Listen for the answer to these questions plus: the tyranny of alkaline watch batteries in 2016, Apple Watch follow-up, that NYT podcast article, Google Chirp and the Nexus Q that never had a chance to orb. 🔮
May 4th, 2016 | 1 hr 34 mins
As part of a surprising management coup this week, In-N-Out hired away Super Duper's VP of deliciousness in the midst of the all important Bay Area Burger finals. Super Duper, the no. 1 seed remains confident this will not negatively affect their garlic fry game. Also: a year with Apple Watch, the knock-off watch band market, an update on backup strategy, and our picks of the week. 🍔
April 27th, 2016 | 1 hr 24 mins
Two grossly unqualified urban dwellers discuss the future of autonomous and semi-autonomous transportation systems. Yes folks, it's time for the self-driving car episode. Also, other things.
April 19th, 2016 | 1 hr 29 mins
Sure, cold pizza may have all the calories and only a fraction of the taste, but our listeners needn't worry — this week's episode is fresh out of the oven. Grab a mimosa and let's talk new Kindles, Prime-by-the-month, with a side of Model X claim chowder. Plus, opening up the time capsule that is our Amazon.com purchase history.
April 12th, 2016 | 1 hr 26 mins
Stepping up to the plate, batting eighth for the Los Angeles Lakers of Anaheim, Kobe 'The Akron Hammer' Bryant.
This episode, get a rundown on an historic week of professional basketball, follow up on baseball walk-up anthems, and a much deserved condemnation of the 2016 Prius. Also: 3D touch, landscape calendars, subscription software and the dying art of building a PC.