Episode 41. Alexa Finds its Way into More Things

In this episode, Shawn and Ross offer their takes on the significance of the many products in Amazon’s Alexa hardware announcement, with a contrast to Apple’s more evolutionary upgrades. Plus, subscription game passes gain momentum with Apple Arcade, Google Play Pass and the release of Nintendo’s mobile Mario Kart. Finally, we look at Uber’s play to be your life’s OS with its app platform and car network.

Episode 40. Apple Catching Up on Hardware and Pushing Ahead on Services

In this episode, Shawn and Ross discuss all the major announcements from Apple’s September event, including the evolutionary updates of the iPhone and Apple Watch and the competitively stronger iPad. Plus, we contrast content-rich Disney+ and audience-rich TV+ and end on the latest moves in the grocery battle between Walmart and Amazon.

Episode 39. Does Facebook Get the Message?

In this episode, Shawn and Ross discuss changes Facebook is making to its messaging portfolio, trying another another app called Threads for Instagram users while giving businesses more play in Messenger. Plus, a look at Microsoft’s continued retreat from tablets as its next Surface draws near and how Disney is courting Disney+ subscribers with aggressive, long-term deals.

Episode 38. In We We Trust?

In this episode, Shawn and Ross discuss the S-1 filing for the company behind WeWork as it seeks to raise $1 billion in an IPO and elevate the world’s consciousness, and argue why a recession might not be all bad news for the real estate/“tech” company. We also discuss a move to make progress on robocalls through a new standard that has carriers cooperating, and look at what the latest economic indicators might portend both for startups raising capital and the tech giants.

Episode 35: Microsoft up, Netflix down, Amazon prime

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at the evolution of Prime Day and the effects its having on competitors and seasonality. Plus, we look at Microsoft’s strong cloud growth and Netflix’s earnings miss as the streaming giant starts to encounter danger signs from competition.

Episode 34: Facebook Turns to Transactions

In this episode, Shawn and Ross return from a break to look at Facebook's many transactional initiatives, including its plan to monetize subscriptions to content creators and the tie-in to its cryptocurrency Libra. How far can the company go in creating a WeChat-like platform? Plus, some thoughts on what we can expect at next week's antitrust hearings for Big Tech as Amazon and Google decide put aside their battle over video devices and YouTube.

Episode 33: The Last Videogame Consoles?

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at some of the major announcements leading up to and at E3. We’ll have details on the Project Scarlet, the next generation of Xbox, the availability of Google Stadia, and previews of Microsoft xCloud as we look at the future of downloads vs. streaming. We also discuss Apple’s heavy investment in Apple Arcade. Finally, we offer our takes on an ’80s videogame brand trying to make a 2D comeback in a world of 3D games.