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.

Episode 32: WWDC: Addressing the Past and Building Bridges to the Future

In this episode, Shawn and Ross take stock of some of the major announcements of I/O, Google’s annual developer event. including how it has answered Apple’s privacy challenge, its latest AI advances, and its new Android device announcements. Our Lightning Round takes on Facebook’s breakup argument, Blue Origin’s literal moonshot, and Redfin’s direct home sales. And our Startup of the Week tackles fake news with machine learning.

Episode 31: Huawei Caught Between a Trade War and the Race to 5G

In this week’s episode, Shawn and Ross discuss the Huawei ban and its implications for 5G, as well as the risk of retaliatory measures. Our Lightning Round takes on Amazon’s rumored emotion-reading wearable, Rotten Tomatoes’ move to verify movie reviews, and Panic’s newly unveiled Playdate.

Episode 30: Google’s Privacy Pitch

In this episode, Shawn and Ross take stock of some of the major announcements of I/O, Google’s annual developer event. including how it has answered Apple’s privacy challenge, its latest AI advances, and its new Android device announcements. Our Lightning Round takes on Facebook’s breakup argument, Blue Origin’s literal moonshot, and Redfin’s direct home sales. And our Startup of the Week tackles fake news with machine learning.

Episode 29: The Future is Private…

In this episode, Shawn and Ross analyze the news from Facebook’s F8 event and explore the implications moving forward for Facebook, Instagram, and the other FB properties. In the Lightning Round, we take a look at Marriott’s launch of Homes & Villas, an Airbnb competitor, Google’s launch of CallJoy, a $39/month virtual customer service agent aimed at small US businesses, and the demise of robotics start-up Anki.

Episode 28: A Week of Reconciliation

In this episode, Shawn and Ross feel the love as they discuss the sudden reconciliation between Apple and Qualcomm’ just as its court case was getting underway and the role Intel likely played along with Amazon’s and Google’s progress toward supporting each others’ video efforts. Then, the Lightning Round includes discussion of the Samsung Galaxy Fold screen issues, free music tiers for smart speakers from Amazon and Google, and Google opening up Android in the EU to new browser and search engine choices. Plus, we celebrate the launch of the podcast’s new web home at https://techspansive.com/