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 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 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/

Episode 20: Amazon’s purchase of eero, Apple’s Next Event, and Amazon Breaks Up with NYC

In this episode, Shawn DuBravac and Ross Rubin delve into Amazon’s purchase of eero and what it means for access to Alexa. Next, we look at the promise of Apple’s services launch in March and its potential for publishers. Ross and Shawn then talk about their hometown dynamics and how they contributed to Amazon’s decision to leave New York City but stay in Virginia. Finally, no prefabricated cubicle can shield you from the excitement of the new Techspansive Lightning Round.

Episode 14: End of Year Grading for Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft

In this episode, Shawn DuBravac and Ross Rubin hand out report cards to five big tech ecosystem companies — Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. We’ll discuss some of their biggest highlights and lowlights and assign a final grade for the year as well as consider what’s in store for them in 2019.

Episode 11: Apple Music on Echo and Stories on YouTube and Instagram

In this episode, Shawn DuBravac and Ross Rubin look at Apple and Amazon working together to get Apple Music on Amazon Echo devices and what it means for Apple’s continued moves into content. Plus, we look at the impact of Stories in social media as Instagram moves to reign in anonymous “finsta” accounts with its “close friends” feature and YouTube provides another way for its top content producers to reach out to their audiences with the ephemeral post format.

Episode 4: Microsoft’s Surface event in NYC and Amazon Go

This week, Shawn DuBravac and Ross Rubin dig into the announcements from Microsoft’s Surface event in NYC. That sets up a broader discussion of how the major tech giants approach hardware and its integration with their other strategic initiatives. Plus, Shawn shares his impression of the Amazon Go store in Chicago and what businesses might feel the impact of its competition.