Episode 46. Trump Visits Apple, Paypal Buys Honey, Companies are Making Data Scarce and the RAZR Returns!

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at Trump’s visit to the Apple facility in Austin and what the company gains from hosting the president. Next, we look at how more companies are scaling back the kinds of data they make available to partners and users. We then dive into PayPal’s purchase of Honey as it faces growing threats from mobile platform owners, and flip back to the future with a look at the reborn RAZR folding-screen phone from Lenovo’s Motorola.

Episode 45. Google Buys Fitbit, Apple Reports Earnings, and NBC’s Peacock Shows Its Feathers

In this episode, Shawn and Ross discuss Google’s acquisition of Fitbit and what it means for the company’s wearable ambitions. Then it’s on to Apple earnings where the company’s growing services have overcome slumping iPhones, and, finally, how NBC’s streaming service may have to muscle its way into a crowded field.

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 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 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 27: AI in the Cloud

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at the growth of AI in the cloud, including the announcements from the Google Next and Qualcomm AI events in San Francisco. Our Lightning Round takes on new Acer’s powerful ConceptD PCs for creators, YouTube TV’s price hike, and the launch of Apple’s podcast website in light of Spotify’s moves. Our startup spotlight looks at Gooroo, a marketplace that uses AI to match students and tutors.

Episode 26: Apple’s media momentum

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at some of the early signs of momentum around Apple’s music and news services. Meanwhile, Netflix drops support for an Apple technology in what may be a sign of growing pains. Our Lightning Round takes on AirPower’s failure, Alexa earbuds and the quick end of Google’s ethics board. Finally, our new startup spotlight looks at Ouvos, crowdsourced navigation for bikes and scooters.

Episode 24: Apple Services

In this episode, Shawn and Ross take on the recent Apple announcements, including: 

  • the significance of Apple’s new hardware,
  • what the new Apple Card means for the future of payments,
  • the company’s double-barreled entry into TV services with the new Apple TV app and Apple TV+,
  • the impact of Apple News+, and 
  • how Apple Arcade stands to improve the state of games for consumers, developers and, of course, Apple itself.