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 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 22: Hololens 2 Hands On, This Week in Facebook, and Tim Apple

Fresh off of Shawn’s triumphant run at the Tokyo marathon, Shawn and Ross talk about a recent hands-on experience with Microsoft’s HoloLens 2. We also go deep on the latest wave of news of Facebook, including its privacy pivot and Patreon competitor. Finally, the Lightning Round strikes on Huawei’s lawsuit, wrist phones, and the debut of Tim Apple.

Episode 21: Samsung Unpacked, the Future of VR, and Apple’s Credit Card

In this episode of Techspansive, Shawn and Ross review the highlights of Samsung’s high-profile product launch ahead of MWC, peer into the future of VR with hands-on experience of the first eye-resolution headset, and look at Apple’s continued services push with a potential Goldman Sachs partnership. Plus, our Lightning Round topics include the fate of Bixby, disclosure about hidden sensors, the 5G iPhone timeline, and Google’s streaming gaming service.

Episode 19: Spotify ups its Podcast Game, Facebook Faces More Regulation, and Sprint Sues AT&T

In this episode. Shawn DuBravac and Ross Rubin talk about the big moves that Spotify has made in the podcast space as it seeks to shore up its business against platform providers and emulate successful models of Netflix and YouTube. In addition, they look at the impact that Facebook and other companies face as new regulations require greater transparency when combining data from multiple media properties. Finally, Ross and Shawn take a look at the latest in 5G as Sprint sues AT&T over its network branding and T-Mobile says it plans to sit out creating a bundle of broadband TV programming.

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 12: Qualcomm, Intel, Moore’s Law, and the Future of Streaming Video

In this episode, Shawn DuBravac and Ross Rubin discuss the announcements that Qualcomm made at its Snapdragon Summit — first up, some impressive new applications for artificial intelligence, Then we assess the company’s entrance into the PC market against a charging Intel and the state of Moore’s Law. Finally, we discuss how Facebook’s latest rumored push into premium video may bring it into a crowded field, but one in which it brings some significant advantages.