This week, Eric and Micah discuss Facebook’s $16 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, rumors of an Apple-Tesla partnership, and Google planning to expand Fiber across the United States. Plus we preview next week’s Mobile World Congress, discussing the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Nokia X Android phone, and “the all new HTC One”.
A big, big, crazy, huge, big week of tech news; Eric and Micah discuss Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella, more iWatch rumours, sapphire crystal, Twitter’s first earnings report, Facebook Paper, and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
Today we are pleased to announce that The Segue has been acquired by Kara Swisher. Ok not really, but there were a lot of real acquisitions in the tech world this week. We discuss Google’s $3.2 billion purchase of Nest, Facebook’s future on mobile, a big setback for net neutrality, and Eric rages about the sad state of email apps.
In our first episode of the new year, we discuss some of the news we missed over the holiday break, including Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg’s new site Re/code, Biz Stone’s new app Jelly, and the recently released iOS 7 jailbreak. Then we take a deep dive into CES 2014, discussing “the internet of things” and some of our favourite products from the show this year: Pebble Steel, LG’s webOS TV, PlayStation Now, Oculus Rift’s Crystal Cove prototype, Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact, and – of course – 4K Televisions.
After a week-long Thanksgiving hiatus, we return with a drone-heavy episode covering the coolness of Amazon’s new delivery initiative and its many possible doomsday scenarios. Plus our thoughts on Jessica Lessin’s premium (and pricey) new tech publication, a “review” of the Retina iPad mini, and a discussion about messaging apps. Bonus points if you listen past the ending music for our first “after dark” shenanigans.
This week, Mike Wehner (@mikewehner) of TUAW joins Eric and Micah for a smorgasbord of amazingness. We talk about the PS4 launch, impending Xbox One launch, and the problems ailing Nintendo’s Wii U, followed by a scathing rant about Bloomberg and ridiculous Apple rumors. To top it all off, we end with a world first: an audio unboxing of Mike’s brand new PlayStation 4.