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.
Following the app’s launch last week, Evomail+ has been updated to version 2.0.1 today. The standout feature of this release is iPad support; though not a dedicated experience – for now the iPad UI is a blown-up version of the iPhone app – the app now runs fullscreen on an iPad, and Evomail believes it still delivers users a “quality experience” for the time being. The company is planning a customized iPad UI for a future update. Furthermore, Evomail says they are busy improving their EvoCloud backend, noting that they’ve added a number of new servers since launch. A good sign that will hopefully help improve their server-side infrastructure, as I noted some issues with EvoCloud in my review last week.
The update also includes your standard bug fixes and other improvements. Evomail+ for iOS 7 is available for free on the App Store.
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, Jon Mitchell (@ablaze), formerly of ReadWrite and The Daily Portal, stops by The Segue to chat with Eric and Micah about tech blogging, his new music project, and thoughts on Google and Apple.