The Drill Down 207 – The Unvarnished Truth

This week The Drill Down team discuss Google+’s decision to support pseudonyms, Social network user agreements vs. user-contributed intellectual property rights, Netflix’s quarterly losses, former iPod creators unveil a futuristic thermostat, Rockstar teases GTA V.

Later we discuss the release of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs and what we’ve learned from it, including future plans for an integrated television. We discuss Nokia’s first ‘true’ Windows phone, the Lumia 800. Also we talk about patents on software from Microsoft and Apple, and the impact they have on the mobile industry.

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The Drill Down 205 – Endings, Initiations, and Reversals

This week we discuss the end of Diggnation, the death of the Zune,  a viral attack on US drone fleet computers, Facebook releases an iPad app, Adobe reveals incredible new unblur technology, Sony’s Playstation Network is hacked (yet again), and Sprint strikes  a $20B iPhone deal with Apple.

Later we discuss the launch of Apple’s iPhone 4S, in-depth (including the launch of iOS 5), and the impact of main streaming in the content ecosphere, including Netflix changes its mind (again), Gen Y’s screen size viewing trends, and Live TV comes to the XBox.

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The Drill Down 204 – iCon, RIP.

In this special edition of The Drill Down, regulars Andrew Sorcini, Dwayne DeFreitas, Lidija Davis, Tom Cheredar & Devindra Hardawar (via remote from the 5th Ave. Apple Store, NYC) come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Apple co-founder, former CEO & tech visionary Steven P. Jobs, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 56, after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. Together we discuss the unparalleled influence he had on virtually every aspect of technology, media and popular culture over the past thirty years, and the future of Apple without him.

This week’s music is from three of Mr. Jobs’ favorite performers: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and The Grateful Dead.