This week, Dwayne and Andy are joined by Greg Davies (from TARDISBlend, Blendover, and Heavy Metal Historian podcasts) as we discuss: Edward Snowden answers almost anything, Reddit want you to keep your clothes on, how to keep drones out of your backyard, a new Pebble watch… and much much more.
This week, Greg Davies of the Blendover podcast helps us explore the equally utopian & distopian potential behind this week’s cutting-edge news: Apple sings to the tune of Beats, Amazon’s war with publishers hits the consumer, Skype unveils a universal translator, Google designs its own self-driving cars …and much, much more…
This week, Even more leaked NSA intel from Edward Snowden, Zynga serves two masters, Encryption foils wiretaps for the first time ever, Samsung buys Boxee, a body heat-powered flashlight, and you could be chosen to explore Mars–the catch… it’s a one-way trip. All this and more…
This week we revel in the aftermath of Black Friday & Cyber Monday, Microsoft & Apple drop chief team members, Apple patents the digital page turn, Nintendo launches the Wii U, and real (and hoax) Facebook changes make users nervous.
While the general public might view Apple’s patent battle with Samsung as one company protecting their patent rights, behind the scenes lays the possibility that Apple may have devalued their own brand by winning the judgment. The exclusivity that Apple markets itself under is the cornerstone of their successful product development. They have created high demand for years by suggesting the technology that power the iPhone simply cannot be found anywhere else.
This marketing strategy has served Apple well, especially when master marketer Steve Jobs was at the helm. Devoted Apple customers are quick to show off their iPhones, as if to imply membership to an exclusive club that accepts only the best of what technology has to offer. But now this widely covered patent case has exposed some truths about the iPhone. At the forefront is the fact that you don’t have to search very far to find similar functionality and features…on a less expensive phone.
Will the result of Apple vs. Samsung go on to hurt iPhone more than help it? Certainly not right away, as it will take more than opinionated scuttle to steer Apple’s biggest fans away from the brand they have so proudly defended for years now. However, some are predicting that this win will motivate Apple to sue more companies in the future. How will this be perceived by the public? Will the average person support Apple’s territorial wars, or will opinions begin to shift towards less restriction in the marketplace? Continue reading →
As we close out the final days of 2011, Andy, Devindra, and Techmeme’s Lidija Davis are joined by Startup Digest’s Christopher Burnor and VentureBeat’s Sean Ludwig to review the top tech stories of the past year. After the break, we offer our tech predictions for 2012.