This week, it’s now illegal to unlock your phone, Twitter launches Vine, a short-form video service, Microsoft Office & YouTube go to paid subscriptions, Ashton Kutcher & JJ Abrams shake up the geek universe, and are the new Blackberry OS & devices Blackberry’s last gasp, or is it already too late?
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.
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.
We discuss the effect the bin Laden raid had on global twitter traffic (and one tweeter in particular), Sony gets hit with a second round of security breaches, Apple updates their iMacs, rental laptops spy on their rentees, Warner Brothers buys Rotten Tomatoes, and The Woz tells Paul Allen to stop trolling.
Later we discuss the decline of TV ownership and DVD/Blu-Ray sales and why that’s an indicator of the new way we watch content; Julian Assange says Facebook is the most appalling spy machine that has ever been invented; and we breakdown the new upcoming Star Wars box sets.