November 16, 2014

129: You’re Worried About The Shirt?

I rant about the piss-poor voter turnout in the recent election, how Democrats lost due to way too much focus on “privileged” issues, why President Obama’s support of net neutrality is actually detrimental to the movement, and how censorship on social media could indeed be considered a free speech violation within the next decade or two.

In addition, I sound off on the sheer lunacy of making a scientist’s shirt the center of a tremendous human achievement, how technological Kool-Aid is causing media companies to overcomplicate the publishing process, why Taylor Swift’s press battle with Spotify is purely for publicity, how to truly fix the economics of streaming music, and why the Amazon Echo is the right product for the wrong company.

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October 31, 2014

128: All About Swipe Fees

I rant about the bevy of major retailers blocking out Apple Pay in favor of their upcoming CurrentC mobile payment system, why the move has absolutely nothing to do with collecting personal information and all to do with eliminating merchant credit card fees, and how the showdown ultimately comes down to who can shift mainstream consumer behavior first.

In addition, I laugh at Amazon’s poor pricing excuse for abysmal Fire Phone sales, applaud the FTC in going after wireless carriers for data throttling, explain the real psychological reason Google Inbox and e-mail apps of that ilk appeal to people, and how Facebook Rooms even as a concept is too confusing to ever gain adoption.

I conclude with a socio-political diatribe on how preconceived world views shape people’s interpretation of the news regardless of the source and that it’s best to be skeptical of any evidence presented to prove or disprove an issue.

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October 17, 2014

127: The Child Brides Of Apple

I rant about Apple’s recent product announcement, how the extensive iPad lineup is simply a strategy to quash the device category’s stalled growth, the business case for keeping 16gb as the entry level storage option, and how Starbucks is the lone linchpin to mainstream Apple Pay adoption.

In addition, I explain why a cable-free HBO subscription will not benefit the economics of “cord cutting”, how Skype Qik is a slap in the face to those suffering with the decreasing quality of their primary service, and I ponder how Facebook will exploit the data being collected through their new ‘Safety Check’ feature.

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October 10, 2014

126: I Want My Ten Bucks

I rant about Windows 10 and whether or not yearly operating system updates are even necessary, the real reason why Paypal was spun off from eBay, why Redbox Instant failed, how the New York Times won’t accept the fact that consumers won’t pay for news, and why it makes sense for Amazon to open brick-and-mortar stores.

In addition, I explain why Yahoo’s plan of turning Tumblr into a video platform for YouTube stars is massively ill-conceived, how an app for consensual sex confirms how socially inept the tech space truly is, why Satya Nadella’s comments about female pay raises were much less controversial than the blogosphere made it seem, and I yell at the entire internet for claiming free money from Red Bull.

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September 26, 2014

125: You’re Being Manipulated

I rant about Ello, the new social network sensation of the moment, how it doesn’t differ from any other platform that’s run as a viable business, why those who prefer “echo chambers” are the primary folks flocking to it, and how having a vague, dictatorial, agenda-driven view of speech actually hurts its ultimate (worthy) cause.

Broadening it out, I get into a lengthly diatribe about the detrimental effects of socio-political narratives, how it causes people to view objectivity as dissent, why the media perpetuates the notion that there are distinctly good and evil “camps” or “sides” to an issue, and how it’s inherently human to be nuanced in beliefs, undecided and amenable to change.

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