November 21, 2014

130: It’s All Peachy

I rant about Uber being the poster child of everything that’s wrong with the sharing economy, how we expect too much moral fiber from their executives while applauding their company breaking the law, the double standard that exists in the media when it comes to personal attacks, and why consumers couldn’t care less about Uber’s internal culture.

In addition, I easily shoot down Snapchat as a mobile payment platform, ridicule hapless marketing execs at Victoria’s Secret who believe consumers revolve their lives around their retail app, shed light on “morality” video hoaxes that are purely manufactured to produce a viral loop of shared outrage, and I confidently proclaim that both men and women want vaginas to smell the best they can.

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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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