Episode 71: Jony Ive would just die if he'd see it 🤦‍♂️

This week we talked about Google's Hardware event in which they unveiled the Pixel: Phone and slate and also the Google Home Hub.

We went diving into Google's strategy with the Pixel phones, how come they are not given for free, the move from a commodity Nexus device into a Pixel premium device, why the Pixel devices don't matter,  and why giving users the option to hide the (HUGE) notch is a non-design choice.

Also, we discussed about Android's failure outside of the smartphone market which brings Google to push Chrome OS on PC's and tablets, why there is no cellular option for the Pixel Slate, the baffling configuration options, the camera-less Google Home Hub, and will Apple also showcase a home device with a screen.

Topics

  • Google event

    • Pixel 3

      • This is also a ridiculous price

      • One main two different devices although the similar spec

      • Better screens

      • Lots fo software improvements not rolled out to other devices

      • Scratches too easily! #scratchgate

    • Pixel Slate

      • Runs Chrome OS not Android

      • This is ridiculously priced!

      • A desktop browser on a tablet is a positive

      • Uses Android Apps - a small number of tablet apps

Episode 70: Capitalist meditation 🧘‍♀️🧘‍♂️

Nati managed to persuade Greg to install iOS 12.1 beta 2, luring him with new Emoji but also solving the iPhone XS charging issue. Also, we talked about messaging services, and why Nati secretly hoped for iMessage to win over WhatsApp, why Telegram cannot overtake WhatsApp and iOS 12's super fast adoption rate - surpassing iOS 11, already.

In addition, we dived into conspiracies of Chinese spies planting super Sci-Fi chips in servers, why Apple reacted so strongly to the Bloomberg report and the crossfire Apple and tech companies are feeling from the US-China "Cold war".

Also, Microsoft's new Surface line-up going with Matte Black all the things, and how Microsoft has fully embraced Android ans the mobile OS companion to Windows.

Episode 69: Selfies with the meteor

Greg refuses to admit he is back from his vacation, in which everyone (not Greg) around him was on their mobile phones. Also, Greg comes back to logging workouts on his newApple Watch, which makes us ponder what should be credited as workouts and what not.

BUT... the main focus is on all of the shiny new things Greg got, so we dive into the iPhone XS, the new GATES surrounding it, and why Nati is not going to upgrade to the iPhone XS. We also talk about the Apple Watch Series 4 and why Israel is not a 1st world country.

In addition, we talk Shortcuts and why it makes total sense to ship the iPhone XR later on.

  

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Episode 68: Take my kidney Apple

We talked about the things that we found interesting in the Apple September event in the usual BYOD style, but not before we update on the status of Greg’s mobile devices and talk about the most important thing that happened in the last week - Google killing off Inbox 😂

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Episode 67: I try to escape and you drag me back in

Nati is dragging Greg back into the technology realm, as we discuss what is the potential of Apple Pencil support on the iPhones, how we use 3D Touch and how it is similar to the Note's S-Pen.

Also, we touch about some iPhone and Watch rumors which include pricing, marketing names, what benefits would a bigger screen Watch actually bring and if Apple will introduce new AirPods.

Episode 66: I like AirPower is now a verb

Greg gets a Note 9, so Nati has to grill him on the choice of his new Android device, as we discuss why Greg finds Android exciting, the experience with Bixby, how the Note 9 handles dual-SIM and more.

We also talk about why Twitter eventually wins, and what the heck is about to happen with the 2018 iPhone line in terms of the marketing, prices and everything else.

Follow Up

  • Greg’s social followup: Twitter, Mastodon, and Micro.Blog

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Episode 65: The followup has taken over the show

We started talking about Twitter as a followup, which stretched for an hour before we even mentioned tech (per se).

During our Twitter discussion, we talked about should companies decide what's right and wrong in the news, what's wrong in today's discussions (hint: people are not listening), Twitter not taking responsibility for their actions and neglecting their app ecosystem, and whether new platforms like Mastodon or Micro.Blog are the answer. We also shared our Twitter usage philosophy.

Also, we also talked about Pencil support on the iPhone and what Apple should do with the iPad mini.

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Episode 64: I have my skepticism hat on

Nati voluntarily talks Android, as we discuss the Note 9 Unpack event in which Samsung introduced the new Note 9, the new Galaxy Watch - which still uses Tizen and Exynos (instead of Google's WearOS and Qualcomm chips), and the new Galaxy Home speaker which looks like a barbecue grill.

In addition, we talk about the leaked Pixel 3 XL unboxing - which Greg thinks is fake - and how Apple is so ahead of Google in terms of hardware expertise, even after Google's massive investments in that area.

Also, some birthday stuff and Greg posses a very good thought experiment about the next iPhone line.

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Episode: 63: The one trillion dollar drinking game with special guest George Chachanidze

George from Snappy-Tech (Chachanidze) joins us this week and reveals the origins of Snappy-Tech, keyboard shortcuts when having a Windows PC, a Mac, and a Chrome OS devices, his Huawei P20 Pro that triggers Greg's Trypophobia.

We also talk about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, Apple earnings, and the rumors about the next iPad Pro devices and how will they impact the iPad sales.

Episode 62: I just like shiny new stuff with special guest Russell Holly

Greg decides to do a proper podcast introduction for our special guest: Russell Holly, who joins us to talk about things he is interested about, multi-platform usage, how the Apple Watch changed his life in the last 3 years and the magic of the 3 ring system.

We also talk about the MacBook Pro throttle-gate controversy, The EU's fine against Android, and what is the deal with project Fuchsia

Special Guest: Russel Holly

 

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Episode 61: The buzzword group

Greg complains about Carphone Warehouse that stole his money before we compare summer conditions in Israel and the UK.

We tried to find some positive things with the new MacBook Pros - a solid upgrade - that continues the controversies around the MacBook Pro line, and how messy is Apple's entire laptop line.

In addition, we talked about the iPhone line front glass leaks,  John Giannandrea taking over Apple's AI/ML and Siri teams as the last Siri co-founder leaves Apple, and Huawei's ambitions to become the world's 2nd biggest smartphone manufacturer.

Episode 60: The least bezeli phone with special guest Matteo Doni

We are joined by Matteo Doni who takes us through a trip of some obscure Android devices, as we talk about what is going on in the Android ecosystem of manufacturers and brands.

In addition, we touch on the iPhone SE and the 4" form factor, the rumors of the bezel-less iPad Pros, and the new MacBook Pros.

Special Guest: Matteo Doni

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  • A bezel-less iPad Pro

Episode 59: Bixby is jinxed

We start with a disciplinary hearing, as Nati has escaped (again...) from the jaws of being fired, by confusing Greg with silliness.

We also talk shortly about the state of the iOS/watchOS/macOS betas, before discussing some of the upcoming iOS device lineup rumors.

Other topics are about Microsoft's foldable Surface device, will foldable devices become the mobile end-goal?, and Apple overhauling their Maps infrastructure.

Episode 58: Darth Vader Can't Play Cricket

After some issues, we start the podcast talking about the Fifa world cup and sports in general and somehow end up in Star Wars territory.

Then we pivot into the 2019 iPhone line and the odd 6.1" iPhone, before moving to discuss Apple Watch bands, the fact that Apple acknowledged the issues in the MacBook keyboards and the interesting 2019 audio line that Apple is rumored to unveil.

Episode 57: Not everyone had the dark theme memo

We talk about Nati's visit to London, and to the Facebook developer game summit. Nati also bought a HomePod so of course, we have to talk about it...

In addition, we talk about USB-C on iPhones, USB-C as a whole and wireless charging. Also, new Watches, Apple's recent habit of announcing products too soon, and some iOS/watchOS/ macOS beta experience.

 

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  • Nati's London trip
    • Cellular connection in London
    • iPhone + Apple Watch + AirPods = navigation magic
    • Facebooks game platform strategy
  • Nati bought a HomePod!

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Episode 56: Even My Dog Doesn’t Know He’s A Dog

A trippy start to the show discusses our intent to move to FaceTime, names, and logos of products and brands, and what would have happened if Apple kept its original logo, and what if Apple's next endeavor is cyders.

We jump to talk about Nati's trip to the UK for a Facebook developer summit and dive into platforms, AI and ML, and the way that education is transforming in the age of information.
Then, we talk about the Mac and the iPad - should or could they get updated more often, and why there is a place for both devices.

Follow Up

You’re going to Facebook!

  • Facebook and platforms
  • ML/ AI and education

Topics

  • Where are the new Macs?
    • Have class action suits caused issues with improvements
    • an’t admit a fault or start a recall if there is nothing to offer as a replacement
    • What could they do to improve the keyboard?
  • Do we need new iPads every year?
    • Most improvements are software
    • Current chip is ridiculously powerful
    • What do you think about the iPad becoming more Mac?

Episode 55: I was expecting and one more thing: iOS dark mode

The WWDC show!
Greg and Nati talk about the subjects they cared about from the WWDC keynote and announcements. 

 

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Episode 54: A reality slap to the face

Greg gives a few hints about a secretive new job interview, just before we announce that we WON'T GIVE ANY WWDC PREDICTIONS. However, each shares something he wants to see, and a wild thing that won't happen.

We also talk a bit about GDPR, what a massive headache it is, and why most companies are not GDPR compliant. In addition, we talk a bit about the Apple Watch, Essential's rumored demise and the rumors about the 2019 iPhone line screen tech.

Episode 53: Beaten up by a 6 year old with special guest Daryl Baxter

Daryl Baxter joins us again, to tell how it's going with the Outpost podcast as Nati tricks Daryl and Greg to talk about the iPad instead of Google. We also talk about the iPhone SE rumors, computing and biometrics and what the heck is going on with Twitter and 3rd party clients.

Special Guest: Daryl Baxter

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Episode 52: I have one of those Floaty APKs with Special Guest Matt Birchler

Matt Birchler joins us to talk about "Micro Podcasts", and dive into Google I/O talking about: How good has Google Assistant became, what are the social implications? surprisingly Assistant still takes some cues from Siri, can we trust Google News, Nati's favorite: Android P, and more.

Special Guest: Matt Birchler

 

Follow Up

  • Nati’s upload speed is sooooo fast!

Topics

  • Micro Podcasts
  • Google I/O
    • Assistant 
      • Google Assistant gets improved voices - Just like Siri…
      • Assistant just gets better (continuous conversation and multiple actions) - Not like Siri…
      • Pretty Please… WDYT Dad?
      • Assistant in Google Maps - Just like Siri?
      • Google Duplex🧐
    • Google News
      • What’s with the sudden interest with text content by Apple and Google?
      • Why should we trust them to serve us the news?
    • Android P
      • Intelligence
        • Adaptive battery - Project Volta V2
        • Adaptive brightness
        • App actions - deep linking + Slices
        • ML Kit - CoreML copycat
      • Simplicity
        • Swipe up for the multitasking - iPhone X UI clone
        • Scrub through apps - Clone #2
        • On-demand rotation button
      • Digital wellbeing
        • JOLO
        • Device dashboard
        • Auto DND
        • Wind down mode - greyscale + DND on a specific time?
      • Kind of a public beta
      • Yawn 😴
    • Maps
    • Google Lens is mighty impressive