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Bytes

Ramblings about all the tech worth talking about, with Danial Shaikh and Shubham Datta

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    Episode 34: Twitter Fingers Turn to Trigger Fingers

    On this week’s episode, we talk about media. First we discuss Netflix’s earnings release and how it's betting its future on original content. We then shift gears to President Trump’s inauguration, discuss broken records, his use of Twitter and whether the days of traditional media outlets like CNN are in the past.

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    Episode 33: Once our jobs are automated, all we'll do is play video games

    This week we discuss Nintendo's Switch, its implications on the broader gaming industry, and whether we think it'll capture gamers' attention. Then we discuss McKinsey’s latest report on workplace automation and consider how certain industries will need to change and adapt to the the new ways of doing work.

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    Episode 32: CES 2017 and the Future of AI-powered Consumer Technology

    On this week's episode, we kick off 2017 by highlighting the major themes from this year's Consumer Electronics Show. We saw companies continue to push artificial intelligence into the home by adding voice control into every possible crevice. We then move to Nvidia, a company that almost tripled in value in 2016, who's graphics processing technology is making AI possible at some of the largest companies in the world.

    Links

    Voice Is the Next Big Platform, and Alexa Will Own It - Backchannel

    Amazon’s Alexa is everywhere at CES 2017 - The Verge

    Nvidia hits prime time at CES this year - TechCrunch

    Nvidia and Audi aim to bring a self-driving AI car to market by 2020 - TechCrunch

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    Episode 31: 2016: A Year of Major Keys and Blessings in Tech

    2016 has been a year of both surprises (virtual reality finally made it to market!) and disappointments (everything related to conversational commerce...). However, when looking back, it's clear that several key themes came to define the year and lay the groundwork for the years ahead. As we close out 2016, Danial and Shubham look back at these themes, including: artificial intelligence, the evolution of social media, the emergence of live video on all our various feeds, the mainstream debut of virtual reality, and the continued developments in the field of autonomous vehicles.

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    Episode 30: Wearables still don't fit our lives

    Wearables were supposed to be the next big thing. However, after a year of disappointments, including lagging sales of the Apple Watch Series 2 and an absolute thrashing of Fitbit's stock price, it seems that the category won't live up the hype, at least not for the time being. The situation leaves us asking whether there anything that could push wearable products to the next level and make them essential to our lives?

    On the other hand, we have single-purpose hardware products from the likes of GoPro, another company that has been facing turbulent times, including failed product launches and a significant downsizing of its workforce. Could this be another nail in the coffin of hardware startups?

    Links

    Fitbit is buying troubled smartwatch maker Pebble for around $40 million - TechCrunch

    Moto pushes off smartwatches indefinitely - The Verge

    GoPro Cutting 15% of Workforce, Closes Entertainment Unit - Bloomberg

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    Episode 29: CYBER MONDAY SALE: Free shipping with this episode of Bytes!

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    You'll learn about the record breaking numbers posted by retailers on 2016's Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale periods and the incredible growth of sales from mobile devices. Then, you'll hear about how you could soon save money by cancelling your cable package and signing up for Amazon Prime for all your live sports viewing needs! It's an absolute savings bonanza!

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    Black Friday online sales to hit a record-breaking $3 billion, over $1 billion from mobile - TechCrunch

    U.S. Cyber Monday sales jump, set to surpass initial estimate - Reuters

    Amazon Shareholders, This Shopping Season Should Have You Worried - The Street

    Why Amazon's Shares Are Slumping Despite Record Cyber Monday Sales - [Fortune] http://fortune.com/2016/11/28/cyber-monday-amazon-shares/

    BuzzFeed Wants to Sell You Stuff - Fortune

    Amazon Explores Possible Premium Sports Package With Prime Membership - The Wall Street Journal

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    Episode 28: Airbnb is trippin'

    Airbnb looks ready to shake up another industry as it moves beyond providing just accommodations with "Trips", a feature it hopes will attract travellers interested in experiences that leverage the expertise of locals. Elsewhere in the hospitality industry, McDonalds introduced mobile ordering and table service in an effort to hasten the speed of service at its countless restaurants.

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    Google and Facebook Take Aim at Fake News Sites - The New York Times

    Instagram launches disappearing Live video and messages - TechCrunch

    This is Snapchat’s new Spectacles store in New York City - TechCrunch

    Airbnb's Ambitious Second Act Will Take It Way Beyond Couch-Surfing - Vanity Fair

    McDonald’s Introduces Screen Ordering and Table Service - The New York Times

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    Episode 27: Make Facebook Great Again!

    "#Election2016" has come and gone, and one thing is certain: social media has become absolutely integral to our lives. Sadly, as algorithms have learned more about us, our social media feeds have slowly closed us off to opposing viewpoints. Yet, as Facebook and Twitter become ever more important as sources of news, Instagram and Snapchat evolve to become better tools for content creation and curation.

    Overall, it's obvious that social media is here to stay and its implications go far beyond simply staying in touch with loved ones. At a bare minimum, we can be sure that Snapchat will continue to deliver ever more elaborate filters for us hide behind.

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    Facebook, in Cross Hairs After Election, Is Said to Question Its Influence - The New York Times

    Facebook Messenger public chats arrive in two countries - Engadget
    Instagram gets ready to go Live with video - Financial Times

    Instagram stories now have mentions, links, and Boomerangs - The Verge

    Twitter in talks to sell Vine - Variety

    Snap Spectacles are here and they are ridiculously fun - The Verge

    Snapchat's new World Lenses might show what its like to use Snap Spectacles - Quartz

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    Episode 26: Microsoft isn't Slacking

    After its Q3 2016 results failed to impress Wall Street, Facebook introduced an expanded shopping experience for Instagram in the hopes of convincing investors that it can continue its superb record of growth.

    Microsoft unveiled Teams, its attempt to overtake the increasingly crowded realm of enterprise chat software, currently dominated by Slack. The company hopes Teams will bring together chat, the traditional Office suite, and a host of extensions to help teams get work done better and more efficiently.

    Links

    Facebook Defies Social Media Gravity With User and Profit Growth - The New York Times

    Shopping Coming to Instagram - Instagram Blog

    Microsoft Teams launches to take on Slack in the workplace - The Verge

    ...Slack's response to Microsoft Teams - Stewart Butterfield on Twitter

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    Episode 25: Tesla brings it all under one (solar) roof

    Apple's recent MacBook Pro announcements have critics once again predicting its downfall as it continues to shift its focus away from the professional user base that has come to rely on their products and towards the mainstream. All the while, Microsoft continued its attempts to attract professionals that would have otherwise purchased Apple hardware with its introduction of the Surface Studio and its Creators Update for Windows 10.

    In the world of sustainable energy, Elon Musk made another big promise with his introduction of the Tesla solar roof, which he hopes will put Tesla in the position to help customers sustainably generate, store, and ultimately, consume, renewable energy.

    Links

    Apple announces new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Touch ID, and USB-C - The Verge

    The Mac Platform Decline - Milen.Me

    Apple's October TV Surprise - Unauthoritative Pronouncements

    Microsoft Unveils Its First Desktop PC - The New York Times

    The Bizarre Role Reversal of Apple and Microsoft - Backchannel

    No One Saw Tesla’s Solar Roof Coming - Bloomberg

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