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Shawn DuBravac, CEO of Avrio Institute, and Ross Rubin, Principal Analyst at Reticle Research, connect the tech news from the week with the bigger trends underpinning the tech industry and beyond.

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Shawn DuBravac, CEO of Avrio Institute, and Ross Rubin, Principal Analyst at Reticle Research, connect the tech news from the week with the bigger trends underpinning the tech industry and beyond.

    118. Meta and Microsoft meet in the metaverse, Netflix content gets phone-friendlier, and Twitter sings the Blues

    118. Meta and Microsoft meet in the metaverse, Netflix content gets phone-friendlier, and Twitter sings the Blues

    Coming on the heels of Meta and Microsoft announcing competing visions for the metaverse, the two Big Tech companies have announced plans to collaborate. We discuss why the collaboration makes sense, at least for now. Plus, we weigh in on how Netflix's new mobile games and TikTok-like kids programming is better leveraging its evolving IP for mobile, a platform Amazon is also targeting with a new video-sharing feature. Finally, Twitter Blue hits the U.S. at last. We discuss its value and what we see as a major marketing miss by the company in building its subscription business.

    Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they dig deep into tech news in every episode of Techspansive!

    • 32 min
    117. Why Macs are cars, Microsoft out-metaverses Meta, and American digital services exit China

    117. Why Macs are cars, Microsoft out-metaverses Meta, and American digital services exit China

    We discuss Apple's take on why the perpetually exposed iPhone must remain closed to sideloaded apps while the Mac is open to them. Pus, at Microsoft Ignite, the software giant shoots back at just-minted Meta with its own plans to deliver the metaverse to businesses and consumers. We discuss the implications of Microsoft's metaverse play as well as its new app, Microsoft Loop, which takes on Google Workspace with a dynamic collaboration layer in Teams. Finally, we look at the latest American companies and digital properties to leave the Chinese market, citing compliance challenges, and the ripple effect on the splintering internet.

    Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they dig deep into tech news in every episode of Techspansive!

    • 33 min
    116. Facebook's Meta-morphosis, Big Tech reports earnings, and Jio's $87 smartphone

    116. Facebook's Meta-morphosis, Big Tech reports earnings, and Jio's $87 smartphone

    Meta represents more than a new name for Facebook. We discuss the vision behind Facebook's future direction as well as how effectively the company can capitalize on it. Plus, while big cloud services continued to drive revenue, we look at how supply chain challenges and some demand softening has led to some high-profile estimate misses. Finally, we look at the $87 Jio Next, a highly optimized Android smartphone from Google designed to entice Indian consumers to upgrade from 2G phones.

    Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they dig deep into tech news in every episode of Techspansive!

    • 36 min
    115. Apple's MacBook Pro screams, Google's Tensor chip dreams, and Nvidia's new GeForce Now streams

    115. Apple's MacBook Pro screams, Google's Tensor chip dreams, and Nvidia's new GeForce Now streams

    Apple's new MacBook Pros take full advantage of the company's new M1 Pro chips. We dig into how the company presented the performance as well as how the company is coming is reaching key price points with various models. Plus, Google also played up its Tensor chip in giving its Pixel 6 phones some impressive new capabilities. We discuss whether it's enough to translate into higher sales and where else the company's custom silicon might show up. Finally, we look at the updated version of nVidia's GeForce Now gaming service and how it further blurs the line between streaming and local gaming in creating the most impressive streaming experience yet.

    Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they dig deep into tech news in every episode of Techspansive!

    • 34 min
    114. Microsoft raises the Surfaces, Twitter tips toward creator compensation, and China's crypto ban

    114. Microsoft raises the Surfaces, Twitter tips toward creator compensation, and China's crypto ban

    We take a detailed look at Microsoft's new Surface offerings, including the Surface Laptop Studio that replaces the Surface Book, and the Surface Duo 2, the beefed-up cameras of which are poised to make the dual-screened phone competitive with flagships. Plus, social media networks TikTok and Facebook are hoping to improve search results by doing a deal with Google. Finally, Shawn weighs in on what China's crypto ban means for the country and other economies.

    Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they dig deep into tech news in every episode of Techspansive!

    • 35 min
    113. Apple maxes its mini, checking out Walmart+ vs. Prime, and how Discord could save Facebook

    113. Apple maxes its mini, checking out Walmart+ vs. Prime, and how Discord could save Facebook

    We look at Apple's recent media event where the iPhone 13 failed to reach for the skies as Apple beefed up the Apple Watch and iPad mini. Next, we check out the progress in Walmart's shopping subscription service and look at how much of a threat it is to Amazon Prime. Finally, we discuss how Discord has bridged gaming and NFT investing, and why Facebook is loving the competition.

    Join Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and Ross Rubin of Reticle Research as they dig deep into tech news in every episode of Techspansive!

    • 32 min

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