Episode 300: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed the coronavirus crisis, including: The contrast in leadership between governors Andrew Cuomo and Tim Walz and Trump; Siri’s response to Do I Have The Coronavirus?; Smart thermometers that may be able to identify local outbreaks; Covid 19 pandemic maps; Twitter helping brands communicate during the crisis; a New York-based Chinese immigrant stepping up to manufacture personal protective equipment for health care workers; the responsibility of the media in broadcasting the White House coronavirus “briefings” live; Moe Williams’ daily doodles; Willie’s American Guitars offer two-minute guitar lessons on Facebook; Amazon limits non-essential shipments; the ENKI Brewing Company taproom goes curbside; coronavirus resources and free entertainment; pandemic gallows humor; Google’s California-only Covid 19 triage website; the two faces of Fox News; the Army’s social media manager gets canned; idiots that will cost lives; TV commercials that have not aged well in the coronavirus era; live webcams broadcasting deserted public spaces; the Department Of Justice wanting to suspend costitutional rights; …and much, much more.
Episode 287: BL and David discuss the controversy over social media political ads and two of the proposed solutions; The Climate Trail video game that takes place in the climate change apocalypse; Samsung’s selfie satellite fail; Yahoo Groups’ move to email-only; unrest on the Facebook campus; the trend toward video games as spectator sport epitomized with the launch of the Minnesota Vikings’ eSports team; hot dog boy gets a ride in Oscar Mayer’s weinermobile; McDonald’s social media fail; Amazon’s Choice paid reviews; Joe Biden’s domain fiasco; political Twitter; and much, much more.
Episode 285: BL and David discuss a surprise new release from the Prince estate’s vault; dead musicians on tour; Annie Leibovitz Pixel 4 project; the evolution of job descriptions; Facebook’s new oversight committee; LinkedIn launches Events; AMC streaming (sort of); free education; Amazon Top Toy List fails to mention the $2 million charge to rank; the Alpha generation; Nancy Pelosi vs Trump photo called a masterpiece; Elizabeth Warren trolls Facebook to make a point…and much, much more.
Episode 284: BL and David discuss American companies that cave to Chinese censorship; a Sesame Street character who addresses addiction; Target’s emphasis on audio branding; Siri comes to Spotify; an adorable MSNBC interruption; an augmented reality opera marketing campaign; whiskey pods; Amazon’s initiative to get voice assistants to work together; top sites that fact check fake news; malicious apps in Google Play; Google crowdsourced shopping ads; Google will soon block mixed content; and much, much more.
Episode 274: BL and David discuss Taylor Swift headlining a Prime Video live streaming concert teasing Amazon Prime Day; the Apollo 11 Augmented Reality app; a historic account of brand tweets; the periodic table of SEO success factors; Twitter and reddit’s crackdown on social media abuse; LinkedIn’s engagement algorithm update; VW’s user generated content commercial; B.L.’s viral tweets; Google’s voice strategy; a voice technology project that respects your privacy; cops commenting racial slurs; Wayfair’s employee walkout; the Google Phishing expedition; blasting emails;…and much, much more.
Episode 271; BL and David discuss the NYC subway landshark that went viral; drone deliveries via Amazon Prime Air; Vox Media Union reaches an agreement; Boston Dynamics’ commercial Spotbot; the Obama’s partner with Spotify; Apple Podcasts transcripts; Amazon Echo’s erase feature; Instagram’s influencer ads; Google’s new search results diversity update; Counterfeits on Amazon; fear-based social media sites like Nextdoor, Citizen, and Amazon Ring’s Neighbors; YouTube’s New Hate Speech Policy;…and much, much more.
Episode 264: David discusses Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, Apple AirPods 2, Apple Card; audio content marketing; Arizona State University’s science fiction anthology about future solar power; Twitter video subtitles; LinkedIn Lookalike audiences; Google’s AMP for Email; Intel’s Vaunt smart glasses; the unwinnable fight against Russian trolls; the authoritarians’ digital mercenaries; Boston Dynamics’ stacking bot; idiot humans and their fatalgrams;…and much, much more.
Episode 236: BL and David discuss the addition of health grades to Yelp restaurant listings; Bonobos’ #EvolveTheDefinition of masculinity campaign; the Terminal 3 virtual border agent art installation; Amazon’s plans to roll out retargeting ads; a superb example of visual journalism that explains blockchain; the bitcoin extortion phishing scam; a PR pitch from hell; Tronc’s massive layoffs at the New York Daily News; Uber drivers fraudulently charging passengers for vomit cleanup; Facebook’s stock freefall; and much, much more.
Episode 231: BL and David discuss Facebook’s new political advertising rules; Philadelphia Eagles’ safety Malcolm Jenkins silent public relations stunt; Bill Gates’ Notes; Stew Leonard’s freedom burgers; search engine optimization audits; Apple’s web developers conference updates; Pod Papers magazines; senior’s bucket lists; personal shopping analytics; Apple’s dubious privacy high road; animal influencers; the imminent robot revolution; International House of Breakfast; and much, much more.
Episode 192: BL and David discuss NASA how called BS on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop; Amazon acquires Whole Foods; beefy new Ken Dolls come out; Smirnoff newsjacks; Google AI helps expand reading for kids; BuzzFeed & VOX Media get buggy; a Troll Cakes/detective agency makes trolls eat their words; Spectacles go scuba diving; alorithmic responsibility; the Instagram star who was trampled by a cow and much, much more.