Andy gets his thoughts out about Google's casting abilities. Then, we talk about Larry and Sergey's hand-off of the company keys to Sundar Pichai and why it's not entirely surprising after all this time. We'll also update you on the status of the Thanksgiving Four before pointing you to a revealing interview with YouTube's Susan Wojcicki. We'll end off the episode on a high note, discussing the Google Play Store's "Best of 2019" list.
Material 231: Food for Thought
Let Andy and Flo carry you into the holiday week (if you're in the United States) with musings about their favorite holiday traditions. Then, we'll discuss how Google could set a precedent for Silicon Valley by allowing its workers to unionize and why the company has taken an interest in a new coalition to construct a nine-point "Contract For The Web." We'll also touch upon the messy Stadia launch, the tease of Ambient Mode for smartphones, and why you absolutely should not buy out a retailer's leftover stock of cheap Chromebooks on Black Friday.
Material 230: It's Business, Folks
Flo and Andy cash in their "off-topic" card earlier on in this week's episode. After the digression, the two discuss why Google is scaling back its weekly all-hands meetings and squeal over Motorola's forthcoming foldable phone option. We'll also regale you with what's on sale at the Google Store for Black Friday, in case you're hoping for a discount on smart speakers and Chrome-based tablets.
Material 229: Bohemian Rhapsody
Andy and Flo have less than two months in this decade, so they go through all of their accomplishments in the last ten years. (Just kidding, no they don't.) After some catch-up, and a brief discussion on the merits of cooking with butter, the two dive into the implications of Google collecting personal medical data. We wonder out loud if it's time for an amendment to HIPAA now that Silicon Valley wants a piece of the medical pie. We'll also discuss Apple's Phil Schiller and his recent comments on the ineffectiveness of Chromebooks in schools, and we'll point you to Google's latest AI experiment, the FreddieMeter.
Material 228: The Great Pixel
Andy and Flo run a little behind posting this week's podcast, but we've got plenty of information to carry you through the weekend. Flo talks about the ease (or relative lack of) of her recent move, before the two dive into the Week of Google Updates. We'll also discuss Google's acquisition of FitBit and why the headlines are taking some of the news a little too far, and we'll throw a little shade towards Bill Gates (it's about time!).