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Ramblings about all the tech worth talking about, with Danial Shaikh and Shubham Datta.
35: Newsfeed 2.0
Mar 28 • 32 min
From desktops to mobile, the newsfeed has become a fundamental element of how we interact with software today. Danial and Shubham discuss the history of the newsfeed and its recent evolution into the “story”, popularized by Snapchat.
34: Twitter Fingers Turn to Trigger Fingers
Jan 24 • 28 min
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…
33: Once our jobs are automated, all we’ll do is play video games
Jan 17 • 34 min
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…
32: CES 2017 and the Future of AI-powered Consumer Technology
Jan 10 • 27 min
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…
31: 2016: A Year of Major Keys and Blessings in Tech
Dec 20, 2016 • 41 min
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…
30: Wearables still don’t fit our lives
Dec 6, 2016 • 30 min
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…
29: CYBER MONDAY SALE: Free shipping with this episode of Bytes!
Nov 29, 2016 • 26 min
Bytes is throwing its biggest sale of the year! Act now and get 100% of your weekly dose of Bytes in under half an hour! You’ll learn about the record breaking numbers posted by retailers on 2016’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale periods and the…
28: Airbnb is trippin’
Nov 22, 2016 • 27 min
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…
27: Make Facebook Great Again!
Nov 15, 2016 • 32 min
“#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…
26: Microsoft isn’t Slacking
Nov 8, 2016 • 32 min
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…
25: Tesla brings it all under one (solar) roof
Nov 1, 2016 • 30 min
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…
24: Nintendo switches it up
Oct 25, 2016 • 34 min
Despite its recently announced plans to finally launch games on iOS and Android, Nintendo announced the Switch this week, its followup to the ill-fated Wii U. Danial and Shubham argue about whether or not Nintendo’s hybrid approach makes sense in a…
23: “Hey Siri, what’s the Amazon Echo?”
Oct 18, 2016 • 39 min
Artificial intelligence powered virtual assistants have become all the rage in the last year or so with both Amazon and Google announcing new products in the category. Danial and Shubham discuss what Amazon’s unique approach to the Echo, and its focus on…
22: Reconstructing an old industry with technology (Alex Snyder, CEO and Co-Founder, Site2Site)
Sep 27, 2016 • 40 min
Site2Site CEO Alex Snyder joins us to discuss his company’s efforts to leverage technology to revolutionize the construction industry. After beginning life as a project to improve data acquisition at his parents’ construction business, Site2Site has grown…
21: Fiixing the broken auto repair industry (Khallil Mangalji, CTO, Fiix)
Sep 13, 2016 • 46 min
We talk to Khallil Mangalji, the co-founder of Fiix, a Toronto-based startup that sends reliable, experienced auto mechanics to your home and what this service means for the broken auto repair industry. Khallil chats about Fiix’s unconventional path to Y…
20: Convenience is Addictive (Meng Wang, Expansion Manager, Uber)
Jul 27, 2016 • 39 min
We explore the rise of the on-demand economy with special guest Meng Wang, Expansion Manager at Uber responsible for their UberEATS product in Toronto. We learn more about the early days of UberEATS, why Uber chose Toronto, Uber’s approach to the chicken…
19: Part 2: From BufferBox to Google (Jay Shah, Co-Founder)
Jul 12, 2016 • 33 min
We continue our chat with Jay Shah, co-founder of BufferBox: a company that designed, built, and deployed a network of automated parcel pick-up stations that were accessible around the clock in locations all around Toronto. In part 2, Jay discusses…
18: Part 1: The BufferBox Story (Jay Shah, Co-Founder)
Jun 28, 2016 • 42 min
In this two-part special, we go behind the scenes of an incredible startup story: BufferBox a company that designed, built, and deployed a network of automated parcel pick-up stations that were accessible around the clock in locations all around Toronto.…
17: The best design is that which you don’t notice (Mark Bult, Art Director, Thanx)
Jun 7, 2016 • 33 min
Design goes far beyond the pretty graphics you see in an app or flashy product packaging. Design is about about the all the various experiences and interactions you have with a product. On this episode, we discuss design with industry veteran Mark Bult,…
16: What no one is talking about when it comes to AI (Vikas Gosain, Hiring Manager, Maluuba)
May 15, 2016 • 38 min
How can artificial intelligence (AI) be leveraged to improve our lives? We sit down with Vikas Gosain of Maluuba to learn more about the applications of AI beyond simple chat bots and virtual assistants. Follow Vikas on Twitter (@gosainnn) and check out…
15: Enabling frictionless finance (Michael Katchen, CEO, Wealthsimple)
May 2, 2016 • 33 min
How can technology be leveraged to enable a more cost effective, user-friendly, and ultimately better experience for customers of financial services? We explore the intersection of personal finance and technology with Michael Katchen, CEO of Wealthsimple.…
14: The future of education is personalization (Vikram Somasundaram, CEO, Edusight)
Apr 17, 2016 • 35 min
We learn about the evolving role of technology and the importance of personalization in education from Vikram Somasundaram, CEO of Edusight. Follow Vikram on Twitter (@vsomasundaram) and Medium to learn more about ed-tech and Edusight.
13: Could virtual reality be for real? (Terrance Kwok, Sales Development Manager, Vidyard)
Mar 20, 2016 • 35 min
Danial and Shubham explore the world of virtual reality and attempt to answer the questions: what is virtual reality, why its important, and why you should care? And, in a first for Bytes, Danial and Shubham welcome a special guest, Terrance Kwok, Sales…
12: MasterCard hopes to make your next purchase as easy as taking a selfie
Feb 28, 2016 • 49 min
The internet and mobile devices have made it possible for you to stay in touch with friends and loved-ones across the world, yet we are still paying for our morning coffee in fundamentally the same way as we did decades ago. Danial and Shubham discuss the…
11: Your attention: Everyone wants it, but BuzzFeed is getting it.
Feb 21, 2016 • 50 min
Organizations old and new are fighting tooth and nail in an effort to earn your attention. Danial and Shubham discuss the ways in which the media industry is evolving in a world where the smartphone is ubiquitous. Danial complains about Kanye West’s…
10: Is Amazon nuts for opening retail stores?
Feb 16, 2016 • 52 min
The logistics industry is behind the scenes of delivering the seamless e-commerce experiences you and I have come to expect from the likes of Amazon and its contemporaries. Danial and Shubham discuss why Amazon’s ambitions of breaking into the global…
9: “Okay Google, what is artificial intelligence?”
Feb 8, 2016 • 42 min
Artificial Intelligence, more commonly referred to as AI, is the study of the creation computers and computer software that are capable of intelligent behaviour. Danial and Shubham look at the ways in which AI could make our lives easier and also spend…
8: What comes after the iPhone?
Jan 31, 2016 • 43 min
The smartphone, that supercomputer in your pocket that you can no longer live without, has evolved from cool little gadget to indispensable tool. After reviewing the recent earnings releases of Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft, three companies that have…
7: Facebook is becoming Twitter faster than Twitter can become Facebook
Jan 25, 2016 • 39 min
The social media landscape has changed profoundly since Facebook’s launch in 2004. Danial and Shubham discuss how their habits have changed over time and why they think messaging is the future of social media (and beyond!). As part of his (2010) New…
6: Now you can “Netflix and chill” all over the world!
Jan 17, 2016 • 45 min
Subscription-based streaming services for music and video have changed the way we consume content. Danial and Shubham dig deeper into the future of media and what it means for consumers. Danial continues to complain - this time about video ads on Spotify.…
5: Do we really need an Internet-connected toilet?
Jan 10, 2016 • 49 min
What would a world in which everything was connected to the internet look like? Danial and Shubham take some time to explore the “Internet of Things” (IoT). Danial contemplates a connected toilet, while Shubham imagines a fridge that automatically…
4: You’re such an Amazon fanboy!
Jan 3, 2016 • 43 min
The post-holiday blues have set in - Danial and Shubham take some time to reflect on their recent shopping experiences. Shubham continues to wait for his online purchases to be delivered, while Danial, the Amazon fanboy, tries to convince him to get a…
3: Does Google know you better than your family?
Dec 27, 2015 • 46 min
With Christmas and Boxing Day behind us, we chat about privacy & security, consumer & enterprise messaging apps, and our Byte of the Week: photo sharing/storage services. Danial obsessively worries about what others would think about his questionable…
2: Does it bother you that your Fitbit looks terrible?
Dec 20, 2015 • 49 min
This week we argue about driverless cars, wearables, and Nuzzel. Danial continues to hate on Pocket. 00:00 - Intro 00:30 - Catch-Up 5:00 - Self-driving cars and ride-sharing services 27:10 - Wearables and smartwatches 41:15 - Byte of the Week: Nuzzel…
1: You have questionable taste in lunch…
Dec 13, 2015 • 36 min
On this week’s episode, we talk about the confusing state of the market for mobile payments solutions, the multitude of on-demand food delivery apps, and the read-it-later app that Danial loves to hate, Pocket. 0:00 - Intro 1:20 - Mobile payments 14:09 -…