#108: Michael and David Attempt to Rewind 2015

Michael and David look back and the biggest stories of 2015:

  • Ashley Madison – The story that kept giving and giving.
  • Amazon's IoT Strategy
  • Year of the drone personal/commercial - Fireworks video.
  • The Car Hack - Jeep Cherokee
  • AI comes into its own: Alexa, Siri, acquisition binges, Innit
  • Google's Reorg: Confusing but important
  • Year that Internet programming hit mainstream.
  • Unbelievably great programming on Netflix.
  • Podcast industry maturity: related trend: Midroll acquired, Gimlet gest more money.
  • The struggles of independent tech media (Gigaom, ReCode gets bought, ReadWrite, Pando)
  • Rise of Uber and Lyft and death of taxi.
  • Windows 10 - A free OS, and a hassle free upgrade.
  • Terms we didn't use until 2015: Unicorn, Selfie Stick, and the poop emoticon.
  • Awareness of online harassment of women in gaming. Anita Sarkeesian.
  • Lack of diversity in Silicon Valley and being aggressive to change that. Ellen Pao and Kleiner Perkins.
  • Late night changed and stop being so pointlessly vicious.
  • Rise of investigative comedy (Daily Show and John Oliver)
  • Death of Radio Shack. How can any retail brick and mortar tech outlet survive?
  • Michael and David also offer up their favorite books, movies, TV shows and podcasts for 2015.

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