Amazon’s ‘Transparent’, YouTube MCNs, & More: Magnet Labs Podcast No. 56
It seems as though Amazon may be having it’s “Netflix moment“, as The Verge put it in an article published yesterday announcing the renewal of its hit original series Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor. We discussed its success and what it means for Amazon, as well as what it means for competition in the original online series […]Read More
Microsoft & Minecraft, Apple’s (Unwanted) U2 “Gift” & More: Magnet Labs Podcast No. 54
Listen/watch this week’s podcast, on which Ryan, RJ, and myself talk about a variety of tech and digital news stories. Microsoft bought Mojang, the company responsible for the uber-popular world-building game Minecraft, this week for a whopping $2.5 million. The game appeals to all ages and is one of the most successful on the market, so it […]Read More
Magnet Labs Podcast No. 50 – Now With Video! : Facebook’s (Confusing) Algorithm, NFL On Apple TV, The Emmys, & More!
The Magnet Labs Podcast just wrapped episode FIFTY! We celebrated the milestone by recording the episode (with a camera!) via Google+ Hangout — it’s embedded below, under the audio. From here on out, instead of just audio, you’ll be able to watch us chat it out. And our goal is to soon broadcast each podcast live through Hangouts so that […]Read More
Magnet Labs Podcast No. 49: Tech Innovations This Year, Yo! Lineup, & Media Overload
On the Magnet Labs Podcast No. 49, we start off chatting about the most innovative tech products of 2014 (so far), according to Forbes. This list includes glow in the dark trees, pictured below, which are created by “splicing DNA from luminescent marine bacteria to the chloroplast genome of a common houseplant, so the stem and leaves emit a faint […]Read More
Magnet Labs Podcast No. 48: App Apocalypse, EA Access, Rebranding, And More!
Is the app apocalypse upon us!? Mashable reports that 80% of apps in Apple’s App Store are barely (if ever) used. On this week’s podcast, we talk about why that might be so, about which apps we each use regularly, and about how the massive app bubble might be bursting. We also got into a gaming […]Read More
Magnet Labs Podcast No. 47: The Simpsons On FXX, Facebook’s “Mentions”, & More!
Are you a Simpsons fan? If you can’t get enough Bart, Homer, and Marge on American TV’s longest running program, you’ll enjoy this week’s Magnet Labs Podcast, on which we discuss FXX’s acquisition of the show’s off-network rights and the incredible online distribution plan in motion for this massive content collection. “The Simpsons won’t be making a quiet entrance […]Read More
Magnet Labs Podcast No. 45: What are Government Agencies Doing on Social Media? (CIA on Twitter, TSA on Instagram)
The CIA launched its Twitter account this week with a fantastic and effective first tweet: But why would the CIA want/need to be on Twitter? On this, Contently writes: “the CIA joining Twitter raises a few questions. First off: What the hell is the CIA doing on Twitter? Moving on: How and why is the CIA attempting […]Read More
Magnet Labs Podcast No. 43: Yahoo vs. YouTube, Self-Driving Cars, iCloud, and More!
There’s no denying YouTube is a social video giant. The giant of giants, actually. But that market dominance isn’t stopping Yahoo! from trying to compete. According to an article on Digital Trends, “To truly combat YouTube, Yahoo needed to make its platform more appealing a creator-friendly. According to those familiar with the company’s plans, Yahoo will […]Read More
Magnet Labs Podcast No. 42: Twitter Hashtags w/ Videos, Netflix’s Glitch, and More!
For the second week in a row, we bring you a Magnet Labs podcast recorded during the AM hours — coffees in hand, minds fresh and yet untainted by the day’s tasks and activities ahead. We talked about Twitter hashtags, and how they might soon come complete with included videos; about the possible beginning of the Facebook vs. […]Read More
Magnet Labs Podcast No. 36: Who Owns that Selfie?, Amazon Prime Price Hike, and the 1st Cellphone
On episode no. 36, we discussed digital and social news highlights from the week. We began with a development to a previously discussed topic: that widespread, star-studded Oscars selfie. In an interesting twist this week (or at least, it was a surprise to us), it was reported that whoever takes the photo owns the photo, […]Read More