SeroTalk Extra: Tech Chat Edition

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Not long ago Mike Calvo made what seemed like a preposterous claim that the Apple Watch was destined to become a failure. Well, we didn’t make much fuss about it. Mike is always making preposterous claims, right? But then we discovered Matt Campbell agreed with him! All of a sudden we took note that maybe our two lead geeks might be onto something, so we gathered some friends and made a freestyle podcast of it.

Join Laine, Hope, Derek, Matt, Mike, and Joe on a thorough discussion of mobile technology, including these highlights:

  • The Apple Watch will sell, but Is Apple’s latest gadget a solution looking for a problem?

    • Did Apple in fact pick the wrong tradeoffs in the Watch technology, as in the case of the battery?

      • Would an investor’s money be better placed on the Pebble?

        • In short, will the Apple Watch be to the world what the iPhone was?

          • Where does Samsung and its SmartThings fit into all this explosion of IoT? The Internet of things is a $12.8 billion market after all.

            • What’s this about Dropcam in your home watching what you’re doing…in your kitchen?

              • Is the Amazon Echo still a fun toy looking for a home?

                • Generally speaking, what does the Internet of things mean for personal security and privacy?

                All this and all manner of tangents in between leading up to a few predictions about what may or may not be in store for technology in the months ahead and what it could mean for you as a consumer.

                Shameless, but relevant, plug here: Have you checked out Mike Calvo’s book, Cloudy With A Chance of Profit: You, Me and the Cloud That Binds Us?

                Be forewarned, this is more than 100 minutes of mostly unscripted, straight up tech chat. Bring along your favorite beverage and be prepared to shake your fist and shout as the mood may suit you. You know with Mike it’s bound to be entertaining on some level, and, by all means join in the conversation!

                For comments, questions and criticisms of the show, please e-mail them to resources (at) serotalk (dot) com, Tweet them @SeroTalk, or use your iBlink Radio app to send us an iReport!

Update (April 14, 2015): The technical specifications that we gave for the Pebble during this podcast were for the original Pebble. New specifications for the forthcoming edition of the Pebble, the Pebble Time, are now available. If you’re interested in the nitty-gritty of the Pebble line of smart watches, check out the complete specifications here.

About Joe Orozco

Joe Orozco is the Communications Director for Serotek Corp. He is also Managing Director for AlphaComm Strategies. When he isn't writing web pages, proposals, and online marketing materials for social and commercial entrepreneurs, he enjoys reading and writing about technology, financial management, and strategic planning. Follow Joe on Twitter @ScribblingJoe
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5 Responses to SeroTalk Extra: Tech Chat Edition

  1. Beth says:

    I so enjoyed the show on the future of tech, fascinating stuff! Laugh if you will but, for years, I have wondered why there has never, at least to my knowledge, been cell phone availability on PCs. No, you wouldn’t hold it to your face, it would be assumed that you would use a speakerphone function or some kind of headset. Would someone please tell me: Why hasn’t this been done? Why not have a SIM card in a PC or some other means of cellular technology? Thanks and keep up the great work! Beth

  2. Beth says:

    If third party screen readers will someday die, what about note takers? Also, it was stated that Apple, though not an A T vendor, is providing access, since there is no room for third party innovation. Though not an Apple user, I have read and listened to podcasts enough to question where Apple came up with VoiceOver, were blind people consulted during the planning and testing stages, I assume they were and still are. Well, VoiceOver is very inefficient, in my opinion, compared to Windows. I’m concerned about how A T will fare regarding efficiency in the years ahead. Beth

  3. Beth says:

    I wrote to the APH BP18 list and got a very interesting response to the question of the future of that and I assume also similar android phones slash notetakers for the blind: The difference in normal phones and the bp18 is that, if desired, the screen reader can be implanted in the system and the internals of the device can be changed. Beth

  4. After listening to the podcast, a few questions pop out.
    1. How can the Pebble be compared to the AppleWatch when they are 2 different things? By the way matt described the Pebble, and Mike carried on about it. They made it sound as it is a smart ban and not a watch. And even though accessibility wasn’t mentioned in the Apple keynotes. As most times it isn’t. You know it will have accessibility. Can we say the same about the Pebble. And as I mentioned in an AudioBoom back in September October time. The battery of a product will be as good as the user makes it. All the bench marks presented for a product on a keynote. Is in a controlled environment. So the 18 hours was given with someone constantly moving. other then a few blind people. Can you really see all that requires accessibility be as active as the people used to demo the product?

    2. If the AppleWatch is this shiny new thing that may or may not work, What then is the Amazon Echo which is still in beta and can be said the same as the AppleWatch? Specially with Amazon’s track record that some of their products aren’t with us any more. Like the Fire Phone. And the Echo was demonstrated in the podcast.

    Over all, it was a good podcast, and Joe was right, at times I did want to yell at the round table of presenters. Specially, as I mentioned it in my blog. The whole thing sounded as if you were all going by a script and when one would go off that script. Mike would pose a question to get back on the script, and then it sounded as if a deer was caught by headlights. Hope, Derek, and Matt sounded as if they were shooting off the hip, but there were times. That when being challenged by Mike, Hope kind of wanted to take a couple of things back. Even though it was a pretty good informative podcast. It was pretty lengthy and way too many people and stuff presented. Thank you for reading.

  5. Beth says:

    In another podcast last year, Mike said something about Windows Phone having Samnet on it, this topic was not mentioned in the most current “Extras” podcast but it goes along with the mobile theme. Please, Mike, tell us more about this. Thanks. Beth

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