Futurum Tech Podcast

Futurum Tech Podcast

The Futurum Tech Podcast (FTP), featuring Daniel Newman, Olivier Blanchard, and Fred McClimans, is a weekly podcast covering the latest in tech news, new products and services, mergers, earning, regulations, and so much more. From startups to industry leaders, from emerging tech to the latest in artificial intelligence and cyber security. If it's worth discussing, you'll find it here each week as the Futurum team of tech and equity analysts, and the occasional guest, discuss their Story of the Week, the Fast Five things you need to know, the biggest "tech bites" gaffe of the week, and their crystal ball predictions. If you're in the tech industry, a tech leader, or just a tech enthusiast, then the Futurum Tech Podcast should be a staple in your weekly listening. Subscribe now and stay connected to this exciting journey into the world of technology. For inquiries or more information on the show you may email the team at Futurum Research at podcast@futurumresearch.com or follow @Futuru... Show More

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August 8, 2019 31 min

Samsung introduced the Note 10. Some were disappointed in the $1000 price point considering there weren’t that many improvements, other than the design and a really beautiful new screen. It’s safe to say they will most likely be adding incremental improvements over the next 24 months or so. THIS WEEK’s FAST FIVE > Microsoft and Samsung partner up. Will they present a challenge to Apple? > Huawei introduces the Harmony OS > Sales... Read more

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Elon Musk invested $100M in an organization called Neuralink. Neuralink is building tiny devices that are potentially going to be implanted in our brain. It’s a little chip with thousands of wires measuring 1/10th the width of a human hair. Musk is outwardly outspoken about the fact that the size is important because we aren’t going to want large chips implanted in our brains, only small chips. Funny or scary? What are the potent... Read more

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July 25, 2019 41 min

If modems are a commodity why did Apple just pay $1B to acquire one? Apple’s acquisition of Intel’s modem business is not only a bargain cost-wise but a great deal for Apple AND Intel from a focus and control perspective. Apple gains 2,200 high-end engineers ready to take modems to the next level, control over a key component in its iPhone products, and over 17,000 wireless patents, while Intel sheds a product and development line ... Read more

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July 17, 2019 52 min

The recent “Russia is stealing your photos” meme highlights both the fear of data privacy (or just Russians perhaps) and the truth around most app Terms of Service (which nobody ever really reads, do they?). The real issue here isn’t Russia (as memes and certain fear-driven news networks might suggest) but the granting of “perpetual, royalty-free” rights to data that we share with *many* popular apps, from “social quizzes” to “here... Read more

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July 11, 2019 51 min

We live in a world of 100% digital access, but what happens when the “online supply chain” fails and you experience downtime, as we witnessed when Twitter went down in the middle of a (so-called) Social Media Summit at the White House this past week. While this may have been a bit of an ironic inconvenience, the risks and downsides to businesses and enterprises can be significant if they continue to limit “techno-diversity” in thei... Read more

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One of Apple’s core players, lead designer Jony Ive, is departing after a decades-long stint to start his own design firm. Yes, Apple will be his main client, but no, it’s not clear just how much this move will impact the design-side of the venerable brand. Is it possible the firm is setting itself up for a reset? THIS WEEK’s FAST FIVE > North Korea is in the news, but this time it’s not politics but a new Pyongyang 2425 smart ph... Read more

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Amazon was just awarded a patent designed to allow for delivery drones to double as “surveillance-as-a-service” devices, allowing them to periodically scan your home for open doors, windows, etc. Pretty cool, but it brings up the issue of the vast amount of visual/physical data that autonomous devices (drones or automobiles) will soon be collecting. THIS WEEK’s FAST FIVE > Google won’t be delivering anymore tablets. Good. > Goog... Read more

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What is the state of collaboration today? Is technology making it better or worse, and what is the impact on the #futureofwork? As collaboration-tool provider SLACK readies for what could be an impressive IPO on the heels of Zoom’s recent IPO, it’s worth understanding why collaboration tools are important and the real impact they are having on both users and the market. OUR “In Case You Missed It” FAST FIVE > Support for Facebo... Read more

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What the world needs now.... isn't a $999 monitor stand. Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide developer conference) 2019 had a number of interesting announcements, from updated hardware and software systems to new privacy features and more. Plus our Fast Five: > HPE is delivering 3D printing for (heavy) metal > Microsoft suggests we forget to change our password more often > Baltimore reveals just how expensive a ransomeware attack can be > Th... Read more

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We all know about the Cloud, but what about the Hybrid Cloud? In this Interview Series Futurum Tech Podcast, Daniel Newman sits down with Robert Christiansen, VP and Cloud Strategist at HPE. They discuss the recent Futurum/HPE survey on the State of Hybrid Cloud and how global enterprises are managing their migration to the cloud and the important role of hybrid public/private and on/off-premises networking and computing systems. F... Read more

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How has the tech industry changed over the past decade and what's in store for the next as edge closer to 2020? We're talking with industry insider and tech analyst Ron Westfall, the latest addition to the Futurum Research team. Our conversation ranges from the basics of digital transformation and the power of the digital economy to the realities of global trade and the power of technology to revolutionize the way we live and work.... Read more

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May 30, 2019 45 min

The current trade situation between the US and China can only be explained as chaotic with the risk of disrupting the global tech supply chain. But is there hope? Can the two economic giants survive unreliable foreigners, impeachment porn, and a shortage of (not-so-rare) rare earth metals? No. Here’s why. Plus our “In Case You Missed It” FAST FIVE! > Why using facial recognition to safeguard schools might not be the best idea a... Read more

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Forget Qualcomm vs Apple - the real story is Qualcomm vs the US FTC and the surprise anti-trust ruling against Qualcomm that could disrupt the entire 5G industry. Is this legit? Is Qualcomm really running a monopoly racket? Well, yes, and no - it’s surprisingly uncomplicated. Plus our “In Case You Missed It” FAST FIVE! > Consumer Reports dishes on the good and the downright bad of Tesla’s autopilot and no, it isn’t really an aut... Read more

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May 16, 2019 45 min

What is the real impact of the growing conflict between the United States and China involving trade, intellectual property, cyber-security, and now, presidential executive orders? OUR “In Case You Missed It” FAST FIVE 1. Cisco Earnings Update 2. Google’s Translatotron Transmografies Translation 3. The latest in US Cybersecurity initiatives - the US re-launches the Eisenhower-era Solarium program 4. HPE acquires Cray, the coolest... Read more

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May 10, 2019 39 min

UBER finally caught up to rival LYFT, going public in one of the most anticipated IPO's of the year. And like LYFT, UBER fell a bit flat. What's going on? Isn't UBER the future of everything? Um, no. OUR “In Case You Missed It” FAST FIVE - An updated on the MS Build Conference - What's happening at this year's SAP Sapphire? - Is Google’s new Privacy Focus too much like Facebook's Privacy Focus? - Just how many drones are flying... Read more

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When it comes to privacy, the tech industry has pretty much walked wherever they wish. But in the wake of repeated data hacks, ethical mis-steps, and a growing call for privacy standards, many firms, like Facebook, claim to be on the bandwagon. But is this real? Or is it a way to fend off regulation? And btw, just what IS privacy, and is it the same as trust? OUR “In Case You Missed It” FAST FIVE 1. Dell Tech World Update, and a c... Read more

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April 24, 2019 48 min

Automation is quickly transforming the global workforce. But are technologies like Robotic Process Automation (RPA) augmenting workers who can now do more and increase business productivity? Or are they replacing workers and allowing businesses to cut costs and improve margins? Much like AI (artificial intelligence), there is an aspect of #digitalethics that needs to be discussed and that conversation requires the participation of ... Read more

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April 18, 2019 45 min

Our Main Dive: Not even two days into opening arguments of the latest Apple vs Qualcomm litigation the two US tech giants announced a surprise settlement and new long-term partnership and licensing deal around Qualcomm’s modem technology, surprising everyone with the exception of Intel, who promptly announced it was backing out of the commercial 5G modem market. We break it down and discuss the long-term market implications. This... Read more

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What could possibly go wrong when YouTube live-streams a congressional hearing on White Nationalism? The White Nationalists show up, resulting in a shut-down of user comments. When racism, bigotry, hatred and other unacceptable behaviors invade the social medium, the tech/social platforms have a responsibility to address the issue. But while tech often enables bad behavior, more tech may not be the whole solution. Could a better ... Read more

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5G is finally arriving to a city near you. We break down the hype and the reality to discuss The transformational power of this technology and the services it will enable. Plus our Fast Five: - Microsoft Dynamics NPO Accelerator O365 - Google brings its creepy, human-sounding AI bot to the iPhone - Google’s AI Ethics Board - INTEL’s Datacentric Announcements - Apple polishes off it’s iPhone 7 strategy in Bengaluru Our Tech Bites ... Read more

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