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Mar 20, 2017

On this week's episode, our hosts debate whether or not they'd rather face an army of terminators or zombies (there's really no debate). Also, we discuss the value of jpegs being 35% smaller. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. ‘iPad mini Pro’ is reportedly one of the four new iPad Pros launching soon (BGR)

2. Google’s new encoder makes JPEGs up to 35 percent smaller (The Verge)

3. Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2045 (Futurism.com)

4. Twitter got hacked — even a BBC account. Do this one thing to protect yourself (USA Today) 

5. Hot Topic: Amazon Puts Alexa In It's Main iPhone App (VentureBeat) 

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet of the Week (new)

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Mar 13, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris opt to find an alternative to drinking water during the show. Also, Pornhub makes it's first appearance on the show (don't worry, it's safe to listen to). 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Pinterest Acquires Jelly (Jelly Blog via Medium)

2. Diehard Coders Saved NASA's Earth Science Data (Wired)

3. Trump Related Videos Have Grown SNL's YouTube Channel by 48% (Marketing Hub)

4. Snap's Stock Stumble (VentureBeat) 

5. Hot Topic: A WHOLE Lotta Facebook 

Honorable Mention(s): 

Honorable But Still Somewhat DIS Honorable Mention(s) - Not A Typo: 

Tweet of the Week (new)

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Mar 6, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris literally cheat the system to get in more than 5 stories. Also, Chris recaps his Social Media Week NYC experience while Zonozi gets featured on the BHPhoto Podcast. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. How A Typo Took Down S3 - The Backbone of the Internet (The Verge)

2. Nintendo Switch Users Face Hardware Issues (Polygon) 

3. Social Platform News

4. Phone News

5. Hot Topic: Meet YouTubeTV

Honorable Mention(s): 

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Tweet of the Week (new)

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Feb 27, 2017

On this week's episode, an old friend reappears in Amir's life. Also, our hosts discover that Alexa is now VERY skilled. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

 

1. For Generation Z, 'Live Chilling" replaces hanging out (WSJ)

2. Alexa Passes 10,000 Skills (VentureBeat)

3. Booming Android Revenue Shows Its No Longer the Poor Cousin (The Register)

4. Snapchat Faces Tough Questions With Insiders (Business Insider)

5. Hot Topic: Instagram Will Now You Posts 10 Pictures (or videos) at Once (The Verge)

Honorable Mention(s): 

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Tweet of the Week (new)

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

 

Feb 20, 2017

On this week's episode, both hosts have upgraded with some new technology in the past week. Also, drones, again. Deal with it. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. iPhone 8 To Feature 5.8 Inch OLED Display With 5.15-Inch Main Screen and Virtual Buttons Below (Mac Rumors) 

2. Facebook swipes at LinkedIn by letting brands post job openings on Pages (VentureBeat) 

3. More than 60 percent of Snapchat users skip ads on platform (DigiDay) 

4. Say goodbye to YouTube's long, unskippable ads starting next year (Mashable) 

5. (Hot Topic) PewDiePie versus WSJ

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s):

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Feb 6, 2017

On this week's episode, Chris and Amir recap their DJI/BHPhotoVideo experience in NYC. Also, listeners may find themselves wondering what Amir would look like as a soccer mom. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Twitter's NFL Stream Averages 265k Viewers (Marketingland) 

2. LinkedIn Just Stole An Idea From Facebook - And It's Tremendous (Inc)

  • Thanks to Katy Spencer Johnson for the suggestion using #FiveFavorites!

3. Facebook Reports 8.81 billion in revenue as monthly users jump 17% (VentureBeat) 

4. Amazon's Alexa Will Place That Annoyingly Long Starbucks Order For You (CNet)

5. (Hot Topic) Super Snapchat IPO update

Honorable Mention(s): 

  • A recap of the DJI/BHPhotoVideo Influencer Experience in NYC
    • Special Shoutouts to

DISHonorable Mention(s):

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Jan 30, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir tells the story of how he lost his drone. Also, our hosts finally conclude the story of the Samsung Note 7. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Apple Hires Dropcam co-founder for special project (Cult of Mac) 

2. Samsung Announces What Caused the Galaxy Note 7 to overheat and explode (Business Insider) 

3. Facebook Stories puts a Snapchat Clone above the News Feed (TechCrunch) 

4. 3D TV is Dead (Business Insider)

5. (HOT TOPIC) Silicon Valley’s responses to Trump’s immigration executive orders, from strongest to weakest (The Verge) 

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s):

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Jan 23, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris debate incredible films such as "Beethoven" and "Major League - Back To The Minors".  Also,  Westworld returns to the podcast.  

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. 2017 MacBook Pro to bring Intel Kaby Lake, 32GB of RAM (Cult of Mac) 

2. Oculus Lawsuit May Undercut VR Industry, not just Facebook’s bottom line (Polygon) 

3. Google Acquires Fabric (VentureBeat)

4. Meitu Has A Tracking Project (VentureBeat) 

5. HOT TOPIC: A Breakdown of The POTUS Transition

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s):

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Jan 16, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir has a sexy new computer screen. Also, our hosts discover that Alexa may be revealing more than people want or need to know! 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Why Car Makers Want To Keep Apple and Google at Arm's Length (The Verge) 

2. Everything You Need To Know About The Nintendo Switch (Digital Trends)

3. Google Maps Now Lets You Take Uber Without Leaving The App (The Verge) 

4. Android Wear 2.0 Is Arriving Next Month (The Next Web)

5. HOT TOPIC: Facebook Hopes To Run Ads In Middle of Videos (Engadget) 

Honorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s):

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Jan 9, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris are overloaded with news from CES 2017. Also, Chris lacks the ability to say "economist".  

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Amazon's Alexa is Everywhere at CES (The Verge)

2. Meet The Jetsons: Smart homes estimated to be 3.5 billion annual market, say Chief CES economist (GeekWire) 

3. Russia demands the removal of LinkedIn from Google Play and Apple's App Store (Newowin) 

4. Vine To Officially Shut Down on January 17th (9to5Mac) 

5. HOT TOPIC: All things CES 2017 (multiple links) 

Honorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s):

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Jan 2, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris are excited to kick off a new season of Five Favorites! 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Tesla Autopilot's New Radar Technology Predicts An Accident On Dashcam (Electrek) 

2. Twitter's Jack Dorsey is "thinking a lot" about an edit-tweet button (Recode)

3. Facebook acquires eye tracking company The Eye Tribe (VentureBeat) 

4. Snapchat has doubled its acquisitions in 2016 as it builds towards IPO (Venturebeat) 

5. HOT TOPIC: 44% of Devices Activated during Christmas Week Were From Apple (VentureBeat) 

Honorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s):

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Dec 26, 2016

On this week's episode, Chris does an awful Morgan Freeman impression. I mean, really, it's bad. Also, both hosts reflect on the year that was and look forward to 2017. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Introducing Facebook Live Audio (Facebook Media)

2. What Each State Googled In 2016 (CBS News) 

3. Nielsen and Foursquare Partner To Tie Digital Ads To In-Store Visits (Wall Street Journal) 

4. Amazon Echo Sells Out Except In-Stores (Wall Street Journal) 

5. Hot Topic: Super Mario Run gets 5 million downloads in first 24 hours (CNet)

Honorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s):

Don't forget to send Amir and Chris YOUR favorite stories of the week using #FiveFavorites! You can also submit your stories at bit.ly/fivefavorites. 

 

Dec 12, 2016

On this week's episode, Google is shrinking the size of their apps. Also, Amir finally gets his hands on a pair of Snap Spectacles. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Slack and Google Announce Partnership (TechCrunch) 

2. Google Play Background App Updates Are Now 65% Smaller (VentureBeat) 

3. Instagram Is Changing Comments In A Big Way (Mashable) 

4. Pandora Spotify Competitor is Launching Next Year (TechCrunch) 

5. Hot Topic: Amazon Just Launched A Cashier-Free Convenience Store (Venture Beat) 
 
Honorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s):

Don't forget to send Amir and Chris YOUR favorite stories of the week using #FiveFavorites! You can also submit your stories at bit.ly/fivefavorites

 

Dec 5, 2016

On this week's episode, Amir makes Chris talk about Apple. Also, the episode is (a lot) longer than the view of an average Snapchat ad.  

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Spotify Crunches User Data In Fun Ways for New Global Campaign (AdWeek) 

2. AT&T Just Unveiled Its Answer To The Cord-Cutting Wars (Washington Post) 

3. Snapchat Video Ads Average Less Than 3 Seconds A View (Advertising Age) 

4. The NFL Will (Reportedly) Relax Their Social Media Rules (TechCrunch) 

5 (HOT TOPIC) STORY: Netflix (Finally) Adds The Ability To Download Content (Gadgets 360)
 
Honorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s):

Don't forget to send Amir and Chris YOUR favorite stories of the week using #FiveFavorites! You can also submit your stories at bit.ly/fivefavorites

 

Nov 28, 2016

On this week's episode, Amir makes dolphin sounds (no, really, he does). Also, Chris admits that Amir influenced him into buying a Google Home. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Apple Grounds Its Airport Router Division for Good (Cult of Mac)

2. Facebook's Social Good Forum: Introducing Donations In Live (Facebook Newsroom) 

3. NBC Universal Doubles Stake In Buzzfeed (Reuters) 

4. Apple Users Are Being Spammed With Cal Invites. Here's What To Do If You Get One (Inc) 

5 (HOT TOPIC) STORY: New Ways To Share In The Moment on Instagram (Instagram Blog) 

Honorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s):

Don't forget to send Amir and Chris YOUR favorite stories of the week using #FiveFavorites! You can also submit your stories at bit.ly/fivefavorites

 

Nov 21, 2016

On this week's episode, Chris regrets saying mentioning "Uber Lovers". Also, Amir asks an important question! 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Mark Zuckerberg Outlines How Facebook Will Tackle It's Fake News Problem (The Verge) 

2. Otto Radio Builds 2.0 Version on Uber's Trip Experience API (Product Hunt) 

3. What's Next for the $3.65 billion Company Behind Pokemon Go (BartieLouScott)

4. Facebook Launches A New Unified Inbox for Businesses on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram (TechCrunch) 

5 (HOT TOPIC) STORY: Snapchat Signs Data Deal With Foursquare for Better Targeted Geo-Filters (AdWeek)

Honorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s):

 

Don't forget to send Amir and Chris YOUR favorite stories of the week using #FiveFavorites! You can also submit your stories at bit.ly/fivefavorites

 

Nov 14, 2016

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris reflect on the opportunity to hang out at Zoomph. Also, Chris deals with a broken toilet for three days. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Twitter COO Adam Bain Leaves Twitter (Buzzfeed) 

2. Facebook Is Telling Everyone They're Dead (The Verge) 

3. Believe It Or Not: Social Media Predicted Trump Victory (Zoomph)

4. Google Is Making Android Auto Available In Any Car (Auto Blog) 

5 (HOT TOPIC) STORY: Snapchat's Spectacles Go On Sale Via Minion-like vending machines (TechCrunch) 

Honorable Mention(s):

Don't forget to send Amir and Chris YOUR favorite stories of the week using #FiveFavorites! You can also submit your stories at bit.ly/fivefavorites

 

Nov 7, 2016

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris talk about what it's like to be the IT guys for their families. Plus, Chris remembers the one Abercrombie shirt he's ever owned. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. These are Tesla's stunning new solar roof tiles for homes (Tech Crunch)

2. Cubs vs. Indians is also the World Series of Twitter (Yahoo Sports) 

3. Amazon Just Killed Black Friday (Mashable) 

4. Instagram Is Finally Making It Easier To Shop for Products (Recode) 

5 (HOT TOPIC) STORY: Slack Takes Out A Full-Page "Dear Microsoft" ad in the New York Times (VentureBeat) 

Honorable Mention(s):

Don't forget to send Amir and Chris YOUR favorite stories of the week using #FiveFavorites! You can also submit your stories at bit.ly/fivefavorites

 

Oct 31, 2016

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris come to grips with a haunting product launch from Microsoft. Plus, the show gets a special new theme (a Halloween special). 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Amir's Apple Event Update (The Verge) 

2. Twitter Is Killing Off Vine (The Verge) 

3. Google Fiber CEO Steps Down, Services Halted (Business Insider) 

4. YouTube Launches End Screens For All Creators (AdWeek) 

5 (HOT TOPIC) STORY: Introducing The Microsoft Surface Pro (YouTube) 

Honorable Mention(s): Pepsi Taps New Agency for Digital, Brings Social In-House (AdAge) 

Additional Links:

Don't forget to send Amir and Chris YOUR favorite stories of the week using #FiveFavorites! You can also submit your stories at bit.ly/fivefavorites

 

Oct 24, 2016

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris discuss how (and if) they'd survive the zombie apocalypse. Plus, our hosts are divided on their choices of coffee brands. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. The NBA will broadcast a game in VR every week this season (The Verge) 

2. Pinterest launches service to connect brands with influencers (The Drum) 

3. Instagram Stories A Success (Simply Measured) 

4. Apple Doesn't Want To Build A Car Anymore --- Just it's Brain (TechCrunch) 

5 (HOT TOPIC) STORY Hacked Home Devices Cause Massive Internet Outage (USA Today) 

Honorable Mention(s): AT&T to Buy Time Warner (The Verge) 

Don't forget to send Amir and Chris YOUR favorite stories of the week using #FiveFavorites! You can also submit your stories at bit.ly/fivefavorites

 

Oct 17, 2016

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris debate the value of business cards. Plus, Amir's love of shoes (sneakers, that is) makes it's way onto the show. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1.  Adidas on Redefining Influencer Marketing Through Dark Social (Marketing Week)

2. Twitter Launches Periscope Producer for Television Quality Videos (ZDNet)

3. Google Buys Famebit (Reuters) 

4. Snapchat Removes AutoAdvance, Adds Story Playlist (VentureBeat) 

5 (HOT TOPIC) USDoT Bans Note 7's from Airplanes (Droid-Life) 

Honorable Mention: NFL Ratings Plunge Could Spell Doom for Traditional TV (Washington Post) 

Don't forget to send Amir and Chris YOUR favorite stories of the week using #FiveFavorites! You can also submit your stories at bit.ly/fivefavorites

Oct 10, 2016

On this week's episode, Chris and Amir find the NFL making a decision that is far too similar to the mistake made during the Olympics. Plus, geek talk commences as we chat all things Google!

This week's Five Favorites: 

1.  Google Pixel (and other Google Updates from #MadebyGoogle) (Video)

2.  This Brand Put 16 Cameras in A Family's Home for 2 Weeks and Made Ads from Footage (AdWeek) 

3. A New, Optional Feature for Paid Promotion Disclosure (YouTube Creator Blog) 

4. Amazon Prime Members Finally Get Some Real Book Benefits (Mashable)

5 (HOT TOPIC) NFL Teams Can Be Fined For Posting Videos Under New Social Media Policy (ESPN)

Honorable Mention: LinkedIn Launches A Way To Let You Search For Your Job Without Your Boss Knowing (CNBC) 

Don't forget to send Amir and Chris YOUR favorite stories of the week using #FiveFavorites! You can also submit your stories at bit.ly/fivefavorites

Oct 3, 2016

On this week's episode, Chris is amused by the title of a tabloid story (which is also a legit story) about traveling to Mars. Plus, Amir finds a new drone that he needs to spend his life savings on. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. The New DJI Mavic Pro (Casey Neistat - Video)

2. Twitter Finally Lets Everyone Create Their Own Moments (TechCrunch) 

3. Netflix Crashes, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage Weigh In (CinemaBlend) 

4. Coming Soon To A Cubicle Near You: Facebook at Work (USA Today)

Honorable Mention:
The Legit Article Worth Reading: Elon Musk Mars Exploration (New York Times)
The awful (yet hillarious) title from a tabloid story mentioned on the show here (IE: the funny title) 

5 (HOT TOPIC) Meerkat Built A New App In Secret (The Verge)

Don't forget to send Amir and Chris YOUR favorite stories of the week using #FiveFavorites! You can also submit your stories at bit.ly/fivefavorites

Sep 26, 2016

On this week's episode, Chris is preparing for his trip to Social Media Strategies Summit in SF and Amir reminisces about Google Glass. Plus, a rare Pokemon (story) appears. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

Honorable Mention: The Story Behind The Smartphone Terror Alert in NYC (CNN) 

1. Introducing Spectacles (Snap Inc) 

2. Snowden on Google Allo: "Don't Use It" (The Next Web) 

3. Pokemon Go Is Doing Just Fine (Wired) 

4. Facebook Apologizes For Overstating Video Metrics (New York Times)

5 (HOT TOPIC) Twitter May Soon Get Formal Bid (CNBC)

Don't forget to send Amir and Chris YOUR favorite stories of the week using #FiveFavorites! 

Sep 19, 2016

On this week's episode, Chris is running on coffee fumes and Amir has (as expected) made sure he has the new iPhone - even if his girlfriend is teasing him about the color of the phone. Plus, both Amir and Chris can't avoid Twitter in the news. 

Shoutouts in this episode to Christin Kardos and Katy Spencer Johnson

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Twitter Introduces New Customer Service Display Options and Tools (Social Media Today)

2. Twitter's New, Longer Tweets Are Coming (The Verge) 

3. Facebook Live Coming to Desktops, Laptops (Social Times) 

4. YouTube Gets its Own Social Network With The Launch of YouTube Community (TechCrunch) 

5 (HOT TOPIC) Game Time for Twitter: Jack Dorsey's Big Bet On Live Events (Fast Company) 

Don't forget to send Amir and Chris YOUR favorite stories of the week using #FiveFavorites! 

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