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Oct 16, 2017

On this week's episode, we discuss our favorite Mario Kart 64 characters. Also, seriously, Porgs. Love them. Hate them. You gotta have an opinion on them! And if you don't know what a Porg is, well, we can't be friends. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Alphabet is training law enforcement on how to handle self-driving car crashes [Recode]

2. Twitter Users Will Soon Be Able To Bookmark Tweets and Save Them For Later [Adweek]

3. Nintendo could be working on a Game Boy Classic Mini [Mobile Syrup]

Apple Leak Reveals Massive New iPhone Cancellation [Forbes]

5. (Hot Topic) Snapchat Is Twice as Popular as Instagram When It Comes to Teens’ Favorite Social Apps [Adweek]

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

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Oct 9, 2017

On this week's (very special) second episode, we cover all the new announcements Google's latest Pixel/IO event! We're talking all things Pixel 2, Google Home Mini (and Max) and more! Also, Amir is really excited about AI. We're talking more than he is about drones normally. 

This is not your standard episode of Five Favorites! 

Topics Discussed: 

1. Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

2. Home Mini and Max

3. Pixelbook

4. Pixel Buds

5. Google Clip

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). 

Oct 9, 2017

On this week's episode, we say goodbye to our friend AOL Instant Messenger. Also, our hosts remember their old instant messenger names. 

What was/were yours? 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Selfie Factories: The Rise of the Made-for-Instagram Museum [Wired]

2. 5G isn't just faster - it will open a whole new world [Venturebeat] 

3. Netflix is Raising its Prices [@Mashable]

4 An MLB Team is using the iPhone's NFC Feature for Contactless Stadium Entry [TechCrunch]

5. One Last Away Message [AOL Instant Messenger Tumblr] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

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Oct 2, 2017

On this week's episode, we highly recommend you turn off your Alexa device prior to the hot topic. Also, Chris is excited that a Jedi liked his tweet this week. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Twitter to Test Doubling Tweet Length to 280 Characters [NYTimes]

2. ELON MUSK'S ROCKET TRAVEL PLAN IS DEF POSSIBLE, DEF BANANAS [Wired]

3. Instagram Now Has 500 Million Daily Active Users, 800 Million Users per Month [Variety]

4. Walmart partners with smart lock maker August to test in-home delivery of packages and groceries [TechCrunch] 

5. Hot Topic: Amazon Echo Event Recap
*includes information from The Verge and Android Central

Honorable Mention(s)

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Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

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Sep 25, 2017

On this week's episode, Google makes a (few) appearances prior to its October 4th event. Also, Chris has a new addition to announce! 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Nest’s home security system costs $499 and comes with magnetic door sensors [The Verge]

2. Meet The Really Cheap Google Home Mini and the really expensive Chromebook Pixel 3 [ARS Technica]

3. Bose adds Google Assistant to top noise-canceling headphone [CNet]

4. Apple Watch Series 3 has LTE problems: How to cancel your preorder [VentureBeat]

5. Hot Topic: Why Google is spending $1.1 billion to ‘acqhire’ 2,000 HTC engineers [Recode]

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

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Sep 18, 2017

On this week's (very special) second episode, we cover all the new announcements from Apple's latest Keynote event including the new Apple X (that's ten, not an X). Don't try to tell someone in an Apple Store otherwise.

This is not your standard episode of Five Favorites! 

Topics Discussed: 

1. New Apple Park HQ

2. Apple Watch 3 Series GPS + Cellular

3. Apple TV 4K

4. Apple iPhone 8 Apple + iPhone 8 Plus

5. Apple iPhone X

6. AirPower Wireless Charging Mat

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). 

Sep 18, 2017

On this week's episode, we are equally amused and disturbed by what people search after viewing the latest Super Mario video game trailer. Also, there's no Apple here - stay tuned later today for a special Five Favorites Apple Keynote episode! 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. GoPro Hero 6 Black leaks again, will shoot 240 fps slow motion at 1080p [The Verge]

2. Google’s Next Pixel Smartphones Arrive October 4th [Engadget]

3. Nike and the NBA unveil connected jerseys… and they’re super cool [TechCrunch]

4. SHOCK DATA: Thousands React to Mario’s Nipples in Super Mario Odyssey Promotion [Brandwatch] (thanks to Five Favorite's listener, Jeff Higgins, for the heads-up) 

5. Hot Topic: Google and Alphabet Poised To Invest $1 Billion In Lyft [Gas2]

Honorable Mention(s)

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Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

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Sep 11, 2017

On this week's episode, your hosts kick-off the new season of Five Favorites! Also, Chris debates whether Apple's new facial unlock will be able to tell if it's him with and without makeup. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. New iPhone names are reportedly iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus [CNet]

2. Settlers of Catan is ready for virtual reality [VentureBeat]

3. Even more US adults now getting news from social media, says Pew [TechCrunch]

4. Drones Play Increasing Role in Harvey Recovery Efforts [Wall Street Journal]

5. Hot Topic: [CNet]

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

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Sep 4, 2017

On this week's episode, we celebrate one year of the Five Favorites podcast. Also, Zonozi gets ready to tie the knot! If you aren't driving - bust out a drink for this one - and let's celebrate. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. YouTube gets a new logo, Material Design on desktop, and more mobile app features [VentureBeat]

2. Instagram Posts With Multiple Photos Can now be Portrait or Landscape [AdWeek] 

3. Here’s everything we learned from Uber’s first all-staff meeting with its new CEO today [Recode]

4. Google ARCore Brings Augmented Reality to Android [VRScout] 

5. Hot Topic: Microsoft and Amazon partner to integrate Alexa and Cortana digital assistants [The Verge] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

  • Our favorite picks of the first season

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

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). 

Aug 28, 2017

On this week's episode, we anticipate our one-year anniversary episode next week. Also, we get a bit passionate about the state of influencer marketing. Just a little bit, though (that's what she said). 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. We might know the iPhone 8 keynote date [Cult Of Mac]

2. SNES Classic pre-orders are skipping Toys R Us [SlashGear] 

3. Introducing Linkedin Video [LinkedIn]

4. Android O is now officially Android Oreo [The Verge] 

5. Hot Topic: Samsung Galaxy Note Announces Features, Price and Release Date [The Verge] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

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Aug 21, 2017

On this week's episode, Martin Lieberman plays the role of Amir Zonozi for a week. Also, neither one of us has a clue what we're doing for the eclipse. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. New Feature Lets You Make Voice Calls On Your Google Home [Google]

2. Applebee’s tried to be cool, failed, and now it’s moving on with its life [QZ] 

3. NASA will stream 360 degree video of eclipse [Business Insider]

4. Google Brings Q/A to Google Maps [TechCrunch] 

5. Hot Topic: Apple sets $1 billion budget for original TV shows [Engadget] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

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). 

Aug 14, 2017

On this week's episode, Chris has an apology. Also, Snap is in trouble...again. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Yet another video claims to offer a look at the iPhone 8’s design in black [9to5Mac]

2. Facebook’s willingness to copy rivals’ apps seen as hurting innovation [Washington Post] 

3. Another record low for Snap after 14% drop post-earnings [TechCrunch]

4. BuzzFeed is launching a live news show on Twitter [Axios] 

5. SoundCloud Gets 170 Million Lifeline [Arstechnica] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

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). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Aug 6, 2017

On this week's episode, we gave you access to the episode a day early because we're nice guys (and Chris is busy running eduWeb Digital Summit this week). Also, it's rumored that Google offered 30 billion for Snapchat. Serious cash. We would have taken it. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Hottie with a poddy: VCs give Gimlet the greenlight [The Hustle]

2. Spotify crosses 60M paid subscribers as it prepares to go public later this year [The Verge] 

3. Reddit Raised $200 Million And Is Redesigning to Look More Like Facebook [Gizmodo] 

4. RED’s upcoming $1,200 smartphone is enormous [The Verge] 

5. Hot Topic: Insiders say Google was interested in buying Snap for at least $30 billion last year [Business Insider] 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

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). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jul 31, 2017

On this week's episode, we have a lot of fun. Really, it's not an understatement. There's a lot of fun in this episode. Do a shot every time we say fun and you'll realize how much fun we have. Also, we go into Taco Mode at one point. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. The Tesla Model 3 interior doesn't look like any car you've ever seen [The Verge]

2. YouTube’s head of music confirms YouTube Red and Google Play Music will merge to create a new service [The Verge] 

3. UPS Store Stops Printing from URLs and USB Sticks Ahead of Def Con Hacking Convention [The Verge] 

4. So long, Flash: Adobe will kill plug-in by 2020 [CNN - Money] 

5. Hot Topic: Jeff Bezos Briefly Tops Bill Gates as the World's Richest Person [Bloomberg] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

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). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jul 24, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir has strong feelings about Best Buy. Also, Pokemon Go channels it's inner Fyre Festival. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. YouTube is getting rid of its video editor because no one uses it [The Verge]

2. HDMI 2.1 - What You Need To Know [CNet] 

3. Apple Shows Off New Emojis on World Emoji Day [TechCrunch] 

4. Amazon Launches Spark, a shoppable feed of stories and photos [TechCrunch] 

5. Hot Topic: Why The Grim Reaper of Retail Hasn't Come To Claim Best Buy [LATimes] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

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). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jul 21, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir is very late. Also, winter would have come - if Amir wasn't late. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Amazon May Give App Developers Access to Alexa Audio Recordings [The Verge]

2. Amazon Sold 3x as many Echo Devices During Prime Day As It Did Last Year [AdWeek] 

3. Facebook Makes Messenger Ads Available Globally [Social Media Today] 

4. Twitter Users Sue President Trump [New York Times] 

5. Hot Topic: We're All Ears - What's Up With Sound Cloud? (multiple sources) 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

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). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jul 10, 2017

On this week's episode, our hosts get off to a late start thanks to a Balrog. Also, we share helpful hints (completely kidding, kind of) on how to escape jail using a drone. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Uber tipping is rolling out to 121 U.S. and Canadian markets today [TechCrunch)

2. Nielsen: On-demand audio streaming hits record high, is up 62.4% over last year [TechCrunch] 

3. Snapchat lets you add links, voice filters and backdrops to Snaps [TechCrunch]

4. RED is making a $1,200 smartphone with a ‘holographic display’ [The Verge] 

5. Hot Topic: Everything you need to know about Tesla Model 3, which is starting production [The Verge] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

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). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jul 3, 2017

On this week's episode, we play with Fyre. Also, we're slightly underwhelmed by a number of good stories this week after a blitz of stories the past few weeks. There's normally more humor here - but we're just being honest with you. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube Announce Formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (YouTube)

2. Designing custom geofilters for Snapchat just got easier (Mashable)

3. First Look at SNES Hardware (Polygon) 

4. Facebook Crosses 2 Billion Monthly Active Users (The Verge)

5. Hot Topic: Fyre Festival Organizer Arrested on Fraud Charges (The Verge)

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet of The Week

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). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jun 19, 2017

On this week's episode, we debate the meaning of life ("The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42"). Also, Amazon continues the march towards world domination. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Tim Cook Says Apple Focused on Autonomous Systems in Cars Push (Apple)

2. Snapchat seduces advertisers with new self-serve tools and certified partners (TechCrunch)

3. Twitter's New Look (Twitter) 

4. Katy Perry's Witness World Wide Generated Over 49 Million Views (Billboard) 

5. Hot Topic: Amazon Acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

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). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jun 12, 2017

On this week's (very special) second episode, we cover all the greatest new announcements from Apple's #WWDC17 Event. This is not your standard episode of Five Favorites! 

Links for this episode are from The Verge. 

Announcements Discussed: 

1. Apple Homepod

2. iMac Pro

3. iOS11

4. ARKIT

5. New iPad

6. New OS: "High Sierra"

7. New Watch OS

8. And some extras...

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). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jun 12, 2017

On this week's episode, we have a dramatic reading involving pizza and a college application. Also, we pay our respects to Adam West. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Customers Are Already Abandoning DIRECTV Now (The Motley Fool) 

2. Apple Is Going To Let Podcast Creators - and advertisers - see what listeners actually like (Recode) 

3. Microsoft XBox at E3 - The 6 Biggest Disappointments (The Verge)

4. It's official: Yahoo shareholders approve the $4.48 billion sale to Verizon (Business Insider) 

5. Hot Topic: Apple Marketing Executive Bozoma Saint John is Joining Uber as its Chief Brand Officer (Recode) 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet/Post of the Week 

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). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jun 5, 2017

On this week's episode, our honorable mention is a user-requested session around this week's favorite internet topic (#covfefe). Also, Wonder Woman is a terrific film - wonderful even - so go see it. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Apple WWDC 2017: What to expect (CNet)

2. Google Is Building An Ad-Blocker Into Chrome (Social Media Today) 

3. Elon Must, Google and others decry Paris accord decision (VentureBeat)

4. Microsoft Redesigns Skype (The Verge) 

5. Hot Topic: Facebook Live Audio Rolling Out Discussion
*no articles at time of recording*

Honorable Mention(s)

  • Our favorite #covfefe memes (per listener request!) 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet/Post of the Week 

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). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

May 30, 2017

On this week's episode, Dave Chappelle gets the respect he deserves. Also, we delay the episode one day because this podcast would not exist without the men and women who have died for the United States of America. Thank you to those who have/do serve. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Zuckerberg Tells Harvard We Need A New Social Contract of Equal Opportunity (TechCrunch)

2. Instagram Direct Now Supports Web Links and Different Photo Orientations (TechCrunch) 

3. Nest's Next Generation Security Camera Could Shoot 4k Resolution (Digital Trends) 

4. Snapchat Bought A Drone Company (The Next Web) 

5. DJI Unveils Spark (BHPhotoVideo) 

Honorable Mention(s)

  • Thoughts and prayers to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick (and family) on the loss of his mother. 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet/Post of the Week 

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). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

May 22, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir's lungs battle a smart bottle. Also, we talk about some of (not all, because that would take forever) the announcements from Google IO. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Apple Plans Laptop Upgrades to Take On Microsoft (Bloomberg) 

2. Facebook Lands Deal to Stream 20 MLB Games Live (Business Insider)

3. Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram Notifications - In One Space (TechCrunch)

4. Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone is Returning To The Company (TechCrunch)

5. All IO17 Announcements (Google) 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet/Post of the Week 

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). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

May 15, 2017

On this week's episode, we show appreciation to Moms...and Derek Jeter.. Also, you're right, we forgot to use the womp womp womp sound for dishonorable. We're sorry. We promise it will be back next week. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Apple Sends Out Press Invites WWDC Keynotes on June 5th (Mac Rumors) 

2. Facebook's Rolling Out Group Membership Questions to Improve Filtering Process (Social Media Today) 

3. Snap Stock Tanks After IPO Expenses Run Up A $2.2 Billion Loss for the First Quarter (CNBC)

4. YouTube Is Pouring Millions Into Content Creation and Shows (WERSM)

5. Hot Topic: Amazon Unveils the $230 Echo Show, with a screen for calls, shipping June 28th (TechCrunch)

Honorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet/Post of the Week 

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). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

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