It’s the best of 2015 episode as we reflect on a massive year for technology, the internet, movies and pop culture. We go through the year’s best stories, surprises, apps and biggest disappointments.
Thanks for the support throughout the year and see you back in 2016!
Episode 43. Recorded Wednesday 16 December 2015.
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Highlights of the week:
- Lots of new trailers this week
Follow-up from previous shows:
- New clues suggest we have not found the founder of bitcoin
News of the week:
- Apple news:
- Netflix to change encoding to save 20% of data | Variety
- FAA announces drone registration | The Verge
- Atlassian shares surge 33% after IPO | Sydney Morning Herald
- Google updates Inbox with trip bundles | ZDnet
2015 in review
We tag our show-note webpages with tags that describe the topic we covered in that week’s show. Here is a break down of the topics that we have covered in 2015:
- Apple – 19
- Google – 15
- Android, Netflix, Facebook – 12
- Netflix arrives in Australia
- The launch of Meerkat, Periscope and Facebook for public
- Mini computers including Interl’s compute stick and Rasberry Pi
- How close we are to autonomous vehicles
- The rise of music streaming services like Apple Music, the domination of Spotify and the fall of Rdio.
- The rise of Oculus Rift, its owner Palmer Lucky and other augmented and virtual Reality devices and accessories.
- Back To The Future day.
Wins of the year:
- Whatapps on the web | WhatsApp.com
- Kung Fury, a psychedelic short film funded on Kickstarter. | YouTube
- Windows 10
- Google Photos
- 1000 musicians covering Foo Fighters’ Learn To Fly | YouTube
Biggest surprise of the year:
- Resurgence of Microsoft with the launch of Windows 10, Cortana, Hololens, Surfacebook and employees like Alex Kipman | The Lazy Couch Podcast special feature #1
- The new Macbook in gold | The Lazy Couch Podcast episode 8
- iPhone 6S plus
- Stan & Presto
- @NO_NAME_5442 giving us @thelazycouch
- The existence of ASMR (episode 4) and Transhumanism (episode 41)
Biggest disappointments of the year:
- Watches and wearables in general
- Tidal music streaming service | The Lazy Couch Podcast episode 8
- Jurassic World | The Lazy Couch Podcast episode 20
- Fantastic 4 and Josh Trank
- Spock passing away
- We got stonemilked
- Google glass is dead
- James Wang
Favourite apps of the year: