The Impromptu - Insightful Tech Analysis

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The Impromptu is a weekly technology podcast, hosted by Michael Norton and Alex Knight. It’s a multi-faceted show discussing how technology, design, and economics converge on topics that matter most to us. We examine the creative process and how the decisions we make, shape our perceptions and lives… read more

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More iPhone 11/Pro Follow Up

September 17th, 2019

1:05:26

Synopsis: Lots of follow up to last week's Apple event, with more details on iPhone 11/Pro with complaints from people that can't be satisfied, iOS …

Happy 200th! With Special Guests Jason DeFillippo and Harry Marks

September 11th, 2019

1:29:14

Synopsis: We celebrate our 200th episode by bringing Jason DeFillippo of the Grumpy Old Geeks podcast and Harry Marks of Covered podcast to cover this mornings Apple Event. New iPad, iPhones, Apple Watch, and updates on …

Creating ISP Competition in Canada

August 27th, 2019

41:01

Synopsis: Internet rates are about to get cheaper in Canada with a new ruling by the CRTC that will increase competition among Internet Service …

Disney+ And tvOS ❤️

August 20th, 2019

48:48

Synopsis: Disney+ is going to be integrated into Apple TV and tvOS' upcoming "Channels," feature. Why is the service not coming to Fire TV and will …

WordPress Acquires Tumblr

August 13th, 2019

53:05

Synopsis: We're back from vacation! Tumblr gets acquired by WordPress, Pixel 4 updates, iOS 13 Mail app concerns, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 updates, is hi-res streaming coming to Apple Music with "Apple Music Masters"?

Detecting Asteroids

July 30th, 2019

38:03

Synopsis: Why aren't we investing our resources into developing more advanced tech that can detect asteroids? Also, some follow up on iOS beta 5, …

The Journey Is Far from Over

July 23rd, 2019

59:10

Synopsis: Comic-con news, including an incredible trailer for Star Trek: Picard, Marvel Universe updates, and we discuss what micro LED technology …

The Five Billion Dollar Slap

July 16th, 2019

37:11

Synopsis: Apple silently removes Zoom's hidden web server, Zoom back pedals on the flaw, Facebook gets slapped with a $5B FTC fine, and Apple cleans up the MacBook line-up.

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Zoomed In On Security

July 9th, 2019

42:26

Synopsis: We begin with a jaw-dropping security vulnerability in the popular Zoom conferencing service, talk about macOS Catalina security …

Cleaning Up The MacBook Pro Line-Up

June 25th, 2019

29:17

Synopsis: We begin with a public service announcement about iOS 13 betas and how some apps appear to be nefariously accessing Bluetooth for no good reason, and conclude with rumours about the new 16" MacBook Pro and how …

iOS 13 Beta 2 And PlayStation 5 Rumours

June 18th, 2019

54:39

Synopsis: iOS 13 beta 2 and tvOS beta 2 are out, PlayStation 5 rumours, and what was announced on the latest Nintendo Direct update.

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WWDC 2019 Follow-Up: Is The Mac Pro Worth It?

June 11th, 2019

1:00:52

Synopsis: In our post WWDC 2019 follow-up, we contemplate whether Apple missed the mark or did exactly what they should have with the new Mac Pro, …

WWDC 2019 Highlights

June 4th, 2019

1:07:28

Synopsis: In our WWDC 2019 highlights episode, we cover the broad strokes of what you need to know for the latest Apple announcements, from watchOS 6, to iPadOS and iOS 13, to macOS, and the new Mac Pro. More detail to …

Huawei US Ban

May 21st, 2019

40:23

Synopsis: Does the Huawei US ban make sense? If we can't trust Huawei, why do we trust other Chinese technology companies? What evidence is there …

Who Remembers NeXTSTEP?

May 7th, 2019

38:37

Synopsis: Devout Mac users are concerned about Marzipan apps not being proper native macOS apps, but who remembers the transition from NeXTSTEP to OS X? We've been through major transition periods before and came out …

Are We Ready for Foldable Smartphones?

April 30th, 2019

42:28

Synopsis: Samsung has delayed their foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, iFixit pulls their teardown of the Galaxy Fold, and is 2019 the year for a …

You're Folding It Wrong

April 22nd, 2019

59:09

Synopsis: We talk about Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and how it's incredibly fragile, why Apple isn’t always first with new hardware, Facebook harvests 1.5 …

Will Disney+ Succeed?

April 15th, 2019

37:33

Synopsis: Disney is going toe to toe with streaming giants such as Netflix and Amazon Prime later this year. For $6.99/month, you will access a large back catalogue of Disney properties, including The Simpsons, Marvel, …

Canada Wants to Regulate Facebook

April 9th, 2019

35:12

Synopsis: The Canadian government says it wants to regulate Facebook and similar social media platforms, but how exactly are they going to do it?

AirFail

April 1st, 2019

38:10

Synopsis: It's dead, Jim. Apple has cancelled AirPower. We tell you what went wrong with it and also what AirPods 2 are like in this week's podcast.

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All in on Apple Services

March 26th, 2019

1:15:39

Synopsis: Apple held an event on March 25th to introduce the future of Apple services. There is a lot to unpack and we do so succinctly to explain what you need to know and why it's important.

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Add A Little Good Will

March 18th, 2019

45:46

Synopsis: Apple announces an event on March 25 and WWDC from June 3-7, and Spotify issues a rebuttal to Apple's rebuttal about unfair App Store terms.

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Deep into The Fabric of The Internet

March 11th, 2019

56:45

Synopsis: Mark Zuckerberg pens a letter addressing Facebook's stance on data encryption and privacy and future plans to make their platform safer, but is it all just PR fluff?

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Facebook’s Global Lobbying

March 4th, 2019

51:47

Synopsis: The Guardian has reported that documents have been discovered that reveal a secretive global lobbying operation by Facebook, targeting …

Fold Your Phone

February 25th, 2019

1:00:24

Synopsis: We follow up one the Huawei 5G security debate, ask the question if foldable smartphones are the future, and figure out who will use …

Banning Huawei in Canada

February 18th, 2019

42:55

Synopsis: Numerous countries have banned Huawei products. Increasing tension between China and the West, and now growing concern that Huawei's 5G …

Fixing The Apple Store Problem

February 11th, 2019

54:31

Synopsis: Did Apple fire Angela Ahrendts from her position as head of Apple Retail, or did she leave of her own accord? Either way, it's time to make room for someone new who can fix the long wait times and degraded …

Apple Slaps Facebook

February 4th, 2019

41:21

Synopsis: Apple revokes Facebook's enterprise developer certificate after they breach clearly defined rules. Shortly following this, Google also gets …

A Microtransaction Future

January 28th, 2019

52:24

Synopsis: Nintendo announces something, microtransactions are only going to get bigger, new AirPods, iPods (really), iPads, iOS 12.2 alludes to the future, and a new Mac Pro update.

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Goodbye, Windows Phone

January 21st, 2019

59:43

Synopsis: Microsoft has announced the end of Windows Phone and is ceding the market to Android and iOS, but can one cede control when it never …

CES 2019

January 14th, 2019

56:18

Synopsis: CES 2019 is here, and The Impromptu breaks down the most interesting news from the event and figures out what it all means for consumers.

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The Economics of The Smartphone Market

January 7th, 2019

1:06:48

Synopsis: What went wrong with iPhone last year? Is Apple’s recently disclosed earnings loss a sole reflection of the price increases, or is it a …

2019 Tech Predictions

December 31st, 2018

1:06:25

Synopsis: Happy New Year! We are launching 2019 with our tech predictions for the year, from Microsoft to Apple, Sony, and more. Also, will Facebook get hit with a massive GDPR fine for the countless screw ups it was …

2018 Year in Review, with Guest Jason DeFillippo

December 17th, 2018

1:22:39

Synopsis: In our final episode of 2018, we are joined by Jason DeFillippo of the Grumpy Old Geeks podcast. We review the 2018 year in tech, issue a report card to social media companies, contemplate whether we’re …

Can We Trust Any Tech Products Made in China?

December 10th, 2018

1:04:41

Synopsis: This week on The Impromptu, we unpack what exactly it means to have Huawei, a giant technology company, have influence in countries all …

The Horrible Cycle of Human Misery

December 3rd, 2018

56:33

Synopsis: This week on The Impromptu, we pose a question: should Facebook be treated like a utility and be broken up? Instead of a social media …

Black Friday: There’s No Happiness Here

November 26th, 2018

1:02:23

Synopsis: This week on The Impromptu, we reflect on the rampant consumerism that is Black Friday admit to our own buying habits, have a larger discussion about how people love buying cheap crap, and wrap up with some …

The Facebook Exposé

November 19th, 2018

39:16

Synopsis: This week on The Impromptu, we unpack the news from last week’s Facebook exposé at The New York Times. And as a bit of miscellany, Pokémon: …

iPad Hardware Is Only Half The Picture

November 12th, 2018

1:08:39

Synopsis: This week on The Impromptu, a quick highlight and hands-on with the new 2018 iPad, what iOS 13 needs to full realize the hardware’s …

Special: New MacBook, Mac Mini, and iPads 2018, with Guest Harry Marks

November 5th, 2018

1:30:55

Synopsis: This week on The Impromptu, a big event happened: Apple announced a redesigned MacBook Air, Mac Mini (yay!), and new iPads. Join us with guest, Harry Marks, as we unpack the details.

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Bloomberg Messed Up Bad

October 29th, 2018

43:05

Synopsis: This week on The Impromptu, we discuss the recent details unveiled that seem to indicate Bloomberg’s Chinese hacking story involving …

Cannabis Is Now Legal In Canada

October 22nd, 2018

1:13:59

Synopsis: This week on The Impromptu, cannabis is now legal in Canada. We discuss it along with the newest crop of high-tech vaporizers that have been released. and what Adobe Photoshop for iPad will mean for the future …

The Watchful Eye of Facebook

October 15th, 2018

1:02:13

Synopsis: This week on The Impromptu, Facebook is in hot water (AGAIN) with another security breach. We unpack this news along with Sony announcing the ability to change your PlayStation user IDs, and what to expect …

So Microsoft Makes Good Hardware Now?

October 8th, 2018

1:07:59

Synopsis: This week on The Impromptu, Microsoft had an event to launch new Surface products, but this time they aren’t making the same compromises they used to. At the tail end of the podcast, we briefly touch on macOS …

Online Privacy: Paving The Way Forward

October 1st, 2018

48:05

Synopsis: This week on The Impromptu, Facebook is in hot water again with a major privacy snafu and we have a larger discussion about what we need to do to fix the online privacy mess we’re in.

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Apple’s Knowledge Navigator

September 24th, 2018

1:08:06

Synopsis: This week on The Impromptu, Siri is a travesty. It’s fundamentally rotten at its core. But does Apple have a completely redesigned version up its sleeve for next year? To get an idea of where modern personal …

Ruinously Expensive

September 17th, 2018

53:33

Synopsis: This week on The Impromptu, Michael pre-orders the “ruinously expensive” iPhone XS Max, ruminations on a life changing Series 4 Apple Watch, a new tier of high priced phones, why the precedent set by the …

Special: Apple iPhone 2018 Event Analysis

September 13th, 2018

1:10:43

Synopsis: It’s Wednesday, Sept 12, 2018 and time for our Apple iPhone event coverage and analysis, brought to you fresh the day of the event. There was a lot to unpack, including Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone Xs, iPhone …

Twitter Capitulates And Bans Alex Jones

September 10th, 2018

41:14

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, Twitter capitulates and finally bans Alex Jones from its service. What was the impetus for changing their minds? …

Everyone Has Blowholes

September 3rd, 2018

51:03

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, a shocking leak that unveils the iPhone XS as well as Apple Watch Series 4, plus, potential new iPads and Apple …

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