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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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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

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

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 …

I’ll Tap You When I’m Ready

August 27th, 2018

58:16

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, follow-up on the Nvidia RTX platform, is Apple TV priced appropriately, multiple timers coming to HomePod, and …

What’s Inside A Graphics Processing Unit?

August 20th, 2018

56:12

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, a quick follow-up on the demise of Twitter’s Application Programming Interface (API) and how it’s shut down many …

Turn Off The Lights, Twitter

August 13th, 2018

42:21

Your Photos Are Dust in The Wind

August 6th, 2018

50:28

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, a discussion about how the media is celebrating Apple’s $1 trillion dollar market capital, instead of focusing on …

The Ever Changing Landscape of Social Media

July 30th, 2018

1:02:08

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, we are joined by guest and IT consultant Radu Stanescu to talk Intel’s delayed 10nm CPUs, what’s going on with …

MacBook Pro: Hotplate Edition

July 24th, 2018

53:09

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, Apple’s new 2018 Intel i9 powered MacBook Pro is under fire from reviewers for extreme performance throttling. We talk about what’s going on behind the scenes and what can be done …

Silicone Slip, with Chris Clarke

July 17th, 2018

1:04:03

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, iOS developer Chris Clarke from Midnight Drive Apps joins us to talk new MacBook Pros and a silent keyboard fix from Apple, why Swift as a programming language needs more work, forced …

Microsoft Surface Go

July 10th, 2018

28:50

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, Tom’s Hardware accidentally breaks the embargo on Microsoft’s new Surface Go notebook computer. We have the …

Apple Maps Sucks A Whole Lot Less Edition

July 3rd, 2018

37:49

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, we discuss the upcoming massive rewrite of Apple Maps, which will slowly roll out over the course of the next …

High-O-Ween

June 26th, 2018

32:05

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, Apple announces a keyboard repair program for the MacBook, acknowledging some small percentage of people are experiencing failures with the butterfly style keyboards. and for the main …

Bike Sharing

June 19th, 2018

1:00:19

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, we discuss the economics of bike sharing and why Europe seems to be doing it more successfully than North …

A Husk of Metal

June 12th, 2018

45:31

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, watchOS beta 1 gets temporarily pulled because it bricked some older devices, Apple Watch Series 4 rumours, some …

WWDC 2018 Surprises Us All

June 5th, 2018

1:43:16

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, we have a dense episode covering Apple’s WWDC conference. There was a lot to unpack from iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and the grand daddy: macOS 10.14. Make sure to grab a coffee and …

Pre-WWDC 2018 with GDPR on The Side

May 29th, 2018

51:31

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, Michael is back from vacation to discuss the European Union’s new data privacy law, GDPR, which came into effect on May 25, 2018. Businesses have had a long time to work on getting …

Oculus Go VR

May 15th, 2018

34:20

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, Oculus announces Oculus Go, a new afordable VR headset for $199. While not the highest end headset, there are …

The Dark Bargain

May 8th, 2018

32:44

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, an in-depth discussion about Facebook’s announcement that they’re getting into the online dating space. It seems like such a tone-deaf response after the Cambridge Analytica fiasco …

Apple Delays Cross-Platform “Marzipan” UI?

May 1st, 2018

32:28

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, Michael and Alex dive deeper into the topic of “Marzipan,” the code-named cross-platform UI that supposedly would …

Dark Patterns

April 24th, 2018

41:30

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, Michael and Alex dive deeper into the topic of dark patterns. Dark Patterns are tricks used in websites and apps that make you buy or sign up for things that you didn’t mean to. …

A Mountain of Salt

April 18th, 2018

45:54

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, Michael and Alex continue to unpack the results of the two-day congress hearing with Facebook CEO, Mark …

Apple Course Corrects on The Mac Pro?

April 10th, 2018

38:44

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, Michael and Alex unpack some of the information reported by Matthew Panzarino at Techcrunch regarding the delay …

A Crayon for Your iPad

April 3rd, 2018

44:53

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, Michael and Alex succinctly summarize Apple’s event on education in Chicago from the previous week. In addition to new classroom specific software enhancements for iOS, a new iPad was …

Cambridge Analytica: So What Now?

March 27th, 2018

39:18

Synopsis: What are your limits with what you’re willing to tolerate as far as data collection on your life is concerned? Do you realize that your …

Apple’s Focus on Education

March 20th, 2018

49:10

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, we are focusing on how Apple is and will be doubling down on helping the education sector with technology. On a …

Do Government Run Postal Services Suck?

March 13th, 2018

38:14

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, we put forth a question: Do government run postal services suck? If so, how are they adapting to changes in …

Everything Is 4K?

March 6th, 2018

46:40

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, the Samsung Galaxy S9 launches; we discuss the innovative new camera design and why it matters, the less than stellar new 960FPS camera mode, the affordable 4K TV future is here, and …

Apple’s Favourite Marzipan

February 27th, 2018

42:45

Synopsis: This week on the podcast, we discuss Mark Gurman’s scoop on how Apple is planning on unifying the macOS and iOS development platforms, similar to what Microsoft has attempted in the past. The idea: code once, …

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