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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.

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.
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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.

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English


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Will Disney+ Succeed?

4/15/2019
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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, Star Wars, and more. Plus, they're going to create a ton of original content, but will consumers buy into it? Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and 30-day trial. Please support our podcast by making a sustaining monthly donation. Please...

Duration:00:37:32

Canada Wants to Regulate Facebook

4/9/2019
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Synopsis: The Canadian government says it wants to regulate Facebook and similar social media platforms, but how exactly are they going to do it? Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and 30-day trial. Please support our podcast by making a sustaining monthly donation. Please also check out our GoFundMe campaign as we're trying to raise enough money to help cover our studio build costs. Duration: 35:11:00 Present: Michael Norton, Alex Knight Episode...

Duration:00:35:11

AirFail

4/1/2019
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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. Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and 30-day trial. Please support our podcast by making a sustaining monthly donation. Please also check out our GoFundMe campaign as we're trying to raise enough money to help cover our studio build costs. Duration: 38:09:00 Present: Michael Norton, Alex Knight Episode...

Duration:00:38:32

All in on Apple Services

3/26/2019
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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. Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and 30-day trial. Please support our podcast by making a sustaining monthly donation. Please also check out our GoFundMe campaign as we're trying to raise enough money to help cover our studio build costs. Duration:...

Duration:01:15:38

Add A Little Good Will

3/18/2019
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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. Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and 30-day trial. Please support our podcast by making a sustaining monthly donation. Please also check out our GoFundMe campaign as we're trying to raise enough money to help cover our studio build costs. Duration: 45:46:00 Present: Michael Norton, Alex Knight Episode...

Duration:00:45:45

Deep into The Fabric of The Internet

3/11/2019
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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? Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and 30-day trial. Please support our podcast by making a sustaining monthly donation. Please also check out our GoFundMe campaign as we're trying to raise enough money to help cover our studio build costs. Duration: 56:44:00 Present: Michael...

Duration:00:56:44

Facebook’s Global Lobbying

3/4/2019
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Synopsis: The Guardian has reported that documents have been discovered that reveal a secretive global lobbying operation by Facebook, targeting hundreds of legislators and regulators in an attempt to procure influence across the world. So what now? By the way, our podcast is now available in video format. Please check it out and subscribe on YouTube! Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and 30-day trial. Please support our podcast by making a sustaining...

Duration:00:51:45

Fold Your Phone

2/25/2019
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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 Microsoft's new Hololens 2. By the way, our podcast is now available in video format. Please check it out and subscribe on YouTube! Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and 30-day trial. Please support our podcast by making a sustaining monthly donation. Please also check out our GoFundMe campaign as we're trying to...

Duration:01:00:23

Banning Huawei in Canada

2/18/2019
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Synopsis: Numerous countries have banned Huawei products. Increasing tension between China and the West, and now growing concern that Huawei's 5G technology is a security risk and should be removed from Canada's cellular infrastructure. But what are the consequences and drawbacks of doing so? By the way, our podcast is now available in video format. Please check it out and subscribe on YouTube! Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and 30-day trial. Please...

Duration:00:42:54

Fixing The Apple Store Problem

2/11/2019
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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 customer service experience. By the way, our podcast is now available in video format. Please check it out and subscribe on YouTube! Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and 30-day trial. Please support our podcast by making a sustaining monthly...

Duration:00:54:30

Apple Slaps Facebook

2/4/2019
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Synopsis: Apple revokes Facebook's enterprise developer certificate after they breach clearly defined rules. Shortly following this, Google also gets hit by Apple and then Apple itself lands in hot water with a terrible FaceTime security issue. By the way, our podcast is now available in video format. Please check it out and subscribe on YouTube! Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and 30-day trial. Please support our podcast by making a sustaining monthly...

Duration:00:41:20

A Microtransaction Future

1/28/2019
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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. By the way, our podcast is now available in video format. Please check it out and subscribe on YouTube! Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and 30-day trial. Please support our podcast by making a sustaining monthly donation. Please also check out our GoFundMe campaign as...

Duration:00:52:23

Goodbye, Windows Phone

1/21/2019
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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 really had a slice of the pie? By the way, our podcast is now available in video format. Please check it out and subscribe on YouTube! Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and 30-day trial. Please support our podcast by making a sustaining monthly donation. Please also check out our GoFundMe campaign as we’re trying...

Duration:00:59:42

CES 2019

1/14/2019
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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. By the way, our podcast is now available in video format. Please check it out and subscribe on YouTube! Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and 30-day trial. Please support our podcast by making a sustaining monthly donation. Please also check out our GoFundMe campaign as we’re trying to raise enough money to...

Duration:00:56:17

The Economics of The Smartphone Market

1/7/2019
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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 more complicated picture, factoring in China’s economy and its relations with the United States? By the way, our podcast is now available in video format. Please check it out and subscribe on YouTube! Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and 30-day trial. Please support our podcast by making a sustaining monthly...

Duration:01:06:47

2019 Tech Predictions

12/31/2018
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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 responsible for in 2018? And lastly, a deep dissection of how Facebook moderates its platform as we try to understand where it’s gone wrong. By the way, our podcast is now available in video format. Please check it out and subscribe on YouTube! Make sure to signup for...

Duration:01:06:24

2018 Year in Review, with Guest Jason DeFillippo

12/17/2018
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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 becoming desensitized to online privacy erosion, and also throw in some fun Sci-Fi book recommendations. By the way, our podcast is now available in video format. Please check it out and subscribe on YouTube! Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and...

Duration:01:22:38

Can We Trust Any Tech Products Made in China?

12/10/2018
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Synopsis: This week on The Impromptu, we unpack what exactly it means to have Huawei, a giant technology company, have influence in countries all around the world. With Huawei’s CFO arrested in Vancouver, questions are being asked about how much we can trust a company that has major involvement in contributing to Canada’s 5G infrastructure. North America is in a very difficult position, with its reliance on China for manufacturing and its history of trying to extract secrets from what lies...

Duration:01:04:40

The Horrible Cycle of Human Misery

12/3/2018
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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 company, it becomes a social service. By the way, our podcast is now available in video format. Please check it out and subscribe on YouTube! Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and 30-day trial. Please support our podcast by making a sustaining monthly donation. Please also check out our GoFundMe campaign as...

Duration:00:56:41

Black Friday: There’s No Happiness Here

11/26/2018
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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 privacy and security news regarding Facebook and a recent LinkedIn snafu. Make sure to signup for Audible today to get your FREE audio book and 30-day trial. Please support our podcast by making a sustaining monthly donation. Please also check out our GoFundMe campaign as...

Duration:01:02:31