SyrupCast 80: DTEK50’s enterprise focus and tech giant earnings


On this episode of the SyrupCast we talk about the new BlackBerry DTEK50, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and Alphabet earnings. In addition, we dig down deep about the future of media with bots and front-facing cameras.

Hosts: Patrick O’Rourke, Jessica Vomiero, Igor Bonifacic, Ian Hardy

Duration: 46:03

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  • danakin

    Double checking my arithmetic today as the podcast returns to a co-ed quartet.

    The podcast began with a recap of the unconventional launch and announcement of the BlackBerry DTEK 50 followed by a competent and comprehensive discussion of all relevant aspects of the device. It was a revealing and useful recapitulation for customers at large. A nicely balanced and unbiased discussion.

    I couldn’t help but notice how the device discussion was dominated by the lads as Jessica had only token offerings (a few giggles some “yeah”s and a few barely comprehensible add-ons). Near the end of the segment Jessica provided some insights but acted mainly as a segue to the next segment.

    MS and the layoff of another 3000 mobile division employees. The discussion moved immediately to the future of the Surface phone; an odd choice of tangent followed by another misplayed missive on how Elop has poisoned the Canadians well for Finns. Perhaps comedy and/or satire isn’t a strong suit of this group’s. The subsequent discussion redeemed the earlier sour note with cogent thought and enlightened discussion.

    Jessica led the charge reporting on Q2 financials. This segment clearly shows that she’s not only capable of fostering discussion; she’s well informed on the relevant points. Case in point: “Apple having a hard time pivoting away from IPhone as its primary device”. This makes her earlier sideline stint even more curious. Is MobileSyrup management’s assessment that she’s not ready for prime time?

    Jessica continued leading the charge when it came to Alphabet earnings and again ably referenced the “pivot” maneuver. There was on one factually relevant omission in the recap; Alphabet put Boston Dynamics up for sale back in May. Details folks.

    Facebook’s financials were next up. Cute line about how just when you think everyone in the world has Facebook apparently many do not. This really put into perspective how Facebook is able to evolve their business model into profitability. Twitter, by comparison, is not looking so rosy. The Quartet did well to dive into how Twitter fits into the social media space; particularly how it’s an effective supplement for news gathering and dissemination.

    Keep the shoutouts coming!

    This week’s show gets a 8.3 SMSPR (Subjective MobileSyrup Podcast Review) score. Not quite the high note of last week’s show but an impressive showing nonetheless.

    • Maestro Karajan

      My impression is that Jessica is the newbie in this group and as such on a bit of a learning curve. Perhaps in that vein it’s not entirely fair to single her out for criticism, especially when the rest of the group also put out their fair share of warmed over platitudes.

      If you’re looking for financial analysis of tech companies there are plenty of better options to choose from out there in my experience. MS isn’t exactly specializing in that kind of analysis nor is it really their strong suit.