Is tech FOMO fading away? (CanCon Ep. 126)

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There was a time, just a few short years ago, when the latest product releases from the world’s largest tech companies were covered like movie premieres. Now, even the most hyped products can barely garner more than an appreciative shrug for a well-executed sequel (I’m looking at you, Mission: Impossible – Fallout).

So what happened to tech FOMO, the fear of missing out on the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos? Well, for starters, many of those gadgets and gizmos have disappeared along with an anticipation for the novel and unknown, replaced instead by the consolidation and streamlining of ecosystems, platforms, and nigh-identical products (pity the tech fanboys who still rage over the functional equivalent of Coke vs. Pepsi). The smudged sameness of the current tech landscape means that you don’t have to worry about missing the Next Big Thing when it’s really not that different from the old thing sitting in your hand.

Freelance tech reporter Josh McConnell joins to help us evaluate four different tech categories (phones, laptops, games, and VR) and see if there’s any FOMO left to be found.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 126

Tech’s latest and… greatest?
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Hands-on: Subtle improvements
Surface Go Review: Don’t throw away the Chromebook
One week with Apple 2018 MacBook Pro
Standalone virtual reality headset Oculus Go now available at Best Buy Canada
Nintendo’s tiny NES Classic outsold the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Switch in June
Microsoft is developing a cloud-based Xbox console: report

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Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.

  • Smanny

    You guys are mainly talking about MacBooks, but there is a lot wrong with MacBooks. None of Apples MacBooks have a touch screen, especially when every Windows laptop and almost every Chromebook nowadays has a touch screen display. Apples touch bar is a single strip with very little functionality. To me the only useful thing about the touch bar is the finger print scanner. Apple charges over $300 for that touch bar, but $300 could easily have placed a much better touch screen instead of that stupid touch bar on the keyboard. Apple is so overpriced, especially for what you are getting.