DTNS 2752 – A la Carte Overload

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comWhat would the perfect TV service look like? With Hulu and YouTube jumping into live TV services, Scott Johnson, Tom Merritt, and Brian Brushwood talk about the must-haves in a modern TV subscription.

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The Ultimate Television Service

Blakc and white picture of 1958 family gathered around the television.Hulu announced today that it will bring live network channels to its service sometime in 2017. We didn’t get details but the Wall Street Journal says its sources say it would include Disney programming like ABC and ESPN, Fox networks and possibly NBCUniversal and more for about $40.

Whether that price point remains or not it brings up two questions.

1. Do I want to deal with yet another service offering to decide on?

2. Are we headed back to the bundle?

For years lots of folks have called for a la cart TV options letting them pick just the channels they want But now that we’re getting choices online it’s starting to look like a hassle to some.

DTNS Analyst robertmeta says, “I used to think it was what I wanted, but now I am too busy and I don’t even want to have to make the decision — I just want to throw money at the problem without lock-in.”

So what DO we want? Wednesday’s episode of DTNS will talk about that with perspectives from Scott Johnson, Brian Brushwood, and myself.

But here’s the tl;dr version of what I want.

1. One independent platform that aggregates my services. This one shouldn’t get anything out of picking winners or losers just an agnostic presentation of what’s available. Best bet for this is the hardware makers like Roku or Apple TV.

2. All content available from subscription and purchase. Don’t make me think about when something is coming to a service or whether I should buy it now or wait. Just put it on a service or sell it, or preferably both. If I don’t want to tie up with the service I’ll just buy or rent it.

3. Subscription management. Again probably an independent service but this could be a third-party app. Something that is able to alert me when I haven’t been using a subscription I’ve been paying for or even have a setting that lets it cancel service if I don’t use it AND subscribe to services based on what I want to watch. A calculator that tells me whether its best to subscribe buy or rent would be a good feature there too.

4. Platform agnostic services. No matter what service I use I want its product to work on whatever device I have. That means no ecosystems that limit to you to one manufacturer’s product. I’m looking at you Apple. Although Amazon seems to be leaning more that way these days too. And no “this show is unavailable on mobile.” Work out the deals. Because that kind of thing is a deal killer for me.

Granted I understand the legitimate business obstacles to making this happen. But I also understand that with the right consumer pressure and vision from content makers it’s all possible both technically and economically.

What does your ultimate TV service look like? Let us know!

DTNS 2751 – The Giphy Keyboard We Deserve

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comOur own Patrick Beja nailed Nintendo’s NX roll-out plan. So what else can he predict about Nintendo? Tom Merritt finds out.

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DTNS 2750 – Would The Real Satoshi Please Shut Up

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comTom Merritt talks with Veronica Belmont about trying to get everything done on your phone when your main Internet goes out. It’s both impressive and frustrating. Big thanks to Allison Sheridan from podfeet.com for letting us use her bandwidth for today’s show!

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Weekly Tech Views – April 30, 2016

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Real tech stories. Really shaky analysis.

First lawn mowing of the season today, thanks to the yearly tradition of a panicked neighbor thinking their pet has run away only to realize it had been standing in the middle of our back yard the whole time. I end up getting a dirty look, like it was me that made them get an easily-hidden pet like a cocker spaniel. But yard work wasn’t going to keep me from bringing you tech news as mangled as the sprinkler I ran over.

For the week of April 25-29, 2016…

 You Can’t Spell “No Expectations” Without NX
Nintendo announced that their new console will be available in March of 2017. They stated that the NX, as it is currently codenamed, is being developed “with a brand-new concept.” There was no explanation as to what the new concept might be, but industry insiders believe it will involve either a new type of controller or, more radically, getting people to buy a Nintendo console.

 So Why Not $1989 Million?
Hackers broke into the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) software to steal $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank. There was no evidence leading to the perpetrators, but eventually they came forward voluntarily to be interviewed, saying, “Ask us how we did it. Don’t you want to know how we did it? Look, we’ll just tell how we did it–we were able to… oh, man, this is so good… seriously, I just love this… okay, here it is–we were able to tailor SWIFT to our needs. Ha! How good is that? Right? Here, you can have the money back, I really just wanted to say that. Hey Taylor! I hope you’re watching; I love you!”

A Smashing Success
Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard, whose fanning design allows for one-handed typing, is now available for the iPhone. “Great,” said YouTube executives. “If you thought our walking-and-texting fails were funny before, just wait until people are able to carry things at the same time! The Waiter/Waitress category alone will be a gold mine!

We’re About A Year From These LEDs Becoming EMPs
In other news for those of us who see the “real” world as just a set of annoying distractions interfering with our desire to perambulate* with our eyes glued to our phones, the city of Augsburg, Germany has embedded LEDs in the street that flash red when you shouldn’t walk, BECAUSE PEOPLE CAN’T BE TROUBLED TO LOOK UP LONG ENOUGH TO SEE IF TWO THOUSAND POUNDS OF METAL IS ABOUT TO PUNT THEM ACROSS THE ROAD! Security camera footage will be analyzed by Germany’s Department of Irony to see how many phone users are watching YouTube walking-and-texting fails while crossing the street.

I’m Starting To Think Multiple Football Stadiums Shouldn’t Be My First Purchase
At gaming convention PAX East, Logitech constructed a wall of 160 gaming keyboards that displayed messages and images, with each backlit key serving as a pixel. The display capabilities are certainly impressive, but 160 keyboards on a wall is, frankly, minor league. I have a whole room covered in keyboards because I think it looks cool, and because what else am I going to do with them? Throw them out? Seems a waste since they tend to be less than a month old when they stop functioning as a result of my swinging them against my desk after my latest Mikeville goes bankrupt in SimCity. I buy them in bulk now and keep them in a giant tissue-like dispenser.

Can’t Argue With His Ground Game
It was discovered that a database containing information on 87 million Mexican voters was somehow left unprotected. These voters are understandably upset to have their personal information exposed, but not nearly as upset as Donald Trump when he found out that Ted Cruz somehow picked up 23 delegates from the group.

Do Promoted Tweets Count?
YouTube is introducing six-second long “bumper” ads that will be non-skippable. This will finally provide the data necessary to answer the question How many tweets can I read in six seconds?

This Just In: Social Networking App Delusional
Twitter is now categorizing itself as News rather than Social Networking in the iOS App Store. I’ll admit to hearing about news stories on Twitter, but I’m not a hundred percent sure that makes them a news app. Like when Ted Cruz named Carly Fiorina as his running mate. I was on Twitter, where first I saw a joke about it, then a Boris/Natasha meme, then a Donald Trump reaction GIF. Then, naturally, I went to CNN to see if it was true.

It kind of feels like saying my uncle, who usually spends the first hour we’re together telling dirty jokes, can claim to be ESPN because he took a second to tell me the Indians lost last night.

Know Your Strengths
Google, Ford, Volvo, Uber, and Lyft are part of The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a group lobbying for a standardized set of rules governing autonomous cars. Asked why they were not part of the coalition, a Volkswagen executive glanced up from one of the lawsuits filed against them for faking emission testing results and said, “Yeahhhhh, rules aren’t really our thing.”

Quid Pro No
The FBI said it will not disclose to Apple the flaw that allowed access to the iPhone 5c used by a San Bernardino shooter. The FBI insists this is because they do not know the method used to crack the phone, and not to spite Apple for refusing to help access it themselves. This veracity of this claim came into question moments later, however, when the FBI grabbed Apple’s favorite stuffed animal, held it by the ear between their thumb and index finger, and waved it above Apple’s head, chanting, “Nyah-nyah, mine now.”

How Many Quatloos For Battleborn?
Valve says it will allow Steam users to pay for purchases with Bitcoin. Oh, so we’re still pretending Bitcoin is a thing, huh? That it’s not just a digital version of Monopoly money? Don’t tell me… I can buy Half-Life 3 with it, right? I think they meant to say Bitcoin can be used in some Steam games, like “I demand 38 Bitcoins for the antidote to the Wart of Death.”**

Like I’m Not Going To Buy Her Daring Mistake, The Latest In The Dare To Love Series
Amazon dramatically exceeded analysts expectations in their latest earnings report, thanks primarily to the success of Amazon Web Services and my inability to know when enough $1.99 Kindle books are enough.

 

*   I win this round, Word-A-Day calendar.

** Burning, redness, and peeling may occur. If signs of infection result, see your Wizard immediately.

 

In the Night Attack Movie Draft League, Jennie and Tom continue to rake in cash as if they’d hacked a Bangladeshian bank. Second place and gaining on the leaders. You can follow the chase with the CRUMDUM.

 

Feels good to be able to kick back and not have to worry about the lawn for another eight weeks or so. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, too.

 

Mike Range
@MovieLeagueMike

DTNS 2749 – Daily Tech Normie Show

DTNormieS_1400x1400_coverartJennie Josephson & Rich Stroffolino talk about switching between operating systems and why it hurts our brains so very much. Welcome to the pilot of the Daily Tech Normie Show!

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Hello! It’s Jennie, senior advisor to The Daily Tech News Show. These are not your usual show notes, because this is not your usual DTNS. (Although it is an official epsiode of DTNS, hence the numbering.)

Part of my new role in the DTNS ‘verse is to do a monthly bit of tech-related storytelling.  So I asked long-time DTNS listener, emailer and creator of the post-show wrap up Rich Stroffolino to come on the show so we could work through a tech-related conundrum, switching from a Mac OS to Windows OS, and even more difficult, switching between the two on a daily basis.

This is tech from a normie’s POV, so you’ll hear some places in the show where I ask for your advice. If you have thoughts you can go to reddit and comment here or you can write us at the usual email address feedback at daily tech news show dot com.  Just put something like “DTNormieS” in the subject line so I can find it easily.

Oh and go check out Rich’s podcast, The Novelization Realization Project – it’s a lot of fun.

Let us know what you think!

 

 

DTNS 2748 – Execute Rule 41

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comThe Supreme Court amends court procedures to make it easier to get a warrant to search remote servers. A boon to legitimate law enforcement investigations or open door to trampling privacy? Tom Merritt and Darren Kitchen discuss.

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DTNS 2747 – A Wolfram Ate My Homework

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comWhat funding fade? Justin Young reports back from the Collision Conference in New Orleans with tales to tell Tom Merritt of bots and natural language processing.

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DTNS 2746 – Blizzard Streisand

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comWhy do game companies like Blizzard have such a rabid following and what does it mean for the future of video game trade shows like E3? Jenn Cutter and Scott Johnson discuss.

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DTNS 2745 – Disclaimer: Beyonce’s Hubby works at Tidal

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comListening to music is a mess. Streaming systems no longer all have all the music you might want. Did they ever? CNET’s Iyaz Akhtar and Tom Merritt discuss what artist exclusivity does to the music fan.

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