Posts tagged with "mg siegler"

Jun 7
As a culture we have moved into a realm where the consumption of news is a near-constant process. Users with smartphones and tablets are consuming news in bits and bites throughout the course of the day — replacing the old standard behaviors of news consumption over breakfast along with a leisurely read at the end of the day.

In my own case, this is absolutely accurate. I used to sit in front of Google Reader all day, every day. Then Twitter came along and I just stopped doing that. Most of the news I consume now gets pushed to me from Techmeme or a few other sources via Twitter on my various iOS devices.

(via parislemon)

I’ve never understood this. Twitter is far too synchronous for me, if I’m not at my desk when news goes by, it gets missed. Rarely do I retreat into my timeline to look at what has been posted since I last checked, the signal to noise ratio is just too high. Granted, there is plenty of noise in my RSS feeds too, but its much easier to filter the long-form posts I want to read when they’re not buried in the mire of a thousand short form posts I don’t.

I don’t get to read my news continuously, I can’t, it’s just not feasible. I get breaking news alerts from CNN via email, but everything else is in Newsblur which I intake via the fits and starts of my average day. Standing in line for lunch, eating lunch, the brief moment while I’m waiting on something else at work and have nothing else to fill the time in with, and usually as I’m winding down my day (a habit I probably need to break, but I’m working on one self-improvement aspect at a time).

I wish people would stop confusing the death of Google Reader with the death of RSS Readers / News Aggregators…

Link The Most-Watched (Non-Cable) Cable Network

parislemon:

Peter Kafka for AllThingsD:

Good news for Netflix! The company streamed more than 4 billion hours of video in the first three months of the year, according to a Facebook post from CEO Reed Hastings.

BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield crunches those numbers (registration required), and concludes that this makes Netflix the equivalent of the most-watched cable TV network: He figures there are 28 million U.S. Netflix subscribers watching an average of 87 minutes of Netflix per day, or 43 hours per month. That puts it on par with the Disney Channel.

The future continues to reveal itself.

And HBO doesn’t think it’s original content has a place in the digital distribution ecosystem. What a shame.

They could release a revolutionary 60-inch 4K TV for $99 with built-in nanobots to assemble and dispense free smartwatches, and people would complain that it should cost $49 and the nanobots aren’t open enough.

Marco Arment, correctly calling out the current pessimism surrounding Apple in the press (and on Wall Street) while also arguing for an “iPhone 6” moniker for the next iPhone — or really anything but the “iPhone 5S”. (via parislemon)

My vote goes (again) to just “iPhone”. Drop the counter all together.

Mar 6

Link UltraViolet Is Such An Unbelievable Turd

parislemon:

Martin Belam gives a walkthrough of his experience using the DRM-as-turd UltraViolet system:

After the 404 error I took control of the user experience myself. I Googled “Doctor Who S07E01 torrent”, and I very much doubt I’ll ever attempt to use UltraViolet™ again.

That probably isn’t the business goal they were hoping to achieve.

How many more months of total turdage do we have to endure before Hollywood gives up on this dog?

[via @patrickhmason]

I almost wrote a derogatory post about Ultraviolet the other day, but I made due with just a rant-ish tweet instead. So this makes me happy.

If Hollywood wants to offer UV as an option for consumers, then I can get behind that. But it taking the place of the iTunes option doesn’t work for me. I simply don’t buy movies that ship without iTunes Digital Copies. I’ll either just buy the digital copy, and suffer without the blu-ray, or in most cases, not waste spend the money at all.

Link HBO Go Finally A Go Over AirPlay

parislemon:

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Ina Fried reporting on HBO’s Eric Kessler talking at AllThingsD’s D: Dive Into Media conference:

It will be great to be able to watch HBO content on the Apple TV. But don’t forget that you still need that cable television subscription to get access to HBO Go in the first place. Which is fucking lame.

That’s the only part that really matters though. Who gives a shit where I can watch it and on what devices. I still have to pay over $1400 a year for internet I want and cable that I don’t just for the “privilege” of watching HBO for a grand total of about 40 hours of first-rate, first-run television. Do the math. We’re getting screwed and HBO could make a killing.

Link Why Google's new Nexus 4 doesn't have LTE

parislemon:

And yet, Apple has no problem shipping iOS updates over the same networks. Why? Because they strong-armed Verizon into the same deal they got with AT&T. They fought for the user. Google sold us out to sell some phones. Now the devil is collecting.

And you also have Sprint, who was willing to bend themselves over backwards in order to get the iPhone on their network, and T-Mobile, who is *still* trying to contort themselves into a shape Apple will find acceptable.

I just wish we could get some actual impartial accurate coverage maps for each carrier. Show me the black holes, the weak spots, etc. I would be willing to switch (back) to Sprint after more than ten years with their evil siblings, but their coverage worries me.

As I have said before, in South-Southeastern Indiana at least, coverage is as follows (in my experience):

  • AT&T: Coverage might be slow or weak in some areas, but its typically functional. Rare is the EDGE-less hole in Indiana.
  • Verizon: Coverage is decent, but binary. You either have great coverage, or no coverage.
  • Sprint: Interstate corridors are well covered, everywhere else is hit-or-miss.
parislemon:

The New iPod Touch Will Further Obliterate The Point-And-Shoot Market

A good write up, but I don&#8217;t think he emphasized the kids market enough. The iPod Touch will be at the top of a lot of Christmas lists, possibly out shined by an iPad Mini, but we will see. 

I can&#8217;t think of a kid in my social/familial circle over the age of 10 (and I can think of more than a few under) who doesn&#8217;t have or covet an iPod Touch. 

And teens whose parents won&#8217;t spring for an iPhone (because of the added expense of the data plan, mostly)?  Seriously, if Apple promotes the improved camera in the right way, this is going to be a *great* holiday season for the Touch.

parislemon:

The New iPod Touch Will Further Obliterate The Point-And-Shoot Market

A good write up, but I don’t think he emphasized the kids market enough. The iPod Touch will be at the top of a lot of Christmas lists, possibly out shined by an iPad Mini, but we will see.

I can’t think of a kid in my social/familial circle over the age of 10 (and I can think of more than a few under) who doesn’t have or covet an iPod Touch.

And teens whose parents won’t spring for an iPhone (because of the added expense of the data plan, mostly)? Seriously, if Apple promotes the improved camera in the right way, this is going to be a *great* holiday season for the Touch.

Sep 6

parislemon:

staff:

The brand new mobile blog: completely redesigned for faster browsing, cleaner reading, and easier sharing.

  • Like and reblog directly from index page
  • Share posts through Facebook, Twitter, or email
  • Built-in support for Pages
  • Full-width images and infinite scrolling

Fuck yeah. Much better. No tags, but minor nit. Nice work, Tumblr.

Agreed. I might even turn the mobile interface back on for this blog.

Link "Too Early"

parislemon:

Anthony Ha relaying AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson on stage at Fortune Brainstorm today talking about this nonsense:

“I’ve heard the same rumor,” he said, insisting that for now, AT&T is focused on working with Apple to get the technology stabilized, so “it’s too early to talk about pricing.”

Too early? It’s at most three months before this is a reality, as that’s when iOS 6 will likely be available. 

What he’s really saying is this: we’re trying as hard as possible to figure out a way to fuck our customers over as smoothly as possible. 

The correct answer would be: the feature uses data. If you’re already paying for data, you’re paying for the feature. 

At this point I am waiting for Apple to throw AT&T under the bus and stand up for its customers.

Then again I am also waiting on proper legislation from Congress (just not *this* Congress) to properly regulate the mobile data space and end this “well this string of 1s and 0s is more lucrative, so we’ll charge more for it” ala SMS, and apparently FaceTime.

Data is Data is Data. Period. At some point even phone service will fall into the data pipe, just like video service is starting to fall into the data pipe, to the detriment of cable companies, but this is the way of the world.

It can’t happen soon enough, but it will never happen until we see one inter-operative network standard that we can buy a phone and pick (month to month even) the provider who can deliver the best service for the money.

Right now, the cellular market is artificial. There is no choice, no major repercussions for AT&T or Verizon being complete asswads on any given point, and no real alternative. Between long contracts, phone number lock-in, and the fact that the only two carriers with what can be generously called comprehensive national networks are both so horrendously fucking similar, in their treatment of customers, pricing, and any other meaningful measure of a company’s worth, we don’t have a “free market” for cellular data (or phone) service and more than we have a free market for physical service coming to our houses.

parislemon:

thedailywhat:

Movie Trailer of the Day: Liam Neeson is back for more shooting and gruff instruction via cell phone in Taken 2, from director Olivier Megaton and producer/co-writer Luc Besson. They may take his wife, but they’ll never take his freedom. To shoot them.

Also starring Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, and Rade Sherbedgia, the film is out October 5.

[slashfilm]

Liam Neeson has made the same basic movie about five times in a row now. And I’ll keep seeing each and every one of them until he stops making them.

As will I.