Most important news stories of the week
- Facebook will be offering revenue sharing with video creators
- Facebook Previously offered a place for video, but kept all the money
- Will entice creators to use Facebook instead of just YouTube
- Like YouTube it will be a 55/45 Split in favor of the creators
- Only applies to Suggested videos
- videos are chosen based on your watching habits
- T-Mobile has updated its Jump payment plan with Jump On Demand
- No fees if you update your handset at least once every 18months
- Rest of payments spread out over 18 payments
- Phones are leased, but may be purchased by paying all 18 payments or remaining balance
- Requires Initial Trade-in
- iPhone $15mo
- Users can upgrade to a new phone up to 3 times a year
- Includes top phones like the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, GS6, GS6 Edge, Note 4, and LG G4
- Sprint Introduced All-In Plan
- $20 phone lease and $60 unlimited data plan
- $10 for early upgrades
- $0 down, but $36 activation
- Campaign very reminiscent in tone to T-Mobile’s Uncarrier.
News about iOS, Macs, Apple TV, Apple watch, etc
- Apple Music has launched
- Built Upon Beats Music.
- Requires OS X with iTunes 12.2 or iOS 8.4
- OS X 10.10.4 also released
- Apple’s all-access streaming service
- 3 months free.
- $9.99 for 1 user, $14.99 for family
- Access to 30 million songs and music videos
- Can add files offline via iCloud music library (Apple’s files have DRM since you don’t own them)
- separates your music from Apple Music
- Curated playlists, radio, and live Beats 1 Radio
- Radio algorithms are some of the best I’ve seen, especially with lesser known or regional artists
- Also includes connect, a quazi-social network
- also spurred updates to iBooks/ iBooks Author, and Garageband
News About Google and Android
- New version of Bluestacks released for OS X
- replaces Alpha version released in 2012
- Android emulator
- compatible with 96% of Android Apps and 86% of games
- Can also run Android TV apps
- can pass-on your Mac’s multi-touch gestures, pointing devices, cameras, and Mics
- previous versions of Bluestacks have been used on the old incarnation of this show to demo Android apps
News Microsoft Products
- New numbers released for desktop OS market share
- About a month before the release of Windows 10
- Most common operating system is Windows 7 with almost 61% of the market
- Windows 8/ 8.1 has 16%. 4/5ths of those made the upgrade to 8.1.
- 13 year old Windows XP has 12% marketshare
- Vista has been mostly phased out at 1.62%
- Windows 7/8/8.1 PCs make up 3/4s of all desktop PCs
- They are eligible for free upgrade to Windows 10
- Windows XP PCs are most likely nearing end of service lives
- bodes well of Windows 10 adoption.
Linux and Open Source
News about Linux, Unix, BSD, and open source software
anything that doesn’t fit above
- Scientists have found a way to make a better Lithium batter
- Lithium batteries have had issues in the past, both in consumer devices and more famously on the 787 Dreamliner
- Shorts and battery fires are caused by formation of lithium growths called Dendrites
- Dendrites will pierce into the cathode layer of the battery and start a chain reaction.
- new formula adds a mixture of lithium polysulfide and lithium nitrate.
- leads to safe flat growths on the top of the lithium anode instead of dendrites
- mixture also adds longevity to the battery
- test batteries retained 99% of capacity through 300 cycles
- other batteries were less efficient after 150 cycles
- Discovery made my team at DoE’s SLAC lab
- could be combined with other improvements to lithium for longer lasting batteries
TV, Web, and Comics
If something happened in hollywood or print, talk about it here.
- 19-year old Tom Holland has been cast as new Spider-Man
- new franchise is a collaboration produced by Marvel Studios for Sony
- This incarnation is set in the same Marvel Cinematic universe as the Avengers, Daredevil, and Agents of Shield and will focus on a teenage Peter Parker
- stand alone film will be released on July 28 of 2017
- Director Jon Watts will helm the movie
- Previously directed movies Clown & Cop Car and worked at the Onion
- 3rd reboot of the franchise in 15 years
- Follows 3 Spider-Man films with Tobey Maguire from 2002 – 2007 and w Amazing Spider Man movies with Andrew Garfield from 2012-2014.
- Reboot canceled plans for 4 announced sequels included Amazing Spider Man 3&4 in 2016 and 2018, Sinister Six also in 2016, and a related superheroine film in 2017.
- streaming services are becoming increasingly more popular
- Over 8% of cable subscribers cancelled their service according to TiVO
- 45% reduced their level of service
- 44% dropped premium channels
- 71% of respondents though prices were too high for cable service
- 54% said they subscribed to a digital content service with Netflix being the most popular
- Price, selection, and convenience were primary reason to use streaming services
- answers ratios of these changed very little when asked the last surveys years across nearly 3 years.
- Speaking of digital service, Showtime and Hulu have reached an agreement to carry Showtime programming on Hulu. Service is $8.99 above standard Hulu subscription. That’s a $2 discount over Showtime’s standalone service by itself.
Computer, console, mobile, or tablet top gaming news
Cars, Planes, Ships, Rockets, ETC
- Samsung is bringing a concept for a see-through semi from Russian firm Art Lebedev
- combines a series of outdoor displays arranged on the trailer’s gate with a wireless camera in the front
- camera transmits what’s in front of the semi to the screen
- Samsung has solved glare issues and the technology is reliable
- Next step is working on field trials with regulators
- may not see the road anytime soon due to the expense of the screens.
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