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Next week everyone expects that Apple will unveil plans for its new TV streaming service, sometimes dubbed the “Netflix Killer” by thirsty journalists. Actual famous people like Oprah, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon will attend Apple’s “It’s Showtime” live event, ironically not being held in Hollywood but in Silicon Valley.…

Do you stay home on the weekends to watch Live PD? The popular A&E series, now in it’s third season, airs 3-hours of live police action from around the country every Friday and Saturday. The show must get decent linear ratings, or else it wouldn’t be on all…

A few months ago I wrote about how there is nothing distinct about mobile phone designs. They’re all rectangular flat boxes and have been since touchscreens became common. So what can designers do to make phones stand out? Here is one answer – let it be foldable! The…

Last night while the big streaming platforms were battling each other to win Golden Globes, their social media teams were acting like they were drinking champagne at the same party table. It was sort of lovely, especially when you think how much more competitive the streaming world will…

What do Roma, Annihilation and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs all have in common? They were on many critics’ year-end lists, but what else? How about that they premiered on Netflix! 2018 was the year that Netflix film releases had to be taken seriously Yes, they released one…

This is not another post about the horrors of Facebook’s data management, though I have a lot to say on that (as does everyone). Nope, I write now to question what they are up to with recent products and content plans. The Portal by Facebook…who wants it? The…

When Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” music video premiered last week on YouTube, 829,000 people watched it simultaneously and posted over 500,000 chat messages during its debut. That’s bigger news than how within 24 hours the video was seen by 50 million people. Why?  Because in a world on demand,…

Of all the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals this year, the one I took note of was Hulu offering its limited commercials streaming plan for only 99 cents a month. That is a bazillion percent discount from the regular price of $7.99 per month. As they said in the…