Samsung Q8FN
Courtesy of Black Friday/Cyber Monday pricing, I am the proud owner of a brand new, top-of-the-line 82” Samsung 4K TV set. It is huge, awesome, and amazing. The picture quality is breathtaking. You just run out of superlatives when trying to describe the viewing experience. There’s only one problem. The best 4K content is only available over-the-top (OTT). Regular TV viewers (cable TV customers and antenna users) are simply out of luck. ... Continue Reading →
iTunes
Apple just released the latest build of OS X Yosemite, including a brand new iTunes. It’s only a little bit anti-climactic. Version 12.0 does indeed look a lot like Version 11.3, the version that’s probably on your computer. But it’s got some neat little treats nevertheless. The first thing you’ll notice, of course, is the... Continue Reading →
Spotify
Spotify recently announced a major milestone: the music streaming service hit 10 million paying subscribers and now has more than 40 million active users across 56 markets worldwide. Since Spotify launched in 2008, more than 12 billion hours of music have been streamed. The most streamed artist? Eminem. (Rihanna is the most streamed female artist.)... Continue Reading →
Apple and Beats
Why would Apple buy Beats when it could just evolve iTunes into a streaming music service? Well, it wants the talent of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. But according to a source with direct knowledge of iTunes’ executive strategy, by buying and operating an external streaming service like Beats, Apple can coin off a smooth... Continue Reading →