Cord cutting has now become the “new normal”, as they say. More and more people are doing it, and subsequently moving to streaming services. Because of that, Neilsen is going to start tracking subscription-based streaming numbers. The idea is to measure streaming services in the same way that Neilsen has tracked broadcast TV for decades now. This includes demographic information and the number of people streaming a program. This is huge though. Think about it. Previously, Neilsen would only track this information if you were watching the show at the time it aired. But who does that anymore? Even if you do watch at the time that it’s on, like my parents, those numbers are going to be relatively low. Which suggests that no one is watching a show. And this is how ratings are calculated.
For now, however, Neilsen is only going to be tracking Netflix. But you can expect them to start tracking data from Amazon and Hulu by next year. Another reason that this is so huge is the number of companies that are getting into the streaming business. Disney, for example, is planning on launching their own version of Netflix, so they will want to know what those numbers are. Especially for their own Disney produced shows. But Netflix hasn’t “signed on” to have this data tracked. Netflix is against the idea, so Neilsen is going to be tracking this information independently. Is that ok?
This is going to be problematic though as the report won’t be comprehensive.… Read the rest
Everyone is eagerly awaiting the release of the iPhone X. Yes, we get excited about the new iPhone every year, but the X is really pushing the limits when it comes to smartphones. The last few iterations have had some improvements, but overall, the technology has remained the same. The X, however, is going to be different. It looks different. It feels different. And the technology is different. But will you be able to get one?
The iPhone X is anticipated to be in the hands of some people on November 3. But Apple has been having some supply chain issues so there’s a good chance that you won’t be able to get yours that quickly. There is one group of people who might have a better chance of getting their hands on the most anticipated iPhone in a very long time. Who is this group of people exactly? If you are a part of Apple’s Upgrade Program you are going to be able to pre-order an iPhone X on October 23. But this is a very special offer, only for those of you who are part of that program. Apple has been sending out emails with the offer.
The iPhone Upgrade Program is Apple’s version of carrier lease/finance programs. Under the terms of the agreement, customers pay a monthly fee and get a new iPhone every 12 months, as well as AppleCare+ coverage. Plans start at $34.50/month for an iPhone 8, but the iPhone X is significantly more expensive at $49.91/month. … Read the rest
I like when things are simple. Especially when it means I have to do very little work. I’m not lazy, but I don’t necessarily have time to do everything I want to do. Which is why I love it when there are tools that help automate some of the processes for me. I use a couple of tools at work that provide me with this kind of service. You usually have to pay for them, but its a small price when it comes to efficiency. I also use this kind of thinking in my personal life. When it comes to shopping, for example, I would love an automated tool. We are starting to see this (here anyway) within grocery stores. You simply tell them what you want, and when you want to pick it up and it will be ready for you.
Now let’s talk about something that’s much more complicated than my weekly grocery list. And that is building a PC. Regardless of what you’re building it for, checking for parts can be an extremely time-consuming task. Finding where they are located. Trying to find the best price. This can all add up. Which is why this new tool is so amazing. Only available in public beta, Build My PC is a computer logic based tool to help you make the best component buying decisions possible.
Sounds great. But what can it do exactly?
- It automatically checks prices of the latest PC parts and runs through a total of 7,077,523,200 permutations to arrive at the perfect gaming build for every single price point.