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The Streaming Wars
Chapter 1So there are so many different video streaming companies out there. Roku and Google are fighting but there is more to it than just money though that is a prime factor for all. It is also about streaming technology and new technology that allows streaming companies to send the same video with less bandwidth. But this change would mean Roku has to make new streaming sticks and devices with the processors to support this technology. Roku wants the streaming companies to pay more. In case you didn’t know it, every streaming company pays Roku to be featured on the Roku streaming devices. Roku makes money every time a new streaming service comes out as they charge fees for that to land on their device as they are the device of choice for most folks. But the chip change would mean that current streaming sticks may not be able to play the next technology and would force Roku to abandon older devices a bit more quickly than planned. But Roku likes to play hardball with all of the folks who put “channels” on Roku streaming devices. By the way the largest streaming services are Netflix with 204 Million, Prime Video (which is part of Amazon Prime membership but can be purchased separately so this number may be skewed a bit) has 150 Million subscribers, Spotify, while not a video streaming services has 144 million subscribers and Disney+ has nearly 100 million. (these numbers are based on Visual Capitalist.com which is my favorite statistical graphing site. They find cool stats and make pretty graphs of them. By the way, Apple TV+ has just over 10 million subscribers.https://www.visualcapitalist.com/which-streaming-service-has-the-most-subscriptions/So years ago I gave up cable for streaming services. I was paying nearly $200 a month to not watch but four channels. I have had Netflix for years swapping from their DVD mailing service to their streaming service when it became a viable option. I tried out Hulu and it was okay for a while. Then I tried out some of the others. Then YouTubeTV offered me their service for $35 a month. Over time it has doubled in channels but it has also doubled in price. When it added the Viacom channels, is when it really doubled in costs. But after comparing YouTubeTV with Sling and Hulu, I really like the search capability and the recording capability of YouTube. For nearly $70 a month I can search for shows coming in the future and set them to record. I can also look for shows that have already aired and often find them available for immediate watching or coming soon and it will offer to record it for me. It keeps recordings for up to 8 months which is good because I record so much and forget to watch it. When there is nothing on, I will watch something I have recorded months earlier. At some point I am going to watch all three Godfather movies back to back. The fact that I couldn’t pause some shows on Sling and Hulu really made me crazy and because originally they had no recording features, I turned away from them. Oh and not being able to fast forward past commercials made me crazy. Now if you are watching a VOD show (usually something that aired previously and you missed it but you can still watch), you usually can’t fast forward past commercials. I do not like YouTubeTV’s really short trial period. It is hard to figure out you like something only by watching it for seven days. But YouTubeTV really gelled with my family. However, we are back to watching four channels and paying for 70+. Now a point I want to make here. A long time ago consumers pushed back against cable companies that charged so much for and we watched so little....
The Age of Content Creation
So do you have a podcast? How about a YouTube Channel? Maybe you are huge over on TikTok? Or Instagram or Twitter? You may even be getting followers on Facebook.During the pandemic something happened. We all went stir crazy and a lot of us started that blog or created that podcast or started posting on a YouTube channel. In a Psychology Today article https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/science-choice/202004/5-benefits-boredom They outlined five benefits of boredom. Boredom can improve our mental health. How? But allowing us to turn off all distractions and pull away from our phones and social mediaIt can increase creativity. How? When we are able to reflect internally and really think about ourselves, it can spark creativity. It allows us to think of things in different ways than what we may have previously.Boredom causes us to seek novelty as we look for new things to occupy our time.It motivates us to pursue new goals. Psychology Today stats a 2014 study found that boredom often means we are not doing what we really want to do.Boredom helps us with our self control skills. Basically if we learn how to deal with boredom we will be better able to handle self control and self regulate ourselves.I will link in the show notes so you can read more.The point is, while we were trapped in our houses many of us became bored and we dealt with it in different ways, binge watching Netflix or Disney+ (which saw 100 million subscribers during the pandemic). Or maybe you decided to piddle around the garage, the living room, the office. Maybe you considered starting a podcast or a youtube channel.My Buy Me a Coffee Page https://www.buymeacoffee.com/roywrichardsonHere is an AI generated transcript for the podcast. Either I need to speak more clearly or I really talk wrong.TheOne-OffTechPodcastS3E7 00:00:00 Hey this is Roy Richardson, this is the one on technology, podcast live, and today’s topic is about the age of content creation. I think I take my headphones off. Think I think by now 00:00:14 I can. I can. I have a feeds us out what’s going on even in transit, so do you have a podcast, 00:00:21 the habit, a you tube channel, or maybe your huge overall tick, tock 00:00:27 or instagram or twitter? 00:00:30 Heaven forbid. He might even be big on facebook, because facebook discovered video recently and so dern pandemic. Something happen. We we all went, stir crazy and a lot of us. I mean really. A lot of us started blogs a week started, create a podcast or you do 00:00:50 channel or we started blogging every day, and so here we are we’ve gotten through majority the pandemic. Hopefully, hopefully we got to the pandemic and we are all vaccinated up or we’re social. This thing enough to stay away from catching the virus or we headed and we built an immunity to it. And so here we are 00:01:11 are the golden age of content, creation 00:01:26 of technology podcast. We’re has ruben patterson each week. They cover topics, news, 00:01:33 sit back, relax open your mouth, 00:01:43 you turn a pandemic, we were bored for a while. In fact, our psychology today has an article talks about the five benefits of boredom. First of all, boredom can improve your mental health. How, by allowing assaulted her off all distractions, 00:02:00 the turn off our phones to get away for social media and just have time and then second of all,
Cashing In the Microchips
Welcome to the modern age. Guess what? Nearly everything you buy has microchips in them. Your cell phone, you probably knew, your microwave, maybe even your electric toothbrush. But did you think about how many computer chips it takes for a modern car? Your average car has at least 25 chips and some cars have as many as 50. Electronic fuel injection, your dashboard with all of its digital readings, Bluetooth? How many of us love to hook our phones to our cars using Bluetooth? Not to mention all of the laptops and computers we rushed to get when the pandemic said you will work from home or attend school virtual. Today we talk about cashing in the chips, bad tracking, and wow, the Earth sure looks different from 37 years ago.Ever heard of just in time manufacturing? It is the concept where you only order so much raw materials or parts for your manufacturing so you don’t get stuck if the product doesn’t sell. When the pandemic struck the auto industry sensed it was going to sell a lot less cars and cancelled orders. So the chip industry slowed down production and still others retooled. And as we all went remote, they started making everything they could for computers and mobile devices. So now the auto industry is having to close plants for periods of time because they can’t make cars without these chips and as the pandemic hasn’t quite gone away completely Computer and mobile device makers have snapped up remaining supplies. The process of making these chips are highly specialized requiring robotics, automation, and extreme clean room environments. This means these chip companies can only make so much and the costs to build such facilities are billions (with a Big B) billions of dollars to build and they often take years to complete construction and testing before they can go full on production. In the end this means our devices will start to cost more and orders of new cars will drag out. Truck production appears to be the hardest hit so far with the auto industry. It may take even longer to get your Tesla and your iPad. On top of this the laws of supply and demand say if you can’t buy that new vehicle you will go out looking for a used vehicle and guess what, where there is a shortage, prices will go up. The US Government is stepping in and trying to throw money at the problem but time is the enemy in this case and we will see things go up in price as the laws of supply and demand squeeze other industries. This is a story we will probably revisit.Chapter 2I started using Google in 2001 or so. Before Google my search engine of choice was Alta Vista. If Digital Equipment Corporation had known what Google would become, it may have tried harder to do what it was doing with Alta Vista and if Compaq now HP hadn’t screwed it up, maybe just maybe. But you see Google is the top dog in search 90% of all search traffic. Sure you can search on Bing and Yahoo and even DuckDuckGo (which isn’t bad and doesn’t spy on you). But if you want to find it on the internet, Google is king. And with that, Google knows everything about us based on our search. The number two search engine in the world, YouTube, but that is a story for another day.So the internet giants have been getting slowly beat up by the EU for privacy concerns and Congress has sort of picked up the mantra though they are a bit tech challenged.
This is Your Brain and the Future
So what if you could play a video game with your mind? In the news this past week Elon Musk’s Neuralnet announced they had installed brain implants into the brain of a macaque monkey. They then taught him how to play Pong using a joystick by giving him banana smoothies via a straw while he was playing as a reward. They used the neural links to capture what his brain saw as his hands moved. Then they took the joystick away and he continued to play using only his mind via the neural links. This is Season 3 Episode5 and Today we are going to talk about technology and the future and visit some other tech news along the way. Welcome to the One-Off Tech Podcast. I am your host Roy Richardson and each week we talk about tech topics and how they affect you. So sit back, listen and open your mind. I have always dreamed of a world like science fiction predicts we will live in. Flying cars, computers the size of phones (oh wait we already have those). The flying cars aren’t here yet but we have phones in our pocket that are more powerful than the 486 CPU computers that launched the Space Shuttle. So what if we could use our computer with only our minds? The cool part is using a computer with our minds. I don’t have to type anymore. I can think “words” to the screen. We aren’t there yet but the time will come. On the flip side, I don’t know about you but my mind doesn’t’ have the filter my mouth has most of the time when I think thoughts and I am smart enough to keep them in my head and not say them out loud. Admittedly my filter isn’t as good as some others and I will say things that really should have been kept inside. But the next leap is someone puts the neural links into our brains or maybe they don’t even have to be implanted and every thought we have escapes. In the meantime, it is fun to watch a monkey play Pong.Chapter 2I am almost social. You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and now Clubhouse as @aroyrichardson. So the question maybe if you are late to the party, what is Clubhouse? Clubhouse is an audio only, invite only, iPhone only social network. Folks who think they are authorities on something or who like to hear themselves talk (that would probably be me) to there and start “rooms” and become the moderators of the room. They decide who comes on stage. The stage is the area of the app where you are allowed to unmute to talk. You see, when you visit a room you come in muted unless you are invited to the virtual stage. And then proper Clubhouse etiquette is you stay muted until a moderator says it is okay for folks to unmute and talk. You ride the mute while in the room, kind of the way I do Zoom meetings. But Clubhouse is really cool and there is a lot of open dialog going on there. So far I haven’t seen a lot of troublemakers there but there are a lot of folks bragging about themselves and trying to sell you stuff. There are a lot of folks offering free and often helpful advice on faith and life and money, real estate and so on. In some ways it reminds me of a cross between a podcast and a call in radio talk show. Want to find out what Clubhouse is about? The first two folks who reach out to me via DM on Twitter or Instagram, I will send you an invite. You do have to have an iPhone as they have not released an Android app yet and they don’t seem to be in a hurry.
Is this real or Artificial Intelligence?
Is this real or did artificial intelligence create this episode? This week an article came out about Artificial Intelligence aka AI used all of Nirvana’s songs to create a new Nirvana song. The scientists feed all of Nirvana’s songs into an algorithm (first they converted all of the songs to MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and then the computer created music that sounded like Nirvana. Then they followed suit with the lyrics. Between them both they created a “new” Nirvana song. Then they hired a singer from a Nirvana tribute band to sing it. He voice is close but not exactly Kurt Cobain, who died 27 years ago this week. They also did Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, and the Doors aka Jim Morrison. Visit this site to hear samples of each. This all lead me to thinking, what is real anymore? When will it be impossible to determine what is real news and what is artificially created. AI is now writing news stories This all reminded me of the movie Running Man with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Richard Dawson as a game show host. The movie created the gameshow. When a lead character on the show was tragically killed, they used AI to create the person again so they could die another way. Will one day, like George Lucas wanted to do, all of the actors in a movie are actually all computer generated included computer created voices that have never existed. Nvidia has a website where you can find faces of people who have never existed. It is an amalgamation of millions of faces in photos. Chapter 2Oracle V. Google. This week the Supreme Court ruled that Google’s use of Java code was fair use and that to rule otherwise would prevent others from creating amazing things from snippets of others works. I hate Java and I am not a fan of Oracle. I have my reasons. While it is wrong to hate people, is it okay to greatly dislike things? Entities? This case was huge and even Microsoft wanted Google to win. You see, Java was originally written to control cable TV boxes. And because I failed one college class my entire life in Grad school taking Java, I will never forgive Oracle.Part 3The Internet never forgets. This week an article in Wired Magazine talks about how the internet never forgets. In this case, a woman talked about how the Internet knew she was planning a big wedding and then they broke up and the wedding was cancelled yet a year or so later she was getting Happy Anniversary messages from websites she had registered with when she was planning her big day. She also detailed how it had remembered other hurtful events in her life and reminded her of them such as a miscarriage. You see, the Internet never forgets. It remembers. Tell your closest friends your troubles but not via the Internet.
First Tech Loves -Cell Phone Edition
In this episode I talk about Technology First Loves -Cell Phone edition. I have had so many mobile devices throughout my life. My first cell phone was an Audiovox 9000. What is known as a candybar phone because it was shaped a lot like a candy bar. It was a good clear phone and one of the first digital/analog phones.It was able to receive text messages but could not send them. This was literally how it was designed and I never understood why. Also during this time I carried a pager. A pager was a device that could receive messages and then you had to find a phone somewhere and call people back. Luckily while this technology isn’t dead, it is on life support. Next I had the Blackberry. We called it the “Crackberry” as being able to now read your email anywhere was addictive and we all scrolled to our hearts content to look at our email at all hours of the day or night. Somewhere in there I had a Motorola Razr. It was a great flip phone. The cool kids all had Motorola Startac phones but these were very expensive and not anywhere need my income bracket or position in the world. The Razr phone could only look at mobile pages done in Mobi format. This was not the same as surfing the web on your PC at the time and was really a painful experience. Then I went to the Droid 2 and soon Verizon released the Droid R2D2, which was a Star Wars themed phone with R2D2 sound effects, Star Wars sound snippets, and backgrounds and icons inspired by Star Wars. The back of the phone looked like R2D2. Really a cool phone. Then my next phone was the Droid 4. That was the end of my Motorola journey. My next phone was the HTC M One 8. This was the most amazing phone. My favorite feature was being able to remote control TVs with it. It was a great phone and because I wrote a review for it, HTC reached out and asked me to be a brand ambassador. They sent me a gift certificate for their HTC store and I bought their early version of the Tile which allowed me to connect my keys and then find them via Bluetooth but my bedroom was too far and so if I moved too far away, it beeped annoyingly. I wanted to HTC M One 10 but that was not to be. My next phone was Samsung Galaxy S7. This was an good okay phone but the batter did not last and the phone did not make it 18 months before I needed another phone. So it was replaced with the Galaxy S8. This was a good phone. I miss remote controlling TVs but other than that it was a good phone. But then the company decided it was time to move to iPhone. So they sent me an iPhone 11. Sure, the 12 is out but this was a reasonably priced phone and well, after having being with Android since 2009, this was a very different experience. I am hitting so many brick walls as this phone doesn’t have so many things I have come to know and love about Android phones. But the interaction between Airpods and iPhone is probably my favorite iPhone feature so far. But it has been taking some getting use too.
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