Labor Day has come and gone. Summer is just about over, but at least it’s Friday. Time for a pumpkin-flavored something and an update on this week’s technology news:
In the age of video streaming, consumers have easily watched their favorite shows, movies, and live events across a minimal amount of (comparatively) cheap subscriptions.
But, the streaming market is fracturing. In 2019, Disney will launch its own subscription video service, and we now know it will hold exclusive rights to Marvel and Lucasfilm movies. Many of these films were previously streamed on Netflix, which also produces numerous exclusive series.
Although it’s becoming more difficult to stream everything you want to watch at an affordable price, choices between subscriptions still provide an “a la carte” experience for streaming (an advantage over cable). Between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, SlingTV, Playstation Vue, Disney, and a number of emerging options, we’ll see if there are enough eyeballs to go around.
What will you drive twenty years from now?
Leaders of the automobile industry have set lofty goals and given us imagination-bending visions for the future of travel. At some point, we’ll be a society of smart cars, electric cars, self-driving cars, and underground sled/rocketship cars. Someday.
Jaguar gave us another hypothetical to consider this week: What if you could drive a futuristic bat-mobile with a removable steering wheel (named Sayer)? What if that removable steering wheel was also a phone, a personal assistant, and a music streaming device? Sound like something you’d be interested in?
Maybe time to upgrade from that Dodge Stratus?
Next bonus check?
Just something to think about.
The Change Management Award Goes to…
Last week, I wrote about the role technology played in relief and rescue during Hurricane Harvey. Victims posted locations on Twitter and were rescued. Emergency responders disseminated instructions on social media. Smart phones can certainly help people stay aware of conditions and precautions.
In anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s potential arrival, another free smart phone app has emerged as an emergency tool. Zello, a walkie-talkie and two-way radio app has nearly doubled its downloads in the past week. It can connect to wifi or any sliver of cell service — even a 2G or 3G connection. You can join a hurricane-related channel and immediately receive or transmit audio to an audience of victims and responders.
- Tickets piling up? Technology is here to help.
- “Tech workers bring a valuable set of specialized skills and shouldn’t be concerned about losing their jobs to AI and Machine Learning.”
- Introduction to artificial intelligence and using it in your organization
- Webinar: Efficient service management with automation
Thanks for reading. Hope you stay dry and safe this weekend.