Curved TVs

curved-screens

Not only is the carton drawing about funny, but it really strikes a nerve. Let me present the two point of views:

A. From the perspective of a regular consumer that might already have a big TV in their living room

“This seems like a gimmick. I won’t buy another TV. I already got the latest. In this order. HDTV. Plasma. LED. 120 mhz refresh rate. 240 mhz refresh rate. 3D screen. SmartTV. Now a curved TV? You’ve got to be kidding me”!

“My wall is flat, and my new TV is curved. Now what”?

B. From the perspective of a TV maker.

“Well, you just can’t buy one TV and be done with it. Otherwise you’d be stuck with a black and white set and knobs”.

“Innovation drives technology and curved TVs are the future”.

As someone in the market for a new TV set because we now have a bigger living room and the 46″ TV we have now seems small, all I need is the following: a 60″ flat screen that does great 1080p (no 4K/UHD for me for now, thanks!) with 1 HDMI input. Let it be dumb. I don’t need speakers. How about that Vizio? Some of us just want our TVs to display a great image. Period. We’ve got Apple TVs/Rokus/Chromecasts for the smart part and an audio receiver that handles inputs and audio.

AT&T vs T-Mobile: Spy vs Spy

In the never-ending battle for your subscribers, AT&T (disclaimer: my carrier for 8 years now) has announced that they too will let you roll-over your unused data, just like T-Mobile does, but only for 1 month.

I used to have their 10GB plan, shared between all my lines, but after going over a couple of times, I decided to take advantage of their double-your-data plan, so I upgraded to the 15GB plan that doubles to 30GB, which is plenty now. We are constantly streaming audio via podcasts, SiriusXM, Spotify and the occasional video via Netflix, DirecTV or Plex.

At first I was a little upset about AT&T only rolling over the data for a month, I quickly realized that I realized that I probably won’t need that much data. Right now, we use about 12GB a month, so lets round it up to 15GB, now I effectively get 45GB of data a month, since last month’s 15GB are going to roll over. That is a ton of data.

I’m rooting for T-Mobile, because it seems like AT&T usually reacts by offering similar options later on. Competition is good for the consumer. Bring it on!

AT&T offers data rollover, but with much stricter limits than T-Mobile | Ars Technica.

Dear Healthnet, I hate your YouTube Ads.

They must have a huge budget or YouTube is targeting my specific demo (age, location, etc), or perhaps both, but I am sick and tired of these stupid pre-roll YouTube ads. Yeah, the one with the lady dancing and falling down or the one where the trampoline rips. Tell me why I need to get YOUR insurance, quickly and without gimmicks. Ok? Thank you, bye.

New 12″ Macbook Air leaked? Doesn’t seem likely.

9to5Mac has gotten a hold of images/rendering of the what is supposed to be the next Macbook Air. It features a 12″ screen, a smaller keyboard layout and they get rid of almost all the ports: there’s only a new type of USB connector and a 3.5mm audio jack.

In my opinion, this won’t be what the Macbook Airs will look like, for several reasons:

  • 12″ is an awkward size. They have an 11″ and a 13″ now, so that 12″ seems odd. They might make the existing screens retina-based.
  • No Thunderbolt port? I doubt it. Version 2 of the this port seems to be a better candidate.
  • There is just something odd about those renderings, almost Photoshop’ed by a non-Apple entity.
  • The power button where the ESC key goes? Not so fast, mister!

Now I’m just speculating on the speculation. Check out theĀ full link to see all the images.

Apple sure knows how to make commercials

Say what you say about Apple, overpriced, dumb users, whatever, but you have to admit that they do know how to make a commercial, at least their ad agency does. Saw this one last night, and I have to admit, it did soften my robot heart and right after it was over, some dust got into my eye.

“Hackers” use tape to “defeat” Keurig’s “DRM” coffee pods

Yes, I did use quotes three times in the title of this post. Mainly because I find it ridiculous that Keurig’s new K-Cups that are designed to work on the new machines, have been labeled as to having a “DRM” system. DRM, or digital rights management, just like the system Apple used to use so that you could only play the songs you bought from the iTunes store on an authenticated device. That’s just an easy example. This DRM system was forced by the record labels and eventually Apple killed it because it was more of an inconvenience for customers than a deterrent for piracy.

Let’s change markets: one-time use disposable coffee pods, more specifically, the ever so popular K-Cup system by Keurig, who announced that their newest coffee makers would only work with official, licensed coffee pods. This apparently had become a problem because companies were making Keurig-compatible coffee pods with out paying the licensing fees to Keurig. Keurig fans everywhere cried foul! Their sacred coffee maker will now come with DRM! Oppression! Injustice! Turns out, the new Keurig machines have a little sensor that checks to see if the cup is licensed, but this sensor can be triggered forever by using a piece of tape. And this “DRM” has already been circumvented by coffee pod makers. And as far as I know, there is no firmware to download and no patch that Keurig can apply to correct this flaw.

Keurig changed the design of their cup and their new machines would only work with licensed pods. But lets just not call it DRM. The D in DRM stands for digital and it sort of implies that each k-cup has a little chip that authenticates itself. Nope. Just a different design and a sensor that checks for it. If all it takes to be a “hacker” is a bit of tape, then I’ve been hacking since I was in diapers.

Hackers Trick Keurigs Into Making Uncopyrighted Coffee | WIRED.