A max exodus of third-party content from their platform could cause irrevocable damage

Display monitors with Netflix logo are pictured against a black background.
Display monitors with Netflix logo are pictured against a black background.
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With Apple TV+ and Disney+ both rolling out this month, Netflix may not be fully prepared for its ongoing streaming war to escalate. In a letter to shareholders on October 16, Netflix shared its Q3 earnings and maintained the following regarding the looming competition from upcoming players in the streaming service market:

The upcoming arrival of services like Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, and Peacock is increased competition, but we are all small compared to linear TV. …

Naysayers doubt the success of the Apple Card, but they doubted the AirPods too

The Apple Card, presented at Apple’s product launch event on March 25, 2019.
The Apple Card, presented at Apple’s product launch event on March 25, 2019.
The Apple Card was unveiled earlier this year at the Apple launch event on March 25, 2019. Photo: Michael Short/Getty

If you’d asked Apple customers late last year what they were most looking forward to from the company that regularly flirts with a $1 trillion market cap, they’d likely have mentioned a new iPhone, an updated MacBook, or the (now shelved) AirPower wireless charging mat. It would have been incredibly left-field for anyone to say “a credit card,” yet here we are.

Apple married the contactless payment standard with two-factor authentication when it first released Apple Pay in 2014. …

Critics may be losing sight of the bigger picture

The live audience and the internet let out a collective gasp when Apple revealed its $999 Pro Stand stand for the Pro Display XDR announced alongside the monstrously-specced commercial-grade cheese grater (see also: Mac Pro) at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.

Setting aside the cost of the 6K display ($4999) and the base configuration Mac Pro itself ($5999), many are finding it difficult to wrap their heads around why Apple would feel justified asking anyone in their right mind to pay $999 for a stand.

Professional and amateur critics alike have declared Apple “out of its mind”…

Shifting the representation of diversity in entertainment media

It’s a song and dance that happens quite often these days. A movie or tv show trailer is released and members of social media immediately denounce it for “lacking diversity.” Most often, the comments are made on the grounds that not enough people of color (POC) were present. Many deeper issues and questions are alluded to by such feedback, but is it possible this way of thinking could actually be a hindrance to deep and meaningful progress?

Is the presence of POC enough to signify diverse representation?

Diverse representation is not achieved simply by including POC in a film or tv show. Their presence must go beyond visual representation and…

How a consumer DNA test revealed the truth about my father

Not My Biological Father

I had always suspected something, as I look nothing like the man who raised me. I was never told I had his nose, smile, or any other physical characteristic. In spite of that, he remains the only father I have ever known.

His name is printed on my birth certificate and he raised me after my mom made the heart-wrenching decision to leave when I was one. Her goal? To get her life on track. She was 17 and unprepared for parenthood. My twin brother and I have never held that against her.

I remember a specific day during my…


If you rely on your devices for anything important, wait for the public release

Remember that quote from The Lion King about the shadowy place? Mufasa was most certainly talking about beta software.

Every June, Apple holds its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and showcases shiny new versions of its operating systems (OS). The crowds ooh and ah (and occasionally scoff) at new products and features, and hype levels go through the roof to try them out.

Following the conference’s keynote, Apple also offers developers the chance to install beta versions of the upcoming software, months prior to the official release. Sounds exciting, right? …

In a move that could easily have been mistaken for an early April Fool’s Day prank, Apple announced today that development of its AirPower wireless charging mat, which has been highly anticipated since being announced in September 2017, has been shelved.

While unprecedented and embarrassing for a company of Apple’s magnitude to fail to this degree, its large consumer base of early adopters stands to face the most ridicule. Many of Apple’s most passionate supporters (myself included) have stood behind and defended AirPower against scrutiny since it was unveiled. Today, that support and defense was rendered entirely misplaced.

What makes…

A rhetorical analysis of Obama’s 2008 speech on race

Addendum (6/5/2020):

The May 25, 2020 killing of George Floyd by a negligent white police officer has reignited the war on racial inequality in our country. Protests are being held around the world. Obama’s A More Perfect Union is a chapter in the battle we’ve been fighting since the inception of this nation and George Floyd’s death is another part of that story. It must not be in vain.

We must ask ourselves, “How long will we continue to allow our brothers and sisters to be treated as less than?” We shouldn’t have to exclaim that “Black Lives Matter.” They…

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