Netflix closes the gap on audio quality
Netflix has implemented adaptive streaming technology, which determines the quality of your Internet connection and boosts audio quality as needed. This new technology, called “high-quality audio” will be available to those who have sound bars or speakers that support Dolby noise suppresion. Wired
dis-rup-shun: If you have a home theater and enjoy the full 5.1 or 7.1 experience and have long ago parted with your blu ray player and anything that looks like a disc, you know that watching movies (the very reason you got a home theater) from a streaming service (is there any other way) is a low fidelity audio experience. Netflix is fixing that deficiency and taking another step to erase any advantage that older means of movie watching once had.
Zuckerberg explains a more private Facebook
Facebook continues to face investigations from over a dozen agencies and the company’s past policies over data use continue to tarnish the giant’s reputation. The company announced, a few weeks ago, that the future of Facebook is about privacy. This week Mark Zuckerberg explained that this shift is about enabling people to share with common interest groups and described its Secret Crush program, that enables one to check with those they have romantic interest in to see if the feeling is mutual. Wired
dis-rup-shun: It appears that Facebook’s new privacy initiative of offering special interest groups is really not about privacy, but about segmentation. Finding groups to associate with is nothing novel, and something that LinkedIn has been doing for years. Regarding Secret Crush, this sounds like junior high school behavior going digital and a disaster for anyone older than junior high. Unfortunately, grown ups, and many married, will use the service to embarrass themselves in pursuit of a little something interesting. This won’t help Facebook’s image and consumer trust problems, Zuckerberg.
Weekly Space Race — Blue Origin launches Thursday
Blue Origin, the private rocket company owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, launches on Thursday to carry a payload of 38 science experiments into space. Like Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the rocket booster will (if all goes well) return to Earth and land upright while the capsule ventures into the edges of space for a few minutes before returning to the Earth. TechCrunch
dis-rup-shun: With private rocket launches occurring weekly from different sites, it looks increasingly like we are only a few years from being able to buy a seat on a rocket and experience space for ourselves. In the meantime, the demand for science, communications, construction, cargo and defense in space appears to be a hockey stick curve upwards. When will Toyota, Samsung, Huawei, Boeing and friends enter the space race?
When to choose a smart speaker over a smart display
ZDnet reviews the differences between a smart speaker and a smart display in advance of Google’s annual I/O conference for developers, where debut of a new Google smart screen is expected.
dis-rup-shun: The bottom line, smart screens can do everything a smart speaker can do plus serve as a video entertainment screen or control device for home systems (video doorbell). Why wouldn’t you choose a smart screen? Either you don’t wish to spend the money (twice as expensive) or you are having video device overload. Expect screens on dozens of places in your home in coming years, at half the price, and expect to need asylum somewhere in your home from too many screens.