I rant about Amazon’s newly announced ‘Kindle Unlimited’ subscription service, why it only serves a niche demographic as binge reading books is much different than binge watching television, and how unknown authors should applaud their opportunities to expand their reach on this platform rather than complain about potential income loss.
I rant about Taylor Swift’s vision of the future of music as written in her WSJ editorial, why access to artists has become more valuable than the music they produce, how there’s a lucrative revenue stream in exclusive concert footage, and why streaming music catalogs are built for casual listening in bulk, not exclusives.
I rant about Google’s foray into having Android on all devices everywhere, why developers may balk at adopting these new platforms due to the decreasing profitability of Google’s app ecosystem, why we shouldn’t rush to judgement on Google controlling our ‘smart homes’, and how collecting data for the sake of targeted advertising is far from being “evil”.
I rant about all the new Mac OS X 10.10 & iOS 8 features Apple announced at WWDC, why third-party applications that provided those functionalities previously are not getting “sherlocked” in the process, and whether or not the vast majority of people will even use some of these shiny additions despite their excitement.
I rant about Google’s latest self-driving car, how removing the steering wheel takes away a person’s illusion of control, why it will be a very long time before the public trusts this type of technological progress, and how it’s all hedged against government bureaucrats nixing the entire concept after one major accident.
I rant about eBay’s password change plea after a recent network attack compromised user accounts, why I’m not surprised one bit that most consumers and companies did nothing about Heartbleed, and I propose a radical solution that would completely neutralize effects from these constant security breaches.
I rant about Apple’s potential $3.2b acquisition of Beats Audio, how it pivots them back into being at the forefront of music in consumers’ minds, and regardless of what many Apple beat writers think, both companies products are actually perfectly aligned: stylish and well-designed, but overhyped and overpriced.
I rant about Twitter’s stagnant user growth, how its massive early adoption by the hyper-connected demographic hid the platform’s lack of true product/market fit, and why it’s a problem (as shown by the stock price plummet) since their business model is built squarely around mainstream mass market advertising.
I rant about the FCC’s recent proposal concerning net neutrality, why appeasing big money and corporate interests were always the inevitable direction of the internet, and how content providers and cloud services have already planned for the dawn of commercially prioritized bandwidth, delivery and access.