Apple has considered selling an low-priced streaming “dongle” that people could plug into the back of their TV sets, similar to Amazon’s Fire Stick or Google’s Chromecast, The Information reports. The dongle could make Apple’s upcoming video streaming service—which will only be available on Apple devices such as the Apple TV, iPhones and iPads—more widely available. Apple’s $179 Apple TV box (available here for just $149) has been losing share in the streaming-device market, while a range of cheaper devices made by Roku has been gaining ground. Roku had 37% of the overall market earlier this year, up from 33% in 2016, according to research firm Parks Associates. Apple’s share fell to 15% from 19% two years ago. Nearly 40% of households in the U.S. own a streaming media player, up 6%
Just take them out and they’re ready to use with all your devices. Put them in your ears and they connect instantly. Speak into them and your voice sounds clear. AirPods: Simplicity and technology, together like never before. The result is completely magical. Wireless headphones. Finally untangled. After a simple one-tap setup, AirPods are automatically on and always connected. Using them is just as easy. They can sense when they’re in your ears and pause when you take them out. And the AirPods experience is just as amazing whether you’re listening to your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac. Tap into Siri. Talking to your favorite personal assistant is a cinch. Just double-tap either AirPod to activate Siri, without taking your iPhone out of your pocket. Key Fea
It's too early to tell if publishers can make meaningful ad revenue from Apple News. Right now, most say they don’t. But Apple is nonetheless emerging as a more important channel for publishers looking for an alternative to Facebook—particularly now that it is putting less emphasis on news articles in News Feed. Apple is already helping drive subscriptions. The Washington Post, for instance, gets hundreds of people subscribing every day through Apple News, at a slightly reduced rate to the website’s price, according to head of product Shailesh Prakash. Apple takes a 30% cut of each subscription payment, in line with its share of sales in the App Store. More from The Information: "Inside Apple’s Courtship of News Publishers"
One word: Humans. Snap has proven it can get a scoop without sacrificing reliability. During the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in August, Nick Bell’s team assigned a producer in New York to create dispatches for Our Stories. That meant scanning public Snapchat posts from within a few blocks of the protests, and gathering video and interviews from Snapchat-using journalists on the scene. Around 3 p.m. on Aug. 12, a short video clip posted on Snapchat appeared to show police arresting James Alex Fields Jr., the man who allegedly drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 other people. On Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, the footage would have gone viral before it could be confirmed; and, in fact, screenshots of the Snapc
CyberJournalist.net has created a model Bloggers’ Code of Ethics, by modifying the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics for the Weblog world. These are just guidelines — in the end it is up to individual bloggers to choose their own best practices. CyberJournalist.net follows this code and urges other Weblogs to adopt this one or similar practices: Be Honest and Fair Bloggers should be honest and fair in gathering, reporting and interpreting information. Bloggers should: • Never plagiarize. • Identify and link to sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as much information as possible on sources’ reliability. • Make certain that Weblog entries, quotations, headlines, photos and all other content do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify o
As soon as a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the East Coast today, Twitter users jumped online. Web analytics company Chartbeat, which tracks traffic on hundreds of news sites, said it quickly broke previous records for web traffic across its sites, with more than 4.6 million visitors across them and 400,000 in about 15 minutes. BreakingNews.com set an all-time record for simultaneous visits in the moments after earthquake, according to The New York Times' Brian Stelter. Celebrities were among those posting reaction and prayers -- here is what they had to say. (more…)
Fantastic video that will both make you feel nostalgic, give you a few chuckles and remind you that, after all these years, the core uses of the Internet really haven't changed that much: "Despite all the futuristic technobabble you hear about the Internet, however, most cybervoyagers log on to it in search of nothing more complicated that other people to talk to and to email." (more…)