So many tech stories, so little time!

I am swamped today; however, I have found links to a number of interesting tech related stories that I thought I’d share! And I’ve listed the links for them below with their titles and a brief description of what each article is about.

Have a great weekend!

Linda R.

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1. Netflix Reaches Deal to Show New Disney Films in 2016:  Netflix will be the only outlet for streaming new Disney films starting in 2016. However, if you have a Netflix subscription you’ll be able to stream some older Disney films like Pocahontas and Dumbo immediately.

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/04/netflix-bests-starz-in-bid-for-disney-movies/

2. What will TV look like in two years? Radically different (we hope): The author of this article, Hamish McKenzie, speculates on how TV will evolve in the near future. He makes the very valid point that the reason the evolution television is not keeping pace with the changing technology, and the corresponding demand of viewers to be able to content where they want and when they want, and that fact is due to the cable and media companies that prefer doing business on an outdated, but profitable, business model.

http://pandodaily.com/2012/12/06/what-will-tv-look-like-in-two-years-radically-different-we-hope/

3. Rallee – the clever Facebook walkie-talkie (freeware): I thought this article was cool! It is about a new app Rallee that allows you to turn your smart phone or tablet into a walkie-talkie and talk to your Facebook friends via that walkie-talkie:

http://www.redferret.net/?p=34640

4. Amazon bringing Voice Guide and Explore by Touch features to Kindle Fires for vision impaired users: These new features are actually already available for Kindle Fire users – there is an update to the article that says so! And Voice Guide is a tool for the visual impaired that allows users to hear what app they are touching or what function they are accessing via audio and Touch does the same thing for the visual impaired by providing text descriptions of apps and functions:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/06/amazon-bringing-voice-guide-and-explore-by-touch-features-to-kin/

5. You Know What Else Started Out Like Apple TV? The iPod: This one is from the Wall Street Journal’s All Things D blog and discusses some more reasons why Apple may well come out with a new television product in 2013 that revolutionizes the way TV shows and movies are accessed by viewers:

http://allthingsd.com/20121206/you-know-what-else-started-out-like-apple-tv-the-ipod/

6. The Importance of Album Track Order In The Digital Age: And this final article is from Billboard and offers a look at why the order of tracks on a digital album is still important – it has to do with the shortened attention span of listeners!

http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/record-labels/the-importance-of-album-track-order-in-the-1008037002.story

*By “evolution” I mean what new and catalog TV shows and movies are available and how they are available to be accessed (streaming – watching on smartphones, tablets or via TVs),

References

Barnes, Brooks. (4 December 2012). Netflix Reaches Deal to Show New Disney Films in 2016. The New York Times. Online.

McKenzie, Hamish. (6 December 2012). What will TV look like in two years? Radically different (we hope). Pandiodaily. Online.

Paczkowski, John. You Know What Else Started Out Like Apple TV? The iPod. Allthingsd.com. Online.

Rallee – the clever Facebook walkie-talkie (freeware). (6 December 2012). Redferret.net. Online.

Trust, Gary. The Importance of Album Track Order In The Digital Age. Billboard. Online.

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