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Every Movie & Show on Disney+

Disney’s new consumer-direct streaming subscription service, Disney+ costs $6.99 a month or $70 if you pay for a full year at once. Beyond just streaming, subscribers can download content to watch when they’re off-line. Disney+ is packed with library titles from the Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel brands, plus National Geographic and even The Sound of Music, Malcolm in the Middle and The Simpsons, which Disney picked up in the $68 billion acquisition of Fox Studios. (If you want to read my taken the business model, you can read my analysis on Disney+.)

Following is the full list of all the Disney+ content planned for it’s first two years, many of which is available at launch this November 12. Continue reading

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What’s Up with Disney+

Disney just announced their streaming service Disney+. Here’s my perspective:

Wow That’s Cheap!

At $6.99 (or $69.99 annually), pricing is so low, they’ll get plenty of people just by leveraging their house file lists and winning customers over from positive publicity. My family already has all the movies in the subscription service that we’d want to watch, which we paid $20+ for on blu-Ray, & probably 75% of them we also paid another $20+ on DVD or laserdisc or &/or VHS. I’m not mad at Disney for that, I’m mad at me.

But even for folks who spent money on all those, the price is low enough that Continue reading

#GraduationAdviceIn3Words

The hashtag #GraduationAdviceIn3Words was trending on Twitter this morning and was full of sarcastic jokes. I love a good joke (and am known to be sarcastic at times) but I felt compelled to offer some actual useful advice and it just kept rolling out. Someone suggested to put them all in one place, so here they are, in no particular order: 

Lead Like Crazy Don’t complain, offer solutions—The world needs strong servant leaders & you can be one of them

Offer Wise Counsel Knowledge & wisdom are Continue reading

How to Filter Only UNREAD Emails on Your iPhone 

Okay, I’m about to make your day-to-day life just a wee bit easier and more efficient. Hope this helps the grind. 

If you’re like me, sometimes you waste time trying to get at that specific unread email from a few days back and you find yourself flicking down through all those emails you’ve already read then every few flicks you see that blue dot (unread email) fly by so you slam on the brakes and back up only to discover that’s not the email you’re looking for. (That’s Continue reading

How to Replace Twitter Hearts with Any Emoji 

  
As you may know, Twitter replaced their star icon (favorites) with a heart, citing that it is a more universal and intuitively understood and accepted icon. And, that people will tend to press ‘like more’ often than they press ‘favorite.’

If you don’t like the heart, you can change it into any icon you want. Here’s how: 

  1. Download the Stylish plugin for Chrome or Firefox
  2. Paste the code on the bottom of this post into the main window.
  3. Type the emoji you want between the ‘ ’ that appears right after the word “content.”
  4. Type “twitter.com” in the “Applies to” field under the code and press the “save” button. 

Here’s the code you’ll cut and paste:

.HeartAnimationContainer {

visibility: hidden;

}

.HeartAnimationContainer:after {

content: ‘ ’;

visibility: visible;

display: block;

position: absolute;

}

Should You Buy an Apple Watch?

I bought my first Mac in 1987 and have purchased dozens since. I bought two of the first edition iPhones the day they released on June 29, 2007 (for me and my wife), and I purchased at least one iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 shortly after they released. (I skipped the 4S and 5S.) Because it was too big, I skipped the Newton and went for the Palm Pilot, but sure had fun playing with the Newton my colleague at Disney Studios purchased way back when NBC was “must see TV.” However, I’m not buying this Apple Watch. Why? Because, this is the worst Apple Watch ever. 

Apple Watch is certainly cooler than the other smart watches and Fit Bits, etc, but in 12 months or so this Apple Watch 1 will look like the Newton when compared to Apple Watch 2.

Here are the salient pros and cons of both Apple Watch and Apple Watch 2:

Apple Watch Pros 

  • All features better than competitors’ smart watches

    Apple Watch

  • Hardware & software design aesthetics better than competitors
  • New “Force Touch” (press harder) input for right-click-like functions
  • “Digital crown” scroll wheel input (like iPod click-wheel)
  • Apple Watch can control iPhone’s camera for “remote selfies”
  • Notifications discreetly “tap” you with distinct tapping combos
  • Can use Apple Pay without iPhone pairingEdit   

Apple Watch Cons 

  • Expensive for certain planned obsolescence technology

    iPad Air vs Watch

     

  • Battery lasts less than a day
  • Battery takes 2.5 hour to charge to 100%
  • OS is a little too slow & stutters at times
  • Not “connected” unless used with iPhone or wifi
  • Limited replies a la two-way pager era
  • Siri a main input and is still hit and miss
  • Must use iTunes via computer
  • Worse than iPod Nano for music (& music drains battery)
  • Design is a bit more gear-head than fashionista
  • 40% thicker than iPad Air; 30% thicker than iPhone 6 
  • (Watch = 6 quarters thick; iPad Air = 3.7 quarters; iPhone 6 = 4.1 quarters)

Apple Watch 2 Pros

  • Will fix all those cons above

Apple Watch 2 Cons

  • You have to wait at least a year to get one

My advice is, buy the Apple Watch 2 a year from now.  Take the $350-$17,000 you would spend on an Apple Watch 1 and buy Apple stock after the stock sinks due to lower-than-expected Apple Watch sales. The sales figures released by Apple will be lower than the street wants. If no sales figures are released, the street will like that even less, and the stock will go even lower. The stock will still be expensive, but it will be a deal compared to what the stock price will be in June and September when the next iPhones and iPads release, and this time next year when the Apple Watch 2 will be better, and sell better. And you’ll basically be getting Apple Watch 2 for free due to the growth of the Apple stock you buy with your Apple Watch 1 money.  

Do you agree with this advice? Why or why not?

Here’s my post to help you decide between iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

The Internet of Things – Goldman Sachs Infographic

This Infographic is from a research report by Goldman Sachs’ Global Investment Research Division.

“The Internet of Things” is a megatrend about the third wave of internet growth, driven by manufacturers’ development of connecting to the internet everyday objects such as lights, locks, garage doors, thermostats, kitchen appliances, watches, cars, as well as giant objects in a variety of industries. It will essentially interconnect our online and offline worlds.

The infographic below provides a fairly robust overview of ” Internet of Things” (IoT), which should prompt you to think about how your business, organization or career could leverage or be affected by this megatrend over the next several years.

If you would like to read the report from Goldman Sachs’ Global Investment Research Division, click here or visit goldmansachs.com.

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