This Week in Tech News

Disney's Upcoming Content 80% Streaming

Ahsoka

Episode 1753

During a four hour stream for its annual Investor Day, the Walt Disney Company executives previewed their slate of new content for Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, and National Geographic. Leo says the huge takeaway here is that Disney's upcoming slate is 80% streaming content. That's huge. 

A few days later, it was reported that Disney+ streaming service will be raising its rates in 2021.

Cyberpunk 2077 Released & is a Huge Download. But There's an Alternative

Cyberpunk

Episode 1753

The much-anticipated video game Cyberpunk 2077 was released and even with a physical disc, expect an updated download of over 100GB. But there is an alternative. Leo bought the game through Google Stadia and was able to play the game by streaming it. The game-changer here is that it doesn't really matter what platform you play the game on, you'll be able to still play it.

Did the Administration Abandon Its Assault on TikTok?

TikTok

Episode 1752

The deadline for TikTok to cease operations or sell to a US investor has come and gone, leading Leo to conclude that the Trump administration has bigger fish to fry. TikTok sued, and Oracle won the bid to buy TikTok. But the deadline to complete the sale has passed as of Friday. The government has chosen to do nothing. So Leo thinks that TikTok may be in the clear. At least for now.

Meanwhile, TikTok downloads have surged during the pandemic, second only to Zoom with 23 million downloads. 

Apple working overtime to make M1 Work with Apps

Apple M1 Chip

Episode 1751

Leo says that Apple has been working overtime to make sure their new M1 Macs are able to support apps that could've been left behind with the shift to the Intel platform. The result is a platform that is much faster, with fantastic battery life. So fast, that Leo says M1 is going to change the computer world as we know it. Sadly, Apple will likely keep M1's architecture for themselves, as their "secret formula for coca-cola." 

Leo's advice for upgrading: if you're a PC user, get the cheapest M1 you can to buy into the ecosystem. The road will be dramatic as time goes on. 

Amazon's New Idea ... Amazon Sidewalk

Amazon Sidewalk

Episode 1750

Wanting to offer a neighborhood-based wifi network, Amazon has announced Amazon Sidewalk, which uses Bluetooth low energy (BLE) radios to connect everyone from house to house. You can get motion alerts from your security cameras, track your pets if they should run away, and even notifications when the mailman leaves you mail. As long as one device sees the other, it can pass along connectivity with a promised small amount of bandwidth. 

Zappos Founder Passes Away at 46

Tony Hsieh, Founder of Zappos

Episode 1749

Zappos Founder Tony Hsieh has passed away at the age of 46. Having created Link Exchange and Zappos in his 20s, Hsieh transformed e-commerce and made millions with sales to Microsoft and Amazon respectively. Gone too soon.

Leo Gets the M1 MacBook Pro

2020 MacBook Pro

Episode 1749

Leo received the new MacBook Pro with the M1 chip, and he says it runs fast, long and quiet. However, there is a bit of disappointment since not every program can run on it through the Rosetta 2 emulator. But Leo also admits that was inevitable. Every time you move to something new, there's always going to be some of your programs that get left behind.

Apple announces new Macs with Home Grown ARM based Chips

Apple's M1 Chip

Episode 1746

This past week at their "One More Thing" event, Apple officially announced three new Macs containing their new in-house Apple Silicon processors. The new M1 processor promises high performance at low power. Apple announced three new models, two laptops and one desktop. The models include a new 13" Mac Air, new 13" Macbook Pro, and a new generation Mac Mini. But this doesn't mean that Apple has completely abandoned the Intel platform.

Leo Gets the iPhone 12 Pro Max, and It's Heavy!

iPhone 12 Pro Max

Episode 1745

Leo got the iPhone 12 Pro Max and he says it's HEAVY. It also has a larger screen for plenty of room. The pixels are larger, too, so he gets better low light performance with the three-lens camera. Leo also says that the camera "bump" is pretty prominent, as well. Leo also says that could cause the camera lenses to scratch over time because the phone will rest on the bump.

How is 5G? Leo doesn't know because it isn't available everywhere, and where it is, it's likely the low band 5G, which is about as fast as LTE.