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January 4 · Issue #211 · View online

Stuff that matters.


Written while switching all my calendars

I will not miss 2020
I will not miss 2020
Samsung So Soon
There’s a cadence to product launches. The come in bunches but at certain times throughout the year. Tech companies may flood the zone with products during CES, but other tech companies will usually hold back major product launches until February or March. There’s the busy spring, then quiet summer, then nutty fall, and, finally, dead of December.
2021 may be different. First of all, there’s a CES unlike any other. No traveling to Las Vegas, no crowded convention halls, no overpriced lunch foods. Instead, we’ll be experiencing the year’s biggest tech event from the comfort of our home offices. Maybe that’s why Samsung is flipping the script and preparing to launch its flagship Samsung Galaxy S21 on January 14.
This is at least a month earlier than is the norm for Samsung, which usually puts its winter phone launches somewhat close to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. That event is obviously not happing in person, either, so maybe this is why Samsung is stepping on CES’s toes.
The other reason could be that Apple’s iPhone 12 launch is putting a dent in Samsung’s smartphone sales and the company wants to start its own sales year off with a bang.
I don’t know what to expect from these new Samsung handsets, but I am excited about the possibility of pro-level photo and video skills. My hope is we’ll see portrait mode video similar to what OnePlus introduced in the OnePlus 8T, but with more control over what stays in focus.
I’d also like to see some more aggressive design changes. It’s almost impossible to tell most Android phones apart. I just hope Samsung can bring something fresh and attractive to the table.
Finally, I’m anxious to see what Samsung is doing next in the folding space.
In any case, that’s all happening on January 14, just as CES is wrapping up.
Reality Distortion Fields
In a recent Twitter thread, NYU Journalism Professor Jay Rosen spent a lot of time beating himself up about not realizing how “Audience Atomization” (his term) through the use of social and digital media would lead to the devaluing of both journalism and truth or, more accurately, reality. As I noted on Twitter, “putting the power of finding and defining truth / reality in the hands of everyone didn’t work out as anticipated.”
What I meant is that people have not gravitated toward an accepted consensus or even given truths as presented by once trusted authorities. Instead, we’ve used Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and YouTube to gather around sources that confirm our suspicions. In other case, those without the wherewithal to promote their own views on old media found new and willing avenues on 21st century digital and social media.
I’ve always told people that the barrier to reaching an audience is now incredibly low. Anyone can publish any information, false or misleading, completely unvetted. The public thinks they’re vetting this content but that good feeling they get usually comes from the hardening of their own filter bubbles.
In 2021, I recommend we all burst those bubbles and start actively seeking information that does not conform to our beliefs. Not necessarily to change our minds, but to broaden our perspectives.
Bitcoin at 30K
I no longer believe that Bitcoin is a bubble or financial flash in the pan. Sure, it might be overvalued, but cryptocurrency is clearly here to stay and has turned into a real monetary safe haven in these uncertain times. I only wish I had kept up with Bitcoin mining when I first tired it years ago (it basically brought my computer to a grinding halt). Raise your hand if you got in on the Bitcoin ground floor (so I can be jealous).
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