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Secrets, Disney and our Viewing Future, Xperia Sees All, Art School


April 16 · Issue #28 · View online
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Secrets, Disney and our Viewing Future, Xperia Sees All, Art School

Loose lips. The strategic work you do while working at a company is, naturally, secret. Even after you leave, it’s generally frowned upon to hand that intelligence over to your new employer. Apple, like most tech giants, works hard to maintain secrecy, to beat back the never-ending efforts of journalists digging for a scoop and to stop its own employees from handing those scoops to reporters. There is a middle ground, though. Where Apple and others agree to share secrets under cover of an embargo. This is the space where I often live, with secrets galore from various companies. The recent leak of Apple’s “Leak Memo,” got me thinking about this and why, after all this time, I still believe in the embargo.
Why I keep secrets – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Disney-Flix. Disney is everywhere. It owns the most popular cultural brands in television and movies (Marvel, Star Wars, ESPN) and is about to make a major move in the streaming space (in 2019). But as this fascinating Atlantic article points out, the streaming service Disney launches is not just about competing with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, it’s about survival in a changing television and movie-going landscape. Put simply, cable viewership is tumbling, and more and more people are choosing to watch near-new movie releases at home. These and other factors could cut into Disney’s sizable bottom line Don’t cry for the House that Mouse Built just yet. Disney has more levers to pull than anyone else in the quest to survive (and drive) a seismic shift in entertainment viewing habits.
Disneyflix Is Coming. And Netflix Should Be Scared. - The Atlantic
Whoops. Elon Musk and Tesla are still struggling to churn out enough Model 3 electric cars. As you may recall roughly half a million people have lined up to buy Tesla’s affordable ($35K base) all-electric sedan. Now we learn that Musk and his team made some crucial errors in production automation (too many robots) and, yes, even design that have hindered output. The company is making some fast changes to get back on track, but how long will customers wait?
Elon Musk made a robot mistake with Model 3 production - SlashGear
Light out of darkness. Smartphone manufacturers are currently engaged in a sort of camera technology arms race. We’ve got mechanical apertures, dual lenses, physical and algorithmic portrait effect, and even tiny zoom lenses. Now, thanks to Sony, we have a smartphone that can, essentially, see in the dark. Using two lenses, Sony’s Xperia XZ2 Premium promises an ISO sensitivity (read low-light) of up to 51200. That’s higher than some DSLRs and means that even in the lowest-light situations, the Xperia XZ2 can achieve near grain-free shots. At least that’s the promise. We’ll know for certain when the 5.8-inch, 4K-screen phone ships this summer.
Sony’s Xperia XZ2 Premium has a 4K display and cameras built for ‘extreme’ low-light shooting - The Verge
Planet hunter. Late Monday, SpaceX will launch NASA’s new Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). TESS spots planets outside our solar system by detecting their transit in front of brighter space objects. And it’s not just looking for any planets, TESS will seek out exoplanets, life-supporting orbs that future generations can travel to and explore (or settle on). Barring any weather or technical issues, TESS launches at 6:32 PM ET.
NASA Television to Air Launch of Next Planet-Hunting Mission | NASA
King of Kong Update. Billy says nope.
How to
Art school. For all you artists and doodlers out there, now is a good time to start drawing on your smartphone or tablet. This hippo was drawn on the 10.5-inch iPad Pro using the Smart Pencil and an app called Procreate. One benefit of drawing on a digital device is you can, as I did, keep your reference image visible in the same screen (multi-tasking!). In additional to virtually any kind of media you can think of (ink, pencil, paint, watercolor, crayon), these apps provide of editable layers, which help you keep elements separated and move and resize them without impacting other parts of your drawing. Procreate is available on the iPad and iPhone, but you’ll find lots of digital drawing options on Windows and Android as well. You can draw with your finger, a stylus or a Bluetooth-connected pen
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