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Post-Oscar Buzz, Chipped and iPhone Battery Tip


March 6 · Issue #4 · View online
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Post-Oscar Buzz, Chipped and iPhone Battery Tip

First Thoughts
My big takeaway from Sunday night’s 2018 Oscars Ceremony is not how Lady Bird and Get Out got robbed (they did) or even what an “Inclusion Rider” is, it’s the democratization of film creation. Samsung spent a boatload of money on the comparatively low-rated telecast, with one spot making the big pitch for creating filmed content with your Galaxy S9. Then during a pre-packaged clip, young filmmakers, including Oscar-nominated Greta Gerwig, reminded viewers that they have a phone in their pocket and urged them to start making their own films. Shooting films on iPhones is not unheard of. The ending of The Florida Project was shot with an iPhone, guerrilla-style. Even so, the Oscars typically celebrates the apex of film-making. Has smartphone technology gotten so good that the next Best Picture might be shot on one?  Short answer? No. Sound quality remains an issue. On the other hand, I have an idea for a film…
Chip nation. Ever since the advent of rice-sized RFID chips, we’ve been talking about chipping humans. Dogs get micro-chipped and some humans have already made the leap. But imagine if you were chipped against your will, or at least thought you were. That’s the disturbing conclusion thousands of people have reached and it’s wreaking havoc with their lives. What these people claim, long-range tracking, mind-control and unexplained health symptoms, are not possible with currently technology, but it’s also hard to simply dismiss their concerns. Read this disturbing, Black Mirror-esque missive and then ask yourself, “Is this a delusion or logical conclusion?”
Mind Games: The Tortured Lives of ‘Targeted Individuals’ | WIRED
Mouse trap. Over the next 12 months, Disney-owned TV shows and movies will disappear from Netflix as it prepares to launch its own competing streaming service. Netflix can’t do anything about that besides create more original content and, maybe, make its service a little more family-friendly. That’s why Netflix is upping its content-control game, going beyond broad content-type control to specific shows and movies. It’s a savvy business move and could ease some parental frustrations, as well.
As Disney’s streaming service nears, Netflix rolls out improved parental controls | TechCrunch
Now hear this. Welcome to prime Apple rumor season; it’s the gadget-lull between the beginning of the new year and before Apple has held its traditional Spring product launch. First up (or is its 16th?) is some new conjecture about over-the-ear AirPods. That’s right, the company that spent $3B on Beats is going to make, essentially, competing high-end cans. My gut says that this is wrong, but then I look over at the HomePod smart speaker and realize that it competes with $179 Beats Pill (not well on price point, but you get the idea).  So, go ahead and enjoy this first rumor morsel, there’s lots more to come.
Apple Turns Up Audio Ambition With High-End Headphones - Bloomberg
Bird brains. Sometimes, you’ve got to wait for the right technology to come along. That’s what researchers from the U.S., U.K., Sweden, and Spain did with some bird fossils that they’ve been holding onto for years. Now, thanks to cutting-edge scanning tech, they know that they have a chick fossil. Apparently, that kind of 127-million-year-old find is uber-rare. I love paleontology. 
Baby bird fossil is 'rarest of the rare' - BBC News
The Tube
TV Time. In case you didn’t already know it, I love TV (almost as much as I love movies), and I have watched a lot of it over the last 45+ years, which is why I am fascinated by the current revival trend. We’ve got Will and Grace, Murphy Brown, Greatest American Hero, and, soon, Roseanne (FWIW, I do not count series like Star Trek Discovery, which basically continues a franchise). This got me wondering, which classic series would I like revived? Alf? No. Land of the Giants? No, they couldn’t make it work as a movie. Love Boat? Yes, 100%. 
Roseanne on ABC on Twitter: "They’re baaaaack! ❤️ this Tweet and we’ll remind you to watch the premiere of #Roseanne on March 27th.… "
Random iPhone Tip
There are so many clever ways to save battery life in iOS 11, including this smart hack for managing Background App activity.  You’re welcome.
Coming Up
SXSW-bound. Keep watching this newsletter and all my social feeds for the latest from Austin. I’ll be there starting on Thursday (as long as this doesn’t stop me).
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