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Music Mystery: Can Spotify Ever Make Money?

The streaming music service Spotify is preparing for an initial public offering this year, which has renewed the focus on the streaming service’s economic health and the viability of the streaming market more broadly. While Spotify hasn’t fully cracked open its books, the company reportedly lost nearly $1 billion in just two years. Despite the […]

It’s Time to Worry About AI Video Technology

It’s a widely known (if little discussed) fact that the adult film industry often serves as a pioneer for video technology. It was the industry’s early backing of VHS that helped to bury Betamax and its embrace of Blu-ray that helped shovel dirt over rival HD-DVD. So we should all take notice of a series […]

Three Tech Predictions 2018: More Gold rushes, AI & Internet Regs

1. The Bitcoin bubble bursts. This one is a no-brainer. As we write this, the crypto-currency Bitcoin has grown over 1,000 percent in 2017. Despite a recent, sharp downturn, the currency is poised to finish out 2017 strong. The gold-rush mentality has led, predictably, to a speculative mania exemplified by the absurd spectacle of the […]

Can DJI Weather the Storm?

With so many physical and mobile products connected to the internet these days, hand-wringing over security breaches continues unabated and promises to dominate the news about “unintended consequences of connected life” for the foreseeable future. Not surprisingly, the blooming drone market—especially those equipped with video cameras—is coming under extra scrutiny, and it’s getting harder to […]

The Skinny Bundle Opens Door to TV Ad Revolution

The online advertising market has become good—scary good—at matching your browsing habits, interests and demographic data with relevant advertisements. Thanks to pervasive data collection and tracking, online ad services know a lot about individual consumers. Using artificial intelligence and real-time bidding networks, marketers are able to quickly customize highly-targeted ads that seemingly follow you around […]

Can GoPro Rise Again?

Maybe it’s fitting that a company built on seat-of-your-pants thrills would experience a two-year stretch of dizzying highs and lows. GoPro didn’t invent the action camera, but it quickly became synonymous with the category, dominating sales as everyone from weekend warriors, action sports stars and Hollywood DPs scooped up the diminutive digicam. After riding high […]

Apple vs. Google: Two Visions for the Smartphone Camera

Apple and Google are famous tech antagonists. Even without the late Steve Jobs’ “thermonuclear” patent war, the two giants would still be locked in a titanic struggle across a number of arenas. In the past several weeks, the two combatants have jousted over one of technology’s central battlefields: the smartphone. Both companies announced new flagships—Apple’s […]

Will the Cord Cutters Come Back?

The pay TV industry in the U.S. has been reeling under a brutal period of subscriber loss. Meanwhile, like sharks smelling chum, rival over-the-top video services continue to pop up. Disney is the latest example of the trend. The entertainment behemoth told investors in August that it will pull its movies from Netflix to start […]

The Internet of Things Next Thing

What do you think of when you think of the Internet of Things (IoT)? For many of us, it’s tiny wearables reminding us that we sit too much (and eat too much and drink too much) or thermostats that are easier to program than the 1970s-era monstrosities they’ve replaced. Toothbrushes, running shorts and doorbells have […]

Will the FCC Put the U.S. Back on the Information Slow Lane?

With a new U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman in place, new policy proposals are emerging. The U.S. has always been a bit of a laggard compared to other developed economies when it comes to the availability of suitably fast “broadband” connections. But there has been recent progress in upping those speeds—now from 4Mbps downloads […]