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2020 was a challenging year for many people and some of those challenges continued into 2021. While we would all want to believe we are mentally resilient to the stresses in life, that could not be further from the truth. There are times when we need motivation in life to regain perspective and continue moving forward. How cool would that be if a beautiful superhero like Black Widow gave you that pep talk?

“She could either kick your butt, sit you down and have a chat, or give you a kiss. Which would you choose?”

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5 Reasons Apple Should Acquire HBO Max

As the streaming wars heat up, Apple has yet to make a serious move. Here are five reasons they should acquire HBO Max to beef up their content library.

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Apple should buy HBO Max

Apple has yet to make a significant dent in the streaming market with Apple TV+. To become a major player and take on the streaming behemoths of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+, Apple should step outside its comfort zone and buy WarnerMedia, owners of HBO Max and Discovery+. This would instantly vault Apple TV+ into the top ranks of streaming platforms.

Content is King on Streaming Platforms

WarnerMedia was recently spun out from AT&T, which will be merging with Discovery, bringing additional media to HBO Max. The content on HBO Max is high quality, with award-winning shows like Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, and Chernobyl. It also exclusively streams WarnerMedia’s big-ticket, theater-released movies like Dune and The Batman. 

Apple TV+ needs a deeper content library if it wants to compete. Acquiring HBO Max would give Apple access to a wealth of popular TV shows and movies, as well as exclusive, original programming. Other WarnerMedia assets, such as TNT, TBS, Animal Planet and a host of other properties could be carved out into a separate media company, with Apple remaining as a large shareholder only.

This would be a win-win situation for both companies; Apple would get the content it needs, and HBO Max would get the backing of a major tech company with very deep pockets. 

Apple Continues to Migrate to Services to Maintain Higher Profit Margins

Apple has been on a mission in recent years to migrate its business from primarily hardware to services. This is evident in its move away from selling iPhones at high margins to selling them at lower margins and making up the difference with subscription revenue from Apple Music, iCloud, and Apple TV+. It also recently floated the idea of offering a lease-only iPhone service, inching closer to a service-first model.

Tim Cook Prefers Control from Top to Bottom

Apple has always been a vertically integrated company that prefers to control its own destiny, especially under Cook. It designs its own chips and products, builds its own retail stores, and runs its own iCloud servers. Apple would rather control core hardware and services itself than be at the mercy of another company.

Apple’s DNA is in Creative Ventures

Steve Jobs had a love of the creative arts. Think back to Apple’s famous “1984” Superbowl  Macintosh computer launch ad. There’s also its original graphic user interface that formed MacOS, Apple Music, and his pet projects the original Apple TV and Pixar Animation Studios. 

Creativity has always central to Apple’s core view of itself. However, it’s feeling the enormous strain of building content for Apple TV+. It needs a more experienced media company with seasoned executives to help move the streaming needle in a significant way. WarnerMedia could offer the solution.

Access to Quality Media Properties is Closing Fast

Amazon’s purchase of the film and TV studio MGM for $8.5 billion should be a wakeup call to Apple that tech is betting big on streaming. And it’s not just tech companies; many traditional media conglomerates are diving into streaming, too. Not all streaming platforms will survive alone. Consolidation will come, locking down more content.

Time is of the essence for Apple. If it wants to be a major player in the streaming wars, and bolster its services business, it needs to make a move soon. And acquiring WarnerMedia and HBO Max would be the best move it could make.

 

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Samsung Unpack Event – Galaxy Z Fold 3 Devices

Samsung had their Unpacked Event today, and several new devices were announced. Check them out!

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Samsung had their Unpacked Event today, and several new devices were announced and demoed. The highlighted gadgets were the Galaxy Z Fold 3Galaxy Z Flip 3Galaxy Buds 2Galaxy Watch 4, and new S Pens specifically designed for the Z Fold 3. 

No, we did not attend the event in person. However, we did watch the keynote presentation. The overall event was pretty good, but, some parts were underwhelming. I guess that’s to be expected nowadays with virtual events?

The guys over at Unbox Therapy did an awesome job showcasing the new devices they received for review. Check out the video above if you want an unbiased unboxing of all Samsung devices unveiled today.

 

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iPhone 13 Date and Price Leak

As we head into August, the long-awaited release of the brand new iPhone 13 is on the horizon.

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New iPhone 13 Release details

As we head into August, the long-awaited release of the brand new iPhone 13 is on the horizon. While the global chip shortage is still causing manufacturing challenges for many companies across industries, Apple still seems to be un-phased and is expected to announce new smartphones in September.

So what’s the big hype about the new iPhone 13? 

  • LTPO displays with 120Hz refresh rates for Pro model displays
  • Improved 5G modem
  • Faster A15 Bionic chip
  • Improved ultrawide lens on the Pro models
  • Touch ID in the display
  • Smaller notch

Note: 120Hz LTPO displays are the next generation of LCD screens. They have been implemented in digital devices like gaming consoles and televisions for years now. This means that the iPhone 13 will be able to display a higher refresh rate with less ghosting than ever before.

In general, these displays have a higher contrast ratio because they are more capable of displaying deep blacks and whites without distortion or compromise. This means that the user experience is much more immersive than it would be on a standard LCD screen.

Will the new iPhone 13 be more expensive?

Some analysts predict that the iPhone 13 might be a little more expensive than the previous generation, but overall, we think Apple will keep the existing price range of $699, $799, $999, and $1,099, respectively.

There is a really good video from Matt Talks Tech which summarizes all the new features and release date worth checking out. See video above.

 

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