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Smart Things Still Don’t Play Well Together

                “Now clear your minds. It knows what scares you. It has from the very beginning. Don’t give it any help, it knows too much already. – Tangina, “Poltergeist,” MGM, 1982     Ever since we bought The Clapper, we’ve been working to make our home smarter; and it hasn’t been an easy or fun journey.   Our ...

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The Stuff That Makes Your Entertainment Enjoyable

“Look, all I’m asking, is for you to just have the tiniest bit of vision. You know, to just sit back for one minute and look at the big picture.” — Ellie Arroway, “Contact,” Warner Bros., 1997     Remember when you used to plan a week in advance for a night at the movies or ran home because you ...

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Filmmakers Tackle Some Projects Because They Can

  “Let’s get the girl to check the numbers. Yes, Sir, the smart one. And if she says they’re good, I’m ready to go.” – John Glenn, “Hidden Figures,” Levantine Films, 2016     Sure, I like movies.  What’s not to like?   I like them so much I don’t even check the Rotten Tomatoes ratings (sometimes I wish I ...

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Don’t Kid Me…You Like Free!

I know you’re all feeling the darkness here today. In my heart, I know we cannot be defeated, because there is an answer that will open the door. There is a way around this system. This is a test of our patience and commitment. One great idea can win someone over.” – Don Draper, “Mad Men,” 2007-2015, AMC     ...

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Streaming Services and the Olympics Highlight Viewing Trends

“The childhood you never had combined with the woman she could never become.” – Red Queen, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” ACTRA, 2016     Even though you’re doing your part, TV viewing is slipping.   Forrester’s Jim Nail recently reported that the ratings of top shows have declined an average of 25 percent over the past five years.   ...

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Security, Privacy Are Lost Causes … Get Over It

“I don’t mind being the smartest man in the world; I just wish it wasn’t this one.” – Adrian Veidt, “Watchmen,” Warner Bros., 2009     All around the globe the privacy, security conundrum is a mell of a hess!   You have 60 to 90-year-old regulators establishing rules/laws for 30 to 50-year-old executives/ engineers to follow in developing products ...

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Maybe the Problem of Sundance is the Distribution, Not the Content

  “My mommy always said there were no monsters. No real ones. But there are.” – Ripley, Alien: “Resurrection,” Brandywine Productions, 1997     The reason a year seems to pass so quickly is that it starts so darn fast and the only constant is fast, faster and fastest change.   The M&E (media and entertainment) industry took up a ...

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The Road to the Winter Olympics

In a few weeks all eyes will be on a Pyeongchang County, South Korea to watch what could be one of  the most historical Winter Olympic Games of recorded time.  Putting politics aside, athletes from around the globe have been training for years for this moment to test their skills, endurance, stamina and grace against their equals.  This year professional ...

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Autonomy Will Reshape Transportation More Than You Think

“What an absurd idea! What an absurd idea! Lady, I may be a born fool, but you got ten absurd ideas to my one, an’ don’t you forget it!” – Charlie, “The African Queen,” United Artists, 1951     My daughter first got behind the steering wheel when she was about seven, learning to drive in a big open field ...

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Smart Home Solutions Are Coming in Bits, Pieces

“There are two dilemmas… that rattle the human skull. How do you hold onto someone who won’t stay? And how do you get rid of someone who won’t go?” Gavin, “The War of the Roses,” 20th Century Fox, 1989 CES is all about “things.” Things people can talk to; which, in turn, talk to other things as well as something ...

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OWC Announces New ThunderBay 4 with Thunderbolt™ 3

OWC adds to its line-up of powerful Thunderbolt 3-integrated products OWC®, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, is introducing their fastest ThunderBay yet. Thunderbolt 3 speeds up this highly-acclaimed product line, with speeds up to twice as fast as the original. This new version will continue to provide the performance the pros rely on to create workflows ...

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OWC Presents the Eagerly Awaited ThunderBlade V4

The OWC ThunderBlade V4 is the fastest external drive available. OWC®, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, is pleased to announce the release of the ThunderBlade V4, the fastest external drive the company has ever offered. Ultra resilient and completely silent, the ThunderBlade V4 is, in fact, the fastest external drive on the market today. Debuting at ...

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OWC Goes Extreme With Envoy Pro EX Thunderbolt™ 3

 Super-fast, portable, bus-powered and bootable, the Envoy Pro EX Thunderbolt 3 is the new extreme performance portable SSD from OWC. OWC®, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, introduces the bus-powered Envoy Pro EX Thunderbolt™ 3.  OWC takes the award-winning Envoy Pro EX to the next level with one of the first external storage solutions to integrate Thunderbolt ...

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The Business of TV Changes When We Moved to OTT

“Running ain’t freedom. You should know that.” – Dom Toretto, “Fast Five,” Universal Pictures, 2011   Traditional TV networks around the globe don’t like kids like my kids very much.   When they’re slouching in front of the TV set watching something on one of the thousands of channels they include in their “reasonable” bundle, they’re okay.   But that ...

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Pirating Video Content Is Sleezy, Not a Badge of Honor

“The world is a dangerous place, Elliott, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” – Mr. Robot, “Anonymous Content” (2015)     I’m not a big fan of shopping at Costco – one of the buy-in-bulk stores in the U.S. – because: We don’t have anywhere to store that much ...

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Service Providers Wait Impatiently to be Back on Top

“You said you ‘n’ me was gonna get out of town and for once just really let our hair down. Well, darlin’, look out, ’cause my hair is comin’ down!” – Thelma, “Thelma & Louise,” Pathe Entertainment, 1991 When we first heard that T-Mobile had just signed a deal with Netflix to give them the service free we thought: That’s ...

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