At $50, it has appeal. But it doesn’t rival against YouTube or Hulu in anything outside of price.

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Let’s face it. Cable television in 2021 is simply not worth paying for. The average cable package from Xfinity can range anywhere from $80 to $150 per month. If you want HD, that’s more. AT&T’s DirecTV can cost around $60 plus a dish installation. And if you actually want Dish, for whatever reason, you’d also need to actually install one.

The rebellion against cable providers and their regionalized monopolies had led to an influx of cord-cutting TV providers like YouTube TV, Hulu’s Live TV plan, Sling, a defunct PlayStation Vue, among others. The latest is T-Mobile’s T-Vision.

TVision is T-Mobile’s latest service, pairing alongside their Home Internet plan as they move themselves into cable’s battlefield. They’ve already disrupted wireless billing as the fastest-growing cell carrier in the United States and now they have plans on moving into cable. …


Yes, you are seeing more ads than ever before. And it sucks.

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As a creator and someone who’s made videos online for almost a decade, I’ve never really been a fan of AdBlock. At least I’d turn it off on sites like YouTube, or NYTimes, or smaller sites where I’m supporting journalism. Workers gotta eat, right?

Well, I’ve officially enabled AdBlock on YouTube. Online advertising has run its course. It’s over. It’s done.

At their peak, online advertising mostly kept viewers engaged and the ads weren’t too bad. Not all advertisers adapted quickly to an online format either. Google had to hire ad consultants for companies like GM, Nissan, or otherwise. …


Knowing your worth as a creator is important. It’s probably more than what you think it is.

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As a digital creator who has spent the entirety of his adulthood online, I’ve been battling with the concept of charging for freelance work. For the majority of my digital life, charging was a weird concept and I’ve always undervalued my work because of it. Growing up, one thing could not become more clear: the more I made on a project, the harder I worked on it.

At first, it’s hard to value your work. I tried making online YouTube videos and did reach some sort of success, making around $200 total over five years of having a personal channel with video blogs and interviews with musicians, along with a separate channel where I played video games (mostly The Sims). …


How embracing Trump-ism was catastrophic for Republicans.

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From The Killers’ music video, “Land of the Free”

I overheard a coworker today — and no, we aren’t supposed to discuss politics at work — talking about Joe Biden’s incoming administration and the subject of gun control.

It’s important that everyone recognizes that Joe Biden is not a radical politician and he never has been. He’s on the same side of the grass as Hillary Clinton, who fought for universal healthcare in the 1990s and even helped shovel the Affordable Care Act through the Senate. But as proposals such as Medicare for All darkened through much of moderates, Clinton’s passion for it has also diminished.

With Joe Biden’s inauguration approaching quickly, we need to realize that Republicans will be fine. Exactly which portion of Biden’s agenda do Republicans find radical? …


This week has been one of the worst in U.S. history, but maybe we’ll finally escape.

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As a kid, I didn’t read much. But effectively enough, there were a few novels that grabbed my attention almost immediately. One was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. You might remember it. The other was Looking for Alaska by John Green.

It’s a poignant young adult novel written from the perspective of a teen named Miles, inspired by Green’s childhood. In the story, Miles is infatuated with Alaska Young, who finds Miles’ obsession with “last words” fascinating. …


It’s time to invoke the 25th and remove him.

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It’s hard to grasp the abuse that Donald Trump has given United States citizens. To us. To everyone. He’s abused Democrats, he’s abused Republicans, he’s abused America.

Donald Trump has gaslit this country, and so yesterday, riots from thugs in MAGA hats stormed the steps of Capitol Hill. All were told to “be there, be wild!” by the president. Following more than 50 legal challenges (all of which failed), his supporters marched on the Capitol to “protest” the certification of the Electoral College for President-elect Joe Biden.

Just an election.

The imagery that followed only got worse. MAGA flags, U.S. flags, Confederate flags, racism, and hate speech. A civilian woman who heard Trump’s words and fled to his call for action was shot and killed inside the Capitol building. Three more died of medical emergencies. Wolf Blitzer was on CNN mouthing the words, “law enforcement are nowhere to be seen.” …


CODEX

The streaming service lost to Spotify, YouTube, and everyone else in entertainment.

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It’s not often that hindsight couldn’t have been more clear, but our SoundCloud story begins in 2016. Spotify had 40 million paying subscribers and Apple Music had 17 million. Now, Spotify has over 130 paying subscribers while Apple Music has around 70 million.

In 2016, podcasting was popular, but it definitely wasn’t as popular as it is now. Podcasting traces its roots back to the 1980s but didn’t gain mass traction until the invention of the iPod in the early 2000s.

When I first started a podcast in 2015, publishing one was sort of difficult. There wasn’t really an easy way to do it. Sure, a user could’ve theoretically used SoundCloud’s rich RSS feature, which provides each user its own RSS feed. It’s the URL a podcaster needs to send to services like iTunes, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. The other option was to find hosting such as GoDaddy, Bluehost, or iPage and fix up your very own RSS feed that you had to manually type out after every single episode. …


A notchless design, no ports, and 120Hz would be perfect

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Image credit: Ben Geskin

As 2020 ends and 2021 emerges, we’re getting ready for a whole new year of tech. Apple is coming off of their strongest year in many as they announced huge changes to both iOS and macOS, a sleek and new design for iPhone, and an entire M1 Mac lineup that will have you pee all of your pants.

So what’s next?

In 2021, we’ll probably see Apple shift more of their Mac lineup towards these new M-series chips. A new 16-inch MacBook Pro and a new iMac are at the forefront of the rumors. It’s also possible that the 13-inch MacBook Pro will be replaced by a new 14-inch MacBook Pro with thinner bezels and a mini LED display. …


Tesla is so far ahead, but other auto makers don’t even understand how.

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Tesla Model Y

After buying my first vehicle from a car dealership in 2018, I had some thoughts. I didn’t buy the fanciest car, just a 2017 Chevy Cruze from a Chevrolet dealer down in Cleveland, Ohio. I hated the entire process.

From feeling guilted — me, a 22 year old who could hardly afford rent — into a twisted contract with Capital One at a whopping 16% interest rate (yes, you read that correctly), to even small things most people overlook, like paying more than the car is actually worth through dealer fees, etc. …


How can you lie while telling the truth?

Facebook is trying to kill the open web. Apple is trying to save it.
Facebook is trying to kill the open web. Apple is trying to save it.

Google and Facebook — not Apple — are killing the internet.

2020 might have been the biggest year for Apple in the company’s history. Their new Mac lineups going forward will feature their own silicon chips rather than Intel’s, the iPhone just received its biggest design change since the iPhone 6, and iOS 14 is the biggest change in software Apple has made since iOS 7.

But let’s talk about iOS 14 for a second.

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Brad LaPlante

25 from Detroit. Stories on public policy, tech, and life.

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