The All-That-Bandwidth Edition Thursday, January 7, 2016

Netflix Expands To 130 New Countries, Including India, Russia And South Korea, by John Callaham, iMore

Netflix is now available nearly everywhere in the world, with one big exception. Company CEO Reed Hastings revealed during his CES 2016 keynote speech that the streaming video service has gone live in 130 new countries, including India, Russia and South Korea.

The Counterintuitive Tech Behind Netflix’s Worldwide Launch, by Cade Metz, Wired

For most Internet services, expanding into foreign markets isn’t very hard. Somebody translates a few app menus into a new language, and that’s that. But Netflix is different. To stream TV shows and movies into foreign countries, it must negotiate a whole new set of rights with those that own the content. And it must deal with all that extra bandwidth. Here in North America, Netflix accounts for about 35 percent of all Internet traffic—far more than any other service, including YouTube—and when it expands into a foreign market, it can top 20 percent of all traffic in as little as 18 months, according to Sandvine, an outfit that tracks Internet usage across the globe.


Be More Productive With Citrus – Motivational Task Manager, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice

One of the nicest parts of Citrus is the design. Your categories and tasks are easily viewable with a pie chart as well as a list. You can tap on either that section of the chart or the specific item for more detail or to make edits. And, marking tasks complete or deleting them can be done simply by swiping. There is also a calendar view that shows you how well you are doing with completing your items and how many points you have received.

Blurring Photos For iOS Wallpaper, by David Sparks, Macsparky

The idea occurred to me while I was holding my iPhone so I used Pixelmator as my weapon of choice. I already had the image in my photos library so I loaded it from there and selected the blur tool. The gallery at the bottom of this post walks you through the steps and the image below shows the final product.


Evernote’s 5% Problem Offers A Cautionary Lesson To Tech Companies, by Chris O'Brien, VentureBeat

But for startups on the rise, it’s a good idea to hit the pause button if you ever find yourself saying in public that you have a hard time explaining what your company does.

If you lose sight of the core experience and fall prey to the 5 percent problem, you likely won’t find the road back out.


The Triumph Of Email, by Adrienne Lafrance, The Atlantic

Over the course of about half a century, email went from being obscure and specialized, to mega-popular and beloved, to derided and barely tolerated. With email’s reputation now cratering, service providers offer tools to help you hit “inbox zero,” while startups promise to kill email altogether. It’s even become fashionable in tech circles to brag about how little a person uses email anymore.

Email wasn’t always like this. We weren’t always like this. What happened?

Judge Says Monkey Cannot Own Copyright To Famous Selfies, by David Kravets, Ars Technica

"I'm not the person to weigh into this," Orrick said from the bench in San Francisco federal court. "This is an issue for Congress and the president. If they think animals should have the right of copyright they're free, I think, under the Constitution, to do that."

Bottom of the Page

Apple TV (the new app-y version) was launched here in Singapore without any way, it seems to me, for potential customers to find out what kind of apps are available in Singapore before making the purchase.

And today, Netflix was launched in Singapore without any (official) way for me to find out what kind of shows are available before I subscribe.

In Netflix's defence, there is a one month trial. Still, it's a business trend that I don't really like.

(I don't know if Netflix is already doing this, but it should also tell me whether a particular show is censored for Singapore.)


Thanks for reading.