When classic Jazz and vinyl mix, everyone wins

It’s been a hard year.

To help keep myself sane I’ve started listening to Jazz on vinyl. It’s a type bit of middle-aged dad pretension that people make jokes about but there is just something about the experience. Spotify and the like offer torrents of information. A record is a limpid pool of condensed truth, a real moment captured forever on a physical object.

So yeah, call me a Vinyl Dad. I can take it.

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The ban on TikTok makes no sense. These things make no sense.

President Trump issued an Executive order to ban TikTok. This order specifically names TikTok, and claims their collection of user data is the reason.

TikTok may be bad. But if the objection to TikTok were really about privacy, why wouldn’t the US pass privacy legislation, ala Europe’s GDPR?

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Philips Hue brings back ambient light to your TV

Years ago, Philips made TVs with a feature called “ambilight”. Ambilight was a series of LEDS on the back of the TV running around the edge. They turned on the LED color to match whatever picture was displayed on screen at the edges. This extended the hues of the picture onto the wall. Now, Philips have brought it back, using Hue lightbulbs and the new Hue Play HDMI Sync Box.

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Direct TV Now is now AT&T TV Now

In what amounts to a further bundling of data and entertainment, Direct TV Now will now be called AT&T TV Now. The companies began their merger in 2014.

The company reported the news in a press release.

What this means in practice isn’t much – if you use Direct TV Now, DTV’s streaming app, you will now be using AT&T Now. However, as The Verge notes, the two companies have competing streaming services and there is no confirmation whether AT&T steaming users will have DTV’s content and vice versa.

The Verge notes:

  • DirecTV Now is being rebranded to AT&T TV Now
  • AT&T TV, a separate streaming TV service, is coming soon
  • A single app called AT&T TV will be how users access both services

The bottom line? You’ll be seeing more AT&T and less Direct TV. I doubt anyone will be particularly upset by this barring DTV fanbois.

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