Tuesday 20 January 2015

Netflix stock is soaring....and better still, they're showing The Interview.

Netflix stock is soaring tonight.

Up +13% in after hours trading on great last quarter numbers showing strong subscriber growth above expectations. Not bad, after a hard fall in October.

But better again, they've announced that they will screen 'The interview' on Jan 24. That's the movie that the North Koreans love and the movie that caused the consternation at Sony. And that's the movie that no one else was brave enough to air.

So good on Netflix.
And aren't we glad to have digital who'll show the things that no one would.

I hope the stock keeps going up - their credibility sure has.

Monday 19 January 2015

Google Glasses come to an end.

Google are to suspend the manufacture of its Google Glasses headsets.

The first really "wearable" technology have been hammered both by poor sales (they're expensive at 1,500 euro+ a pair) and technology, notably in the privacy space. People wearing them have been referred to as 'Glassholes'.

However, a more consumer styled device is planned.

What Glasses do deliver is hands-free purchasing and indeed Tesco were hoping to develop an App allowing shoppers to simply browse products and order via the glasses. The lack of popularity though, is key and will stop these types of applications simply because the glasses aren't in enough hands.

So Google Glasses are a worthy product and make perfect sense. However, they need to overcome the price point to become more easily available (the cheaper they are, the more people will have them) and fundamentally, the "look" of them. They just look too weird for people to wear so the design needs work.

There's no doubt, they'll be back and as watches have shown, wearable tech is here to stay.