In This Issue


NBN is thinking about a “Netflix tax” to boost revenue

The brainworms have dug in nice and deep over at NBN Co, as demonstrated by the fact they're considering a "Netflix tax" on their shiny new $60b network. The question about downgrading video streaming services and customers paying more to unlock full quality streams was raised with ISPs in the NBN's latest wholesale pricing review, and as you'd expect, the ISPs are not happy about yet another price increase for customers already cranky that the NBN costs more than their ADSL did. It seems unlikely it'll actually happen, but it's funny to watch the NBN grasping for straws to meet government imposed revenue targets.

Samsung CEO explains why the Galaxy Fold still isn’t available

Samsung's CEO, DJ Koh, has told journalists that the release of the stillborn Galaxy Fold was "embarrassing" and that he "pushed it through before it was ready" in a rush to get a jump on competitors. As to the current status of the Galaxy Fold, he said that "more than 2,000 devices are being tested right now in all aspects. We defined all the issues. Some issues we didn’t even think about, but thanks to our reviewers, mass volume testing is ongoing" - sounds to me like it's gonna be a few more months until the Galaxy Fold leaves the lab. Still waiting for Huawei and Xiaomi's folding phones too.

Microsoft disabling all ebooks it sold and refunding everyone

Back in April, Microsoft announced that it will shut down its ebook store after only 2 years of operation and that in July (i.e: now) "your ebooks will no longer be available to read". While there's been a heap of news around the internet saying this is why DRM sucks and why paper books are good (which is true and I agree with), Microsoft's gone about this shutdown the right way and will be giving a full refund for all books purchased. You can then take that money and use it to buy paper versions of the books that nobody can ever take from you. Short of an armed cultural revolution I guess. It's not like that's never happened.

Not News

Control a Sonos setup from your Apple Watch with Lyd

Many of you own Sonos speakers and also own an Apple Watch, so it would be remiss of me not to tell you about Lyd - an official Sonos app for the Apple Watch. From 9to5 Mac, "Lyd lets you remotely control your Sonos speaker playback, including adding speakers to your now playing group, changing volume, starting a new playlist, or setting a favorite radio station. You can even switch between Sonos households right on the Apple Watch, and the Siri watch face suggests launching Lyd intelligently". It's on the app store now for $2.99, a small price to pay to control your $300 speaker from your $600 watch.


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