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- Google is canceling free photo storage
- Apple showed Mac with its own chip
- Spotify (again) spends a quarter of a billion on a podcast company
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Google asks for money
If you use Google Photos to easily backup and share photos from your cell phone, it’s probably because it’s free. For about five years now, Google has allowed each user to store an unlimited number of photos for free.
Good mobile apps easily back up photos and it’s easy to send photos to family or friends with a clear web interface. Photos is one of Google’s most popular apps.
The company has now announced that it will charge costs for this. Starting in June of next year, newly uploaded photos will count towards the online storage limit of 15 GB, which is available for free for any account. Few regular users reach the limit shortly after the service starts. In two or three years of use, the storage, which also stores data in an online Gmail or Google Docs file, will be full.
Google offers to increase the capacity quite cheaply through a service called Google One. For two dollars a month, the online storage capacity can be increased to 100 gigabytes, which should be enough to stay years ahead of most people.
If you need even more space, you can pay up to $ 10 per month for two terabytes of space.
Service costs are the two most interesting things. This is the first time Google has been very active in encouraging its customers to pay money.
Google already offers subscriptions, such as YouTube Premium or the premium version of the Google Workspace.
The paid photos are thus the first time that Google will actively push users to subscribe. It will be interesting to see what happens with Google One.
If we were to guess, the company will try to build a real subscription product under this brand and eventually add more and more products to Google One.
The second dimension stimulates the discussion about Google’s market power. The most cynical interpretation of the service charge is that it was a completely classic anti-market move.
A large and prosperous company will drive service prices well below real costs for several years (in our case to zero), pushing small competitors out of the market.
When it wins customers, prices start to rise because customers already have a relationship with the company, the transition to competition is painful. All this on the condition that some competition has survived years of artificially reduced prices.
Of course, it’s hard to say if such a thing actually happened, as the equally good explanation is that someone at Google has only grossly underestimated how many people will be using free unlimited storage. Costs have gotten out of hand and we are now seeing a genuine effort to get the service off the ground. (BBC)
Apple had another special event this year, where it introduced the highly anticipated processor for the Arm for Mac architecture. Until now, the company used Arm chips on iPhones and iPads, and the rest of the market uses them on mobile devices.
If you compare the performance of the new iPhones’ A14 processor with the best Intel and AMD have to offer, Apple’s chip is very powerful.
Apple’s new M1 processor is expected to be 2 times more powerful and 4 times more efficient (using less power at the same power) than the latest PC processors. This claim will be tested by reviewers and experts, but if it turns out to be true, it is in a sense a revolution.
In the first wave of transformation to its own computer chips, the company introduced the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini.
Also listen to the click special, in which we focused only on news from Apple.
(FWIW by David Tvrdon, SME Tech)
Spotify has announced that it will buy the podcast company Megaphone for about a quarter of a billion dollars. Megaphone houses some of the most popular podcasts in the world today. He sells them as ads.
If you’re listening to English podcasts, it’s likely that at least some of them are delivered to your application by Megaphone’s servers, and you’ve almost certainly heard commercials onstage from its resellers (or automated systems).
By buying, Spotify gets two things it needs. On the one hand, it obtains analytical data on how people outside of the Spotify ecosystem listen to podcasts.
At the same time, it buys a company that can advertise podcasts on the one hand and its own advertising outside Spotify on the other.
Disney has announced quarterly results. Probably most important (even the best news) was reaching 73.7 million subscribers on the Disney + streaming service (by comparison, Netflix has 193 million), which launched exactly a year ago. Disney had a loss of $ 629 million on sales of $ 14.7 billion. (CNBC)
TikTok is not banned in the United States. Despite the Trump administration’s ultimatum and the Nov. 12 deadline for the request to transfer from the Chinese to the American, nothing happened on Nov. 13 (Wall Street Journal).
YouTube Rewind 2020 nebude. The company announced that for the first time since 2010, when it regularly released the Rewind series, in which it repeated last year’s most successful videos and trends, it was not preparing Rewind for this year. (The edge)
The Nintendo Switch is still the best-selling game console . The Switch has sold more than the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One in the past two years. This may change with the arrival of new consoles. Nintendo has sold more than 63 million Switch consoles to date. (CNN)
A new edition of the game newsletter Game Update has been released. Top Stories: The Story of the Mass Effect Series; How to deal with life’s trauma by making a game; Why isn’t another Fallout coming on PlayStation 5. (game update)
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