Annotated overview of technology reports.
Listen to the podcast Click
- Google cancels free photo storage
- Apple showed Mac with its own chip
- Spotify spends a quarter of a billion on podcast business (again)
Subscribe to the Klik newsletter – a weekly technology bulletin
Every Saturday morning by email a selection of the week’s most important technological news. Sign up to receive the free newsletter: sme.sk/klikmail
Google is asking for money
If you use Google Photos to easily back up and share photos from your mobile, it’s probably because it’s free. For about five years now, Google has allowed any user to store any number of photos for free.
Good mobile apps make backup easy, and photos can be easily sent to family or friends with a clear web interface. Photos are one of Google’s most popular apps.
The company has now announced that it will charge fees for them. From June next year, newly uploaded photos will count to the 15GB gigabyte online storage limit, which is available free of charge for all accounts. Few regular users reach the limit shortly after the service starts. In two or three years of use, the cache, which also stores data in a Gmail online file or Google Docs, will be full.
Google is offering relatively cheap capacity increase through a service called Google One. For two dollars a month, online storage capacity can be increased to 100 gigabytes, which should be enough to keep most people years ahead.
If you need even more space, you can pay up to ten euros a month for two terabytes of space.
Service fees are the two most interesting things. This will be the first time that Google has been very active in pushing its customers to pay money.
Google already offers subscriptions, such as YouTube Premium or Google Workplace premium version.
So the paid photos will be the first time Google has started actively pushing users to subscribe. It will be interesting to see what happens to Google One.
If we have 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 pushes the discussion of Google’s market power. The most cynical interpretation of the service charge is that it is a classic anti-market action.
A large and wealthy company will lower service prices for a few years far below real costs (in our case zero), which will push 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 of this provided that some competition survived years of artificially reduced prices.
Of course, it’s hard to say if something like this actually happened, because the equally good explanation is that someone at Google has greatly underestimated how many people will use unlimited free storage. Costs have gotten out of control and we are now seeing a genuine effort to get the service on the ground. (BBC)
Apple had another special event this year, where it introduced the long-awaited processor for the Arm for Mac architecture. So far, the company has used Arm chips on iPhones and iPads, and the rest of the market is using them on mobile devices.
Comparing the A14 processor’s performance of the new iPhones with the best that 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 continue to be tested by reviewers and experts, but if it turns out to be true, it is a revolution in one sense.
In the first wave of transformation to its own computer chip, the company introduced the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini.
Also hear the special click, where we focused only on news from Apple.
(FWIW by David Tvrdon, SME Tech)
Spotify has announced that it is going to buy the podcast company Megaphone for about a quarter of a billion dollars. Today, Megaphone hosts some of the most popular podcasts in the world. He also sells them ads.
If you listen to English podcasts, it’s likely that Megaphone servers are delivering at least some of them to your application, and you’ve almost certainly heard advertising on the platform from its resellers (or automated systems).
By purchasing, Spotify gets two things it needs. On the one hand, it gets analytics data on how people outside the Spotify ecosystem listen to podcasts.
At the same time, it is buying a company that can advertise podcasts on the one hand and provide its own advertising outside of Spotify on the other.
Disney has announced quarterly results. The most important (even the best news) was probably reaching 73.7 million subscribers to the Disney + streaming service (by comparison, Netflix has 193 million), which was launched exactly a year ago. Disney had a loss of $ 629 million on revenue 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 Chinese-American pass request, nothing happened on November 13 (Wall Street Journal).
YouTube Rewind 2020 nebude. The company, for the first time since 2010, announced when it was regularly releasing the Rewind series, in which it repeated last year’s most successful videos and trends, that it was not preparing Rewind for this year. (The Verge)
The Nintendo Switch is still the best-selling game console . The Switch has sold more than the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One in the last two years. This may change with the advent of new consoles. Nintendo has sold more than 63 million Switch consoles to date. (CNN)
A new edition of the game update Game Update has been released. Top Stories: The Story of the Mass Effect Series; How to cope with the trauma of life by creating a game; Why not another Fallout on PlayStation 5. (Game update)
Every podcast of the SME every day
You can download all podcasts of the SME every day, listen in one place on podcasty.sme.sk.
If you are interested in advertising space in podcasts or other collaboration, write to us at podcasty.inzercia @ sme.sk, we will send you a price offer.