Weekly News Roundup Feb. 17-24
AMD is getting ready to launch Ryzen in March, their latest and greatest computer processor series
If its exponential increase in stock price is any cue, AMD’s revival is real this time. In fact, AMD’s Ryzen processors are so popular, they’re already best sellers on Amazon.
— AMD (@AMD) February 17, 2017
Tech enthusiasts, IT professionals and gamers alike are waiting anxiously for Ryzen to launch on March 2. AMD’s Ryzen processors are expected to seriously challenge Intel’s current processor lineup, both in performance and price.
YouTube is ditching the 30-second video ad
Nobody seems to like advertisements these days, and unsurprisingly, adblockers are at their highest penetration thus far. Perhaps media organizations are finally ready to change their advertising strategy to match today’s user habits.
— CNET (@CNET) February 21, 2017
Advertisements keep the lights on for many media organizations, and YouTube is no exception. Apparently YouTube has finally taken the hint when it comes to public opinion on their unskippable 30-second video advertisements. Next year, YouTube is expected to phase out these types of advertisements.
Disney is changing its digital media strategy
The fallout from one YouTuber, who goes by the alias of PewDiePie, has continued this week.
— TechSpot (@TechSpot) February 23, 2017
In addition to laying off around 80 staff members, Disney is reportedly cutting ties with a majority of their YouTube partners, bringing the amount of YouTubers representing their brand from over 60,000 to only 300. Apparently Disney is focusing on YouTube acts that are more family friendly.
Not everyone is happy about Snap Inc.’s growth
Snap Inc., the company that owns the popular phone application Snapchat, is clearly making its mark on Venice Beach, California.
Snap Inc.’s neighbors say the company is turning Venice Beach, California, into a sanitized, corporate campus https://t.co/Y3XifHqJlU
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) February 23, 2017
Unfortunately, according to some locals in the area, this growth has come at a cost. Venice Beach is known for being a grungy artistic safe haven, and with Snap Inc.’s increasing presence, accusations of gentrification have been made.
LG’s G6 smartphone will beat Samsung’s Galaxy S8 to the market
Both Samsung and LG had a rough 2016 in the mobile phone world. When reviewers got their hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, they thought it was a winner, but then the reports of exploding devices quickly quelled that thought. In LG’s case, their G5 smartphone had an incredibly interesting design, featuring modular pieces, but its sales fell short of expectations.
— TechRadar (@techradar) February 23, 2017
Despite their individual hangups, both companies seem on track to release their next generation devices to the public. However, this time LG’s G6 will beat Samsung’s Galaxy S8 to the market by an entire month. Perhaps this will be the year that LG finally puts a serious dent in Samsung’s sales.