iPhone X PreOrder Experience

It’s that time of the year again.. for the second time this year. The Apple Preorder event that occurred twice this year. The iPhone 8’s didn’t seem to be in a real demand as we didn’t hear too many complaints. However, the fear mongoring put out there by so called “analysts” and “Rumor” sites made it seem like Apple had a severe shortage on iPhone X’s. So much so there were reports backorders could go into 2018. 

As usual they were wrong, to an extent. Because of the fear they put into people about the shortage any little problem was magnified 10 times. From the site being slow to update to carriers having server issues. Nothing new from any launch in years past. It is certainly annoying and if people had to have the phone on launch day it made for some excessive crying on twitter.  

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I have been apart of the Apple Upgrade program for a few years now. Last year was completely unorganized and actually kept me from being to upgrade the phone for a launch day release. Instead I had to buy a phone outright to get one on day one.  

This year was a different story. Apple did a great job setting up the preorder process for the program. I was able to get all the info and approvals out of the way days before the preorder. All I had to do the morning of the preorder was wait for the app to go live and simply click submit and I was done. 

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As seen in the screenshots above the Apple Store app for me came up at 3:04 and at 3:05 I was done and my order was in. Shortly after I received the confirmation email showing my delivery date of Nov 3rd. Also, since I have a UPS account anytime someone creates a label to my address I get a notification right away on my app. So my phone has already shipped and will be here Friday. 

Lets hope the quality of the iPhone X is what we have come to expect from Apple. I am sure people will be looking it over with a fine tooth comb to see what is wrong with it so they can complain about a 1K plus phone.  

 

Has Youtube Changed

Lately, many content creators on YouTube have been calling foul. From losing subs to view counts being incorrect. But how did we get here?

Like many pyramid schemes you need to build up your brand and sell it to others. It doesn’t matter what it is. It could be a product, service etc. In the world of YouTube you build a brand for your audience to hopefully relate to in some way. In the beginning before people realized what YouTube was they just posted a topic they were interested in. We didn’t think of clever channel names or format our content to any kind of style. It was mostly off the cuff content that was honest and up front. You weren’t given the option to monotize your videos from day 1 with zero subs. So when you posted a video you did it with the most honest intentions it was to entertain or teach something. Early YouTubers weren’t “content creators”, they were people who made a video and posted it on the internet. Same thing to most people in this world.

Moving on to the “partnership” portion of YT. If you were mildly successful on YouTube the opportunity to apply for more features of the site was available. The most important to most “at the time” was being able to post longer videos and create a channel banner. Eventually, making that dough took center stage. People began making money by doing what we do today, sort of. It’s gotten a lot more complicated over the years because the game has changed. But, back then if you had subs they watched your video clicked 1-5 stars and even commented! We didn’t have analytics we have now so who knows how many subs actually watched. If you were lucky enough your video could be featured on their front page thus helping create the opportunity to go “viral.” This was the goal after partnership to many. So that’s how it was for a while. I’m sure in the background YouTube had a type of algorithm to determine where your video was shown. I don’t know if “being successful” was any easier than it is now. At least I don’t feel it is easier or harder these days. If you have good content, a good network of fans you could see some success.

So things are moving along and YouTube in 2011 is pretty damn big at this point. So IMO “Playing the game” is a major key to kinda of cheating the system. From posting at certain times, to quick videos, being “First” on whatever the hot topic or product is, to figuring out the Algorithm. Many people were able to at least figure out some of the key points to getting more views instead of really doing the content for the joy of it. This isn’t wrong but too much of a good thing usually ends up not being good. I noticed many Tech channels playing that game and doing a damn good job of it.

Moving through the years YouTube has done some very weird and cool stuff. Like any company they have a lot of ups and downs. I have have read a few articles that Youtube was losing money years ago. I’m not sure if they are in the same situation today but some of the recent changes makes me wonder what they have done. Prominent Youtubers claim to have heard from support and they state the problem is being researched but didn’t think it was a problem. That in it self scares many of the people that produce content for a living. These recent changes seems to be geared towards video engagement, which basically means the content is second to getting people to thumbs up/down and comment. Sounds like we’re back to 2011 again with playing the game.

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CES 2017

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With 2017 fastly approaching we are again coming up on another CES in Vegas. I am not sure I will be attending this year but I am certainly hoping to. CES is the largest show held each year in Vegas taking over the city and bringing a ton of new tech.

I have been going to CES every year since 2010 and missed my first show last year and I really missed it. I did end up attending NAB in April, which was a great show, but nothing like the size of CES. Covering CES can be a daunting task if you have never been to a show. The size of CES is something that is very hard to explain, it’s something tech fans need to experience in person. You could spend days in each hall and still not see all that is being offered. From the biggest companies in the world to the newest company hoping to break into with the big boys. Many companies have fallen and never to be seen from again, but a few have rose to see much success.

As I mentioned I was thinking about attending this year but I will not be covering it as I have in years past. As many of you may or may not know I have taken on more of a vlog style in the past few months and I love the raw feel. So many people produce great looking video and spend hours editing but the content is boring and stale. I like to get some conversation going and really get people thinking. I’m not always the most knowledgeable on topics but I am certainly open to what people think and have to say about things.

If I attend will be definitely be looking to talk to other Youtubers on camera asking them about the lastest topics on the minds of the tech community. Of course I will be checking out the latest and greatest and bringing what I think is cool to you. Of course if you have something you heard will be there feel free to hit me up on twitter @techexamined and I will check it out.