Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It’s not a long segment – about 10 minutes every week – about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly on iHeart Radio, if you’re interested in hearing more of me blathering away about what’s going on in the digital world. I’m really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.
This week we discussed:
- Happy Halloween to one and all (and, let them eat candy!).
- Everyone thought it was insane that we would use our mobile device to summon strangers and get into their cars. Uber and Lyft are explosively huge business models. Now, Amazon is racheting up the creep factor by allowing strangers into your home to for true in-home deliveries. Amazon Key is no April Fool’s Joke. It’s a home automaton kit that equips houses with a smart lock, a security camera and a mobile app that for $250 allows delivery staff to drop off packages inside your home. It will launch November 8th and will only be available to Amazon Prime members.
- Just how big is YouTube these days? New data came out last week, and it’s staggering. Everyday, 100 million hours of YouTube content is viewed on TV sets (not smartphones or computers… that’s a different number). For comparison, YouTube says that on any given day, users watch just over one billion hours of video content, meaning that TV viewership now accounts for about 1/10th of all YouTube viewing. The number of living room views doing this was up more than 70% year-over-year. In short: YouTube is taking over the TV.
- App of the Week: Cliffhanger – Chat Stories.