Plex has made a steady but solid push into the mainstream market for media players. Their latest announcement includes future support for podcasts. What this means isn't clear yet but I think the possibility for recommendations of related content for movies and TV shows is a real winner. I love the idea that my media aggregator could recommend a podcast episode with the crew or that a really good fan-site could just show up when I rate a show highly. I'd love to immediately hear someone unpack all of the Easter eggs in an episode of Black Mirror after I finish it without needing to search for it.
As Sarah Perez says, Plex is sustainable and their methodical expansion shows that they are in it for the long term. As a Plex Pass member, I can't wait to see how they expand their services and shift focus beyond just being a front-end for a hard drive.
But Plex has run its business sustainably. Following its seed and its $10 million Series A led by Kleiner Perkins in 2014, the company has been break-even or cash flow positive in more recent months. A small, and still undisclosed, portion of its 15 million registered users is paying for a premium subscription, the Plex Pass, which adds more advanced features to the Plex experience. And with the addition of news, Plex has moved into advertising.
Stay with me. This isn't my typical link-post. It's also long so if you don't care about the web or independent writing, here's a nice article about genealogy and statistics.
Two recent articles by Jason Kottke mesh nicely with something that has been weighing on me ...
The legislation comes on the heels of the contentious 2016 election. Post-election investigation hasn't turned up any evidence that foreign governments actually altered any votes. However, we do know that Russians were probing American voting systems ahead of the 2016 election, laying groundwork ...
I'm following posts like this one from Jason Snell very closely:
Once again, that’s a little more than half the time. It’s enough for me to declare that for jobs optimized for multiple processor cores, this base model iMac Pro is nearly twice as fast as the ...
iThoughts 5 just released on all available platforms (iOS, Mac, Windows) with encrypted maps. It's a nice feature if you want to store sensitive information in idea maps that may be shared by email even Dropbox or iCloud.
This post by Dr. Drang reminded me of a powerful feature in Workflow for iOS. No, it's not URL de-duplication. I think the good Dr.'s solution is just fine. I want to talk about Workflow's content graph.
The content graph is core to how Workflow passes data ...
I enjoyed these two Ribbonfarm pieces about human perception of time and how we use it to inform our actions and justify the consequences.
I think it’s interesting how much mental time travel is involved in crushingly mundane activities. As I became a better cook, I noticed ...
Sometimes I want a blank page. Other times I just need a little mental nudge to keep me on track. That's one of the nice features of GoodNotes for iOS and Mac: It's easy to create new paper templates.
My use case is pretty simple. I've long ...
Continuing the theme of arbitrary listicles for the end of the year, here's a list of five iOS apps that have really pulled me away from my laptop in 2017. These aren't just good "mobile" apps, they are top-notch apps for any platform.
Apple Notes is ...
As I think about all the good and bad of 2017, one thing stands out: I never really worry about how my data gets moved between my computers. In previous years I built fragile, and often complicated, machinery on top of Dropbox. While the Dropbox service has certainly gotten better ...
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