Review | Quibi: the not so good streaming service

There are way too many streaming services in our world. That’s a good thing as well as a bad thing. From YouTube to Netflix, it’s kind of like there’s a buffet of content. Sometimes you leave full and other times; you are just overwhelmed. In April 2020, people started to get a little bit more overwhelmed with the launch of Quibi, the newest streaming service to enter the game.

The streaming service without a slogan

Quibi is a mobile-only streaming service. The idea with the streaming service is present under 10 minutes of content so that its users can enjoy it while working, on break, in the car, or even if you are in the bathroom. The platform also got big names like Chrissy Teigen, Keke Palmer, and Liam Hemsworth to start in some programming.

The programming on the platform is just okay. There isn’t any standout programming on there at the moment. Because all of the shows are under 10 minutes long, a lot of the programming feels rushed and honestly, thrown together. There’s also pacing problems because of it trying to fit so much into one quick bite. It’s like trying to cram for a test the night before.

Not even Chrissy can make this service good

One example of this is on Quibi’s reboot of the popular MTV dating show from the 90s “Singled Out.” While they are all people that the contestant knows, the speed of the eliminations is quick until they get to the final few constants, and that slows down abruptly. Keke Palmer and Joel Kim Booster do an excellent job in their roles on the show; this can lead to things feeling a little off when. One positive about the “Singled Out” reboot is that it’s faithful to the source material.

One of the significant flaws with Quibi is that it’s only available for mobile devices. There were many times that I would want to watch something on there but didn’t want to watch it on my iPhone. I even tried downloading it on my iPad, but the app made for the iPad. I honestly forgot about the app due to this. 

Another flaw was the release schedule of the programming. A lot of the shows were released every day with three episodes a day. This kind of contradicts the premise of the app. Releasing a new episode every day isn’t bad, but rather having three new episodes a day. The app is trying to provide entertainment in quick burst but three episodes are the length of an episode of a sitcom.

Since it’s launch in April, Quibi hasn’t been the picture of success. According to The New York Times, Quibi was in the top 50 free iPhone apps when it launched. It’s now ranked at number 125 with only 3.5 million customers. Only 1.3 million of those customers are active. Founder Jeffery Katzenberg says that COVID-19 has a lot to do with the rough launch of this app.

“I attribute everything that has gone wrong to coronavirus,” Katzenberg said, “Everything. But we own it.

Verdict

Frankly, I don’t think Quibi was well researched and tested before the launch. There’s a lot of good with the service. That will get overlooked because there’s just so much wrong. While you get the first 90 days free, it’s not worth it an actual subscription. COVID-19 isn’t causing the service to suck. It just not a pleasant experience. There was an article published by Qizmodo calling out Quibi’s issue being its Ego and its spot on.

“As the Times noted, the company has shifted its marketing strategy to advertise individual shows rather than a new service that no one understands,” the article stated, “And that’s a start. A service is only as good as the content on its platform, and Quibi’s signature “Turnstyle” tech is neat but was never enough to carry the service on its own—regardless of whatever Whitman and Katzenberg were able to spin to their investors.” This statement perfectly sums up what the platform needs to do to compete. They also need to take responsibility for their mistakes and not push blame on things. Unless something changes, I would save your money and not get this app.

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Why should you care about Vero

You can never have too many social media apps they said

It’s been awhile since we talked about the different apps that are popping up out of nowhere. I thought it was time to bring this back in order to know what the hell we are getting ourselves into if we were to sign up for it. There’s a new social media on the street and it’s called “Vero.” Yep, it’s just another app to become addicted to.

What is Vero?

Vero calls itself “an ad-free social network that let’s you be yourself.” It launched in 2015, and it’s like Instagram to a certain degree. You can post photos, text, and share URLS, which is links to site for the people that don’t know. You can also recommend books, TV shows, and movies. All the connections that you make on the app, you can actually set how you know them. You can set it to close friends, friends, follower, or acquaintances. Based on what you list them as, you can choose what post they can see and what post they can see. It’s pretty much like Instagram but seems less broke. Instagram recently has just been one big hot mess.

Vero is just one of the many apps that have tried to reach out to the users that have are over the shit that they have got on all the other social media apps. There just really haven’t been anything keeping those apps there due to either not being able to keep the attention of the users like everything else.

If you are looking to try this app, be one of the first million to get it because it seems that you will have to pay for it. Yep, there’s going to be an annual subscription fee. sigh. There’s also a lot of stuff going around that in their terms there is a section that let’s them use or sell your content that is posted to the app. You also won’t get any for your trouble either since it will royalty-free.

Is it worth it?

Overall, it doesn’t seem like a bad app. I would look more into before you jump into the trend of downloading because your pissed off at Instagram. The part that is a turn off for me is that it’s all royalty-free content selling or use. Vero is available in the app store for iOS and Android users. If you are a window phone user, drop that phone and get a real one.

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What the app? Sarahah

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Welcome back to another edition of “What the App?” It’s the place where I look up apps and then tell you about them because I’m a good person. On this edition, it’s time to dive into the world of your friends not having a backbone and telling you things to your face.

So you are probably reading the name of this app and going “Is that some sort spelling error? WTF is that kind of name?” No, it’s not a spelling error. The actually name of the app is called “Sarahah.” Pretty all it is a place where people can leave you anonymous  messages to people. The official tagline of the app is “Sarahah helps you in discovering your strengths and areas for improvement by receiving honest feedback from your employees and your friends in a private manner.” So pretty much, the app let’s you be shady as fuck. Instead of just being like “Hey man, you really need to work on X,Y, and Z,” the app allows you to say it as “you suck.” You let your true feeling just flood in.

Teen as also use this app to send each other inappropriate messages about sex and to bully people because bullies are all the rage in 2017, there’s even one elected into office. Can you picture the comments if Trump had a “Sarahah?” It would probably be up for a couple of minutes before the death threat just poor right in. Please note, that I’m not saying you should send death threats nor do I support death threats. It just something that’s going to happen when you have an anonymous forum for someone who’s isn’t well likes for most of America.

This app is pretty much going with the notion that “it’s okay to say things to people and be mean about it as long as you are hiding behind a screen and monitor.” While I really hope that this wasn’t the intentions, the app itself wasn’t a good idea. I get it was used as a way to remain anonymous when talking about mistreatment in the work place, which is fine, but it’s because of that anonymity that makes it’s not okay. If teens, people in general, think that there isn’t repercussions for the comments they make online because everything they say on there doesn’t have their name and there isn’t a way to track them.

Hopefully, this taught you more about the app known as Sarahah. It’s not a horrible app, just one that should have been thought out more before the release.

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What the App is This? FaceApp

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Looks like we have another app to go viral and become popular. sigh. On this edition of “What The App is This,” it’s time explain what the hell this app called “FaceApp” is because I have no fucking clue and you probably don’t either. So let’s find out what the hell this app is that is apparently ruining lives.

In case you don’t get the gif, that’s Shonda Rhimes on Patrick Dempsey body because Shonda will kill characters that you learn to love and want to be happy. Shonda ruin lives like Regina George. Anyways, “FaceApp” is an app that allows people to transform your face into different filters. You can make yourself smile, look old, see what you would look if you were the opposite gender, etc. Pretty much, it lets you change your face without having to pay out the butt and make an appointment to “see the dentist” aka the plastic surgeon.

That’s pretty much all the app is. All it does is let you change your face with the help of filters. There’s isn’t anything else to it….besides the fact that it’s becoming very controversial. This app is getting racist. There’s are tweets of the filter called “hot” bleaching the skin of non-caucasian people. So it’s pretty much just telling people that they aren’t “hot” unless they are white. Luckily, the filter has been removed or renamed to something stupid. “Spark” is the name. Ummm, that’s lame.

The app has also sparked questions about whether or not the app is safe for privacy. According to people who installed the app, it requires you to give permission to things besides your camera and photos. Apparently, it needs permission to access stuff like your internet/network connections, receive data, and preventing your device from sleeping. While the other things are slightly understandable, why does it need to prevent your device from sleeping? Is it watching you like your microwave? Or do they think that they are just being helpful in case you are waiting to fuck up your friends face without looking before your phone’s screen does dark? I know from person experience that if you touch the screen right away, then it will wake up to the screen without unlocking your phone. My mind was blown too by that!

 

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So pretty much this app is adding to the culture that “FaceTuning” created, which was another app that allowed people to take out the imperfections of their face, and tried to put a spin on it to where it was comedic but misses the mark because what is featured as the filters. The filters kind of suck. The technology is amazing but it could have been used in a much better way.

Hopefully, this helps explain “FaceApp” more so you know whether or not this app is something you want. #NoJudgement if you do want it.

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