The sad state of the Mac, this week on The CultCast


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It's been over a year since most Macs have been updated.
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This week on The CultCast: it’s been over a year since Apple has updated virtually any of their Macs. Just what in the heck in going on? We discuss. Plus: why all your online purchases will soon be taxed; Instagram takes on YouTube with new IGTV app; MoviePass is about to change for the worse, AGAIN; America’s largest theater chain just put the final nails in the MoviePass coffin; and things get weird in an all-new what we’re into!

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CultCast #341 – The SAD state of the Mac

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This week’s stories

Supreme Court Kills Quill, Gives States More Authority To Collect Sales Tax

  • It’s a sad day for US. It’s the end of an era. The end of tax-free shopping online.
  • In 1992 the supreme court that a state couldn’t force an online retailer to collect sales tax for them if the retailer didn’t have a physical presence in that state.
  • Today, they reversed that decision
  • What does that mean?
  • Well, it means that you state will undoubtedly begin forcing online retailers to charge you sales tax on all your online orders.
  • If you have a big purchase to make, I’d do it this summer.

On The Sad State of Macintosh Hardware

  • Rogue Amoeba developer Quentin Carnicelli posted this week on the company’s blog about his frustration with Apple’s continued neglect of the Mac.
  • “At the time of the writing, with the exception of the $5,000 iMac Pro, no Macintosh has been updated at all in the past year.”

Instagram takes on YouTube with new IGTV app

  • The photo-sharing social network revealed its new standalone app today called IGTV that’s dedicated to long-form video.
  • IGTV was revealed at an event today this morning where the company also shared that it now has 1 billion monthly active users.

MoviePass is going to introduce surge pricing on popular movies by July

  • By the end of the summer, you’ll see some major changes to your MoviePass subscription — and you’re not going to like them all.
  • MoviePass told Business Insider that by August members of the service would be able to add a friend when buying tickets through the app and would have the option, at an added price, to order tickets to Imax and Real 3D movies.
  • The first change to the service will happen in the coming weeks, when MoviePass will start charging members what CEO Mitch Lowe calls “high demand” pricing.
  • CEO Mitch Lowe: “At certain times for certain films — on opening weekend — there could be an additional charge for films”
  • The added charge will start at $2 for titles the app deems very popular with MoviePass subscribers

AMC is launching a MoviePass-like subscription service

    • The largest theater chain in America has announced that it will now offer a subscription service that allows patrons to watch up to three movies a week for $19.95 a month.
    • Called AMC Stubs A-List the online and smartphone-based subscription will allow members to watch multiple movies a day and let you see movies more than once.
    • There will be no online ticketing fees, and it will offer a discount on food and drinks at the concession stand. Plus Stubs A-List will be redeemable toward formats

like IMAX and 3D and will also include special AMC locations such as Dine-Ins.

  • The service will allow you to make up to three movie reservations at once in advance without having to physically be at the theater