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A man is watching streaming content on a tablet. He may have fewer choices in the future

Party’s over: Big streamers cut budgets, raise prices, and pull content

June 8, 2023

Streaming giants of all kinds have spent lavishly on expensive new productions and large content libraries, hoping to win new customers. But the services have often lost money and investors are growing impatient. As streamers focus on profitability, consumes are set to lose out. Plus, learn the English expression “all of a sudden.”

It's hard to watch "just one more episode" when there's so much content on streaming services.

Streaming platforms with huge budgets changed our TV-watching habits

June 5, 2023

Television changed forever when streaming services like Netflix started producing more (and better) series. Today, we look at three categories of streamers and why they’re spending so much. On Thursday, we’ll talk about why the age of big spending on series may be about to end. Plus, learn the English expression “big deal.”

Bar owners are starting to take Bud Light out of their tap rotations

Cold beer in hot water: Bud Light controversy over influencer video

June 1, 2023

Can any one product be for all Americans in an age of polarization? Bud Light is the country’s most popular beer brand. But now people from both sides of the cultural divide are protesting the brand. It all started when Bud Light partnered with a trans influencer and congratulated her one year after her transition. Plus, learn the English phrasal verb “blow over.”

Tools like ChatGPT are good at generating language

How to use (and how not to use) ChatGPT

May 25, 2023

ChatGPT, the new artificial intelligence model that has captured the imagination of millions, has strengths and weaknesses. Like any tool, it’s good for some things and not good for others. The trick is to know what and how to use it. Plus, learn the English expression write (someone or something) off.

A woman chatting with ChatGPT

What you need to know about ChatGPT, the AI tool that answers your questions

May 22, 2023

ChatGPT is artificial intelligence for the masses. It’s the first widely-adopted consumer application of a Large Language Model, which uses billions of inputs to answer questions (often correctly). Consumer companies like Grammarly and LinkedIn have rushed to incorporate LLMs in their own products. Plus, learn the English expression “hit home.”

Digital fingerprint technology is behind the new smart gun

Can a ‘smart gun’ prevent accidental shooting deaths?

May 18, 2023

A Colorado startup has developed a gun that only fires when an authorized user is holding it. The purpose is to provide owners with the self-defense, but also prevent accidental shootings from children and from unauthorized users. But who would buy this gun? Plus, learn the English phrasal verb ‘hold up.’

A man grabs someone else in a mock fight. Guests brawled on the Jerry Springer show

Jerry Springer pioneered on-air trash, precursor to today’s reality TV

May 15, 2023

Jerry Springer, a politician-turned-talk-show-host, invented a new genre of television: daytime trash. On his show, guests threw food, punches, and expletives, all while a bemused Springer egged them on. It was a precursor to reality TV shows of today. Springer died recently at age 79. Plus, learn the English expression “push the boundaries.”

The Paris Opera House

Curtain falls on ‘Phantom of the Opera’ after a 35-year run on Broadway

May 11, 2023

“The Phantom of the Opera” played its final show at the Majestic Theater in New York, ending its 35-year run on Broadway. The story is based on a novel by Gaston Leroux. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber made it legendary with the musical adaptation, which has been performed in 182 cities in 17 languages. Plus, learn the English expression “set the stage.”