Week 107 News Roundup – Essential Phone Launch, Apple Watch LTE & Aetna, Netflix and Apple Original Content

Aaron’s back, and so we’re back to our usual back and forth format, this time around three major topics. First up, we talk about the belated launch of the Essential Phone from Andy Rubin’s company, and the reviews which came out on Friday. Secondly, we discuss recent reports about the Apple Watch, including the possibility of an imminent LTE version and suggestions that Apple is talking to health insurer Aetna about subsidizing devices for its members. Lastly, we talk original video content, in the context of Netflix’s hiring of Shonda Rhimes and Apple’s reported $1 billion investment this year in originals.

As always, you’ll find links to these stories and other things we discussed underneath the SoundCloud player embedded below.

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