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NPR Brings News to iTunes

NPR Brings News to iTunes

 

Apple’s iTunes has now grown beyond music. The company is set to feature NPR as the first non-music station on iTunes.

 

Since its inception, iTunes Radio has been a platform exclusively for stations that broadcast music. Now it will introduce news onto the platform to keep music listeners up-to-date with current events, as well as local and international news. NPR announced Monday that it will become the first news organization to feature a station on Apple’s popular platform. The new station will distribute 24 hours of streaming NPR news and also pre-recorded syndication of popular shows like Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Within the first couple months of its launch, the NPR iTunes Radio station will provide streams from affiliate stations across the United States, and eventually in other countries throughout the world.

 

“What you hear today is just the start of what’s to come,” stated Zach Brand, NPR’s VP of digital media, in a public statement. While NPR is releasing its plans for the near future, it is important to note that the company has been actively pursuing a strong position in the market over the past couple years. NPR is currently available on a variety of digital platforms, including web, mobile browsers and various apps. The organization recently unveiled Infinite Player, which many business analysts consider the future “Pandora for news radio”.

 

Infinite Player…

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Posted by Technology & Innovation on July 25, 2014 at 10:00am

'Lucy' Scores $44 Million Box Office Debut

'Lucy' Scores $44 Million Box Office Debut

Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy was a big hit this weekend. It topped the box office with an extraordinary debut, generating $44 million in sales. This will be Johansson’s highest-grossing film as many are predicting it to gain more popularity than the Marvel films and Under the Skin.

Lucy is the fourth most successful debut of a film with a female leading character. It ranks behind the Hunger Games ($155 million), Divergent ($54 million), Wanted and Mr. and Mrs. Smith ($50 million), and Tomb Raider ($47 million).

Posted by Online Film Studio on July 27, 2014 at 2:33pm

Xbox Gets Mobile Purchasing

Xbox Gets Mobile Purchasing

Frequent Xbox updates provide users with improvements in program functionality, internet connection speed, and access to new applications for entertainment media (video, music, games, and more). According to Microsoft, an update set to take place in August 2014 for the Xbox One plans to give users the ability to "buy games and add-on content from your mobile device." The Next Web suggests "The best part: if your console is set to automatically take updates, it will begin downloading your purchase even if you are not home."

Posted by Technology & Innovation on July 25, 2014 at 8:31am

Amazon’s Web TV Box for Streaming Content

Amazon’s Web TV Box for Streaming Content

Amazon is developing a Web TV product it plans to release in March, confirmed by Recode, CNET and several other technology publications.

The product distributes online content to your television and will compete directly with Apple TV and Roku in the market. Amazon currently produces original TV shows and movies through its online service and plans to expand its content creation for its Web TV box. The product features a customizable version of Google’s Android operating system much like Amazon’s Kindle tablets.

Amazon plans to incorporate games and apps as a part of the Web TV box. The company is posting ads for game developers and designers in multiple cities. Amazon also plans to make key acquisitions of studios producing games and apps.

This new product will change the company’s perception in the technology industry. While most people still view Amazon as one the greatest distributors of products online, the company is rapidly becoming known for the hardware it manufactures. The success of the Kindle products confirms the company’s ability to distribute its hardware to millions worldwide. Successful marketing of its Web TV box will further change its perception in the market.

The youngest users of technology may view Amazon as an online streaming service because they use the company’s digital content more so than its other products and services. People using…

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Posted by Technology & Innovation on July 23, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Ace Hotel Offers Postcard Art Workshop



Over the weekend, hundreds of visitors at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs participated in a postcard art workshop. The hotel offered the class as a part of its three-day Summer School program, featuring poolside art workshops and live musical performances. School Night Los Angeles and HVW8 Art + Design Gallery produced the event. Workshops were hosted by artists Jean André, Alvaro "Freegums" Ilizarbe, Erin D. Garcia and Mtendere Mandowa.

Saturday’s postcard workshop took place inside a converted art studio inside the clubhouse next to the pool area. Several table stations were set up with white copy paper, blank postcards and an assortment of pens in various colors.

Jean André, a graphic designer, gave a tutorial on how to translate original designs into the postcard format. Students were asked to create designs around concepts in abstract art, pop culture, local scenery and other topics.…

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Posted by Online Art Gallery on July 22, 2014 at 4:00pm

2014 MTV Video Music Award Nominees

2014 MTV Video Music Award Nominees

MTV released the list of 2014 Video Music Award nominees via SnapChat. Beyoncé leads this year with a total of eight nominations, including one for Video of the Year. Eminem and Iggy Azalea also topped the list, each receiving seven nominations. Several others are being recognized in multiple categories, including Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Jay-Z, Ariana Grande, Lorde, Zedd, Sam Smith, Avicii, Pitbull, Jason Derulo and Hayley Williams.

The 2014 MTV VMA’s will broadcast live at the Forum in Inglewood, California on August 24. Live performances will include Ariana Grande, Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer and others who will be announced later.

The nominees are:

Video of the Year

» Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”

» Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”

» Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”

» Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

» Sia, “Chandelier”

Best Hip-Hop Video

» Childish Gambino, “3005″

» Drake ft. Majid Jordan, “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”

» Eminem, “Berzerk”

» Kanye West, “Black Skinhead”

» Wiz Khalifa, “We Dem Boyz”

Best Male Video

» Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams, “Sing”

» Eminem ft. Rihanna, “The Monster”

» John Legend, “All of Me”

» Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

» Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”

Best Female Video

» Ariana Grande ft. Iggy…

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Posted by Internet Music Radio on July 27, 2014 at 12:00pm

HBO Releases Game of Thrones Season 5 Cast List

HBO Releases Game of Thrones Season 5 Cast List

The Game of Thrones cast is expanding for season five. HBO announced a list of new cast members at Comic-Con 2014. Here is the complete list of leading actors for the new season:

 

Alexander Siddig will play Doran Martell (the ruling lord of Dorne).

Toby Sebastian will play Trystane Martell, son to Prince Doran (heir to the Dorne).

Nell Tiger Free will play Mycrella, the eldest child of Cersei Lannister and King Robert Baratheon

Jessica Henwick will play Nymeria "Nym" Sand, the second eldest of Prince Oberyn's daughters.

Rosabell Laurenti Sellers will play Tyene Sand, another daughter of Prince Oberyn

Keisha Castle-Hughes is Obara Sand, daughter of Prince Oberyn.

DeObia Oparei joins the cast as Areo Hotah, captain of Doran Martell's palace guard.

Enzo Cilenti is set to play Yezzan, former extremely wealthy trader

Jonathan Pryce is cast as the High Sparrow, the Robin Hood of his time.

 

Season five will makes its debut in 2015.

Posted by Online Film Studio on July 26, 2014 at 9:00am

Aesthetics in Sherry Dellaria-McGrath’s Art and Poe’s The Raven

 

 

So Poe by Sherry Dellaria-McGrath

Sherry Dellaria-McGrath’s So Poe is significant for the artist’s ability to express literary aesthetics through visual art. So Poe depicts the raven in one of Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest poems, The Raven. The poem is frequently examined by literary critics for its expression of mystery, the grotesque, and the supernatural.  Dellaria-McGrath’s So Poe captures the essences of these literary components through design, texture and color.

Dellaria-McGrath’s design masterfully incorporates aspects of the original poem in extraordinary detail. So Poe features the raven perched upon a tree branch beneath the moonlight. The raven is the most dominant visual aesthetic throughout the art piece. Its shape and posture reflects that of the raven in the original poem, as it were perched upon a bust above the narrator’s chamber door. So Poe’s design highlights this extraordinary image under the bright lights of the shining moon, giving observers the opportunity to experience the image from a new perspective.  

The tree branch in So Poe represents vividly the literary concept of the…

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Posted by Online Art Gallery on December 7, 2013 at 11:00am

Microsoft Acquires Nokia to Develop Mobile Technologies

Microsoft Acquires Nokia to Develop Mobile Technologies

Microsoft is looking to make a major splash in the mobile hardware market with the acquisition of Nokia. There is only one remaining challenge before closure of the deal relative to Nokia’s Device and Services division in India. While business analysts predict the two companies are moments away from an acquisition deal, the factory- currently employing approximately 7500 workers in the region- is resolving a dispute with the Indian government over the exclusion of sales taxes on smartphone products for international exportation. According to estimates by Forbes magazine, the factory may be responsible for a tax demand of more than $4 billion. This may bring some delay in closing the deal, but Microsoft is confident in its ability to help the factory resolve the demand and complete the acquisition at the same time.

Once the acquisition is complete, the factory will produce technologies using the Microsoft Mobile brand name. However, the business relationship comes with a caveat; Nokia will legally keep its brand name just in case it decides to reenter the market with products outside of those in development for Microsoft. This appears to be a win-win solution for both companies  as Microsoft will distribute cutting-edge mobile technologies under its brand name, and Nokia will also have the option of continuing market products and services under its name should executive staff choose. A critic of this…

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Posted by Technology & Innovation on July 24, 2014 at 4:00pm

LG’s G3 Debuts Fall 2014

LG’s G3 Debuts Fall 2014

 

LG is introducing its new G3 smartphone into the market, which the company hopes will rank among the top in terms of user experience and of course-sales. The new device will have a design and shape similar to last year’s model, but will have some significant improvements. The new models will have a sleeker appearance and will have a texture that is more comfortable for users to hold. The device is also set to include one of the highest-resolution screen available and other upgrades.

Since the trend in smartphone design is to increase screen sizes, LG is including significant changes in its dimensions. The G3’s screen will measure 5.5 inches diagonally and display 2560 x 1440 pixels in resolution. It will be the first smartphone to increase from the 1080p HD to this higher resolution.

The G3 will deliver similar hardware specifications to other smartphones on the market. The Galaxy S5 carries a 5.1-inch 1080lp HD screen. HTC One has a 5-inch 1080p HD screen. Nokia Lumia Icon carries a 5-inch 1080p HD screen.  

The G3 will run the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system and will be sold by major phone carriers in the US in the next few months. An official price has yet to be released, but will probably range between $199 and $249 with a contract…

Posted by Technology & Innovation on July 24, 2014 at 2:00pm

Movies

10 Totally Weird Series Finales We Can't Forget (VIDEO)


July 20th, 2014 is the 20th anniversary of a very important bizarre moment in television history. Yup -- two decades ago we said goodbye to ABC "TGIF" classic, "Dinosaurs."

You may recall that the prehistoric puppet show ended on a total "huh?" note. Translation: the finale was absolutely bonkers.

In the episode called "Changing Nature," the Sinclear family of Pangea prepares for the annual migration of the Bunch Beetles, a species of bugs that eat cider poppies. But when the Beetles don't arrive, an overgrowth of cider poppies begins, and it is discovered that WESAYSO (the powerful corporation where Earl works) has created a wax fruit factory where the beetles were meant to breed. Still with me? Earl, the Sinclear family patriarch, is tasked with controlling the growth, but he sprays defoliant and ultimately destroys all plant life on the planet in the process. In an attempt to create rain for the plants' survival, the volcanoes erupt into smoke clouds (not rain clouds), which sets off a cooling front. Cooling front = ice age, which means these dinos are about to go extinct. So, basically, Earl killed everyone. The end.

It's quite the crazy sendoff for an almost equally crazy show. Want to know about more oddball series endings? Here are 10 (more) totally weird series finales we should never forget:



Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Television / Courtesy: Everett Collection

14 Spooky Horror TV Shows Worth Getting Scared By (VIDEO)


TV has a grand tradition of churning out scary shows that rival even the most scream-worthy horror flick. There has been a steady flow of small screen thrillers, mysteries, and supernatural stories since the 1950s, and it doesn't look like the trend is letting up any time soon.

Netflix even got into the game with their series, "Hemlock Grove" -- a small town murder mystery brought to viewers by horror guru Eli Roth. The show's second season began streaming July 11th.

And if you want more shows in a similarly chilling genre, don't disregard some of the classic series that made horror happen on TV. There are also a few hidden gems or forgotten favorites that are worth checking out, too.

So, go ahead -- spook yourself! Here are 14 horror TV shows worth getting scared by:













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TV #TBT: Emmy Nominees and Their Big Breaks (VIDEO)


The 2014 Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning and as usual, we saw a lot of familiar faces. Many of the actors and actresses nominated this year appeared on other beloved shows before their current gigs.

Take the great Woody Harrelson, for instance.The acclaimed actor is nominated for his fantastic dramatic work on "True Detective" and has been in dozens of films, but it's hard to forget he started out as Woody on "Cheers." This was a role he was nominated for five times:



Kate Mulgrew, now seen as the fierce Red on "Orange Is the New Black," also earned a nod this morning. Mulgrew is known for her work on "Star Trek: Voyager." Check out this priceless throwback of her giving a tour of the Voyager:


And how could we leave out "Homeland" star Claire Danes as breakout role Angela Chase in her "My So-Called Life" days? Here she is in a dreamy scene with now Oscar winner Jared Leto A.K.A. Jordan Catalano:

Good luck, nominees! Never forget where you started...


Emmy Nominations Wish List: Outstanding Drama Series


The 2014 Emmy nominations will be revealed July 10 and in the days leading up to that big announcement we'll be sharing our dream picks for nods in the big categories. You can find our picks for the reality categories here, Variety Series here, Lead Actor/Actress in a Miniseries or Movie here, Outstanding Movie and Outstanding Miniseries here, Outstanding Guest Actor and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama here, Outstanding Guest Actor and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy here, Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy here, Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama here, Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy here, Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama here, Outstanding Comedy Series. Today's focus: Outstanding Drama Series.

The time has come to discuss which shows we consider to be the best dramatic programs of the past year. This is the final award to chit-chat about before the 2014 Emmy nominations are announced. And here we have some seriously stiff competition.

Last year, "Breaking Bad" took home the trophy, but that win wasn't a given. "Mad Men" had won four years in a row up until 2011 when "Homeland" and its fantastic first season swooped in to break its streak. All of these great shows are still on the ballot today.

But do we think they deserve recognition this year? Here are our dream 2014 Emmy nominees for Outstanding Drama Series:



Photo courtesy HBO

Emmy Nominations Wish List: Outstanding Comedy Series


The 2014 Emmy nominations will be revealed July 10 and in the days leading up to that big announcement we'll be sharing our dream picks for nods in the big categories. You can find our picks for the reality categories here, Variety Series here, Lead Actor/Actress in a Miniseries or Movie here, Outstanding Movie and Outstanding Miniseries here, Outstanding Guest Actor and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama here, Outstanding Guest Actor and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy here, Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy here, Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama here, Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy here, and Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama here. Today's focus: Outstanding Comedy Series.

Our long journey of revealing our Emmy wishes and TV dreams is nearly through, and today we talk about which shows we feel should be contenders to be named the best comedy series of the year.

"Modern Family" has dominated this race for the four years running and its old reliable competitors have been programs like "The Big Bang Theory," "Veep," "Louie," and the no longer eligible "30 Rock."

Which shows did we pick? Here are our dream 2014 Emmy nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series:



Image courtesy Barbara Nitke for Netflix

Music

Over 20 People Hospitalized After Keith Urban Concert in Boston


Roughly 46 people were treated for alcohol-related issues, 22 of them needing hospitalization, while police took over 50 people into protective custody at the show.

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5 Seconds of Summer Set for No. 1 Album Debut on Billboard 200 Chart


Industry sources suggest the self-titled set might sell 250,000 copies in the week ending July 27.

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Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic


What's it like when Mick makes you his movie's leading man? The legendary rocker-turned-Hollywood producer and 'Get On Up' star Chadwick Boseman reveal what went on behind the scenes to bring James Brown back to life.

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Jimmy Buffett Launches Margaritaville TV


"It makes it a Parrothead world now, not just a nation," he tells Billboard.

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The Neighbourhood Proves Worthy at Greek Debut: Concert Review


Though their first album has been widely panned, the gang from Newbury Park is defying naysayers live, where ecstatic fans are becoming legion.

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Art

Opera Review: ‘Dr. Sun Yat-sen’ in the American Premiere at Santa Fe Opera

“Dr. Sun Yat-sen,” Huang Ruo’s opera about the founding father of the republic of China, is given its American premiere by the Santa Fe Opera.






ArtsBeat: ‘Masters of Sex’ Recap: Of Might and Men

Dr. William Masters encounters a difficult case of an infant with intersex traits, while the definition of manhood pulses throughout the episode.






With Rent Up, It’s Quittin’ Time for a Honky-Tonk

After 27 years of holding out, Alamo style, against rising rents and marching chain stores, the Rodeo Bar on the corner of Third Avenue and East 27th Street closed on Sunday.






ArtsBeat: ‘True Blood’ Recap: The Sickness and the Cure

Outbursts, meltdowns and a big spoiler dominated the latest episode of HBO’s vampire series.

ArtsBeat: Comic-Con 2014: Batman in the Spotlight

At 75, Batman shows no signs of slowing down.

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