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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…Continue
Posted by Technology & Innovation on July 24, 2014 at 4:00pm
LG’s G3 Debuts Fall 2014
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
Mikhael Levy’s Art Workshop –“The Eye and the Mind in Western Art”
Drawing is both an art and a science. Artists can illustrate an infinite number of designs using the concept of perspective, shapes and figures. Therefore drawing, as an artistic endeavor, gives the artist the creative ability to express themselves visually without limitation. Artist like Mikhael Levy understand the significance of providing instruction on the composition of great art though the ages, helping artist discover the visual elements that make the masterpieces remarkable.
Drawing, as a scientific endeavor, can be understood through an artist’s examination of the creative development process. Levy’s workshop “The Eye and the Mind in Western Art” highlights the technique in drawing of “the great draftsmen of the past, from Leonardo to Ingres.” By introducing artists to the visual methods behind great works of art, he helps them develop creative techniques, as well as foster an appreciation and understanding for historically significant approaches to art.
Mikhael Levy Studio conducts the workshop in Miami, FL. Observe the artist’s creations and signup for the workshop by visiting: Mikhael Levy Studio Official Website. …
Posted by Online Art Gallery on July 24, 2014 at 1:35pm
Facebook released a report on its Q2 2014 earnings that far exceeded expectations. The company’s revenue has increased by 61%. It reached approximately $3 billion in earnings. Earnings per share were valued at $0.42-12 cents higher than most predictions by business analyst.
The calendar year of 2014 is the most successful in Facebook’s history. Not only is the company generating more sales than in previous years, it is gaining more income from providing services through business operation. According to Business Insider, Facebook’s operation made an extraordinary $1.4 billion in Q2 compared to $562 million last year.
After reaching an all-time record high on Wall Street, Facebook stock nearly reached $74 per share, a rise of nearly 4%.
Facebook continues to grow at a rapid pace. It added 41 million new members to its social networking platform in the last quarter alone. While analysts continue to suggest the popularity of mobile apps as the company’s strongest competitor, no other platform has acquired a similar audience base or revenue model.
Posted by Technology & Innovation on July 24, 2014 at 11:43am
2014 Primetime Emmy Award Nominations
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is receiving 19 Emmy Award nominations for 2014, more than any other show on television.
Netflix’s popular drama, “House of Cards” is getting 13, along with 12 for comedy “Orange is the New Black.”
Even though AMC wrapped up “Breaking Bad” last year, the program is receiving 16 nominations including the category for best actor.
Other leading nominees include “Fargo”, “American Horror Story: Coven””, and “The Normal Heart.”
Seth Meyers will host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25.The event will broadcast live on NBC. Below is a complete list of nominees.
Best Comedy Series
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Orange Is the New Black"
Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Julia Louis Dreyfus, "Veep"
Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly"
Amy Poehler, "Parks & Recreation"
Taylor Schilling, "Orange Is the New Black"
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang…Continue
Ana Ines Serantes is an artist with a plethora of wonderful creations that capture the exciting qualities of the world. Her original characters and captivating usage of color highlights the things in life in which we find amazement. Read more about Serantes' work here: Ana Ines Serantes: Art Exploring the Colors of the Rainbow
Learn more about the artist and her creations here: Ana Ines Serantes Official Website
Netflix and Verizon Stream Online Content
Netflix is improving the speed and quality of its streaming content to subscribers by teaming up with Verizon.
This is the second time Netflix is teaming up with another company to ensure its movies and TV shows stream more quickly online. Netflix already has plans to distribute content efficiently through Comcast channels and affiliate networks.
Since the company has a strong online following already, Netflix is focusing its efforts on improver the user experience by ensuring users have access to content through the best connections available. Through its Open Connect program, it allows internet service providers (ISPs) to improve user connections directly at internet exchanges or by installing apps into ISPs’ networks to improve streaming quality.
‘We have reached an interconnect arrangement with Verizon that we hope will improve performance for our joint customers over the coming months,” stated Netflix spokesman Joris Evers.
The deals with Comcast and Verizon are not a part of the Open Connection program. Instead the two services will provide a direct connection between its servers and Netflix’s network for improved delivery of content. Netflix is hoping the deals will maintain its popularity with current subscribers and encourage Comcast and Verizon users to purchase subscriptions.
Netflix and Verizon are still working out the details of the deal, and the new…Continue
Posted by Technology & Innovation on July 2, 2014 at 12:00pm
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Releases in 2017
Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is set to hit theaters on July 7, 2017. It is the fifth installment of the franchise and will compete at the box office with “Fantastic Four 2”, “Despicable Me 3” and other highly-anticipated summer blockbusters.
Star Wars: Episode VIII, potentially its greatest competitor, is on schedule to kick-off the summer of 2017 with a May release date.
Disney initially wanted to release the new Pirates movie in 2016, but decided to extend the production process in order to incorporate some new script changes.
The last four Pirates movies grossed approximately $3.7 billion.
The film’s star Johnny Depp will also appear in the sequel to “Alice in Wonderland”, the musical “Into the Woods”, “Mortdecai” and “Black Mass.”
Posted by Online Film Studio on July 24, 2014 at 9:00am
While many artists gain their inspiration from other artworks developed in the past, mixed media artist Lila Benharush seems to defy the notion that there is no such thing as an original thought in art. Lila Benharush's work is not overly influenced by another artist's work or ideas, making her images unique, striking, and extraordinarily creative.
A New Creative World
Observing a piece by Lila Benharush is like flying a plane in uncharted territory; you feel as if you are in an entirely different world. In the creative world of Lila Benharush, nothing is ordinary and all expressionism is coupled with a heightened sense of nature, human actions and thoughts.
The artist has a mastery of color schemes in mixed media, and the ability to create art this is visually exciting, thought provoking, and tells an original story.
The Artist Body As Art
It is really great to see how the artist uses her own body in the art pieces with such creative transformation. When Lila Benharush uses her own physical expressions and actions in her pieces and then overlays…Continue
Posted by Art Bracket LLC on April 12, 2012 at 7:02am
2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival Lineup Announced
The fourth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival takes place live in Las Vegas on September 19 and 20. Live performers include Taylor Swift, Usher, Coldplay, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Zac Brown Band, Motley Crue, One Direction, Paramore, Ed Sheeran, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Calvin Harris, Lorde, Bastille and Steve Aoki. Clear Channel Communications plans to release the names of other artists in the days leading up to the show. MGM Grand Hotel & Casino will host the 2014 event.
“We want to continue to deliver the goods for artists and help their development, and to see more great music to keep the radio industry healthy,” Tom Poleman, president of Clear Channel’s national programming platforms, told Billboard. “It’s great to have the diversity of genres this year, too. We have Motley Crue, which is obviously very different from Train, Eric Church, or Ariana Grande, but that’s what makes it so special. You’ll often have people on the side of the stage watching other bands. It’s not unthinkable to see someone like Coldplay watching Zac Brown or One Direction because they’re already on-set and they never get to see them play themselves.”
The pre-show event, iHeartRadio Music Festival Village, is returning for a second year. It will include daytime performances from Kacey Musgraves, Neon Trees, Childish Gambino, MAGIC!, The Pretty Reckless, Nico & Vinz, Lil Jon and Iggy Azalea.
Ryan Seacrest is returning as host of the festival. Fans can win a trip to attend the event by listening to Seacrest’s radio show on iHeartRadio app…
Posted by Internet Music Radio on July 24, 2014 at 10:00am