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Rock in Rio 2015 Announces Las Vegas Lineup
Metallica, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift, No Doubt, Deftones and John Legend are among performers announced as part of the lineup for Rock in Rio, May 8-9 and 15-16 in Las Vegas.
The announcement came at a press conference in Times Square with a surprise performance from John Mayer and Sepultura with Les Tambours Du Bronx.
Rock in Rio has partnered with MGM Resorts International, Cirque du Soleil and Ron Burkle for the production. The concert venue will be located on the Strip at the corner of Sahara Avenue and have the capacity for 85,000 fans per day. Six stages will be spread across 37 acres, three streets are set to have a Rock theme, and others will display music from U.S., UK and Brazil.
Carrie Underwood Promotes Greatest Hits, New Single
American Idol winner and country music superstar Carrie Underwood plans to celebrate her musical career with an upcoming greatest-hits compilation.
Greatest Hits: Decade #1 will also feature new original music, including Underwood’s latest single Something in the Water.
The track becomes available for digital download on Monday. Underwood promoted the album on NBC’s Today and teased the single on YouTube.
“Something in the Water is so inspirational,” she stated. “It’s joyous! I can’t help but smile when I hear it. I hope it has the same effect on everyone who listens to it.”
Underwood is set to participate in Saturday’s Global Citizen Festival at New York’s Central Park with No Doubt, fun., JAY Z, The Roots and Tiësto. A one-hour primetime special will air on NBC, Saturday (9 p.m. ET).
Samsung Announces Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Group has announced the development of the Galaxy Note 4 and even shared some of the technical specs with consumers. The highly-anticipated device may not yet have a release date, but Samsung wants technology users to begin to compare the device’s unique features with others available on the market.
The company confirmed it will be same size as the Note 3 at 5.7 inches. One of the biggest concerns about the upcoming model has been if Samsung would decide to make the screen larger than its predecessors. The Galaxy smartphone and tablet models have drastically increased in size over the last years, and many have speculated the trend might continue with the Note 4. However, the company believes that it has found a comfortable hardware size for the user and intends to keep it for the new model.
The Note 4 will have more advanced specifications than its predecessors including a screen resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 and fast Snapdragon 805 processor from Qualcomm. The new model will be superior in graphical capabilities, processing speed and possess a larger access to available apps and programs.
Samsung is enthusiastic about the addition of Voice Notes, a tool giving users the ability to create audio memos through voice activation. The program makes it easy for the user to take detailed notes while on the move or if they find it to be a more convenient option than using the stylus or keyboard at the particular time.
Snap Notes also provides convenience for the user by giving them the ability to take photos and convert any text within the image to text notes.
The new device includes optical image stabilization (OIS), a special ‘we fies’ setting designed to help users capturing perfect selfies, a 3.7MP…Continue
Samsung Enhances Wi-fi Speeds
Samsung discovered a way to make wi-fi data travel five times faster. Engineers solved two important technical problems restricting the speed of data transfer.
Analysts believe the solutions could transfer a 1 GB file in less than three seconds.
Samsung plans to devise a strategy for implementing faster speeds into mobile technologies.
The first devices built to use the company’s new 60HHz wi-fi are expected to release in 2015. The new standard will be featured in TVs, medical devices, phones and smart appliances.
“With more and more of us using a wide variety of different devices to access our photos, video and personal data the ability to quickly transfer that data between devices is going to become even more important in the future,” claimed Stuart Miles, founder of Pocket-lint. “Having faster speeds will help that drastically.”
Bloomberg Foundation Announces Public Art Challenge
Bloomberg Philanthropies invites U.S. cities to create temporary public art projects aiming to enhance cultural and economic activity.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s foundation made the announcement Monday.
Mayors, in cities with populations of 30,000 or more, can submit proposals for project in visual, performing arts and multimedia.
The charity will select finalist in February 2015. Three cities will be chosen in May, and each will receive $1 million to develop projects (over two years).
FILE - A Netflix user displays a tablet in North Andover, Mass, January 17, 2014.
Netflix Expands Service in Europe
U.S. video-streaming giant, Netflix, is launching the second phase of service expansion for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and France.
Subscribers can watch content on demand on any device with an internet connection. The company also produces original content that it plans to market to international audiences.
Netflix currently reaches 50 million subscribers worldwide and in addition to its large American user base it is also popular in Britain, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Netherlands.
Katy Perry to Perform at Super Bowl
The New York Post confirms Katy Perry will perform at the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show.
Over the past year, Perry has been rumored as a possible selection along with Coldplay and Rihanna.
NBC will air the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.
Perry, a big fan of the sport at the collegiate level, recently appeared on ESPN’s “College GameDay”.
The Super Bowl drew a record-setting 111.5 million viewers last year.
Pepsi, who recently worked with Perry to promote the film “Part of Me”, will sponsor the halftime show.
Scarlett Johansson Lands Television Series
Scarlett Johansson will star in an adaptation of Edith Wharton’s 1913 novel The Custom of the Country, marking her first leading role in a television series. She will also executive produce the show.
The actress is set to play the role of Udine Spragg, who is on her way into the higher echelons of New York society (during the beginning of the 20th century).
British screenwriter Christopher Hampton, whose credits includes Atonement and Dangerous Liaisons, will adapt the television script from a screenplay he wrote more than 20 years ago.
Wharton, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, is best known for the 1993 film adaptation of The Age of Innocence starring Michelle Pfeiffer.
While The Custom of the Country is a lesser known work, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes finds it to be one of Wharton’s most influential and culturally significant pieces of literature.
In addition to the series, Johannson can be seen on the big screen in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron and as the voice of Kaa in the new animated version of The Jungle Book.
A release date for The Custom of the Country has not yet been released.
MIT Conducts Twitter Research
Twitter awarded $10 million to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for research exploring the ways people collaborate through social networks.
University researchers will conduct a five year study on content present primarily on Twitter and build communication tools for efficient retrieval of the most viral information.
The new Laboratory of Social Machines will access data from Gnip, the company’s storage portal for historic tweets.
“Twitter is seizing the opportunity to go deeper into research to understand the role Twitter and other platforms play in the way people communicate, the effect that rapid and fluid communication can have and apply those findings to complex societal issues,” said chief executive Dick Costolo in a statement.
Company representatives confirmed investment into academic research would be a priority going forward.
New James Bond Film Set for 2015
The next installment of the James Bond franchise is set to begin shooting on Dec. 6, beginning with a table read at Pinewood Studios in London. Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear and Ben Wishaw are returning to star in the film. Sam Mendes, who directed 2012’s Skyfall, has signed on to direct the project.
The film is on track for a November 6, 2015 release date.
Skyfall became the highest-grossing of the 23 James Bond feature films. MGM, Sony and Eon seek to make the current project an even larger blockbuster hit.
While many of the production details have yet to be released, multiple sources confirmed the studios’ desire not to simply replicate Skyfall, but to create something completely unique and innovative for the action genre.
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