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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”.
Posted by Technology & Innovation on July 25, 2014 at 10:00am
'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
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 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…Continue
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.…
Posted by Online Art Gallery on July 22, 2014 at 4:00pm
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…
Posted by Internet Music Radio on July 27, 2014 at 12:00pm
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
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…Continue
Posted by Online Art Gallery on December 7, 2013 at 11:00am
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
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