Spotify Music Streaming Revenues

Spotify, other streaming services still look like raw deals for artists

By on February 26, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Spotify, other streaming services still look like raw deals for artists

We all love music streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora but how good are they for the artists who make our favorite music? The Guardian reports that cellist Zoë Keating, who releases all her recordings independently, has released numbers showing how much money she made from various sources over the past year and music streaming revenues are a paltry portion of her total income. More →

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Comcast Obama connections

Obama pals around with Comcast’s chief lobbyist

By on February 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM.

Obama pals around with Comcast’s chief lobbyist

Although it seems like the Comcast–Time Warner Cable merger would be a nonstarter for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, Comcast may have a few major tricks up its sleeve. It’s chief lobbyist, David Cohen, is apparently “great friends” with President Obama. According to The New York Times, Cohen is quite close with Obama. He has hosted multiple fundraisers for Obama, one in 2011 that raised $1.2 million and another last fall that also raised over a million dollars. And just this past Tuesday — two days before the Comcast–Time Warner Cable merger was announced — Cohen was hanging out at the White House for the state dinner for French President François Hollande. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Merger

Giant pay TV provider is born as Comcast and TWC confirm $45B merger

By on February 13, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

Giant pay TV provider is born as Comcast and TWC confirm $45B merger

Comcast and Time Warner Cable on Thursday confirmed the rumors, announcing a $45.2 billion all-stock merger plan, though the deal is yet to be approved by the shareholders of the two companies, and also by regulators including the FCC and the Justice Department. “This transaction will create a leading technology and innovation company, differentiated by its ability to deliver ground-breaking products on a superior network while leveraging a national platform to create operating efficiencies and economies of scale,” Comcast said in a press release. More →

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Chromecast Android Mirroring

The Chromecast feature you want most is coming to Android soon

By on February 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

The Chromecast feature you want most is coming to Android soon

Cyanogen Inc.’s co-founder and famed Android developer Koushik “Koush” Dutta posted a teaser on Google+ about an upcoming feature one of his most recent apps may receive in the near future: Android mirroring. “What if I told you I could mirror Android to Chromecast,” Koush wrote in a generated meme image that became viral on the social site, although he did not elaborate on the matter. More →

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Chromecast Ads

Of course ads are coming to Chromecast, but not from the usual suspect

By on February 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM.

Of course ads are coming to Chromecast, but not from the usual suspect

Brightcove on Wednesday announced it will offer developers a way for easily inserting ads in their iOS or Android apps that will have Chromecast support. The announcement follows the recent Google Cast SDK release, which will allow more developers to include Chromecast support in their existing and future applications. More →

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Chromecast is about to go global

Chromecast is about to go global

By on February 7, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

It’s no secret that Google wants to bring its very popular Chromecast dongle to international markets this year, and it appears that buyers in the U.K. may be the first to officially purchase the device. The Chromecast will apparently launch in the country “within weeks,” according to The Next Web. Local electronics retailer Currys expects to start selling the dongle on March 1st, although Google apparently told the publication the date is “provisional” for now. More →

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Chromecast SDK for Android iOS Chrome

The Chromecast is about to get a whole lot better

By on February 4, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

The Chromecast is about to get a whole lot better

Google has recently released the Chromecast software development kit (SDK,) which means developers can now add casting support to their iOS, Android and Chrome apps. The Google Cast SDK will allow developers to bring their apps to bigger screens when used together with Google’s very popular media streaming dongle, and at least one developer already has an app that can stream local content from an Android device to a big screen TV connected to a Chromecast now that the SDK is official. More →

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Hollywood Special Effects Video Compilation

Video: The best special effects in movies from 1977 to today

By on January 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Video: The best special effects in movies from 1977 to today

We’re just over a month away from the 86th Academy Awards, so it’s about time we all get caught up on the winners from the past 85 years. If scrolling through countless Wikipedia pages doesn’t sound like a fun way to accomplish this task, it might be worth checking out Nelson Carvajal’s compilation video of every Visual Effects Oscar since the category was introduced in 1977. Between Star Wars, Indiana Jones and E.T., films from Spielberg and Lucas had a lock on the award for years, but it’s incredible to see just how far we’ve come technologically in a few decades. Check out all the winners below, along with the nominees that will fight for the top spot in 2014. More →

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Netflix Germany France Launch

Netflix plans expansion in crowded European entertainment market

By on January 29, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Netflix plans expansion in crowded European entertainment market

Netflix plans to extend its presence in Europe this year, The Wall Street Journal has learned, targeting various markets including Germany and France, the fourth and sixth largest broadband markets in the world, respectively, according to SNL Kagan. The researcher also revealed that Western Europe had 134 million broadband homes at the end of 2013, while the U.S. only had 88 million – thus, growth in the video streaming business in Western Europe is expected to surpass global demand, with revenue expected to reach $1.1 billion in 2017, making the region a very interesting proposition for Netflix. More →

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Airtame Chromecast Competitor Launch

Video: Watch out Chromecast, Airtame is coming with better features

By on January 23, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

Video: Watch out Chromecast, Airtame is coming with better features

Google is getting ready to launch its popular Chromecast dongle in international markets, but the device may get more and more competitors in the future. One of them is Airtame – a crowd-funded project that closed its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign at $1,268,148, surpassing the $160,000 goal it started with in late November by a huge margin. According to its creators, Airtame is an HDMI device that promises to offer more features than Google’s dongle. More →

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Chromecast International Launch

Google is refining its best TV product of last year for international launch

By on January 22, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Google is refining its best TV product of last year for international launch

The $35 Chromecast dongle launched by Google in mid-2013 was one of the best products from the company last year, thanks to its affordable price and digital content streaming features. The device, officially available only in the U.S. for now, will hit international markets later this year, with Google already working on adapting the product for new markets. More →

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AT&T CES Party John Legere

T-Mobile CEO John Legere was thrown out after crashing AT&T’s CES party

By on January 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere was thrown out after crashing AT&T’s CES party

Uncarrier CEO John Legere was Uninvited from AT&T’s big CES 2014 bash for developers on Monday when staff running the event threw him out after he crashed the party. Legere, who is known for publicly taunting AT&T on Twitter, on stage at events and when any other opportunities arise, says he attended AT&T’s CES party on Monday night only because he wanted to see the headlining act, Macklemore, perform. When people began to tweet pictures of themselves with Legere at the party, however, the event staff was made aware of his presence and they approached him. More →

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