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Apple will pay for Independent Labels and Artists for Music on its New Streaming Service

Apple will pay for Independent Labels and Artists for Music on its New Streaming

After facing criticism from Taylor Swift and other artists, Apple has decided to reverse its early policy. Now, it will pay independent labels and artists on its new streaming service during its three-month free trial period.

Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue said that he read a Taylor's note and it made him think that there is a need to make change. Apple has made certain changes in which it has agreed to share revenue from paid subscriptions.

But Swift said that she will withhold her latest album from the service as Apple was not planning to pay artists and labels directly for using their music during the streaming service's free introductory period.

Tesla’s Latest Electric Vehicle ‘Model X’ Designed Especially For Women

Tesla’s Latest Electric Vehicle ‘Model X’ Designed Especially For Women

Billionaire Elon Musk, owner of Tesla Motors, announced that its company will very soon launch its third all-electric vehicle in 12 years.

The latest vehicle from Tesla is quite different from the two earlier released vehicles sportier Roadster and Model S.

But the major difference in the company's newest Model X is that its looks will be quite different. The company said in a statement that the looks of Model X have been especially designed keeping in mid the needs of women.

Musk earlier has called the Model S 'a little too guy-centric' and said the new Model X would be a product of 'paying more attention to the needs of women'.

It's an interesting and an important pivot for America's smallest, youngest, publicly traded carmaker.

Developers use updates to revive iOS Apps on slide

Developers use updates to revive iOS Apps on slide

A study says that developers make use of app updates in order to revive declining interest in their software and drive downloads.

The study has been conducted by a group of Italian academics observing how updates are used by app developers to attract attention, and effectiveness of this strategy on Android vs iOS.

The research paper, 'Updates Management in Mobile Applications. iTunes vs Google Play', looks at differences of performance between app updates on Google's Play Store vs Apple's App Store. It has been concluded by researchers that updates are a better approach for driving app downloads on iOS than on Android.

Salesforce launches New Mobile app

Salesforce launches New Mobile app

Sales Wave Analytics shared that Salesforce has launched its first mobile application, Wave Analytics Apps. The company has launched the app so that it can derive benefit of its platform, Wave Analytics, which it introduced eight months back.

The app is considered as an advanced version of role-specific analytics app useful in business field. The app will offer personalized templates, historical analysis and helping sales leaders as how to increase revenue growth.

It will also help feature called Wave Actions allowing business users to act on it instantly within the app, irrespective of creating a task, starting a conversation or changing a performance measure. Currently, the app is in pilot phase and will be available in English by the end of this year.

YouTube to roll out new service to feature on-the-ground videos about current events

YouTube to roll out new service to feature on-the-ground videos about current

On Thursday, YouTube announced plans for a YouTube Newswire to feature eyewitness videos of the most newsworthy happenings around the world. These include events such as the Arab Spring uprisings and protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

The YouTube Newswire is being created in collaboration with the social news group Storyful. The new service will be a curated feed of videos mostly related to social justice and human rights.

According to a blog post from the Google-owned video sharing service,"With the Newswire, we hope to provide journalists with an invaluable resource to discover news video around major events, and to highlight eyewitness video that offers new perspectives on important news stories".

FCC allows Consumers to stop Robocalls

FCC allows Consumers to stop Robocalls

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday agreed that Verizon, AT&T and other telecommunication carriers aren't duty-bound to connect annoying ‘robocalls’.

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday stated that Verizon, AT&T and other telecommunication carriers will not be bounded to connect annoying ‘robocalls’ if a consumer doesn't want them.

FCC commissioners mostly agreed that call blocking technology should not only be allowed, but encouraged too. The FCC also voted in favor of expanding its Lifeline program to provide low-income subsidies for broadband service.

The major thing for the FCC in this case was to question the widespread appeal of battling unwanted robocalls, which last year alone generated 215,000 complaints to the agency.

Hacking of OPM can cause disruption, embarrassment and blackmail

Hacking of OPM can cause disruption, embarrassment and blackmail

The Office of Personnel Management has been hit by hackers who penetrated a database containing intimate and possibly damaging facts about millions of government and private employees.

The information including financial troubles, infidelities, psychiatric diagnoses, substance abuse, health issues and arrests is now in possession of hackers.

One example of the extensive potential for disruption is a 20-year secret affair of a retired 51-year-old military man with his former college roommate's wife.

The affair, which was a secret between him and the government, divulged when he got a job with a defense contractor and applied to upgrade his clearance.

DARPA Robotic Challenge Wrapped Up Last Week

DARPA Robotic Challenge Wrapped Up Last Week

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) last week concluded its two-year tech challenge.

DARPA, the Pentagon's emerging technology group, hosted the robotics challenge finals last weekend in Pomona, California.

Several teams from all over the world including countries like the United States, Italy, Germany, South Korea and Japan, designed robots to complete in the basic tasks that might prove useful in case of a crisis.

Tasks assigned for robots in competition included walking up stairs, driving alone, turning valves and navigating through rubble, among others.

As per organizers of the competition, participant robots completed similar tasks on the competition course, in conditions designed to simulate a disaster scene.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Speaks about Apple’s App Store

Neil deGrasse Tyson Speaks about Apple’s App Store

Earlier this week, a brief appearance was made by Astrophysicist and Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson in an Apple event on June 8.

In the event, he described that Apple's App Store, which recently marked its 100 billionth app download was one of humanity's crowning achievements.

Tyson said, "Apps plus handheld device. I think that's a watershed moment in civilization. Here we live in a time where the most powerful tools ever imagined to investigate and probe our world are in the hand of essentially everyone".

Tyson continued to talk about the lines quoted by Apple from a 45-minute interview. He focused on amazing achievements of smartphone hardware makers during most of his speech.

Reddit bans fat-shaming subforum from its network on Wednesday

Reddit bans fat-shaming subforum from its network on Wednesday

On Wednesday, the social link-posting website Reddit closed five of its online communities under a new anti-harassment program led by interim chief executive Ellen Pao.

They said they will put communities out of action that attack people. However, they will disable communities that attack people but permit with content many find offensive.

The decision was made after reddit surveyed thousands of its users, who said that they would not recommend the site to friends as didn't want to expose them to hate and offensive content.

The website's administrators took action by deleating five subreddits, which break the rules based on their harassment of individuals.

Duolingo raises $45 million in funding

Duolingo raises $45 million in funding

Duolingo, language learning service, raised $45 million in a Series-D investment led by Google Capital.

Free language learning service, Duolingo, announced that it has secured $45 million investment in a round led by Google capital at a valuation of $470 million.

Google Capital along with previous investors Union Square Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers values the Pittsburgh-based maker of a popular language learning app at $470 million.

Luis von Ahn, Duolingo's co-founder and CEO, "Because tutors are scarce and expensive, we are using technology to give everyone access to a personalised education in a scalable way".

South Korea’s Team KAIST wins DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

South Korea’s Team KAIST wins DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

A robot from Korea's Team KAIST has won the $2 million DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals. The robot is based on a Xenomai Linux and is called the DRC-Hubo.

It was among the only three bots that managed to complete the course on time. This week's DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals was held in Pomona, California, and was quite successful. It was judged by Silicon Valley's 'Failure rocks!' mantra. Just three teams were able to accomplish all eight major tasks in the allotted eight hours. There were 23 teams that participated in the event, which led to a disaster response scenario.

Hewlett-Packard settles Autonomy Suit

Hewlett-Packard settles Autonomy Suit

Hewlett-Packard will pay US$100 million (RM373.95 million) in order to settle a class-action lawsuit that emerged from its 2011 purchase of British software company Autonomy.

Dutch pension fund PGGM was the main petitioner in the suit, which has been running since 2012. According to reports, the payment will be made in cash and it will be paid into a settlement fund so as to compensate affected shareholders.

HP spent US$11bil (RM41.13bil) to purchase Autonomy. However, a year later, it was compelled to write down its value by US$8.8bil (RM32.88bil). In the beginning, Autonomy's revenues dropped and HP later said in November 2012 that it had revealed accounting irregularities at the firm. Autonomy's managers did not agree to that, however HP's stock fell to 10-year lows.

Apple to focus on Music Industry in this Year’s WWDC

Apple to focus on Music Industry in this Year’s WWDC

According to USA Today, Apple's share prices have declined during the week of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) for the past 10 years. It is only last year that the shares have increased 2%.

Experts affirmed that the company's stocks were up around 39% over the past 12 months, but declined 0.345 around noon. Roger McNamee, co-founder of Elevation Partners, said that main aim of Apple to have this conference is to empower developers and to encourage them.

If developers are excited then it is a big win for Apple. The event is a massive one where excitement is for everything from behind-the-scenes developments like updates to operating systems to the updates on the company's hardware.

Intel Agrees To Buy Altera for $16.7 Billion

Intel Agrees To Buy Altera for $16.7 Billion

Intel Corp has agreed to buy Altera Corp for $16.7 billion. The company made this move, as the world's biggest chipmaker seeks to make up for slowing demand from the PC industry by expanding its line-up of higher-margin chips used in data centers.

Merging with Altera Corporation will allow Intel to bundle its processing chips with the smaller company's programmable chips, which are used, among other things, to speed up Web-searches.

Intel said in a statement on Monday that it would offer $54 per share for san Jose, California-based Altera, a 10.5 % premium to Altera's close on Friday.

It was found that share of Altera were at $51.78, quite below the offer price, in the afternoon trading.

Microsoft’s to release Windows 10 later next month

Microsoft’s to release Windows 10 later next month

Much-anticipated Windows 10 operating system would be released on July 29 according to an official statement issued by software major Microsoft.

Microsoft's head of Mobile Joe Belfiore expressed his excitement after the announcement on twitter.

July 29 is the date! Windows 10 for all! Tell friends & family: RESERVE YOUR COPY NOW to get it on day 1! http://t.co/jGSloJDZkM

— joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) June 1, 2015

The company said that customers across 190 countries running Windows 7 or 8.1 can upgrade to the new system for free from July 29.

Users can take advantage of the free upgrade for a year. Once upgraded, the company will continue to update it throughout the lifetime.

Lenovo’s Windows 10 Tablet to Arrive in August

Lenovo’s Windows 10 Tablet to Arrive in August

Lenovo will be among one of the first companies to offer a Windows 10 tablet, with a new ThinkPad device which is all set to arrive in August.

The next-generation ThinkPad 10 will be loaded with Microsoft's forthcoming OS and is majorly meant for business users. The device will be launched with a starting price of $499.

The ThinkPad 10 is made available with a choice of quad-core Intel Atom processors, the X5 Z8500 or the X7 Z8700, which are part of Intel's 'Cherry Trail' line of processors.

Other option made available for the users includes either 2GB or 4GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.

Apart from the faster processors and a new USB 3.0 port, the ThinkPad 10 is otherwise very much similar to the previous generation.

Google's Native Smart Lock Manager allows Users to store Passwords

Google's Native Smart Lock Manager allows Users to store Passwords

Google has launched native Android Smart Lock password manager which will allow users to store passwords. According to the company, the Android Smart Lock could be a boon for users which will make signing into applications easier.

The Mountain View, California, headquartered Google launched the Smart Lock for Passwords at the I/O conference in San Francisco. The company announced that developers like Netflix, Orbitz and The New York Times have re-launched their applications to make use of the new feature.

Nvidia’s First-ever Living Room Entertainment Console goes on Sale

Nvidia’s First-ever Living Room Entertainment Console goes on Sale

Technology company Nvidia, announced that the company's first-ever entertainment console has gone on sole on Thursday. Nvidia has named the new product 'Shield'.

According to the Santa Clara headquartered company, Tegra X1 processor makes the 'Shield' very powerful. Due to its processor, the 'Shield' is able to deliver about 25 times the performance of popular streaming devices. The device is capable of providing genuine home theatre experience to users with its lively10-bit color display and Dolby 7.1 surround sound. In addition, the device offer popular applications like Netflix, Google Play and YouTube.

VR Gears to Make Headway with Google Jump

VR Gears to Make Headway with Google Jump

Google I/O 2015 developer conference saw the unveiling of yet another technological device as the company released Google Jump that would enable content creators to easily create media for the elaborate virtual reality (VR) headsets.

Jump would offer an immersive experience as its camera system developed by GoPro provide a way for creators to capture high-quality 3D video relatively easily as all these cameras are accurately synchronized and splice all the footage together.

Another hallmark of Jump is its ability to not only create a spherical video with the footage from multiple cameras, but it also makes this footage stereoscopic.




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