Spotify Has 100 million active users, Your move Apple

Spotify Has 100 million active users, Your move Apple

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If Apple was thinking that it could come in and take over streaming music like it does everything else. It is in for a fight. Spotify confirmed that it now has over 100 million active users. That is not all people paying for the service but rather anyone who has listened to music on Spotify at least once a month. Last year Spotify was at 75 million. They have been adding 1.8 million new users every month since then. Spotify had 30 million paid subscribers at last check in March.

New York 1st State to Make Ticket-Buying Bots Illegal, Again

New York 1st State to Make Ticket-Buying Bots Illegal, Again

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If you are like most people who have tried to get a ticket to a broadway play or a pretty much any big event you have failed. It was not even your fault. You can blame technology for the failure. I mean you were on the site, you had finger on the buy button just waiting for the moment tickets went on sale. Somehow they were sold out in just a blink of an eye. It’s not due to your slow reflexes, you actually never even stood a chance. The tickets you had your hopes set on were snapped up by bots. This is not something new. In fact one bots bought 1,012 Madison Square Garden U2 tickets in less than a minute. This is great for the venue and artist but horrible for the fans. New York has had enough of this shady business. Scalpers who exploit such software will now face criminal, class A misdemeanor charges. That means scalpers who use bots can be fined or even serve jail time.

“New Yorkers have been dealing with this frustrating ticket buying experience for too long,” says state assembly member Marcos Crespie.

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It was always illegal to use bots but now instead of civil sanctions they are a criminal act. So, New York 1st State to Make Ticket-Buying Bots Illegal, Again in a way. After a long three-year investigation by NY attorney general Eric. T. Schneiderman. It was discovered that the practice was so widespread that this action may not be enough to stop the act.  

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The Pixar Supercut of Every Movie & Short Ever

The Pixar Supercut of Every Movie & Short Ever

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Pixar has come a long way to get to Finding Dory. Almost every picture that Pixar has released has been blockbuster magic. The studio’s films are the gold standard that other animated movies are measured. Its’ only fitting that they are owned by Disney. From the moment Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. hit the big screen they have not looked back. We will not count that The Good Dinosaur movie. It is very hard to keep up such great quality year in and year out without at least one stumbling or trip. The difference is while other studios like the folks behind Minions have stepped up their game; they are still not in the same conversation. That said Pixar has not has a game-changing movie since Toy Story’s release in 1995.

The folks at Burger Fiction put together a supercut of every Pixar movie and the shorts. The supercut starts at the beginning with 1984’s The Adventures of Andre and Wally B and ends with Finding Dory. The full supercut is embedded below and it runs just over 14 minutes long.

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LeBron James Delivers Championship Promise

LeBron James Delivers Championship Promise

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LeBron James lived up to the hype tonight. Love him or hate him, he wrote his name into the history books and permanently into the hearts of  everyone in Cleveland.  The city has not won a championship since 1964. LeBron James lead the Cavaliers back from a 3-1 deficit. The odds were not on his side. He redefined logic to win the NBA this year’s Finals game 7. The Golden State Warriors didn’t make it easy for him but Curry also didn’t play well. Golden State Warriors won an NBA-record 73 regular-season games but that meant nothing in the finals. LeBron who seemed to be playing with a chip on his shoulder the whole series scored 27 points, had 11 rebounds and added 11 assists. He also had three blocked shots and had two steals for good measure. With that kind of night it is no wonder that the Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 on Sunday. He was named Finals MVP for the third time in his career.

“I’m home. I’m home. This is what I came back for. I’m at a loss for words. This is unbelievable. It doesn’t feel real right now.” ~LeBron James

Kyrie Irving who has played like a champion the whole series put the dagger into the Warriors with a three-pointer with only 53 seconds left. Irving finished with 26 points.

“I understood what everybody in northeast Ohio had been through the last 50-plus years, and I’m happy to be a part of history.

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Apple WWDC 2016 Full Recap of Everything

Apple WWDC 2016 Full Recap of Everything

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Apple WWDC is not about the hardware. It is about the software that makes the future hardware work. As expected the reactions about the keynote was mixed. Some were disappointed because they seem to always forget that fact. All the rumors were right but there were still some surprises. Here are just a few highlights. Watch the video for a full recap.

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Apple’s been looking for a way to make itself a leader again. Something it has not been for a while now. Ever since Steve Jobs left us. Is one say to do that is with the a Mac operating system name update? I don’t think so. After 15 years the name of the operating system is now MacOS.  Now it is in line with the other OS in the family. iOS on iPhones and iPads, watchOS on Apple Watches and TvOS on the AppleTV. This time around MacOS  will add Sierra to the end. So that part of naming will remain the same.

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I’m not going to lie. I loved my Apple Watch when I got it. I still put it on everyday but honestly don’t use any stock apps except for Pillow and Pedometer++ app.  Apple smartwatch has been released for just over year and it is still as slow as Windows 95 boot up screen. watchOS 3 is set to change all that. This refresh to the operating system will add groundbreaking new functionality to the wearable.

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Xbox Project Scorpio is the next Xbox

Xbox Project Scorpio is the next Xbox

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Xbox One S is not the only new system coming out from the folks in Redmond California.  Microsoft’s “one more thing” if you will is a look through the looking-glass of the future of gaming. The very long-rumored Project Scorpio is a real powerhouse. We didn’t get any real specs but it is officially the next Xbox. The Xbox One S is just a placeholder. One thing is for sure; we have gone from measuring systems by bits starting with the Nintendo back in the day to teraflops starting with Project Scorpio. We are sure Sony’s PlayStation conference had to make some quick changes to answer the call out by Microsoft’s “head nod.”

What we do know about Xbox Project Scorpio:

  • 8 CPU cores
  • 320 GB per second of memory bandwidth
  • 6 teraflops of GPU power. (PlayStation 4 has 1.84 teraflops & Xbox One has 1.31. )
  • “The most powerful graphics processor in a game console to date”
  • “The highest quality [uncompressed] pixels anyone’s seen”

The main reason for all this power is not gaming. It’s really to fight off Sony and 4K. We will not have another HD DVD vs Blu-Ray but Phil Spencer hoping to take the lead in being the place for 4K, VR and 4K gaming. Phil Spencer says it’s “meant to facilitate true 4K resolution gaming, high-fidelity virtual reality, and reassured that all future games will play on all three Xbox consoles.”

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Xbox One S

Xbox One S

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As it was predicted by pretty much everyone and now official from Microsoft; Xbox One S is real. Xbox One S: 40% smaller and with integrated power supply. The new Xbox One S hits stores in August if you live in the US.  
Xbox One S Stats:
  • 40% smaller than the Xbox One
  • Integrated instead external power supply
  • 500 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB (limited and selected markets) hard drive
  • Dollar Price: 299, – (500 GB), 349, – (1 TB), 399, – (2 TB)
  • With optional stand ($ 19.99) horizontally and vertically placeable
  • Blu-ray playback
  • 4K video streaming via Netflix and Amazon Video
  • HDR effects (higher contrast between bright and dark areas) for supported games and videos
  • One of the three USB ports, and the connection button wander to the front of the console
  • The Kinect port disappears at the back, the Kinect can instead with the Xbox Kinect adapter via the USB slot connect (Microsoft has Kinect owners with an Xbox One a free Kinect adapter )
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