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March 26 2015


Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame | Talk Video | TED.com

  • "Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop,"

Dr. Manfred Clynes

  • Dr. Clynes is currently writing a book under contract for MIT Press, which shall include two music CD's, that will explain his revolutionary findings and ideas in detail. It will be called Music Interpretation in the Twenty-First Century and will become available next year. Dr. Clynes also coined the word "cyborg". His concept of a cyborg was of a symbiosis between a person and a machine, creating an interaction that would enhance life, such as a man and his bicycle, but in other pursuits, such as space travel. (This original meaning has been corrupted in the age of Terminator movies.)


March 25 2015


Technology | Omnifone

  • global leader in cloud-based music delivery systems. Seamlessly integrated with thousands of rights holders, content sources and music industry partners. World class content ingestion from all corners of the globe for a truly localised music experience.

March 24 2015


Giz Explains: The Difference Between $100 and $100,000 Speakers

  • Three Characteristics
     But when pressed, there are a few qualities Paul and Matt from Definitive singled out in amazing speakers—what they call the big three:
     • More dynamic range, or simply the ability to play louder without sounding like trash as you crank the volume. With good speakers, you want to keep cranking it up, like accelerating a fast car.
     • Better bass. That doesn't mean louder, "but better." It's more melodic, and not muddy—you can actually hear individual notes, an upright acoustic bass being plucked.
     • "A very natural timbre." Timbre is the "tone color" or how natural the sound is—if you played the voice of someone you know on a speaker with excellent timbre, it would sound exactly like them. Or if two different instruments play the same note, you'd be able to tell them apart very easily and cleanly.

March 23 2015


With Downloads In Decline, Can iTunes Adapt? : The Record : NPR

  • "They are too complex," Jobs declared. "They're really difficult to learn and use." Jobs unveiled the first version of iTunes software from a stage in San Francisco, boasting that it was "really clean, really simple" and "far more powerful."
  • "It was because it was connected to this hardware that was unlocking your music access and letting you take it with you on the go and that was such a novel sensation."

March 22 2015


March 19 2015


Contact Lenses that Magnify, Controlled by Smart Wink Detecting Glasses

  • The lens provides 2.8X magnification and works thanks to a smart pair of glasses that can detect when the wearer is winking. A right eye wink will turn on the magnification while a left wink returns the lens to normal mode. Normal eye blinks are ignored. The glasses don’t actually control the contact lens, instead polarizing light as it passes through them. The contact lens lets only light with certain polarization pass through the zoom and unmagnified paths, so that the glasses can select which section of the contact lens is transmitting the image ahead.


March 17 2015


纽约时报 | 中国中产阶级渐渐不堪官僚体制困扰 - 中国数字时代

  • 对于许多受过教育的城市居民来说,这些繁琐的程序——而不是新闻审查和拙劣的宣传——更能让他们痛苦地认识到,共产党还在统治着他们的生活。


March 13 2015


"Big Labels Are Declaring War on Free Music," Radio Stations Warn - Digital Music NewsDigital Music News

  • ‘Big Music Labels Want to Make Free Music Hard to Get and Apple Says They’re Right.’  The record labels, Apple and others are lining up behind Eddy Cue and Beats Music founder Jimmy Iovine, who so aptly said the music industry should ‘get behind a paywall.’

March 12 2015


McDonald's Stops Being Snarky, Says They'll Pay SXSW Artists - Digital Music NewsDigital Music News

  • McDonald’s Director of Global Media Relations Becca Hary originally said this was a non-story, using the hashtag “#slownewsday“. The hashtag took off on Twitter, bringing even more attention to McDonalds’ unwillingness to pay.


March 11 2015


This Artist Is Making Over $25,000 Per Song - Digital Music NewsDigital Music News

  • Streaming revenue from Spotify, Rdio, Beats, Google Play is growing, but hasn’t made up for the loss in sales revenue for mid level artists. It will. But it’s not there yet. So in the meantime, independent artists need to get creative in the ways they earn a living from their music. The traditional methods of touring and selling t-shirts is fine for some and is still going as strong as ever.


March 10 2015


Breaking: ASCAP, BMI, Pandora To Testify Before The Senate - Digital Music NewsDigital Music News

  • The Consent Decrees, originally entered in 1941, were created to to address competitive concerns arising from the market power each organization acquired through the aggregation of public performance rights held by their member songwriters and music publishers.

March 09 2015


A Famous Producer Asks Pandora, "Why Are You Paying Me So Little?" - Digital Music NewsDigital Music News

  • Pharrell Williams, the artist, made $250,000 from Pandora for ‘Happy’.  Pharrell Williams the producer/songwriter, made $2,700 from ‘Happy,’ off of 43 million plays, which is about 60 bucks per million plays.
  • 4 percent of revenue goes to the publisher, the composer, about 50 percent goes to the performer, that’s the way the law is set up right now.

Abra — Launch Festival

  • Abra is the world’s first peer-to-peer digital cash money transfer network.

    That means consumers can store and manage money directly on their phone  —  no bank, no financial intermediary  —  and they can transfer money directly to any phone in the world that also has our app on it. Transfers are peer-to-peer, meaning no middleman touches the funds: no bank, no Western Union, nobody. The effect is that transactions are completely private, completely free, and instantaneous around the globe.


It Is Time To Think Beyond The Monthly Subscription | Music Industry Blog

  • Thus we have a worst of both worlds scenario in which the ARPU of the most valuable customers is capped (something no other media industry does) and the lower value customers aren’t offered enough options to get on the spending ladder.

许知远:思维的雾霾 - 中国数字时代

  • 这个民族夸耀自己“天人合一”的传统,支配过去60年的却是“人定胜天”的逻辑。不管是“阶级斗争”还是“经济发展”的年代,自然环境都是一个被征服、掠夺、漠视的对象。

March 08 2015


March 05 2015


王海涛:在穹顶之下火并 - 中国数字时代

  • 也就剩下15年了。15年,很快的。在人民与人民的火并声中,时间,将如白驹过隙。我仿佛看到,一群曾经火并的人们,坐在夕阳下,怀念从前……


March 04 2015


Why It's Time To Buy Wireless Headphones | WIRED

  • The biggest reason not to buy wireless headphones used to be that they didn’t sound very good.
  • The more compelling argument against wireless headphones is that they have batteries, and batteries die.

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | Books | The Guardian

  • It's simple, he told me. The Chinese were brilliant at making things if other people brought them the plans. But they did not innovate and they did not invent. They did not imagine. So they sent a delegation to the US, to Apple, to Microsoft, to Google, and they asked the people there who were inventing the future about themselves. And they found that all of them had read science fiction when they were boys or girls.


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