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Samsung, LG make up in dispute over broken washing machines – PCWorld

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Jay Z, Beyoncé, Madonna and rich friends offer pricey Spotify alternative called … – Washington Post

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At 5 p.m. in New York City on March 30, 2015, some of the most famous, wealthy musicians the world has ever known gathered to make planet Earth an offer they thought it couldn't refuse. The offer came not from schlubs playing covers at open-mic nights, but …
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​IBM creates Internet of things division – ZDNet

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​IBM creates Internet of things division
IBM on Tuesday said that it will create a new Internet of things unit and invest $3 billion over four years to build it out. The Power of IoT and Big Data. As sensors spread across almost every industry, the internet of things is going to trigger a massive influx of big …
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Kenneth Cole Launches Smart Watch

Kenneth Cole is officially one of the first fashion designers enter the  smart watch game with a starting price of $150.

The all new “Kenneth Cole Connect”  fashion smart watch features bluetooth technology and allows consumers to “Be Smart with Their Time.” The smart watch will be featured in 12 styles for both men and women and includes app-enabled functionality which alerts users of incoming calls, texts and calendar events. The smart watch made its debut at the illustrious Baselworld, a conference showcasing international watches and jewelry. Kenneth Cole discussed his excitement about the new product, ”As a designer, I always try to give customers what they want but in a way that they don’t necessarily expect it. Wearable technology is one of the fastest growing fashion categories today and I am excited to be on the forefront of embracing this platform.”


-Nishat Baig

Ariana Grande Adds New Tour Dates & Cities For Her Honeymoon Tour

After the success of the first leg of the ”Honeymoon” Tour Ariana Grande has added more dates and cities with special guest Prince Royce.

After two grammy nominations for best Pop Vocal Album for My Everything, which has been platinum certified,  and Best Pop  Duo/Group Performance for “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, this has been a big year for Ariana Grande. Along with several chart-topping singles, a Billboard Women In Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award, Ariana Grande has also landed a recurring role in a new FOX TV series. With her continuous success, Ariana has extended her ”Honeymoon” Tour into the summer, which kicks off on July 16 in Tampa Bay, Florida. The summer leg of the tour will visit 40 cities including Nashville, Montreal, Las Vegas, Toronto and more. Tickets will be available  Saturday, April 4 via live nation. Check out a full list of tour dates below:


Summer 2015

Thursday, July 16Tampa, FLAmalie Arena
Saturday, July 18Ft Lauderdale, FLBB&T Center
Tuesday, July 21Charlotte, NCTime Warner Cable Arena
Thursday, July 23Louisville, KYKFC Yum! Center
Saturday, July 25Washington, DCVerizon Center
Sunday, July 26Hershey, PAHersheypark Stadium
Wednesday, July 29Philadelphia, PAWells Fargo Center
Friday, July 31Albany, NYTimes Union Center
Sunday, August 2Uncasville, CTMohegan Sun Arena
Tuesday, August 4Manchester, NHVerizon Wireless Arena
Thursday, August 6Montreal, QCBell Centre
Friday, August 7Ottawa, ONCanadian Tire Centre
Sunday, August 9Toronto, ONAir Canada Centre
Saturday, August 29Las Vegas, NVMandalay Bay Events Center
Monday, August 31Fresno, CASave Mart Center
Wednesday, September 2Boise, IDTaco Bell Arena
Friday, September 4Portland, ORModa Center
Sunday, September 6Sacramento, CASleep Train Arena
Tuesday, September 8Mountain View, CAShoreline Amphitheatre
Wednesday, September 9Chula Vista, CASleep Train Amphitheatre
Friday, September 11Los Angeles, CAStaples Center
Friday, September 18Houston, TXToyota Center
Sunday, September 20Birmingham, ALBJCC Arena
Tuesday, September 22Nashville, TNBridgestone Arena
Thursday, September 24Raleigh, NCPNC Arena
Saturday, September 26Brooklyn, NYBarclays Center
Tuesday, September 29Grand Rapids, MIVan Andel Arena
Friday, October 2Chicago, ILUnited Center
Sunday, October 4St Louis, MOScottrade Center
Tuesday, October 6Wichita, KSINTRUST Bank Arena
Wednesday, October 7Tulsa, OKBOK Center
Friday, October 9New Orleans, LASmoothie King Center
Sunday, October 11Dallas, TXAmerican Airlines Center
Tuesday, October 13Austin, TXFrank Erwin Center
Thursday, October 15El Paso, TXEl Paso County Coliseum

Spring 2015

Tuesday, March 31San Antonio, TXAT&T Center
Wednesday, April 01Dallas, TXAmerican Airlines Center
Friday, April 03Houston, TXToyota Center
Monday, April 06Phoenix, AZUS Airways
Wednesday, April 08Los Angeles, CAThe Forum
Friday, April 10Anaheim, CAHonda Center
Sunday, April 12San Jose, CASAP Center
Tuesday, April 14Seattle, WAKeyArena
Thursday, April 16Vancouver, BCPepsi Live at Rogers Arena

-Nishat Baig


Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen to Host the 2015 Billboard Music Awards

Tune in to  ABC on Sunday, May 17 at 8 p.m. to watch the  2015 Billboard Music Awards.

Earlier today ABC and Dick Clark productions announced that the 2015 Billboard Music Awards will be hosted in the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. This will be Ludacris’ second consecutive year hosting and TV host and supermodel Chrissy Teigen’s first time. Teigen is excited about her opportunity to work alongside Ludacris, “If my extensive collection of all 53 ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ compilations is any indication, I am both qualified and honored to join Ludacris in hosting this amazing show that spotlights the best music and artists of the year.”

Not only is Ludacris back to host, his eight studio album Ludaversal drops today. Ludacris is more than excited to be returning as host. “I had so much fun hosting the Billboard Music Awards last year and I can’t wait to be back!” Showcasing the year’s biggest and best musical stars, the 2015 Billboard Music Awards will be announcing finalists April 7 on Good Morning America”where guests Ludacris and  Pete Wentz will unveil five of forty finalist categories.

-Nishat Baig



Ancient global warming a warning for modern era, researchers say – SFGate

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An ancient episode of global warming swiftly destroyed the balance of life in the world's oceans, and it took thousands of years before that life recovered, California climate researchers report. The scientists said they saw a clear warning for today, when the …
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Game-changing computer demo captured in new show – San Jose Mercury News

Game-changing computer demo captured in new show
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Music Megastars Team Up to Launch Streaming Service Tidal

A phalanx of chart-topping stars from across genres joined forces in the garage of New York City’s biggest post office today to launch the newly artist-owned high-definition streaming service Tidal. Like a scene out of a pop-music version of The Avengers, 16 hit-makers – Alicia Keys, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, Beyoncé, Daft Punk, Jack White, Jason Aldean, J. Cole, Jay Z, Kanye West, Deadmau5, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Usher – rubbed elbows onstage at the swanky launch event while two others beamed in digitally (Calvin Harris and Coldplay’s Chris Martin). Aside from making a spectacle, the musicians made the case for an artist-owned streaming service.

“We come together before you on this day…with one voice in unity in the hopes that today will be a moment that will forever change the course of music history,” said Keys, the only artist to address the audience, in an exuberant speech. “Our goal is simple: We want to create a better service and a better experience for both fans and artists, and that is our promise to the world.”

She explained that the mission statement of the musicians, who stood patiently listening to the speech, was “to preserve music’s importance in our lives.” She spoke of artists delivering “exclusive experiences” via the service and ultimately finding a way to “preserve” the industry and the value of music. She also quoted Friedrich Nietzsche: “Without music, life would be a mistake.”

“Today is the day,” she repeated before inviting her co-owners to sign what she called a “declaration,” though she did not expound on what it said. “This is the beginning of a whole new era,” she said before each present musician made his or her way over to a podium to sign a document. When they were done, they returned to their spot onstage; Chassagne seemed to zone out to the music but eventually struck up a conversation with Beyoncé who was standing next to her. The whole speech and signing is viewable here.

The artists posed for a photo and most exited slowly stage right, carefully avoiding danger as Deadmau5 turned his helmet around. Aldean and Keys both came to the front of the stage to speak to the audience one-on-one and sign autographs.

When the event was done, Deadmau5 tweeted, “Yeah. That just happened. Awkward? Maybe. But I do believe in this venture!” He also offered, “At least we know who’s got the bigger head.” Nicki Minaj wrote on Facebook that she was “so proud to be a part” of the service.

Only Jay Z and Beyoncé emerged when it was done to look around the event space, which – despite its industrial-looking locale – was decked out in flashy screens and drop lighting. Among the displays, which gave museum-like presentations of archaic forms of sound delivery like LPs, “stereo and mono” vinyl, reel to reel and, the power-couple’s preference, the cassette. They chitchatted with some people working there before a large bodyguard whisked them backstage.

Jay Z, of course, is the artist who was the first to put a stake in Tidal. The rapper revealed in January that he had invested millions of dollars into Aspiro, the Norwegian company that created Tidal. West, Rihanna and the other artists showed their support of the platform two months later, prior to its release, by changing their Twitter feeds to an aquamarine color.

“We saw the movement and how everything was going and figured that this could possibly be the last music format that we see in this lifetime,” Jay Z told Billboard recently about Tidal. “We didn’t like the direction music was going and thought maybe we could get in and strike an honest blow and if the very least we did was make people wake up and try to improve the free-versus-paid system, and promote fair trade, then it would be a win for us anyway.”

Jay Z told Billboard that each of the founding owners in Tidal had an equal stake in its equity. “That’s the utopia,” he said. “Everyone is sharing in it; everyone is some kind of owner in it in some kind of way.”

Tidal offers CD-quality music streaming of more than 25 million songs and high-def video streaming of 75,000 videos at somewhat monthly rates ($9.99/month for standard sound quality, $19.99 for top-shelf audio).

The service competes with other high-def audio companies like Deezer Elite and Spotify Premium, as well as the likely soon-to-be-relaunched Beats. According to Billboard, the competition is steep: Spotify boasts 15 million subscribers, Deezer has six million and currently Tidal is the smallest at 540,000.

“Will artists make more money? Even if it means less profit for our bottom line, absolutely,” Jay Z told Billboard. “That’s easy for us. We can do that. Less profit for our bottom line, more money for the artist; fantastic.”

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