Vandals sever another Internet backbone cable in California
Someone hacked through yet another fiber optic cable in the San Francisco Bay area early Tuesday morning, continuing a rash of incidents that have disrupted Internet traffic and vexed law enforcement officials. The latest attack occurred at around 4.30 …
Vandals slice cable wires in Northern California in possible 'coordinated attack'
San Francisco Internet Cable Attacks Investigated By FBI
Service restored after attack on Calif. Internet cables
The iPhone 6 Plus won't fit Fallout 4's Pip-Boy (and I'm sad)
Thanks a lot, Bethesda. After the outfit's first E3 media briefing, I pre-ordered the Pip-Boy Edition of Fallout 4 because of course I want to put a real-life version of the game's stat-tracker and menu system on my forearm. All good, right? Well, I'm …
Fallout 4's awesome wearable bonus incompatible with iPhone 6 Plus
UK gamers can attempt to pre-order the Pip-Boy edition of Fallout 4 on July 3
Bethesda Shows You How to Use Your Phone in the 'Fallout 4' Pip-Boy
Sony Xperia Z4 tablet review: a great device saddled with a terrible dock
Sony's tablets have quietly been getting better over the years. Prioritizing refinement over dazzling new features, the Xperia Z2 Tablet and Z3 Tablet Compact were two of 2014's best. The Xperia Z4 Tablet is the direct replacement to the Z2, and Sony …
Sony's Xperia Z4 Confusion Will Kill Its Smartphone Future
Sony Xperia Z3+ Review: The Pros and Cons of Staying on Top
Sony Xperia Z3 vs XOLO Q510s : Comparison of Features and Specification
Report: Leaked iPhone 6S photo suggests longer battery life
With the debut of the next-generation iPhone likely three months away — a new one traditionally launches each September — the Apple rumor mill is heating up right on schedule. Allegedly leaked photos of Apple's upcoming iPhone, presumed to be called …
iPhone 6s Casing Photos Leak, Show Few Changes
iPhone 6S said to deliver faster Web speeds, better battery life
Pics of 'iPhone 6s' Shell Leak Online
Robin Thicke maintained that he did not plagiarize Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” when he co-wrote “Blurred Lines” in his first interview since a jury decided otherwise. “I know the difference between inspiration and theft,” he recently told The New York Times. “I’m constantly inspired, but I would never steal. And neither would Pharrell.”
The singer went on to elaborate on the differences between stealing and inspiration, saying that the former could happen subliminally. “Why would I want to, or have to, steal from anybody to make my music?” he asked at one point. Moreover, he said the events of the “Blurred Lines” copyright trial – which awarded more than $7 million judgment to the family of Marvin Gaye this past March – have not affected his creative process. “If the verdict holds up, I believe that it will have a ripple effect on the arts and the industry in general,” he said. “I mean, if you made the first superhero movie, do you own the concept of the superhero?” Thicke, however, was unable to speculate on the case’s appeal.
Thicke said that he felt Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” ripped off songs by the Gap Band and Tom Petty, respectively. “Those songs are the same,” he said of “Stay With Me” and Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” “The same notes, on the same timing, in the same rhythm. The two songs are exactly the same.”
Thicke also addressed accusations of propagating rape culture with the lyrics to “Blurred Lines.” He claimed that neither he nor collaborator Pharrell Williams would have written a song with “any negative connotation like that” and that he felt that nobody would make that connection had he not made a video for the tune. A comment he made to GQ, in which he expressed pleasure in degrading women, was meant as sarcasm, he said.
He also claimed that he was going through a “personal hell” when he gave deposition – two weeks after separating from his wife – that he’d had less to do with the creation of “Burred Lines” than he’d previously claimed and that he was high when he did press claiming otherwise.
Thicke faced a turning point after a friend told him he looked like a “sucker” when performing “Forever Love” – a track off his Blurred Lines follow-up, Paula, which he named after his wife – at the 2014 BET Awards. “What I thought was romantic was just embarrassing,” the singer told the paper. “And he said, ‘You should just go away for a while.’ So I shut everything down.” He said his only regret around Paula, an album he made while he was “struggling through the toughest time,” was not putting it out for free in order to maintain its purity.
As both parties in the “Blurred Lines” suit await how the appeals process play out, the Gayes are attempting to make “Blurred Lines” rapper T.I. liable for plagiarism, along with Thicke and Pharrell. The hip-hop artist later said he would never “steal” from anybody. Meanwhile, Thicke’s father – Alan Thicke, who played the father on Growing Pains and either composed or helped compose the theme songs for Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life – said that the verdict, as it was decided, was “dangerous to the musical community.”
Windows 8's Market Share Maxes Out At 16% As Windows 10 Looms
Windows 8's days atop the Microsoft operating system hierarchy are all but over. Windows 10, a wide-ranging replacement, will be released later this month, meaning that Windows 8's market share is about to start shrinking. The controversial operating …
Are you facing issues upgrading to Windows 10 build 10159? You're not alone
Windows 10: a guide to the 10 coolest features
Windows 8.1 seizes undisputed lead over Windows XP
Rosetta spies cometary sinkholes
The comet being studied by Europe's Rosetta probe is riddled with pits that formed much like sinkholes here on Earth, say scientists. They think material under the surface of the icy dirt-ball vaporises in places, resulting in voids that will then no …
Rosetta spots SINKHOLES on comet 67P: Giant abysses formed when ice …
Sinkholes Offer Glimpse into Comet's Heart
Are those sinkholes on Rosetta's comet?
Facebook tweaks its logo
Facebook subtly changed its logo Tuesday, using a typeface that designers said is more friendly, approachable, and suitable for mobile devices. On Tuesday, the social media company unveiled the more "modernized" logo, however the change is hardly …
Facebook quietly unveils updated logo
Here's why Facebook just changed its logo
Facebook subtly changes font in logo overnight
Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at age 27, with only two studio albums to her name. The troubled singer recorded demos for a third LP, but those tracks will never be heard – since they were destroyed by David Joseph, chairman/CEO of Winehouse’s label, Universal Music U.K. “It was a moral thing,” the exec told Billboard. “Taking a stem or a vocal is not something that would ever happen on my watch. It now can’t happen on anyone else’s.”
Winehouse’s friends, admirers and collaborators, including co-writer/producer Mark Ronson, spoke to Billboard for a feature on the singer’s tragic life and musical legacy, timed around Asif Kapadia’s new documentary, Amy, which hits select theaters on July 3rd.
Before her death, Winehouse had discussed forming a jazz/hip-hop supergroup with Roots drummer-producer Questlove, Raphael Saadiq and Mos Def. She’d also reportedly “mapped out” a new solo album and even booked studio time with both Ronson and Salaam Remi, who co-produced her acclaimed second (and final) album, 2006’s Back to Black.
“She probably finished the writing process a few weeks before she passed,” said Remi. “As far as I could see, we had 14 songs. Whatever needed to happen, it was right there.” The producer allowed the Amy crew to use a recording of Winehouse reciting lyrics to an unreleased song titled “You Always Hurt the Ones You Love.”
Five months after Winehouse’s death, Island Records released Lioness: Hidden Treasures, a set of unreleased tracks that could wind up as the last album issued under her name.
Ronson told Billboard about the origins of Winehouse’s ubiquitous smash “Rehab,” which was inspired by an incident with her father, who told the singer she “absolutely [did] not” need to attend rehab for alcohol abuse. Winehouse shared that story to an amused Ronson, who encouraged the singer to write a song about the experience. She did – and it only took three hours.
“If I’d known all the stuff that was going on, I don’t know if I would have thought it was so amusing,” Ronson said. “But she said it in such a light way.”
Sam Smith, who broke out last year with his soulful hit “Stay With Me,” talked about Winehouse’s influence on his music. “Her song ‘You Sent Me Flying’ is the reason why I sing,” he said. “At 11 years old, I was belting out ‘Fuck Me Pumps’ and soaking in all the language and honesty.”
Snapchat introduces 'tap to view' controls
Snapchat released a significant update Wednesday that will change the way users interact with snaps and stories on the messaging app. The app introduces a "tap to view" option where users simply tap the touchscreen to view messages or stories from …
Snapchat deletes a distinctive feature and makes it easier to add friends
Snapchat adds new features that make it way easier to use
Snapchat Solicits Longer Content By Ditching Tap-And-Hold-To-Watch