Xbox One is finally getting voice messages
Among the many improvements of moving to a new console generation, the Xbox One left a few features from the Xbox 360 behind. Now, Microsoft is testing a preview for its April update that brings back one of the most requested features: voice messages.
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Google reportedly turning Web game into TV show
The search giant is reportedly adapting its popular mobile game Ingress for television. But don't expect Google to develop more TV shows. by Richard Nieva · @richardjnieva; March 26, 2015 5:56 PM PDT. comments. 0. facebook. twitter. linkedin. googleplus.
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It’s a good thing Will Forte’s last man standing Phil Miller doesn’t have to share an apocalyptic earth with Sara Evans. The “Slow Me Down” singer recently went on a Facebook rant about Forte’s Fox series The Last Man on Earth, which casts the Saturday Night Live alum as the only living dude on terra firma.
“So. I sat down last night with our teenage children to watch The Last Man on Earth. Thinking it could be a funny new show that we could start, right?” Evans wrote. “I was thoroughly disgusted at how disgusting it was/is.”
While the series debuted strongly earlier this month and has become a bit of a cult hit with its mix of humor and sight gags — in one scene, Forte’s heavily bearded Phil converts a swimming pool into a toilet; in another, he goes bowling with fish tanks — the more physiological (and scatological) laughs didn’t go over so well with Evans.
“In the first few scenes it shows him watching porn and saying a prayer to God and making a gross statement about doing something that should not be talked about on a major network,” she wrote, going on to ask Fox directly how they expect parents to teach their children to be respectable adults when faced with such images on television.
“It just shows me that the writers really aren’t funny or intelligent. Because it takes more whit [sic] to write comedy without stupid and gross sexual references,” Evans continued. “I’m not a prude who won’t watch anything but G rated — but at the same time, when these shows are on major networks that are accessible to children, they should be much more regulated…. Thanks for letting me rant.”
Evans, who married former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker in 2008, will hit the road next month for a series of festival performances — presumably without The Last Man on Earth on her DVR.
Frank Ocean doesn’t like the hog the spotlight. In fact, when he doesn’t have an album to promote, the Odd Future crooner tends to cede the magazine covers, quick TV spots and radio interviews to the artists who do. As it turns out, one of those spaces Ocean won’t be occupying is the liner notes of the next Brian Wilson record. In an interview with Vulture, the Beach Boys frontman revealed that his forthcoming 11th solo album, No Pier Pressure, was originally supposed to sport a song with Frank Ocean. However, to hear Wilson put it bluntly, “Well, Frank Ocean didn’t want to do the song. Wilson added a qualifier: “He wanted to do rap, so we canceled him.”
Though Wilson may not be enamored with the “Pyramids” singer, countless thousands of fans have he rose to prominence with Nostalgia, Ultra. It was between that release and his debut album, Channel Orange, that Ocean made headlines for opening up about his sexuality. “Forrest Gump,” a song from that record, detailed one of the singer’s past, most deeply felt relationships, and the pronouns in the song made it clear that it was dedicated to another man. His note, originally released on Tumblr, was received warmly by many in hip-hop, perhaps surprisingly. Ocean’s Odd Future cohorts, including Tyler, The Creator were adamant in their support.
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Leftfield are finally ready to release a follow-up to 1999’s Rhythm and Stealth. The British electro project, which notched a couple of minor U.S. dance hits with cinematic “Song of Life” and “Afro-Left” in the mid-Nineties, will put out a new, 10-track record – Alternative Light Source – on June 8th. They’ve also released a new, seven-minute exploration into electronic atmosphere, “Universal Everything” (streaming below), to accompany the news.
The original duo of Neil Barnes and Paul Daley split in 2002, though Barnes reactivated the group in 2010 and has been performing live as Leftfield ever since. In 2012, he issued the Leftfield live album and DVD Tourism.
The new album will be available on CD – available in a four-panel digipak – and double-LP on 180-gram vinyl; the LP edition contains a download card for the music. Both feature artwork by British visual artist Mark Wallinger.
Barnes posted studio notes to the Leftfield Facebook page throughout the making of the album, notably giving hints about the album’s contents on paper plates. One shows a number of abbreviations and comes with the note that it “doesn’t make much sense,” while another contains the phrase “use noisey [sic] kick in drop.”
In one update, which contained no paper plate, Barnes wrote about how touring had been influencing the music on what would become Alternative Light Source: “DJing means I’m discovering such exciting music, which is pushing us to be more original and innovative in the studio.”
In the Nineties, the duo put out two Mercury Prize–nominated albums, 1995’s Leftism and 1999’s Rhythm and Stealth. Both records featured interesting collaborations – the Sex Pistols’ and Public Image Ltd.’s John Lydon on the first and Afrika Bambaataa on the second – though Barnes has not yet announced any potential guests on the new record.
Barnes currently has four tour dates lined up – only in the U.K. – to take place in June, shortly after the release of Alternative Light Source.
Alternative Light Source Track List:
1. “Bad Radio”
2. “Universal Everything”
4. “Head and Shoulders”
5. “Dark Matters”
6. “Little Fish”
7. “Storm’s End”
8. “Alternative Light Source”
9. “Shaker Obsesssion”
10. “Levitate for You”
Study shows acceleration in decline of Antarctic ice shelves
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Satellite data from 1994 to 2012 reveals an accelerating decline in Antarctica's massive floating ice shelves, with some shrinking 18 percent, in a development that could hasten the rise in global sea levels, scientists say.
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Olio Creates A Homebrew Smartwatch With Some Amazing Features
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Brandon Flowers performed a handful of new songs from his upcoming solo LP The Desired Effect at a hometown gig at the Bunkhouse Saloon in Las Vegas earlier this week. But as Stereogum points out, amidst the new material, the Killers frontman snuck in a delightful cover of Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible.”
Considering he operates in similar vocal territory as Palmer — a baritone that bounces easily between relaxed and resplendent — Flowers was faithful to the original version of the song. Still, he was sure to inflect his performance with the kind of grandeur he’s known for, sporting a bright grin as he waltzed around the stage, mouthing the track’s “She’s so fine…” refrain as sung by his background singers.
Among the new tracks, Desired Effect opener “Dreams Come True” is a bounding pop-rock number reminiscent of classic Killers, though its harmonies and guitar work bear the distinct, effervescent sheen of Desired Effects producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Vampire Weekend).
On “Digging Up The Heart (Honky Tonk Version)” Flowers blended his grand, glam vocals into a charming, country-fried two-step; while “The Way It’s Always Been” was a stripped-down tale of confronting a dead-end life: “Everybody’s sitting around, waiting for the sun to come in,” Flowers softly sings at the end.
Flowers offered up performances of “Digging Up the Heart,” “Dreams Come True” and Desired Effect‘s first single, “Can’t Deny My Love” at a special gig at New York City’s Webster Hall Wednesday night. The Desired Effect is set for release on May 18th.