Merchbar Hot Music Merchandise Chart – July 2015

This month’s Merchbar Hot Music Merchandise Chart is heavily influenced by the summer touring season. From The Grateful Dead to The Rolling Stones, classic acts dominate. But Miley, MKTO and 5SOS are making cash register ring, as well. Summer tour season is in full swing and around the country fans…

UPDATE: Facebook Explores Music Video Service, Denies Music Streaming Plans

[UPDATE] The term “game changing” is overused, but Facebook launching a music service would deserve the descriptor. Tens of millions consuming music on the same platform that they share their likes and dislikes gives new meaning to the term viral. ___________________________________ UPDATE: In a statement to Billboard, Facebook today said…

New Office 2016 for Mac makes life easier for the cross-platform crowd – ZDNet


New Office 2016 for Mac makes life easier for the cross-platform crowd
Mac users have always been an important market for Microsoft, especially in the early days of Office. Excel, after all, was one of the original killer apps for the Macintosh, and it's about to celebrate its 30th birthday. Excel for the Macintosh
Microsoft Releases Office for Mac 2016, Pledges Better Support for OS XWall Street Journal (blog)

Microsoft releases Office 2016 for Mac, but just for Office 365Macworld
Microsoft Launches Office 2016 For Mac, Office 365 Subscribers Get It FirstTechCrunch
Gizmodo –VentureBeat –Engadget
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Hopsin Frees His Mind in “Fly” Video

Taking a stand against materialism and stereotypes, Hopsin enlightens a class on marketing schemes and big business in the video for “Fly.” In the clip, Hopsin is called to the front of the class to give a lecture on marketing schemes and delves into raps about cigarettes, Kim Kardashian and designer clothes. With everyone’s attention, he then brings them to a paradise island where everyone is half-dressed and autotune is… Read more »

Consequence, Lupe Fiasco and Chris Turner Keep it Simple in “Countdown” Video

Consequence drops the video to “Countdown” featuring Lupe Fiasco and Chris Turner. Cons keeps it simple in his latest release, only using black and white pictures throughout the visual. He has a number of wardrobe changes through the video, while Lupe plays it cool and Turner sings along. The visuals are kind of psychedelic, with random effects that go along with the song’s lyrics. The New York rapper counts on… Read more »

With Sonar-Reflecting Leaves, Plant Lures Bats to Poo in it – National Geographic

National Geographic

With Sonar-Reflecting Leaves, Plant Lures Bats to Poo in it
National Geographic
Imagine a bat flying through the jungle of Borneo. It calls out to find a place to spend the night. And a plant calls back. The plant in question is Nepenthes hemsleyana—a flesh-eating plant that's terrible at eating flesh. It's a pitcher plant and
Carnivorous Plants Communicate with BatsDiscovery News

How Hungry Pitcher Plants Get the Poop They NeedLive Science
This carnivorous plant is shaped to help bats find it, so bats can sleep and The Verge
Phys.Org –Science /AAAS
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YouTube, Spotify And The Professionalisation Of The Amateur Internet

What if Spotify compensated popular playlisters?The disruptive nature of the internet has dramatically affected a variety of industries, with music no exception. But what changes occur as early adopters of platforms like YouTube transition into being sponsored professionals, and what is the potential for the same sort of evolution on…

Undefeated x Xbox Custom Controller

California based-clothing brand, Undefeated has teamed up with Microsoft to create a one-of-a-kind collaboration. Partnering for an innovative project, Undefeated and the multinational technology company have a designed a custom controller for the Xbox One. Featuring block letter writing that reads “Undefeated” on the controller, the limited edition remote includes a military-inspired case that includes Undefeated branding as well as the Xbox logo. As on now details remain to a… Read more »