Entertainment

  • Audible’s iTunes exclusivity ends following antitrust pushback in Europe

    Audible’s iTunes exclusivity ends following antitrust pushback in Europe

    Since 2003, Amazon-owned Audible has been the sole proprietor of audiobook on iTunes, a deal that has ruffled plenty of publishing feathers and raised some antitrust red flags around the world. According to The European Commission, the two tech giants have agreed to put an end to their exclusivity agreement, opening up iTunes to content from other third-party providers. The move comes as both… Read More

  • Logic Pro X’s latest update turns the Touch Bar into a piano and drum set

    Logic Pro X’s latest update turns the Touch Bar into a piano and drum set

    The new Touch Bar MacBooks were pretty well stocked with first-party software support when they launched last year. One proprietary program that was notably absent from the shiny new input device, however, was Logic Pro X, Apple’s pro-level audio editor, with the company promising delivery in early 2017. On cue, Cupertino has dropped an update that brings the functionality to the… Read More

  • Tidal rolls out a track editing feature for mobile users

    Tidal rolls out a track editing feature for mobile users

    Tidal’s latest feature has arrived with as little fanfare as humanly possible. The music service has snuck in a new Track Edit, accessible by opening the Option menu while playing a song. Available on the music service’s mobile app, the new feature lets users trim down tracks viewable in a wave format, setting the beginning and end at specific time, fading in and out and even… Read More

  • Apple said to be seriously pursuing Netflix-style scripted TV and movies

    Apple said to be seriously pursuing Netflix-style scripted TV and movies

    It’s no secret that Apple has had its eye on original programming for a while. The hardware giant has already dipped its toes in the water with the purchase of James Corden’s perennially trending Carpool Karaoke, along with a smattering of documentaries for Apple Music. There’s also that biographical series based on the life of DJ/rapper/producer/headphone mogul Dr. Dre in… Read More

  • Faced with criticism, Norway moves forward on plan to phase out FM radio

    Faced with criticism, Norway moves forward on plan to phase out FM radio

    Norway’s plan to end FM radio kicks off today, as planned. The move will shift the country’s remaining national analog stations to Digital Audio Broadcasting by year’s end, part of a cost-saving measure for a small country with many natural obstacles that have proven expensive to bring signal to its five million residents. The Norwegian government has moved ahead with the… Read More

  • A whole lot of people watched VR porn in 2016

    A whole lot of people watched VR porn in 2016

    The adult entertainment industry has long been a silent driver of new technologies, from ISPs to graphics cards. With virtual reality, many see porn as one of the more obvious use cases that could lead to heavy headset adoption early on. Today, Pornhub released data that shows some of the early success the site has had since introducing a VR porn section in April of 2016. Read More

  • Facebook needs to crack down on fake “Live” videos

    Facebook needs to crack down on fake “Live” videos

    Was that space walk or climb of a massive antenna tower really shot on Facebook Live? No. Is the point of Facebook Live to show a virtual clock counting down to the new year? No. Yet these are some of the videos that have crookedly taken advantage of the notifications and extra News Feed visibility of Facebook Live posts. Read More

  • Lego targets pre-Mindstorms minds with its Boost educational kit

    Lego targets pre-Mindstorms minds with its Boost educational kit

    Boost is an impressive kit. The five on-board building experiences cover a lot of ground, from a robot to a guitar, to quasi Lego “3D printer” that’s more like an assembly line Rube Goldberg-style device that pieces together its own Lego creations. The set is being couched as an educational kit, joining Lego’s line a step down in difficulty from the company’s… Read More

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