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Spotify Removes Hate-Promoting Music From Its Platform

Tyler Lee August 16, 2017

Hate groups in general are not tolerated, and we have seen many instances in the past where tech companies have made moves to shut down or prevent such communities from using their products or services, and it looks like Spotify is also not tolerating hate on its music streaming platform.

In a report from Billboard, Spotify has recently announced that they have removed a bunch of music from its platform that promotes hate. These musical acts have been flagged as a “hate band” by the Southern Poverty Law Center three years ago, and it looks like they will have to turn to other platforms if they want to continue making money from their music.

It seems like these groups were brought to Spotify’s attention by Digital Music News who posted a report titled, “I Just Found 27 White Supremacist Hate bands On Spotify.” According to Spotify, they claim that record companies and aggregators are “first hand responsible” for the content they upload, but they will take action as soon as it is brought to their attention.

In a statement provided by a Spotify spokeswoman, “Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it has been brought to our attention. We are glad to have been alerted to this content – and have already removed many of the bands identified today, whilst urgently reviewing the remainder.” This move is in line with what other tech companies are also doing, such as Apple and PayPal who have moved to remove support of their services from hate websites.

Spotify Removes Hate-Promoting Music From Its Platform , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 & MEGABOOM Gain Alexa Support

Tyler Lee August 16, 2017

Smart speakers such as Amazon’s Echo series seem to be the rage these days, but what if you’re something of an audiophile who also wants some smarts in their speaker? While the Echo devices run fine, we wouldn’t exactly call its sound amazing, but the good news is that you now have more options to choose from.

Ultimate Ears has recently announced that its BOOM 2 and MEGABOOM Bluetooth speakers have been updated where it will now support Amazon’s Alexa AI. This means that if you wanted to, you could use your voice to control the speaker or to do other things that Alexa normally would, such as schedule your appointments, set reminders, call an Uber, order a pizza, and so on.

Essentially this turns the speakers into an Echo-like device, except that with potentially better audio quality, or with other features that you might appreciate from the BOOM 2 or MEGABOOM. Now in order to get Alexa onto the speakers, you will have to update the UE BOOM app.

At the moment it seems that support for Alexa is only available for Android devices, so for iOS users who own either device, you guys are out of luck for now, although we guess with the HomePod expected to launch soon, you will have some alternatives in the future.

Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 & MEGABOOM Gain Alexa Support , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple Teases Next Game Of Thrones Themed ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Episode

Tyler Lee August 15, 2017

HBO’s Game of Thrones’ seventh season is progressing rather nicely, although there are some who might argue that things are moving a little too fast. Regardless there is no doubt that the show is still pretty damn hot, and if you wanted more Game of Thrones moments, you might want to tune into Apple’s next Carpool Karaoke episode.

Apple has recently released a teaser video for the next Carpool Karaoke episode which will feature two characters from the show: Sansa and Arya Stark, who are played by actresses Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. We’re not quite sure what to expect, but it seems that part of the show will involve surprising Game of Thrones fans.

Carpool Karaoke is one of the video series that is being offered for subscribers to Apple Music. The first episode made its debut last week featuring Will Smith. It is also Apple’s foray into offering original video content, although it seems that the initial reviews of the show on Apple Music haven’t exactly been too kind or favorable.

There are rumors to suggest that Apple has more shows up their sleeves and recent hires over the past few months and years have indicated that Apple is making a big push into video.

Apple Teases Next Game Of Thrones Themed ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Episode , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple’s HomePod Could Face Supply Constraints At Launch

Tyler Lee August 14, 2017

Apple’s HomePod speakers were announced earlier this year during WWDC 2017 and was promised to be launched towards the later part of the year. If you were interested in the device and wanted to get your hands on it, you might want to move quickly because in a report from the Nikkei Asian Review (via CNET), supply could be heavily constrained.

According to the report, it seems that they are claiming that the HomePod’s manufacturer Inventec Appliances will only be shipping as many as 500,000 units this year alone, and while it might seem like a lot of units, it apparently only makes up for about 1% of the group’s revenue. Inventec Appliances President David Ho reportedly told analysts, “We will finally ship the smart home device this year, but its contribution will be fairly limited and hopefully that will improve next year.”

Unfortunately in the grander scale of things, 500,000 units isn’t alone for the rest of the world, which means like we said, supply of the speakers could be constrained at launch so you will have to move quickly if you wanted to get one for yourself. Interestingly enough Inventec is also the manufacturer for Apple’s AirPods which are also facing some supply constraints even until today, but hopefully customers will have a slightly easier time with the HomePods.

Apple’s HomePod Could Face Supply Constraints At Launch , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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10 Minute Song Of Silence Is In The Top 50 Of Apple’s iTunes Charts

Tyler Lee August 11, 2017

2016 Honda Accord with Apple CarPlay®

Most of the time the songs we store on our phones are usually songs we want to hear. However when plugging our phones into our cars, most of the time it usually ends up playing the very first song at the top of the list based on alphabetical order, which means that it is possible that some of your favorite songs could be ruined by incessantly repeating it.

However this problem might have been solved by a certain Samir Mezrahi who recently uploaded a 10 minute track onto iTunes (via AppleInsider) dubbed “A a a a a Very Good Song” that basically gives users 10 minutes worth of silence (9 minutes 58 seconds to be exact) so that they can select their own playlist before the song starts blasting in their car.

hey I released a blank song that will play 1st so that *one* song won’t play every time u plug ur phone into ur car https://t.co/FL83YUOOcz

— #1 samir (@samir) August 9, 2017

It might seem silly but apparently it is a highly-appreciated track because it appears to have broken into the iTunes Top 50 charts, and has actually beaten out more popular artists. The track costs $0.99 which isn’t too bad of a price to pay for a workaround. We’re not sure if Apple plans to remove the track, but given that Apple does take a cut from iTunes sales, it is an interesting conundrum.

This is actually not the first time silent songs have been used to game the system. For example a few years ago, a band uploaded an album consisting of silent songs onto Spotify and managed to rake in $20,000 in “royalties” before the album was pulled from the music streaming platform.

10 Minute Song Of Silence Is In The Top 50 Of Apple’s iTunes Charts , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Audio-Technica MSR7 Special Edition Headphones Launched

Tyler Lee August 11, 2017

If you’re a fan of headphones, there’s a good chance that Audio-Technica’s MSR7 is one of the headphones that you have heard about. This is because the MSR7 is a pair of headphones that is widely regarded as being a good performer for what you are paying, but now it looks like the company is upgrading its features.

Audio-Technica has recently announced the MSR7SE, with the “SE” standing for Special Edition. On the surface it seems like nothing has changed in terms of design, except that MSR7SE will be getting a new coat of paint in the form of a blue finish and gold highlights, but according to Audio-Technica, the headphones will come with slightly upgraded audio.

We’re not sure why Audio-Technica has decided to launch the MSR7SE instead of a successor, but basically this model will apparently be packing “specially-tuned” 45mm True Motion drivers with a Diamond-Like Carbon coated diaphragm which debuted with the MSR9 that launched earlier this year.

We can’t speak to whether or not this sounds better or not since we have yet to try it ourselves, but regardless Audio-Technica seems to believe that these upgrades also warrants an increase in price. The MSR7SE will be priced at £299, which is almost double that of the regular MSR7 which is priced around £169, and will be available for purchase this coming October.

Audio-Technica MSR7 Special Edition Headphones Launched , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple’s ‘Carpool Karaoke: The Series’ Available On Apple Music

Tyler Lee August 9, 2017

Apple’s desire to get into the video entertainment game is pretty well-known and was made more clear last year when they bought the rights to the Carpool Karaoke TV series. The series was expected to debut on Apple Music earlier this year, but was apparently delayed, but not anymore.

For those who have enjoyed the Carpool Karaoke TV series, you’ll be pleased to learn that the show’s first episode is now available for streaming via Apple Music. Of course this entails that you have an Apple Music subscription, something that we imagine Apple is hoping and pushing for by offering more than just music through the service.

The first episode will feature James Corden as the host and will star Will Smith as the show’s first guest. While the original Carpool Karaoke segment on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” typically featured Corden as the host, from what we can tell from the series’ trailer, the show on Apple Music is expected to rotate hosts depending on the episode, which should make for a pretty interesting watch.

Whether or not this will help boost Apple Music subscriptions remains to be seen, but if you’re an Apple Music subscriber, you can go ahead and check it out now.

Apple’s ‘Carpool Karaoke: The Series’ Available On Apple Music , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Amazon Echo Multiroom Support Could Be Coming Soon

Tyler Lee August 8, 2017

One of the things we’re seeing speaker makers include with their Bluetooth speaker systems is the ability to daisychain multiple units together. This means as long as all the speakers are within range of each other, you could technically set them up all over the house and create a multiroom setup.

Unfortunately this has not been the case with the Amazon Echo, but that is expected to change soon. In a report from German blog Caschys (via CNET), it seems that Amazon has been working to include multiroom support for its Echo speakers, and that the company has recently concluded its testing which means that assuming the report is accurate, it won’t be long before the support is rolled out to Echo device owners.

Like we said this isn’t exactly a new feature and we’ve seen how other speaker companies have long included the functionality, but with this update, it should help to make Amazon’s Echo devices more competitive, especially with the convenience of being able to command Alexa is any room that the speakers are in.

There’s no word on when the feature will be rolled out, so take it with a grain of salt for now but we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for it in the near future.

Amazon Echo Multiroom Support Could Be Coming Soon , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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