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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.

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Apple Reportedly Setting Aside $1 Billion For Hollywood Programming

Tyler Lee August 16, 2017

It is no secret that Apple wants to break into Hollywood with its original programming. The company has launched a couple of series so far, like Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps, although admittedly neither have really been received too favorably, but it seems that isn’t going to deter Apple from trying harder.

In a report from The Wall Street Journal (via MacRumors), Apple has reportedly set aside a $1 billion “war chest” that the company will be using towards further its goals of breaking into Hollywood. Considering what cash-rich company Apple is, we guess this doesn’t really come as much of a surprise.

This money will be used to help procure and produce as many as 10 television shows. The fund is also said to be controlled by veterans in Hollywood, such as Jamie Erlicht and Zack van Amburg who were hired by Apple back in June. Exactly what kind of shows we might be able to expect remains to be seen, but we reckon Apple will probably need some big hitters if they’re hoping to generate more interest.

It is also unclear if these shows will be part of Apple Music or if Apple plans to offer them separate of the Apple Music subscription, but until Apple makes it official, do take it with a grain of salt for now.

Apple Reportedly Setting Aside $1 Billion For Hollywood Programming , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Game Of Thrones Season 7 Episode 6 Leaked By HBO Spain

Tyler Lee August 16, 2017

Recently it was reported that four people had been arrested in India for leaking an episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The people arrested apparently worked for Star India, which is one of HBO’s distributors in the country, and it seems that HBO just can’t seem to catch a break with these leaks because another episode has since found its way online.

According to reports, the sixth episode of season 7 was accidentally leaked online, and it seems that this was not by the work of hackers, but rather HBO themselves in which HBO Spain accidentally broadcasted the episode several days earlier than it was supposed to go on air. While the show was only made available for one hour before it was pulled, it was more than enough time for users to rip the content and share it online.

There are many platforms in which footage of the episode is being shared, and it seems that based on what is shown and what was shown in the preview for next week’s episode, the leak appears to be genuine. If you’re trying to watch the next episode the legitimate way, then we should caution you not to visit any websites that could potentially reveal the spoilers.

So it seems that not only does HBO have to deal with hackers, rogue employees of their distributors, but also their own staff. Thankfully this isn’t the final episode for the season, so here’s hoping HBO will be able to get a handle of that.

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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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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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Netflix Hoping To Extend Marvel And Lucasfilm Movies After 2019

Tyler Lee August 11, 2017

Recently it was announced by Disney that in the next year or so, they will be ending their licensing deal with Netflix which means that any Disney show after 2018 will not be available via Netflix. This is because Disney is looking to launch a streaming service of their own, which begs the question of what will Netflix do?

While the loss of Disney’s licensing deal is a big one, it seems that Netflix is hoping that maybe they will still be able to salvage something. In a report from Reuters, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said that the company is still in active discussions with Disney about the possibility of continuing to have the rights to stream Marvel and Lucasfilm shows on Netflix even after 2019.

This is an interesting proposal because in an earlier report, Disney seemed a bit unsure about what they will do with their Marvel and Star Wars shows, and whether or not those universes will be bundled together with their streaming service (which makes sense), or if they could stand on their own as separate streaming services.

Allowing Netflix to continue to stream Marvel and Lucasfilm content could be one way for Disney to deal with the issue. However nothing has been confirmed yet so Netflix subscribers should probably not get their hopes up just yet.

Netflix Hoping To Extend Marvel And Lucasfilm Movies After 2019 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung Will Broadcast Coldplay’s Tour In Virtual Reality

Tyler Lee August 10, 2017

There is a huge difference between listening to a band’s recorded album versus seeing them live in concert. Seeing a band live in concert adds a ton of external stimuli, such as the lights, the sound system, maybe even some pyrotechnics, and of course the energy of thousands of fans.

Unfortunately sometimes attending the concert of your favorite band is impossible due to distance, money, or tickets being sold out, but isn’t that what virtual reality (VR) is for? Samsung has announced that they will be teaming up with Live Nation to stream Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams” concert live in VR.

Basically this means that even if you can’t attend in person, watching the concert in VR will sort of let you feel like you’re there in person. We suppose this isn’t quite the same as watching it live in person, but it comes pretty close, or at least better than watching it on TV or a DVD recording of the show.

According to Samsung, “The live broadcast will be available on Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus through the Samsung VR service on August 17, starting at 8:30 pm CT.” Unfortunately if you don’t have the Gear VR, we guess you’d be out of luck.

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Facebook Launches ‘Watch’, A New Platform To Watch Shows On

Tyler Lee August 9, 2017

We know that Facebook, just like Apple, is looking to get into producing original video content, or at least hosting it on its platform, which is why the announcement of the Facebook Watch platform doesn’t really come as a surprise as it seems to be in line with what Facebook has been trying to achieve recently.

According to Facebook, “We’re introducing Watch, a new platform for shows on Facebook. Watch will be available on mobile, on desktop and laptop, and in our TV apps. Shows are made up of episodes — live or recorded — and follow a theme or storyline. To help you keep up with the shows you follow, Watch has a Watchlist so you never miss out on the latest episodes.”

As usual Watch will be catered to your tastes and preferences and is personalized so that you will be able to discover new shows and content based on what you like. What makes Watch particularly interesting is the fact that it will incorporate features from Facebook Live, which is reactions, meaning that as you watch a video, you’ll be able to see how other Facebook users have reacted to certain parts of it.

Unfortunately as it stands, Watch will only be available in the US, but even then its availability will be limited at the start. However Facebook expects that eventually they will expand it to more users in the future.

Facebook Launches ‘Watch’, A New Platform To Watch Shows On , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Marvel & Star Wars Could Be Separate From Disney’s Streaming Service

Tyler Lee August 9, 2017

Just the other day Disney announced that they will be ending their licensing deal with Netflix, which means that starting from 2019 onwards, Disney’s newer shows and movies will no longer be available on Netflix as the company will be launching their own streaming platform, which is quite a huge move for Disney and also quite a bit of a loss for Netflix.

Now Disney isn’t just all about cartoons as the company also owns Marvel and Star Wars, and so it was largely assumed that the streaming service could include shows from those universes as well. However that might not necessarily be the case, according to a report from TechCrunch in which they quote Disney’s CEO Bob Iger as suggesting that Marvel and Star Wars could get streaming services of their own.

According to Iger, “We’re mindful of the volume of product that would go into those services, and we want to be careful about that.” However nothing has been set in stone yet as Disney’s streaming service is only set to launch in 2019, so right now it is still being discussed, although we’re not sure if there is enough content from Marvel or Star Wars to warrant a standalone streaming service. Either way we’ll have to wait and see, but in the meantime Iger stated that Disney has no plans to pull Marvel’s TV shows from Netflix.

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Netflix Acquires Comic Book Publisher Millarworld

Tyler Lee August 9, 2017

When you think of streaming TV shows and movies online, Netflix might come to mind, and it looks like the company is expanding its horizons as they have made their first acquisition. Interestingly enough this acquisition has nothing to do with streaming technology, TV shows, or movies, but rather it has to do with comic books.

In a report from Variety, it seems that Netflix’s first acquisition is a comic book publisher called Millarworld, who for those unfamiliar was founded by Mark Millar, the creator of various characters and stories, such as Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Old Man Logan, so safe to say that the company has quite a few big names that is part of its portfolio.

In a way you could say that Netflix could start getting into the comic book business, but it seems that Netflix’s interest in the company isn’t so much about publishing comics, but rather they are interested in their portfolio which they do plan to develop movies, TV shows, and kids series around it.

In a statement made by Millar, “This is only the third time in history a major comic book company has been purchased at this level. I’m so in love with what Netflix is doing and excited by their plans. Netflix is the future, and Millarworld couldn’t have a better home.” Netflix’s acquisition makes them the third studio to acquire a comic publisher, following Warner Bros. acquiring DC Comics in 1968, and Disney buying Marvel in 2009.

Netflix Acquires Comic Book Publisher Millarworld , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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