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Neil Young pulls music from streaming services, cites quality concerns

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 16, 2015 7:06 am

Musician Neil Young has taken to Facebook to announce that he will no longer allow streaming services to offer up his music, citing concerns that it's being "devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting".


Streaming has ended for me. I hope this is ok for my fans.It's not because of the money, although my share (like all...

Posted by Neil Young on Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Unlike previous disputes over finances, such as that which Taylor Swift recently had with Apple Music, Young wasn't so much concerned about the financial implications, although he does note that "my share (like all the other artists) was dramatically reduced by bad deals made without my consent" but rankles against high audio compression.




Young has previously appeared as the face of the Pono player, which features 128GB of internal flash storage allowing users to store up to 500 losslessly compressed albums for optimum sound quality.

Japanese hotel replaces its entire staff with robots

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 16, 2015 6:35 am

If you've ever wanted to stay in a unique hotel, we would suggest the Weird Hotel in Japan, where nearly every single person working at the hotel, is a robot. The receptionist when you check-in, the porter that's an automated trolley taking luggage to your room, it is nearly all run by robots.




In order to check-in, you'll need to talk to a female robot, the one that you see above. But, they've also got a dinosaur robot that we have pictured below, a robot that will greet you when you first arrive at the Weird Hotel. The reason for the use of robots throughout the hotel is to save money, but we're wanting to know how the guests will feel about the lack of a human touch.




Japan's Weird Hotel also features facial recognition technology at the doors, so you'll only be allowed into your room, and not someone with your key. You can stay at the Weird Hotel for around $80 for a night, with the hotel opening its robotic doors on July 17.

Apple unveils new range of 2015 iPods, packing a huge camera refresh

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 16, 2015 5:42 am

Apple has just unveiled its new 2015 iPod, which includes a bunch of new models, starting at $199 for the 16GB iPod touch. This quickly ramps up to $399, if you opt for the 128GB version.




The new iPod touch is the centerpiece of Apple's new push with the iPod this year, but there is a new iPod shuffle and nano, too. The new iPod touch features the same style, but has seen its rear-facing camera increased to an 8-megapixel shooter, while it enjoys a 64-bit A8 processor and M8 co-processor for its number-crunching prowess.


Apple's new iPod nano and iPod shuffle come in a variety of new colors including darker blue, pink, and gold. Other than that, they're the same iPod shuffle and nano that we've been used to for a while now. Apple's new iPod touch, shuffle and nano are available from the usual retailers, and Apple's website, now.

Tesla says batteries and solar will usher in cheap electricity soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 16, 2015 4:31 am

Tesla has come along way from being an electric vehicle manufacturer, as it is now stepping out into the limelight of battery technology, and so much more. It wasn't too long ago that Tesla unveiled Powerwall, its Internet-connected home battery.




Now we have Tesla Motors' Chief Technology Officer, JB Straubel, taking to the stage of Intersolar's opening ceremony talk about energy density and other benefits of lithium-ion batteries for electronic cars. The Tesla CEO also said that the company is confident in renewable energy to make solar and wind available on-demand after sunset, or when the wind starts to slow down.


Straubel said that battery costs will tumble much quicker than expected, and that demand for energy storage equipment will expand rather quickly, with the same going for solar panels. This one-two punch will create a great path for cheaper electricity, especially when compared to what the world currently pays from fossil fuel-based power plants. Straubel added that "we are within grasping distance of that goal". He added: "I'm quite certain that it will happen in the next 10 years".

Microsoft finishes its work on Windows 10, which has now hit RTM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 16, 2015 3:34 am

The day is here... Windows 10 has reached build 10240, which Microsoft has selected to be the final release to manufacturing (RTM) copy of Windows. The RTM version of Windows 10 will now be sent out to PC makers to bake into their new machines, as well as manufacturing the physical copies of Windows 10.




Microsoft internally signed off on the RTM release of Windows 10, but will most likely announce the RTM publicly later this week. With the official release of Windows 10 set for July 29, we're only two weeks away from Microsoft's next-generation operating system.

Orange is the New Black's latest season set records for Netflix

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 16, 2015 2:23 am

I'm up to the 11th episode of the new season of Orange is the New Black, and while I don't think it's as good as the first season, I'm thoroughly enjoying the exploration of the entire cast of characters, and not just Piper.




For Netflix however, the new season of OITNB has set a record number of hours for one day following the Sunday, joining the leagues of HBO's Game of Thrones finale, and an NBA Finals game. This makes the women at Litchfield quite popular, especially as Netflix has just released its earnings results for Q2 2015.


The media streaming giant will spend close to $5 billion on content in 2016, something that will include original movies and TV shows.

Samsung's new Galaxy A8 is the thinnest smartphone it has ever made

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 16, 2015 12:54 am

Samsung has just unveiled its new Galaxy A8 handset, which is incredibly thin at just 5.9mm, while it weighs just 151g (5.3oz). The Galaxy A8 features a 5.7-inch 1080p OLED display, packed into a phone that it oh-my-gosh thin.




The Galaxy A8 also features an 8-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel selfie camera, and a 3050mAh battery. Samsung has included a fingerprint scanner and hand-wave detector into the Galaxy A8, which is impressive considering how thin the Galaxy A8 is.


Samsung has launched the Galaxy A8 in China for now for around $560, without any word on whether it will be made available in the US or Europe anytime soon.

Disney developing live-action 'Aladdin' prequel 'Genie'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 16, 2015 12:21 am

Disney is continuing to shamelessly exploit, sorry 'remake' its stable of classic animated hits, with live action remakes of 'Dumbo' and 'Beauty and the Beast' joining this years 'Cinderella' and next year's 'Alice in Wonderland' sequel 'Through the Looking Glass'. Next cab off the rank is a slightly controversial choice - the 1992 smash hit 'Aladdin', which famously featured the voice of Robin Williams as the voice of Genie.




According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio are pitching the in-development prequel focussing "on the realm of the Genies and reveal how Aladdin's Genie ended up enslaved in the lamp", with a "long-term plan is to have the project lead into an Aladdin live-action movie."


The film is not expected to released until 2017, at the earliest.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jul 15, 2015 4:17 pm



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Nokia says its return in 2016 to the mobile market is 'complicated'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 15, 2015 2:38 pm

We know that Nokia will be returning to the mobile market in the near future, but according to Nokia spokesman Robert Morlino, Nokia's return to where it once dominated is "complicated".




Morlino added that in order for Nokia to return to the mobile market, it needs to partner up with a company on the manufacturing, sales, marketing and consumer support side of things. Nokia needs to find a company that will allow the Finnish company to be in control of the design and technology of the devices while outsourcing everything else.


One of the biggest hurdles Nokia has in front of it is that an agreement sits between the company and Microsoft, which ties Nokia's hands behind its back until the end of Q1 2016. We could see Nokia release an Android-powered handset, but we will see more about Nokia's new flagship device early next year.

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