In September 2015, a California judge ruled that none of the companies claiming ownership of Happy Birthday to You ever had any right to it at all.The world's most recognised song originally appeared as Good Morning to All, written by Patty and Mildred Hill in 1893.While that version has been in the public domain for decades, Warner/Chappell music has claimed ownership of the Happy Birthday version since 1988, when it bought the ditty as part of Birch Tree Group's holdings.That publication deal assigned Summy the copyright of all the songs in the book.The Summy Company later registered copyright in 1935 for an arrangement of the song with the same music and the now-familiar birthday-themed lyrics, crediting Preston Ware Orem and Mrs. R.R.Ever since 1935, the Birch Tree Group -- and later Warner -- insisted on royalty payments for all performances of the song for business purposes, from waiters serenading customers to musical greetings cards and TV and film use.
Music, movies and books to share which network the use of the services is facilitated within the EU.the EU institutions reached a basic agreement on the reform-related copyright issues on Tuesday night.the content of the mobile security concerns so payable as fees tomiakin subscription services.As the video service Netflix, Spotify as Yle Areena can be used in the future in another EU country as in Finland, i.e. the provider would have the same content.Services can already now be used outside Finland, but for example, Yle Areena can currently view copyright reasons mainly domestic programs.the web services movement is becoming a force estimated at the fall of 2018, but the schedule is still specified.
Google has flicked the switch on the Australian version of YouTube Red , the twelve bucks a month version of the service that features no ads and allows online viewing.If you pony up you also get access to a clutch of YouTube Originals that extend the output of popular YouTubers and look to be aimed squarely at the youth market.Google also throws in a subscription to its streaming music service and folks who already pay for that get YouTube Red gratis.YouTube ads are an endurable irritant and the Originals are not likely to excite many: your correspondent's 14-year-old progeny thinks YouTube-spawned comedian PewDiePie is old hat, while my 11-year-old's ardour is fading.But Vulture South's team cannot imagine that YouTube Red will scare Australia's incumbent paid video providers Foxtel, Stan and Netflix, or make telcos Optus and Telstra feel like their strategies are weak.Sponsored: Make your system highly available and recoverable using PureApplication system
Google Home will be released later this yearGoogle has unveiled a voice-controlled, AI-powered robot assistant that can be ordered to turn the lights down, play music or order a taxi.Google Home, a pint-sized speaker and microphone combination, is designed to sit in a room and respond to its owner's every command, from answering questions to checking the weather.Google's Mario Queiroz unveils HomeThe device is similar to the Amazon Echo, which was released in the US in 2014.By always listening, Google Home can respond to any queries just by users saying "OK Google" and issuing a command, rather than having to type a phrase into a search engine or check emails to dig out flight details."Computing is evolving beyond phones, and people are using it in context across many scenarios, be it in their television, be it in their car, be it something they wear on their wrist or even something much more immersive," Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai said.Google, which unveiled Home at I/O, its annual developer conference, said it would be released later in the year.
It can also communicate with other Google Cast devices. So you can not just be home to play the selected music in the place you specify, but also tell it to play video content on the television. Home can communicate with the smart parts of the home so you can say, for example, lit the lamp in the children's room. According to Google is the way ahead of the competition. Those who wish can register their interest at home.google.com. Whether the product will be launched officially in Sweden is highly uncertain.
Google has released a preview version of Android Wear 2.0 which, however, at this writing is only compatible with the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition and Huawei Watch. The interface has become darker and support alerts have been expanded. The platform has also received support for standalone apps that can run completely independent of the smartphone. They thus functions even when your phone is not connected. Spotify, for example, able to run on their own and play offline music. Android Wear 2.0 provides a new API for dials - all dials can display information from any installed application whatsoever.
Both are designed to be primarily voice controlled - Google Home lacks buttons altogether - and to blend into most decor.Inside, there's WiFi along with a speaker and microphone array; Amazon is particularly proud of the seven microphones that give Echo its precise ears, though it's hard to imagine that Google hasn't given across-the-room pickup the same sort of consideration for its device.Unlike Echo, which is music-only, Google Home will support video streaming too: you'll be able to verbally search for a clip, movie, or TV show, and then have it beamed over to a TV with a Chromecast plugged in.Some of the spoils of that were shown off during Google Home's brief demo: answering questions that, I suspect, would've easily stumped Alexa.I enjoy Amazon's virtual assistant, but her ability to muster up solutions is rudimentary: if she can find a Wikipedia entry for it, you're usually good to go, but anything demanding a more intuitive take gets you "I'm sorry, I don't understand the question" at best.It's also data that, though Amazon could try to help you duplicate, it faces a considerable barrier with: people's inherent laziness when it comes to jumping platforms.
Getting into the smart home hardware business, today Google debuted Google Home, a voice-activated home automation system, at the firm s annual developer s conference, Google I/O 2016.We ve had a few teasers over the last few months and Recode previously reported that Google has been working on a portable speaker containing a built-in voice-activated assistant for the whole family in a prototype called Chirp.Mario Queiroz, VP of product management, introduced Google Home, stating that it lets you enjoy music and entertainment, manage every day tasks and Ask Google what you what to do, via a voice assistant.Consumers will be able to request music in specific rooms or request multi-room playback.It ll not only answer your queries and organize your life, Google Home promises to connect your other smart home devices: lights, thermostat, switches and – of course – Google s own Nest devices, with Querioz predicting that in the future it will control things beyond the home, via the voice assistant function.Apple, Microsoft and Google all have voice-activated assistants, but up until now, they ve been limited to mobile devices.
Xiaomi s VP teased that the company would have a presence at Google I/O, and, true to his word, the Chinese firm has unveiled a new set-top box bound for U.S. shores.Voice commands, as on Android TV devices like Asus Nexus Player and Nvidia s Shield TV, are parsed by Google s dedicated search app, and the Mi Box s Cast integration will support the standard library of Chromecast-compatible video, photo, and music apps available on iOS and Android.The 4K Mi Box will also ship with the newest version of Android, tentatively named Android N. It features picture-in-picture support, APIs for live video recording, and playback of High Dynamic Range content.In terms of inputs, the 4K Mi Box sports an HDMI outport, a USB port, and an AV port.At an I/O developer session, Sony announced that Google s operating system will power its 2016 Bravia TV line.On the set-top box side of things, Sharp s releasing the Net Player.
The X7 provides access to files and formats that some players—incuding Apple's—don't support.A number of portable audio players support these audio files, and Fiio, a Chinese company with a solid reputation for low-cost, high-quality audio hardware, has a full range of such devices.The latest is the Fiio X7 $769 MSRP, $600 on Amazon , an Android-based device that supports nearly all the commonly used audio formats: MP3, AAC, FLAC, Apple Lossless, WMA, WAV, AIFF, APE, and OGG at sampling rates up to 384kHz and up to 64-bit resolution, as well as DSD up to 5.6MHz.The main body of the device, without the amplifier module, is about the same size as an iPod classic, but much thicker.The sound is clear and crisp, with a wide, expansive soundstage; it s not overly bass-heavy or tinny, and you can adjust the sound using a built-in equalizer.The X7 also offers Pure Music Mode, which you can toggle in the settings screen that displays when you swipe down from the top of the display.
Britney Spears is following Katy Perry into the mobile games world Photograph: Denise Truscello/Associated PressIn 2015, global music sales were $15bn £10.3bn .Perry s game was a high-profile flop, with Glu saying publicly that the lack of actual music made it less appealing to fans.From the lyrics that match your chosen genres for songs when recording my trap-metal single Becky With the Good Hair my character was belting out lines like Cloven hooves trod the land to preposterous EDM DJ Skwirl-X remixing my Brexit Music For a Film track with a synth solo of his own in the middle , there are genuinely laugh-out-loud snippets.There s the odd jarring moment too.At one point, my male character is given a choice of either slapping or kissing my female rival mid-argument, with no alternative options.The fact that you can name your character s songs – which are then shared with the world – could give Glu some moderation headaches too.
NEW: Google Home is the internet firm's latest productGoogle is already a huge part of daily lives but now it wants to help you even further.The tech giant has just unveiled its Google Home speaker which not only plays music but can become a fully functional personal assistant.Ask it what time you need to leave the house or how bad the traffic is and Home will tell you.Google is boasting that the Home will even be able to change dinner reservations, text friends, check flight delays and even set the heating via Google's Nest.Google Home can also stream entertainment around your home including music and movies.There's no word on when Google Home will become available or any prices but the firm has confirmed it should launch later this year.
Hit me baby one more time.Glu Mobile hopes that its new Britney Spears: American Dream game will follow in the footsteps of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, a mobile gaming sensation which has generated something like $80 million for Kardashian alone since in debuted in 2014.San Francisco-based Glu has struck celebrity mobile game deals with stars who collectively have more than a billion social followers.Glu has to pay these celebrities royalties, but the strategy is a way to avoid spending a ton of money on advertising a game, as it relies on the cachet of celebrities and social media to spread awareness of the game.As with the Kardashian game, the Britney Spears game is aspirational.You also have to fend off rival singers to reach the top, perform at venues from the local Starbeans to international stadiums, and try to get your own stage at Planet Hollywood, the big casino in Las Vegas where the real Britney Spears performs.For Spears, the game represents an opportunity to expand her entertainment empire, as mobile gaming has become a very lucrative endeavor for Kardashian.Glu learned the hard way that fans didn t like its rendition of Katy Perry when it launched a game last fall.Glu is also working with other celebrities including chef Gordon Ramsay and performer Taylor Swift.Niccolo De Masi, CEO of Glu, said in an interview with GamesBeat that the game has tested well and he has high hopes for it.This is a partnership with a woman who has been around as a performer for 17 years.
T-Mobile on Tuesday added more than a dozen new services to its Binge On program as the disruptive wireless provider continues to wage war on the competition and the industry as a whole.Partners joining Binge On, in no particular order, include Google Play Music, NBC, Spotify, Tidal, Great Big Story, Kisew, Ligonier Ministries, Noggin, Qello Concerts, Radio Disney, Univision, Univision Noticias and Toon Goggles.Obviously, some of the new partners will have a greater impact than others.Binge On is a controversial program in which data streamed over your cellular connection from participating partners isn t counted against your monthly data allotment.You may have noticed that Google Play Music, Radio Disney, Spotify and Tidal already take part in T-Mobile s Music Freedom program.In announcing the expansion, T-Mobile revealed that its customers have now streamed more than 377 million hours of video via Binge On and are watching up to twice as much content from participating providers.
But the company s voice platform is fast, alarmingly accurate, and likely baked into tons of products we interact with in some form or another.MindMeld was founded in 2011 and is backed by over $15 million in funding.The company shows example after example of how voice beats just about every other input for generating a response, and even showed off its chops against incumbent giants like the Apple TV voice search.I caught up with CEO Tim Tuttle to see how the company fits into the broader scheme of AI giants e.g., IBM Waton, Amazon Echo and NLP-based startups and to get a view at where we might be headed.We re currently engaged with companies in video, music, quick service restaurants, fashion retailing, IoT, and other categories.There is definitely much greater awareness of AI based conversational interfaces among our target customers than there was even six months ago, Tuttle told me.That s the power of MindMeld s underlying tech — it s not just about powering conversational bots on Facebook Messenger and other messaging platforms the company released its bot platform yesterday, as well .Given the dramatic shift in user behavior we are seeing, this will probably change over the next year.Tuttle, like many others in the media, is particularly unimpressed by the range of bots out there in the wild.
Hedge fund Corvex Partners has revealed that it owns 10 per cent of the veteran streaming music company – and that selling out to a larger company is preferable to pursuing a "costly and uncertain business plan."In a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Corvex expresses dismay over the return of founder Tim Westergren as CEO.The hedge fund doesn't think it's worthless – just that it would be worth more to shareholders if it sold now at a premium."Pandora's logged-in mobile user base, deep reach and engagement, and differentiated song recommendation engine are unique assets, and we believe a large, well-capitalized acquirer could further accelerate the company's competitive advantages over time through synergies in areas such as technology and engineering, ad monetization, and customer acquisition and marketing.Simply put, we believe Pandora can become an even more differentiated product and a more valuable business as a part of a larger enterprise," Corvex notes.Corvex points out that Pandora has made only modest gains since IPO relative to the market.
Stop using switches, we are well no animals either? With a Knocki on any surface in your home, you can tap on the wall to turn the lights on, change the channel or snooze a little longer. Shut up and take my money, seems to be the instinctive reaction on Kickstarter. In one hour drug Knocki their demanded 35 000 dollars, and less than a day later, the figure has multiplied. Knocki is a small box that can be attached to any surface and can be programmed to recognize up to ten different tapping patterns. Play Replay with sound Play with Sound 00:00 00:00 Kickstarter Alert icon arrow down icon arrow-left icon arrow-right icon arrow-thin-left icon arrow-thin-right icon arrow-up icon backer badge icon bar-chart icon bell icon bookmark icon fire-assets icon calendar icon cart icon chat icon check icon clipboard icon clock icon close icon closed-caption icon Compose icon conversion icon Direct-left icon direct-right icon Direct-up icon download icon drop-down icon embed icon expand icon facebook-box icon facebook icon flag icon globe icon grid icon heart icon help icon image icon info icon instagram icon kickstarter circle icon kickstarter icon leaf icon link icon location pin icon lock icon mail icon menu icon Move icon music icon Pause icon pin icon pinterest icon play icon plus-circle icon plus icon report icon ribbon icon Search icon share icon star icon stop icon while icon thumbs-up icon tools icon trash icon tumblr icon twitter icon unlink icon user icon video icon view-all icon vine icon volume-up icon volume icon write icon youtube icon
GIFThe right editing can turn anything into a song.We ve watched a guy turn a bass with no strings into a sweet beat.But this is the first time I ve seen it done with a live animal.All sorts of percussive sounds can be made on a bulldog to imitate parts of a drum kit.Sonically, head scratches and belly slaps are remarkably close to a shaker and a kick drum, respectively.The video itself is a bit short but that s sort of missing the point of this being a song written on a dog.
Apple sent two engineers to a customer's house to troubleshoot after he wrote about how iTunes deleted swathes of his music collection, and his story subsequently went viral.The Cupertino company is now rolling out an update to iTunes in an attempt to solve the issue.James Pinkstone had detailed his frustrating experiences with Apple's music software in a blog post earlier this month entitled "Apple Stole My Music."In it, he laid out how 122 GB of music vanished from his library after signing up for subscription service Apple Music.Deleted.This time, the files remained, which was just one of many confounding elements of my whole saga.For example, one of the many confusing things about the initial file loss was that only most of my music files had disappeared.Let's hope the most recent update from Apple fixes the issue for good.SEE ALSO: Apple is on a charm offensive in ChinaNOW WATCH: There's a Keurig-inspired machine that makes individual tortillasLoading video...
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said during the company s annual shareholder meeting Tuesday that it wants to open more physical bookstores and add additional services to Amazon Prime.The e-commerce behemoth has never disclosed the precise amount of subscribers to Amazon Prime, which offers services like free two-day shipping and video/music streaming for a $99 annual fee.TechCrunch has contacted Amazon for more details.Bezos said that Amazon is definitely going to open additional stores, but it hasn t yet decided how many.But even a few brick-and-mortar locations would help Amazon gain a footprint in physical retail which still make up more than 90 percent of total retail sales in the U.S., despite the growth of e-commerce , attract new customers, and collect more data about shopping habits.Other e-commerce businesses that have opened stores for similar reasons include Warby Parker, Birchbox, and Bonobos.