Spotify alone has more than 2,500 playlists created by its 150 curators, and Apple Music launched on the promise of having expert human curators instead of faceless algorithms.Spotify’s 50-song RapCaviar playlist boasts more than 8 million followers, often spins the newest songs before they hit radio, and has turned Spotify’s global head of hip-hop programming, Tuma Basa, into one of the two most sought-after people in hip-hop.Prior to signing with the Love Renaissance label, had spent years wallowing in obscurity, essentially homeless at a different indie label.Then something big happened — something that 6Lack’s manager Tunde Balogun tells Digital Trends “pretty much changed our lives from that point.” Chery started spreading 6Lack’s song Prblms throughout Apple Music’s playlist ecosystem.“So I put Prblms on a few playlists, and by the end of that week, he had a million streams, and based on placement on iTunes of that song in Hot Tracks, he sold 10,000 units, independently, before he got signed.”In 2016, 6Lack hardly performed live, and by Balogun’s admission, the Atlanta-bred crooner’s fan base wasn’t, and still isn’t, listening to radio.
A chart showing the value of bitcoin on 31 December, 2017.A bitcoin was worth $13,324 at 12.30 p.m. (GMT) on New Year's Eve.It was up 4% on the previous 24 hours.A single Bitcoin has increased in value 13-fold since January 1.Bitcoin started the final day of 2017 with an increase in value, and looked set to end the year on a high note.The cryptocurrency was up more than 4% as of 12.30 p.m. on New Year's Eve 2017, according to data from Markets Insider.
It’s cold and dreary, with the fluffy snow having long gone to brown mush.You got socks again and even the Christmas dinner table wasn’t spared a heated debate about whether to watch Strictly or the Great British Bake Off.Families gather; issues come up.I suppose it’s not surprising that over three million British holiday makers are expected to book their summer holidays this week alone.Surprise, surprise – Spain is still the most popular destination for British holidaymakers.In fact, the only region to buck this trend is London, where only seven per cent are planning to visit the Mediterranean hotspot on their next trip, instead preferring to explore Greece and the USA.
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We got great original games like Horizon: Zero Dawn and Nier: Automata.And some of gaming’s oldest franchises released their strongest entries ever.Developers: SIE Japan Studio, Project SirenThe first Gravity Rush wowed me with its beautiful, cel-shaded world that felt like a mix of steampunk London with Tokyo.And it managed to look gorgeous on the Vita.You float in the air and orient gravity in any direction you’re looking, making it possible to fly or run up the sides of buildings.
An increasing number of Pixel 2 XL owners are reporting speaker distortion issues with the phone’s bottom speaker, and in some cases also the earpiece speaker.This distortion, which some describe as a slight vibration or an annoying rattling sound, is most common at higher volumes, according to users.Reports span back months on Google’s Product Forums, though many complaints can be found elsewhere online.If you’ve ever owned a cheap speaker, you’re likely familiar with the sound: it’s a sort of buzzing, rattling, vibrating noise that often appears when a speaker is cranked up to a high volume.According to posts on Google’s Product Forums, many Pixel 2 XL owners hear this distortion once the noise reaches around the 70% to 75% level.Though most users say it applies to the bottom speakers, a smaller number say the earpiece speaker also has this issue.
The organisation which governs cellular standards, the 3GPP, has officially signed off the first 5G specification.Here on Telecoms we’ve covered many pre-5G trials, but it now won’t be long before we can start reporting on the real deal.Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice President at Qualcomm Technologies, said:“We are excited to be part of this significant milestone, and to once again be at the forefront making the 5G vision a reality in 2019.We look forward to continue working with our mobile industry peers to bring 5G NR commercial networks and devices in 2019 in smartphone and other form factors, for both sub-6Ghz and mmWave frequency bands, and to continue developing 5G technologies to connect new industries and enable new services and user experiences in the years to come."The announcement was made following a meeting of industry leaders in Lisbon.
Creating convincing artificial speech is a hot pursuit right now, with Google arguably in the lead.The company may have leapt ahead again with the announcement today of Tacotron 2, a new method for training a neural network to produce realistic speech from text that requires almost no grammatical expertise.The new technique takes the best pieces of two of Google’s previous speech generation projects: WaveNet and the original Tacotron.WaveNet produced what I called “eerily convincing” speech one audio sample at a time, which probably sounds like overkill to anyone who knows anything about sound design.Tacotron synthesized more high-level features, such as intonation and prosody, but wasn’t really suited for producing a final speech product.But from what I can tell, it uses text and narration of that text to calculate all the linguistic rules that systems normally have to be explicitly told.
Months after it partnered with Micromax to unveil the Bharat 2 Ultra, Vodafone has today in partnership iTel mobile announced yet another budget 4G smartphone called the iTel A20 at an effective price of Rs.Intending buyers of the iTel A20 from now till March 31st, 2018 will have to pay Rs 3,690 up front, and they’ll need to recharge their existing or new Vodafone numbers for a minimum of Rs 150 per month over a period of 36 months.After the first 18 months, users will get a cashback of Rs 900, and after the next 18 months, they’ll receive a refund of Rs 1,200 if you maintain the recharge of Rs 150 per month, thereby bringing the effective price of the device to Rs 1590.Speaking of the internals, the iTel A20 flaunts a 4-inch WVGA display and powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core SoC coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB of expandable storage.In the camera department, the phone offers a 2MP shooter at the back and a VGA snapper at the front.It boots Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, while a 1700mAh battery, 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS round off the specs sheet.
Cuphead is unquestionably one of the year’s most popular games, so it should be little surprise that some unsavory folks are looking to take advantage of that popularity.At first glance, it appears to be a legitimate port, with a developer that shares the name with the studio behind Cuphead, along with screenshots and a description that make it seem like the real deal.That’s bad news for anyone who decided to drop $4.99 on the app in question.Cuphead, for now, is only available on Xbox One and Windows 10, with a price tag of $20.Earlier this morning, Studio MDHR took to Twitter to confirm that this Cuphead iOS app was indeed fake.At the time, the studio said that it was working to take this down quickly, and at the time of this writing, it’s already been removed.
The Guardian has appointed editor of the Observer John Mulholland as editor of the newspaper's US division.Mulholland has been editor of the Sunday paper since 2008, having joined as deputy editor in 1998.He will take on the top US job for the Guardian in spring 2018 when his replacement at the Observer will also be named.He had been serving in the role on an interim basis since April to cover Lee Glendinning, who was on maternity leave.However, he returned to the UK to reprise his Observer duties during the Autumn.But with this latest shake-up and Mulholland's return to the helm for the Guardian US , Glendinning has become executive editor for membership.
Google asked rival browser Vivaldi to add uninstall instructions on its website download page – something Google doesn't do itself – after deactivating Vivaldi's advertising account earlier this year.Vivaldi is among the many software vendors that advertise products with the search giant.Adwords customers appear at the top of a search for related keywords with a small "Ad" in a box next to them."Google deactivated our advertising account a couple of days after I had a few interviews where I talked about privacy issues," Vivaldi CEO and co-founder Jon von Tetzchner told us."This is the second time they did this, but this time there was no indication in the AdWords interface that we had been blocked."We, however, quickly contacted them to get clarification [about why the account had been suspended] and after a while we got their demands.
In February 2017, an attack on the South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb saw some $7 million in bitcoin and ethereum stolen, although the theft wasn’t actually detected until June.Now, there are signs that the criminals responsible are based in North Korea.Bithumb is the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the country, and indeed one of the top five worldwide.It’s being theorized that North Korea may have carried out the attack in response to financial sanctions put in place as a result of its development of nuclear weaponry, according to a report from BBC News.Bitcoin has had a record-breaking year, and is currently approaching the $20,000 mark – something that few would have expected would happen so quickly, given the fact that it hadn’t hit $1,000 as of the beginning of 2017.This is especially pertinent to this theft, as it’s thought that the funds that would have been worth around $7 million at the time would now be valued at around $82.7 million.
Facebook is now rolling out its Snooze feature to all users after a period of testing in September.The tool lets you mute a friend, page, or group for 30 days so you can temporarily purge their updates from your News Feed.The controls are similar to the current Unfollow / Hide tool that lets you permanently remove a user or page’s updates from your timeline entirely without unfriending them.Instead of Unfollow or Hide, you’ll now see the option to snooze the account for about a month.Personally, I think this is particularly helpful now that people on my timeline are starting to answer those personality questions Facebook introduced a week ago, and their answers are completely flooding my News Feed, since each answer is its own status update card.But again, Snooze really just delays the inevitable annoyance from a page, so if you are finding yourself snoozing something often on Facebook, just bite the bullet and unfriend them (or better yet, stop using Facebook).