Sunday, October 19, 2014
Twitter has teamed up with SoundCloud to launch Twitter Audio Cards, a feature on Twitter’s iOS and Android apps which allows users to listen to audio on their timelines. The new feature enhances the listening experience, as you can dock the audio card and continue listening as you browse your timeline. SoundCloud is the first of the myriad of third-party streaming services to receive access to the technology, with the feature being rolled out to SoundCloud partners such as NPR and artists including Deadmau5, Chance the Rapper, and Migos.
Representing his hometown of Brooklyn, New York is recording artist/ audio engineer Che Rhenosonce is proud to present his brand new EP titled, “The Undisputed Truth”. The project features guest verses from the likes of Chase Innis, Rizzo Corleone, Akinola & HighLight with production from Tone Jonez, Wit & Serious Beats. The EP features Che’s lead off single, “Around The Way” and very well conceived content over the project’s duration, a very solid offering indeed. You can check out the e.p. Here
New York rapper Bobby Shmurda recently vented his frustrations on not making any money with his music and now his mother, who is his manager, has decided to come forward and speak on his no money rant. According to Shmurda’s mom, Bobby is just new to the business side of the music and doesn’t understand it. “It’s not that he’s not getting paid, it’s that he’s new to the business,” Leslie Pollard tells Billboard. “There’s a chain of command that he has to go through before he gets his payment. I guess he’s thinking all the money should go from the front man to his hands — it doesn’t work like that. Of course they hold onto it so he actually does the show. Then it goes to his business manager, then to the touring accountant, and then to him.” (Billboard)
Check it out HERE
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Largest-ever study provides evidence that ‘out of body’ and ‘near-death’ experiences may actually be real
There is scientific evidence to suggest that life can continue after death, according to the largest ever medical study carried out on the subject. A team based in the UK has spent the last four years seeking out cardiac arrest patients to analyse their experiences, and found that almost 40 per cent of survivors described having some form of “awareness” at a time when they were declared clinically dead. Experts currently believe that the brain shuts down within 20 to 30 seconds of the heart stopping beating – and that it is not possible to be aware of anything at all once that has happened. But scientists in the new study heard said they heard compelling evidence that patients experienced real events for up to three minutes after this had happened – and could recall them accurately once they had been resuscitated. Dr Sam Parnia, an assistant professor at the State University of New York and a former research fellow at the University of Southampton who led the research, said that he previously that patients who described near-death experiences were only relating hallucinatory events. One man, however, gave a “very credible” account of what was going on while doctors and nurses tried to bring him back to life – and says that he felt he was observing his resuscitation from the corner of the room. Speaking to The Telegraph about the evidence provided by a 57-year-old social worker Southampton, Dr Parnia said: “We know the brain can’t function when the heart has stopped beating. “But in this case, conscious awareness appears to have continued for up to three minutes. “The man described everything that had happened in the room, but importantly, he heard two bleeps from a machine that makes a noise at three minute intervals. So we could time how long the experienced lasted for. “He seemed very credible and everything that he said had happened to him had actually happened.” Dr Parnia’s study involved 2,060 patients from 15 hospitals in the UK, US and Austria, and has been published in the journal Resuscitation. Of those who survived, 46 per cent experienced a broad range of mental recollections, nine per cent had experiences compatible with traditional definitions of a near-death experience and two per cent exhibited full awareness with explicit recall of “seeing” and “hearing” events – or out-of-body experiences. Dr Parnia said that the findings of the study as a whole suggested that “the recalled experience surrounding death now merits further genuine investigation without prejudice”. Dr Jerry Nolan, editor-in-chief of the journal which published the research, said: “The researchers are to be congratulated on the completion of a fascinating study that will open the door to more extensive research into what happens when we die.”
as we become more reliant of technology to problem solve some of the most simplest of problems for us, are we becoming dumbed down by our dependencies? Are the computers getting smarter as a result? The inventor of the web says absolutely.
via Telegraph.co “Companies,” says web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, “are increasingly going to be run by computers. And computers are getting smarter and we are not.” The only solution, he argues, is for people to embrace new technology, and accept that some jobs will simply disappear. Sir Tim is, as he puts it, “in London to think about the future”. Today he will speak at the Intellectual Property Expo, last month he addressed senior technology executives at a dinner organised by PR and marketing agency SapientNitro, but the over-riding theme across these and other engagements is data. “Opening up government data I’m very keen on,” says Sir Tim with his usual understatement, “and the release of enterprise data is going to be more important.” In practice, that means that consumers – within a framework Sir Tim would like to see better defined – will be able to see more and more of what companies and the state know about them, and both parties to that arrangement will be able to try to extract maximum value. Individuals might more easily be able to see if they should switch current accounts, for instance, while businesses will be able to make more informed suggestions. But even as data about us becomes more valuable than ever, users still shouldn’t start to think they can get rich by selling the right to access ever more personal details. Facebook makes just $0.60 per user per quarter, after all. “People have got a bit fixated on monetising my personal data and being able to produce some sort of path to get cash back,” says Sir Tim. “But [companies are] really using it in bulk to carry out a brand strategy. In reality the value of my personal data is greater to me than it is to you.” Still, users can gather up their data to derive new insights about themselves and then put them to good use in a way that is currently neglected: “People feel passionately but I think we’re missing a lot of the value of personal data because it’s stored in these different silos,” says Sir Tim. He points out that businesses have long been quick to realise this value for their own interests. “Enterprises do data integration or they die – if you can’t do a query across the company you die. Companies like Mint that integrate across the financial side of your life but that’s the start.” “There’s a lot of art about keeping the consitency across silos to allow them to integrate, but in the future you’ll be able to hone going through the system – say you’re filing your taxes it won’t ask ‘what’s this expenditure’ it’ll say this is where you were, this is your diary, annotated with photographs.” So what does that mean for book-keepers and accountants and a host of jobs, increasingly the white collar ones too, that are threatened by the growth of new technology? What was once a Luddite argument about loss of jobs is being made by an increasing number of sophisticated economists. “It’s been running forever and yes there’s a problem that say, people who run printers that print brochures, for instance, you don’t need that any more,” says Sir Tim, talking about the inexorable move of advertising to online. “Some things are going to completely disappear and obviously more boring jobs go first. As computers get smarter it’s possible that they start to take some of the things we used to find more interesting – creating drugs, for instance, and certainly for now the boring bits of doing your taxes. The important thing is we find ways for people to do the exciting creative fun jobs that never existed before.” He emphasizes that the need for software developers and the like, rather than being small as it is today, will be almost infinite in an increasingly technologically dependent future. “I think in a way with software if people are interested in writing it, it’s not that there’s a certain amount of software that needs to be written. What you do with it is limited only by your imagination. If your imagination limited, OK. But some of it can be very artistic some of it can be very practical.” Even in that future, however, humans need to make choices: “You can decide to give a programme access to your contacts and your address book and it can suggest birthday presents, and know what you’ve already bought,” says Sir Tim. “But everything becomes my initiative.” Unfortunately, it often sounds as though the best ideas are those with the least human involvement: “Don’t think about me using my data, think about a really smart really powerful computer using my data with some interesting apps,” says Sir Tim. “My machine talking to a hospital, saying ‘I don’t know if you know but he’s not doing so much exercise – is that ok?’” He emphasises the new trend for apps and wearable technologies that encourage exercise, even seek to influence mood and put the two together to suggest users might feel happier if they went for a run. “Keeping lifestyle, consumption of bad things in check, those things will be important,” he says. “Maybe it’s just London and Massachusetts and California, but people seem to be eating much smarter. I noticed when we were out walking as a family the kid carrying the GPS was the first to the top – none of this’ are we there yet’ because you can see you’re 58.3% there yet.” It’s an idyllic picture, even if critics will say walks should be about looking at the scenery not the GPS: a world where people are fitter and less troubled by menial jobs, thanks to the web’s total integration with daily life. “But there’s another movement that’s interesting,” adds Sir Tim. “If you look around the UK it’s largely farmland – some countries have been levelled for large fields, but in other parts of the world people are hanging on to small farms, because they like to have a world in which crops are grown locally by hand, again around Massachusetts for instance. You might start to think of farming more like performance art, where you know the person who has done it.”
Monday, October 13, 2014
www.TheRapfest.com recently posted Nobi's Free album "InteGRITTY2" on their site and had this to say in the brief write up that went along with the actual post.
"Gritty Lyf Muisc’s own Nobi finally unveils his long awaited mixtape titled InteGRITTY 2. The tape, which spans over 15 tracks features contributions from A. Dash, Boola, Tone Jonez, Tina Torres and more. Displaying a wide array of emotions, the native of Bronx, Queens and Rockland County, NY wears his heart on his sleeve, not holding a single thing back. By the time 2014 is up, InteGRITTY 2 is definitely going to be considered one of the standout independent releases of the year."
you can download "InteGRITTY 2" Directly from therapfest.com right HERE
Gorgon City are firmly placed in the top of our list for acts to watch in the closing stages of 2014 and well into 2015. This fresh Drake cover cements that spot. The new album Sirens is out imminently and as soon as it hits, we’ll be all over it like a rash. A rash that you’d want that is.