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Judas Priest Talk Upcoming Album 'Firepower' and How the Band Is Like 'Star Wars': 'We're Always Battling Against Evil'

Billboard.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 3:19pm
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford and guitarist Richie Faulkner are in a lively mood when they sit down with Billboard to talk about the band's...
Categories: Music Industry

Rich Brian Is an Award-Winning Figure Skater in Stunning New 'Cold' Video

Billboard.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 3:08pm
Rich Brian is re-imagined as a badass figure skater in the music video for “Cold,” the latest from his debut album Amen, which came out...
Categories: Music Industry

This strange gadget literally shocks you into taking 'better' photos

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 3:01pm

A new project called Prosthetic Photographer involves a very real gadget designed to zap humans into taking better images. The system was created by artist and designer Peter Buczkowski, and it works with both DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Using artificial intelligence, the device constantly scans for 'ideal' scenes and uses mild electric shocks to force/train the photographer to capture them.

"The Prosthetic Photographer enables anybody to unwillingly take beautiful pictures," Buczkowski explains on the project's website. The gadget is a way for an AI to train a human, though the AI itself was first trained using a dataset containing 17,000 images, and those images were captured and rated by humans.

Using what it learned about quality photos, the Prosthetic Photographer AI identifies scenes worth capturing and trains the human behind the camera to recognize them. To do this, the AI triggers a small electric shock delivered through electrodes on the handgrip, which forces the photographer's finger to press a button and capture said ideal scene.

As demonstrated in the video at the top of this post, users can adjust the shock strength using knobs on the back of the device. "This system is part of a new aesthetic, based on computer-generated decisions that were taught by previous human skill," Buczkowski explains on his site. "The conscious skill of photography becomes obsolete this way."

The resulting images feature the AI's own aesthetic tastes, which are based on the images used to train the system. Of course, some of the scenes captured by the human who is being 'trained' are often... less than striking.

Categories: Equipment

Gibson Takes Steps to Pay Off Debts, Avoid the 'B' Word

Billboard.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:47pm
Down-but-not-out instrument maker Gibson is working on restructuring its debts in the hopes of putting reports of a looming bankruptcy to bed. The...
Categories: Music Industry

Zedd & Muse's Matt Bellamy Are in the Studio: Watch

Billboard.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:44pm
Hold the phone. Muse's lead singer and guitarist Matt Bellamy is stepping outside of his comfort zone and climbing into the studio with Zedd. The...
Categories: Music Industry

Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Talks Coming Out & 'Competing Authentically' at the Winter Games

Billboard.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:37pm
Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy isn't coming home with a medal, but he's had plenty of public support as one of the first ...
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Drone may have caused helicopter crash in South Carolina

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:30pm

Officials are investigating whether a recent helicopter crash near Charleston, South Carolina, was caused by a civilian drone operated nearby. The accident, which happened last Wednesday, involved a Robinson Helicopter Co. R22 helicopter carrying an instructor pilot and student.

The two are reporting that a small UAV flew directly in their path, forcing the instructor to perform evasive action. That evasive action, unfortunately, caused the helicopter's tail to hit a tree, which sent the helicopter into a crash landing, according to Bloomberg. Sources speaking to the publication report that the helicopter's tail was severely damaged; fortunately, neither person was injured.

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman confirmed to Bloomberg that it is looking into initial reports claiming a drone contributed to the crash. Assuming that's true, this would be the first time that a drone has caused an aircraft crash in the US. The FAA hasn't commented on the possibly of a drone's involvement.

Reports of drones being operated illegally, near-misses with aircraft, and even possible collisions are increasing. In recent days, a video surfaced of a drone being operated directly above a commercial passenger jet in Las Vegas. Following that, more recent reports claim a drone struck a tour helicopter in Hawaii. Canadian officials also recently released a report detailing a collision between a drone and a small plane.

Though the drone model hasn't been stated (and may not be known), Chinese drone maker DJI has preemptively released a statement on the matter, saying:

DJI is trying to learn more about this incident and stands ready to assist investigators. While we cannot comment on what may have happened here, DJI is the industry leader in developing educational and technological solutions to help drone pilots steer clear of traditional aircraft.

Last year, DJI introduced a system called AeroScope that helps law enforcement and airport officials identify drones being operated in restricted airspace.

Categories: Equipment

Lensrentals tears down the Sony a7R III in search of better weather sealing

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:54pm
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Our good friend Roger Cicala over at Lensrentals finally got around to tearing down the Sony a7R III, to see if Sony was being honest when it claimed the newest a7R was much better weather sealed than its predecessor. The results? Well, it's a "good news, bad news" situation. Yes, Sony was being truthful... but it screwed up in one major place.

You can see the full teardown over on the Lensrentals blog—Roger tears the thing all the way down, even giving us a great look a the IBIS system and how far the sensor can travel—but the TL;DR version goes something like this:

Sony weather sealed most of this camera very well, much better than its predecessor. BUT, for some reason, Sony left the bottom of this camera extremely vulnerable to water. You can see just how vulnerable in the gallery above. Or, if you prefer words, here's Roger's conclusion:

Sony spoke truly. Except for the bottom this camera has thorough and extensive weather sealing, as good as any camera I’ve seen. (Before you Pentax guys start, I have not taken apart a Pentax so it may be completely sealed in a super glue matrix for all I know.)

That being said, the bottom of the camera is not protected worth a damn. If you’re out in a sprinkle or shower, this probably doesn’t matter; water hits the top first. But if you’re in severe weather, near surf, or might set your camera down where someone might spill something, you need to be aware of that.

To read the full conclusion, scroll through the entire teardown, and see just how many rubber gaskets and foam pieces Sony added to the a7RIII to keep it safe from inclement weather, head over to the Lensrentals blog.

Categories: Equipment

Takeover Tuesday: Quinn XCII Shares the Songs That Keep Him 'Focused and Prepared' Before Performing

Billboard.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:48pm
Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week Billboard taps chart-topping artists and taste-makers to compile their very own playlist...
Categories: Music Industry

Raphael Saadiq on Collaborating With Mary J. Blige on Oscar-Nominated 'Mighty River' and Joint Album With Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Billboard.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:47pm
When Raphael Saadiq hit the studio with Mary J. Blige to write the sweeping “Mighty River” for Mudbound -- about two World...
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Los Angeles LGBT Center Board Member Karim Abay Talks 'Gorgeous' New Facility, Working to Save Lives

Billboard.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:38pm
The Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for and celebrated individuals and families since 1969. Today, the Center’s more than 600 employees...
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Nada Taha Launches Blind Copy Creative

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:37pm
Last year, when Nada Taha announced that she was leaving her five-year stint as an on-air personality and [...]
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Bun B Announces New Album 'Return of the Trill'

Billboard.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:21pm
Bun B is ready to bring his "trill" vibes back to hip-hop. During a recent episode of his #TrillMealz video series, the UGK rapper...
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Ava DuVernay Recruits Sade, Sia & 'Game of Thrones' Composer for 'A Wrinkle In Time' Soundtrack

Billboard.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:16pm
Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time's heavyweight cast caused massive tremors after it was revealed that Oprah Winfrey would play a...
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BoA Lets Loose In Electro-Swing Single 'One Shot, Two Shot'

Billboard.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:03pm
With a touch of deep house and R&B, BoA returned today with her new electro-swing single “One Shot, Two Shot.” Her second song of...
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Inside The Fly Girls and Paula Abdul's Dramatic Encounter In A Bathroom

Billboard.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:00pm
In David Peisner’s book on Keenen Ivory Wayans’ ’90s sketch show In Living Color, key players recount how a chance...
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Amazon Music Hires Ex-WBR President Dan McCarroll as Global Head of Originals, Artist Relations

Billboard.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:00pm
Dan McCarroll, former president and head of A&R for Warner Bros. Records, has joined Amazon Music as global head of originals and artist...
Categories: Music Industry

Students Head to Florida Capital to Press for Gun Law Change

Billboard.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:58pm
A hundred Stoneman Douglas High School students are busing 400 miles to Florida's capital Tuesday (Feb. 20) to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a...
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Philip Glass & Resistance Revival Chorus' Ginny Suss on the Reawakening of Protest Marches & Music

Billboard.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:45pm
If there’s one common thread running through the work of American minimalist maestro Philip Glass over the last four decades, it's the...
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'Saturday Night Live' Announces Performers for March: Migos, James Bay and Arcade Fire

Billboard.com - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:39pm
Saturday Night Live blessed folks on social media today (Feb.20) with an announcement of the late-night comedy show's special...
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