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Jenny Hval, Xiu Xiu, Devendra Banhart Announced For Summer Happenings at L.A.'s Broad Museum

Billboard.com - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 5:00pm
The Broad Museum, downtown Los Angeles' contemporary art museum, today announced the line-up for its second annual Summer Happenings performance...
Categories: Music Industry

Songwriter Rounds: Backstage Nashville, Olivia Lane’s “Diva Jam,” “Story And A Song” Writer’s Night

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:42pm
Backstage Nashville will welcome Gary Nicholson, Buddy Owens, Jenny Gill, and Ray Stephenson for [...]
Categories: Music Industry

3LAU Talks New Video With Rob Gronkowski, Audien Collab & Ariana Grande Concert Attack

Billboard.com - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:37pm
3LAU dropped by the Billboard office on Tuesday (May 23) for an interview with Billboard Dance founder Matt Medved. Recently announced for this...
Categories: Music Industry

Do Female Musicians Still Need to Wear 'Naked' Dresses to Get Noticed?

Billboard.com - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:20pm
There’s a new romance afoot, as some of our biggest red-carpet stars have turned a page recently. Witness Jennifer Lopez floating into the Met...
Categories: Music Industry

Amsterdam Dance Event Announces Venue Change for 2017 Event

Billboard.com - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:07pm
Amsterdam Dance Event has a new home.  It was announced last week that the ADE, dubbed "the world’s biggest club festival for...
Categories: Music Industry

Rihanna Wears Tan Pantsuit Designed by a Graduate at Parsons School of Design Benefit

Billboard.com - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:03pm
After recently being awarded Harvard's Humanitarian of the Year award, Rihanna was honored Monday night at the 69th annual Parsons School of...
Categories: Music Industry

Nicki Minaj Opens Up to Ellen About 'Sleepovers' With Nas

Billboard.com - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:50pm
The Internet didn’t quite know what to do with itself when Nicki Minaj posted a picture of her and Nas cozied up together a few weeks back....
Categories: Music Industry

peermusic Renews Long-Term Publishing Deal For Earl Scruggs Catalog

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:47pm
peermusic has renewed its long-term global publishing deal for the catalog of bluegrass legend [...]
Categories: Music Industry

NSAI Celebrates No. 1 Songs

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:44pm
The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) honored 42 Nashville-associated writers [...]
Categories: Music Industry

Disney Music Group Signs Tina Parol To Publishing Deal

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:41pm
Disney Music Group has signed Tina Parol to an exclusive worldwide agreement. A first-generation [...]
Categories: Music Industry

How to Talk to Kids About the Ariana Grande Concert Attack

Billboard.com - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:39pm
It's every parent's worst nightmare: a Twitter alert that there's been a violent attack at the venue where your child is attending a...
Categories: Music Industry

Makers of the Panono 108MP 360-degree camera filing for bankruptcy

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:34pm

German media reports that the founders of the company behind the Panono 360-degree ball camera have filed for insolvency proceedings at a court in Berlin, Germany. Unfortunately this means it's very unlikely that the backers of the original crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo will ever receive their camera. 

The small number of buyers who purchased a Panono through retail channels after the Indiegogo campaign could be affected as well. At this point it is unknown if the the Panono servers, which power the automatic stitching of the Panono's 360-degree images, will remain functional for the foreseeable future.  

Initially things had gone well for the German start-up. The Indiegogo campaign generated 1.25 million dollars in 2013. However, it soon became obvious that the team had miscalculated the development time for the camera which back then only existed in prototype form.

The final product was due to ship in 2014 but instead there was only a second prototype in February 2015. A few months later first shipments were announced, but not to the project backers. Instead the cameras went to retail customers who paid a considerably higher prices. It appears at this point the company had already run out of money and was hoping to generate additional funds for mass production and eventual shipping to project backers. 

Now it seems this plan has not worked out either and remaining funds have dried up. We had the chance to test both a prototype and final product of the Panono camera and were quite impressed by the technology. 360-degree cameras are now much more widely available than in 2013 but none of the affordable models offer the Panono's 108MP resolution and image detail. 

Categories: Equipment

The new Surface Pro: new processors, boosted battery life and more

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:29pm

Microsoft's Surface Pro (they've dropped the numbering scheme) looks impressive. In an interview with The Verge, Microsoft's head of Surface, Panos Panay, claims there are about 800 new custom parts in the Surface Pro.

Battery life is up from 9 to 13.5 hours, it's got the latest Kaby Lake processors, there are promised sleep/wake improvements (an issue that plagued many Surface Pro 4 users), and the device just looks and feels nicer with more rounded edges as well as a barely visible vent.

The Core i5 now joins the m3 in being fanless (the high-end i7 still has a fan). The new hinge allows the Surface Pro to lie almost completely flat at 165 degrees, which Microsoft calls Studio Mode (after the Surface Studio). This'll make it easier to use with the Surface Dial.

The Surface Pen gets a sizable update as well: it now has 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt detection (only with the Surface Pro) for better shading and inking accuracy. Perhaps even more important is that it's more responsive because of a reduction in minimum activation force. Though this time around, it's a separate purchase.

There's still no USB-C, and only one USB port (this accessory will help photographers import SD cards to an external drive without a hub, utilizing the Surface's micro SD port). A new LTE option should be great for those one the go, though a release date for that feature hasn't been announced.

The new Surface Pro is available for pre-order today starting at $799, with the Type Cover coming in at $129 and Surface Pen coming in at $99. Shipping starts June 15th.

Via: The Verge and Microsoft

Categories: Equipment

FCC Budget Showcases Rapidly Shrinking Media Regulatory Agency

Billboard.com - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 2:55pm
Much ado was recently made about FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's rather ho-hum comments concerning crude jokes from The Late Show's Stephen...
Categories: Music Industry

Hy6 rises again as DW Photo tries to break from tangled history

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 2:54pm

Some ideas are apparently too good to let die. DW Photo of Braunschweig, Germany, has become the latest company to attempt to produce the Hy6 645 medium format camera. This follows the collapse of DHW Fototechnik, which itself took over responsibility from the defunct Franke & Heidecke, which grew from the remains of Rollei.

The company will produce the Hy6 mod2 version of the camera, originally released in 2012 and use manufacturing facilities at the former Rollei factory. The camera will cost €5950.

German photo site Photoscala also has a fascinating look at how the camera, once sold under the Leaf, Sinar and Rolleiflex brands, came into being and how its collaborative development following the fall of Rollei has created a legal tangle for anyone trying to bring the camera back to market. Even in Google Translated form, it's well worth a read.

Categories: Equipment

Kodak EKTRA 'camera first' smartphone now available in US

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 2:49pm

The Kodak EKTRA, the company's 'camera first' smartphone, is now available to purchase in the United States. The Android smartphone, which was first announced in October 2016, features a 21MP camera and a design reminiscent of point-and-shoot cameras. The handset has been available to purchase in Europe for a handful of months, and now US consumers can buy the model unlocked with support for GSM mobile networks for $399.99 USD.

Coinciding with the launch is software update version 2.009.00/_A for the smartphone,  which Kodak says it is zeroing in on requests from its 'photo-enthusiast' customers. The update brings improved autofocus performance, better color saturation and white balance, and the addition of raw image support, among other things.

The full software changelog:

  • Enhanced single handed camera functionality; when the camera app is enabled the Android touch buttons are now disabled to avoid an accidental press when using the camera with one hand
  • Added RAW file support in manual mode; shooting in RAW records all the data from the sensor enabling more sophisticated image processing options
  • Improved auto focus making in quicker and more accurate
  • Improved Face Detection performance for better portrait photos
  • Optimisations to the Auto White Balance and colour saturation
  • Improvements to shutter speed performance
  • New option to disable Auto Scene Detection in smart auto mode
  • New shutter effect to provide visual indication of when a picture is taken
  • Enhanced low light performance
  • Optimisations to the noise reduction algorithm from ISO 100-6400
  • Introduces a new ‘How To’ camera tutorial on the new functionality

Via: BusinessWire

Categories: Equipment

Dance Artists React to Ariana Grande Concert Attack

Billboard.com - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 2:44pm
News of the attack on an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night (May 22) at the Manchester Arena in England spread...
Categories: Music Industry

Chris Cornell Songs Storm LyricFind Charts After His Death

Billboard.com - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 2:38pm
Less than a week after Chris Cornell died in his hotel room in Detroit after a performance with Soundgarden, the legendary grunge singer sweeps the...
Categories: Music Industry

Apple and Nokia settle litigation and plan to work together

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 2:12pm

Apple and Nokia have settled their years-old patent dispute. Apple will make an undisclosed payment to Nokia and sign a licensing agreement related to digital health products with the Finnish company.

Categories: Equipment

Take That Concerts at Manchester Arena Postponed Following Attack

Billboard.com - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 2:09pm
Take That's upcoming three-night stand at the scene of Monday's deadly attack in Manchester has been postponed until further notice. The...
Categories: Music Industry