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Amazon, After a Busy Third Quarter, Posts Lower-Than-Expected Earnings

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 4:52pm
Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell in after-market trading on Thursday after the online retailer reported third-quarter net income that missed analyst...
Categories: Music Industry

Miley Cyrus Jokes Her Engagement Ring Isn't Really Her 'Aesthetic' on 'Ellen'

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 4:51pm
Miley Cyrus loves Liam Hemsworth, but apparently not her engagement ring. When the Voice coach stopped by Ellen on Thursday (Oct. 27), she...
Categories: Music Industry

Lady Gaga's 'A-YO' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 4:48pm
Following the release of Lady Gaga’s Joanne album on Oct. 21, five of the set’s songs debut on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart (...
Categories: Music Industry

Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Far East Movement, Anne-Marie & Jax Jones

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 4:43pm
Each week, Billboard Dance looks at songs and albums rising on Billboard's dance charts. This week, Far East Movement, Anne-Marie and Jax Jones...
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Justin Timberlake Had 'No Idea' Voting Selfie Was Illegal

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 4:19pm
Justin Timberlake has some advice for taking part in the presidential election next month: Vote, but don't take a selfie while you're doing...
Categories: Music Industry

Shawn Mendes Tops Spotify's 2016 25 Under 25 List

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 4:17pm
Spotify revealed its annual 25 Under 25 list Thursday (Oct. 27), with 18-year-old Shawn Mendes taking the top spot. With more than 25 million...
Categories: Music Industry

Zion & Lennox Top Latin Airplay Chart With 'Otra Vez' Feat. J Balvin

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 3:51pm
Puerto Rican act Zion & Lennox reaches No. 1 on the Nov. 5-dated Latin Airplay chart as “Otra Vez,” featuring J Balvin, hops 4-1 (up...
Categories: Music Industry

Industry Ink: Pennington Entertainment, CRS, MV2 Entertainment, Full Circle Music

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 3:34pm
Pennington Entertainment, led by Shawn Pennington, and Meghan Linsey, NBC's The Voice alumna [...]
Categories: Music Industry

Dierks Plans Free Concert To Kick Off CMA Awards Day

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 3:33pm
Dierks Bentley will perform a free concert on Wednesday morning, the day of the 50th annual CMA Awards [...]
Categories: Music Industry

Maluma Teases 'Sin Contrato' Remix Feat. Don Omar & Wisin

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 3:32pm
Following the release of Maluma's "Sin Contrato" featuring Fifth Harmony, the Colombian singer's chart-topping track will soon have...
Categories: Music Industry

10 Viral Phenomenons We Wouldn't Have Without Vine

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 3:28pm
It's the end of an era: Video-sharing app Vine is soon to be no more. Twitter announced Thursday (Oct. 27) that it's retiring Vine...
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Diego el Cigala Explains Why Salsa & Flamenco Belong Together on His 'Indestructible' Album

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 3:13pm
Diego el Cigala made his name in the '90s and early '00s as a titan of contemporary flamenco, but for more than a decade, he has enjoyed...
Categories: Music Industry

WME-IMG Taps NBA Exec as CEO of China Subsidiary

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 3:04pm
WME-IMG has tapped a veteran NBA executive with China experience to lead its Chinese subsidiary. Michael Ma, who has spent the past 13 years...
Categories: Music Industry

Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar'

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 3:02pm

On the 25th anniversary of the first PowerBook, Apple has announced three new MacBook Pro models. The long-awaited new flagship 13in and 15in MacBook Pros bring performance boosts compared to the previous generation, revamped ergonomics, and a new 'Touch Bar', aimed at making the machines more versatile for creative professionals.

It's no surprise that the two new flagship MacBook Pro models are slimmer and lighter than their predecessors, but the ergonomic changes are more fundamental than that. Their new 'force touch' trackpads are twice as large as the previous-generation, and the keyboards have been redesigned, with a slimmer butterfly switch design, that Apple claims will offer superior tactile feel to the similar switches in the 12in MacBook. 

The big news, however, is the addition of a 'Touch Bar'. Much anticipated (and leaked), this is a touch-sensitive display strip, that effectively replaces the traditional function keys which have been a feature of consumer computing for more than 40 years. The Touch Bar is fully customizable, and its default functions change depending on the application. Obvious uses including scrubbing through a video timeline in Final Cut Pro, and quick text formatting and email flagging in Apple's Mail app.

In addition to the new 13" and 15" Touch Bar-equipped models, a third new 13in MacBook Pro has also been introduced, which is even slimmer, even lighter, but features only two thunderbolt ports, and a traditional function key array. Base configurations of the new 13in and 15in MacBook Pro models will be available starting at $1799 and $2399 respectively, and the slimmer non-Touch Bar model will start at $1499.

During a demo at the launch event, a representative from Adobe demonstrated how the Touch Bar can be used in Photoshop to quickly switch between layers, blending modes and select brushes without needing to access any of the usual on-screen pallets - effectively allowing true 'full-screen' image editing. Adobe is expecting to add full support for the Touch Bar before the end of 2016.

Another big change is how the new MacBook Pro models manage peripherals. Gone is the built-in SD reader, MagSafe connector, and any traditional USB or HDMI ports. Instead, the new computers offer four Thunderbolt 3 ports, all of which can serve as power, USB 3, HDMI, display, or ThunderBolt connectors.

In terms of performance, Apple claims that the new MacBook Pro's displays are 67% brighter, offer a 67% greater contrast ratio and 25% greater color gamut than the previous generation, and the 15in version offers 130% greater 3D graphics performance. Video editing on the 15in model should be 57% faster than the previous generation, thanks to a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, faster 2133Mhz memory and up to 4GB of video Ram. Built-in storage has been boosted too, up to 3TB with a maximum rated data transfer rate of 3.1 gigabytes per second. 

We're intrigued by the possibilities of the new Touch Bar, and after watching Adobe's demonstration of its integration into Photoshop, we can see it becoming popular with photographers. Likewise video editing. The ability to run a video at full-screen, without any on-screen clutter but still have access to key navigation and editing tools from the Touch Bar is pretty neat. Business users will appreciate Touch Bar integration with MS Office, and an integrated iOS-style Touch ID fingerprint scanner for quick unlocking and user-switching.

Every time Apple adds or removes an I/O port, certain Internet commenters get up in arms, but with the exception of the lack of SD slot, the move to an all-Thunderbolt I/O interface makes sense. We suspect that for serious users, the sheer versatility of the four USB-C style ports should outweigh the inconvenience of switching away from traditional USB, HDMI and display connectors in the long run.

Less clear-cut is the matter of how Apple intends to evolve its desktop and mobile operating systems. With iOS getting more powerful (just anecdotally, the iPad Pro has effectively replaced laptops for several of us here at DPReview), and Mac OS getting progressively more iOS-like, we're curious to see what happens next. The addition of the Touch Bar to the new MacBooks brings OS integration a little closer, but will Apple continue to expect developers like Adobe to create separate versions of its applications for both iOS and Mac OS – even as the user bases overlap?

What do you think? With Microsoft's new hybrid device, the Surface Studio snapping at their heels, is Apple still providing creative professionals with the high-end computers that they need? Let us know in the comments.

Categories: Equipment

Apple Centralizes Favorite Shows and Movies in New TV App, Introduces New Laptops

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 2:38pm
During an event held at its headquarters today, Apple announced software updates for its Apple TV product, as well as updates to its line of Macbook...
Categories: Music Industry

Teyana Taylor Launches Fitness Website 'Fade 2 Fitness'

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 2:34pm
Teyana Taylor undoubtedly has one of the most coveted physiques in Hollywood right now, and after her buzzworthy debut as the leading lady in...
Categories: Music Industry

DJI Phantom 4 drone with 24-carat gold plating goes on sale for £20k

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 2:20pm

The DJI Phantom 4 camera drone may be functional, but it’s not luxurious. Filling that void is DronesDirect.co.uk, a drone retailer offering a 24-carat gold plated Phantom 4 model — something it has dubbed the 'Rolls Royce of the drone world.' The unit is the same as an ordinary Phantom 4 drone excluding the expensive gold coating.

DronesDirect calls this the DJI Phantom 4: Gold Edition drone, and says it is an exclusive offering. Gold exterior aside, buyers get the same features as they would with any other Phantom 4 drone, as well as the remote controller, mobile device holder, an intelligent flight battery, a pair of propellers, propellers storage bag, battery charger, gimbal clamp and a 16GB microSD card.

The Phantom 4: Gold Edition drone is available now for £19,999.97 / $21,800, with the company offering financing that brings it to £1,666.67/month for 12 months.

Via: DIY Photography

Categories: Equipment

'Oasis: Supersonic' Director on Sequel Potential: 'It'd Definitely Get Messier'

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 2:18pm
Praise is being heaped on Mat Whitecross and his revealing documentary Oasis: Supersonic's intensive examination of the group's lighting...
Categories: Music Industry

Hillsong's 'Let There Be Light' Shines at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums Chart

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 2:15pm
Hillsong's new live worship LP, Let There Be Light, launches at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated Nov. 5), shifting 16,...
Categories: Music Industry

Crowdfunding for His Life: How GoFundMe Helped Save a Punk Legend's Life

Billboard.com - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 2:07pm
In early October, songwriter-guitarist Ivan Julian did something that he hadn’t done in quite awhile: He stepped onstage and played some...
Categories: Music Industry