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Facebook Looking for a Director of Global Music Licensing

Billboard.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 1:12pm
Facebook has signaled it has big plans for licensed music across the service, and is hiring a director of global music licensing to lead the charge....
Categories: Music Industry

GRiZ Conquers Evil, Drops Funk-Fueled LP 'Good Will Prevail:' Listen

Billboard.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:59pm
The moment has finally arrived. Evil is vanquished, wrongs have been righted, and GRiZ' latest album Good Will Prevail is out now on iTunes and...
Categories: Music Industry

Ariana Grande Returns to Scooter Braun Management

Billboard.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:45pm
Ariana Grande and manager Scooter Braun have reunited officially, Grande's label, Republic Records, confirms to ...
Categories: Music Industry

Teardown reveals Sony image sensors in iPhone 7

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:45pm

Patent and technology consultancy Chipworks has published its iPhone 7 teardown and reveals that front and rear image sensors on the new Apple models are supplied by market leader Sony. This is not too much of a surprise as earlier iPhone models used Sony sensors as well. In its report Chipworks doesn't say which exact sensor model has been deployed in the rear camera but we know the 12MP chip uses the Exmor RS technology platform, a Bayer RGB color filter array and on-sensor phase detection. Its die size is 5.16 mm x 6.25 mm (32.3 mm2) as measured from the edges of the die stack. 

On the FaceTime front camera the resolution has been increased to 7MP. The Sensor is also a second generation Sony Exmor RS model and measures 5.05 mm x 3.72 mm (18.8 mm2). Chipworks has not treated the larger iPhone 7 Plus model with its dual-camera to the teardown procedure yet, but we would expect both sensors in the dual-camera to come from Sony as well. For now you can find more technical detail in the iPhone 7 teardown on the Chipworks blog.

Categories: Equipment

Kúla Bebe is a 3D lens attachment for your smartphone

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:41pm

Icelandic company Kúla is showing a pre-production version of its Bebe smartphone lens attachment at its Photokina booth. The Kúla Bebe allows for the capture of stereoscopic 3D images with any smartphone camera. It attaches to the device via a plastic clip and uses high-quality mirrors the capture the right and left eye view of your 3D image at the same time. Output images can be viewed on an included paper 3D stereoviewer that works with most smartphones or through the also included anaglyph glasses. 

Kúla's free app and the Kúlacode desktop application can convert the captured image to any 3D format for viewing on other devices. Kúla Bebe is the smaller sibling of the already available Kúla Deeper DSLR version of the device. The Bebe can currently be preordered for $79 on the Kula website and delivery is expected in spring 2017.

Categories: Equipment

Mac Miller on Ariana Grande: 'That Is a True Thing in My Life'

Billboard.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:35pm
During a press run to promote his latest album, The Divine Feminine, Mac Miller paid a visit to Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club on...
Categories: Music Industry

Leica and Huawei to create joint R&D center

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:34pm

Leica's Dr. Andreas Kaufmann with Ren Zhengfei, founder of HUAWEI

Camera manufacturer Leica and telecom brand Huawei have announced they are to create a research and development center so they can jointly work on optical and software systems. The Max Berek Innovation Lab will be established at Leica’s headquarters in Wetzlar, Germany, and will build on the relationship the two companies formed while producing the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus smartphones. There was some doubt about the level of Leica’s involvement in the P9 project, but Huawei clarified the extent of the German brand’s contribution in a statement in April.

This next step of the partnership intends to push forward lens and software technology, according to Leica, with the aim of improving the image quality it’s possible to obtain from the tiny cameras that phones and other mobile devices use. The pair also state that they will work together on solutions for virtual reality, augmented reality and computer-based imaging, and that they will involve universities and other research establishments in their projects.

The new research lab is named after optical engineer Max Berek, the man who developed the first lens for the Leica 35mm camera system. He joined Leitz the year after Oskar Barnack came to the company from Zeiss, and designed the 50mm F3.5 lens that was coupled with the Leica 1. The lens was named Elmax – E rnst L eitz Max and the 50mm focal length became the standard for the 135 format. The Elmax developed into the Elmar, a lens that Leica still uses today.

For more information see the Leica and Huawei websites.

Press release

Leica Camera and HUAWEI Establish New R&D Centre

‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’ will conduct R&D in the fields of new optical systems, computational imaging, virtual reality and augmented reality

HUAWEI and Leica Camera AG today announced that they have expanded their strategic collaboration with the establishment of a jointly operated research and innovation centre, the Max Berek Innovation Lab. The launch comes seven months after the public announcement of their long-term technology partnership in the field of optical engineering, and five months after the launch of the globally successful, multi-award winning HUAWEI P9 and P9 Plus smartphones.

The new lab, located at Leica’s global HQ in Wetzlar, Germany, will drive further development of optical systems and software-based technologies to improve imaging quality in a wide range of photographic and mobile device applications. Additional outcomes will include the creation of computational imaging, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) solutions. In addition to R&D resources from both companies, HUAWEI and Leica plan to collaborate with German and international universities and research institutions.

The Lab’s establishment is the result of the vision and support of Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG, and Ren Zhengfei, founder of HUAWEI.

“With the founding of the Max Berek Innovation Lab, HUAWEI and Leica Camera AG are expanding the scope of their successful strategic relationship and are laying the foundation for close collaboration in research and development of ground-breaking technologies in the imaging segment,” emphasised Dr. Andreas Kaufmann.

“In the future, over 90 per cent of the data traffic will be images and videos,” said Ren Zhengfei, founder of HUAWEI. “The Max Berek Innovation Lab provides the capacity to establish an even closer partnership with Leica, leading to continuous improvements in image and video quality. As a result, we will deliver the most advanced innovations in the smartphone camera market and bring greater value to consumers.”

“HUAWEI and Leica share not only enormous innovation power and years of research experience, but also their dedication to providing the highest quality standards. The Max Berek Innovation Lab offers us a historic opportunity to unite the resources and extensive expertise of both companies to pioneer game-changing technologies,” confirmed Markus Limberger, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Leica Camera AG and director of the Max Berek Innovation Lab.

The R&D centre is named in memory of Max Berek (1886 - 1949), the German pioneer of microscopy and creator of the first Leica lenses. Berek was also responsible for the optical design of more than 20 lenses for the legendary 35mm camera, invented and built by Oskar Barnack. Thanks to the exceptional imaging performance and perfect harmonisation of the lenses, coupled with Barnack’s ingenious construction, Leica achieved worldwide success in 35mm photography.

Categories: Equipment

Madden's 'Alive' Video Is a Beautiful Shot of Adrenaline: Exclusive

Billboard.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:28pm
Feeling a bit beat? Looking for a bit of inspiration to get the blood going? Madden's latest single is just the trick. “With 'Alive,...
Categories: Music Industry

Listen to Café Tacvba's New Single 'Un Par De Lugares'

Billboard.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:28pm
Four years after their last album El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco, Café Tacvba is back with new music! The Mexican rock band, one of Latin America...
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CJ Fly Unleashes New Single 'Now You Know': Premiere

Billboard.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:57am
CJ Fly, a member of the Brooklyn-based Pro Era crew that also boasts Joey Bada$$, among others, unveils the first single off his upcoming album...
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Young Thug's Most Stylish Instagram Posts

Billboard.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:49am
Since his 2014 street hit "Stoner" and its follow-up "Danny Glover" (which landed a remix from Nicki Minaj), Atlanta...
Categories: Music Industry

Gucci Mane Reviews Gucci Spring 2017 Collection for 'Vogue'

Billboard.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:44am
While stars like Ciara, Fergie, and Charli XCX flocked to Milan for fashion week shows, rapper Gucci Mane was at One World Trade Center in Manhattan...
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Metallica to Perform on 'The Howard Stern Show,' Re-Launch 'Mandatory Metallica'

Billboard.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:43am
On Monday (Sept. 26), Metallica will drop by The Howard Stern Show for an in-studio performance of some of their biggest hits, mixed with...
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The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes and More Spotify Editors' Picks for New Music Friday

Billboard.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:41am
Every week, Spotify updates their "New Music Friday" playlist, featuring 50 of the freshest new tracks hitting the service that week....
Categories: Music Industry

Twitter Shares Jump (Again) Following Report of Interest From Google, Salesforce

Billboard.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:40am
Shares of Twitter jumped over 20 percent on Friday morning following a report that Google and Salesforce are among companies interested in purchasing...
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The Chainsmokers' 'Closer': Listen to Official Remix Package Feat. R3hab, Shaun Frank & More

Billboard.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:40am
"Closer” is so hot right now. It got The Chainsmokers and Halsey to the VMA stage, and helped earn the duo a Billboard...
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Nirvana's 'Nevermind': 9 Chart Facts About the Iconic Album

Billboard.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:38am
When Nirvana’s Nevermind was released on Sept. 24, 1991, it made a fairly low-key arrival on Billboard’s charts, debuting at No. 144 on...
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Artist Updates: The Band Perry, Darryl Worley, Ray Stevens

MusicRow.com - Nashville Music Industry - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:38am
The Band Perry will perform prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race on Nov. 20 [...]
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Spotify and Magnus Media Join Forces to Launch 'La Familia' Video Featuring Marc Anthony

Billboard.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:33am
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Spotify and Magnus Media have joined forces to launch the first-ever Latin music video and documentary...
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Watch Shawn Mendes Sing Fall-Themed Tweets on 'Tonight Show'

Billboard.com - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:14am
Shawn Mendes did double-duty on The Tonight Show on Thursday (Sept. 22), performing his single "Mercy" as well as sitting in with the Roots...
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