A tale of two synthetic reality startups: Hour One and Reface
We’re fascinated by the potential of ‘synthetic reality’, an area that brings together virtual reality, AI, ‘deepfakes’ and other technologies. Two more startups in the news this week offer some...
August 18, 2020
You can now subscribe to Auto-Tune for $24.99 a month
Someone give T-Pain a call! There’s a new way to pay for the Auto-Tune production tool. The company behind it, Antares Audio Technologies, has launched a subscription service called Auto-Tune Unlimited, which gathers...
August 18, 2020
Tech firms want ‘strong copyright safe harbours’ in US/UK deal
With the UK ‘Brexiting’ the European Union, it’ll need a new trade deal with the US. Unsurprisingly, the big American internet companies have views on what that trade deal should require from the UK in terms...
July 6, 2020
#NextStageChallenge Covid-19 hackathon reveals its six winners
Music Ally is one of the partners for the #NextStageChallenge hackathon, which is seeking inventive tech projects capable of helping musicians who are grappling with the economic impact of Covid-19. The two-week hackathon...
May 21, 2020
Merlin CEO promises ‘long view’ around tech partnerships
Earlier this year, indie licensing agency Merlin appointed Facebook music exec Jeremy Sirota as its new CEO. On Friday (15 May) he gave his first public speech in the role at AIM’s online ‘AIM House’ conference....
May 18, 2020
Scott Cohen: Covid-19 could be live industry’s ‘Napster moment’
Warner Music Group’s chief innovation officer for recorded music, Scott Cohen, thinks that the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic could be a ‘Napster moment’ for the live music industry. Cohen was speaking in a ‘From Holograms...
April 16, 2020
Startups battered by a coronavirus-driven ‘great unwinding’
The New York Times has published an interesting (if also bleak) article exploring the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic is presenting for tech startups in particular. It’s a good read, especially for people within...
April 2, 2020
Apple could open HomePod and iOS up to third-party default apps
There are many reasons why Apple is one of the world’s most successful companies, and its ‘walled garden’ of hardware, software and services is one of them. However, it has also proved controversial when companies making...
February 21, 2020
FTC to examine past acquisitions of big US tech companies
Whenever Apple buys a startup not big enough to ping any regulatory radars, it has a standard statement that it gives to journalists requesting comment on the acquisition: “Apple buys smaller companies from time to time,...
February 12, 2020
Tech body CCIA criticises the European Copyright Directive
US tech-industry body the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) counts Amazon, Facebook, Google and Pandora among its members. It’s also, perhaps not entirely surprisingly, not a fan of the European...
February 11, 2020
House antitrust chairman David Cicilline talks Big Tech
We reported earlier this month on Sonos CEO Patrick Spence’s testimony before the US House’s Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, outlining his company’s complaints against Google and Amazon....
January 24, 2020
Bytedance tech could put anyone’s face into music videos
Given the current climate of suspicion around Chinese technology companies, stories about those firms that include the word ‘deepfake’ are bound to get attention. Witness this report from TechCrunch: “TikTok parent...
January 6, 2020