Tag: wider angles

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Apple’s iOS 12 is live, including Apple Music changes and Siri shortcuts

Apple's new iPhones will inevitably hog the limelight this week, but it's just as important (from the music industry's perspective, anyway) that the company's latest iOS software is being released commercially too.
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AR firm Blippar raises $37m including funding from former Crowdmix backer

British augmented-reality tech firm Blippar may be familiar to longtime readers: it was one of the AR startups back in the day that ran some projects with labels to market music.
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iHeartMedia to acquire podcast publisher Stuff Media

We’re well aware that Spotify, Pandora and other streaming services see podcasts as a new area for competition – and are signing content deals (exclusives included) left, right and centre. But this may be a market ripe...
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Report predicts 4.4bn mobile-broadband users by end of 2018

UN agency the International Telecommuncation Union knows its onions when it comes to mobile statistics, so its latest report comes with plenty of credibility. It claims that by the end of this year, there will be 4.4 billion...
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Pew study confirms rural broadband access can still be spotty

One of the points made in our recent country-music report was that access to reliable broadband internet in rural areas of the US is one of the factors that may entice more country fans to start streaming music. A study published...
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Study: Many Americans are ‘reframing’ Facebook relationship

‘Taking a break’ from social media feels like an increasingly-common phenomenon, from our personal experience. Now there’s some data to back it up as a trend. The Pew Research Center has been asking Americans about...
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Virtual-reality headset sales are down by a third year-on-year

The virtual-reality business is well into its latest trough of disillusionment after its last period of hype. Research firm IDC is putting a brave face on the latest figures for VR headset shipments, however. It claims...
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Report claims Instagram is building a standalone shopping app

This year has seen Instagram’s move into longer-form video with its IGTV feature, and some dabbling with e-commerce via shoppable links within its app. Now Instagram could be planning a significant expansion of the latter.
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Ad-blocking ‘begins to stabilise’ in the UK says eMarketer

The music industry hasn’t been that worried about the phenomenon of ad-blocking so far: if anything, it’s been cited as a good thing for services like Spotify and YouTube, if it means more banner-ad budgets shift towards...
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Tencent / NetEase affected as Chinese government cracks down on gaming

Here’s a story that’s only just getting picked up in the west: the Chinese government has not approved the release of any new paid games in the country since March, nor has it approved any new free games to use in-game...
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Sprint bundles Amazon Prime into its Unlimited Premium plan

US telco Sprint has revealed details of its latest high-value bundle for customers: a $90-a-month ‘Unlimited Premium’ plan.
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Sony and Marshall reveal their new smart speakers

Smart speakers are no longer just about Amazon Echo vs Google Home vs Apple HomePod. Partly because Chinese manufacturers are now fully at the party, but also because other kinds of audio-hardware firms are rolling out their...