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Apple Music is Helping Spotify

When Apple talked about getting into the streaming music business with a subscription model, many people were worried that having a giant in the room would crush all the little guys. Included in the area of concern was Spotify. Since Apple joined the streaming music game, Spotify has been growing - and in fact growing at a faster rate than before Apple started to compete. The fact is that Apple Music sucks and is pushing more and more people to the competition.

"Since Apple Music started, we've been growing quicker and adding more users than before," Forster said. The Spotify vice president went on to explain that the streaming business "would be terrible" if competing companies were just swiping each others' users or if there was some cap to the number of customers. "I don't think that's the case," he said. Spotify announced in March that it has 30 million paying subscribers as well as a free ad-supported tier.

Source: Engadget

Microsoft Has Done Okay for Themselves

Microsoft isn't always the hottest topic, but they have done well for themselves. Recently, a consultant discovered that Microsoft has made over $1 trillion in revenue (all time) and they never said a word. The fact is that Microsoft has had more revenue than Apple, Amazon and Google - combined. In terms of profit, it's a close call - but Microsoft edges out Apple by a few billion. Way to go Bill.

Microsoft shares its place in the trillion-dollar-club with Apple. But while Apple is known for making monster profits off devices like the iPhone and MacBook, it's Microsoft that ultimately takes the profit prize, according to Reifman's calculations: $265.2 billion to Apple's $261.6 billion.

Source: CNET

NVIDIA Shows Off Pascal with Vulcan API on DOOM

NVIDIA had a press event last week where they released the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 cards and showed off some of their rendering prowess. They used DOOM as one of their many platforms of choice and showed off some really impressive graphics screaming along at 200FPS. While AMD may have some better cards than they've had for a while - Pascal just buried any hopes they had of taking the performance crown.

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1,000,000 Times No!

The Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer was shown off last week and it has been met with overwhelming angst. There are some people who like the idea of space soldiers coming to Call of Duty, but so far the video has well over 1 million dislikes. According to Activision, they are not worried and are pretty happy about the number of pre-orders, but I'd start to worry as well over a million people don't like the video - the idea and are getting tired with a new skin on an old game. Over 1.1 Million dislikes and counting.

Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare returns to the roots of the franchise where large-scale war and cinematic, immersive military storytelling take center stage. Prepare for a gripping war story in which players fight against the Settlement Defense Front to defend our very way of life.

Source: YouTube

Raspberry Pi Gets a Hybrid Tube AMP

I like the Raspberry Pi idea. I have several of them - all commissioned for different projects and I'm a fan. I do love all the stuff that can be done on one of these little units, and I'm really wanting to take my Raspberry Pi 3 and use it as a media streaming hub - complete with a Tube Amplifier and hooked to some nice speakers. This project looks pretty slick and I could get behind it for sure.

Pi 2 Design is excited to introduce the first Tube Amp specifically designed for any of the 40-pin versions of the Raspberry Pi SBC Family. The 503HTA Hybrid Tube Amp HAT, designed and manufactured by Pi2Media (a division of PI 2 Design), is a High Quality I/O Shield designed to bring “Sweet Tube Sound” to the Raspberry PI ® family of Single Board Computers. This HAT allows the Raspberry Pi ® SBC to drive Headphones from 32 - 300 ohm with ease and fidelity.

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Source: Kickstarter

Battlefield 1 Trailer Shows off WWI

As we wrap up the game-heavy news today with another game trailer, we get a quick peak at the Battlefield 1 Official Trailer. This game looks to be visiting the battlefield in the WWI era and is a nice change from all the futuristic "BattleDuty" games out there recently.

 

GoPro delays drone launch

GoPro has announced their launch of their drone called Karma has been delayed until winter while the work on features. GoPro has seen their sales decline rapidly as other companies have become very competitive with action cameras which has hurt GoPro's bottom line. The Karma drone was one of GoPro's new products that had investors and customers excited and a delay isn't going to make anyone very happy. Reuters has the details.

Wearable action camera GoPro Inc said on Thursday it would delay the launch of its drone, Karma, until the holiday shopping season.

The company's shares were down 4.3 percent at $10.25 in after-hours trading.

The drone, which was expected to release in the first half of the year, was seen by analysts as key in turning around the company's fortunes.

"The biggest surprise is that they delayed Karma," Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said.

"They said they wanted to work on the features... they did not explain the delay and why they did not notice it three months ago," he said.

Nintendo NX to go back to cartridges?

Nintendo's next console has people speculating about what it will look like and one of the pieces of information that has come out recently is that Nintendo has been buying a ton of flash storage. The price of flash storage is now comparable to Blu-Ray disks which is leading people to believe that Nintendo might be going back to the future and put their games on some type cartridges once again. ArsTechnica has the story.

When Nintendo finally stopped producing cartridges for home consoles in 2001, the games industry breathed a sigh of relief. Finally! Nintendo was waking up to a modern era, one in which plummeting media prices and rising memory capacities made old cartridges look obsolete.

Now, Nintendo is in a peculiar position—one in which it may not only return to chip-based media for its upcoming "NX" home system's software, but also one in which doing so may look like a good move.

YouTube Unplugged

YouTube is working on a new paid subscription service they are calling Unplugged which will allow you to stream cable TV channels over the internet. Unfortunately the service isn't planned to be rolled out until 2017 and other companies have tried to do the same but YouTube might have the influence and bankroll to finally make it happen. Bloomberg has the story.

YouTube is working on a paid subscription service called Unplugged that would offer customers a bundle of cable TV channels streamed over the Internet, people familiar with the plan said.

The project, for which YouTube has already overhauled its technical architecture, is one of the online video giant’s biggest priorities and is slated to debut as soon as 2017, one of the people said. YouTube executives have discussed these plans with most major media companies, including Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal, Viacom Inc., Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. and CBS Corp., but have yet to secure any rights, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.

Zynga is now worth less than their office building

The once great Zynga has been on the decline for quite some time now, but their company value is now less than the office building they are housed in. Zynga owns the $540 Million dollar building their offices are in, and somehow still have a $1.5 Billion dollar cash reserve, while the company is estimated to be worth $500 Million. The assets and value of the company are nothing to laugh at, however, it is far less than a few years back when Zynga was on top of the world. Medium has the full story.

After a long spate of difficulties with its product strategy and business model, the gaming company Zynga, once a Silicon Valley powerhouse, is now worth less than the office building in which it resides.

Zynga bought its current headquarters, a massive 668,000 square foot, seven-story building at 8th and Townsend streets, for $228 million in 2012. After falling on tough times, Zynga put its headquarters up for sale in February of this year, but the building’s value has been undisclosed until now.

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