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Streaming music is the way of the future

Turns out streaming music might actually be the way of the future as streaming music revenues beat CD sales for the first time in 2014 in the USA. It's actually quite surprising that it has taken this long, however, the lack of services and lack of cooperation from some record companies in the past has slowed the adoption of streaming music for some people. The Verge has the full story.

Streaming music services accounted for more music industry revenue than CDs in the US last year, beating the dominant physical format for the first time. In total, streaming services were responsible for $1.87 billion in revenue, compared to CDs' $1.85 billion. Those streaming services include subscription options like Spotify, radio models like Pandora, as well as other platforms like YouTube and Vevo. Though it was only by a slight margin this year, the trend is clear: streaming services are moving toward the top of the industry, while CDs continue to fall. The figures were released this week by the RIAA.

60% of iPhone users don't want the Apple Watch

Well the headline basically sums up a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, A reported 60% of US iPhone users aren't interested in the 'groundbreaking' Apple Watch. While that sounds like a high number, if those numbers are correct that would still leave 40 million iPhone users that have some interest in getting their very own Apple Watch (there are 100 Million active iPhone users in the USA). If you multiply a minimum $350 x 40 million the resulting number will probably ruin your day. The full story can be found over at Digital Journal.

According to the survey, iPhone users in the United States, a very important market for the product going on sale from April 24, 39 percent expressed interest in purchasing the watch. About half of these respondents said they were very interested. The online survey included 2,469 respondents aged 18 and older, and was conducted between March 9 and 17. Of these respondents, 788 were iPhone users.

400,000 Apps have never been downloaded

A new article over at PhoneArena brings up some interesting points in regards to the Apple App Store, the biggest of which if that 400,000 of the 650,000 or so apps in the store have never been downloaded. Basically the conclusion of the report is that unless you are extremely lucky or have millions of dollars to spend your way to the top of the charts your odds aren't great. No stats yet on the Android Google Play Store yet but I'd wager a bet that the stats could very well be very similar.

Would you be surprised to hear that more than 60% of the apps in the App Store have never been downloaded, even once? That's the conclusion of analytical firm Adeven. The latter even counted the number of flashlight apps and found that Apple iPhone users in need of a quick light have 1,899 choices. Christian Henschel, Adeven CEO, said that there are only a "couple of thousand apps" that get downloaded in number from Apple's on-line applications store.

WTU Episode #305 - Big Money: Steam, Snapchat & Apple Watch

We have just posted up Episode #305 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Steam makes lots of money, Snapchat is worth lots of money and Apple wants pretty much all your money. We have those stories and more so check it out!

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Windows 10 Takes Less Space

There's been a lot of Windows 10 news lately, and most of it has been pretty positive. One of the things that probably excites me more than most is that the new OS is much lighter on the install footprint as it takes less space. Another great features is that it makes it much easier to get rid of bloatware that either will come with OEM systems or that gets installed as part of the Windows 10 "experience".

Windows 10 also eliminates a lot of re-installation headaches, according to Redmond. Currently, Windows users need to download and install all the security fixes and updates on top of the basic installation. When you "refresh and reset" Windows 10, however, it'll tap existing runtime system files, bringing your system to the same point you started at without the need to download.

Source: Engadget

Nintendo To Make Smartphone Games

If you enjoy gaming on Nintendo's portable hardware, there are signs in the sky that show that the days of the NDS are nearing an end. Nintendo recently formed a business and capital alliance that will have them making smartphone games in the near future. At that point, it probably makes much more sense for Nintendo to kill off their portable hardware division which has been losing money and focusing on their software side, which has been doing alright.

In order to create completely new game experiences for smart devices, all Nintendo IP will be eligible for development and exploration by the alliance. As these consumers enjoy the unique kind of gameplay found only with Nintendo, they will have the opportunity to explore even more premium experiences on Nintendo's dedicated video game platforms. Information on upcoming games and availability will be forthcoming.

Source: GlobeNewsWire

Windows 10 Security Changes

Windows 10 has a lot of changes to it and one of these is how they address security. This includes user accounts, sign-on options and more. Some of the native features include fingerprint, iris recognition and more. It looks pretty cool and the new "Windows Hello" is really gearing up to kill passwords once and for all on Microsoft-powered devices.

Windows Hello relies on common hardware, but takes everything to the next level: fingerprint scanners, cameras with infrared sensors and so on. The software analyzes input from such hardware to confirm your identity and then signs you in, without requiring you to remember a password.


Source: Neowin

Google Starts to Manually Review Apps

Google has had a very open policy when it came to App submissions to the Google Play store. Unfortunately sometimes this didn't work out in their favor and there were a few really bad apps that got through the automated process. Google is trying to clean up the sloppy app approach by going through and manually reviewing apps, and is now included age-based ratings. While this may be a pain for a few developers, overall I think this is a good move on Google's part.

Google Play, Google’s marketplace for Android applications which now reaches a billion people in over 190 countries, has historically differentiated itself from rival Apple by allowing developers to immediately publish their mobile applications without a lengthy review process. However, Google has today disclosed that, beginning a couple of months ago, it began having an internal team of reviewers analyze apps for policy violations prior to publication.

Source: TechCrunch

Star Citizen SXSW Video Montoge

This game looks good. It looks like it has some depth, variety and I'm actually looking forward to it! It might be a great filler until Mass Effect 4.


Yahoo Helps Get Rid of Passwords

Yahoo is stepping up two-factor authentication with a new service that is basically "on demand" passwords. When you try and log into a site that requires a password, Yahoo a random password will be emailed to you. This will help eliminate the need for remembering complicated passwords and hopefully keep people from using simple passwords and then getting their accounts compromised. 

We’ve all been there…you’re logging into your email and you panic because you’ve forgotten your password. After racking your brain for what feels like hours, it finally comes to you. Phew! Today, we’re hoping to make that process lessanxiety-inducing by introducing on-demand passwords, which are texted to yourmobile phone when you need them. You no longer have to memorize a difficult password to sign in to your account - what a relief!

Source: Yahoo

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