November 24, 2014Internet User Milestone
The Internet hits a big milestone next year, with worldwide users projected to surpass 3 billion in 2015. That a 6.2% increase from the past year, and means that about 42.4% of the world population will be using the Internet. According to eMarketer, a driving force in the Internet use surge is "Inexpensive mobile phones and mobile broadband connections are driving internet access and usage in countries where fixed internet has been out of reach for consumers, whether that's due to lack of infrastructure or affordability". Read the full story on the Internet milestone and what it means here.
November 21, 2014Billboard Album Charts Makeover
Billboard announced a major revamping of their album charts this week. The new, made-over chart (which tracks the top 200 albums of the week by sales alone) will debut on December 4th and will include on-demand streaming and digital track sales (via Nielsen) in its ...
November 20, 2014Apple to Bundle Beats on iPhone
It was revealed this week that Apple has plans to bundle the recently acquired Beats Music into an upcoming version of iOS. The announcement, which comes as no surprise to those familiar with the acquisition, comes on the heels of Beats' major music streaming ...
November 19, 2014Mobile Apps vs. The Web
This week the Internet was abuzz with several different outlets releasing arguments both for and against the notion that "mobile apps are killing the web". Those in support of the claim say that the use of task-based apps now dominates web browser use, while those ...
November 18, 2014Uber/Spotify Announce Partnership
Uber and Spotify are rumored to announce a one-of-a-kind partnership this week which will integrate Spotify into Uber cars and allow passengers to use the streaming service to DJ from the backseat. According to TechCrunch, a Spotify feature will be integrated into the ...
November 17, 2014Vice/Live Nation Launching Digital Music Site
Vice and Live Nation revealed an interesting partnership this week with the announcement of a joint venture into the digital music space. The two companies will be teaming up "to create a free, ad-supported music property on the web, on mobile devices and on TV", which ...
November 14, 2014Hasbro In Talks to Buy DreamWorks Animation?
It was widely reported this week that toymaker Hasbro is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation. If it happens, it would give Hasbro an extremely valuable new outlet for its products, which include popular toys like Transformers and Fluttershy. According to the NY ...
November 13, 2014YouTube Launches Music Streaming Service
After months and months of speculation and negotiation, YouTube finally released their highly anticipated music streaming service this week. The service, which anti-climactically appears to be almost as exactly the same as the existing YouTube, includes "advertisements ...
November 12, 2014Mobile Gaming Business Booming
A new report on mobile gaming this week revealed that the industry is set to bring in over $4.6 billion in revenue this year (in North America alone). Part of this is likely due to the fact that the mobile gaming industry's audience has been noticeably broadening to ...
November 11, 2014Obama Announces Support for Net Neutrality
Good news this week in the fight for net neutrality -- on Monday President Obama publicly announced his support for a free and open Internet. The POTUS released a highly publicized video and letter announcement on the matter, in which he declares that the Internet ...