Tom Murphy

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How blockchain will change major industries

While much of the discussion around blockchain has surrounded bitcoin and its ups and downs, corporations and businesses are quickly waking up to the possibility of using blockchain to secure and improve large volumes of transactions as well.<p>By removing the need for trusted third parties, …

Blockchain

Blockchain Technology Is Creating a Sharing Economy, Even Better Than the Internet | Inc.com

Back in the 90s, consider the thought of someone telling you, "If you sit in front of this screen beside a humming box, you can access other people all over the world that are sitting in front of screens beside humming boxes."<p>(I'm talking about computers.)<p>Most people didn't believe it. In fact, …

Blockchain

How Blockchain Could Revolutionize Music Streaming | Investopedia

It may be time for another disruption in the music industry. The industry, whose revenues plummeted due to disaggregation by technology services, is …

70 Percent of Musicians Say They Have Suffered From Anxiety or Depression. What's Next?

In the wake of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington’s suicide, more and more artists in the music industry have spoken out about the need to …

Mental Health

The Unlikely Story of How INXS Came to Rule the Late '80s With 'Kick'

As Chris Murphy, the longtime ­manager of INXS, remembers it, “I really thought I was fucked.” On an ­afternoon in 1987, Murphy, a ­wisecracking …

Blockchain & The Music Industry: A NEST HQ Documentary

In our latest NEST HQ documentary, we explore the ever-growing world of blockchain, the underlying technology behind Bitcoin and Ethereum, and its …

Blockchain

Billboard shifting how it charts Apple Music and other streaming services next year

Billboard has announced that it will adjust how it weights and calculates streaming music starting in 2018. Changes will include more weight given for paid music services like Apple Music than ad-supported services.<p>In an article describing all of the changes to come, the company said “it is our …

Apple Music

Showtime websites secretly mined user CPU for cryptocurrency

This past weekend, Showtime websites were found to be running a script that allows the sites to mine visitors’ extra CPU power for cryptocurrency, as pointed out by users on Twitter. The afflicted sites included showtime.com and showtimeanytime.com, but the script has since been removed following …

Try this trick to go straight to sleep

Each time you choose to stay up a little longer bingeing that Netflix show, you’re beckoning death, slowly cutting off years from your life. This was …

Trumpeter Herb Alpert: 'The guys that are in control are not honoring the arts'

While walking from his sculpture and painting studios to his recording studio on a typically Pacific-breezy afternoon, trumpeter, A&M Records co-founder and philanthropist Herb Alpert paused to describe his first brush with a horn.<p>It was at a music appreciation class when he was a kid, Alpert, 82, …

Flute

Cryptocurrency jobs are popping up like crazy — even for non-techies

A report released this month by Angel List indicates cryptocurrency jobs have risen by over 100 percent in the past six months. While Bitcoin value fluctuations may be testing investor confidence, the hiring market for blockchain-based technology remains overtly bullish.<p>Not only are more jobs …

3 companies that are shaking up traditional markets thanks to blockchain

The blockchain, and cryptocurrency as a whole, can feel a bit overwhelming. It’s obviously on the rise, but so much of it is a mystery to the average person. Usually the first questions will revolve around the world’s most known cryptocurrency, bitcoin, but eventually, curious minds will start …

Blockchain

The world's first blockchain smartphone is in development

Sirin Labs, the company behind the $14,000 Solarin smartphone, is now developing an open-source model that runs on a fee-less blockchain. The Finney -- named in honor of bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney -- will be the only smartphone in the world that's fully secure and safe enough to hold cryptographic …

Blockchain

Keybase launches fully encrypted Slack-like communications tool — and it’s free

Keybase added to its encrypted tool kit today when it launched Keybase Teams, an open source, Slack-like communications tool with end-to-end encryption. Desktop and mobile versions are available for download now.<p>It may seem like competing with Slack, the enormously popular enterprise communications …

Watch this robot rock band destroy their instruments

What happens when a mad scientist’s musicbots rebel against their own precision? You get “Automatica”, the latest video from Nigel Stanford, who scored 15 million views controlling water, fire, and lightning with sound in his viral hit “Cymatics”. Stanford tells us “I’m trying to create an online …

'Making Creativity Work' - Free music industry course

The music industry is a diverse, fantastic and fun world to work in but for those who dream of entering it, breaking through can seem like a pretty …

Astronomers discover nearly pitch black planet

When you imagine planets outside of our solar system you might dream up ocean worlds, thick plains of ice, or boiling seas of molten rock. Worlds …

11 things you did not know about 'Cheers,' unless you know a lot of things about 'Cheers'

Could you imagine Ed O’Neill as the proprietor of “Cheers?”<p>The future star of “Modern Family” and “Married with Children” auditioned to be ladies man Sam Malone, back when the character was intended to be a former football star.<p>Ex-NFL player Fred Dryer and William Devane (of “Knots Landing” fame) …

It’s official: San Francisco is the richest urban area in America

The thriving, technology-driven wealth of the Bay Area is the envy of the rest of America, with good reason.<p>According to the latest data from the US Census Bureau, San Francisco tops the list of the 25 largest metropolitan areas by household income. The median household in the San Francisco area …

Demographics

What is fibromyalgia? Chronic pain forces Lady Gaga to pull out of concert

The "severe pain" that made Lady Gaga cancel a performance at the Rock in Rio music festival in Brazil Friday is caused by a difficult to diagnose and treat condition that affects mostly women and, until recent years, was often dismissed by doctors.<p>The singer has been very open about her struggle …

Patreon raises big round at ~$450M valuation to get artists paid

In an era where art is shared and streamed for free, Patreon offers new hope for turning content creation into a career. Illustrators, comedians, game makers, and musicians use Patreon to let fans pay a monthly subscription fee for special access to their work. In exchange, Patreon takes only a …

After Irma: Caribbean Tourism, Island by Island

Some of the most idyllic — and tourism-dependent — destinations in the Caribbean have been crippled in the wake of one of the most powerful Atlantic basin storms ever recorded.<p>Ferocious storms are nothing new to these islands, but Hurricane Irma, with its 185-mile-per-hour winds, was catastrophic. …

Caribbean

Quantum Physicists Discover the Soul Doesn’t Die – It Goes Back to the Universe

It turns out that the human brain could be similar to a “biological computer,” and that human consciousness may be like a program which is run by a …

How AWS Cloud is demolishing the cult of youth

We live in a society obsessed with youth. Tech is no different from the wider culture. Startup culture in particular thrives on the idea that you’re …

Cloud Computing

Critter & Guitari Intro ETC 720p Video Synthesizer

Critter & Guitari have introduced the ETC - a 720p generative video synthesizer. … Read More Critter & Guitari Intro ETC 720p Video Synthesizer

Synthesizers

This new digital music store could change the way we pay artists

In the streaming economy, Voltra hopes to bring the focus back to music ownership<p>Paolo Fragomeni can play half a dozen instruments and owned around 4,500 LP records and a thousand 45s at the peak of his vinyl collection. When wanderlust took over, he digitized his entire library into about 50,000 …

How Björk Is Revolutionizing Music Through Technology And Nature

CultureWith each new album, Björk opens the door to the future. Here, the last great pop innovator reveals why her hi-tech ideas are a result of her …

New Albums

New YouTube Rules Restrict Ads to Vetted Channels as PewDiePie Declares The 'Adpocalypse'

YouTube updated its policies on Thursday to get more control over which videos can make money from ads, requiring for the first time that channels …

Warner and YouTube sign new deal… ‘under very difficult circumstances’

Warner CEO Steve Cooper suggests the major had little choice thanks to safe harbor lawsThe post Warner and YouTube sign new deal… ‘under very …

Music Industry

Decibel Insight scores $9M Series A for ‘digital experience analytics’ tech

Decibel Insight, a U.K. startup that has built “digital experience analytics” tech to help large companies understand how individual customers interact with its websites and apps, has raised $9 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Eight Roads Ventures, with participation from John …