Elena Segal To Head Apple Music Global Publishing Division

Apple Music is gearing to expand its music industry presence. The company is slated to launch a new international division that is focused on publishing. With this, Apple Music has picked Elena Segal to head the technology company’s internal music publishing division.

 

Apple To Launch A Global Publishing Division

 

Before serving Apple Music, Segal has worked previously as iTunes International’s legal director. Now, she is appointed as the Apple Music’s Global Director of Music Publishing. This means that with her position, Segal would actually be overseeing a team created purposely for several different departments.

 

Each department would directly report to Segal, and this includes the Operations, Publisher Relations, Commercial, and, A&R. A&R which stands for artists and repertoire. In case you don’t know, the A&R helps Apple Music to discover and develop performers and songwriters.

 

 

There’s a high expectation to Segal when it comes to the company’s operation in both the United States and the United Kingdom. But the job seems easy for Segal as she has previous experienced handling global positions in the company. In 2016, Segal had worked on expanding the iTunes Store internationally. She also played a key role when Apple launched the Apple Music department globally.

 

News of Segal’s new appointment broke when Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared on Bloomberg TV. The Apple official has announced that Apple Music surpassed 50 million subscribers. It is planning to increase its subscribers base, according to Apple Music. At present, it has 38 million subscribers since March, with a noted increase of 12 million subscribers.

 

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Qualcomm launches Snapdragon XR1 Chip for Standalone AR and VR devices

Earlier this week, Qualcomm has announced the launching of its new chip called Snapdragon XR1. The company said that its Snapdragon XR1 is designed specifically for standalone augmented reality and virtual reality devices.

 

Learn more about Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR1 chip

 

The chipmaking giant has announced this ahead of this week’s slated Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California. However, the company did not reveal more details about the new SoC as of press time. Qualcomm further said that the SoC would use a Kryo CPU and Adreno GPU, both of which are known as Qualcomm chips.

 

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The only thing that differs between the Kryo CPU and Andreno GPU is that the rest of the XR1’s building blocks as to how it would be configured is not clear yet. Having said that, the chipmaking giant is actually slotting the XR1 below its existing Snapdragon 845.

 

 

In case you don’t know, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 is a popular chip that powers all highest-end smartphones. This is regarding the chip ’s memory bandwidth and GPU power. Not only that, the chip is aiming for XR1 devices at “lean back” experiences like 360-degree video viewing, among others.

 

 

Despite this, the company claims that the XR1 could produce an output video of up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. With such configuration, it would keep the motion-to-photon latency “well below” 20 milliseconds.

 

 

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Apple Debuts iOS 11.4 With AirPlay 2 Audio Support For HomePod

Tech giant Apple has rolled out iOS 11.4, and it brings a lot of changes to Apple HomePods: AirPlay 2 with multi-room audio. The company’s iOS 11.4 update now allows both HomePod and Apple TV devices to play audio in your home or selected areas of your home. The latest iOS update is also applicable for forthcoming third-party AirPlay 2 devices as well.

 

OS 11.4 With AirPlay 2 Audio Support For HomePod

 

This means all the AirPlay 2 devices could now be controlled if you will be using the iOS device, HomePod, Apple TV, or by simply asking Apple’s smart assistant Siri. You can activate Siri by saying a command, say you want to hear music in a room. Then Siri will automatically play a particular music via AirPlay 2-compatible speakers.

Also, several manufacturers have also pledged to support AirPlay 2. This includes Bang & Olufsen, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, Marshall, Pioneer, and Sonos, among others. Furthermore, AirPlay 2 devices would now show up in the Apple Home app. This is possible because AirPlay 2 now integrates with HomeKit.

 

 

Also, the iOS 11.4 has brought some update for Messages in iCloud to the operating system. It can be recalled that this feature has been a work in progress since Apple has introduced iOS 11 last year. With the recent update, Messages in iCloud serves as a storage house where all iMessages in Apple’s cloud are kept.

 

 

Before, an Apple user needs to sign in using a user’s iCloud account to receive iMessages. Those Apple users who saved all of their iMessage conversations are complaining of the storage space taken up by iMessage. This is because all the information is being stored to individual devices.

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Fallout 76: Bethesda’s New Game Features Vault 76

Bethesda Softworks has finally announced that Bethesda Game Studios is working on a new game. The game is called Fallout 76, and the company has released a teaser video for fans to watch while giving them some minor details of the game.

 

Bethesda’s Fallout 76

 

A quick check of the video shows the Fallout 76’s Vault 76 imagery. You can also see an in-game character what appears to be wearing a vault jumpsuit. The character is also equipped with a Pip-Boy, and you can also see an old TV footage informing the occupants that they’ll have to rebuild society.

 

Another detail that you can see in the video is the decorative Reclamation Day. There’s also a gaming console showing the date is 2102, which would make this the earliest game set in the Fallout canon.

 

 

According to the game enthusiast, Fallout 76’s Vault 76 came as a surprise because it has not been revealed in the past games. And fans should be showing some excitement as early as now after Bethesda confirmed the game would be released for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

 

 

Game studio Bethesda has earlier teased fans via its Twitter account on May 29, when it published an image that reads “Please stand by.” The company has posted a photo related to Fallout franchises.

 

 

Later, fans learned about the new game after Bethesda launched a Twitch livestream. During the live stream, Bethesda has used the same featured image on a TV in the background. The company would release more details on June 10.

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Legatus Pack: Critics Slam Star Citizen’s $27,000 Game Bundle

An in-game content for the popular game Star Citizen has raised an eyebrow among players. This comes after detractors of game slammed the $27, 000 bundle of spaceships and in-game content of the game.

 

Both the game’s detractors and backers hit out Star Citizen’s Legatus Pack as not something new at all. It can be recalled that Roberts Space Industries had previously offered a “Completionist” pack with every ship in the game for a price of $15,000.

 

Star Citizen’s Legatus Pack price criticized

 

One critic and a Redditor named Strykerx88 said “Alright, this is getting ridiculous,” adding that “I’ve been on the ‘wait and see’ side of the fence for 6 years now, but shit like this makes me fall right over into ‘maybe the guys calling this game a scam are on to something.’ … Close your fucking ‘donation’ shop and finish the god damn game, if it even can be finished and become playable in any current fan’s lifetime.”

Another gamer has labelled the offer as a pure scam.

“I’m tired of people calling the entire player base a bunch of suckers, or a cult or whatever,” said redditor Didactic_Tomato. “Many of us are just hopeful and excited to be able to play a space sim, but it seems like whenever people see news about this game they are ready to condemn anybody who is interested. It’s sad to see.”

 

In case you don’t know, Star Citizen’s The Legatus Pack’s page at Roberts Space Industries could only be accessed by those with “Concierge” status in Star Citizen. The Concierge status has a funding threshold of $1,000. This means that anyone without that status could contact Cloud Imperium Games directly if they wanted to buy the pack.

 

Cloud Imperium Games’s response

 

The Legatus Pack comes with 117 ships including the 163 extras, such as skins and vessel add-ons, plus a ton of in-game credits as well. In response, Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games told Polygon that the game’s Legatus Pack was developed as a response to the request of the hardcore segment of the community.

 

“It wasn’t created in a vacuum,” said Eric Kieron Davis, the head of Cloud Imperium’s studio in Los Angeles. “We were responding to what the community asked for. We have some passionate supporters that are not looking at Star Citizen as your typical game purchase/transaction but rather a dream project they want to see happen.”

 

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Pokémon’s Upcoming RPG Is Out in 2019

Pokémon fans could now play their favorite game in Nintendo Switch. This comes after the Pokémon Company’s announcement that Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!” would be the first exclusive games for Nintendo Switch.

 

Pokémon to release more RPG for Switch in 2019

 

Fans should also expect more RPGs were coming to Switch as the company, in a press conference held in Japan, announced that other next generation of games would arrive in 2019.

Series director Junichi Masuda said that the Pokémon Company is working on another Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch.

 

“We’re also hard at work on another Pokemon core RPG designed for Nintendo Switch,” said Masuda. “It’s being designed simultaneously with Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!

 

Masuda added, “Today I can only tell you of its existence, but I can assure you that there’s another game that we’re pouring a lot of our energy into over at Game Freak.”

 

Meanwhile, in the same press conference, President Tsunekazu Ishihara has pointed out that the game series would be “in the tradition of Pokémon X and Y and Sun and Moon,” hinting that these series would likely comprise the eight generation (!) of games.

 

It can be recalled earlier that Pokémon Company disclosed that a traditional set of Pokémon games were in the works for Switch during Nintendo’s E3 2017 stream. Check the company’s 45-minute press conference below for more information.

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Facebook Simplifies Its New Two-Factor Authentication Process

Social media giant Facebook is now taking an aggressive direction to enhance its app security features. It can be recalled that in the previous months, Facebook was heavily criticized for data protection issue.

Learn about Facebook’s Two-Factor Authentication

 

Earlier this week, the social media giant has announced the improvements it has for the app ’s two-factor authentication process for users. One of the major changes it implemented is the removal of the phone number for the users to use the popular security feature.

“We previously required a phone number to set up two-factor authentication, to help prevent account lock-outs. Now that we have redesigned the feature to make the process easier to use third-party authentication apps like Google Authenticator and Duo Security on both desktop and mobile, we are no longer making the phone number mandatory,” Facebook wrote in a blog post.

 

According to Facebook, it improved the two-factor authentication in two ways:

• It made easier than ever to enable two-factor authentication with a streamlined setup flow that guides you through the process.

 

• It also expanded how you can secure your account with a second factor by ensuring that people can enable two-factor authentication without registering a phone number.

 

It can be recalled that Facebook has received a public backlash because of its two-factor authentication which required users to enter a phone number. Some Facebook users complained that they had been spammed with this requirement.

 

“I can just say that we’ve gotten the feedback that people want it to be easier, people do take security seriously,” according to Pete Voss, Facebook’s security communications manager when he told Wired in an interview.

 

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Acer Predator Helios 500 Is Powered By Intel Core i9 Chip

Acer is trying to prove itself to be the best producer of a gaming laptop. The company has added a new laptop product line called the Predator Helios 500. Acer’s new laptop is powered by Intel’s best processors. It also contains hardware options that contain more powerful graphics cards.

Get To Know Acer’s Gaming Laptop Powerhouse

 

If you are an avid gamer, then the Predator Helios 500 is definitely for you. This 17.3-inch gaming laptop brags its overclockable eighth-generation Core i9+ chip. It also has
overclockable Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB of memory. What’s good with this is that you can go all the way up to 64 GB of RAM with a 1 TB SSD.

 

Speaking of its screen, the Predator Helios 500 has two configurations namely: the 1080p or 4K 144 Hz display. Both of these configurations support Nvidia G-Sync. The company’s latest gaming laptop also has Acer’s TrueHarmony audio technology. You can also see a lot of LED lights and this includes a backlit keyboard.

 

 

If you are interested in buying, the price is pegged at $1,999, and this would be arriving at the shelves sometime in June in the United States.

 

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Fujifilm Unwraps The X-T100 Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm has officially unveiled the X-T100, a brand new mirrorless camera. The X-T100 is among the company’s new product from the X series product line. The new camera was announced on Thursday, May 24.

 

According to Fujifilm, the X-T100 is the company’s entry-level variant in the X Series lineup. The compact camera features a unique style and functionality found in the Fujifilm’s several premium mirrorless cameras.

On Thursday, May 24, Fujifilm announced a new entry-level mirrorless camera, the X-T100. The latest offering from Fujifilm boasts a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 4K video recording and a $600 price tag. ( Fujifilm UK | YouTube )

Further, the company said that the X-T100 is actually a better alternative above the 2-year-old entry level X-A5 model. The X-A5 model has no viewfinder, it said.

 

But the Tokyo-based company has pointed out that it retains some specs of the X-AF model. What they did is to bundle the specs with a more advanced product that is ideal for photographers.

X-T100 Features, Specs, And Design

 

Some of the X-T100 features include an OLED electronic viewfinder with a 0.39-inch display. It boasts of a 2.36-million dot resolution as well as a magnification of 0.62x. The compact camera has Bluetooth connectivity, flip-out touch-screen display, among others.

 

The X-T100 is expected to be available in three colours: black, Dark Silver, and Champagne Gold. It has a 24.2-megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor with a high-speed image-processing engine.

 

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Microsoft’s Latest Windows 10 Update Bricks Some PCs

Microsoft Windows users have encountered an endless loop or unable to boot recently. The cause of PC bricking has been attributed to Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 update.

The Microsoft users have identified the culprit which was the first cumulative patch for the April 2018 update to Windows 10. With this, users are given the advice to postpone the update until such time the software giant has resolved the issue.

Windows 10 Update Contains Bug

The issue had surfaced when several Microsoft users went to Microsoft’s official forums to vent out their issues. These users have complained specifically about the KB4103721 update.

The bug within the update has caused PCs spinning in a loop of failed boots. It should be noted, however, that the bug did not affect all the PCs. In fact, Microsoft has identified the models that are affected by the bug.

 

The software giant has responded to the issues of the users. Microsoft has expanded its KB4103721 patch notes. It made mention that PCs with Intel SSD Pro 6000p Series or Intel SSD 600p Series were affected by the bug.

 

As of press time, Microsoft has yet to offer concrete solutions for this problem. Users are now looking to find a temporary remedy of the problem by rolling back to the previous Windows version.

 

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