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Music Piracy – New Research Shows That Restrictions Don’t Work

Posted in internet, Media, music by aldorf on October 17, 2011

(Credit: Emin Ozkan / Shutterstock)

“[The late] Steve Jobs said it best: ‘Why would the big four music companies agree to let Apple and others distribute their music without using DRM systems to protect it? The simplest answer is because DRMs haven’t worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy.'” says marketing professor Dinah Vernik. “And our research presented a counterintuitive conclusion that in fact, removing the DRM can be more effective in decreasing music piracy than making the DRM more stringent.”

Because a DRM-restricted product will only be purchased by a legal user, “only the legal users pay the price and suffer from the restrictions,” the researchers write. “Illegal users are not affected because the pirated product does not have DRM restrictions.”

“Removal of these restrictions makes the product more convenient to use and intensifies competition with the traditional format (CDs), which has no DRM restrictions,” Vernik says. “This increased competition results in decreased prices for both downloadable and CD music and makes it more likely that consumers will move from stealing music to buying legal downloads.” Read full article here.

 

 

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Music Beta by Google or Noisey by Vice?

Posted in Media, music, web by aldorf on May 10, 2011

I know not exactly comparable options but both landed in my inbox today. Noisey is having a launch Party tonight in Berlin and Music Beta is handing out invitations (U.S. only).

Noisey is a new video-based platform from Vice for showcasing the most essential new music by emerging talents from all corners of the globe. Tonight is the official launch of Noisey in Germany, and one of Berlin’s own stages for new music, Tape.

Music Beta by Google. “You can get to your personal music collection at home or on the go. Listen from the web or any enabled device with the Music app available from Android Market. Not online? No problem. The songs you’ve recently played will automatically be available offline. You can also select the specific albums, artists and playlists you want to have available when you’re not connected.”

“State of Cloud Computing” by Jess3

Posted in Animation, design, illustration, internet, Media, web by aldorf on April 19, 2011

Visit http://www.thestateofcloudcomputing.com/ for up to the minute stats on cloud computing.

“State of Cloud Computing,” is an encompassing look at the history of cloud computing and the growing cloud economy.

The State of Cloud Computing video highlights the multitude of possibilities that cloud computing offers, from sharing videos and photos from anywhere in the world to storing and organizing data for remote access. Skype, Dropbox, YouTube, Wikipedia, Yahoo, MSN, Gmail, Farmville and Twitter are all referenced, and the video provides a snapshot of statistics.

The fact is, unless you have been living under a rock, you are in the cloud. Cloud computing touches us in numerous ways in our daily lives. As cloud computing continues to evolve, so does our ability to express ourselves and accomplish amazing things on the World Wide Web.

The conversation about cloud computing is happening around us. The three-minute video is hosted on a micrositehttp://www.thestateofcloudcomputing.com that aggregates the conversation about cloud computing across the web, including Top Cloud Computing Links, Top Cloud Computing Terms and Cloud Computing Around The Web, which pulls Tweets in real-time that are related to the cloud.

Sponsored by salesforce.com, an enterprise cloud computing company, and produced in collaboration with JESS3, a creative interactive agency, the video is part of a broader family of videos, The “State of” series, which launched earlier in 2010.

New Entertainment Ecosystem – UltraViolet

Posted in film, innovation, internet, Media, music, quality by aldorf on January 18, 2011

the Ultraviolet video is a bit cheesy but worth watching. Dece Ultraviolet is

the latest attempt by the entertainment industry to distribute its content securely. The basic idea behind UltraViolet is the cloud based digital locker for content and rights licenses. DECE (Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem) which is a cross-industry consortium of over 50 companies (and growing, Apple and Disney are missing!) committed to make UltraViolet the next generation standard for rich media experience where the users will get the flexibility and user experience they’ve been denied for over a decade now. With UltraViolet, users will be able to download, stream, share and even get copies for use on physical media, basically covering a great deal of the average user needs in terms of interoperability and user experience. BUT that’s solving just half (or less) of the issues. Technical agreement on a common file format is a good start, but the business model side remains an open issue. And history has shown the poor ability of the entertainment industry to be creative in this space.

 

 

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What is Geoengineering?

Posted in ideas, your take on... by aldorf on June 13, 2010

It’s human manipulation of the climate. Scientist believe it could be a way of slowing down global warming while efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions continue. Cloud whitening is one example. Geo engineers are proposing to use off-shore vessels to pump sea spray into the atmosphere. The salt particles in the spray would in theory help to form brighter clouds that reflect more sunlight back into space, thus having a cooling effect on climate. Unfortunately scientists from the University of Leeds and the Finnish Meteorological Institute found that generate brighter clouds may actually hinder natural cloud formation in some areas.

Must Have 2010: www.evernote.com

Posted in web by aldorf on December 29, 2009

Evernote lets you record almost any type of data and recall it when you need it. Works seamlessly and integrated between all platforms like web, mobile, and desktop. Evernote understands and indexes several different formats, integrates with eye-fi to let you send pictures to your Evernote account wirelessly. Huge potential check out demo videos and other features on their site.

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