Stream-ripping threatens music industry, as companies struggle to make streaming profitable – annotated infographics

As if a beleaguered music industry didn’t already have enough to contend with, the rise of streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, Deezer and Tidal –  yes! even Tidal! – have changed the way many people listen to music. It has also brought about a new form of piracy, known as “stream ripping”. This new type of copyright infringement has overtaken conventional music download piracy. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. It’s not all days of wine and roses at the streaming companies, either. Spotify is the most successful streaming music service in the … Continue reading Stream-ripping threatens music industry, as companies struggle to make streaming profitable – annotated infographics

How #smartphones are transforming personal #healthcare – an annotated infographic

  More than 1.2 million people living in London are to be offered medical diagnosis using Babylon – an “artificial intelligence” (AI) app which gives patients access to a virtual health service in their pocket. Babylon’s AI doctor is just one of the powerful tools that have transformed smartphones into mobile medical clinics. In 2016 the US Food and Drug Administration approved 36 smartphone apps and devices. Now, smartphones are being used to perform ultrasound scans, measure heart rhythm, blood pressure and glucose levels, and execute an array of lab tests from liver and kidney function to identifying communicable diseases … Continue reading How #smartphones are transforming personal #healthcare – an annotated infographic

US company in massive EU tax avoidance shocker! #Apple

Everyone’s favourite future-facing tech titan Apple Inc is facing a whopping €13 billion EU tax bill (plus interest!), after it was decided that the extremely favourable (at least for Apple) tax conditions set by Ireland breached EU rules. Funny that. The EU ruling decreed that Ireland had illegally slashed Apple’s tax bill over several decades. It is the largest penalty in a three-year EU crackdown on so-called ‘sweetheart’ tax deals. We don’t know about you, but of all the sweethearts we’ve ever had in our lives, not one of them slipped us €13 billion. E&T news covered the story of … Continue reading US company in massive EU tax avoidance shocker! #Apple

#Apple launch event, September 2015 – Hey Siri, are we getting close? – an annotated infographic

Ahead of yet another major Apple event, we pontificate on what shiny new delights the Cupertino computing conglomerate might bedazzle us with. Wednesday’s 09-09-15 launch event (taking date scheduling tips from that other Apple, mayhaps?) will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. As it happens, this is the same venue where the late Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple II computer waaaaay back in 1977. The circle remains unbroken. This time around, the company has a veritable “slew” of new products (what a terribly unattractive word “slew” is), making this week’s event possibly Apple’s biggest to … Continue reading #Apple launch event, September 2015 – Hey Siri, are we getting close? – an annotated infographic

#Apple #iPhone7 rumours, models, screen technology, new features – an annotated infographic

It’s the traditional annual event: no sooner has the dust settled on one new iPhone release, folk becoming accustomed to the look and feel of the latest shiny Cupertino telephonic device, their thoughts idly turning to perhaps acquiring one at next upgrade, than all rational thoughts are torpedoed by interwebs whispers about the next next shiny Cupertino telephonic device. It’s all about new screen technologies for the iPhone 7, according to the usual swirling rumour mills and tech gossip mongers. Apple has begun manufacturing its next generation iPhone, with Force Touch technology, first seen in the Apple Watch. Recent patent … Continue reading #Apple #iPhone7 rumours, models, screen technology, new features – an annotated infographic

#AppleMusic goes live ‘worldwide’ – internet goes ‘bananas’ – an annotated infographic

Apple… Music… Apple Music… All the ways you love music. All in one place… empty statements… Beats 1… Zane Lowe… Pharrell exclusives… blah blah blah… social media meltdown… waffle waffle… overbearing sense of smug self-congratulation… it’s only an (expensive) streaming music service… yada yada yada… it’s about money, not music… Taylor Swift… incandescent rage… and relax. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #AppleMusic goes live ‘worldwide’ – internet goes ‘bananas’ – an annotated infographic

#AppleMusic streaming service – details announced – an annotated infographic

Apple has unveiled its Apple Music streaming service, designed to challenge rivals such as Spotify, Deezer, Soundcloud, Google and Amazon. The $10-a-month service combines on-demand listening; Beats 1, a 24/7 radio station hosted by live DJs; and Connect, a forum for artists to give fans behind-the-scenes content from upcoming releases. E&T news covered this Apple Music announcement in comprehensive detail yesterday. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #AppleMusic streaming service – details announced – an annotated infographic