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SoundCloud for iOS gains new features, latest streaming service to react to Apple Music

SoundCloud for iOS gains new features, latest streaming service to react to Apple Music

This week’s news headlines may be dominated by the arrival of Apple Music, but that has not stopped SoundCloud, a popular music streaming and sharing application, from rolling out an update to its iOS app. (via 9to5Mac) The update brings new features to help users discover new music and share their discoveries with others and includes related tracks, shuffle, direct playlist editing, and simpler sharing options. By tapping “Play Related Tracks” in any track, the app – using an “improved algorithm” – creates a stream of similar music from a library of 100 million tracks on SoundCloud. Users of the updated iOS app... more »
Red Hat builds rock-solid platforms for enterprise customers | #RHSummit

Red Hat builds rock-solid platforms for enterprise customers | #RHSummit

Paul Cormier, president of Product and Technologies for Red Hat, Inc., told theCUBE during Red Hat Summit 2015 that everything the company creates goes back to the open-source community. A newly acquired company may present the one exception. “If we acquire a company that doesn’t have open-source technology, it may take us 60 to 90 days to get through the process, but our promise is to [send everything to open source],” Cormier said. He also discussed how the company supports three Hypervisors: VMware, Microsoft, and Red Hat. “That’s an economic decision,” he said. “But in the case of OpenStack, with its close... more »
Purple prick: Prince withdraws music from streaming services offering a free tier

Purple prick: Prince withdraws music from streaming services offering a free tier

The artist known as Prince, but previously known as a symbol, before that Prince, but born Prince Roger Nelson, has withdrawn his music from the majority of streaming music sites, ostensibly in a "I'm a greedy rich musician" Taylor Swift style play. According to reports, Prince's music has been withdrawn from services from Spotify AG, and Rdio, Inc., but remain on both Tidal and Google's Play Music service; the difference between the two groupings being that the latter do not provide a free streaming service. News first came via Prince's artist page on Spotify, which now reads that the musician's "publisher has... more »
Famed digital watch maker Casio to enter the smartwatch market

Famed digital watch maker Casio to enter the smartwatch market

Famed digital watch maker Casio Computer Co. is set enter the smartwatch market, taking the good fight to the likes of Apple, Inc., and a range of Android-powered devices. According to The Wall Street Journal, Casio is betting that its expertise as a watchmaker will help it outmaneuver Apple Watch while keeping an eye on the mass market’s need for comfort and durability. Casio is reported to have said that its product will be a watch that tries to be smart, rather than a smart device that is also a watch. Casio Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Kashio told the paper that they were... more »
Intel sees value in a diverse ecosystem | #RHSummit

Intel sees value in a diverse ecosystem | #RHSummit

Intel strives to meet the needs of all levels of workloads, from the low end to the highest end data center. Doug Fisher, senior VP and general manager of Intel’s Software and Services Group, lines up software for data center platforms and ensures that the platforms are optimized to “take advantage of any unique capabilities,” he said. Fisher told theCUBE during Red Hat Summit 2015 that he sees OpenStack as a cornerstone for the datacenter. “It is clear that there is great interest,” he said. “What’s most exciting is the deep level of contribution. I’m confident now that we have the... more »
Red Hat CEO reveals how to manage a business in the information age | #RHSummit

Red Hat CEO reveals how to manage a business in the information age | #RHSummit

Red Hat, Inc. CEO Jim Whitehurst didn’t always think out of the box or encourage debate among staff. As a former COO of Delta Air Lines, Inc., Whitehurst came from a traditional management background. When he joined Red Hat, his approach to management shifted quickly to focus on agility and innovation: both necessary components to managing a business in the information age. “Whole industries are coming apart and changing,” he said during an interview with theCUBE at Red Hat Summit 2015. “We’re going from horizontal structures to vertical structures. Companies such as Uber and Zipcar are disrupting companies like Ford and... more »
Reddit's AMA forum falls apart after AMA organizer Victoria Taylor was 'unexpectedly let go'

Reddit's AMA forum falls apart after AMA organizer Victoria Taylor was 'unexpectedly let go'

Update: Several other popular subreddits have set themselves to private in protest against Victoria Taylor's removal from the company and due to an "underlying resentment against the admins for running the site poorly." Several of the subreddits have millions of subscribers, including r/AskReddit, r/Science, r/Music, and others. Reddit user Gilgamesh-, who is moderator of several major subreddits, wrote a lengthy post on the subject here. Original Story: Reddit Inc's main "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) subreddit, r/IAmA, is one of the site's most popular forums and is responsible for some of the community's most memorable moments, but the subreddit has been suddenly locked down following the... more »
Open source an important piece of the IT puzzle | #RHSummit

Open source an important piece of the IT puzzle | #RHSummit

theCUBE cohost Stu Miniman says that there is “no doubt” that open source is an important piece of the IT puzzle. As Miniman and cohost Sam Kahane reviewed the second day of Red Hat Summit, Miniman concluded that Red Hat, Inc. now “has a seat at the table” for top-level discussions. Understanding how technology works Of theCUBE interviews from Red Hat Summit, Miniman cites Red Hat President/CEO Jim Whitehurst and NGINX, Inc.'s Sarah Novotny as especially insightful guests. Miniman also said that user case studies, such as Amadeus travel software, can help others understand how the technology works. Miniman predicted lots of companies... more »
Nintendo President Iwata on the failure of Wii U and the future of Nintendo NX

Nintendo President Iwata on the failure of Wii U and the future of Nintendo NX

It might be easy to dismiss some of Nintendo Co Ltd's disgruntled fans as sometimes being unfair or even entitled—I mean, who signs a petition to halt development on a game? But when Nintendo's shareholders voice some of the same concerns, it may be time for the Japanese game maker to take a long, hard look at itself. During a recent shareholders Q&A, several of Nintendo's investors echoed fans' sentiments about the failure of the Wii U and the studio's plans for its next console. One shareholder asked: I have the impression that the launches of the two systems, Nintendo 3DS and Wii... more »
Twitch E3 viewership stats: Star Wars Battlefront brings in the viewers

Twitch E3 viewership stats: Star Wars Battlefront brings in the viewers

Earlier this week, Twitch released an infographic showing that the recent Twitch E3 coverage more than doubled the peak concurrent viewership to 840,000 from 400,000 last year. Part of this potentially in part because Twitch began allowing livestreamers on its platform to co-stream E3 press events. To get a better insight into what the viewership looked like, Patrick Walker, EEDAR's VP of Insights and Analytics, examined the spikes in concurrent viewers and published a chart looking at the conference. Below is the result of that analysis in an easy to digest concurrent viewers over time graph, with peaks labelled with the... more »
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The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

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