Artist Creates 3D Sculptures Using VR Headset

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A video surfaced this week showing an artist sculpting a virtual statue by way of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, a precision motion controller called the “Razer Hydra”, and the “VRClay” app. In the video clip, the artist can be seen manipulating the position of the virtual statues with one hand, while pushing, pulling, … Read more

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Billboard Music Charts Start Tracking “Streams”

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This week, Billboard announced that they will start including streaming music from services like Spotify, Beats Music, and Rhapsody –among others– in their calculations when creating most music charts. The change is noteworthy in that it solidifies streaming music as a permanent fixture in the industry, rather than just another passing trend. Overall, the music industry … Read more

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Fitness Device Makers Announce “Smart Hat”

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LifeBEAM, an Israeli device manufacturer has announced a new fitness-tracking device in the form of a ball cap — or “smart hat”. The device’s touted capabilities rival what we have come to expect from most other fitness-tracking devices in this segment, including a heart-rate monitor, calorie counter, and cadence tracker. According to the company’s website, the wearable is … Read more

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Video Streaming Surpasses Disc Rental Revenue

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It was announced this week that revenue from video streaming services has finally surpassed that of physical media — such as DVD’s and Blu-Ray discs. On Thursday, Yahoo! Finance reported that in QR3 of this year, physical media rental revenue declined 18% year-over-year to $793 million.  Meanwhile subscription streaming revenue increased 26% up to $1.03 billion in the same time … Read more

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iTunes Music Sales Drop 14% in 2014

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A recent report by the Wall Street Journal indicates that music downloads on iTunes have plummeted by nearly 14% in 2014. Frequent readers of this blog — or of the book series — may not be very surprised by this report, as there have already been numerous signs lately that streaming music is quickly becoming the preferred way for consumers to … Read more

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