Top Stories this Week – Streaming Backlash, Sling TV, and the Hyperloop

I found some time to do some site maintenance this weekend, so you may notice that I added a new section highlighting the latest innovations in Transportation. This is now the third major category of society covered by this blog (the other two being Entertainment and Health). Expect even more subjects to be added in the near future!

Anyway, with this new addition, there’s now more interesting things than ever to write about. However, since I’m still busy writing the second book in the series and writing other more-creative posts, there’s no way I’ll be able to cover every single interesting news story every week. Nevertheless, I still fully intend on covering a few of the highlights.

For a more comprehensive list, you can always head over to the full listing of up-to-the-minute updates in each category by clicking “Featured Stories” and finding you topic of interest in the menu above.

Anyway, let’s get to the good stuff.

Music Artists Take On the Business, Calling for Change

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Artists are beginning to fight back against the rates at which they are paid every time a user listens to one of their songs through a streaming music service.

What’s interesting here is that streaming music services were originally welcomed with open arms by many in the industry, since it served as a way to monetize users who weren’t able or willing to spend a dollar (or more) to outright buy music. Often, users in that group would end-up turning to music piracy, which, of course, the industry did not profit from.

The article talks about a few different fights brewing in the music business right now, but the bottom line is that streaming music is causing quite a bit of turmoil in the industry. I’d say be on the look out for more artists to pull their catalogs in the next few months, following the lead of Taylor Swift and Neil Young.
Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/01/business/media/music-artists-take-on-the-business-calling-for-change.html

Comcast Refuses To Run Ads For Sling TV

One of my personal favorite stories this week, it appears that Comcast is refusing to run ads for the cord-cutter-friendly “SlingTV” service.

The ad (which can be viewed at the link below) depicts “Old TV” as bullies who demand higher rates, have hidden fees, and as all-around unpleasant people, so it’s not too surprising that Comcast would be going out of there to make sure the ad isn’t widely distributed. The irony here, of course, is that Comcast is using its dominant position in the market to “box out” the ads of the up-start, similar to how the bullying “Old TV” representatives behave in Sling’s commercial.

See the ad for yourself at Wired by hitting the link below.
Link: http://www.wired.com/2015/07/sling-tv-says-comcast-blocking-anti-comcast-ads/

Most Millennials Prefer Paper Books

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This story was interesting mostly because it was unexpected. As a millennial, I strongly prefer e-books (except when reading textbooks, since e-book textbooks are rarely formatted correctly), so it surprising to learn that many of my peers still prefer to get their reading done using old dead trees. To me, the convenience of having an entire library’s worth of material in one sleek device beats lugging around thick (and heavy) paper books any day of the week. Nevertheless, it appears that somehow I’m in the minority when it comes to this outlook on reading — in my age group at least.
Link: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/67650-pw-asks-most-millennials-prefer-paper-books.html

 

Manufacturing Minute: The Hyperloop Moves Closer To Reality

Our first story from the new Transportation category kicks things off right with a story about how Elon Musk’s “hyperloop” is getting closer to becoming a reality. For readers unfamiliar with the idea, the hyperloop is a transportation medium that could propel people in tubes close to the speed of sound. According to this article posted in 2013, it’s estimated that a hyperloop  passenger could theoretically travel from New York City to LA in about an hour. Since 2013, things have been mostly quite on the hyperloop front, but acccording the video posted at the link to this article, a working version of the hyperloop may only be about two years away. Stay-tuned for more updates on this exciting area!

Link: http://www.mbtmag.com/videos/2015/07/manufacturing-minute-hyperloop-moves-closer-reality

Forget Driverless Cars. Flying Vehicles Are Almost Here

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Our final article of the week revolves around the idea that “flying cars” may be closer to becoming a reality than most people realize.

The story, coming from Digital Trends, takes an interesting look at what life might be like if the flying car project, by Terrafugia, comes to fruition. The car is called the “TF-X” and it is something straight out of the Jetsons.

For now, there doesn’t seem to be any working prototype (no pictures released publicly anyway), but the video mock-up is still pretty intriguing — although certainly quite ambitious.

Anyway, if there’s one video you check out from this post, I’d say this is probably the one to watch. Hit the link below to see the flying car for yourself!

Link: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/2021-terrafugia-tf-x-performance-specs-pictures/

 

Did I miss anything good from this week? If so, shoot me an e-mail or drop a message in the comments!

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