It's finally time for file-sharing buffs to pour a little liquor on the ground for Napster , the original gangster of major peer-to-peer music sharing sites. On Thursday, Napster will officially merge with Rhapsody, the largest on-demand music service in the United States. Rhapsody signed an agreement last month to purchase Napster for an undisclosed sum from its parent company, Best Buy. Napster originally launched in 1999 and quickly brought a ruckus to the digital and music worlds. Two years later it was shut down by court order while the Recording Industry Association of America filed a series of lawsuits against Napster users who illegally downloaded music for free from dorms and bedrooms nationwide. A series of similar services like Kazaa and LimeWire sprang up behind Napster as downloading individual tracks and burning mix CDs became a permanent trend. Eventually record companies accepted that music fans were no longer willing to buy entire CDs in order to listen to a … [Read more...] about RIP Napster
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Twitter has revamped its Business Center , providing a wealth of tips and advice on how to grow your presence on Twitter, integrate its API into your website and use the various available widgets and resources. The most interesting part of the new Business Center is definitely the advertising section, which is now open to everyone and includes a form that lets businesses express their interest in Promoted Tweets, Trends or Products. The form lets you set an estimated monthly budget ranging from less than $10,000 to as high as $100,000+. Forget about buying cheap, Adwords-like campaigns: this thing is obviously aimed at businesses or (optionally) non-profit organizations. Unfortunately, Twitter's new advertising center still isn't a turn-key solution for buying ads on Twitter. Since promoted tweets and trends are still in beta and available to a small number of advertisers, the new form doesn't let you actually buy these products, it merely puts you on Twitter's radar as an … [Read more...] about Twitter Takes a Step Toward a Turn-Key Advertising Solution
A hot potato: The rise of multiplayer and live service games over the last decade has been phenomenal. Few companies can testify to this quite like Take-Two Interactive, parent of Rockstar Games and 2K Games, though its CEO says that when it comes to single-player experiences, claims of their death have been greatly exaggerated. Speaking during a recent earnings call (via Gamespot ), Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick said: "The folks at Rockstar Games intended to create a powerful single-player experience a story-driven experience. And Rockstar has always been known for great stories and great single-player experiences and then developed in addition, a massive multiplayer opportunity over the past years." Grand Theft Auto V has moved 140 million copies, making it the second best-selling game of all time behind Minecraft. With "expanded and enhanced" versions coming to the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, the game's commercial success will extend into a third console generation —it arrived … [Read more...] about Take-Two boss says single-player games aren’t dead
La mini LED est la nouvelle grande innovation technologique sur le marché TV. Mais que vaut-elle face à l'OLED, encore souveraine sur les téléviseurs haut de gamme ? Peut-elle vraiment s’imposer sur tous les critères, de la luminosité au contraste, en passant par les performances HDR et l’input lag ? La mini LED est l'ultime évolution de la technologie d'affichage LCD, le point culminant de décennies de développement et de progrès. Contrairement à son nom, cependant, la Mini LED reste une technologie transmissive basée sur les dalles LCD, et le terme "LED" ne fait référence qu'au type de rétro-éclairage utilisé. Les défauts inhérents à l'écran LCD ? Ils sont toujours présents et pris en compte. Il ne faut donc pas les confondre avec la Micro LED, qui est une proposition totalement différente. Avec tout cela à l'esprit, il est temps de découvrir si la Mini LED peut faire tomber l'OLED en 2021. Lire nos tests des Samsung QN95A Neo QLED 4K et LG C1 OLED Voici les meilleurs … [Read more...] about Mini LED vs OLED : quelle est la meilleure technologie d’affichage aujourd’hui ?
If you're looking to dive into VR , there are a few basic choices: pick a standalone experience like the Oculus Quest headset , go with a game console like the PlayStation VR or go with the most flexible experience by hooking into a PC. HP's newest VR headset, designed with both Valve and Microsoft , aims to be the best VR gaming option this year. Called the Reverb G2, it was teased back in March, but the full details are now available. There are plenty of PC-connected VR headsets to choose from, and several different VR platforms that run on PCs: Oculus, SteamVR and Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality . Most PC VR headsets work on SteamVR (and let you play Half-Life: Alyx ) well enough, but the Reverb G2 promises to work better with both SteamVR and Windows. The $599 headset isn't coming until this fall, though, so it'll be a bit of a wait to find out how good it is. The Reverb G2 is a revamp of HP's previous business-focused Reverb headset , … [Read more...] about HP’s new gaming VR headset, Reverb G2, is made with Valve and Microsoft