News Twitter Listening Everywhere: Plex Media Center App Integrates Optimized Tidal Experience Customizable interface and analytics-driven back end make music that you own or like easier to find quicklyPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 29, 2018 – 12:59 pm On Nov. 29 media-center app Plex and music service Tidal announced their optimized integration together accompanied by promotional discounts. The options for consuming music content online can be quite varied, and jumping between them can run into inconvenient incompatibilities — such as blending music in personal libraries into subscription-service playlists. Plex seeks to be users’ interface-of-choice, regardless of what device people are using.Earlier this month when Tidal announced its integration with Samsung wearables, the subscription service promised more announcements were ahead. This Plex deal is initially supported only on Plex’s mobile and desktop apps but will eventually expand across Plex’s other supported devices, including smart televisions and speakers. With this Tidal announcement, it is fair to say they have integrated with an integrator — it’s like digital-content integration squared. Email Facebook Tidal Adds Integration With Plex Media Center App listening-everywhere-plex-media-center-app-integrates-optimized-tidal-experience The Plex blog hosts an extensive list of optimized features, all capable of making browsing or laid-back listening more enjoyable. But Plex’s main feature is that its details all work together, integrating private content with subscription access, using recommendation analytics in multiple fun ways across media types, and taking users’ preferences into account to enhance the experience. Tidal itself offers high-definition listening as well as a catalog of 244,000 music videos, giving Plex an immediate benefit of relating Tidal’s audio and video together in new ways.More details are available at the Plex website. Plex subscribers are offered a discount to try Tidal, and Tidal’s high-resolution subscribers can receive a free pass to try out Plex. Users of multiple devices will likely be tempted by the prospect of being able to enjoy their many choices more conveniently, and this will improve as Tidal-optimization spreads across Plex’s wide list of supported device platforms. Lovers of high-def music can appreciate Plex’s step up to support Tidal’s lossless tracks, making top-quality audio more widely available, which is always a good thing for music lovers.How Equity Shares Are Emerging As A Fair And Just Business Model For ArtistsRead more
Rakhine StateThree people, including two teenage boys, were killed by an explosion in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state on Saturday, a police officer said.Police were investigating if the mine had been laid intentionally or if the victims had accidentally struck unexploded ordnance leftover from a previous conflict, an officer told AFP.“According to our initial information, it was a homemade mine,” the officer said, requesting anonymity.“It exploded around 10:30am this morning in a field,” he said, adding that an elderly man and two boys aged 15 and 17 were killed by the blast.A 13-year-old boy was hospitalised with injuries.The north of Rakhine state is an impoverished area scarred by a brutal army crackdown on its Muslim Rohingya population.The campaign was launched in October in response to deadly raids staged by Rohingya militants, who say they are fighting for political rights for the stateless minority, which Myanmar has been accused of mistreating for years.The army crackdown has displaced more than 92,000 Rohingya.The majority fled across the border to Bangladesh, where many gave harrowing accounts of security officers slaughtering babies, burning people alive and staging gang rapes.The UN has ordered an investigation into the alleged army abuses, saying they may amount to crimes against humanity.But Myanmar has vowed to block visas for the UN fact-finding team, with de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi warning that their probe would inflame tensions in the region.Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace prize winner, has faced global censure for not taking a stronger stance on the Rohingya’s plight since coming to power last year.
At least 10 people have been killed in violent protests in the West African nation of Niger over the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, the country’s president said.President Mahamadou Issoufou said that five deaths were reported after demonstrations in Niamey, the capital, yesterday. Another five people died on Friday in the town of Zinder following prayer services there. The victims were inside churches and bars that were set ablaze, he said. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe violence erupted after Charlie Hebdo published its first issue since the January 7 attack on its headquarters by Islamic extremists that left 12 people dead.According to mainstream Islamic tradition, any physical depiction of the Prophet Muhammad even a respectful one is considered blasphemous. Elsewhere in the Muslim world yesterday, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani condemned Charlie Hebdo, calling the newest cover image of Prophet Muhammad a blasphemous and irresponsible act. “Freedom of expression should be used in a way to boost understanding between the religions,” he said in a statement issued by the presidential palace. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanIraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi also issued a statement of condemnation, warning that, “offensive words might lead to further bloodshed.”He also reiterated his condemnation of the attacks on innocent victims in Paris, saying that terrorism, “has nothing to do with Islam in any way.”Protesters also demonstrated in front of the French Embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, as well as in the Pakistani city of Karachi.In Egypt, the Islamist Noor Party denounced the latest Charlie Hebdo cover on its French-language Facebook page. “Just as the Noor Party rejects the assault on civilians and the negative effects it has for all Muslims of Europe, it also rejects this barbaric, irresponsible act under the name of freedom of expression,” the statement declared.In Gaza City, the capital of the Gaza Strip, unknown vandals scrawled graffiti on the walls of the French Cultural Center. In addition to statements praising the Prophet Muhammad and declaring him off-limits for ridicule or satire, the vandals also wrote: “To hell, to a miserable destiny, French journalists.”
Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. When the live streaming service Rdio burst onto the scene in 2010, it seemed to have everything going for it: a pedigree from the founder of Skype, an early entry to market and $117.5 million from investors. But, by late 2015, Rdio was bankrupt, its intellectual property sold to Pandora for $75 million and its service shuttered.Related: 3 Steps to Building Your Brand’s Unfair AdvantageThe startup became an object lesson on the failure to develop game-changing technology quickly and correctly. Though Rdio was nearly first out of the gate, its cautious approach to generating revenue let it slip behind Spotify, which moved faster.Speed is crucial — and so is the need to stand out. At the same time, the competition to stand out has never been greater.The key is honing, refining and iterating ideas quickly. You know the adage that says, “Perfect is the enemy of good.” But business consultant David Roth takes it a step further when he says, Waiting to release a “perfect” product can make the difference between finding a market and missing it entirely.Startup troubles by the numbersWith 100 million businesses launched every year, entrepreneurs have no problem finding ideas. Venture capital activity soared in 2015, with $17.5 billion invested in the second quarter alone — the highest quarterly total since 2000.Yet influential investors such as Marc Andreessen predict an end to such go-go spending. Young companies more than ever face the imperative to get their technology done fast and right the first time. Developers who can manage projects and iterate quickly are in high demand, and investors trust entrepreneurs who deliver results.Almost half of new startups fail within five years, and the reason is clear: As 42 percent of failed entrepreneurs said in one survey, there wasn’t a market need for their products.Timing, then, is just as important as making sure your tech solves a concern. To stay relevant and competitive, and retain customers, you must hit on the concern, yes, but also deliver on it even as you’re building trust. If it takes too long to address a pain point, someone else may beat you to it.Matching speed with excellenceEntrepreneurs and top-notch developers can move fast — without sacrificing quality — by considering these four steps:1. Build out your knowledge base. My clients, the founders of Silvermine Capital Management, knew how to manage U.S.-leveraged credit portfolios but knew nothing about building apps. By honestly assessing their strengths and their shortcomings, they found a technology partner to help them build their ideas into a multibillion-dollar business that was acquired by Man Group in 2014.Conduct an honest evaluation of your knowledge base before jumping into the deep end. To cover the holes in your knowledge, conduct consumer interviews, read up on trends and reach out to experts who may be willing to get on board as collaborators.2. Let the release date determine the features. Place quality over quantity when it comes to the best features. Tight deadlines help entrepreneurs set boundaries, so that “nice but unnecessary” features don’t get in the way of delivering the product. Related: 7 Ways Quality Boosts Business That Quantity Can’t Match Whether the deadline is 30 days or 90 days away is up to you; there’s no set formula. What’s important is using the deadline as a discipline for prioritizing features to meet the market need. Then, make sure developers hit it. Quora’s Adam D’Angelo has said that meeting aggressive deadlines is the secret to his success — even if that means stringing together a few all-nighters. 3. Bring potential consumers into the conversation. NailSnaps has received great press for its fingernail art, but not before soliciting extensive feedback — first from a subset of its core audience, and later during its Kickstarter campaign.Lock down your product’s main consumer base; then ask a subset for its reaction. Determining who is receiving your deliverables makes your deadline much more real. And feedback from this group can give you a proxy before you go out into a wider audience.4. Cut the dawdling. You’ve set priorities, collected information and involved the right people for the job — now it’s time to get busy. At my firm, we start every project with a kickoff meeting, reviewing a brief that defines every detail: how we’ll communicate, who is responsible for what and when the deadlines are. We begin with the end in mind, schedule check-ins at the outset, and use daily stand-up meetings to keep the project moving.Related: 3 Companies Using Speed as a Competitive AdvantageGame-changing technology has no defined recipe for success. But, with technical know-how, a background in the industry and an understanding of the market space, you’ll be able to create an amazing user experience — before the opportunity passes you by. June 8, 2016 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals