Spotify Considers Buying SoundCloud, Along With Their 200 Million Users

first_imgA few weeks ago, Spotify announced that they surpassed 40 million subscribers; this growth rate doubles over the streaming service’s rival Apple Music. While SoundCloud recently launched a paid subscription service, they haven’t made enough profit to sustain their once-free music streams. Now, it seems as though Spotify is currently seeking to formally acquire SoundCloud, according to The Financial Times. The plot continues to thicken, as the streaming wars ensue.SoundCloud has been in financial trouble for some time now, losing upwards of $70 million over the last two years, according to a report from February. Earlier this summer, the company considered selling their online streaming service for $1 billion. The report made it clear that, while the company had “adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future,” SoundCloud was heavily reliant on “further capital investment” to continue operating in 2015.Now, we see another potential – for the Spotify giants to step in and take over SoundCloud.  If they were to successfully do so, the company would acquire all 200 million SC users. This would be an interesting turn of events, as both companies started in October of 2008. The details remain unclear of how the transition would navigate paid subscriptions versus free memberships, but Spotify’s acquisition of SoundCloud would be an undeniable win for Spotify.Let’s see how this one pans out…[H/T CoS]last_img read more

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For kids facing long hospital stays, a happier ‘reality’

first_img Read Full Story Jean Jung was sick as a kid and spent several years in and out of the hospital. She was often lonely and bored. “The day goes really slowly,” she recalled. “There’s nothing to do.”Jung wished she could spend time with other kids, but her parents were worried about her getting an infection, so she wasn’t allowed to roam around the pediatric ward and make friends.Now Jung, who’s slated to earn a master of public health in health care management in May from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has a project to help other kids facing long hospital stays connect with each other — through virtual reality (VR) technology.Since January 2019, Jung and a team of three other Harvard graduate students have been laying the groundwork to launch a nonprofit called Dreamworld VR that will enable pediatric patients to virtually visit others like themselves. Children in pediatric wards with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, or cancer sometimes have to remain isolated for health reasons; the Dreamworld VR platform would provide a way to get around that problem. Using VR headsets and hand-held controllers, kids would be able to immerse themselves in a colorful, virtual world in which they can design their own “rooms” and “meet” other kids — represented by an avatar like a teddy bear or doll or robot—who are dealing with the same disease.When Jung described her idea for Dreamworld VR to her academic adviser Richard Siegrist in early 2019, he said he was struck by “how much sense it made in addressing a real issue with children in the hospital — feeling lonely, feeling stressed, feeling ‘why is this happening to me?’”Siegrist, senior lecturer on health care management, helped Jung connect with colleagues at Harvard i-lab. She was accepted into the Venture Incubation Program and proceeded to assemble a project team of fellow students and a board of advisers, and develop a prototype. Dreamworld VR was named a semi-finalist in the MIT 100K competition, received support from the i-lab’s Social Impact Fellowship Fund, and was named a semi-finalist in Harvard’s President’s Innovation Challenge.Currently, pediatric patients at hospitals around the U.S. are testing the prototype, while Jung explores the possibility of having manufacturers in China create inexpensive, lightweight headsets for kids to use with Dreamworld VR. She and her team hope to launch the nonprofit later this year.Siegrist said he’s been impressed with Jung’s doggedness in tackling all the steps necessary to create a social venture, including creating the right team, developing a sustainable business model, and making sure her fledgling business adheres to patient privacy rules. “She’s gone through all of those steps in a short period of time with an idea that really has, I think, a lot of potential,” Siegrist said. “She’s a true entrepreneur.”For her own part, Jung said: “It’s just so lousy to be sick. I’m doing this because I would have wanted something like this when I was a kid.”last_img read more

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Wyse ThinOS 8.6 Extends Smooth and Seamless Real-Time Communication on Dell’s Thin Clients

first_imgCompanies all over the world are recognizing virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with thin clients as a prime solution for some of their most pressing endpoint security and client management challenges. But until recently, it wasn’t the ideal solution for users that conduct real-time audio and video conferences using popular services like Microsoft Skype and Cisco Jabber.With the launch of the latest version of our flagship thin client firmware platform, ThinOS 8.6, Wyse thin clients now offer additional exciting options for these enterprises, thanks to expanded support for high-quality unified communications products.How ThinOS 8.6 Enables Better CommunicationThe challenge that typically comes with using unified communications products on VDI has to do with where the signal is processed. For example, if an employee Skypes with a vendor in another country over your VDI connection, the audio-video stream of their conversation must be processed and unpacked by an intermediary — a virtual machine on your server — before being sent to the employee’s device.This puts a big load on your server’s CPU and causes latency issues, particularly if you’re part of a large organization where 500-plus users may be Skyping or Jabbering at the same time. If both parties are using VDI — say they work for the same company but are based in different offices — this so-called “hairpin effect” is only magnified, as the communications traffic must go through two virtual machines on the way to a target device.Now if the clients can shoulder some of the load by handling the audio/video processing on the endpoint and communicating directly with the other party – you can deliver a better call experience while also reducing the overhead on the servers.  A win-win scenario!  Prior to this release, ThinOS could support Skype offload under Citrix environments using RTME. With 8.6, we’ve now extended our capabilities to include Jabber offload for Citrix environments with Cisco’s jVDI offload module and Skype offload with the VMware Horizon client. This gives ThinOS the ability to offload this workload for the lion’s share of the unified communications products now leading the market using a highly secure and easy to manage client.Not only will end users appreciate the enhanced user experience and excellent voice and audio performance, but IT administrators can lighten the load on their VDI servers in the process and thus make more efficient use of those expensive resources.The Power of Dell Thin Clients for Today’s Challenging User DemandsBy adding these capabilities to our ThinOS clients, customers no longer have to trade off security and manageability benefits against the need to give their end users an excellent unified communications experience.Our customers now have a range of powerful systems that offer ThinOS, including the sleek and compact Wyse 3040 that sports dual 2K monitor support and fits in the palm of your hand or you may choose a newly-introduced Wyse 5070 series platform, sporting the latest generation Intel quad-core CPU’s, true 4K displays, USB 3.1 type C and configurations with up to six monitors!With this release, ThinOS continues to deliver the benefits of a robust and flexible firmware that can adapt to the ever-changing virtualization landscape. Moreover, it offers this support on a secure and manageable endpoint while delivering the best possible user experience for the workforce’s increasingly demanding and complex compute scenarios.Choosing your workplace devices is about achieving the right balance among functionality, security, manageability and cost factors. With the launch of ThinOS 8.6 and its support for high-quality, real-time communications, you now have one more check in the “pro” column for Wyse thin clients and VDI.To learn more, visit www.dell.com/wyselast_img read more

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Oheka Castle Owner Gary Melius Shot

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Gary MeliusGary Melius, the politically connected owner of Oheka Castle in Huntington, was shot and wounded at the sprawling Gold Coast estate on Monday, Suffolk County police said.The 69-year-old, who lives at the catering hall, hotel and restaurant, was hit by gunfire while apparently getting into his vehicle before a family member drove him to a nearby hospital, police said. He was described as alert and conscious before going into surgery, police said.A Suffolk County police spokeswoman confirmed that officers responded to a report of a man shot in the parking lot outside Oheka at 12:30 p.m., but few other details were available in the early stage of the investigation.“I’ve had my differences with Gary politically, but this is really just a tremendously awful act,” Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs said. “This is shocking and sickening.”Police are searching for a masked gunman. Multiple news outlets reported that the gunman fled in a gray Jeep Cherokee.Melius, known as a power-broker among local political circles, has often hosted card games and meals at the sprawling mansion-estate-turned-luxury hotel, restaurant, catering and wedding hall, with guests ranging from former U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford). Oheka has also been the site of high-profile marriages, including that of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner (which former President Bill Clinton officiated) and pop sensation Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers.The developer has also contributed generously throughout the years to numerous political campaigns, including Republican, Democratic and Independence Party candidates. Melius made headlines in December when authorities announced that he had asked then-Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale to arrest a man who was a witness in an campaign-season election lawsuit that effectively aimed to help Dale’s boss, Mangano, win re-election.Mangano fired Dale when details of the case were made public.K-9 and aviation units searched the area for the suspect. Investigators are reviewing surveillance video for clues. Second Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

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Republican James Kennedy Wins Nassau Legislative Seat

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Republican James D. Kennedy handily beat Democrat Joseph Stufano in a special election Tuesday to fill the vacant 12th Nassau County legislative district seat representing the county’s southeast corner, unofficial results show.Kennedy, the son-in-law of the late Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa), who represented the same district before he died in 2012, won 85 percent of the vote against Stufano’s nearly 15 percent, out of 2,281 votes cast, according to initial tallies from the Nassau County Board of Elections.Kennedy, 42, whose campaign manager was his mother-in-law—Schmitt’s widow—Lois, will replace one-term Nassau County Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), who was elected in November to fill the 8th New York State Senate seat, which former Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick) vacated a year prior.The result was expected in a district where registered Republican voters far outnumber Democrats.Kennedy, who also had the Conservative and Independence Party lines, is a Nassau elections board worker. His 53-year-old challenger is a biomedical engineer. Both are from Massapequa.The race was the first of three special elections to fill vacant county legislative seats on Long Island.In March 10, voters will decide who will fill the 19th Legislative District seat left vacant by former Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick), who resigned after pleading guilty to defrauding a client of his private law practice out of $2 million. At the time the case came to light, Denenberg was running against Venditto, son of Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, for state Senate.The second Nassau special election pits Rita Kestenbaum, 56, who’s running on the Democratic and Working Families party lines, against Steven Rhoads, 46, who has the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines and the Tax Revolt party designation.Kestenbaum is a former Hempstead Town Board member who became a gun control activist in 2007 after her 20-year-old daughter was shot to death on the night of her birthday outside her off-campus apartment in Tempe, Arizona, by a disturbed young man who then killed himself. Afterwards, Kestenbaum set up a foundation and has worked closely with the Long Island Crisis Center.Rhoads is a personal injury attorney who twice tried to unseat Denenberg. Both candidates are from Bellmore. Republicans also outnumber Democrats in that district.If the Republicans can win both Nassau special elections, then they would need to gain just another seat in the Nassau Legislature to control a super majority of 13 votes—they now have 10 of the 19 legislative seats—and that margin would enable the GOP to approve borrowing measures without needing Democratic support.The third special election, in Suffolk’s 12th Legislative District, will be held on March 31 to fill the seat held by former Legis. John M. Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset), who won his bid to become Suffolk County comptroller in November. Kennedy’s 58-year-old wife, Leslie, a longtime aide who ran her husband’s office, will be running for the seat herself.Kennedy’s Democratic challenger, Deborah Monaco, 55, is reportedly not going to run “an active campaign,” according to Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Rich Schaffer, due to time constraints and other factors. She has been the secretary of the Suffolk Democratic Committee and has a job at the Suffolk Board of Elections. Republicans outnumber Democrats in this district, too.—With Spencer Rumseylast_img read more

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Quintain rouses City with 17% NAV growth

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Governor Wolf & Department of Health Welcome $900,000 CDC Grant to Combat Prescription Drug Overdose Epidemic in Pennsylvania

first_imgGovernor Wolf & Department of Health Welcome $900,000 CDC Grant to Combat Prescription Drug Overdose Epidemic in Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Government That Works,  Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA —  Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy announced today that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has granted the Pennsylvania Department of Health $900,000 to prevent overdose deaths related to prescription opioids. The grant is a part of the “Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States” program.“The CDC is a true partner in Pennsylvania’s ongoing efforts to advance substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment to curb the heroin and opioid prescription drug epidemic,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Too many citizens of our commonwealth are dying from drug overdose, and Pennsylvania families in hardworking communities are impacted by prescription drug addiction every day. We are honored to be awarded the resources to leverage our statewide efforts to combat this epidemic, especially combined with my proposed $7.5 million budget increase to address opioid addiction.”The funding for this program, allocated through the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), will support 16 states in total with annual awards between $750,000 and $1 million over the next four years to implement prevention strategies to improve safe prescribing practices and turn the tide on the prescription drug overdose epidemic.Heroin and opioid overdose are the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals than those involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents. In 2013, approximately 2,400 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose.“The Department of Health is pleased to receive this grant from the CDC,” said Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy. “We will utilize the funding to enhance the effectiveness of our multi-faceted approach to this critical public health crisis of prescription drug and heroin addiction.”The Pennsylvania Department of Health has planned a three-pronged application of the Prevention for States grant. The department plans to enhance and maximize its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and primarily promote universal PDMP registration and use. The PDMP data will also be used to conduct public health surveillance, the information from which will be publicly disseminated.The “Prevention for States” grant will also allow for the implementation of community and/or insurer interventions aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse and overdose. Finally, the department will conduct a rigorous evaluation of existing laws, policies, and regulations designed to prevent opioid overuse, misuse, abuse, and overdose to ensure that the best possible regulations are in place in Pennsylvania.The Administration and the Department of Health anticipate moving forward with the allocation of these much-needed funds upon resolution of the current budget impasse.Pennsylvania’s participation in the Prevention for States program is part of CDC’s efforts to provide resources and support to advance comprehensive state-level interventions for addressing the opioid epidemic.For more information on Pennsylvania’s efforts to combat prescription drug abuse and overdose, please visit www.health.pa.gov.For additional information about “Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States,” see http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/states/state_prevention.html.center_img September 09, 2015last_img read more

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Brisbane’s prestige market on fire, starting spring with mega sale

first_imgThe home at 77 Macquarie St, Teneriffe, has sold at auction. This home at 77 Macquarie St, Teneriffe, has sold at auction for $4.6 million.IT’S been a strong start to spring for Brisbane’s prestige market, with one of the city’s most in-demand riverfront homes selling under the hammer for $4.6 million — chalking up the biggest sale in Queensland in the past week.The luxury house at 77 Macquarie Street, Teneriffe, was snapped up at auction by a local family in another sign the city’s top end is on fire despite an overall cooling in the housing sector.Set on the riverfront with spectacular views, the property is one of just 23 homes in the northeast facing Catalina development, and features four bedrooms, three bathrooms and 488 sqm of opulent living space spread over three levels.Regarded as “the” blue chip riverfront investment when it was developed 12 years ago, the Catalina homes are tightly held and hotly contested whenever they go up for sale.The view from one of the balconies of the Catalina home at 77 Macquarie St, Teneriffe.The home at 77 Macquarie St was marketed by Matt Lancashire and Brandon Wortley of Ray White New Farm.Mr Wortley said the property attracted four registered bidders at its auction on Saturday in front of a crowd of about 80 people.The opening bid was $4 million and quickly rose to $4.55 million before it went on the market at $4.6 million and sold to the winning bidder — a local family looking for a change from their current riverfront home.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:56Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Mr Haseler has sold his riverfront Brisbane home for $4.6 million.It was owned by the real estate developer Jon Haseler, who owns leading horse stud Glenlogan and is the managing director of QM Properties.The house is on a 365sq m block and features multiple living areas, including a television room, a library, games room and an outdoor entertainment area.This Catalina home at 77 Macquarie St, Teneriffe, has sold for $4.6m at auction.The home is about 2km from the Brisbane CBD and is accessed through a private security gate.It has hardwood flooring, fully-ducted, zoned airconditioning throughout and an alarm and intercom system.There is an internal store room and wine storage.Outdoor area at the home at 77 Macquarie St, Teneriffe.The sale of 77 Macquarie St was the biggest transaction in Queensland this week, according to property data firm CoreLogic.Another big sale this week was a contemporary four-bedroom, four-bathroom house at 179 Ninth Avenue, St Lucia.It fetched $2.2 million at auction.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:34Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMonthly Core Index: August00:34And a five-bedroom, three-bathroom house on 817 sqm at 17 Henderson Street, Bulimba, also sold for $2.2 million through Place – Bulimba.Despite the strong results at the high end of the market, auction volumes were down in Brisbane for the first weekend of spring, with 136 auctions held.The preliminary clearance rate increased to 47.1 per cent from 43.9 per cent last week.On the Gold Coast, only 28 per cent of the 25 reported auctions were successful.The view from the Catalina home at 77 Macquarie St, Teneriffe.last_img read more

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Occupant In Decatur Crash Fights For Life

first_imgThe male occupant that was involved in a crash that killed a Jennings County woman is clinging to his own life, according to sources.Steven Fletcher, 31, also of Jennings County, was flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis following the one-vehicle crash Monday. He was listed in critical condition Wednesday with head and internal injuries, sources say.Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen has not been able to confirm which occupant was the driver of the vehicle that led a homeowner and police on a pursuit that concluded about a mile south of State Road 3.last_img

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Greensburg manufacturer announces expansion plans

first_imgGreensburg, Ind. — Japan-based auto parts manufacturer, GECOM has announced plans to expand production in Greensburg. The expansion is expected to create 30 new jobs by 2019. GECOM employs 900 people in Greensburg currently.“With companies like Japan-based GECOM continuing to expand in our state, there’s a reason why Indiana is adding manufacturing jobs at the second-fastest rate in the nation,” said Jim Schellinger, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. “Indiana’s automotive suppliers are operating in the center of a global economy. We have companies choosing to come to Indiana from around the world, locating here because of our state’s business-friendly environment, low taxes and outstanding workforce.”The company will invest $26.2 million to add three production lines. The company makes door locking components.Applications for the new positions can be submitted through Malone Staffing online at malonesolutions.com/locations/staffing-agencies-greensburg-in/.last_img read more

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