ArtsBeat: In Battle for Sales Leadership, Taylor Swift Triumphs

As if having the top-selling album of the year weren’t enough, Taylor Swift is also No. 1 again on the singles chart this week.

ArtsBeat: New Year’s Eve With Skrillex and Diplo: Enjoy the Show Even if You Don’t Go

The New Year’s Eve electronic dance-music concert at Madison Square Garden will be streamed live.

ArtsBeat: From Out of Doors to Your Device: Lincoln Center to Stream Three Concerts

Lincoln Center will stream three concerts from the final week of its Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, featuring Emmylou Harris, Cassandra Wilson and Rosanne Cash, among others.

ArtsBeat: Unusual Album Offerings From Beck and Rabbit Rabbit

Beck and Rabbit Rabbit are experimenting with different ways to deliver music to their fans.

ArtsBeat: A Scrapped Aphex Twin Album Finds New Life on YouTube

Fans of Richard D. James, who release his music as Aphex Twin, take a test pressing of a 1994 album, raise some money and put it on YouTube.

ArtsBeat: Pharrell Williams and Spike Lee to Team Up at the Apollo

Spike Lee will be the director of a Pharrell Williams concert at the Apollo Theater on June 3.

Scribd launches subscription e-book service for Android, iOS and web

Scribd launches $9 subscription ebook service with HarperCollins titles

Many of us associate Scribd with embedded documents on websites, but the company has been quietly building an e-book platform — first by selling content and later by soft-launching a subscription service. The company is now making its strategy clear by formally launching the e-book service and introducing content from HarperCollins, its first major publisher. Subscribers worldwide can pay $9 per month for access to both HarperCollins’ back catalog and independent releases through apps for Android, iOS and the web. Customers can also buy any books outright, including HarperCollins’ newer titles. Like with any Scribd document (and Kindle for the Web), customers can both share what they’re reading and embed books into websites. If you like the prospect of all-you-can-read services like Oyster but want broader platform support, you’ll want to take a close look at Scribd’s new offering.

Filed under: Cellphones, Tablets, Internet


Source: Scribd

Sudanese protesters use crowdmapping to get around internet shutdowns

Sudan protesters using crowdmapping to get around internet shutdowns

Like past regimes, Sudan’s government is trying to silence protests by periodically shutting off internet access. Activists have found a way to keep everyone informed, however, by launching the Abena Crowd Map. The tool sends SMS-based reports of demonstrations and other events to a crowdmapping platform where contributors verify, locate and post stories. Observers can both filter the report stream and get alerts when incidents take place within a given area. The map won’t always help protesters on the ground, but it will share their ordeal with the outside world — and prevent Sudan’s rulers from controlling the narrative.

Filed under: Cellphones, Internet


Via: Vice

Source: Abena Crowd Map