How Spotify is working on deep learning to improve playlists

A Spotify intern and Ph.D. student published a blog post laying out his work to improve Spotify’s recommendation algorithms using deep learning to analyze the acoustic properties of songs. He hopes his models can help listeners discover new and relatively unheard music. How Spotify is working on deep learning to improve playlists originally published by ...

US government says someone besides Snowden is leaking secret docs

Due to content of a report from The Intercept, the US government says that there’s a new whistle blower leaking its secrets in addition to Edward Snowden. The article details national security documents prepared by the National Counterterrorism… Powered by WPeMatico

Jack White's 'Lazaretto' Ultra LP is the best-selling vinyl release in 20 years

Since its release in early June, Jack White’s Lazaretto Ultra LP has sold 238,000 copies — making it the most popular vinyl release of the year. That tally also earns the artist’s second solo album the best-selling record of any year since Pearl… Powered by WPeMatico

The Big Picture: SpaceX Falcon 9 departs from Cape Canaveral

Before most of us here in the States woke from last night’s slumber, Elon Musk’s outfit launched a rocket into space. The SpaceX Falcon 9 blazed across the sky from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4AM ET, carrying an AsiaSat 8 satellite to deploy into… Powered by WPeMatico

PayPal partner MyCheck brings its restaurant bill payment app to SF and Austin

MyCheck is expanding beyond NYC into more restaurants and it’s taking its partnership with PayPal along for the ride. Diners can view, split and pay their bills from the PayPal app. PayPal partner MyCheck brings its restaurant bill payment app to SF and Austin originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…. Powered by ...

How much has Microsoft lost on its Surface line? $1.7B by one estimate

Microsoft’s revenues from the Surface line are up, which is good news. But the actual cost to produce those revenues shows the company still has a way to go before considering Surface a success. Will it stay the course like it did Xbox? How much has Microsoft lost on its Surface line? $1.7B by one ...

A motorized bike will help you survive the apocalypse

When the apocalypse arrives (zombie or otherwise), you’ll need to be prepared for anything. Part of said preparedness should certainly involve transportation, and thanks to the folks at Motopeds, there’s a legit option. The Survival Bike: Black Ops… Powered by WPeMatico

Sony is getting out of the e-reader business

Sony announced the closure of its own Reader store in favor of Kobo’s platform earlier this year, and now it seems the company is nixing e-readers entirely. BBC reports that the Japanese outfit doesn’t plan to release another device with last year’s… Powered by WPeMatico

Google pulls more Gaza-Israel games

Google deletes a further two Android video games from its Play store that were linked to the Gaza-Israel conflict. Powered by WPeMatico

Live streaming pioneer Justin.tv shuts down as company focuses on Twitch

Justin.tv was one of the first live video streaming sites. Seven years after its founding and a head of a rumored acquisition, it is shutting down. Live streaming pioneer Justin.tv shuts down as company focuses on Twitch originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…. Powered by WPeMatico