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Lenovo’s smarter devices stoke professional passions – Stories

Juan Dimida in front of a brick wall, holding a Lenovo ThinkPad in front of a Lenovo logo he drew graffiti-style

In Philadelphia, Juan Dimida, 40, creates graphic art and electronic music on touchscreen devices, working them into beats with other songs or multimedia pieces.

He recently created an album of electronic music on his Motorola G3 over the summer and has been performing it on his Lenovo Yoga PC, connected to drum machines and synthesizers. He’s playing this music live in November.

His artistic background began with graffiti art as a teen, but then he joined a city-run art program in his 20s that channeled his creative energy into colorful murals that covered up graffiti through community-based commissions. These collaborative projects usually involved four to five people and would include elaborate scenery, characters and animation. While each had a theme, the artists also improvised.

Dimida used Photoshop to get designs together and make alterations. While he was working on these murals, an event planner stopped by with a Lenovo ThinkPad tablet, and gave it to him to draw on. He hired Dimida to create art for a 2012 event, where Dimida connected different devices, such as a Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO, to projectors. Dimida drew mosaics on that screen that projected onto 80-foot walls.

After that event, he gained traction to host his own events, showing his original projections at art shows and parties.

Sound visualizations are something he particularly enjoys. Dimida uses a Lenovo ThinkPad X220t to record different sounds, so he’s able to set up different scenes, music effects and visuals, using multiple projectors. He has a separate Lenovo Yoga feed into that, where he draws on its screen. The ThinkPad X220t adds sounds and projects that out.

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Author: Steve Clarke

For Sale – Vortexbox 2.4 Intel Atom Server – 64gb SSD, Plex Server, Roon Server, Squeezebox Server

For sale is my old music and movies server (now replaced by an Intel NUC running ROCK for Roon and a Nvidia Shield for Plex).

It started off life as a LIV Concepts (now Innuos) Zen 1tb Vortexbox in 2012.

Spec now is:

Intel Atom 1.66ghz (from memory, lost the eBay page I had saved telling me the exact specs)
2gb RAM (ditto)
64gb SSD for operating system (will need either an additional 3.5″ HDD installing, or a NAS mounting)
Blu Ray disc drive
Vortexbox 2.4 software installed, running Plex server, Squeezebox Server and Roon.
MakeMKV installed for Blu Ray and DVD ripping.

Amazingly for a 2012 machine it ran my 1000 album Roon server perfectly.

You may want to re-install the software as I’ve been into the Linux code and mounted my NAS etc, and do a fresh install of Vortexbox (or whatever else you might want to do).

This probably isn’t a plug and play job, but if you like tinkering, it’s yours for £60 plus postage.

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Wanted – Cheap 13″ Laptop – £250 max

Hi,

Looking for a cheap laptop for general use – browsing, documents, music, movies etc so doesn’t need to be anything too special.

Something similar to an older Dell Inspiron 13 7000 series would be perfect.

Reqs:
13-14″ Screen
Must be Windows (no chromebooks etc)
Decent battery life
Good condition
Under £250
FHD + SSD would be a massive plus

Thanks

Location: Exeter

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Xbox Game Pass and Spotify Team Up to Deliver the Ultimate Value in Gaming and Music – Xbox Wire

Everyone has a favorite gaming song. Say you’ve got iconic video game music playing while you’re hunting the elusive side-quests, or you’ve got another jam playing to keep you amped while you and your buddies decide where you’re going to drop – either way, listen to what makes your gaming more fun, and we’re going to make that even better.

Starting today and for a limited time only, gamers in the U.S. and U.K who join Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) for the first time will also receive 6 months of Spotify Premium. With all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, access to a curated library of over 100 great games on console and PC, and millions of songs available on-demand on Spotify, new members will never run out of hits for their gaming playlists.

Let me point out the biggest deal here:  it’s only a $1 to upgrade to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate right now.  Already an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass for Console member? When you upgrade to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $1, you convert your pre-paid time on Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate credit, AND you get 6 months of Spotify Premium on top of it. It’s the best dollar you’re going to spend.

Spotify is the most popular global audio streaming subscription service, giving you access to millions of songs and thousands of podcasts from artists and creators around the world. Spotify Premium offers unlimited access to over 50+ million songs, allowing you to play music without ads, and skip to your heart’s content. Can’t stress enough that part about ad-free music and unlimited skips. When you’re in the zone, the last thing you need is a break in your playlist!

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate wraps up all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta), and Xbox Game Pass for Console, including access to over 100 high-quality titles on console and PC. We’re adding new games all the time, including Xbox Game Studios titles the same day as their global release, so if you’ve been hype to check out our latest release Gears 5, now is the perfect time to dive in with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. With Xbox Live Gold included, you can get exclusive deals and discounts, and play together with friends on the most advanced multiplayer network.

Here’s the deal: To be able to take advantage of this offer you need to reside in the U.S. or the U.K and you must be a new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Game Pass for PC member. You also must be both eligible for, and new toe Spotify Premium. If you subscribed to either the Spotify Premium Service or Unlimited Service, or you’ve taken a trial or introductory offer previously, you’re unfortunately not eligible for this offer. Check out the terms and conditions here and here

So, I join Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – then what? Your code for 6 months of Spotify Premium will be sent via email and the console or Xbox (Beta) app message center, following your purchase of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (this can take a few days). The codes must be redeemed at the Spotify website listed in the message or email. Then, it’s time to get gaming and start listening.

Want to learn more? You can learn more about Spotify and Spotify Premium over on their site, or hit up Xbox.com for complete details on Xbox Game Pass.

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Wanted – Cheap 13″ Laptop – £250 max

Hi,

Looking for a cheap laptop for general use – browsing, documents, music, movies etc so doesn’t need to be anything too special.

Something similar to an older Dell Inspiron 13 7000 series would be perfect.

Reqs:
13-14″ Screen
Must be Windows (no chromebooks etc)
Decent battery life
Good condition
Under £250
FHD + SSD would be a massive plus

Thanks

Location: Exeter

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The evolution of music: how the cloud helps reward artists and record labels

From vinyl records to cassette tapes, CDs, MP3 players and streaming services, the way we listen to music has rapidly evolved over the years.

As more and more people turn to the conveniences of streaming music, it’s easy to forget the challenges faced when making sure that artists and labels are fairly compensated.

Everyone talks about digital transformation providing companies with a competitive edge. For music rights organisations, however, adopting a digital culture isn’t a choice. It’s a matter of survival.

This was the situation facing the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), a music licensing organisation which represents the majority of music publishers and music copyright owners in Canada.

In 2011, the CMRRA along with the rest of the music copyright industry faced drastic changes to its business model. Streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music were dramatically increasing the number of transactions from tens of thousands to hundreds of millions, while the revenue per transaction decreased to small fractions of a cent.

In this new digital-first world, a file containing hundreds of millions of transactions can generate royalty payments of €100,000. In the pre-digital world, for comparison, this would have generated millions of Euros instead.

To help its transformation, CMRRA needed a robust and secure solution which would help with the increased number of transactions in a cost-effective way, while allowing it to continue to distribute royalties to artists and other rights holders. The company began its journey by turning to Spanish Point – a Microsoft Gold Partner in Ireland.

Hitting play on transformation
Spanish Point had already digitised the process for the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), but it wasn’t just a case of dealing with increased transaction volumes, as Spanish Point CEO Donal Cullen explains: “There is also the problem of matching millions of music streaming transactions with poor metadata against a database of millions of songs,” he states.

“Many copyright organisations have failed to cope with this increase in data volumes, meaning the songs and recordings have not been licensed or correctly identified. The license income that should have been paid to songwriters and music publishers has remained with streaming companies. The streaming services and other entertainment platforms do want to pay the artists, it’s just a question of finding a practical way of doing it.”

The solution developed by Spanish Point saw CMRRA move its operations to the cloud, enabling it to successfully cope with these challenges and generate more income for its members. Using Microsoft’s advanced features, Spanish Point provided a more agile and responsive service at a lower cost than a traditional on-premise or hosted provider.

“In the past, if a song was played on a radio station it was broadcast to thousands of listeners,” Cullen explains. “Now you have people using their smartphone in cars to stream music. Services like Spotify and YouTube are sending data to rights organisations on each individual stream. That has increased the volume of data by three or four orders of magnitude.”

“It is not unusual for files to contain 200 million transactions. The rights organisations now must identify each song from quite poor metadata and find the artists to pay royalties to. There is simply no way they could do that without a cloud solution. Even four or five years ago it would have been beyond our reach. It has enabled us to help customers like CMRRA improve their data processing performance by a factor of 40.”

Moving to the cloud solved the problems of scale, flexibility and financial viability. “Before the cloud, organisations would invest in computing power to meet peak demand,” Cullen notes. “That meant the payroll system had to be able to meet very high demand on one or two days each month while it would be barely used for the rest of the time. In the cloud you pay for what you use as you need it. Also, Microsoft’s cloud autoscales to meet the size of files and that’s directly related to how much we and our customers are going to get paid.”

Microsoft Ireland commercial director Aisling Curtis believes the challenge faced by the music rights industry demonstrates the enormous power of digital culture. “This is a great example of digital disruption and how a digital transformation approach can be used to solve issues across an entire industry”, she says.

“It’s not just something for large companies or enterprise-sized organisations to be concerned about. Organisations of every size can adopt a digital culture to innovate and gain competitive advantage. Spanish Point has done a fantastic job for CMRRA using the Microsoft platform and has created a new solution which is applicable to the whole music rights industry.”

Cloud with benefits
As a result of its transformation, CMRRA has dramatically increased its revenue and reduced its members’ annual subscription fees from 10.5 per cent to six per cent. It has also opened up new numerous new opportunities for the company.

“They are now going to licence mechanical works in the US,” says Cullen. “They were restricted to Canada up until now, but they have become a lot cheaper than their US competitors because of the Microsoft cloud solution.”

For the future, Spanish Point is planning to use Microsoft’s AI technology to further enhance its solution. Currently, the company is moving into the US market and is also working with customers in Spain and Turkey with this solution.

“Microsoft has worked closely with Spanish Point on a number of digital transformation projects over the years,” says Aisling Curtis. “Spanish Point is a very innovative firm. It explores new frontiers with Microsoft products and platforms which enables its customers to access new business opportunities and gain competitive advantage. This is a very tangible example of how digital culture and transformation is allowing an Irish company to solve a worldwide issue for customers. It is a defining example of the impact of digital culture.”

For Sale – Creative Sound Blaster X7 USB DAC

Creative X7 Sound Card, Amplifier, Headphone Amp, Beam-forming Mic, Bluetooth Receiver USB DAC

Amazing for Music and Gaming. The quality is amazing

Boxed with Bits

Price and currency: £250
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Hull
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Creative Sound Blaster X7 USB DAC

Creative X7 Sound Card, Amplifier, Headphone Amp, Beam-forming Mic, Bluetooth Receiver USB DAC

Amazing for Music and Gaming. The quality is amazing

Boxed with Bits

Price and currency: £250
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Location: Hull
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Buy 1 month of Groove Music, get 6 months free with Labor Day Deal – The Fire Hose

If you’ve wanted to try out Groove Music, now is great time to do so with its Labor Day Deal, which is available until Sept. 5. Buy one month for $9.99 and get two free promo codes for three months each.

You can also give a code to a friend if you don’t want to keep it for yourself.

With Groove, you can stream millions of songs, without ads; explore curated playlists; create your own playlists; and listen anywhere you go, online or offline.

Also, keep up with what’s hot, new and trending in the Windows Store on Twitter and Facebook.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

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