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Trent Reznor & Dr. Dre’s New Music Streaming Service Beats Music Will Launch On January 21

“What song comes next is as important as what song is playing now.”

Early last month we learned that a new streaming music service called Beats Music — headed by Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre, Trent Reznor and others — would be coming our way this month and today we learn that the new music service is set to launch on January 21. In a feature story for The New York Times, the Beats Music honchos talk about the future of music enjoyment and explain how they hope to change the world with Beats Music. While Beats won’t be the first music streaming service, it will offer functionality that other services like Spotify and Pandora do not offer. Additionally, Billboard magazine got to play with the new service and they provide us with a preview tutorial of what to expect when Beats Music launches next week. Read on to learn more. More »

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Kanye West Tries To Shut Down ‘Coinye West’ Digital Currency, ‘Coinye’ Moves Forward Anyway

"We are being attacked with fishsticks and must launch sooner."

Remember a couple of days ago when we learned that a new form of digital currency had been named in honor of Kanye West and was due to launch later this month? When I blogged about it, I guess that Kanye would either LOVE the idea and buy up as much of this cryptocurrency that bears his name or he’d HATE the idea of someone else cashing in on his name and likeness and launch a legal attack. It turns out that the latter of the two turned out to be the case as West‘s attorneys have filed a cease and desist order against the folks responsible for Coinye West. It appears that the folks behind Coinye West had a contingency plan in place should Kanye file legal paper work because they changed the name of the digital currency, moved their internet servers to a different country and launched the currency last night to get ahead of the legalities of a lawsuit. Whether Kanye likes it or not, the cryptocurrency he inspired has now been released to the public. More »

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Stargazing

The TV Guide

Last night I met up with my friends Emma and Josh for a really fun night of SCIENCE up in the Hollywood Hills. First we enjoyed a great meal at Mess Hall in Los Feliz and then we trekked up into the hills to spend some time learning at the Griffith Observatory. We talked about visiting Griffith last week but we couldn’t get our trip together until last night. Griffith Observatory is one of my fave places in LA and I do try to pay a visit every once in a while. It’s been a couple of years since my last visit so, yes, I was really excited for our little science excursion. More »

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Watch: Apple Releases A Brilliant Holiday 2013 Promo Ad

Grab some Kleenex
Misunderstood

Apple released a holiday ad today that will begin airing on TV and will be seen pretty much all over the Internet NOT because it’s merely an Apple ad but because it’s just a damn good ad period. I don’t want to spoil anything for you, the commercial works best when watched completely cold. Check out this Apple holiday ad for 2013 above and then click below to watch a second video that goes along with this brilliant TV commercial. More »

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Congrats! Kelly Rowland Got Engaged . . . On Skype

"He put a ring on it!"

Congratulations are in order for Ms. Kelly Rowland because she *just* got herself engaged to be married to her manager Tim Witherspoon. What’s really novel about Kelly and Tim‘s engagement is how he popped the question to her. In an interview on The Queen Latifah Show, set to air tomorrow, Kelly reveals that homie asked for her hand in marriage by way of a Skype video call. Yes, folks, these two are really living in the modern age. Click below to watch a preview of Kelly‘s appearance on The Queen Latifah Show tomorrow and get your first look at Kelly‘s new engagement bling. More »

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Whoa! China Just Landed A Space Probe On The Moon

China is now the 3rd Country to Land on the Moon

Back in 1976 the Soviet Union landed a space probe on the Moon after the US landed a manned spacecraft on the Moon in 1969 after the Soviets landed the first human made object on the moon in 1959. There have been no missions to the Moon since 1976 … until now. China is reporting that they successfully landed their unmanned Chang’e-3 Probe on the surface of the Moon as a sign to the world of the country’s growing scientific strength. Images of the probe’s landing were broadcast on Chinese networks, which can be seen below. China has become only the third country to reach the Moon’s surface and the first to do so in 37 years. Wow. More »

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To Glass Or Not To Glass

The TV Guide

Last month we saw photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence rocking a pair of Google Glass in San Francisco, CA on the day that she revealed that she chopped off all of her hair. This week, I was invited by Google to purchase a pair of Google Glass personally and … I’m having a hard time deciding if I should pony up the bucks for the new tech. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Google Glass, it’s a device you wear like glasses that act as a portable computer of sorts on your face. You can see a functional screen and can use the device to take photos. For the most part, most of the people I’ve asked about Glass have told me YES, buy them! Others have suggested I not. I’m hoping some of y’all have opinions that you’d like to share with me. More »

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Turntable.fm Is Dunzo!

Peace the Spork Out

And so … the end of an era has come and gone. Last night at 10 PM ET, the music site turntable.fm shut down completely for good. Some of you might remember that I spent quite a LOT of time playing around on Turntable a couple of years ago when the site had newly launched. Occasional usage turned into bona fide obsession as I would spend hours on the site for weeks on end playing music as a virtual DJ (I even lived a short time as Deadmau5) with friends and strangers who would eventually become friends themselves. For various reasons, I didn’t spend much time on the site in the past year or so but I would pop in from time to time to say hello to my online friends who hung out there daily. I learned a few days ago that Turntable was shutting down for good and, well, I had to go back to play a couple of songs and say my goodbyes before the site went away forever. More »

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Amazon Plans To Deliver Packages Via Unmanned Aerial Drones

Amazon Prime Air is Coming
Yes, this is really gonna happen

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos made an appearance on 60 Minutes last night to introduce the world to his company’s plan to start delivering packages to customers by way of unmanned aerial delivery drones. This new service is still about “4 to 5 years away” but the technology looks promising … as well as mildly disconcerting. In the near future, orders placed from Amazon.com will be delivered to your door in approximately 30 minutes by way of these little flying drones. The future is now. Click the embed above to watch the promo video that Amazon has released today and then click below to read more about this amazing service. More »

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The 2014 Winter Olympic Games Torch Flies Into Space

The Torch Relay will Involve a Space Walk

Despite the horrible anti-gay laws that exist in Russia right now, I am trying to keep an open mind about the 2014 Winter Olympic Games that will be held in Sochi next February. I tend to get all excited about the Olympic Games when they roll around every two years but this time, I can’t say I’ve been too thrilled with the idea of the Olympic Games being hosted by a homophobic nation. News today that the Olympic Torch was flown into space and delivered to the International Space Station is just too cool to ignore tho. Altho the Olympic Torch has flown into space twice before (in 1996 and 2000), this is the first time it will leave its space shuttle. The torch will remain in space for 5 days and will be taken on a space walk on Saturday! Wow. More »

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