US music industry soars as streaming hits 30 million

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The US music industry on Wednesday reported soaring growth in the first half of the year as streaming subscriptions reached 30 million and long-sagging CD sales leveled out.The boom in streaming – which allows unlimited, on-demand listening online – has revived the music business in recent years but the latest figures were especially strong.Sales in the world's largest music market rose 14.6 percent to $2.7 billion in the first six months, well outpacing the 8.1 percent growth a year ...

Twitter closes over 300,000 accounts promoting terrorism

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Twitter has shut down nearly 300,000 accounts which promote terrorism in the first half of this year. Less than one percent of the accounts were closed down following government requests, according to the company, while 95% of the accounts were shut as per Twitter’s censorship policy in combating extremist content. The measure comes in alliance with Twitter's internal monitoring regulations, which allow for the deletion of accounts on its social networking site if it promotes terrorism. ...

Apple unveils iPhone X in major product launch

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Apple Inc on Tuesday rolled out its much-anticipated iPhone X, a redesigned product of glass and stainless steel with an edge-to-edge display that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook called "the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone." The phone features wireless charging, an infrared camera and special hardware for facial recognition, which will replace the fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone. The home button found on previous iPhones is also gone, and users will instead ...

Retro Nintendo gaming system returning to shelves next year

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Nintendo says the retro version of one of its iconic video game platforms will return to store shelves next year.The company says its Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition will return next summer. The 8-bit system went on sale for the holidays last year. The Classic Edition includes 30 games like “Super Mario Bros.” and “The Legend of Zelda.”Washington-based Nintendo said Tuesday that high demand has prompted the company to extend shipping of its upcoming retro ...

Green-eyed girl selling figs becomes ‘face of Kurdish region’s poor children’

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Photos of a green-eyed little girl selling figs in the Barzani area of Iraq’s Kurdish region has been spreading online, capturing everyone who sees it. “Syria or Zyria” (as per the Kurdish words) is the name of the little Iraqi Kurdish girl, who’s green eyes have captivated both the beauty of poverty and suffering, according to many online. Her story began a few days ago when Saman Misori, 22, who lives in Erbil visited his village in northern Iraq. Misori said he could ...

Photo of Syrian man taken shortly before his death captures horrors of war

Sunday, 10 September 2017

At first glance, the image looks like a Greek sculpture of a historical figure or an oil painting, however it’s actually a recent photo of a Syrian man from the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. The man was identified as Obeid al-Kaaka Jay. He passed away shortly after this photo, which speaks volumes of the terror and horrors Syria is witnessing, was taken.  

Apple embarks on Emmy quest with big bet on video streaming

Friday, 8 September 2017

Television is one of the few screens that has Apple hasn’t conquered, but that may soon change. The world’s richest company is appears ready to aim for its own Emmy-worthy programming along the lines of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”Apple lured away two longtime TV executives Jaime Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg from Sony Corp. in June and has given them $1 billion to spend on original shows during the next year, according to ...

Social networks extend gains as news sources in US: survey

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Social networks have made more gains as news sources for Americans in 2017, according to a study released on Thursday suggesting more woes for traditional news organizations. The Pew Research Center report showed 67 percent of US adults are getting at least some of their news on social media, with 20 percent doing so often. That represents a modest increase from early 2016, when 62 percent of Americans reported getting news on social media. But the rise also pointed to the steady growth in the ...

Syrian woman broadcasts suicide on Facebook

Thursday, 7 September 2017

A Syrian woman who broadcasted her apparent suicide live on Facebook on Tuesday has shocked the social media community. The woman, Razan, who works with a relief organization in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, appeared on Facebook Live on Tuesday evening atop her four storey building before she jumped. The 40-minute suicide video recorded the last moments of her life showing the woman, according to one of her friends, throwing herself from the roof of the building. Police cars and ambulance ...

The affectionate Hajj image that warmed the hearts of millions

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

A Saudi photographer did not imagine how popular one of his images would get when he took an eagle-eye snap in Makkah, near the Holy Kaaba. The image, captured spontaneously by Raeid Allehyani, shows a woman standing by her husband as he prays, casting a shadow over him to protect him from the sun. It was taken on the Day of Arafat during this year’s Hajj season, which came to an end earlier this week. PHOTO GALLERY: Best moments of Hajj 2017 Allehyani says he was watching the scene from ...

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