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Huayi's Chairman Joins Ranks Of China Movie Billionaires; Stock Climbs To Record (Update)

By Russell Flannery, Forbes Staff (Updates earlier post with details and today’s stock close)  Wang Zhongjun, the chairman of Shenzhen-listed film maker Huayi Brothers Media, has joined the ranks of China’s movie industry billionaires. Huayi’s shares have climbed by more than 160% in the past year amid rising prospects for home-grown entertainment industry content in China.  They gained 5.5% today at close at an all-time high of 42.2 yuan. Founded in Beijing in1994, Huayi produces films, television programs, music and other content.  Wang, who also goes by the English name Dennis, owns a 26% stake in Huayi that is worth more than $1 billion; his brother, Wang Zhonglei, whose English name is James, holds 8% of the company. Jack Ma, the chairman of Alibaba Group and one of China’s richest Internet entrepreneurs, owns 5% of Huayi. Huayi’s stock has soared after the company last month projected net profit in the first half of 2013 would as much as triple from $17 million a year earlier on good box-office income. Investors have also bid up its shares after the company said on July 24 it would acquire 50.9% of mobile game developer Yinhan Technology for the equivalent of $109.5 million. …read more

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The 14 best Windows Store music and movie apps

Microsoft may be stuffing gratis copies of Office into Windows RT slabs and small-screen Windows 8 tablets alike, but all the spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations in the world won’t change the fact that the modern UI was made for mobile devices—and mobile devices just beg to be used for media consumption.

Fortunately, although the Windows Store
still lags in many crucial app categories, it pretty much has entertainment down pat. Sure, it would be nice if more big-name music services called Windows 8 home, but these 14 stellar music and movie apps can keep you rocking out and tuned in long into the night—especially if you’re into streaming services.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

A New Android Owner's Guide to Gaming

Congrats on your sexy new Android-powered device!

Whether you’re an iOS veteran testing the Android waters with a Nexus 7 tablet or a non-techie that just ended up with a Samsung smartphone because that’s what the Verizon store recommended, you’ve now joined the ranks of hundreds of millions of other Android users.

You’ve probably already downloaded apps for Facebook and Twitter, something for music and photos, maybe a chat app… but let’s be honest. You’re going to spend a lot of time playing games on this thing.

This is where IGN comes in. With more than 100,000 Android games on the market, there’s undoubtedly a few for you, whether you just want to kill some time with a simple word game or own every console and have always thought all mobile games were just too casual.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Tech

Katy Perry: 'The Smurfs' Were Taboo in My House While I Was Growing Up

Katy Perry’s very strict Pentecostal upbringing meant that exposure to secular music and certain television shows, including “The Smurfs,” were banned from her house, the award-winning singer, who is the voice of Smurfette in the new “The Smurfs 2” movie, shared in an interview. …read more

Source: The Christian Post

21st Century Music-Making Maestro

By Karsten Strauss, Forbes Staff

Sleek, seemingly simple, musical and groundbreaking. That’s Keith McMillen’s world. The man has been walking the line between artist and inventor since 1979. With his new company, Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI), he’s looking to revolutionize the way people control their music through technology and his products seem to be attracting a following. Right now the company’s two best known products are its QuNeo – a touch-sensitive controller that allows players to makes beats, launch sound clips, remixes and generally control their electronically-stored sounds – and the QuNexus, a portable, pressure-sensitive keyboard that alters notes you play depending on how hard you strike the keys and whether you vibrate your fingers while playing a note. The company also has a Bluetooth enabled violin bow called K-Bow. “I’ve been building instruments for a while,” McMillen told me over the phone. “If you make something that allows expression in a natural way, an exciting way, provides feedback to the artist and gives an advantage, people will come to love these instruments.” People have come to love these instruments, he says, claiming that KMI is enjoying seven figure sales and growing between at least 250% per year since it began building products four years ago. The products were sold in 60 stores nationwide before Guitar Center picked them up. Now KMI products sell in 540. McMillen sold his last company, an internet audio signal processing company called Octiv, to Plantronics in 2005, took the money and played music for a couple of years on tour. That time on the road convinced him that the cumbersome instruments he and his band were dragging around from show to show needed to be smaller, lighter and more efficient—essentially upgraded and dragged into the future. He set about building those instruments, which led to his current venture, KMI, in 2007, and he’s since released ten products. “I hear sounds in my head and I have to figure out how to perform them and that’s driven me for the last 30 plus years in making new instruments,” he said. “If it’s a complicated project I‘ll start a company around it.” McMillen’s founded his first company, Zeta Music, in 1979 and created the first MIDI-capable electric violin, essentially heralding a new instrument market, as well as the first programmable mixer. He sold the company to Gibson in 1989 and stayed on with the music instrument firm, heading up one of its R&D labs called G-WIZ.  He went on to work with UC Berkeley’s CNMAT and created a new technology group focusing on audio networking, synthesizers and string instruments before taking a job as director of engineering at Harman Kardon. To fund its QuNexus project, the company raised $45,000 on Kickstarter this past winter, and, a year prior, had raised $166,000 on the crowdfunding platform to fund QuNeo. KMI raised $1.6 million in a series A this spring and could look to raise more in the future, though McMillen said he’s not seeking additional capital just yet. Follow me on Twitter …read more

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Chicago Uses Lollapalooza As A Magnet For Future Tech Entrepreneurs

By Ruth Blatt, Contributor

This weekend, hundreds of thousands of music fans will come to Chicago to attend the Lollapalooza Music Festival in Grant Park. About 100 of them will be students in Computer Science, Business, and Engineering from top universities such as MIT, Stanford, Harvard, and the University of Illinois. They will be participating in Think Chicago, a selective program designed to attract talent to Chicago’s growing tech entrepreneurship sector. …read more

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Take-Two Files New Bully Trademark

Take-Two has filed a new trademark for its open-world classic Bully (aka Canis Canem Edit) which covers “video game programs and software,” among other things.

The trademark application, sent on July 25th, will protect “computer and video game programs and software; downloadable digital materials, namely, wallpapers, screensavers, digital music files, and graphics, videos, films, multimedia files, live action programs, motion pictures, and animation in the field of video games and computer games.”

While this could just be Take-Two protecting its brand, it opens the door for speculation on a possible sequel to the original, which was developed by  Rockstar Vancouver (since disbanded) and first released on the PlayStation 2 back in 2006.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Video Games

Source: 'Chromecast Store' May Bundle Content From Streaming Partners Into One Package

By Matt Hickey, Contributor

It’s no secret that has been hiring media-types like crazy lately. It seems to be preparing to rapidly expand both its video and music businesses, as its been bringing on both technical and editorial talent. Its new piece of hardware, Chromecast, is a major key to this scheme, but what’s the glue holding it all together? …read more

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Meet the Star of Avicii's Latest Video: Denim & Supply

By Randy Miller

What happens when music and fashion collide? If Grammy-nominated Avicii and Denim & Supply’s “Wake Me Up” video is any indication, it’s a perfect harmony of style and sound. In the coproduced single (the first from the album True, which will be released on Sept. 17), the duo bring together the rustic strum of guitar with the equally earthy vibe of Ralph Lauren‘s Fall 2013 designs, most notably a navy military jacket that appears prominently throughout.

Of the innovative collaboration, David Lauren explained, “Ralph Lauren is always looking for ways to break new ground with innovative advertising . . . Avicii’s music, combined with Mark Seliger’s legendary experience shooting fashion and music icons, has allowed us to showcase the brand to our customers in an entirely new way.”

If you were as enamored with the video as we were – and the four minutes wasn’t nearly enough – wait until you see our exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the stylish shoot. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at fashionologie

Why it May Take Madison Square Garden 10 Years to Reclaim Title of World's Greatest Music Venue

By Jesse Lawrence, Contributor

Until 1957, Brooklyn and New York had one of the best rivalries in all of sports.  Principally driven by the Yankees and the Dodgers, the boroughs fought like brothers looking to impress their parent city. With the exception of 1955, the Yankees always won, and then in 1957, as if they’d had enough, the Dodgers moved west.  For two generations, the rivalry lay dormant until the Nets brought back professional sports to Brooklyn last year.  With last week’s release of Billboard magazines top grossing music venues for 2013, the rivalry has moved beyond the teams to the venues themselves. …read more

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Lenovo to open up consumer cloud service this quarter

Lenovo will open its Reach consumer cloud service beta to anyone who wants to sign up later this quarter in North America, which could boost the Chinese company’s hardware sales by tying that portfolio to the cloud service.

A date for when the service will come out of preview mode has yet to be decided, said Lenovo spokesman Doug Augustine, in an email response to questions about the company’s plans for Reach.

The cloud service, currently in closed beta to select testers, provides 5GB of remote storage. Users can store movie, music and other multimedia files, and share those across computers and mobile devices. Users can also log in to Facebook from Reach and store passwords for other commonly used websites such as Amazon.com, LinkedIn and online banking that they can access from the cloud service.

Lenovo first talked about building its own cloud service early last year. Since then, the company has built data centers around the world and also acquired Stoneware, a cloud company that provided technology for Lenovo’s cloud service for business customers. Lenovo said it would use some assets from Stoneware for its public cloud service.

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The state of the Windows Store: How useful are those 100,000 apps?

More than nine months into the great revamping known as Windows 8, a clear vision of its core is finally starting to emerge. The baked-in apps have been streamlined and Windows 8.1 looms, ready to polish the numerous rough edges found in the original release of the operating system. But Microsoft alone can’t improve what is truly the beating heart of Windows 8: The Windows Store.

Windows 8 revolves around the Windows Store. Every Live Tile that glimmers on the modern-style Start screen is the iconic representation of a Windows 8 app—and you can only snag Windows 8 apps in Microsoft’s own Windows Store. As the Windows Store goes, so goes the Windows 8 experience.

How, exactly, is the Windows Store doing? The obvious indicators are mixed. Windows RT devices can run only modern-style apps, not desktop apps, and they’re tanking hard. But app submissions picked up steam around the time of Microsoft’s Build conference, culminating in the shattering of the 100,000-app barrier in early July, and they’re still going (relatively) strong.

That’s a great milestone for Microsoft, but it’s still paltry compared to the approximately 1 million apps in Google Play and 900,000 apps in Apple’s App Store. So it’s a good time to take the pulse of the Windows Store again: Is 100,000 apps enough to keep a body happy? As I did last February, I spent days scouring the Windows Store and taking notes in five major categories: games, music apps, video apps, social apps, and a catch-all “other” category—to see how well Microsoft covered each. Here’s how they all measured up.

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