What do you do when you don’t know what you want to read, watch, listen to or do next? What do you do if you don’t know what to search for? Or can’t describe clearly what you’d be interested in next?

There are so many great choices available in the digital realm, and new stuff is pouring in every second. Many times we feel helpless in front of such an abundance of endless possibilities.

Nevertheless, so far no one has created a solution that would automatically bring all the interesting options to your fingertips without you asking for it. A universal personalized Discovery solution doesn’t exist yet. Why?

Article complet à techcrunch.com

The movie-watching experience is changing, finds the movie marketing experts at Tremor Video. After gathering data from its PlayBack panel, the online video advertising company notes that people are seeing fewer movies in theaters but many more movies at home. The results hold up for adults of any age, with the average adult now watching 1.4 movies in a theater each month, but 5.7 movies at home.

While price and convenience are pushing people to watch more movies at home, consumers are watching more movies than ever. For example, 39 percent of millennials say they now watch fewer movies in theaters and 50 percent say they now watch more movies at home than they did 5 years ago.

Online video plays a role in driving that movie viewing. Tremor finds that online video advertising is the third most-common way for adults to learn about new movies (at 34 percent), following TV commercials (77 percent) and word-of-mouth (54 percent).

Article complet à www.onlinevideo.net

La musique de demain sera sociale ou ne sera pas. C’est la conviction d’entrepreneurs français, qui préfèrent le partage aux robots du streaming pour relancer l’industrie.

Ils monopolisent les rayons des magasins, les salles de concert voire les affiches des festivals, jusqu’à ne plus laisser le moindre espace aux petits nouveaux. Les artistes à succès écrasent de tout leur poids commercial l’industrie musicale, mais c’est sans compter sur la volonté d’entrepreneurs français, bien décidés à bousculer le marché.


Leur idée ? Libérer les mélomanes de l’emprise des algorithmes des plateformes d’écoute en ligne, qui choisissent pour eux les artistes ou morceaux susceptibles de leur plaire. Leur solution ? La curation sociale, c’est-à-dire laisser les passionnés se conseiller entre eux leurs futurs coups de cœur musicaux.

Raviver la flamme des adeptes du streaming et leur redonner le goût de l’inconnu, c’est notamment l’ambition de l’application française The Best Song. Son pari : reprendre le modèle des applications de rencontres.

Complete article at www.journaldunet.com


With a full-time job and two young children, these days I don’t have much time to seek out new artists. But discovering new music remains a very powerful experience. Streaming services know this, and since most have very similar pricing and catalogs, curation has emerged as one of the most important areas of differentiation between them. With millions of tracks available to a subscriber of Spotify, Rdio, or any other major service — more than you could finish in a lifetime — the battleground is shifting from access to curation.

Every major streaming service touts its ability to learn your taste and recommend the right song at the right time. And they all use a mix of human curators and computer algorithms to target their suggestions. But increasingly, there is a divide in the industry over which half of that equation should lead and which half should follow.

Article complet à theverge.com

For Netflix viewers who have trouble browsing through the streaming service, developer Cyris finally brought a viable solution to the table: Netflix Super Browse, a browser extension that works on both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Netflix has a massive library that consists of thousands of TV shows and movies, where they are all categorized into thousands of micro-genres. Because of that setup, it would sometimes take ages to find new and appealing content.

A workaround method to unlock these so-called hidden genres has emerged, though. Subscribers can play with the end number of the Netflix URL (e.g.,www.netflix.com/browse/genre/1234) and land on various sections of the streaming service to discover and find content. As everyone can imagine, that’s not exactly the most efficient method.

Complete article at techtimes.com

The next time you walk into a Starbucks, listen carefully. The music you hear may not depart too radically from the usual Starbucks vibe, but it will be noteworthy nonetheless. That sound you hear? It’s the death knell of the compact disc, making way for the on-demand, streaming-centric future of music.

Today, Starbucks is launching its previously announced in-store integration with Spotify. Under the new partnership, over 7,500 Starbucks stores in the U.S. will stream playlists hand-built by Starbucks’s music curation team. For customers, the sonic experience of stepping into a Starbucks will get more interactive.

Here’s how it works: Say you’re standing in line for your morning latte, wondering if the barista spelled your name right. Overhead, you hear a familiar-sounding song, but you can’t quite place it. In fact, the last song they played sounded like something you’d be into as well. Starting today, you can pull out your iPhone and, using the Starbucks app, discover what music has been playing. (The same app also serves as a rapid mobile payment option.)

Article complet à fastcompany.com

It’s easy to get stuck in a music rut. That go-to iTunes playlist or Pandora station will probably do the trick, but with so much great music out there, why settle for the same old favorites?

The infinite catalog of music, new and old, is a both a blessing and a curse. While music fans unfortunately have to accept that they will never be able to listen to every band, album or song, retreating to the comfort of your personal music library is no way to find your next favorite artist.

See also: 8 Ways to Discover Your New Favorite Band Online

Spotify’s latest curation features, Browse and Discover, are a push in the right direction, and Rdio integrates music discovery into its top-notch app with subtle recommendations from listeners in your network placed all over the player.

These streaming services’ social features aren’t the only ways to discover new music, but they tap into what’s key about successful music suggestions today: social curation.

If you are on the lookout for new tunes, try these seven websites and apps that are perfect for social music discovery.

Full article at mashable.com

If the last decade has taught us anything, it’s that ten years can be a very long time in technology. And one needn’t look any further than the music industry to see how technology has shifted and shaped the way we listen to, share and discover bands and artists.

As cool as MiniDisc players were back at the turn of the century, the advent of mp3 players and smartphones breathed new life into the music realm. You can now search, scrobble and randomize a concoction of music from your pocket thanks to the myriad of music-streaming apps out there – Spotify, Rdio, Google Play Music, Deezer, Xbox Music, Last.fm, Pandora, SoundCloud, TuneIn and more.

Each of these have their own unique selling points, but they’re all well-known and understood. Know what you’re looking for? No problem, do your thing. Don’t know what you’re looking for? No problem, let them do their thing. Streaming. Personalized. On-demand. Unlimited music at your disposal, 24-hours a day.

But what we’re looking to help surface here are the plethora of apps specifically designed to help you discover new music and, perhaps, meet like-minded people along the way. Ones that may have escaped your radar thus far.


Soundwave is a mobile-first app that lets you share what you’re listening to in real-time. Listen to a song on your device’s native music player, or through Spotify and Rdio, and it will be added to your profile, alongside the cover art.

Full article at thenextweb.com

January 7, 2016 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian – Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today unveiled a Code that will help Canadians make more informed choices about their television service providers and resolve disputes in a fair and effective manner.

During the Let’s Talk TV proceedings, many Canadians said that cable and satellite companies do not always provide adequate information about service packages and pricing. As a result, in March 2015, the CRTC published a draft Code that addressed the issues raised during Let’s Talk TV. The Code was designed to ensure consumers have access to as much information as possible regarding television service providers so they can make informed decisions.

The Code will result in a number of improvements for Canadians. Among them, television service providers will have to:

  • provide consumers with the information they need in a format that is easy to understand, including the list of channels or bundles they subscribe to
  • clearly set out the duration of promotional offers, the regular price once any discounts end, and any obligations placed on a consumer if they accept the offer, such as a minimum commitment period
  • provide customers with a timeframe and information on any potential charges regarding service calls for installations and repairs
  • ensure that prices set out in written agreements are clear and state whether they include taxes or other charges, and
  • give 30 days’ notice to consumers in the event of a change in price of channels, bundles of channels or rental equipment.

In addition, television service providers will have to offer Canadians with disabilities a 30-day trial period, which will enable them to decide whether the service meets their needs. Canadians with disabilities will also be able to request a copy of their agreements in an alternative format, which will have to be provided at no charge upon request.

During consultations, some television service providers resisted these new obligations and wanted adherence to the Code to be voluntary. To ensure that Canadians benefit from its protections, the CRTC has decided that the Code will become mandatory on September 1, 2017. This implementation time frame will give companies enough time to change their computer systems and processes. Once it is fully implemented, 95% of Canadians who subscribe to a television service provider will benefit from the Code.

There is, however, nothing preventing television service providers from adopting the Code before it comes into force. They are strongly encouraged to make the necessary adjustments to their respective processes so that Canadians may benefit from the Code as soon as possible.

The CRTC considered a number of ways to implement the Code and felt that an implementation by way of condition of license to be the best method. Television Service Providers will therefore be required to comply with the Code by way of condition of license. This condition of license will be imposed by their next licence renewal.

Quick Facts

  • Further to Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians on the future of their television system, the CRTC introduced significant changes that will foster a more dynamic marketplace.
  • During the Let’s Talk TV proceedings, the Commission heard from individual Canadians, television service providers, consumer and public interest groups, the Canadian Network Operators Consortium, the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunication Services and the Government of Québec, as well as from Canadians in an online forum.
  • The Television Service Provider Code also sets out new rules for the handling of customer requests to change programming options, service calls, service outages and disconnections.
  • The Television Service Provider Code will come into force through strict conditions of licence by September 1, 2017, once the CRTC has renewed the licences of cable and satellite companies, as well as those that provide Internet Protocol television services.
  • An independent ombudsman, the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services, will administer the Code once it is in effect and help Canadians resolve disputes with their service provider.
  • Prior to the Code coming in effect, Canadians should continue to resolve their disputes by contacting their television service provider at first; if they are unsuccessful, they should contact the CRTC.
  • Television service providers include cable, Internet Protocol television and national satellite direct-to-home service providers.


“The new Code of conduct will empower Canadian TV viewers as they navigate a dynamic marketplace. It will ensure that they receive information that is easy to understand and that they are notified of changes to their services. The Code will also will improve customer service and how complaints are handled in the future.

Canadians expect that their television service providers will implement the Code as soon as possible. Providers are strongly encouraged to take the necessary actions now, so that Canadians have the information to choose the provider that best meets their needs. Doing so may also prove to be a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC

The annual Consumer Electronics Show is the biggest consumer tech event of the year, and Samsung typically has the biggest presence among large CE companies at the show. CES 2016 continues Samsung’s trend of big spending and big announcements to kick off the New Year, and the company had a lot to show off during its press conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon.

Samsung used its press conference at CES to as a launch pad for a number of new products we’ll see roll out in the coming months, and the company has even more to show off at its booth on the show floor. In this post, we’ll cover the five coolest things Samsung unveiled at CES 2016.


There are several companies that can be listed among the top TV brands in the world but if you ask us, there’s only one that consistently releases TVs with higher-quality display panels than anyone else — and that’s Samsung. The company’s OLED HDTVs feature picture quality that is simply astounding and colors that are so vivid they jump off the screen.

In 2016, Samsung’s TVs will get even better.

Article complet au bgr.com