Amid Pandemic, Orders Soar for Brazil Robot That Feeds Pigs Playing Classical Music | Technology News

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Orders for a Brazilian pig-feeding robot, which plays classical music while dispensing meals, soared this year as farmers strove to cut costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roboagro, the privately-owned company that sells the robot, said in a statement sent to Reuters on Thursday that orders rose by an average of 400% to 60 units per month.

The machine uses linear feeders allowing the animals, which are divided in pens, to receive the exact amount of feed needed for each meal. As it works, it plays classical music, which the company claims mitigates animal stress.

Roboagro Director Giovani Molin said in the statement the robot reduces the presence of humans on the pig farms, and generates data that helps improve overall herd management.

Feed accounts for up to 75% of pig production costs, and every cent counts amid a steep rise in grain prices due to heated

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DJ Mag’s Number One Performer David Guetta Shapes Future Of Electronic Dance Music

The music industry continues to innovate livestream experiences to be more engaging, and even profitable, while in-person gatherings remain on pause during the pandemic. Tomorrowland Around The World music festival held this past summer was one successful event that coupled ultramodern video and entertainment technologies with an artist lineup featuring Katy Perry and Steve Aoki to attract more than 1 million fans. 

Now the music festival is preparing to unveil its second new, virtual concept on New Year’s Eve called Tomorrowland 31.12.2020. The holiday happening will feature a variety of top names in music, including Armin van Buuren, Diplo, Major Lazer, Snoop Dogg (DJ Snoopadelic), Tiësto and David Guetta, who this month was named number one on DJ Mag’s

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Shazam Promotion Offers Users Up to Five Free Months of Apple Music

Apple is offering up to a five-month free trial of Apple Music to new users of the streaming service, with the promotion appearing in the company’s Shazam music identification app.

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Apple usually offers up to a three-month free trial of Apple Music to users who haven’t subscribed to the service before, so this latest promotion represents one of its best deals yet.

To access the promotion, download the Shazam app on your iPhone or iPad, then identify a song that’s playing in your environment by tapping the big Shazam icon in the app. After recognizing the song, you should see the option to play the track in Apple Music.

Tap the option and you should see the five-month free trial offer of Apple Music appear. Some users have also had success activating the promotion by opening Shazam’s options screen and tapping the Apple Music banner.

According to Shazam’s App Store

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Could your vacuum be listening to you? Researchers hacked a robotic vacuum cleaner to record speech and music remotely — ScienceDaily

A team of researchers demonstrated that popular robotic household vacuum cleaners can be remotely hacked to act as microphones.

The researchers — including Nirupam Roy, an assistant professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Computer Science — collected information from the laser-based navigation system in a popular vacuum robot and applied signal processing and deep learning techniques to recover speech and identify television programs playing in the same room as the device.

The research demonstrates the potential for any device that uses light detection and ranging (Lidar) technology to be manipulated for collecting sound, despite not having a microphone. This work, which is a collaboration with assistant professor Jun Han at the University of Singapore was presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys 2020) on November 18, 2020.

“We welcome these devices into our homes, and we don’t think anything about it,”

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Global Streaming Giants Blow Dust Off Mideast Music Business

The Arab music industry — plagued by rampant piracy, free YouTube clips and dated channels — is the new target for global streaming giants intent on bringing the outmoded business into the digital era.

After their successes in Europe and the Americas, online platforms are looking to invest in emerging markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and capture their large populations of hyper-connected youth.

In a region plagued by political turmoil and economic crises, streaming giant Spotify is hoping to blow the dust off a Mideast business that has failed to keep up in a world of paid-for digital content.

“We arrived with a fully Arabic service, localised playlists and a local team,” Claudius Boller, Spotify’s Middle East and Africa managing director, told AFP.

“We are only just getting started.”

Global streaming revenues grew by 22.9 percent to $11.4 billion in 2019, accounting for more than half

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The Ultimate All-In-One Turntable Music System

Looking for a way to enjoy your record collection, but facing space constraints that make a traditional turntable + component stereo system impractical? Want your vinyl to sound better than a turntable connected to a wireless speaker, but unwilling to spend hours setting up and perfectly positioning a stereo and speakers? I just wrapped up my evaluation of the Model One from Andover Audio. This is a premium all-in-one audio system that’s worth every penny of its $1,999 price tag. 

Setup and Appearance

The Model One was even easier to set up than I had expected. The turntable and cartridge arrive pre-installed. The remaining steps are straightforward, thanks to the included instructions which are clear and concise. The turntable belt and platter are installed, the counterweight added, the tonearm balanced, and the anti-skate weight

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New device puts music in your head

LONDON (AP) — Imagine a world where you move around in your own personal sound bubble. You listen to your favorite tunes, play loud computer games, watch a movie or get navigation directions in your car — all without disturbing those around you.

That’s the possibility presented by “sound beaming,” a new futuristic audio technology from Noveto Systems, an Israeli company. On Friday it will debut a desktop device that beams sound directly to a listener without the need for headphones.

The company provided The Associated Press with an exclusive demo of the desktop prototype of its SoundBeamer 1.0 before its launch Friday.


The listening sensation is straight out of a sci-fi movie. The 3-D sound is so close it feels like it’s inside your ears while also in front, above and behind them.

Noveto expects the device will have plenty of practical uses, from allowing office workers to listen

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Travis Frontman Fran Healy On New Album ‘10 Songs,’ Working With Bangle Susanna Hoffs And Animating His Own Music Video

Over the course of about 25 years, Scottish alternative rock act Travis has sold millions of albums worldwide with nary a lineup change.

While the ten tracks that make up the group’s latest studio album were written prior to pandemic, the onset of COVID-19 nevertheless impacted proceedings in the run up to release.

The last vocal on the new album 10 Songs, now available via BMG, was recorded on March 13, as America began to more seriously approach the idea of quarantine, and the quartet utilized technology like FaceTime to complete the process of mixing and mastering their record. 

Early shelter-in-place also impacted the group’s ability to make videos and properly promote their

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The music industry has taken another step toward a legal fight with Twitch





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Amazon received a “blistering” letter last Thursday about copyright infringement and Twitch’s nonexistent licensing deals with major music rights holders, Variety reports. The letter was signed by organizations including the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Recording Academy, the National Music Publishers Association, the American Association of Independent Music, SAG-AFTRA, and more.

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The document accuses Twitch of allowing streamers to play copyrighted music without getting the proper licensing to do so. (Music copyright is a thorny, complicated subject; if you want to play music to audiovisual content, you need at least two different licenses to do it legally: a synchronization license and a mechanical license.) “Twitch appears to do nothing in response to the thousands of notices of music infringement that it has received nor does it currently even acknowledge that it received them, as it has done in

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Infinity Festival Enters Partnership With Capitol Music Group’s ‘Capitol Royale’ Event …




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INFINITY FESTIVAL HOLLYWOOD kicks off year three celebrating “Story Enabled By Technology,” with a virtual event to be held on a new proprietary platform developed by live-event management company FNTECH. Each WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, running WEDNESDAY (10/28) through JANUARY 7, 2021, the festival (IF), will include innovative programming, bringing together creators, directors, producers and writers, as well as senior executives and technologists from HOLLYWOOD and SILICON VALLEY. Everything will be streamed free of charge. View the official IF trailer here.

IF has transitioned its programming to be exclusively online for 2020 and announced a partnership with CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP’s tech event “CAPITOL ROYALE.” MICROSOFT AZURE MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT Chief Technology Officer, HANNO BASSE, serves as Chairman, while TELEVISION ACADEMY BOARD OF GOVERNORS member and STORYTECH CEO, LORI H. SCHWARTZ, oversees programming as the festival’s Chief Curator. ADAM NEWMAN, previous IF FINE

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