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Lockdown sees massive increase in Spotify subscribers

Lockdown sees massive increase in Spotify subscribers

Entertainment
The lockdown has changed our behaviour. We’re using our smartphones more, downloading more and streaming more. Two recent news stories show this. First, the fact that mobile game installs in India have now topped 7 billion in just 9 months and second, the massive increase in Spotify subscribers.Spotify paid subscribers have risen by a massive 27% to 144 million in the third quarter of 2020, according to data research by Comprar Acciones. In addition, Spotify saw active monthly users soar by 29% year-on-year to a massive 320 million. This meant that their revenue rose by 15% year-on-year to £1.59bn in Q3 of 2020. In addition, advertising revenue grew by 9% year-on-year and 41% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) to £164.99m.Despite the lockdown helping to boost the Spotify user numbers and re...
The mobile phones of the 1970’s

The mobile phones of the 1970’s

Cell Phones, Entertainment, Learning
The year is 1976 and, on BBC Kids TV show “Blue Peter”, they’re about to show something amazing. A phone with no cable that you could even take outside. There are absolutely no trailing cables of any kind; it’s not connected to anything at all because it’s got its own built-in transmitter and receiver. https://www.coolsmartphone.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/10000000_682435252676261_4139164185578674730_n.mp4 Something a little similar, and slightly better looking, was actually on display a full six years before this though, when Raymond Baxter showed off this portable phone on Tomorrow’s World. This one was designed to operate in an expo in Japan, connecting via short-wave radio. You could call anyone, including your girlfriend or, for a “more intelligent conversation”, you could talk to ...
Google Play downloads hit 28.3bn during lockdown

Google Play downloads hit 28.3bn during lockdown

Entertainment, Learning, Technology
It’s always hard to get an exact figure for app and game downloads, but 2020 has definitely got researchers looking into those install counts. Millions across the world are spending more time indoors, online and on their smartphone amid the coronavirus lockdown. It’s meant, according to most research companies, a continued trend in the number of app downloads to mobile phones.Now, according to data gathered by SBS, there’s been a new record in the number of downloads among Android users during the third quarter of 2020. Some 28.3bn downloads of apps and games – three times higher than than App Store – have been monitored. That’s a 31% jump year-on-year and compares to just 16.7bn downloads in 2017.This year has seen a record number of downloads in both the Google Play and Apple App S...
Best Smart Speakers with Alexa

Best Smart Speakers with Alexa

Entertainment, Technology
From cars to TVs, Alexa is being integrated into more devices. And this includes standalone smart speakers that are not part of the Echo product line. So we went in search of the best smart speakers with Alexa enabled.As Alexa becomes part of more ecosystems, it means you will be able to do more than control your smart home/devices. Taking appointments, dictating and reading emails, providing rich voice experiences to your employees and integrating apps are all options.Whether you are using Alexa for your home or business, the smart speakers on this list will ensure you get the best sound. Best Smart Speakers with AlexaTop Pick: Sonos One (Gen 2) Runner Up: Bose Home Speaker 500 Best Value: Ultimate Ears MEGABLASTSonos One (Gen 2)Top Pick: You can connect this speaker to y...
Want to Innovate? Write a Song

Want to Innovate? Write a Song

Entertainment, Learning
The Reason For The Rhymes It’s one thing to say “be innovative” and something completely different to BE innovative. Most of us need a little help along the innovation journey and this new book, The Reason For The Rhymes: Mastering the Seven Essential Skills of Innovation by Learning to Write Songs by Cliff Goldmacher provides a fun and inspiring guide to bringing more innovation to your business.Who is Cliff Goldmacher? Like most songwriters, Cliff Goldmacher isn’t exactly a household name, but you’ve probably heard his work more often than you realize.  His songs have been recorded by Grammy Winning and platinum-selling artists in genres ranging from blues, country, pop, and jass to classical crossover.  Cliff’s collaborators include Keb’Mo, Ke$ha, Mickey Hart (Th...
What if TikTok USA isn’t sold?

What if TikTok USA isn’t sold?

Breaking News, Entertainment
Like Huawei and Honor, Chinese video-sharing app TikTok is suffering the wrath of US President Donald Trump.With an impending ban in the USA, TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer has decided to quit the company – a mere two months into the job. He’d recently moved from Disney to give the app a more American feel and hopefully smooth the tensions between the Trump administration and the Chinese owners.Mr Mayer told employees that.. In recent weeks, as the political environment has sharply changed, I have done significant reflection on what the corporate structural changes will require, and what it means for the global role I signed up for. President Trump sees the Chinese-owned TikTok as a national security threat and wants the US operation sold to a US company. Oracle is still in talks to buy the ...
59% of Americans Order from Local Restaurants Exclusively During Pandemic

59% of Americans Order from Local Restaurants Exclusively During Pandemic

Business, Entertainment, Learning
Many Americans remain hesitant about dining in during COVID-19 and are turning to takeout, even as lockdown restrictions ease and restaurants welcome customers back, said a recent report. The good news for small businesses is that most are ordering from local restaurants instead of large chains.Bid-on Equipment, an online marketplace for industrial equipment, surveyed 2,000 Americans about their experiences with takeout restaurant orders during COVID-19. Bid On Equipment Local Restaurant Survey A report based on the survey and extensive analysis on Google for words like “takeout” and “takeout near me,” revealed that only one in three people has dined inside since restaurants reopened. Nearly half (43%) feel unsafe dining inside, and 65% are spending more than ever on takeout.Signific...
VOXI adds unlimited video plans

VOXI adds unlimited video plans

Cell Phones, Entertainment, Technology
I’m actually pretty impressed with the Vodafone-supported VOXI network. They offer flexible plans, phone contracts and you can get 12GB of data for just £10 per month right now. Oh, and not only that but they also make your social media usage completely data-free. Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat – use it and you won’t impact your data allowance.Today they’ve added “Endless Video” plans which give new and existing customers unlimited data to stream Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, My5, TVPlayer and UKTV Play. Stream as much as you want and it won’t touch your data.Every VOXI plan is flexible and contract-free, with 5G for no extra cost.You can get the 15GB plan for just £15 a month which includes the Endless Social Media and Endless Video too. There’s also u...
How a Baseball Player Comes Back from Failure

How a Baseball Player Comes Back from Failure

Entertainment
We all deal with disappointments in our lives especially during this pandemic. But how does a baseball player come back from a devastating off the field injury to become one of the most powerful sports agents in the country?On the Small Business Radio Show this week, Nez Balelo fell down a four-story elevator shaft under construction. He came back to play the game again and is now a Major League Baseball agent representing such players as Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels and Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers. He is on Forbes’ “Most Powerful Sports Agents in the World” list. Interview with Sports Agent Nez Balelo Nez’s family immigrated from Portugal and he grew up in the fishing industry in southern California. Baseball came easy to him but when he had the acci...