Songkick Concert Technology Tool To Shutter Operations

first_img Songkick: Concert Technology Tool To Shutter Operations Why Is Songkick Shuttering Operations? songkick-concert-technology-tool-shutter-operations Ticket-selling platform to fold at the end of October 2017Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 16, 2017 – 9:39 am Songkick, the British-based company that allows fans to track their favorite artists and purchase concert tickets in a direct, will cease operation by the end of October 2017, according to a Variety report.Recently, Songkick has been engaged in a legal battle with Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation, over allegations of antitrust violations and anticompetitive behavior. Though the company will no longer be in business, the litigation will continue. “I’m sad to write that on October 31, Songkick will bow to pressure from Live Nation and Ticketmaster and complete the shutdown of all ticketing operations (including the design and maintenance of artist web pages) we began earlier this year when Ticketmaster and Live Nation effectively blocked our US ticketing business,” founder/CEO Matt Jones wrote in a letter to the company’s clients. “Our antitrust, trade secret misappropriation and hacking lawsuit against Live Nation and Ticketmaster will continue unabated.”Founded in 2007, the company made its mark by selling tickets directly to fans via artist websites and fan clubs. According to its website, more than 15 million music fans worldwide use Songkick. Some of the many artists who have used Songkick’s ticketing infrastructure include Adele, Paul McCartney, Metallica, and Mumford & Sons. Nielsen: Radio Reaches 98 Percent Hispanic Listeners WeeklyRead more Twitter Email Facebook News last_img read more

A thin and light gaming laptop MSIs Titan says no

first_imgThere’s a full Nvidia RTX 2080 in there somewhere. Daniel Van Boom/CNET Thanks to Nvidia’s Max-Q design graphics cards, gaming laptops have become much thinner and lighter in recent years. But “thin and light” is the opposite of how you’d describe MSI’s latest beast.Unveiled at Computex 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan, the MSI GT76 Titan sacrifices portability for power.It’s a 17.3-inch laptop that can be configured with an Intel Core i9-9900K processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 (no Max-Q design, which means it’s more powerful) and up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM. I have no clue what you’d do with all that RAM, but hey, it’s there. It comes in both a 144Hz, Full-HD 1,920x-1,080-pixel display variant and another with a 4K 3,840×2,160-pixel display.Laptops with a RTX 2080 are rare, and MSI says it had to improve its cooling mechanism by 2.25 times just to accommodate all that power. We don’t have a full spec list yet, so don’t know exactly how heavy it is, but based on what I saw on the show floor, this isn’t a laptop you’ll want to take to work.img-20190528-174454The Titan is thicc.  Daniel Van Boom/CNET But as we saw with the Alienware Area 51-m, there’s something charming about a laptop that’s determined to be as powerful as possible, no matter what sacrifices it needs to make. MSI brought another new laptop to Computex, but this one wasn’t quite as gargantuan. The GE65 Raider is a 15.6-inch gaming machine whose spotlight feature is a 240Hz 1,920×1,080-pixel display. It can also be configured with a Core i9 CPU, but its GPU limit is “only” an RTX 2070 (no Max-Q either.) That’ll be more than powerful enough to breeze through most AAA games. And if 128GB of RAM feels excessive, which it is, you can cram in a slightly-less-excessive 64GB of RAM. May 29 • The outrageous computer cases of Computex 2019 Alienware Area-51m promises power and upgrades 1:53 Computex 2019 Share your voice • Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: 0center_img reading • A thin and light gaming laptop? MSI’s Titan says no May 30 • Alienware redesigns its thin gaming laptops and offers OLED Tags May 30 • Computex 2019: Every announcement you need to know See All Laptops Gaming Computex 2019 May 29 • The laptops of tomorrow will make us even more productive — and it’s terrifyinglast_img read more

McCain torpedoes Republican effort to repeal Obamacare

first_imgArizona Senator John McCain says he opposes the latest Republican effort to repeal Obamacare. Photo: AFPUS Senator John McCain Friday announced his opposition to the latest Republican attempt to replace Barack Obama’s signature health care law, likely dooming the repeal effort.It is the second time in two months that he has defied his party and president Donald Trump over efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare,” which has long been in Republicans’ sights.“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” McCain said of the bill proposed by fellow Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy.“I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried,” the senator said in a statement.In July, McCain made a dramatic return to Washington from Arizona after a brain cancer diagnosis to become one of three Republican senators who helped sink their party’s earlier bid to replace Obamacare.Now, rebels within the party ranks appear set to torpedo what may be the party’s last chance to make good on a longstanding Republican goal, and a signature pledge of the president.With both McCain and the conservative Rand Paul opposed, it would take just one more Republican defector to prevent the bill’s passage before a deadline of 30 September, the end of the fiscal year. At least two party moderates-Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski-are known to have serious reservations.The bill’s collapse would be yet another blow to the president and the Republican leadership, who have been unable to move forward on repealing Obamacare despite controlling Congress and the White House.In coming out against the latest bill, McCain criticized the fact that it had bypassed regular Senate order, and noted that it would not be fully reviewed by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) before the end of the month.The senator said he could not “support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it.”Trump targets defectors -The bill’s supporters might be eager to avoid a CBO score. In July, the non-partisan body projected that the ranks of the uninsured would grow by 23 million Americans, and premiums would rise 20 per cent annually, over the next decade if the previous Obamacare repeal bill became law.The White House scrambled earlier this week to win over Republicans skeptical of Graham-Cassidy, with Trump himself phoning lawmakers and state governors seeking to tilt the scales in favor of the bill.And Trump made his position on Republican defectors clear on Friday, writing on Twitter that those who vote against Graham-Cassidy “will forever…. be known as ‘the Republican who saved Obamacare.’”While Republicans have pledged to repeal the Obama-era health care reforms, they have struggled to secure enough support to do so amid fears that proposed alternatives would dramatically increase the number of Americans without health insurance.The American Medical Association has issued scathing criticism of the latest repeal effort, warning it “would result in millions of Americans losing their health insurance coverage, destabilize health insurance markets, and decrease access to affordable coverage and care.”McCain’s rejection of the latest Obamacare replacement bill is yet another slight against the current president, someone he has repeatedly challenged from within the ranks of the Republican Party.Trump, for his part, had mocked McCain’s war hero status as a former prisoner of war in Vietnam as he ran for president, declaring: “I like people who weren’t captured.”last_img read more