iCloud Just Hot Air?
iCloud music service, iTunes in the Cloud, will let users do more with their iTunes digital music than they have been able to do before. Why not streaming? Here's the backstory.
What's the Latest Development?
iCloud music service, iTunes in the Cloud, will let users do more with their iTunes digital music than ever before—synching and accessing it across devices, uploading all their music (not just tracks bought from iTunes) quickly through a digital matching service, and making it all work wirelessly anywhere. But one thing that users will not be able to do—yet—is to stream that iTunes music. It appears that the primary aim is storage: music will be stored locally rather than delivered from a remote location.
What's the Big Idea?
This means Apple won't be competing directly against the likes of Rhapsody, Rdio, Thumbplay and Spotify. But it could also spell bad news for these same companies: many of the streaming companies have so far failed to attain a critical mass of subscribers. "Part of the backstory, as told by bloggers citing sources close to negotiations, was that Apple had just about secured deals with all four major record labels to launch a streaming service. That no streaming service materialized today could have meant those streaming deals didn’t get secured after all. Or that Apple never intended for them to."
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The 21st century is experiencing an Asianization of politics, business, and culture.
- Our theories about the world, even about history or the geopolitics of the present, tend to be shaped by Anglo perspectives of the Western industrial democracies, particularly those in the United States and the United Kingdom.
- The West, however, is not united. Canada, for instance, acts in many ways that are not in line with American or British policies, particularly in regard to populism. Even if it were united, though, it would not represent most of the world's population.
- European ideas, such as parliamentary democracy and civil service, spread across the world in the 19th century. In the 20th century, American values such as entrepreneurialism went global. In the 21st century, however, what we're seeing now is an Asianization — an Asian confidence that they can determine their own political systems, their own models, and adapt to their own circumstances.
Research has shown that men today have less testosterone than they used to. What's happening?
- Several studies have confirmed that testosterone counts in men are lower than what they used to be just a few decades ago.
- While most men still have perfectly healthy testosterone levels, its reduction puts men at risk for many negative health outcomes.
- The cause of this drop in testosterone isn't entirely clear, but evidence suggests that it is a multifaceted result of modern, industrialized life.
Can sensitive coral reefs survive another human generation?
- Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to policies, the trend of them dying out, even in light of recent advances, will continue.
- The World Wildlife Fund says that 60 percent of all vertebrate mammals have died since just 1970. On top of this, recent studies suggest that insect populations may have fallen by as much as 75 percent over the last few decades.
- If it were not for our oceans, the planet would probably be already several degrees warmer than it is today due to the emissions we've expelled into the atmosphere.
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