Google Teases Android M Through The Medium Of Song

No, this is not Google adding “Music Videos” to their Alphabet, but rather an eye-catching advert which teases the possible names for Google’s Android M which is in the pipeline. On a sidenote, been a while since my last tangent escapade, I can just imagine in 10 years time a school teacher will be referring to these collections of letters as “Alphabet sponsored by Google” while teaching a class.

The codenamed Android M has been in the Developer Preview stage since late May but as yet is without an official name. This has not changed but has been teased with a music video which has been uploaded to YouTube as of Friday the 14th August 2015. The jingle is catcher than any X factor Simon Cowell creation and was created and performed by Google employees Nat and Lo. The video was filmed in the Android garden at Google’s headquarters, Mountain View, CA. It’s like George Orwell has pitched these names, an Android Garden in Mountain View.

The video then suggests possible names which begin with M, from Muffin to M&M, dododo. This certainly fits in with Google’s record of naming Android after tasty treats, from Android 2.2 which was Froyo to Android 4.0 which became known as Ice Cream Sandwich. The video ends with a scene of a man spray painting the bottom half of an Android statue white instead of the usual Android green colour. This has led many to speculate of a possible name of Marshmallow, for the new OS.

Android M is likely to be released nearer October or November of this year, although this has yet to be confirmed by Alphabet/Google or whatever they are now. The video is below; perhaps the one after M will be named D, for Diabetes owning to all these surgery snack names.

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This Guy Plays the Skyrim Theme on 24 Wine Glasses… And a Water Jug!

Three years have passed since The Elder Scrolls Skyrim got released, but that will never stop fans from constantly finding uncommon ways of showing their love for the title. The latest involves a guy playing the title’s theme on 24 wine glasses and a water jug. The video can be viewed below.

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Paul McCartney Working With Bungie on ‘Destiny’ Theme

While many of you will be familiar with the ugly depute between Marty O’Donnell and Bungie, resulting in Marty leaving the Bungie team after many years loyal service and a history of some truly epic gaming musical scores. His work on Destiny so far has been incredible, with many early reviewers and gamers taking note of the stunning soundtrack that features within the game, but what a lot of people don’t know is that Marty had a little helping hand.

While is was kept largely quiet, Paul McCartney has been collaborating with Marty on the Destiny score, with the two working together on and off for the last for years.

Now the final fruit of this collaboration, as a final parting gift from the project, McCartney has written a “theme song” for the game, which he plans to release as a single after the game has launched. What content or lyrical aspects, singers or anything else this will contain remains to be seen, but it certainly sounds like it will be fairly unique.

The track is said to be fully-orchestrated, recorded at Abbey Road (where else) and the theme of the song is said to be “hope”. All ears towards September 9th when all will be revealed.

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Original RickRoll Video Blocked by YouTube

It appears that the popular video-sharing website, YouTube, has blocked access to a seven years old RickRoll video, preventing users from hearing the still-popular “Never Gonna Give You Up” line. The video itself was uploaded by user ‘cotter548’ and was simply titled “RickRoll’D” and had nearly 71 million views, having YouTube blocking it in several countries, including the US.

YouTube did not comment immediately on the reason for blocking the video, which takes us to another similar but brief incident in 2012. Astley himself did not comment on the service’s action as well, but given that he did not write the song himself, he is thought not to have anything to do with the video’s removal. RCA is said to have released the track, which was co-written by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman.

The track itself is said to have spent 23 weeks on the Hot 100 list back in 1987 and 1988, having it be the top song played during that period. The meme entitled ‘Rickrolling’ started to surface ten years later when Internet users started pranking their friends by sending a link of something that looked interesting and relevant, having it open to Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” shimmy.

It then quickly went viral and recipients over the years are stated to have included the Church of Scientology, the MTV Europe Music Awards, the new York Mets, MIT and various radio listeners. It is said that even the White House ‘roll’d’ a bored town hall attendee in 2011, having Astley himself popping out of an obnoxious float to Rickroll the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade in 2008.

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Guitar Hero Said to Have Made More Money for Aerosmith than Their Albums’ Sales

The popular American rock band, Aerosmith, also referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston” and “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”, have apparently sold over 150 million albums, estimating each band member’s fortune at over $100 million. However, the most interesting news is that from 2008 onwards, the majority of their profits have apparently rolled in from a video game.

In 2007, the band is said to have licensed 29 songs to Activision, the American video game publisher behind the popular and very successful franchise, Guitar Hero. In one year’s time, namely in June 2008, the Guitar Hero: Aerosmith title went on sale, having said to have brought over $25 million by selling almost 600,000 copies of the game in the first week and reaching an estimated 4 million copies sold to date. In comparison, the band’s 2004 album, Honkin’ on Bobo, sold about 160,000 copies and received only $2 million in the first week of sale.

This is just an example of one band’s profits coming largely from endorsements, cross-promotions, concerts and even video games in this case, compared to their album sales and digital downloads. It is said that last summer, 11 albums had sold 500,000 copies, having only 5 albums doing so well this year. Some musicians are also suggesting a strategy where they should “make high upfront investments in albums, and then set correspondingly high prices on them at retail.” However, given the album sale decline, the latter strategy would only make the decline in sales faster.

All in all, Aerosmith’s strategy might seem to make the most sense. We all live in an era where it’s more or less free to make digital copies of songs, having music itself not being scarce at all. The key appears not to be the artist’s music, but their brand, having bands earning more from it than from their albums.

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George R.R. Martin wants to kill YOU in the Game of Thrones

From what I hear, Game of Thrones is meant to be quite an invigorating series that is the brainchild of George R.R. Martin; personally though I couldn’t tell you a single thing about it at all as I’m not into these sort of programmes. Our resident gaming and TV series addict, Pete, however would be able to tell you tons of information on the subject – but lets brush around that for now.

As the series creator, Martin is certainly well-known around the world (I guess this may have something to do with this series?) and whilst he is regarded to be a cold-hearted writer, there is a softer side to this real-life character – especially when it comes to saving wolves and helping out his local population in Santa Fé.

So how goes a TV series and a persons charitable side come together? To give support to both of Martin’s close to heart charities, he has set up a campaign through Prizeo, where fans of the TV series – and everyone else for that matter – can send in their donations to help out the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and The Food Depot.

To spur his massive following into giving donations to both of these fantastic non-profit making organisations, backers can donate as little as $10 right up to a whopping $20,000 and based on the level that is donated, a number of rewards are on offer. Now unlike some charitable campaigns you won’t be seeing a cuddly toy or a picture sent out to you each week for the rest of the year; instead you will have to chance to own Martin’s own worn hat or even breakfast with him. Taking the opportunities up to another level, those who donate a little more could get tickets to the premier of Season 5 and a signed cookbook dedicated to the Game of Thrones.

Where the cream of the crop opportunity lies however is to those who donate that jaw dropping amount of $20,000, no you won’t see a hat or breakfast, nor will you get a book. What you will get is the chance to get yourself written into the next novel, “A Song of Ice and Fire”, where your fate will be met and you will die in a typically horrific manner. I hear this happens quite a lot – but hey donating large amounts of money to charity to help out those who are not so fortunate in life is worth dying for if you ask me – even if it is only in words.

Here is Martin’s message to the word:

Hi everyone,

It’s George R.R. Martin, and I’m here to raise money for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and The Food Depot of Santa Fé.

If you make a small donation to my campaign, you will automatically be entered to win an incredible experience. You and a friend will be flown out (from wherever you are in the world) to meet me in Santa Fé, where we’ll share a helicopter ride to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary.

In addition to touring the Sanctuary together, we’ll also have plenty of time to discuss the show, A Song of Ice and Fire, direwolves – and if there’s anything you have ever wanted to ask me, here’s your chance!

Thank you for supporting my campaign. I look forward to meeting one of you!

– George R.R. Martin

Even if you don’t pledge $20k or get the hat, breakfast, tickets or the cookbook, don’t worry as EVERYONE that pledges will be in with a change of winning a trip to Santa Fé, where you can hang out with a group of wolves which take their name from the novels – the Westeros Pack. That in itself is worth the pledge.

Even if you don’t get any of the above goodies, or the trip to see the wolves, what you will be able to take away from this campaign is the reassurance that you are supporting two very good causes and helping out those in need. If this still doesn’t persuade you, hear it from the man himself – George R.R. Martin:

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