If you’re an avid Spotify fan, you probably heard that, among the popular streaming service’s latest updates is a lyrics button, which brings users a pop-up window with a song’s lyrics scrolling at the bottom of the screen. But is this feature copyright infringing?Joseph Vangieri, the CEO of karaoke provider DigiTrax, thinks so, according to a report on Hypebot.Citing the sync licensing clause of U.S. copyright law, he says that Spotify (and its lyrical partner MusixMatch) should have to clear songs with their copyright owners in order for them to show a song’s lyrics scrolling as the song plays simultaneously.Sync licensing refers to adding a musical act’s group alongside an ‘audiovisual work.’ It’s primarily used when placing a song alongside a TV ad for a car or other consumer product. (Remember that Ecuador ad featuring “All You Need Is Love” ? It netted the Beatles well over a million dollars.)But this copyright … [Read more...] about Could Spotify’s new lyrics feature be Illegal in the US?
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As the owner of a Tesla Model X discovered last weekend, the company records every driver action. You can’t claim vehicle error when the data shows otherwise. And most newer cars have vehicle “black boxes” that, just as in aircraft, keep a record of vehicle activity. No other car companies today track data as extensively and stream it continuously via a dedicated wireless connection in the way that Tesla does with all its vehicles, but that’s about to change, according to a report in MIT Technology Review.The motivation for tracking driver actions as well as vehicle system status and performance involves more than just safety, although finding out why accidents happen is a major concern. Tesla uses its data to document autopilot features and to monitor how its cars perform for service tracking and for technology analysis and development. The California-based electric car company also has offered to share its accumulated data with the … [Read more...] about The Tesla effect: 90 percent of new cars may track your driving by 2020
It comes as no surprise that the advent of modern technology is affecting all the day-to-day activities of a human, even driving. Various types of technological innovations are striving to make driving easier and safer for individuals across the globe. But the catch here is that this technology is available in the latest models of cars out in the market. Due to this, the majority of the population which already owns cars is not able to utilize the features. In order to curb this problem, the Ford SmartLink has been announced today. This enables an individual to make the most of these connectivity features without the need to splurge on a new car.Usually, the range of connected cars offers an increasingly elaborate array of technology. The older models of cars are unable to offer such features. The car manufacturer Ford aims to find a solution to this problem and make the already existent cars almost as good as the new models. The Ford SmartLink device will add these connectivity … [Read more...] about Ford SmartLink Aims to Equip Old Cars with New Connectivity Features
Any time a new car company launches, it’s generally met with a healthy mix of skepticism and hopefulness. Leading up to the debut of burgeoning automaker Lynk & Co, I was definitely leaning toward the former, as the brand’s vague website swapped shopping tools and specs for clips of millennials drinking tea and blowing bubbles. In fact, there wasn’t a single mention of cars or driving at all. I actually had to double check that I hadn’t accidentally loaded an American Apparel ad.As it turns out, Lynk & Co kept its goals secret for good reason, because this is an automaker that does things a bit differently. A car brand for the “sharing economy,” Lynk & Co wants to change how people buy, own, and operate their vehicles, while also pushing the boundaries of connectivity and personalization.If this all sounds a little vaporware-ish to you, you’re not alone, but the company actually has a very solid foundation in the automotive field. … [Read more...] about Lynk & Co isn’t just a new car brand, it’s a new way of thinking about transportation
Android Auto began as Google’s answer to Apple’s CarPlay: in-car entertainment software that would play nicely with your phone. It provided seamless access to car-optimized apps like Google Play Music, Maps, Pandora, and useful real-time information like traffic incidents and weather. Since Android Auto’s launch nearly a year ago, though, it has been relegated to expensive new cars. But all that changed on Monday when Google announced a major update for Android Auto, version 2.0, that enables the in-car entertainment system on supported Android devices and tablets.It is a boon for folks with older rides. Previously, you could only get Android Auto in one of two expensive ways: buying a new car that had it built into the factory stereo, or buying and installing a pricey head unit yourself. “[We] know there are millions of older cars on the road that are not compatible with Android Auto, and many don’t have a screen at all,” Gerhard … [Read more...] about Now you don’t have to buy a fancy new car just to get Android Auto
“They don’t make ‘em like they used to.”Depending on your point of view, the preceding phrase could mean a variety of things. It could mean that cars aren’t as well-built or excitable as they were in the past, or on the flip side, it could mean that they are in fact safer, more capable, more efficient, and more sophisticated than their antiquated (and carbureted) predecessors. In 2015, most would likely agree with the latter perspective, and yet overall owner satisfaction is on a steady decline.The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) released its annual Automobiles Report earlier this year, and in regard to passenger cars, new vehicle contentment sits at 79 out of 100 points. That’s down 3.7 percent from 2014, and although it is a passing grade, it’s not exactly honor roll material. 2015 was the third straight year of depreciation, the report says, and overall satisfaction now sits at its lowest point since 2004. In fact, the only … [Read more...] about If new cars keep getting better, why is buyer satisfaction plunging?
Announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) earlier today, all new automobiles manufactured on or after May 1, 2018 will be required to include rear-view cameras for increased visibility. While the ruling is specific to vehicles under 10,000 pounds, that also includes all trucks as buses with the 2019 model year. Rear-view cameras mounted on the back of new vehicles will need to display a 10-foot by 20-foot field of view on a digital screen located on the dashboard of the vehicle.This mandate was driven by the fact that an average of 210 people are killed each year in the United States by ‘backover crashes’ in addition to causing an average of 15,000 injuries. Even worse, nearly a third of the fatalities are young children under the age of five. On the opposite end of the age spectrum, approximately one fourth of the fatalities are older adults at least 70 years of … [Read more...] about All new cars will be required to have rear-view cameras by 2018
If humanity wants to not be burned to death by the ravages of global warming, then countries need to ramp up electric car manufacturing significantly.According to a new study from the World Energy Council, one in six new cars sold must be electric in 2020 to meet emissions targets.Multiple countries have emissions targets, but have yet to require manufacturers produce electric vehicles. These emissions targets will be impossible to meet on efficient internal-combustion engines alone, even with advancements in technology. A certain portion of a manufacturers’ production will need to be electric.The study looks at the emissions targets set by the United States, Europe, and China. While accounting for improvements in fuel efficiency, it still concludes that 16 percent of cars will need to be electric. Each country has its own “EV gap” that needs to be filled with electric cars. The study estimates that 900,000 cars sold in the United States must be … [Read more...] about New study shows 1 in 6 new cars must be electric to meet emissions standards
Pioneer is showing a new range of car CD players at CES, both entry-level and premium models. At the top of the range are the Pioneer DEH-P7100BT and Premier DEH-P710BT models, which offer hands-free Bluetooth calling, dual USB inputs, iTunes tagging and voice recognition. Some models will also have iPod control, be HD digital radio and satellite radio ready. “We’re packing our new single CD players with innovative features that matter to not only kids but also to a broad range of consumers,” said Larry Rougas, vice president of marketing and product planning for the mobile business group of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Pioneer brings the world’s first iTunes tagging feature to two new car CD Players, letting users tag music as they listen to FM radio (using RDS data where available) or HD Radio channels, taking discovery of music to a new level. Pioneer is also powering its audio units to ‘speak the language’ of today’s iPod … [Read more...] about Pioneer Debuts New Car CD Players
Twenty of the world’s largest automakers have set aside their differences and joined forces to voluntarily make life-saving automatic emergency braking (AEB) technology standard on all new passenger cars by September 1, 2022. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) believes the move can potentially reduce the number of rear-end collisions in the United States by 40 percent.The system varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, but it’s typically built around a camera, a laser, or a radar that’s discreetly mounted either behind the rear-view mirror or somewhere on the front fascia, as pictured above on a Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It permanently scopes out the road ahead and warns the driver if it senses that a collision with another car is imminent, and it automatically applies the brakes if the driver doesn’t react in time.AEB became available on a handful of cars — including a few Mercedes and Toyota models … [Read more...] about 20 automakers commit to making emergency braking standard on all new cars by 2022