Jay Z Shares ‘4:44’ Album Trailer and Previews New Song “Adnis”

Jay Z's 4:44 is still shrouded in mystery right now, but with the more time that passes, the more it seems like we're getting a full-fledged project. In a new commercial promoting the partnership between Sprint and Tidal, Hova dropped off some bars from a new song, “Adnis,” fueling speculation that an album is coming.

We didn't know much about 4:44 before now, aside from it having a June 30 release date, and Jay looked like he was really trying to drag this thing out until the bitter end. Half a minute worth of bars? Come on, Jay!

At midnight, Sprint and Tidal confirmed our suspicions: A new Jay Z album is on the way.

If you go to Sprint.com and page through the links promoting their new partnership with Tidal, you end up finding this message for new and existing Sprint customers who can take advantage of a complimentary six-month trial of Tidal.

Jay Z 4:44
Image via Sprint

“Today is an exciting day to be a Sprint customer,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint president and CEO, per a press release. “Jay Z is a global icon and we’re giving customers an incredible opportunity to be among the first to experience his new album 4:44. Our loyal, existing customers, and customers who switch to Sprint, can experience the album exclusively, plus access a complimentary six-month trial of TIDAL HiFi, giving them access to content they can’t get anywhere else.”

This is a pretty drastic departure from the mysterious, unexplained 4:44 ads that popped up around around New York City, with the hype now transforming into a full-blown campaign for a 4:44 album.

This leaves us with a lot less mystery left to solve, and now we can focus on what Jay Z has to offer as a rapper at age 47. Maybe he's not able to reach the heights he did on classics like The Blueprint, but there's a recipe for success if Jay wants to reassert himself. The father of three didn't get inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on a whim, and hopefully there are still some classic bars waiting to be unleashed. And if this report from Los Angeles-based writer/director/producer Christopher Black is to be believed, the production for the project should be on point:

If we're lucky, we'll get the full “Adnis” song soon enough, and now we know 4:44 the album will be ours in late June. You can catch the video of the new spot up top, and see if you can find any more clues about 4:44 in the 30-second clip.

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Discuss Meek Mill Listening to Drake’s “Back to Back”

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska dive into the new Bryson Tiller album and determine whether it lived up to the hype. Later, the crew break down Partynextdoor's supposed shots at culture vultures over the weekend and who he may have been shooting at. The team also look at Tidal losing its third CEO in 22 months and try to figure out exactly why Meek Mill has been listening to Drake's “Back to Back” diss song. To wrap, the crew share NBA Finals predictions and cover some 2 Chainz and Migos quick hits. 

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Uber Was Identifying and Tagging Your iPhone Even After You Deleted Their App

Uber's ability to track your location is a big part of how they're able to provide speedy pick-ups for customers around the world. But according to a new report from the New York Times, they may have stepped over the line in their pursuit of expansion.

The chief executive officer of Uber, Travis Kalanick, was profiled in a story about a tumultuous time for the ride-sharing app. In an effort to shine a light on the difficulties facing Kalanick, the Times revealed a stunning detail: Uber was identifying and tagging iPhone users even after they deleted their app, which forced Apple CEO Tim Cook to step in.

For months, Mr. Kalanick had pulled a fast one on Apple by directing his employees to help camouflage the ride-hailing app from Apple’s engineers. The reason? So Apple would not find out that Uber had been secretly identifying and tagging iPhones even after its app had been deleted and the devices erased — a fraud detection maneuver that violated Apple’s privacy guidelines.

But Apple was on to the deception, and when Mr. Kalanick arrived at the midafternoon meeting sporting his favorite pair of bright red sneakers and hot-pink socks, Mr. Cook was prepared. “So, I’ve heard you’ve been breaking some of our rules,” Mr. Cook said in his calm, Southern tone. Stop the trickery, Mr. Cook then demanded, or Uber’s app would be kicked out of Apple’s App Store.

Though there's an understanding amongst younger tech users that your privacy is being compromised on a daily basis, this is an extraordinary overreach on Uber's part. Not only was Uber using their app to violate the privacy of their users, it was doing so intentionally and deceptively, in an effort to get around Apple's policy on the matter.

The practice is just one of several ruthless decisions made by Uber under Kalanick's authority. Uber didn't become a global phenomenon by accident, and several unsavory practices were implemented in order to kneecap their competitors and dodge regulations that affected other players in the transportation industry. In places around the world where Uber service was deemed illegal, drivers were instructed to use an app called Greyball, which effectively allowed them to evade law enforcement by disguising the locations of cars and drivers.

Not everyone was so focused on the invasion of privacy from Uber, and some readers had a little fun at Kalanick's expense:

It should be noted The New York Times originally printed their story with the word “tracking” in place of the phrase “identifying and tagging”. In response to the controversy stemming from the initial story, Uber provided Complex with the following statement:

We absolutely do not track individual users or their location if they’ve deleted the app. As the New York Times story notes towards the very end, this is a typical way to prevent fraudsters from loading Uber onto a stolen phone, putting in a stolen credit card, taking an expensive ride and then wiping the phone—over and over again. Similar techniques are also used for detecting and blocking suspicious logins to protect our users' accounts. Being able to recognize known bad actors when they try to get back onto our network is an important security measure for both Uber and our users. 

Uber's overarching policy was perhaps best described by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who described Kalanick with a brief quote.

“Travis’s biggest strength is that he will run through a wall to accomplish his goals,” said Cuban. “Travis’s biggest weakness is that he will run through a wall to accomplish his goals. That’s the best way to describe him.” 

Kalanick was previously under fire for being part of President Trump's advisory council. He has since resigned from the position after a social media campaign to delete the ride-sharing app was launched.

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Snapchat’s Spectacles Are Now Available Online

Snapchat, now Snap Inc., has just made their Spectacles available online. Previously, the devices were exclusively sold at randomly placed Snapbots, essentially posh vending machines.

Now, you don’t have to stand in line for hours to grab a pair, just head to Spectacles.com and select your color of choice. This maneuver comes just weeks before Snap’s initial public offering on NASDAQ, doubtlessly as part of a plan to enhance the company’s look for investors. Additionally, Snap’s CEO has openly positioned the company as a “camera company,” which is markedly different than most people’s understanding of it as a messaging app.

Check out the reveal video below!

Source: Ad Week

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Source: Snapchat’s Spectacles Are Now Available Online

Apple Censored Dillon Francis… He’s Salty [Video]

If you’ve been following Dillon Francis for any length of time, you know he speaks his mind. Whether it be berating Gerald (rest in pieces), screaming at the RIAA, or commentating on the ridiculousness of The Bachelor, Dillon always has something to say.

Now, the moombah-don has a fresh sticker pack in the App Store, which you can grab here for free. Unfortunately, Apple has censored a couple of Dillon’s graphics, and he’s not happy about it. Cue the reaction video below and his attempt to send Apple’s CEO a letter from his lawyer further down.

Photo: Rukes

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Source: Apple Censored Dillon Francis… He’s Salty [Video]

Insomniac Unveils Brand New Dedicated Dreamstate Stage To Debut at EDC Las Vegas 2017

The Electric Daisy Carnival community was gifted a special surprise last week when Pasquale Rotella, Founder and CEO of Insomniac, leaked the news that a never before seen stage will debut at EDC Las Vegas 2017. Insomniac’s dedicated trance brand, Dreamstate, will present quantumVALLEY for three days of the best sounds across the genre. Legendary artists from around the globe will take over the massive structure for the largest stand-alone Dreamstate audience to-date, marking the brand’s fifth EDC hosted appearance and its first journey through all three nights of EDC Las Vegas.

Insomniac’s fastest growing brand, Dreamstate, was introduced in 2015 to thousands of fans at the inaugural SoCal event in San Bernardino, California. Since then, the brand has traveled to six cities in four countries including Australia, Mexico, and the UK, proving trance is anything but dead. Last year, Dreamstate brought a monumental crowd of trance lovers to the circuitGROUNDS stage in Las Vegas, showcasing performances from icons like Paul Oakenfold, Ferry Corsten, Paul van Dyk, Markus Schulz, and Aly & Fila. Previous Dreamstate stage designs, each uniquely different from the other, have raised the festival production bar with visually compelling lasers, futuristic costumed characters and immersive audio environments.

For more information and updates on EDC Las Vegas, follow EDC Las Vegas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Image: Nathan Doran Photography for Insomniac

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Coachella Organizers Plan Brand New Festival For Colorado

Superfly, the organizer behind Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, has teamed up with Goldenvoice parent company AEG to begin plans for a brand new festival in Colorado. One of the locations currently on the radar for hosting the event is Denver’s Overland Park Golf Course, likely for its vast expanses of grass and the potential to hold tens of thousands of attendees.

According to Chuck Morries, CEO of AEG Live Rocky Mountains, the idea has been in the works since 2010, and will include a wide diversity of musical acts across multiple stages. The new event plans to bring in 30,000 to 60,000 fans, and will be held across one weekend in 2018, closing by 10 p.m. each night.

As Denver-based publication Westword reported“Morris and his colleagues see potential — not just in run-of-the-mill stadium concerts, but in creating a festival experience with multiple stages and a bevy of musical acts, akin to Coachella, if slightly smaller, at least in the beginning.”

With other locations such as Colorado’s Westminster, situated about 10 miles north of Denver, still in consideration for the new event’s final destination, the AEG and Superfly teams now find themselves dealing with the area’s approval process to lock something down.


Source: Westword | Image: Rukes

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Source: Coachella Organizers Plan Brand New Festival For Colorado

Here’s What Snapchat’s CEO Loves To Listen To

It’s fairly well-known that Evan Spiegel, the CEO of Snap Inc., values his privacy incredibly highly. He doesn’t have a public Facebook account, nor does he regularly tweet, like the majority of top execs at tech companies. He does, however, regularly share his current music tastes on Hype Machine.

“Share” might be a bit of a strong word, considering the site just aggregates and keeps track of his listening habits on a public profile. But for how private he is everywhere else, he might as well be announcing, “Hey! Look at this!”

Spiegel is a huge fan of dance and pop; he just played the Slander & B-Sides remix of “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake & Justin Bieber in the last hour, and it’s his 11th time listening to it, no less.

He’s also been listening to “Love Is Alive” by Louis the Child and Elohim, as well as “Phones Down” by Lost Kings, “White Lies” by Odesza, and “Let You Get Away” by Shaun Frank feat Ashe.

His current ‘obsession’ is “Yea, Babe, No Way” by LANY, which he’s played an astounding 48 times.

You can peruse Spiegel’s full listening history on his Hype Machine account.


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IBM Supercomputer Curates The World’s First ‘Cognitive Dance Party’

IBM’s Watson is one seriously powerful computer. Unlike normal, logical processing, Watson uses cognitive computing to interpret data made for consumption by other humans, like blog posts, profiles, and reviews, and more.

Using the computing power of Watson, popular morning party organizer Daybreaker set up the world’s first “cognitive dance party” in San Francisco. They asked attendees to link their Twitter handle or fill out a questionnaire upon registering for the event, which Watson then analyzed to curate a unique gathering that would please the range of personalities attending, and damn was Watson thorough.

Watson created three groups for attendees based on their strongest personality trait, and visibly categorized them with different colors. Those on the more expressive side wore yellow, the outgoing folks wore red, and the conscientious, purple. Each group was given a tailored breakfast, their own workout (yoga, capoeira, or high-intensity interval training), and when they all joined forces on the dance floor, Watson controlled the light show to reflect the energy and emotion of the room. Oh, and with 500 people jamming about, the dance floor transferred its kinetic energy to a generator which helped power Watson. Awesome.

Here’s what Daybreaker’s CEO, Radha Agrawal, had to say about the innovative event.

In many ways, we started Daybreaker out of frustration that no one was dancing at nightclubs anymore and connecting authentically because everyone was on their cell phones and digitally divided. This is the first time I’ve seen technology enhance a dance party experience instead of take away from it.”

Because of the event’s success, Daybreaker is hoping to host more Watson-curated events in the future, so be on the lookout. If you’d like to learn more about Watson, here’s a video of how cognitive computing works.


Source: Vocativ | Photo: Carl DeTorres

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Mariah Carey, Janelle Monae, Jennifer Hudson to Perform at BET Honors

Mariah Carey Janelle Monae and Jennifer Hudson will take the stage at this year’s BET Honors set to air on the network February 24th at 9 pm Billboard reports This year’s honorees include Aretha Franklin Ice Cube Motown founder Berry Gordy American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault and visual artist Carrie Mae…