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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died

Allen passed away from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma at the age of 65.

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Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder alongside with Bill Gates back 1975, has passed away. His decease comes as a result of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 65 at the time of his passing.

In the wake of his passing Microsoft released a statement via Twitter. They called Allen’s contributions to the company, industry, and community “indispensable.” Apple CEO Tim Cook too paid tribute to Allen as a “pioneer” and “force for good,”. Also Google CEO Sundar Pichai expressed thanks to Allen for his “immense contributions to the world through your work and your philanthropy.”

Allen left Microsoft in 1983 following a diagnosis for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, although he remained on the board of directors until 2000. Despite leaving the company during its relatively early days, he was extraordinarily wealthy, with an estimated net worth in excess of $20 billion. He founded the privately held company Vulcan in 1986 to oversee his business development and philanthropic efforts.

Allen was also the owner of the professional basketball team, the Portland Trailblazers. That was not the sports involvement Allen had. He also owned the football team Seattle Seahawks. Both teams paid tribute to the late Allen through their respective social media outlets.

In the year 1975, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, both Allen and Gates began marketing a BASIC programming language interpreter. Allen came up with the original name of “Micro-Soft,” according to a 1995 Fortune magazine article.

After that, the rest is history.

Rest in peach Paul Allen.

 

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Allen (left) alongside tech genius Bill Gates, both founers of Microsoft.

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Con lo ‘último en la avenida’ la apertura de Caribbean Cinemas en Plaza Carolina

La nueva cede para la compañía de cines presenta unas innovadoras salas que buscan aumentar la experiencia de cine.

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Caribbean Cinemas ‘votó la casa por la ventana’ con la reapertura de sus cines en Plaza Carolina. El renovado recinto para los amantes del cine cuenta con unas facilidades con lo más avanzado en la tecnología para teatros.

Un aproximado de 1,500 butacas a lo largo de sus 11 salas componen el nuevo centro de entretenimiento dentro del centro comercial carolisense. Este queda justo al lado del restaurante Chilli’s.

El lobby cuenta con su tradicional ‘Game Room’.

“Con este nuevo cine, les traemos dos ‘features’ que nunca habíamos tenido”, indicó entusiasmado Robert Carrady, presidente de Caribbean Cinemas.

“Las salas cuentan ahora con un renovado diseño en todas ellas. Ya que ahora se logró ubicar las puertas de emergencia a los lados de la sala. Gracias a esto, nos permite tener pantallas de pared a pared, optimizando así la experiencia visual”, subrayó Carrady.

La concesión es una de las más grandes dentro de los cines de Caribbean Cinemas en Puerto Rico.

Otro de los atributos que presenta las nuevas salas de Plaza Carolina es que 10 de las 11 salas cuentan con proyectores láser. La calidad visual en las salas es ahora lo más optimizada existente. Esto también permite que no haya que cambiar las bombillas de los proyectores con frecuencia. El cambio ahora sería cada siete años y dichos artefactos ahorra un 30% en consumo de energía.

El teatro trae consigo una sala CXC (Caribbean Cinemas Extreme), una sala IMAX (la segunda en Puerto Rico) y la ‘montaña rusa que es el 4DX. Ésta última cuenta con un botón que ahora permite controlar si durante la experiencia deseas que te caiga agua directamente o no.

Caribbean Cinemas Extrema hace su llegada también a los cines de Carolina.

“El traer IMAX a Plaza Carolina fue una decisión que se tomó de manera rápida. Luego del gran éxito que tuvo la sala de IMAX en Montehiedra no dudamos en acceder a que estuviera aquí en Carolina. Esa sola es la de mayores ventas en todo el caribe”, indicó a este medio Therese Andrade, vicepresidente senior de IMAX en las américas.

Como es de costumbre, el lobby estará acompañado de luces LED, Game Room, salones para llevar a cabo fiestas de cumpleaños, amplia concesión y Deli Café. Este último cuenta ahora con Gelato en su menú.

Caribbean Cinemas Plaza Carolina

La sala 4DX cuenta ahora con un botón que permite controlar el agua durante la presentación.

Ardua labor para ‘montar el espectáculo’

Caribbean Cinemas Plaza CarolinaPlaza Carolina ahora cuenta con la segunda sala IMAX en Puerto Rico.

Como espectadores vamos al cine, nos sentamos, comemos, vemos la película y nos vamos para nuestras casas. Así de simple. Pero, ¿alguna vez te has preguntado lo que conlleva construir un cine y lo que trae consigo dicha tarea?

A pesar de estar en tiempos donde la tecnología se supone que nos aligere o nos alivie el trabajo, todavía esa aseveración no es del todo cierta.

Pablo M. Lobos, gerente proyección y sonido para Caribbean Cinemas, habló exclusivamente con este medio. Durante nuestro recorrido por los pasillos donde están ubicados los proyectores de cada sala, este nos contó lo complejo que puede ser el traer equipo de último modelo a la hora de hacer un cine.

“Tuvimos un aproximado de más de un mes para poder instalar todas las máquinas de proyección”, indicó Lobos. De momento el cine le quedanban unos detalles tras bastidores. Los mismos que el técnico de Caribbean Cinemas aclaró que fueron cierto obstáculo a la hora de instalar lo que se considera uno de los ‘ingredientes’ primordiales de un cine.

“La de IMAX nada más nos tomó casi 20 días. Es una maquinaria sumamente delicada. Así que la hicimos llegar casi cerca de la apertura para prevenir que le pasara algo mientras la construcción estuviera activa”, subrayó.

Caribbean Cinemas en Plaza Carolina abrió sus puertas hoy 8 de noviembre.

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Facebook adds music features to profiles and Stories

Facebook is rolling out some new features for Stories, profiles, and Pages, all with a focus on bringing more music to the mix.

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Eat Dick MySpace! Screw you Privacy!

Facebook’s got some new sweet sounding features just for you.

Yes, the social network that doesn’t need to be introducing new feature, IS working on a new feature, that will let you add songs to your Facebook profile. Sounds annoying?

Facebook Music For Profiles

The feature will let users add songs to their profiles. These songs will either appear in a new, dedicated “music” section, or at the very top of your profile if you opt to “pin” a song.

Now you can to let your friends and your friendly advertisers, know more about your musical preferences.

People who visit your profile will then be able to listen to part of a song and view photos of the artist. These songs will also link to the artist’s Facebook page.There will be “millions” of songs available, according to Facebook (it’s the same music catalog available via Instagram Stories)

Oh but that’s not all kids.

LipSync Live

The company is also updating its Musical.ly-like feature, called LipSync Live, with support for lyrics.

Lip Sync Liveallows users to live-stream sing-alongs to a number of popular tunes.

The feature will now be available to all profiles and a number of countries around the world. Lyrics have also been added for a number of songs including Khalid’s “Better,” Dua Lipa’s “New Rules,” and “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5.

Facebook Music For Stories And Feed

Also launching is the ability for users to add music to photos and videos shared on Facebook Stories and News Feed.

Those wishing to experiment with the feature need only to take a photo or video from the Facebook Camera, or grab one from their camera roll, then tap on the sticker icon and select the music sticker.

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Apple closes its Shazam acquisition, offering more ways to discover music

Apple today announced it has completed its acquisition of music recognition service Shazam, The App Will Soon Become Ad-Free For All Users.

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Apple acquires Shazam

Cupertino, California — Apple today announced it has completed its acquisition of Shazam, one of the world’s most popular and highly-rated music apps, used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

The deal comes three weeks after the EU finally gave a green light to the deal after Apple first made its intention to buy it public.

“Apple and Shazam have a long history together. Shazam was one of the first apps available when we launched the App Store and has become a favorite app for music fans everywhere,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music.

“With a shared love of music and innovation, we are thrilled to bring our teams together to provide users even more great ways to discover, experience and enjoy music.”

Beyond simply getting access to that large user base, though, Apple’s $400 million also buys it all of Shazam’s hundreds of audio recognition technology patents.

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Shazam

Shazam lets users identify songs simply by listening to the music playing around them. The app will soon offer its experience ad-free for all users so everyone can enjoy the best of Shazam without interruption.

Shazam has been downloaded over 1 billion times around the world, and users identify songs using the Shazam app over 20 million times each day. With pioneering innovation in music identification, Shazam helps people discover, interact with and share video, audio or printed content across devices and mediums — and allows music fans to follow their favorite artists and share in the thrill of discovery.

Shazam currently promotes both Apple Music and Spotify when tagging identified songs. It’s possible Apple will ax the Spotify integration now that it owns the music tagging service.

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