Start your celebratory dance moves because Spotify has enabled a feature that will let you block artists you don't particularly like. Spotify wants to cut down on the number of playlist decisions you have to make during your morning commute. Called "Your Daily Drive," the music streaming company has developed a curated mixture of songs, world news updates and podcasts based on its knowledge of your listening habits. While this feature isn't revolutionizing the music streaming industry, it's the first time that Spotify is bringing music and podcasts together in one playlist. The entertainment will include songs you listen to often, classic hits and music you've yet to discover along with talk shows and timely news updates from organizations like the Wall Street Journal and NPR.
Spotify reached 83 million subscribers. If you have trouble discovering new podcasts, Spotify is testing out an app update that can help. "We're always testing new products and features to create better listening experiences for our users," Spotify said in a statement to USA TODAY. "This test aims to make it easier for users to discover new podcasts while giving creators another mechanism to connect with new fans." The streaming app doesn't have a streamlined way for users to discover podcasts they may enjoy, and people typically find out about specific podcasts from word of mouth, cross-marketing between shows and watching television.
Spotify reached 83 million subscribers. The battle of the music streaming titans is officially on. On Wednesday, Spotify complained to the European Commission antitrust regulators that Apple isn't playing fair and is harming consumers. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek argued that App Store policies give Apple Music an "unfair advantage at every turn." On Thursday, Apple fired back against the streaming service by saying that Spotify wants "all the benefits of a free app without being free."
A view of atmosphere as McCormick unveils grill tech. This is something you don't see every day. On Wednesday, the spice manufacturer McCormick introduced an intriguing grilling innovation that lets you DJ your summer soiree and grill burgers at the same time. The mashup of outdoor party activities is called the SUMR HITS 5000, and it allows grillers to create original music tracks while preparing food as spinning LED lights reminiscent of a DJ's turntable illuminate the backyard. The cook can control the beats that guests hear by strategically placing food on the grill grates, and the contraption uses computer vision and machine learning to really elevate the show.
Apparently, we're just as good at littering the lunar surface as we are our own planet. The smartphone you might be using to read this article is light years ahead of the computer NASA launched to the moon half a century ago. On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft took off housing a main computer with just 64KB of memory, according to the aviation data company Flight Global. Compare that to your 64GB iPhone XR or Pixel 3, and you'll find that your phone has the capacity to store literally over a million times more data than the tech that helped humankind achieve one of its grandest feats of all time. NASA says its computer had enough memory to store just 256 erasable words – you likely have more words stored in your email app, text messages or music library alone.