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It's hard to think of anyone who has done more to popularize high-resolution music than Neil Young. Young's high-resolution music venture, Pono Music, has received widespread media coverage, in outlets as diverse as the Guardian newspaper, the Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo and Stereophile.
Launched late last year, TIDAL offers lossless CD-quality streaming. There's been loads of buzz about TIDAL over the last several months; so when the Norwegian-based service became available in Canada shortly after CES, I signed up.
Even before the show floor opened, an important theme had emerged at this year's International CES: the continuing development of ultra-high-definition television. All the major TV manufacturers all announced new UHD products for 2015, some of them using exotic technologies.
About a year ago, when Paradigm Electronics Inc. was conducting interviews with end-users about what they wanted in a next-generation loudspeaker, a common theme emerged. They wanted the product to be built in Canada.
KEF Loudspeakers used a special dealer event on Tuesday evening, September 9 for the North American debut of its new Reference Series speakers. Held at Planet of Sound on Queen Street West in Toronto, KEF Jazz Night featured live music by the Tom Szczesniak Quartet.
At the IFA tradeshow in Berlin, the Blu-ray Disc Association announced last week that a spec for 4K Blu-ray Disc is now being finalized. The group expects to license hardware manufacturers next summer, paving the way for players and movies to reach market by the holiday selling season of 2015.
Bang & Olufsen's worldwide launch of the BeoVision Avant 85 television, held yesterday evening in a luxury condo in Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood, was a bit like a heavily hyped movie gala: lots of glitterati in attendance, and almost an hour and a half late in starting.
At a press conference today in a luxurious two-storey loft in downtown Toronto, Vizio formally announced its entry into the Canadian market. Starting on September 12, FS/BB will offer Vizio TVs and audio systems at 200-plus locations, and online.
Today, at a press conference in the heart of Toronto's entertainment district, Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications formally announced a new video-streaming service. Shomi will become available in the first week of November for $8.99 per month.
A disturbing article on Slate.com raises an important question: how much should social-media sites do to block abusive and slanderous material? Much more than they seem to be doing, the author states.