Spotify Removes Hate Bands From Service

Spotify Hate Bands Spotify has removed several bands classified as “hate bands” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), according to a report from Billboard.  The streaming service made the decision to remove the content after Digital Music News shared a list of 37 white supremacist musicians available on the app. In 2014, the Southern Poverty Law Center published a report on racism and digital music titled ‘Music, Money, and Hate’. It concluded that there were at least 54 white supremacist bands selling music on iTunes that Apple was profiting from. Apple responded to the report by removing the bands. However, SPLC noted at the time that Spotify and Amazon were slow to do the same. Now, a Spotify spokesperson has confirmed to Billboard that several of the artists have pulled from streaming. Others are under review. “Spotify takes immediate action to remove any such material as soon as it…

Blue: The Dating App For Twitter Users

Finally, an app to weed out the weak on social media. A new app is looking to romantically match folks who are verified Twitter users. Blue, by Loveflutter, has launched a new version of their existing dating app. It only allows Twitter users with that little blue tick to search for love, and only amongst their fellow blue-tick holders. The original Loveflutter has been around for awhile. It creates matches based on shared interests (innovative!). Now it focuses on analysing tweets and Twitter activity to match people. And with that switch, so was born Blue. Verified Users For the verified users, the app is rolling out in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, London and Tokyo. However, it will only go live once it has 1,000 local members. So, maybe never. Of the just over 300 million users on Twitter, around 150,000 are verified, with about 25 percent of them…

Microsoft Paint: Gone But Not Forgotten

The End Of Paint The end is nigh for possibly one of the most used computer programs. Since the first personal computers arrived into homes of ordinary people, Microsoft Paint was an instant hit. It was first released with the very first version of Windows 1.0 in 1985. Microsoft has announced that their next update of Windows 10, called the Autumn Creators Update, will witness the end of Paint. Along with Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading list, the graphic software has met its end. It proved a popular piece of software due to its ease of use. Similar to a doodle notepad, users could draw and invent shapes and colours. In the era of dialup internet, when homes would have to wait for an open line to access the web, Paint was a distraction. Waiting for an image to load could seem a lifetime, Paint was there to keep…