Spotify on Wednesday launched COVID-19 Music Relief project to support the global music community.
The project, which is aimed at music industry professionals, will not provide financial support. Instead, it will recommend organisations that offer financial relief to musicians around the world who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The company will also donate to these organisations.
The music streaming platform has already partnered with relief funds such as MusiCares, PRS Foundation and Help Musicians. More partners around the world are expected to be added.
Spotify will also match the donations made on the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief page dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $10m.
Music professionals who need assistance can get more information about applying for relief here.
Additionally, Spotify is introducing a new feature that will enable artists to fundraise directly from fans during this difficult time. Through their Spotify artist profile pages, the new service will give users the ability to direct listeners to the fundraising destination of the artist’s choice. Artists will be able to link a verified funding page for themselves, another musician in need of funds, or a separate initiative of their choice. The feature will be optional to artists with no extra costs.
Spotify for Artists users interested in this feature can sign up here ahead of its launch.
The music streaming platform also revealed some changes on a number of its Creator Tools programmes: music talent marketplace SoundBetter has reduced costs, cloud-based audio recording platform SoundTrap will offer extended free trials for educators, and Anchor will waive fees on its Listener Support feature.
The news comes after Spotify was criticised recently for its lack of response to the COVID-19 crisis, with musicians signing a petition that asks the streaming service to triple royalty payments.
Source: Music Africa
Huawei Unleashes “P40 Pro” Model With Nasty C And SA Biggest Celebs
JOBURG – Friday, May 29, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Huawei welcomed its new HUAWEI P40 series ambassadors to the Huawei family. These include rapper Nasty C, TV personality Thando Thabethe, actor and entrepreneur Nay Maps, former Miss South Africa Tamryn Green as well as fashion designer David Tlale. They joined forces with Huawei, handing out over R500 000 worth of prizes to viewers, including P40 devices and shopping vouchers.
Huawei on Friday unleashed its HUAWEI P40 series to South Africa through a live streaming event hosted by TV host and actress Minnie Dlamini.
The HUAWEI P40 Series is a comprehensive upgrade from the previous generation and is equipped with Huawei’s most sophisticated camera system to date, capable of producing breath-taking imagery with a lightweight chassis.
One of the impressive features is the Ultra Vision Leica Quad Camera. The camera works as a highly unified system, making users shoot captivating pictures at any time of day or night, whether the subject is up close or at a distance.
It also has 45% better colour precision and is capable of accurate analysis and segmentation of environments and people. With pixel level enhancement, it restores the original look with great lighting, natural colour and sharp details
“These devices are testament to the fact that Huawei is unafraid to break the rules and to exceed expectations, and it does all of that in style,” said Huawei in a statement on Friday.
The Huawei P40 Pro is priced at R20 999 and the HUAWEI P40 retails at just R16 999. They are available from 1 June from all mobile operators and www.huaweistore.co.za
Spotify Finally Removes Its 10,000-song Library Limit.
Spotify has finally removed its 10,000-song cap on library sizes, allowing users to add as much music as they’d like to their personal libraries without any limits at all, fixing a problem that has plagued music-lovers on the service for years.
While Spotify has more than 50 million songs available to customers to stream at any time, until today, there was a hard limit of 10,000 songs that users could save to their own “Your Music” collections on Spotify for easy access.
Users have been requesting that Spotify remove the limit for years, but the company had previously shown resistance to the idea, commenting in 2017, “At the moment we don’t have plans to extend the Your Music limit. The reason is because less than 1% of users reach it.”
The new system only applies to the ability to save songs to your Spotify library. Individual playlists are still limited to 10,000 items, and users can only download up to 10,000 songs on each of their five different devices for offline listening.
Spotify’s announcement notes that it may take a bit of time for the newly removed limit to roll out to customers, so if you’re still seeing the old “Epic collection” error, you might just need to wait a bit longer.
Ugandan Students Produce First Set Of Electric Buses – Kiira EV
KAMPALA – Sunday, May 24, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – A group of 25 Ugandan students from Makerere University’s College of Engineering, Art and Design have built Uganda’s first electric buses, the Kiira EV. Makerere University, Kampala is Uganda’s is the largest and oldest institution of higher learning, first established as a technical school in 1922. It became an independent national university in 1970.
This is the first electric bus 100% black , 100% SA and founded by black South African. Initially designed in 2009, the fabricated car was taken for a public test drive last week. The core body and combustion system were designed and built locally.
The 12-meter-long bus is front-wheel drive and supported by an aluminum-alloy chassis that supports up to 200 kilograms of cargo weight. It is powered by lithium-ion batteries and the controls are run by a software system.
The bus can reach up to 200 kilometres per hour and runs for 80 kilometres before it needs to be recharged. Recharging requires a simple, 13 amp house current and takes about 4 hours to be fully charged. If a stronger power source is available, the battery can be fully recharged in about an hour.
During the test drive, the buses reached 65 km per hour and were able to successfully climb a 55-degree incline. Before the vehicle is ready to hit the streets, several adjustments need to be made. It remains a bit jerky when gaining speed and the current prototype does not include a horn or power steering.
Funding challenges led to a long stall between the initial concept design and the making of the actual prototype. Mr Paul Isaac Musasizi, the Project Manager of the Vehicle Design Mission at Makerere University, told the Daily Monitor, “It was not easy; all we had was faith and no money but luckily in December 2011, President Museveni gave us a grant and we immediately started the work. Getting people onto the project was not easy either.” Students faced a lot of bureaucratic hurdles in the process of buying certain parts.
Lead project investigator, professor Sandy Tickodri-Togboa estimates the car will cost between $10,000 to $15,000 when produced commercially, about a third the cost of electric cars in the United States. The car will be officially launched by Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni on November 18th.
The team’s next project will be to design and build a line of electric buses. As one of the main modes of transport, the buses have the potential to greatly reduce the country’s reliance on oil and offer a greener source of transportation to the majority of Ugandans.
Why It Is Necessary To Build Africa’s Biggest Digital Classroom
“Wealth, if you use it, comes to an end; learning, if you use it, increases.” Swahili Proverb
An enduring lesson learnt throughout our 175-year existence is that, while things rapidly change around us, the things that truly matter don’t! The desire to keep learning and growing is one such thing that remains a driving force behind everything we do at Old Mutual. Education is central to this.
Responding to the Challenges
Aligned to both Sustainable Development Goal’s 4 (Quality Education) and 17 (Partnerships) as well as our Responsible Business philosophy, we’re working to share, connect, learn and grow together with the communities we serve through Education.
We believe in the power of Education to solve key social issues such as poverty, inequality and unemployment. By continuing to invest in Education today, we know that we can build a more prosperous future for the generations of tomorrow.
Old Mutual has partnered with authorities, experts, and practitioners in the field on a number of ongoing initiatives including:
- Dynamic and interactive Financial Education and Inclusion programmes that have reached millions across the African continent. Utilising an array of channels and leveraging off technology, the programmes impart valuable and often life changing principles that empower customers and communities to build and sustain their lifetime financial goals.
- Investing in Schools, Teachers and Leadership to drive immediate and long-term impact in the Education sector. Old Mutual’ s Education Flagship Project – a longer-term programme with a seven-year investment cycle – is in place to connect the dots between learners, teachers and school leadership through innovative training that has paid off in improved results in affiliated schools.
- Skills Development interventions such as Bursaries, Internships, Learnerships and Graduate Development programmes that seek to create sustainable job opportunities and placements for learners.
Introducing Africa’s Biggest Digital Classroom to Bring It All Together!
In perhaps our most ambitious move yet, Old Mutual has committed to building Africa’s Biggest Digital classroom so that we can extend the Education-based work already being done across the Group to so many more.
This Digital Classroom is being designed to respond to the challenges of widespread education exclusion, low Financial Literacy rates on the continent, vastly uneven teacher-to-learner ratios, as well as accessibility to physical and financial resources that continue to hamper the success of the delivery of Education on the continent today, and into the future.
Enabling Learning Through Digital Engagement
But why a digital classroom?
Our aim as a business, is to be able to effectively respond to an increasingly connected Africa with user-friendly, value-adding solutions and experiences that bring as many people along on this educational journey as possible. Designed with a generation of digital first, tech-savvy users in mind, but mindful of the wealth of knowledge coming through from past generations, Africa’s Biggest Digital Classroom will enhance the capabilities of past and present, to shape a brighter future for all well into the future.
While we’re investing in digital capabilities to enhance education across the continent, we know that the future of Africa is still its people! And Africa’s Biggest Digital Classroom has people at its core. We believe that in creating opportunities for people to share and connect using digital technologies, we can contribute to greater inclusivity and a more prosperous continent for all.
How You Can Participate
Work is already underway to establish Africa’s Biggest Digital Classroom. We will be creating opportunities for our employees, customers, teachers, learners and many other stakeholders to add their voices to the design process. You can follow our progress and add your voice to the conversation on social media using #175Africa
We look forward to working with you to bring Africa’s Biggest Digital Classroom online!
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