Apple Updates GarageBand With New Instruments and Sounds to Celebrate Chinese Music

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This article is from MacRumors

Apple today announced a major update to its GarageBand music creation software for Mac and iOS, adding a wide range of Chinese instruments that are designed to celebrate the “rich history of Chinese music.” Today’s update also includes “extensive Chinese language localization.”

蘋果公司今天宣布了一項的重大更新到Mac和iOS的GarageBand音樂創作軟件,添加廣泛的中國樂器,旨在慶祝 “中國音樂的豐富的歷史。”今天的更新還包括“廣泛的中國語言包。”

In a press release, Apple says the update adds traditional Chinese instruments like the pipa and erhu, plus Chinese percussion offerings that include drums, wood blocks, cymbals, and gongs. 300 Apple-created Chinese musical loops have also been added to the apps.

在新聞稿內,蘋果表示,更新添加了中國傳統樂器如琵琶二胡,再加上中國打擊樂器,包括鼓,木座,鈸,及鑼。蘋果創造的300組中國音樂圈也被添加到應用程序。

“GarageBand is the most popular music creation app in the world and we’re excited to introduce these new features that incorporate the rich history of traditional Chinese music,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “By adding classic Chinese instruments and new Live Loop templates, the new GarageBand app makes it fun and easy to make Chinese-inspired music right on your iPhone, iPad or Mac.”

“GarageBand中是世界上最流行的音樂創作應用程序,我們很高興推出結合了中國傳統音樂的豐富歷史這些新功能,” Susan Prescott 蘋果公司產品營銷副總裁說。 “通過增加中國古典樂器和新的現場循環(Live Loop)的模板,新的GarageBand應用程序,使你更有趣味性和容易在iPhone,iPad或Mac製造中國風格的音樂。”

The new instruments are available on both the iOS and Mac versions of GarageBand, and each instrument includes different playing articulations like rapid picking and note bend for the pipa and trill, grace note, and glissando for the erhu.

GarageBand的iOS和Mac版本上都可用的新的工具,每個樂器都包含不同的播放關節(playing articulations)像琵琶和顫音,裝飾音,和對二胡滑音及兩者的快速採摘(rapid picking)和音符轉奏(note bend) 。

Apple-created loops have been created from a wide variety of instruments and styles, including guzheng, dizi, yangqin and Peking Opera, which can be combined with the new instruments for a unique sound. GarageBand for iOS also includes two new Chinese templates for Live Loops and new sharing options for popular Chinese social networks.

蘋果是從各種樂器和風格,創作出循環曲 (loop),包括古箏,笛子,揚琴和京劇,它可以結合新的儀器創作出一個獨特的聲音。 GarageBand的iOS版還包括對現場循環(Live Loops)和新的共享選項兩個新的中國社交網絡功能。

All of the new features in today’s update are automatically enabled in Greater China and for Mac users outside of Greater China. On iOS devices outside of Greater China, the features can be enabled through the advanced settings menu.

所有在今天更新的新功能在大中國區,並為Mac中國區之外的用戶的大將自動啟用。中國以外的iOS用戶,可以通過高級設置菜單中啟用該功能。

Chinese musician JJ Lin posted a YouTube video of himself using the new GarageBand app for iOS with Tim Cook, which Tim Cook tweeted.

其中Tim Cook 推文,分享中國音樂家 JJ Lin與他使用iOS新的GarageBand應用程序的YouTube視頻。

Apple has been aiming to express its support for China in recent weeks following hints of regulatory trouble in the country. Apple is reportedly being targeted for being “too deeply established” in China’s core industries and recently saw iTunes Movies and iBooks Stores in the country shut down following the Hong Kong iTunes release of the controversial independent movie Ten Years, which had been banned in China.

蘋果一直旨在對中國的支持雖然暗示最近幾週遇到國家法規的麻煩。蘋果據說正在針對是“太深建立了”中國的核心產業,最近看到iTunes的電影和iBooks的商店在全國關停了,隨著因為香港的iTunes版本中有爭議的獨立電影”十年”,都是在中國被禁止的。

Apple recently announced a $1 billion investment in Chinese ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing, and this morning, he visited the country to meet with Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu. Cook also met with App Store developers at an Apple Store in Beijing.

蘋果最近宣布將在中國投資十億的 Didi Chuxing 乘車共享公司,今天上午,他訪問了該國與Didi Chuxing 主席Jean Liu見面,Cook也在北京蘋果商店會見了App Store的開發者。

 

Twitter to Stop Counting Photos and Links in 140-Character Limit

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This article is from Bloomberg and translated to Chinese

Twitter Inc. is making a major shift in how it counts characters in Tweets, giving users more freedom to compose longer messages.

Twitter公司正為它如何計算在推文(tweet)字符數量進行重大轉變,使用戶更自由地撰寫較長的消息。

The social media company will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit for messages, according to a person familiar with the matter. The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. The company declined to comment.

據熟悉內情的人士透露,這家社交媒體公司很快將停止計算照片和鏈接的部分作為其140個字符消息的限制。這種變化可能在未來兩週內發生的,知情者不願透露姓名,因為該決定尚未公開。目前,相關鏈接即使Twitter的自動縮短它們,但仍佔用約23個字符。Twitter公司拒絕置評。

It’s a step in a larger plan to give users more flexibility on the site. Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey said in January that the company was looking for new ways to display text on Twitter, and would experiment based on how people use the service. For example, some people tweet screenshots of longer text in articles, or send many tweets one after the other to tell a story.

這是一個仲大的計劃,給用戶者上更靈活使用網站。首席執行官Jack Dorsey今年1月表示,該公司正在尋找新的方式在Twitter上顯示文本,其實驗基於人們如何使用該服務。例如,有些人推較長的文本截及圖,或在其他人文章之後發送許多推文以講一個故事。

Twitter’s 140-character limit was originally adopted because it was a way to send Tweets while fitting all the information within a mobile text message — a common way for sending Tweets when the service debuted in 2006, before the proliferation of smartphones.

Twitter的140個字符的限制最初被採用,因為它是要發出推文時,同時配合手機短信內的傳遞信息的方法 -該發送推文服務於2006年推出,是在智能手機的廣泛使用前的時候。

The company earlier this year considered raising the limit to as many as 10,000 characters. But the quick, concise nature of Tweets has helped set the site apart from the competition. Executives have spent the last few months emphasizing how Twitter is a destination for live events and discussion. Removing the character requirement for links and photos may encourage users to add more media to their posts.

Twitter公司今年早些時候曾考慮提高限制多達10,000個字符。但是推文快速,簡潔的特點,幫助其產品從競爭中脫穎而出。高管們花了幾個月強調Twitter是如何成為現場活動和討論的目的地。刪除的鏈接和照片字數限制需求可能能鼓勵用戶加入更多的媒體到自己的文章內。

Twitter has been making video a priority as part of its push for live events. Earlier this year, the company agreed to pay $10 million to the National Football League for the rights to stream 10 Thursday night games during the 2016 season, people familiar with the matter have said. Twitter is working on more content deals for streaming sports, political events and entertainment.

Twitter一直在以視頻優先作為其推動使用在現場活動。今年早些時候,該公司同意支付一千萬給全國足球聯賽(National Football League)以取得2016年權利賽季週四夜場串流直播的專利,熟悉內情的人們說。Twitter 正在開發更多的運動,政治事件和娛樂串流直播的交易。

Piece by Piece – Kelly Clarkson

Piece by Piece is another fantastic song from Kelly Clarkson.


“Piece By Piece”

And all I remember is your back
Walking towards the airport, leaving us all in your past
I traveled fifteen hundred miles to see you
Begged you to want me, but you didn’t want to

But piece by piece he collected me
Up off the ground where you abandoned things, yeah
Piece by piece he filled the holes
That you burned in me at six years old
And you know,
He never walks away
He never asks for money,
He takes care of me
He loves me
Piece by piece he restored my faith
That a man can be kind and a father could… stay

And all of your words fall flat
I made something of myself and now you wanna come back
But your love—it isn’t free, it has to be earned
Back then I didn’t have anything you needed so I was worthless

But piece by piece he collected me
Up off the ground, where you abandoned things, yeah
Piece by piece he filled the holes
That you burned in me at six years old
And you know,
He never walks away
He never asks for money,
He takes care of me
‘Cause he loves me
Piece by piece he restored my faith
That a man can be kind and a father could stay

Piece by piece [6x]

Piece by piece I fell far from the tree
I will never leave her like you left me
And she will never have to wonder her worth
Because unlike you I’m going to put her first
And you know,
He’ll never walk away,
He’ll never break her heart
He’ll take care of things,
He’ll love her
And piece by piece he’ll restore my faith
That a man can be kind and a father should be great

Piece by piece [3x]

Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are

Love listening Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are. Enjoy the different versions here, from Dancing to Singing!

“Just The Way You Are”

Ohhhhh ohhhhhh ohhhhhh ohhhhhhh

[Verse 1:]
Oh, her eyes, her eyes
Make the stars look like they’re not shinin’
Her hair, her hair
Falls perfectly without her trying
She’s so beautiful
And I tell her everyday
Yeah

I know, I know
When I compliment her she won’t believe me
And it’s so, it’s so
Sad to think that she don’t see what I see
But every time she asks me, “Do I look okay?”
I say,

[Chorus:]
When I see your face (face, face…)
There’s not a thing that I would change
‘Cause you’re amazing (amazing)
Just the way you are (are)
And when you smile (smile, smile…)
The whole world stops and stares for a while
‘Cause, girl, you’re amazing (amazing)
Just the way you are (are).
Yeah

[Verse 2:]
Her lips, her lips
I could kiss them all day if she’d let me
Her laugh, her laugh
She hates but I think it’s so sexy
She’s so beautiful
And I tell her everyday,

Oh you know, you know, you know
I’d never ask you to change
If perfect’s what you’re searching for
Then just stay the same
So don’t even bother asking if you look okay
You know I’ll say,

[Chorus:]
When I see your face (face, face…)
There’s not a thing that I would change
‘Cause you’re amazing (amazing)
Just the way you are (are)
And when you smile (smile, smile…)
The whole world stops and stares for a while
‘Cause, girl, you’re amazing (amazing)
Just the way you are (are)

The way you are
The way you are
Girl, you’re amazing (amazing)
Just the way you are (are)

[Chorus:]
When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change
‘Cause you’re amazing (amazing)
Just the way you are (are)
And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
‘Cause, girl, you’re amazing
Just the way you are

Yeah

All I ask of you(Phantom of the opera)

The first new post in 2016 is about music.

“All I ask of you” from Phantom of the Opera. It’s a wonderful classic. I love Josh Groban featuring Kelly Clarkson version the most. The 2004 movie version, Sarah Brightman & Michael Ball, so do the Michael Ball & Sierra Boggess verison are fantastic.

All I ask (Phantom of the opera) Lyric

[Both] denotes Christine and Raoul.

(Raoul)
No more talk of darkness
Forget these wide-eyed fears
I’m here, nothing can harm you
My words will warm and calm you

Let me be your freedom
Let daylight dry your tears
I’m here, with you, beside you
To guard you and to guide you

(Christine)
Say you’ll love me every waking moment
Turn my head with talk of summer time
Say you need me with you now and always
Promise me that all you say is true
That’s all I ask of you

[Raoul]
Let me be your shelter
Let me be your light
You’re safe, no one will find you
Your fears are far behind you

[Christine]
All I want is freedom
A world with no more night
And you, always beside me
To hold me and to hide me

[Raoul]
Then say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime
Let me lead you from your solitude
Say you need me with you here, beside you
Anywhere you go, let me go too
Christine, that’s all I ask of you

[Christine]
Say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime
Say the word and I will follow you

[Both]
Share each day with me, each night, each morning

[Christine]
Say you love me

[Raoul]
You know I do

[Both]
Love me, that’s all I ask of you.

(They kiss. Raoul lifts Christine off her feet, into his arms and holds her)

[Both]
Anywhere you go, let me go too
Love me, that’s all I ask of you

[Phantom] ( All I Ask Of You Reprise)
I gave you my music, made your song take wing.
And now, how you’ve repaid me, denied me and betrayed me.
He was bound to love you, when he heard you sing.
(Sobs)Christine, Christine.

[Raoul & Christine]
Say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime
Say the word and I will follow you
Share each day with me, each night, each morning…

[Phantom]
You will curse the day you did not do!
All that the Phantom asked of you!

Read more: Phantom Of The Opera – All I Ask Of You Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Bloomberg West Apr 10 – Apple Watch Pre-order Begin

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(via http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-04-10/apple-watch-pricing-problem-bloomberg-west-04-10- )

Bloomberg West Top Stories:

(1) GE Exiting most of the finance sells $26.5B worth of real estate
(2) Blackstone buying Excel Trust in real estate expansion
(3) Hillary Clinton to launch campaign on Sunday
(4) Congress seeks oversight of any Iran nuclear deal
(5) Nokia may sell maps business

Bloomberg West The Lead:

Apple Watch pre-orders begin. Apple’s first entirely new product since iPad. Apple Watch on pre-sale display around the world. There are lines of different locations including Australia and Japan. Apple even encouraging people to make appointments for those tryout.

This approach of selling, the line in front of apple store is purely a PR gimmick but the press including us show up every time they release new product to use those lines to make us look like that the products are popular and they can’t manage the demand.

How are they using price to convey image?

Arif Mohammed: Apple is merging the technology with fashion, what apple understand there is wide variety spectrum of tast, and this is how they gone from this pricing strategy rank from $349 to $17,000 dollars, which I actually thinking this is a mistake because first, apple will come of next better version. The big question is spending 1000 dollars which is disposable, so when one year the fashion look a little bit outdated and the technology will be inferior. Secondly, we upgraped of iPhone all the time, that’s subsidized by carriers, and you won’t have the subsidy right now. The question is try and buy now or wait for a year? And that’s the big challenge facing with this pricing strategy.