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Happy Friday! Here’s a round-up of industry news for the week.
Starbucks is encouraging their baristas to write the hashtag #RaceTogether on their cups to spark conversation about racial issues with customers, but their bold attempt has seemingly backfired. Inspired by the incidents in Ferguson, Mo., the campaign is causing many to question the lack of diversity within Starbucks’ leadership itself and scoff the poor taste of “reducing a serious, impossibly complex national conversation to a hashtag on a coffee cup.”
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Mario Kart lovers, don’t start your engines just yet. Early this week, Nintendo announced a partnership with Japanese mobile gaming company DeNA to create all-new games for Android and iOS devices. These new games will include Mario, Luigi and other Nintendo favorites, but classic childhood games like Super Mario Bros. won’t be making a comeback. Though some may be disappointed, what works for console games doesn’t necessarily work on mobile devices, and the fact that Nintendo understands this is a positive thing.
If you’re not having a good hair day, your Windows 10 devices will soon witness it. This week, Microsoft unveiled its new “Windows Hello,” which will allow a Windows 10 user to sign in with either their face or finger. Most current devices will support fingerprint readers, and PCs with the face recognition software will ship later this year. It will also be compatible on phones and tablets as soon as Windows 10 becomes generally available.
For the first time ever, US revenue from streaming music services have surpassed CD sales – according to the Recording Industry Association of America, streaming music sales in 2014 totaled $1.87 billion while CD sales totaled $1.85 billion. Additionally, revenue from streaming services jumped up 29 percent, and CD revenue dropped 12.7 percent. With numbers like these, it seems the CD section at Best Buy is about to get even smaller.
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Speaking of music, fans of the boy band One Direction everywhere have tweeted their concerns for member Zayn Malik, who is taking a leave of absence from the band’s world tour due to “stress.” This follows news of Malik and fellow band member Louis Tomlinson being forced to pay a “weed bond” to perform in the Philippines and social media-surfaced rumors of him cheating on his fiancé Perrie Edwards. Regardless of what the truth may be, fans around the world have united under the trending hashtag #HaveAGoodRestZayn.
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