Spotify Implements Student Discount Worldwide

Who doesn’t love music? People especially like to have music available to them whenever they want. This is just one of the many reasons why Spotify has been so popular, specifically among students. Spotify started taking this seriously when it announced that it would give students everywhere a half-priced discounted subscription.

I believe this will cause Spotify a lot of success. Not all music apps give discounts to students; some do not give any discounts at all. Spotify gave students a huge incentive to join their app and this is attracting many more student users. The service is now even more appealing than before.

Students will have to verify their active enrollment in a university in order to take advantage of this deal. Sarah Perez claims “Spotify’s student discount is available in a total of 36 countries worldwide, which the company notes makes it the biggest music streaming student offer in the world by geographical reach”. The new countries where this discount is available are Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey. Apple Music is starting to catch up to Spotify, growing to nearly twenty million subscribers as of December, and with Pandora Premium about to enter the market, competition is at an all-time high. However, Spotify did not go wrong with this great discount plan.

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Twitter Shuts Down Vine

Vine is dead! Following its announcement in October to get rid of the app, Twitter has set free from its Vine video service. They previously replaced Vine’s iOS and Android App with a new camera app. Vine’s website is still up and running for the time being.

The new app still allows people to record 6-second looping videos and post them directly to Twitter. However, it lacks any of the additional social features that Vine was once known for. Although Twitter is trying to provide users with components of Vine, it is obviously not the same thing as before. Vine was a totally separate and unique social media app that quickly took off. When its success started to wind down, Twitter took action.

As solely a video-sharing service, Vine seemed to have constraints which sparked “a wave of creativity”. Certain users started becoming “Vine famous” and Twitter had even added a feature that allowed these more popular Viners to make money through their videos. This seems like it would have been a good idea at the time, but it was too late to successfully implement it.

Competition from Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook contributed to the termination of Vine as well. Vine simply could not keep up. Now we are starting to see new things like live video features on Instagram and Facebook.

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Apple’s New Headquarters Are a Must-See

Apple’s new headquarters are scheduled to open in April and you definitely want to check it out. It is a 275 acre futuristic campus located nearby the existing headquarters in Cupertino, California. This building is unlike anything the world has ever seen. It is known as Apple Park and it resembles a spaceship!

With construction and landscaping still underway, Apple believes it will take six months to move 12,000 employees from the old headquarters to the new one.

Apple Park is the last product from co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in October of 2011 after his battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs envisioned Apple’s new headquarters as “a beacon of innovation and a place for the company’s employees to continue their efforts to release groundbreaking products” ( 1). He had an intense interest in design which was certainly influential in the development of this masterpiece. In memory of Jobs, the campus will feature a 1,000-seat auditorium called “Steve Jobs Theater”. Some of the headquarters’ features will even be open to the public.

One of the most amazing things about this structure is the fact that it will be run entirely on renewable energy. It is one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world.

For more information about Apple’s new unique headquarters, check out this article by Shara Tibken: Futuristic Apple ‘spaceship’ headquarters to open in April


A San Francisco Doctor Treats Children in Their Own Homes

Michelle Chien is a thirty year old doctor from San Francisco. She is a pediatrician for Heal, a health care company that provides in-home care. She has become the primary pediatrician for several children after seeing them on house calls.

Chien’s career choice arose from her childhood which was greatly impacted by her pediatrician. She believes there is a special bond between a pediatrician and their patient and she wanted to have a positive impact on people. She also wanted to “break the mold” and be the first in her family to study medicine.

On visits, Heal workers bring the standard equipment that a pediatrician’s office would have. Chien has found that children respond better to her in their own homes. Children tend to feel more comfortable this way, especially if a parent is around to make the experience less scary. Some pediatricians even bring toy doctor kits to entertain the kids while they are being examined.

Heal is providing an amazing service to families in the San Francisco and Santa Monica areas. Kids should not have to fear going to the doctor’s so I think it is great that people like Michelle Chien are willing to drive to the patient’s homes and make their appointments stress-free and enjoyable.

The Economics of Building a Writing Career on the Web

In the article “The Internet sets writers free…to get new audiences, and also to ‘dive into a giant flaming garbage pile'”, Laura Hazard Owen describes the reality of an online writer’s career. She makes several interesting points and questions whether writing on the web should be taken more seriously.

A section of this article includes a list of opinionated “true or false” assertions about this issue. Some of them include “Writers should be paid for everything they write. Writers should just pay their dues and count themselves lucky to be published. You should never quit your day job; you’ll know you’re successful when you can quit your day job. Writing is an art, not a business. Digital technology has destroyed the market for writing.”

Is the Internet setting writers free or devaluing their labor?

Some believe that Twitter has allowed others to find new communities, such as women, people of color, and the LGBT people, on social media that maybe they haven’t had access to elsewhere. Other people believe that writing on Twitter is equivalent to just “working for free”. It is important for journalists to be on Twitter, especially when gathering news. However, sometimes Twitter can be a hostile place and some writers have argued that it messes with their heads.