Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Gameplay Episode 14 (Last Episode)

This is the last episode of Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag gameplay.  It’s strange that YouTube isn’t streaming MKV video files all that well.  Since episode 12th to episode 14th, my computer and video editing software could not encode any video in H.264 AVC format, and so I decided to encode these last few episodes of Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag gameplay in MKV format.  Strangely, after uploading these MKV video files to YouTube, the playback is choppy for these videos.  On my computer though, the VLC video player plays these MKV video files just fine with clarity at 1080p resolution.  Nonetheless, I hope YouTube will fix the MKV video files’ choppiness.  Nonetheless, I know better and whenever I encode the next video of whatever, I will encode it with MPEG-4 video format as this has been streaming fine with YouTube.  The ideal video format to upload to YouTube still is H.264 AVC as this video format allows YouTube to re-encode the video faster, thus streaming the video in proper resolutions sooner.  Please enjoy the last episode of this video game title’s gameplay right after the break, even with its choppiness OK?

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Digital Stream Is Up For Download

Digital Stream Cover Art

My “Digital Stream” music track is now up for everyone to download.  As always, it’s $0.99 a download.  You can get the download at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/vinhnguyen12.

Digital Stream Music Track By Vinh Nguyen

Just created another music track.  I named it as Digital Stream.  So, sit back and enjoy it in the video right after the break.

Xbox Music Service Will Attract People To Windows 8 Ecosystem Like Bees To Honey Kind Of Thing

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Jeu microsoft windows (Photo credit: Des Geeks et des lettres)

Even before Microsoft gets a chance to really know that if their strategy of making Windows ecosystem evermore coherent would amount to anything (i.e., making Windows 8 the operating system for all upcoming devices such as tablets, smartphones, computers, etc…), Microsoft decides to test the worthiness of Windows 8 ecosystem coherency from the get go (i.e., on the day which Windows 8 will be available for the mass to use) by announcing that the company is releasing a brand new Xbox music service.  This brand new Xbox music service will only work on Windows 8 ecosystem (i.e., any device that is compatible to Windows 8 platform) and on Xbox 360 console.

What is exciting about this brand new Microsoft’s Xbox music service is that it allows anyone who has a device that is compatible to Windows 8 to be able to play music for free.  Actually, it’s rather a complete music service as in this service will allow people to listen to music for free or paid in Spotify manner (i.e., streaming music without ad interruption when paying $10 per month fee and vice versa), buy music to own in iTunes manner, and stream radio in Pandora manner.  In a way, Xbox music service will definitely be one of the very first guinea pigs for Microsoft to test out the effectiveness of Windows 8 ecosystem coherency.  If Xbox music service is going to fail to attract any popularity and usage, Microsoft will definitely be able to gauge the effectiveness of the Windows 8 ecosystem coherency.

Personally, I think Microsoft Xbox music service will definitely shake things up among the very market participants (e.g., Spotify, Amazon, Apple, Pandora, etc…).  With Windows 8 to be installed (replaced) Windows 7 on many computers and to become the fabric of the upcoming Windows 8 compatible devices (e.g., smartphones, tablets, etc…), this sort of readily, powerful mojo is really going to give a very big boost to Xbox music service.  In turn, Xbox music service will attract many people to hurry up and get Windows 8 operating system onto their computers.  Furthermore, people who are with Windows 7 computers will go about in a hurry to have their computers upgrade to Windows 8 operating system.  This is one heck of a smart move from Microsoft!  Now, the only thing Microsoft needs is a really good marketing department to promote the super-coolness of Xbox music service on Windows 8 ecosystem.

Apple TV And Similar Platforms Are Just Scratching The Surface, Because Watching Newest Movies At Home Might Be The Next Media Revolution!

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Home theater projection screen displaying a high-definition television image (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Watching iTune rental movies on iPad 2 isn’t exactly great, because movies should not be shrunk to such a proportion (i.e., 9.7 inch).  With Apple TV and Airplay though, I’m able to enjoy movies on humongous TV screen.  Lovely!  Streaming HD quality too!  Also, I don’t have to miss any part of a movie during viewing time as I can just pause the movie, go do whatever, and come back to finish up the movie whenever.  It gets better when I crank up my sound system (e.g., amplifier, speakers, mixer, equalizer, dual engine processor, etc…).

With my scenario above, I can totally understand why nowadays it’s less attractive to go to the theaters.  Of course, watching movies in theaters can have advantages such as you get to watch the newest releases of movies.  Nonetheless, the downsides of watching movies in the theaters are many too.  The examples of the downsides for watching movies in theaters are strangers can be loud and rude, cell phones can go off whenever, crying children, and dangers such as recent theater shooting (i.e., 2012 Aurora Shooting).  Weighing the downsides with the upsides for watching movies in the theaters, it’s obvious that conveniency matters most.  This is why I think people will go to theaters less as they can just sit at home, in their most comfortable environment, and enjoy their movies from their home theater systems.  It’s less hassle and safer this way!  Really!

Internet has changed so many things in people lives, and watching movies is definitely one of the things that the Internet has been meddled with.  It’s not yet an evolution, but the revolution of watching movies is clearly shown in the ways that people have watched their movies, nowadays.  People prefer to stream movies from the Internet more and more.  So, the revolution would be that people rather rebel against the traditional media such as TV reruns.  Furthermore, people also rebel against watching movies in theaters.  They only go to the theaters whenever their most anticipated movies are showing.

Nonetheless, the traditional media has one advantage over the Internet medium is that going live on the air.  Going live on the air is still something that people love most.  Nonetheless, if the new media (i.e., the one that utilizes the Internet for streaming media) begins to adopt going live on the air, the traditional media will have no advantage left.

Obviously, I don’t know what will have to come into an earthly existence to actually make me think that there is an evolution in watching movies, because watching movies is a definitive process.  Definitive process?  We can say we used to watch movies in black and white in the era of no color picture, and the revolution was that we had color picture.  We can also say we used to watch movies in theaters, and the revolution is that nowadays we prefer to watch movies from our home theater systems (i.e., home theater systems that utilize Internet for streaming movies).  So, to have an evolution in watching movies is like begging for the process of watching movies to change into an unrecognizable form of watching movies.  Such a change might have us not watching movies anymore.  Instead of watching movies, we might have to experience the movies in ways that might explode our mind.  One example would be that we get to be in the movies, and so our unique actions within the movies might change the endings of the movies.  Or we can just be the observers of the movies, and yet we get to enjoy the movies as if we enjoy the many realities.  Nonetheless, such possibilities are still in the realm of science fiction for now.

Let us leave science fiction for another day and stick to the talk of a revolution for watching movies, shall we?  So, it’s clear that watching traditional media is still have one advantage over the new media (i.e., media utilizes Internet for streaming), and the advantage is going live on the air.  Well, I lie, because the traditional media has not one, but two advantages over the new media.  The second advantage would be the newest movies that get to air in the theaters.  Imagine, what if the new media begins to stream the newest movies to homes.  This would be another revolution for watching movies, right?  Internet definitely has the potential to continue to throw volleys of revolutions, one after another, at the traditional media.  Picture this, if we can begin to stream the newest movies at home, we don’t really have to go to the theaters and feel nervous about all sorts of things (e.g., theater etiquettes, theater shooting, etc…).

Before Steve Jobs died, there was a rumor that Steve Jobs had planned to revolutionize how people are going to watch their TVs.  If this is true, I wonder that he had thought about teaming up with various media partners to bring newest movies to homes.  Nonetheless, even if Steve Jobs hadn’t thought of this, I think someone else would eventually will be able to iron out deals that will bring the newest movies to homes.  How come?  Well, if they care about how people want to watch their movies, then they should think about making people feel happier and more satisfied in watching movies.  What better way than having people feel evermore so excited about turning on their TVs than watching the newest movies from home?  And safer too?

Spotify Has Lost 200 Plus Music Labels; Napster, Simfy, And Rdio Are Facing The Same Fate…

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As I begin to worship Spotify as a God of music, suddenly a terrible news is being spread on Huffingtonpost which claims that a major distributor has just withdrew its entire catalogue of more than 200 music labels from Spotify.  According to Huffingtonpost, not only Spotify has suffered this nasty breakup, but it’s too that other Spotify competitors are facing the same breakup with this major music distributor.  These Spotify competitors are Napster, Simfy, and Rdio.  It seems that there is a study which suggests that all you can eat buffet music service/model hurts record sales, and so the breakup was a reaction to the news.  It’s unclear which music distributor had breakup with Spotify and others, because Huffingtonpost has not released the name of this music distributor.  (Update:  Could it be that Spotify has a breakup with STHoldings Labels?)

As a customer, this worries me much.  Spotify is a great music service, and to have see a regression, however small or big, in its advance is saddening me.  I love how Spotify allows me to listen to just about any song there is at any time and need not to worry of paying for each song, because I only have to pay my monthly subscription fee of $10 less.  Unfortunately, I fear the action of one music distributor might encourage many more to do the same which could be detrimental to Spotify’s overall music service.  After all, it isn’t so great if there isn’t a large enough music collections for music lovers to explore even though the price is right.  I’m crossing my fingers that Spotify and other similar music services will be able to weather the storms to come, because I rely on such a music service to pull me through unmusical days.

On the side note, I think this news greatly benefits so called music locker service.  Amazon’s music service, Apple’s iTunes Match, Google Music are the three key music locker services.

A confession of sort, I don’t like how one has to buy each song in order for one to enjoy as many songs as one can, and so music locker service kind isn’t my cup of tea.  The opposite is true for Spotify.  By being on Spotify, I’m able to explore new bands that I had never bothered with from beginning.  Why?  I usually picked up new artists and bands through my listening to radio stations while I traveled from place to place with my car, but the radio stations often played a short selection of artists and bands repeatedly thus explaining why I wan’t so familiar to less well known artists and bands automatically.  Since using Spotify, I’ve had a great time of exploring new artists and bands and enjoying hidden gems of music that I could never have done so with the radio stations.

Update:  Reading TechCrunch’s older article “Spotify Closing New Financing At €200 Million Valuation; Music Labels Already Shareholders,” this leads me to believe that Spotify is still in great shape if the facts are correct still.  The article suggests that several big music labels (i.e., Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, EMI Music, and Warner Music Group) have been investing in Spotify in millions of dollars.  So, it’s likely that Spotify will still carry huge collections of songs from various artists and bands.  Unfortunately, it might still be a discomfort for Spotify customers to know that they might miss out gems of music from music labels who had and might leave soon.

Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/19/
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Source:  http://www.nextlevelofnews.com/2011/11/sthold
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rdio-theyre-detrimental-to-music-purchasing.html