Why were 600,000 high-paying tech jobs unfilled in 2015 in the United States alone, or is the better question: Is technology developing faster than humans can learn to handle it?According to the White House, by 2018, 51 percent of STEM jobs will be in computer science-related fields. However, the number of tech employees has not increased along with the number of jobs available. Why? The answer is simple: lack of relevant education. The White House maintains that just one quarter of K-12 schools offer high-quality computer science with programming and coding. In addition, in 2016, the PEW Research Center reported that only 17% of adults believed they were “digitally ready.”When we look at diversity, things only get worse. In 2015, 22 percent of students taking the AP Computer Science exam were girls while 13 percent were African-American or Latino. These statistics are not U.S. specific; in 2015, Australia reported that only 28 percent of ICT jobs were held by women.Coding has always been regarded as a mysterious field, something Derek Lo, co-founder of the new application “Py”, wants to change. Launched in 2016, the application offers interactive courses on everything from Python to iOS development. The “unique value proposition,” as Lo puts it, has been a revolutionary success. The fun-oriented application has so far resulted in over 100,000 downloads on both iTunes and Google Play.Most parents frown when kids use their phones at the dinner table, but what if the kids were learning to code over Sunday roast? “Ok, so maybe not the Sunday roast, but seriously, could a more accessible and fun coding application make all the difference?”The Global Search for Education is excited to welcome one of Py’s founders, Derek Lo, to discuss how Py’s revolutionary approach is literally making coding cool.

Source: The Global Search for Education: Hello Coding – When Did You Get So Cool?

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Legalized weed is going to give way to a whole bunch of insane innovations, just you wait.

Source: ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Adds Closed Captioning For People High On Legal Weed – Digg

Reports surfaced today claiming SoundCloud had “drastically reduced” the overall audio quality of songs posted to its platform from 128kbps (MP3) to 64kbps (Opus). While the bitrate was reportedly decreased, the newly utilized Opus codec has been touted by Opus developers as superior to MP3s at lower bitrates. When contacted for comment, a representative for SoundCloud called claims of decreased quality “inaccurate.” “SoundCloud has not altered its approach to audio quality,” they continued. “We have been using the Opus codec (among others) since 2016, and we regularly test different combinations of encoding and streaming to offer listeners a quality experience on any device.”

Source: SoundCloud Shoots Down Audio Quality Reduction Claims | Pitchfork

A verified G.O.O.D. Music SoundCloud account has recently surfaced, fueling fan anticipation about the next move for Kanye West’s collective. While Travis Scott, Big Sean and Cyhi the Prynce all dropped new projects in 2017, things have been quiet as far as a collective G.O.O.D Music effort is concerned.Much like Twitter, Facebook or Instagram verification, SoundCloud appears to honor live registered trademarks such as the G.O.O.D. Music moniker. At worst, if an imposter is using the G.O.O.D. Music imprint for a fake profile, SoundCloud has pretty clear steps for having it removed.

Source: G.O.O.D. Music’s Soundcloud Pro Page Sparks ‘Cruel Winter’ Speculation | PigeonsandPlanes

The Indonesian rapper is leaving Rich Chigga in 2017, and he drops a new song to mark the occasion.

Source: Rich Chigga Changes Name to Brian, Releases New Song “See Me”

Daniel Caesar – Best New Artists of 2017 | PigeonsandPlanes

Posted: December 28, 2017 by realjdobypr in Music

No matter the genre, new artists are breaking at a faster rate than ever before. Some have made their way directly into the spotlight, but many of today’s young musicians are learning that patience is a virtue. It’s an exciting time to be a new artist, and there’s no right or wrong way to launch a career. The diversity in sound, style, and career choices on this list make that point clearly. Here are the best new artists of 2017.

Source: Daniel Caesar – Best New Artists of 2017 | PigeonsandPlanes

Urban Legends: The New Standard Playlist | @urbanxlegends

Posted: November 26, 2017 by realjdobypr in Music

Nobody forgets the album that changed their life—that one song that defined the moment.

Urban Legends is a Universal Music Group label imprint and online platform that celebrates the artists and music at the heart and soul of hip-hop. Nobody forgets the album that changed their life-that one song that defined the moment. Urban Legends remembers and reimagines what it means to be a fan, helping music lovers fall in love with their favorites all over again. We celebrate our icons, our culture, our style, our legacy, our music-and why it matters.

Here’s a glimpse into the music they’ll be celebrating:

Source: Urban Legends: The New Standard Playlist

500 of the sets will be autographed and come complete with two “practice swords.”

Source: GZA & Urban Legends Release Liquid Swords Box Set With Actual Swords

It was a rollout that turned Rihanna from fascination to all out cultural obsession.

It seems like a lifetime ago-once every year brought us the holiday of Rihvember-but it’s only been five years. In 2012, Rihanna ended a four-year-four-album run with her seventh LP Unapologetic. The album title seems quite apt in hindsight as we can say it may have been the last instance Rihanna ever had to apologize for herself. Recorded within six months during the promo of her 2011 album, Unapologetic would become the last of the #Rihvember series: a seven year period where Rihanna dropped music at the rate of raindrops essentially.

From 2005 to 2012, the only year that saw us without a Rihanna album was 2008. Ironically, the very last #Rihvember was the first under the official moniker. To be fair, this is the life of a pop star gone rockstar: a nonstop hamster wheel of presentations of self and story to the masses. Now, if we go a few days withOUT Rihanna news, there’s a crisis but it was this rollout that turned Rihanna from fascination to all out cultural obsession.

The rollout, one of her biggest at the time, featured one of the finer finesses seen this decade (but more on that shortly). At the time of the album’s release, Rihanna spent three years under intense scrutiny from the media about her life choices, which can be stifling for anyone in their mid-20s. Those are the key years of simply minding your own messy business. It’s a developmental time where you’re unable to keep your mind together because you’re beginning to explore the options of adulting in a real manner. If growing up is a spectrum, your 20s should be filed under “extreme.” The Rihanna of 2012 was reeling from half a decade on the road, not just performing but simultaneously creating the catalogue of music that would make her the titan she has now become. The media hounded her with judgement throughout this time about everything from her style to her sound to her life. But the Queen of Clapback seemed ready to turn the tide. Rihanna was tired of apologizing for who she was and what she needed.

Source: On Unapologetic, Rihanna Freed Herself To Be The Voice She Is Now

StraightOfficial.com and The Hype Magazine Present “Hot Off The Press” Mixtape Series

The Hype Magazine and StraightOfficial.com an arm of the Fleet DJ coalition are set to present a monthly mixtape series entitled “Hot Off The Press.”  This recurring project will showcase new and upcoming artist, along with a curated playlist of the hottest songs in rotation on the radio that month.
Produced by the Fleet DJs, “Hot Off The Press” will feature in the “Music Lounge” section of The Hype Magazine and select artists will gain additional exposure via editorial coverage on their movement.
The Hype Magazine, founded in 2002 as a one-page community newsletter by CEO/Publisher Jameelah “Just Jay” Wilkerson, rapidly gained control of the online space becoming the #1 Digital Magazine in the World with over 300k subscribers to its online portal and 250k in domestic and international print circulation via major retail stores like Barnes and Noble, Walgreens, CVS and more.
As a promotional source, The Hype Magazine online portal earns 9-15 million headline impressions monthly with its social media presence delivering millions more each month.
StraightOfficial.com is an arm of the Fleet DJs Coalition and a major repository of new music from across the globe. Fleet DJs Radio airs on its own branded network www.fleetdjradio.com
The Fleet DJs, founded by, Klassik, CEO is a premier coalition. The Fleet DJ’s began in Newark, New Jersey in 2001. The Fleet headquarters is located in Charlotte, NC. Klassik CEO comes from a family line of music, where his father now sits on the World Council of Zulu Nation so music runs through his veins and out to his Fleet family. Evolving from five to over 260 DJs worldwide, Fleet DJ’s has become the second largest DJ coalition in the world consisting of DJ’s, fleet artists, models, producers, and photographers.
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