Archive for: November 2014

By Friday, Uber and Spotify Will Allow Users to Control Car Music

In New York, Uber passengers will have full control of the music played in their car as Uber and Spotify join forces.

On Friday, passengers could hail a ride, set up a playlist that suits their mood for the day through Spotify and have it play through the car’s sound system.

Uber’s App will feature a playlist creation or selection section where Spotify Premium users in 10 cities in the United States by Friday. London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney and Toronto will be the first to taste the service.

Spotify expects that more cities will have the service over the coming service.

Uber said that it enhances their riders’ experience and gives them a business edge against competitors.

However, the joint venture was met with mixed public feedback.

Some Uber drivers were unhappy with the decision.

One said that it could become a potential distraction for the driver and it could make working conditions worse for drivers.

Spotify is a music streaming and downloading service paid monthly. It allows users to listen to and discover new artists relevant to their listening activity and favoured music.

Nick Hornby’s ‘Funny Girl’ Pays Tribute To the Golden Age of Light Entertainment

Comedian Nick Hornby’s Seventh Novel and 13th book is both entertaining, but not without its own flaws.

Funny Girl focuses on the golden age of light entertainment with predictable humour and honest perspectives, which brought many eager to watch television during the 50s and the 60s. It features the life of Miss Blackpool 1964 Barbara Parker, who refuses the award because she does not want to stay in her town for ‘a year of ribbon-cutting’ as Hornby put it.

Meanwhile, Barbara dreams of stardom and idolises Lucille Ball. She moves to London, changes her name to Sophie Straw and gets herself into the sitcom Barbara and Jim. She steals the show despite the disapproval of BBC, charming scriptwriters ,directors and her co-star Clive because of her good looks and comic timing.

Barbara is described to tell the ‘most awkward lines delivered with a straight face, having her a bigger laugh than she deserved.’

However, the novel could feel eager to shrug off the formal constraints of novel-writing. The novel took scope that Blackpool was the only journey Barbara really took and her only understanding of her entire career. But its better points looks to a more sophisticated and interesting plot than just another story of a woman rising to stardom. Hornby puts comedic timing in the most dramatic and heartbreaking situations, making easily unresolved misunderstandings easier to forgive and forget.