Dolce & Gabbana replaces models with drones to carry handbags down the runway

Although there are not any flying vests or cars yet, it’s 2018 and we’re already living in the future.

What’s more fashionable than drones? Drones with handbags, according to Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabanna, which sent a bunch of flying drones down its runway during the house’s fashion show in Milan on Sunday.

According to Fashionista reports, the audience was asked to turn off Wi-Fi on their phones, as well as any personal hot spots active. The show was also 45 minutes late to start, and now we realize the reason.

Video by: Tyler McCall‏ ( )

Seven or so drones flew down the runway, each carrying a leather and jewel-encrusted handbag from the company’s latest Fall Winter 2018/19 collection. The human models returned to the runway once the drones were done.

Source: Verge

Samsung Galaxy S9 focuses on the camera

New and improved camera capabilities are the main thrust of Samsung's pitch for its latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and larger S9+.

The handsets gain a super-slow-motion facility designed to make it easy to extend key moments of action. They also gain a type of lens that should improve low-light photography.

Samsung's sales rose in 2017 but not as fast as those of many Chinese rivals.

Experts suggest the new facilities represent minor upgrades.

That may make marketing the S9 a challenge since the phone's design also strongly resembles that of the existing S8. Slightly smaller bezels at the top and bottom and a new position for the fingerprint sensor are the biggest alterations.

The S9+ is only a little more distinct from the S8+. It now features two camera lenses on its rear, providing different fields of view and allowing photo backgrounds to be digitally blurred.

"I'm not sure if the improvements will be enough to make people rush and upgrade," commented Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at market research firm IDC.

"The quality of the camera is a purchasing driver for many consumers, and Samsung's does appear better than [Google's] Pixel 2.

"But I was expecting to see more development around its intelligence - it still relies on the cloud, meaning you need to be connected to the net to do live translations, for instance."

By contrast, he added, Huawei's latest phones can translate words they are shown while offline thanks to their use of a new chip technology.

Samsung held its launch on the eve of the Mobile World Congress tech show in Barcelona.

It has priced the S9 at 849 euros (£750; $1,047) and the S9+ at 949 euros (£838; $1,170) - 50 euros more than their predecessors

The biggest hardware change to the S9's camera is that it now features a variable aperture, with a choice of two settings.

At its widest setting it allows in more light, which can be helpful in dim conditions, but at a cost of having shallower focus.

It is not the first handset-maker to do this. Nokia offered a similar technology in its N86 phone in 2009, but the innovation failed to catch on.

To further improve low-light imagery the S9 now takes 12 images in quick succession to help detect and remove noise - the S8 took three.

But its standout feature is the capacity to slow down video while keeping it in high-definition resolutions: 960 frames per second in 720p and 480fps in 1080p.

Sony's Xperia XZ Premium phone added a similar feature last year, but Samsung says its version is "more usable".

In both cases, owners must determine, at point of capture, the 0.2 seconds that get turned into six seconds of footage, at the slowest setting. This can be a challenge to get right.

While Sony relies on users pressing a button at exactly the right moment, Samsung's S9 auto-triggers the function when motion is detected in a chosen part of the screen.

Other camera-related innovations include the introduction of AR Emojis.

These are animated cartoons created from facial scans of the owners that then mimic their expressions. They are similar in concept to Apple's animal-based Animojis, but Samsung suggests its version is more "personal".

The Bixby Vision image-recognition app gains the ability to identify foods the camera is pointed at and estimate their calorie content.

And the phone now combines data from its iris and facial-recognition systems to improve their reliability.

Samsung, however, declined to provide a failure rate to permit a comparison with Apple's one-in-a-million statistic for its Face ID facility.

IHS Technology's Ian Fogg said the risk for Samsung was that if consumers do not view the new features as a huge leap forward, they might prefer to wait to see what the S10 offers.

"The typical Samsung upgrader probably has an S6 or S7," he explained

"Samsung has delivered significant incentives to upgrade with the improved camera and the larger display, compared with the older phones.

"But the problem is that those handsets from two to three years ago are still very usable and will still feel pretty good to many."

source: bbc

Wiyaala to tour UK with Reggie N Bollie

Afropop singer, Wiyaala is getting a great opportunity to boost her brand outside Ghana as she joins UK X Factor stars Reggie N Bollie on a UK tour to promote their new album, Uncommon Favours.

Wiyaala will join the duo on the Manchester and Glasgow leg of the concert dubbed “Good Vibes”. Reggie N Bollie made the announcment on their Facebook wall on Friday.

“#GoodVibes tour would be Massive n full of variety. We’re bringing you African superstar @Wiyaala, the Lioness, as a guest performer in Manchester n

Reggie added, “We met Wiyaala after she performed at the GUBA Awards in London last year.

We were so blown away by her energy and talent that we signed her up for a feature.

We recorded Good Vibes with her and the song made it on to our new album.

We are very excited, we just know our fans are going to love her!”

Wiyaala is one of Ghana’s strongest vocal talents who has proudly infused her culture into her music and she is set to win more fans with her performances.

In a chat with Showbiz, she said, “I’m very happy my brothers saw the talent in me and featured me on a
song. I just met them at a show in London and that is how we established our relationship.

I will also use the opportunity to enhance and promote my brand.”.

She told Showbiz it is important for young artistes to find creative ways of selling Ghanaian music than copying foreign artistes.

“I don’t think Reggie N Bollie would have been intrigued by my performance if I had done what they
are used to in the UK.

My act was quite different, it was African and
they could relate to that as Ghanaians.


Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez spotted hanging out over breakfast

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez reunited over the weekend, getting together for a sit-down breakfast as seen in photos published by TMZ.

The stars sat across from each other at a café in Westlake Village, California, on Sunday. The 23-year-old “Sorry” singer rocked a white hoodie and Gomez, 25, sported a blue striped outfit.

Apparently this isn’t the first time the former couple has reconnected recently. TMZ reported that Bieber stopped by Gomez’s house last week, when he stayed until midnight. A source confirms the visit to PEOPLE, adding, “Justin lost touch with Selena for a while, but they are communicating again.”

“He visited her at home last week,” the source tells PEOPLE. “They spent a few hours together as friends. He was very worried after learning about her kidney transplant. He is so relieved that she is doing well.”

Gomez is still dating The Weeknd, whom she was first spotted with in early January.


4 other ways MUSIGA could have spent GH¢ 800,000 of GH¢2m gov’t fund

The President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) Bice ‘Obour’ Osei Kuffuor has revealed to Accra-based Starr FM Radio that GH¢ 800,000 out of the GH¢ 2m given to the union from the government was spent to conduct a research into the Gross Domestic Product of the music sector.

Lets take a moment to believe that. ;)

But the reactions of the Ghanaian public on social media towards the spending of the funds on research is not on the positive side at all.

Here are 5 other things the 800k cedis could have been spent on.

1. Setup a first class live recording studio

Considering the current standard of majority of the live recording music studios in Ghana, it is eminent to invest in and setup a first class LIVE recording studio if Ghana utilizing the latest technologies and equipments in music today and subsidizing the price for Ghana musicians.

2. Launch or Invest in a Ghanaian music streaming service

Till today, there is no online music streaming or download service nationally accepted by top Ghanaian musicians and easily accessible to the general public for the patronage of local music with local integrated payment platforms. This makes it near impossible for musicians in the country to monetize their works.

3. Fund a public campaign for the strict implementation of 80% Ghana music on the airwaves

It still makes no sense in 2017 populating the Ghanaian airwaves with majority of Foreign music if this Ghana is really interested in protecting her local musicians rights, values and music. A campaign was started by George .M. Britton sometime last year calling on all people in the music industry to advocate for the implementation of this but we all know how that went.

4. Invest in multiple music labels in outside Accra

The recent introduction of the Zylofon Music label in Accra and their expanded presence in Kumasi sets a pace and also shows an example to other people in the music business that Accra is not the only place good music must come out from or be heard. Musicians like Fancy Gaddam, Maccacio & others have previously proven to us that numbers are not their problem there.

Now, I'm not saying spending that amount of money on research into the music industry is wrong but there are a lot of unanswered questions.

What was the result of the research?
Whats the implementation of this Research?
What do the Ghanaian musicians stand to benefit from this research?

Whatever MUSIGA does should be to the benefit of the average Ghanaian musician and they should be accountable to the industry on their decisions and actions, if not, I do not see the reason the union should exist in the first place.

Anyway, this is just my opinion as a lover, patronizer, and manager of Ghana music.

If you have any other ideas on how you think MUSIGA could invest money that will benefit musicians feel free to share your opinion too.

Source: David Banjoko

Kobbystone of PressureBois releases "Fame Before Fame" EP creative cover art

Nicholas Tetteh Nartey  popularly known 
In showbiz as Kobbystone is said to release his extended play album  titled FamebeforeFame on 26th of October.

The CEO of PressureBois Inc, and "STEADY" hit maker who is Nationally known  for his contribution to the growth of social media trends on twitter branched into the music industry recently and announced the release date of his EP on his social media platforms. Here is the official artwork  created by one of Ghana's Ace pencil and Digital Artist ( GiftedHands ) with track list as well.

D-Black appointed as Ghana Tourism Ambassador

The Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the Ghana Tourism Authority has appointed D-Black, one of the country’s most phenomenal Entertainment Moguls as Tourism Ambassador.

This outstanding achievement comes just a few days after the Musician/Businessman launched and unveiled his Record Label “Black Avenue Muzik” in a classic event that took place at one of his locations Oasis Pool and Shisha Lounge in Cantonments.

We believe this is a step in the right direction for Ghana as Creative Arts and Entertainment plays a vital role in portraying a nation to the world. Celebrities have the power to reach thousands and millions of people through their social media platforms and D-Black by far has proven himself to be not just an exceptional entertainer but an incredible businessman as well.

Congratulations are in order to you Mr Desmond Blackmore, shine on and make Ghana proud