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Reflections of the Munich #_hackNEXT 2017

8 June 2017 | Alexander Makeyenkov

13 teams. Two-day hack. 30 hours of development

InsurTech is the rising star of FinTech, but the culture gap between tech startups and insurance veterans has slowed the ability of the industry to realise the benefits of new technologies. DataArt is playing an active role in bridging this gap through its active participation in InsurTech events and by delivering innovative digitalization solutions across the industry. One of the ways that DataArt helps InsurTech to succeed is by supporting and/or establishing accelerators, innovation labs, and hackathons designed to bring people and companies together to create the digital future for the insurance market.
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The Importance Of Metadata In The Music Industry

2 June 2017 | Sergey Bludov

Without metadata, the music industry would come to a standstill. This vital information is required in order to manage music files, allowing data to be properly created, stored, sorted and used in a wide range of applications. Truly, metadata is a centerpiece of the industry, uniting music creation, copyright, royalties, music discovery and technology.

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Will The Music Industry Embrace Voice-Controlled Technology?

24 May 2017 | Sergey Bludov

For those of you following technology industry trends, it would not be surprising that many experts have been calling 2017 the “Year of Voice”. Along with VR and AI, voice recognition has the potential for highly meaningful long-term development. Instead of controlling everything via apps, we can now talk to virtual assistants to control everything from our computers to our cars, to our home.

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Music and tech brands want your data – but are they’ blurring lines’ or just improving your experience?

22 May 2017 | Sergey Bludov

Bose is in hot water right now over allegations that the company's Connect app is unlawfully collecting and sharing the listening data of its users.

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RPi3 vs DragonBoard from the Python perspective

17 May 2017 | Nikolay Khabarov

Python is a perfect language for creating simple PoC projects. We will not talk about the full list of Python’s advantages, but the most amazing one is that Python is cross platform. This feature is quite useful for building embedded system applications. No need to wait until a compiler builds binaries, no need to deploy applications to the board. And the same code runs on a PC desktop as well as on Linux-based boards like Raspberry Pi.

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Making Sense of Big Data In The Music Industry

2 May 2017 | Sergey Bludov


Big data is becoming an increasingly important component of the music industry as the digital world continues to grow in popularity with consumers. However, although companies have accessed data since the beginning of the digital era, determining how to extract and utilize the most valuable insights remains a largely untapped endeavor.

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Utilizing Blockchain Technology to Improve Music Copyright Management

24 April 2017 | Sergey Bludov

Improve Music Copyright

As the music industry adopts new technological solutions, the tracking and distribution of song usage continue to pose significant challenges, with a lack of transparency and accuracy that can result in copyright owners missing out on royalty payments from various mediums.

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A Peek Into Music Industry "Windowing"

19 April 2017 | Sergey Bludov

A Peek Into Music Industry Windowing

Last week the news broke that Spotify had entered into a multi-year global license agreement with Universal Music Group (UMG) to provide the record label's artists with access to a "flexible release policy" for their albums. This sure generated a lot of chatter in the music community.

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DataArt’s IoT Practice Released the Latest Version of Amazon Alexa Virtual Device (version 1.1)

11 April 2017 | Nikolay Khabarov

This project aims to provide the ability to bring Alexa to any Linux device including embedded systems like Raspberry Pi boards. The binary release is packed into a snap package, which is a perfect way to deliver this project.

Short instructions to run it with snap.

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Flourish or Fail? The Future of Smart Contracts in the Music Industry

10 April 2017 | Sergey Bludov

The Future of Smart Contracts in the Music Industry

What if we could replace antiquated physical contracts execution to fit with the new digital music age and real-time commerce? Well, today we can and the technology is known as smart contracts. Just as the blockchain has emerged to claim its place as the new financial instrument of the future, smart contracts have become an equally hot topic. Electronic contracts, or smart contracts, between labels, distributors, and artists, can reshape the industry to ensure transaction and payment efficiency as well as increased transparency. Smart contracts are primarily a computer program whereby all parties can agree to the contract electronically, and it can also be enforced electronically. This can be achieved through the introduction of blockchain technology. In the case of an executed smart contract, the blockchain would keep track of the ownership rights ensuring that the proper parties are paid in accordance with their smart contact. The more sophisticated the code, the more automated, self-executing, and "smarter" the contract.

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