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Apple patent blocks iPhones from recording at concerts

Apple was awarded a U.S. patent in June for a system that can force iPhones into disabling video-recording functions at concert venues.

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The system uses infrared signals to send messages to the smartphones to force them to shut down video recording capabilities. Apple's patent illustration shows a phone at a concert with the words "recording disabled" on screen. 

Various artists have been outspoken about fans filming their shows, with many claiming that it spoils the experience for other fans.

During a show this summer, Adele publicly told a fan who was filming the performance: "You can enjoy it in real life, rather than through your camera ... I'd really like you to enjoy my show because there's lots of people outside that couldn't come in."

It's not known whether Apple plans to put the patent into use. 

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Yondr is another company with a mission to eliminate cellphone distractions at concerts.

The company creates "phone-free spaces" at events where attendees must seal their cellphones in one of the company's lockable pouches. The pouch stays locked inside the phone-free zone but unlocks once you leave it.

"If you haven't been to a phone-free show, you just don't know what you're missing. There's something about living in real life that can’t be replicated," Yondr founder Graham Dugoni told The Washington Post.

ADITC Set Times

Set Times:

 

1:00                                         Gates Open.

1:30 – 2:00pm                 Jordan Rager (Bud Light Side Stage)

2:20 – 2:50pm                 High Valley (Bud Light Side Stage)

2:55 – 3:25pm                 Canaan Smith (Main Stage)

3:30 – 4:00pm                 Lauren Alaina (Bud Light Side Stage)

4:05 – 4:50pm                 Jana Kramer (Main Stage)

5:20 – 6:05pm                 Wade Bowen (Main Stage)

6:35 – 7:35pm                 Kip Moore ( Main Stage)

8:05 – 9:05pm                 Easton Corbin (Main Stage)

9:35 – 11:00pm               Dwight Yoakam ( Main Stage) 

 

**THESE TIMES ARE TENTATIVE AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

Lauryn Hill apologizes to fans after 2-hour delay at Atlanta concert

Fans, musicians and media all weighed in on Lauryn Hill’s tardiness to her recent concert in Atlanta, causing the singer’s name to trend on Twitter for much of the day Saturday.

But the one person who remained silent was the singer herself.

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On Sunday, in a message posted to Facebook, Hill said she is "figuring out a plan" to make it up to fans who waited more than two hours to see her perform at Chastain Park Amphitheatre on Friday. Due to her late arrival and the venue’s 11 p.m. curfew, the singer only performed for less than 40 minutes before her sound was cut off.

“I have nothing but love and appreciation for the fans in Atlanta, and regret not being able to give you a full show,” the Facebook message reads.

Hill, who's show was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET, took the stage around 10:20 p.m. She was forced to stop singing during her set because of a strict curfew that the venue, which is located in a residential area, enforces.

The crowd booed the singer when she first started the show and when she was forced to stop singing.

While a fan video seems to show Hill blaming her driver for her tardiness, her Facebook message makes no mention of the driver. 

Hill said she will announce details about how she plans to make it up to fans as soon as she has them.

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Need Beyoncé tickets? AmEx and Uber are giving some away

Getting tickets to Beyoncé’s "Formation" World Tour has been harder than getting to the bottom of the “Becky with the good hair” controversy. Most of the shows are sold out. Unless you want to stand alone at one of the shows that still has available tickets, you’re going to have to shell out a couple hundred dollars minimum to nab a spot from which you can worship Queen Bey live.

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But you might be able to get around that. Wednesday -- when "Formation" kicked off in Miami -- American Express and Uber announced a partnership that gives anyone (not just card members) the chance to win two tickets to one of Beyoncé’s 21 remaining U.S. shows. Here’s how the promotion works:

On the day of the concert in a participating city, you can request the “FORMATION” view in the Uber app, using the promo code FORMATIONAMEX. You can then request a FORMATION ride, and you could receive two tickets and a round-trip UberX ride to the concert in the city. Uber and American Express have both said that the demand will be high, and getting matched with a FORMATION ride isn’t a guarantee of tickets.

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Sure, the chances of hitting the Beyoncé/Uber jackpot probably aren’t great, but it may be more likely than you being able to come up with enough money to buy your own tickets and transport to the concert, at this point. As much as it would probably feel worth it at the time, the aftermath of blowing your budget to see Beyoncé will probably be as unpleasant as it is to be Rachel Roy right now.

There’s some consolation for people who request these Uber rides and don’t end up getting Formation tickets: If you happen to have an American Express credit card and are enrolled in their Membership Rewards program, you can earn two times the rewards points when you pay for an Uber ride with your card.

>> Surprise! Beyoncé serves up 'Lemonade'; fans lose their minds

American Express isn’t the only credit card with this sort of deal. It’s always smart to check with your credit card issuer to see if they offer any discounts with a certain service or if you can maximize your rewards with certain purchases. Of course, spending for the sake of credit card rewards can be a dangerous strategy, because credit card debt is expensive and high credit card balances can kill your credit score. You can keep tabs on yours by getting your free credit report summary every 30 days on Credit.com.

Rolling Stones Cuba concert was mostly politics-free

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The Rolling Stones have officially brought their music to Cuba with a performance that seemed mostly free of a political agenda.

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For years, many Cubans listened to bands like the Stones in secret because their music didn't line up with the government ideology. But Friday's massive, free performance was meant to show that Cuba is opening up to the rest of the world.

According to the band's announcement, the concert at Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana was "the first open-air concert in the country by a British rock band."

Frontman Mick Jagger and company mostly avoided any political statement during the show, except for acknowledging the band's presence in the country was a sign "times are changing."

Some estimates say nearly half a million people attended the celebratory performance.

The event capped off a week where a sitting U.S. president visited the country in nearly 90 years.

One concertgoer told The Guardian there is a feeling among Cubans that "something good" is happening.

But not everyone saw the concert as a sign of good things to come. One democracy activist said the government was using it as a symbol of an "opening that isn't really taking place."

And at least one world leader did take issue with the event — the pope, though it wasn't because of politics. The BBC reports he asked the Stones to postpone the concert because it conflicted with Good Friday.

The concert was a part of the Rolling Stones' America Latina Ole tour that is traveling through Central and South America.

They have also started a push to donate musical instruments and equipment to benefit Cuban musicians across all music genres.

Miller Lite Garden BBQ Cook Off Stage

World's Championship Bar-B-Que Thursday, Feb. 25 – Saturday, Feb. 27

Contest

  • Thursday, Feb. 25 : 5 - 11 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 26 : noon - 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 27 : 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Carnival

  • Thursday, Feb. 25: 6 - 11 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 26: 3 - 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 27: noon - 11 p.m.

 

Miller Lite Garden - Cook Off Stage

THURSDAY, FEB 25

 

  • 6:15 p.m.             DJ DU
  • 7:45-8:45 p.m.   BRI BAGWELL
  • 9:15-10:45 p.m. BART CROW

 

FRIDAY, FEB 26

 

  • 2:00 p.m.             DJ DU
  • 3:00-4:30 p.m.   TEXAS RENEGADE
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m.   CAMERAN NELSON
  • 7:15-8:45 p.m.   JON WOLFE
  • 9:15-10:45 p.m. KEVIN FOWLER

 

SATURDAY, FEB 27

 

  • 11:30 a.m.           DJ DU
  • 12:30-2:00 p.m. O'SHEA
  • 2:30-4:00 p.m.   RICH O'TOOLE
  • 4:30-6:00 p.m.   OLD DOMINION
  • 7:45-9:15 p.m.   CORY MORROW
  • 9:30-11:00 p.m. PAT GREEN

 

TICKETS

Tickets include admission into to all public venues at the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, including the Miller Lite Garden, Rockin' Bar-B-Que Saloon and the Chuck Wagon, as well as a complimentary chopped beef sandwich plate. Tickets are only valid during the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, except for the children's tickets, which may be used during the run of the Show.

Prices
  • Adult (Ages 13 & over): $15
  • Child (Ages 3 – 12): $5
  • Children age 2 and under are free and do not require a ticket.

Purchase Carnival tickets online here

Tickets will be available for purchase at the entrance gates into NRG Park.

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