This week, NEEDTOBREATHE frontman Bear Rinehart discusses the five songs that changed his life and influenced his songwriting. We also play our epic annual Fourth of July game: “Indie Rock Band or Firework,” the editors take you behind the scenes of the new issue of RELEVANT and we give some very important updates about the 500th episode recording. Read More
An Ohio man using the autopilot feature on his Tesla Model S died after an accident in early May. This was the first death reported with the autopilot feature.
Joshua Brown was driving in Williston, Florida on May 7 when the car didn't detect a tractor trailer making a right turn in front of him. The preliminary investigation concluded that the driver and the car couldn't tell the difference between the white side of the car and the bright light of the sun.
"Had the Model S impacted the front or rear of the trailer, even at high speed, its advanced crash safety system would likely have prevented serious injury as it has in numerous other similar incidents," the Tesla Blog wrote.
Tesla also said that the feature is still in beta mode but is constantly improving and requires the driver to go keep both hands on the wheel at all times and "maintain control and responsibility" for the car while on the road.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defects is currently investigating to see if the accident was because of a defect on Tesla's part.
BMW announced today that they are working on a self-driving car that should be ready for mass production in 2021. Self-driving cars are supposed to bring a major improvement since human error is responsible for 94 percent of crashes, according to PBS. Discuss
Apple is in talks to buy Tidal—Jay Z's music-streaming service—in hopes of adding more exclusive streaming options to Apple music's repertoire. The price Apple could be offering hasn't be released.
Jay Z bought Tidal last March for $56 million from Aspiro, according to The Wall Street Journal. The major selling point of Tidal was that it was marketed as the only streaming service that would give the artists a more fair amount of money for their music.
According to the Journal, Tidal has 4.2 million paying subscribers—many pulled in by this year's Tidal-exclusive releases by Kanye West, Rihanna and Beyoncé.
Tidal focuses on sound quality and streaming "lossless" musical sound at $9.99 for standard sound and $19.99 for high-fidelity quality. They also have the reputation of being the artist-friendly streaming service, which could serve as another selling point.
Neither party has confirmed the talks and there's no guarantee that Apple will make an offer.
Apple purchased Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics company in 2014. Discuss
Whoa! The case of Adnan Syed—made widely known through the first season of the Serial podcast—has reached a significant turning point. A judge in Baltimore granted Syed a retrial and threw out his prior conviction.
For those who don't remember the details from Serial, Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus 30 years in prison in 2000 for murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee and burying her body in a local park. The season one of the podcast shone a major light on the Syed's story and the inconsistencies that may have meant that he didn't commit the murder.
The judge who vacated the conviction, Martin Welch, wrote that Syed's attorney "rendered ineffective assistance when she failed to cross-examine the state's expert regarding the reliability of cell tower location evidence."
Syed's lawyer, C. Justin Brown announced the decision on Twitter.
In February, Syed's attorneys argued that evidence and a witness were overlooked by his original attorney.
"The court finds that trial counsel's performance fell below the standard of reasonable professional judgment when she failed to cross-examine the state's cell tower expert regarding a disclaimer obtained as part of pre-trial discovery," Welch wrote. Discuss
The first trailer for Terrence Malick’s epic new film Voyage of Time has just been released, and it’s pretty stunning. As the studio explains,
A labor of love from one of American cinema’s most acclaimed and visually exciting filmmakers, Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life), Voyage of Time has been nearly four decades in the making and represents the filmmaker’s first foray into documentary storytelling. The film’s panorama of awe-inspiring images will take you into the heart of monumental events never witnessed — from the birth of the stars and galaxies to the explosion of diverse life-forms on planet earth, including humankind — in immersive new ways that only IMAX can deliver. This is a cosmic experience — a hymn to the glories of nature, life and scientific discovery — in which all the elements come together to form Malick’s most original film to date.
Two versions of the film will be released on October 7: A 40-minute IMAX version narrated by Brad Pitt and a 90-minute theatrical version narrated by Cate Blanchett. Discuss