For the first time in the United States, there will be a private, high-speed train service — and it’s coming to Florida. This $ 3 billion project by Brightline express could drastically improve crowded roadways by taking as many as 3 million cars off the streets. It will run along a route that is traveled by about 6 million residents and tourists, according to estimations.
John Renne, director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University, said to Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson at NPR, “It’s the first time that it’s happening, being built by a private company. And that’s kind of a game changer for this type of model.”
Brightline trains will begin service service in December. The private, high-speed train service will run from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale, and service is expected to expand to downtown Miami early next year. In the future the trains will likely run to Orlando, a service which would bound to be a success due to the heavy influx of tourists.
This trasnportation could save millions of people the added time and risk of attempting to navigate the crowded highways of Florida by car. To give you an idea of the speed of this train: it typically can take up to five hours to get from West Palm Beach to Miami in a car, but the rail system would take you there in about 60 minutes. And from Fort Lauderdale to Miami? Only 30 minutes.
Additionally, taking millions of cars off the road every day could, over time, help the U.S. to curb its carbon emissions. And, if this system proves successful, more could be built around the country, fractioning travel times and reducing carbon footprints by having potentially billions of people rely on public transportation as opposed to their own vehicles.
Shazam is one of the big names in the market when it comes to music recognition, and soon it may be snapped up by another major company.
Apple is close to acquiring Shazam, say sources speaking to TechCrunch. The deal will reportedly be signed this week and could be announced as early as next Monday.
A report from Recode echoes the news of Apple acquiring Shazam, adding that Shazam will likely be valued at around $ 400 million.
Apple — and other companies — already offer a music recognition service, but Apple must see something in Shazam’s services that it thinks can help improve its own music recognition if it’s going to drop nearly half a billion dollars on this deal. Shazam is able to identify TV shows, films, and advertisements in addition to music, so perhaps Apple sees some benefit to these abilities, too.
It’s clear Google sees a benefit in owning a music service to rival Spotify and Apple Music, but making it happen is proving incredibly difficult. Google Play Music hasn’t exactly captured the imagination, in no small part due to its terrible app, and YouTube Red (previously YouTube Music Key) hasn’t fared much better. Fear not, another attempt is on its way.
We already knew that Play Music and YouTube Red would be merging in some form, but now we know an entirely new service will be created.
Apple is reportedly in late stage talks to acquire Shazam, a popular content recognition and identification app that is currently rounding up investments as it moves toward an initial public offering. AppleInsider – Frontpage News