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Thursday, March 26, 2015

NSA smartphone hack via the Baseband Processor - How NSA can remotely control your smartphone and Defense Against the Dark Arts

Turns out the Octopus, a reference to the NSA (National Security Agency) and the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), may have some seriously powerful communications intercept capabilities.

For one, the NSA can remotely shut down your smartphone and use it to spy on you, according to ex-CIA and NSA contractor Edward Snowden as revealed in the article “How the NSA can 'turn on' your phone remotely”, published June 6 2014 By Jose Pagliery, CNN Money.

So how can the NSA do this? Well, you know it’s all about that Baseband Processor.

Baseband Processor hack by NSA - How the NSA can remotely turn on your cellphone to spy on you

Apparently the hack relates to your baseband Processor in your smartphone, the secondary DSP (Digital Signal Processor) that handles communication to the Cell Tower for the Telecom Provider that your cellphone belong as noted in the article “Can the NSA Remotely Turn On Your Mobile Phone?”, published MAY 30, 2014 12:36 PM ET BY JILL SCHARR, Discovery News.

The other processor in your Smartphone actually controls the smartphone functionality and mainly runs the OS and Apps; that goes off when you press the power button. However, the Baseband Processor stays on, patiently listening out for commands from the cell towers for you Telecom Providers. It is this fact about the baseband Processor that is the basis for this hack which the CIA and NSA has had the capability to do since 2004.

The CIA (really the NSA) can use a femtocell or attocell in a hack similar to the Baseband Hack used to gain access to a Blackberry as described in my blog article entitled “How to Hack ANY Blackberry or Smartphone - SGP Technologies survived in the Lion’s Den as Blackphone Hack was cover for Blackberry Baseband Hack”.

The NSA basically mimics a cell tower and your smartphone connects to that femtocell or attocell. It then sends instructions to your cellphone to shutdown but leave the microphone, camera or even the GPS running. This would allow the NSA or CIA to track your location as well as keep listening to you and watching you via your smartphone's camera.

However it isn't totally foolproof. According to chief technology officer of the NSS Labs security John Pirc, a cyberscurity research firm, the hacking method has a warm giveaway, quote: “The only way you can tell is if your phone feels warm when it's turned off. That means the baseband processor is still running”.

Malicious Apps to track you – Trojan Viruses, Malicious updates make Apps into Remote Access Spies

Still, there are better ways to track someone smartphones.

For one, the hacker can use a malicious app with a Trojan Virus that can not only track you but give them the option to remotely control your smartphone, as described in my Geezam blog article entitled “Google Play Store Apps with AdWare threat to Android Security”.

Then there is malicious App updates that exploit weaknesses in the API (Application Interface) for older versions of Google Android smartphones as noted in my Geezam blog article entitledAndroid Browser Security unfixed as Google wants you to Upgrade to Lollipop”.

The hacker can create malicious updates and place them on a server mimicking your app’s server. Then when your app accesses the server to download the latest update, it will install on the phone and modify the app, giving the hacker access to your smartphone.  

This is similar to how one can hack an internet connected car via the Vehicle Entertainment System which in most model cars is connected to the computer that control the brakes and engine as described in my blog article entitled “Automotive Security Researchers tell CNN Money Vehicles are hackable - How Vehicle Entertainment Systems are hacked

Then there is always the alternative of using a malicious app to steal information from another app, as they all share and run in the same memory area on your smartphone as stated in “Sneak Attack: Android Apps Can Spy on Each Other”, published 21.08.2014 by NBCNews.

This was based on the research of Qian and Qi Alfred Chen and Z. Morley Mao of the University of Michigan who had presented their findings at the USENIX Security Symposium in San Diego on Friday August 22nd 2014 in their entitled “Peeking into Your App Without Actually Seeing It: UI State Inference and Novel Android Attacks”.

Finally, they might not even need to get inside of your phone at all; Researchers at Stanford University Israel’s defense research group Rafael have discovered that it’s possible to track a cellphone using just the power levels as described in the article  “SPIES CAN TRACK YOU JUST BY WATCHING YOUR PHONE’S POWER USE”, published 02.19.15 by ANDY GREENBERG, Wired.

Their technique, called PowerSpy, allows them to determine your location over a period of time using an App installed on the Smartphone that tracks your power usage from the Baseband Processor and thus determine which dell tower your connecting to and your relative distance and angular orientation based on what sector of the cell tower your smartphone is connecting.

Defense against the Dark Arts – what to do to stop Malicious Apps spying on your smartphone

The best way to stop Baseband Processor hacks is to really shut down the smartphone by doing a battery pull. Nut as most Smartphone no longer allow you to remove the battery in order to make the battery bigger, this is no longer an option, even if you don't own an Apple iPhone.

Other than that, the other options include placing your smartphone into Recovery Mode or spending a lot of money on signal blocking smartphone cases.

I recommend to not worry about this; the NSA and CIA are really hunting terrorists. Plus to gain FULL control of your Smartphone, they're also have to install a malicious app on your smartphone to remotely control it from the outside.

So be careful of the apps that you download and install, as some of the more innocent ones are giving away your GPS location, which you can of course disable by following the instructions in my blog article entitled “The Reason why I don't like Smartphones - Location Privacy and How to disable Location Services on Android and iOS”.

Plus, it's really the FBI you should be scared of if you're an American, as they are more likely to hack the smartphones of civilians!

How to find work in Jamaica at Call Centers - 1000 workers for Sutherland Global at Ward Avenue Facility Mandeville might host two Call Centers

Folk working in the Call Center World at Xerox, ACCENT Marketing and elsewhere, I’ve more important news relating to Centers that’s more important than Simone Clarke Cooper trying to sneak up on the food on the Smile Jamaica set on Television Jamaica.

This as Mandeville, capital of the parish of Manchester is finally getting their first BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) aka Call Center in the form of Sutherland Global as reported in the article “Mandeville Gets Its First Business Process Outsourcing Company” Published Thursday March 12, 2015 by Janet Silvera, The Jamaica Gleaner.

The Big news broke at a Jamaica Investment Forum on Thursday March 11th 2015 when Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller announced that Sutherland Global was indeed setting up shop in Mandeville.

This pretty much confirmed my earlier blog article entitled “How to find work in Jamaica at Call Centers - 20000 Call Center Jobs at Sutherland Global in New Kingston and Mandeville means boom time for NCU Students in Manchester” where I’d mentioned that Sutherland Global was expanding not only in New Kingston but also to Mandeville.

They’re also looking for an additional 1000 Call Center Agents, QA (Quality assurance) and Supervisors, most likely staff draw from persons who live in Mandeville. This is my estimate based on the words of Country Head and Associate Vice President for Sutherland Global, Odetta Rockhead, who outlined plans at the Jamaica Investment Forum gathering to grow Sutherland Global from 2000 Jamaican employees to 3000 Jamaican employees.

For those wishing to apply to Sutherland Global, it might be a good idea to read up about the Country Head and Associate Vice President for Sutherland Global, Odetta Rockhead.

Her whose rise to her current position makes for interesting reading as per the article “Odetta Rockhead, The Woman Who Conquered The BPO Challenge”, published Monday March 16, 2015 by Karrie Williams, The Jamaica Gleaner.

Sutherland Global in Mandeville – 70,000 square feet of ICT Ward Avenue Facility might host two Call Centers

Sutherland Global is truly growing at a very fast pace since 2012 when they had launched as chronicled in my blog article entitled “UWI opens Call Center to employ Students - Call Center Work before Six Degrees of Hell in the Working World”.

Since then, they've switched from hiring University students, their initial pool of employees to taking on persons who've applied from outside of the University of the West Indies as of the fourth quarter of 2014 as per my blog article entitled “How to find work in Jamaica at Call Centers - Sutherland Global Service is now hiring Full-Time Customer Care Consultants to work at the Mona Technology Park as Christmas draws nigh”.

The location of Sutherland Global's Call Center is almost confirmed, with the ICT facility being built on Ward Avenue as described in the article “Ward Avenue ICT facility almost ready”, published Monday, March 23, 2015 BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter, The Jamaica Observer being the most likely location.

Based on its size, it may host not only Sutherland Global, but another Call Center. So we may be looking at not just one, but two (2) call Centers sharing the 70,000 square feet of ICT space that's capable of hosting about 1000 seats.

Already the Minister of Finance, Dr. Peter Phillips, has tabled a National five-year strategy to grow the BPO industry from the current target of 15,000 seats to some 30,000 by 2020 as stated in the article “Business Process Outsourcing Sub-Industry To Drive Growth”, Published Wednesday March 25, 2015, The Jamaica Gleaner and “Government hopes to double BPO employment by 2020 — Phillips”, published Sunday, March 15, 2015 BY KARENA BENNETT Business reporter, the Jamaica Observer.

So with 1000 workers needed in six (6) months time, if you're in Mandeville, this may be your lucky day.

Ministry of Agriculture bans US, Canadian Chicken Products - Why H2N2 Avian Flu is Shadows of 2014 Chicken Shortage during Easter 2015

Planning an Easter Egg hunt with coloured Easter Eggs as described in my MICO Wars blog article entitled “How to Dye Bright Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Eggs to go with your Easter Bun?” You may have to rethink your plans for the little ones as there is a coming Chicken Shortage, which means Egg shells may also be in short supply.

Remember in my article on Chikungunya Death entitled “Jamaican Chikungunya Outbreak possible – Why H1N1 Outbreak in Jamaica possible as 1,731 die in India from H1N1 Outbreak” where the Canadian Government via their Public Health Agency of Canada had warned their Canadian Citizens not to travel to the Caribbean as the Chikungunya outbreak is not yet over?

Well, it looks like the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture here in Jamaica has now issued a ban on imported chicken from both Canada and the US of A out of fears of avian influenza Virus or H5N2 coming to Jamaica as reported in the article “Jamaica Bans Importation Of Poultry And Poultry Products From North America”, Published Thursday March 19, 2015, The Jamaica Gleaner.

This ban took effect on Friday March 12th 2015 as stated in the article “Jamaica Bans Poultry Imports From Parts Of US, Canada”, Published Friday March 20, 2015 by Tameka Gordon, The Jamaica Gleaner in a bid to protect our local Chicken Industry.

H5N2 is now known to infect humans and is often confused with H1N1, a strain of the Influenza Virus also referred to as Swine flu now ravaging as stated in the article “India In just 3 months, swine flu deaths surpass worst annual toll”, published March 26, 2015 by Chaitanya Mallapurm, Business Standard infecting some 32,663 people in India and killing 1,947 since the start of 2015
Another Chicken and Egg Shortage like last year in from January 2014? I’ll explain the details!

Ministry of Agriculture bans US and Canadian Chicken Products – Anything Chicken incinerated against Avian Flu

Somehow I fail to see the significance of this; I’ve stopped eating Chicken a long time ago now that I’m doing my Professional Diploma in Teaching at the MICO University College as evidence from my blog article entitled “Cooking Restart at MICO - How to Cook a Meal in under 30 minutes and make Drinks with Bag Juice”.

But the meat eaters are concerned, so my article is really obligatory, not to mention whetting my app├ętit of my readers for a little local action on my blog.  

According to the article “Jamaica Bans Poultry Imports From Parts Of US, Canada”, Published Friday March 20, 2015 by Tameka Gordon, The Jamaica Gleaner, the Ministry of Agriculture is banning the following chicken related products:

1.      By-products not fully cooked
2.      Feathers
3.      Hatching eggs
4.      Live birds
5.      Offal i.e. internal organs including entrails from within the chickens
6.      Poultry
7.      Poultry products whether raw, chilled, fresh or frozen
8.      Powdered Egg yolks and Egg whites
9.      Raw pet foods containing poultry

The Specific areas from the US of A and Canada where the products are being banned are as follows:

1.      Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington in the USA
2.      British Columbia in Canada

This is clearly very serious; the Ministry of Agriculture, possibly with assistance from the Public Health Department from the Ministry of Health, has already made plans to incinerate any poultry and poultry products (aka chicken) coming from the USA and Canada as noted in “Brace For Chicken Shortage Amid Ban On Some Imports – Producers”, Published Friday March 20, 2015, The Jamaica Gleaner.

This has prompted Poultry producers to warn Jamaican consumers of the possibility of a chicken Shortage.

Shadows of the Chicken Back Shortage of 2014 - Egg and Chicken Shortage during Easter

This coming Chicken Shortage is very similar to the Chicken Back Shortage of August 2014 which saw Jamaican putting Crocodiles and even mongoose on the menu to satisfy our lust for meat as reported in my blog article entitled “Jamaicans now Eating Sly Mongoose as Chicken Back shortage Gets closer to Christmas - Family and Community Gardens needed to Grow what we Eat and reduce Food Import Bill”.

They've also activated a National Emergency Animal Disease Committee to get themselves ready to handle any possible outbreak of avian influenza or bird flu among the Animal population. This committee involves:

1.      Ministry of Health
2.      Jamaica Customs Agency
3.      Poultry Industry Producers

They also plan to reach out to small-scale poultry operators, Egg farmers, pet bird owners and pet stores, basically anyone who want to import live chickens and eggs for breeding purposes to make sure they achieve compliance.

After all, we're STILL experiencing an Egg Shortage since January 2014 that has basically lasted all of that year due to increasing demand as a Meat replacement and declining supply from local Egg Farmers as explained in my blog article entitled “Egg Shortage in Jamaica set to continue to March 2014 - Poor Agricultural Planning to blame as Cheap Meat shortages forcing many to become Ovo-Lacto Vegetarians”.

But if this is as bad as it sounds, we may also be looking at an increase in baked goods that use eggs, such as Cakes, Puddings and Easter Bun, a staple during Easter and further on into the year! Chicken we can live without, as other forms of meat exist; Eggs will be sorta tough to replace!

These measures mean that major players in the Poultry Industry cannot import powdered eggs albeit they can switch to powdered Egg Substitutes like Hampton Creek Foods Egg Replacement made from blended organic plant proteins and spices as explained in my blog article entitled “CPJ's Liquid Eggs Limited Jamaican Egg Shortage - How Imported Eggs from Hampton Creek Foods may alleviate Egg Shortage in December 2014”.

So Eggs Easter with your Festival and Fry fish? You may have to skip Eggs and Chicken. Then again, it’s the Season of Lent; you can do without it. It’s after Easter that the meat eaters in Jamaica have to worry about!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

US$199 Eko Core Stethescope by @EkoDevices – Why Nurses and Doctors can become Cardiologists as IoT meets Big Data

Doctors and Nurses in Jamaica, get ready to buy the latest gadget that can actually help you become a cardiologist overnight!

Eko Devices is a company that has developed an attachment to the familiar stethoscope called the Eko Core that will take this analog listening device into the Digital age as stated in the article “Eko Devices' smart stethoscope could eliminate unnecessary cardiologist referrals”, published September 15, 2014 5:20 PM by Mark Sullivan, Venturebeat.

The US$199 Eko Core is an attachment that fits in-between the stethoscope’s earpiece and chest attachment. It listens to the heartbeat and re-transmits the sound it hears to an Apple iPhone or Apple iPad via Bluetooth LE.

The Eko Core then uploads the data via the internet to a server run by Eko Devices that analyzes and compares the heartbeat against a known database of heartbeats and returns an accurate diagnosis of the patient.

This last part reminds me of another product, called the US$199 SCiO Portable IR Spectrometer that's made by Consumer Physics  that analyzes the chemical composition of anything it scans as noted in my blog article entitled “Consumer Physics US$199 SCiO Portable IR Spectrometer – Star Trek Tricorder that can scan the Molecular World”.

So how did Eko Devices get the idea for US$199 Eko Core?

And can this attachment make a difference in healthcare or is it just another gadget for doctors, like Google Glass as noted in my blog article entitled “Google Glass with Intel Chips - US$199 Google Glass Plus coming as Intel Core M 14nm Processor shrinks Battery for US Army and Medical Doctor Demand”.

US$199 Eko Core Stethoscope attachment – Doctors don’t trust their own hearing in diagnosing Heart disease

Dr Connor Landgraf, founder and CEO of Eko Devices, came up with the idea while he was still in graduate school for biomedical engineering. By chance, a professor introduced Connor Landgraf and his two (2) other co-founders, fellow undergraduates Jason Bellet and Tyler Crouch to a panel off six (6) physicians who expressed interest in their product.

The stethoscope stood out in those discussions and is usually the obvious identifying mark of a doctor. In many cases, it’s the first tool that he reaches for when diagnosing a patient.

However, many doctors and nurses aren’t trained cardiologists as argued in the article “Futuristic Stethoscope Attachment To Go Into Clinical Trials”, published 3/12/2015 by Sarah Hedgecock, Forbes.

With the US$199 Eko Core, the possibility exists to turn these health care professionals and even regular folk at home who have a stethoscope into doctors, to quote Dr. John Chorba, who’s involved in a clinical trial where the Eko Core accuracy is being compared against EKG (Electro Cardiograph) readings: “What’s really exciting is it has the potential to make internists and nurse practitioners and other types of providers into cardiologists”.

US$199 Eko Core Stethoscope attachment – IoT meets Big Data to turn Doctors and Nurses into Cardiologists

The Eko Core, being the latest in the trend of IoT (Internet of Things) to final come to the Medical Profession, can also be used gather the heart signatures of millions of heart patients from across the world and allows for Cloud Servers to analyze this date in real time.

This concept, called Big Data, will not only make it possible for anyone to become an expert cardiologists in little or no time, but also make it possible to sport heart conditions that much quicker.  

The US$199 Eko Core, powered by IoT and using the concept of Big Data, might finally help Health Care Professionals properly address Cardiovascular disease, which affects 1 in 4 of the world’s population.

Eko DevicesEko Core is set to get FDA (Federal Drug Administration) approval by the end of 2015. The Eko Core has been working with two (2) Hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area to test their product, one of which is UCSF’s department of cardiology.

Eko Devices lists VC (Venture Capital) investors Shazam and former advisor to the HHS secretary John Noonan among its board of investors. They’ve also been in partnership with a VC (Venture Capital) firm StartX accelerator at Stanford, in the heart of Silicon Valley, in hopes of bringing this revolutionary product to market

Doctors and Nurses in Jamaica may think this Eko Core a bit too small and expensive to shell out US$199 for something that an EKG can do and worse only works with an Apple iPhone.

Still, if it will can potentially diagnose heart conditions correctly in real time and save on the visit to a cardiologist, then Eko Core  is gonna be a device that’ll become an indispensable standard as the Stethoscope itself has been for the past 200 years.

Here’s the link:

Monday, March 23, 2015

Palcohol officially approved by TTB - Why Children will Abuse as US States and Countries ban this @Palcoholic product

“There are very serious concerns about the illegal use of powdered alcohol by young people, possibly even bringing it into schools or other events and locations that prohibit alcohol consumption”

New York State Senator Joseph Griffo, in a statement in 2014 on the dangers of children abusing Palcohol

Well, that didn’t take long!

Palcohol, the powdered version of alcohol was approved for sale in the US of A on Tuesday March 17th 2015, by the TTB (U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) approved Palcohol as reported in the article “Powdered Alcohol Is Now Legal — But Is It Safe?”, published March 16, 2015 07:04am ET by Rachael Rettner, Livescience.

This was such interesting News that it made an appearance in the Jamaica Observer in the article “US approves powdered alcohol”, published Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:11 AM , The Jamaica Observer.

More specifically, four (4) flavours of this product have been approved for sale in the US of A as noted in the article “Powdered alcohol gets federal agency’s approval”, published March 11 2015 By Associated Press, The Washington Post.

Those four (4) flavours are:

1.      Cosmopolitan
2.      Powderita (a margarita flavor)
3.      Rum
4.      Vodka

Palcohol, a product that's the brainchild of businessman Mark Phillips,  is powdered dehydrated Alcohol that you mix with 177 ml (6 oz) of water to produce a standard drink that was launched in April 2014 as explained in my blog article entitled  “Businessman Mark Phillip's Palcohol gets TTD Approval – Drinkers will judge Powdered Alcohol from Low Temperature Nitrogen Atmosphere Vacuum Evaporation”.

Already, without it being launched, it's attracting all kinds of negative flack, especially as it already was seen a controversial that couldn’t possibly exist last year and STILL got past the TTB as surmised in the article “Powdered Alcohol 'Palcohol' Sounds Like An Accident Waiting To Happen”, published 3/13/2015 by Alice G. Walton, Forbes.

Palcohol officially approved by TTB - Why Children will Abuse as US States and Countries ban this product

Yes, the bans have already started in Colorado, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Louisiana and Vermont as stated in the article “Powdered Alcohol Wins U.S. Approval”, published March 11, 2015 7:30 p.m. ET By TRIPP MICKLE, Wall Street Journal.

More states are soon to follow. Jamaica may not have announced a ban, but no doubt its importation may already be blocked, despite the TTB stamp of approval. Despite its cumbersome packaging, it still is fairly easy for a skilled Jamaican to sneak a couple sachets into the island via Kingston Wharves.

Red Stripe, meanwhile, since last year May 2014, has stages a successful Inaugural Red Stripe Beer Festival to introduce people to their Beer Brands as well as to possibly stave off defectors to Palcohol as theorized in my blog article entitled  “Red Stripe Beer Festival in the Middle of May 2014 a success – Beer Festival an Annual Event to stave off Sweet Palcohol”.

After all, if it’s in Powered form, it can easily be abused by children. It will definitely create a lot of underage drinkers, especially those trying alcohol for the first time, making it sort of like a gateway drug. 

Children may also mix it with other drugs or drinks to increase the sensation as well as the flavour. They may also resort to snorting it like cocaine, albeit the maker says that's not possible. The worst case scenario is butt-chugging, basically ingestion via the anus as explained in this video.

This all goes again the very idea that Mark Phillips had intended; a portable form of alcohol that only required that you add water as noted in “Powdered Alcohol Is Now Legal In The USA”, published March 17, 2015 by Janet Fang, I Fucking Love Science.

Still, these concerns were not enough to stop it getting the TTB's approval. They'll just have to wait for the Summer of 2015 to see what impact, if any, it has on underaged children’s consumption of alcohol.  If this pops up in Jamaican, both Res Stripe and Parents will have one more competitor for their target audience to worry about.

Here’s the link:
Palcohol Twitter Feed: @Palcoholic

Sunday, March 22, 2015

@RIAA says Streaming beating CD Sales - Why HD Audio Physical Digital Music comeback progresses as Piracy is the Problem

Streaming Music is now gaining rapidly on Physical Digital Music Purchases and Digital Downloading, which are holding on but slowly dying as stated in my blog article entitled “RIAA Stats on Music Streaming – Why 4G LTE and Cheaper Cloud Storage means downloads extinct”.

Now, more recent stats from the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), Streaming Music is slowly set to make Physical Digital Music Purchases and Digital Downloading extinct as well.

At least based on Revenue from Streaming vs Physical Digital Music Purchases as stated in the article “Music labels are reportedly pressuring Spotify to limit free streaming”, published March 21, 2015 06:14 pm By Dante D'Orazio, The Verge.
Initially it was killing downloading, based on statistics from the Music Trade group, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for the first six (6) months of 2014 as stated in my blog article entitled “RIAA Stats on Music Streaming – Why 4G LTE and Cheaper Cloud Storage means downloads extinct”.

So why is Streaming gaining popularity so rapidly? And is the profit engine everyone claims, despite lower revenues due to Free Streaming? First the RIAA stats!

RIAA says Streaming is taking over – Downloads and physical media still king as Streaming Rises

RIAA stats as detailed in “Streaming Music drowns out CD sales in US for the first time”, published March 19, 2015 6:22 AM PDT by Joan E. Solsman, CNET News cover Music sales under several categories:

1.      Streaming
2.      Digital Downloads
3.      Physical Digital Music
4.      Synchronizations e.g. Apple iCloud, Amazon Cloud Drive
5.      Ringtones and Ringbacks

According to Music Sales stats from the RIAA for 2014:

1.         US$6.97 billion in Total Music Sales
2.         US$1.87 billion for streaming Music Sales
3.         US$1.85 billion for CD Sales
4.         US$2.58 billion for Music Digital Downloads

Broken down into percentages, that appears as thus:

1.      0.5% decline in Total Music Sales
2.      29% increase in streaming Music Sales
3.      12.7% decrease in CD sales

Currently as it stands for 2014, the RIAA estimates the contributions of the four (4) segments to the Music Revenue Pie as thus:

1.      37% is Digital Downloads
2.      32% is Physical Digital Music
3.      27% is Streaming
4.      3% is Synchronizations e.g. Apple iCloud, Amazon Cloud Drive
5.      1% is Ringtones and Ringbacks

This is vividly shown in the pie chart below:

Streaming is apparently on a roll, thanks to the gradual expansion of 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) services across the US of A and cheaper Broadband Internet such as AT&T U-Verse, Verizon Fios and Google Fiber as explained in my blog article entitled “AT&T launching 4G LTE powered Wi-Fi and expanding AT&T U-Verse - AT&T offensive as Google sprouts 1 Gigabit IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi Protocol as Jamaica catches up”.

RIAA says Streaming beats CD Sales - Why Streaming needs to make more money for Artiste to maintain momentum

The Streaming world is made up mainly of the following services:

1.      Apple's Beats Music
2.      Pandora
3.      Sirius XM
4.      Spotify
5.      Vevo
6.      YouTube

The contributions to Music Industry revenues have been gradually rising, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by Industry watchers:

1.      27% in 2014
2.      21% in 2013
3.      5% in 2010

Meanwhile Digital Downloads and Physical Digital Music have been on a gradual decline:

1.      40% of Music Sales was Digital Downloads in 2013
2.      32% of Physical Digital Music was Digital Downloads in 2013

Good to note here that Physical Digital Music covers the sale of CD's, DVD's and Vinyl, with Vinyl seen a peculiar renaissance among Millennials (ages 18 to 28) thanks to the Hipster trend of liking Nostalgia based on the statistics from analyst Statista as noted in my blog article entitled “Statista projecting Vinyl Records to breach 7 million Sold – Vinyl Record Pressing Renaissance by Hipsters for owning all things Luddite”.

Even in Jamaica, Vinyl records of original sounds are in high demand, with collectors looking for that authentic sound travelling thousands of miles just to add that rare LP to their collection as noted in the article “Vinyl Records Enjoying A Resurgence In Sales”, published Sunday March 22, 2015 by Roy Black, The Jamaica Gleaner.

So it's possible that CD's too, again driven by Millennials love for better quality Music.

This possibly exists due to better designed Portable Blu-Ray Players that offer even higher density HD Audio Music based on Quartz Crystal as predicted in my Geezam blog article entitled “Blu-Ray Disc Association at IFA says 4K Blu-Ray Disc coming in 2015”.

Streaming needs more paying Subscribers – Artiste flee as HD Audio Physical Digital Music makes a comeback  

Still, for streaming to grow, Revenues need to increase as popular free steaming services like Spotify need to turn freeloaders into paying customers as noted in the article “Music labels want less free Music on Spotify”, published March 22, 2015 By David Nield, Digitaltrends.

Even Jamaican Promotes are complaining about the low level of Revenues from Streaming websites as noted in the article “Streaming sites hit sour note with local Musicians”, published Sunday, March 01, 2015 BY STEVEN JACKSON Business reporter, The Jamaica Observer.

US$295 million in revenue, which has grown by 34% is basically chump change, accounting for a mere 4.23% of the overall Music Sales revenue pie and are not even worth mentioning. So too is the revenues of Paid subscription services e.g. Spotify Premium, Rhapsody and Beats Music, which are bringing in US$799 million despite an increase in Music Sales of 25%.

Jamaicans and Streaming revenue - HD Audio Physical Digital Music comeback as Piracy is the Problem

Clearly, Streaming is growing, with local Telecoms Providers getting in on the act by offering Music Streaming Services as noted in the article “Digicel, LIME Add Music To Product Line Up”, Published Friday January 23, 2015, The Jamaica Gleaner.

More details on their services in another article, as Streaming in Jamaica via the Telecom Providers is a growing Trend, House Tyrell of Game of Thrones Style.

Already Streaming Radio is on the rise in Jamaica, with many Web based and App based sources of streaming as noted in my MICO Wars article entitled “How to get Streaming Jamaican Radio Stations”.

But unless more Streaming Music subscriptions is being purchased Paying Customers, then more Artiste like Taylor Swift will be defecting from Streaming Service like Spotify as noted in my blog article entitled “@TaylorSwift13 leaves Spotify – How Spotify’s continues to give 37.5 million users Globally Free Music who need to pay for Music Streaming”, putting pressure on them to solve the problem.

And with that may come a reversal of the Streaming tend as Millennials fall in love with older Physical Digital Music and Digital Downloading models.

With the more recent trend of HD Audio players such as the US$1,249 Cowon Plenue 1 as described in my blog article entitled “US$1,249 Cowon Plenue 1 - The Rolls Royce of HD Audio Players defines High End Music with Sony Walkman NWXZ-ZX1 as Christmas Competition”, this may start happening, once the price comes down of course!

The REAL problem, Piracy, will only stop once ISP (Internet Service Providers) agree with the RIAA to clamp down on Illegal Digital Music and Video downloading as noted in my blog article entitled “Telecom Providers and Copyright Alert System - Pirates on Stranger Tides experience Pain au chocolat”.

More article coming on Streaming Music as Smartphone and Tablet Trend increases and 4G LTE launch in Jamaica beckons!