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Here's how to get The Futurist, the new jazz/funk/rock/bossa album from Dan Ackerman. The Futurist on iTunes [coming soon] The Futurist on Amazon The Futurist on Google Music [coming soon] The Futurist on Spotify The Futurist on RDIO The Futurist on eMusic The Futurist on Rhapsody [coming soon] The Futurist... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at The Futurist
Just got the first track from the album back from the mastering engineer, check it out below! Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at The Futurist
While you're patiently waiting for 'The Futurist,' note that my previous album, 'Tales Out of Night School,' is under $9 on all the major online music stores. It's really not a "Cyber Monday deal," as these are just the everyday prices, but still -- makes a nice virtual stocking stuffer.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at The Futurist
If you're a fan of the CNET Digital City podcast, here is the long-awaited MP3 of the show's theme song, composed and performed by yours truly. It's meant to evoke a kind of modern take on a '70s PBS science show, to reflect our focus on high-tech topics along with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at The Futurist
Check out these early test mixes of some new tracks -- more to come, no doubt. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at The Futurist
We now kick off the mini-site for The Futurist, my upcoming (hopefully sometime in 2011) album of bossa-nova inspired jazz/funk/rock/indie music. This is the followup to my previous albums, Tales Out of Night School, Third World Order, and This Moment has Happened Before, and like those other records, will be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at The Futurist
Wow, the Steve Jobs flood continues with a lengthy open letter about Adobe and Flash. Many valid points, a few PR-like dodges, such as: "Apple devices cannot play Flash games...Fortunately, there are over 50,000 games...on the App Store, and many of them are free." Here's the opening, and you can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2010 at Steve Jobs Says
Mac software developer Greg Slepak got into a two-reply conversation with Steve about Apple's new app rules. Here's an edited version of the thread, excerpted from this blog post. Greg: Hi Steve, Lots of people are pissed off at Apple’s mandate that applications be “originally written” in C/C++/Objective-C. I love... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2010 at Steve Jobs Says
This is a Jobs classic, from way back in November 2009. John Devo, maker of an app called iPodRip, writes to Steve, saying: I doubt you're aware but we recently received a letter from a law firm working on Apple's behalf instructing us that we had violated several of Apple's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at Steve Jobs Says
As reported on A UK-based fan writes to Jobs, asking if iTunes will ever support the faces and albums features of Google's Picassa photo app. Jobs replies: No, but iPhoto on the Mac has much better Faces and Places features. Sent from my iPhone Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at Steve Jobs Says
The usually mysterious Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, has been oddly chatty of late, sending one-line responses to everyday Apple fans who write to him at his corporate e-mail address. It's such an unusual turn of events, we think these mini-interactions should be captured and preserved for historical context. Naturally,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at Steve Jobs Says
As reported on Jezper Söderlund I'll keep it short. I'm Jezper from Sweden, a long time Apple fan, currently about to replace the very last computer at home with a brand spanking new iMac i7. I'm also awaiting the release of the iPad. However, I have one question: Will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at Steve Jobs Says
| just the facts | Texas native Libe Goad resides in New York City and has covered video games and gadgets for publications such as Blender, PC Magazine, Bust, Seventeen and Sync. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of AOL's video game Web site and a columnist for ZDnet, covering... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2010 at libe
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Mar 15, 2010
When he's not recording jazz/funk-infused indie music, New York native Dan Ackerman is a former radio DJ turned journalist, and has covered technology, video games, computers, nightlife, and music for publications such as SPIN, Blender, The Hollywood Reporter, PC Magazine, and Men's Journal. Dan is currently a Section Editor at and a regular TV talking head seen on ABC News, CNBC, MSNBC, Current-TV, CNN, CBS News, Reuters TV, BBC News, NY1 and others. He was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of, and a Senior Editor at For links to Dan's most recent articles and media appearances, see the social... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2009 at Dan Ackerman