CircleMe in Italiano!

An Italian speaker would say “Fantastico!”. Yes, because from today our beloved CircleMe platform on the web is fully translated in Italian. Any user of CircleMe from today will be able to set the user-interface to Italian just by visiting their settings and selecting Italian as the preferred language. We have already prepared more than 5,000 interests, 30,000 posts and 6,000 calendar events for our Italiano’s :).

Why Italian before other more popular languages? For a couple of reasons: on one side, Italy is the second most active country on CircleMe after the USA and just before the UK: on the other side, our company has strong roots in Italy and proudly we want all Italian-only speakers to be able to enjoy our platform to the fullest.

CircleMe in Italiano

With today we kick-off hopefully a process to localize our application in as many languages as possible, and as soon as we can. We have received requests to translate CircleMe in Spanish, French, Portuguese (BR), German, Thai and many other languages. We are a small team, so please be patient with us. If, on the contrary, you cannot wait for CircleMe to be translated in YOUR language and you want to help us, just write us a note at info [at] circleme.com and we will be super-grateful to welcome you as a “localization supporter”. 🙂

And now… enjoy our BELLISSIMO CircleMe!

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Atkins and Von Oswald keeping the beat alive in Berlin

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Electronic Dance Music or EDM is here to stay. House music developed in the black night clubs of Chicago and Detroit in the United States in the mid-1980’s and has evolved since taking a whole new generation and countries, especially in Europe by storm.

In Germany, the band Juan Atkins and Moritz Von Oswald have been helping to link the beats of Detroit with the capital Berlin.

According to Moritz Von Oswald, in an interview with Electronic Beats, the idea of playing electronic music in the German capital was a brain storm of Dimitri from Tresor who got the idea to link the music being played in the USA in Berlin.

“He really pushed things forward. He was really into getting Berlin and Detroit to connect. Tresor worked on getting [music] well spread, and over boundaries,” said Von Oswald.

Moritz doesn’t necessarily describe himself as a techno person but as a “rhythmically interested” person and he wants to put a lot of things into his music such chords and harmony into his rhythms.

Juan Atkins came onto the season in the 1980s and started the association with Von Oswald in the 1990s. One of their most important collaborations is the album Borderland.

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Podgorica Festival a hit

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The Electronic Beats Fall Festival got off with a bang with the first festival in Podgorica in Montenegro (read here more news about Podgorica). Some of the acts in the lineup were Disclosure, Mount Kimbie, and Retro Stefson.

The event was staged in a small sports stadium with not so great weather as there were a few rain showers.

Retro Stefson opened the concert with high energy from the eight-piece synth-pop group presenting music from their latest self-titled album which was released earlier this year.

Mount Kimbie, who also released their second album earlier this year, and are currently on tour in Europe and the USA, contributed to an already party atmosphere with soundtrack from the musical duo of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos out of London.

The sibling pair of Guy and Howard Lawrence, otherwise known as Disclosure, had a good-sized crowd by the time they took to the stage. Still only a few months after they released their debut album, the pair were eagerly awaited by the soaking-wet Podgorica crowd.

The Electronic Beats Fall series will continue with concerts in Zagreb, Croatia and Dresden, Germany later this year.

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Downton Abbey Returns

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Fans of the popular English drama “Downton Abbey” will be thrilled when the series opens Season 4 this weekend.

A Season 4 trailer 10-seconds long has been released featuring the voice of Dame Maggie Smith (who plays the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley in the popular drama) speaking as one of the doors in Downton Abbey opens.

Smith is assumed to be speaking to Lady Mary telling her that she has a choice between life and death.

Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary in the drama, is pleased that the new season will find her with several new love interests following the death last season of her husband, Matthew Crawley-played by Dan Stevens.

Lady Mary will be struggling this season to raise her baby son as a single mother.

Downton Abbey has been critically acclaimed since it first premiered on ITV in 2010. It has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film as well as a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.

The series is also showed in the USA on PBS as part of the Masterpiece TV. Downton Abbey is set at the titled fictional country house in Yorkshire and follows the lives of the Crawley family and their servants.

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The Wanted goes on tour

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British group The Wanted will be going on tour this summer. They will tourNorth America with “Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen.

The group will do a series of concerts in Las Vegas; Stanmere in the UK; MadridSpain; San DiegoArizonaDallasWindsorConnecticut, and New York.

Signs of their popularity in the US are already evident as they sold out Central Park in a concert on the morning current affairs show Good Morning Americaon August 23.

The group’s new album “Word of Mouth” is due to be released on September 16. The first single off the album “We Own the Night” was released worldwide on August 11.

The boy band, which was formed in 2009 released their first album The Wanted in October 2010 and peaked at number four on the UK charts.

The group first met with success in the USA and Canada in early 2012 hitting the top five in both countries with their single “Glad You Came”.

The group has its own reality series on E! Television entitled The Wanted Life. The series follows the group as they record their third album and prepare for this month’s tour.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D to be shown in the UK

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Marvel Comics’ new television series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” is to be shown on the UK’s Channel 4 this autumn, not long after its premiere on USA networkABC.

S.H.I.E.L.D means “Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division”. The show will be the first live-action TV series made by Marvel which is known for such comic superheroes as The Avengers.

The series has been described as “big, bold and absolutely exhilarating” by Channel 4′s Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt. The show was created for ABC by Joss Whedon who created other hits such as” Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly”. Whedon directed 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers.

The series centres on agent Phil Coulson and his team of small and highly select fellow agents. The crew is chosen to investigate several new strange and unknown happenings around the world trying to protect them from the extraordinary occurrences.

The team’s members are highly trained in combat and martial arts, bio-chemistry, and espionage. Among the stars are British actress Elizabeth Henstridge of “Hollyoaks” fame as Agent Jemma Simmons. The rest of the cast will be mostly American actors.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones among hottest women over 40

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British actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has been turning heads for almost two decades and is now being named as one of the hottest women in Hollywood over 40 years old.

Other women over 40 on the list include Gwyneth Paltrow, who is married to Coldplay lead singer, Chris Martin, British supermodel Naomi Campbell who is 43, Colombian actress Sofia Vergara who stars in the American sit-com “Modern Family”.

It is perhaps a blessing that good Zeta-Jones is still considered hot. The 43-year-old Welsh-born actress, who starred in this summer’s sequel, “Red2”, is reported to be about to split from her husband of 13 years, Hollywood legend, Michael Douglas.

The Oscar-winning mother of two children Dylan and Carys, has not been pictured together with her husband for the last four months.

Both 68-year old Douglas and Zeta-Jones have struggled with personal health issues within the last few years. Zeta-Jones revealed that she was suffering from bipolar disorder while Douglas had a very public battle with throat cancer.

The pair live in separate homes, Zeta-Jones in New York state and Douglas in Manhattan. Douglas is currently on the East Coast of the USA filming a movie with Diane Keaton.

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Google tackles the UK Internet music

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Internet Company Google has decided to tackle the United Kingdom music streaming market.

The company has launched Google Play Music All Access in the UK, entering an already crowded market in an attempt to challenge Spotify, Deezer, Rdio, Xbox Music, Sony’s Music Unlimited, and Rara.

The new service will cost £9.99 per month but new customers will get it for £7.99 until September. The other services have free options while All Access does not.

All Access has already been launched in the USA, New Zealand, and Australia and there are plans to launch the service in other parts of Europe such as Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain.

The service will offer a range of features including unlimited “on-demand” access to millions of tracks; Smartphone apps; recommendations for new music, and a personalised radio feature.

The UK is the fastest growing market for streaming music in the world. Over 20 million people paid for subscription music services last year.

People in the UK streamed more than 3 billion tracks in 2012 earning more than £49 million in income for British record labels.

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Planes to hit cinemas

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First it was Cars. Now it is PlanesDisneyToon Studios is bringing another animated mode of transportation to the big screens with the new movie of the same name.

Planes is a 3-D computer animated film and is set to be released by Walt Disney Pictures in the USA on August 9 despite originally being intended to be a straight-to-DVD venture.

It is a spin-off the Pixar Studios Cars franchise and is expected to be a franchise of its own as it is to be a trilogy.

The cast of comics includes British actor John Cleese as British BulldogBrad Garrettof Everybody Loves Raymond as fuel truck ChugDane Cook who voices Dusty Crophopper, Cedric the Entertainer as the fertiliser-spraying tanker Leadbottomand Julia Louis-Dreyfus as ex-Canadian mail plane Rochelle.

Teri Hatcher and Stacy Keach are also among the cast.

The team from DisneyToon helped create the characters by going out and taking pictures of various types of planes and then trying to match them with the voice actors.

The film is geared both towards children and their parents so the adults can enjoy the sophisticated humour as well.

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