May 18, 2011

EBS to Establish Localized Alerts


Listening to my local updated emergency alert testing, not only was I treated to a high pitched wail that seemed designed for dog ears, there was a hideous voice attached that let me know, "This is a test, this is only a test." Now the government may soon be able to send you emergency alerts on your cellie. Part of the EBS, the Personal Localized Alerting Network uses a chip to let you know when something is going on in your area.

While PLAN may be a plus for knowing when to get out of town, it also may be a violation of privacy because the system relies on carriers data of user location. The program is to begin later this year in New York and Washington D.C. and go national by 2012.


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May 4, 2011

DJ on Spreaker


The recent startup Spreaker can make any ordinary Joe/Jane into a burgeoning DJ. There is a user-friendly console for recording your voice, uploading your tunes and adding special effects. Choose between pre-recording and live broadcasts without the fear of the FCC. Your buds can follow your show and you can actually broadcast it on Facebook. There are no restrictions on the type of show you produce as we found talk, poetry, music, news, religious and comedy channels.

(Thanks, Anna)

Via Spreaker

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March 28, 2011

HTC Evo View Tablet Joins the Group


HTC announced the coming out of the Evo View 4G tablet with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, a 7" display, two microphones, Adobe Flash, a CMOS camera and microSD memory card. HTC Watch is packed in the tablet for streaming video and cloud gaming via OnLive. Another nifty feature is Timemark, a way of tapping on a word in your audio notes that will take you to that exact location. No word on price or exact date of release.


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March 14, 2011

Pioneer AirPlay Compatible AV Receiver


Pioneer has come up with an AirPlay compatible AV receiver. The ASX-1021 works with the 7.1 channel VSX-1021 home theater and adding a LAN adapter allows streaming by iPod/iPhone/iPad. Pioneer has also released free software for remote control and editing playlists via AirJam.

Via Akihabara News

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March 10, 2011

Sony iPhone/iPod Compatible Receivers


Sony has 4 new 7.1 AV receivers with 100 watts per channel, the STR-DN1020, STR-DH820, STR-DH720, and STR-DH520. All of them feature iPhone/iPod compatibility, Ethernet connectivity for their audio platform HomeShare and DLNA and 3D support. All will be released this spring at prices starting at $230.00 with the STR-DH520 due out this month.

Via Akihabara News

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March 8, 2011

Plex Releases Android App


Plex comes to Android with a new $4.99 app. Their media center allows those with the smartphone to stream movies, TV shows, music, photos and videos from the Interweb. With its open framework, developers are encouraged to create new Plex channels, 200 of which are already available, including iTunes, Netflix and YouTube.

Via Plex App

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February 28, 2011

Foxl Audio System, Designed by a Rocket Scientist


Foxl v2 from Soundmatters is a second gen pocket-sized speaker system that can connect to an iPod/MP3 Player, gaming system, laptop or other device. Connect with a standard audio cable and recharge its Lithium-ion BassBattery via USB or wall charger for up to 8 hours of fun. The system was conceived by an actual rocket scientist, former NASA engineer Dr. Godehard Guenther. A system with Bluetooth and hands free microphones is also available.

Via Soundmatters

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February 18, 2011

Freakin' Friday! Archos 70c eReader


It's Archos' turn to release an e-book. The Android run 70c eReader has a 7" TFT display, 4 GB memory, accelerometer, a 600MHz processor and SD card slot and built-in WiFi. The screen rotates in portrait or landscape mode, decodes HD, plays and stores video, music and text. You can preorder now and look forward to 10 hours of ePlaying before needing a charge.

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February 17, 2011 Goes Premium

lastfm.jpg now has a premium subscription service with better quality than their ad-supported version. For $3 per month, users of iPhones, Android smartphones, Sonos products, Logitech Squeezebox and others can receive those clear tones. Click the link for a full line of covered devices and an option to subscribe.


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January 25, 2011

Nuance Speech and Voice Kit


Nuance Communications now has a speech and voice recognition development kit. Supporting several languages, developers can use the technology that is available in Dragon Dictation, search applications and Vocalizer, a text-to-speech app. The SDK can be used for smartphone connection to cars, online i.e. and for use in Apple iOS and Android phones.

Via zd net

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