23 Jun

Google Selects HE-AAC Multichannel From Fraunhofer IIS For Google Play Movies in Surround Sound

Google and Fraunhofer IIS deliver the first movies with a true 5.1 channel surround sound experience from Google Play. The immersive sound quality consumers have come to expect from TV, Blu-ray disc or DVD is now available with movies streamed or downloaded from Google Play directly to their Android devices running 4.1 or later. Google chose HE-AAC Multichannel as Android’s only surround sound codec due to its open-standard nature and excellent bit-rate efficiency.

When connected to a surround sound system and TV with an HDMI cable, Android users will be able to play high quality audio and video from their smartphones and tablets in surround. On the go, Android devices will play movies in great stereo quality and selected Nexus products will also include the Fraunhofer Cingo virtual surround rendering technology, which will play movies in realistic surround sound on earphones or tablet stereo speakers.

Android’s HE-AAC Multichannel implementation includes full support for loudness and downmix metadata commonly known from the broadcast TV world, as well as other features that allow the sound to be tailored for an optimum user experience in any listening mode and environment.

“Google Play movies in 5.1 HE-AAC Multichannel sound are the first realization of our vision of bringing true theatrical surround sound to mobile devices,” said Robert Bleidt, Division General Manager at Fraunhofer USA Digital Media Technologies. “The Google and Fraunhofer partnership creates a tremendous value for consumers by offering one format that delivers a high quality experience both in-home and while mobile. Consumers may experience surround sound over headphones while on their way home from work, and finish the movie in true, exciting surround in their living room,” he added.

HE-AAC Multichannel is part of the Fraunhofer FDK AAC codec library for Android since version 4.1 and a required feature of all Android-compatible devices. This software makes open-source Fraunhofer implementations of the MPEG audio codecs AAC, HE-AAC, HE-AACv2, and AAC-ELD available to the Android community.

HE-AAC is today’s most efficient high-quality surround and stereo audio codec deployed in over 5 billion devices and used in TV, radio, and streaming services worldwide. The codec is natively integrated into most operating systems, streaming platforms and consumer electronics devices. In addition to its unique coding efficiency, HE-AAC has the dynamic ability to change audio bit-rates seamlessly in order to adapt to changing network conditions as consumers stream content to a variety of devices. It can be used with any adaptive streaming technology including MPEG-DASH, Apple HLS, Adobe HDS and Microsoft Smooth Streaming.

22 Jun

Adobe’s Kuler beta site resurrects photo-color picker

Adobe Systems has launched a beta version to try out changes to its color-picker Kuler service, including the restoration of an earlier feature to extract dominant colors from photos.

Kuler lets people assemble quintets of colors into a color scheme that’s saved into their own archive; people can browse others’ schemes as well. The colors can be imported into Adobe’s Illustrator software, too.

The photo tool is available by loading the new Kuler beta site. Adobe said Monday it’s seeking feedback on the changes, which it may or may not keep. Adobe also provided an option to use a less obtrusive color wheel and to shrink borders around colors so designers can better judge how they look together.

Kuler is useful, though hardly a heavyweight app like Photoshop or After Effects. But it’s interesting to watch since it’s got new-era online, collaborative, and social aspects that seem to be a priority for Adobe as it tries to convince skeptics that its $50-per-month Creative Cloud subscription is more than just a new way to pay for the old Creative Suitesoftware.

When Adobe cut over to its Creative Cloud subscription program, it introduced an iOS app that also can pick a color scheme from a photo.

Adobe once had a Kuler app for Android, but scrapped it and is channeling its resources toward the Kuler Web interface at present.

In response to a request for a Kuler Android app, an Adobe staff member had this to say:

While the iOS app and the discontinued Android app do have similar capabilities, they are actually quite a bit different. We have found that people use tablets and mobile phones very differently. So, we created the iPhone app with a different focus in mind — which translated to different features, UI, and interactions.

We have also found the tasks most people wanted to accomplish with Kuler, on a tablet device, are very similar to the tasks people undertake with the Kuler website. So, we’ve invested a lot of time and effort into updating the site to embrace the latest Web standards (also announced at MAX). And, it should work really well on Android and iOS tablets. We look forward to getting these updates in the hands of users to hear what they think.

We understand there are many Android phone users who may find an app like the Kuler iPhone app useful, and we’ll monitor demand for that over time.

In my tests on a Nexus 7 tablet, I was able to use the normal Kuler site, but the photo upload and color-wheel shrinking features had some problems. I could use photos I took on the spot and from the photo gallery, but imports from Google+ galleries, Dropbox, and Google Drive failed. Worse, the color wheel for picking colors by hand didn’t work with my touch screen.

21 Jun

Boffin Advises Consumers On The Best Typing Tutor Software This Year, eReflect Announces

Ultimate Typing™ software developer eReflect announced today that the software review website Boffin has published extensive reviews on the best typing tutor software for 2013. As the eReflect representative noted in today’s statement, the company is proud to learn of the high rating given to its product, and appreciates the suggestions and comments provided by this and other reviewers and customers. eReflect states that its goal is to provide the best possible product to users, and relies on such feedback to continually refine and improve its software.

In this most recent review, the Boffin team of reviewers examined four typing improvement software products and concluded that Ultimate Typing™ is the top choice for the review team, as the software includes features and technologies the other products lacked.

The Boffin software review team evaluated all typing tutor software products in terms of efficiency, help and support for users, instruction quality, user friendliness, and several other parameters. While each of the other software products reviewed lacked strength in one or more of these categories, Ultimate Typing™ had all these features and more, making the team’s decision as to the best typing software an easy one. The SoftwareReviewBoffin.com website illustrates the pros and cons of each typing software product in great detail so that interested users can get an accurate idea on how each software works and how it can improve their typing skills.

According to the Boffin website, Ultimate Typing™ was a clear winner as the top 2013 typing tutor software in view of its cutting-edge tools, impressive integrated technologies and its scientifically informed design and overall interface. The review team also highlighted that the software offers a great variety of activities, games, and practice difficulty levels, making it an appealing choice for people of all ages, needs, and learning styles. The Boffin team of reviewers also emphasized that unlike other software, in addition to its extensive practice material Ultimate Typing™ also has the most user-friendly interface making navigation easy, thus allowing users to focus on what really matters, improving their typing speed and accuracy. In today’s statement, the representative from eReflect remarked that the development team is quite pleased with this aspect of the review, as the interface was one area of product development that the software company put a great deal of time into.

The Boffin review concluded by mentioning that all top software products listed on the website are frequently reevaluated in order for visitors to have up to date information on the most efficient software products on the market. It was also stated that the actual differences between the top three software products selected were often rather minute and that once new releases or versions are published, the current ratings are likely to change.

About Ultimate Typing™

Ultimate Typing™ software is designed specifically for the improvement of typing skills. Created by eReflect, a world leader in e-learning and self-development software, Ultimate Typing™ has been informed by the latest developments in the science of touch typing.

Since its creation in 2006 by Marc Slater, the company has already catered to over 112 countries all over the world, offering products with the latest cutting-edge technology, some of which are among the world’s most recognized and awarded in the industry.

21 Jun

Thanko Quad-core Android SmartTV 2, PC Portable LCD TV to Change Android Devices Being Great

Want to feel the sensation of the Android experience to a jolly? If so, the latest portable PCs known as Thanko Quad-core Android SmartTV 2 this might be an alternative solution.

With features and capabilities that it has, you can use Android SmartTV Thanko Quad-core 2 is to convert non-Adroid devices such as LCD TV into an Android device.

PC portable measuring 122x175x121mm and weighs 250g is complemented by a 1.6GHz Quad Core CPU, operating system Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and a built-in 2GB memory. And thanks to the existence of two existing USB terminal, you can use it with a keyboard, mouse, portable HDD and so on.

While about prices in Japan itself, Thanko Quad-core Android SmartTV 2 priced around ¥ 14,800 or the equivalent of 1.5 million dollars per unit.

21 Jun

Facebook Testing New Navigation Menu

California – Facebook amid redesign navigation bar for iOS and Android app for easy use. Some Facebook users reported that the new navigation bar has appeared at the bottom of the screen.

But, it was not all users can get the new navigation bar that is still a beta version of it. With the addition of the menu at the bottom, the side navigation bar is now no longer in the beta version of the Facebook application.

Android users who already have a new navigation bar using Facebook beta version of Google Play Store. While the Apple iPhone users who see the new navigation bar that has installed the regular version of Facebook.

Android users who have installed the Facebook application is given a link to download the beta version of Facebook when they install updates. This all shows the changes coming from the server.

There is no warranty on the features of the new navigation bar. Current navigation bar is still considered to iOS or Android app.

19 Jun

Software Start-Up SnoopWall Secures Funding from Renowned Angel Investment Group

NASHUA, N.H., July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Software start-up SnoopWall announced today that the company has secured a round of funding from the Angel Breakfast Club, one of the oldest investment groups in the country. SnoopWall recently developed an antispyware program that blocks remote eavesdropping. The unique patent-pending technology will be available on laptops, smartphones, and tablets.

“We’re pleased to achieve our first major milestone in the company—acquiring the funds and strategic support needed for SnoopWall to launch,” said Gary Miliefsky, President and Founder of SnoopWall. “It’s an honor to be funded by this prestigious and well recognized angel investment group.”

The Angel Breakfast Club was started in 1976 by the late Mort Goulder. Over the past 30 years, the group has invested in more than 100 companies. The average return-on-investment rate is 29%, a near record for the industry.

Allan Cowen, a leading angel investor and advisor to the company said, “SnoopWall represents another investment opportunity that clearly positions a patent-pending technology that addresses today’s media narrative on mobile security and personal privacy protection.  Backing the SnoopWall project early on came with no hesitation given the market need, and perhaps more importantly, knowing the members of the team and those that have advisory roles.”

SnoopWall is offering a free trial version of their program for Android until August 1. Visithttp://www.snoopwall.com/free-version to sign-up for a copy.

About SnoopWall

SnoopWall is the world’s first counterveillance software company focused on helping consumers and enterprises protect their privacy on all of their computing devices including smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

18 Jun

Cisco’s acquisition of Sourcefire Rp 27 Trillion

California – The company manufactures and network equipment Cisco Systems Inc. will buy security firm Sourcefire. Companies based in San Jose, California that want to expand their business network security sector.
According to the Head of Business Development Cisco, Hilton Romanski, the company wanted to find a target security firm to grow its business. “We look at the major players security business, Sourcefire apparently the most fitting,” she said on Tuesday (23/7) local time.
With this purchase, the shares of each Sourcefire will be priced at U.S. $ 76. Sourcefire’s stock price jumped 28 percent from Monday’s closing price, U.S. $ 59.08.
Cisco is now focused on the security sector. They will mengenjot safety factor in the hardware, software and cloud. Sourcefire is strong in the security sector, especially the matter of detecting and protecting against any attacks.
According to analysts, this penjuala is expensive but worth it. Because in the security market, the market pie Cisco rivals such as Juniper Networks seized Inc., Check Point Software Technologies, and Palo Alto Networks Inc.. But Cisco reluctant to let market. Cisco Security Head Chris Young said the company will not stop until I can be a pioneer in the field of security.
With this acquisition, research firm IDC rate, Cisco should reach growth of as much as 7.8 percent. Brian White, analyst at Topeka Capital Markets judge, with this acquisition, the kinds of large competitors Dell and Hewlett Packard will also provide bid security for their clients.

17 Jun

Acer Launches Aspire Z3 AiO PC-605 with 23 inch Full HD Screen

Taiwanese electronics company, Acer has just introduced its PC all-in-one new, the Acer Aspire Z3-605. AiO PC this one was relying on a large screen and has a high resolution.

Acer Aspire Z3-605 has a 23-inch touch screen with full HD 1080p resolution. AiO PC offers an Intel Core i3-3227U to support 1TB HDD and 4GB of RAM. In addition, Acer is also preparing AiO PC with Intel Core i5 processor options and 8GB of RAM.

AiO PC was launched with the Windows 8 operating system. This computer also comes with an HDMI port and audio output using the optimized Dolby Home Theater v4 technology. AiO PC is also noted as the first with Harman Kardon speakers. In addition, the computer can also be tilted to the position of 10 to 30 degrees.

Regarding the price, this AiO PCs sold at prices ranging from 699.99 USD or about 7 million dollars.

15 Jun

Latest collection of Logitech, Panda Candy & Floral Foray

JAKARTA – After successfully bring wireless mouse with a pattern Pink Splash Black Topography, current Logitech again presents its newest product from the ranks of the Logitech Global Graffiti Collection Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 Limited Edition with Candy Panda and Floral motifs Foray.

“Our latest collection is launched to appreciate while meeting the desire of the public to a wireless mouse that is not only reliable and convenient to use, but also has a creative shape with a unique motif,” said Sutanto Kurniadih Indonesia as Country Manager of Logitech.

The cute design that carried this Logitech is a result of its partnership with the leading designers from around the world. Where, together they create a variety of unique styles and motifs that reflect creativity and personal style of its users.

Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 Limited Edition is equipped with Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking that can work in almost any kind of surface. Not only that, the mouse is also equipped with wireless connectivity Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz which gives you freedom faster data transmission without pauses or the connection is lost.

According to a news release received Okezone, Tuesday (02/07/2013), this wireless mouse is accompanied with a rubberized grip and scroll whell to scroll through. To be able to use the mouse motif Candy Panda and Floral Foray, you simply connect it to a USB port only. Not only that, the mouse is also equipped with On / Off button and sleep mode to conserve battery power.

15 Jun

Site developer “software” Apple hacked

Computer and software giant Apple on Monday AM, said its software developer page has been offline after hacked. Apple warns that personal information regarding users may have been stolen.

“Last Thursday, an intruder tried to break into the personal information of our registered developers on our developer page,” Apple said as quoted by AFP.

Despite the sensitive information is encrypted, “we can not rule out the possibility that some of the names, mailing addresses and email addresses belonging to the developer or may have been accessed.”

The information technology giant said in a statement titled “We’ll be right back” that hackers have hacked the reason “for the sake of transparency and accountability.”

Company officials immediately blocked sites is Thursday U.S. time ago and has since worked to fix it.

“To prevent this kind of security threats happening again, we will thoroughly examine our development system, software update our server, and to rebuild kesuluruhan our database,” said Apple, apologize and hope that the developer’s site soon recover.

This site is a portal to the creators of third-party software to design applications for the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, in addition to being a forum for software developers.

According to Macworld, for days many developers have posted a message pitched frustration and anger on Twitter about the breakdown of the site.