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Rodney Edson 2017-05-19
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p Blogging platform Medium has introduced audio to its premium membership, meaning that paying Medium users will be able to listen to stories as read by either the author or a voice actor.

According to VentureBeat, every member-exclusive story will have audio, as well as a few selected by Medium staff.

Medium says on its membership page:

Our audio content is designed to give you a direct, emotional version of each story with professionally recorded narrations – no automated voices allowed.

According to TechCrunch, Medium is using voice actors in some cases, and the author’s own voice in others.

While Medium think this could be most useful for people who are on the go, or don’t have time to read, it also helps accessibility.

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Henry Booker 2018-09-05
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Didi upgrades panic button and adds audio recording after riders killed–CNN

What happened: Starting last Saturday, Didi suspended seven late-night services for a week as it implements additional safety measures.

Upgrades include an improved emergency button that allows users to instantly call the police, a new function that will record audio on Express and Premier trips, more background checks, and a mandatory daily “safety knowledge test” for drivers.

The measures follow widespread public anger over two passenger murders in the last four months and arrive just in time as Chinese authorities begin their inspections of ride-sharing companies today.

Why it’s important: Didi has been on the scramble to make up for a significant drop in public trust following the two high-profile murders, as well as a string of sexual assaults that have taken place in recent years.

Following a public apology from company founders last week, this appears to be the ride-hailing giant’s latest attempt to appease angry users.

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Wayne Strickland 2017-09-16
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I say that because this California based company specializes in high-performance audio components that sell for real-world prices.

Take this one, the Jotunheim stereo preamplifier/headphone amp, sold with your choice of a built-in, 192-kHz/24-bit high-resolution digital converter, a moving-magnet phono preamp for buyers using turntables.

Jotunheim shares a similar design aesthetic with the other Schiit products.

There's one hitch: It doesn't come with a remote control, and that might be a deal breaker for some potential buyers.

The front panel has a three position input selector switch, and a low/high gain switch so you can use the Jotunheim with in-ear or full-size headphones, plus two headphone jacks, a 6.3mm and a balanced four-pin XLR one.

That's where the Jotunheim gets really interesting, it's a fully-balanced stereo preamp-headphone amplifier, with a description from Schiit that says, "Jotunheim's gain stage is a unique, inherently balanced, fully discrete current feedback topology that provides both balanced and single-ended output without the need for splitters or summers.

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Bart King 2021-05-03
(NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) Researchers are now able to wirelessly record the directly measured brain activity of patients living with Parkinson's disease and to then use that information to adjust the stimulation delivered by an implanted device. Direct recording of deep and surface brain activity offers a unique look into the underlying causes of many brain disorders; however, technological challenges up to this point have limited direct human brain recordings to relatively short periods of time in controlled clinical settings.
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Charles Rodriguez 2017-07-24
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Have you ever wanted to own an undercover FBI van, complete with video and audio recording equipment, and even a toilet in the back for those long stakeouts?

A man from North Carolina, identified by local TV news as Ginter Senfeldas, is selling a 1989 Dodge Ram 350 that he bought at police auction.

With just over 23,500 miles on it, and a sparkling interior, this thing looks like it’s in phenomenal shape for its age.

He claims that it still has some surveillance tapes and notebooks inside.

Senfeldas posted a video of the van that you can watch on YouTube.

He shows off the unique features of the van, including two LCD screens, plenty of audio recording equipment, and microphones and video cameras all around.

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Frederick Jones 2021-06-04
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TLDR: The 2021 Premium Audio Production Bundle explores the equipment, tools, and tips for capturing perfect voice recordings in several of the most popular free and paid audio apps. Here’s a little tidbit for all you podcasters and wannabe podcasters out there: invest in knowing how to record good audio. While quality audio certainly does wonders for the professionalism of a recording, it even plays a surprisingly large role in whether listeners even take the whole project seriously. A USC study found when subjects were asked to rate two versions of the same YouTube talk — one with crystal clear…

This story continues at The Next Web
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Brandon Gaither 2018-07-05
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Is it paranoia if they’re actually out to get you?

According to a year-long study, thousands of Android apps could be secretly recording your phone screen’s interactions, and sending that information to analytics companies to improve the ads sent your way.

People have been concerned that their phones have been physically watching them and eavesdropping on their conversation for years, and much has changed to stop that from happening.

However, the idea that software would watch your phone’s screen and actions hasn’t been as big of a deal — but that could be about to change, as one study of 17,260 apps revealed that a number of those were secretly recording user behavior and habits, and sending it on to other companies.

Those companies would then use the data to alter and refine their advertising profiles, leading to those oddly specific ads for items similar to those you’d been looking at a few hours earlier.

It’s important to note that none of the tested apps — which included apps from the Google Play Store, App China, Mi.com, and Anzhi — attempted to access the device’s microphone or send audio files.

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Belinda Miller 2017-10-30

Google’s Pixel 2 XL, which has been plagued by screen problems, has another stumbling block to contend with: poor audio recording quality.

As first spotted by CNET, and reported by Pixel users on Google forums, the Pixel 2 XL is recording audio that’s high-pitched and distorted.

User Tom Shelton uploaded a video shot on his Pixel 2 XL device that demonstrated the audio problems, and said he returned the phone because of the issue.

A few other users said their device also suffered from the same difficulties, with one adding that 4K videos shot on the device also display “crazy hazing” when the camera is moving.

“Anything in the background sounds like I’m underwater with screeching,” wrote another user of the audio problems.

Google told CNET it’s aware of the audio issues and that a fix will be “rolled out in the next few weeks.” The Google Pixel 2 XL has had issues with its LG display.

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Brian Williams 2017-10-27
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It looks like there may another problem with the Pixel 2 XL, Google's 6-inch marquee phone of the season, but Google says a solution is on its way.

First reported in the Pixel user community, there has been evidence of the Pixel 2 XL recording terrible-sounding audio in video recordings.

In addition to recordings sounding sharp and tinny overall, background sounds are muddy and warbled.

In one extreme case, a user uploaded a recording in which the whole track sounds completely stifled for a few seconds before returning to sounding somewhat normal again.

No complaints have yet been raised on the smaller Pixel 2 phone exhibiting the same issue, but during our Pixel 2 video shootout, CNET editor Lexy Savvides noted that its audio wasn't as robust as the iPhone 8 Plus.

(Read: iPhone 8 Plus vs Pixel 2: Which phone records better video?)

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Paul Kliebert 2017-07-10
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Waze for iOS has been updated with support for recording your own prompts and saving them into a custom voice command pack.

The feature was first launched on the Android version of Waze back in May

Custom voices certainly aren’t new for navigation systems.

Indeed, when dedicated sat-nav devices were at their most popular, companies like TomTom and Garmin offered the ability to buy and install celebrity voice-packs – or, often, celebrity impersonators – for those who wanted someone famous with a distinctive voice to tell them when next to turn.

Some even allowed individual users to create their own packs.

However, as app-based navigation took over, and dedicated hardware shrank in its appeal, custom voices have become less common.

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Michael Wilson 2020-08-18
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Google is rolling out updates that change speaker selection across your smart home.
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Stephen Somogyi 2019-08-16

Skype Microsoft Cortana privacymatters privacy buff.ly/2MlO8Jw

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Bradley Liss 2018-02-01
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With the rapid growth of technology over the last several years, privacy has become a hot-button issue in terms of security.

Simply put, the idea that an Orwellian “Big Brother” presence in the government or a large corporation can listen in on our daily conversations and monitor our online happenings doesn’t sit well for many.

All isn’t lost, however; there are safeguards in place that, at the very least, can semi-protect us from the government’s prying eyes.

These safeguards are baked into a variety of software, allowing you to quickly clear your search history from your browser or your interactions with a host of smart speakers.

This may be worrisome for anyone who chooses to use these types of devices, but the good news is that these recordings are easy to delete.

How to delete recordings from Alexa-enabled devices

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John Salmi 2017-07-04
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Ticketmaster will soon be able to admit you to live events and track your movement using nothing more than a discrete digital audio broadcast from your smartphone.

There are myriad use-cases for Lisnr’s technology — for example, it recently partnered with Jaguar Land Rover to enable vehicles to communicate with mobile devices, other cars, and potentially the broader environment, where smart tone technology is enabled.

This could be used to replace a key fob with a smartphone to unlock the door or to personalize seat settings, including placement and climate control.

Founded out of Cincinnati, Ohio in 2012, Lisnr has raised north of $14 million since its inception and has some notable backers, including Intel, which led its $10 million series B round back in 2015.

As one of the world’s largest ticketing vendors and distributors, Ticketmaster is a major coup for Lisnr as it looks to scale its technology in the real world — the company told VentureBeat that this is the biggest commercial agreement it has made to date.

Though the rollout has already begun in some venues, Lisnr said it will take around four years to complete the process globally.

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Marcel Carroll 2017-10-25
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German automotive parts supplier Continental has developed a new speaker-less audio system for cars it calls Ac2ated Sound.

Continental says the new system will reduce the amount of weight traditionally taken up by car speakers by up to 90 percent, using surface vibrations to deliver sound, much like a violin.

Continental’s system replaces speakers with actuators, which are tiny transducers similar to the core of a traditional speaker.

Dimitrios Patsouras, Continental's engineering director in charge of noise, vibration and harshness, tells Wards Auto that different parts of a car’s interior are suited to deliver different types of frequency ranges.

“The A-pillar is suited for high frequencies,” he says, “while the door panels, for instance, have the right properties for generating medium frequencies.

Similar to speaker technology, we use large components such as the roof lining or rear shelf to generate low frequencies.”

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Carlo Prine 2018-08-14
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Audio technology company Crazybaby — responsible for the mad Mars floating speaker — is back with another pair of great looking true wireless, in-ear buds that, unlike the original Air, hopefully won’t actually drive you crazy, baby, with incessant connection problems.

The Crazybaby Air 1S share an almost identical design, which is a good thing, but with completely reworked connection tech.

The sleek, teardrop design means they are unobtrusive in your ear, and at 4 grams each, they are also very comfortable.

The little buds are stored inside a cylindrical case that also keeps the tiny internal batteries topped up.

Crazybaby says a total of 12 hours is possible.

A selection of different sized tips come inside the package, along with a pair of covers with a built-in tip that wraps around the whole earbud.

collect
0
Rodney Edson 2017-05-19
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p Blogging platform Medium has introduced audio to its premium membership, meaning that paying Medium users will be able to listen to stories as read by either the author or a voice actor.

According to VentureBeat, every member-exclusive story will have audio, as well as a few selected by Medium staff.

Medium says on its membership page:

Our audio content is designed to give you a direct, emotional version of each story with professionally recorded narrations – no automated voices allowed.

According to TechCrunch, Medium is using voice actors in some cases, and the author’s own voice in others.

While Medium think this could be most useful for people who are on the go, or don’t have time to read, it also helps accessibility.

Wayne Strickland 2017-09-16
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I say that because this California based company specializes in high-performance audio components that sell for real-world prices.

Take this one, the Jotunheim stereo preamplifier/headphone amp, sold with your choice of a built-in, 192-kHz/24-bit high-resolution digital converter, a moving-magnet phono preamp for buyers using turntables.

Jotunheim shares a similar design aesthetic with the other Schiit products.

There's one hitch: It doesn't come with a remote control, and that might be a deal breaker for some potential buyers.

The front panel has a three position input selector switch, and a low/high gain switch so you can use the Jotunheim with in-ear or full-size headphones, plus two headphone jacks, a 6.3mm and a balanced four-pin XLR one.

That's where the Jotunheim gets really interesting, it's a fully-balanced stereo preamp-headphone amplifier, with a description from Schiit that says, "Jotunheim's gain stage is a unique, inherently balanced, fully discrete current feedback topology that provides both balanced and single-ended output without the need for splitters or summers.

Charles Rodriguez 2017-07-24
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Have you ever wanted to own an undercover FBI van, complete with video and audio recording equipment, and even a toilet in the back for those long stakeouts?

A man from North Carolina, identified by local TV news as Ginter Senfeldas, is selling a 1989 Dodge Ram 350 that he bought at police auction.

With just over 23,500 miles on it, and a sparkling interior, this thing looks like it’s in phenomenal shape for its age.

He claims that it still has some surveillance tapes and notebooks inside.

Senfeldas posted a video of the van that you can watch on YouTube.

He shows off the unique features of the van, including two LCD screens, plenty of audio recording equipment, and microphones and video cameras all around.

Brandon Gaither 2018-07-05
img

Is it paranoia if they’re actually out to get you?

According to a year-long study, thousands of Android apps could be secretly recording your phone screen’s interactions, and sending that information to analytics companies to improve the ads sent your way.

People have been concerned that their phones have been physically watching them and eavesdropping on their conversation for years, and much has changed to stop that from happening.

However, the idea that software would watch your phone’s screen and actions hasn’t been as big of a deal — but that could be about to change, as one study of 17,260 apps revealed that a number of those were secretly recording user behavior and habits, and sending it on to other companies.

Those companies would then use the data to alter and refine their advertising profiles, leading to those oddly specific ads for items similar to those you’d been looking at a few hours earlier.

It’s important to note that none of the tested apps — which included apps from the Google Play Store, App China, Mi.com, and Anzhi — attempted to access the device’s microphone or send audio files.

Brian Williams 2017-10-27
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It looks like there may another problem with the Pixel 2 XL, Google's 6-inch marquee phone of the season, but Google says a solution is on its way.

First reported in the Pixel user community, there has been evidence of the Pixel 2 XL recording terrible-sounding audio in video recordings.

In addition to recordings sounding sharp and tinny overall, background sounds are muddy and warbled.

In one extreme case, a user uploaded a recording in which the whole track sounds completely stifled for a few seconds before returning to sounding somewhat normal again.

No complaints have yet been raised on the smaller Pixel 2 phone exhibiting the same issue, but during our Pixel 2 video shootout, CNET editor Lexy Savvides noted that its audio wasn't as robust as the iPhone 8 Plus.

(Read: iPhone 8 Plus vs Pixel 2: Which phone records better video?)

Michael Wilson 2020-08-18
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Google is rolling out updates that change speaker selection across your smart home.
Bradley Liss 2018-02-01
img

With the rapid growth of technology over the last several years, privacy has become a hot-button issue in terms of security.

Simply put, the idea that an Orwellian “Big Brother” presence in the government or a large corporation can listen in on our daily conversations and monitor our online happenings doesn’t sit well for many.

All isn’t lost, however; there are safeguards in place that, at the very least, can semi-protect us from the government’s prying eyes.

These safeguards are baked into a variety of software, allowing you to quickly clear your search history from your browser or your interactions with a host of smart speakers.

This may be worrisome for anyone who chooses to use these types of devices, but the good news is that these recordings are easy to delete.

How to delete recordings from Alexa-enabled devices

Marcel Carroll 2017-10-25
img

German automotive parts supplier Continental has developed a new speaker-less audio system for cars it calls Ac2ated Sound.

Continental says the new system will reduce the amount of weight traditionally taken up by car speakers by up to 90 percent, using surface vibrations to deliver sound, much like a violin.

Continental’s system replaces speakers with actuators, which are tiny transducers similar to the core of a traditional speaker.

Dimitrios Patsouras, Continental's engineering director in charge of noise, vibration and harshness, tells Wards Auto that different parts of a car’s interior are suited to deliver different types of frequency ranges.

“The A-pillar is suited for high frequencies,” he says, “while the door panels, for instance, have the right properties for generating medium frequencies.

Similar to speaker technology, we use large components such as the roof lining or rear shelf to generate low frequencies.”

Henry Booker 2018-09-05
img

Didi upgrades panic button and adds audio recording after riders killed–CNN

What happened: Starting last Saturday, Didi suspended seven late-night services for a week as it implements additional safety measures.

Upgrades include an improved emergency button that allows users to instantly call the police, a new function that will record audio on Express and Premier trips, more background checks, and a mandatory daily “safety knowledge test” for drivers.

The measures follow widespread public anger over two passenger murders in the last four months and arrive just in time as Chinese authorities begin their inspections of ride-sharing companies today.

Why it’s important: Didi has been on the scramble to make up for a significant drop in public trust following the two high-profile murders, as well as a string of sexual assaults that have taken place in recent years.

Following a public apology from company founders last week, this appears to be the ride-hailing giant’s latest attempt to appease angry users.

Bart King 2021-05-03
(NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) Researchers are now able to wirelessly record the directly measured brain activity of patients living with Parkinson's disease and to then use that information to adjust the stimulation delivered by an implanted device. Direct recording of deep and surface brain activity offers a unique look into the underlying causes of many brain disorders; however, technological challenges up to this point have limited direct human brain recordings to relatively short periods of time in controlled clinical settings.
Frederick Jones 2021-06-04
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TLDR: The 2021 Premium Audio Production Bundle explores the equipment, tools, and tips for capturing perfect voice recordings in several of the most popular free and paid audio apps. Here’s a little tidbit for all you podcasters and wannabe podcasters out there: invest in knowing how to record good audio. While quality audio certainly does wonders for the professionalism of a recording, it even plays a surprisingly large role in whether listeners even take the whole project seriously. A USC study found when subjects were asked to rate two versions of the same YouTube talk — one with crystal clear…

This story continues at The Next Web
Belinda Miller 2017-10-30

Google’s Pixel 2 XL, which has been plagued by screen problems, has another stumbling block to contend with: poor audio recording quality.

As first spotted by CNET, and reported by Pixel users on Google forums, the Pixel 2 XL is recording audio that’s high-pitched and distorted.

User Tom Shelton uploaded a video shot on his Pixel 2 XL device that demonstrated the audio problems, and said he returned the phone because of the issue.

A few other users said their device also suffered from the same difficulties, with one adding that 4K videos shot on the device also display “crazy hazing” when the camera is moving.

“Anything in the background sounds like I’m underwater with screeching,” wrote another user of the audio problems.

Google told CNET it’s aware of the audio issues and that a fix will be “rolled out in the next few weeks.” The Google Pixel 2 XL has had issues with its LG display.

Paul Kliebert 2017-07-10
img

Waze for iOS has been updated with support for recording your own prompts and saving them into a custom voice command pack.

The feature was first launched on the Android version of Waze back in May

Custom voices certainly aren’t new for navigation systems.

Indeed, when dedicated sat-nav devices were at their most popular, companies like TomTom and Garmin offered the ability to buy and install celebrity voice-packs – or, often, celebrity impersonators – for those who wanted someone famous with a distinctive voice to tell them when next to turn.

Some even allowed individual users to create their own packs.

However, as app-based navigation took over, and dedicated hardware shrank in its appeal, custom voices have become less common.

Stephen Somogyi 2019-08-16

Skype Microsoft Cortana privacymatters privacy buff.ly/2MlO8Jw

John Salmi 2017-07-04
img

Ticketmaster will soon be able to admit you to live events and track your movement using nothing more than a discrete digital audio broadcast from your smartphone.

There are myriad use-cases for Lisnr’s technology — for example, it recently partnered with Jaguar Land Rover to enable vehicles to communicate with mobile devices, other cars, and potentially the broader environment, where smart tone technology is enabled.

This could be used to replace a key fob with a smartphone to unlock the door or to personalize seat settings, including placement and climate control.

Founded out of Cincinnati, Ohio in 2012, Lisnr has raised north of $14 million since its inception and has some notable backers, including Intel, which led its $10 million series B round back in 2015.

As one of the world’s largest ticketing vendors and distributors, Ticketmaster is a major coup for Lisnr as it looks to scale its technology in the real world — the company told VentureBeat that this is the biggest commercial agreement it has made to date.

Though the rollout has already begun in some venues, Lisnr said it will take around four years to complete the process globally.

Carlo Prine 2018-08-14
img

Audio technology company Crazybaby — responsible for the mad Mars floating speaker — is back with another pair of great looking true wireless, in-ear buds that, unlike the original Air, hopefully won’t actually drive you crazy, baby, with incessant connection problems.

The Crazybaby Air 1S share an almost identical design, which is a good thing, but with completely reworked connection tech.

The sleek, teardrop design means they are unobtrusive in your ear, and at 4 grams each, they are also very comfortable.

The little buds are stored inside a cylindrical case that also keeps the tiny internal batteries topped up.

Crazybaby says a total of 12 hours is possible.

A selection of different sized tips come inside the package, along with a pair of covers with a built-in tip that wraps around the whole earbud.