Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Bossa Conference - Linux Multimedia Highlights

Edgard and Wim Taymans talking about Gstreamer in the INdT Office


In the 1st day, Milko Boic, principal software engineer for Real on the Helix DNA Client project, talked about "Building Digital Media Solutions with Helix DNA Client".


In the 2nd day, Rishi Bhattacharya, Systems and Software Architect (DSP Systems) from Texas Instruments, talked about DaVinci technology and OMAP.


In the 3nd day, Wim Taymans, core developer and project co-founder, talked about the Gstreamer framework (overview) and what is coming in the next releases.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Brisa 0.3 is out!

Brisa is a UPnP A/V framework written in Python, it enables to create MediaServer/MediaRenderer devices allowing users to share and search content from UPnP A/V devices. It has a plugin architecture enabling new services such as Flickr to be added as UPnP services.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Skype - Voice Mail to Text

Now, Skype users can have their voice mail messages delivered to their e-mail and SMS, the service is based on voice recognition software created by SimulScribe. It uses proprietary voice recognition algorithms to transcribe voicemail to text. The transcribed voice message is held in the e-mail body, while the original audio is contained in an attached .wav file.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Sony - Stereo Bluetooth Accessories

Sony unleashed a suite of Bluetooth 2.0 accessories all supporting the A2DP profile for stereo audio, thus if you have a mobile device with support for A2DP, it will be able to send music directly to their stereo, controlling playback using the phone's playback controls. One day I will have a N800 and a Stereo Bluetooth Headset.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Microsoft must pay $1.5B in patent suit

A U.S. federal jury found that Microsoft MP3 technology has violated patents held by Alcatel-Lucent and should pay $1.52 billion in damages. If you don't know which patents Alcatel-Lucent used to get a $1.52 billion from Microsoft, they are:
Definitively to use OGG Vorbis is the best way to avoid lawsuits.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Carman - OBD-II analyzer for Maemo platform

"Carman is the first OBD-II analyzer for Maemo platform. You are wondering why your car's Check Engine Light is on. Carman will help you answer that."

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Steve Jobs and DRM

Thoughts on Music

Steve Jobs talked about DRM and why the labels insisted on it. It is a import post, and I recommend you read. After pros and cons, Steve Jobs concludes that the best course of action is to abandon DRM completely. He said: "Perhaps those unhappy with the current situation should redirect their energies towards persuading the music companies to sell their music DRM-free."

Photo sharing application

Picme provides an interesting 3-D interface that offers a “perspective view” to allow users to sift through large collections of photos. It isn't a product yet but at least it seems promising at the beginning.