I stumbled onto an article at arstechnica.com about a potential enhancement to the iPhone 3.0 release. Code named “Jibbler,” the feature is also believed to allow for voice synthesis.
According to the site,”Voice synthesis can then be used to give the user a response, similar to the latest generation iPod shuffle, which can “read” playlists and track names—the difference being that the iPhone hardware itself could handle real-time voice synthesis.”
If this is true, it could have some pretty cool implications. My iPhone connects to my car over Bluetooth, and I’d like to think at some point I can tell my phone (via my car) to open the opentable application and make dinner reservations while I’m driving to the restaurant.
We’ll see what 3.0 really has in store soon enough…
Ok, maybe some software is required, but not the kind you’re probably thinking. ScreenCastle lets you record a screencast via Java through your browser.
Simply go to the website, click on the record button and a popup will ask you for the screen area you wish to capture. A black bar will float at the top of your screen, extending recording controls. It will even capture audio via your microphone.
Aliens & Monsters was a success, with the opening weekend hitting $59.3 million, and is said to be a ground-breaking initiative in the 3D arena.
Variety wrote an article on the new 3D emphasis in film innovation exploration. stating that, “the majors have been quietly exploring the idea of converting some of their most valuable library titles to the new technology.” Test movies up for possible conversion include Transformers, Titanic and The Matrix.
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Reuters wrote an article about IBM’s effort Monday, calling on dozens of tech companies to promote standardization of “cloud” computing. Gartner is estimating the “cloud” market to be a $10 billion business in 2009, which is only a small portion of the $223 biliion business software market. Interestingly enough, some of the major players in the cloud arena, such as Salesforce.com, Google and Amazon, were not actively involved in IBM’s efforts and were not listed as companies supporting the initiative.