Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?
They only use the RealSpeak TTS (text to speech) engine... . This is really a non story because they can easily switch to another TTS vendor. The only possible impact is that siri would sound different... .
Disclaimer: I'm a developer that worked for Lernout and Hauspie that originally developed the ASR/TTS engine that have been sold to Scansoft/Nuance.
PS: Good luck for Samsung because when we bought certain American companies that also did Pentagon contract work, some Americans weren't that happy about it. I'm even personally convinced that they had some hands in the rapid downfall of Lernout and Hauspie.
New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam
Maybe because news in those countries regarding the Palestian-Israeli war is not one sided ? Even as a non muslim I sometimes have questions how that state operates. Like this week annexing >400km of land for settlers as a form of punishment or a documentary that I saw about a 6 years old boy that needed to go to a military court because a settler saying he threw a rock to him. The story about a brave Israeli that escort palestian children on certain routes so they don't get attacked by settlers.
And the reality is that there are hundred of those kind of stories and it is just completely nuts and a good breeding ground for terrorists... .
I have the feeling that 80% of the hatred for the "west' is targeted to the US and the UK. For the US that has a lot to do with the fact that is some kind of lapdog for Israel. The Uk's problem is that it is the lapdop of the US.
You can believe all the fluffy stories that is because of the "hatred for freedom" or that we in Europe are all anti-semitic, but the reality is that for 9/10 homegrown terrorist the US position is the enemy because it is mainly driven because of a wealthy influential lobby from the us.
Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools
"You do realize that most Christian congregations in the US are decedents of the Church of England. It's not like they have a foreign doctrine"
There is a saying "Holier than the pope" and I think this is a good description of religion in the US. Here in Belgium we even have a catholic university doing a lot of research regarding stem-cells. Even embryonic !
To be honest the most relaxed teacher that I had was my Catholic teacher where in his classes we mostly learned about poverty, other religions and more philosophical stuff about being good to others. Don't had a lot of Jezus, God or bible studies. Let alone no "you shall not do X, Y or Z". I found those classes refreshing.
I think the extreme religious stuff is more an American thing. I don't have the feeling that people who have a religion are my enemies. The only group ranting here against abortion or gay rights are mostly the far right political parties and that has nothing to do with religion but plain bigotry.
Xbox One Set To Launch On November 22
I haven't seen MS distributing rootkits with its hardware products. So definitely less hostile.
But remember kids when Sony opens their bootloaders for Android it is the Ericsson part. But when Sony BMG does something stupid it is the whole company that is at fault.
But yeah trying to strip consumer rights to the bare minimum, wanting to have a system that is 24/24 connected and knowing that you are part of PRISM (but I forgot its OK because it only invades the privacy of us non-Americans/Untermenschen) isn't really the signs of a company that is hostile. The whole f*cking box was original planted as one big ROOTkit.
I swore to never buy anything from Sont again since the rootkit fiasco, and have kept to that.
So you don't have any products with for example a camera sensor ?
Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)
We already have switched to the use of OSM/Mapbox/Cloudmade for mapping services and seeing you can't use the results of the Google Directions API on for example to plot on a OSM map, we are also in the process of looking for an alternative for a routing api.
It's not even the case of getting a free ride, because we absolutely don't mind to pay for the service but nowadays Google is really all about restrictions. The only thing that speaks in their advantage is that the limitations are very clear, not like the Bing REST services TOS that is plain lawyer speak.
There is also no transparency in Google offerings. Alternative providers are very upfront in what you can get for the money, Google commercial offerings is behind a big wall of mist.
Why PBS Won't Do Android
and all it means is that your app adjusts parametrically, so you don't have to customize it for every possible screen pixel dimension.
Yeah with android it just some parameters that you need to adjust and everything works fine. You really don't have any real world experience with Android haven't you ?
I develop Android Apps as a part of my job (I don't even do the iOS ports) and there doesn't go a day by without being faced with some problems. Fragmentation, low quality dev tools, bugs , ... it all adds up. Android is the Windows of the mobile world in my book. Yes it has the biggest marketshare, but it doesn't tell a lot of the quality of the platform as a whole.
The notion that developers/companies would rather prefer to be apple fanatics instead of making money is ridiculous. The problem is that for some apps Android has an extremely low ROI. I sometimes see really cool stuff being developed on the other side where the client doesn't want to invest in an Android version.
NSA Provided £100m Funding For GCHQ Operations
raising questions over American influence on the British agencies
I find it strange that this is a question that still need to be asked. Maybe that is because I'm living in Europe, but for years I have the feeling the American influence on Great Britain is big in everything. So big that I personally see the British politicians as some kind of American trojan horse within Europe.
Some europeans even joke that it isn't a country anymore, but the 51st state of the US. Really in all honesty, this article doesn't surprise me one bit.
Look Out, Nuance: Apple's Office Near MIT Is Stocking Up With Speech-Tech Talent
(Former L&H developer speaking here)
Nuance bought the speech technology from Lernout & Hauspie when the latter went bankrupt after a fraud scandal. I don't have the feeling that they developed the technology a lot further it seems that it still is the "same" as a couple of years ago.
Doesn't surprise me as they bought the software, not the talent behind the development.
Why Microsoft Shouldn't Worry About Cannibalizing Their Userbases
For years games was a big argument to have windows installed on a machine. But the arrival of the 360 made it for me so easy to dump windows for linux on my desktop and buy a macbook pro for on the go.
NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds?
The majority of the people in Belgium speaks Flemish (which is related to Dutch) and dialects. The french and germans are a smaller language group. The dialect that I locally speak (West Flemish) is even more related to the languages from Northern France then the Netherlands.
But what bothers me the most with Belgian mistaken identity is that a lot of American companies or websites serves everything in French when it detects I'm from Belgium. It is like if the rest of the world would detect that you are from the States and serve everything in Spanish because there is a big Hispanic community.
It took Microsoft years to get it in their head that most people here speaks Flemish. For years everything on Xbox live (that had a french localization) was served in French.
PlayStation 4 Will Be Running Modified FreeBSD
It is funny how there are many definitions of Sony . When they opened the bootloader for Android the Slashdot crowd reasoning was "it was the Ericsson part" (even if the Ericsson was dropped) that is the reason they play nicely. But the Sony - BMG rootkit scandal was Sony doing, even if you can seed the same doubt. I think when they opened up their smartwatch (http://developer.sonymobile.com/services/open-smartwatch-project/smartwatch-hacker-guide/) is also Ericsson doing I presume ? Companies can change you know especially if they did some wrong in the past, the world isn't always black & white.
That being said, I don't know if you are aware that a lot of the older people (that made the PS3 decisions) with regarding the SCEE are out of the picture. The PS4 wasn't even developed in Japan or by a Japanese, hell it will even be released earlier in the US and Europe. If you follow the news a bit you will see Sony has a massive attitude change regarding the PS4. You just need to look how they are handling Indie's these days. You must read the humbling interviews with a guy like Cerny, what a chance in comparison with the arrogant Sony.
With regarding the OS a lot of people seem to forgot that Sony also supported linux through the PS2 lifetime (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_for_PlayStation_2) and they never took it back. So it may be that the removal of the OtherOS for piracy reasons was more valid then the so called hatred for Linux suddenly. There are strong opinions about linux, but does opinions never involve the fact of the possibility of that method being abused as an easy way to pirate. Or what should be the real reason that they removed OtherOS support anyway ? Because they hate linus or RMS ?
You are right there should be other mod options like "living in the past" that I would gladly reward you with.
ITIF Senior Fellow Claims "America's Broadband Networks Lead the World"
This opinion piece holds up Belgium as an example other European countries are trying to emulate, but Internet service there is incredibly expensive and has tiny monthly bandwidth caps, worse even than Australia. Almost any European country is doing better.
I must be living in a parallel Belgium it seems. I have 60Mbit/s down with no bandwidth cap (FUP) for 55 euro. That also includes cable/decoder + telephone with free calls within Belgium and free calls to mobile/European countries for certain hours. If I would bump that to 24/24 then it will set you back another 5 euro. My mobile internet costs me 15 euro and that includes 2Gb of traffic.
The cheapest internet on cable (which is available everywhere) will set you back for 25 euro and that includes 30Mbit/s and a limit of 100Gb. VDSL2 that is available in most places : 35Mbit/s including unlimited bandwidth and that for the price of 35 euro.
It is what you call incredible expensive and tiny bandwidth...
Sony's PS4 To Have Less Stringent DRM Than Microsoft's Xbox One
Not everyone lives in a country where shrinkwrap licenses are a legal contract. I think this is the case in most European countries. That being said the backslash would be bigger then the removal of a feature that the majority of the users wouldnt care about. As a linux box it also sucked a lot...
Microsoft Unveils Xbox One
Microsoft did say that if a disc was used with a second account, that owner would be given the option to pay a fee and install the game from the disc, which would then mean that the new account would also own the game and could play it without the disc.
and simcity like "features"
Xbox One will give game developers the ability to create games that use Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service, which means that they might be able to offload certain computing tasks to the cloud rather than process them on the Xbox One hardware itself. This would necessitate the game requiring a connection.
Adobe Creative Suite Going Subscription-Only
No. The FOSS community simply realizes that most of the so-called Photoshop users here are just degenerate pirates.
Even photoshop elements that they give away with every camera or scanner is miles better then The Gimp regarding usability. You don't need to pirate to get products that are better then The Gimp. Hell even Paint.Net is a lot better.
Real professionals will probably just bite the bullet. They are already paying for the product anyways.
I'm convinced that using a "free" product like The Gimp is more expensive (if you keep in mind that time is also money) then paying 10$ per month for Photoshop.
Utility Box Exposed As Spy Cabinet In the Netherlands
I think they have the same trouble as here in Belgium. A lot of local islamic extremist are recruting young people on the street to fight in syria. I think it are those kind of people that are the targets of these kind of surveillance.
Jolla Ports Wayland To Android GPU Drivers
From the authers blog
Earlier this year however, I discovered that a well-known company had taken the code - disappeared underground with it for several months, improved upon it, utilized the capability in their advertisements and demos and in the end posted the code utilizing their own source control system, detached from any state of that of the upstream project's. Even to the extent some posters around the web thought libhybris was done by that company itself.
That kind of behavior ruined the initial reason I open sourced libhybris in the first place and I was shocked to the point that I contemplated to by default not open source my hobby projects any more. It's not cool for companies to do things like this, no matter your commercial reasons. It ruins it for all of us who want to strengthen the open source ecosystem. We could have really used your improvements and patches earlier on instead of struggling with some of these issues.
Canonical being Canonical
Microsoft: Facebook Home Is a Copycat, Windows Phone Is the 'Real Thing'
The original version was vastly more superior then what kinect is offering. There was a lot less lag and overlapping bones weren't any problem. Microsoft removed hw stuff and countered that with software, but the end result was a system that was usuable but a step back from the original design. I wouldn't call that innovation.
Microsoft Fined €561 Million For Non-compliance With EU Browser Settlement
Microsoft is no longer the monopoly it once was.
That could be the case but this is part of a agreement that was settled because of the period they had a monopoly...
Furthermore, Apple is doing far more egrarious violations.
I personally don't see where, but if you have a valid complaint put your money where your mouth is an fill a complaint... . But something tells me it is more talk... .
What about the fact that Apple refused to convert to microUSB with the new iPhone 5. Where is there fine.
What about the fact that you clearly don't know the European directive regarding micro usb. They are as compliant as there is a Micro USB adapter. The European directive doesn't state that every phone manufacturer needs to convert to micro usb but give the possibility of reusing micro usb adapters (through adapters, etc) So it would be stupid to fine a company because they are in compliance.
At least Microsoft lets me install an alternative browser
What the f*ck are you smoking ? On OS X you can install chrome, firefox, opera, safari, ... .
iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 Patches evasi0n Jailbreak
Because of the bigger range of quality apps to be honest.
And btw I'm an android developer but my main tablet for example is still an iPad. The thing that harms andriod seriously is fragmentation, bad documentation (quality, not quantity) , less strictness which results that a lot of hw companies are sloppy, weak support for older devices, no really good design guidelines,... . For me it is the Drupal of the mobile world. Not a bad platform, but it sometimes drives me nuts.
People that say things like "they think the software is better... And are greatly mistaken" have never used the two platforms on a daily basis. Android is slowly getting there, but the really big problem is that a lot of devices are still suck on 2.3 gingerbread. It would be nice if android hw companies would support their older devices as Apple does with older hardware. An iPad 1 being stuck on iOS 5 is nothing in comparison with a lot of android situations. And the number of normal people (non geeks) that root their phone is zero to none.
To be honest with Android I have the feeling that a lot of love gets into the advertisment or google services part of the os, but it lacks in the other departements. The Android API (especially the older versions) sometimes amazes me in stupidity.
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