Intelligent software assigns appropriate background music for pictures

Intelligent software assigns appropriate background music for pictures“The program utilizes the expertise of movie producers in assigning appropriate background music for pictures, enabling users to select music that will harmonize with their impressions of their last summer vacation without putting in an extraordinary amount of effort.” (AlphaGalileo Foundation)

F.C.C. Bars the Use of Airwaves for a Broadband Plan

F.C.C. Bars the Use of Airwaves for a Broadband Plan - New York Times“Interference of LightSquared’s signals with GPS systems is a tricky issue for the F.C.C., telecommunications experts say, because the interference appears not to be the fault of LightSquared. The most commonly used GPS receivers tend to pick up signals from outside of the segment of spectrum designated for GPS.  Because the satellite-telephone segment of airwaves, used by LightSquared, is next to the GPS band on the electromagnetic spectrum, GPS devices will frequently hear those extraneous transmissions.

The F.C.C. could have told GPS users and systems manufacturers that they were at fault for letting their devices stray into nearby airwaves, but that would mean overhauling an industry now in widespread use.” (Edward Wyatt,

With Enough Bandwidth, Many Join the Band

With Enough Bandwidth, Many Join the Band - New York Times

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“Skype and other videochat programs have transformed the simple phone call, but the technology is venturing into a new frontier: it is upending and democratizing the world of music lessons.  Students who used to limit the pool of potential teachers to those within a 20-mile radius from their homes now take lessons from teachers — some with world-class credentials — on other coasts or continents.” (Catherine Saint Louis,

Clay Shirky: How social media can make history

“What matters here isn’t technical capital, it’s social capital. These tools don’t get socially interesting until they get technologically boring. It isn’t when the shiny new tools show up that their uses start permeating society; it’s when everyone is able to take them for granted.” (Clay Shirky, TED Talks)

Smart listeners and smooth talkers

U Cambridge Research Center

“New systems will take into account expressiveness and intention in speech, enabling devices to be built that respond to an individual’s voice, vocabulary, accent and expressions […] Applications already planned include a personalised voice-controlled device to help the elderly to interact with control systems in the home, and a portable device to enable users to create a searchable text version of any audio they encounter in their everyday lives.” (University of Cambridge)

Player Hater

“While we might not aspire for every EDM nerd’s latest SoundCloud mix to undergo an elaborate process of theorization before it gets uploaded, large swaths of the web rely on a few extremely limited techniques for the visual representation of audio online. Understanding those techniques, studying their history, and developing a critical vocabulary will be important first steps in taking greater advantage of the medium’s vast and plastic potential.” (Jonathan Sterne, FLOW)