Preview: A multimedia life
A multimedia life
About Multimedia and Digital Life.
Bossa Conference - Linux Multimedia Highlights
(image) Edgard and Wim Taymans talking about Gstreamer in the INdT OfficeHelix DaVinciGstreamer
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 3nd day, Wim Taymans, core developer and project co-founder, talked about the Gstreamer
framework (overview) and what is coming
in the next releases.
Brisa 0.3 is out!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Singing a song
MidomiI discovered a new music service, it is funny! With Midomi you can use your voice to search music, basically you sing into your microphone and then it guesses what song it is.The PoliceThe Police originally came together in London in 1977, they are certainly one of the greatest bands of the 80s and had a great influence on the 90s. It was my favorite band for a long time. They will reunite at the 2007 Grammy Awards on February 11, that's a great new for me, at least! :)
Turning Vinyl into MP3
I already was a great fan of vinyl, but I have a huge Vinyl collection still, and I would like to get it digitalized some day. Few days ago Soul-Sides.com posted a Guide to Turning Vinyl into MP3 , and I discovered that the process is not quite as simple as just ripping CDs and it is quite expensive, anyway one day it will be cheaper and I will have my Vinyl collection digitalized .
More about books
"Working together, Google and the University of Texas will digitize over a million books from the university's collection. Anyone will be able to freely view, browse, and read the university's public domain documents."
University of Texas Libraries are the fifth largest academic library in the United States. This initiative will be available on Google Books Library Project.
Shelfari - Social Network For Book
Yesterday, Osvaldo told me about Shelfari , it is a social network for books, it has all the familiar trappings of social networks such as profiles, tagging, friends and recommendations. It lets you create book list for books you’ve read, books you own and books you plan to read. It seems an interesting social network, I am enjoying it.
Python 2.5 for Maemo released
Python 2.5 is the latest major release of Python, the highlights of this version are:
* Support for N800 device/software (SDK 3.0)
* Language updated to Python 2.5
* Updated bindings
* Added bindings to new Hildon widgets
* Improved OSSO bindings
* Project home has moved to Garage.maemo.org.
* The new project page is http://pymaemo.garage.maemo.org.
Bossa Conference - Who's coming
INdT is promoting an International Conference in Recife, Brazil, from March 12th to 14th. You can check some confirmed names and lectures in the Conference website!
"Brisa is written in Python and enables to create MediaServer/MediaRenderer devices allowing users to share and search content from UPnP A/V devices. It will offer a plugin architecture enabling new services such as Flickr to be added as UPnP services"
I tried Brisa Media Server in my Nokia 770, and it is working quite nicely with Canola and MediaStreamer! I am waiting for Flickr and Playlist support!
About Cingular, actually Apple chose GSM, it was an excellent marketing decision, i suspect that Cingular will have the exclusive for a short period of time. About iPod's future, I think in the future the Apple could easily decouple the "phone" part from the rest of the iPhone, and iPods will have a multi-touch interface with cheaper price.
"Nokia is launching a Developer Device Program to provide open source developers with Nokia N800 Internet Tablets at a discount. Maemo.org will be providing 500 devices at a price of 99 Euros per device to selected open source developers. Eligible developers will be provided a discount code to be used at the Nokia N800 online shop."
Gnome Love - Tell your adventure!
My wife loves to talk about adventures with her best friends. She has a lot of Photos, but many times is so hard to find and to share the right moments with the friends. If you imagine that every picture may represent a place, a person and a special context, we could link them to each other based on place, person and context.
Gnome Desktop Application and tools to create connections among the people, places, and contexts in your photos, and share! The concept could be extented to video, i.e, if I have a video where my brother appears three times, he would be just interested in that specific moments.
- To set relationship between me and others.
- To represente a person at different stages of life by photo’s date and the birthday.
- To create filters by Life Periods.
- Who’s in the photo and where it was in that moment.
- To plot the location that person on a world map (web services).
- To see a specific month based in a context, i.e, Christmas photos in December!
- To connect pictures with other medias.
- To create audio/visual presentations and tell your adventures.
- Flash (?)
Gabriel 0.1, "Fly Gabriel Fly" released
"Gabriel is a client-server application that allows you to create D-Bus connections on a remote machine over a secure (SSH) channel. The project is the first step towards the GOD (Gstreamer On-Demand) project, which would allow applications to create multimedia pipelines (or parts of the pipeline) on a remote machine. Nonetheless, Gabriel can be used by other projects as well."
Good Job Zeenix! Gstreamer on Demand is coming soon ...
Listening and Reading
Most Listened To 2006These were the artists that I have maintained their spots in my car in 2006:1. The Killers2. John Mayer3. Phoenix
I want to start reading more this year. My first choice will be Long Tail by Chris Anderson. A colleague recommended this one to me. It seems an interesting book in terms of its approach. It promises to be a good source of information by someone who wants to understand how the Internet impacts marketing and distribution.
Unfortunately, when there is only one mouse pointer on the screen, so you have to fight for it! Multipoint sounds like a great idea!
Don't touch my screen, please! Could you use the second mouse to point something on the screen? :)
Microsoft and RSS
Microsoft isn't attempting to patent RSS itself, they are trying to patent two applications of RSS:
Technology patents should be actually innovative, but they are trying to patent obvious inventions, sounds like the entire process of reading, parsing, and storing RSS for multiple applications to utilize. Funny!
Pandora - New Social Feature
Pandora was created by Music Genome Project, it's an useful service, especially as they added social features. It has a different approach from listening to a tag station on last.fm. Musicians analyze the musical qualities of songs and build a database based on this analysis, but I think Last.fm has a better approach than Pandora. Anyway, similar artist radio is awesome.
Amazon selling DRM-free mp3s
They will only sell DRM free mp3's and will offer variable pricing. You would download the music, no more restrictions to burn and to share in your computers. Is DRM-free the best approach?
Google Maps Mars
Yes, it is true! Google and NASA have partnered for a “Space Act Agreement
". The press release says:
"As the first in a series of joint collaborations, Google and Ames will focus on making the most useful of NASA’s information available on the Internet. Real-time weather visualization and forecasting, high-resolution 3-D maps of the moon and Mars, real-time tracking of the International Space Station and the space shuttle will be explored in the future."
I did some research in Location-based applications few time ago, mainly privacy and data storage issues. Today, I read about iFind,
it is a new social networking application. The approach was:
- There is no centralized storage of data, and everything happens on encrypted peer-to-peer transmissions among users.
It is a good idea, in my opinion, because all the intelligence is inside the client application instead of on a central server, so nobody can track your position unless you want.