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FLAC Support Coming to Chrome and Firefox this Month.

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:01:30 GMT

I hope that this forum is the correct place to put a post like the one below. This post has to do with recorded music. Although there is a thread, "Media Deals (non-eBook/non-audiobook)," it is in the "Deals, Freebies, and Resources" forum," and this post doesn't really fall squarely under either one of those rubrics. The website BleepingComputer.com (http://www.BleepingComputer.com) made a post today that states that two major browsers, Firefox (from Mozilla) and Chrome (from Google) are adding support for the FLAC audio format this month. I am an almost complete ignoramus when it comes to music and electronics, so I am not quite sure that I know what that means. I use the Google Chrome browser and have had no problem playing FLAC-formatted music. However, I have always played them on external applications like Windows Media Player, iTunes, Groove, etc. after I have downloaded them. Perhaps this new development will allow FLAC music to be played directly in the browsers themselves? I didn't see anything in the BleepingComputer.com (http://www.BleepingComputer.com) post that would shed some light on this--I suppose that they assume that anyone who would actually visit their website would already know that information. Despite being musically- and electronically-challenged, I do know that FLAC is a very high quality format (one music publisher, at least, calls it "studio quality"). Part of the reason for the high quality, I think, is the fact that it is "lossless"--other formats (e.g., MP3) are "lossy," because they are compressed. There is some slight data (read: music quality) loss because of the compression. Anyway, if you'd like to read the whole article (it's not very long), you can find it at this BleepingComputer.com webpage (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/flac-support-coming-to-chrome-56-firefox-51/).



NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) and Kindle for PC 1.19

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:55:43 GMT

http://s.mobileread.com/upload/news/2017-01/nvaccess.pngNV Access has announced availability of new enhanced accessibility software for PCs, NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) that works in conjunction with Kindle for PC version 1.19. You can read the details and find a link to download this new software on this page (http://www.nvaccess.org/kindle/). Warning: The new Kindle for PC version will download books in KFX format to enable "enhanced typesetting" as needed for the accessibility software. This is incompatible with existing DRM removal tools. ---Quote--- *NVDA and Kindle for PC* Last update: 4 January 2017 01:09 UTC NVDA 2017.1 will support the enhanced accessibility functionality available in Amazon Kindle for PC version 1.19. This enables users to read books in browse mode, including reading with the cursor and continuous reading, and pages turn automatically as the user reads. Users can access links, footnotes, graphics, highlighted text and user notes. In addition, users can highlight text, add notes, perform dictionary and Wikipedia lookups and copy text to the clipboard. ---End Quote---



Kobo Is Going To Purchase Tolino Back End Assets

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 20:49:24 GMT

http://s.mobileread.com/upload/news/2017-01/tolino-logo.pngI know... Not the most reliable source http://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/kobo-is-going-to-purchase-tolino-assets ---Quote--- Rakuten Kobo is in the process of purchasing a majority stake in Tolino. It is very likely that Kobo wants to get access their digital bookstore, which has thousands of German language e-books. It is also said that Kobo will get access to the software which powers the Tolino line of e-readers and backend software that powers the cloud sync platform ---End Quote---