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  • Dolby Digital Plus coming soon to tablets and phones, we go ears-on (video)

    Dolby Digital Plus coming soon to tablets, we go earson video

    Whenever we review tablets, the section on audio quality is usually short, and it usually goes something like this: “The quality is tinny and the volume is low, especially since the speakers are located on the back side.” (Translation: What did you expect, people?“) That’s a shame, given how tablets are supposedly ideal for content consumption. Fortunately, though, this is something Dolby’s been working on. The company is bringing its Digital Plus technology to tablets, phones and laptops with the aim of enhancing sound quality, and also making movie dialog easier to make out. In the demo video embedded after the break, for instance, that Galaxy Tab is cranked to full volume, but it’s still hard to follow along with The Incredibles. With Digital Plus turned on, the conversation is easier to hear, and you can also parse background noises, like a phone ringing in an office.

    Right now, the technology is compatible with Windows 7, Win 8 and Android. Dolby says the software is specially tuned for each device, and it’s up to OEMs to license the technology, so don’t hold your breath for an app you can download on your own. For now, we don’t know of any devices with Digital Plus, but a Dolby rep told us the first should be announced within the coming months. So, what you’ll see in the video after the break isn’t some unannounced product but rather, an older Samsung tablet rigged to run the software as a demo. Oh, and the UI is apparently not final, so don’t put too much stock in the way the app looks. Anyway, have a listen and let us know if you can hear the difference.

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  • Editorial: Carriers, let customers choose their own phones

    Editorial Carriers, let customers choose their own phones

    Remember what the experience of shopping for a gadget was like at big-box stores years ago? Whatever your actual needs were, the store clerks would invariably steer you towards whatever they were getting a commission to sell, or whatever scratched their personal itch. Why would you even go to a store if you knew you would never get an honest answer? The problem was bad enough for Apple in the 1990s, when Macs were often relegated to a dark corner alongside the Ethernet cables, that the company started up its own retail chain. It didn’t get better for most of us until outlets like Best Buy backed off and sometimes made it a point to advertise commission-free staff. Today, while it’s tough to completely escape personal bias and the occasional exception to the rule, it’s more likely than not that a modern general electronics store will give you a decent shot at buying what you really want.

    But just try buying a cellphone at a carrier store today.

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  • Twitter founders create Branch and Medium to keep the conversations, collections flowing

    Twitter founders create Branch and Medium to keep the conversations, collections flowing

    If you’ve ever been so embroiled in a chat or sharing splurge that you’ve been told to “take it off of Twitter,” you now can — sort of. Twitter co-creators Biz Stone and Ev Williams have launched Branch and Medium, two companion services that (naturally) use a Twitter sign-in but narrow the focus to just a few subjects. As the name suggests, Branch lets especially vocal Twitter users invite others into conversations that don’t clutter everyone’s feeds or cut replies off at the 140-character limit. Medium? Think of it as Pinterest turned publishing platform: members can publish either a static collection of favorite articles and media, for reading and rating, or leave it open for more collaborative efforts. There’s no rush to open the floodgates to the invitation-only portals, though. Stone and Williams see the quietness of their new services as an antidote to the madness of regular social streams, and we can’t help but sympathize.

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