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  • Comcast's X1 remote app gains voice commands on iOS, Android update in the works
    Comcast's X1 remote app gains voice commands on iOS, Android update in the works

    A little added interactiveness with living room essentials goes a long way. With that in mind, Comcast today announced it’s boosting its iOS X1 remote control with newly minted voice commands, something the company’s been working on since earlier this year. Xfinity TV subscribers using the X1 platform will now be able to search for content by (quietly) shouting different vocal orders at the application, including, but not limited to, things like “Record,” “Watch Gossip Girl or “Find the Yankees game.” While the new feature is only available on iOS at the moment, Comcast says its devs and engineers are “also working on voice control features for Android phones and for traditional remote controls.” The X1 app update doesn’t appear to be live just yet, but be sure to keep an eye on the App Store as it should be arriving pretty soon.

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    Source: App Store

  • Alcatel's One Touch Idol now available in the US for $300 unlocked

    Alcatel announced today that its One Touch Idol smartphone is now available for the US market, but without a carrier. Weighing in at only 110 grams, the supposed “world’s lightest” handset will be sold unlocked for $300 via the company’s website. Meant as an entry-level device, the specs betray its low-end status: you get a 4.7-inch qHD (960 x 540) IPS display, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, an 8-megapixel camera and a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU with Android 4.1 in tow. Still, its quad-band GSM and 900 / 2100 MHz HSPA bands mean it’ll work with either AT&T or T-Mobile, which should be good news to those who want carrier flexibility. If that sounds like a bargain to you, head on over to the source below to snag one for yourself.

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    Source: Alcatel

  • Researchers build machine that identifies music after hearing only three notes

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    Can you identify Beethoven’s Sonata No. 9 after hearing a mere three notes? Probably not, but a group of computer scientists and music scholars have built a machine that can do just that. The team — composed of Pablo Rodriguez Zivic, Favio Shifres and Guillermo Cecchi — has developed an algorithm capable of identifying patterns across distinct periods of Western music based on semi-tones and notes. Beyond its musical application, the machine represents tantalizing possibilities for research into disorders that affect speech. For example, current mechanical methods are already capable of recognizing vocal patterns common in the early stages of Parkinson’s, but the trio hopes to utilize their project for even earlier detection. Such an algorithm could also be instrumental in identifying psychiatric conditions that impact the speech centers of the brain. Unfortunately, the lack of a comprehensive database of different types of speech patterns stands in the way of wider implementation. Even so, the team is hopeful that verbal tests might someday be used in place of invasive diagnostic procedures to identify certain illnesses.

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    Via: IBM

    Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

  • Repix update brings frames, a new filter pack and a revamped adjustment menu

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    Repix — one of the more creative photo editing apps available for iOS — has just seen an update that streamlines its design and adds a handful of new features. Since its launch in March, the app’s strongest selling point has been its brushes, which allow you to selectively edit parts of your photos. Sadly, this update doesn’t include any new ones, but it does introduce a spotlight filter pack with four options: gallery, slender, stage and disco lighting. The set isn’t included in the free download; it can be purchased for $1.99 through the app. Additionally, the adjustment menu has seen a performance-enhancing facelift. The slider at the bottom of the screen allows for straightforward editing of contrast, brightness, vibrance, saturation, temperature and vignette settings. Lastly, the new frame tool offers seven different borders in black or white variants. The new frames and filter aren’t overly exciting, but the aesthetic tweaks do freshen up Repix’s look while improving functionality. For more info, you can read the full press release after the break.

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