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Samantha West, the Voice of the Next Generation Robot or Synthetic Telemarketer?…..

Her name was Samantha and her chirpy mid-west tones have set the internet alight. I gladly hang on her every word. She would call trying to sell me insurance but I only heard a voice that made me want to know more. Samantha you see is a robot, the stuff of electric dreams.

Samantha it seems has mastered the dual arts of listening and speech, and yes the first robots voice is incredible. Quickly getting the internet talking Samantha is also a mystery girl, the exact technology and amount of human involvement in her dialog remain a mystery.

Often late at night her bubbly voice would be at the other end of the line, her synthetic nature hidden by tyranny of distance. Does the day of the robot fast approach?

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AMD Tablets to Desktops, the Next Technological Revolution Begins…

AMD’s APU13 developers conference is well under way and the news continues to flow thick and fast.  AMD it seems has its own technological revolution underway, a revolution that began with consoles adopting PC technology. A revolution that is now taking over the PC world with technology perfected within the PS4.

With the release of the next generation consoles out of the way AMD is now free to introduce this technology to the PC. Technology that includes hUMA memory architecture, TrueAudio DSP’s and Mantle compatible next generation GPU cores.

The first of these next generation PC products will be the Kaveri desktop APU, to be followed shortly after by the ultra low power APU’s Beema and Mullins. AMD’s recently demonstrated Project Discovery tablet is based on the Mullins APU. All of which will be on show at the highly anticipated CES conference, January 2014.

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The Lure of Microsoft Windows Azure, Cloud for the People…

This latest evolution of computing has seen cloud services surge forward rapidly over the last few years, everything that was once performed in the air conditioned server room of you IT Department can now be run in the Clouds. With economies of scale and pricing models designed to attract attention even home users can now afford to have their own server room, in the clouds.

Released to the public in 2010 Windows Azure is Microsoft’s entry into the Cloud hosting world. Offering an incredibly feature rich infrastructure for everyone to take advantage of, from small one man companies to worldwide corporations Azure is the cloud for the people.

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App of the Week: TuneIn Radio the App that killed the Video Star…

Music, some say it is food for the soul while others claim it tames the angry beast, even in this fast changing digital landscape it is as essential as it has always been.

Leading this revolution of the audio kind are a number of well known services, Pandora and Spotify being the most popular, there is however a third name that is on the brink of becoming the new name in radio, TuneIn Radio.

Wanting to become the YouTube of the Radio World TuneIn is slowly taking over the airwaves, taking their easy to use interface and 70,000 stations worth of music to every internet connected device in the world.

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Audio for the People: Caustic 2, Windows and Android Music Production Made Easy…

The touchy feely tablet revolution is spawning a new wave of audio applications, putting the power to make music in every tablet owner’s hands. Single Cell Software are riding this wave of change with Caustic 2, bringing affordable music production to Android tablets and Window PC’s everywhere.

Caustic 2 is far more than a virtual synthesizer or rack-mount simulation, with its touch screen interface and affordable price tag ($10) it is the gateway to success, add talent and time for best results.

Highpants in-house audio expert ‘Norbut Verse the World’ has put on his headphones and dived head first into a tablet full of Caustic. Turning out the tunes with a swish and a tap here is his take on this audio app.

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The State of Gaming and the Next Generation Console Wars…

Computer games made a humble start as an industry, way back when computers were plugged into TV’s computer games began to occupy our time. The democratization of computing power, making computer power ubiquitous, has now taken the humble computer game to every corner of the world and every aspect of our lives. Creating an industry that now generates over $68 billion a year.

The next generation consoles bring with them a new battle to dominate and a new wave of change, a potential shift of power . Before the wave of next gen consoles roles in it is the perfect time to settle bets and close off the books on the current generation, the soon to be previous gen.

With the release of the next generation fast approaching it is also the ideal time to set the scene, asses the current state of gaming and prepare for what is coming. As the console wars prepare to heat up once again we all prepare to indulge, here’s what you need to know.

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AMD’s Kaveri APU Now Including The CPU’s New Right Hand, The GPU…

The desktop CPU wars are about to heat up once again with AMD preparing a revolution, a memory revolution.  Kaveri will spear head this revolution with AMD’s brand new hUMA memory architecture, a technology that puts the parallel processing power of a graphics chip directly in the hands of the CPU.

The soon to be released Kaveri chip will be AMD’s first high-performance APU designed to squeeze every bit of performance out of the desktop. Performance is central to the design, a different approach for an AMD APU. For Kaveri AMD is bringing together the fastest CPU cores and latest GCN graphics chip both joined together by the new hUMA memory architecture, AMD is putting its cards on the table, hoping for a winning hand.

All signs point to a Q4 release for the new chip along with the desktop or notebook hardware that will be built around it. The release will likely coincide with that of the next generation consoles.

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ChromeOS Gets Busy, QuickOffice Brings Word and Excel Document Editing to Chrome OS…

Google’s ChomeOS and Chromebook laptops offer up an interesting option for many with aggressive pricing, capable hardware  while embracing the cloud with web apps seems to be an approach that has kept people interested.

Now ChromeOS is growing up, heading off to work in the Office. The appearance of QuickOffice is filling a major feature gap for the OS. Till now the lack of support for Word and Excel documents, along with the lack of powerful office productivity application, has limited the adoption of ChomeOS, a situation that is soon to change.

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The AMD FX-9590, the Silicon Wars Reach 5GHz…

AMD has reignited the silicon wars during this year’s E3, announcing the first commercially available processor to break the 5GHz barrier, the FX-9590. Is AMD closing the high performance gap with Intel?

The brand new FX-9590 is an evolutionary step for the FX family that brings a healthy speed bump over the previous generation FX-8350. Tweaking the silicon design and manufacturing process has allowed the Turbo Mode to jump from 4.2GHsz to the magic 5GHz mark. Base clock speed has also dramatically increased from 4Ghz to 4.7Ghz.

As with all FX processors the new silicon is fully unlocked for easy overclocking, something the new FX excels at. Early reports suggest water-cooling will see the latest FX scream past the 5.5GHz mark.

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The Razer Blade Refresh, Razer Sharpens the Blade Gaming Laptops…

Razer, the makers of much drool worthy gaming hardware have refreshed their impressive Blade gaming laptops. Two new Blade models have been prepared, tempting gamers with the super stylish high performance hardware. Introducing the new 17-inch Blade Pro and the 14-inch Blade.

The stylish design of the original Blade laptop made a huge impression on the gaming community when it was released a year ago, this clean industrial design has been continued, still looking every bit as good.

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