Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New Nano with camera makes another appearance

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Just over a month ago, we showed you the case of what seems to be the next generation Nano with a camera. The leak’s proximity to April Fool’s day led many to be skeptical of the leak. Fast forward to today where the same source produced a more complete picture of what Apple may announce in September.

The new photo shows a more complete picture with the clip pulled from the design. (Back shown on the left, front shown on the right) The site says a 1.3 megapixel camera is slated to go into the new device. While a camera of this size would have limited use, it would make a great addition to an already feature packed micro-device.

What isn’t clear is how this device will be held. We’re considering a magnetic option or a iWatch attachement which seems to be all the rage. Thoughts?

The case closeup from last month is shown below:




*thanks 9to5Mac*

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Apple’s super datacenter to drive Nuance-powered iOS 5 voice recognition?

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As Apple is about to finally flip the switch on a massive 500,000 square feet datacenter in North Carolina, said to be one of the biggest in the world, TechCrunch heard the company’s rumored iOS 5 voice recognition technology is driven by Nuance Communications’ technology that runs in the Apple cloud. A formal announcement is expected next month at WWDC, the publication claims.

More specifically, we’re hearing that Apple is running Nuance software — and possibly some of their hardware — in this new data center. Why? A few reasons. First, Apple will be able to process this voice information for iOS users faster. Second, it will prevent this data from going through third-party servers. And third, by running it on their own stack, Apple can build on top of the technology, and improve upon it as they see fit.
Nuance is behind Dragon Dictation, a free iOS app enabling advanced voice recognition on iOS devices. The app is powered by the company’s NaturallySpeaking technology which turns spoken word into text via the cloud. It supports numerous global languages and is advertised as being five times faster than typing on a virtual keyboard.


Apple’s 500,000 square feet datacenter in North Carolina



Nuance acquired the Macintosh Speech Recognition business dubbed MacSpeech in January of 2010 and later that year we learned through a strange slip by Steve Wozniak that Apple might have snapped up Nuance. A new story last week added more substance to that rumor.

If Apple did buy Nuance or cut some kind of a deal with them and indeed plans on running this tech at the North Carolina facility, iPhone users will have plenty of reasons to celebrate when iOS 5 comes out. Deep voice recognition integration has been one of the differentiating Android features (alongside mapping and search).

This is especially true comparing Android to a limited set of voice commands supported by Apple’s mobile operating system. If iOS 5 voice recognition will be powered by the iCloud, it will probably require network connectivity. Falling back to a device-based processing makes sense, but it’s doubtful that current chips pack in enough oomph to handle voice recognition. Apple will preview iOS 5 at the upcoming WWDC next month. The company also has Siri, a search intelligence starup, under its wings. This technology is likely to play an important role in the greater scheme of things as well.




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Microsoft to buy Skype for $8.5B, two slow companies to get slower

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This is the kind of deal that you know is bound to fail in the long run. Skype is treading water, having just released a horrific Mac update to its chat software but building passable software on iOS as well as other platforms. Its major problem is that its innovation has slowed to a crawl since being picked up by eBay.

Which segues nicely to Microsoft, who is clumsily making purchases to cover its lack of innovation. Instead of building a VoIP service for its Windows Live Messenger, they are scooping up Skype’s huge user base of users for a lot of money -$7B if the WSJ is correct. Probably too much for a company that isn’t innovating and relying on old technology for its revenues. Speaking of Revenues, Skype’s plan is to start advertising in its chat window if its IPO prospectus is to be believed.

A Skype purchase will kill innovation (what’s left of it anyway) in the Skype product as it gets integrated with Windows Messenger/Live Communications probably long enough for Facebook and Google (and even Apple) to render it useless with their own VoIP products.

But, one thing will stay constant. Skype has always been behind on its Mac versions. Look for Microsoft to continue that trend as it is their sweet spot (see Office or anything really).

Best reactions from around the web:

“Microsoft buying Skype for over $7 billion isn’t the craziest thing I’ve heard, but it’s damn close.” Nilay Patel

“Everyone jump on Skype” is about to become “Everyone jump on Microsoft P2P VoIP client for Windows Live Communications 7 Home/Pro/Ult” :-/ – Rene Ritchie

So Microsoft is paying $7 billion to lose even more money online each quarter. Makes perfect sense. – MG Siegler

Two turds don’t make an Eagle – Vic Gundotra

Updated to $8.5B per Kara Swisher with an announce today.

*thanks 9to5Mac*

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