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CowboyRobot writes “Two researchers at San Francisco State University has successfully implemented hardware acceleration for realtime audio using graphics processing units (GPUs). ‘Suppose you are simulating a metallic plate to generate gong or cymbal-like sounds. By changing the surface area for the same object, you can generate sound corresponding to cymbals or gongs of different sizes. Using the same model, you may also vary the way in which you excite the metallic plate — to generate sounds that result from hitting the plate with a soft mallet, a hard drumstick, or from bowing. By changing these parameters, you may even simulate nonexistent materials or physically impossible geometries or excitation methods. There are various approaches to physical modeling sound synthesis. One such approach, studied extensively by Stefan Bilbao, uses the finite difference approximation to simulate the vibrations of plates and membranes. The finite difference simulation produces realistic and dynamic sounds (examples can be found here). Realtime finite difference-based simulations of large models are typically too computationally-intensive to run on CPUs. In our work, we have implemented finite difference simulations in realtime on GPUs.’”
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Like many avid sports fans, Shailo Rao, Sagar Savant and Vam Makam are well-familiar with how frustrating it can be to find quality, relevant sports content — especially on Twitter and other social media. Rao tells me over coffee that, as a PhD student at Stanford, he spent years trying to create and maintain a single realtime feed of content he actually cared about. Because no company or publication was addressing this at the time, he was forced to manually curate a huge roster of RSS feeds from his favorite websites and Twitter accounts.
Curious as to the effect that your poking wars are having on the planet? Facebook is outing power and water usage data for its Oregon and North Carolina data centers to show off its sustainability chops. The information is updated in near-real time, and the company will add its Swedish facility to the charts as soon as it’s built. The stats for the Forest City, NC plant show a very efficient power usage effectiveness ratio of 1.09 — thanks, in part, to that balmy (North) Carolina air.
Hiring good developers is one helluva process.
First you’ve gotta find the rare developer who isn’t already drowning in job offers. Then you’ve gotta sit down and chat ‘em up to make sure they’ll be a good fit for your team. Then you’ve gotta make sure they can actually, you know, code.
By combining a collaborative code editor with live video chat, Codassium makes the process a bit less painful.
Kentucky-Based Startup, Red e App, Raises A $750K Series A To Shout About Its Email-Busting, Real-Time Messaging Platform For Mobile Workers
Louisville-based startup Red e App, a real-time private mobile messaging platform for enterprises with a high proportion of mobile workers that lets them send secure, trackable internal communications, has closed a $ 750,000 Series A round led by early-stage Louisville-based VC fund Yearling Fund II.
With 50,000 Users & Double-Digit Monthly Revenue Growth, French Real-Time Alerts Startup Mention Raises $800K Flash Seed
French real-time alerts startup mention, which describes its offering as ‘Google alerts on steroids’, has raised a “flash” seed round of $ 800,000 (€600,000) from Alven Capital and Point Nine Capital. Mention offers a real-time web alerts for brands, companies and individuals to track what’s being said about them on the web and social media sites.
This week the PlayStation 4 event, Square Enix’ Chief Technology Officer Yoshihisha Hashimoto spoke up about the excellence of the system as it works with their own Luminous Studio. This next-generation technology has been presented as a game-changing push for graphics and real-live action that, like many of the presentations we’ve seen today, blurs the
Twitter-esque real-time chat platform, Menshn, is to close after barely half a year after the co-founders’ working relationship soured. The platform launched back in June, initially aimed at capitalizing on the U.S. election — with its basic premise being to serve people who want to have a real-time online conversation that stays on topic.
Twitter’s new video-sharing service, Vine, launched a few days ago, which we’ve covered extensively. My main complaint after a couple days worth of use is that I simply can’t find enough vines to enjoy. But a “Friday project” out of product incubator PXi Ventures could change all that, as they’ve launched a service called VinePeek.
Back in early 2011, Ben Schaechter, Sam Grossberg and Paul Kompfner launched GoPollGo to address a perceived deficiency in analytics, geographical info and social integrations from the Web’s go-to polling platforms. Six-months later, with a round of seed funding in tow, the startup decided to re-focus on Twitter — on providing everyday users with the ability to more easily poll their users and drill down into realtime analytics, not unlike WayIn.
Advertising technology companies are not exactly the most well-known names to the average web user, but they can certainly garner serious attention from those inside the industry — particularly investors. Case in point: AppNexus, the New York City-based company that runs a real-time bidding platform for ad networks, said today it has closed on $ 75 million in funding.
pcritter writes “Australian firefighters are enlisting the help of tiny pill to battle fires. In a training exercise, 50 firefighters swallowed the LifeMonitor capsule which is equipped with a thermometer and a transmitter. The pill transmits data to a device worn of the chest which also gathers heartbeat, respiration and skin temperature. This data is relayed in real-time allowing better management of heat-stress during firefighting. Victoria’s Country Fire Authority trialled this new mechanism when they found that the standard measurement of temperature by the ear was an ineffective indication of heat-stress. The pill is expelled naturally after two days.”
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Despite New York City virtually revolving around its mass transit system, local subway riders haven’t had a way to check the next arrival in real-time, even though some smaller cities already take live transit details for granted. At least some harried commuters can assuage their minds now that the MTA has posted its Subway Time app for iOS users. The title does exactly what it says on the tin, taking advantage of MTA’s signalling installations on the 1 through 6 lines (and the 42nd Street Shuttle) to determine train arrival times down to the minute. Subway Time won’t satisfy certain travelers as-is: it doesn’t provide directions, and the earliest expansion to additional routes won’t happen until the L line’s information is linked up in six to 12 months. Passengers running Android and Windows Phone will likewise have to wait for outside developers to finish their own projects. For those of us living in the right areas, however, Subway Time might take away some uncertainty — even if it’s just to confirm that we’ll be late.
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An anonymous reader writes “Russian firm ElcomSoft on Thursday announced the release of Elcomsoft Forensic Disk Decryptor (EFDD), a new forensic tool that can reportedly access information stored in disks and volumes encrypted with desktop and portable versions of BitLocker, PGP, and TrueCrypt. EFDD runs on all 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, as well as Windows 2003 and Windows Server 2008.” All that for $ 300.
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Realtime Analytics For Education: Ontract Wants To Do For Student Data What Mint.com Did For Financial Data
Julian Miller taught high school for four years, and like many teachers, he cared about his students’ learning outcomes — about getting them across the finish line. Unfortunately, current educational software and systems don’t make that easy. Teachers that want to follow student progress and understand which tools or methods are working and why are routinely forced to log into six to eight different software products to get any sort of 360-degree view of students and classes, he says.
the_newsbeagle writes “Douglas Adams’s fictional Babel fish., which lived in the brain and could translate any language in the universe, was so incredibly useful that it simultaneously proved and disproved the existence of God This real-time translation app for mobile phones, offered by the Japanese telecom company NTT DoCoMo, isn’t going to freak out theologians any time soon. The company admits it has lots of work to do to improve translation accuracy, and it can currently only translate between Japanese and three languages: English, Korean, and Mandarin. But by allowing phone calls to pierce the language barrier, we just might have taken a step toward the universe that Adams envisioned: one where open communication between people of different cultures leads to an onslaught of terrible bloody warfare.”
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After a year of living in beta, Chrome Remote Desktop is finally ready for primetime. Similar to other screen sharing services like LogMeIn and Splashtop, Chrome Remote Desktop lets you access other computers remotely. Of course, it is special to the Chrome browser, and by extension, the Chrome OS. The latest version of the app adds a couple of new features like a real-time audio feed for Windows users and the ability to copy-and-paste between remote and local computers. You can use this with any Chrome browser of course, but it could prove especially useful for those with Chromebooks, as you can easily communicate with a presumably storage-laden home PC while still toting around a lightweight notebook.
Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop Screen Sharing Service Comes Out Of Beta, Adds Real-Time Audio For Windows
Google just announced that it is taking its Chrome Remote Desktop screensharing service out of beta. As the name implies, the Chrome Remote Desktop app runs in Chrome and allows you to share your desktop with others or control theirs to see presentations or, as Google notes, become the family hero by “adjusting printer settings on your mom’s computer to finding a lost file on your dad’s laptop.”
Reebok-CCM partnering on impact-sensing flexible sports cap, hopes to improve real-time injury analysis
While the whack of two helmets might be an unavoidable part of some high intensity sports, knowing a little more about what’s going on during those impacts can mean the difference between a time out, and time in hospital. Reebok-CCM Hockey and electronics form MC10 have just announced that they are developing a wearable cap that will register the strength and severity of head impacts during games. The project is actually aimed at all sports and age-groups, and uses high-performance electronics reshaped into an ultra-thin, breathable, flexible system that technology partner, MC10, expects to also be much more affordable. The cap will allow quick analysis through the use of different colored readouts, illustrating the strength of impact. The product won’t be commercially available until next year however, but we’re already thinking of potential worthy collaborations.
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First time accepted submitter anavictoriasaavedra writes “In October, two German computer security researchers created a map that allows you to see a picture of online cyber-attacks as they happen. The map isn’t out of a techno-thriller, tracking the location of some hacker in a basement trying to steal government secrets. Instead, it’s built around a worldwide project designed to study online intruders. The data comes from honeypots. When the bots go after a honeypot, however, they’re really hacking into a virtual machine inside a secure computer. The attack is broadcast on the map—and the researchers behind the project have a picture of how a virus works that they can use to prevent similar attacks or prepare new defenses.”
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Lytics made its debut today at the PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment) Demo Day with the unveling of its real-time analytics service. Lytics, which is in the process of finalizing a seed round of funding, tackles the problem that comes with getting value out of data from multiple sources such as mobile environments, the web, email, social, third-party APIs and commerce environments.
Disrupt Battlefield Finalist Expect Labs Locks Up $2.4M In Funding For Its Real-Time Conversation Analyzer
Well, it looks like Tim Tuttle is doing pretty well for himself. His last company, the video search platform Truveo, was acquired by AOL in early 2006 for an undisclosed (but reportedly hefty) sum, and now his latest venture has just gotten a considerable financial shot in the arm.
Expect Labs, a TechCrunch Disrupt SF Battlefield startup that Tuttle co-founded with Moninder Jheeta, announced earlier today that it has locked up a $ 2.4 million investment from KPG Ventures, Google Ventures, and Greylock Partners (among others).
In case Facebook Poking wasn’t addictive enough, the Pokes page recently began updating in real time. That means you can leave your finger on the trigger and poke back the instant a friend pokes you.
I’ve heard from a Facebook employee the feature was built by an intern, and bless their soul. Or curse it if you have something important to do, because you’d be surprised how quickly you can get sucked into a real-time poke war.
Apple’s iPhone 5 arrives Friday, and buyers lined up to purchase the smartphone before stories opened. Here’s a real-time look at what’s happening worldwide by IDG News Service reporters in Australia, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S.
Madvertise, the European mobile ad network backed by the likes of Earlybird and Blumberg Capital, is adding a raft of new options for advertisers using its platform, including the introduction of AdWords-esque Real-Time Bidding, along with more sophisticated targeting.
Dubbed ‘madPlus’ (those crazy Germans!), the new ad technology suite sees madvertise able to offer its clients new targeting capabilities that go beyond its existing geo-targeting and other criteria, such as content topics, defined handset models, operating systems, time, geographic location, and frequency capping. New to the table is the ability to select and target predefined audiences (e.g. “shopping mums” or “globetrotters”), resulting in a greater ROI, since it reduces ad wastage, says the company.
Now, I don’t pretend to know very much about the relationship between big pharmaceutical companies and healthcare professionals, except that I do know it’s complicated. A huge amount of money is spent on R&D in the Life Sciences, and in turn, more money is spent marketing the resulting drugs and treatments. And in any industry, market intelligence is crucial, as is getting your message across to decision makers. In this case, on the ground at least, that means doctors and other healthcare professionals.
But until recently, the feedback loop between marketing message and recipient has tended to lag a little. InCrowd, through its on-demand platform that enables pharmaceuticals to survey screened and targeted healthcare professionals in real-time, aims to change that. Today, the company has announced that it’s closed a $ 2.2 million Series A round led by Nauta Capital.
Well here’s something we definitely weren’t expecting to see today: Harmonix, the genius studio behind Rock Band and Guitar Hero, is apparently developing a real-time combat game for next generation consoles. A job ad on Gamasutra reveals as much, with Harmonix looking for a “Combat Designer to create real-time, single-player combat experiences for a brand
The US Census Bureau just released its first public API last month, giving web and mobile app makers access to its vast stores of statistics, and it’s now also gone the extra mile by releasing its first mobile app. Dubbed America’s Economy, the app draws on data from the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor to provide a real-time picture of the US economy, offering details on everything from the country’s gross domestic product to housing sales to the unemployment rate (all presented with the requisite charts and graphs). That’s available for Android smartphones and tablets right now, while an iOS app promised in the “coming weeks.” It’s also the first of three planned apps from the Bureau — the others are said to be coming over the next several months (both of which will also be available for both Android and iOS).
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Realtime, a technology developed by a company which has been around since the Internet’s earliest days with the practically un-Googleable name “Internet Business Technologies,” has just received a massive $ 100 million investment to help fund its lofty plan to build the real-time web. The company offers a developer framework that now powers 2,000 real-time client applications, but, until now, it has only been available outside the U.S.
However, with the new investment from the three-month old, Såo Paulo-based BRZtech, a firm backed by private investors in Europe and South America, as well as Portuguese investment vehicle The Ongoing Group, Realtime is today launching its developer platform stateside.
Google just launched live traffic info for Bogota (Colombia), San Jose (Costa Rica) and Panama City (Panama). In addition, Google is also bringing its real-time traffic data to 130 smaller cities in the U.S., including Kalamazoo (Michigan), Portland (Maine) and Tuscaloosa (Alabama). For the most part, this feature relies on data Google gets from Google Maps and Google Navigation users who share location data with the company. As Android becomes more popular and as more users use their phones for directions as they are driving, Google obviously gets more data. Thanks to this, it can now show live traffic for side roads and arterial roads that don’t typically see as much traffic as a highway or major urban area, for example.
This week the inventor known as Will Powell has created a project with heads-up display technology in mind – near real time translation, right up to the mind’s eye. If there’s one thing Google’s Project Glass has done for the world – even though it’s not a product many of us can own quite yet
Victims and witnesses of last night’s horrific shooting in Aurora, Colorado have turned to Reddit for support and news updates, transforming the online news aggregator into one of the best sources of information on the evolving story. A continuously updated board of victim status and their current hospital sits atop a rolling update of critical news, including pictures, video, and essential information about the situation, making it quite possibly the quickest way to get essential news for those needing information on potential victims (more informative than the government websites and local news channels). The incredible outpouring of eyewitness journalism and support has turned the humble news aggregator into an impressive source of information in the midst of a national crisis. Early after the shooting, a man claiming to have been shot posted photos of his wounds in the “WTF” vertical of Reddit (warning: graphic photos). “i am one of the 50 wounded in the aurora theatre shooting. here are a few photos of my very lucky but nonethless terrifying brush with death. my thoughts go out to those less fortunate than me,” he wrote, which has received 5800 Reddit votes so far and hundreds of comments. The initial post was followed by another alleged victim, who reached out for support to “calm” her nerves as she recovered from the incident. “Someone came into our theater at the midnight release of Dark Knight Rises and began opening fire. Who here on Reddit can help me calm my nerves?”, she posted, which opened a deeply personal conversation between the user and the commenters, including other victims looking for the same solace. “Thank you for the well wishes everyone. Heart is still racing,” she followed up, in thanks to the community. Perhaps the most endearing utility of Reddit’s outpouring of support came in the form of spreadsheet of victim status, updated with the number of deaths, wounded, and casualties, including their location at the 6 area hospitals. Admittedly, the information likely contains some inaccuracies, given the loose nature of the submitters and turbulence of the situation (Twitter has been known to spread misinformation in time of crisis). The impressive usefulness of Twitter compares interestingly to common news sources and government sources. Aurora.gov’s website was crippled by the incoming traffic, NY Times map of the situation was certainly helpful, but not to those looking for support, and I couldn’t find any of the same
Facebook is testing and will soon launch Facebook Exchange, a real-time bidding ad system where visitors to third-party websites are marked with a cookie, and can then be shown real-time bid ads related to their web browsing when they return to Facebook. This could be a huge money maker for Facebook as it will allow for better direct advertising — for example a travel site could serve ads about a flight to Hawaii to someone who almost bought a flight on their site. Advertisers might pay big premiums for highly-accurate targeting.
Users will be able to opt out of Facebook Exchange, but only on an advertiser-by-advertiser basis. They can’t opt out of the program completely. Facebook just notified TechCrunch that Exchange is currently in testing with roughly 10 advertising demand-side platform, and it will become more widely available in the next few weeks.
Drchrono, a startup focused on bringing medical records and more to the iPhone and iPad, is announcing a big update today which introduces mobile payment feature to its platform, as well as a new way for physicians and patients to access their health insurance information from mobile devices.
Specifically, the company is adding two new features to its product line-up today: iPhone patient payment processing, which allows doctors and staff to process payments using the Square card reader attached to an iPhone or iPod Touch, and a real-time health insurance eligibility checking feature which will integrate with Drchrono patient check-in app for iPad called OnPatient.
‘Allo my Breeteesh chums! If you have not been to Le Web before, zen zis is pour vous!
Le Web is possibly Europe’s oldest, and certainly its biggest tech startup conference, running for many years in December in Paris. Because of organiser Loic Le Meur’s connections in Silicon Valley it regularly brings the creme de la creme of the Valley to Europe every year. It’s now adding a London conference (19-20 June) to its schedule and even attracting the likes of Michael Arrington, TechCrunch Founder and Crunchfund partner, to London. If I recall correctly, the last time he was here was 2006 – I know because I was there, in the same pub. So, now consider yourself educated about Le Web! Here’s how you can get a discount and enter the startup competition.
The new techniques behind instant crowdsourcing makes human intelligence available on demand for the first time
An anonymous reader writes “In response to a plans to introduce real time monitoring of all UK Internet communications, a petition has been set up in opposition.”
Previously covered here, El Reg chimes in with a bit of conspiracy theorizing and further analysis: “It would appear that the story is being managed: the government is looking to make sure that CCDP is an old news story well ahead of the Queen’s Speech to Parliament on 9 May. Sundays — especially Sunday April the 1st — are good days to have potentially unpopular news reach the population at large.”
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First time accepted submitter constpointertoconst writes “If you use Google Maps to calculate directions, you may now notice (if your route is covered by their traffic data) an “in current traffic” travel estimate for current route. Some may recall that Google Maps had a similar estimate in the past, but it was removed last year due to poor accuracy.”
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With real-time translation of text common on the web and instantaneous speech-to-text gaining popularity, it seems that transliteration is cool again. But less obvious, and more difficult, methods of input are yet to be implemented. Case in point: sign language. The complicated and often contextual gestures form a vast visual vocabulary that isn’t easily captured or interpreted.
A team of British researchers, however, is making the attempt, creating a tool that translates a set of standard signs into readable text, in real time. It’s called the Portable Sign language Translator, and it should be out next year.