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May 27 2015 4:04AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
LONDON (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis is raising its bet on smart technology by collaborating with U.S. start-up Rani Therapeutics on a “robotic pill” for complex biotech drugs that would normally have to be given by injection.

May 27 2015 2:32AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TOKYO (Reuters) - The head of Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp's mobile business said on Wednesday he plans to deal with the effects of a stronger dollar versus the yen by tweaking the pricing of its handsets and by cutting costs.

May 27 2015 1:47AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Despite being blocked in China, Twitter is courting Chinese companies to buy advertising space on its service used by more than 300 million people elsewhere in the world.

May 27 2015 12:02AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

In today's Apple Daily, Apple design chief Jony Ive gets a spiffy new title and some new responsibilities. In other news, more rumors about what we'll see in iOS 9 are surfacing, and Microsoft's "Cortana" service is said to be coming to iOS sometime later this year.

Jony Ive Named 'Chief Design Officer' at Apple

For years Jony Ive stuck to the shadows at Apple, to the point that most people outside the company only knew what he looked like from the same handful of publicity stills. Over the last couple of years, however, he's taken on a more visible role at the company, and he'll have a title that better suits that role than "Senior Vice President of Design" come July 1. As Apple CEO Tim Cook announced in an internal memo yesterday (via 9to5Mac), Ive is now Apple's "Chief Design Officer," and Richard Howarth and Alan Dye will take over the everyday management of Apple's industrial design and user interface teams.

Source: Gabriela Hasbun/The Telegraph

That may seem like it's taking a lot of day-to-day responsibilities from Ive, but Ive retains his oversight. In addition, the position brings new responsibilities with it. Ive, for instance, will be taking a much larger role in the design of Apple's retail stores and its upcoming "spaceship" campus, and he'll be able to travel beyond Cupertino to more of Apple's other development sites across the globe.

For their part, Howarth and Dye are anything but slouches. Howarth, the new vice president of industrial design, has worked with Ive for almost two decades and has served on the iPhone's development team since the first generation. Dye's original focus was marketing and communications, but he became a key figure on the user interface design team in the wake of the departure of Scott Forstall. Dye was also a key figure in the design of the interface for the Apple Watch, and as such he was the subject of a profile by Wired earlier this year.

Alongside Tim Cook's announcement, The Telegraph published an interview of Ive, Howarth, and Dye by Stephen Fry.

 

More Small Improvements Rumored for iOS 9

Apple will most likely announce iOS 9 during its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco next month, and anonymous insider sources are already starting to spread word about what we'll see. In accordance with the general perception that iOS 9 will be more focused on tidying up the operating system rather than introducing sweeping changes, the latest rumors emphasize small improvements.

In accordance with rumors we've heard in the past, Apple wants iOS 9 to be "Force Touch-ready," and that it's already working with developers to integrate the tech with existing apps. Force Touch was introduced with the 12-inch MacBook back in March, and it adds an extra dimension to traditional touch-based interfacing by adding a pressure component alongside the familiar taps and swipes.

Apple is also rumored to be working on a new keyboard design for iOS 9 that will be "slightly longer" than the current version and bring more editing options when using the standard portrait mode. The new design is also expected to bring a better "Shift" key, in addition to providing an easier way to access the QuickType keyboard.

The report also claims that Apple Pay is essentially ready for launch in Canada judging from the "necessary foundations" for compatible banks and associated institutions in Passbook, but ongoing negotiations will likely prevent a WWDC announcement this year. In addition, Apple may remove the rarely used Game Center app altogether, and it may introduce iMessage read receipts for both group chats and users on a per-contact basis. As the report says, this means users "will be able to turn on the read receipt functionality for specific recipients while leaving the read status of a message in the dark for other contacts."

 

Microsoft's 'Cortana' Voice Service Coming to iOS Later This Year

Confirming rumors that dropped back in March, Microsoft announced today that it's bringing its Siri-like Cortana voice service to iOS and Android, in addition to its own Windows Phone platform. In order to ensure that that it works properly on each system, each operating system will have its own dedicated "companion app", but Microsoft insists that you'll be able to ask the digital assistant the same questions regardless of which platform you're using. The Android version is scheduled for release on Android in late June, but we iOS users will have to wait until sometime later this year. It's probably for the best, as Siri might get jealous.

Unfortunately, Cortana apparently won't be quite as powerful as it is on its native Windows platform owing to problems with integration with the operating system. Cortana will be able to answer questions, track flights, and send alerts, for instance, but it won't be able to launch apps or alter system settings. Perhaps most sadly of all, it won't be able to answer to the always-cordless, always hands-free "Hey, Cortana" command available on Windows 10 and some of the niftier Windows phones.

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May 26 2015 11:43PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Biotech company 3SBIO, which delisted from the Nasdaq two years ago, on Wednesday launched an up to $712 million IPO in Hong Kong to fund acquisitions and recruit staff to help it grab a bigger piece of the booming Chinese drug market.

May 26 2015 11:09PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Vox Media, owner of The Verge and other websites, is acquiring Revere Digital, the company that owns technology news website Re/code, according to a post on the Re/code website on Tuesday.

May 26 2015 9:51PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

May 26 2015 9:38PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Chinese biotech company 3SBIO, which delisted from the Nasdaq two years ago, on Wednesday launched an up to $712 million Hong Kong IPO, according to a term sheet seen by Reuters.

May 26 2015 9:37PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, Calif. (Reuters) - Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said on Tuesday the company plans to have an initial public offering but did not specify when that would happen.

May 26 2015 8:47PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Charter Communications Inc, seeking to remake the U.S. cable television industry by acquiring larger rival Time Warner Cable Inc for $56 billion, will try to skirt the regulatory obstacles that helped sink Comcast Corp's earlier bid for Time Warner Cable.

May 26 2015 7:18PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday sided against Google Inc and said the U.S. Supreme Court should not hear the company's appeal in a case against Oracle Corp with wide implications for the technology industry, according to a court filing.

May 26 2015 7:05PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Charter Communications Inc, seeking to remake the U.S. cable television industry by acquiring larger rival Time Warner Cable Inc for $56 billion, will try to skirt the regulatory obstacles that helped sink Comcast Corp's earlier bid for Time Warner Cable.

May 26 2015 6:31PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Human resource software company Workday Inc forecast current-quarter billings below market expectations and reported a bigger quarterly net loss due to higher spending on marketing and product development.

May 26 2015 6:08PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Digital video recorder maker TiVo Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by higher subscriptions.

May 26 2015 5:59PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Charter Communications Inc, seeking to remake the U.S. cable television industry by acquiring larger rival Time Warner Cable Inc for $56 billion, will try to skirt the regulatory obstacles that helped sink Comcast Corp's earlier bid for Time Warner Cable.

May 26 2015 5:55PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

The iPhone’s microphone lacks high-quality audio for podcasts, reporting, or video projects. What you need is a stereo microphone, such as the iXY Lightning from RØDE, which connects to your phone through the Lightning connector (a 30-pin version is available too) — the improvement in recording quality is huge.

The iXY’s satin gray metal frame fits firmly to your phone, and is then detected by your iPhone as the primary mic. The 1/2-inch cardioid condenser mics are fixed 90-degrees apart to dampen background noise, and the metal casing fends off interference, reducing hum. Together with RØDE’s digital technology for adjusting unwanted low frequency noise, you capture a balanced degree of sound around you. 

The iXY can record at sampling rates up to studio-quality 24-bit/96kHz, and the stereo sound is amazing. There is a trade-off between cutting out noise/increasing quality, but the audio range is richer in the right places, with much more detail and character than the iPhone microphone. A 10-minute recording will reduce battery reserves by five to eight percent, though, and storage space is a consideration — experimenting with a sound sampling rate lower than 96kHz will conserve valuable bits.

A foam shield over the mics prevents wind interference and dampens plosives (the popping sound when you say “p”). A variety of extra-cost accessories add more flexibility. The RØDEGrip, for example, adds a pistol-grip or camera-shoe mount to your phone, so you can use the iXY with video cameras and DSLRs. The free RØDE Rec LE app offers easy recording and sharing of audio, including that pro-level audio quality, with a paid upgrade for editing features. You can also record in the likes of Voice Memos, GarageBand or whatever app you like to use, though.

The iXY is pretty expensive, but RØDE has thought this product through even down to the compact, pyramid-shaped carrying case — the quality and level of thought is almost Apple-like.

The bottom line. A smart solid solution that equals a stand-alone audio recorder in so many ways.

Review Synopsis

Product: 

RØDE iXY Lightning

Company: 

RØDE Microphones

Contact: 

Price: 

$199

Requirements: 

iPhone 5 or later

Positives: 

Excellent quality audio recording. Compact, solid design.

Negatives: 

High price tag. Watch your battery levels.

May 26 2015 5:46PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday sided against Google Inc and said the U.S. Supreme Court should not hear the company's appeal in a case against Oracle Corp with wide implications for the technology industry, according to a court filing.

May 26 2015 5:29PM EST | Source: Geek.com
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Both Microsoft and Canonical are working feverishly to make smartphones that double as desktops a reality. Samsung, meanwhile, wants to turn them into laptops. A new patent application surfaced that shows Samsung has […]

May 26 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
But a new Nexus tablet is apparently off the table, an unnamed source tells blog site Android Police.







May 26 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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