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Posts tagged Matt Marchesano

Google’s New Nexus 7 Tab Will Get You Some Tail (Video)
July 24, 2013 | 4:47 pm

Google Nexus 7Say it with me: Tech is sexy. Feels a bit weird, right? But hey, I’m not the first to say it—I even felt a bit squeamish when I first heard a friend’s reaction to the form factor of a certain mobile device as such. You see this with car enthusiasts, treating their prized ‘whips’ like the true loves of their lives. I have no comment other than, Well, I guess there are far more odd things to be into. So, taking that notion a bit further, I’d like to pose a question for all y’all: Can having cool tech items get you some —...

Google Play celebrates its first birthday with a big sale
March 6, 2013 | 9:56 am

So it’s been a full year since Google’s Play Store went live (how time does fly,) and the Web-based media store is celebrating by offering deep discounts in all departments. Free tunes, apps, gift cards and cheap movies are only a few items that the service is advertising. You definitely don’t want to miss these deals. Starting today, you can redeem a free $15 gift card to use on your first purchase from Fancy, the crowd-curated gift shop. Also, ten percent off you next hotel booking from the Hotels.com app, a digital  $20 gift card for use with the Gyft app...

Want a pair of Google Glass specs? Here’s how to get ‘em…
February 20, 2013 | 11:08 am

So we’re all hip to Google’s latest consumer mega-project, Glass, right? The company that's synonymous with ‘looking things up on the Web’ hasn’t released much information on its Glass project lately—not since they opened pre-orders to developers and media at their 2012 I/O event. A New York City resident who describes himself as a "wearable computing and augmented reality enthusiast" spotted Google co-founder Sergey Brin rocking a test pair on a NYC subway earlier in the year; supposedly another hundred or so pairs were out there being tested at the time. In the meantime, Google has given us plebeians a little Google Glass taster in...

Amazon Acquires IVONA Software
January 24, 2013 | 10:22 am

This probably won't come as too big of a surprise, but it was just announced this morning that Amazon has (finally!) acquired the 10-year-old text-to-speech software company IVONA Software for an undisclosed sum. (Not quite as exciting as the Zappos acquisition, but still ... ) The company currently offers voice and language proficiency in 44 voices and in 17 languages; it's already utilized by Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets. Aside from its text-to-speech capabilities, IVONA also provides the ‘Voice Guide’ and ‘Explore by Touch’ features for the Kindle Fire. “IVONA’s exceptional text-to-speech technology leads the industry in natural voice quality, accuracy and ease of use," said Dave Limp, VP, Amazon...