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Is Google Hatching a New Platform for Games?

Google "Wave" could be a new place to play - and develop.

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Google's new tool, Wave, is getting buzz as new way to communicate and collaborate online.   But talk is already brewing about the impact on games

Because Wave will be open source, developers will have an opportunity to create games for the service as well as other applications.   Web games are taking off lately, especially on social networks such as Facebook, where titles from poker to Mafia Wars are hitting big.   Wave games would likely be of a similar ilk, free, fast, and accessible.   The keyword there is "free."  Free2play titles, which you can get for nothing and accessorize for an added premium, are increasingly the "wave" of the future. 

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Deep Learning Could Bring the Concert Experience Home

The century-old quest for truly realistic sound production is finally paying off

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Stuart Bradford

Now that recorded sound has become ubiquitous, we hardly think about it. From our smartphones, smart speakers, TVs, radios, disc players, and car sound systems, it’s an enduring and enjoyable presence in our lives. In 2017, a survey by the polling firm Nielsen suggested that some 90 percent of the U.S. population listens to music regularly and that, on average, they do so 32 hours per week.

Behind this free-flowing pleasure are enormous industries applying technology to the long-standing goal of reproducing sound with the greatest possible realism. From Edison’s phonograph and the horn speakers of the 1880s, successive generations of engineers in pursuit of this ideal invented and exploited countless technologies: triode vacuum tubes, dynamic loudspeakers, magnetic phonograph cartridges, solid-state amplifier circuits in scores of different topologies, electrostatic speakers, optical discs, stereo, and surround sound. And over the past five decades, digital technologies, like audio compression and streaming, have transformed the music industry.

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