SRS Labs Intros TruVoice for Phones
SRS Labs today announced a new set of voice technologies meant to improve how mobile phones operate. According to SRS, phones that use its TruVoice technology will offer consumers improved voice intelligibility and an overall volume gain of other parties' voices in the earpiece. TruVoice also has an active ambient noise management system. SRS says that phone makers wishing to use this technology will have access to a modular design that makes it easier to tune the TruVoice software for the best possible audio performance on their handsets.
Video Demo of Elliptic Labs' Ultrasound Smartphone Controls
Elliptic Labs hopes to let people interact with their phones via hand gestures. The company is using the speaker and microphone already installed on most smartphones to emit sound waves, which its algorithms can then decipher as you move your hand closer to the phone.
HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
Ultrasound Could Replace Proximity Sensors In Phones
Elliptic Labs recently launched new software that could negate the need to install proximity sensors in smartphones. The company proposes using ultrasound waves, generated by the phone's earpiece speaker and microphone, as a way to eliminate sensors.
Qualcomm Whispers About Active Noise Cancellation Chip
Qualcomm today said its latest Bluetooth audio system-on-a-chip is able to provide active noise cancellation for wireless headphones. The CSR8765 makes it possible for Bluetooth headphone designers to drop separate, dedicated active noise cancellation chips from their headsets and instead add the feature via the Bluetooth radio itself.
Stagefright Bug Returns for Sequel Thanks to MP3 Flaw
Google may have issued several patches to plug the security hole known as Stagefright, but the bug is back thanks to a newly-discovered vulnerability in MP3 and MP4 files. Zimperium Labs, which discovered the first version of Stagefright in April, says phones tricked into running specially crafted audio/video files can be taken over remotely.