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TrustedAudio.com — secure, watermarked audio delivery platform

We’ve just launched TrustedAudio.com – secure, watermarked audio delivery platform.

TrustedAudio is a web-based service addressing anti-piracy needs of individual musicians, composers, labels, studios and various music and audio professionals (and especially those, who are less into “computer science” and more into their profession).

A short description: “TrustedAudio (TA) is a professional web-based tool that provides an easy and reliable way to share, deliver, and distribute audio files securely by means of watermarking and digital signing. Simply log in, upload your audio files, fill in the recipients’ info, and send the files! All recipients receive their own uniquely and inaudibly watermarked (“digitally signed”) copy of each distributed audio file. Unique watermarks are embedded into every audio file copy delivered to each individual recipient. Records of each watermark, together with the file and the recipient info associated with it, are securely stored in the TA database, enabling the file owner to identify and back-trace delivered copies at any time, instantly and reliably”.

More information: TrustedAudio.com

wavedraw – a simple tool that generates BMP waveform picture of a sound file

Ever needed to generate a waveform picture of an audio file? I was in need of such tool myself and, to my big surprise, didn’t find any! So I wrote it myself. The tool loads a standard RIFF wave sound file (.wav), generates waveform picture and stores it in BMP format. You can specify any desired picture size and background/foreground colors. Only one (left) audio channel of the input file is analyzed.

the tool is free. Use it on your own risk.

I place Windows, Linux and Mac binaries in one archive: wavedraw_all_os.zip

How to get to Mars

AWT2 became patented

I have been granted a U.S. Patent No. 8,116,514 for the watermarking technology behind AWT2.

Crazy virtualization

Today I had to deal with a device that can be connected to PC via Linux only (as there is no drivers for Windows). So, to be able working with it first I installed VMWare Virtual Machine under my Windows 7 host PC, then installed Ubuntu under this VM. However, to conveniently access the device using SCP protocol I was recommended to use WinSCP that is Windows tool. So, I installed Wine under Ubuntu and then installed and run WinSCP under Wine. In a conclusion, what I actually did is: I run Windows utility under Windows emulator running on Ubuntu which itself run under virtual Machine on Windows 7 host PC.

…Isn’t that crazy?

wget – HTTP request from command line

If you need to make a request via HTTP from Windows/*nix command line and obtain server response (example: you want to run some remote script via HTTP and then process its answer), there is a special utility exactly for this purpose. The utility called WGet:

http://www.gnu.org/software/wget/

In command line run: wget.exe http://somesite.com/script.php
As a result, server response will be stored in file. You can download files via HTTP in the same manner. Very convenient and useful tool.

AudioTag.info – music recognition robot

It’s my pleasure to announce a preview stage of free music recognition service – AudioTag.info.

AudioTag.info — is a free music-recognition service. It allows you to identify almost any unknown piece of music quickly and easily. Its use is very simple: you upload a short audio fragment or an entire song, the robot analyzes it and provides you with the information about the track title, artist name, album title, etc. Your audio fragment can be in almost any file format and of almost any quality (aurally recognizable, of course) — it can be an MP3 file downloaded from the Internet or a short recording made with your old tape recorder and stored as a low-quality .WAV-file.

Head tracking technology

Amazingly great idea. Will this open a new era of 3-dimensional graphics?

Робот от Boston Dynamics

Artificial arms

Is it going to be a reality?

http://spectrum.ieee.org/video?id=221

Exciting and just amazing video, information and technology.