ROLI Acquires Acclaimed Software Framework in Bid to Reshape Human-Computer Interaction

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HELSINKI, November 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Award-winning East London technology firm ROLI announced the acquisition of JUCE, an acclaimed C++ framework which is used by leading audio companies such as Korg, Pioneer, Arturia, Akai Professional, and M-Audio. The move comes just months after closing a record Series A of $16.5m, and will enable ROLI to both extend the compatibility of its flagship Seaboard GRAND with existing 3rd party software, and develop JUCE as the leading toolkit for creating next generation interfaces. Julian (“Jules”) Storer, founder of Raw Materials Software which makes JUCE, will be joining the ROLI team as Head of Software Architecture and will continue as the editor-in-chief for all things JUCE.

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ROLI Founder and CEO, Roland Lamb, made the announcement today at SLUSH, one of the largest gatherings for European startups and investors. Lamb said “At ROLI, our larger vision is to reshape interaction. To do that, we need to transform every technological link from where people create inputs, to where computers create outputs. That’s a tall order, but acquiring and investing in JUCE is our most significant step towards this challenging goal since we invented and developed the Seaboard.”

For ROLI, the acquisition will accelerate the process of creating broad compatibility between the Seaboard and leading audio applications. The acquisition will also enable Storer to continue to focus on building out the architecture of JUCE and leading the development of groundbreaking features like the Projucer,  the first real-time C++ compiler, which he demonstrated at C++Now. Storer commented “We’re tremendously excited about the creative possibilities that will be unleashed as we build new features, better documentation, code examples, and templates that will help to establish JUCE as a leading C++ framework, not just for audio, but for a wide range of diverse applications, from graphics to gaming to embedded systems.”

ROLI is actively hiring to build a strong JUCE team around Storer, and has created an advisory panel of industry leaders to help guide the vision for JUCE’s development, including David Zicarelli, Founder and CEO of Cycling74, makers of MaxMSP, Martin Robinson, Programme Leader at UWE Bristol and author of Getting Starting with JUCE , Pete Goodliffe, software lead for Akai’s MPC platform, and author of Code Craft and Becoming a Better Programmer, and Andrew Bell, creator of Cinder, a leading C++ framework for creative coding. Zicarelli commented, “We’ve been using JUCE for 8 years – it was great then and now it has 8 years more enrichment in it based continuous feedback and development. I’m really excited to be a part of this new phase of JUCE’s development at ROLI.”

“Our first goal will be to hear from the community of JUCE developers to get a better understanding of what they need and what’s most useful, before making any significant changes,” Lamb said. “We’re thrilled that this acquisition positions us to play a bigger role in the open source and creative development communities.” ROLI has planned a series of JUCE meetups around the world, starting Thursday 20th Nov at IRCAM in Paris, followed by events in London, Berlin and New York in the coming weeks.

About ROLI

ROLI is a design-led music technology company based in Dalston, London. ROLI makes hardware and software products designed to increase the bandwidth of interaction between people and technology.

ROLI’s first product, the Seaboard GRAND, is a radically new musical instrument that reimagines the piano keyboard as a soft, continuous surface. The Seaboard’s polyphonic pitch bend, vibrato and per-note dynamic changes are all available at the user’s fingertips, marrying the intuitiveness of a traditional instrument with the versatility of digital technology. ROLI has brought together years of innovation in several disciplines to realise this powerful concept as an award-winning product. Learn more at roli.com

About JUCE

JUCE (Jules’ Utility Class Extensions) is an all-encompassing C++ class library for developing cross-platform software. It contains classes allowing userss to create standard applications, and has a range of unique advantages associated with building audio and real-time applications. JUCE is routinely praised for the quality and consistency of its codebase, and has been licensed by a wide range of Fortune 500 companies and leading music companies alike, including Korg, M-Audio and Arturia.

The library was written by a single developer, Julian “Jules” Storer. In addition to the classes, JUCE offers support for linking and managing libraries and dependencies with dedicated software, the Introjucer. The Introjucer creates templates for most popular compiler environments that make the compiling toolchain simpler and faster. Learn more at juce.com

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China’s $100 Billion Chip Supremacy Bid Deemed Unrealistic

China's $100 Billion Chip Supremacy Bid Deemed Unrealistic

HIGHLIGHTS

  • China wants to become premier supplier of semiconductors to the planet
  • Part of a broader effort to wean itself off foreign technology
  • China currently makes just 15 percent of the semiconductors it consumes

China faces an uphill battle in its push to become the global leader in computer chips because of a lack of technological know-how and talent, according to an analysis by Bain & Co.

China is one of the world’s largest consumers of semiconductor devices thanks to its manufacturing might, and is planning to spend more than $100 billion (roughly Rs. 6,70,854 crores) to become also a premier supplier to the planet. The global consultancy estimates that by 2020, almost 55 percent of the world’s memory, logic and analog chips will flow to or through the country. But the vast majority of the microchips that act as the brains of products like Apple’s iPhone are largely imported from companies like Intel and Samsung.

The government in 2014 moved to change this with plans to invest more than $100 billion and become a leading global player. It’s also driven consolidation among domestic suppliers to maximize its investments, including the $2.8 billion merger of Tsinghua Unigroup and Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing announced last month.

China’s effort to build a world-leading semiconductor industry is part of a broader effort to wean itself off foreign technology. But financial investment will not be enough to buy leadership of the semiconductor sector, which is worth around $1 trillion (roughly Rs. 67,08,244 crores) according to Singapore-based Bain partner Kevin Meehan.

The country currently makes just 15 percent of the semiconductors it consumes, Bain said in a report. And by 2020, the consultancy expects Chinese-based plants to produce just 7 percent of the world’s microchips, barely up from current levels.

“China is coming at it in a pretty smart and intelligent way,” he said. “But I don’t see a path for them to own leading-edge processor technology and that is the foundation of Intel, the foundation of Samsung’s success.”

Efforts by Chinese companies to buy rivals with intellectual property in the processor and memory markets have run afoul of regulators around the world. Plans for a $3.8 billion (roughly Rs. 25,486 crores) investment in Western Digital Corp. were scrapped amid a US security review and investments in Taiwanese chip companies face regulatory obstacles and have stoked political tension.

“Assuming they can spend it all, the biggest risk is that they end up with a whole bunch of fragmented and weak follower positions,” Meehan said. “There’s ways for them to have influence over greater than 10 percent if they’re partnering well, but otherwise I think you’re essentially capped there.”

Meehan said China’s semiconductor makers could eventually learn from partnerships with global giants and become one of the larger suppliers of key components like computer memory. Both Intel andQualcomm have agreed to build semiconductor fabrication plants there in partnership with local providers.

“If you take a long view — not five years but decades — then certainly you’d have to believe there’s some absorption,” he said. “But people are careful not to put their leading edge IP in China.”

“I don’t see a way to get there without licensing or buying.”

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China’s $100 Billion Chip Supremacy Bid Deemed Unrealistic

China's $100 Billion Chip Supremacy Bid Deemed Unrealistic

HIGHLIGHTS

  • China wants to become premier supplier of semiconductors to the planet
  • Part of a broader effort to wean itself off foreign technology
  • China currently makes just 15 percent of the semiconductors it consumes

China faces an uphill battle in its push to become the global leader in computer chips because of a lack of technological know-how and talent, according to an analysis by Bain & Co.

China is one of the world’s largest consumers of semiconductor devices thanks to its manufacturing might, and is planning to spend more than $100 billion (roughly Rs. 6,70,854 crores) to become also a premier supplier to the planet. The global consultancy estimates that by 2020, almost 55 percent of the world’s memory, logic and analog chips will flow to or through the country. But the vast majority of the microchips that act as the brains of products like Apple’s iPhone are largely imported from companies like Intel and Samsung.

The government in 2014 moved to change this with plans to invest more than $100 billion and become a leading global player. It’s also driven consolidation among domestic suppliers to maximize its investments, including the $2.8 billion merger of Tsinghua Unigroup and Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing announced last month.

China’s effort to build a world-leading semiconductor industry is part of a broader effort to wean itself off foreign technology. But financial investment will not be enough to buy leadership of the semiconductor sector, which is worth around $1 trillion (roughly Rs. 67,08,244 crores) according to Singapore-based Bain partner Kevin Meehan.

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The country currently makes just 15 percent of the semiconductors it consumes, Bain said in a report. And by 2020, the consultancy expects Chinese-based plants to produce just 7 percent of the world’s microchips, barely up from current levels.

“China is coming at it in a pretty smart and intelligent way,” he said. “But I don’t see a path for them to own leading-edge processor technology and that is the foundation of Intel, the foundation of Samsung’s success.”

Efforts by Chinese companies to buy rivals with intellectual property in the processor and memory markets have run afoul of regulators around the world. Plans for a $3.8 billion (roughly Rs. 25,486 crores) investment in Western Digital Corp. were scrapped amid a US security review and investments in Taiwanese chip companies face regulatory obstacles and have stoked political tension.

“Assuming they can spend it all, the biggest risk is that they end up with a whole bunch of fragmented and weak follower positions,” Meehan said. “There’s ways for them to have influence over greater than 10 percent if they’re partnering well, but otherwise I think you’re essentially capped there.”

Meehan said China’s semiconductor makers could eventually learn from partnerships with global giants and become one of the larger suppliers of key components like computer memory. Both Intel andQualcomm have agreed to build semiconductor fabrication plants there in partnership with local providers.

“If you take a long view — not five years but decades — then certainly you’d have to believe there’s some absorption,” he said. “But people are careful not to put their leading edge IP in China.”

“I don’t see a way to get there without licensing or buying.”

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Wimbledon: Angelique Kerber Reveals Steffi Graf Inspiration For Title Bid

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Angelique Kerber, who won her maiden Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open in January, reached her first Wimbledon final.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1Kerber has revealed advice from Steffi Graf for her Wimbledon title bid
  • 2Kerber beat Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the semi-finals
  • 3Kerber will face defending champion Serena Williams in the final

London: Angelique Kerber has revealed advice from Steffi Graf has inspired her challenge to become the first German woman to win Wimbledon for 20 years.

Kerber faces defending champion Serena Williams in Saturday’s title match after defeating Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the semi-finals on Thursday.

The 28-year-old, who won her maiden Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open in January, has reached her first All England Club final, two decades after German great Graf lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish for the seventh and last time.

Kerber was only eight when Graf defeated Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in the 1996 final, but she recalls seeing many of her matches on television and has since sought out more of her classic victories on YouTube.

So when Graf, who won 22 major titles, agreed to practice with Kerber and share some of her secrets it was a dream come true for the girl from Bremen.

“She was always an idol for me. I was always watching a lot of matches, also on YouTube sometimes. She was one of the best players in the world. She won so many Grand Slams,” Kerber said.

“I met her few times. She’s a great person. When you hit with her, she’s still playing really well.

“Of course, when you talk with her, it’s always a great honour.

“She just told me the last time that I’m on a good way, just believe in yourself, practice hard. She was really believing in me.

“I know that 20 years ago she won here the last time. Of course, I will try to be the next one to win here after Steffi.”

Final dream

Until Kerber’s run this year, Sabine Lisicki in 2013 was the only German woman to make the Wimbledon final and she ended in tears after being thrashed by Marion Bartoli.

Kerber, in her second major title match, hopes to avoid a similar fate as she strives to emulate her shock victory over Serena in the Australian Open final.

“I think for sure I will go out there with a lot of confidence,” Kerber said

“I’m, of course, excited to be in the Wimbledon final right now. That was always a dream for me to be one day on the Centre Court and playing the final.

“It’s a little bit different than in Australia because that was my first Grand Slam final.

“Here I know what happen afterwards. I’m a little bit more relaxed than there.”

Having beaten one Williams, the fourth seeded Kerber has set her sights on becoming the first player to defeat both of the American siblings in the same Grand Slam since Kim Clijsters at the 2009 US Open.

Kerber has raced through her six matches at Wimbledon without dropping a set, now has WTA tour-best 34 match wins in 2016 and is guaranteed to rise to a career-high second in the world rankings next week.

But she knows Serena will be in determined mood as she bids to win a seventh Wimbledon title and equal Graf’s Open era record of 22 Grand Slam crowns.

“It’s a completely new match. We are playing on grass court,” Kerber said.

“She lost the final against me and I know she will go out and try everything to beat me.

“Like in Australia, I will try to show her, okay, I’m here to win the match, as well.

“I know I have to play my best tennis to beat her.”

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Wimbledon: Angelique Kerber Reveals Steffi Graf Inspiration For Title Bid

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Angelique Kerber, who won her maiden Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open in January, reached her first Wimbledon final.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1Kerber has revealed advice from Steffi Graf for her Wimbledon title bid
  • 2Kerber beat Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the semi-finals
  • 3Kerber will face defending champion Serena Williams in the final

London: Angelique Kerber has revealed advice from Steffi Graf has inspired her challenge to become the first German woman to win Wimbledon for 20 years.

Kerber faces defending champion Serena Williams in Saturday’s title match after defeating Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the semi-finals on Thursday.

The 28-year-old, who won her maiden Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open in January, has reached her first All England Club final, two decades after German great Graf lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish for the seventh and last time.

Kerber was only eight when Graf defeated Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in the 1996 final, but she recalls seeing many of her matches on television and has since sought out more of her classic victories on YouTube.

So when Graf, who won 22 major titles, agreed to practice with Kerber and share some of her secrets it was a dream come true for the girl from Bremen.

“She was always an idol for me. I was always watching a lot of matches, also on YouTube sometimes. She was one of the best players in the world. She won so many Grand Slams,” Kerber said.

“I met her few times. She’s a great person. When you hit with her, she’s still playing really well.

“Of course, when you talk with her, it’s always a great honour.

“She just told me the last time that I’m on a good way, just believe in yourself, practice hard. She was really believing in me.

“I know that 20 years ago she won here the last time. Of course, I will try to be the next one to win here after Steffi.”

Final dream

Until Kerber’s run this year, Sabine Lisicki in 2013 was the only German woman to make the Wimbledon final and she ended in tears after being thrashed by Marion Bartoli.

Kerber, in her second major title match, hopes to avoid a similar fate as she strives to emulate her shock victory over Serena in the Australian Open final.

“I think for sure I will go out there with a lot of confidence,” Kerber said

“I’m, of course, excited to be in the Wimbledon final right now. That was always a dream for me to be one day on the Centre Court and playing the final.

“It’s a little bit different than in Australia because that was my first Grand Slam final.

“Here I know what happen afterwards. I’m a little bit more relaxed than there.”

Having beaten one Williams, the fourth seeded Kerber has set her sights on becoming the first player to defeat both of the American siblings in the same Grand Slam since Kim Clijsters at the 2009 US Open.

Kerber has raced through her six matches at Wimbledon without dropping a set, now has WTA tour-best 34 match wins in 2016 and is guaranteed to rise to a career-high second in the world rankings next week.

But she knows Serena will be in determined mood as she bids to win a seventh Wimbledon title and equal Graf’s Open era record of 22 Grand Slam crowns.

“It’s a completely new match. We are playing on grass court,” Kerber said.

“She lost the final against me and I know she will go out and try everything to beat me.

“Like in Australia, I will try to show her, okay, I’m here to win the match, as well.

“I know I have to play my best tennis to beat her.”

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RI guide searched for joint Balkan bid

Twenty-four years ago, Yugoslavia dissolved into its constituent nations before slipping into the deadlieststruggle in Europe since the give up of global war II.

about 130,000 people lost their lives and inside the Bosnian conflict on my own, about 2.2 million wereforced to flee their homes to keep away from what become later formally dubbed one of the worst genocides in current history.

however the warfare ended with peace accords extra than a decade in the past, and the erstwhile rivalsare transferring to repair what changed into once a battle-torn location by making an unparalleled bid togain global acknowledgement in their shared tradition and history.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro are nominating thousands of medieval tombstoneswhich can be part of their shared background into the UNESCO international heritage listing. The nomination for the monuments — called stecci or stećak in singular formturned into first of all made in 2011 after five years of joint work between the states and underwent initial screening at the UN. It marks the international locations’ first joint bid after going their separate approaches.
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warfare is terrible. This nomination is a totally superb flow closer to reconciliation.”

With the nomination to take area in less than a month, the Balkan countries harbor excessive hopes for the nomination, describing it as a fantastic improvement in publishbattle reconciliation, in line with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s ambassador to Indonesia, Muhammad Cengik.

Indonesia’s function within the nomination — scheduled for mid-July — may be vital, because the u . s . isamong 21 countries that have been appointed to decide which nominees must be blanketed within thelist, Cengik says.

And 10,000 kilometers from Sarajevo, Cengik says that he has a proposal equipped for Indonesia tosupport the joint nomination, for the advantageous fee it bears, he instructed The Jakarta submit.

battle is terrible,” the ambassador said in a recent interview, adding that the recuperation manner inside the location have been moving very slowly.

however this nomination is a very fine pass in the direction of reconciliation.”

Inclusion at the listing of UNESCO international heritage sites permits a domain positive safety andfunds below the conference regarding the protection of the arena’s Cultural and herbal heritage.

Stecci are the monolithic tombstone monuments that lie scattered throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina andcomponents of Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia — a few adorned with carved, engraved drawings of secular and spiritual symbols or other ornaments. The artifacts are engraved with an extinct Bosnian typography.

Of 70,000 recorded tombstones from approximately 3,three hundred web sites, some 60,000 are in Bosnia and Herzegovina, about four,400 in Croatia, about three,500 in Montenegro and some four,a hundred in Serbia.

The to be had sources suggest that the monuments started to seem within the 2d half of the twelfthcentury and commenced to be intensively made and adorned within the 14th and fifteenth centuries,before absolutely ceasing in the sixteenth century.

The medieval tombstones are typically discovered in clusters — in cemeteries belonging to families, containing only a few stones, then in cemeteries for whole clans, with about 30 to 50 stones, and in village cemeteries, now and again with numerous hundred stones, according to the UNESCO net portal.

Vivendi increases Gameloft Bid for the second one Time

Vivendi Raises Gameloft Bid for the Second Time

French media institution Vivendi raised its unsolicited bid for mobile video video games maker Gameloft forthe second time on Thursday, including strain on the founding Guillemot family.

Vivendi, led through billionaire Vincent Bollore, elevated its gentle offer to EUR eight a percentage from EUR 7.20 previously, it stated in assertion. This values Gameloft at approximately EUR 680 million ($761.eight million), in comparison to 610 million formerly.

Vivendi has received 29.37 percentage of Gameloft’s shares and 26.forty seven percent of its ballotingrights to this point, it said. It released its bid in February and has concurrently constructed up a 17.7percentage stake in Ubisoft, Gameloft’s larger sister organisation.

each moves are taken into consideration adversarial by means of Guillemot family, which founded the 2agencies and manage their respective forums.

Vivendi, which has refocused its commercial enterprise around time-honored music group and pay-television enterprise Canal+ institution, desires to re-input the video games commercial enterprise to enhance its role within the content and media region, having disposed of Activision snowstorm in 2013 tolessen its debt pile.

Gameloft misplaced an appeal to droop Vivendi’s smooth provide in advance this month, French markets regulator AMF stated, setting may additionally 27 because the closing date for a bid.

The video game maker had filed a request to suspend the bid in order that a separate criticismassociated with the takeover offer by using Vivendi might be tested. That second prison manner is stillongoing.

buying and selling in Gameloft was formerly suspended on Thursday following a request from AMF. it’s going to resume on Friday, it stated.

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Time Said to Be Considering Taking on Private Equity Partner for Yahoo Bid

Time Said to Be Considering Taking on Private Equity Partner for Yahoo Bid

Time Inc is considering partnering with a private equity firm on a bid for Yahoo Inc’s core Internet assets, according to people familiar with the matter, as the US publishing company seeks to boost its digital presence.

The deliberations on finding a partner to help fund the potential deal underscore Time Inc’s limited resources. Yahoo’s web business is estimated to be worth several billion of dollars more than Time Inc’s market capitalisation of just $1.6 billion (roughly Rs. 10,596 crores).

Time Inc held conversations with buyout firms before signing a non-disclosure agreement with Yahoo recently that forbids bidders in the sale process from communicating with each other, the people said this week.

However, Time Inc is hoping that Yahoo will allow bidders to form consortia after they submit first-round bids that are due on April 11, the people added. Time Inc has not yet selected any private equity firm as a potential partner, the people said.

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Several private equity firms are weighing bids for Yahoo’s internet assets including Blackstone Group LP, KKR & Co LP, TPG Capital LP, Apax Partners LLP, Warburg Pincus LLC, Bain Capital LLC and Hellman & Friedman LLC, the people said.

A potential deal structure that Time Inc and its investment bankers have been considering is a Reverse Morris Trust, the people said. This could potentially allow Yahoo to divest assets in a tax-efficient manner, the people added.

Spokespeople for Yahoo, Time Inc and the private equity firms declined to comment.

Since Time Inc spun out from parent company Time Warner Inc in 2014, its chief executive, Joe Ripp, has been vocal about putting more cash into the business and expanding the company beyond its print roots.

The New York-based company, whose titles include People, Sports Illustrated and its namesake Time magazine, has been on a digital shopping spree in recent months.

In February, it acquired Viant Technology, a New York-based marketing firm that owns Myspace, an early social media company. Last fall, it bought HelloGiggles, a lifestyle website owned by actress Zooey Deschanel, and xoJane, an online magazine geared to women.

Yahoo faces increasing pressure from shareholders and investors to sell its core business instead of going through a spinoff that would separate the company from its stakes in Yahoo Japan and AlibabaGroup.

Analysts see Verizon, the large telecommunications company that bought AOL last year for $4.4 billion (roughly Rs. 29,141 crores), as being a more likely candidate to prevail in the auction for Yahoo’s web business.

Time Inc’s revenue annual revenue fell 5 percent to $3.1 billion (roughly Rs. 20,531 crores) last year, with print and advertising revenue falling 10 percent to $1.32 billion (roughly Rs. 8,742 crores). However, its digital advertising revenues have been on the upswing and rose 11 percent to $221 million (roughly Rs. 1,463 crores) last year.

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