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


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

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

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What You Need to Know About Robot Software Developers

What You Need to Know About Continuous Delivery

The robot takeover is coming!

But don’t worry. It’s not as bad as you think.

Most of us are familiar with technology taking over aspects of our work, aren’t we?

Accountants have programs that tabulate financial data. Wall Street brokers have programs that make trades for them. Factory/distribution workers have robots that do a lot of heavy lifting for them.

It seems that almost every day, we’re finding ways to use technology to make commerce easier. Innovation is a key component in making progress.

As we rely more and more on technology, it’s been important to find easier ways to ensure that our products and services are high quality. That’s where continuous delivery comes in.

The Rise of Continuous Delivery Systems

In recent years, software engineers have begun to leverage a process called continuous delivery to perform numerous basic programming functions, massively reducing the manual labor involved in large development projects. Continuous delivery is an automated software process that leverages the computational power of servers to streamline basic programming functions.

In English, that means that it’s a process that enables software to automatically find and fix bugs and problems in a product or website. This means that you won’t have to waste time and energy to find these things yourself.

The Current State of the Development Process

A constant struggle in the development process is testing programs, and fixing bugs. If left to old methods, a programming team would have to develop the software, test it manually, and then go back to the drawing board when things go wrong.

In a worst case scenario that team might actually launch a product, without having discovered a problem only to realize it after the fact. High profile rollout failures of websites and software applications are becoming commonplace and one of the worst things that can happen to a business. Not only does it cost tons of money to fix, it can also damage a company’s reputation.

As someone at the Department of Health and Human Services allegedly said after the failed Obamacare website failure, “I spent $174 million on a website and all I got was this bad press.” Continuous Delivery could make failed rollouts a thing of the past.

Using continuous delivery, computers are able to out-test and out-produce individual human workers. While the human brain remains the most powerful computer to date, it has an issue with scale. Manually clicking through an entire website can take weeks. Not only that, it’s incredibly boring, isn’t it? A computer can perform thousands of tests perfectly and repeatedly in seconds.

An Easier Way to Go to Market

Will Iverson is the Chief Technology Officer for Dev9, a software development firm that is helping to pioneer continuous delivery. He believes that automation can play an important role in simplifying many different functions.

“A lot of software development requires repetitive tasks to be performed by humans, and these can take months. Training intelligent software programs to perform those functions reduces the need for large teams of engineers and increases the speed at which those tasks can be completed,” Iverson explains.

Of course, while these processes are allowing small teams to do more, Iverson does not think software is going to replace human developers outright. “As long as something needs to be interpreted for the computer, some kind of engineer will be needed.”

Continuous delivery could significantly impact the software engineering landscape, which today relies on outsourcing huge volumes of the low level work overseas. Leveraging automation, small U.S.-based teams can perform all or most of the work required, even on the largest projects.

This shift is significant. Most companies have to factor in months for design work. Teams of human designers are slow, make mistakes and can be difficult to manage across numerous countries.

Now, companies that have software needs will be able to get to market faster without worrying about failed rollouts. The current breakneck pace of technology development is getting a shot in the arm, making the marketplace that much more competitive.

What Does This Mean for Business Leaders?

“Businesses that find the process of releasing software updates painful are the ones most in need of continuous delivery,” said Iverson. “Software releases should be really straight-forward. If you are worrying about the software working, you aren’t going to be able to focus on more important things like your customers, marketing and messaging.”

In particular, businesses planning on creating products and services in the Internet of Things would benefit from continuous delivery. Iverson adds, “Since the IoT is built on the effectiveness of servers and networks, continuous delivery is an ideal solution, because it allows companies to update, fix and create reliable services faster.”

Technology is meant to make us more efficient and free us up to do more important work. Continuous delivery and software automation have the potential to free our mental energy and financial resources to tackle even more high-level tasks than we’ve taken on already. Even though robots might replace some jobs, there will be plenty of new ones and new opportunities to take their place. And the world will be better for it.

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Nextbit Robin Ember Colour Variant Launched; August Software Update Detailed

Nextbit Robin Ember Colour Variant Launched; August Software Update Detailed


  • The new colour variant will be sold on Flipkart from next week
  • The price of the smartphone is Rs 19,999
  • Ember variant is available in limited quantities

Nextbit has launched a new colour variant for its cloud-based Robin smartphone. The Ember colour variant will be made available in limited quantities via Flipkart beginning next week.

The limited edition variant has already gone up for sale in the US on the company website at $299 (approximately Rs. 20,100). Nextbit asserts that this colour variant is just available till stock lasts, and that the stock will not be replenished in the future. The price of the smartphone in India is Rs. 19,999.

The company has also announced that beta testers should’ve received the forthcoming August software update that should enable support for storing videos on smart storage. Nextbit has promised the update will also bring the latest security patches, and improved thermal tuning for keeping theNexbit Robin smartphone cooler during multitasking. The company has also promised an Android N update sometime in the fourth quarter, and it is expected to bring along improvements to significantly boost battery life alongside all the new features.

(Also see: Nextbit Robin Review)

The Nexbit addresses the limited storage issue in smartphones with a cloud-based storage solution. It can automatically back up photos and apps that haven’t been used recently to the cloud to free up space on the device. It features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, a Qualcomm hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of inbuilt storage which is non-expandable. The Nextbit Robin comes with 100GB of free cloud storage space.

Other features of the Nextbit Robin include a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a 2680mAh battery, a USB Type-C charging port, and runs on Android 6.0


software program protection Suffers as Upstarts Lose get right of entry to to Virus statistics

Software Security Suffers as Upstarts Lose Access to Virus Data

a number of younger generation security companies are losing get right of entry to to the largestseries of enterprise evaluation of laptop viruses, a setback industry experts say will increase publicity to hackers.

The policy trade on the records-sharing pioneer VirusTotal takes purpose particularly at a new era ofprotection corporations, a few with valuations of $1 billion or more, that haven’t been contributing theiranalysis. Older organizations, some with marketplace valuations much smaller than the upstart rivals, had pressed for the shift.

Alphabet Inc’s Google runs the VirusTotal database so safety experts can percentage new examples of suspected malicious software and critiques on the risk they pose. On Wednesday, the 12-yrvintageservice quietly stated it might reduce off limitless scores get right of entry to to agencies that don’tshare their personal critiques of submitted samples.

Analysts and bosses at several agencies said the adjustments will go away a few offerings much more likely to mistakenly classify legitimate software program as malicious and much less capable of defendtheir clients from real threats, as a minimum in the short time period.

in the event that they not have access to VirusTotal, their detection ratings will drop,” stated Andreas Marx, leader executive of security software program assessment company AV-check. With detectionrates down, hackers will find easier access.

a few safety agencies rely absolutely at the database, essentially freeloading, stated executives on eachsides of the divide, and did not want to proportion their analysis for fear of being observed out.

VirusTotal did not name any businesses to be reduce off. but several humans familiar with the matteradvised Reuters the pass might have an effect on excessive-profile California companies Cylance Inc, Palo Alto Networks Inc and CrowdStrike Inc, in addition to a few smaller groups.

Cylance said it gave up get admission to to the scores weeks ago after figuring out now not to share itstechnology. leader research Officer Jon Miller stated Cylance had now not suffered but that others had.

“Many subsequentera products are definitely not functioning right now,” he stated, declining to saywhich. He said the loss of VirusTotal could help spur the businesses to invest in their very own innovation to capture viruses.

asked whether or not it have been kicked off the provider, Palo Alto stated best that it had not beencounting on the VirusTotal peer determinations and expected “no impact” on clients.

CrowdStrike stated it turned into negotiating with VirusTotal and had no longer been reduce off by usingSaturday. “We assist the challenge of VirusTotal and have reached out to them to discover additionalways we can collaborate for the advantage of the complete protection network,” the organization wrote in an emailed statement, declining to answer similarly questions.

‘A shortcut’
VirusTotal gets approximately four hundred,000 submissions of doubtlessly dangerous documentsevery day, more often than not from oldguard antivirus businesses like Symantec Corp, Intel Corp andfashion Micro Inc which take a seat on the most machines.

“It become by no means meant to permit new corporations to apply it as a shortcut by way of silentlyrelying on, and benefitting from, the provider with out a corresponding investment,” stated fashion Microchief technology Officer Raimund Genes, one among many antique-line tech executives who driven for the shift.

Marx of AV-test stated that some more recent companies secretly relied on statistics supplied througholder organizations whilst marketing themselves as a cut above the older technology. “they’re the usage of traditional techniques, too,” he stated.

some of the more recent companies said they do not percentage their critiques for aggressive motives. Blanket copying of virus signs has been an historic complaint at VirusTotal, with as a minimum onesufferer resorting to sabotage in retaliation, Reuters stated ultimate 12 months.(

Others say the way that they stumble on horrific programs is just too in depth to combine with VirusTotal’s cutting-edge gadget.

“We were extra than willing to work with them, but they did not have a way for us,” said Tomer Weingarten, chief government of SentinelOne, a firm that recognizes it was cut off from the feed againstits will. “this is a step again.”

Weingarten said SentinelOne had brought a new information feed to replace VirusTotal and expected that VirusTotal turns into less relevant as agencies are excluded.

thru a Google spokeswoman, VirusTotal stated it changed into looking to act in the first-rate hobby ofthe security community and it was hoping to help organizations combine their scanners into the VirusTotal platform.

© Thomson Reuters 2016

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