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Dolby Silences Loud Adverts

Dolby Volume was developed to address a complaint seeming as old as television itself; that shows on screens seem to whisper while commercials shout despite being on the same volume settings. Volume inconsistencies can also occur when compact disks are switched in players or between music files in MP3 devices.

For fellow Australians, you really don’t appreciate how loud adverts are until you download and listen to an American broadcast with adverts intact. You think our ads are loud? The US ones are screamingly loud, I’m talking at least twice the volume of the show that’s being aired!

“One of the biggest complaints consumers have had is volume inconsistencies,” Mr Eggers said. “We solved that problem. Dolby Volume gives us the capability to choose our favourite volume level for all media then set aside the remote and never touch it again.”

The technology is being built into Toshiba televisions and car audio products this year, according to Dolby.

The company recently showed off Dolby True HD, which is being built into Blu-ray high definition video players and disks to deliver sound tracks as immersive as the imagery. “A person with a Blu-ray player can literally hear the same quality heard in the studio when they were mixing the audio; the same quality as is on the master tapes,” Mr Eggers said.

Dolby also developed a Digital Plus audio technology to bring “surround-sound” to online films and other content delivered to televisions that are being built with “widgets” linking them to online services. France, Italy and Poland have adopted Dolby Digital Plus as a standard for high-definition audio in televisions, according to the company.

Dolby also has put technology in headphones that provide stereo surround-sound experiences to people playing films or music on computers, MP3 players or mobile telephones. Dolby Axon in headsets for videogame lovers gives positional feedback to people talking to each other while playing together online by making voices sound as though they are coming from where virtual characters happen to be.

Voices get louder as gamers approach one another, and fainter with distance, according to Dolby. Like in life, sounds made by on-screen characters are obstructed by objects in the game.

“As a gamer, I can tell you it comes in pretty handy to be able to hear your enemies footsteps coming up behind you,” Mr Eggers said.

Posted: January 10th, 2010
Categories: gadget, general, hack, lifestyle, movies, music, technology
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Tik Tok Parody Video

Two things that made me laugh so hard I almost wee’d.

The Most Bachelor Thing You’ve Done and this wonderful little parody of Tik Tok by Kesha that I’m surprised isn’t viral yet: –

Posted: December 16th, 2009
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Zombie Podcast, “We’re Alive”

Click here to hear the podcast through the website, or go to iTunes and download their free podcasts to your hearts content searching for “We’re Alive” by Wayland Productions.


A small riot in LA has spread past it’s containment. Three reserve soldiers are called to their deserted duty station. Believed to be the last remaining armed servicement in the area, Michael, Angel, and Saul witness the true cause of the riot; people are starting to change and attack each other.

Armed with only what they can carry, they set out to secure an apartment uilding and rescue survivors scattered amongst the shattered remains of civilisation.

In a world turned upside down, every day is a struggle, as those who have taken refuge in “the tower” find out that their safe haven is under constant threat. In this place, however, the strengths of those who stand together, might just be enough to live long enough to see things start to change.

Click here to read an interview with the guys behind this hit podcast brought to you by the folks at A World On Fire. Please link back to us if you found this useful, or want to see more of this kind of content, I blog to keep myself occupied and yourself amused, feedback goes a long way! 🙂

Posted: December 9th, 2009
Categories: L4D2, lifestyle, music, technology, zombies
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L4D2 Depeche Mode Shirt

I’ve wasted far too long on this, my team were absolute newbs. To get the Depeche Mode t-shirt in Left 4 Dead 2 you have to find a gnome named Chomsky, a familiar fellow to people who have played Half Life 2, where you meet him to complete the achievement of “Little Rocket Man”.

To get him you have to play the Dark Carnival campaign and find the target shooting amusement ride type thing and score over 720, best to have multiple players shooting at once with at least one rear guard.

This is where things get hard, a player has to carry the bastard to the end of the campaign, which means obstructed vision and inability to shoot your weapon. Fine if you make a newb carry it, awkward if you’re the strongest character and good with a forearm.

I was forever dropping it to save the newbs. After god knows how many runs the rescue chopper landed, just when I was about to board it one of the newbies ran up hopped in and hit X, making the chopper leave without me. Fml.

I want my god damned Depeche Mode shirt. Speaking of Depeche Mode, their new album sucks.

Posted: November 26th, 2009
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