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Bruce Perens writes “Codec2 is an Open Source digital voice codec for low-bandwidth applications, in its first Alpha release. Currently it can encode 3.75 seconds of clear speech in 1050 bytes, and there are opportunities to code in additional compression that will further reduce its bandwidth. The main developer is David Rowe, who also worked on Speex. Originally designed for Amateur Radio, both via sound-card software modems on HF radio and as an (more…)

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  • Austrian Open golf leaderboard

    Ryder Cup duo Graeme McDowell and Miguel Angel Jimenez are competing in the latest European Tour event.

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  • Clijsters storms to third US Open title

    Defending champion Kim Clijsters thrashes Vera Zvonareva 6-2 6-1 to win her third US Open title at Flushing Meadows.

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  • Burning Man Goes Open Source For Cell Phones

    coondoggie passes along this excerpt from Network World: “Today I bring you a story that has it all: a solar-powered, low-cost, open source cellular network that’s revolutionizing coverage in underprivileged and off-grid spots. It uses VoIP yet works with existing cell phones. It has pedigreed founders. Best of all, it is part of the sex, drugs and art collectively known as Burning Man. … The technology starts with the ‘they-said-it-couldn’t-be-done’ (more…)

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  • An anonymous reader writes “AMD has now rolled out open-source 2D and 3D drivers for their ATI Radeon HD 5000 series graphics processors. As described at length over at Phoronix, it’s taken nearly a year to complete but there is now public code released that enables 2D, 3D, and video hardware-acceleration for this latest generation of ATI GPUs. For now this code is intended for developers and enthusiasts but with time it will make its way into stable (more…)

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  • Live – The Open

    Rory McIlroy co-leads with John Daly, Andrew Coltart and Sean O’Hair at the 150th anniversary Open at St Andrews.

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  • Woods spurns Open links practice

    Tiger Woods reveals he will not play any links golf in practice ahead of next week’s Open at St Andrews.

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  • Google WebM Calls “Open Source” Into Question

    snydeq writes “As open source becomes mainstream, vendors are under pressure to market their offerings using the ‘open source’ brand to the highest degree possible — a trend that may eventually degrade the meaning of ‘open source’ as we know it, Savio Rodrigues writes. Witness WebM, which Google has positioned as an open alternative to H.264. After examining the software license, some in the open source community have questioned whether WebM (more…)

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  • Murray handed tough Australian Open draw

    Britain’s Andy Murray will face a qualifier in the first round of the Australian Open, but Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro could block his path to the final.

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  • Powell open to men’s coaching job

    The head coach of the England women’s team, Hope Powell, says she would consider coaching a professional men’s team if she was offered the role.

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