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New Nokia 9 allegedly first smartphone to use OZO Audio

nokia_logoThe Nokia 9 hasn’t been officially announced yet, but it has already generated quite the buzz. There are lots of rumors about its potential specs, but the newest one is very interesting. According to SlashGear, the Nokia 9 will allegedly be the first smartphone to use the company’s new OZO Audio technology – a software based, VR-targeted development that promises to enable any camera to record 360-degree or full spatial audio.

For OZO audio to work, the Nokia 9 would need at least two microphones, but ideally four. It would also probably require a beefier processor than previous Nokia phones. However, it would mean that Nokia could advertise its latest device as not just a smartphone, but a portable multimedia studio.

This could be good news for Nokia, which failed to make a splash with its last three Android phones – the Nokia 3, 5, and 6. As a company that has yet to develop a premium Android smartphone, Nokia is looking to prove they can hang with the big dogs with the Nokia 9.

Amazon Storywriter Officially Launched

amazon_logo_RGBAmazon has launched its new Storywriter program, offering free, cloud-based screenwriting software. It’s the media giant’s latest effort to expand its original video and TV content. It will now also accept drama series submissions, in addition to the comedy and children series submissions.

This is part of Amazon Studios, which launched in 2010 as a way to crowdsource the process of finding new material for film and television programs. Writers can upload and make their works public, gain feedback, and ultimately have the opportunity to have their script purchased from Amazon. The children’s show Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street came to Amazon through this medium.

The software is aimed at newcomers who haven’t made a name for themselves in the screenwriting world. It coheres to the strict screenwriting form that some might not know despite their interest in getting into the craft. Amazon Storywriter auto-formats, supports the import and export of PDF files, FDX files, and Fountain formats. It saves work online, and includes an app for Chrome on both Mac and PC.

*Source: TechCrunch