Archive for November, 2010

November 10, 2010

HTML5 Project Brings Tablet Reading Experience to Any Browser

On Tuesday the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C., debuted its first HTML5 project, designed to make lengthier stories more palatable for readers using desktop and mobile browsers.
The Center has fashioned a template that mimics the in-app reading experience of newspapers like The Washington Post and magazines like Travel + Leisure — minus, of course, some of the interactive capabilities, such as swiping, offered by touchscreen devices — in a web browser. Content is displayed in a horizontal, widescreen format devoid of distracting banner ads and links to other content. Users can pull up a left-hand navigation bar to navigate between story sections, and click on arrows to tab between individual pages. The size and amount of text on display adjusts according to the size of the browser.
Courtesy Yahoo News 
November 10, 2010

Microsoft Sells About 40,000 Windows Phone 7 Devices On Day One

Microsoft Corporation  has sold about 40,000 Windows Phone 7 devices on day one of their launch according to TheStreet.com. The software giant reportedly spent about $100 million in advertisements for the new mobile operating system phones. To build up some additional hype, Microsoft said that they are planning on giving 89,000 of the phones to their employees too. 

November 9, 2010

Android 2.3 SDK launching on November 11th?

Android 2.3 is around the corner, and Google will launch it anytime now. Our friends over at IntoMobile are saying that Google will officially launch the Gingerbread SDK on November 11th, and now Adobe Flash Android app is also suggesting that “Please install the upcoming 11/9 update (ver. 10.1.105.x) to ensure that Flash Player loads properly with future OS updates.” So may be IntoMobile is right about it.A developer known as Alvaro Fuentes Vasque tweeted that the developer versions of Nexus One will receive the Gingerbread SDK in a couple of days, and it could be November 11th. May be it’s confirmed that Google is officially launching the Gingerbread on November 11th, so Android fans mark your calender right now.

Thanks to fonearena !

November 9, 2010

Computer Program Recognizes Human Emotions from Conversation Analysis

Researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid’s Facultad de Informática have developed a computer program capable of human emotion recognition from automated voice analysis.
The application analyses the sound measurements of a conversation, output by another purpose-built program. Then, based on the rules described in the new application, it is able to identify the emotions hidden in an expression and determine whether the speaker is sad, happy or nervous. Even if the emotion is unclear, the application is able to specify how close the speaker is to each emotion in percentage terms. The application was presented by Susana Muñoz Hernández at the First International Conference on Fuzzy Computation, held in Madeira, Portugal, in 2009.
The application is based on a new tool called RFuzzy, implemented in the Prolog programming language. Prolog is able to represent and operate with what is known as fuzzy logic. Prolog is used primarily in artificial intelligence and expert systems applications.
RFuzzy is a programming support, which stands out for its ease of use and its expressivity. It is able to represent, handle and reason with subjective concepts like high, low, fast, slow, etc.
Apart from being applied to detect emotions in human conversations, RFuzzy has also been used to enhance robot intelligence. In this particular case, RFuzzy was used to program robots participating in the world robot soccer league (RoboCupSoccer), which has been held since 1996 with the aim of developing robotics and artificial intelligence. The experience was outlined in the book Robot Soccer, Inteh, Croatia, 2010, edited by Vladan Papic.
Being based on fuzzy logic, RFuzzy has important benefits for both conversation analysis and the enhancement of championship soccer robot behaviour. Its logical mechanisms are flexible and it leaves some margin of interpretation to the computer. The computer will then make the decision depending on a series of logical rules that take measurable parameters (volume, speech pitch and rate, position, speed or distance of the robot from the ball, etc.) as a reference.
The details of this research are to be published shortly in the INS- Information Science journal and can be consulted online at Science Direct.
Thanks to ScienceDaily
November 9, 2010

Share Multiple Links with One Short URL

BridgeURL does one simple task. Users can input multiple links and generate one URL that will display all listed links in a slideshow format.

November 3, 2010

iPhone 4 available in India on Infibeam

Apple iPhone 4 are listed on Infibeam.com as in-stock and shipping in 2-3 days.The price of the 16 GB Factory unlocked version is quoted as Rs.38299 and 32GB is quoted as Rs.43479.We are a bit skeptical about the White iPhone as Apple has pushed it to 2011 for Manufacturing reasons.Is Apple gearing up for a Diwali launch for the iPhone 4 ?

November 3, 2010

China Mobile joins Linux foundation; accelerates Linux development

China Mobile is the world’s largest telecom operator ranking as the largest carrier in the world in terms of customer base. Its scale is also unparalleled with services including voice data, IP telephony and multimedia. China Mobile has recently been investing in Linux, in its OPhone mobile operating system, and has developed a cloud computing system based on open source software. Its membership in The Linux Foundation shows its further commitment to the Linux platform.

November 1, 2010

Introducing Blekko , Another Search Engine

The latest is Blekko, a search engine that will open to the public on Monday.Blekko’s search engine scours three billion Web pages that it considers worthwhile, but it shows only the top results on any given topic. It calls its edited lists of Web sites slashtags. The engine also tries to weed out Web pages created by so-called content farms like Demand Media that determine popular Web search topics and then hire people at low pay to write articles on those topics for sites like eHow.com.It is also drawing on a fruitful category of Web search — vertical search engines that offer results on specific topics. Many companies assume that Google won the contest to search the entire Web, so they have focused on topical search. Bing from Microsoft has search pages dedicated to travel and entertainment, and Yelp is a popular choice for searching local businesses.People who search for a topic in one of seven categories that Blekko considers to be polluted with spamlike search results — health, recipes, autos, hotels, song lyrics, personal finance and colleges — automatically see edited results.

November 1, 2010

Facebook has purchased drop.io,an online file sharing service

Facebook has purchased most of drop.io, an online content-sharing service, but the social-networking giant sounds more interested in acquiring the company’s developers than its technology. Drop.io is a service that lets users create a ‘drop’ where they can share documents, videos and other digital content. The user can set a time for how long the drop will exist, decide who can view the content, set permissions for who can alter the content and share content in a variety of ways, including on Facebook.

November 1, 2010

Steve Jobs: No USB 3 any time soon

Apple has a mixed record when it comes to adopting industry standards. For example, the company was the first OEM to install USB and Firewire on its desktop machines but has yet to include HDMI connectivity in its laptop line; the recently refreshed Mac Mini line were the first Apple products to sport an HDMI output. The optimist in you might be hoping that Apple is holding off in favor of Intel’s upcoming Light Peak technology. Light Peak will feature an optical cable with a bandwidth of 10Gb/s (that’s gigabits) and will be a universal replacement for SCSI, SATA, USB, FireWire, PCI Express and HDMI.