Archive for December, 2010

December 30, 2010

>Nokia shipped 4 million units of N8 ?

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An Unofficial report says that Nokia has managed to ship close to 4 million units of the N8 smartphone since launch according to Finnish research firm Inderes. They are estimating the shipments at 3.5 – 4 mn units
December 30, 2010

>Choose a Movie’s Plot — While You Watch It !!

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Utilizing complicated video coding procedures, the new format provides smooth interaction and transition between scenes as audience members watch — and determine the plot of — Turbulence, created by Prof. Nitzan Ben Shaul of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television. Made with his unique scene-sequencing technique, Turbulence recently won a prize at the Berkeley Video and Film Festival for its technological innovation.
“The film gives people the suspense and thrill of multiple outcomes like those of the films Sliding Doors or Run Lola Run, but it also gives them the power to really choose and influence at a number of key points how the plot of the movie will proceed,” says Prof. Ben Shaul. Curious viewers can backtrack, too — they can go back to a narrative crossroads to see what might have been, never seeing the same ending twice.
Using Prof. Ben Shaul’s innovative format, the viewer watches the film on a regular or a touch-screen monitor, and an iridescent glow appears on certain “action items” at pivotal plot moments. The viewer can choose whether or not to interact. Should Sol send the text message? If the viewer thinks so, he clicks or touches the screen and activates the cell phone held by the actor.
Turbulence comes with an attractive plot, however it’s played out. Three Israeli friends, Edi, Sol and Rona, meet by chance in Manhattan. Twenty years in the past, a protest over the Lebanon War led to an arrest, and the three friends went separate ways. Now, in present-day New York, they say goodbye to the past and two of the characters rekindle a love affair.
How will it end? You decide. Without any viewer interactions, it lasts 83 minutes; with interactions it varies from one hour to two. Whatever choice the viewer makes, Prof. Ben Shaul says, the end leads to closure and viewer satisfaction.
“Sliding Doors and Run Lola Run inspired me. They make you think about options in life, but they don’t let you experience what responsibility feels like at crucial decision points,” says Prof. Ben Shaul. “In our film you decide where the character should go, and you can decide to return to the point where the plot flipped. It’s gripping.”
unded by the Tel Aviv University Technology and Science Committee, the movie is perfect for new touch-screen technologies like iPads or personal airplane movie players. But the movie can also be seen in groups. An individual can be chosen to make the choices, or majority vote can rule.
“It develops optional thinking and can change the way people consume media and advertisements,” says Prof. Ben Shaul, who received his Ph.D. from the Cinema Studies Department at New York University.
He hopes to inspire a whole new paradigm of filmmaking and is currently writing a book with the working title What If: Optional Thinking and Narrative Movies.
Thanks to ScienceDaily
December 30, 2010

>China steps up crackdown on Internet phone services

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China has pledged to restrict Internet phone services — a move that could affect thousands of businesses and individuals making cheap calls via web-based communications companies such as Skype.”We are carrying out with relevant authorities a campaign to crack down on illegal Voice over Internet Protocol phone services”,
 the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a circular posted online earlier this month.In the brief notice, which did not offer details on the crackdown or a timetable for shutting down ‘illegal’ services, the ministry listed a telephone hotline for citizens to report any violations.The ministry declined to comment immediately when asked for clarification of the policy by AFP on Thursday.
December 30, 2010

>SurfCube Browser brings 3D browsing to Windows Phone 7

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SurfCube Browser by Kinabalu Innovation Limited is a brand new 3D browser for Windows Phone 7 devices. 
To be clear, the interface of this great Web browser features a 3D cube effect. The browsing itself, however, is still done in a standard 2D interface. SurfCube sports a nifty UI that positions various browser functions on five sides of a virtual cube. At its center, the cube features a standard Web page viewer. Above the center pane is the favorites list and a URL bar, and below it is a tab view that is still under development. To the left of the Web page viewer is the browser’s history view and to the right, the settings panel. We tested the app and while it does take a bit of getting used to, the interface goes well beyond novelty to provide a useful and attractive browser interface we’ve grown to really enjoy. SurfCube Browser is available immediately in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace for $1.99. A fully functional trial is available as well, which allows the browser to be opened 20 times for free before users are required to purchase the app. Hit the break for a video of SurfCube Browser in action and follow the read link to download the trial or make a purchase.
December 30, 2010

>Skype Video on Apple Devices

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“The latest version of Skype’s app lets users of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch make video calls, which will expand mobile videoconferencing globally—and strain network capacities”.

Skype Technology SA, the biggest provider of international calls, introduced video calling for Apple Inc.’s wireless devices, a move that may broaden the appeal of mobile videoconferencing.The newest version of Skype’s application lets users of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch make or receive video calls via 3G or Wi-Fi connections, the company said today in a statement.The company had previously offered its free mobile video-call app only for Nokia Oyj’s N900 smartphone. Luxembourg-based Skype is seeking to increase the number of subscribers who may eventually buy its premium services. The new app will compete with existing iPhone and iPod calling services offered by Apple, Fringland Ltd. and Tango.

December 27, 2010

>Robotic Surgery for Head and Neck Cancer Shows Promise

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Less-invasive robotic surgery for upper airway and digestive track malignant tumors is as effective as other minimally invasive surgical techniques based on patient function and survival, according to University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers.Head and neck squamous cell carcinomas account for about 4 percent of malignant tumors diagnosed in the United States each year. Currently the standard minimally invasive surgery for these tumors is trans oral laser microsurgery.
Previous studies have shown that the robotic surgery was better for patients to regain the ability to swallow, a common and serious side effect, but never looked at cure rate. Manguson wanted to know if you could achieve function and get rid of the cancer at the same time. This study, published Dec. 20, 2010, in the Archives of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery, showed you could.
UAB otolaryngologist and the study’s senior author J. Scott Magnuson, M.D., and colleagues from UAB and the Mayo Clinic looked at 89 patients with various stages of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas whose primary tumor was resected using the da Vinci Robot. All of the patients were monitored during their hospital stay and up to 33 months after surgery.
“The overall two-year survival rate for these patients was 86.3 percent, which is comparable to the standard treatment,” Magnuson, also a scientist in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, said. “Those with earlier-stage tumors appeared to have slightly better recurrence-free survival than those with later stages, but it was not statistically significant.”
Magnuson said patient swallowing varied depending on the location of the tumor, preoperative swallowing ability, cancer stage and patient age, and their findings on function were consistent with previous research. Some patients, he said, tolerated an oral diet one to two days after surgery while some were discharged with a short-term nasal feeding tube or long-term gastric feeding tube, including some who were feeding tube-dependent prior to surgery.”Of note,” he added, “all of the patients in the study had regained full swallowing ability at the time of the last follow up visit and none remained feeding-tube dependent.”Magnuson said the study’s results are encouraging and show robotic surgery offers a technically feasible and oncologically sound alternative treatment for some patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinomas, but he cautions more work needs to be done.”This is a relatively new technique, and long-term oncologic outcomes are not available,” he said. “However, the early functional and oncologic results justify the continued treatment of select patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinomas with robotic-assisted surgeries.”
Courtesy  ScienceDaily
December 27, 2010

>Logapp : A utility to apply reg. expression to the console output

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Logapp is a wrapper utility that helps supervise the execution of applications that produce heavy console output (e.g. make, CVS, and Subversion). It does this by logging, trimming, and coloring each line of the output before displaying it. It can be called instead of the executable that should be monitored; it then starts the application and logs all of its console output to a file. The output shown in the terminal is preprocessed, e.g. to limit the length of printed lines and to show the stderr output in a different color. It is also possible to automatically highlight lines that match a certain regular expression. The output is therefore reduced to the necessary amount, and all important lines are easy to identify.

December 24, 2010

>Track Santa Online and Leave Him A Voicemail with Google !

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Google is getting into the Christmas spirit by letting you track Santa on Google Earth or Maps; watch highlights from the man-in-red’s magical journey on YouTube; and even leave him a voicemail on his Google Voice Number.

Google has once again teamed up with the Northern American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to keep an exact fix on the jolly old elf’s location in real time. This year, according to Google and NORAD, Santa’s 2010 route plan includes over 200 countries and territories worldwide. You can follow Santa starting at 2 a.m. Eastern Friday morning using the Google Earth Web browser plug-in, Google Maps for mobile or desktop, Twitter and Facebook. The best part is you can teach your child a little about the world while satisfying their curiosity about Santa’s annual journey.

December 24, 2010

>Nokia N900 gets Android 2.3 Unoffically

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Most Android devices out there waiting for Android 2.3 update. But the unexpected Nokia N900 Linux SuperPhone got its Android 2.3 unofficially. Nitdroid.de 
posted a week later that the port of 2.3 is on the line for N900.The hackers from NITDroid project have succesfully ported the Android 2.3 aka GingerBread to the Nokia N900.
December 24, 2010

>Firefox 4 Beta 3 Now Available For Android And Maemo

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Firefox 4 Beta 3 has been finally released for Android and Maemo smartphones. The new version comes with a new Android-style menus, improved support for Android keyboards, support for uploading files, improved audio performance and so on.