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[18 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Let’s Get Non-verbal Cues to Email, Phone Calls

Technology.am (Apr. 18, 2009) — In digital communication there is no facility of face-to-face conversation because it cannot communicate the non-verbal cues and contextual information that are so important to us all. But now it is possible.
The PASION project, an EU-funded research effort, has developed a suite of tools to add non-verbal cues to email, phone calls, chats and other channels of electronic communication.
And even more remarkable than the technological advance are the applications that the technology enables, including new kinds of online gaming, new forms of groupware, even tele-psychiatry.
One …

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[18 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Attackers may Hijack Mobile-Phone Data

Technology.am (Apr. 18, 2009) — Researchers claimed to be able to hijack the data sent to and from mobile phones, in a presentation today at black Hat Europe, a computer-security conference in Amsterdam.
The researchers say that the attack might be used to glean passwords or to inject malicious software onto a device.
The researchers say that the new attack relies on a protocol allowing mobile operators to give a device the proper settings for sending data via text message, according to Roberto Gassira, Cristofaro Mune, and Roberto Piccirillo, security researchers for …

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[17 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Method to Convert Nuclear Energy Directly into Power without Steam

Technology.am (Apr. 17, 2009) — University of Missouri researchers are developing an economically feasible method of converting nuclear energy directly into electricity that would be cheaper than current nuclear conversion technology.
“Direct conversion of nuclear energy has not been possible previously,” said Mark Prelas, professor of nuclear engineering and director of research at MU’s Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute.
This energy conversion system uses relatively safe isotopes to generate high-grade energy. Current nuclear technology has an intermediate thermalization phase between the nuclear reaction and when the energy is converted to …

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[17 Apr 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Cloud Computing Can Change Computer World

Technology.am (Apr. 17, 2009) — Clouds are on the horizon and could change the way we use computers forever. Cloud computing has the potential to bring about irreversible changes in the way computers are used around the world.
“The cloud computing phenomenon is more than just another technological fad – it combines the benefits of outsourcing and pay-per-use and provides companies with a springboard for further innovation”, explains Jordi Torres, coordinator of the Cloud Computing (CC) research team at the UPC, which works under the supervision of the High Performance Computing …

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[17 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Internet Providers want to Meter Usage

Technology.am (Apr. 17, 2009) — Customers who like to stream movies, TV shows may pay with extra fees.
Subscribers may have to pay extra fees for use of high-speed Internet based on how much material they download, if Internet service providers’ current experiments succeeded.
This is the trials with metered access, rather than the traditional monthly flat fee for unlimited connection time, offer enough bandwidth that they won’t affect many consumers.
More and more television programming and movies are available online, through sites including Hulu, Netflix Watch Instantly, YouTube and Amazon.com’s Video …

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[17 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Time Warner postpones plan to Cap Internet Use

Technology.am(Apr. 17, 2009) — Time Warner Cable Inc. is postponing its plan to bill customers based on how much Internet traffic they generate, following mounting public and political outcry.
Time Warner Cable’s capitulation doesn’t indicate well for the future of metered billing of the Internet, in which people who use more bandwidth pay more.
Frontier Communications Corp., a Time Warner Cable rival in one key test market, Rochester, N.Y., also has dropped its plans for metering Internet use.
New York-based Time Warner Cable had 8.7 million, making it the third-largest Internet service provider …

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[17 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Your Gmail Inbox can be Prioritized

Technology.am (Apr. 17, 2009) — Former Gmail engineer Gabor Cselle has built a new system for prioritizing all the emails in your inbox. It’s called ReBoxed, it relies on crowdsrouced A/B preference voting on email senders.
Let us see its work. First ReBoxed uses Gmail’s wonderful Contacts API to grab your Gmail contacts list without asking for your password within a few minutes.
Then you’re shown 20 pairs of contacts who have sent you email recently and asked which sender in each pair tends to send the most important emails. …

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[16 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
The WSJ Said No Charge for App or Content

Technology.am (Apr. 16, 2009) — Good news for news addicts who can still endure reading about the stock market, The Wall Street Journal took the wraps off an eponymous iPhone app, offering news, video, and even podcasts, there’s no charge for the app or the content.
The Journal app bears a striking resemblance to the Times app, with a five-icon toolbar that spans the bottom of the screen and a banner ad just above that. (Hey, somebody has to foot the bill.)
But this doesn’t resemble the Times, the Journal app …

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[15 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
At&T Unveils New Family-Tracking Service

Technology.am (Apr. 15, 2009) — AT&T has launched a new service that allows family members using the same cell phone account to track one another’s whereabouts.
This service of AT&T is called FamilyMaps, allowing people to track the location of any cell phone on its network from a mobile phone or PC. The person being tracked receives a text message informing him or her that he or she is being tracked. The service periodically informs the tracked individual that he or she is being watched, just in case one text message …