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Technology.am (Apr. 21, 2009) —Washington will become the first United States city to receive free digital TV broadcasts for mobile devices like cell phones, laptop computers and in-car entertainment systems.
The services of broadcasts are expected to commence in late summer from five stations: local affiliates of CBS, NBC, PBS and Ion and next one independent station owned by Fox.
These broadcasts are to be similar to those transmitted to TV sets, with the advertising.
Dell will be presenting a prototype of a small laptop with a built-in mobile DTV receiver at the …
Technology.am (Apr. 21, 2009) — Now you can easily find images that look similar to one another.
Google introduced an experimental tool that allows users easily find their search results to photographs that are similar in terms of their content, perspective and color.
With Similar Images, when you start your image search by typing in keywords, you get your results some will have a link beneath them for ‘Similar Images.’ Click the ‘Similar images’ link, which appears under many of the thumbnail photographs.
The technology, which relies on …
Technology.am (Apr. 20, 2009) — Many companies are still stick with Windows XP and not sure about new OS, Window 7, according to a survey of more than 1,100 IT professionals.
Over 84 percent said they don’t plan to upgrade to Windows 7, and they are also reluctant to choose Vista?
“There’s a perception among the survey participants that Windows 7 is just another release of Windows Vista,” said Diane Hagglund, senior research analyst for Dimensional Research. “They think about it the same way and they’re concerned about it.”
Obviously, people know that …
Technology.am (Apr.20 , 2009) — Google, which already devoted a lot of resources to block e-mail and Web spam, has tried a new test to keep the bots at bay.
Google authors have described the image-orientation technique. This task requires analysis of the often complex contents of an image, a task which humans usually perform well and machines generally do not.
A large repository of images are given from a web search result, we use suitable automated orientation detectors to prune those images that can be automatically set …
Technology.am (Apr.20 , 2009) — Until now, Adobe’s Flash Player has primarily been used on computers to make animation and video from Web sites like YouTube available in a Web browser. But now Adobe wants to bring rich Web animation and video into consumers’ living rooms and big screen HD TVs.
Adobe on Monday is going to announce its latest version of its Flash multimedia platform that will put its technology in Internet connected TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, and other digital home devices.
Now people could have full access to the …
Technology.am (Apr.20 , 2009) — Cobra takes the concept of a radar detector to a new level with the addition of GPS technology in the Cobra XRS 9960G that warns you of existing driving hazards.
The plug-in GPS module adds a whole new set of features not commonly found in radar detectors. With new feature, the radar detector not only alerts you to electronic surveillance, but gives warnings about red light cameras, speed traps, and hazardous driving areas from its updateable Aura database.
The Cobra XRS 9960G detects …
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.
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 …
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 …