Now on Android: Get the TED app, localized in 20 languages

30 07 2013

TED Blog

The TED Android app has long let you watch more than 1,500 TED Talks, with subtitles in 102* languages. But with the launch of version 2.0 today, our award-winning app is now localized in 20 languages — from Spanish to Swedish, Chinese to Czech, Arabic to Korean. This means that fans in more than 100 countries will be able to browse and search for talks, read the FAQ and Help sections, and get the overall TED experience in their native language. With the new app, speakers will see headlines and talk descriptions in the language they speak. Even navigation menus have been translated.

The localized app gives easy access to translated and subtitled TED Talks, while still providing the full library of talks and a curated audio stream. We are thrilled that, for the first time, TED fans who speak languages other than English will get the full experience of browsing…

View original post 274 more words


Seeing faces in the clouds, thanks to facial recognition software

30 07 2013

TED Blog

In his TED Talk, Gavin Pretor-Pinney urges us to look to the skies and appreciate the incredible shapes[ted_talkteaser id=1780] — a heart, fish or a hand waving goodbye — that can be spotted (or imagined) in clouds.

But what if you want to take your cloud-spotting game to the next level? The technology and art collective Shinseungback Kimyonghun, based in Seoul, can help. The group’s recent work analyzes images of clouds using facial-recognition software, tracking and recording the moments when clouds look fleetingly like human faces. The project, called Cloud Face, is “a collection of cloud images that are recognized by a face-detection algorithm.” You can see it at work on the collective’s website »

We think this project would be of interest to another TEDGlobal 2013 speaker — Alessandro Acquisti. In Edinburgh, Acquisti warned us that facial-recognition software is getting better and better, with some dismaying implications for our privacy. Soon…

View original post 46 more words

Samsung Announces Mass Production of the World’s Highest Capacity Hard Drive for Mainstream Laptops

9 12 2008

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, announced the mass production of the world’s highest capacity hard drive for laptops – the new Spinpoint M6, and mass production of one of the world’s fastest laptop hard drives – the new Spinpoint MP2. The Spinpoint M6 features a stunning 500GB capacity and the MP2 has a 250GB capacity operating at a 7,200rpm rotation. Both hard drives are currently shipping. The Spinpoint M6 has a $299 MSRP and the MP2 has a $199 MSRP.

“The Spinpoint M6 is ideal for notebook power users who require vast amounts of storage space for their data, video and music files,” said Hubbert Smith, Director of Storage, Samsung Semiconductor. “The MP2 has speed, features and capacity similar to a 3.5″ hard drive and is perfect for users who require a smaller form factor with advanced data storage needs.”

Size Matters: The 500GB Spinpoint M6 Hard Drive

The Spinpoint M6 fits the industry’s standard 9.5mm height dimension and is armed with a massive 500GB capacity consisting of three 167GB platters, notebook PC manufacturers can integrate the Spinpoint M6 into the tens of millions of notebook PCs that ship every quarter as well as slim form factor PCs and high density mobile applications.

Mainstream notebook PCs can now support capacity of up to one terabyte by employing two Samsung Spinpoint M6 drives. For premium notebook PCs, the Spinpoint M6 meets the Microsoft fast-boot design requirements and supports ramp load and unload of up to 600,000 times.

The Spinpoint M6 500GB hard drive features a 5400rpm spindle speed, a 8MB cache, and 3.0Gbps SATA interface with a Free-Fall-Sensor available as an optional feature. Perpendicular Magnetic Recording technology enables the 500GB drive to store 160,000 digital images, 125 hours of DVD movies, or 60 hours of high definition video images. The drive also features Samsung’s Flying-on-Demand head technology that improves recording stability over changing temperature ranges.

The Need for Speed: Spinpoint M2P Hard Drive

The Spinpoint MP2 is a 250GB 2.5″ hard drive consisting of two 125GB disks. Operating at a 7200rpm rotation speed, the MP2 is ideal for high performance, desktop replacement notebook PCs, and entry-level enterprise applications such as workstations and RAID or blade servers.

In step with the surging growth of multimedia content and the demand for smaller form factor devices, 2.5″ drives meet the stringent environmental demands of notebook PCs and slim form factor desktop PCs. The high performance characteristic of Samsung’s MP2 expands the scope of applications for 2.5″ drives to entry-level enterprise applications.

The Spinpoint MP2 features 7200rpm speed rotation, SATA II 3.0Gbps interface and Native Command Queuing functions for advanced performance. Samsung’s proprietary SilentSeek™ and NoiseGuard™ technologies are incorporated in the drive to offer ultra quiet operation. An optional Free Fall Sensor is also available for data protection in case of any unexpected external impact. The Spinpoint MP2 drive has a 16MB buffer memory and is available in 80GB to 250GB capacities.

World’s fastest Internet connection ‘used to dry laundry’

9 12 2008

Last summer a 75-year-old woman from Karlstad became the envy of internet users worldwide.

With her blistering 40 gigabits per second (40GB/Sec) connection, Sigbritt Löthberg had the world’s fastest internet connection – many thousands of times faster than the average residential link and the first time ever that a home user had experienced such a high speed.
So, after nine months with the ability to download a full high definition DVD in just two seconds or access 1,500 high definition HDTV channels simultaneously, how has Sigbritt’s life changed?
Not much, according to Hafsteinn Jonsson, who is heading up the fibre network operation for Karlstad Stadsnät.
"She mostly used it to dry her laundry," he told The Local.
"It was a big bit of gear and it got pretty warm."
Sigbritt’s son, Swedish internet legend Peter Löthberg, was behind the project, which was intended to demonstrate how a low price, high capacity fibre line could be built over long distances. Löthberg has now taken the equipment up to Luleå, in the north of Sweden, for further testing.
"The project was a huge success," said Hafsteinn Jonsson, who explained that his department now measures its history in terms of ‘Before Sigbritt and After Sigbritt’.
"Apart from the death of Ingmar Bergman, this was the biggest story to come out of Sweden in 2007. We used to get all these detailed questions about what we’re working on – now we just mention Sigbritt and everybody understands."
The secret behind the ultra-fast connection is a new modulation technique which allows data to be transferred directly between two routers up to 2,000 kilometres apart, with no intermediary transponders.
According to Karlstad Stadsnät the distance is, in theory, unlimited – there is no data loss as long as the fibre is in place.
Sigbritt may have been denied her world-beating internet link but she still has an admirable 10 gigabits per second connection. And there may be another surprise in store for her.
"We’re considering giving her a 100 gigabits per second connection in the summer," said Hafsteinn Jonsson.
"Then she’ll be able to dry all her neighbours’ laundry too."


6 03 2008

Call salman_pesh from your phone!

Voice Over WLANS: The Complete Guide

22 01 2008

The Complete Guide

Voice Over WLANS: The Complete Guide
Michael F. Finneran “Voice Over WLANS: The Complete Guide”

Newnes (November 29, 2007) | ISBN: 075068299X | 400 pages | PDF | 3,2 Mb

Wireless local area networks (WLANs) have traditionally been used to transport only data, but are now being used to carry voice traffic as well as provided new combined voice and data services. Voice over WLANs also offers more flexibility than wired networks (changes to a WLAN dont require changes to installed wiring) and greater capacity than wired networks. This book provides a solid overview of voice over WLANs/VoIP (voice over internet protocol) technology, including voice coding, packet loss, delay and jitter, and echo control. It shows how to combine both WLAN and VoIP technology to create effective voice over WLAN systems.

* Gives complete details on integrating voice and data services on WLANs, including wide area networks
* Explores quality of service (QoS) and security issues
* Step-by-step descriptions of how to plan and implement voice over WLAN networks




Mobility, Data Mining and Privacy: Geographic Knowledge Discovery

22 01 2008

Mobility, Data Mining and Privacy: Geographic Knowledge Discovery

Mobility, Data Mining and Privacy: Geographic Knowledge Discovery

Fosca Giannotti , Dino Pedreschi, “Mobility, Data Mining and Privacy: Geographic Knowledge Discovery”
Springer; 1 edition (January 1, 2008) | ISBN: 3540751769 | 410 pages | PDF | 3,4 Mb

The technologies of mobile communications and ubiquitous computing pervade our society, and wireless networks sense the movement of people and vehicles, generating large volumes of mobility data. This is a scenario of great opportunities and risks: on one side, mining this data can produce useful knowledge, supporting sustainable mobility and intelligent transportation systems; on the other side, individual privacy is at risk, as the mobility data contain sensitive personal information. A new multidisciplinary research area is emerging at this crossroads of mobility, data mining, and privacy.

This book assesses this research frontier from a computer science perspective, investigating the various scientific and technological issues, open problems, and roadmap. The editors manage a research project called GeoPKDD, Geographic Privacy-Aware Knowledge Discovery and Delivery, funded by the EU Commission and involving 40 researchers from 7 countries, and this book tightly integrates and relates their findings in 13 chapters covering all related subjects, including the concepts of movement data and knowledge discovery from movement data; privacy-aware geographic knowledge discovery; wireless network and next-generation mobile technologies; trajectory data models, systems and warehouses; privacy and security aspects of technologies and related regulations; querying, mining and reasoning on spatiotemporal data; and visual analytics methods for movement data.

This book will benefit researchers and practitioners in the related areas of computer science, geography, social science, statistics, law, telecommunications and transportation engineering.