Archive for March 2007

PaPeRo with built-in Multi-Media Blog Creation System

March 15, 2007

Source from A2Z

 

NEC, a Japanese company, has announced the development of an automatic multimedia blog creation system, which has been embedded into PaPeRo, a personal assistance robot.papero.gif

 

PaPeRo (Partner-type Personal Robot) has its natural expressions and ability to remember its owners’ interests and preferences. It was designed to bring about a more natural interface with which people can easily and automatically benefit from the Internet. It can easily access Internet without the use of a keyboard

 

Its ability to interact naturally with people opens up a variety of application possibilities. It can be used as an automatic multimedia blog creation tool. When a user begins to talk about their events with PaPeRo, the system records and analyzes it. Following this, PaPeRo searches for suitable multi-media content on the Internet, including images, illustrations and music, which are automatically uploaded and edited along with the video recording on the user’s blog.

PaPeRo has been developed using the latest technologies. Main features are given below.

Weight: 5.0 kg; continuous operation time: 2-3 hours; Built-in Internet wireless modem handset; USB 2.0; microphones for detecting the direction of the sound, as well as for recognizing certain sounds; a video camera with CCD sensor; sensors for ultrasonic, step height, elevation etc.

More details and functions are available from PaPeRo’s home page

New update from Google.

March 15, 2007

Google updates its news service-Google News- with News archive search.

  This allows users to find older information very easily.

 The function is similar to the main search technology including preferences, advanced search and a detailed help menu.

Clicking on the feature will return you a simple menu, asking you to specify the keyword to search and also a timeline if you be going to find an article posted on a certain date.

For this new feature, you can click on the News Archive Search available on the main page or from the URL below.

http://news.google.com/archivesearch

ICC World Cup 2007 Cricket Live Score and Videos added to Google Desktop Search

March 15, 2007

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, the largest sporting event opens yesterday.  Sir Garfield Sobers, the greatest all-round cricketer ever, opened the World Cup in a spectacular ceremony at Jamaica that designed to show what happens on the field over the next six weeks.

Millions of Cricket lovers around the world are looking for live scores and videos through online for the next six weeks. Searching through the website is not convenient every time.

Google added 3 gadgets to their “Google Desktop Search (GDS)” namely Cricket news and photos, Cricket Videos and Score board which helps to know latest happenings in the field right on our desktop.

AMD Chipset Integrated with graphic processor.

March 7, 2007

Source:A2Z

AMD introduced the AMD 690 series chipset incorporated with ATI Radeon graphic processor for its Athlon 64 based PCs, which will enable demanding graphics in Windows Vista. AMD 690 family is the first AMD chipset with ATI graphics that supports ATI Avivo technology.

 Introducing integrated graphics means, a PC user needn’t to buy a separate graphics card. But for those who need a high ending graphics opt for a discrete one.

The AMD 690 series chipset incorporates ATI Radeon graphics X1250. This ensures the ultimate visual experience for Windows Vista. The AMD 690 series chipset delivers the power to make new features like Windows Flip and Windows Flip 3D an integral part of every business day.

Unveiling the new chipset, Executive Vice President of AMD’s Visual and Media Business, Dave Orton, said the 690 is not just about graphics – but about graphics and high definition video. Orton said the 690 brings to the table decoding of HD stream in real time and displaying it on the screen.

“As one of the first chipsets with motherboard graphics to receive the Certified for Windows Vista logo, the AMD 690 family is a testament to the ongoing relationship between Microsoft and AMD,” said Dave Wascha, director, partner marketing, windows client, Microsoft Corp. “ATI Radeon graphics deliver excellent Windows Vista performance. We’re proud that together we’re able to provide consumers worldwide an experience that is easier, safer, more entertaining and better connected whether at home, at work, or on the go.”

Microsoft Launches Windows XP Embedded SP2 Feature Pack 2007

March 7, 2007


 Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 2 Feature Pack 2007 has been released by Microsoft. The version of Feature Pack 2007 is for evaluation purpose only and not to be implemented as a final release. This is not a stand alone product; it requires Windows Embedded Studio tool suite installed.  Microsoft has revealed that some components of the operating system have been optimized and that developers will benefit from embedded tools.

 

Feature Pack 2007 can be installed on Windows XP SP1, SP2 and is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000 Pro SP 4 and later, Windows XP Pro and Vista.

Minimum Requirements

CPU: 728 MHz Pentium-class processor or higher

Operating System: Windows 2000 SP4 (or later) or Windows XP Professional or Windows Vista (Supported Operating Systems is Windows XP SP2)

Drive: CD-ROM or DVD-ROM

Tools-only install:

Windows 2000 Pro SP 4 (or later) or XP pro or Vista

Memory: 256 MB RAM minimum, 512 MB or higher recommended

Storage: 20 MB Hard Disk space

Display: VGA or higher-resolution monitor, 1024 x 768 recommended

Browser: Internet Explorer 5.5 or later

 More details and download

Source: A2Z

System Health

March 7, 2007

It is pleasant to know about your computer health. You can generate a health report in Windows Vista.

Go to the Control PanelSystem and MaintenancePerformance Information and ToolsAdvanced Tools (on left sidebar) – Generate a system health report. In a few minute after analyzing a group of different aspects of your system, you will get a detailed report about your system.system-health-1.jpg

Can you develop a game?

March 7, 2007

Source: A2Z

Microsoft is providing the opportunity for game developers to participate the Dream-Build-Play game development contest, offering a $10,000 grand prize and the opportunity for a winner’s game to be published on Xbox LIVE Arcade.

Prize includes an opportunity for the winner to receive an Xbox LIVE Arcade publishing contract, providing a chance to showcase the winner’s game on Xbox LIVE Arcade.

  Dream-Build-Play is open to any user of XNA Game Studio Express, including the Garage Games Torque X platform. No purchase is necessary to compete.

 The contest ends 2 July 2007, and winners will be announced 13 August at Microsoft Game fest 2007 in Seattle.

 Dream-Build-Play is a global contest that offers aspiring game developers the opportunity to showcase their innovation and talent to the world. More than 20 winners will be selected to win fantastic prizes with a total value of more than $40,000 from Microsoft, Alienware, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Inc., Autodesk Inc. and Softimage Co.

Click here to enter the contest