XP antivirus 2011

XP Anti-Virus 2011 or also known as Vista Anti-virus 2011 and Win 7 Anti-virus 2011 is a rogue program that will be installed on multiple operating system.

XP Antivirus

What's new in Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread?

Part of the fun of owning an Android phone is receiving the updates -- you never know what new treats will arrive when one appears on your phone, like Santa coming down the chimney on Christmas Eve


Lenovo ThinkPad X1

Slimmer than Kate Moss after a month on the Slender diet is Lenovo’s gorgeous ThinkPad X1 laptop, details of which have just shimmied on to the InterWebs

Lenovo Thinkpad

Evolution of Cell Phone

Cell phones have evolved immensely since 1983, both in design and function

Evolution of Cell Phone

Samsung Galaxy S2 Review

The Samsung Galaxy S2 brings the Power of Love Samsung's history in the smartphone game has been pretty quiet – a few budget offerings, some false starts with Windows Mobile and the popular Galaxy S is pretty much it

Samsung Galaxy S2 Review

Monday, December 13, 2010

Tafiti showcases latest Microsoft technologies

In another attempt to one-up Google, Microsoft has released a website called Tafiti (which means 'do research' in Swahili) designed to highlight its new Microsoft Silverlight and Live Search technologies.
The showcase website is all about specialty search, and is a means for Microsoft to differentiate itself from Google.

The Tafiti website is split in to three main sections. The leftmost column is where you enter your search term and select the type of media you are searching for (images, text, RSS, books and news).
Search results are presented in the middle column, and the rightmost column is a virtual shelf that is designed to store various results pages that you want to refer to.
Microsoft is selling Tafiti as a research tool that allows for greater exploration of subject in a single window interface.
For those that are bored with the standard results list view, Microsoft has created a new 'tree view'.
According to Microsoft, 'clicking on the Tree View link provides a tree-based visualisation of your web search results.' The visualisation slowly cycles through and displays all the results for your query, and a slider at the bottom of the tree lets you adjust how many results (or branches) are displayed on the tree. It's complicated to view and doesn't seem in the least bit practical.
While Tafiti is worth playing with I don't see it going mainstream. For one, the interface is way too slow, and secondly too confusing for novice users. The interface isn't consistent and the whole paper and wood analogy just doesn't yell 'future' to me.

Also, because Tafiti relies on Live Search, search results are generally inferior to a Google search for the same term. But, it's good to see Microsoft doing stuff that's at least different to its competitors.
Tafiti runs on all platforms that can support Silverlight (Vista, XP SP2 and Mac OS X) and runs on IE 6, IE 7, Firefox and Safari.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Chinese Version of IPad: Just 200 $

Japanese Robot Controlled by Human Brain Signals

The Japanese continue to ’shock and awe’ with their amazingly innovative and creative applications in the world of robotics. On Tuesday Honda’s Research Institute and the precision-equipment manufacturer Shimadzu announced a new technology that will enable a human to steer a robot merely by thought. This represents the start of a major paradigm shift in the field of robotics, as the days of controlling them by remote or wireless links may soon be over. The system is comprised of a BMI (Brain Machine Interface, or BCI, Brain Computer Interface) that involves a sensor-net helmet that detects electrical signals (EEG, or electroencephalography) on the scalp; and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) sensors that detect changes in cerebral blood flow; both measures alter slightly during the human thought process. The BMI device is designed for compatibility with Honda’s star robot, ASIMO, billed as the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, which has gained significant global notoriety since its release almost a decade ago.

The correspondence between the BMI device and ASIMO is impressive. In a demonstration video shown Tuesday at Honda’s Tokyo headquarters, one sees a human subject fitted with the black BMI helmet and then shown a card with a picture of a right hand on it. After the user makes the correlation between the picture and his own right hand, a large computer analyzes the brain signals on a real-time basis and compares them to previous known samples. Once the computer makes a determination of what the user imagined, it then transmits the signal wirelessly to ASIMO, which acknowledges the request and raises its own right robotic limb. Asimo responds by saying (in Japanese), “Yes. I received the result. I think this is correct. It is ‘Right Hand’.” And then Asimo begins its choreographed move to mimic the signal by raising the right hand. The state-of-the-art technology enables the humanoid to perform a series of movments, such as raising and lowering its arms, walking, and eating, all based on the non-verbal instructions a person sends to it by concentrating on performing the action themselves.

Brain Machine Interface Video | ASIMO

According to an AP report, Honda acknowledges that this BMI-humanoid technology is not yet ready for a live demonstration because of possible distractions that cameras and an audience could cause in the human controller’s thought processes. Another problem is that brain patterns differ greatly among individuals, and so at this point about two to three hours of pre-test analysis is necessary in order for the BMI technology to work. One of the scientists involved, Tatsuya Okabe of the Honda Research Institute Japan, pointed out that “the accuracy of a movement depends on the test person and whether that person is good at concentrating.” But in test cases so far ASIMO has performed extremely well, with BMI motions performed correctly in 90.6 percent of cases –a record in the field of BMI technology.
The research aims of this technological breakthrough are very practical. Imagine being able to think about an action and having a wirelessly controlled robot transmit that thought into action, for instance with house-keeping chores such as serving dishes or watering plants. The research could have special significance for those who are disabled or unable to perform strenuous tasks in the home. “What we are doing is still basic research, but we are working on the dream of commercialising it,” said Yasuhisa Arai, president of the Honda Research Institute. “But there is still a very long way to go before commercialisation.”
Japan’s successful interface between BMI technology and a humanoid displays again the country’s absolute dominance in the field of advanced robotics, and serves as a powerful “signal” of its own commitment to helping create a more tolerable, humane world. The United States, on the other hand, has ignored large-scale humanoid robots, except as fodder for sci-fi films which usually portray them in some kind of gloomy, post-apocalyptic role. Suffice it to say, the technological creations of a country are often a good depiction of its national character. The sociological study of robotics is in the early stages and so it’s perhaps too early to extract cross-cultural views about perceived differences between a mind-reading humanoid that can clean the house and take out the trash, and a robotic drone that looks for terrorist bombs. But for Japan, this much seems certain—a BMI-controlled ASIMO offers a new cosmopolitan spotlight on itself: how to turn “thoughts” for a better and brighter future into positive, realistic actions.

The robot with a rat's brain

Human life as we know it is over. The way things have been going for us around here lately, that may not be such a bad thing.
Scientists at England's University of Reading (Reading is the sort of place where scientists are really cool) have created a robot which is controlled by cultured rat neurons.
In short, a robot with a rat's brain. Or, as some might call it, a politician.
Curiously, these scientists are very clear about what they are trying to achieve. They want to know how memories are stored in a brain made out of live matter.
I will not pretend to explain to you how this is all done. For I am a normal human being. (Here's a link to some intelligent people on the subject.) However, as I understand it, they separate the rat neurons out in an enzyme bath (a little like Epsom salts, I suppose, to rest the traumatized rat brain parts) and then they lay the enzymes on some electrodes.
That sparky little connection is the link between the brain and the machine.
One day, I will control you.
(Credit: CC Asplosh)
Here is a part I do understand- the rat brain communicates with the robot body via Bluetooth. Yes, just like drivers in California.
Apparently, the brain starts functioning within 24 hours, sending out impulses, presumably such as "can you crawl along that subway track and get to the cheese sandwich that the senior vice-president just dropped?"
The biggest issue for the scientists is keeping the brain alive. The biggest issue for me is that each rat brain has its own personality.
"It's quite funny, you get differences between the brains," said Kevin Warwick, one of the brains behind the Rat Brain Robot. "This one is a bit boisterous and active, while we know another is not going to do what we want it to."
You might be wondering just how similar rat brains are to human brains. Well, apparently, we simply have more brain stuff, rather than a lot of different brain stuff. (One rat brain=1 million neurons. One human brain=100 million neurons. It's amazing there isn't a Fox TV show called Are You 100 Times Smarter Than A Rat?)
Our gray-mattered similarity to rats I find simultaneously both reassuring and frightening.
However, I am still suspicious that the researchers really want to make a political point here.
You see, Britain's most unpopular politician just at the moment is the somewhat uncertain Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
Your 100 million neurons will be shocked to discover that the Rat Brain Robot is called Gordon.

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10017283-71.html#ixzz17Mh55zxZ

HTC Desires

Konqueror : Web Browser

Konqueror uses a very capable HTML rendering engine called KHTML. This engine is implemented as a KPart and as such, it can be easily used by other KDE programs. KHTML is also used by the Apple browser Safari.
Features of the HTML rendering component in KDE 3.4:
  1. HTML 4.01 compliance.
  2. ECMAscript 262 support (JavaScript). Notice that ECMAscript can still give problems because websites can detect browsers and choose to ignore Konqueror. Spoofing as another browser will often make sites work anyway.
  3. Ability to house Java applets.
  4. Cascading Style Sheets:
  5. DOM1, DOM2 and partially DOM3 support in ECMAScript and native C++ bindings.
  6. Full support for bidirectional scripts (arabic and hebrew).
    A screenshot can be found here.
  7. SSL support (requires OpenSSL).
Konqueror exploring... From the Explorer...
The original Explorer was simply a file manager - nothing more, nothing less. Obviously, this isn't a problem...
Konqueror navigating... To the Navigator...
Here we have a simple internet browsing window - it's what the original Navigator did and did well.
Konqueror konquering To the Konqueror
This browsing window contains an HTML frame, and two local hard drive views.
About Konqueror About...
Konqueror also has a very nice "About" screen.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Concept Computer: Compenion

Upcomming Programming Language Rust

Mozilla  is designing a new multi-paradigm programming language called Rust. According to the Rust Project FAQ, the Rust team's goal is "To design and implement a safe, concurrent, practical, static systems language."
Rust began as a side project by Graydon Hoare in 2006, and Mozilla got involved in 2009 once the project was mature enough to run some basic tests. The language is now published on Github, but is in no sense production-ready.
Here's a code sample from the Rust Language FAQ:
Rust code sample
Here's a list of features from the Language FAQ:
Safety oriented:
  • Memory safe. No null pointers, wild pointers, etc. Automatic storage management.
  • Mutability control. Immutable by default. No shared mutable state across tasks.
  • Dynamic execution safety: task failure / unwinding, trapping, logging. RAII / dtors.
  • Typestate system: ability to define complex invariants that hold over data structures.

Concurrency and efficiency oriented:
  • Explicit memory control. Layout and allocation control. Interior / value types.
  • Very lightweight tasks (coroutines). Cheap to spawn thousands-to-millions.
  • Stack iterators (effectively lambda-blocks w/o heap allocation).
  • Static, native compilation. Emits ELF / PE / Mach-o files.
  • Direct and simple interface to C code (switch stacks and call, ~8 insns).

Practicality oriented:
  • Multi-paradigm. pure-functional, concurrent-actor, imperative-procedural, OO.
  • First class functions with bindings.
  • Structurally-typed objects (no nominal types or type hierarchy).
  • Multi-platform. Developed on Windows, Linux, OSX.
  • UTF8 strings, assortment of machine-level types.
  • Works with existing native toolchains. GDB / Valgrind / Shark / etc.
  • Practical rule-breaking: can break safety rules, if explicit about where and how

Clojure : Programming Language

Clojure is a dynamic programming language that targets the Java Virtual Machine (and the CLR ). It is designed to be a general-purpose language, combining the approachability and interactive development of a scripting language with an efficient and robust infrastructure for multithreaded programming. Clojure is a compiled language - it compiles directly to JVM bytecode, yet remains completely dynamic. Every feature supported by Clojure is supported at runtime. Clojure provides easy access to the Java frameworks, with optional type hints and type inference, to ensure that calls to Java can avoid reflection.

Clojure is a dialect of Lisp, and shares with Lisp the code-as-data philosophy and a powerful macro system. Clojure is predominantly a functional programming language, and features a rich set of immutable, persistent data structures. When mutable state is needed, Clojure offers a software transactional memory system and reactive Agent system that ensure clean, correct, multithreaded designs.

I hope you find Clojure's combination of facilities elegant, powerful, practical and fun to use.



Virtual Pro for PC

Live out the fantasy of being a real life player by creating yourself in game with a 3D head using Photo Game Face. Play as yourself across any mode. Grow your player attributes through over 200 accomplishments and take your Virtual Pro online to become a global superstar. Also compete in 5v5 Online Team Play with other Virtual Pros from around the world.

PC Specific Tools

Innovations to improve your online gaming experience include VOIP (Voice Over IP Chat) support and lobbies for match-making by skill and geographical location.


New for FIFA 11 PC, you will be able to host your own LAN parties and play friends online without being connected to EA servers. A dynamic server lobby will allow you to see what other games are currently available. Elect to join a game or host your own. Matches can be played with a variety of game settings in either Classic or Be A Pro mode as well as up to 5v5 team play. Once a LAN lobby room is setup, users can chat with others via text and as well as VOIP (Voice Over IP Chat) in-game.

Online with EA SPORTS Football

Create your Game Face, upload your best FIFA goals, search out rivals on global PC Leaderboards and create a PC-specific Friends Lists.

Next Gen Engine on PC

The physics-based, data-driven technology behind the EA SPORTS football engine has been optimized for PC. Experience unprecedented freedom on the pitch with individuality of player control and movement, sophisticated ball touches, and physical interaction between players.

Customizable Set Pieces for PC

Design and record your very own free kicks and corners for use on match day. Assign a specific run or movement to every outfield player on your team one at a time, and then combine them for the perfect set piece. Record, test and perfect them in the Practice Arena, then trigger in game.

360 Dribbling For PC

The market-leading true 360° Dribbling system gives players precise control of the ball and next generation animation technology delivers Skilled Dribbling, enabling skilled players to face defenders and use highly responsive lateral dribbling to skip past them.

Courtesy: EA Sports

LG Optimus One P500 Android smartphone

Let’s face the truth, frankly, the LG Optimus One P500 isn’t as glamourous as many Android counterparts. As a result it is much more affordable, and this is where we think the LG Optimus One P500 may excel – the Android newbie’s market.
As always, in this focused review we’ll be covering the features you’ve been wanting to find out more about.
The LG Optimus One is a small, candybar form factor Android with a 3.2-inch HVGA. It may be small but not as annoyingly tiny as the Sony Ericssion Xperia X10 Mini. When you hold the Optimus One in your hand, the first thing you’ll notice is that it’s rather rubbery, with no obvious metallic accents, its also quite lightweight (129 g) making it not too uncomfortable to hold.
Unlike the newer generation of HTC phones (Desire HD and Desire Z / T-Mobile G2), we liked the fact that the Optimus One boasts hard keys for its menu, home, back and search function rather than touchscreen keys.
Like majority of Androids, the microSD card is not accessible without opening the back cover.
User Interface

Google Android may seem less user friendly and more complicated to many users compared to iOS, but with Android 2.2 (Froyo) equipped on board the Optimus One P500, we felt it was pretty self explanatory and easy to use.
As our handset had been sent to us from Three, there were plenty of goodies already packed within. Some quick shortcuts already on the home screen allowing you to quickly glance at your Three balance, top up and buy add ons. While of course there is a range of apps downloadable from the application Market, for new users to Android, Facebook, Twitter, Google Talk, YouTube, Google Maps with free turn by turn navigation already comes built in, saving you the hassle.
If you need to constantly catch up with your emails, the P500’s built in email support is excellent, it will easily cope with all your accounts, including Outlook using Microsoft Exchange. If you use Gmail, there’s fantastic support for it as well as other Google services across all Android devices such as Google Reader, afterall Android does belong to Google.
LG have added a little something of their own as well, when you drag the notification menu down, they’ve built in a few connectivity controls within the menu to increase accessibility. Though this is already available as a separate widget in Froyo, we didn’t mind. On the other hand, we couldn’t quite work out why LG had opted to take out the recently used applications feature which was meant to be a new functionality for Android’s recent update.
Display and On-screen Typing

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Apple Ipad 2.0

Concept Phone: Nokia Morph

Windows Live Essentials 2011 brings good, bad in equal measure

The final version of Windows Live Essentials 2011 is now available to download. The all-in-one bundle of mail client, instant messenger, movie editor, blog editor, and more, runs on Windows Vista and Windows 7—Windows XP users need not apply.
We've already had a detailed look at Messenger and Live Mesh (which at the time was called Live Sync). The positives are much the same now as they were then; Messenger's social integration works well, its Facebook chat is useful, and its tabbed chats extremely welcome, if overdue.
Unfortunately, criticisms leveled at those products in the beta are just as valid in the final version.
Messenger has lost widely-used features like one-way webcam chats, the ability to hide that you have a webcam installed (especially popular among teenagers and children, who might want to use their camera but don't want to advertise that they have one), and the ability to have nicknames. Microsoft claims that the webcam features were ditched as part of the development of HD video calling. I don't doubt that HD video calling works, but I don't have the hardware to use it; nor does anyone on my contact list (though Microsoft's HD webcam does look appealing). As such, it seems a bitter pill to swallow. The distaste is exacerbated by the fact that the new video calling appears to place considerably greater demands on my processor than the old webcam feature, enough to cause noticeable slow-downs.
The loss of nicknames is a result of the social integration. Facebook and LinkedIn, in particular, use real names; the abandonment of nicknames and use of real names within Messenger is a reflection of this. It's a move that has been unpopular with many long-time Messenger users; the ability to create "screen names" is a long-standing feature of instant messaging, and its removal, especially for those not interested in social networking features, is felt to be something of a privacy violation.
The system can be subverted easily enough, of course; there's nothing to compel the use of an accurate and honest first name/last name pair.
Live Mesh is still a confused and confusing mix of peer-to-peer sync, cloud sync, and remote desktop access. Though the cloud storage, now 5GB, is branded "SkyDrive," it still doesn't integrate with the "real" 25GB SkyDrive service. Since that SkyDrive underpins new features like large Hotmail photo galleries and photo integration with Windows Live Photo Gallery, this is disappointing. Perhaps we must wait for Essentials 2012.
Windows Live Photo Gallery has a range of desirable new features. Face recognition and geotagging are both welcome additions (although the geotagging is broken). Also useful is a tool named "Photo Fuse," that can take the best parts of several pictures to construct a composite—to allow creation of group photos where everyone has their eyes open, say. With the 30,000 photos I have in my collection, it is a little sluggish, however, which detracts somewhat from the experience.
Photo Fuse is ideal for those annoying group photos
I was also disappointed to see that the Bing Bar remains an apparently mandatory part of the Windows Live Essentials install process. The Bing Bar may be useful. Honestly, I don't know. Because what I do know is this: it doesn't look right (it doesn't fit in with the styling of Internet Explorer 8, and looks even more out of the place in the Internet Explorer 9 beta), and it makes my browser awfully slow. So slow, in fact, that Internet Explorer 9 warns me about it:
Dear right hand, please meet left hand
Internet Explorer 9 may be in beta, but it offers the diagnostic tools; why couldn't whoever wrote the Bing Bar use them and discover that there is a problem with its performance?
Update: Ah, it turns out that the Bing Bar isn't mandatory after all, it just doesn't get uninstalled with the rest of the suite. When I removed the beta to install the final version, it didn't remove the Bing Bar. If the installer finds the Bing Bar is already installed, it gives no choice but to upgrade it. If, however, it's not installed at all, it is optional as it should be.
The aim of the Windows Live Essentials is to provide value to Windows in a manner that's both decoupled from the operating systems' release schedule, and unlikely to receive antitrust attention. They certainly do that. Not everyone will use every tool (I've never used Movie Maker or Family Safety, for example), but it will be a rare person indeed for whom the suite offers nothing of value. Though some decisions are maddening, the 2011 version is certainly an upgrade on last year's offering.