Friday, August 28, 2009

Send e-greetings even after death

August 28, 2009

A new range of internet services have made it possible for users to now send e-mail greetings to their loved ones from beyond the grave.

These online services are being used to send birthday wishes to friends, congratulations on a graduation, and to keep spouses happy.

Before they die, internet users can programme the sites to fire off posthumous e-mails on key dates each year.

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Fake net postcards spread virus

August 28, 2009

Fake Internet postcards circulated through electronic mails worldwide carry links to a deadly virus known as Zeus Bot, according to a new study.

Gary Warner, computer forensics director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), who led the study, said, Zeus Bot has been named America’s most pervasive computer virus, reportedly affecting some 3.6 million computers in the US.

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Artificial brain is 10 years away

August 28, 2009

A functional artificial human brain will be possible in the next 10 years, according to neuroscientist Henry Markram, who made the announcement at TED Global 2009 at Oxford.

Dr Markram is director of Blue Brain Project, a supercomputing project that can model components of the mammalian brain to precise cellular detail and simulate their activity in 3D. He has already created parts of a fully functioning rat brain.

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Harry Potter game on iPhone

August 28, 2009

Harry Potter fans can now practice their magic wand skills on their iPhones, all thanks to a new application called ‘Magic Wars’.

The free iPhone app trains Hogwarts’ newest students in the art of casting spells and prepares them for duels with other wizards.

Launched three weeks ago by ‘pocketfungames’, the game, trains players for wizard battles by making them practice motions with an iPhone while reciting an incantation.

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Indian, colleague make night camera

August 28, 2009

An Indian researcher along with a colleague has developed a camera that takes photos with an invisible flash of infrared and ultraviolet light that points to a smarter way to take photos in the dark.

Mr Dilip Krishnan and Mr Rob Fergus at the New York University made the camera to do away with intrusive regular flashes.

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Talking toy ‘translates’ dog barks

August 28, 2009

Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy said on Thursday that it would launch a talking version of its Bowlingual gadget that can “translate” dog barks into the human language.

The new model analyses six emotions, including joy, sadness and frustration, and speaks phrases such as “Play with me!” — an improvement on the original which just showed them on a screen.

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MS moving Office online in duel with Google

August 28, 2009

Microsoft on Monday said that the 2010 version of its popular Office software will feature online collaboration as the technology giant duels “in the cloud” with Internet titan Google.

Microsoft made the announcement at the opening of a Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans.

Next-generation Office, Visio, Project, and SharePoint Server programs to be released in the first half of next year are being given to tens of thousands of people selected to test the nearly completed software.

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