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New Technology To Give Internet Advertising a Boost

by on Apr.22, 2010, under Information Technology

internet_1Scientists at the University of Toronto have developed a new technology that promises to give a boost to Internet advertising.

Placing Internet ads on websites easier and more profitable in the future as the latest technology allows ads to be resized to fit any available website space.

Internet ads are currently only available in three or four specific sizes, meaning websites must be designed around the ads. The size restrictions greatly limit ad placement options and affect the way ads look on devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

However, the new technology, developed by UofT Electrical and Computer Engineering associate professor Parham Aarabi, enables ads to be resized automatically to conform to any web space.

“Currently, a significant portion of usable website spaces are not used for advertising because the standard size ads don't fit,” said Aarabi.

“Our technology is the first ever to conform ads to any available website space in an automated and practical way. Essentially, advertisers provide a single ad at a preset size, and our technology can, automatically and dynamically, regenerate the ad at any size, resolution, or aspect ratio by taking into account the contents of the ad, relevant text, and other information,” Aarabi added.

He added that the technology would translate into profit because formerly wasted web space can be used for advertising.

“Given an online advertising market worth billions of dollars, this technology could significantly increase revenues for publishers, and create new opportunities for advertisers,” Aarabi said.The concept will be presented at the World Wide Web 2010 Conference in late April in Raleigh, North Carolina.

source: http:///news.oneindia.in

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New Technology Enable Machines To Detect Microscopic Pathogens In Water

by on Apr.05, 2010, under Information Technology

pathogenDetecting one of the world's most common pathogens in drinking water soon may no longer be bottle-necked under a laboratory microscope.

Pathogens, meet technology.

A new system developed by Texas AgriLife Research automatically scans a water sample and points to potential pathogens much faster than what humans can accomplish. Hence, the diseases these pathogens may be nipped in the bud before making people sick.

“Currently, it takes humans a long time and a lot of effort to peer through microscopes and look for green dots (indicating the presence of cryptosporidium or giardia pathogens),” said Dr. Suresh Pillai, AgriLife Research scientist and professor of microbiology at Texas A&M University. “This system is more accurate and can provide results immediately for users around the world.”

Pillai and his team have been working on the issue since 1996 when he first proposed that to fine-tune the search for pathogens, scientists needed to find a way to “substitute humans with automatic image analysis systems.” By the year 2000, “we actually proved that it could be done,” Pillai said, who then spent the next nine years seeking a commercial partner who could “move this technology into the marketplace.”

Eventually, Pillai found Smart Imaging Technology in Houston. Together they sought additional funding from the state through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund to bring the process into reality. Pillai said the company is in the “final stages” of bringing the detection system online.

“Basically, you put a slide under a microscope, and it will automatically scan the microscope and put potential flags on all potential objects of interest,” Pillai explained. “Then the software that was developed as part of this project can hone down on every one of those potential objects and query it to see whether it is the right image based on a number of parameters that we have developed for it to detect.”

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New Emerging Technologies Blog Stands Unique Among Other Similar Portals

by on Apr.03, 2010, under Information Technology

portal-still-aliveA portal on New Emerging Technologies has recently been introduced to accumulate all the information for technology professionals and enthusiasts, who are always looking for the news and details about the emerging and latest technologies. They really find it difficult to keep a tab on all of the information as there are lots of fake stories and rumors coming out. Amongst all these fake stories, rumors, news and updates, this blog stand out as a unique portal that features the true and updated information about the emerging trends. It also unveils the fake stories and rumors and brings forward the truth for its readers.

Technology has changed the whole world and has a deep impact on everyone’s daily life. Scientists, engineers, experts and companies are always coming up with new inventions and innovations. Some inventions work, some just fail. Bad ones are out rightly rejected by the people whereas good technological inventions also find it difficult to last long as another technology arrives that makes the older one obsolete. Technology changes with the time, everyday and every second there is a new technology coming up on the scene.

Most of the blogs are dedicated to a single type of technology and people have to move to different portals to find the latest information, news, views and rumors about the technologies of their interest. But this blog keeps the perspective of the people at priority and covers all the sub-sectors in the technology field, whether it is mobiles, cars, computers, internet, applications, software, IT, communication or any other technology. This blog will feature all of them so that the people could find true and authentic

information about each and every technology at one place. It also provides readers a platform to comment and express their views and start a discussion. This blog is an excellent place for people to keep a tab and update their knowledge about latest technologies. For more information visit

source: http://www.newemergingtech.com/

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New Technology Brings Blind Computing Into 21st Century

by on Mar.31, 2010, under Information Technology

A new technology that creates full-page, refreshable Braille displays promises to bring 21st century computing to the blind.

Today’s Braille displays can show just one line of text at a time, making it difficult for those without eyesight to perform common online tasks such as browsing the Internet. And they also are often expensive, carrying an average price tag of $8,000.

Even so, “this one-line display is very helpful,” said Peichun Yang, who is leading the effort to develop the new Braille technology at North Carolina State University.

“If you add another line, it’s a tremendous help. A full page … that’s another world,” said Yang, who lost his eyesight more than 10 years ago and is himself blind.

The new technology would allow a full page of text at a time, refresh in milliseconds and display images in the same way that images and text are displayed — as raised bumps on a tactile display.

The key to the new Braille display is what the researchers refer to as the “hydraulic and latching mechanism.”

Here’s how it works:  Similar to pixels in visual displays, these Braille displays would be made up of thousands of dots that are raised like bumps to form Braille letters and numbers.

Each dot can be thought of as a tiny container made out of a special shape-shifting material that is filled with liquid. When electricity is applied, the sides of this container bend and push the liquid filler upward, creating a tiny bulge at the top of the container.

braille displayThis kind of shape-changing material has been tried before but with little success until now. The main challenge has been with “latching” or locking the dot in place once it’s raised, Yang told TechNewsDaily.

The latch allows the raised dots to stay put when a blind person is touching them.

Yang’s solution involved a pin attached to a support block, which inflates with the liquid, pinning it in place. When it’s time to refresh the page, the pin gets pulled down and the dot deflates.

Working prototypes of the new Braille display should be available in one to two years, with the first commercial version ready for customers in five years, Yang said.

Yang and his colleagues presented their research earlier this month at the International Conference on Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices in San Diego.

Source: www.technewsdaily.com

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Sprint’s new 4G technology not the only high-speed game in town

by on Mar.27, 2010, under Information Technology

four1This week at the CTIA Wireless Show, Sprint rolled out its new 4G-capable phone – but speed demons don’t necessarily need to become Sprint customers.

The device – made by Taiwanese phone company HTC and called the EVO 4G – is certainly impressive. It runs Android 2.1, has two cameras and runs on a 1-gigahertz Snapdragon processor – and, on paper, it bests even Google’s well-received Nexus One, PC magazine noted Wednesday.

But the 4G, or WiMAX, service that is the EVO 4G’s trademark is also its Achilles’ heel. At the moment, 4G speed is only available to about 30 million people in a select cadre of cities. Sprint promised to quadruple that number by year-end – but, as PC pointed out, the wireless company overpromised with WiMAX years ago, and has been under-delivering ever since.

It’s good to know, then, that another new high-speed network will soon be available.

T-Mobile announced this week an upgrade to its HSPA 3G standard, dubbed simply HSPA+. The new version of 3G – which InformationWeek said would be “peppier” than T-Mobile’s current 3G service – will be introduced across the carrier’s network by the end of the year.

source:www.job-news.odesk.com

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New Wafer Technology Points Towards Realization of Diamond Electronic Devices

by on Mar.26, 2010, under Information Technology

Nanowerk News) Researchers in Japan have developed a technology for manufacturing inch-size large-area wafers of single crystal diamond.
Wafer TekhnologySince diamond has excellent properties including high hardness, high thermal conductivity, high transmittance in a wide wavelength region, a wide band gap, and chemical stability, they have possible applications in semiconductor devices, electron-emitting devices, and biosensors, as well as in tools and optical parts. Among the applications of diamonds in electronics, diamond power devices which would surpass silicon or silicon carbide power devices are expected. Applications of diamond power devices in control modules for electric cars and industrial equipment may lead to considerable energy saving. However, the technology for manufacturing inch-size wafers of single crystal diamond is indispensable for the application of diamond devices in electronics.
Earlier, AIST developed the technology for synthesizing large single crystals of diamond and successfully synthesized a 10-mm2 wafer. This was enabled by the establishment of the “Direct Wafer-making technique,” by which laminar single crystals and seed crystals of diamond can be separated. This technology is expected to enable low-cost production of unprecedentedly large single crystals.
AIST has produced several laminae of diamond single crystals with uniform properties by adopting the Direct Wafer-making technique, and bonded these laminae together to obtain a large-area wafer. We established the bonding technology to achieve a better bonding than that achieved by adopting the conventional technologies and applied our bonding technology to successfully produce single crystal diamond wafers with a large area of approximately 1 inch2 (Photo 1).
The results of this research will be presented at the 57th Spring Meeting, 2010, of the Japan Society of Applied Physics to be held at Shonan Campus, Tokai University on March 17–20, 2010.
One-inch-size mosaic large-area wafers of single crystal diamond
Photo 1 : One-inch-size mosaic large-area wafers of single crystal diamond.
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Since diamond has various useful properties such as high hardness, high thermal conductivity, high transmittance in a wide wavelength region, low dielectric constant, and chemical stability, the applications of diamond in various devices are anticipated. There are particularly high expectations for realizing the applications of diamond in semiconductors. Production of inch-size single crystal wafers is necessary for the practical application of diamond to semiconductors, in order to utilize semiconductor production processes.
Single crystals of natural diamond that have sizes of several millimeters or more are very rare, and it is almost impossible to increase crystal size to the order of an inch during a synthesis under ultrahigh pressure. Several attempts have been made to grow diamonds by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) because there are relatively few restrictions involved in this method; however, crystal growth cannot be easily maintained over a long period, and the technology for the mass production of large-area wafers of single crystal diamond has not yet been realized.

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The Regulations of China About New Tehnology Hurt USA’s Fims

by on Mar.23, 2010, under Information Technology

CHINA-USAAs has been revealed by an American Chamber of Commerce survey, which was released in Beijing today, the new regulations being adopted by China in order to encourage local technology are substantially hurting US companies and making them lose sales.

Out of the total 203 members responding to the survey, about 28% said that they are actually losing business because of the new rules. Among the technology firms, as many as 37% of the 49 total respondents stressed that business was being hurt now, with as many as 57% forecasting that their sales and business would be hurt in the near future.

“What has caused all this hullabaloo is that this indigenous innovation policy seems clearly aimed at forcing foreign technology here so that Chinese companies can tweak it and call it their own. Many foreign companies are starting to believe that the future China business opportunity is shrinking”, said James McGregor, Senior Counselor in Beijing at APCO Worldwide, a renowned public affairs firm.

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COMPUTER AND NETWORK SECURITY

by on Mar.23, 2010, under Information Technology

Network SecurityBy the 1990s computer-assisted crime had become a major element of white-collar crime. Like corporate crime, computer crime often goes unrecorded. Computer crime is faceless and bloodless, and the financial gain can be huge. A common computer crime involves tampering with accounting and banking records, especially through electronic funds transfers. These electronic funds transfers, or wire transfers, are cash management systems that allow the customer electronic access to an account, automatic teller machines, and internal banking procedures, including on-line teller terminals and computerized check processing.
Computers and their technology (printers, modems, computer bulletin boards, e-mail) are used for credit card fraud, counterfeiting, bank embezzlement, theft of secret documents, vandalism, and other illegal activities. Experts place the annual value of computer crime at anywhere from $550 million to $5 billion a year. Even the larger figure may be underestimated, because many victims try to hide the crime. Few companies want to admit their computer security has been breached and their confidential files or accounts are vulnerable. No centralized databank exists for computer crime statistics. Computer crimes are often counted under other categories such as fraud and embezzlement.
The first state computer crime law took effect in Florida in 1978. An Arizona law took effect two months later. Other states soon followed, and by 2000, Vermont was the only state without a specific computer crime provision.

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Black and white meets new technology at photo show

by on Mar.21, 2010, under Information Technology

Traditional black and white is sharing the spotlight with colour and new digital formats at a major international photography show that runs through Sunday in New York.

“There are two different audiences, but they are certainly coming together more than they have in previous years,” said Stephen Bulger, a Toronto gallery owner and president of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), which organized the show.

“For the most part, people who were collecting black and whites in the 1970s and 80s were not interested in colour at all. Then they were worried about the longevity of it. But now the camps are coming together.”

The show, which opened Thursday, features works from more than 70 major photography galleries, including a wide range of museum-quality work, modern and 19th century photographs, photo-based art, video and new media.

The New York show is the longest running and among the most important exhibitions of fine art photography.

The works range from those of digital media artist Shirley Shor, whose alternating images of a man’s and a woman’s face is listed for sale at 20,000 US dollars, to the 1856 black and white still life of early French photographer Adolphe Braun.

“It is only a bouquet of flowers, but the range of tones between black and white is impressive for the period, and this photo remains intact after 150 years,” said Paris gallery owner Jonas Tebib, who lists the print at 6,000 US dollars.

The highest price tag of the show goes to a unique 1921 print by US photographer Edward Weston, who died in 1958. This is the first time Weston’s photograph of a naked woman’s bust is shown in public, and the owner is asking for 650,000 US dollars.

Andy Warhol’s black and white photographs from 1976 to 1979 are displayed by Steven Kasher Gallery, which is also showing the first ever prints of autochrome prints, from the National Geographic collection dated 1907-1925.

source:www.news.smh.com.au

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Rapid Insight Launches New Business Intelligence Technology

by on Mar.18, 2010, under Information Technology

New product puts business intelligence in the hands of many and makes data easier to work with.

Conway, NH (PRWEB) March 17, 2010 — Rapid Insight Inc. today announced the launch of a revolutionary new software technology for working with data. Veera, available as a release candidate since January, is the next generation of Rapid Insight® business intelligence software. Building upon an earlier Rapid Insight product, Data Integration 2.0, Veera’s enhanced toolset empowers users to overcome common barriers to data access, ad-hoc analysis, and report generation, providing organizations with armies of data-driven decision makers.

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“Veera has provided us with optimum flexibility in providing information to our customers and has made it significantly easier to manage our data warehouse reporting initiatives,” said Richard Ward, a Business Analyst with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. “Within the first hour of loading the software, I was connecting to our Oracle and Access databases and creating reports. Within the first week, it changed the way that we were looking at our data. Within the first month, it opened up new possibilities that we hadn’t even thought of prior to our using the software.”

Powered by Rapid Insight Dataflo3G™ technology, Veera’s drag-and-drop analytic process builder enables users of all abilities to quickly produce reports and create analytic datasets by merging, aggregating, cleansing, and transforming data from formats as disparate as Excel, Access, SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, and text. Data and reporting requirements are constantly changing. Veera makes it easy for non-programmers to quickly change yesterday’s processes to meet tomorrow’s needs – all without fear of corrupting the original data.

“Whether for ad-hoc analysis, enterprise reporting, or complex predictive analytics, data can be a pain in the neck to work with,” says Michael Laracy, Rapid Insight’s Founder and CEO. “There has always been a large, unfilled gap between the complex analytic tools that require teams of programmers, and the simpler technologies like spreadsheets and pivot tables which enable large numbers of users to analyze their data. By filling this gap, we plan to change the way that people and organizations utilize their data. Ultimately, this will have a significant impact on the speed at which companies are able to make data-driven decisions. Rapid Insight aims to increase the analytic capabilities of organizations as simply and affordably as possible.”

“Data reports no longer haunt me in my sleep,” says Scott Alessandro of the MIT Sloan School of Management. “I can give a data answer as quickly as my Director can change the question. She thinks I’m brilliant.”

About Rapid Insight Inc.
Rapid Insight Inc. is a leading provider of business intelligence and automated predictive analytics software. With a focus on ease of use and efficiency, Rapid Insight products enable users to turn their raw data into actionable information. The company’s analytic software simplifies the extraction and analysis of data, enabling clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies to fully utilize their information for data-driven decision making. Founded in 2002 in Conway, New Hampshire, Rapid Insight is a privately held company with clients and partners across the nation. For more information, visit

source: www.rapidinsightinc.com

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