Posts Tagged ‘research’

Google Stops Censoring in China

January 13, 2010

In a very surprising turnaround indeed, it seems that Google has apparently decided it’s time to stick it to the man and has announced that it will no longer be censoring content in China.

Indeed, according to Google’s own blog on the subject indicates that the company is very much aware of the fact that it could be forced out of the Chinese market by such a decision, but has proceeded regardless. Indeed, according to the blog post from Google’s senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer, Dave Drummond, it seems that the folks at Google are not only well aware of that potential outcome, but don’t seem too scared of it. Drummond also takes time to talk about what precipitated the move.



Augmented Reality Growth Surges

January 6, 2010

The growth of augmented reality (AR) based applications in the mobile space is set to continue through the current year, according to research from mobile analysts Juniper Research.

Word comes from the Inquirer that downloads to mobile devices from services like Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market that boast augmented reality-styled content currently number under a million, but are expected to rise to as much as 400 million by the year 2014. It’s a fairly staggering amount of growth, but there’s already some solid evidence that it’ll come through.


Intel Claims No Wrongdoing with FTC

December 17, 2009

Word has emerged that the US Federal Trade Commission (the FTC) has launched court proceedings against Intel after the accusation that the chip giant used bribery and coercion to get to the top of the processor market.

Now, word comes from TomsHardware that Intel has issued an official response to the FTC, essentially outlining that it’s guilty of no wrongdoing when it comes to anti-competitive practices. Despite the fact that AMD announced last week that it had received fully $1.25 billion from Intel as part of the terms of the settlement over the whole “bribery and coercion” case, it seems that Intel is telling the FTC that it’s not done anything at all wrong.


Microsoft Demos Multi-touch Mice

October 6, 2009

Microsoft Research has taken the time to demonstrate some of its experimental multi-touch capable new mouse designs and some of them are very interesting indeed.

Multitouch Mice Microsoft Research

Naturally, they don’t yet look the business, but that’s to be expected from a range of devices that most of which likely won’t ever make it out of the prototype stage. For now, each mouse operates on an entirely different model for taking multi-touch input, which means that each of the experimental mice shown is pretty different from the last, but it all amounts to roughly the same level of control… with a few important differences.

Because each of these mice goes about multi-touch from a different direction (be it infrared imaging, frustrated total internal reflection, a network of capacitance sensors or just tracking the digits near the mouse, rather than on it) they could each have wildly different applications and potentially effect whatever software it is that Microsoft intends multi-touch mice to interact with.

It’s strange that it’s taken so long for the idea of multi-touch mice to work, multi-touch trackpads have basically changed the way we consider that form of input. It’ll be interesting to see now just how easy it is for the two-button mouse-bound among us to learn to use a device actively taking input from both being rolled around the desk and the positioning of all five clumsy fingers on it, but hopefully that won’t be too taxing.

One thing is certain, I won’t look at my Razer the same way after seeing some of these in action.

Engadget has an excellent demo video up that stresses the unique factors of each of the prototypes, complete with some really trashy synthesiser music that’s just excellent. You should definitely check it out if you’re at all interested.

Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo Stand Up To Google

August 24, 2009

Google’s Books service has been one of those projects that genuinely revolutionises the way people (or at least, students) think about search and research. The only problem is that Google is the only option when it comes to making books indexed and searchable.


That’s all well and good when its competitors are fighting to make themselves heard, but when some bigger dogs get involved, Google may find itself in serious trouble. Microsoft, Yahoo and Amazon have all thrown their not inconsiderable weight behind what’s being called the Open Book Alliance, according to the New York Times.


TV-Based Advertising Queried Online

August 20, 2009

The statistics gatherers at YouGov have found in a recent survey that fully 44% of UK customers research companies to whose advertising they’re exposed to by television on the internet.


According to The Inquirer, this result is indicative of a kind of advertising frenzy; the suggestion seems to be that people, having been hit by heavy duty TV advertising, immediately jump to their PCs to glut themselves on further advertising. We’re choosing to see this in the far more positive light that people are starting to query the information passed along by ads served to them while they’re watching TV in a far more active manner.


Cork-based SensL Ups Cancer Detection Ante

August 13, 2009

The Cork-based low light detection and measurement company, SensL has released details of its new medical imaging setup, which it claims aids in the detection of cancer.

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The Sunday Business Post is carrying news that SensL has developed a four sided, silicon photomultiplier (SMP) array capable of low light detection. The primary application for the new technology is in the detection of cancers. According to SensL’s “Nuclear Medicine” page, the SMP will replace more cumbersome vacuum tube based photomultipliers currently used in the detection of cancers.


Is Wikipedia Killing Itself?

August 6, 2009

There is, apparently, a very real chance that Wikipedia might not be with us as the free source of unbiased information forever. In fact, if you listen to the right people, it’s already on its way out.

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According to the Palo Alto Research Centre, the service has long since stopped undergoing the kind of exponential growth we would ordinarily associate with popular web based services. Moreover, the group has just finished a report that details what might well be the fall of Wikipedia.