Friday, October 26, 2007

Android acquires nonverbal communication skills

As Japan’s population continues to age and shrink, more and more people are looking at robots as a way to improve productivity and support the nation’s changing lifestyles. With human-robot interactions on the rise, and with the recognition that much of human communication is nonverbal, researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) have developed an autonomous humanoid robot they say can recognize and use body language.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

California wildfire damage

Fires raging across California have caused more than $1-billion in property damage and left three people dead, officials said on Wednesday, as a lull in winds allowed firefighters to make their first significant progress in combating the flames.

Around 1700 buildings have been destroyed in the 18 fires that have erupted since Sunday, forcing an estimated 500 000 people to flee their homes and scorching 172 000 hectares of tinder-dry countryside stretching from celebrity-studded Malibu to beyond the Mexican border.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said three people had died and 40 people had been injured in the fires, the worst to hit California since devastating 2003 blazes which claimed 22 lives.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Readiris Pro

this what i usually do everytime, i borrow a book from my friends or in a library instead of spending money for photo copy or buy new book, why not go for a hi-tech alternatives its less consume of time and effortless.

Turning hardcopy text, images or PDFs into editable text is as easy as 1,2,3. First, you scan your document with your flatbed scanner, or open a PDF file or image document. (Readiris Pro 11 is compatible with the most commonly used images and PDF files.). Once the file is opened in the software, you click on "recognize and save," and within seconds your document is converted into and editable digital file. The final step is to export your document into you favorite application, such as Word, Excel, Acrobat (PDF), Internet Explorer (HTML), and more.

Readiris Pro will save you incredible amounts of retyping time. The program's new OCR engine is optimized for speed and accuracy and features over 70 new major improvements from previous versions. Not only will Readiris Pro 11 give you 30 percent greater text accuracy, its advanced Autoformat technology perfectly retains the layout of the original document in the output. And most amazingly, it can perform these tasks with 126 languages. (The software's user interface is localized in 21 languages; see "System Requirements" for a list of the supported interface languages.

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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Disk Password Protection v4.8.930.0

Disk Password Protection 4.8: a comprehensive suite of hard-drive protection/access restriction tools. Protect your disk/partitions with a password, ban all reading/writing activity, limit launch of specified files to authorized personnel only, etc. Disk Password Protection 4.8 offers users the option to choose what kind of protection they need. First is the Boot Protection. When chosen, any unauthorized person will not be able to boot a computer without entering the correct password. The program also offers Partition Protection. Any person can chose to have one or several partitions where all confidential information is stored. When protection is activated, the partition will be invisible to the operating system and the disk space taken up by sensitive data will appear as free disk space. The Low-Level Protection option allows users to blocks all attempts to read/write to/from the protected disk. The drive itself will appear as if it were just manufactured and is not formatted to perform any operations. This protection works only for ATA-compatible disks and must be activated in MS-DOS.

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