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Fri
15
Apr
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Microsoft Brings Web Tools to Toyota Hybrids

Microsoft has signed a deal with Toyota to put WiFi Internet access in electric and hybrid vehicles. But the services will be less about surfing the web and more about improving the driving experience. The two companies plan to develop an ... electronics system for use in both all-electric and hybrid vehicles. The first vehicles to carry the system should be hybrid vehicles released next year, with a goal to have the system in all Toyota electronic vehicles worldwide by 2015. To develop the system, the two companies have invested a combined one billion yen (approximately US $12 million) into ... (view more)

Tue
12
Apr
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Study Uses MS Kinect as Virtual Sight for the Blind

A pair of Masters students at the University of Konstanz in Germany have undertaken a study that uses Microsoft Kinect to give virtual sight to the blind. The study involves a number of strategically-placed tech devices in a given location, with ... Kinect overseeing every movement. Navigation for the Visually Impaired Originally designed for the Xbox 360 as a way for hands-free gaming, the Microsoft Kinect system has taken on new meaning -- now providing what could be virtual sight to the blind. Dubbed NAVI (Navigational Aids for the Visually Impaired), the system works by connecting Kinect to a ... (view more)

Fri
08
Apr
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Homeland Security to Issue Social Network Warnings

Prepare to get your terrorism reports dished out via social networking sites very soon. The United States government says it's considering using Twitter and Facebook to announce changes in the terror-alert system, replacing the old color-coded ... ratings ranging from "Low" to "Guarded" all the way up to "High" and "Severe". Warning System Could Start This Month The report doesn't come to us from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but instead the Associated Press, which says it recently learned DHS is considering April 27 as a start date for the new program. The Facebook and Twitter ... (view more)

Tue
01
Mar
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Internet Explorer 9 Anti-Tracking System Gets Thumbs Up

A new feature in Internet Explorer is a major boost for Microsoft's web browser "Tracking Protection" system. The feature, which will debut in Internet Explorer 9 , is a response to calls by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for Internet to make it ... easier for users to opt out of being tracked online . The FTC doesn't want sites to ditch all tracking activities, but rather desires site visitors to have the power to prevent their details being passed on to third parties. This is most relevant with advertising; for example, if a company wants to display an advertisement based around the ... (view more)

Thu
10
Feb
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New Technology Measures Sobriety via Wheel, Door Locks

A Massachusetts-based research and development facility has created a detection prototype that could determine the driving abilities of someone wishing to operate a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. While a number of similar systems already ... exist (such as those requiring an individual to blow into a breath-testing device before the automobile can operate), the new system would use cutting-edge, sensory technology never before added to a motor vehicle. Wheel, Door Lock Sensors Measure Blood Alcohol Level The new approach, called "The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety", uses ... (view more)

Tue
08
Feb
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'System Stability Tester 1.1.1', and 'Kestrel GX 1.1.0.5'

System Stability Tester 1.1.1 System Stability Tester tries to test the system's stability by calculating up to 128 millions of Pi (3.14159265) digits. It supports multiple calculation algorithms. For the moment only two have been implemented. The ... Quadratic Convergence of Borwein and Gauss-Legendre, the algorithm SuperPi uses. The testing process includes the creation of two or more threads. After each step of the calculation, the results of all the threads are compared. Any differences between them are reported. http://systester.sourceforge.net Kestrel GX 1.1.0.5 Kestrel GX is a free photo ... (view more)

Thu
03
Feb
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'Complete System Tuneup 2.1.0.2', and 'ArtSage 1.00.05'

Complete System Tuneup 2.1.0.2 Complete System Tuneup is an all-in-one utility designed to help maintain a PC. Its main purpose is to provide faster access to Windows system tools, including: Disk Cleanup, Disk Defragmenter, System Restore, ... Performance Monitor, and more. http://www.cilsoftware.com ArtSage 1.00.05 ArtSage is a small graphics viewer. It displays the image files (JPG, etc.) in a folder tree. Features and options include slideshow (timer, windowed / fullscreen / wallpaper, stay on top), transparency (blend, opacity), loop (pause / exit, reshuffle) and sort (forward / reverse / ... (view more)

Fri
21
Jan
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Microsoft Embraces Motion Control for Windows

Ever since Microsoft released Kinect , its hands-free motion control system for the Xbox 360 console, enthusiasts have been trying desperately to use it on the Windows operating system (OS). Given their determination in the matter, it appears ... Microsoft has concluded that if you can't beat 'em, you may as well join 'em. The Kinect system uses what is effectively a robotically-mounted camera to identify humans and track their movements. This allows players to take part in games without the need for any controller: the player simply makes the appropriate movement for the game situation. Using ... (view more)

Fri
14
Jan
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Registry Mechanic 2011 Review

Update 2011/11/23: We've contacted PCTools and were able to finagle a generous 30% discount for Registry Mechanic 2011 (PC optimizer) for our Readers. This offer expires Wed, Dec 07, 2011 at 11:59PM EST, so don't wait! This most excellent deal ... includes a 3 PC license (you can use it on 1, 2, or 3 Windows PCs: both 32 *and* 64bit supported). An fantastic bargain, indeed! Proceeds from this sale support our website. Access the 30% discount here , or continue reading the review below. The Registry Mechanic 2011 download + 30% discount link are also at the end of the review. Excellent news for ... (view more)

Fri
10
Dec
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Microsoft Unveils Next Edition Of Silverlight

Microsoft has provided more information with regards to Silverlight 5, the next edition of its multimedia software. The company hopes Silverlight 5's barrage of features can dampen speculation that the system will take a back seat to other forms of ... web media, including that of Adobe Flash and HTML (hyper text markup language) version 5. Silverlight is an application framework, a system that designers can use to create graphics, animations and multimedia content. With the new edition of Silverlight, Microsoft is putting a lot of emphasis on its use in a business context -- particularly in ... (view more)

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