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Google’s iPhone Speech Recognition App

November 16, 2008

Google has developed an app for iPhone which gives advanced speech recognition. The app is able to answer location related questions (For Example – “Where’s the nearest Tim Horton’s?” or “How tall is CN Tower?”). It can also give directions, and answer generic questions.

“The thing works by recording the soundbite, uploading to Google’s servers which will crunch the data and return an answer “within seconds on a fast wireless network”.

Google being Google, will be releasing this as a free App for all iPhone users. Oh Google, you spoil us you know…much love big G.

Look for it on November 17th 2008.

Ex-Google workers unveil new search engine

August 2, 2008

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO – Anna Patterson’s last Internet search engine was so impressive that industry leader Google Inc. bought the technology in 2004 to upgrade its own system.

She believes her latest invention is even more valuable – only this time it’s not for sale.

Patterson instead intends to upstage Google, which she quit in 2006 to develop a more comprehensive and efficient way to scour the Internet.

The end result is Cuil, pronounced “cool.” Backed by $33 million in venture capital, the search engine plans to begin processing requests for the first time Monday.

Cuil had kept a low profile while Patterson, her husband, Tom Costello, and two other former Google engineers – Russell Power and Louis Monier – searched for better ways to search.

Now, it’s boasting time.

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Phun – 2D Physics Sandbox

February 25, 2008

Check out PHUN in this video –

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“Phun is a Master of Science Theises by Computing Science student Emil Ernerfeldt for supervisor Kenneth Bodin at VRLab, Umeå University. The solver is based on work by Claude Lacoursière

Phun is meant to be a playground where people can be creative. It can also be used as an educational tool to learn about physics concepts such as restitution and friction.

Phun was coded in C++ using OpenGL, GLEW, SDL (for window management), SDL_image (for reading images) and boost, including boost_filesystem. Everything was coded by me, including the physics engine and user interface.”
– http://www.acc.umu.se/~emilk/index.html

Download the Beta version here

Enjoy all of the 2D physics that you can handle.

If you design anything interesting record it and we’ll post the video.

Too Far a Cry, A Cry Two Far, Cry me a Too Far

January 28, 2008

ET Machete

A little behind the times, but since I get back from Australia, I decided to pop in my brother’s old school computer games which included Stronghold Crusader, and Far Cry.  Now, I’m not a gamer, but I have played a bit of Ghost Recon, and I guess Far Cry and Recon were big around the same time.  So it’s wonderful: you’re shooting up mercenaries on a tropical island, poking between bushes and WW2 war relics with your SMG’s, sniper rifle, and machete.  The first four stages were really getting me into this game… but then I walk into a room where a DnA-warped monkey man is ripping up one the mercenaries that I wanted to blast.  In other words, I basically find myself playing DOOM.  I like playing a good sci fi game, but if I wanted to blast space aliens from hell then I’d stick DOOM in the drive and pull out the double-barrel.  To me, it’s such a cop-out to bust into the alien world when you might have been unravelling a reasonably realistic plot.  Far Cry 2 is coming out and Ubisoft drops you into
Africa where there’s more than enough reason to be on your toes.  I’m just hoping that while I’m blasting twisted guerrillas in the middle of the rainforest, I don’t run into King Kong, or ET, or Worf, or Rudolph.  Pull me into the plot with intellect… lord knows there’s enough twisted things going on out there and enough motivation for a man fighting for survival to kick some ass in Africa.

Facebook rumours – Time to delete the ol’ profile?

January 2, 2008

Here is a video that facebook users should watch:

However, remember that the source may not be credible so take it with a grain of salt. Regardless, it’s an interesting concept and we’re sure it’s not too far off. We know that the ToS does state the facts that are in the video. But really what do regular everyday users have to be afraid of. We all know big brother is watching at all times, so this just makes it a fun experience for us. The alternative — probably not so enjoyable.

Crayon Physics – Something old, Something New

December 17, 2007

Try It! Download

This is one of the most innovative games that I have tried. I suggest that everyone have a go at it.

The version that has been released to the public is not the version that you currently see on YouTube and other video websites. In this version you can only draw boxes. The point of the game is to guide the red ball to the star. This may seem like a simple task (and in most cases it it) but it’s done with style and it’s something that we’ve never seen before. It’s well worth the download and the nostalgia that comes with playing with crayons again is great.

Instructions:

1. First click the link above and download crayon.zip
2. Unzip the file anywhere
3. Open the folder and double-click on “crayon.exe”
4. Enjoy!

Controls:

With the left mouse button you can draw, and with the right you can remove objects.

Space – Will reset the level
Esc – Will open the menu
Alt + enter – Will toggle fullscreen
Alt + F4 – Will quit the game

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FireFox – Rules to speed by – Broadband only!

December 14, 2007

Are you visiting countless web pages? Do they take forever to load? Well here’s a tip from Call for Help and I’m sure many other places too.

The following should only be used by people with broadband connections.

1.Type “about:config” into your Firefox address bar and hit return.

Find the following and edit as required:

network.http.pipelining
network.http.proxy.pipelining
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

Normally the FireFox browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once. This greatly increases your loading times.

2. Edit the entries like so:

Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

3. Finally, right-click on the page and select New-> Integer. It will ask you to name it, use this — “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0″. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it recieves.

Your web pages should load much faster now.

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