may or may not be aware that Saturday, June 21 is World Music Day -- or Fête de la Musique, as it was first named when it started in Paris in 1982. Today it's a
festival celebrated on the summer solstice -- sometimes all night long
-- in over 100 countries.
And while musicians are celebrating -- as musicians so often do -- the analysts at IBISWorld are noting continued declines in the traditional recorded music industry.
If you already own an R2D2 droid, then move along. For everyone else, be prepared to beam 3D images to and fro in the not too distant future. That is, if you're drinking the same Kool-Aid as Infosys. The ambitious tech company promises a holographic handset by 2010. With it, you'll be able to capture and send 3D snapshots by taking a series of 2D shots and using an algorithm to transform and calculate the extra third dimension. Infosys also envisions the technology being used in games, movies, and more.
Having trouble sitting still in front of your webcam? A Turkish programmer hopes his new software will make it so you don't have to. Compiled with C/C++, TrackEye zeros in on your eyes to follow your noggin around. But more than just a simple webcam trick, TrackEye can be modified to remotely control other devices using eye movements. The author of the programs says he drew inspiration for his eye tracking software so that his friend's paralyzed mother could continue to use her computer. Nifty!
openSUSE 11 officially premiered yesterday with more than 200 new features specific to openSUSE and a redesigned installer that makes openSUSE even easier to install (and if you've ever installed it before, it was pretty darn easy then).
If you're into bling (and who doesn't like a little bling), there is the 3-D desktop app Compiz Fusion and it is now default in openSUSE 11.0. It includes a number of Compiz plugins, as well as easier configuration with Simple CompizConfig Settings Manager (CCSM) and the more comprehensive CompizConfig Settings Manager that lets you do detailed configuration of your Compiz setup.
Microsoft has issued a challenge for developers and newbie developers worldwide to use Microsoft's XNA Game Studio 2.0 to build their game for the Xbox 360. This year they are accepting teams from 1 to 7 people to compete. First prize is $40,000, second is $20,000, third $10,000, and fourth is $5,000.
The deadline is September 23, 2008, after which the judges will be choosing the best entries on 3 main criteria: Fun Factor (40%), Innovation (30%), and Production Quality (30%).
Just how much cooler can they make Microsoft's Surface?
Oh, I suppose they could do a nifty holographic 3D interface but that
is for the future. In the here and now, the Surface gives new meaning
reports that at a recent conference they got to look at the SDK, which
allows developers the ability to slide an object around and have it
stop based on friction or what objects it hits. Think about sliding a
photo across a desktop with your fingertips into a folder. The good
thing is if you miss, it doesn't end up on the floor. It takes the
intuitive interface of the desktop as we know it and brings it together
with our most intuitive interface device, our hands. The promise for
this technology for the future is outstanding.
Object Recognition is planned for the future. Users will be able to place physical objects on the display to trigger different types of response, like downloading images from your Bluetooth enabled phone or uploading music to an MP3 player.
Now don't you just want one of these for a coffee table in your living room?
Welcome, guys and gals, to the inaugural edition of the Gaming Roundup. The aim of this little column? Well, if you can’t deduce that from reading the title, then Lord bless you, at least you’re trying. Regardless, I implore you to sit back, relax, and enjoy some gaming news in tiny, fun-sized pieces. And if that doesn’t work, you can just read this article.
Many-a Tom, Dick and Harry must have cursed their parents for such ordinary christening skills after being turned down an email id of their choice – which includes their name – that has already been taken up. But Yahoo is offering a great respite from the cut throat world of e-mail id registrations by offering ids on two new domains, Ymail and Rocketmail.
Users can reserve their favorite ids on these two domains as registrations are now open. "We realized we needed to expand the universe of Yahoo mail," said John Kremer, head of Yahoo mail. Some of the popular ids on the new domains are on the block on eBay and the proceeds will all go to charity.
Apple, after blowing off the Safari+IE 'carpet bombing' threat for weeks, finally decides to fix it, as well as fixing several other security vulnerabilities plaguing Windows XP and Vista users running Safari.
And, when you visit the Apple Download Center, grab yourself a copy of QuickTime 7.5 and stomp out more security flaws.
ASUS announced the availability of their 22-inch VW223 LCD monitor with built-in DisplayLink technology. This monitor was designed with multitasking in mind available monitors letting up to six additional monitors to be networked together using a single PC over the USB 2.0 interface.
The VW223B monitor delivers a native 1680x1050 wide-screen resolution, 3000:1 contrast ratio, and 5-millisecond response time help ensure smooth video display on all of the networked displays without lag or ghosting effects.
ASUS will also ship a 20-inch version, the VW202B starting sometime in July.