I found an interesting video that outlines what the future of UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) might actually look like..
This Google movie depicts that in coming years, the entire information in the world will be collected and controlled by Google and that may be a scary development.
It’s an irony that although the video is against Google, it’s hosted and served from a Google owned property – Youtube.
One of the best file conversion sites I can find on web these days!!
You use it by first uploading a document from file or from a URL. Then a powerful unseen force (I like to imagine a magical file-converting goblin, by the name of Zamzar, of course) converts the file into a compatible filetype of your choosing and sends you an e-mail when it’s ready to download. Zamzar supports a whole slew of text, image, audio, and video files, and, most importantly, it’s completely free!
It’s not hard to see the usefulness of an app like this, especially for quick, practical conversions like Word document to PDF. But the real fun is in grabbing files from sites like YouTube, which Zamzar makes even easier by providing a “Convert with Zamzar” button that you can drag onto your Firefox bookmarks toolbar.
Thank you, Zamzar, you great and mystical goblin, for expanding the file-format horizons of my world!
Imagine if you could read all of your favourite RSS feeds on your iPod? That’s possible thanks to iFeedPod, a program that collects all the news from your feeds and copies them to your iPod so you can keep track of Coolest Gadgets and your favourite blogs and read the news anywhere you want to.
The program is very simple to use, all you need to do is add the RSS feeds and in the next sync, your iPod will become your coolest news aggregator. The iFeedPod can handle either Atom or RSS feeds, and is compatible with Macs only. The new version 1.12 is Universal Binary works with Intel Macs, as well as on PowerPC Macs. The program supports any iPod that’s compatible with Notes.
If you’re constantly stuck in a traffic jam, or have to take long trips on the bus or the subway, reading RSS feeds on your iPod can be very useful indeed.
Click here to download iFeedPod 1.12 now.
Via Apple Gazette.
The new generation of display technology is a fact. Watch the video about the e-ink display that is totally rollable, created by Polymer Vision. Electronic paper displays which can be rolled up have been developed by E Ink.
In the classic TV show Airwolf, helipcopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke only had to look at his quarry to target it, thanks to magical 1980s TV technology in his helmet. Stanford researchers have gone one better with the latest entry in the annals of hypothetically awesome pointing devices: an eye-tracking system accurate enough to put a mouse pointer on the exact pixel you happen to be looking at.
“Eye-tracking technology was developed for disabled users,” doctoral student Manu Kumar in quoted in Technology Review’s story. “But the work that we’re doing here is trying to get it to a point where it becomes more useful for able-bodied users.” He says that nondisabled users tend to have a higher standard for easy-to-use interfaces, and previously, eye-tracking technology that disabled people use hasn’t appealed to them.
Kumar wrote software that compensates for the injerent jitteriness of the pupil, and which still involves confirming and contextualizing the eye-pointer’s movements with keyboard shortcuts. One fascinating tidbit from the story is that eye-tracking technology was invented a century ago: researchers would reflect light off the back of subjects’ eyes to accurately see what part of photographics they were focusing on.
Article by Rob Beschizza (Wired)
According to a new report “The Future for Wi-Fi in India: Opportunities and Challenges“, the combined Wi-Fi market in the country is expected to exceed $744 million by 2012.
The report outlines the emerging Wi-Fi ecosystem in India, profiles innovative companies and institutions that are leveraging the technology, and predicts that as laptop adoption and broadband penetration increase, Wi-Fi will experience wide adoption already seen in other markets.
Among the key findings in the paper:
— As broadband wireless access grows, the WLAN network gear sector will exceed $275 Million by 2011-12 (not including embedded chips), up from the current $23.1 Million.
— The combined Wi-Fi market (described as consisting of WLAN networking gear, systems integration, professional services and not including embedded devices and laptops) is expected to exceed $744 million by 2012 (CAGR of 61.4%).
— Hybrid Wi-Fi and WiMAX deployments are bringing broadband connectivity to previously unconnected rural and urban areas alike
— Dual-mode Wi-Fi / cellular handsets show promise for bringing higher-throughput internet connectivity to numerous Indian citizens who do not own computers.
The entire report can be downloaded here (its 4.15 MB in size!)