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June 24, 2010

Google: Dogs Are Welcome

The campus is a pet-friendly facility, and dogs are allowed on a temporary basis. Even more, Google offering insurance for employees’ cats and dogs.

Though having dogs around can brighten up the workplace, Google managament realizes it can cause problems as well. From Google’s Dog Policy: “Aggressive behavior, such as growling, barking, chasing or biting, is unacceptable and the pet will have to be taken home on the first complaint. Employees with allergic reactions to dogs may ask the owner to refrain from bringing the dog to the workplace if the presence of the dogs makes it difficult for the allergic employee to work. Pets with evidence of fleas will be asked to go home until the problem has been alleviated. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after pets at all times.”

Google and eBay are offering health insurance for their employees’ cats and dogs, a niche market that has sprung up in the wake of a spike in costs for veterinary treatment.


MIT Makes Your Smartphone An Optometrist

Postdoctoral Associate Ankit Mohan demonstrates NETRA (Near-Eye Tool for Refractive Assessment). The user places the device to the eye and, using phone's keypad, aligns patterns in the viewfinder. These alignments provide the data needed to determine a prescription. Photo: Andy Ryan

MIT is on the verge of creating what could be the single most useful tool for optometrists around the world. By retrofitting a Nexus One with a microlens array or pin-hole array and then shooting beams of light into a person’s eye, they can figure out whether you have myopia, hypermetropia or astigmatism and, if so, how bad it is.

The microlens array allows the phone to create a “4D interactive high-resolution light-field display” near your eye. This virtual display creates objects and places them at varying depths ranging from 1 cm to “beyond infinity”. Basically, they’ve invented a vision test that doesn’t rely on physical distance and can be administered (one presumes) anywhere at any time.

Google releases Android 2.2 source code


Developers can now play
OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE HOUSE Google has released the source code for its Android 2.2 mobile operating system to developers.

Code named “Froyo”, this next version of the Android OS was shown off at this year’s Google I/O developer conference. Froyo is the seventh release of Android since 1.0 and will be the next official update.

According to the Android developer’s blog, Froyo 2.2 has a number of changes, improvements and new features compared to the 2.1 release code named “Eclair” that came out in January,. (more…)

June 23, 2010

Google Finds Flaws In Android Security Report

SMobile Systems’ suggestion that two-thirds of Android apps are ‘suspicious’ fails to consider Android’s security mechanisms, Google says.

The security of Android apps was called into question by a report issued on Tuesday by SMobile Systems, an Ohio-based mobile security company.

The survey of over 48,000 apps in the Android Market notes that “one in every five applications request permissions to access private or sensitive information that an attacker could use for malicious purposes.” (more…)

Russian President becomes first iPhone 4 owner in Russia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev gets an iPhone 4 from Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs on his tour of Silicon Valley

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev became the first Russian to get the brand new iPhone 4, which are to go on sale on Thursday.
The Russian leader received the smarthphone as a present from Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his visit to the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.
At 9.3 mm the iPhone 4 is 25 percent thinner than its predecessors and the thinnest smartphone on the market. The gizmo also boasts a state of the art battery, with seven hours of talk time and 300 hours of standby. (more…)


Netbook for elementary-age users

The HP Mini 100e Education Edition is a netbook for elementary-age users. Priced below $300, it pairs a sturdy handle and spill-proof keyboard with Windows 7, an Intel Atom processor, a Webcam and the option of WiFi or a modem for developing markets.

Summer may be officially upon us, but Hewlett-Packard is turning its attention to classrooms, with the June 23 introduction of the HP Mini 100e Education Edition, a netbook for the elementary years. (more…)

June 22, 2010

Google Reportedly Planning Online Music Service

Google is reportedly planning a music service that could compete with Apple’s iTunes and other digital music services. Google’s service may debut this year as a search engine tie-in and move to subscriptions next year. A Google music service would strengthen its Android mobile platform. Google already has music ties through its Vevo service.

In another swat at Apple, Google is reportedly readying a music download service that could compete with iTunes (and Rhapsody and other digital music services). The Wall Street Journal is citing unnamed sources that reveal a Google-branded music play. (more…)

Adobe ships Flash 10.1 to mobile device makers

Adobe on Tuesday announced the release of Flash Player 10.1 for Mobile, pitching it as “the first release that brings the full Web across desktops and devices.”


Adobe said that Flash Player 10.1 will be available as a final production release for Android-based smartphones and tablets once users are able to upgrade to Android 2.2, dubbed “Froyo.” The mobile version of Flash was also released to platform partners to be supported on devices based on BlackBerry, webOS, future versions of Windows Phone, LiMo, MeeGo and Symbian OS.

“We are thrilled that more than three million Flash designers and developers are now able to unleash their creativity on the world of smart phones, tablets, netbooks, televisions and other consumer electronics,” said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business at Adobe. “The combined power of the leading rich media technology platform with millions of passionate creatives is sure to impact the world in ways we haven’t even imagined yet.” (more…)

June 21, 2010

Israeli researchers develop software to spot depressed bloggers

Inventors say program could enable mental health workers to identify individuals in need of treatment and recommend they seek help.

Israeli researchers have developed software that claims to identify depressed bloggers by analyzing their writing. (more…)

Windows Live Messenger for iPhone Now Available

Download Windows Live Messenger for iPhone here

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