That kind of control can sure come in handy a lot, but with the new facial recognition software that some guys from MIT have developed, your poker face (or a phony smile face, rather) might just be totally useless. [Read more…] about You Can Smile, But You Can’t Fool This Facial Recognition Software From MIT
Language is dynamic. That is one line that I have said one time too many, but no one can really deny its veracity. Whatever language you look at, it changes over time, with words dying and being born all the time.
But did you ever think that software that we take for granted may be contributing to the death of some words? This is what researchers found out after conducting an analysis of digitized text. The text featured languages such as English, Hebrew, and Spanish, and they dated from 1800 to 2008. Thanks to the digitization efforts of Google, the researchers were able to get hold of the materials for analysis. [Read more…] about Digital Spell-checkers Killing Words?
Even before Apple and Google dominated the mobile software industry, money-saving apps were must-haves for power users of previous generation mobile environments like the Palm OS.
Much of these legacy software, lacking the internet access and tight hardware integration that define the smartphone experience today, were limited to helping users balance their budgets.
That’s definitely changed, especially as the average smartphone buyer places more weight on what apps are available for a phone, with less focus on the gadget’s built-in hardware features. [Read more…] about 5 ways to save money with your iPhone or Android smartphone
At least that’s what Google is claiming. It seems that the software giant is not content with its current status – it now wants to dabble in the “real” world. With its new software that is supposed to control cars, Google just might be able to do that.
They have recently announced their “super secret” project, which is artificial intelligence software, that will allow cars to drive themselves without the need for a human driver. The idea behind the software is simple enough – the system scans the surroundings and adjusts the car’s behavior accordingly. Needless to say, the implementation is probably hell.
If tests are to be believed, though, Google’s project works! In their announcement, Google mentioned that they have tested the software on six Toyota Priuses and one Audi TT. Their engineers have reportedly gone 140,000 miles in test drives, and so far, only one accident has been reported. It is important to highlight that this accident was caused by a “normal” car driving into the back of a Google car. (So I guess that doesn’t count.)
The implications for motorists are tremendous! What Google is claiming – that the system can save lives – just might be true! Speaking for myself, I know that I would finally be able to park a car without having to worry about hitting the other vehicles around me. For those whose minds wander while driving, this development is also a boon!
Google spokesperson, Sebastian Thrun, is quick to say, however, that at the end of the day, it is still the driver that is responsible for everything. Also, the system is not expected to be available to the general public till at least several years from now. I think I can wait until then. In the meantime, I shall rely on the driving skills and generosity of spirit of other people – oh, and the cab drivers as well.
Everyone loves just how easy it is to transfer songs to Apple iPods. Whichever kind of iPod you are using, the interface that iTunes offers is so simple and intuitive that even the most technologically challenged people I know do not have many problems filling their iPods up with music, images, and videos.
The reverse process – transferring files from an iPod to the computer – is a whole new story, though. I still remember when I got my first iPod (it was the black and red U2 one). I had no inkling about this “issue.” Needless to say, I got frustrated in the beginning.
Today, though, this is not really a problem anymore. With a single click, you can easily back your iPod up and make sure that its contents are accessible on your computer as well. CopyTrans is a piece of software that can do this for you without you wanting to tear your hair out.
There are two modes – Smart Backup and Manual Backup. The first one is highly recommended for beginners. You simply click a button and you can make sure that your iTunes will have everything that your iPod has. It is the perfect choice if you just bought a new laptop (or you reformatted your hard drive) and your iTunes library is empty. It is also an easy way to “fix” your iTunes library if it is missing some songs that are in your iPod. No thinking necessary – just click and CopyTrans will do it for you! The Manual Backup mode is great for more advanced users who want more control over which files to transfer to the computer.
However way you want it, CopyTrans can do it for you. No more fussing about how to get those tracks from the iPod onto the computer! Oh, and yes, the newest version is compatible with the new iOS. For a mere $19.99, you get the convenience that you’ve always wanted. I want a copy myself!
Speech-recognition programs used to be a thing for the future, but I guess we’re in yesterday’s future now. There have been programs promising to deliver in this regard, but the latest from Nuance seems to hold a lot of promise.
Nuance Communications recently launched an updated version of their speech-recognition program with bold promises:
- 15 percent improvement in accuracy
- 3 times faster than typing
- Faster execution of voice commands.
Reading those promises, one can’t help but be excited – if you are into using speech-recognition software. However, not everyone is that impressed with the announcements. David Pogue from the New York Times unenthusiastically says:
This upgrade follows the same philosophy as the last few annual updates. It’s full of nips and tucks, all welcome, all well-executed, though none killer — and the annual improvement in dictation accuracy.
Nuance says the new version is 15 percent more accurate. Which is fine, if barely noticeable (how much better is a 15 percent gain when you’re already getting 99.6 percent accuracy?). More interesting is how it got there.
He does have a point about the gain in accuracy, doesn’t he?
In any case, you can check out a demo video below.
You can purchase the new program – it has several versions – from Nuance’s web site. The cheapest comes in at $99.99 (Home).