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  • 1. TTeecchh uuppggrraaddee c m y k c m y k PAGE 13 Appleisworkingonlaptopsand smartphonespoweredby hydrogenfuelcells Facebookwasthemostsearchedfor wordontheinternetduring2011for thethirdyearrunning MONDAY 26 | DECEMBER 2011 BENGALURU AAPPPPllyy yyoouurrsseellff Talk to Me Android App is a speech language transla- tion app for many lan- guages, which also sup- ports text to speech. Send your translations to friends via SMS text message or email the audio file. It is very useful is very useful to those trying to learn another language or travel. AAnnddrrooiidd TALK TO ME A real-time database of IP addresses and email addresses involved in send- ing spam. This utility uses databases from all over the Internet. iiPPhhoonnee. SPAM IP EMAIL ADDRESS LOOKUP LLoonnddoonn:: Increasing number of smartphones, capable of recording videos and taking high quality pictures, are eating into sales of slim point-and-shoot cameras, a new survey has revealed. Recent data from retail analysts NPD revealed that the percentage of photos taken on smartphones such as Apple iPhone has gone from 17 per cent last year to 27 per cent this year, global- ly, as their cameras increas- ingly match the performance of dedicated compacts. According to the survey, the big losers are camcorders and cheaper point-and-shoot cameras, whose sales dropped by 17 per cent in the same period, The Daily Mail reports. Sales of SLRs and other detachable-lens cameras lens went up by 12 percent, and the new larger lensed compacts champi- oned by manufacturers such as Sony and Panasonic grew 16 per cent. —ANI CHINA EYES NEXT-GEN INTERNET BBeeiijjiinngg:: China will allow commercial use of its next- generation internet system by 2015 after putting it on trial in 2013, a media report said. The new system expands the capability of the Internet Protocol address and improves the speed of the internet. It is also expected to create employ- ment, the Chinese cabinet said in a statement. The new technology, called IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6), is an upgrade of the current IPv4 whose IP addresses are about to be all used up. The new IPv6 technology opens up a pool of internet addresses that are a billion to trillion times larger than the total pool of IPv4 addresses and are virtually inexhaustible for the fore- seeable future, experts said. —IANS FUTURE PILOTS TO FLY FOUR DRONES AT ONCE SMARTPHONESEATING INTOCAMERASALES TTeecchh pplluuss TTeecchh ssccaann WWaasshhiinnggttoonn:: Western mili- taries are experimenting with having future drone pilots command up to four aircraft at once, adding new potential challenges even as a top-secret U.S. drone’s crash in Iran exposed the risks of flying unmanned air- craft thousands of miles away.The initiative could help satisfy feverish demand for unmanned planes at a time when budgets are tight, and military officials said they see great promise in initial tests under way in Britain and the United States. —Reuters Washington, Dec.25: Microsoft, which owns a small part of Facebook, dipped its own toe in the online social scene with a low-key unveiling of its So.cl (pronounced “social”) service. The site, which is for students to share interesting discoveries online, looks like a curious blend of Facebook and Google +. Right now it’s restricted to certain universities, and is a blend of web browsing, search (Bing, of course) and network- ing - including what it calls “video party”. Developed by Microsoft’s FUSE Labs, it is “an experi- mental research project focused on exploring the possi- bilities of social search for the purpose of learning.” In effect, Microsoft is trying to build on the fact that many stu- dents are looking for the same sorts of things online, and it gives them a way to put togeth- er and share their findings with other members interested in the same academic area. We’ll see if its young users stick to such a lofty goal. Microsoft says it’s not meant to replace Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, or to replace search engines. Indeed, you must log on with your Facebook account. So far, Microsoft is restricting So.cl to the University of Washington, Syracuse University, New York University and a few other schools. But it says that anyone who wants to get more involved in the project should email them on Socl@microsoft.com. Will So.cl be the first step of a greater social project under way at Microsoft? That’s some- thing it is not willing to share. —Reuters Toronto, Dec.25: Research In Motion, still smarting over hav- ing to change the name of its yet-to-come operating system, faces a similar trademark chal- lenge to its popular instant-mes- saging service BlackBerry Messenger. The service, which allows BlackBerry users to send each other text and multimedia files and see when they are delivered and read, is widely known and even promoted by RIM via the shorthand BBM. That has proven an encum- brance to BBM Canada, which measures radio and television audience data and expects its day in a Federal Court against RIM by February. The company’s chief execu- tive, Jim MacLeod, said he wants RIM to stop advertising the BBM moniker but would also consider changing his much smaller company’s name, for a price. “We have to be practical, they operate worldwide, we don’t. But we’re not prepared to just walk from our name,” MacLeod said. RIM seems equally deter- mined to keep using the BBM name and not to pay MacLeod’s company anything. “We believe that BBM Canada is attempting to obtain trade- mark protection for the BBM acronym that is well beyond the narrow range of the services it provides and well beyond the scope of rights afforded by Canadian trademark law,” it said in an emailed statement. RIM has launched its BBM Music song-sharing service in recent months, and heavily pro- moted third-party apps that tie into its instant messaging prod- uct, which boasts some 50 mil- lion active users. BBM Canada was established in 1944 as the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement. It changed its name to BBM in the 1960s and to BBM Canada in the early 1990s, MacLeod said. The company, owned by a collection of broadcasters and advertisers, has annual revenue of around $50 million. RIM’s sales were more than $5 billion last quar- ter. “I’m sure to a really big com- pany this looks like relatively small numbers, but to us it’s a big deal,” said MacLeod. BBM Canada employs around 650 peo- ple, compared with RIM’s roughly 17,000. Earlier this month RIM dumped the “BBX” name for its new operating system after being served with an injunction in a trademark fight with U.S.- based Basis International. RIM has renamed the platform as BlackBerry 10. Industry Canada denied RIM’s 2009 request to register the BBM trademark, saying the name was already in use, but has granted RIM until January 5 to respond. BBM Canada launched its legal action late last year. MacLeod said his company contacted RIM in July, soon after RIM launched a large-scale BBM advertising campaign. In response to BBM Canada’s cease-and-desist letter RIM said there couldn’t possibly be any confusion between the two names - a similar tactic was later used in the BBX spat. RIM repeated that line of argu- ment in Friday’s statement. “The services associated with RIM’s BBM offering clearly do not overlap with BBM Canada’s services and the two marks are therefore eligible to co-exist under Canadian trademark law. The two companies are in differ- ent industries and have never been competitors in any area.” MacLeod sought a meeting to discuss the issue with RIM co- CEO Jim Balsillie several months ago, but said he has received no response. McLeod pointed out that RIM had even taken legal action of its own against software startup Kik Interactive over its instant messaging service that includes claims of trademark infringe- ment. “It’s a trademark they don’t even own, it’s ours,” MacLeod said —Reuters TThhee tteecchhnnoollooggyy ooff ffuunn:: Four things to keep you going through the week Sony's PS Vista comes in second to 3DS on hardware sales chart this week; Square Enix's latest RPG tops software charts. GAMES WEBSITE BORED AT THE OFFICE? GIZMOS CCoonnssoollee:: XBox/PS GGaammee ttyyppee:: Adventure DDeevveellooppeerr:: Ubisoft TThhee GGoooodd:: ● Solid voice acting ● Good anima- tion that captures the Tintin vibe. TThhee bbaadd:: ● Repetitive missions ● Platforming lacks challenge ● Puzzles are too easy to solve ● Poor Kinect implementation. TThhee vveerrddiicctt:: If you’re not a fan of the fiction, though, or you don’t have younger children who might appreciate simplicity, there’s little incentive to play the game. KLOUT LLiinnkk:: http://klout.com/home San Francisco start-up Klout wants to be the official scoring system of the social Web. Sign into it with your Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn accounts and it'll calculate your Klout score — a figure that considers not only the number of your connections but also who they are and how actively you engage with them. BLACKBERRY CURVE 9380 77 1100 Microsoft enters online social scene RIM faces tough legal challenge on ‘BBM’ trademark GARDENOFTIME DDeevveellooppeerr:: Playdom LLiinnkk:: www.playdom.com/games/gardensoftime The Time Society is a mysterious organization established in the early 20th century to guard the secrets of time travel, and preserve the flow of history. Their journey takes them to the far- thest corners of the Earth, and the farthest reaches of time. The Society is tasked by its reclusive founders to find hidden objects out of place in history, and to preserve historical arti- facts in their various Gardens of Time. The Society has found itself extraordinarily busy as of late forcing them to seek out new apprentices to fill the ranks. Their latest recruit...is you. DDeevveellooppeerr:: RIM PPrriiccee:: From `19,500 to `21,000 TThhee GGoooodd:: ● Sleek and slim form factor ● Classy build quality ● Distinctly usable despite the small size ● BB7 gives modern web browsing. TThhee BBaadd:: ● No camera autofocus; poorer in low light ● Just 512MB of built-in storage. TECHNOMICS Will Google fight Apple’s Siri with Alfred?New York, Dec.25: Google recently had acquired the tech compa- ny that has developed Alfred, a smartphone app that acts as a “personal assistant” to make recom- mendations based on your interests and your “context,” such as loca- tion, time of day, intent and social information. According to Clever Sense, the company that created Alfred and that is now part of Google, the app uses artificial intelli- gence technology to sift through the Web’s vast amount of data and to rec- ommend restaurants, bars and other real-world places that you might like. That sounds a lot like Siri, the personal assis- tant technology that comes built-in to Apple latest iPhone. Siri offers a much broader range of capabilities than those that appear to currently be available with Alfred, allowing users to speak into their phone to man- age their calendars, find nearby restaurants and even inquire about the weather. But Alfred’s AI recom- mendation technology could provide an impor- tant building-block that Google could pair with its existing voice-recogni- tion technology to create its own answer to Siri. Google’s head of mobile Andy Rubin famously dissed Siri at the AsiaD conference in October, saying that “I don’t believe that your phone should be your assis- tant.” “Your phone is a tool for communicating. You shouldn’t be communi- cating with the phone; you should be communi- cating with somebody on the other side of the phone,” Rubin pro- claimed. But in the frenetic arms race to develop and pro- vide the most popular smartphone software, Google cannot afford to be missing something that Apple has — espe- cially with some industry observers speculating that Apple’s Siri could provide a new paradigm for searching the Web that circumvents Google’s search engine (and, importantly, Google’s lucrative search ads). Meanwhile, the tech blog Android and Me reported that another secret Siri-like project, code-named Majel, is in the works at Google and could be released, in some initial form, in the coming months. The tech- nology, named after the voice of a computer in Star Trek , is an evolution of Google’s existing voice actions, allowing a phone to understand a user’s natural language instead of specific voice com- mands, according to the report. Whatever the moniker - Alfred, Majel, or some other name — it looks like 2012 is shaping up to be a battle of the virtual assistants. Here’s what Google has to say about its deal to acquire Clever Sense, financial terms of which were not disclosed: “The Clever Sense team is at the forefront of developing a recommen- dation engine that con- nects the online and offline worlds by deliver- ing personal and sophisti- cated information to users at the right time, the right place and within the right context. By com- bining their technology and expertise with our team and products, we’ll be able to provide even more people with intelli- gent, personalised recom- mendations for places to eat, visit and discover.” —Reuters Alfred uses artificial intelligence technology to sift through the Web’s vast amount of data and to recommend restaurants, bars and other real-world places that netizens like A screen shot of Microsoft So.cl W e are approaching 2012! It’s time to p r o g n o s t i c a t e about the year to come. Here is my wish list on how to help health care move ahead in 2012. Healthcare ICT is a set of tools that facilitates the care giver to deliver in the best way possible to the consumer — it does not replace the practice of med- icine, nor does it change the fundamental dynamics of how health care works in India and around the world. But certain aspects that need to change in 2012 so that a personalised ser- vice of a better quality, improved outcome and lower cost is delivered. First, there should be no social media ban on health- care including in the field of traditional medicine. It is now a well known fact that holistic health is best delivered by integrating mind, body, spirit and mod- ern and traditional medi- cines. The fine line, where fractional medicine cuts into religious scriptures, is well known. The draconian ban will only result in the West patenting the use of herbs which we have been using for ages as we are not yet very vocal on the social media sites about our usage of herbs to maintain good health. Second, we should include technology adop- tion as a part of continuing medical education (CME) for the care givers. It is well known that the adoption of health ICT suffers because the care givers, including doctors and nurses at large, are not sure what ICT does and how it can be adopted. Different Councils, accred- iting agencies and industry associations give impor- tance to training in ICT sec- tor. Today, ICT has enabled impressive body of evi- dence illustrating that it is ‘doing things right’ and ‘doing the right things’ in health care which has resulted in better outcomes and lower costs as against traditional belief of “more care is better care” . Third, we should include investments in health ICT as part of subsidy. We have infrastructure status for healthcare. However, when it comes to a trade off situa- tion to upgrade a piece of medical equipment versus investment in health ICT, it’s only the former that gets thumbs up. Globally, including the US, govern- ments had to spend or legis- late and provide incentives and punitive to ensure compliance to healthcare ICT norms. India needs to move into that direction. In the current economic sce- nario where a large num- ber of techies are not gain- fully employed in the off- shoring services sector, a positive legislation for health ICT will bring about hundreds of jobs. This is a good way to beat recession, give budgetary support to different populist Yojanas of our Government and also mitigate the skill shortages in ICT integra- tion. Lastly, do not scrap UID or any database creation of citizens. There is an air of uncertainty on the UID pro- ject. The various efforts need to be harmonised to ensure that citizens are able to meaningfully con- nect patients with their health care providers. Patients should be able to view the summary infor- mation contained in their doctors’ charts and also col- lect self-reported and device-reported informa- tion and share it with their clinicians. There is a pow- erful trend that can help share one’s health experi- ences socially with others. Health IT faces various challenges to provide the proper platforms to pro- mote individual and com- munity health.Let us wish 2012 is a better place health wise! Kapil Khandelwal is Director, EquNev Capital, a niche investments bank- ing and advisory services firm and a leading health- care and ICT expert. A Dose of IT Kapil Khandelwal Healthy thoughts on healthcare THEADVENTURESOFTINTIN

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