Japan eyes ‘mind-reading’ devices, robots ‘by 2020’

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan plans to develop “mind-reading” robots and consumer electronics that can be controlled by thought alone and hopes to market them within a decade, the Nikkei daily reported Thursday.

The sci-fi like devices would employ so-called brain-machine interface technology, which analyses users’ brain waves and brain blood-flow patterns detected through sensor-mounted headsets.

The envisaged devices would include television sets that can be operated without lifting a finger and mobile phones that send text messages composed purely through thought, the business daily said.

The initiative, to be launched this fiscal year, is a partnership between the government and the private sector, the report said, citing unnamed communications ministry sources.

Other applications could include a car navigation system that searches for restaurants when the driver thinks of having a meal, and air-conditioners that adjust the temperature when people in the room feel too warm or cold.

They could also include robots that know when an elderly or physically disabled person needs help carrying a heavy load, the Nikkei said.

The project would likely include corporate giants including Toyota, Honda and Hitachi as well as the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Osaka University and the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, the report said.

 

Source :  news.yahoo.com

Zune HD Gets Homebrew Apps and Games

And older Zunes, too! But let’s talk about the HD: With the new OpenZDK toolkit, developers can make homebrew apps for the Zune HD, and by following a relatively simple set of instructions, you can install them.

First, a little background: Zune and Zune HD homebrew isn’t entirely new, but it’s never been terribly exciting. It’s been possible for some time to install Zune apps created in Microsoft’s XNA game development platform, which could be distributed to and installed by regular users, assuming they too had development tools installed. So!

What’s happened now is that a group of hackers has released a much more complete toolkit, called OpenZDK, which opens up a whole new range of app development, and tons of new classes of apps:

The first true hack available for the Zune, this makes it possible to, for the first time, run applications directly on top of the Zune firmware, with full access to everything XNA withheld before. The limitations of XNA are now no limitations at all.

As OpenZDK has just been released, few apps have yet been built on it. While only time will tell what developers actually create, the door to emulators, homebrew 3D games, ports of classic games, app stores, and much more has now been opened.

Since the toolset is brand new, there really aren’t any OpenZDK apps available yet. But there are plenty of XNA-developed apps for you to practice the installation routine with, and a forum prepped and ready to accept submissions, as soon as they’re ready. The installation routine goes something like this:

• Install the necessary components of XNA Game studio, [Details]

• Add your Zune to your Device Center [Details]

• Run the Exploit Development Tool [Details]

• Download OpenZDK

• Install applications [Details]

There’s no Cydia-style central repository for apps yet, nor is there any proof that OpenZDK will result in anything beyond a few tech demos, but the potential here is huge: a healthy homebrew community could morph the Zune HD from a piece of semi-doomed hardware with abandonment issues to a legitimately interesting app platform, or at the very least, the tweakers’ media player of choice. [Zuneboards]

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Password Tattoos To Keep Pacemakers Safer From Hackers

 

Some pacemakers are accessible wirelessly for reprogramming, but the trouble is that this easy access could be abused maliciously. Sure, passwords would keep the devices safer from such intrusions, but the patient could forget or lose those. Solution? Password tattoos.

By tattooing passwords onto patients with ink that can only be seen under a UV light, doctors would have an easily accessible password in case of an emergency and patients would have an additional layer of security protecting their medical gadgets.

The idea certainly isn’t perfect nor is it being put into use yet—after all, the whole issue of how to handle password changes still hasn’t been resolved—but it’s good to see that research is being done for the sake of protecting medically necessary technology. [Microsoft Research via Pop Sci]

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Microsoft Xbox 360 Valhalla Redesign Pictured

The rumors about Microsoft updating their video game console, the Xbox 360, have been floating about for a little over a year now, and many people out there think that it’s about time the console of today be replaced with something of tomorrow. The Redmond-based company has said in the past, though, that with the upcoming Project Natal, there isn’t any reason for them to replace the console. That’s not stopping the rumors, though.

The Valhalla redesign is one of those rumors that won’t go away, and it doesn’t help when an image like this surfaces. So, what is Valhalla? It’s a new design that allows for the GPU and CPU to be on one chip, and therefore take less power and energy to cool and function. It will also reduce the cost of manufacturing, along with make the box a lot quieter while it’s running. The image is from China, where apparently the mainboard is being tested.

But, that’s not all. The rumor goes that this isn’t just a redesign of the motherboard. And the story isn’t about the combination of the GPU and CPU, either. The Valhalla redesign is apparently prompting Microsoft to redesign the console itself. From what we can tell, this means that the Xbox 360 might be getting . . . Slimmer. Similar to the PlayStation 3, perhaps. That means buying a new Xbox 360, if it comes down to it. And while revamping the console in time with releasing Project Natal makes sense to some, we can only hope that Microsoft does a pretty nice bundle, if that is indeed the case. Anyone going to start saving up?

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iPhone OS 4.0: The Best New Features

The curtain has been pulled back on iPhone 4, and the list of new features is massive: There’s multitasking (finally!), a refreshed interface, and literally hundreds of other changes, all coming this summer. Here’s the rundown.

The new OS will ship in June (Fall for iPad, and a developer preview is available today, so we can expect to have plenty of apps updated and ready for launch.

Multitasking: It’s here, finally. It’s handled with a simple task switcher: double click your home button, and you get a list of running apps. Select, switch, done. Multitasking is limited to audio streaming, VoIP and GPS apps, as well as a few other allowances: they can finish specific, important tasks in the background, for example. As far as non-music/nav/VoIP apps, those can be suspended in the background, but not left running. (See below.) Full details here.

• Fast app switching: With iPhone 4’s multitasking, most apps aren’t actually running in the background—just certain functions of the app, like an audio stream or a GPS lock. But! All apps can now be frozen, in full, so that when you reopen them, they’re restored to exactly the state they were in when they were closed.

• Local notifications: Notifications can be sent between apps on the phone, not just from remote servers. In other words, if something important happens in an app you’ve opened and moved away from, a notification will pop up in whatever app you’re using at the time, effectively saying “switch back to me!” It’s a fairly clever way to keep track of multiple apps without the need for a start bar or dock-type interface. From Apple’s dev guidelines:

The advantage of local notifications is that they are independent of your application. Once a notification is scheduled, the system manages the delivery of it. Your application does not even have to be running when the notification is delivered.

Apple’s official line:

iPhone OS 4’s new multitasking offers users a new way to quickly move between apps, and provides developers seven new multitasking services to easily add multitasking features to their apps. These services include background audio, so apps like Pandora can play music in the background, and VoIP, so VoIP apps can receive a VoIP call even when the iPhone is asleep or the user is running other apps. iPhone OS 4 provides multitasking to third party apps while preserving battery life and foreground app performance, which has until now proved elusive on mobile devices.

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Fix Permalinks on page in the wordpress : (index.php/Index.php/page/2)

As can be seen, there are two index.php.
If it were possible to get the index.php to the start of the structure of permanent links may solve the case, but the WP does not accept that.
In the forums so you can find something to do, how to insert the formatting.php file (in wp-includes) the following line:

$url = str_replace('index.php/Index.php','index.php',$url);

 This line must be exactly in the position of the structure below:

function clean_url( $url, $protocols = null, $context = 'display' ) {
 $original_url = $url;
 
 /*****  Must be written here  ******/
  $url = str_replace('index.php/Index.php','index.php',$url);
 /*****  Must be written here  ******/
 
 if ('' == $url) return $url;
 $url = preg_replace('|[^a-z0-9-~+_.?#=!&;,/:%@$\|*\'()\\x80-\\xff]|i', '', $url);
 $strip = array('%0d', '%0a', '%0D', '%0A');
 $url = _deep_replace($strip, $url);
 $url = str_replace(';//', '://', $url);
 /* If the URL doesn't appear to contain a scheme, we
  * presume it needs http:// appended (unless a relative
  * link starting with / or a php file).
  */

 if ( strpos($url, ':') === false &&
  substr( $url, 0, 1 ) != '/' && substr( $url, 0, 1 ) != '#' && !preg_match('/^[a-z0-9-]+?\.php/i', $url) )
  $url = 'http://' . $url;

 // Replace ampersands and single quotes only when displaying.
 if ( 'display' == $context ) {
  $url = preg_replace('/&([^#])(?![a-z]{2,8};)/', '&$1', $url);
  $url = str_replace( "'", ''', $url );
 }

 if ( !is_array($protocols) )
  $protocols = array('http', 'https', 'ftp', 'ftps', 'mailto', 'news', 'irc', 'gopher', 'nntp', 'feed', 'telnet');
 if ( wp_kses_bad_protocol( $url, $protocols ) != $url )
  return '';

 return apply_filters('clean_url', $url, $original_url, $context);
}

Free Fast Public DNS Servers List

DNS server means “Domain Name Server” it’s a machine somewhere with a table that looks like this:
google.com 74.125.87.105
in the internet or any network no machine can join without having an address which in this case is the IP Address, Google main server’s IP address is 74.125.87.105 but it will be pain if you’re going to enter that on the address bar each time, that’s why they invented names, or domain names which ends with .com .net. org .ly and so on.
There is other benefits of domain names as you can change your server or rely on another but people will use the domain to find you what so ever IP you change to or server you go to.

Now I think you understand if you don’t already do, LTT have it’s own DNS servers which updated from the main world servers by the domain names organization ICANN, but these 2 servers aren’t quite fast and sometimes they goes off.

Here is a list of Public DNS servers which is fast, updates faster then others and most of all free.

DNS service by google which is the fastest ever:
8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4

Service provider: ScrubIt
Public dns server address:

67.138.54.100
207.225.209.66

Service provider:dnsadvantage
Dnsadvantage free dns server list:

156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1

Service provider:OpenDNS
OpenDNS free dns server list:

208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220

Service provider: vnsc-pri.sys.gtei.net
Public Name server IP address:

4.2.2.1
4.2.2.2
4.2.2.3
4.2.2.4
4.2.2.5
4.2.2.6

Service provider:Time Warner Telecomm:

64.129.67.101
64.129.67.102
64.129.67.103