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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tom Clancy's EndWar, With Voice Command

G4's The Feed has posted the video below describing the voice command features of the up coming Tom Clancy's EndWar! The game, the latest in a very successful series of Tom Clancy titles from Ubisoft promises to be available in time for holiday gift giving and is available now for pre-order at the EndWar website. Check out the other impressive trailers there! EndWar plays on Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS. This game looks incredible, can't wait to enter the battle!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Ballmer On Microsoft

Ina Fried's Beyond Binary blog captures some of the highlights of Steve Ballmer's address to the Churchill Club in which he discussed the battle over search, cloud computing, the phone business, and the Seinfeld-Gates ads. "I think at the end of the day, cloud computing will be dictated by the interests and the degree to which you capture the imagination of developers," Ballmer said of cloud computing. As for the ads Ballmer said "It was a two-week campaign but man did it get people talking for more than two weeks,"

I'd love to see / hear the discussion... So far I've only managed to find this short segment on YouTube. Please send me any links that you are aware of.

China Puts 3 Into Orbit

Yesterday China launched it's most risky space adventure to date, sending 3 astronauts into orbit. During the 68 hour flight the 3 will attempt the nation's first ever space walk. The launch of the Shenzhou VII spacecraft took place at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center and was attended by President Hu Jintao and other senior leaders. The Chinese President is quoted as saying "I have come to send you off, to wish you success," Now that's an inspirational speech if I've ever heard one! Discovery Channel story here.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Google Offers $10 million For Ideas That Will Better The World

Google has announced a new program / contest called 'Project 10 to the 100th' which is a call for ideas that will help as many people as possible and in doing so, change the world. Submissions will be accepted until October 20th or this year and can fall into one of several categories:

Community: How can we help connect people, build communities and protect unique cultures?
Opportunity: How can we help people better provide for themselves and their families?
Energy: How can we help move the world toward safe, clean, inexpensive energy?
Environment: How can we help promote a cleaner and more sustainable global ecosystem?
Health: How can we help individuals lead longer, healthier lives?
Education: How can we help more people get more access to better education?
Shelter: How can we help ensure that everyone has a safe place to live?
Everything else: Sometimes the best ideas don't fit into any category at all.

The winners will be picked in part by votes from the public who will identify the top 20. An advisory panel consisting of Google employees aided by industry experts will then choose the winner(s). The $10 million will be divided among the entries chosen as winners, if 2 are chosen they will get $5 million, 4 chosen and they each receive $2.5 million, etc... the awards will be used to bring your ideas to life.

The criteria for judging submissions is:

Reach: How many people would this idea affect?
Depth: How deeply are people impacted? How urgent is the need?
Attainability: Can this idea be implemented within a year or two?
Efficiency: How simple and cost-effective is your idea?
Longevity: How long will the idea's impact last?

Put your thinking caps on and change the world!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Robotic Web Cam Video

WowWee is getting set to launch it's new ROVIO roving web cam this Friday. The little robot can be controlled via a web connection from anywhere you are. Equipped with LED lights for night time running, microphone, speakers, a self docking feature and in home gps, ROVIO looks to be an interesting little device. Roomba manufacturer iRobot is also preparing for a robotic web cam with the announcement of beta testing of it's ConnectR robot. The ROVIO will be available through Amazon and Hammacher Schlemmer. It will be interesting to see which company dominates this market, I'm inclined to favour the iRobot offering over that of a toy maker but then again I own a Roomba, a Scooba, and have offered my name to the ConnectR beta test so I may be a little biased. The ROVIO videos are quite impressive though...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Welcome To The Holodeck

If the designers at NAU have their way the Star Trek holodeck could be a thing of our future. Actually it's more of a Cocoon than a deck but the idea is similar, it could even be compared to The Minority Report where the user reaches out and touches data.

"You've got display, sound and interaction all combined to create this fully immersed digital experience," explains Tino Schaedler, one of the designers at NAU.

"It is completely different from me sitting in front of a screen, looking at a little picture and typing something in -- almost like the experience is reduced to my brain and my fingers. In the Cocoon we have the whole body immersed inside."

NAU hopes to have a prototype by October of 2009 and expects that commercial versions will be available in 2014!

CNN story here.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Cisco Buying Jabber

Cisco Systems Inc. announced on Friday that it will acquire instant-messaging software developer Jabber Inc. “With the acquisition of Jabber, we will be able to extend the reach of our current instant messaging service and expand the capabilities of our collaboration platform,” Doug Dennerline, senior vice president of Cisco's Collaboration Software Group, said in a statement. The deal is expected to close in January. Globe and Mail story.

Sunday, September 21, 2008