Scientists Develop Robotic Skin

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The human skin is a magnificent sensory organ. It can detect the minutest gust of wind to a single touch. Robots however, are unable to sense the world around them in this fashion. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, are developing an artificial skin for robots with a similar quality.
The skin will provide important tactile feedback for the robot and augment its existing camera “eyes”, its infrared sensors and gripping tools. As with human skin, the way the artificial skin is touched could trigger different reactions from the robot. It could for example, run away when hit, or use its eyes to see what has touched it.
The centrepiece of the new robotic skin is a five square cm hexagonal plate or circuit board. Each small circuit board contains four infrared sensors that detect anything closer than one cm. There are also six temperature sensors and an accelerometer, which allow the robot to accurately measure the movement of its limbs. The circuit board was designed keeping future expandability in mind, hence it can have more sensors attached as needed.

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Leaked: Windows Phone Mango-based HTC Eternity

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If you have been waiting to get a sneak peek into the upcoming Windows Phone Mango-powered handsets, here’s one.

German site HTCInside claims it has information about an upcoming HTC smartphone which could be the company’s first to come with the latest version of Microsoft Windows Phone 7.1 codenamed Mango.

Microsoft had in May unveiled an update of its Windows phone software, hoping to bridge the widening gap in smartphone race dominated by Google and Apple.

The update will reportedly bring over 500 new features, including Internet Explorer 9 as the mobile browser, Twitter and LinkedIn feeds integrated into contact cards, automated Facebook check-ins, and access to more than 17,000 downloadable applications.

According to the report, the release of HTC Eternity will probably coincide with the launch of Windows Phone 7.1 Mango which is due for launch in September.

Sporting a large 4.7-inch Super LCD display with 480 x 800 resolution, HTC Eternity will reportedly come with a single-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8255processor.

Other key specs expected to come include an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and 720p video capture, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, up to 16GB internal memory, 512MB RAM and DLNA capabilities.

The smartphone is expected to feature GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA (up to 14.4 Mbps)/HSUPA (up to 5.76 Mbps) as well as WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a G-sensor, a digital compass and a gyroscope.

Asus F1A75 Series Motherboards Launched For AMD Llano APU

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Meant for FM1 socket processors, these A75 chipset boards for theAMD Llano APU from Asus claim a few distinctions. Among these are overclocking (VRM), graphical UEFI BIOS, dual PCI-Express slots for CrossFireX graphics, and of course SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 interface support.
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The Llano APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) includes the CPU and the integrated graphics unit on a single processor die, as intended by the AMD Fusion platform. This allows for low power consumption, ideal for home media entertainment PCs. The AMD Llano generation of processors uses the new AMD A75 chipset and FM1 socket. The integrated graphics on the Llano is claimed to be of the Radeon HD 6000 series class (DirectX 11).
Asus claims their features such as Dual Intelligent Processors 2 (DIP2) with DIGI+ VRM for precise power control and the easy-to-use auto tuning from BIOS, will assist in getting better performance out of the Llano. The Asus F1A75-V EVO is claimed to be the world’s first FM1 socket motherboard with dual x8/x8 PCI-Express for AMD CrossFireX support, to use a discrete PCI-Express Radeon graphics card and boost performance.
Four models are currently available in India, with all of them supporting 8-channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and DDR3 RAM speeds upto 1866 MHz. Except for the F1A75-M LE, all models listed below offer four RAM slots. All have a minimum of six SATA ports. Significantly, the F1A75-V PRO has all possible display output options built-in – DisplayPort (DP), HDMI, DVI, D-Sub (VGA).
These motherboards carry a warranty of 3-years, with Indian pricing excluding taxes, as given below:
Asus F1A75-V PRO – Rs. 8,250
Asus F1A75-M PRO – Rs. 7,350
Asus F1A75-M – Rs. 6,400
Asus F1A75-M LE – Rs. 5,900

Opera Mini A Success in India

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When it comes to Opera mini browser, India is the third biggest market for it. It has been revealed that users of Opera mini in India rose from 390 to 430 in just one year. It shows that the mobile web is quite popular in the country. It is believed that the introduction of 3G in the country has boosted the viewing rate of the web in India.
The Co-founder of Opera software, Jon von Tetzchner said, “The mobile Web in India has evolved as an important place to do business, as the proportion of people going shopping on the mobile shows”. A recent research has showed that the popularity of social networking site ‘Orkut’ is declining in India. Moreover, Indians are using mobile web for the purpose of shopping and to view online classifieds.
India has about 40% users of Opera mini which is a huge number. In the pursuit of gaining more customers the developer of Opera mini – Norwegian company – has released a new version of Opera mini which comes with auto-suggest features for search box.
The updated feature of browsing will be available on both browsers across all platforms like Symbian, Android, iOS and MeeGo devices. Opera mini is perfect for slow connectivity and for the lower end phones which only supports Java.

Microsoft unveils Office 365 In India

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Microsoft has announced the launch of Office 365 business productivity solutions on the cloud in India. Office 365 takes aim at cloud based enterprise and small business word processing and document editing and storage. This will enable an enterprise to have their solution available for easy access on the cloud.
The Office 365 plan for Small Businesses is optimized for organizations with 25 users or less and includes Office Web Apps, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online at approximately $6 per user per month.

With Office 365 Microsoft is attempting to target those users who were using Google apps for business by giving more comprehensive solutions at a selectable pricing. Getting partners and a huge database on board may be the real challenge for MS in OFFICE 365.

Developer API for Google+: It’s coming

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Google’s new social network, Google+, has only been public for two days, and developers are already interested in access to the service so they can roll out add-ons and improvements.
Fortunately for them, and ultimately for Google+ users, developer access is coming. It’s simply a matter of time. As Vic Gundotra, senior vice president of social for Google, told me at a Web 2.0 Summit cocktail party tonight, “I’m a developer guy at the core. It is inconceivable I would build something without a platform.”

Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice-President of Social for Google.
(Credit: Julie Blumstein)
Gundotra worked for 15 years at Microsoft before leaving for Google. His last job there was as general manager of platform evangelism. It’s fair to say he’s got the background for building systems that developers can build upon.
But it is not surprising that Google+ launched without developer access. The service is far from fully baked. “We’re just getting started!” Gundotra gushed to me when we talked. The features and functions of Google+ will likely change substantially in short order. More functions will be definitely be added to the service, as well as increased integration with other Google apps. Giving developers access now might be premature, as some might build products that end up duplicating features that Google itself is just about to layer into the publicly available service.
But opening up Google+ to developers eventually could enable all manner of add-ons and improvements, from third-party access apps, like Tweetdeck was for Twitter (before Twitter acquired it); to Zynga-like games that access the Google social graph; to other utilities and add-ons. Personally, I’d like to see a utility that makes faster work of managing and sorting contacts into circles.
Google is collecting names from developers who want to know when the company launches developer tools.

Innovative research needed in medical sector’

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Health Minister Adoor Prakash on Friday stressed the need for innovative research in the medical sector. He was speaking after inaugurating the Doctors’ Day celebration organised by the Department of Health Services and the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
“In addition to working with commitment and responsibility, doctors should engage in experimental research and come up with result-oriented service in medical sector,” the Minister said. In a diverse nation like India, it is still a matter of doubt whether medical practitioners who dedicate their service in slums, tribal areas and Health Centres in remote areas are getting due attention. Such people are to be honoured with reference to their commitment, he added.
Prakash said though there are adequate slots in government medical sector to be filled, few doctors take up the posts. There used to be a practice of admitting government doctors to PG seats considering their service and area of operation before. But now, as per a court directive, doctors should write an entrance examination to get admitted to those seats. With a slight delay in the announcement of date for entrance examination, it got mixed with self-financing issue and deviated from the real cause, he observed.
Seven doctors from varied medical sectors in Kerala were conferred with awards for Best Doctor in Modern Medicine 2010. B Padmakumar, K Venugopal, Rosamma Joseph Vadakkekuttikkal, A P Mohammed, P A Fazal Gafoor, Ramdas Pisharody and K P Aravindan received awards comprising a memento, cash prize and certificate from the Minister. Kumari G Prema, Director of Health Services, welcomed the gathering. Mayor K Chandrika presided over the function.