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пʼятниця, 4 березня 2011 р.

Microsoft resuming first Windows Phone update process for Samsung phones

Last month we reported that Microsoft was facing a few technical glitches that led to temporary suspension of the first Windows Phone update to Samsung phones. In a recent development, the company has announced that they will resume the updating process for Samsung handsets running Windows Phone 7.

The company will also continue rolling out the update to other Windows Phone 7-based mobile devices. According to a post on the Windows blog, the first official update software patch will be gradually sent out onto users’ devices. The owners of handsets running on the Windows Phone 7 platform will receive a message when it’s available.

The team of engineers at Microsoft have been working to solve the problem which prevented a small percentage of devices from receiving the update. The company has also apologized to those who might have faced difficulties while trying to access the February update. Microsoft further asserted that it will continue seeking various other options to enhance the updating process.
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Reports: Windows tablets in 2012, demo by June?

A Friday report from Bloomberg suggests that Microsoft will not launch a tablet version of Windows until the late summer or early fall of 2012.

The report builds off a few Windows 8 and tablet rumors that have been building past weeks. Late last month, ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley published a screen shot she received from a source that showed Microsoft should be on track with its second milestone for developing its latest platform, putting it on track for its third milestone and a planned September 2011 release .

On Tuesday, Business Insider reported that the company is planning to show design demos of Windows 8 on tablets by the end of its fiscal year in June. The design is said to be based on a more "Apple-like" interface design and concepts from a 2004 interface called "Metro." That article also pointed out that if Foley's screenshot is correct, the company is following the same steps it did with the Windows 7 release with a public preview a year before the official release date.

All these reports cite the usual (somewhat cloak and dagger) "people with knowledge of the plans" or other anonymous sources who declined to be identified, but the rumor mills all seem to be churning in the same direction.

The real question here is whether waiting until 2012 to release a tablet Windows OS is soon enough to compete with whatever Apple and Google's Android have cooked up by then. Apple CEO has said 2011 is the year of the tablet (well, specifically the post-PC or iPad 2), so will a 2012 offering be soon enough for Microsoft?

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GPS: Has navigation technology ever steered you wrong?

A Quebec woman stranded for three days on a snowy New Brunswick logging road after her GPS led her astray says she expected to be stuck until spring.

Stephanie Parent, 22, set out Sunday on a 10-hour drive from her home in Sherbrooke, Que., to a medical internship in Bathurst, N.B.

On Wednesday, a trio of snowmobilers discovered Parent -- cold, tired and afraid but otherwise unharmed -- on a remote road in the forest near Wayerton, N.B., more than 100 kilometres south of Bathurst.

Parent said her car has a GPS navigational device, which she used for her trip.

But at one point, the device sent her down a logging road, where she became stuck in snow. She was seven kilometres from the nearest paved road, closer to Miramichi than to Bathurst. She had a cellphone but there was no reception in the remote area.

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Sony Media Technology Centre Now in Mumbai

Sony Media Technology Centre (SMTC), established by Sony Corp. in association with Whistling Woods International (WWI) was inaugurated by Sir Howard Stringer (Chairman, CEO & President, Sony Corp.) and Subhash Ghai (Chairman, Whistling Woods International) on March 4.

Sony has collaborated with WWI to establish the facility at their Mumbai campus. India's motion picture industry is flourishing with over 1,000 annual releases, which is the highest in the world. However, most Indian movies are still produced using celluloid. Through SMTC, Sony intends to provide its expertise in High Definition (HD) and 3D films and broadcast technologies as well as focus on development of these technologies in India's entertainment industry.

Sony is targeting sales of about $12 billion (Rs. 55,000 crore) from 3D-related product businesses by the end of fiscal year 2012 that includes consumer and professional products and games. The 3D market is expected to expand rapidly and the creation of optimum, high-quality 3D content is essential to this growth. Sony will strongly support the creation of an environment that facilitates good 3D production, continuing an effort launched a year ago with the opening of its first Sony 3D Technology Center in Los Angeles where more than 1,000 industry professionals have visited and trained to-date.

Sony has installed top-of-the-line HD and 3D content creation and digital cinema projection equipment at WWI. In addition, it will provide its knowhow in HD content creation from acquisition to post-production of content. It will also teach the entire pipeline of 3D film making and methodology and provide training for high quality 3D content creation.

Speaking at the conference, Sir Howard Stringer said, "We are delighted to be able to share Sony's unparalleled expertise in 3D content creation with aspiring filmmakers and industry professionals from across the vibrant Indian film and broadcasting community. The Sony Media Technology Center will provide a forum for us to offer our latest High Definition & 3D technologies, products and knowhow and contribute to the further growth and development of the Indian entertainment industry."

Elaborating further on this unique initiative, Subhash Ghai added that he would produce a full-fledged 3D film in India in 2012

Through the SMTC, Sony and WWI aim to develop and enhance India's entertainment industry by popularizing HD and 3D content creation.

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Marvell Technology shares fall in premarket trading after 4Q results fall short of estimates

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of Marvell Technology Group Ltd. took a hit in premarket trading Friday after the chip maker reported fiscal fourth-quarter results below Wall Street's expectations.

Marvell said late Thursday that it earned 33 cents per share for the three months ended Jan. 29, up from 31 cents a year earlier. But adjusted earnings of 40 cents a share fell 2 cents below analysts' expectations, according to FactSet.

The company's revenue grew 7 percent to $900.5 million, but it was below analyst estimates of $925.3 million.

Janney Capital Markets analyst Nicholas Aberle said hard disk drive and mobile and wireless demand was worse than typical for the season, driving what he called an "incremental downside." But he added that, given "several positive catalysts" across multiple markets for the company — including market share gains and new products — he would "be taking advantage of today's stock weakness to accumulate ahead of what we believe will be a solid mid-year bounce-back where numbers track higher." He rates Marvell a "Buy."

Shares of Marvell, which is based in Bermuda but operates out of Santa Clara, Calif., fell $1.16, or 6.4 percent, to $17.06 in premarket trading Friday.

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Tobii Technology eye-tracking laptop first impressions

TOBII TECHNOLOGY'S eye-tracking prototype worked remarkably well but the kit is still bulky and expensive.

You might think that it would be difficult to use a computer with your eyes if you consider how often your eyes look around at different objects, only focusing on things briefly. This was not the case with Tobii's gaze tracking and the key to how its technology works so well is the fact that you can be deliberate in how you use your eyes to control the computer.

The demonstration model at CeBIT in Germany was a monitor that incorporated a 300Hz optical sensor. This sensor, which also uses illuminators, continuously captures images of the eyes to discern what you're looking at and focusing on in three dimensions.

The demo was effectively a short presentation that took you through the various functions that you can operate using your eyes. These included recognising gaze patterns, zoom focusing, on-screen navigation, auto scrolling and gaming.

To explain one of the functions in some detail, we were shown a set of thumbnails that automatically popped up on a bar when we looked towards the bottom of the screen. When we focused on one of the thumbnails the computer brought it up as the main image. If we then changed our focus to the main image, the bar of thumbnails disappeared. We could then zoom in with the mouse scroll wheel and the image would zoom in to the point our eyes were focused on.

Automatic scrolling was smooth and we could easily scroll up and down a document, while the computer adjusted how fast it moved depending on where on the screen we looked.

Other potential implementations of the technology were mentioned, such as using gaze recognition in marketing research, possible uses in driving situations and even surgery.

Overall the demo was very impressive even though it is still only a prototype. If Tobii Technology can continue to develop the technology so that it's smaller and cheaper then this could be something we might realistically expect to see come to market. Tobii told The INQUIRER that it predicts this may be possible within two years.

Read more: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2031377/tobii-technology-eye-tracking-laptop-impressions#ixzz1FhZz3BG3
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