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IBM releases free semantic email search
The engine, called IOPES (IBM OmniFind Personal E-mail Search), allows users to search their mail based on concepts, such as dates and phone numbers, according to IBM. It also allows searchers to define their own concepts.
European Commission ICT Call 3 now open - submission deadline: April 8th, 2008.
The Information and Communication Technologies theme of the Cooperation Programme announced its Third call for proposals on 4 December 2007. The ICT theme was launched focusing on seven strategic Challenges for the seven years of this Framework programme.
On Facebook, scholars link up with data
To study how personal tastes, habits and values affect the formation of social relationships (and how social relationships affect tastes, habits and values), a team of researchers from Harvard and the University of California, Los Angeles, are monitoring the Facebook profiles of an entire class of students at one college, which they declined to name because it could compromise the integrity of their research.
An iPod that speaks the language in Iraq
It has been a big boost in business Over 800,000 High Quality Domains Available For Your Business. Click Here. for Vcom3D, which specializes in interactive digital technology. It originally designed the technology to teach sign language to instructors and students at schools for the deaf. The company employs about two dozen and has annual sales of about US$3 million.
New patent convention for European states enters into force
After years of intensive negotiations, the revised Europäische Patentübereinkommen comes into force. The revised legal framework for European states is the result of a diplomatic conference in autumn 2000 and a seven-year ratification process.
Google Knol - Google's play to aggregate knowledge pages
Move over Wikipedia, Yahoo Answers, Mahalo, and Squidoo. Maybe. That's because Google's testing its own service to let people build a repository of knowledge. In fact, knowledge forms the core of the service's name: Google Knol.
Acapela gives a voice to Santa Claus for talking customised online greetings
For the first time ever, Santa Claus can wish anyone on your Christmas list a very special and personalised Merry Christmas through a completely automated process.
GALA announced a major upgrade to its Language Technology & Services Directory
The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) announced a major upgrade to its well-established Language Technology & Services Directory. One of the most comprehensive directories of its kind, the GALA Language Technology & Services Directory connects enterprises of all sizes with the language suppliers, services and technologies they need to be truly global.
Online love seekers warned of flirt-bots
Online security firm PC Tools has warned of a new software program developed in Russia, which flirts with people seeking relationships online in order to collect their personal data.
25 years: A technology timeline
This timeline excludes a few technologies that might seem obvious choices, but they appeared before 1982. The Internet, for instance, was designed in 1974, though it did not open up until the 1980s. Personal digital assistants first appeared in 1975. TCP/IP goes back to the 1970s. Even in a time of accelerated technology advancements, innovations take time to gestate — wikis, which have caught fire in recent years, date to 1995.
Mary 3.5.0 just released with substantial new features
New features include: installer slimmed down to just over 30 MB, including some voices; separate voice installer tool, allowing you to download voices comfortably and with an integrity verification prior to installation; new synthesis technology: Marcela Charfuelan ported the excellent HMM-based synthesis code from the HTS project ( to Java -- several HMM-based voices already ship with MARY;
Frost & Sullivan honours Philips speech recognition systems with the 2007 Global Excellence Award
Philops has excelled in anticipating market demand for speech recognition solutions, leveraging both global and regional integration partnerships, improving its customer service offering and introducing innovative, industry-leading technologies. Decades of experience, a portfolio of 25 recognition languages and more than 150 specialised vocabularies, coupled with over 8,000 installations of its flagship product - SpeechMagic - a cross 50 countries, bear testimony to Philips SRS's position as a global market leader. dashboard widget for Mac OS X now available
The free widget was developed by user Olaf Marzocchi and can be downloaded from the following page:
The robots among us and what to expect in future?
"Sometime in the next 30, 40, 50 years we will have human-level machine intelligence," predicts Marshall Brain, a computer science teacher turned author and technology forecaster. "We are the only intelligence ever to have evolved, there's no evidence to indicate anyone else can do what we do," says Brain, 46, who wonders how humans will respond when their tools start talking back.
New gadget scans text, 'speaks' translation
A South Korean company called Mouscan plans to sell next year a new gadget called Voiscan, which scans any text, then READS IT ALOUD IN ANY LANGUAGE. The pocket-size gadget uses HP's text scanning technology -- the same used in the old CapShare product.