Friday, September 30, 2005

Tags, tags, tags everywhere!

Is this a regression? The tagging mania seems to gain the Internet.
After tagging in Flickr, del.icio.us and many other sites, it is now possible to create your own search engine ... with tags.

With Rollyo (good start, there are two O's) you can create your search engine for up to 25 sources. I'm am not writing this entry because it is fabulous. In fact, it may be useless. However, there is this tag concepts that attracted my attention. It seems that any new web site initiative now comes with this idea.

tags: tagging, Rollyo, custom search engine.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Canadian history of computing

Radio-Canada has an excellent archive section that presents, in audio and video, the history of computers in Canada. It goes from the presentation of an "electronic device" in 1955, to 1971 interviews about jobs in CS, to 1982 first Quebec-made video game..

Worth a look, here.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Jyve wins Skype API grand prize!

Jyve won the first prize for the best add-on product to Skype.

The plugin, available here, features call forwarding and auto-response, two essentials properties of a communication device.

The Jyve CEO, Charles Carleton, explains that this accomplishement will “open up a lot more opportunities”.

Skype is the leading VoIP protocol. It was recently bought by Ebay. Jyve offers plugins, the "Skype card", an online store and a community for Skype users. Among other benefits from joining this community, there is a language learning section where people can connect together based on the languages they know and the languages they want to learn.

The sound of typing can betray the typed text...

"Computer scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have uncovered a new security threat: a simple audio recording of keyboard clicks could betray the text you just entered, from passwords to secret love notes."

Really imaginative discovery.. The full article worth a reading!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Google Print meet Quebec editors

Bruno Guglielminetti, from Le carnet techno de Radio-Canada met a representative of Google (Print) that came in Quebec to talk with book editors.

Listen to the original interview.

The are many interesting issues, like the explanation of a secret technology that can digitalize "many many" books at the same time. Also some words about the francophones in Canada that drive most of the Internet traffic for the .ca domain (anglophones tend to use the .com entry point).

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Zoom info

Zoom info offers summaries of information about individuals..

The technology behind crawls the web and extract person & organisation named entities.
It then find relations of type "job" and "education".
All those problems are quite difficult in isolation but Zoom info try to tackle another even more challengin problem: alias resolution (grouping or ungrouping instances of the same name... how many John Smith really exists?)

Zoom info is quite an impressive search engine given the difficulty of the task.
Sometimes, results are a bit polluted though ;)

ex.:
Mickey Mouse
Gary Kasparov
George Washington

Monday, September 05, 2005

Google' doing query expansion!

I searched for "commerce" some minutes ago.. I saw something new in Google, a kind of query expansion.

Google proposes me the following:

See results for: commerce bank

First time I see that.. interesting :)

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Computerised lie detector

Computer scientists at Rutgers will try to capture non-verbal cues (shoulder shrugging, hand gestures or slight changes in facial expression) on camera, have a computer analyse them and deliver immediate input on the subject's likely truthfulness.

"Looking for what we call 'micro-expressions' and 'micro-gestures' associated with deception would be a major leap over today's polygraph technology [...] Micro-expressions may easily escape notice by human observers, but can be reliably picked up on camera and quickly detected by computer[...]" said Dimitris Metaxas, computer science professor.

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