The much-hyped, rarely understood Google Wave project--essentially an email application with more intensive real-time collaboration and communication tools bolted on--will be developed no longer, Google announced in a blog post this afternoon. Can't say that it's much of a surprise.
There's something exhilarating about meeting someone new, whether it's in a coffee shop or online. That is, until your new pal pulls a Lyndon Johnson and gets really friendly.
That sort of behavior is pretty common on Chatroulette, where users can "meet" and chat with random people with a click of a mouse. But to cut down on the parade of penises, the service is planning to add image-recognition software that will filter out shots of male genitalia, TechCrunch reports.
It seems like so many technological advances these days are aimed at figuring out how to do absolutely everything -- from attending a staff meeting to hunting for terrorists in foreign lands -- without having to actually be there. Extending that luxury to college students, at least one UK university and a handful of American institutions are experimenting with telecommuting tech armed with anti-cheating software, allowing students to take important exams at home while at the same time keeping them honest.
Using homemade software and a standard computer port, a team of scientists has figured out exactly how easy it is to hack into a modern car -- scary news for motorists already wary of faulty brake and accelerator systems.
The research team wrote code that allows them to turn off the brakes in a moving car, change the speedometer reading, blast hot air or music on the radio, and lock passengers inside the car, PCWorld reports.
After a weekend using the iPad, I've realized I'm not interested in hedging my reaction to it with careful considerations of its lack of a USB port or webcam. It's not every day, or every year or maybe even every decade that we're able to see a piece of technology that takes a familiar human experience--here, using a computer--and fundamentally changes it. But that is what I think the iPad has done.
Getting rid of annoying lens flares or an unwanted tree in Photoshop could get much less tedious with a new "content-aware fill" tool. Adobe's sneak preview of the feature shows how formerly painstaking retouch jobs becomes as easy as watching a progress bar do its magic within seconds.
Want to know what a jam session between Jack White and Stevie Ray Vaughan might have sounded like, or how Billie Holliday would interpret the latest dreck from Avril Lavigne? Advances in artificial intelligence are resurrecting musical legends of the past, tapping into old recordings to establish a musician's style and personality, then applying those attributes to newer recordings of old songs, or even to songs the musician never played before.
Gadget lovers are nothing if not fickle, always ditching their older tech for pretty young things. And recently, all the attention on the iPhone and Google's Android OS has made Microsoft seem a bit like Norma Desmond, wandering around the ruins of the Redmond campus muttering "I AM big, it was the platforms that got small."
But now, with the revelation of Windows Phone Series 7, Microsoft is once again ready for its closeup.
The average home builder could go his or her entire life without drawing a line in CAD, but it'd be a shame. Three-dimensional rendering programs like CAD let you, or someone else, visualize what you're about to build with high accuracy. That lets you suss out potential problems, sort out fine details, more easily outsource parts of the build and share your groundbreaking designs with your peers (or your wife). CAD software is also useful if you're producing drawings of extensive projects, or drawings that need to be revised frequently, or drawings on which multiple people are collaborating. Paper and pencil drafting methods, themselves far from easy to master, fall short when projects get bigger - especially absent a team of draftsmen working in your shop. For me, the need to share and collaborate on drawings was the final straw that pushed my drafting into the modern age. And fortunately, there are a lot of inexpensive options for someone just dipping their toe in the CAD waters. Here's a run down of the options I considered and the software I chose.