Category Archives: Computer

Google Self-Driving Car Test

iPhone camera used to study traffic lights

By Tyler Lee

Don’t you just hate it when you’re headed towards a traffic light, brake, only to have the lights turn green 2 seconds later? If you didn’t already know, unnecessary or excessive braking will result in your car wasting energy and fuel due to the amount of fuel required to get your car moving again.

The good news is that a group of researchers from MIT and Princeton University are currently researching when is the best time to stop and restart your cars when at a traffic light. This is accomplished with an iPhone mounted on the dashboard of the car, and through the use of the iPhone’s camera and a GPS system called SignalGuru, it will be able to tell the driver when is the best time to slow the car down in order to help save fuel.

In the US it appears that the system works just fine, and when they tested it out in Cambridge, MA, it was reported that fuel consumption was cut down by 20%. However in other countries such as Singapore, it did not work as well as the researchers hope as the length of traffic lights in Singapore are determined by the amount of traffic in that particular area.

Given that fuel efficiency is the current buzzword, let’s hope that this system becomes more widespread and find its way to standalone devices or other smartphone platforms!

Click here to read the research report: SignalGuru: Leveraging Mobile Phones for Collaborative Traffic Signal Schedule Advisory

iPhone 5 (or perhaps iPhone 4S) will be launched on 4 October

Apple earlier today sent out invitations for a special media event scheduled for October 4th with a tag line “Let’s talk iPhone.” Apple’s CEO Tim Cook along with other executives are expected to unveil the iPhone 5 during this event.

The invitation confirms earlier reports about iPhone 5 release date event that was rumored to be held in the first week of October. Apple’s invite carries iOS icons for Calendar, Clock, Maps and Phone all depicting the details about the launch event.

Unlike, previous launch events this year Apple will announce the iPhone 5 / 4S at the company’s Town Hall auditorium at its headquarters in Cupertino, California. The event will begin at 10:00 AM PT.

The use of the word “talk” and one notification on the Phone icon could point to speech features in the fifth-gen iPhone and only one model being announced. Many analysts have been debating about the possibility of a low-end iPhone and we’ll just have to wait and see what Apple has in store for us on October 4th.

According to various reports Apple could make the iPhone 5 finally available for sale around October 15th and would probably start accepting pre-orders a week before that. iOS 5 is also expected to be a part of the special media event.

We’ve been reporting on possible features of iPhone 5 and it’s widely expected to feature 8 megapixel camera, higher RAM, include new “Assistant” feature and have a thinner design.

From http://touchreviews.net/apple-talk-iphone-5-4s-event-october-4th/

Google perhaps soon launches Google Drive

Word on the streets is that search giant Google is all set to rebrand Google Docs, its massively popular online document service, into a hard drive in the cloud.

The reports about the company planning on a renovation in the service surfaced after Johannes Wigand – a prominent blogger and social media consultant captured and posted a blurry screenshot of what seemed to be a new version of Google Docs, called Drive, on the Web.

According to Wigand, the screen had appeared only for a few seconds during “an event powered by Google”.

The screenshot captured and posted by Wigand, however, was almost identical to the existing layout of Google Docs. But on a closer look, it becomes vividly clear that Google changed the word “Docs” on the upper left-hand corner of the screen to “Drive”.

In addition to that, the folder menu has also undergone a bit of changes – the new menu was called “My Google Drive”, thus replacing the previous “My Collections”.

“Expect Google Drive to reside at drive.google.com (not live yet). It’s not clear how docs.google.com (the current home of Docs) will be used – perhaps as the home of the word processor app or maybe it will just redirect,” TechCrunch reports. Read more »

Google Disables Uploads, Comments on YouTube Korea

Google has disabled user uploads and comments on the Korean version of its YouTube video portal in reaction to a new law that requires the real name of a contributor be listed along each contribution they make.

The rules, part of a Cyber Defamation Law, came into effect on April 1 for all sites with over 100,000 unique visitors per day. It requires that users provide their real name and national ID card number.

In response to the requirements Google has stopped users from uploading via its Korean portal rather than start a new registration system.

“We have a bias in favor of freedom of expression and are committed to openness,” said Lucinda Barlow, a spokeswoman for YouTube in Asia. “It’s very important that if users want to be anonymous that they have that chance.” Read more »

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