Friday, 21 October 2011
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Just spotted a retweet by my cousin from Arnie! What a great picture. I have copied the picture instead of linking back to it as I am not sure how long Twitpic hold on to pictures for but you can see the original here...
Monday, 10 October 2011
Friday, 7 October 2011
Google technician to focus on voice commands | Latest Industry News | News | Opinion, News, Analysis | BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT
One of Google UK's best-known programmers is to relocate to the company's Mountain View headquarters to help realise the potential of voice-powered search, reports the Guardian.
Dave Burke will make the move to San Francisco as part of the computing giant's push to improve speech recognition technology, after joining the company's UK arm in 2007.
Google's London base has been key to the engineering effort that has gone into Google's Android smartphone platform, the world's best selling mobile operating system.
Although Android phones do accept voice commands for searching, email composition and summoning maps; because accuracy is still low, developers are racing to create technology that will eventually replace touchscreen typing, suggests the Guardian.
A specialist in voice recognition technology, Burke has published a number of academic papers on the subject and had around 80 programmers and engineers reporting to him while in London. Google has said it is 'not able to comment on the internal movements' of its staff.
Apple recently revealed its iPhone 4S, a direct competitor to Google's Android phones.
An actual interesting piece of insider information from the BCS. I am amazed. On the story itself, I hope Google do something to improve their own voice capabilities. One of the biggest problems for me is the need to be connected to the internet though. My voice commands usually just get stuck in some horrible loop consulting the cloud. I think it will be interesting to see how useful Apples Siri system will actually be. I predict it will be poor.
I seem to recall that my Nokia N70 had excellent voice recognition (considering) and so does Windows 7. Neither of these need a constant connection to the net.
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Messing around with the Auto Panorama function on my Samsung SII gave me some nice results. You essentially press the camera button then move the phone around slowly. It then takes the photos itself and stiches them together. Its really nice. No trying to match up the faint grey bits..
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Whilst I am sharing one, I may as well share this one that me and Leanne watched whilst we were chilling out in Mallorca last week. Most amusing...
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This was pointed out earlier by my good colleague Lord Rix. It was spotted on Gizmodo. I really like it and whilst looking through the Vimeo staff picks I noticed it again. I really like it so I thought I would share it here.
Speaking of Vimeo, it really has fallen into favour with me recently. There are so many beautiful, thought provoking and interesting videos on there. It has introduced me to some cool music artists as well through them being featured on videos.
Watch Vimeo. Be a happier person. Be enlightened :-)
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
I love seeing other peoples workspaces! This is a particularly excellent one.