Gone are the days when the crashing of your computer system’s hard disk used to be an issue. If you’re surprised to read the former statement then either you’re still living in the nineteenth century or you’re not concerned with the latest fringe benefits technology has in store for you. Ever since technology went cloud this tech world has changed enormously. SkyDirve is the latest addition. SkyDrive is your ever available data backup facility provided by Microsoft.
Dictionary.com states the Turing Test as:
“A procedure to test whether a computer is capable of humanlike thought.”
This refers to the fact that this is a procedure to assess how much reasoning can be performed by a computer and how intelligibly can it perform in order to logically evaluate situations and circumstances.
Alan Turing, the creator of the Turing Test conducted an Imitation Game. According to the game a person sits remotely from a room in which a person and a computer are placed. The remotely located person asks questions from the respondents. If the responses obtained as a result are such that it becomes hard for the interrogator to decide which ones of them are from the customer and which are from the human respondent the computer is said to have passed the test. More >
When it comes to creativity and innovation Apple Inc. is one of the very first names that comes into our minds. Creativity and Apple seem to go hand in hand. The technology domain recognizes Apple as the sole runner which may be edging in price than its competitors but provides for the cost by giving the unique experience of usability and design that no other peer does.
A peek into the business domain of Apple Inc. shows that it is no common corporate organization. Apple has evolved the way users wanted it to. Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple did not believe in making a product after taking the prospective user’s input. He claimed that by the time the product would be ready the user’s preferences would have changed. More >
Technology has evolved to be the change agent for the human race. The term is often used interchangeably with globalization. The concept of globalization and its essence with respect to technology has been discussed with different aspects by writers. Following is an account of the perspective few of the most famous commentators on the said topic:
Friedman’s venture of Globalization dominatingly described the planet Earth as being virtually flat rather than being round as it is narrated with respect to its geographical coordinates. The author exclaimed at discovering the availability of technologically advanced facilities in Bangalore, India that were linked directly to their sister corporations in the world of the west only via the .com phenomenon. The author described that events such as the coming down of the Berlin wall, the advent of Windows Operating System and the emergence of Netscape Navigator as the first few things that had begun the process of globalization. He emphasized that a few things should be adopted that would assist in the globalization arena. These may be: Outsourcing, off shoring, open sourcing, Insourcing, supply chaining, collaboration and VoIP. More >
The idea itself is extremely inspiring! The existence of one single domain acting as an enormous den of learning material is highly accredit itself. The basic thought of learning just about anything and everything just on the touch of a fingertip is wondrous. The Khan Academy is a well acclaimed web portal which has evolved a new way of learning. The site, accompanied with a YouTube channel, features thousands of videos on a large variety of topics. More >
“Compute” is not an unfamiliar word for human beings. In order to compute the hardware and the software of a system need to work in collaboration with each other executing a series of tasks and thus accomplishing the required computing. The present age has dawned to supercomputing owing to the rapid advancements in Information Technology. More >
The File Systems in Multimedia Operating Systems are said to have extended the File System Structure of the Unix Operating System. As characteristically notified above, the file types that are relative to the multimedia operating system require quite a number of adjustments. This basically is because of the massiveness of the files, their need for runtime instructiveness with the server, the continuity of retrieval of data and synchronization.
The handling and organization of these specific file types was a cumbersome task when the original and conventional file systems was arranged to accommodate them. With the increasing trends of graphical and media files embedded e-mail windows the handling of multimedia files has become inevitable. Their performance often comes at stake if their implementation is done using the conventional file system.
MMFS is a Multimedia File System. It extends the UNIX File System (UFS). Specifically designed for multimedia applications that may be interactive in nature, MMFS is characteristically supportive of the real-time and faster environments of the Multimedia file types. It supports single-medium editing and multiple-media playback environments. It does so by getting implemented in a file structure which is two dimensional in nature. More >
Studies by various researches are emerging to prove the effectiveness of social media in distance learning. For example, recent studies have disclosed that the exposure to an instructor via social networking enhances the motivation level of the entire class and thus results in the betterment of the environment of the classroom as a whole. This in turn is obviously reflective with positive changes in the performance of the students.
The most popular and the most massive of the social networks namely MySpace and Facebook have been known to have been the foremost contributors in this regard. This is owing to the reason that even the most ‘technology-unfamiliar’ of the people (mostly those living in remote locations where awareness to computing sciences are not very common) have heard of these ever famous social networks. Thanks to media coverage internet environments are recognized and understood even where they do not exist. More >
If you’re an all out Angry Birds fan then it’s time for you to rejoice! Angry Birds’ latest version is out with a blast! Who could’ve thought their favourite game would turn even more exquisite and that too with such sparkling innovation!
The game venturing into the hearts and minds of kids and elders alike just endeavoured into a new arena. The mystiques of space have been well dealt with by the Star Trek and then the Star Wars series and now its these cute angry little birds venturing off in space to make their battle even with the cursed Piggies! Officially Star Wars Angry Birds gets launched! More >
“Multimedia support in operating systems is one of the crucial prerequisites for a successful multimedia system”, quotes Steinmetz and Nahrstedt (2004) in their well-researched book Multimedia Systems. Multimedia Operating Systems are characteristically different from the traditional systems that work behind traditional applications. Some noticeable characteristics of multimedia operating systems may be narrated as follows:
• Increased File Sizes, thus Storage Spaces
The file sizes of Multimedia systems may be quite large in size. For example a MPEG file of about a hundred minutes may need approximately a storage space of 1.125GB. Similarly, a High Definition Television or HDTV file may need up to about fifteen GB of storage space. With the said file size proportions imagine a server that has to store several media files of similar and more sizes. Such a server would definitely need terabytes of storage space.
• Faster Data Transfer Rate Required
The media that are continuous in nature such as audio and video files need to execute at a relatively faster data rate than that for normal non- media file types. For example, considering digital video, it is observed that a digital frame of the video is displayed at a conventional resolution of 800×600. If the resolution of 24 bits is used for the representation of each pixel (which permits the formation of roughly 16 million different colors) the amount of data that needs to be stored for a single frame of the video is about 800x600x24 = 11,520,000 bits. Similarly, if the rate at which the frames are displayed is around 30 frames per second, then an around 345 Mbps of bandwidth is needed to run the file.
• Playback Timing Delays
Timing delays during playback are a critical factor when it comes to multimedia applications. Even after a media file has been sent to the client the process of that file’s playback requires continued delivery of the file. If this continuity of interaction is disrupted during playback then the viewer will have to face disruption in the running of the media. (Silberschatz, Galvin, Gagne, 2011).