Sony Ericsson’s 8.1megapixel Camera Phone Is Poised To Appeal To The Amateur Photographers Inside Everyone Of Us

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The C905 is Sony Ericsson’s first Cyber-shot slider with an 8.1 megapixel camera and Xenon flash. It comes packed with the standard features such as face detection auto-focus, smart contrast, red-eye reduction, digital zoom – up to 16x and image stabilizer.

However when it comes to memory which is vital to store all the photographs one is going to take, Sony disappoints by offering just 2GB of external memory in the form of a memory stick. The phone memory is a measly 160MB.

The phone also features a 2.4” scratch-resistant mineral glass display (240 x 320 pixels, TFT), support for Wi-Fi and connectivity to the television through a TV-Out Cable ITC-60. Another plus feature is that the C905 is GPS-enabled for geo-tagging of photos and navigation support.

It also has FM radio, internet can be accessed using the WAP protocol, a protective case, tripod and belt clip. It boasts of a talk time of up to 9 hours with standby time of 380 hours.

Sporting dimensions of 104 x 49 x 18 mm, weighing at 136 grams it nicely fits within one’s palm.

Sony C905 is available only in Night Black, Ice Silver and Copper Gold liveries in selected markets from early Q4 2008.

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Use of dopamine agonists for treating Parkinson’s disease can increase risk for impulse control disorders

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A recent study has revealed two to three fold increased risk of having an impulse control disorder among Parkinson’s patients treated with dopamine agonists compared with those who did not receive dopaminergic therapy. The findings of this study were presented at the 12th International Congress of Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders.

According to logistic regression analysis both dopamine agonist therapy and levodopa treatment were associated independently with a higher risk for an impulse control disorder. Generally, in statistics, logistic regression model is used for prediction of the probability of occurrence of an event by fitting data to a logistic curve. This model makes use of several predictor variables, which can be either numerical or categories.

Dopaminergic agonists that act directly at the receptor level, would be able to decrease the incidence of the motor complications in Parkinson’s patients.Dopamine agonists are compounds, which can activate dopamine receptors by mimicking the effect of the neurotransmitter called – ‘dopamine’.

In case of impulse control disorders, a person will be unable to resist the impulse to perform an action that is harmful to one’s self or others. This belongs to a class of personality disorders. The most common impulse control disorders are intermittent explosive disorder, kleptomania, pyromania, compulsive gambling disorder, and trichotillomania.

Dr. Weintraub told Medscape Neurology & Neurosurgery: “There is a role for a careful medical history pertaining to impulse control disorders in Parkinson’s disease patients, especially those receiving dopamine therapy and perhaps even levodopa.”

By Shilpa C Nangali

Glad I Found You

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By Deeksh

I don’t want to loose you.

I’m so glad I found you..

It’s getting’ harder not to think of you.

Girl, I’m exactly where I wanna be!

All I need you here with Me!!

You make Me so confused!

With the love you’re givin’!!

How do I Know if I’m holding you!

Or letting you go away!!

I don’t want to loose you.

I’m so glad I found you..

A Car That Runs On Water – How Cool Is That?

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Imagine this. You are traveling in your car on a lonely road, away from all the din of the city and your car stops at the middle of nowhere. An empty fuel tank! There is no one in sight, let alone a small dog howling in the bushes. No filling station in sight. No worries. You take out a bottle of drinking water and fill up the tank and you start the car and voila! You zoom away!

This might remain as a story if not for a Japanese company, Genepax.

In what might become a revolution of sorts, Genepax has come out with a car that runs on water. Yes, you heard me right. The Japanese company says that the prototype car runs entirely on water and air.

Their indigenously designed “Water Energy System (WES)”, produces power by the use a proprietary technology called as Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA), which is capable of dividing hydrogen and oxygen from water.

The secretly guarded technology is based on existing technology, is expected to produce hydrogen from water for longer time than any method currently available, according to company officials.

The fuel cell stack, which is used here, has a rated output of 120W and a fuel cell system with a rated output of 300W. The cost of production is around about ¥2,000,000 (US$18,522), but it might come down to ¥500,000 (US$4600) once it goes into mass production. Genepax aims to collaborate with Japanese manufacturers to mass-produce it.

Take a look of this cool video from Reuters:

Whatever might be the outcome of this, people are waiting to see a genuine proof (until they get their hands on one). This is not the first attempt to run an automobile on water. There were many who tried to do one, like Stanley Meyer’s with his water fuel cell and Henry Garrett’s electrolytic carburetor.

All that one needs to do is to wait, watch and hope that this won’t start a war for precious water!

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Afghan Photo Exhibition— Life and Nothing Else—At Max Meuller Bhavan, Indiranagar, Bangalore: A Must See Event: From 13 June 2008 To 30 June 2008

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Afghan Photo Exhibition— Life and Nothing Else—At Max Meuller Bhavan, Indiranagar, Bangalore: A Must See Event: From 13 June 2008 To 30 June 2008

Those of us who take keen interest in photography will really be interested in making it to the Afghan Photo Exhibition that is being jointly organized by Max Meuller Bhavan, Bangalore and French Media Embassy (AINA), Kabul, Afghanistan. It is on till the 30th June 2008 open till 6:30 in the evening, Monday to Saturday at the Max Mueller Bhavan at Indiranagar in Bangalore. Entry is free and is open to all.

A picture is equal to thousand words….. Probably true for the war torn and economically seized Afghanistan where the meaning of life is reduced to mere earning bread for the family. The social insecurity that has gripped this country, first owing to the barbarous and unruly Talibans and then the US aggression to suppress the Talibans has not only jeopardized the country’s external security, but also its internal security. Many have died due to internal and external warfare, daily riots between the Shias and Sunnis, increased amount of terrorism by Al Qaeda. Many children have been orphanized. The film Kabul Express itself depicts the plight of these helpless people, their daily fight in order to restore their family life against all odds undoubtedly make them the bravest people on earth. To be in the midst of battlefield in spite of being ordinary citizens, to listen to heavy artilleries flying over their head and to wait for the sun to rise next morning are all part and parcel of their daily livelihood.

Many NGOs have come forward to help these people who are struggling for social stability. One of them is AINA (French Media Embassy at Kabul). AINA gives formal training to budding Afghan artists in Media and Photography that allow these teenagers to find meaning of life in lifeless Afghanistan. Some of the brilliant pictures taken by the talented youth of Afghanistan pushes home the point that the future to any country’s economic, social and political security lies in the hands of their talented youth and war only destroys these resources as it destroys the infrastructure. It’s good to see that many NGOs are coming forward.

Most of the artists who have exhibited their photographs are in their early twenties. Some of them are Nadjibullah Zirak (Afghan Youth), Mohammad Ishaq Gulban (Religious Life), Massoud Hossaini (Not alone in Kabul – Life in an orphanage), Massoud Hasan Zadah (Living Rooms), Farzana Wahidy (Family Life in Afghanistan) and Ahmad Tamim Malik Asghar (Weddings) [Taken from http://www.goethe.de/ins/in/bag/kue/bku/en3405949v.htm]. Their themes depict the everyday struggle that the people of Afghanistan put in their everyday life.

The most appealing of these are those of Nadjibullah Zirak and Farzana Wahidy. Nadjibullah Zirak was born in 1984 as the son of Atta Mohammad in Wardag Province. He graduated from Omer-Farooq High School in 2003. He has been involved in cultural and literary activities for several years and occasionally writes literary pieces and articles on cultural topics for different publications. He got involved with photography in May 2004. [Taken from http://www.goethe.de/ins/in/bag/kue/bku/en3406138.htm] His pictures bring to light the increasing unemployment in Afghanistan because of the ongoing war and the “Never say Die” attitude of Afghan youth to establish themselves clearly catches your eye. The photos visualize the hunger in their eyes. According to the author, “….. as finding employment in Kabul is extremely difficult, more and more educated Afghan youth are taking to petty jobs like cart-pulling, book selling, selling TV and video sets. Starting such type of businesses doesn’t require a big rented building, a hand pulled cart or even a roadside will suffice.” These pictures pull out the naked truth of the socio-economic instability that the current population is facing.

Farzana Wahidy, daughter of Shir Ahmad, was born in 1984 in Kandahar. She is attending the last class of Abul Qasen Fardosi High School in Kabul. She started to photograph three years ago and was trained at the French media organisation AINA in Kabul. She is currently working as a freelance photographer for Agence France Presse (AFP) and a number of magazines. [Taken from http://www.goethe.de/ins/in/bag/kue/bku/en3405976.htm] Her photographs are even more appealing as it describes the Afghan women. Universally women are the oppressed class and when the Afghan men are themselves oppressed, think about the conditions of Afghan women? When the Afghan men are struggling to make both ends meet, Afghan women naturally become the wrath of these Afghan men. Their condition is even more helpless and worse. In the words of one of these Afghan women, whom the author had interviewed, “….My life is hard. Life means as well that parents think about the future of their children. But we are not able to do this. Life for us is meaningless and without future.”

These harsh realities of Afghanistan make us aware of the hardships that these people are facing and we can only pray to God that peace returns to this neighboring country of ours sooner or later. Thus, it is a must see for all of us who keep faith in the human kind!!

Arunava Das, Media Analyst, Media Monitoring, 29/06/2008

Robot – A Major Achievement Of Mankind

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The revolutionary invention of our era: The Computer procures us more information than any other source known to mankind. The development of artificial intelligence permits us to improve the behavior of a computing system.

The term ‘robot’ includes any kind of automates that don’t need any human intervention to perform their job and are able to learn. Perception and recognition, for example, are now some of the inherent characteristics of robots.

I notice a similarity between the evolution of robotic intelligence and that of biological intelligence.

Robots are being increasingly used in industry as they are able to perform tasks that even humans are not able to perform. One can even say that they act more intelligently than humans when the domain is specific. New robots can also be programmed to perform creative acts like dancing or playing a musical instrument. They can also be programmed to behave socially like in the case of robotic pets. And contrary to the common belief, robots are not replacing humans; but are creating a booming job market for engineers, software developers and other technical professionals.

Robots can be found in the manufacturing industry, the military, space exploration, transportation, and medical applications around the world.

Soon service robots will be everyday tools for mankind.

Japan is the leading producer and consumer of robots. Statistics state that for every 100,000 human workers, there are 500 robots in Japan. Germany and many Europeans countries follow Japan. Interestingly, USA finds itself at the bottom of the list of developed countries in this regard.

The number of robots increased by nearly 30% in the year 2004 showing an exponential increase compared to the previous years. If it continues to grow at this rate, it will soon surpass human population. Already, robots are able to create other robots. Soon, artificial intelligence in combination with the Internet will be able to perform abstract thinking as humans do and later may even outperform humans.

Robots could substitute for a workforce of 3.52 million people in Japan by 2025 to help cover a labor shortage in the graying society, the Machine Industry Memorial Foundation said. The foundation also said about 74 minutes of free time per household are expected to be created each day if robots that do household chores such as cleaning are introduced, helping more women to enter the labor market. Robots would thus replace humans in performing all the repetitive jobs. Hopefully, by then human brain would have evolved further and we would come up with new things that only a human mind can do.

Or who knows: one day human beings may evolve into advanced “robots”.

MOTOZINE ZN5: The Knight In Flashing Armor Comes To The Rescue Of Motorola

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Motorola and Kodak have come up with MOTOZINE ZN5 which is a 5 megapixel camera phone. It was unveiled on June 23, 2008 in Beijing at a gallery-inspired event, innovatively titled “ZINE ZN5.”

ZN5 combines Motorola’s ModeShift Technology and KODAK Imaging Technology giving its users the best of both worlds. The phone also packs KODAK EASYSHARE Software and a 3.5 mm headset jack as goodies. The ZN5 also features multi-shot and panorama for a panoramic shot.

The camera boasts of auto-focus, a Xenon flash, Digital viewfinder, and optimized settings for low-light environments. The camera is protected by a sliding lens cover.

Coming to other phone(ly) features, the ZN5 features Motorola’s patented CrystalTalkTM technology for voice clarity and support for WLAN (802.11 b/g/i)for high speed broadband. Weighing at 114g the ZN5 has the dimensions of 50.5mm (W) x 118mm (L) x 12mm (T) (16mm at bump). It has 350 MB onboard memory, expandable up to 4 GB capable of holding up to 3,000 images. It also has FM Radio. With a 950 mAh battery, the ZN5 offers 349 to 574 minutes of talk time and 310 to 579 minutes of standby time. It offers support for the following bands: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 with EDGE Class 12 and GPRS Class 12.

The ZN5 is the first phone from Motorola’s ZINE portfolio which according to the company exclusively caters to the pop culture that is more focused on content consumption and creation.

MOTOZINE ZN5 will be first available in China in July 2008 and is expected to roll out around the globe throughout the remainder of the year.

With Motorola’s stock plummeting to an all time low, it is desperately looking for a silver lining. Will it be the ZN5? Only time will tell.

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