New Sex Games on the Microsoft XBox Kinect?

Motion-detecting sex video games may become a reality for X-rated video game fans.

With the debut of Microsoft’s Kinect, the new body-tracking sensor for the Xbox 360, someone was definitely going to ask: How long until someone makes a Kinect sex game?

That’s the very question posed by both CNet and PC World in recent blog posts.

CNet notes that the device tracks and displays the movements of your full body in games like Dance Central and Your Shape: Fitness Evolved. Speculation about the adult market is now taking off online.

But is Kinect really suited for motion-sensing, virtual sex acts? The answer, for now, is no.

Those like Mr Kyle Machulis, who runs a website devoted to the trend of online hanky panky, said that while the gaming console tracks the human body as a whole, it doesn’t look at “major geometric features” on the body.

In other words, it can’t detect certain anatomical features – which doesn’t bode well for X-rated purposes.

Although Mr Machulis believes that a Kinect sex game is going to be challenging, he predicts that someone will find a way to get the job done.

“Microsoft put a ton of work into making the Kinect track the human body as a whole, so you can play games by jumping and running and generally acting the…fool and feel like you’re in the game instead of just sad,” Machulis wrote.


“Genitalia, for the most part, are not a major geometric feature of the human body when taken in perspective of physical size….Neither are they normally used in the control of video games, be they rated [for all] or [for adults only].”


Machulis said he experimented by waving a sex toy in front of a Kinect, and then by wagging his tongue around in front of it, and concluded that the graphics quality isn’t very good, though the device was capable of picking up both the toy and his tongue.


“In short, porn is about sex, but for many customers, it’s also about being able to see the sex in a way that doesn’t make you think, ‘Wait, why does her arm detach completely when her [breast] is in front of it,'” Machulis wrote. “The pattern the Kinect uses to get depth data is made for picking up full bodies to control video games, and therefore isn’t quite so good at picking up minutiae about those bodies.”


Yet, Machulis also points out that because the Kinect is both very good at picking up hand-based gestures and capable of identifying discrete body parts like “manbreasts” (see video below), there is the distinct possibility that the device could be used to digitize–albeit with less than ideal graphics quality–simulated sexual motions.

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Google Chrome Operating System to replace Windows soon !!!


Will google chrome operating systems be the next

revolutional OS to replace the old Windows in future ?

From Android, google chrome
browsers and soon it Google will has an even bigger impact in the typical user’s computing experience.

Google now hopes to eat into the Operating System pie, rivaling Mac OS, Linux OS and big brother Windows OS.

One important thing to take note :
Google Chrome Operating System will aim to integrate everything onto it’s browser. that will be their selling point for their OS.

Instead of booting up the computer and running various applications to get your work done, the system instead would boot up to a browser. The browser would then connect to various applications in the cloud, and you would use the remote app for getting things done.

Please note the Chrome OS is a different product than the currently available Chrome browser, even though the Chrome OS will no doubt incorporate the browser product.

Chrome OS is set to target a few user group discuss below :

1) Business Offices

Imagine, working on documents and spreadsheets everything through a browser instead of the conventional install ones onto the computer terminals. For newer business office, Google Chrome OS will require less time to setup in terms of software.

Now, would you want to make any guess as to whose piece of pie that is stealing from? If you said Microsoft, you would be correct.

let us take a look at Microsoft business. Microsoft is the single largest desktop operating system in use today, and it will be found in most typical businesses. On top of that, those businesses will more than likely be running the Microsoft Office Suite.

So, by going to the Chrome OS and using Google Docs, Microsoft is losing out on both of their flagship products – the OS and the Office Suite. And at potential 60% loss, it has Microsoft scrambling.

Scrambling, that is, to embrace cloud computing. If you remember, Microsoft was slow to the browser game but soon made up time by packaging it with the OS. And now Microsoft is doing the same for cloud computing. In March 2010, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had this to say about the paradigm:

About 75 percent of our folks are doing entirely cloud based

or entirely cloud inspired; a year from now that will be 90 percent.

Wow, quite an endorsement from the desktop king. And it shows not only that Microsoft considers the cloud as a very reasonable alternative for desktop software, but also that they believe their future lies in it. The question now is this – will Google beat them to the punch and walk away with the majority of their customer base?

2) Public Computers

Computer systems located in the public areas like shopping centers, libraries and even hotels will be google’s next targetting group.

Without the ability to easily run local applications, the system would be more secure. And it would be potentially more secure for the end user as well.

You could literally work on a project at your desk or on a public computer on vacation and there would be no real difference.

All of your material would be there at hand when you login, and it would all go away when you log out. The days of having to file a file back at the office would become obsolete.

3) Home Workers

The home worker, or telecommuter, could take advantage of the Google OS in

correlation with cloud based computing to be a productive business participant. Since there would be literally no difference between a worker in the office and a remote worker, businesses can leverage offsite employees to a higher degree than was possible before.

And even in the case of specialized software, a large number of these already run on a browser, making it easy to distribute in an offsite work paradigm with little or no modification.

4) Low Cost Computer Users

The Google OS, since it has a minimal computing footprint requirement, would work great on a lesser-featured computer. The cost of storage and system backup is practically removed for the average user, and such an OS could boot up from a small solid-state drive. The end result is computers that are lighter, cheaper, and faster. Even the average netbook of today is almost over qualified for running such an OS.

This ease of computing hardware requirements could find itself in low cost tablets quite easily, which would open up many areas of computing that are stifled now.

For example, a solid surface tablet that could be sealed from dirt and cheaply manufactured could be a natural fit for school kids. Of course, when (not if) a child loses or breaks theirs, a quick replacement gets them back up and running without any kind of loss.

5) Facebook User

Facebook is big. Actually, with over a half a billion users it is huge. And yet many of

those users are the average person with a home computer that use it for very little more than Facebook, Email, and online shopping (Hi, Mom!).

Of course there are exceptions, but a browser based OS would be a natural fit for the majority of these types of users.

Being inherently more secure would be a big plus, and the ease of use for first time users (you know, grandma and the gang) would get them up and running without the free support calls from friends and family.





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Apple admits iPhone 4 reception issues, says fix is coming

(Mashable) — After initially dismissing the reports about the iPhone 4 antenna reception issue, Apple has officially admitted it exists, promising a software fix in a couple of weeks. There’s a catch, though.

Apple’s promised fix may not be good news for users experiencing the problem. Apple claims it has erroneously calculated the formula which displays signal bars on the iPhone, and therefore the iPhone has been showing too many bars in areas with weak signal strength.

Here’s how Apple explains it:

“Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying 4 or 5 bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place.”

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Unfortunately, this seems like Apple is only acknowledging one part of the problem. Anandtech’s in-depth analysis showed that the signal drop when you grip the iPhone 4 by its lower-right side is very real.

Therefore, Apple’s fix probably won’t fix that part — arguably the biggest part — of the problem, and will merely make the iPhone 4 display fewer bars in weak signal areas.

Interestingly enough, Apple claims the miscalculation was present “since the original iPhone,” so the fix will apply to older generation iPhones as well.

Here’s Apple’s official announcement:

Dear iPhone 4 Users,

The iPhone 4 has been the most successful product launch in Apple’s history. It has been judged by reviewers around the world to be the best smartphone ever, and users have told us that they love it. So we were surprised when we read reports of reception problems, and we immediately began investigating them. Here is what we have learned.

To start with, gripping almost any mobile phone in certain ways will reduce its reception by one or more bars. This is true of iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, as well as many Droid, Nokia and RIM phones. But some users have reported that iPhone 4 can drop four or five bars when tightly held in a way which covers the black strip in the lower left corner of the metal band. This is a far bigger drop than normal, and as a result some have accused the iPhone 4 of having a faulty antenna design.

At the same time, we continue to read articles and receive hundreds of emails from users saying that iPhone 4 reception is better than the iPhone 3GS. They are delighted. This matches our own experience and testing. What can explain all of this?

We have discovered the cause of this dramatic drop in bars, and it is both simple and surprising.

Upon investigation, we were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong. Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays two more bars than it should for a given signal strength. For example, we sometimes display four bars when we should be displaying as few as two bars. Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying four or five bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place.

To fix this, we are adopting AT&T’s recently recommended formula for calculating how many bars to display for a given signal strength. The real signal strength remains the same, but the iPhone’s bars will report it far more accurately, providing users a much better indication of the reception they will get in a given area. We are also making bars one, two and three a bit taller so they will be easier to see.

We will issue a free software update within a few weeks that incorporates the corrected formula. Since this mistake has been present since the original iPhone, this software update will also be available for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G.

We have gone back to our labs and retested everything, and the results are the same- the iPhone 4’s wireless performance is the best we have ever shipped. For the vast majority of users who have not been troubled by this issue, this software update will only make your bars more accurate. For those who have had concerns, we apologize for any anxiety we may have caused.

As a reminder, if you are not fully satisfied, you can return your undamaged iPhone to any Apple Retail Store or the online Apple Store within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.

We hope you love the iPhone 4 as much as we do.

Thank you for your patience and support.

Apple

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Microsoft to put Windows 7 on USB sticks

RUMOURS HAVE IT that Microsoft will offer Windows 7 on USB thumb drives.
The report surfaced at Cnet, which heard the news from one of its sources close to the Vole, apparently, who may or may not have heard it from a bloke down the pub.

The thought is that doing so will enable netbook owners to upgrade their machines, but it will break the tradition that only allowed Voleware to be distributed on DVDs or through downloads.
Since netbooks don’t come with optical drives and downloading Microsoft’s bloated Windows 7 upgrade would take punters a very long time, the only other option the Vole has is to bung it onto USB sticks.
Apparently the Vole is also worried that netbook users will not want to download its latest Vista service pack because, at 2.8GB, it might take a big chunk out of most people’s broadband caps.
Microsoft executives have said that they recognise that upgrading netbooks poses a challenge and are exploring ways that the company can make it easier.
Cnet’s hacks spoke to Microsoft senior vice president Bill Veghte who said that the Vole had nothing to announce on the subject yet.

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Researchers Cram a Camera Into a Sheet of Fiber


Another day, another innovation from MIT researchers. This time, it’s a camera built in the middle of a 25mm fiber sheet, which might be the coolest invention we will never use (save for an appearance in Splinter Cell 10).

MIT Tech Review says Noel Fink, the man responsible for the breakthrough, isn’t even entirely sure what it could be used for, except for weaving it into clothing for some military reconnaissance. But the fact that it’s designed to be foldable.

Researchers worked this magic by embedding 8 sensors in an arrangement around the center of the fiber sheet which allows it to detect light and color from various angles. Even better, the sensors can detect the angle at which light hits the fiber, which would make 3D imaging theoretically possible. (the MIT article goes into even greater depth as to how they pulled this off, but I’m trying to keep you awake). Anyways, cameraphones are so 2000s. In the ’10s I want a goddamn camerasuit. [MIT Tech Review]

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Experiments on Removing Data Permanently From Used Hard Disc Drives

Replacing an old computer comes with so many different challenges. Perhaps the most common of them all are issues of safety and that of finding an appropriate way to discard the computer turned electronic-waste in an environmentally friendly manner. Although electronic waste management is important, this article will focus on safety issues regarding how to remove data permanently from a used computer before giving it away. This is particularly significant in order to prevent your private, personal and valuable information from falling into wrong hands.
A recent experiment conducted by the BBC’s technology team and Working Lunch compared three different ways of removing data from the hard disc drive (HDD – the computers data storage unit). They made use of an 80GB desktop computer which had a Windows XP Professional operating system (OS).
The first method was hitting the ‘Delete’ button. Although this method sounds rather simple, it gave a lot of problems least of which was the fact that the Windows OS does not allow users, howbeit, with administrator rights, to delete certain components such as Internet Explorer, MS Outlook and the Documents and Settings folder into the recycle bin. Furthermore, assuming the above was not a problem and Windows allowed every file and folder to be deleted, it would take an awful long time to do so manually.
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The second method involved re-formatting the HDD. This attempt was easier and appeared to be more successful than the first. It took a record 40 minutes when the researchers used a Windows XP Professional boot disc to trick the computer into believing that the OS would be re-installed.
The most sophisticated method was the last; the hard disc data was over-written with zeros using a free utility program. Out of the many free and commercial programs available, Darik’s Boot and Nuke was used. However, this process took about two hours because of the hard disc size and the fact that it had to be done carefully to get it right.
Finally, all three discs underwent strict examination by Kroll OnTrack, a data recovery firm, and the result showed that a substantial amount of data was still recoverable from the discs that were subjected to the first two methods. However, none of the data on the over-written HDD was recoverable. This implies that only specialised programs can permanently remove all data from used HDDs.

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iPhone Tips: How to Reset Your iPhone When it’s hung


You may have already experienced this…

Open up an iPhone application, it just freezes and hangs there. You probably try to press and hold the POWER button to turn off the iPhone, but it doesn’t respond.

This is not uncommon for you to encounter the above hang problem as you install more iPhone applications. A friend of mine, who have bought the iPhone 3G for around 2 weeks, gave me a call and asked for resolution.

So, what can you do to resolve this problem and bring your iPhone back to normal? For experienced iPhone user, you may know what to know. But for iPhone beginner, this hang may scare you.

Don’t worry. The solution is trivial and simple. What you have to do is to do a Hard Reset on the iPhone. To reset the iPhone, simply press the POWER/SLEEP button and Home button together. Hold them until you can see the boot screen, which is with black background and Apple logo. One point to note is you have to release both buttons at the same time.

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